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Review: The Bird and the Sword

Title: The Bird and the Sword

Author: Amy Harmon

Date of Publication: May 11th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

My Review:

First off this book is written really well, and the prose just sucks you right in. The main girl, Lark, isn’t able to speak, and when she is taken as prisoner by King Tiras, she discovers that she can speak sort of mind to mind with some people. Also, I like anything with birds!

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I did like the story itself, but I just didn’t connect with the characters as well as I would have liked to. The romance is good… Tiras has a secret of his own that makes the book even more interesting, and the book does end perfectly. I just wasn’t jumping up for joy, but I do recommend picking it up for the beautiful words alone!

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Have you started this series?

June 2017 Reads

So, this month I have two for sure reads and that is Our Dark Duet which I am aching to read this amazing finale or I hope it to be awesome. Second, I have an ARC of The Waking Land to read. The cover looks spectacular!

Other book releases this month

My cover isn’t up yet for Hears Are Like Ballons, but it’s on pre-order for .99 up until after the first week if you want to order it on Amazon

 

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What are you reading this month?

“When The Future Comes Too Soon: The Malayan Series Book Two” by Selina Siak Chin Yoke.

 

Last year I was able to review Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s first novel that followed the entrepreneurial Chye Hoon. Mei Foong, Chye Hoon’s Chinese daughter-in-law, is the star of this book, and it is every inch the powerful female tale the first installment was.

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You ever feel like you’ve lost your voice? Not literally, but have you found yourself in situations in which you could have fought back, but had to swallow it instead? This is not an uncommon situation for women, ancient and modern. And it is the underlying struggle of our heroine.

Her journey to know that she and what she thinks matters is heart-breaking and set against the problems of an occupied population. WWII has brought Japanese to take over Malaya, and their previous occupants, the British, have fled. Violence, bombs, poverty become everyday predators, and Mei Foong weathers these like a mother would, like a warrior. And against all of that, this is her story of slow rising and realization.

I’d recommend this is any historical fiction fan, especially since Malaysian tales are in short supply. All the details will transport you to the land where the sun can heat your hair warm to the touch in the early afternoons in no time at all.

But, more than that, this should be read by women who have felt silenced. Silenced by fate, by bad company, by circumstance. I was moved to crying twice while reading it, and that is not something that often happens. The previous book, too, contained such painfully familiar trauma that you can’t help but weep. But that is a good thing and the mark of a story that is telling something important.

Don’t miss this one.

It bears mentioning that you won’t be lost if you grab this novel first before book one. “When the Future Comes Too Soon” can stand on its own without any trouble. It was extra special to read the continuing story of this amazing family when I recognized a few of the memories, but I think you could start with either.

With book one, I found a quote from the text that really summed up the feeling of the story, the impact it had on me. So, I’ll do the same here, with book two.

“I know now that I was simply pretending. I pretended to be strong and, in the act of pretending, discovered a reservoir of strength I never realised I had.” -Mei Foong

 

 

Erika

http://www.writeathomemothering.blogspot.com

 

Release Day: Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

Today, my little beast baby is officially born into the world. The paperback I accidentally released for sale early lol, but the ebook is now officially here!

The process going into making a book is pretty hard, especially when you are self publishing, so it may not be perfect, but I love it! Thanks to anyone that reads it or helps spread the word!

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“The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters” by Emily Esfahani Smith

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First, I really like the minimalist watercolor-like art on the cover of “The Power of Meaning”… Especially after having read it.

I’d tell you in person that I don’t care for self-help books, but for someone who doesn’t like them, I sure read several every year.

Luckily, this one was written by a philosopher. It reads that way.

It’s not some gimmick or easy answer text, it disassembles our idea of how we get to purpose rather than chasing just happiness. And, don’t worry if you’re not religious. This does talk some about religion but not in a “you need this in your life” way, in a “this is why it helps sometimes” way, and most of the text is focused on the other aspects that give people meaning.

It’s story driven, the people kind of story driven, so you aren’t likely to feel like this is a textbook.

I’d recommend this for anyone who feels really stumped in life, but really I think it will hit the mark most for lovers of philosophy. You can follow the author, Emily Esfahani Smith, on Twitter and I recommend doing so. This was a really insightful read, and I’m excited to see what comes after.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books.*

Erika

 

 

My Book Cover Reveal Sign-Up

I know! Another cover reveal already? This is only because I wrote this book directly after Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. I had a life altering even, and it triggered the beginning of this story. I had this contemporary story in my head since 2011 but just couldn’t get the story right or how it would work. Then I lost my dad, and I had to get my emotions out through this book. So whether you read or not, I would appreciate any help spreading the word. Everyone loses something in life, but those are the moments that shape us, and we can either take a road to destruction or a road to recovery. Thanks so much!

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Hearts Are Like Balloons Summary:

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May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

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