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Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Posted September 24, 2020 in Reviews // 1 Comment

  When I finished Spin the Dawn, I was so excited for this sequel novel. Spin the Dawn checked a lot of boxes for me – the enemies to friends to lovers vibe, the three-part adventure, the girl-breaking-into-a-man’s-world-and-being-amazing trope.  After saving the kingdom in the first book, I was really expecting a level up here. And, I feel let down, honestly. I thought Maia’s progression was fine and the story inside her head made sense and was consistent with the happenings the previous book.  Unfortunately, I felt that Unravel the Dusk failed to really take the story to the next level.  Book one […]

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A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire

Posted September 23, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was so excited to win this ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.  Honestly, I have really good luck with LibraryThing.  Secretly, I think this is because I review everything promptly and publishers tend to appreciate when you review the ARCs, even though it’s optional.  One thing about LibraryThing, though, is that there tends to be fewer authors I recognize so when I saw Gregory […]

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Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Posted September 16, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The other day, while I was reading this, I made a noise general disgruntlement.  My husband cocked an eyebrow and asked: if I wasn’t enjoyed the book, why not just put it down?  And here’s the messy, complicated answer to that.  Because Empress of All Seasons is one of my owned books, and because it’s an #OwnVoices story, I feel like I owe it to the book to give it that extra chance. But if I’m being completely honest with myself, I have to come to terms with the fact I didn’t enjoy my experience with Empress of All Seasons. There […]

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Posted September 9, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  A Song Below Water is not a book to be taken lightly, nor one you can expect to just breeze through.  Even though it’s short, there are some powerful messages to be had here.  It’s always an excellent example of how magic and contemporary issues do not need to be mutually exclusive. At first, I didn’t know what to think about this book.  I didn’t not like it… I was just… lost.  I’ll admit it took me a few chapters of careful reading to get the pulse of the world, to understand that sirens and eloko and gargoyles are accepted […]

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So Long Sweet Summer – My August Wrap Up

So Long Sweet Summer – My August Wrap Up

Posted September 7, 2020 in Checking In // 0 Comments

I cannot tell you all how grateful I am that the heat has finally broken here in New England.  In line with the coming storm season, we’ve had either sunny days or massive thunderstorms and nothing in between, and I am LIVING for it.  I love thunderstorm season – there’s something to that electricity that makes me feel so alive. Also, feeling grateful because a massive might-as-well-be-a-whole-tree branch missed falling on our house by about six feet.  With a little help from the wind we avoided some serious damage – the thing took down all the saplings in its wake […]

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