Sisi, she wanted to fly

I don’t tend to gravitate toward historical fiction. I’ve been so interested in reading another’s real life story, fiction lost it’s appeal to me.

When I read the back of Allison Pataki’s new novel, Sisi: Empress On Your Own, I was intrigued, I was intrigued.

How could an empress become restless? I mean she has family, an emperor as her husband and wealth to go wherever she wanted.

She showed she was human.

Through the death of her first born daughter. Through how her mother-in-law took over raising her second oldest children, Giesla and Rudy. How she found herself attracted to other places and men, all whole married to Franz Joseph, whose motto was: I don’t change.

I found the family dynamic the most interesting. Because of Sisi’s sadness of her two eldest children being taken away, she poured into her youngest, Valerie. There was a strain in all of their relationships throughout Sisi’s life and I loved how Allison captured these moments: Rudy’s weeping to his mother over a book of poetry he thought she’d love, to Franz breaking his cool, yelling at his son about not being worthy enough for the throne.

Allison also captured a tender moment toward the end of Sisi’s life, where Franz and her part for the last time. He kisses her on the forehead, May God keep you, my darling Sisi.

I loved the way Allison incorporated favorite quotes from Sisi’s favorite poet and playwrights throughout the book. It gave an interesting look of how she must have felt most of time. Learning new words I’ve never heard before was a lot of fun, how they spoke during that time.

Imp (devil) and careworn (worried) being two of my faves.

There was so much in the book that made it difficult for me to tell what was fact and fiction. Allison includes notes at the end of the story, with resources if you want to dig deeper.

I didn’t like the lengthy descriptions of the palaces or Sisi’s beauty regiment. The gilt chandeliers, plates. The tight dresses adorned with jewels and the diadems a hairdresser put in her hair.

I know Allison was this so you felt like your were actually a part of with Sisi. It was felt too much to me. I was more into the dialogue between her and her ladies in waiting, her family, and anyone she came into contact with.

Other than that, I’m glad I stuck with the story. Even though so much sadness and longing trailed Sisi’s life, it shows we are all the same, regardless if we are royalty or not.

We want to be free. And between the history and fiction, this novel will definitely make you feel like you’re somewhere far away, lost with an empress who dared to break away.

Review: The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

Author’s Note: Trying something different out..reviewing a book by an AMAZING new author. Check her out! ๐Ÿ™‚

I found out about this book after Alysha followed my blog. I was instantly taken by the fact the book is written in first person. I have a thing for first person narration. Especially when the story takes on the 2 or more character viewpoints.

The Waiting Room is the story of Nina and Jude, two married people who are madly in love, living an average life together. Steady jobs. Steady dreams to do something beyond the mundane, everyday thing. One morning, they leave for work, and Jude passes away in a car accident. He is taken to The Waiting Room. So I don’t spill the whole book, I’m going to list what I loved about the book.

1. The way Alysha incorporated the ideas of love and waiting. I think not in death, but life as well, we will do whatever it takes to be with the one who makes us feel wanted. Cherished. Valued. Even if that means waiting. We all struggle with waiting for what, or in this case who we love, but in the end it is worth the time spent.

2. Falling in love with the same person over again and again as a different person. (This is a spoiler..) I loved how Nina fell in love with Jude whenever she met him in another life. Thinking about it now, I feel Nina fell for him because of his spirit, no matter who he was in other lives.

3. The scatterbrained way the book is written. It shows how much we grasp for understanding for what happens after we die. You can’t read this book all in one sitting. There are way too many ideas that can’t be digested in hours time. You need time to process. That being said, if you want a quick read, this may not be for you. I’d give it a shot even if that is so. You may be pleasantly surprised.

I’m pretty this review is all over the place. There is n way to properly sum the of the book except: wait and sea the how the story unfolds. There is something for everyone that makes the book universal.

Dreams comes to those who wait. Wow, that was really cliche. Please, go give the book a chance. You know you want a sappy love story. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find her book on Amazon! Her blog is here. And if that’s not enough for you, she also has a website connecting you to her facebook author page and twitter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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