Title: A Break with Charity
Author: Ann Rinaldi
Genre: young adult / historical fiction
Rating: 2.5 / 5
I can’t believe it’s been over three months since I posted a book review! I’ve been reading, of course–for school. And my interests have been leading me more toward blog posts and essays than books. A lot of it comes down to a move we had, both unexpected and unwanted, that combined with school and running a business to squash any free time I had for reading and reviews.
I actually read this book during the aforementioned move, about two months ago, so the details are a little fuzzy to me now. I was feeling so stressed and I wanted the literary equivalent of comfort food. I remembered how much I had enjoyed the young adult historical novels when I was a kid so I went and grabbed one from the library. Alas, we did not click. I don’t know if it was my mood or if I’m just not into this genre anymore. Unfortunately this book was not nearly as creepy as the cover would suggest. There was nothing wrong with this book, it was just sort of…bland. It was a decent portrayal of the Salem witch trials, but the narrator/main character never really felt alive to me. It seems to me this would be really great territory for delving into character’s motivations and psyches, but these are only ever touched on, never explored in depth. It kept me interested enough while I was reading it, but it just didn’t have anything that really sunk into me.