The Gospel of Loki [A Review]

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I admit freely that I geeked out hard when I was at Books-A-Million and I saw this book.the-gospel-of-loki-9781481449472_hr I’m a big fan of The Avengers and the Thor films, so Loki is well known to me. In my writing group, a friend of mine actually wrote as the much maligned God of Mischief and included more information about him than I knew. So when I saw this, I didn’t feel that my collection would be complete unless I had him on my shelf too.

I have the habit of when I’ve seen someone portray said character, they will always be that character. Thus, the narrator in my head took on Tom Hiddleston’s voice and Loki still looked like him, though there is a line referring to Loki as having red hair. (Jaw, meet floor.) I mean…I can see it but it just struck me as a “woah buddy!” moment.

tumblr_n7zq5wq3kg1rz0ey2o2_500This book is precisely what you’d expect from Loki. He is full of himself but charming, a bit of a braggart, self depreciating in some moments, a troublemaker and an outsider who kind of got the crappy end of the stick from the All-Father, Odin. He admits there are things he could have done differently, but didn’t. He also tends to not take full responsibility for things, instead finding ways to say, “Well, can’t you see why I was driven to do this?” If you’re expecting Loki Laufeyson from the films, you may be a teensy bit disappointed. This isn’t the story of the baby Jotun that Odin brought home to be raised with Thor. This story begins when he was simply a body-less being, Wildfire, born of Chaos who ends up manipulated by Odin, the All-Father. Loki narrates us from the beginning all the way to Ragnarok, and there is seldom a moment where I was bored or didn’t enjoy the story. Norse Mythology is fascinating and I intend to read more about it, so I do thank the author.

With this said, I did enjoy hearing about the Nine Realms, the different sorts of people, the gods, the demons. If you’re a Marvel fan, you’ll see familiar names: Thor, Six, Balder–remember him, he leads to a particularly painful time in Loki’s life–Odin, Freya and Heimdall. And there’s plenty of new folks, plenty of fascinating things going on that you’ll be as immersed as I was. I also liked how he could shape shift, how there were glamour effects and the magic that you expect from legends like this. The story of him giving birth to Slepnir, the eight legged horse, was peculiar. But then again? Life in Asgard is a bit unusual.

I daresay that I do feel for him; he’s too likable to be hated. I genuinely liked hearing his side of theme and I hope that perhaps there may be more to read. Having never read one of Ms. Harris’s books before, I will surely remedy this. She is talented, giving us such a well known figure as a protagonist and writing in first person. It made it easier for me to find that there were things about him I really liked and disliked. I didn’t like how blase he was about his family; if memory serves me correctly Loki loved Sigyn, his wife, he loved his twin sons by her and I think he loved his triplets by Angrboda, Fenrir, Jormangandr and Hel. So the indifference and dislike towards them didn’t really fit for me. I also was a bit confused by his utterly modern language. As we saw in films and comics, if you’ve read them, he’s got quite the vocabulary: ‘you mewling quim!’ for example. So hearing everyday, modern language was a bit peculiar.

All in all, it is enjoyable. Not perfect, but certainly enjoyable.

I’d give it ★★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I bought this copy for myself.
  • would recommend this to a friend.
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The Indigo Girl {A Review}

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❝It was so unlike me, but yet, it was me. Something was unfurling within me from behind the fear of societal expectations. Something true and deep. A part of my soul I’d always known was there but never acknowledged. I knew I’d never completely stop playing the role assigned to me in this life, but I would never ever let it compromise me.❞

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What I love about this book is that this is based on a true story. There’s nothing more interesting to me than when you take someone’s story and share it with the world who may not have known it. Eliza Lucas is sixteen when her father leaves her in charge of her family’s plantations when he goes back to to Antigua to serve as lieutenant governor during the English and Spanish conflict.  In a world where women are supposed to sit pretty and marry well, this is a unique opportunity for Eliza and one that she relishes, though her mother would prefer to see her married off and her husband tending to overseeing the plantations. It’s through her own determination and hard world that she avoids the yoke of marriage and instead struggles to see if indigo, a highly sought after dye, could be grown in the colony. Her determination and her willingness to work with the slaves of the property, whom she treated like family, teaching them to read in exchange for their helping her with the crop.

