Bookworm Bites: Mini Reviews for Bad-ass Belles

April 10, 2016 bookworm bites, review 4 ★★★★★

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Hello my fellow bookworms! You know how sometimes you have read all those books but just don’t have the words or time for a full review? I certainly do and thus Bookworm Bites was born. These are essentially mini reviews. Enough to give you a good idea about my feelings though. Hope you enjoy!

I would like to give a huge thanks to Viking Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in the least.

Bookworm Bites: Mini Reviews for Bad-ass BellesThe Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
Published by Viking on March 8th 2016
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Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.
Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

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This book exceeded my already high expectations. Thanks to my darling friend Pili, I was introduced to Sharon Biggs Walter with her first book, A Mad Wicked Folly. I loved it. I was expecting a crazy expedition about some flower. What I got was so so much more. There was so many different unique settings which was such a huge portion of the book, such as a clipper ship and the journey itself through China. There was also a perfect introduction to the new love of my life Alex. He was such an intricate part of Elodie’s journey and in a totally non-romantic way (smirk). I loved this book so much that I know I am jumping all over the place but there was not a single thing I wasn’t entranced by. You can tell Sharon was incredibly well versed in the times and the goings on. Everything felt so extremely authentic. It seems like Elodie’s sudden travels from her safe life in England to a grand adventure to procure an rare Orchid is a bit grandiose but, it was told in such a perfect manner that it felt realistic. Such a perfect read for Historical Fiction lovers like myself. Its a perfect blend of suspense, family, love, adventure, and self discovery. Don’t be fooled by the blurb it’s about so much more than a flower.

Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
5 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
Pacing?
5 / 5
Love Tingles?
5 / 5
World Building?
5 / 5
Cover?
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

I would like to give a huge thanks to Viking Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in the least.

Bookworm Bites: Mini Reviews for Bad-ass BellesJane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Published by Headline Review on March 22nd 2016
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Reader, I murdered him.

A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.
Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.
A fugitive navigating London's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate's true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household's strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him - body, soul and secrets - and what if he discovers her murderous past?

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THIS IS NOT A RETELLING OF JANE EYRE! I would say it’s an extremely loosely based on it. Blurbs can be so deceiving. What this book is is an extremely smart, tale of a girl who grows into a woman and deals with some very unfortunate situations. The writing itself is incredible tongue and cheek. I LOVED it! The beginning was a bit slow and I was very unsure if I was even going to finish reading but once over those initial 50 pages I was knee deep in witty delight. This is not a Mike Myers type of killer. It is more victim of circumstance who doesn’t let the world come down on her. Jane’s voice and perspective are simply splendid and wildly entertaining. This is a MUST read for anyone who enjoys a witty smart tale about about a woman who take sher future into her own hands in a time when that was unheard of.

“I hope that the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: Here perished a species which lived to tell stories.

We tell stories to strangers to ingratiate ourselves, stories to lovers to better adhere us skin to skin, stories in our heads to banish the demons. When we tell truth, often we are callous; when we tell lies, often we are kind. Through it all, we tell stories, and we own an uncanny knack for the task.”
Lyndsay Faye, Jane Steele

Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
5 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
Pacing?
5 / 5
Love Tingles?
5 / 5
World Building?
5 / 5
Cover?
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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Let Me Break It Down
Overall Story?
5 / 5
Bad Ass M.C.?
5 / 5
Pacing?
5 / 5
Love Tingles?
5 / 5
World Building?
5 / 5
Cover?
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

Brittany

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About Brittany

Britt is a pretend adult who spends most of her day trying to work Mean Girl Quotes into day-to-day conversation. She reads. She Moms. She Caffeines. Sometimes she also likes to talk about all of these things in no particular order and apparently in the third person.

4 Responses to “Bookworm Bites: Mini Reviews for Bad-ass Belles”

    • Brittany

      Girlfriend you MUST!! Seriously I cannot recommend these two enough. I thought they would be so cliche and troupe but they were such a breathe of fresh air! Enjoy love!

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