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My Favorite Reads

Posted: July 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

Alyce from At Home With Books hosts My Favorite Reads every Thursday where you showcase a book , read long time back ,enjoyed it but haven’t blogged about.

My choice for this week is Jewels by Danielle Steel

From the book jacket :
On Sarah Whitfield’s seventy-fifth birthday, memories take her back to New York in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarah shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little to raise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield. In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the British throne to make Sarah his duchess and his wife.

On their honeymoon, the newlyweds buy an old French chateau, but not long after, the war begins. William joins the allied forces, leaving Sarah, their first child, an infant, and their second child on the way, in France. After the Nazi forces take over the chateau, Sarah continues to survive the terror and deprivation of the Occupation, unwavering in her belief that her missing-in-action husband is still alive.

After the war, as a gesture of goodwill, the Whitfields start buying jewels offered for sale by impoverished war survivors. With Sarah’s style and keen eye, the collection becomes the prestigious Whitfield’s jewelry store in Paris. Eventually, their jewelry business expands to London and Rome, as their family grows. Phillip, their firstborn, is stubborn and proud; Julian, their second son, is charming and generous and warm; Isabelle is rebellious and willful; and Xavier, unusual and untamed, is the final unexpected gift of their love. They each find their own way, but will be drawn to the great house of gems their parents built.

In Jewels, Danielle Steel takes the reader through five eventful decades that include war, passion, international intrigue, and the strength of family through it all.

My Views :

I know many people have stopped reading her books as the storyline has become quite repetitive but I chose this book as it somewhat different from what she has been writing recently.Also because this book got me started on reading trail of nearly 60 Danielle Steel books which take up a place of pride on my book shelf. Who doesn’t like romances and when you need so light, refreshing read , these books are the best medicine.

You will love Sarah Whitfield for her innocence initially and for her strength and determination in the later part of the book. Even though it’s a romance it is a page turner all through. Perfect book for leisurely reading.

Book : Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson And The Olympians )
Author : Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion/Miramax Kid
Pub. Date: April 2006
Pages :288

My Rating :4 out of 5

Book available at : Flipkart , Amazon, Indiebound

From the book cover :
After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson—a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: The magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters—the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia—only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name…the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends—Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson—must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

My views:

The first book was good .It got me intrested in Greek mythology and also made me eager to read the second one. The second book definitely lives up to the expectations. It has our hero Percy Jackson along with his friend Annabeth Chase and a new companion Tyson going on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and also rescue his friend Grover who is communicating with him through his dreams and seeking his help. The monsters are there and so are the gods , and we also get to meet various other mythical creatures who help them in thier quest. Also Percy has a very important lesson to learn in matters of his family (Being the son of an immoratal being he has a very big extended family ).

Rick Riordan’s writing style has finally sunk in for me. For the first book I had a feeling of it being a bit ragged at places but I had no complaints with this book. It made a good read. The characters are developed well and the mystery surrounding prophecy involving Percy is well highlighted. Will have to watch out for it’s development in the next book.I also realised the author had left hints in the first book which I hadn’t noticed ,those which were important in reading this book. Over all, this book makes you want to pick up the third book as soon as you are done with this one. That’s a good thing because author has created an atmosphere in such a way that it’s too hard to resist .

The reading level might be for young adults but that musn’t stop you from picking up this book . I have already started the third one. I just couldn’t resist 🙂