Even though she’s sixteen, there was a naivete about her, which is stripped away through time and in its place a new grit is formed and adds to Eliza’s already unique personality and mindset. I loved how she refused to be let down, that she kept fighting until she succeeded and continued with that same indomitable spirit throughout the rest of her life. She is also remarkable because General George Washington was one of the pallbearers at her funeral in 1793. She was truly amazing and she seems to have passed that down to her children, her two sons both were Federalist Vice Presidential candidates, the elder son was a signatory on the Constitution.

Included in the novel are actual snippets from Eliza’s letters and it’s lovely to hear Eliza’s own voice in this tome about her. Granted, it is a first person perspective, but there’s something special about including Eliza’s actual words.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to reread it. Ms. Boyd has a gift for storytelling and how to make things come alive. It was an absolute joy to read and I forced myself to take my time–I’m usually a fast reader–because I wanted to savor the story and to really get to know Eliza and her family. It’s a book you should enjoy and share with friends; it’s truly a wonderful read.

I’d give it ★★★★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I received a copy of this in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  • would recommend this to a friend. 100%!

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Natasha Boyd is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romantic Southern fiction and historical fiction. She holds a bachelor of science in psychology and also has a background in marketing and public relations. After hearing one of Eliza’s descendants speaking about Eliza’s accomplishments, the need to tell her story became so overwhelming that it couldn’t be ignored. Hence, The Indigo Girl was born. Boyd also started an Instagram account to document the research she accumulated; visit @eliza.the_indigo_girl for more information.

 

Ugly Beautiful Girl Blitz!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 27 September till 3 October. See the tour schedule here.

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By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That’s me. And I don’t want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn’t make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can’t be together because it isn’t real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren’t meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.

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Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

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Happy Halloween! (IT’s a little early.)

They say one should always face their fears. I don’t know why, I’m not going to be less afraid of the thing, should I face it. Spiders, wasps, snakes. Faced them, still terrified. I guess you could say I’m afraid of creepy crawly sort of things. I’m afraid of many things, but also on that list? Clowns. I freaking hate clowns. I don’t know why, but I developed the fear and once my friends knew, they ran with it. (Jerks.) They took to sending me pictures of Tim Curry’s rendition of Pennywise the Dancing Clown and just creepy ones in general. Opening e-mails from them after awhile became horrible and I stopped. They do the same on Facebook, but I admit, I’m somewhat more ready for it now. Especially old-and-new-pennywise-the-clown-itsince they went in with the new version of Pennywise. Now, I’m a Bill Skarsgard fan, just as I am Tim Curry. I have to remind myself that underneath all that horrible makeup and costume, are two very talented actors. But, look at this picture of them in costume. Creepy!

But let’s be honest…clowns are still really creepy. I just don’t like them. For my birthday, my parents got me two t-shirts but they didn’t fit–stupid PCOS has had me gain more weight–and when we went to exchange them, I saw my nemesis on the shelf.

That’s right, ya’ll. I saw the red balloon. I saw Georgie.  In short, I saw the book and I decided, “I’m going to do it. I’m going to read the book.” And so, my parents got me ‘It’ as a birthday gift. (Along with my new bookcase! Yay!)

I can honestly say, I have never read a Stephen King book. Despite my parents being huge fans and having read his books, I never quite got around to them, which is to my detriment. I am really, enjoying the book. I’m about 100 pages in. But I stopped reading.

Why? Because I decided I’m going to read the rest in October. When better to read something scary than in October? Now, my readers, I’ve got a question for you guys. What are things YOU are afraid of? And what are some frightening reads that you might suggest? I love Halloween and I want to read some good scary stuff. I’m thinking to add more Stephen King, but I’d love suggestions!

 

The Librarian of Auschwitz {A Review}

Untitled-1aBased on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the 

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Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to

the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

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This is one of those books that you know going in, that it’s not going to be a light read. It’s taking place in one of the darkest places in history, where some of humanities most horrible acts occurred.

We’re brought into “the family camp”, Block 31, in Auschwitz, the only unit in the campauschwitz where there were children. They were allowed to sing and play, but learning was forbidden. However, they continue to educate themselves, having worked out codes to let them know when Nazi officers are coming to check on things. When certain things were called out, they knew who was coming  and were able to hide the few little books that they had. Dita is our librarian and constantly risks her life to hide and keep the tomes safe. Eight little books…but the idea of what would become of all of them if discovered is a fear that is rife throughout the book and also one you feel struck into your heart as you sit reading. To have experienced it in person must have been terrifying.

