Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Half Forgotten Song , by Katherine Webb

A Half Forgotten Song , by Katherine Webb

Synopsis from Goodreads:A spellbinding tale about the power of love, the danger of obsession, and the unfaithful nature of memory. A Half Forgotten Song is by turns haunting, heartbreaking and joyous.

1937. In a village on the Dorset coast, fourteen-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing, until the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey-along with his exotic mistress and their daughters-changes everything. Over the next three summers, Mitzy sees a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. A love that grows from innocence to obsession; from childish infatuation to something far more complex. Years later, a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at its intensity. The questions he asks lead him to a Dorset village and to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s.

My Review:
Dimity/Mitzy is an unreliable narrator but I don’t think it is in a mean spirited way, I believe it is her story completely from her point of view, even though that view is skewed, compared to how other people remember it. She never knew any kindness in this world so of course she would fall in love with the first person that showed it to her.

The back and forth in time worked very well, as Zach tries to find out the truth about artist Charles Aubrey but what he finds in Mitzy is not what he expected to find and can she be believed? Mitzy’s story was so fascinating and made even more so as realize what an unreliable narrator she is but you can’t help but fall in love with her either, at least I couldn’t, I felt she was stuck in this time, I don’t believe she ever really matured past this point in her life and it made me sad for her and just want to hug her.

I really liked the way the author told this story with this air of mystery as you try to figure out just how much of Dimity’s story is the truth and how much is pure fantasy. Zach was an interesting character too as he tries to figure out not only what to do with his own life but to find out what his real connection is to the famous artist. Mitzy’s mother is a piece of work who I just wanted to slap, the way she treats Mitzy is just awful she is a very unlikable person, and maybe Mitzy wouldn’t have been so in need of love, attention and normalcy if she had been even a decent mother. There are hints of gothic fiction here but I wouldn’t categorize it as such all the characters are fully fleshed out and truly “alive”.

I have enjoyed Webb’s other two books and this one did not disappoint I highly recommend all of her books! I couldn’t put this book down I feel it is a must read but be prepared for some late nights and characters that will stay with you long after you are finished!

4 1/2 Stars

Friday, July 5, 2013

Road Trip/ Vacation Audiobook Recommendations from Library2Go

Road Trip/ Vacation Audiobook Recommendations from Library2Go  

                                               For the family:
The Bloody Jack series by, L.A. Meyer narrated by, Katherine Kellgren

The True Meaning of Smekday  by, Adam Rex narrated by, Bahni Turpin

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series, Book 1 by Maryrose Wood narrated by,Katherine Kellgren

Hatchet (series) by, Gary Paulson narrated by, Peter Coyote

The Harry Potter Series by, JK Rowling narrated by, Jim Dale

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by, Jacqueline Kelly narrated by, Natalie Ross

Magic Tree House Collection, Books 1-8 by Mary Pope Osborne narrated by,Mary Pope Osborne

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman narrated by,Neil Gaiman

Ready Player One by, Earnest Cline narrated by, Wil Wheaton

The Hunger Games (Series) by, Suzanne Collins narrated by, Carolyn McCormick

Divergent (Series) by, Veronica Roth narrated by, Emma Galvin

The Night Circus by, Erin Morgenstern narrated by, Jim Dale

The Looking Glass Wars by, Frank Beddor narrated by, Gerard Doyle

Cold Sassy Tree by, Olive Ann Burns narrated by, Tom Parker

                                      Fun Paranormal:
The Eyre Affair (Series) by, Jasper FForde narrated by, Emily Gray

Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery by, Juliet Blackwell narrated by, Xe Sands



Heat Wave by, Richard Castle narrated by, Johnny Heller 

Anything by, Lisa Gardner

Defending Jacob by William Landay narrated by,Grover Gardner

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis narrated by, Katherine Kellgren
Anything by, Michael Connelly

Anything by, Janet Evanovich

                                         Adult Fiction:
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler narrated by, Bahni Turpin & Lorna Raver

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore, narrated by, Adenrele Ojo &, Pamella D'Pella

The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo narrated by, Karen White

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom narrated by, Dan Stevens

The Asylum by John Harwood narrated by, Rosalyn Landor

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker narrated by,Emily Janice Card

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty narrated by, Elizabeth McGovern

The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen narrated by, Xe Sands

The Cove by, Ron Rash

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson narrated by, Joshilyn Jackson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson narrated by, Peter Altschuler

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown narrated by, Kirsten Potter

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan narrated by, Cassandra Campbell Julia Whelan Danny Campbell

The Help by Kathryn Stockett narrated by, Octavia Spencer Bahni Turpin Jenna Lamia

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles narrated by, Rebecca Lowman

Non-Fiction: Adult :
Catherine the Great by, Robert Massie narrated by, Mark Deakins

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by, Rebecca Skloot narrated by, Bahni Turpin & Cassandra Campbell

Adult- Life by, Keith Richards narrated by, by, Johnny Depp & Jon Hurley