Monday, April 29, 2013

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands of Bronze and Gold (Strands of Bronze and Gold, #1)3 out of 5 Robots!

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release: March 12, 2013
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I really, really wanted to like this book, but something was just a little off for me.  The book is written in a more archaic writing style to make it seem like it was written in 1855.  Sometimes this really works and sometimes this doesn’t.  I don’t think it worked very well here.  The main problem I find with this type of writing style is that it distances the reader from the MC.  You don’t really get to know your characters in the same way that you would with a contemporary writing style.  This especially worked against my feelings towards Sophia.  First of all, I found Sophia to be a brat.  She is selfish, vain, and immature, especially at the beginning.  I had a really hard time connecting with her, which made it hard for me to care about her well being.  Also, M. Bernard creeped me out.  I know he is supposed to, but I was horribly uncomfortable reading some of the things he was saying....and what Sophia was going along with.  He was like the perverted uncle at the wedding.  I was thinking the whole time, why aren’t Sophia’s warning bells going off?!  Also, the book is fairly short and I think it worked against the story.  There wasn’t enough time to make M. Bernard more charming then more menacing.  I would have loved to see a slower progression there.  I also would have liked to see more development with Sophia and especially more development with the pastor. Overall, the story of Blackbeard is intriguing, but this retelling just fell a little flat for me

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