Whilst there were moments that make you smile, they are laced with the harsh reminders of that this was a place where people were going to die. And they were going to be killed in a harsh, horrible manner in the hopes that they would never be thought of again. So many lives….and they were taken for what? One man’s hatred. That is the only reason.

This is labelled as a Young Adult book but quite frankly, I think everyone should read ditathis. It’s beautifully written and extremely haunting. It reminds me of how I felt when I visited the National Holocaust Museum when I was 14, Dita’s age in the book. It is a solemn place, one where you reflect on how good your life is and how horrific it must have been to be persecuted for being a Jew or anyone that didn’t fit Hitler’s ideal of a perfect Aryan. It shakes some part of your core and stays with you. It’s been 17 years since I was there, but I will never forget some of the things I saw and read there. I hope to return some day so I can remember it better, firstly, and because it’s something I find that we can’t forget.

Reading this book will expand your mind and break your heart and twist your soul. You may feel uncomfortable at times but I urge you to stick with it. You’ll be all the better for having read this. I promise you that. It’s sometimes easy to forget that an atrocity like the Holocaust happened. But we can’t and we shouldn’t. It’s disrespectful to those who have passed on and to those who remain here still.

Also, keep some tissues handy. Just a friendly note. I truly must commend Antonio Iturbe for his beautiful writing and to his translator, Lilit Thwaites, so we could understand!

“There will be those who do not share this fascination because some have risked their lives to keep a secret school and a clandestine library open in Auschwitz-Birkenau. There will always be those who think that it was an act of worthless courage in an extermination camp, when there are other pressing concerns: books do not cure diseases, nor can they be used as weapons to defeat an army of executioners, do not fill the stomach nor quench thirst. It is true: culture is not necessary for the survival of man, bread and water suffice. It is true that with bread to eat and water to drink man survives, but only with this dies the whole humanity. If man is not moved by beauty, if he does not close his eyes and set in motion the mechanisms of the imagination; if he is not able to interrogate himself and glimpse the limits of his ignorance, he is a man or a woman, but he is not a person ; nothing distinguishes it from a salmon, a zebra or a musk ox. “

I’d give it ★★★★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I received a copy of this in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  • would recommend this to a friend. 100%!

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If you’d like to hear more about Dita, I found this video about her. In 2014 she was a a torchlighter on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.

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[Hogwarts] Tag! You’re It!

I was tagged by the lovely ER @ Literary Tea. You should really follow her blog, I love it! One of those rare blogs that I do visit daily! ❤

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Are you a Pure-Blood or a Half-Blood?

I’m going to go with Half-Blood.

Which wand choose me?

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Did you take an Owl, Cat, Rat or Toad with you?

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I’m allergic to cats, rats kind of scare me and I’d lose a toad, let’s be honest. Haha!

Where did the Sorting Hat put you?

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Yo, I’mma let ya’ll finish, but Slytherin is the greatest house of all time. *mic drop*

What house did you want to be placed in?

I always loved Slytherin. I was just drawn to it although most people say I’d be a pretty good Hufflepuff. I’m proud of my house.

What lessons are your favourite and least favourite?

My favourite lesson? I’d have to go with Transfiguration. Least favorite would probably be Potions (because I’m not good at mixing things) or Arithmancy.

What is your Patronus?

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Pottermore says it’s a Grey Squirrel. I really disagree! I’d have picked a dolphin or a giraffe (I just love them!) for myself.

What does your Boggart look like?

Spider. Oh for sure, a spider!

Did you partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

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Slytherin Quidditch supporter! I’ve no talent for sports, but I love watching them. I used to be in choir when I was in school so I think I’d have done that in Hogwarts too.

Where would you spend your spare time?

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The library and Hogsmeade, of course! I might use the Shrieking Shack as a good spot to read.

What would you most likely get detention for?

Wandering the halls at night, more than likely. Or for sassing a teacher. Never did learn how to shut my mouth.

What career do you want after graduating from Hogwarts?

Auror or I’d be a teacher at Hogwarts, I think. I’d love to be a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher! .

