Friday, February 20, 2009

Review:The Secret Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson


Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.

Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life—from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.

Now, since I have had a surge of requests to review "The Last Tsarina" by Carolly Erickson, I decided to go look into the author's previous works. I had previously read this book and loved it, so figured I would share my review of it with you


Review:Jane Austen Ruined my Life by Beth Patillo

Product Description
English professor Emma Grant has always done everything just the way her minister father told her she should -- a respectable marriage, a teaching job at a good college, and plans for the requisite two children. Life was prodigiously good, as her favorite author Jane Austen might say, until the day Emma finds her husband in bed with another woman. Suddenly, all her romantic notions a la Austen are exposed for the foolish dreams they are.

Denied tenure in the wake of the scandal and left penniless by the ensuing divorce, Emma packs up what few worldly possessions she has left and heads to England on a quest to find the missing letters of Jane Austen. Locating the elusive letters, however, isn't as straightforward as Emma hoped. The owner of the letters proves coy about her prize possessions, sending Emma on a series of Austen-related tasks that bring her closer and closer to the truth, but the sudden reappearance of Emma's first love makes everything more complicated.

In the end, Emma learns that doing the right thing has very little to do with other people's expectations and everything to do with her own beliefs. Laced with fictional excerpts from the missing letters, Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the story of a woman betrayed who uncovers the deeper meaning of loyalty.

I loved this books moral-not so much the book itself. Obviously the book has to do with how Jane Austen has filled women's minds that every man is Mr. Darcy. While the book is good, don't get me wrong- It isn't Young Adult and missed that spunk and excitement that goes with that. It is a lovely book for those who love Jane Austen and for those who can't stand her. I recommend it to those looking for a more mature reading-and obviously to those who love/hate Jane Austen-it shows both sides very well.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Review:Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger

Product Description
A thrilling crime noir about a notorious fiction crime family's ongoing fued with their biggest rival. Story unfolds to reveal how one family's deepest secrets can become another family's bait, used to hook their enemy and reel them in for the kill.

Secrets Unveiled is a hard hitting modern crime novel. Being from the the city but living in the suburbs, I can appreciate a novel like this. The author obviously has some experience with this type of lifestyle. I give Ms. Pledger credit. I love seeing new authors self publish their books and try to get them out there-especially when the book is good. The book was fresh, as many of the crime gang books released now are not very realistic. Secrets Unveiled however gives it like it is. Go buy it on Barnes and Noble or Amazon, request stores to stock it, what ever-do what you can to read it- Cause it is so worth it

Saturday, February 7, 2009

In My Mailbox:Week Two

In My Mailbox:Week 2

For Review:
By Hangman
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger

By Hangman
Hoppergrass by Chris Carlton Brown

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sea Kittens

I would really appreciate if everyone could check out the cause below. It's very close to me and the sites real cool(you can decorate a little fishy like a kitten or princess and send it to your friends!)

Please Don't Eat the Sea Kittens