A Family Affair by Mary Campisi

“When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the getaway cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she has always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one.” -Goodreads.com

 

I think more and more I’m not liking books with several POVs.

And A Family Affair is no exception. Even though some parts were helpful with the story, a majority didn’t really help it flow.  Even now after reading it some feels like a slight jumbled mess because of all the plot lines going on… Just glad I got it cheap on kindle.

 

3 stars.

Read on September 24, 2013.

Bought.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

“Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.” -Goodreads.com

 

This book.

Fact, before Sarah’s Key I didn’t even know about the Vel d’Hiv’. Which in a way made the book even more powerful. Even though Julia’s story had hope in it, Sarah’s was so heartbreaking. I just can’t imagine going through all of that.

 

5 stars.

Read on September 19, 2013.

Bought.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

“Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.

Jacob was there because his luck had run out—orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive “ship of fools.” It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn’t have an act—in fact, she couldn’t even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.” -Goodreads.com

 

I feel slight conflicted with Water for Elephants. I liked it but yet didn’t love it. While there where parts I loved it while reading it, other parts not so much. To the point I almost didn’t finish it after 50 pages because I just didn’t get into it. Glad I did stick with it though because I did end up liking it. But there were a whole lot of parts that felt like it was dragging.

 

3 stars.

Read on September 18, 2013.

Bought.

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

“Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.” -Goodreads.com

 

After not being a huge fan of Fallen (I never even finished the series..), I was slightly hesitant to read Teardrop.  Especially after there already being a lot of people not liking it. So surprise surprise. I actually liked it 🙂

Even though there are a lot of things I didn’t like I overall really liked it. Now I’m really curious to see how the story goes. Because unlike Fallen, I’m really looking forward to reading the next book.

 

4 stars.

Read from September 16 to 18, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA.