Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Review: Hattie Big Sky

This book tells the story of a girl from Iowa in 1918, during World War I. I really don't like lots of historical fiction. I got this book at Barnes & Noble from a rack of books for $1.50. Apparently it was unpopular for so long, plus it had gotten beat up from being moved from shelf to shelf, but it was still like new. I was so glad I had gotten it.
So Hattie had been moved around from one distant relative to the next. Then she gets a letter from a woman in Montana saying that her deceased uncle has left her a large piece of land. She moves out there to get away from her irritating Aunt Ivy. She has to adapt to the extreme cold there while preparing for planting season. I have to say I learned lots of good tips for if I ever want to go live on a homestead in Montana, but sadly, I don't think that'll happen. She makes some very good friends on her journey including Perilee, a mother who is extremely kind, as well as her children Chase, Mattie, Fern, and later on, Lottie; Leafie, a kind woman who is the go-to person for anything; Rooster Jim, a strange but very friendly man who had a cherry tree growing out of his roof; and so many other people.
The ending made me cry a lot. I'm not going to say anything more. It is one of my favorite books. Everyone should read it. It has lots of history in it, but it's still a fun, easy read!
I wish there were more of these stunning books out there, but sadly everyone has become sucked into those books about Vampires and Angels, and don't care to sniff out good books!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Review: Ever

(I've deleted my review because it wasn't very fair. I was just judging because it was a story from the bible. Eventually I'll post an updated and unbiased review)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Book Review: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

This book was definitely the best book I've read every that I can remember.

It's about a girl with no name. Her mother hadn't wanted another daughter, so she had refused to name her. She lives in a land that had been cursed with bad snow storms for as long as anyone can remember.
One day she is lucky enough to meet a magic reindeer who's legends say that anyone who is able to catch it can make a wish for anything in the world. She wishes for a name, which isn't revealed until the very end. When she's 16 (if I remember correctly) she is taken away by a great isbjorn (polar bear) to a palace made of ice where she must live for a year and a day. As she lives there, she learns more about the mystery of the palace and the isbjorn, but sadly her curiosity is costing her loving servants their lives.

If I say much more, I'll give away the whole book, which would spoil the ending, making this stunning story less stunning. It has a great, romantic, creative, beautiful happy ending, but not in a stupid way.

This book is based on the fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon", which, if you read it will spoil the whole entire story.

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