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Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Elenor Updale

493 is his number but only he knows his real name. After falling through a glass roof and being caught as a thief, a young surgeon uses 493 as a way to experiment with surgical techniques. When he learns of the new sewers under London, 493 hatches a scheme with the only one he could trust, Himself. Thus, as a thief and commoner, 493 becomes Scarper. Then, Montmorency, his other side as a gentleman, is the newest man around town, staying at the Marmarion Hotel. Will he be able to keep his double life a secret? Or will he go back to prision?

I am not as confident in my writing as the others, Beth Bayless and asbgirl12, but I am still going to try this. The book was really good. I liked the pacing, how the main character was likeable but not dull, the way that the author brought the characters to life in a way no other could. I kinda got carried away and read three more books in this series. I really had fun with it, imagining what everyone looked and sounded like based off of the way the author wrote. 9 out of 10.

I’ll review the others I read in a bit.

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Matched by Ally Condie

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Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

Review: This book was a very good read but I have one nitpick. It told more than it showed. In some places it was unnecessary to do so. It took me out of the reading for a short time. The characters were realistic and you could understand what they were going through in the course of the story. The setting was detailed enough that you can build it in your own mind. The plot is interesting and complex, asking questions that no one has the right answer to. 7 out of 10.

Host Stephanie Meyer

Synopsis – Melenie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts. Most of humanity has succumbed. Melenie- one of the few remaining “wild” humans – is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body probes her thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderers mind with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she is tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous search for the man they both love.

 

Review: Meh. The characters are interesting and so is the premise. That works to its advantage. But, most of the book is kinda slice of life style and seems to drag on in some places. The author makes one invested in the protagonists’ struggles but the ending is easy to see not too far in. I have read this book twice but I forgot the entire beginning, apart from the hook. That is not a good thing because in writing, the beginning of anything, regardless of genre, must catch a reader’s attention. Yes that happens in the first chapter or two but that is all. It starts out fast paced, expanding the details we know without going on too long. But it starts to slow down and in my opinion, drags the story down far too much. Yes, there are times when the readers and characters need a breather from this sort of adventure to absorb things but that doesn’t need to take three to five chapters. It likely needs three at the maximum before moving on to something else. The pacing is messed up, leading to a boring experience when there aren’t action scenes. Some of the dialogue is forced closer to the start but it flows more naturally through the rest. The best part of the book is having character development a plenty. You get to know the characters that matter but still makes them interesting. There are no stereotypes in this book but rounded out characters that are believable. There is enough known to see that both sides of the main conflicts have reasons and the grey area is extremely large compared to the black and white areas. I enjoyed this book but it is a bit forgettable. The content is good in the form of conflict, character, morals, and setup but the pacing pulls it back from being better than it could be. 5/10

 

 

 

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Ratings for my first 18 reviews

10 is the best and 1 is the worst.

A Wrinkle in Time – 1

The Last Herald Mage Trilogy – 9.999

Black Beauty – 7

Last Unicorn. – 7

Secrets Beneath – 6

The Wanderer – 9

Forgotten Beasts of Eld – 7

Christmas Shoes – 10

Fahrenheit 451 – 5

Frankenstien – 5.54

Dr. Jekl and Mr. Hyde – 4

Island of the Blue Dolphins – 8.5

Paint the Wind – 6.79

Pride and Prejudice – 7

 

 

To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

Atticus Finch, a depression-era Southern attorney, fearlessly defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. The story is told by Atticus’s daughter, known as Scout, and how she and her family deal with the racism and hate toward not only the blacks in their community, but also them because Atticus is defending the black man.

I enjoyed this book on the second reading, not the first though. My first reading was for school and I had to do an essay about the theme and plot and how it’s message is still around today. But, On the second time reading it, for leisure and this website, I was able to get more invested and I honestly enjoyed it more than I had thought. I read it my freshman year in high school and I only wanted to get through it. But, on my second reading, I felt as if I was part of the story. Ms. Lee is excellent when it comes to immersing the reader into her work and using not only imagery, but similies and metaphors for what is going on and to pass her message on. My only complaint is that it was a slow read at first, in the first few chapters it is only world building and building to the plot. The descriptions took some time but I enjoyed the way that I could use her words to elaborate on what the setting looked like, and what the people looked like. I enjoyed the message of tolerance and doing the right thing because it is right as opposed to hopping on the band wagon.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in realistic fiction and who enjoy a slice of life story. I rate it on my new scale as a solid 7 out of 10. I will post my other ratings in another post for my previous reviews. I was introduced to the rating by my cousin. Enjoy!