Friday, March 4, 2011
Queens of all the Earth.
Author: Hannah Sternberg
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Publication Date: 06/15/2011
How Received: ARC
As her freshman classmates move into dorms at Cornell University, Olivia Somerset suffers a nervous breakdown. When months of coaxing and analyzing fail to rouse Olivia from her stupor, big sister Miranda decides the sisters should fly off to Barcelona for some "vacation therapy."
When a mistake at their Barcelona hostel leaves the Somersets in a large co-ed dorm room, Olivia and Miranda are saved by kindly Mr. Brown and his son Greg, who happily volunteer to surrender their private room. But while Olivia feels an instant connection with brooding Greg Brown, Miranda sides with fellow guest and cocky American travel writer Lenny:
The Browns are just plain weird, and must be avoided at all costs.
In the midst of urbane Peruvian priests-in-training and Scottish soccer fans, from the shops of La Rambla to the waters of the Mediterranean to the soaring heights of Montjuic, Miranda works to protect her still-fragile sister while Olivia struggles to understand her burgeoning adulthood, her feelings for Greg, and the fear that makes the next step in her life so impossible to take.
The beginning is Captivating. Although it can be a bit confusing at times. It is beautifully crafted. Seems very confusing I hope its just the ARC. After the beginning hooks you it drags for a few chapters. Miranda and Lenny are my lest favorite characters. All they do is whine and judge people. I loved the story line but the author wrote fro many peoples point of views. She should have just stuck to olivias and gregs story. From either of those peoples point of view. Although I said the story was confusing it was also mesmoring. It hooked you and kept you reading. Very nice quick read. In the end it was sad I always like a happy ending. But I guess it left room for a second book. I guess it may seem like I didn't like the book but that is untrue although many faults it was amazing.