Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Shore: A Review

The Shore: a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, and dark magic in the marshes. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it’s a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years.

 From a half-Shawnee Indian’s bold choice to escape an abusive home only to find herself with a man who will one day try to kill her, to a brave young girl’s determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, the characters in this remarkable novel have deep connections to the land, and a resilience that only the place they call home could create.  
Through a series of interconnecting narratives, Sara Taylor brings to life the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all. 

       I’m having a hard time rating this book a four or five star. This book was something so completely different then I’ve ever read before. This book takes on a generations of two different families on an isolated island. It was a very original story, there was a different mix of characters, and each took place in a different time with a different character some I cared about more then others.

As a warning I must warn this is a depressing story all the way. This book deals with a lot of subjects as in child abuse, animal abuse, murder and rape. Also black magic, which felt so weird in a mostly contemporary book. So this book had some very harsh elements to it, but I really did like this book I really didn’t want to put it down and when I did put it down, all I wanted to do was pick it up again. It wasn’t like I had other things to do, or sleep.

 So this such a fast story even though it takes place with different characters and times taking place during 1876 to 2143. Which is a part for the book that I really liked. I do believe this really quite unforgettable and I wonder what kind of book Sara Taylor will have next.

If you want to learn more about Sara Taylor or read a preview of this book check out her website.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. (

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest: A Review

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the gamekeeper.

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him ... a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . 

What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?
Swan Lake meets Robin Hood is definitely a good description of this book. Spoilers, there is no merry men or a woman turning into a swan. So sorry to be the one to tell you. So yes you have your Robin Hood type who is Odette. Hunting illegally to feed the poor. Who also loves swans. If I tell you a secret, will you keep it? Every time someone says Odettes name in this book. I just think of Prince Derek from The Princess Swan. So even when her name is mentioned I just hear Prince Derek yelling, Odette!

So onto the story, it was very heart warming. Odette (Odette!) really did want to protect and support these children and homeless people. And it makes her remember her sad past. A downside to this book is there wasn’t a whole lot of characters, and not a lot of them were fully developed. I guess they didn’t have to be  since we had two main characters. Odette and Jorgen, but they downside is that they were practically the same person.  

Jorgen had almost the same story of growing up as Odette, but I guess that is what draws them together. The story was good, but it didn’t blow me away, it has something I don’t know if I love yet and that is instalove. They meet and they see nothing but each other. The story is original enough but nothing that surprised me or made me question because I felt like I already knew. It does leave something unanswered which angers me, but other then that it was a beautiful retelling. (Odette!)

I received this book for my honest review from