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Happy Book-day Unforgivable Love!

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I’ve been SO excited about this book since I first heard about it and since I saw the cover. Les Liaisons Dangereuses is one of my favorite films–Glenn Close and John Malkovich were phenomenal and those costumes (!!!) and I just have a love for the story. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Ms. Scott’s other novels, but I am planning to start with this one. It’s exciting to me to see a woman of color on a cover; particularly since I read a lot of books where the main characters are white. I’d like to diversify my bookshelves, find more characters like me. I welcome suggestions in the comment section! However, I hope you guys give this a read and you let me know what you think.  

 

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In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it’s the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem’s elite fleeing the city for Westchester County’s breezier climes, two predators stalk amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes.

Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel’s smile and a heart of stone. She made up her mind long ago that nobody would decide her fate. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men Mae attracts like moths to a flame.

Valiant Jackson always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Mae for years. The door finally opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val’s reward will be a night with Mae.

But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband. Certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know that her worst mistake will be Val’s greatest triumph.

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Sophfronia ScottSophfronia Scott’s forthcoming novel, Unforgivable Love, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in September 2017. She also has an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, forthcoming from Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books, and a spiritual memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son, being published by Paraclete Press.

Sophfronia grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. Her father was a Mississippi-born steelworker who never learned how to read and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who always made sure there were books in the house. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sophfronia spent a big chunk of her career as a writer and editor for Time and People magazines where she developed the uncanny ability to create order out of chaos by whittling massive amounts of facts and ideas into a single cohesive form.

When her first novel, All I Need To Get By, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2004 Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & LettersSaranac ReviewNuméro CinqRuminateBarnstorm Literary JournalSleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Sophfronia lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with her husband and son and where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flowerbeds. She enjoys teaching at Regis University’s Mile-High MFA in Denver, Colorado and the Fairfield County Writer’s Studio in Westport, Connecticut.
She blogs at http://www.Sophfronia.com.

Top Ten Tuesday!

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I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite books from when I was a little girl. I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately and I thought it’d be a lot of fun. I hope you guys will share some with me too!

  1. The American Girls series. You guys, I was SO in love with these books. Not only did agdolls1they have amazing books, the girls themselves were from different times and it revealed to me the struggles they endured and also how similar they were in having to overcome the situations they found themselves in. I loved Samantha and Felicity best–I still have my Samantha doll! They varied in period from Revolutionary America to World War II. I believe they’ve continued on from there and have added even more girls. I half wish I had a little girl of my own or a niece I could spoil with these! (And then I could read them too, haha.) I always wished they’d make an American Women series and write about them as grown ups.
  2. newsimg687The Babysitters Club. Okay, what girl wasn’t into BSC? It seemed like they were everywhere for awhile. A movie, a club, loads of books. I always loved Claudia because of her affinity for hiding junk food all over her room. I also thought she was very creative and that was something I aspired to. All of the girls were fascinating, but I admit….I never wanted to join a babysitters club!
  3. 6461George Washington’s Socks. I know the title sounds really stupid, but if memory serves correctly, the kids went back in time to Revolutionary America and were present to see the Battle of Trenton as well as Washington’s crossing. They met a coterie of characters and learned a lot about how America came to be. I remember my mom having to go to the DMV and we lived in NYC then–so you can imagine the line! I finished the book in one sitting. The title has always stuck with me.
  4. matildaMatilda. I found a kindred spirit in her. A girl who liked to read! And she could do magic–okay, I couldn’t do that. But to find a character who understood how I felt about reading was lovely. I’ve always had a soft spot for Roald Dahl books; I almost put James and the Giant Peach here, but Matilda definitely won out. The movie was also amazing, I loved Mara Wilson and Danny DeVito, both did a stellar job! A case of the film being just as good as the book.
  5. The Avonlea series. I wanted to become Sara Stanley’s friend in the worst way. Sheroad_to_avonlea__song_of_the_night_-_fiona_mchugh was such a free spirit and I just loved escaping to Prince Edward Island anytime I opened the book. Now, I know these aren’t the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery–but I read those too. I watched the television series with my family and when they discovered books based on the series, I had a new favorite series. I love Felicity King too. She was haughty and wonderful, in my opinion. I seemed to always love characters like that.
  6. little-house-booksLittle House series. I fell head over heels with the Little House series. It was actually a bit obsessive. I read all the books, I studied the family, loved the TV show. I was just fascinated by the Ingalls family and how they moved around to different places. Their struggles and triumphs. I even saw a play about her!
  7. 941b1e06449390c01d20d7fdd4692d8dHarry Potter. C’mon. We all know how I feel about Harry Potter! I couldn’t not include it here. I could write you a ten page essay, so I’ll just link my previous Harry post here.
  8. ds04-lMagic School Bus. Two words. Miss Frizzle! This was one of my favorite books and shows back in the day, which is saying something given my hatred of school. I always wished for a teacher like her and I definitely wanted amazing field trips like that. Except in the Human Body, even though that was my favorite book in the series. And the TV show! Speaking of, did you see there’s going to be a reboot? /So/ excited!
  9. 51lrfo3tqdl-_sx342_ql70_Sweet Valley High. I loved reading about the Wakefield twins adventures and mishaps, their dealing with growing up and boys. It’s been a long time since I thought about this one, wow! I also read the Sweet Valley twins books about when they were little girls. There was a tv show, if I remember too. I feel really old right now! Haha!
  10. 231850Corduroy . I made my parents read this to me ad nauseum. But I genuinely loved reading about this adventurous little bear who needed a button for his overalls. I’ve always just loved Teddy Bears, honestly. Another favorite bear story of mine? Paddington Bear and of course, Winnie The Pooh!

 

What were some of your favorite books as a child? Leave me comments below and tell me! I’d love to see if we read some of the same ones; ones I possibly have forgotten.

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In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history.

“Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness . . .”

As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. But no visitor to her parents’ home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. But it is in the aftermath of war, as Hamilton becomes one of the country’s most important figures, that she truly comes into her own.

In the new capital, Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings. Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again. In the end, it will be Eliza’s indomitable strength that makes her not only Hamilton’s most crucial ally in life, but also his most loyal advocate after his death, determined to preserve his legacy while pursuing her own extraordinary path through the nation they helped shape together.

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With the popular Broadway musical, Hamilton, kind of taking over the world, it’s not surprising that a lot of us are fascinated in learning more about the man himself and his family. This book has proven that ‘behind every great man is a woman’. I should preface this by saying that with as much attention as we give the Founding Fathers, we should give equal attention to the Founding Mothers. Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Eliza Hamilton…there are countless others, but they seldom get their chance to stand in the spotlight. Hamilton was kind of largely forgotten, but thanks to Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda, he’s been thrust into the spotlight and given the attention he deserved.

I love Colonial America and I have since I was a child. I have many a happy memory at Colonial Williamsburg (though, I was a brat about it sometimes.). It’s definitely a step back in time. There’s no cell phones, no air conditioning, none of the modern conveniences that we take advantage of. I was given the same feeling as I was reading this book; that I was going back in time. I lost track of time and spent quite a few hours lost. I was thrown straight into revolutionary America and into the Hamilton’s life. The attention to detail was nothing short of brilliant.

I really love the first person narrative; it’s sometimes hard to forget that historical figures were real people and they appear one dimensional. Reading the story from Eliza’s POV adds a brand new dimension to everyone and to the story. From her joy to her sorrow, you can really feel it. I really got a feel for who Eliza really was and I feel all the better for knowing. She was a strong, intelligent woman; a true match for Alexander. Eliza was a traditional wife and mother, but she was also a woman who had an identity separate from those two things.

Once Alexander was gone, instead of sitting idly, she continued a life of service where she helped orphans, she also fought to tell Alexander’s story, to preserve his memory. She was an active woman all the way to her death at the age of 97. Considering that some people didn’t live long back then and even by today’s standards, she lived a long fascinating life.

In Ms. Scott’s capable hands, we see who lived, who died and who tells the story. (I couldn’t ‘throw away my shot’ at quoting the show! 😉 )

I’d give it ★★★★ stars.

Additional Notes:

  • I received a copy of this in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  • would recommend this to a friend. 100%!

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Susan Holloway ScottSusan Holloway Scott is the author of over fifty historical novels and historical romances. Writing under several pen names, she has received numerous awards and honors for her bestselling books. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world and translated into fourteen different languages.

Susan also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), a popular book & history blog and Twitter account (@2nerdyhistgirls) with a worldwide following. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia, PA.

