Tag: ARCs for Review

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young weaves beautiful worlds. Sky in the Deep came as a delightful surprise last year, and ever since, I’ve been looking forward to The Girl the Sea Gave Back.  The cover is exquisite and I was excited to delve back into this world.  There’s something mythical about the mixture for historical fiction and an edge of fantasy in this chilled, foggy landscape.  As with her debut, the world spills on to the page in stunning splashes of color and it’s very easy to be mesmerized. That said, I didn’t feel as though this book was as successful as her debut, and […]

Posted August 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine was all over the place. It would be fair to say that a mixed-media novel in ebook format may not be the best means of experiencing this.  Even aside from shifting through tweets and realtime action and various owners’ journal entries… I felt like the authors didn’t know where they wanted to go with the novel.  The book starts off with Alaine at school, not taking an assignment seriously and waiting for her famous mom to visit.  Throughout the story it bounces between Alaine’s rich family history, Haiti’s history, breaking a curse, working at a non-profit, and […]

Posted August 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew

I respect what Julie Mayhew was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think it worked. Mother Tongue is a fictional account of the family of one of the victims of the Beslan school siege in 2004.  I will admit my ignorance – before reading this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with the event.  Also, I was 14 and admittedly not following the news.  The Beslan school siege was a three-day siege at a Russian school where approximately 1200 people were held hostage on the first day of school for three days.  Over three hundred people were killed, […]

Posted July 31, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book was so so good. I have to admit – I had pretty low expectations for House of Salt and Sorrows.  There’s been a lot of YA retellings out there in recent years that start with a promise of an original story in a rich world, then turn around and say, “actually no i made a romance is it not magnificent.” To all those books, I say no.  It’s not magnificent – I was promised a retelling and you have failed me. House of Salt and Sorrows, you have not failed me. This book is a retelling […]

Posted July 24, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Anna of Kleve:  The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Man, I really wanted to like this book. First of all, I should start off, I really like Philippa Gregory’s books.  I’ve read The Constant Princess three times.  I have both a hardcopy and audiobook edition of The Taming of the Queen, which is her take on Anne of Cleves.  I am constantly fascinated by the intrigue of the Tudor Court.  I love the way it’s a romance, a suspense, and a solidly good drama.  But it all depends on the author. And I’m the worst.  I get it.  I’m comparing authors and it’s unfair but I need to.  Because I adored Anne’s story… but […]

Posted July 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

By now, I think you all know that when there’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, it’s going immediately on my TBR.  I don’t discriminate – you say “Alice” and I say “Yes, please!” Ever Alice is another Wonderland retelling, with POVs from both Alice and Rosamund, the Queen of Hearts.  It tells the story of Alice as she returns to Wonderland to help depose of the mad queen, but most of the story is from Rosamund’s POV as paranoia completely consumes her.  One of the first things mentioned in the summary for this book is that Alice is in an asylum and […]

Posted July 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //