So my new book from B4B has FINALLY come in!!!! Thank god the holidays are over… I honestly can’t stand waiting for something I know is coming! So I got The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonso Falcones, ( Don’t ask me to pronounce his name because I’m just going to call him fonzy) and I have seen this for weeks in my B4B book list. I have heard so many good things about it and got excited.
So our ups man came today and pounded on the door like the poe-poe and scared the hell out of everyone, I’m sure, and I was ecstatic! I rip open the box and see a gorgeous cover staring back at me. Now I said in one of my last posts not to judge a book by its cover but I am a huge fan of book covers! I love art and get a general idea of what something looks like, and I feel like it is a view into the writers creativity.
I lift my new beauty out and she is a heavy little bitch! I didn’t think this was going to be that long but it holds a solid 647 pages of quality story! I’ll post the synopsis below so y’all can read about it and see if it even remotely interests you.
Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona—a spellbinding, rebellious gypsy—the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing.
But their way of life changes instantly when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and their world as a free people becomes perilous. The community is split up—some are imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. After a dangerous separation, Caridad and Milagros are reunited and join in the gypsies’ struggle for sovereignty against the widespread oppression. It’s a treacherous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won.
From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.
My take on the book, I don’t feel that every book with a big story has to be a long book! Split it up and do a series or a trilogy, something. Make the readers want more. Make them fall in love with the characters and feel like they HAVE to have the next book.
The story itself is beautiful! Caridad is a well developed character and you see her go through so much. In the first chapter alone you experience how the world sees and treats her. I love being able to tell how other characters see the main character, it gives me that feeling, the one that makes me feel like I’m there. I use to close my eyes while reading so I could make a makeshift movie with my eyelids as projection screens. As if that doesn’t make me sound crazy enough, I use to pretend to be the main character and would con my sisters into being the assisting characters. I would get so mad when they didn’t follow the storyline.
Now this book doesn’t make me want to play pretend, but I would love to see it as a movie. I just started it and had to stop so I could make dinner for my family. So while I’m making dinner I’m writing this. Its a good book, but it could be better. As of this point in time I give it 3/5 stars!
Happy reading, my lovelies and have a wonderful day/afternoon/night!
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