The Month in Review: March 2011

Books Reviewed: 5

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina De Gramont

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Books Read: 4

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Pages: 1186

Running total books for 2011: 15

Running total pages for 2011: 5144

Challenges:

2011 Debut Author Challenge: None this month, though I do have a few on hold at the library.

Running total: 0

2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge: 1

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Running total: 1

Inspired by Kate at The Neverending Shelf.

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Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Published By: Aladdin

Year of Publication: March 1, 2002

Categories: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 256

Summary (from goodreads.com): It’s late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn’t get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family’s coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie’s concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family’s small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie’s struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.

Review: This is the second book I’ve read by Laurie Halse Anderson, and it’s the second book of hers that I’ve really liked. The other book by L aurie that I’ve read was Wintergirls, so I was pretty excited to get a taste of her writing in a historical fiction novel. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed.

I thought the main character, Mattie was very likable – everything from her relationship with her mom, to her liking Nathaniel. My favorite character though had to be Mattie’s grandpa. He was willing to risk everything for Mattie, even his life. There were a few heartbreaking scenes, and I felt like I was going through it right with the characters.

While I was reading it, I felt like I was in Philadelphia in the late 18th century. The descriptions were vivid and made me feel like I was in the middle of everything right with Mattie. I can only imagine how terrifying it would be to have to live through something like that. That fear came through loud and clear in the book. It would be so strange to see the capitol of a nation practically turned into a ghost town. The whole time I was rooting for Mattie and her grandpa, hoping that things would turn out alright for them.

If you’re looking for a historical fiction novel about the yellow fever epidemic, this is definitely the book to go with.

Image: goodreads.com

Disclosure: I got this book from the library.

The Month in Review: February 2011

Books Reviewed: 5

Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee

Haint Misbehavin’ by Maureen Hardegree

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Books Read: 11

Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee

Haint Misbehavin’ by Maureen Hardegree

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina De Gramont

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

Pages: 3958

Running total books for 2011: 11

Running total pages for 2011: 3958

Challenges:

2011 Debut Author Challenge: None this month, though I do have a few on hold at the library.

Running total: 0

2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge: None this month!

Running total: 0

Inspired by Kate at The Neverending Shelf.

2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge

I was going through my Google Reader the other day when I came across this post, about a new challenge for 2011. I really enjoy reading historical fiction, so I knew that this was one challenge I would have to join for 2011.

Here are a few of the books that I’m going to read for the challenge once January rolls around:

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen