The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre DumasThe Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Release Date: 24th March 2011
Publisher: Public Domain
Source: Public Domain
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Rating: three-half-stars

One of the most celebrated & popular historical romances ever written. The Three Musketeers tell the story of the early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman d'Artagnan & his three friends from the regiment of the King's Musketeers-Athos, Porthos & Aramis.

Under the watchful eye of their patron M. de Treville, the four defend the honour of the regiment against the guards of the Cardinal Richelieu, & the honor of the queen against the machinations of the Cardinal himself as the power struggles of 17th-century France are vividly played out in the background.

But their most dangerous encounter is with the Cardinal's spy. Milady, one of literature's most memorable female villains, & Alaxandre Dumas employs all his fast-paced narrative skills to bring this enthralling novel to a breathtakingly gripping & dramatic conclusion.

Hey, so reading the title (and absorbing pop culture knowledge) it would reasonable to assume that there are in fact three Musketeers in this story, right? Haha, Alexandre Dumas was just messing with you! There are actually four! Yeah, yeah, I’m late to this party but it totally threw me. Four for you, Alexandre Dumas.

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson BurnettA Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 1905
Publisher: Puffin
Source: Public Domain
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Rating: four-stars

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to make friends at boarding school and settle in. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father again, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for drudgery and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and generosity are all the riches she truly needs?

A Little Princess tells the tale of Sara Crewe, a young girl who is entered into a formal boarding school for girls. The rich and privileged daughter of a Captain, Sara travels from India, where she was raised for most of her early life, to London where her new boarding school awaits. Separated from the father she loves, Sara nevertheless promises to make the best of her situation; she proves to be an excellent student, is kind to the other girls and becomes the most interesting person in the school because of her talent for telling vivid stories. But then TERRIBLE THINGS happen that made me cry into my pillow for a good ten minutes fuuuuuu Frances Hodgson Burnett  and Sara’s life is changed completely. She loses her status, becoming a servant in the same boarding school, is forced to live in the attic and is treated awfully by just about everyone around her. The story follows Sara as she deals with all the changes in her life, learning to be kind and brave in the face of adversity.

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