Monday, October 28, 2013

Death du Jour

*Book 1*

Talk about a suspenseful book! Part of me didn't love that about it, but at the same time, the way that it was written, so that at the end of a chapter you're left with a sort of cliffhanger is ingenious. It made me want to keep reading (even if the book took me two months to finish).

The book starts innocuously enough - Temperance is digging up a nun who has been dead for quite a while, because she is up for sainthood, and when she finds this nun, she discovers something unusual about her that requires her to do research. I spent most of the book wondering about this single mystery because it wasn't cleared up until the last chapter (although there were hints about it before it was revealed).

While she's doing this rather low-key analysis of a nun, she is called into a house fire - mind you, part of this book takes place in winter. In the house, they find two bodies, plus a family of four in the adjoining building. That was probably the hardest part for me to read, since the family included four month old twins. I nearly started crying right then and there (actually, I might have cried).

These murders, plus other bodies that are discovered as the book progresses, are connected to a cult-ish organization and the effects of this group are wide spread and devastating for Brennan.

Overall, this book was enthralling and, while I don't always enjoy the writing style and the French that I completely don't understand, I can't wait to read more.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4**

These books are still fun. My daughter is excited to have them read to her (although this book took a little longer for us to get through because I got sick, so Daddy was reading some Lord of the Rings to her for about a week).

This book is in Narnia technically, but it doesn't take place in the actual country. This book takes place on a ship - the Dawn Treader. This book also has a different set of characters than the other Narnia books. Edmund and Lucy are still visiting, but Peter and Susan are no longer able to - they've become too old to travel to Narnia. But with Edmund and Lucy on this trip is their cousin Eustace. Eustace is a rather unlikable boy who doesn't believe in Narnia, even after the three children land there.

The crew of the Dawn Treader - which includes Caspian and Reepicheep the Mouse - find themselves in some interesting adventures as they journey to find the Narnian lords that were banished from Narnia by Caspian's uncle Miraz. They find islands with mysterious, exciting, and even dangerous things on them. They also discover the whereabouts of the seven missing lords.

I'm excited to continue reading these books to my daughter and getting the chance to enjoy them for the first time myself.