Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cross My Heart

Gould, S. (2011). Cross my heart. NY: Delacorte Press.
YA Historical Fiction / Mystery
QuickNEasy     12 - 17

I gave this book 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

Venice in 1585 was the perfect setting for this story of mystery and intrigue, and happily, the romance element wasn't overdone. The descriptions of the city and society were rich and detailed, and despite a fairly large cast of characters, each was distinctive.  I liked that there were strong and powerful women in the story, and that they were able to control so much from behind the scenes.

It's a quick & easy read, so the reader doesn't have to invest much to really enjoy the book. 

On my Clean-O-Meter, I give this a 7.5.  The book makes it until the final pages before a swear word appears (b**ch), and there is no sex or sexual situations (though some kissing without description)and only vague references to a young woman's marital duties and prostitution. There is, however, a fair amount of blood and violence though it is mildly described and not haunting.

My only gripe in this story is that Laura's father doesn't get what he deserves. He is an awful man, he has behaved awfully to his daughters, and he basically gets all his dreams fulfilled by the end of the story. I really wanted something to happen to him to make him either come around and beg his daughter's forgiveness, or that he just got killed off or something. Arrgh.

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