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Review; Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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A while ago, I read the novel Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads The highly anticipated new book from the acclaimed author of The Accident Season is a gorgeous, twisty story about things gone missing, things returned from the past, and a group of teenagers, connected in ways they could never have imagined. One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away. Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too--and like Rose, they're holding

Review; Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov

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A while ago I read the book Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov, who is from Kyrgyzstan and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads "Jamilia" is told from the point of view of a fictional Kyrgyz artist, Seit, who tells the story by looking back on his childhood. The story recounts the love between his new sister-in-law Jamilia and a local crippled young man, Daniyar, while Jamilia's husband, Sadyk, is away at the front during World War II. Based on clues in the story, it takes place in northwestern Kyrgyzstan, presumably Talas Province. The story is backdropped against the collective farming culture which was early in its peak in that period. Chingiz Aïtmatov was born in Kyrgyzstan in 1928. His work appeared in over one hundred languages, and received numerous awards, including the Lenin Prize. He was the Kyrgyz ambassador to the European Union, NATO, UNESCO and the Benelux countries. Translated by James Riordan. My Thoughts on the Book While it's short, it

Review; An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I read the fantasy novel An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir a while ago and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire's impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They've seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire's greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school's finest soldier--and secretly, its most unwilling.

Book Tag; The Bookish Baking Tag

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I came across The Bookish Baking Tag over at  Hammock of Books and I decided to play along as it looked like a really fun tag to do. Rules: Thank whoever tagged you Link back to them and the original creator (Kay @ Hammock of Books) Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi The Hocus Pocus Magic Shop by Abigail Drake Dobby from the HP series. The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes Stoner by John Williams The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender By the way, I'm doing it very simple in terms of tagging people. If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.

Top Five Wednesday; Five Books That Made Me Laugh

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Alright, it's Wednesday again and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of  the Top Five Wednesday group  on Goodreads. The theme of the week was books that made me laugh. Here's my five picks. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton Wooing the Farmer by Jenny Frame

Top Ten Tuesday; 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

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It's Tuesday and perhaps time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was 2021 releases I was excited to read, but didn't get to. Here's my picks. The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai Distant Sunflower Fields by Li Juan Renewed For Murder by Victoria Gilbert Death on the Shelf by Allison Brook The Curse of Morton Abbey by Clarissa Harwood Deer Season by Erin Flanagan Death & Sensibility by Elizabeth Blake Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan The Haunted Homecoming by Angie Fox

Review; The Witchling's Girl by Helena Coggan

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A few months ago, I read The Witchling's Girl by Helena Coggan and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads I n a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld. Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft - as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her - she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer. But if she can't, it will be her downfall - and that of everyone she's no

Review; The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

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A while ago I read the novel The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack—and fell in love with Anne Bonny. There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s livelihood—and her safety—depends on her ability to disguise her gender. At least, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and in the midst of the gang of cutthroats, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes every

Review; Catherine House av Elisabeth Thomas

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A little while ago I read the novel Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads During your three years at Catherine you will have no contact with those in the outside world. Each of our students has been selected as someone who belongs here. You will give to Catherine and Catherine will give to you. We will not let each other down. Catherine House is a university like no other. Into its celebrated world steps Ines, a young woman who welcomes the school's isolation rather than its illustrious past. As the gates close and Ines finds herself start to be inevitably seduced by its magnetic power, she begins to realise the question isn't why she chose to come to Catherine House; but why Catherine House chose her. My Thoughts on the Book Although Catherine House isn't an action-packed novel, I really enjoyed reading it due to the author's writing style and descriptions, the latter made the book and the setting come to life

Review; Century of the Death of the Rose: Selected Poems by Jorge Carrera Andrade

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Last year, I ended up reading Century of the Death of the Rose: Selected Poems by Jorge Carrera Andrade. As the poet was from Ecuador, I could finally cross off that country for my World Literature Project and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads By the close of the twentieth century, the brilliant poets that had emerged from the Americas included Ruben Dario, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Vicente Huidobro, and Octavio Paz. To this list must be added Jorge Carrera Andrade, an Ecuadorian, who spent his entire adult life traveling as a diplomat, politician, and poet. Despite a brief flurry of attention generated in the United States by his book, Secret Country (New York: MacMillan, 1946), published just after he served as Ecuadorian Consul General to the United States in San Francisco, Andrade has since been forgotten by American anthologists and literary critics. But in fact the late Andrade was a leading figure in Latin American letters. This volume of his poetry w

Book Tag; The Disney Parks Book Tag

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I came across The Disney Parks Book Tag over at  Reading By Starlight and I decided to play along as it looked like a fun tag to do. The Rules ☆ Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight] ☆ Thank the blogger who tagged you ☆ Answer the 10 questions below using any genre ☆ Tag 5+ friends ☆ Feel free to copy the heading graphics Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara Misfits by Hunter Shea The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Tethered by Bryce Gibson Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Horizon by Tabitha Lord And if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.