Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tiny Reviews: Goose Girl & Keeping the Castle


The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

I'll say this knowing I'm eliciting gasps of horror: I did not love this book. I wanted to, very much, but I just liked it. I blame part of that because I listened to it on audiobook and, though it was a GREAT performance, listening to only 20 minutes a day during my commute made it feel sloooooow (much slower than it actually was, I'm sure, but we all know how I get along with slow books).

I'd like to try to re-read it at some point (read, not listen), because thinking on the story I did like it a whole lot and was invested and emotional in ways a person driving a car should perhaps try to avoid (Falada! *sob* Selia! Agh HATE HER!).

Purchased
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

I LOVED this book! Maybe not *quite* Special Shelf love, but pretty darn close (a toe on the Special Shelf?). It's a semi-spoofy semi-serious comedy of manners with a Gothic ribbon running throughout. At times Northanger Abbey-ish (my personal favorite Austen) and at times very Pride and Prejudicey, but always wholly its own. I adore the characters, the fluffy romance, the hilarious scenes, and the decrepit house. I want to do a re-read just thinking about it!

Library
Rating: 5 out of 5




Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think of them?





16 comments:

  1. I haven't read Goose Girl *cringes at the gasp* but I did read The Princess Academy which I enjoyed. I've been meaning to go back and read Hale's earlier stuff. I've also had my eye on Keeping the Castle too. I originally thought it was a "I Capture the Castle" (which I loved) redux which made me hesitate to pick it up but now I think I will.

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    1. haha you won't hear me gasping! I think you'd like The Goose Girl though.

      I always associate Keeping the Castle with I Capture the Castle, too! :) I haven't read the latter, but the titles are so similar. I don't think the plots have much to do with one another though.

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  2. I've read and liked both of these books, though The Goose Girl made me cry and get mad. It was just so sad. I really liked Keeping the Castle though, kind of Jane Austin like book, which I love!

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    1. YES! The Goose Girl made me cry and get mad too! I really wasn't expecting the sad part to happen.

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  3. I've heard so much good about The Goose Girl so I read the summary one day and wasn't even able to finish that. I am glad so many have been able to enjoy it, but I don't think it is for everyone. (Good thing not everyone HAS to like it.)

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    1. haha nope, it's definitely not for everyone. I had a few failed starts with The Goose Girl before I was finally able to stick with it. I don't think I click with the author. But that's ok. :)

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  4. I've never listened to audiobooks for exactly that reason: any book would be too slow. Also, driving in a car would be the only time it would make sense to me, and it would definitely be dangerous for me to drive while absorbed in a story.

    It's been a long time since I've read The Goose Girl; I liked it well enough to read the sequels, which I remember liking even more.

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    1. Yeah, I'm really feeling the slowness of audiobooks. It is frustrating, especially with a shorter commute. It stretches the story on SO long. Luckily my commute now doesn't have too much traffic so I can pay attention to the book without it being a distraction from driving. My old commute definitely wouldn't allow audiobook listening!

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  5. I have Keeping the Castle in my To be Bought list!! It sounds cute.
    I remember I read Goose Girl a while back but I don't think the story made much impact with me as I don't remember the particulars.

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    1. aw, I think you will really enjoy Keeping the Castle! It's cute and sweet and just such a nice story.

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  6. I've got both of these in my TBR pile. I read a bit of The Goose Girl before putting it on hold. I'm glad you loved Keeping the Castle and look forward to eventually reading it.

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    1. I'm sorry you didn't get into The Goose Girl, but I'm a little relieved to hear you say that too. It feels like one of those books that so many people LOVE and I didn't. I hope you get to read Keeping the CAstle soon!

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  7. Okay, I am definitely checking out Keeping the Castle! Love Austen's work, so if its a nod, I am so reading it!

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    1. ooh yes, then I think you'll really like it!

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  8. I was pretty meh about Goose Girl, but I've felt that way about all of Hale's books. I don't really know why she's that popular. I think she's actually kind of a mediocre writer, though I imagine I'm going to hell for saying so.

    I read Keeping the Castle once I saw it pop up on your list of favorites for 2013. I loved it, too! I adore when authors have fun with names and Kindl definitely did. The tone is just right for a quick, fun read. I really liked the MC's pragmatic approach to marriage...not everyone can be as high-minded as Elizabeth Bennet.

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  9. Ooooooo I like the sound of Keeping the Castle.

    NA is your fav huh? I'm trying to decide on my next Austen. :)

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