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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    Slow pace ending makes up for it a bit.

    This was an okay book. Certainly not the best, but it had it’s moments where it did engage me as a reader. The book had some gothic overtones and the setting of the story (which was Victorian but in the USA era) was interesting - which kept my curiosity going. I really enjoyed reading about Amelia because she didn’t care what others thought of her or what society thought. She did whatever she wanted to do despite the consequences.

    I really liked her paired up with Zora. They were like two kindred spirits and made an interesting duo to read. The other characters were also pretty good. I’m trying to figure out whether Nathaniel is some other worldly creature, or just someone with paranormal powers. I was a bit confused there (I’m sure that’s probably explained in the other two books)

    What bugged me about this book is, it went at such a great pace, and then halfway through the book it slows to the pace of waiting for the entire carton of molasses to empty. It goes SUPER SLOW. Almost to the point where I wanted to give up the book. I’m not sure why it became this way, after being halfway in the book you’re then set back on pace and the book gets interesting in the end. In fact it’s the ending that makes up for the snail’s pace. Sort of.

    Worth a read and if possible, try and work your way through the snail trail in the book. The ending makes the reading worth it. Otherwise if you don’t have the patience, you might as well pass this one by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Good story

    I thought this was a good story but was omewhat undeveloped. First while i always enjiy reading stories written and set in the late 1800's i found it dufficult to read a book written "now" and set bck then. Somthing about the language used not feeling quite as natural. Also it took a long time to get to anythung to exciting and then it was a quick drop to the end. ALSO it was a little to unbelievable paranornmal stuff for me.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    The Vespertine

    So this book was pushed on me by Lynn at Bringing the Epic. She has always pushed really great books on me so when she was like, " you have to read this book! It is my favorite book of the year!" So I promised her I would give it time when I have the time. Well I had the time and I am happy I did.

    The book is a historical fiction and it is about this girl named Amelia. Amelia goes and lives in Baltimore with a family. While she is there she is going to go to school and work for the family. But also during this time, she becomes very close friends with Zora, the daughter of the house. But also while she is there she meets Nathaniel, and there is more than meets the eye with Nathaniel but she just can not put her finger on it.

    This book had everything that I thought was going to be in the book. It had a great love story, and a great mystery story to it. This would defiantly be a book that I would recommend to someone that loves books where there always is a happy ending. This is defiantly a book for them. The only thing that I can complain about the book is that it did have a happy ending. I prefer books that keep you going. Keep your attention and make you want more. This book was just a really good book. It was a easy read and a rainy day read. I need more suspense to the story. But that is just me. Some out there are going to fall in love with the this Lynn.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Great Historical Read but Not Fan of Paranormal Twist

    I'm a huge fan of historical novels so from the historic aspect, this book does not disappoint. I love this time period for all its balls and gowns and Saundra Mitchell wonderfully crafts Baltimore in the late 19th century.

    I usually love forbidden romances, but I was not so much of a fan of this romance. I just did not feel it between Nathaniel and Amelia. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of Nathaniel. He's forbidden, independent, and an artist. He doesn't have to listen to the rules of etiquette, but he's also not the "ideal" husband that Amelia should be looking for. He's charming and seems like an overall nice guy. I love male characters that as a reader you can easily fall in love with. But I couldn't get that with Nathaniel. Maybe if there were more scenes with him in the book I would be able to feel the chemistry between them.

    I'm not so sure if I liked the format of the book. At first, I did not even notice that the book was switching back and forth from past and present, Maine and Baltimore. (I have a bad memory for dates and such.) But once I realized this, I thought that it made the book a bit anti-climactic. I knew that things were going to get downhill for Amelia. It killed the suspense. However, I was still interested in why she was "ruined" and why she was sent back to Maine. Still, because I knew that bad things were going to happen, I just found myself restless and waiting for the inevitable.

    The paranormal entities of this book is a twist to the genre. I usually don't see paranormal and historical mixed together so it was different. However, I do not think that the paranormal part of the book was executed as well as the historical. Half the time, I was really confused on what was going on. I had to keep rereading passages because I wasn't understanding exactly what was happening. The descriptions were vague so I had difficulty imagining what was going on between the characters.

    Nothing exciting really happens until the last twenty-five pages. Then, its jaw-dropper after the next jaw-dropper and I could not believe that so much drama could happen in such little time. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. I'm left with a feeling that there could have been more, but the book just came to an end. I was really left unsatisfied, especially because just when the book started to pick up, it was already over.

    I would still recommend this to fans of historical romances because based on my experience, there aren't that many that deal outside of England. I love the location of Baltimore. I love this time period.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    A quick and absorbing read!

    Amelia isn't sure what to expect when she is shipped off to stay with her Aunt and cousin Zora in Baltimore. Upon arrival, her life turns into one exciting adventure after another. Zora is extremely social and daring, introducing Amelia to girl friends and boys alike. But Amelia is hiding a secret, and when Zora finds out what she can do, life as Amelia knows it changes fast and furiously. The two girls make the best use of Amelia's talents as they can, creating quite a name for themselves. Then someone gets hurt and it becomes difficult to know who to trust. Plus Zora meets a mysterious boy who may or may not have powers of his own.

    This is a tender and tragic little read. The atmosphere is filled with historically accurate references of the times (Zora and Amelia go to get calling cards printed, for example) that are delightful to experience. The writing was surprisingly sensual, breaking away from the prudish, stuffy air of proper society. Amelia's interest in Nathaniel Witherspoon is innocent and arousing. Zora's bright outlook on life and willingness to be her own gal is downright contagious. Saundra Mitchell expertly captures the language and rules of the time period. The plot takes it's time getting going, but once it does, the reader is thrown into happiness and dances and the mystique. Then, when things take a turn for the worse, I couldn't help but feel bad for poor Amelia. However slow, silly, or sad the story may be however, the ending is so completely worth it.

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