You like me! You really like me!

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I was nominated by ER @Literary Tea for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much! Please be sure to head over to her blog and give it a follow! ❤


So what is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

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ER’s Questions! 

What is the one thing that you don’t like about Blogging?

One thing I don’t like is the days where I am inspired to blog, but I can’t seem to get the words out right. I’ll spend hours trying before I give up, frustrated.

Describe your reading nook.

My reading nook is the corner of my bedroom. I have one large bookcase and a smaller one. I’m expecting another to arrive soon–a belated birthday gift. I’m pretty sure that it’ll be filled up soon! Haha. I have an old desk chair but i need to replace it, as it’s very uncomfortable.

Have you ever given a really bad rating to a book? How did you feel about it?

I have. When I was first blogging; I didn’t have much in the way of a filter, and I lambasted this one book. I don’t remember the name of it now, but I remember being extremely honest and frank in how I felt about it.  I felt good at the time but I look back and I realise I probably came off as an ass. I didn’t offer any constructive criticism, so it was a bad review.

How do you juggle your responsibilities and commitments with blogging and reading?

I don’t have much in the way of responsibilities, but I admit, I read a lot at night, when I’m going to bed. Unfortunately, a few more pages always ends up the entire bloody book! It’s not always bad, but when I’m a zombie the following day, I kind of regret it.

Would you rather party or read?
Read. I’m very uncomfortable at parties, unless it’s with family and then it’s better because I know the people there. I hate the awkwardness of parties where I don’t know anyone.

Which fictional character would you marry?
Oh wow. This a hard one! But I think I would pick Rhett Butler. I know it’s a peculiar choice to some, but ever since I was a little girl, people have joked that I’m just like Scarlett O’Hara. So I expect that a marriage to Rhett would be fun. Unlike Miss O’Hara, there’s no Ashley Wilkes to distract me from Rhett.

What are the qualities that make a book stand-out?

Well, I am shallow. I love a pretty cover. If it catches my eye, then I’m quite interested. But for me, a good book is one that makes me feel like I’m right in the midst of all the action, I love descriptions; good detailed ones. I love vibrant characters. I want hours to go by when I think it’s only been a few minutes.

What would be the one question you would ask your favourite author? Name the author.

Did Scarlett and Rhett get back together?! –Margaret Mitchell

Suggest a book for your father.

I’m adopted and I don’t know anything about my father, including who he is.

Which character do you identify with the most?

Well, I’m torn between Scarlett O’Hara and Jo March. There’s a rebellious and stubborn streak in me, one that no one has ever been able to break. I’ve always known what I wanted (or what I thought I wanted) and I’ve been bullheaded, stopping at nothing to get my way. My family is important to me and there’s really nothing that I wouldn’t do for them, which is a trait that both young women have. I feel a kinship with Jo because of my love of writing, but I’ve always felt a bit like Scarlett personality wise.

Of course, I identify heavily with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but I think everyone knows that about me!

Give two pieces of advice to your future blogging self.

Be patient. The words will come when they’re ready and not a moment before. Forcing them only makes them sound terrible and everyone else can tell that they’re forced.

Stay passionate. If you feel the love fading, take a step back. Take a break. Reconnect with your love and then start over, but not until you feel ready to do so. Else you’ll burn out and then rage quit again.

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My Questions!

  1. What is your all time favorite children’s book?
  2. You have the opportunity to have dinner with three authors–living or dead. Who do you pick and why?
  3. What is your favorite classic novel?
  4. What is the worst book to movie adaptation, in your opinion?
  5. What is the best book to movie adaptation, in your opinion?
  6. If you could trade places with any character, who would you chose and why?
  7. What is your favorite book?
  8. If you could cast any actor/actress to play your favorite characters, who would you choose and why?
  9. What is a book that you absolutely hate?
  10. What’s your favorite way to read? (Like, on a rainy day? In bed? Et cetera.)
  11. What is your favorite genre and why?

page-separatorMy Nominees!

Paige @ BooksNBelle
Kris Marie @ Boston Book Reader
Andrea @ 17th Century Lady
Rachel 
Jenniely
Cleo
Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland

I would have picked 11 of you; but my computer is being slow as hell. -_- And I haven’t gotten to interact with that many of you yet!