Showing posts from January, 2015

Review: The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

My rating: 3 & 1/2 stars out of 5
* * * * * About the Story:The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson is a retelling of Snow White set in medieval Germany.  Sophie is a sixteen year old orphan who works as a scullery maid for an evil Duchess.  The Duchess gets no small amount of pleasure out of torturing Sophie.  Sophie knows she must escape...soon.  A young man named Gabe shows up claiming that Sophie is actually a Duke's daughter and engaged to Gabe's brother.  Can she trust him?  Is he the answer to her prayers?  And how is she supposed to protect her heart?
* * * * * My thoughts:  It hurts me to give this book such a low rating.  It really is a fine book, one that I would call a true retelling.  It has all of the key elements that you would expect in a Snow White story-- a huntsman, seven strange men, a poisoned apple, etc.  My problem, and the reason that I gave this book a lower rating, is that I had no qualms with putting this book down.  I love books where I get to the…

Review: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

My rating:  4 & 1/2 stars
About the story:  It's 1897 and Anna O'Brien is a map librarian at the Library of Congress.  She leads a quiet life fulfilling research requests from members of quiet.  Anna loves order and finding answers.  When she finds an error in a Navy report she seeks to get it rectified right away.  The Navy adamantly objects to fixing an error in a fifteen year old report.  Their stubbornness only fuels Anna's determination and she recruits her lifelong best friend Neville to help solve the mystery.  She also recruits Luke Callahan, a young congressman from Maine whose political career has recently been a roller coaster ride.  Can he help Anna?  Will their dreams be shattered in the process?

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My review: I was so excited to read this story.  I love Elizabeth Camden's novels and I have a soft spot for stories that feature librarians (after all, I do hope to be a librarian soon).  This fictional glimpse into the Library of Congress and the Cap…

My Excuses to Read More in 2015

Okay, the time has come for me to actually commit to a challenge (or three).  I decided to put them all in the same post instead of making you suffer through a series of posts, so it may be a long one.

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Let's start with the Goodreads Challenge.  It's the generic challenge that will encompass everything I read this year.  I'm challenging myself to read 40 books this year.  With a full time job and graduate school (and possibly an additional part time job) it will be definitely be a challenge but I tend to aim high.  This will also require me to actually enter the dates that I read books.  I didn't really do that last year so I have no idea how many books I read in 2014.
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Next up, The Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge.  This one is hosted by Chapter Break and Terri at 2nd Run Reviews.  The premise is simple.  We all have a backlog of TBR books, right?  We buy them and then for whatever reason they just end up on the shelf, under a pile of books that w…

New Name for the New Year

As you may or may not have noticed, I changed my blog title/url. I was previously known as Faith and Pixie Dust Reviews.  It was chosen to highlight my interest in both christian fiction and fairy tale retellings, but I never really loved the name.  I'm sorry if the change effects anything you have that may link back to my blog.

Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Abigail Foster is a practical girl.  She is also rather plain, particularly when compared to her younger sister, Louisa.  Even Abigail's best friend, Gilbert, the man she secretly thought she'd marry, is ensnared by Louisa's beauty.  That being the case, Abigail accepts the fact that she will likely never marry, especially now that her family is facing financial ruin and she sacrificed her dowry to pay for Louisa's season.  Abigail's family can no longer afford their stylish London townhome so she takes it upon herself to help find an affordable place for them (she feels guilty about the financial loss because her father made an investment based on her recommendation).   They receive an offer they can't refuse: a twelve-month lease of Pembrooke Park on ridiculously generous terms, including a staff of five servants.  No one had lived in the manor for twenty years.  Abigail and her father enter the manor to find it had truly been abandoned.  Everything was…