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“Didn't get good until about 200 pages in, but I was impressed with how it all came together. I suppose it's worth the read, but it can't hold a candle to the thousands of other novels out there.”Teagan S wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Extremely slow paced but by midway I became engaged in the story. Likable characters and time period. I liked how the author moved from the sinking Titanic to the years following and the lives of those impacted. ”EISSPE wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a good book, but nowhere near the quality of Deliverance Dane. Almost felt like it was rushed, like it was missing something. An okay read for me.”Kate wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sinking of the Titanic, opium dens, and psychics - pretty good”Gina Linville wrote this review Saturday, June 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Historical fiction. Sibyl Allston turns to a psychic after the death of her mother and sister on the Titanic. Opium dens, crystal balls, a delinquent brother, and a (claimed) 'shocking twist' ending.
I enjoyed the book, and the writing and characters were good. But it was slow. And the ending was not, in my opinion, all that shocking. In fact, two weeks later, I can barely remember it. If you like historical fiction, you'll probably like it. If this isn't your favorite genre, you should probably avoid it. ”
“Keep reading the flashbacks make sense in the end. ”Kristen wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“155th: THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS
Chosen By: Miriam
Trivia Winner - Laurie
~COVE OPINION: C-, Below average story!”
“reviewed on blog 4/5 stars”Lenore C wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In her second novel, Katherine Howe brings us back to Boston with a story that has a similar structure to that of her debut. Our main characters are in the Bostonian upper class just after the turn of the century, and on the cusp of the United States entering WWI, with segments of the story taking place a couple of decades earlier in Shanghai, as well as the last day aboard the Titanic. The story starts with Helen and Eulah enjoying a day on the ill-fated ship, oblivious to what awaits them, and then cuts to the present day of the novel: Sibyl at a séance on the anniversary of the sinking of the ship that took her mother and sister with it.
While the story does have a bit of a fantastical element to it, it’s mostly a look at grief, addiction, and the trappings of life during this time period. In searching for more answers about what has happened to her mother and sister, Sibyl quite accidentally discovers that she can see visions in a mystical ball of glass given to her by a medium, known as a scrying glass. One catch: she has to be high on opium to see these visions.
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