Friday, November 12, 2010

Six Sentence Saturday-Early Edition

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:

5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Happy that I read it...a good read.

2 of Hearts- Just O.K but nothing to write home about.
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

The Passionate Brood by Margaret Campbell Barnes
One of the best things about reading historical fiction is learning about people that I would've otherwise totally missed. I did enjoy getting to know Richard the Lionheart, but I was hoping to see Robin (Robin Hood) fleshed out a bit more. I did do some research about the Crusades and about the Plantegenets, and again I felt the need to read more about this family and the impact they had on their countries. I wish I could say that I was tearing through this one, but I have to admit that it was slow going for me. I found it hard to concentrate on one person and really make a connection. With that being said, I still feel that I can absolutely recommend this one to those die-hard historical fiction fans and especially to those who enjoy learning more about the medieval time period represented in this book. Here's a great place to start to get some background history on King Richard.
My Rating:

Thank you to Danielle @ Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.


  1. I've been learning a lot about the history of England. I'm moving right along in the Forever Queen.

  2. There is a non-fiction book (the name of which I have forgotten of course!) about Richard and Saladin and the Third Crusade that was pretty engaging. Every once in a while nonfiction works out better than fiction on a given subject; maybe this time it does!

  3. I wasn't familiar with this title Staci; sorry it was just okay for you.

    Have a delightful weekend.

  4. That was a good review. I just don't think I can do historical fiction.

  5. Bummer this one wasn't better for you....I would love to read about Robin Hood! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I am also fascinated with the English history attached to Richard the Lionhearted, and of course Robinhood and the Crusades. One of the book on our book battle list is a the first book of a series about the Crusades featuring a boy squire by Michael Spadlin, who did a guest post and was a hoot. Sorry this wasn't one of the better books you've read.

    Off to check out your history.

  7. I have been reading a lot of books set in that era lately so perhaps :)

  8. For some reason this time period isn't calling my name. Don't know why. Glad you got something from it though,

    I'm intrigued by your button at the top of your left sidebar - the Grateful Gratitude one. I haven't noticed it before.

  9. I have a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to King Richard for some reason. I think it's that Crusade book I read, therefore no desire to read about him. Shame too because you wrote such a lovely review :)

  10. I like some hitorical fiction, from time to time.

  11. I enjoy historical fiction. Too bad the book concentrated on one person! Nice review.
    My Sunday Salon

  12. I've been out of the blogging world so much lately and I hope to be back to more regular posting and visiting my blogger friends! I see that you changed your header again, it's pretty! I have to be in a certain mood to read this kind of historical fiction. Not sure it's my cup of tea but the cover art is gorgeous!

  13. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, so when I do, I want it to be top notch. I'll probably skip this one.

  14. What you said about learning about people you might have missed had you not read a historical fiction novel is so true! While I always take what I read in a novel like that with a grain of salt, it often spurs the researcher in me to learn more about the person or time period at hand.

    I'm sorry The Passionate Brood wasn't better, but am glad you enjoyed it nonetheless.

  15. oh no, I have wanted to read this (by cover alone, it's a great book jacket)! I have plenty great books to read so will most likely skip this one.

    Thanks for an honest review.

  16. I'm picky about historical fiction so I'll be skipping this one. I always find the need to know what's true and what's not when reading and this always ends up causing more work for me! Although I usually find it the case more with historical movies.

  17. Mmmm... I love historical fiction, but the medieval times really isn't a favorite period of mine... the story interested me though. I guess I'll take note of it in case I suddenly crave a medieval story!


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