Friday, June 03, 2011

Review: Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa M. Klein

Title: Cate of the Lost Colony
Author: Lisa M. Klein
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Library
Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeth's favorite court maidens—until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Ralegh's colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, whom the colonists—and Cate—increasingly turn to. Yet just as Cate's longings for England and Ralegh fade and she discovers a new love in Manteo, Ralegh will finally set sail for the New World.

Seamlessly weaving together fact with fiction, Lisa Klein's newest historical drama is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love—kindled by one of the most famous mysteries in American history: the fate of the settlers at Roanoke, who disappeared without a trace forty years before the Pilgrims would set foot in Plymouth.
Review:I love historical fiction so when I heard about this book, I decided to pick it up. I’m glad I did because I really, liked this book but I didn’t really love it. Lisa Klein’s Cate of the Lost Colony is the story of Lady Cate and how she ends up at Roanoke Island and what happened to the people of that colony.

The historical time was great. What really happened to the people on Roanoke Island is a mystery that has yet to be solved in American History. I really liked that Klien wanted to go into this story but with a topic like this, I was worried at how she would pull it off. The plot, in my opinion, could have been better because it moved around everywhere! Since there were three POV from which we heard this story, it could become increasingly confusing. This part of the plot really didn’t help much in the continuation of the story. That said, I thought that the summary gave most of the book away and it was really predictable. Also, the plot moved way to fast and was really everywhere.

I liked Klien’s writing even though the book itself wasn’t satisfactory. She had this way writing the character’s actions and words in a way that made it sound poetic. Sure, some things were over the top cliché, but others were really nice. Her descriptions really gave the reader a sense of where they were. She wrote the details so I could know what it was like in London at that time. I really liked that aspect of this novel. Overall, it was good writing that I wish would have gone with a better plot.

The story is told through Cate, Walter Raleigh, and Manteo’s point of views. Lets begin with Cate, shall we? In the beginning she was the weak, shall, delicate girl who couldn’t really do anything. She really annoyed me in the beginning but she got better as the story progressed. I liked how she finally took control of her life in the end, but throughout the beginning and middle, she just did whatever she was told to do. Walter Raleigh was a sweet guy and though he was romantic, he got on my nerves. He loved his money and success and titles and he really care more about that then about Cate. Manteo, I was indifferent about because he came in too quickly and I really had no idea who he was and what was happening. I liked the secondary characters who helped move the story forward and gave an interesting perspective to England of that time.

I really wanted to like this book, I really did. While the secondary characters kept the story alive, it just wasn’t enough for me. I’m not sure who to recommend this book to but if you like historical fiction, I hope you will give this book a try. As said before, books that necessarily don’t work for one person might work for someone else!

Overall: 2/5
Cover: 2/5 To me, it's very boring and I don't like it all that much.

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