Forbidden Orchid – book review

March 19, 2019

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller Adventure Historical Fiction Romance Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of 10 daughters in a family that’s being torn apart by her plant collector father’s continued absence. Unspeakable things happened to him on his last trip to China and he remains haunted and broken in his apartment at Kew gardens. When his employer threatens to take…


Seven Torments of Amy and Craig – book review

December 17, 2018

The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig by Don Zolidis Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Craig and Amy are an unlikely couple – Amy is popular, outgoing, and a real class leader, while Craig has a few awkward nerdy friends who get together on Saturday nights to play D&D.  But when Craig starts crushing on Amy, he finds a way for them to spend…


Night Diary – book review

December 13, 2018

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Nisha and her twin brother Amil (12 years old) become refugees when their country gains its independence from British rule in 1947 and is split into two nations – India and Pakistan.  Because she and her family (father, grandmother, and brother) are considered Hindu (even though Nisha and Amil’s mother was Muslim) they must…


War I Finally Won – book review

July 26, 2018

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada and her brother Jaimie are now permanent wards of their guardian, Susan, who took them in when they were evacuated from London.  The first thing Susan does is arrange for Ada to have surgery to correct her clubfoot, which has long been a source of pain and shame for her. …


War That Saved My Life – book review

May 24, 2018

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada (11) was born with a clubfoot and lives with her mam and little brother, Jamie, in London, where she is required to stay hidden from the world.  When the war (WWII) breaks out, Ada takes the opportunity to evacuate herself and Jamie to the countryside, where they are put…



January 17, 2018

Marika by Andrea Cheng Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) I love how this book informs us of all the struggles and all the horrific things Jews had to go through during the Holocaust.  This book tells of a young girl who writes in a journal of all her experiences as a Jew.  The book reminds us that the world is a horrible place.


Leyla: The Black Tulip

January 17, 2018

Leyla: The Black Tulip Girls of Many Lands series by Alev Lytle Craitier Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) I love how it portrays a young girl who tries to do right but instead puts herself in a place of slavery.  As she goes through this, though, things start to get better.  The suspense in this story was awesome!  I love this book.  I just…


Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites

December 30, 2017

Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites Tennis Shoe Adventure series #1 by Christ Heimerdinger Adventure Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Jim Hawkins, Jennifer Hawkins, and Garth Plimpton are up for a big adventure.  They travel to a cave following a trail that leads to a secret.  They travel to an ancient world where they go through lots of breathtaking challenges.  I definitely enjoyed this book. …


Meet Kit: An American Girl

June 13, 2017

Meet Kit: An American Girl American Girl series by Valerie Tripp Historical Fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok.) This book is about a nine-year-old girl named Kit Kittredge with a nose for news.  Kit writes her own newspaper stories.  She reports about what happens during the day while her father is at work.  Her father later loses his job because of the Depression.  Her mother gets a brainstorm…


Julius Caesar

May 13, 2017

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare Classic Drama/Play Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Romance Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) This classic play is a tale of betrayal, destiny, and fortune.  It gives greater insight on the somewhat far off figure that Julius Caesar sometimes is to the modern reader.  It also offers a different view of Caesar’s personality if you read Antony’s speech.  A bit dull at times, yet a great story!…