Queen of the Tearling

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Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Abstract

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress tyrant of the neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard each pledged to defend the queen to the death arrive to bring this most unregal young woman out of hiding.

Comments

I had been waiting to read this book for so many months, after seeing it on some list. I waited a few months after publication to read it because I really wanted to savor the moment and I am really happy to say I LOVED it.

I can’t believe it is Erika Johansen’s first book. She has done such a brilliant job. There are many aspects that contribute to make this such a GREAT READ. The storyline was interesting, while it read like it was set in the Middle Ages, it was actually set in the future; such a fantastic idea.

From the very first page the character of Kelsea grabbed hold of me and I loved her straight away. The way she grew in confidence with each chapter and interacted with all the other character in the book makes it a winner.

I loved the character of Lazarus and can’t wait to find out his whole story in the next two books (I hope). Father Tyler, Pen, Andalie, Marguerite, Javelin are all great support characters who add so much to the story.

I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series it will be one I read the minutes it is published.

Read by      Jody

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Weekends with Daisy

Weekends with Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell
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Abstract

Still mourning the loss of her family dog, mother and journalist Sharron Luttrell signs up for a weekend puppy-raising program. There’s just one catch: on weekdays, the dog is being trained by a convicted felon. She co-parents the pup with Keith, a seemingly friendly inmate serving a 40-year sentence.

Group Comments

The majority of people thought the book was average, most members of the group read the book.

I read the book but wasn’t enthusiastic. Found the author monotonous.

Didn’t finish it, found the author weak, lost interest. Will finished it but not sure when.

Didn’t finish too similar to work, found it romanticised prison.

Found the author went on about the other people in her life too much. Struggled to read it and wouldn’t recommend it. The program (NEADS) sounds good but book was uninspiring.

Found the author annoying, her character didn’t appeal to me; she seemed weak plus mild when dog training needs to be firm. Read other books around rather than finishing this; did eventually finish though.

Author was not a modern woman, didn’t love it but was an easy read.

Still reading but finding it dull.

The dog is lovely but the author is scatty. Thought it was funny she was disconnected from family but worried about children growing up.

Read by 2nd Tuesday Evening reading group.

Librarians with Bite

 
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NOVEMBER 2014

 

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Deeper Water

Deeper Water is a real coming of age story focussed very much on the relationship of the three female characters – Mema, her wild friend Anja and Mema’s mother. One day, after a downfall, Mema saves a man from a creek near their home. This man, Hamish, is the catalyst to an emotional upheaval that unsettles the family unit.

The settings and descriptions are very good. It makes you want to spend time in northern NSW and you get the feeling the nvoel is a touch autobiographical. Mema is a fantastic character, particularly in the way that she relates to her mother – she feels very loving towards her, despite their relative isolation.

It this novel, everyone accepts who they are and seem very content. This in particular resonates in the character of Mema who has a disability that is barely acknowledged in the book. It is nice that the story isn’t at all focussed on that. The friendship between Anja and Mema is a bit unresolved, but overall is definitely a worthwhile read from a new Australian talent.

4 Stars - Great Read

 

 

 

 

The Wedding Gift by Marlene Suyapa Bodden

The Wedding Gift is set in 1852 and is a story about slavery. Sarah is a slave on a cotton plantation and is given as a wedding gift to her half-sister (same father, different mother). Clarissa, her half-sister, has been raised as a proper Southern belle, but wishes she had more choice in her life, and in particular who she loves.

With alternating viewpoints, The Wedding Gift is a real page turner. The language and writing style is quite simplistic with clear perspective, but the story is well worth reading, especially if you enjoyed titles like The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

3 Stars - Good Read

 

 

 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project is about Don Tillman, a professor of genetics who has a few social ‘quirks’. He decides it is time he found a wife and comes up with a lengthy questionnaire to filter out those who aren’t suitable. Then he meets Rosie Jarman who possesses none of those ‘suitable’ qualities.

The Rosie Project contains brilliant observations about life and those things we take for granted. It proves that we shouldn’t categorise people because of the stigma attached to being different and being judged in that way.

There was some debate that perhaps Rosie as a character was a bit clichéd and didn’t have enough depth, but overall, the book was a fantastic read. It does have elements of romance but it was generally agreed that it was more of a general fiction title.

Can definitely see it being made into a movie!

4 Stars - Great Read

 

 

 

 

Librarians with Bite

 

 
What do Librarians do at lunch, you ask? We discuss books of course!

 

Find out what our Staff Book Club think of their monthly reads.

 

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OCTOBER – 2014

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Year of Wonders

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Well there is a lot to say about this book except everyone who read it absolutely loved it and those who didn’t read it can’t wait to. There were great strong female characters; especially Anna. The language was beautiful and very descriptive. Highly recommended!

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Discovery of witches

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

This is where the discussion got very interesting; there was definitely a difference of opinion. While the majority of people didn’t like the book, in fact they “hated it with a passion”. Other readers enjoyed it enough to go on and read the other books in the series. One thing everybody was in agreement about was the fact that they felt the book and the other books in the series could have done with a good edit.

2.5 stars If you're bored

 

 

 

By its cover

When several valuable antiquarian books go missing from a prestigious library in the heart of Venice, Commissario Brunetti is immediately called to the scene. The staff suspect an American researcher has stolen them, but for Brunetti something doesn’t quite add up.

Taking on the case, the Commissario begins to seek information about some of the library’s regulars, such as the ex-priest Franchini, a passionate reader of ancient Christian literature, and Contessa Morosini-Albani, the library’s chief donor, and comes to the conclusion that the thief could not have acted alone.

However, when Franchini is found murdered in his home, the case takes a more sinister turn and soon Brunetti finds himself submerged in the dark secrets of the black market of antiquarian books. Alongside his ever-faithful team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra, he delves into the pages of Franchini’s past and into the mind of a book thief in order to uncover the terrible truth.

Interesting book with great character observations, an ideal escape read.
4 Stars - Great Read