Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: I, Walter by Mike Hartner

I, Walter
I, Walter by Mike Hartner
I, Walter is a 1600s historical adventure and romance that follows the life of Walter Crofter as he tries to make his way in the world.


Publishes in US: April 4th 2013 by Eternity4Popsicle Publishing
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Source: author for review

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    I don't usually read historical fiction but a colleague highly recommended this book so I decided to give it a try. 
   I liked Walter's sense of humor and voice. The story starts when he is elderly and writing out his story, and then you quickly get to the thick of it. I connected with him because I understood the feelings of being mismatched from family, and that is a universal theme. Not only did I used to feel that, and want to fit in with other families, I thought that I had legitimately been switched at birth and my best friend was my sister. I know, I know. Teenage brains, right? 
   His family struggled, and he had to move around and watch his parents fight and that it also something that I dealt with when I was younger. Of course it was different circumstances, but some themes are universal. 
    A lot of the cultural subtleties were lost on me, so while I am sure it was well researched, I can't really comment on that aspect like some reviewers do and readers want to know about. 
   It was really interesting how he came to be a part of the navy, and how fate steered things in his life, and that is another universal theme I enjoyed that each little thing and decision effects so much then and on down the line. 
   The writing is lyrical at times, and I loved the vivid descriptions like of the sea and of the skies when he first got on the ship. 
   One of the aspects that I didn't enjoy is when I got pulled out of the story when the elderly Walter inserts commentary instead of just writing like he was a teen again. But I understand the aesthetic value that can bring and the crossover appeal as well. 
   The love story was great and even though I knew the ending because of the beginning the journey for Walter and Maria to get where they were was enthralling. I loved it when they didn't even know each other's languages but used hand gestures to communicate, and the time they spent together, the bond that drew them together. 
    Walter led me on quite the adventure, fighting pirates, being aboard the ship and proving his worth to Maria. There is also a darker side, him putting secrets out there and working out guilt over some of the actions. It was so easy to pull for Walter and be so into what he was up to and his life and those of the ones surrounding him. 
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you want to live in another time? 
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  1. I do like historical fiction and I am glad you gave it a go

  2. I'm not of a historical fiction person either, but I glad that you did like it. :)

  3. Given that my favourite genre is historical fiction I'm so glad you gave this one a try and enjoyed it. We'll make a historical fiction fan of you yet.

  4. Great review..and I was switched at birth too..i am sure of it..LOL

  5. I know you don't read much HF so I think it's cool that you gave this one a try and that it was a good read for you! I have thought about living in another time but I think that right now is pretty much the best so I wouldn't want to permanently live any other time (although visiting would be super cool!)

  6. I haven't heard of this before, but it sounds like my cup of tea. I can definitely relate to those feelings of not feeling quite right in your own family! I'll have to check this out one day. Lovely review. :)

  7. I'd love to live in another time, but definitely not in the past. I totally want to go to the future and see what heights mankind has reached, although us surviving for another thousand years sounds pretty bleaked right now :)

    Great review, though, Brandi! I'm not into historical fiction reader myself, but hey, never hurts to try something new. Awesome that you found something to love in this genre!

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

  8. It's great when you read outside your comfort zone and find an amazing story. This sounds like a great time with pirates and all that! I do love good historical fiction, but to answer your question, no Idon't think I want to live in another era.

  9. I love historical fiction! Well, sometimes I do want to live in another time... but then I come back to my senses :-)

  10. I dont know if I would have been attracted by the book with this cover...

  11. Sounds quite interesting. I don't think I'll want to live in another time as I like my life the way it is :)

  12. I rarely read historical fiction but glad this one worked for you :)

  13. I love historical fiction, especially with romance and pirates! I sometimes wish I lived in the Victorian era, but I'm happy in this time period with technology!

  14. Historical fiction is not something that I usually get into either. I think it's great when a book has a great sense of humor so I'm glad you found it with this one. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  15. I haven't heard of this one but yes I don't read historical fiction. Still I'm glad it worked for you! :)

  16. I read historical fiction only every so often. I haven't heard of this one before. sounds interesting.


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