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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2017

 

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Goodreads Summary:

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Review:

So, first off I know nothing about most comic book characters, but Wonder Woman has always been interesting. Plus, Leigh Bardugo wrote the book, so it had to be a win, right? Well… This is no Six of Crows. At least to me. Her other books have made me fall in love with her characters. This one I didn’t connect with them, but I didn’t hate them either.

Diana is strong. Well of course she is, she is Wonder Woman, but I loved her humor even when she wasn’t trying to be funny. Her and Alia had some interesting scenes. If you are all about girl power, then this book is definitely for you.

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I don’t know what it was, but I found myself kind of bored in parts. I did like the growth of Diana and Alia, though. I just wanted more from this book!!!!!!

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Book Buzz Spring 2017

So, I went to this Book Buzz for Penguin/Random house that they had going on at the local library. There was talk about some of the books releasing in Spring of 2017. The first book the guy talked about was The Roanoke Girls. This was the only book I had read already, and I have previously put up a review for that book which was all kinds of hard times.

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Gorgeous cover, though….

Now, the main book that sounded pretty awesome is called Eggshells by: Caitriona Lally

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Goodreads Summary:

Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – never has. She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great-aunt left to her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a ‘changeling’ who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there. ‘I need a big wind that could turn into a cyclone because today I’m going to visit Yellow Road and Emerald Street. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the cyclone carried Dorothy to Oz, and she followed the Yellowbrick Road to the Emerald Palace to find her way home.’ It doesn’t work. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic.

And so Vivian sets off on a new quest: to find a friend. A very specific kind of friend. ‘WANTED: Friend Called Penelope. Must Enjoy Talking Because I Don’t Have Much to Say. Good Sense of Humour Not Required Because My Laugh Is A Work in Progress. Must Answer to Penelope: Pennies Need Not Apply.’ A Penelope replies, but will the two women become friends? Will she make a connection with another person in this world so she can stop searching for a portal to another one? She sets off for their first meeting. ‘I huddle and tighten myself against the wind and think up ways to describe it to Penelope. Is a “rape” of a wind too strong for the first sentence of a first meeting?’ Rooted in Dublin’s Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness and friendship and hope.

 

Has anyone read this? All I saw was that it was compared to Amelie, and I was like I am in!

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Review: The Illustrated Book of Sayings

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF SAYINGS

From the New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translationcomes this charming illustrated collection of more than fifty expressions from around the globe that explore the nuances of language. From the hilarious and romantic to the philosophical and literal, the idioms, proverbs, and adages in The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world’s languages and cultures.

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My Review:

First off the illustrations really made this book cool. They are well done and are perfect artistic descriptions of the sayings from the country of origin. I wanted to read this book after I had a guest poster do a review of this book on my blog, and I am glad I chose to check it out.

I really liked the diversity within these pages because pretty much all of the sayings from these countries I had never heard before. The author describes each saying in a paragraph and writes about exactly what it means.

The one thing that bothered me was having to look at the right page first to see what the saying was and then going back to the left page to read the paragraph about it. I think it would have just been easier on the reader to have the picture and saying first and then the description on the other page.

This is just an awesome book that is pretty much for anyone even if you aren’t a big time reader.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELLA FRANCES SANDERS is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat. Her first book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, was a New York Timesbestseller and is now, perhaps ironically, being translated into many other languages. She still doesn’t know exactly how it all happened, but things seem to be going OK.
She can be found at ellafrancessanders.com and various other social media places.
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Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

My Review:

This book is multiple point of views, but sometimes it felt like narrator style since the way it bounces back and forth between characters. It actually didn’t bother me the way I thought that it was going to.

The pacing is a slow and beautiful build. The beginning is just developing the characters and getting to know them. Not a lot actually happens in the beginning, but it is still interesting getting to learn about the characters.

One of the main characters, Vasya, is my favorite. She can see different creatures, and she bounces to her own drum beat. Her brother, Alyosha, I loved as well, and I loved the bond between him and Vasya.

When the priest comes into the picture things started to slow down for me, and I wasn’t exactly sure what the purpose of him was, but when the book hit 65% on my Kindle, things began to really pick up. I don’t know what to say about him except he was just out of his mind most of the time!

