January 11, 2011

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

 Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

Epic Wins:
  • Alex: I loved her. She was one of those heroines you hang on to. A very strong female character, you know the kind where you wish you could be like them.
  • Andi: Ok at first she was a depressed mess (which is COMPLETELY understandable due to her brother) but by the end she is just like Alex, the one you strive to be like. Brave, courageous, and downright crazy!
  • Virgil: Gah! I love this guy! He was like the exact rock that Andi needed at the exact moment she needed him. It helps that he is the cute musician type. He cares so much about her; he makes her start to care again.
  • Louise-Charles: The heir to the thrown in Alex’s time who is trapped in a tower slowly dying. I love how Truman and His story are basically the same.
  • The way the diary slips into Andi’s life just when she needs it.
  • The switching of voice from Andi and Alex was so smooth and both had very clear voices.
  • I loved how the two stories twist together, intertwine, and collide.There was such beautiful in this book; it was like poetry at times.
  • The ending though bitter was just sweet enough to cover the bitter aftertaste, like sour patch kids. :P
  • The music: It flowed through ever page, Andi’s passion for music that is. Every time she spoke of it you feel her joy in the music. It was the only thing that kept her grounded; just one note.
  • Time travel? :P Practically makes this book amazing.
  • Her thesis: I know what you are thinking, her English paper? Really? Once you finish you can see why (so DUH go read it).
  • Her music Idol ( I don't remember his name but he was pretty awesome!!)
  • I am a huge history buff so this book tickled my fancy (lame :P sorry). I love the raw history that the author provides and of course the mysteries that could lie within it.
  • It’s my new favorite because it is just so delicious, it was like a sweet and sour burst (like I said think sour patch kids).
  • The setting: At first it’s in Brooklyn which is ok but then she goes to Paris (reluctantly!!) and beneath all the words I couldn’t pronounce the author laid out this incredibly beautiful landscape.
  • I loved Remy’s; it was a café where Virgil and Andi play music. I can just see it all around me.
  • This book broke my book fart, any book that does that is a winner in my opinion ( I won’t discuss the fact that it may have forced me to enter a new one)
  • I loved this book
Epic Fails:
  • Nothing was wrong with this book. No FAILS. Honest there wasn’t a single thing I felt was weird or unclean. :P


Really? Can’t you tell? I LOVED THIS BOOK! It gets a double high five and is better than infinity and beyond! I would recommend this book up and down (uh... I actually already have my bbf is probably sick of hearing it :P sorry Kaite)

just sayin,


  1. Ok, I loved your review for this, Kare! This one is sitting on my shelf now, and I'm hoping to review it in the next two weeks or so. Great review :)

    P.S. Have I mentioned how much I love your header?!

  2. Melissa- Thanks :) I guess that is double thanks for the header and the review.

  3. Awesome review! I don't really like Sour Patch kids *heresy, right?*, but your review has made me think I'll love this book. :)

  4. I loved Jennifer's A Northern Light and I can't wait to read this book, great review.
    I have given you an award on my blog.

  5. Yay! Glad to hear that you liked this. I haven't had the chance to read this yet, but I have heard that it was really good. Great review!

  6. I read this book in just a few days. I completely agree though. I LOVED IT :D Great review :)


Let me know what you think was an epic win or an epic fail, or if you feel like it make robot sound like beep beep boo bop. Really I could careless just keep it clean.