Hild

Well, although I was greatly entertained by this novel and the slow reasons behind it. Such as the life of Hild who is rarely mentioned and can be left up to debate.

And she was someone which I did like on many levels, but never really understood. Hild feels too saintly and not human enough if you ask me. She doesn’t really have a well rounded character, apart from curiosity and being able to see the future.

After a while, it gets boring. And well, that is where I largely fell asleep to the book. Although I was intrigued by the storyline the setting and the details of the the early middle ages. But Hild simply wasn’t a strong enough character to carry the story, and she lacked something to make her more relatable.

But other than that, I enjoyed how Hild found a place for herself in this world. Even her own relationship with her sister was by far one of those which I utterly enjoyed.

And the situation that England faced in its seventh century, with the trade relations, the various kingdoms. Which was by far a point which I enjoyed in the book, more than anything else.

Overall, I guess the main issue was that I found Hild to be far larger than life. She doesn’t feel relatable and I don’t know what she is thinking, or how her emotions affect her thoughts. But otherwise, enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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The Indigo Girl

I was surprised at the turn of events when it came to this story. Given how it seemed that Eliza will succeed, instead she gets tricked endlessly. And her own family even sabotaged her.

Her story is a struggle which I felt. I really disliked her mother, and the way she shut her own daughter down. And the way she chose to ruin here, I was incredibly shocked and cared for her. In the way that it was supposed to be, that I really disliked her mother.

And well, I could not even understand why she will choose such methods. When it won’t bode well for their family at all. Eliza is doing her best to save their wealth, while her mother chooses to let it go just so she can marry her daughters off when her husband was dependent on those plantations in the first place. If anything, I call that foolish. Really, really foolish.

And well, you can say that I disliked her. I could see where she came from, but to do that to your own flesh and blood while thinking that it was the best option for her. You can figure out how much I disliked her now.

And all the other characters who make life pretty much hell for Eliza, and the way they belittle her. I really cared for her, as she truly was alone and struggled alone. The way that she couldn’t see the end in sight at all, because there was just no end. And with this kind of people supporting her, it was even a surprise that her indigo was of good quality.

At the end, I was happy for Eliza. She did deserve such an ending, and it suited her. Away from her rather terrible family, and establishing a new life for herself. I cared for her journey the most. And when it has managed to make me care, I enjoy it thoroughly.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Among The Red Stars

This was a rather interesting novel, about the Russian female pilots during World War II.

I greatly enjoyed the way the story was narrated, leaving some of the details out, and using letters to fill in the spaces. It worked to a great extent, as it allowed me to see the way the war impacted them.

And at the end of the day, it was all about moving forward. Regardless of what they left behind, and remembering all of them. The ending, in my mind was perfection and captured the way it should have ended in the first place.

The plot, is very much like reality. Although I do wish that there were more tension regarding Valka’s struggle, and that her accepting her regiment wasn’t so easy. Although I liked the way that she did it because of her cousin, because she wanted to be with her. And that was something that I enjoyed.

As for the way it turned out, the climax was actually given some thought. It challenged what Valka was thinking, it challenged what length she will go to for the sake of those she wanted to protect. Rather suitable even if it meant disobeying orders. And those are really not something that is taken lightly in the country. At all.

Overall, pretty enjoyable and the main character is incredibly likeable. I do reconmend this if you’re interested in a war story, from the Soviet perspective and this works, very well.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Gilded Years

I greatly enjoyed the way the story was written, the way it narrated a less known woman who had an intriguing past. And well, the scandal she is known for is the main plot of the novel. Nothing else.

Such as how the story narrates the tale of Anita, and the fact that she was eventually found out to be a black student. When Vassar by no means allowed them to be enrolled in the college, and the fact that Anita did something unfathomable.

But overall, the way she was portrayed as sympatthetic, and incredibly intelligent. And what will lead her to be found out. I enjoyed how the plot worked, and nonetheless liked how Anita was. She had her head in the right place for most of the time, and it proved itself here.

Such as the way that she always wanted to graduate, and some decisions were hard on her. I enjoyed how the story was, slowly letting Anita go before showing the real plot.

Somehow, it worked here to give a really heartwrenching tale. Such as how Anita dealt with the aftermath, and eventually moved on with her life.

She is mostly someone who reacts to the situation, dealing with it in a way that showed her strength. Moving on and working from there. Rather than letting it clog up her life.

I really like Lottie, until of course it revealed itself. The way that she was shown to have been different, and yet what really was underneath.

Overall, I was intrigued and entertained. That this is something that needs to be said, however I do agree that the story could have been better on some accounts, and that it has a passive main character. But here it works, it is necessary for an unfortunate situation.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Hawkman

Well, for a fairy tale I was lost in this. I didn’t get what was about Mr Sheenan that was intriguing, or any of the characters at all.

Setting it during the twentieth century, was really confusing me. There wasn’t really a solid fluid character to ground me in the story, I cared for none of them.

And to be honest, I forgot that Mr Sheenan existed multiple times. It just felt confusing, and the characters lacked something which allowed me to care for them.

The setting was confusing as well, and at times I wondered what was the point of this. The plot was very much unclear and I didn’t know where it was even going to head, and well the writing didn’t help much. It was lush and gorgeous, but little else.

I guess I just prefer books which get to me more with much more realistic characters. But this wasn’t for me, needless to say.

Rating: 2 out of 5

In Sight Of Stars

Although I wanted a book talking about the issue of suicide and how people often recover from it, I found that this had almost nothing to offer me as a tale.

I found the story incredibly boring, and felt that it wasn’t going anywhere. There wasn’t any tension regarding the turmoil Marielle went through, or even how she will change.

Throughout the book, I felt that she remained the same. There wasn’t anything that really touched her, or even affected her. If it doesn’t affect her, then why will it affect me.

I think that the story doesn’t try hard enough to show or even make me care about the main character. It just felt rather shallow, and the character didn’t really get to me at all.

I did want more about this topic, and more regarding the story. I felt that there was not even a story, since Marielle doesn’t have any motivations at all. Sadly, this could have been rather important.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Mrs Osmond

Surprising, and fully enjoyable go be savoured when you’re in for quite a ride. This is a tale about a woman who wishes to seek her freedom and she will spare no expense to get it. And to that end I liked her, she wanted revenge but it was never to destroy the person.

It was simply to be free of them. And Isabel, had the right intention in mind. She simply wanted to be able to divorce her husband and pursue what she thought was right, and well I can’t blame her.

Her husband is indeed the scumbag who deserves what he has at the end of the day. As much as Serena Merle did. And well, I cannot fault her for falling into this. She was barely a girl when they married and often persuaded that it was the best course of action.

But when she found out what her husband did and what she was really to him (he basically was a gold digger), I liked her attitude.

That is really all there is to this book. Conversations about the way that men handle affairs and when children are the product of them. And well, the way that she treats Pansy. Pansy, who she treats as a pitiful child who should be given another chance at life.

Overall, this is the sort of book that you should read if you want a likeable main character who is seeking justice for herself. And well, at least she isn’t crying or putting her fate in another’s hands. This is truly her tale, and well the ladies are the stars of this novel.

Rating: 4 out of 5