The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel

Author: Baroness Orczy

Series: The Scarlet Pimpernel, #1

Genre: Classic Adventure/Romance

Era: 1790s (French Revolution)

Setting: England and France

Source: from library (read with my mom)

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

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Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

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I really enjoyed this book. It has definitely earned a place amongst my favorites! I think it’s one of those books everyone should read, along with Austen. It’s both humorous and thrilling, romantic and adventurous.

Plot: 5/5

This is genius. Absolute genius.

A dashing hero is saving the aristocrats from the dreaded guillotine. A beautiful woman fights for her marriage, which seems to be falling apart at the seams. An evil man plots to capture the dashing hero.

The plot is sooo good! I can’t begin to describe how much I enjoyed all the twists and turns. I swear I didn’t guess a single plot twist before it happened … not a single one! I was surprised every time.

It was so good that I’m just gonna have to send you off to read it. ‘Cause I can’t tell you with words how amazing it is.

Characters: 5/5

The characters were awesome, too! They were all beautifully developed and loveable – or hateful, in the case of the villains. I’ll describe a few of my favorites.

Marguerite … who can hate this girl? She comes off as a little silly and self-centered at first, but we soon learn her true mettle. She’s awesome.

Percy: *swoons* HE IS SO AMAZING I LOVE HIM! He’s got to be my favorite hero. Well, my favorite hero from classic fiction, anyway. Except … well, maybe he’s not my absolute favorite hero, but he’s up there! Top ten at least!

Chauvelin: I hate you. Die. But really, he was so absolutely despicable that I kinda admired the character development. Such evil! Such malice! Such hatred!

There were several other notable characters, but I won’t go into them.

Setting: 4/5

There wasn’t a ton of work done on setting, but I did enjoy everything about English social life at the time and then the French upheaval. The more I read about the French Revolution, the angrier I get. *glares at the evil French Revolution peeps* Seriously, that was so awful! I was shocked … I hadn’t realized it was that bad until I started studying it this year.

Writing: 5/5

*grins* I’m a sucker for old books. And old writing. I wish I could write like that and magically not bore secular readers. So yes, loved the writing. I really enjoyed the author’s style.

Content: 2/5

Language: Percy exclaims, “Odd’s fish!” and “Sink me!” and such. Otherwise, no.

Violence: mentions of the guillotine and people getting killed by it. Lots of talk of killing (’cause it’s Le Revolution!).

Sexual: Percy and Marguerite kiss a couple times (I think), but there are no details.

This was a pretty clean book, though the whole thing with the French Revolution might scare younger readers. Okay for any young adult.

Overall: 5/5

I LOVE THIS BOOK IT’S SO GREAT READ IT NOW AAAAAAAH!!!

*clears throat* Um … this is an excellent book. You may want to procure a copy and devour it. I enjoyed the plot, characters, and setting thoroughly. I’d recommend it to any lover of classics, adventure, romance, or simply good books.

~Kellyn Roth~

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Have you read this book? If so, did you enjoy it? If not, will you read it now? Do you enjoy classics? If so, what are some of your favorites? If not, have you even tried classics? ‘Cause maybe you’d enjoy them … who knows? 😉

Also … I am out of town. *nods*

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The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero (blog tour)

Title: The Secret Slipper

Author: Amanda Tero

Series: Tales of Faith, #2 (can function as stand-alone)

Genre: Christian Fairytale Retelling

Setting: non-magical fantasy world

Publisher: Amanda Tero

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

The Secret Slipper by Kellyn Roth

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Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose was to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

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The Goodreads Tag

Grace @ The Upstairs Girl tagged me for The Goodreads Tag. And, because I’m a Goodreads addict, I had to do it. So. Here goes.

Rules (which I just made up)

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag at least three people.

The Questions

What was the last book you marked as ‘Read’?

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy. It was really good … I loved it so much! However, good things can’t last forever, and it ended all too soon. Therefore, it is now ‘read’ instead of ‘currently-reading.’ *sniffs*

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What are you currently reading?

I’m reading three books: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Journey by John A. Heldt, and North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.

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What was the last book you marked as ‘To Read’?

The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman. It’s a short story, and it was written by a friend of mine.

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Do you use the star system?

Yes, I do! It’s on my ‘review system’ page if you want to see it.

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yep! I’ve read 80/200 books so far (although some are re-reads).

Do you have a wishlist?

My to-read list is my wishlist. 😉

Who are your favorite authors?

I’ve been trying and trying to narrow this down … and here is my most recent effort.

  • Gene Stratton Porter
  • Jane Austen
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Sarah Sundin
  • A.A. Milne
  • Julie Andrews Edwards
  • Elizabeth Goudge
  • Jeanne Birdsall
  • Jesseca Wheaton
  • J.C. Buchanan
  • Shannon Hale
  • Carrie Turansky
  • L.M. Montgomery
  • Amanda Tero
  • Allison Tebo

Yes, I do realize that’s eighteen … and I narrowed it down as much as I could, honest. (Okay, that’s a lie. When I start listing authors, I can’t stop …)

Have you joined any groups?

*coughs* Sixteen. And that’s after I got out of some I wasn’t really active on. On the other hand, most of those are for promos and reviews and such.

How many Goodreads Shelves do you have?

Twenty-three as well as read, to-read, did-not-finish, and currently-reading. *sheepish grin* They’re mostly genre shelves (such as historical-fiction), but there’s also for-school and such. I like to keep organized, and they make it so easy!

The Tagged

Bonjour (wait, that’s wrong …),

~Kellyn Roth~

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Are you on Goodreads? If so, have you done this tag? (If not, go do it! I mean it; you’re tagged!) Are you amongst the Goodreads lover or haters? (And if you’re a Goodreads lover, are you with me in not understanding the Goodreaders hater at all?)

10 Books That Make Me Cry

TenBooksThatMakeMeCry

I don’t cry a lot. And when I do, I’m usually not crying about one thing so much as a bunch of things.

But yes, some books do make me cry … or at least make my eyes water. And these are my top ten. Not in any particular order because, to be honest, who can choose? Not me. I probably should have done them in order of least to most tears, but eh. Too much work.

Onward and downward!

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