Top Ten Tuesday Throwback- My First 10 Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a throwback. God knows I love a throwback! I thought I’d look back at my first ten book reviews today.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Review 1- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry– Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

Review 2- Some Kind Of Fairy Tale– Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Review 3- In The Time Of Butterflies– Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

Review 4- The Abigail Affair– Timothy Frost

The Abigail Affair

Review 5- One Moment, One Morning– Sarah Rayner

One Moment, One Morning

Review 6- The Other Daughter– Lisa Gardner

The Other Daughter

Review 7- The Song Of Achilles– Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Review 8- Magic Under Glass– Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

Review 9- Entangled– Cat Clarke

Entangled

Review 10-  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland– Lewis Carroll (My first Kid-Lit post with my sister Beth!)

Alice in Wonderland

What did you do for your throwback post this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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In The Time Of The Butterflies

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

Synopsis

Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.

From the author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents comes this tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship. A skillful blend of fact and fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government. Alvarez breathes life into these historical figures–known as “las mariposas,” or “the butterflies,” in the underground–as she imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror as their dissentience is uncovered.

Thoughts

In The Time Of The Butterflies is the story of the famous Mirabel sisters who fought against Rafael Trujillo during his dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. The book is based on the real life history of this period, although Julia Alvarez has developed the Mirabels in a way in which she hopes it shows the spirit of the sisters.

I thought the book started really well, beginning with the only surviving sister recounting their tale. However, towards the middle of the book I began to get a bit bogged down and confused about what sister I was reading about. It didn’t feel that each sister had their own unique voice aside from Minerva. Minerva’s character was definitely the better developed. The book is fast-paced covering an awful lot of events throughout the sisters’ lives. I think if the pace was slower, I would’ve felt differently.

That said, the book was heart-breaking and very well written and kept me wanting to read more although I knew it didn’t end well.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
The Abigail Affair- Timothy Frost