Monday, May 30, 2011

"All The Tea In China" by Jane Orcutt (2007) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"

Back Cover Blurb:
Every good young Englishwoman knows that her destiny depends upon a good marriage match. But Isabella Goodrich is not your typical good young Englishwoman.
After an encounter with those less fortunate than she, witty and fun-loving Isabella makes a shocking decision.
Against everyone’s advice and wishes, she is going to become a missionary in the Far East.
Fighting against cultural expectations, common sense, and a mentor who is not as he seems, Isabella leaves her predictable Oxford life behind and sets sail to a new world fraught with danger.
Can she trust the mysterious missionary Phineas Snowe? Or will her adventure end before it even begins?
A delightful story for readers who like high adventure, twisting plots, and a hint of romance.
Review: The cover and the back cover blurb made it sound interesting. "All The Tea in China" by Jane Orcutt was disapointing, anticlimactic and at times, hard to get through. I confessed to my husband wanting to throw it aside after two pages, several grammatical errors and a misspelled word (I used to have a misguided sense of obligation to finish any book I picked up... I no longer have this problem as I value my time more). Self published? If only. This book was not worht the time. It would, however, probably be ok it you are just looking for a quick feel good romance.

My Rating: 0/5

Have you read "All The Tea In China" by Jane Orcutt? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon or check out the Author's website.

Monday, May 23, 2011

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde (1890) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"

Back Cover Blurb:  When the exquisitly handsome Dorian Gray see his portrait he dreams of remaining young forever whilst his painting image grows old and in a sudden moment he offers his soul in return for perpetual youth.
While his beauty remains unblemished, the portrait begins to reflect the wildness and degredation of his soul as he surrenders to the worship of pleasure and infinate passion
Review: Oscar Wilde's classic, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", gives us a sneak-peak at the gruesome nature underlying humnities beautiful facade. This was a captivating novel. When Dorian Gray's true beauty is captured in a portrait by his friend Basil, Dorian makes a wish that he will always remain as he is in that picture. Little does he know the implications of that wish will shape the rest of his life. Dorian grows old and rotten to the core, but his exterior remains young and beautiful. His beastly behaviours magically transfer to the lovely work of art whihc he now keeps hidden because of it's ghastly appearnce. This is a wonderful look into the human soul and teaches us the age old truth; never judge a book (or person) by it's cover.

My Rating: 4/5
Have you read "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Friday, May 20, 2011

TGIF at GReads!

Good morning lovely readers!

I have found a new Friday follow-along sight that I thought might be fun to try out here today... to get myself back into the swing of things after a few months sabatical. Simply put, TGIF is a way to recap what I reviewed this week, and answer a question from Ginger over at GReads. TGIF!!

This week I reviewed 'Tahn' by L.A.Kelly- a book that I gave 3/5 stars. Check it out and let me know what you think!

GReads question this week is:
What was the first book you reviewed on your blog?

'Life With Father' by Clarence Day Jr.. This is a great little classic novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and gave 4/5 starts. Check it out!

What was the first book YOU reviewed on your blog???

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Tahn" by L.A. Kelly (2005) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"

Back Cover Blurb:
Trained in his youth to be a mercenary but troubled by the deeds of his past, Tahn Dorn must now choose between the commands of a master and the urgings of his own good conscience. When his latest orders instruct him to kidnap Lady Netta of the House of Trilett, Tahn realizes that following his conscience won’t be easy, especially with the lives of his young students at stake.
As Tahn’s struggle continues, neither he nor Lady Netta can foretell the series of events that will unfold and change both their lives forever. Wrestling to understand Netta’s God, Tahn is filled with doubt, and Netta herself wonders how such a man is willing to risk his life for a ragtag band of little children.
The bravery of an unlikely hero, the love of an honorable lady, and the innocence of each wayward child resonate throughout this gripping tale of courage, faith, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

Review: This novel was a little hard to get in to, but was easily finished. The initial wording and odd language choice took a few chapters to become rhythmic in my head, but once I was in the groove, the story was quite enjoyable. Sometimes, however, events and plot lines soomed to end abruptly or occur without enough cause which was distracting and disorienting. Overall it was an easy read and a good story.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you read "Tahn" by L.A. Kelly? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon or check out the Author's website!
Happy Reading!