REVIEW: Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

REVIEW: Brat Farrar by Josephine TeyBrat Farrar by Josephine Tey
Published by Touchstone Books (1949), eBook, 288pg
Filed under: Fiction, Mystery
Got my copy from: Scribd
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What begins as a ploy to claim an inheritance ends with the impostor’s life hanging in the balance.

In this tale of mystery and suspense, a stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerism's, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter's plan and his life. Culminating in a final terrible moment when all is revealed, Brat Farrar is a precarious adventure that grips the reader early and firmly and then holds on until the explosive conclusion.

After my first Josephine Tey book was such a success, I had high hopes that this one would be good, too. And it WAS! I am now a Josephine Tey fan for life.1

Things that’re in Brat Farrar that you may be interested to know about:
1. horses. Lots of things about horses, but not in a way that’s confusing or boring. I mean, I was a little bored, because I don’t give a crap about raising horses or training them or whatever. But not MUCH bored. And then…

It’s the fall 24-hour readathon!

Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’ll be participating! Yay!

I’m doing it real loosey-goosey this year. I don’t have a set reading pile, just my entire TBR list. I don’t have snacks set aside (though I do have food, no worries). I didn’t even bother waking up at the start time! I’m really just going to enjoy reading as many books as I can and not worry about anything. And have lots of fun, of course!

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REVIEW: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

REVIEW: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat WintersThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Published by Amulet Books (2014), ARC, 368pg
Filed under: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Got my copy from: ALA 2014
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Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

I read The Cure for Dreaming all in one sitting! So that’s good. I love it when that happens. Makes me feel productive, and also kinda bloated. Like eating too much chocolate all at once.

Yay suffragists! Yay Portland! Yay hypnotism? Yay a little bit of romance but nothing too overwhelming, so no worries if you don’t like that sort of thing!

Downsides: I know people were legit anti-women legislation back in the day (and, okay, today), and it’s important to have that information in the story because it informs a lot of the character and her choices. BUT the way it was done was hardcore unsubtle. And then…