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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Summary: Prequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty, but soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals.

My Review: I discovered this book in a late night googling session. I was researching books set in Dominica for my upcoming trip. SO I admit I simply requested the book from my local library and went about my day. I had no expectations I just needed a relevant book.

What I got was something amazing. This book is in fact a prequel to Jane Eyre, as I am some one that LOVES that book (hated in high school, loved in college) I knew I had to read it.

This book tackles hard subjects, namely slavery and what happened to people who were slave owners when you know, slavery became illegal. This book was a fascinating tale set in Jamaica, Dominica and England.

If you are someone that loves very realistic fiction that just so happens to be a prequel to one of the greatest books ever I highly recommend reading this book.

The book is divided into three parts.  All of the parts make up the journey as to how she became the mad woman in the attic and all work in one amazing way that even though this wasn’t written by Bronte it could have been.   In fact, this book really made me want to re-read Jane Eyre.

 

 

Road Fever by Tim Cahill

Summary: Tim Cahill reports on the road trip to end all road trips: a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.

My Review:

I am a person that loves travel memoirs. I always find that they drive me to keep pursuing and working to achieve my goals of seeing the world. This book was fun mostly because at the time he traveled from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay in record time.

At the time this was amazing and that is why I love this book. Going on an adventure like this was not the norm.  Now you are always hearing about some travel record being broken that if you love to travel like I do, you just go… not to beat some record because it will likely be broken the following week 🙂  That is why I love this book it was not normal and he WENT for it!

Very well written book. I laughed so much in this book. Anyone that has ever traveled will understand the perils he went through because they still exist today, so overall this is a great relaxing book to read!

Hardcore Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum #24) by Janet Evanovich

Summary: Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey…

Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

My Review:  I love this series, this is a series I have been reading for years.   I love reading the crazy situations that Stephanie Plum gets herself into.  They may be redundant and similar in every book but that is what you expect and love about a Stephanie Plum novel… you know what you are going to get.  One yummy satisfying tasty cake.

This book was fun because it featured Diesel and it wasn’t a novella, which I found quite interesting.  Are my two books going to have a cross over?  A girl can hope.

Plus this book featured zombies… and we ALL know how I love zombies.   Such a fun book and I can’t wait to read the next one!

The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

Summary: Made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary—a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book—is Hunter S. Thompson’s brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the Caribbean.

Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.

My Review-  As Puerto Rico is on my distant horizon for my next adventure I decided it was time to read perhaps one of the most famous books set in Puerto Rico.

While it was one wild ride, I think I was expecting a bit more.   This is what happens when you are told over and over that a book is amazing and a must read because it is so amazing.  You set such high expectations for the book that you end of disappointed.   This has happened to me a few times and I think it happened this time.

Our main guy finds himself in one crazy ass situation after the next and I have to admit I did find myself laughing and thinking jesus… what is next dude quite often.

Overall there isn’t much I can say about this book that has not already been said.   I will say if you are planning a trip to Puerto Rico then this book is a must read for you.