I am getting back in the groove y’all! I finished more than one book this month! I haven’t gotten a library card at the new place yet and I didn’t bring any extra books with me from the old house…so one of those things has to be fixed soon! I am still way behind on my Goodread’s Challenge…ugh. But, here is what I read in September!
The Reader by Traci Chee – Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book–a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed–and punish the people responsible.
What I thought: This was a pretty good book, it did get me in right away and it was even better once I figured out what was going on. There were points were I was confused at the point of view. I am interested in reading the sequels!
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy – It is 1792 and France is in the grip of a seething, bloody revolution. Mobs roam the Paris streets hunting down royalists, barricades block any chance of escape, and every day hundreds die under the blade of Madame la Guillotine. But in the hearts of the condemned nobility there remains one last vestige of hope: rescue by the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel. Renowned for both his unparalleled bravery and his clever disguises, the Pimpernel’s identity remains as much a mystery to his sworn enemy, the ruthless French agent Chauvelin, as to his devoted admirer, the beautiful Lady Marguerite Blakeney.
First published in 1905, The Scarlet Pimpernel is an irresistible novel of love, gallantry, and swashbuckling adventure.
What I thought: Y’know, I was having trouble at first, but this ended up being a good book! Again, it is one that I think most people have probably read already. I liked the second half better than the first half.
The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury – In 1793, when Marie-Antoinette was beheaded at the guillotine, she left her adored eight-year-old son imprisoned in the Temple Tower. Far from inheriting the throne, the orphaned boy-king had to endure the hostility and abuse of a nation. Two years later, the revolutionary leaders declared the young Louis XVII dead, prompting rumors of murder. No grave was dug, no monument built to mark his passing. Soon thereafter, the theory circulated that the prince had in fact escaped from prison and was still alive. Others believed that he had been killed, his heart preserved as a relic. The quest for the truth continued into the twenty-first century when, thanks to DNA testing, a stolen heart found within the royal tombs brought an exciting conclusion to the two-hundred-year-old mystery.
A fascinating blend of royalist plots, palace intrigue, and modern science, The Lost King of France is a moving and dramatic tale that interweaves a pivotal moment in France’s history with a compelling detective story.
What I thought: The first part of the book was a lot of back story. It was interesting. Then came all of the scandal and conspiracy theories. It got a little repetitive. The ending was just kind of sudden. It was still an interesting book, just wish it was a little different.
So, that’s what I read in September, as always, let me know if you have any title recommendations! Hopefully I can get a library card soon!