Ø When We Caught Fire µ Download by Ø Anna Godbersen

Ø When We Caught Fire µ Download by Ø Anna Godbersen blehboring as hell 2.
5 starsThe whole premise and plot of this novel was so entrancing but when it came to the execution, I was disappointed.
The love triangle was not much of a love triangle in my eyes because I didn t become invested in any of the couples involved This was mostly due to some of the decisions that were made early in the novel Some of the decisions and actions from the characters made it hard to believe that it was true love beyond the love of friendship or lust Additionally, similarly to that, I don t think any of the characters were meant to be unlikable but.
I didn t like them Again, this was mainly due to the laissez faire attitude from each of the characters in the beginning of the story I could not get beyond that and it ruined the characters for me.
The one thing that I m confused on is the ending What Huh I don t know if it was meant to be left open ended and open to interpretation or if I m just lost Either way, I have no idea what the result of that ending meant for a certain characterIf anything, this novel somehow gave me vibes of Downton Abbey and since reading, I ve decided to rewatch the show I have no idea why it reminded me of Downton Abbey but alas Thank you to HCC Frenzy for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review I can t liethe minute I saw Anna Godbersen had released a new historical YA , I ordered a copy I barely even read the synopsis Chicago fire Love triangle Maid Boxer Socialite marriage All red flags for classic 19th c soap Edith Wharton s influence on the Luxe series is undeniable, but IMO this newest effort pushes that appreciation to the forefront The Chicago fire provides a tangible threat, esp when combined with certain unnamed parties, but the era itself shares much of the blame Like Wharton, these characters are inherently flawed products of their time the rough survivors turned New Money, the push pull of class difference, the love triangle that began in childhood, the carelessly spoiled Emmeline her symbiotic but not entirely parasitic friendship with her maid Fiona Fiona s angst is considerable, rightly so nobody likes being a third wheel but despite the power of wealth, Emmeline is flighty, selfish, naive She s almost painfully innocent despite believing otherwise proud that her father s success has bought entrance to the upper echelon, yet desperate for something real wholesome, which she clings to via Fiona Anders Indeed, the first half is devoted to a portrait of snooty 1870 Chicago elite There s little action until the second act I was never bored, but I m a reader who likes soap to examine the hypocrisy of high class veneers The aftermath of the Civil War how it changed a developing country s pace the arbitrary, frivolous rules that defined an unforgiving social ladder the foundation of the Gilded Age robber barons But that s primarily background The core of this book is still the melodrama, which hits all the checkmarks of gorgeous clothes, anxious friendship, bending the rules, long suffering luuuurve, plus illegal boxing, abusive creepsters, semi adulterous behavior, yada yada AG s favorite themes you can t have everything you want, your first love isn t always your best love, choices have consequences some consequences are irreparable are repeated here, with increased urgency thanks to the permanence of the Great Fire I also liked how fire itself is a motif metaphor throughout the title pun is completely intended.
The initial negative ratings make me roll my eyes, though they re not really surprising audiences today have little patience for YA that s not devoted to a HEA romance with gag worthy Mary Sues who know kung fu or spout the virtues of Loving That Bad Boy But please judge for yourself This is a good book, it s noticeablymature than my beloved so good it has to be fattening Luxe series Yes, there are a few minor gripes pacing seemed slightly off in the climax, better characterization of Ochs Carter Freddy but overall I really enjoyed it.
You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.
5 Historical fiction is so fun, is it not And the Chicago Fire well, that s intense This particular book was less so Not a bad read, but I suppose a tad underwhelming It s basically a story of friendships and romantic relationships colliding in a big ol love triangle that happens to get extra dramatic One of the girls Emmeline is a newly minted high society girl who s set to marry some rich dude that she doesn t care about Fiona, her bestie turned maid, is in love with their childhood friend and ex beau of Emmeline Anders Emmeline is hard to stomach She s pretty selfish, and so indecisive Which look, I understand, I am hugely indecisive too, but when you combine it with selfishness, it gets pretty hard to feel sympathetic toward her Fiona, on the other hand is incredibly sympathetic Easy to root for Unfortunately, there were too many rich people shenanigans to wade through, and those I sort of didn t care about Now I liked watching how the girls friendship was impacted by all of their choices That was probably my favorite part of the story But when it got closer to the end, it felt really predictable The book, at one point, straight up tells you how it s going to end Which, is a little bit of an odd choice, because it takes away some of the intensity Plus a few of the other twists are just easy to see coming from a mile away Still, the emotional aspect was there for me Probably because I cared about Fiona, and kind of about Anders too, probably just because Fiona did, but still Bottom Line Liked Fiona, liked the focus on friendship, but could have done with a bitexcitement and less predictability.
blehboring as hell 2.
5 starsThe whole premise and plot of this novel was so entrancing but when it came to the execution, I was disappointed.
The love triangle was not much of a love triangle in my eyes because I didn t become invested in any of the couples involved This was mostly due to some of the decisions that were made early in the novel Some of the decisions and actions from the characters made it hard to believe that it was true love beyond the love of friendship or lust Additionally, similarly to that, I don t think any of the characters were meant to be unlikable but.
I didn t like them Again, this was mainly due to the laissez faire attitude from each of the characters in the beginning of the story I could not get beyond that and it ruined the characters for me.
The one thing that I m confused on is the ending What Huh I don t know if it was meant to be left open ended and open to interpretation or if I m just lost Either way, I have no idea what the result of that ending meant for a certain characterIf anything, this novel somehow gave me vibes of Downton Abbey and since reading, I ve decided to rewatch the show I have no idea why it reminded me of Downton Abbey but alas Thank you to HCC Frenzy for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review I can t liethe minute I saw Anna Godbersen had released a new historical YA , I ordered a copy I barely even read the synopsis Chicago fire Love triangle Maid Boxer Socialite marriage All red flags for classic 19th c soap Edith Wharton s influence on the Luxe series is undeniable, but IMO this newest effort pushes that appreciation to the forefront The Chicago fire provides a tangible threat, esp when combined with certain unnamed parties, but the era itself shares much of the blame Like Wharton, these characters are inherently flawed products of their time the rough survivors turned New Money, the push pull of class difference, the love triangle that began in childhood, the carelessly spoiled Emmeline her symbiotic but not entirely parasitic friendship with her maid Fiona Fiona s angst is considerable, rightly so nobody likes being a third wheel but despite the power of wealth, Emmeline is flighty, selfish, naive She s almost painfully innocent despite believing otherwise proud that her father s success has bought entrance to the upper echelon, yet desperate for something real wholesome, which she clings to via Fiona Anders Indeed, the first half is devoted to a portrait of snooty 1870 Chicago elite There s little action until the second act I was never bored, but I m a reader who likes soap to examine the hypocrisy of high class veneers The aftermath of the Civil War how it changed a developing country s pace the arbitrary, frivolous rules that defined an unforgiving social ladder the foundation of the Gilded Age robber barons But that s primarily background The core of this book is still the melodrama, which hits all the checkmarks of gorgeous clothes, anxious friendship, bending the rules, long suffering luuuurve, plus illegal boxing, abusive creepsters, semi adulterous behavior, yada yada AG s favorite themes you can t have everything you want, your first love isn t always your best love, choices have consequences some consequences are irreparable are repeated here, with increased urgency thanks to the permanence of the Great Fire I also liked how fire itself is a motif metaphor throughout the title pun is completely intended.
The initial negative ratings make me roll my eyes, though they re not really surprising audiences today have little patience for YA that s not devoted to a HEA romance with gag worthy Mary Sues who know kung fu or spout the virtues of Loving That Bad Boy But please judge for yourself This is a good book, it s noticeablymature than my beloved so good it has to be fattening Luxe series Yes, there are a few minor gripes pacing seemed slightly off in the climax, better characterization of Ochs Carter Freddy but overall I really enjoyed it.
You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.
5 Historical fiction is so fun, is it not And the Chicago Fire well, that s intense This particular book was less so Not a bad read, but I suppose a tad underwhelming It s basically a story of friendships and romantic relationships colliding in a big ol love triangle that happens to get extra dramatic One of the girls Emmeline is a newly minted high society girl who s set to marry some rich dude that she doesn t care about Fiona, her bestie turned maid, is in love with their childhood friend and ex beau of Emmeline Anders Emmeline is hard to stomach She s pretty selfish, and so indecisive Which look, I understand, I am hugely indecisive too, but when you combine it with selfishness, it gets pretty hard to feel sympathetic toward her Fiona, on the other hand is incredibly sympathetic Easy to root for Unfortunately, there were too many rich people shenanigans to wade through, and those I sort of didn t care about Now I liked watching how the girls friendship was impacted by all of their choices That was probably my favorite part of the story But when it got closer to the end, it felt really predictable The book, at one point, straight up tells you how it s going to end Which, is a little bit of an odd choice, because it takes away some of the intensity Plus a few of the other twists are just easy to see coming from a mile away Still, the emotional aspect was there for me Probably because I cared about Fiona, and kind of about Anders too, probably just because Fiona did, but still Bottom Line Liked Fiona, liked the focus on friendship, but could have done with a bitexcitement and less predictability.
4.
2 Out 5 Incendiary STARSDespite having less than likable characters with Fiona as the exception this was still an engrossing listen The backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was what made this story stand out for me I could see how others found this to be slow in the beginning, with its soap opera like feel and melodrama of the elite high society of the times, but on Audio, those parts fly by fairly quickly Once the fire starts burning, the unceasing flames and the lives at stake make this unputdownable The way the author takes the truth about the actual fire and plays it out with her cast of characters is quite the tale I found this exert from here about the Great Chicago Fire The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated 200 million in damages Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth With the ending the irredeemable characters become redeemable and the love triangle that takes the center of the stage throughout this story has its inevitable outcome MY RATING 4.
2 STARS GRADE B BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS Plot 4 5Main Characters 3.
8 5Secondary Characters 3 5The Feels 4 5Pacing 4 5Addictiveness 4 5Theme or Tone 4 5Flow Writing Style 4.
5 5Backdrop World Building 4.
7 5originality 4.
2 5Ending 4.
2 5 Cliffhanger NahBook Cover It s incendiary Narration 4.
5 for Suzanne Elise Freeman, she was perfect for this story and she switched from one pov to another quite seamlessly.
Setting Chicago 1871Source Audiobook Library I know very little about the Great Chicago Fire, other than the rhyme about Mrs O Leary and her cow, and I actually didn t know that this book was about the fire until after I got it from the library I was just very excited about a book by the author of the Luxe series I know, she did a series set in the 1920 s, and I need to read it, too I loved the Luxe because it was the equivalent of Gossip Girl but set in the 1890 s, and I got really into the characters lives and their terrible mistakes and their amazing gowns, so I was looking for that hereand didn t find it I didn t connect to any of the characters because there wasn t time Not only is this just one book, but it s a very compressed timeline, taking place over a week I barely started to care about a couple of the characters and then, whoops it was over I also don t have a good sense for Chicago s geography or, actually, any sense for it so saying that the fire was moving toward this neighborhood or that bridge was meaningless to me I really could have used a map I feel like this is a great idea that needed so muchto really bring it to life.
It S And Emmeline Carter Is Poised To Take Chicago S High Society By Storm Between Her Father S Sudden Rise To Wealth, And Her Recent Engagement To Chicago S Most Eligible Bachelor, Emmeline Has It All But She Can T Stop Thinking About The Life She Left Behind, Including Her Childhood Sweetheart, Anders Magnuson Fiona Byrne, Emmeline S Childhood Best Friend, Is Delighted By Her Friend S Sudden Rise To Prominence, Especially Since It Means Fiona Is Free To Pursue Anders Herself But When Emmeline Risks Everything For One Final Fling With Anders, Fiona Feels Completely BetrayedAs The Summer Turns To Fall, The City Is At A Tipping Point Friendships Are Tested, Hearts Are Broken, And The Tiniest Spark Might Set Everything Ablaze Sweeping, Soapy, And Romantic, This Is A Story About An Epic Love Triangle One That Will Literally Set The City Ablaze, And Change The Lives Of Three Childhood Friends Forever Sigh I was excited for this book based on exactly 2 reasons my obsession with the Luxe series by Godbersen and the topic of the Chicago Fire But alas, the overall storyline was not at all cohesive or anything resembling the amazingness of the Luxe books and the fire came way late in the book and was covered almost as separate from the rest of the story I couldn t buy into ANY of the romance and overall I was just left feeling flat and disappointed that what could have been an amazing book by an amazing authorwasn t Too much stuff packed into one book, not tied together well enough and with characters I couldn t root for 3 stars rather than 2 simply because the writing itself but not the story was good and my affection for Godbersen as the author of my fave Luxe.
Anna Godbersen has done it again I was fully captivated and feeling all kinds of emotions, and maybe I m biased because I love her work, but she just kills it when it comes to sophisticated writing, vivid details, and of course, historical research.
Emmeline s family rose through the ranks and now are in high society in Chicago The year is 1871 and since Emmeline needs a lady s maid, she employs her best friend, Fiona After all Fiona s family definitely needs the money Fiona and Emmeline grew up with Anders, whom both girls still have feelings for This is problematic as Emmeline is engaged to Freddy, the son of a wealthy banker Emmeline has it all, but why can t she stop thinking about Anders Anders isn t in Emmeline s social circles any in fact, he is boxing in a bad section of Chicago, which pretty much makes him the opposite of a possible suitor Since Emmeline is engaged, shouldn t this mean Fiona is free to pursue him or is Emmeline not quite ready to let go of her former life When We Caught Fire is a soapy and romantic YA historical novel that fans of romance will savor read the rest of my review here

I know very little about the Great Chicago Fire, other than the rhyme about Mrs O Leary and her cow, and I actually didn t know that this book was about the fire until after I got it from the library I was just very excited about a book by the author of the Luxe series I know, she did a series set in the 1920 s, and I need to read it, too I loved the Luxe because it was the equivalent of Gossip Girl but set in the 1890 s, and I got really into the characters lives and their terrible mistakes and their amazing gowns, so I was looking for that hereand didn t find it I didn t connect to any of the characters because there wasn t time Not only is this just one book, but it s a very compressed timeline, taking place over a week I barely started to care about a couple of the characters and then, whoops it was over I also don t have a good sense for Chicago s geography or, actually, any sense for it so saying that the fire was moving toward this neighborhood or that bridge was meaningless to me I really could have used a map I feel like this is a great idea that needed so muchto really bring it to life.
4.
2 Out 5 Incendiary STARSDespite having less than likable characters with Fiona as the exception this was still an engrossing listen The backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was what made this story stand out for me I could see how others found this to be slow in the beginning, with its soap opera like feel and melodrama of the elite high society of the times, but on Audio, those parts fly by fairly quickly Once the fire starts burning, the unceasing flames and the lives at stake make this unputdownable The way the author takes the truth about the actual fire and plays it out with her cast of characters is quite the tale I found this exert from here about the Great Chicago Fire The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated 200 million in damages Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth With the ending the irredeemable characters become redeemable and the love triangle that takes the center of the stage throughout this story has its inevitable outcome MY RATING 4.
2 STARS GRADE B BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS Plot 4 5Main Characters 3.
8 5Secondary Characters 3 5The Feels 4 5Pacing 4 5Addictiveness 4 5Theme or Tone 4 5Flow Writing Style 4.
5 5Backdrop World Building 4.
7 5originality 4.
2 5Ending 4.
2 5 Cliffhanger NahBook Cover It s incendiary Narration 4.
5 for Suzanne Elise Freeman, she was perfect for this story and she switched from one pov to another quite seamlessly.
Setting Chicago 1871Source Audiobook Library Sigh I was excited for this book based on exactly 2 reasons my obsession with the Luxe series by Godbersen and the topic of the Chicago Fire But alas, the overall storyline was not at all cohesive or anything resembling the amazingness of the Luxe books and the fire came way late in the book and was covered almost as separate from the rest of the story I couldn t buy into ANY of the romance and overall I was just left feeling flat and disappointed that what could have been an amazing book by an amazing authorwasn t Too much stuff packed into one book, not tied together well enough and with characters I couldn t root for 3 stars rather than 2 simply because the writing itself but not the story was good and my affection for Godbersen as the author of my fave Luxe.
Anna Godbersen has done it again I was fully captivated and feeling all kinds of emotions, and maybe I m biased because I love her work, but she just kills it when it comes to sophisticated writing, vivid details, and of course, historical research.
Emmeline s family rose through the ranks and now are in high society in Chicago The year is 1871 and since Emmeline needs a lady s maid, she employs her best friend, Fiona After all Fiona s family definitely needs the money Fiona and Emmeline grew up with Anders, whom both girls still have feelings for This is problematic as Emmeline is engaged to Freddy, the son of a wealthy banker Emmeline has it all, but why can t she stop thinking about Anders Anders isn t in Emmeline s social circles any in fact, he is boxing in a bad section of Chicago, which pretty much makes him the opposite of a possible suitor Since Emmeline is engaged, shouldn t this mean Fiona is free to pursue him or is Emmeline not quite ready to let go of her former life When We Caught Fire is a soapy and romantic YA historical novel that fans of romance will savor read the rest of my review here