I was disappointed that there wasn’t more of the frost demon. His character was the most interesting, and I wanted to see more of him. What I did see of him, I loved! The writing, I thought was really good. I did get confused a lot at the beginning with all the characters multiple names for one character, and I wanted a little more to the ending, but overall I really liked it!

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Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Title: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Date of Publication: August 27th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past – a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds – that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can’t stay buried forever . . .

My Review:

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What drew me into reviewing this book was first the cover, and second I love anything tea, so drawing me in with that title worked.

The book started off with Gwen who leaves her home to go off and live with her husband who she has just married. Thinks don’t start off as great as she thought they would in this new place, and eventually there is a discovery and Gwen makes one of the hardest choices of her life.

Throughout the book the writing was really well done, but for me there was just too much description. Sometimes it feels better just to get straight to the point. Gwen and Lawrence could have both made better choices throughout the book. I did however like Lawrence though. Gwen, I am still angry with.

There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the book that held my interest, but the book was just an okay read for me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist before deciding to follow her dream of becoming a writer after losing her retirement fund in the financial crash; to motivate herself, Dinah stuck Post-its around her house saying ‘you will write a bestseller!’ Dinah Jefferies is the author of three novels, The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Number One Sunday Times bestseller – and The Silk Merchant’s Daughter. She lives in Gloucestershire.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Review: A Shadow Bright And Burning

Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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My Review:

As soon as Henrietta uses her power to save her friend, a sorcerer named Agrippa identifies her as the chosen one. She then comes to train with a group of sorcerer boys, and along the way she learns who she really is and will have to help try and save everyone.

I will admit it took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did it was unputadownable! It was like Pride and Prejudice meets Harry Potter! The sorcerers get their own Stave. This book had me at stave *dreamy eyes*!

Henrietta was a character that I think people can relate too. She discovers things and then doesn’t always tell the truth which I usually hate, but it is so understandable here. Nettie will do anything to protect her best friend Rook who is fighting demons of his own. She meets a crazy magician on the way where she discovers things about herself that she just wants to push away, but then she does everything in her power to practice and become the sorcerer that everyone wants her to be.

The monsters throughout the book were terrifying, and I loved it!!! The darker the villain is the more I am invested, and these beasts hold back nothing.

There was definitely more action over romance, but the romance that was there has not taken bloom yet, so I really have no idea who the main love interest might be. There is the best friend Rook and the funny Magnus which are the front runners. There is no confirmation from book one, but maybe hopefully Blackwood? He is like Mr. Darcy!

Not many books this year have had me on the edge of my seat, but this one had my fingers anxiously tapping the book and needing to know what was going to happen next. The magician Hargrave who trained Henrietta has a secret that I am going to have an anxiety filled mind until I learn it. Hopefully at the beginning of book 2!!!

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Review: Glitter

Title: Glitter

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Date of Publication: October 25th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

My Review:

Glitter begins with the main character Danica trying to figure out a way to escape and lose her identity so she does not have to marry a king who she saw murder another human being. Her only way out is to somehow get five million dollars which she has no way how.

Danica finds out that her father is addicted to a drug that he began when he learned of her forced engagement that was arranged by her mother after her and her mother caught the king murder a lover of his. Through her father Danica meets his drug dealer and a guy named Saber who she is instantly infatuated with and discovers the drug called glitter.

She decides glitter is her only way of true escape and will mix it in with cosmetics to get people in the kingdom addicted and to purchase more from her.

When I first read the summary for this book I was so excited about the whole Marie Antoinette style, but with a character as selfish as Danica the things that she did to escape rubbed me the wrong way. I get that she wants to escape but to sit here and drug people without them knowing is not the way to go about it.

The romance was odd because she is all set on finding a way to escape and then meets one of the drug dealers named Saber and is infatuated with him immediately. I am sorry, but why would you be interested in a drug dealer that you know nothing about and those drugs have also been going to your father?????

The system that is named M.A.R.I.E. was also ridiculous and seemed to easy of a name to decide on. I did however like the futuristic aspects mixed in with the eighteenth century lifestyle which was pretty awesome. Also the Glitter cover is so achingly beautiful and that is what drew me in right away.

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It does say that this is sort of like Breaking Bad mixed with Marie Antoinette. I have never seen Breaking Bad, so maybe if you like that then you will like this. This book just was not for me, but maybe you guys will like it.

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