Review: Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Series: Delia Martin, book 1
Published:
 2013
By: Tor
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9780765331823

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A very interesting historical interpretation of post-dating the real event of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Delia Martin was orphaned when her parents were made a victim of the natural catastrophe. Eventually, once she she became old enough she moved to New York to teach. Delia never thought that she would return to San Francisco under the circumstances that a ghost has convinced her to do so. Delia is being guided to help a ghost, whom she refers to as ‘Shadow’, to track down her murderer, but as one eventually finds out as more ghosts frequent her environment this mystery is bigger than she had imagined.

Although I found the first 150-ish pages lengthy and lack luster, the remainder of the book was exciting. Once I figured out where the climax was, it became exciting. The book is split between two perspectives, well.. actually three. There was the first person point-of-view featuring Delia and Gabe Ryan, he is a police officer leading a serial murder investigation. There is also third person point-of-view, of the same two characters, but the constant flip-flopping wasn’t always pleasant and sometimes made reading confusing.

The blooming relationship between Delia and Gabe play-out subtly in the background of the actual story, which is the two working together in solving Delia’s ghost problem. That and with the help of many interesting characters, like Madam Bobet, a spiritualist whom is very in-tuned with the spirit world, and Sadie and Jack both followers on this mysterious search for truth and seeking peace for the ever increasing visitors from another time.

I don’t know if I may take on the next books in the series, as I truly thought this book held up all by itself. So, only time will tell if I will be requesting A Barricade in Hell any time soon.

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Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Oh my goodness guys! I finally finished a book, and it wasn’t a graphic novel for a series review, or a picture book, but an actual 400+ page review. Now, I know many of you read this when it was first released, but I’m behind and don’t get those sweet deals on ARCs like you do down in the states that’s okay though 😉

Published: 2015
By: Random House Delacorte
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780385737654

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I chose this book randomly off the shelves of the library. It was on my reading list, but originally I was picking up books 4-6 of the graphic novel series, Saga. I wouldn’t necessarily say the writing was amazing, but the story itself – gripping.

Jennifer Donnelly writes a great historical fiction piece set in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. With main characters that develop throughout the story and have more than 3-base emotions. The story itself took me on a wild adventure with the main character, Jo Montfort, as she delves deep into the investigation that ultimately changes her life and alters the perception that she had been led to believe was all that she needed. In her adventure she develops new friends, loves and loses, thinks for herself – which was never acceptable for a society lady, suffered through the death of many close to her, and the list goes on. All in the while Jo is leading a double-life.

In the first, she is the good daughter. A society girl of good breeding and character. She attends a fine school. Her family name is considered well-known and well-to-do in all of New York. One of the finer families. Jo is beautiful and she is “destined” to marry Bram Aldrich, a man from another well-off family with a lot of money. Jo never wanted this dead-end arrangement, but had no way of getting out of it. Until her father was found dead in his study one night.

The other life Jo leads is the one that she starts after her father’s death. The investigation. Believing that there is no way her father’s death was a suicide, Jo is on the hunt for the truth. With nothing but a name, Eleanor Owens, and the money she found stashed in her father’s agenda, $1000, she sets on a journey that alters the threads that were delicately tied to ensure her future was set and nothing should have undone that.

I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the fact that Jo didn’t quite get the happily ever after one might expect, but she did get what she wanted: Freedom. She gained a new life, and although she may not have gotten the boy, she seems, more or less, undeterred by that. She earned the independence she so strongly desired, and now she continues to learn to be independent in a world she never knew beyond the windows of her carriage.

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I’m Still Here

Hi All!

I hope you haven’t forgotten me, because there is not a week that goes by that I don’t acknowledge my lack of presence in the blogosphere. I’m hoping things will get better in the next few weeks as I start to finalize final papers and midterms and moving towards final exams.

I’m hoping that by the end of April I will be able to get back into reviewing, or at lest reading/listening to get some reviews out again! I do know writing blogs has not been on the forefront of my mind, but fingers crossed I’ll be more there soon!

Tell me what you’ve been up to. What are you currently reading? Link up your recent blog posts, because I haven’t been checking into my Bloglovin’ account either (oops)

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