Fiction · Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco

“Monsters were supposed to be scary and ugly. They weren’t supposed to hide behind friendly smiles and well-trimmed hair. Goodness, twisted as it might be, was not meant to be locked away in an icy heart and anxious exterior.” Kerri Maniscalco | Stalking Jack the Ripper | p. 306   On this cold and uninviting… Continue reading Review | ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco

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Review | ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ by Neil Gaiman

“She was one of those forest witches, driven to the margins a thousand years ago, and a bad lot. She cursed the babe at birth, such that when the girl was eighteen she would prick her finger and sleep forever.” Neil Gaiman | The Sleeper and the Spindle Who doesn’t know the fairy tale of… Continue reading Review | ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ by Neil Gaiman

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Review | ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.” Naomi Novik | Uprooted Over the last couple of months I have been in the perfect mood for fairy tales, I couldn’t possibly get enough of them. So this book fell into my hands… Continue reading Review | ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

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6 Classics in 2018 | #5 | ‘Jane Eyre’ | Review

“What a consternation of soul was mine that dreary afternoon! How all my brain was in tumult, and all my heart in insurrection! Yet in what darkness, what dense ignorance, was the mental battle fought! I could not answer the ceaseless inward question – why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of – I… Continue reading 6 Classics in 2018 | #5 | ‘Jane Eyre’ | Review

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Why I won’t reread the ‘Red Queen’ series | ‘War Storm’ Review

I love you is a promise we both made, and we both broke. It should mean I choose you above all else. I want you more. I need you always. I cannot live without you. I will do anything to keep our lives from parting. Victoria Aveyard | War Storm | p. 4 S P… Continue reading Why I won’t reread the ‘Red Queen’ series | ‘War Storm’ Review

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6 Classics in 2018| #4 | ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’| Review

 ‘So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to a master, - so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence… Continue reading 6 Classics in 2018| #4 | ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’| Review

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Review | ‘King’s Cage’ by Victoria Aveyard (2017)

“He’s terrified. For a second, it makes me happy. Then I remember – monsters are most dangerous when they’re afraid.” Victoria Aveyard | King's Cage |  p. 144   Spoiler Alert! This is the third book of the ‘Red Queen’ series by Victoria Aveyard, so this review may contain spoilers regarding the first book, ‘Red Queen’,… Continue reading Review | ‘King’s Cage’ by Victoria Aveyard (2017)

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6 Classics in 2018| #3 | ‘The Wizard of Oz’| Review

‘Come along, Toto’, she said. ‚We will go to the Emerald City and ask the great Oz how to get back to Kansas.‘ L. Frank Baum | The Wizard of Oz | p. 18 When I started my own little challenge to read 6 Classics in 2018 in January, I was quite excited for some… Continue reading 6 Classics in 2018| #3 | ‘The Wizard of Oz’| Review

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Review | ‘Glass Sword’ by Victoria Aveyard (2016)

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.” – Glass Sword, p. 250   Spoiler Alert! This is the second book of the ‘Red Queen’ series by Victoria Aveyard, so this review may contain spoilers regarding the first book, ‘Red Queen’.    In ‘Glass… Continue reading Review | ‘Glass Sword’ by Victoria Aveyard (2016)

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6 Classics in 2018| #2 | ‘The Great Gatsby’| Review

“You must know Gatsby.” “Gatsby?” demanded Daisy. “What Gatsby?” – p. 21 When I first read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I read the German translation and fell madly in love with it. Then I watched the latest movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and was completely blown away by how fantastic… Continue reading 6 Classics in 2018| #2 | ‘The Great Gatsby’| Review