Tuesday, 26 July 2011

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

A Brief History of Montmaray
Michelle Cooper
Knopf Books for Young Readers
[October 13, 2009]

“There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings.”

Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed.

A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around you.
This was very much a so-so book for me.

The characters were all decent characters. Pretty well developed, mostly likeable and easy to relate to. The writing was interesting. It was in a journal format, so a tad different from what I'm used to, but nothing that difficult to get into.

What made this an average read for me was the plot. It's not a long book, but not really short either. Yet nothing really starts happening until the last 50 pages. I was bored and not eager at all to pick it up until I got to those pages, and then I didn't want to put it down. But beyond that, it's just all back story and history of the country and the family and kids running around a broken down castle. It just...wasn't interesting. It seemed like the only point in this book was for the last 50 pages which led to the sequel...which might be more of a companion anyway.

If you really want to read the sequel (which was my motivation for reading this), then I recommend you read this book even though it's tough. But if you're uninterested...try getting it from the library.


1 comment:

  1. Yes, I agree that this is something of a slow read. I enjoyed it because it's interesting, but yes it can be hard to get through. I will warn you, that the second is quite the same way. I do think that both are worth the read though! :D
    Lovely review!



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