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The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

The Princess and Curdie (Puffin Classics)The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Definitely not the same caliber as the first. This follows Curdie’s adventures in proving he is royal and worthy of marrying Princess Irene through the help of the Grandmother. The delightful fairy tale feeling does not carry through to this novel that feels more like a companion piece than a sequel. Curdie’s quest seems aimless and his actions are guided by a very didactic hand that felt like a step back from the progressiveness of his first title.

The ending is…something.

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Waterbabies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Charles Kingsley

WaterbabiesWaterbabies by Charles Kingsley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful Victorian fairy tale about de-evolution and learning strength, morality and character. Sometimes the narrator is a bit heavy-handed, but overall, it is an enjoyable romp through the waters with Tom as he learns the right way to play, treat others, and the consequences of being bad.

Rather fun, and filled with tons of Victorian pop culture and budding ideologies.

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Countess Kate by Charlotte Mary Yonge

Countess KateCountess Kate by Charlotte Mary Yonge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While clearly this is an instruction book for proper young ladies ways to God and good behavior, it is also a pretty good story. I actually enjoyed the plot and I enjoyed Kate as a character. The book did not feel particularly preach-y until the end. I would definitely have some things to say about the author’s treatment and interpretations of childhood and women, but I think that as it is a product of its time, that discussions should prove to be rather engaging.

Not at all a bad read if you come across a copy, though it is out of print/POD.

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“Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond

Zora and MeZora and Me by Victoria Bond

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was…interesting. It was a great look into Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood and an interesting take on a southern childhood. But some of the story felt forced, and sometimes it felt slow. It wove several story lines and sweeping themes together rather neatly and it would prove an interesting read along side some of Hurston’s own work.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book. A ridiculous amount.

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