Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.9 Characters: The Steampunk Trilogy (La Trilogia Steampunk Book 1) First published: July 7th 2014Rating: 6.88 stars GoodReads:The Steampunk Trilogy Review: Picked this up based on a “Oh, you like China Mieville, you’ll like this” recommendation. Big mistake. The prose is bland, the characters are universally one-dimensional, the plot “twists” are stunningly obvious throughout, and the whole thing feels like the quality of writing you expect to pick up at a 4th grade classroom.
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Author: First Book Publish:2009 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.1 Characters: Ана Каренина, II том (Anna Karenina, 2 Volumes Book 1) First published: December 7th 2009Rating: 8.1 stars GoodReads:Ана Каренина, II том Review: The book story was amazing because the author is/was male and he captured very feminine thoughts and feelings. He captured what it feels like to be viewed as property, especially long ago and how limited a woman’s choices really were back then. You either were born into a social setting that would allow you to be kept or you were born into hard labor and living. There was a non-existent middle class in Russia at that time. Anna Kareninová I (1/2) (Anna Karenina, 2 Volumes Book 2) First published: February 6th 2017Rating: 8.12 stars GoodReads:Anna Kareninová I (1/2) Review: Mnohí ju považujú za jeden z najlepších románov všetkých čias. Anna Kareninová je Tolstojov klasický príbeh lásky a nevery odohrávajúci sa v Moskve a Petrohrade v prostredí vyšších spoločenských kruhov, ktorý zachytáva dramatický vývoj milostného vzťahu Anny, krásnej vydatej ženy, a vojvodu Vronského, vplyvného armádneho dôstojníka. Je to komplexné majstrovské dielo, v ktorom Tolstoj dokonale prepojil osudy tuctov postáv a podal jedinečný plastický obraz ruskej spoločnosti na…
Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:9 Characters: শরদিন্দু অমনিবাস – তৃতীয় খন্ড (শরদিন্দু অমনিবাস Book 1) First published: February 6th 2017Rating: 9.04 stars GoodReads:শরদিন্দু অমনিবাস – তৃতীয় খন্ড Review: শরদিন্দু বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের সমগ্র রচনাবলী – গোয়েন্দাকাহিনী, ঐতিহাসিক গল্প ও উপন্যাস, প্রেমের গল্প, হাসির গল্প, নাটক, কবিতা ও কিশোরদের জন্য লেখা কাহিনী – বারোটি খন্ডে শরদিন্দু অমনিবাস নামে প্রকাশিত হয়েছে। তৃতীয় খন্ডে ভারতের অতীত যুগের পটভূমিকায় লেখা শরদিন্দু বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের পাঁচটি ঐতিহাসিক উপন্যাস – কালের মন্দিরা, গৌড়মল্লার, তুমি সন্ধ্যার মেঘ, কুমারসম্ভবের কবি ও তুঙ্গভদ্রার তীরে – রচনাকাল অনুসারে সংকলিত হল।
Author: First Book Publish:2005 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:9.2 Characters: A River Too Deep (People Of The Book Book 1) First published: November 3rd 2005Rating: 9.16 stars GoodReads:A River Too Deep Review: Love the Native American history and the chemistry of the main characters. The character development and names are a pleasure. I felt the scriptural references were VERY clunky and unrealistic in the beginning. The beginning was slow, but once the story was in full swing I enjoyed it immensely. I liked Light Birds Song (the second novel) much better even. Light Bird’s Song (People Of The Book Book 2) First published: August 31st 2007Rating: 9.36 stars GoodReads:Light Bird’s Song Review: Light Bird enjoyed life among her people. She was adored by both her family and clan, the only wrinkle being a warrior from a neighboring tribe who showed an interest she didn’t return. But his action set into motion a series of events that would rip Light Bird away from the peace, love and security that she had grown up with and plunge her into a world of uncertainty and despair with a man she didn’t know and could only fear.
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.5 Characters: A King Ensnared (The Stewart Chronicles #1) (The Stewart Chronicles Book 1) First published: November 5th 2013Rating: 7.48 stars GoodReads:A King Ensnared (The Stewart Chronicles #1) Review: I really like this book. I have read very little about James I, King of Scots, who spent eighteen years in English captivity so it was new territory for me. A better job had been done on the proof-reading as well which also mad it a more enjoyable read. It wasn’t a good thing to be a Royal Stewart as James I uncle, The Duke of Albany had already killed one of his nephews in order to maintain his hold on power in Scotland and if that meant leaving James a penniless prisoner in England, so be it.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.7 Characters: The Paris Time Capsule (Paris Time Capsule Book 1) First published: March 31st 2014Rating: 7.74 stars GoodReads:The Paris Time Capsule Review: This novel has a stunning cover, an intriguing title, and some evocative descriptions of the real Paris apartment that was discovered – preserved in its entirety – a few years ago. Ella Carey has written a novel around that discovery, inventing a tantalising romance and a possible history to explain it.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.1 Characters: Strange Gods: A Mystery (Vera And Tolliver Book 1) First published: June 23rd 2014Rating: 7.06 stars GoodReads:Strange Gods: A Mystery Review: What a well-written mystery of early 20th century Africa; for the most part that is. The love story was a bit much. The novel mixed historical characters with the fictional. If you have read Out of Africa or West With the Night you will probably enjoy this. The description of Africa is loving and vivid.
Author: First Book Publish:2009 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.8 Characters: Cabal of the Westford Knight: Templar’s at the Newport Tower (Templars In America Book 1) First published: January 31st 2009Rating: 7.44 stars GoodReads:Cabal of the Westford Knight: Templar’s at the Newport Tower Review: I absolutely love reading books about places I am visiting. Yesterday we visited America’s Stonehenge and today I am already almost halfway through Brody’s first of four books I picked up in the gift shop. Thief on the Cross: Templar Secrets in America (Templars In America Book 2) First published: December 19th 2011Rating: 8.04 stars GoodReads:Thief on the Cross: Templar Secrets in America Review: My wife and I watched a series on the History Channel called “America Unearthed” hosted by a forensic geologist named Scott Wolter. In searching for his book (“The Hooked X”) on Amazon, I came across this book. It is a book that uses a fictional story, similar to “The DaVinci Code” to lay out and supposedly support the theory that America was “discovered” long before Columbus. One theory is that the Templar Knights came to America to eascape persecution by the Catholic Church and brought with th
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.1 Characters: Escape from Berlin (Escape From Berlin Book 1) First published: September 23rd 2013Rating: 8.06 stars GoodReads:Escape from Berlin Review: My eyes were wet at least 4 times while I read through the book. This book is a wonderful and terrible and wonderful read. The lives of so many were changed because of the Kindertransport, and the events leading up to the Second World War. This book showed the lives of two German – Jewish girls who had to survive during this time. I have a lot of feelings pertaining to this book, but all I want to say is to read it.
Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:9.1 Characters: Midnight Without a Moon (Rose Lee Carter Book 1) First published: January 2nd 2017Rating: 9.08 stars GoodReads:Midnight Without a Moon Review: I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this awesome novel by Linda Williams Jackson. This is a very powerful book with an important story that needs to be shared with young people. More than any other book I’ve ever read on the civil rights movement, this book pulled me right into the world of African American sharecroppers living in Mississippi in 1955. Told from the point of view of thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter, who lives with her grandparents, her younger brother, and her cousin in a sm