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Audio Book Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)Title: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage 

Author: Philip Pullman

Pages: 546

Audio: 13:08:31

Published: October 19th 2017 by David Fickling Books

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Rating: 5 stars of 5

Oh my god, y’all. I discovered the His Dark Materials trilogy when I was around fifteen and it immediately became one of my favorite books. I have been waiting for the Book of Dust since discovering in 2005 that it was a possible addition to the series. This book did not disappoint and I love this world now as much as I did when I was a teen. Continue reading “Audio Book Review: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman”

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Children’s Book Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

The Secret of Nightingale WoodTitle: The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Author: Lucy Strange

Pages: 304

Published: October 31st 2017 by Chicken House

Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really sweet and interesting book with deep topics of women’s mental health, grief, imagination, and persistence presented in an interesting format for young readers. Read More… Continue reading “Children’s Book Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange”

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YA Book Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)Title: Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)

Author: Maureen Johnson

Pages: 416

Published: January 16th 2018 by HarperCollins

Genre: YA Mystery

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

So I read this book pretty much nonstop until I finished it, but I am only giving it 4 stars. Why you ask? Read on. Continue reading “YA Book Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson”

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Audio Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice NetworkTitle: The Alice Network

Author: Kate Quinn

Published: June 6th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Paperback: 505 pages

Audio: 15:07:09

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I was surprised by how much I like this book, especially the audio book version. It has lady spies, WWI and WII, and other elements I thoroughly enjoy, and I was very happy in how Quinn portrayed the characters and the topics presented. The reader for the audio book captured each character as well and was very consistent. In fact my short Goodreads review is “I needed this book right now. It includes all the topics I enjoy: women spies, daring young women, Scottish men, WWI and WWII, and putting sexual predators in their place. Highly recommend.” So what’s the deal with this book?  Continue reading “Audio Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn”

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Audiobook Review of BellWether by Connie Willis

BellwetherRating: 4 of 5 Stars
Pages: 247
Published: 1997

Connie Willis somehow connects RomComs and Sci-Fi, and I love it. She takes the most random topics, like in Bellwether where we have fads, flock mentality, sheep, and scientists.

The Summary, taken from Goodreads:

Pop culture, chaos theory and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula winning author of Doomsday Book.

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O’Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions.

Connie Willis is one of my favorite SciFi writers. Her protagonists are generally female, and authentic which is so rare in science fiction. I whole heartily recommend Bellwether to those you are not sure they like SciFi or just like light SciFi.

Buy from Amazon($7.99), here.

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Upcoming Reviews

I have a couple of upcoming reviews for audio books and print books.

BellwetherBellwether by Connie Willis

Genre: SciFi

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Powerful of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Genre: Non-Fiction

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

A Madness So Discreet

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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Review: Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School)Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)

My Rating: 4 Stars of 5
Amazon’s Rating: 4.5
Pages: 352

The final book of the Finishing series by Gail Carriger is packed full of excitement, fluttering eyelashes, and deadly acquaintances.

Sophronia is an young lady of good graces, as far as appearances go, but appearances are deceiving.

Taken from Goodreads,

If one must flirt…flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

If you’ve been following this series, the final book is fun and a satisfying close. There is even an epilogue that helps put some of the “I wonder what happen to…” questions to rest. All in all, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys steampunk, Victorian easy reads.

Buy from Amazon ($10.97), here.

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New Releases: Mid Summer 2017

 

Summer is here and so are some of my eagerly awaited books! Below are a few of the books I have been watching (and waiting) for a while.

The CowsRelease Date: April 6, 2017

Dawn O’Porter is one of my favorite YA authors. Her characters and stories are real and not pithy like some other contemporary novels. O’Porter’s novels generally follow female protagonists and their friendship with other girls. A true coming of age story as seen from a young girl, some what of a rarity in any genre. The Goodreads summary:

COW n. /ka?/
A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.

Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.

It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
And everyone is going to be talking about it.

Buy from Amazon ($15.02), here.

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

Release Date: June 13, 2017

The author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian packs punch with this memoir about his relationship with his mother. The Goodreads summary:

When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems, 78 essays and intimate family photographs, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine–growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is a powerful account of a complicated relationship, an unflinching and unforgettable remembrance.

Buy from Amazon( 17.98), here.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyRelease Date: June 13, 2017

Roxane Gay is quickly becoming one of our most crucial voices. Her witty, raw writings in Bad Feminist is what first introduced me to Gay, and I have been a fan ever since. As someone who has never been the ‘normal’ body size (re I’ve always been a healthy weight or a little more), I look forward to reading this one.

Goodreads summary:

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

Buy from Amazon($15.46) , here.

What books are you looking forward to this summer? Let me know in the comments below! Or better yet, have you read any of the above? What did you think?

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Review: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3)London. Supernaturals. Petticoats. Bladed Fans. Espionage. That’s all it took for me to be interested in this series, and book Three, Waistcoats & Weaponry does not disappoint.

Sophronia is back at finishing school (a.k.a. Espionage School) and is faced with a whole new set of problems. Add to a young teen girl trying to save the British Empire, annoying boys are vying for her affections. Sophronia doesn’t let this stop her, fluttering eyelashes or no.

Need more depth? As summarized on Goodreads:

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Check out the Finishing School series on Amazon.

More Books in the Series:

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)

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Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series

Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)

****4 Stars out of 5

The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch is a series I have wanted to read since 2012, when I was studying in London. As you can see from the cover, Diana Gabaldon pitched it as grown-up Harry Potter. I mean, come on. How could I not love this series?

I started reading this series a couple of months ago, and yes, I love it. It is not Harry Potter by any means, but that’s okay. The main character, Peter Grant, is a young police constable, who by happenstance of meeting a ghost, is appointed an apprentice to a magician investigator. There are vampires, and river spirits, ghosts, and of course magic, all this fantasy is mixed in a very believable depiction of the London Metropolitan Police.

This is a light read series, of course. It is intriguing and the main character is very likeable. Peter is a POC, which is refreshing, and the novels do mention that fact in ways other than just character descriptions.

All in all, if you like Urban fantasy, I would recommend this series. So far, I have only read the first two novels, Midnight Riot (Rivers of London-UK name) and Moon over Soho, but I will continue with the series.