The Books of June- Extremely Late.

We moved, didn’t have internet for a while, and I knit a cowl and a hat. Blogging wasn’t at the top of the list, because I preferred knitting.

The Mysterious Mr. Quinn, by Agatha Christie: 2 stars

This started out very interesting, but then the ending was weird for me. I don’t really know what I think about it. Also, it’s been two months since I read it, so I may be misremembering* it. I did think that the ending of the first mystery was nice. It was a happy ending.

*Spellcheck is saying that is not a word. I think it should be a word, and I will use it.

The Lightning Thief, By Rick Riordan: 3 stars

I read blogs and follow people on Pintrest and some of them really love the Percy Jackson books. So, when my mom brought it home from the library, thinking Caleb might enjoy it, I wanted to read it too. Percy is the son of the Greek god Poseidon. He’s a demigod, and people want to kill him, and he works with a bunch of other demigods and mythical beings to save the world. It sounded interesting. It was okay for me, but not great. Some parts made me laugh, and I did enjoy some of the characters, but I didn’t love it. I have read the rest of the series, though.

Scorch Trials, By James Dashner: No stars

I really don’t like the Maze Runner books. I don’t. I will finish the series because the idea was a good idea, but the writing is awful to me. Thomas is annoying, and nothing makes sense. Why throw in Brenda and make a love triangle? Why have Thomas “betrayed” by having Theresa and Aris throw him into a gas chamber, leave him, and then pull him back out?The gas didn’t harm him in anyway. It was pointless. The first book was more middle grade, but this one was definitely Young Adult, due to some scenes. Momma did say that maybe the story only revolving around Thomas is because Mr. Dashner wants the story to be about Thomas and nobody else. But the people who you are around, and are your friends mold and define you in a way, and we get nothing of anybody but Thomas, Brenda and Theresa.

I Capture the Castle, By Dodie Smith: No stars

This was very disappointing. I thought Cassandra would be writing- as in writing a book-, not practicing shorthand. Ms. Smith was trying to write a 1920’s Pride and Prejudice, I think, and it didn’t work out. It seemed pointless, and some things very unnecessary. It says that the Castle captured at the end of the book is the reader’s heart, but I only finished it because I was hoping the ending would redeem it. It didn’t. It was flat.

Beneath, by Roland Smith: 4 stars

After reading the above, and seeing that so far, the books of June have been disappointing, this is a good mini review.

I though this was a very interesting book. I loved Pat’s and Coop’s relationship. Even though the Coop wouldn’t let Pat hang out with him, and then left, when Pat realized something was wrong, he went looking for his older brother. He faced his biggest fears to go find Coop, and to help him out. I love stories with family who will do anything for each other. Their parents had divorced, but at the end of the book, are willing to try again to help their boys. Who are on the run from creepy people who have lived underground(literally) unknown to the government, want to take over the world, and get rid of the boys. And a girl named Kate that’s with them. I thought it was a sweet story, and since the ending was a very open one, I’m hoping for a second book.

The Dark Lady: 1 (Sherlock; Lupin; and Me) By Irene Adler

In my list for June, I wrote down The Dark Lady, but without the Sherlock; Lupin; and I. I look it up, to find the Author, and the books that come up, I would never read. But Momma found it for me.

If the author’s name is really Irene Adler, this was genius. I enjoyed the story, and would probably read the next one. I thought that it was very interesting to see the three children, and seeing how they worked together.

One think that bothered me was that the Holmes family was portrayed as very poor, and Sherlock did all the work, when in Doyle’s work, he’s the second son of a country squire, and were he’s not rolling in money, he’s comfortable.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, #4 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer: 3 stars

I have mentioned before that the only reason I was continuing to read this series was to discover what had happened to the mother and the usage of the Victorian flower language. This answered no questions, an if I remember correctly, hardly mentioned the mother at all.

The Case of Bazzaire Bonquet, #3 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer: 3 stars

Better than the other one, because the villain of this mystery is mentioned in an actual Holmes story. Watson really did cause the woman to be out in a mental hospital. I only discovered this recently, but still. And, lots of flowers.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye, #6 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer: 2 stars

The reason the mother left fell flat with me. It wasn’t a good enough reason. She had cancer and wanted to live her last days the way she wanted. She says that she isn’t like most mothers, she doesn’t love the way others do, but she did love her children. She said. But it seemed to me she loved herself more. What mother leaves a 14 year old daughter by herself without a word? On her birthday, too!

However, Enola and her brothers are together and Mycroft won’t force her to go to a finishing school. She, at now 15, can live the way she has for the past year, with the exception that her brothers are involved. She runs a boarding house, solves crime, and gives to the poor.

Ms. Springer is writing more Enola Holmes books, but I do not know if I will read them. After going on and on about Mrs. Holmes, and then finding out what happened was wrong to me.

The Legend of the King, by Gerald Morris: 5 stars

I have always enjoyed the tales of King Arthur and the Knight of the round table, and I think the Squire’s Tale series may be my favorite retellings. This was the last book, and so they die. Most of them, anyway. I cried. I cried over who died, and who lived. I cried for the last 100 pages, probably. Or from the middle to the end. Lynet and Gareis were so sweet. Terrence, Gwaine, Kai, and the others so brave and loyal to their King. The ones who lived(Can’t say who, ’cause I can’t remember how to spell the names) were the same, to carry on, and make sure no one forgot. It was wonderful.

Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan: 3 stars

This is the same as the first. I liked Tyson and Percy together. And I like Clarisse.

Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Frederick: 4 stars

I have read two books by Ms. Frederick before, and didn’t really like them, but this one was very good. I thought that it was a sweet story. Truly’s family is military, and her dad lost an arm. They move to their grandparents’ house in Maine(I think), and Truly isn’t happy. Everybody is on edge and stressed. Their dad is struggling, their Mom is going back to school, they moved right after just moving, and Truly had to leave her best friend behind. Truly is very tall for her age and sticks out. She’s picked on, and she loves birds. Owls especially. And there is a mystery. I enjoyed it very much.

Skimmed Books:

Under Painted Skies, by Stacey Lee: No stars

I skimmed this, because after the first couple of pages, it was trash to me. It was very unrealistic for the time period and the setting. How would to girls find jasmine scented soap to bathe with that would last them months going across the prairie? Why would a guy keep a girl’s shawl after he bumped into her in town, and it fell, but she wouldn’t stop for it? Keep it for months, and then give it back when he tells her that he has known for a very long time that she really wasn’t a boy. It was horrible. It was also very centered on the romance, which annoys me.

InkDeath, by Cornelia Funke: 2 stars

I read InkHeart, and thought that it was interesting, but I didn’t like the story. I read Ink spell and thought that Meggie and Fadrid were going a little to far, and then just skimmed Ink death because the only person I cared to know about was Dustfingers, and since he lived, that was all that was of interest to me.

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