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Daughter of Camelot Review

Daughter of Camelot by Glynis Cooney Review

Daughter of Camelot is a story about a girl named Deirdre who is swept up in the happenings of Arthurian times. Against her will Deirdre is sent to court by her father and it soon turns out that court is not the kind of place Deirdre thought it was.

Dangers lurk everywhere and Deirdre has to find her way in a difficult world without losing sight of who she is. There is a love triangle involved so be prepared. I personally could not feel one of the possible relationships at all, but the other one was very sweet and I genuinely enjoyed (I won’t tell you which one though, you’ll have to find out yourself!)

This book is for all those who like epics, romances and historical fiction that revolves around a strong female character.

3.5 out of 5 stars to the first part in the Empire of Shadows series!

(ARC provided for review by NetGalley)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Final SS&D discussion!

Something Strange & Deadly Discussion Question #4

“‘Eleanor, you have a choice,’ [Jie] said softly. ‘You always have a choice’” (p. 166, Something Strange & Deadly)

How do you think this quote relates to the overall theme of Something Strange and Deadly? Do you think Eleanor behaves as if she has a choice at the start of the book? What about at the end of the book? And do other characters behave as if they have a choice or do some see themselves as victims of circumstance?

I think that Eleanor doesn’t really know that she has a choice at the beginning of the book, BUT I never got the impression that she saw herself as a victim of circumstance. She is proactive and goes out to find her brother even when her mother wouldn’t. I don’t think she consciously realizes she has a choice about her life until Jie tells her. Nonetheless Eleanor has always behaved as if she has a choice, i.e. she does not simple say yes and amen to everything her mother and society expect of her.

A good example for a character who sees themselves as a victim of circumstances would be Clarence Wilcox. When he was in school with Eleanor’s brother, he bullied Elijah because his father and his friends told him to. I don’t think he realized he had a choice to make there and that he could have simply gone against his father’s wishes. Even as a grown-up he finds himself entangled in his situation and unable to break free because he thinks he has to follow the path his father has set for him and live up to society’s expectations.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Something Strange and Deadly Discussion Week 3

We’re already in week 3 of the Something Strange & Deadly Book Club! Time’s flying!                                   

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So this week’s question is:

Eleanor finds herself more and more intrigued by (perhaps even attracted to) Daniel Sheridan, the inventor of the Spirit-Hunters. What is it about him that appeals to her? And vice versa, what do you think attracts Daniel to Eleanor?

Then there’s Clarence Wilcox, the seemingly perfect eligible bachelor. Why do you think Eleanor doesn’t like Clarence?

 

What appeals to Eleanor most about Daniel is probably his lack of pretentiousness. She has grown up in a world where people are very superficial and indulgent, and always polite. Daniel is none of those things. When they first meet he brushes her off, not paying her the respect she thinks he owes her for being one of the Philadelphia Fitts. The relationship that develops between Eleanor and Daniel is more natural and unencumbered than those she’s used to and neither is afraid to call the other out on being wrong. Also, Daniel is certainly attracted Eleanor’s feistiness. The both share an adventurous spirit and are not afraid to voice their opinions, while at the same time caring deeply about those around them. I think those are the reasons Eleanor and Daniel find themselves attracted to each other.

While there’s nothing wrong with Clarence per se (I think he was just beginning to grow as a person when he met his untimely end), Clarence represents the stiff and formal world Eleanor hails from and that is precisely why she doesn’t really like him. She is too much of a free spirit for that world and Clarence would never appreciate her adventurous behavior or so much as understand her ideas, which of course would seem foreign and strange to a man like him.

I think Eleanor knows what she wants: to be free and independent. She isn’t afraid to fight for it and she has the guts and the wits to make it happen. She also knows if she married Clarence he’d appreciate her despite rebellious nature and her family’s lack of riches. Daniel on the other hand would appreciate her for having her own mind and wouldn’t care about a lack of money either way.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Crown of Midnight Review

Today I’m reviewing Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas! I was so thrilled when I found an ARC of Crown of Midnight in my mailbox!

Simply put, this is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. This book has plot twists around every corner and things never quite go off as you’d expect them to. Sarah J. Maas is probably one of the most talented authors of our day and age!

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Celaena’s story continues with a lot more action than we saw in the first book. She is now in full on assassin-mode, but of course Celaena still does everything her way and that includes snooping about the castle to find out what exactly is going on around her.

A lot of things that were set up in Throne of Glass come to fruition here and while some mysteries are unraveled, new ones turn up that pose even bigger questions.

I like the new characters that were introduced in this book and I’m sure they’ll have big roles to play in the upcoming sequels.

There is one character we have to bid adieu in this book and oh my, I did not see that coming.

As for Celaena’s love life, all I can say is: Without a doubt one of the best-constructed love stories in a long time. Nothing feels forced and yet there are plenty of complications and also, plenty of swoonworthy moments.

Now all I have to figure out is how to bridge one year of waiting for the next installment!

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Something Strange and Lovely Book Club!

This month the awesome Susan Dennard is hosting a book club for her novel Something Strange and Lovely. If you haven’t read the book yet, I can only recommend it!

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This week’s question is:

Do you think, given the time period, Mrs. Fitt is justified in her demands on Eleanor? Why or why not?

First off, I think what Mrs Fitt is demanding of Eleanor is not untypical for the time period. At that time women, especially in the social class the Fitts belong to, were supposed to marry respectably and advance their family’s fortunes in doing so. They also weren’t supposed to have a profession and their reputation was paramount to their future.

So when Mrs Fitt demands Eleanor marry a rich gentleman to save the family’s financial situation, I think she is acting within normally accepted behavior for her time’s society. It reminds me of Titanic, where Rose’s mother insists Rose marry that bad-tempered gentleman whose money could save their family. I don’t think Mrs Fitt is intending to do Eleanor harm, I think she actually thinks she’s doing Eleanor a favor, when it becomes clear that Daniel will not be supporting the family financially (as I’m sure he’s supposed to by that time’s society’s standards).

However, there is a selfish component to Mrs Fitt’s behavior. She keeps spending when the money is (almost) gone and that is not only incredibly stupid, but also shows she’s more interested in keeping up appearances than looking for a solution to the problem which doesn’t involve Eleanor being married off to the next best wealthy gentleman. Mrs Fitt doesn’t make sacrifices herself, yet she asks Eleanor to sacrifice her choice of a husband.

Mrs Fitt is also incredibly snobbish. When she wanted to toss the parasol Daniel had bought for Eleanor I was near tears. I’m sure Daniel got Eleanor the very best parasol he could afford although he didn’t have to (I don’t even want to think about how many hours of work he put in for that money) and it’s just heartbreaking that Mrs Fitt wants to get rid of the parasol because it’s not expensive. That is very telling of her character. She cannot see the value of a gift given of a true heart and how much more precious than anything else that can be. She also doesn’t consider how much effort Daniel put into getting Eleanor home safely, with a parasol; she only cares about the family’s reputation and fears Daniel might become a stain on said reputation.

In the end I find that Mrs Fitt is not justified in her demands on Eleanor. Surely, the society of that time is to be blamed to some extent, for making women pretty much entirely dependent on male relatives/husbands to support them.  I also do have some understanding for Mrs Fitt’s personal situation, but I think she needs to grow up and go beyond what she’s always been used to. If she was willing to let go of her expensive and superficial lifestyle I’m sure she could discover the things in life that are more important than money and reputation. It wouldn’t have to be her ruin, if only she was willing to make a sacrifice or two.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Fringe – An Awesome Season 4 Premiere

Fringe was admittedly already one of my all time favourite shows before tonight, but even if it wasn’t, I would still have felt that it was absolutely awesome. Coming out of a ratingwise dire, but creatively brilliant season 3 that ended with the disappearance of one of the show’s main characters, I was wondering what Fringe was going to look like in season 4.

Fringe has once again reinvented itself. This episode largely took the viewpoint of Ourverse Lincoln Lee, who has been a stranger to the Fringe division, but is still a familiar face to Fringe fans, as we have all come to know Otherverse Lincoln Lee as a member of the Otherverse’s Fringe team. By telling a story from Lincoln’s perspective the show managed to provide a good entry point for new viewers as well as a compelling story for long-time Fringe fans. Also we didn’t get too much interuniversal interaction, though it became pretty obvious that the two Fringe divisions do not trust each other.

The absence of Peter was prominent in the whole episode and I wasn’t surprised that the “man in the mirror” that had scared Walter so much turned out to be none other than Peter himself. Walter may not consciously remember his son, but I have a feeling his horror about seeing this strange man came from his subconscious recognition of Peter.

What amazed was that there seemed to be some flirting going on between Olivia and Lincoln. I am wondering, if Walter had never crossed over and brought Alt-Peter to our side, would Lincoln have been the man for Olivia? The Observers are apparently working on restoring everything to the way it was supposed to go, but the one that was supposed to erase the last traces of Peter’s existence from time decided not to follow his orders. He contemplated on whether or not to flip the switch against the backdrop of what appeared to be a church. Maybe I’m overinterpreting here, but I took it as a sign that this Observer believes in Peter, maybe even believes that the timeline is better of with Peter being in existence. A risky choice and one that will no doubt have tremendous ramifications.

Thanks to http://www.fringebloggers.com for the nice screencap!

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Fringe, Uncategorized

 

Fringe Season Premiere Tonight!

I just saw this video and thought I’d share. I’m super excited for Fringe to finally return to our screens!

What do you think? Will Peter come back and if so, how? And how are the two Fringe teams going to get along, especially the Walters?

Source of the video: Fringe’s Facebook page

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Fringe, Uncategorized

 
 
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