Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I was never into reading historical fiction novels to be honest, but this novel as well as the author Philippa Gregory, was raved about by Elle Fowler and had a review about on her YouTube channel which you can check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W9rsgtwpyo. And if you are not familiar with reading these type of novels, like me, this book is a great start to get into the whole thing and makes you ravenous to read more. And this one in particular is, i believe, can be read by almost every age.
Cousins wars and brothers wars, all took place in the of history of England, where the beautiful widowed lady Elizabeth Woodvile used to live with her two sons from her dead husband. Catching the eye of the new king Edward IV, leaving us to an unusual love story. Elizabeth who got married to the new king in secret but with the knowledge of her mother. Both Elizabeth and her mother descended from the water goddess, Melisuna and both believed in witchcraft.
Elizabeth was then crowned as a Queen and giving birth to her two boys, Edward V and Richard, whom became the vague mystery of the lost Princes in the Tower. The novel follows the events of Queen Elizabeth's life, after the death of king Edward. She started calling for her deprived position as well as her two sons and her daughters, as the royal family and the heirs to the throne of England, which was subjugated by Richard, Edward's Brother and the third York son, after kidnapping her son Edward, the rightful heir.
Philippa Gregory did a fascinating job in writing this novel, making it enjoyable to read, based on the fact that this an old story so it seems to be like an attractive story, mixing the actual story with her own imagination, putting her thoughts on how a specific event might have happened, and because of this novel i really wanted to know more about this period of time in England.
Leaving me sympathizing the White Queen and the tragic end of losing her son and husband, whom she dearly loved as well as many of her family whom were dear to her heart like her brother Anthony in order to save the throne. A recommended novel for anyone to enjoy history like no other.
Author: Philippa Gregory
Grade Rating : A+
The Red Queen
The Lady of the Rivers
When i first heard of it, i was immediately attracted to the title as well as the book cover although they always say never to judge a book by its cover, i was still curious to read it. It's absolutely suitable for anybody to read and I was into it after the very first few chapters. The author's way of narrating and how confused you are at the beginning of the story makes you eager to complete reading and makes it more enjoyable.
The plot is basically about Thomas who find himself in a place called the Glade, with no memories of his own along with 50 other boys, called the Gladers, all trying to find a way out of that maze by sending Runners to study the maze, and should come back before the stone doors of the Glade is closed or to be counted dead because of the Grievers, the giant monsters that live in the maze, outside the walls of the Glade. Each month a new boy comes just as Thomas did. But after Thomas's arrival thing began to change and got more complicated than it already was. The next day a girl comes, which was a surprise to the Gladers, with a note that says that she was the last one to ever arrive to the Glade.
The difference between the personalities of the characters and their reactions played an important change to the events of the story, leaving it complicated and tragic in a way. By the end, i was able to feel for characters, going through their dilemmas and what's such, it was definitely a page-turner. Overall, this book series as a whole was amazing and I can't wait for the fourth book to come out, although I'm a bit heastiant about it but I will be buying it for sure. Highly recommend it.
Author: James Dashner
Grade Rating : A+
2nd Book : The Scorch Trials
3rd Book : The Death Cure
4th Book : The Kill Order ( Which will be released on 14 August 2012 )
Pages : 374