Sunday, December 14, 2008

Emily of New Moon


Montgomery, L.M. 1923. Emily of New Moon.

Emily--like Anne Shirley--is an orphan. And like Anne, Emily loves words--loves to write. But their stories are different in some ways as well. (Emily's not prone to getting into scrapes as Anne. Emily lacks the calamity of Anne as we first meet her.) Emily is a heroine that is easy to love. She's a dreamer. Yet she can be very practical and straight forward. Very earnest. In the first few chapters, Emily loses her father--he's dying--and her fate is decided. One of her relations--someone from her mother's side of the family--will take her in and raise her. But which one? Emily doesn't know what to hope for. She doesn't know any of them, doesn't love any of them. Yet the family that takes her in--Aunt Laura, Aunt Elizabeth, Cousin Jimmy--will become her family through and through. The book follows her through her first few years at New Moon, the name of her new home. And it involves her adventures--her days at school, her friendships (with Ilse, Teddy, Perry, Lofty John, Dean Priest, etc.), her home life, her letters written to her dead father, her poems, etc.

The book is enjoyable. And Emily is a joy. A real kindred spirit.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Lindsey 6:33 PM  

Oooh, and I want that copy in your picture! lol

I can't believe I haven't read Emily's books yet! I love love LOVE the Anne books. :-)

(Hence the blog name)

Noel De Vries 10:50 PM  

When I went to Prince Edward Island a couple of years ago, I bought postcards of Maud's first editions, including the image you used. Love them!

Emily's books take readers to a deeper level than Anne's, don't you think? I can't just breeze through them ... I have to take deep breaths and be prepared to not read anything else for a while. They shake my world.

Post a Comment

I'm always happy to hear from you! To help fight spam, comment moderation has been set up for posts older than two days. Feel free to ask me questions or ask for recommendations!

Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

Unique Visitors and Google PR Rank

Free PageRank Checker

Pageloads Counter

Search Book Blogs Search Engine

Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  © Blogger template Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP