Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: "Oracle Glass" by Judith Merkle Riley

"Oracle Glass"
Author: Judith Merkle Riley
Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781402270581
Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Published: November 1, 2012 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Buy Links: Amazon

Goodreads Blurb:
Genevieve is a precocious girl with the remarkable power to read the future in a water glass. Left for dead by her family, she is taken in by La Voisin, who rules a secret society of witches that manipulate the rich—from tradesmen all the way up to the king himself.
Genevieve transforms herself into the mysterious Madame de Morville, rumored to be 150 years old. Driven by the spirit of revenge, Genevieve is on the verge of discovering true love when the police sniff out the secret network of poisoners and sorcerers. Genevieve races to escape the stake, unaware who will live and who will die in the wake of the King's terrible vengeance.

Oracle Glass was a very different type of historical read for me, VERY descriptive, it had a soft touch of magic, suspense and some humor. This story is about a woman’s (Genevieve’s) journey of life, her life and all of the trails tributes along the way. I found it to be a touching, adventurous tale to a woman’s very long journey to gain peace in her life and with herself. Die hard historical fans would most enjoy reading Oracle Glass.

What’s a girl to do when she’s not wanted in the first place? Considered the furthest from the bell of the ball, she trudges her paces through life after losing two loved ones so closely to the other, the only two that really understood her, accepted and loved her. She experiences the most traumatic occurrences one young woman could ever endure, not only from her losses, but from a vicious attack on her by person that called themself family. Found by the leader of a witch’s occult while she was leaving her home, she is taken in to a new world, molded and finalized as one of the best of the best seer’s of all time. Genevieve goes through a lot of change. Her appearance, company she keeps, the way she lives and many others that could be listed.

One question that always lingered in her mind was, could anyone ever love her? She does not search for it, but does find some companionship. The day love does find her she’ll be swept off her feet as she’s truly meant to be.

This book is packed full of treachery, murder, deceit, revenge, mystery, and secrets. The ending left a lot for the mind to ponder for it was not final. Is there a plan to continue on with Genevieve’s story?

*Warning there are scene(s) that have involve an incest in form of rape and some mentions and situations of abortion. Those who take offence to those occurrences may find some parts of the story unlikable or not to their tastes.

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booklover0226 said...

This sounds like an interesting read; I will need to check it out.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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