Deja Vu Review (2)

So Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide has started a new weekly feature called The Deja Vu Review, where we can give mini reviews of books we’ve read before we started blogging (or books we never wrote reviews for).  I think this is a great idea, and although it means I’m participating in five memes a week (I know that is crazy!  But I will still post at least two book reviews a week) I wanted to support Brittany.  Plus, it is fun!

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Mini-Review: I took a YA Lit class in grad school, and we had to pick an author, read at least five books written by that author, and then write a report.  So I chose Joan Bauer, and let me just say, I picked the right one!  I love Joan Bauer’s books, but Hope Was Here was probably my favorite.  It’s been about five years since I’ve read this one, so the details are a little fuzzy, but I absolutely loved it!  It is a sweet, touching story about a girl living with her aunt.  I wish I write more about it, but I can’t remember specifics, except that I loved it, and you all should give it a try!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Rating: 5/5 stars
Mini-Review: Oh my gosh, guys, if you haven’t read this book (first in a series), you are missing out!!!!  This is such a unique book.  It is an adult mystery with an MC being a 10 year old (I am not exactly sure on her age, but around this age) girl, who lives in post WWII England in a huge, run-down country estate.  Flavia, the MC, is not your typical little girl.  She is obsessed with chemistry, and poison particularly.  She is very inquisitive, and when a murder occurs at her home, she begins to investigate.  Oh gosh, I am not doing a good job of descibing this book.  It has such an amazing feel to it, and I highly recommend this book!  All the books have awesome titles ( The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, I am Half-Sick of Shadows, etc).

Have you guys read these books before?  What did you think of them?

5 Responses to “Deja Vu Review (2)”

  1. April Books & Wine

    I love the titles of the books in Alan Bradley’s series, but alas have not gotten to them yet. It just sounds like such a cool series though — I love adult mysteries staring children. Plus Flavia sounds like da bomb!

    • Quinn

      Flavia is definitely da bomb!!! She rides around town (the town is called Bishop’s Lacey – how English!) on her bike (named Gladys!!) and is very clever. I think the whole series so far is great. Sometimes I don’t love sequels and such in mystery series, but they are all wonderful! I hope you enjoy them when you get around to them.

  2. Brittany

    Oooh I’ve been seeing The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie around but I’ve been a little skeptical. Seeing your review makes me really want to pick it up!! Thanks for putting it up there! I just might have to add it to me TBR pile 🙂

    • Quinn

      The Flavia de Luce books really are wonderful. The setting is fascinating – around 1950 English countryside. Also Flavia lives on this impoverished estate – Buckshaw – which has its own personality. And then, of course, Flavia is an amazing MC. The other characters in the books are really well-developed as well. I particularly like Dogger. And her sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, are something else. Flavia is the star, though.

      I do hope you read them, and that you like them.

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