Maude has run off from the poverty stricken countryside and from living under her father thumb to live in Paris. She was expecting to live a life of fun and excitement, glamour and extravagance. However she is finding it hard to earn a pittance and is living in a hovel.
One day she applies for a job and to her surprise is offered the position on the spot. A few moments later she is ushered into another room with the other workers and what she witnesses comes as a huge surprise. The job is to be a “Belle Epoque” which is described as being the paid plain or ugly companion of a wealthy society girl or woman whose position is intended to enhance the natural beauty of the girl or woman. Maude is horrified by the description of the position but inevitably decides to take it on.
However one strange caveat of Maudes first position is to act as just a friend to her companion and never mention that she is a Bell Epoque as she has been hired by the clients mother. Through this Muade is faced with many difficulties and hurdles to cross from her client, the clients mother and other family members and the employers at the Bell Epoque agency.
Comments: Beautiful imagery and description of fashion, society and Paris. Highly researched and descriptive with historic references and great detail surrounding the life of a Belle Epouque .
Firstly I would like to take a moment to thank the author Holly Smale for the beautiful signed paperback copy and cute geek girl pins I received from her via a first reads giveaway.
In the follow-up to Geek Girl the reader is re-introduced to Ms. Harriet Manners and the rather barmy world she resides in. Things are changing rapidly for Harriet at home and in school, her best friend isn’t going to be around for the summer and worst of all her gorgeous boyfriend dumped her unceremoniously. So when given the opportunity to take on another modelling job that will send her gallivanting around yet another foreign country while living with other models, Harriet jumps at the chance. After finagling the details with her father Harriet is on her way to Japan.
However if her first trip abroad and photo shoot were anything to go by, things weren’t going to be simple. However all of the trouble that brews for Harriet may be more closer to home than she could have imagined.
Paul our narrator is dreading dinner. He and his wife Claire are getting ready to meet his brother and sister in law for dinner. He is dreading dinner because his brother is better off and more well known that he is. He is dreading eating at the restaurant his brother has chosen.
However this isn’t going to be any old dinner. Videos Paul has seen on his son Michels phone have shocked him to the core and there are further revelations to be heard at dinner.
Who did what? Who knew what? Who was keeping things from their other half? And what will they do to protect themselves and their own families…. You’ll find out in the coffee course.
Negatives: Took a while to get into the flow of the story as there were several flashbacks, something in the story-telling which may or not have been as a result of the novel being a translation was a bit stilted. Also almost every character in the novel were horrible examples of human beings for different reasons.
Katniss Everdeen is just a regular teenage girl. Yeah, right, pffft. Instead of living a carefress life, Katniss is the one that is relied on to bring food and other essentials into the family home. Her mother is distant and aloof since the death of her father leaving Katniss to care for her and her younger sister Prim.
Katniss lives in District 12 of the nation Panem. It is the furthest district away from the Capitol where decisions are made and wealth is accrued. Leaving District 12 and it’s citizens poverty stricken.
We meet Katniss on the morning of the reaping. The reaping is the first stage in an extraordinary competition devised by the Capitol. It is designed to show all citizens of Panem that the Capitol is in control and it is also designed to remind the citizens of past sacrifices and atrocities. In the reaping one boy and one girl are chosen to represent their district. 24 “tributes” travel to the Capitol and enter “The Hunger Games” – Only one will leave the competition.
On the morning of the reaping, a name is chosen to represent district twelve that shocks Katniss to the core and puts her life on an entirely different path than she hoped.
Violent, Bloody, Creepy dystopian with heart-warming, endearing characters that you will fall in love with straight away.
edit : Dec 15th 2013
Holy Schmokes look at that COVER! #LOVE
New Anna Godbersen book???? YES PLEASE!
Corinne “Cory” Graff has recently moved into yet another new apartment in another new town to begin school at approximately her 9th high school in two years. As a young girl Corys worries should range from whether she will fit in to the right clique at her new school or whether she will be popular or whether she will be home in time before her Mom gets mad. However all is not as it seems.
Corys new friends at high school see a beautiful blonde girl that does well in her schoolwork and doesn’t seem to have a bad bone in her body. But Cory is only one side of the coin.
In reality the girl we meet is Amelie Ainsworth. A vengeance bound orphan intent on hunting down and destroying the Doctor that used her as a human guinea pig in experimental treatments. Amelie is deadly dangerous as she is one of The Furies. Three dark and deadly mythical creatures that aim to gain justice for victims of cruelty,hurt and abuse.
In the beginning as the premise of the story was unfolding and I was learning about the events that led up to Cory hunting I was intrigued and excited to continue the adventure. However I felt as though the story was very drawn out in times. Some of the monologues Cory has in her head got repetitive and distracting. Towards the end I found myself skipping a lot of the text outside of dialogue. I didn’t like any of the other characters introduced as Corys new friend circle. The characters were all very irritating , childish and immature in their own ways and I constantly found myself wanting to give some of them a kick.
This book was a little bit of a let down as I believe the premise holds uch promise.