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I'm reading The Black Witch by Laurie Forest now and I find these articles very interesting.
This was so beautiful.
Happy Sunday & Happy Father's Day!!
I always enjoy looking around for new books to lose myself into. Whether it's fantasy, biography or romance, I love reading reviews here at Booklikes and adding stuff in my to be read pile. And that's the beauty of this site and how it stands out from goodreads, for example. It encourages discussion more I think, without promoting the 'most read' or the 'most anticipated' books. There is nothing wrong with those kind of lists, but I always find that I enjoy digging around to find my next read. And what better way than reading a passionate review by someone whose opinion you respect?
Inspired by posts by Moonlight Reader and Irresponsible Reader, I wanted to start another sort of weekly book discussion: I will think of a prompt and you can share your book experience related to it. It can be either a book you want to read or a book you can't stop talking about and just need another excuse to recommend it. Feel free to come up with your own idea prompts and don't forget to tag it "sundaybookprompt". My hope is to get to know each other a little bit better and of course discover great books in the process!
White ribbons for the young girls, red for the grace year girls, and black for the wives.
Innocence. Blood. Death.❞
The Grace Year has gotten already a lot of hype. Pitched as a combination of two very popular books you can easily see why. Heck, this is why I requested an ARC in the first place.
However, I was disappointed in the end, as in my personal opinion, the book needs more polish. I could fill this review with things I liked, with highlighted quotes, but I won't. Sure, the society depicted is very dark and the author walks you through the story with a lot of skill giving you snippets of the way things work, but (that dreadful word) a lot of the relationships felt a) predictable and b) not fully fleshed out.
And that's mainly where the book was weak: the characters. From the main protagonist, whom we follow trying to piece the story together, to the side characters, who are in the end just that: side characters.
Additionally, there were a lot of instances when I wanted to know more about them, which brings me to another problem I had with the book: the pacing. I read the story on a kindle, which showed the reading progress in the corner. At around 70%, the pace picked up and by the end I felt like whole sections were skipped. Even the ending left more to be desired.
Overall, this will be discussed a lot when it will be published eventually in the fall. It will probably be hailed as one of the best blends of dystopian and feminist books ever. I won't be in that crowd. I will tell you what I honestly thought of it: it's an enjoyable read that has its moments and all the makings of a great book, hence the 3 ½ stars but it's far from the best ever written.
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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @BreakingtheSpine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pick is The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall (Expected Publication: Jun 18th 2019). I mean that synopsis is really promising! What do you think?
Which book is in the top of your to buy lists?
For these were not ordinary books the libraries kept. They were knowledge, given life. Wisdom, given voice. They sang when starlight streamed through the library’s windows. They felt pain and suffered heartbreak. Sometimes they were sinister, grotesque—but so was the world outside.❞
I buy lots of books and borrow even more, so I am constantly forgetting the detailed book plots of my purchases, unless I instantly start reading after buying/borrowing the book. I dove into this one knowing some vague information that it has something to do with magical libraries and yeah basically that was it - not that I really needed anything else.. I started a mini bookclub with my sister and began reading the Red Queen. Since I thought it was extremely boring, I picked this one to read instead, much to my sister's dismay.
❝ For all the girls who found themselves in books❞, the dedication page reads and I'm instantly intrigued.
I really breezed through Sorcery of Thorns. It had everything I wanted to read at the moment: sorcerers, demons, bad-ass librarians, rituals, sword fights, a touch of romance and freaking magical books. The characters were likable, especially the female protagonist Elizabeth. (Can I add here how much I appreciated the fact that the characters had normal names for once? Not some two-three syllable/too many vowel/sounds like a ancient or nordic name that most of the books appear to have these days.)
Margaret Rogerson managed to create a world I did not want to leave and characters I really rooted for. The pacing was easy to follow, but the plot honestly is not something that will blow you away, as it was a bit on the predictable side but the atmosphere of the book was so well done that I did not mind. My only complaint is that I wish it was a bit longer.
But this is a library,” she replied in surprise. “What do they expect—that the books won’t try to bite off their fingers?❞
Overall this was a fantastic read that I highly recommend if someone is looking for a well defined standalone fantasy book.
This was a fun read!
Philippa Rice wrote Soppy an adorable graphic novel that featured real life moments with her boyfriend. In this one however she illustrates memories with her sister. Having a sister myself, I felt a personal connection to a lot of the stories.
That one actually happened not long ago, as we were watching on YouTube excellent auditions in talent shows: