[Book Talk] A Breath of Snow And Ashes (Outlander, #6) by Diana Gabaldon

a-breath-of-snow-and-ashesBook Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: January 2017

Outlander series

  1. Outlander
  2. Dragonfly in Amber
  3. Voyager
  4. Drums of Autumn
  5. The Fiery Cross (no review)
  6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  7. An Echo In The Bone
  8. Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

Synopsis:

Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time.

Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over — and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

My Thoughts

I’m writing this review after finishing this book in April … after I started it in January! I had started it and was really enjoying it, then when I got 300+ pages in I put it down to read something else and just never picked it back up again! It’s not like this book wasn’t good — it was amazing! — but it seems to take me FOREVER to get through Diana Gabaldon’s books. They’re so detailed and long that it takes me at least an hour to get through 3-4% so I feel like I’m not making progress after reading it for a week.

Anyway.

This book was so good! I loved how it started with the premise about the newspaper clipping on Jamie and Claire’s death, their house burning down and them burnt to death inside. So we all know that that’s where the story will go in the end. There was so much going on and so much action and even though it was a long book (at 980 pages) and it had a lot of characters, it was just so intriguing and interesting and just when one drama would end another would begin. And don’t even get me started on the ending because it was intense!

It’s funny because even though this took me forever to read and I got to the point where I just had to force myself to finish it (thank you Tome Topple for the motivation!), once I did I wanted to immediately start the next one! I loved all of the mysteries this book brought up (and don’t keep reading if you haven’t read it!) with Brianna and Roger (will we get more of them in the next book??) and what is with Jamie’s dreams?? I loved the first epilogue and nearly cried with Roger and Brianna’s revelation … it was just so heartwarming and beautiful!

Such a great book and an amazing series!

[Book Talk] The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Read: March 2017

Synopsis:

What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? This heartwarming and hilarious new novel from the authors of The Perfect Life follows a woman who discovers she can change her life through online status updates.

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancé, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate’s two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

In The Status of All Things, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke combine the humor and heart of Sarah Pekkanen and Jennifer Weiner while exploring the pitfalls of posting your entire life on the Internet. They raise the questions: What if you could create your picture-perfect life? Would you be happy? Would you still be you? For anyone who’s ever attempted—or failed—to be their perfect self online, this is a story of wisdom and wit that will leave you with new appreciation for the true status of your life.

My Thoughts

This was a lot of fun to read! I love those stories where something happens and you can see what someone’s life is like if they head in the direction of that thing happening, and if they also head in the opposite direction if nothing happened. This story is kind of like that. Something happens and, with a little bit of magic (and maybe some faerie godmother-ing), Kate has the power to change her life. But is she changing it for the good? Or will her life play out the way it was supposed to?

There was definitely some silly stuff happening, but it was still an enjoyable read. It was also one of those books that made you think of the “Facebook effect” … we all post the good part of our life and it’s so easy to see someone’s life and wish you had what they had, or wonder what their secret for a perfect life is, but the truth is that nobody is perfect and sometimes it takes going OFF of social media to see that.

I will for sure be reading some more of Liz Fenton’s work … I’ve had my eye on a few of her titles and can’t wait to try them out!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews
She Flies With Faeries
Book Baristas

[Book Talk] Doppler (Doppler, #1) by Erlend Loe

dopplerBook Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

A bestseller in Scandinavia — Doppler is the enchanting, subversive, and very unusual story about one man and his moose.
This beguiling modern fable tells the story of a man who, after the death of his father, abandons his home, his family, his career, and the trappings of civilization for a makeshift tent in the woods where he adopts a moose-calf named Bongo. Or is it Bongo who adopts him? Together they devote themselves, with some surprising results, to the art of carefree living.
Hilarious, touching, and poignant in equal measure — you will read it with tear-stained cheeks and sore sides — Doppler is also a deeply subversive novel and a strong criticism of modern consumer culture.

My Thoughts

After reading his book Naive. Super, I’ve come to never expect the normal from Norway author, Erlend Loe. I can’t even remember what brought me to buy this book a few years ago – I think I had been looking for my own copy of the first book of his I had read since I had mailed my original copy to a friend since I loved it so much, and I came across this little book, featuring a moose on the cover, and I just had to have it.

Erlend’s books are … different. He has this amazing humour that seriously had me laughing out loud for the whole book, but the story was also sad. The main character is coming to terms with his father’s death – and maybe going through a bit of a midlife crisis at the same time. As the story goes on, he meets other characters who are going through the same thing – one is also mourning the loss of his dad, another is going through a midlife crisis, trying to make a living for his family. They all befriend one another in their own quirky way and I think they all helped one another deal with their issues. Emphasis on quirky. Seriously, parts of this book are ridiculous and I have to wonder how much truth there is to it, how much of it actually happened in this fictional world – like the moose playing cards? That’s got to be talking about something else that I just didn’t understand.

I love the people in Erlend’s books – they’re not your normal characters and even the ones who seem slightly more normal don’t have the same reactions a normal person might have in real life. So many things happened that had me saying, ‘Huh?’ but in the same way I’d shake my head and just say, ‘Oh, Erlend, you cheeky bastard.’ How can you not love this book? It’s quaint, it’s poignant, it’s sad, it’s relatable. I loved about 95% of it but did not get the ending. Actually, that’s not true, I wished it hadn’t been part of a series, something I didn’t know when I bought it. I won’t be continuing with the series because, honestly, I thought the book would end differently. But then again, it’s Erlend, and I don’t think he does anything normal.

At any rate, this was a fun and very quick read (I started it when I went to bed one night and finished it in the wee hours of the morning before the kids got up), but I wouldn’t recommend reading it until you’ve read Naive. Super, which is amazing.