Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
Now 2019 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle
Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass
The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis
Camp by Kayla Miller
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 3 by Ryoko Kui
Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker
Full Steam Ahead, Felix by Kate Moore
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Gideon Falls, Volume 1: The Black Barn by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino
Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together by Kallie George
If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
Itty Bitty by Cece Bell
Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte
The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Michelle Wong
Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat
Riverboat Roulette by Carolyn Keene
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
Weird Birds by Chris Earley

Miscellaneous
Almost done with March in August
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 19)
July 2019 Sources
July 2019 Summary

Road Essays
Road Narrative Update for July 2019

Previous month


Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Canadian Book Challenge: 2019-2020



Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.


Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together: 08/13/19

Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together

Heartwood Hotel 3: Better Together by Kallie George is set in the spring. Just before the Spring Splash, Mr. Heartwood has to leave on business, leaving the hotel in the capable hands of his staff. Are they up to the task?

Mona Mouse has settled comfortably into her job and her life at the hotel. Henry Squirrel has also now moved in and seems to be winning the hearts of everyone, staff and guests included. Mona, though, might be a little jealous.

Things are further complicated by an influx of migrating birds and their eggs. Can the hotel keep these fussy guests and their future children safe and happy?

Finally there are rumors of a new hotel that's going to rival the Heartwood Hotel. The staff is nervous, afraid that they'll be out of work if they can't compete.

Diagram showing the placement of the three books on the road narrative spectrum.

Like the previous two, this one sits on the road narrative spectrum. It also continues the progression downwards on the spectrum, through a change in the traveler. For this one, the traveler is the collective staff of hotel. As they are without their boss and are worrying that they aren't up to the task of keeping the hotel running successfully without him, they are marginalized travelers (66). Better Together is a 666666, or marginalized travelers protecting their home by offroad means.

Otherwise, the other two pieces of the equation stays the same across all the books. The destination is still home (66) — home being the the hotel. The route is still offroad as it is a forest setting (66)

The progression has gone from high in the spectrum with an orphan traveler, to slightly lower with sibling travelers. With the entire staff working without their boss, the next move downwards is a much steeper one. I suspect the fourth book will have the staff and Mr. Heartwood working as cohesive family. If that's the case, Home Again will be 336666 (family home offroad)

Four stars

Comments (0)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment: