Saturday, August 1, 2009

Book Inspection: The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

Plot Sketch: Kat, a red-headed, spirited girl was raised in the country with her sister, Anna by Grace Bab, a woman the locals in Winchcombe called a witch. To survive, the three crafted beautiful garments and sold them as luxury goods. Grace's best friend was Christian, the pear farmer boy up the road. Although they were raised as cousins, Grace has assured Godfrey, her brother, and Agnes, his wife that it would be okay for Christian to marry Kat because Kat is not of her blood. After a set of unfortunate circumstances find their way into the lives of Kat and Anna, they head off to London in search of answers as to who Kat's mother is. They are on a search for a Mrs. Eglionby, but get sidetracked by the Lady Ludmore and her good-looking son. Soon thereafter, Kat goes to Queen Elizabeth's court, where she is quickly adored by the Queen and makes a lot of people jealous. Kat does some soul searching while in the service of the queen and concludes her journey in a very happy manner.

Verdict: I Heart It!! This is the best historical fiction piece that I've read in a long time. I really liked it. For some reason it seems that most of the pieces of historical fiction that I pick up end up being about the Tudors, and this was no exception. I especially enjoyed the attention to historical detail that Crowley paid in her writing. She took the time to research and get right the healing herbs of the time, as well as the status and position of her not-so-make-believe characters. She took a historical mystery and crafted a beautiful story that kept me interested even over the course of 400 pages to provide a hypothetical in answer to that mystery. I did not stop and go, "Huh?" at all; I had no hang-ups with this novel. If you are a fan of historical fiction, definitely pick up this lovely tale of Kat and her pear-farmer friend Christian.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
London, England, late 1500s.

What is the main character's name?
Katherine Bab

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Absolutely. I loved her.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
a few days.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
No, I did not get stuck, I was just a busy bee.

Is this a good read for Monster?

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
I hold what I have.

How many chapters were in the book?


Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publish Date: June 30, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061232009

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