BookTubeAthon 2017 Wrap up

I have participated in BookTubeAthon since the first year but I have never completed all of the challenges. This year was the year that I accomplished everything! When I was planning my books to read, my goal was to complete all of the challenges except for the one to read 7 books. I ended up with 3 books on my TBR for the week.

Here’s how my week ended up going:

Monday- I decided to start with the challenge to read a book in one day because I figured I would be the most motivated on day one. I ended up reading An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson.

Tuesday- On day two I finished Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie and many other authors. I had started this before the readathon but I finished it to complete the challenge to read a hyped book. After that, I read 100 pages of Lucky in Love by Kasie West for the challenge to read a book completely outside.

Wednesday- I finished Lucky in Love and read 50 pages of Flame in The Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Flame in The Mist completed the challenge to read a book about a character that is very different from yourself. All of the characters in Flame in The Mist are Japanese. I also read this book because the Biannualbibliathon was going on during the same week as the BookTubeAthon and Flame in The Mist was their group book to read. I wanted to at least participate in the Biannualbibliathon a little bit so I was happy that I got around to this book.

Thursday- I finished Flame in The Mist and read 100 pages of Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen which was for the challenge to read a cover buy.

Friday- I finished Beastkeeper and I started and finished The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. The Ice Dragon completed the challenge to read a book with a person on the cover.

Saturday- I had family over for the day and didn’t read anything.

Sunday- I started and finished The Peculiar Night of The Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano. This completed the challenge to read 7 books.


An Enchantment of Ravens: 5/5 stars

Because You Love to Hate Me: 3/5 stars

Lucky in Love: 4/5 stars

Flame in The Mist: 5/5 stars

Beastkeeper: 2/5 stars

The Ice Dragon: 4/5 stars

The Peculiar Night of The Blue Heart: 3/5 stars

The Half-Drowned King

By: Linnea Hartsuyker

*Thank you to HarperCollins for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I would recommend this book for ages fifteen and up.


Since the death of Ragnvald Eysteinsson’s father in battle, he has worked hard to protect his sister Svanhild and planned to inherit his family’s land when he comes of age. But when the captain of his ship tries to kill him on the way home from a raiding excursion, he must confront his stepfather’s betrayal, and find a way to protect his birthright. It is no easy feat in Viking-Age Norway, where a hundred petty rulers kill over parcels of land, and a prophesied high king is rising.

But where Ragnvald is expected to bleed, and even die, for his honour, Svanhild is simply expected to marry well. It’s not a fate she relishes, and when the chance to leave her stepfather’s cruelty comes at the hand of her brother’s arch-rival, Svanhild is forced to make the ultimate choice: family or freedom. (Goodreads)

My review

I first heard of The Half-Drowned King on twitter and I was immediately interested. The premise sounded completely unique and their aren’t too many books that take place during the ninth century. Linnea manages to introduce the reader to a setting that is unfamiliar to most with ease. It was very clear that she put a lot of research into this novel and she knew what she was describing. I loved how she was able to relay the sense of pressure that Ragnvald, and all the characters, were put under. She also showed the constant underlying danger that they were all in.

Linnea was also able to fit two different narrators with two very different storylines into this book and make it cohesive. Unfortunately I enjoyed one of the storylines quite a bit more than the other. I felt like Ragnvald’s story started to drag  and became repetitive. I really enjoyed the first 150 pages or so but then it started to lose steam near the middle. I was also surprised by the lack of action there was in The Half-Drowned King. Considering this book was about vikings, I was expecting quite of bit of action. This made the book feel even more slow moving and meticulous.

I’m always a fan of sibling relationships in books since they are pretty scarce when compared to romantic relationships. At first, I loved the bond that Ragnvald and Svanhild had but, in the end, I wasn’t as impressed. In the last couple of pages it seemed like they were two completely different characters than before and I wish that they had more time together throughout the novel.

I’m still not sure how I feel about The Half-Drowned King. I think if the length of it were cut down by about 100 pages it would be a much stronger opening to a new trilogy. My favorite parts were definitely the setting and underlying intrigue that Linnea described beautifully and realistically.


Stars: 3/5

Pages: 448

Buy Book Here: Amazon

Daughter of the Burning City

By: Amanda Foody

*ARC Review

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.


Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. (Goodreads)

My Review

I picked up Daughter of the Burning City at BEA this year because I knew it had something to do with circuses. I loved Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I liked The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern so I figured this would be a good one to try. It ended up being absolutely nothing similar to either of the two books I mentioned before, but that didn’t matter. Daughter of the Burning City was wonderful. Amanda Foody relied less on the lyrical and beautiful parts of a book about a circus and more on the creepy and eerie feelings. Honestly, this book was very strange but she definitely made it work.

I loved the characters and I loved reading about Sorina’s little family of illusions. There were quite a few characters in Daughter of the Burning City but with the help of names that corresponded with each illusions “ability” it was easy to keep them straight. The mystery itself was also interesting. I kept wondering when another illusion would be murdered next and which one it would be. It was very evident that Amanda put a lot of thought into the plot, setting, and her characters.

One thing I noticed while reading is that there are certain things that don’t exactly make the most sense. Some of the logistics of Sorina’s illusion work got a little muddled near the end. Maybe if there was a sequel she would be able to explain how certain things were able to happen. Lastly, the romance, while I liked it, didn’t totally make sense to me. The love interest is known throughout the circus to be uninterested in romantic relationships; he even says this himself. Then, a few pages later, he’s pursuing a romantic relationship with Sorina.

Overall I loved this book! It got me out of my reading slump and I highly recommend it. Amanda wrote a beautiful, weird, and creepy novel that definitely took a lot of imagination to write. I feel like this would be a great series to make a duology out of but I haven’t heard any news of a sequel so far.


Violence: 3/5                          Stars: 4.5/5

Romance: 2.5/5                     Pages: 384

Language: 3/5                        Buy Book Here: Amazon

The Day The Sky Fell

By Adam Dreece

I would recommend this book for ages 11 and up.


The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?
The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out! (Goodreads)

My Review

I’m so excited to be reviewing this book and to be able to say that The Day The Sky Fell was a fantastic ending to a wonderful series! I’ve noticed that what happens with most long series is that they start to fall apart around the third or fourth book. This didn’t happen with the Yellow Hoods, instead, it benefitted from having a lot of books. There are quite a few characters in this series and I love that Adam took time to really develop each of them. Every single character has grown drastically from the first book. I felt like each of the main characters had a book that really showcased them. Tee is the main character so she was a large part of each book but the other two characters really got to have their own story also. Book two focused heavily on Richie and book five focused more on Ellie. As I’ve said in pretty much every review for this series, I also absolutely love all of the villains/morally ambiguous characters in these books. I don’t know what it is about them, but Adam really does write them well.

The Yellow Hoods series has so many different plot lines going and Adam is able to write in a way that prevents it from ever becoming jumbled or confusing. It is always interesting to get near the end of the book and watch as he ties everything together. The fairy tale aspect is still so fun to see unfold. I had my suspicions that a certain character was going to tie into a certain fairy tale and the scene where it was revealed was amazing.

Overall this series along with this book were amazing. I highly recommend them and can’t wait to read anything else of Adam’s.

Violence: 1.5/5                Stars: 4.5/5

Language: 0/5                 Pages: 255

Romance: 0.5/5              Buy the book here: Amazon

Stalking Jack The Ripper

By: Kerri Maniscalco

*I read an ARC of this book for review

I would recommend this book for ages fourteen and up.


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. (Goodreads)

My Review

I really struggled with this book and ended up picking it up and putting it down three times before I finished it. Stalking Jack The Ripper has been receiving countless rave reviews which is why I continued to pick it back up. In the end, it just wasn’t for me. In my mind, I split this book into four separate parts. I enjoyed the second and fourth parts of it.

I tried to figure out what exactly ended up being the reason I couldn’t get into Stalking Jack the Ripper and I think it came down to the characters. There were only about six recurring characters and I liked one of them. I really tried to connect to the two main characters but they really bothered me. We have Audrey Rose, who another reviewer, Wendy Darling, described as a 21st century girl transported back in time. While I loved how confident and capable she was in everything it seemed a little forced. It would have been enough just having a girl in that time period apprenticing with her uncle in forensic medicine. The other main character, Thomas, bothered me even more. There is a possibility that I just had really high expectations of his character because everyone has been talking about how wonderful he is. Unfortunately, to me he came off as arrogant and mean. I couldn’t understand how Audrey Rose fell in love with him. I mentioned earlier that there are very few main characters in this book which made guessing who the killer was a little too easy. The reveal of ‘Jack the Ripper’ also fell into a trope that I’ve been reading a lot of recently.

With all of that said, I really enjoyed Kerri Maniscalco’s writing style. She also was amazing at world building. Her descriptions of 19th century England and Audrey Rose working with her Uncle were the highlights of this book. In the end, I’m very conflicted about Stalking Jack The Ripper. While I had a lot of problems with it, I still enjoyed about half of the book. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series yet or not.


Violence: 4.5/5 Stars                        Stars: 3/5

Language: 0.5/5 Stars                      Pages: 336

Romance: 2/5 Stars                          Buy Book here: Amazon

January Wrap up and February TBR

January wrap up

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: 3/5 stars

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: 5/5 stars

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: 4/5 stars

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han: 4/5 stars

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han: 4/5 stars

The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby: 4/5 stars

Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle: 5/5 stars

A List of Cages by Robin Roe: 5/5 stars

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: 3/5

February TBR

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen.

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

When We Collided by Emery Lord

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

  • All summaries came from Goodreads


By Stephanie Garber

*I received an ARC of this book for review.

I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.


Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. (Goodreads)

My Review

I was completely shocked that I loved this book as much as I did. Reviewers have been raving about Caraval for months now which is why I was a little put off by it. Many times I’ve been super excited for a book but once it gets hyped up my expectations get higher and many times the book doesn’t reach what I was hoping it would. This was not a problem with Caraval, it deserves all of the hype it has been receiving.

Everyone has been comparing this book to the Night Circus by Erin Morganstern which I can see. Caraval definitely shares the same beautiful and lyrical atmosphere of The Night Circus but I don’t think that the plot or the characters resembled it at all. Stephanie Garber wrote something unique that is completely her own, and honestly, I much preferred it over The Night Circus. The setting was gorgeous and I loved how she described Caraval and explained the rules of the game as the story moved forward. There was no info dumping, she simply told you the information as it was needed.

As always, my favorite part of Caraval were the characters. Scarlett and Tella are sisters as well as best friends even though they have completely opposite personalities. Scarlett is the follow the rules type while Tella believes in living life to the fullest no matter how much trouble it may cause. I loved that Stephanie showed the pros and cons of both personalities and how both sisters accepted each other for who they were and were willing to defend each other no matter the situation. Even though there was definitely a romantic storyline I felt like it was more of a backdrop to the relationship between Scarlett and Tella. Of course, Julian was wonderful too and the relationship between him and Scarlett was written very well. Many times in books, once the two characters fall in love they are completely willing to give everything up for each other. It was refreshing to have two characters that loved each other but were still fighting for their own individual causes.

In short, this book was absolutely incredible and it’s going to be a huge success once it comes out. I can’t wait to read the second one and I’m very interested to see how Stephanie will continue the story.


Violence: 3/5                           Stars: 5/5

Language: 0/5 (?)                  Pages: 401

Romance: 2/5                         Buy Book Here: Amazon 

Kids of Appetite

By: David Arnold

I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.



Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love. (Goodreads)

My Review

I don’t have too much to say about this book because I didn’t love it or hate it. I was excited to read this book because I heard that it was about a gang of orphans. While that was some what true it wasn’t at all what I was expecting and unfortunately I didn’t end up liking it. The story itself felt a bit choppy and random. The writing was also very different which probably added to how the story fit together. I started out really enjoying it but I slowly lost interest. The characters were definitely unique which was enjoyable for a little while until they started to feel a little over the top.

The plot itself was a very new idea and I don’t feel like I will ever find another book that is similar to this one. I also really enjoyed the ending. I appreciated that it tied a lot of loose ends together and ended in a pretty realistic way.


Romance: 2/5                 Stars: 2.5/5

Language: 3/5                Pages: 352

Violence: 2/5                   Buy Book Here: Amazon

How I Live Now

By: Meg Rosoff

I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.



“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way. (Goodreads)

My Review

How I Live Now is by far one of the strangest books I have ever read. It is also one of the best. With that being said, I could see why a vast majority of people would not like it.

I found out about this book through the movie. I heard that Saoirse Ronan was going to be starring in it and I was immediately interested. This book deals with some hard topics that not many people like to talk about but that need to be discussed. Meg Rosoff manages to balance these complicated ideas without making them the center of attention. The plot of this book is surviving a World War and the characters trying to find their way back to each other. It just happens to include, anorexia, extreme PTSD, and incest between cousins.

The writing style in this book is extremely different and a little hard to get into. There are no quotations marks, many run on sentences, and very little punctuation. Without spoiling it, the reasoning for this style of writing is explained near the end of the book and it makes the story that much better and even more heartbreaking. Even though the writing was strange, that didn’t stop Meg from being able to write some beautiful passages and quotes through out the book.

Most books about wars are action packed and fast paced because they usually take place in the worst part of the war. How I Live Now took place at the very beginning of it. It was a very slow build, which I loved, and the main characters were left unaffected for quite a while. It reminded me of if you were to read a book about the very start of a zombie apocalypse. It would take a very long time for the virus to start affecting everyone in the world.

The characters in this book were all very distinct, different, and realistic. It was interesting to see how the four siblings, ranging from ages nine to sixteen, shared many of the same ideas and also disagreed on many. They each dealt with the war in four very different ways. Then, there was Daisy. She started as a negative, spoiled kid from New York and she had to learn how to fit in with a bunch of positive, nature loving siblings who lived in the country side of England.

I have yet to watch the movie, but I would love to do so soon. I know that it is very different from the book when it comes to characters and character deaths, but I’ve heard many positive things about it.

This book was absolutely incredible and probably one of my favorites of the year. It is definitely a book that I have thought about constantly since I finished it and I wish that more people, teens especially, would read it. I feel like it would be a good book to have on a required reading list for school.


Violence: 4/5               Stars: 4/5

Sex: 2/5                        Pages: 194

Language: 2/5             Buy Book Here: Amazon

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them

Movie Review

*This review will include spoilers*


I came into Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them with pretty low expectations. I figured this was another attempt to drag the Harry Potter franchise out longer than it was meant to be. I was completely wrong. At the end of this movie, I was completely blown away. It is now my second favorite movie out of the entire Harry potter series, (behind The Deathly Hallows Part 1.) Everything about this movie is the polar opposite of the original series. The characters are adults, there is never any wizarding school involved, and it takes place in America way before the events of Harry Potter. Once again, I was skeptical about it being a prequel to the original series especially after The Cursed Child came out as a sequel, and it didn’t do too well. Now, I’m so happy that they decided to make this a prequel series. They dropped tons of clues in this movie about certain characters and events that we knew had happened at some point. We are most likely going to be able to see how the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald fell apart along with more about the Lestrange family, and Dumbledore’s sister Adriana.

There were four to five main characters in this movie: Newt, Tina, Queenie, Jacob, and Creedence.


I loved how different Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob were. The four of them were nothing alike which was what made them work so well together. Newt was a wonderful main character and I fan casted Eddie Redmayne as him a long time before I even knew there would be a movie. The relationship between Tina and Queenie was very sweet. I loved how even though they were sisters they were about as opposite as two people could get. Jacob was definitely the comedic relief and I hope that he will be a part of the next four films. Even though Creedence had much less screen time and he was never involved with the main four, he was still one of my favorites. I love Ezra Miller but I was a little confused when I saw him cast as Creedence considering the role he played in Perks of Being a Wallflower, but he played the part perfectly.

About two weeks before this movie came out, it was announced that Jonny Depp would be playing the part of Grindelwald and that he would only be in the first movie for a couple of seconds. I was going to try to figure out how he would come into the movie but I ended up getting sidetracked. I was so determined to figure out who the obscurial was, and then excited when I was right, that I completely forgot about Grindelwald. I was completely shocked when it was revealed. Hopefully the directors have a plan on how Grindelwald was able to masquerade as Graves for so long because many people are very skeptical about it.


Lastly, this movie obviously involved many Magical Creatures. I loved how they took a portion of this movie to simply go through Newt’s suitcase and introduce the creatures. I haven’t looked yet, but I’m assuming they were all taken out of the Fantastic Beasts Guidebook which would be very cool. I feel like if they had met, Newt Scamander and Luna Lovegood would have been very good friends.

*I recently found out that the next movie is going to take place in France and England rather than New York. Also this whole series is going to take place over 40 years!*