Posts Tagged: Florence

[Review] The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White

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21 November
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Sometimes, when you love a book, you just can’t get through it fast enough. You devour its entirety swiftly, and in the blink of an eye, it is complete. Other times when you love a book, you truly need to just savor it slowly, relishing the sensation as if to prolong the experience. The Sign of the Weeping Virgin was certainly in the latter category for me; I enjoyed every aspect of this book so much that I took a very long time to complete it. This book came into my hands when I was contacted by the author, Alana White, who after… Read more »

[ARC Review] A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath

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18 July
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My name is Bry, and I am a glutton for Florence. Seriously, I could never get tired of reading about Italian history, and this city just absolutely captivates my passionate heart. I tend to focus on the Renaissance period and the Medici family as is my academic specialty, but on the rare occasion where I find a book that promises a ‘new’ take on my beloved city, I might just get a little excited. Juuust a little.   This is what  A Thing Done did for me, taking place in the underdeveloped Florence of 1216, long before the Renaissance rebirth of art, culture,… Read more »

[Review] The Palace by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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08 June
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From the onset I announced I intended to write a fully biased review of this book, and I will make good on my promise. I simply cannot NOT enjoy a Medici-Florence novel by anyone. Once again, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s attention to detail and dedication to the historical context is stellar. Florence as it was comes alive in her hands, not overly exaggerated for opulent effect, but not undervalued as such a significant and impactful place and time. Such influential and deeply loved individuals as Lorenzo ‘il Magnifico’ and Sandro Botticelli are brought to life with the same respect and reverence –… Read more »

[Review] The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

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05 April
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Aw, man… this book had me quite pleased, and I was well enjoying it, until the unraveling at the ending. Boo. We begin this book with a young girl, in the flourish of a beautifully described, beautifully constructed Medici Florence, and are treated to wonderfully written aspects of the artistry and ambiance of the magnificent heart of the Renaissance. Our protagonist, Alessandra Cecchi, is a skilled artist and painter in her preadolesence, and comes face to face with the intoxicating intrigue of the art world when her father employs a painter to handle the family chapel – a painter that… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

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14 March
[ARC Review] The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

The concept of The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel Of Suspense excited me tremendously, so much that I joined NetGalley for the sole purpose of obtaining an arc. A Florentine perfumer recruited to anoint women with beautiful scents and to poison troublesome courtiers by the infamous Catherine de Medici, who is also obsessed with the alchemical potential to bring loved ones back to life by capturing their dying breaths? Sign me up! However, I had not signed up for the awkward modern half of the book which was laden with babble of reincarnation, past lives, failed romance, and half hearted… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas

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09 March
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I don’t think there has been a book since Dance with Dragons that I have been as rabidly excited about as I was about discovering The Red Lily Crown. We are talking world-melting levels of excitement. Why? I am a Renaissance historian who specializes in Medici Florence. I love the Medici, in particular Cosimo I, first Grand Duke of Tuscany. And as far as Medici books go, 99% of them are going to be written about Lorenzo the Magnificent, or Catherine de Medici, Queen of France. Both fabulous and interesting, don’t get me wrong, but no one, and I mean no one, is writing fiction… Read more »

[Review] Inferno by Dan Brown

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15 February
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Books like Inferno are my ultimate guilty pleasures — some people read trashy romance novels or watch reality TV, but I geek out HARD to the ‘historical detective: clue solving, traversing Europe using the knowledge of the historian to uncover wondrous things or save the world’, type genre. Throw in my favourite buzzwords – Medici, Florence, Italian Renaissance, Dante – and I am one sold fan-girling historian. In the latest installment of the adventures of symbologist Robert Langdon, we are transported to Florence, Italy – though even Robert does not know why, or how he has arrived. Soon, Robert is… Read more »