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Name: Marylou


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Sorcery of thorns

Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson

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. 


Sister BFFs

Sister BFFs - Philippa Rice

Sister BFFs follows a pair of sisters who are not quite adults, but trying desperately to act like them. From job searches to embarrassing encounters with former crushes, these twenty-something sisters navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of early adulthood – together. Loosely based on the author’s own life, Sister BFFs celebrates the complicated love-hate relationship between sisters to hilarious effect. They tease and trick each other but always stay loyal.

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:


Booklikes-opoly 2.0 aka the 2019 edition! *Master Post*


So here we are! A few links first:

The Rules

The Board Pieces

And of course the board:

 Dice used found here.

 My adorable "pawn":

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Booklikes-opoly! Roll #3

Dice Roll #3

 I finished Sorcery of Thorns (464pages=5$),which I really enjoyed (review to come) and now I roll again:


bringing me to a BL square. So I spin the wheel landing to:


 Well that a super long list!! Looking in my kindle, I got Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel by Fredrik Backman sitting there in a tbr collection since 2016. 


Square 24

My Pick

BL square: Spin the wheel

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel - Fredrik Backman 


Bank: 27$ 

The Bigger The Better!!
The Bigger The Better!!

*Queues music*














Amazon Pick for First Reads Program

False Step - Victoria Helen Stone

False Step by Victoria Helen Stone is my pick for June's First Reads. The blurb is interesting and hey it's free!

Romanov - A Retelling

Romanov - Nadine Brandes

 I finally realized why Papa always asked me to forgive. Because it takes more strength and courage to forgive than it does to enact revenge.❞

The story of the famous Romanov family and their downfall is re-imagined by Nadine Brandes. Anastasia narrates their story of how they coped in exile as a family. The author of course took some creative liberties with the story adding magical elements, giving Anastasia the power of a spell master. An ability that isn't fully explored and just acted for me as a major plot device. Politics aside, the story featured insta-love and underlied  religious aspects that I didn't really liked.


Ultimately, Romanov by Nadine Brandes was a disappointing read. Retellings based on real life characters are always tricky: the writer has to work with the fact that the reader will be familiar with the history of their characters. But in order for the book to stand out they have to make the story their own. The latter is where this book was weak. I never connected with any of the characters in the Romanov family, as they felt more one dimensional descriptions of their real life counterparts. If you want a historical retelling done right, take a look at And I Darken by Kiersten White.

The Elementals

The Elementals - Michael Rowe, Michael McDowell

First things first, props to Char for recommending this! (Fun fact: I saw that I started writing this review around the time I read this in 2017 so yeahh)


I don't read horror much; I'm one of those people that get scared really easily, a fact that lots of people that know me take advantage of. 





yeah kinda like that - doesn't matter if the scare makes sense or how elaborate it is, I will scream.

(show spoiler)




A little bit of background: when I was younger I read Stephen King and that dude haunted my dreams turning them into nightmares to the point that I can't for the life of me look at St. Bernard dogs and not think of Cujo. Mind you I was too young to have been reading this. Fast forward: I started 'The Elementals' pretty much at random, I wanted a good horror book to read around Halloween and that was in my kindle. Even though the plot boils down to a haunted house story, this is so much more than that.


It's an evenly paced out horror book where an ominous presence is felt when you read it. McDowell takes his time developing the characters and the setting. The result? You are transported in Beldame, Alabama vacationing with an ancient southern family. The whole vibe was reminiscent of 'The Woman in Black', a gothic horror novella that was the basis of the movie with the same name. I really enjoyed reading this as it felt quite like the opposite of Stephen King; Cujo was a wild ride full of suspense but I realized that I relished more the slow unfolding of evil as it was in this book.


Since now I'm a proud owner of most of Micheal McDowell's books, which one do you recommend next?

Booklikes-opoly! Roll #2

Dice Roll #2

 I finished Sister BFFs (144 pages=2$), so I am moving to my second roll:

Okayy, rolling again:


Okay let's take a look at the board and the corresponding squares: 


Square 18

My Pick

Read a book that is set in the Western United States (west of the Mississippi) or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is in the Western genre.


Square 21

My Pick

The cat: Roll again & hold card to play later ; be the cat. Read whatever the hell you want.

Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson


I'm being lazy, so I'll just read for one square and I choose to be a cat and 'read whatever the hell I want!' I got this the other day on my kindle and I can't wait to read it!

Bank: 22$ 

I have no shelf control #1: May - June Book haul + Book Box Subscription

Romanov - Nadine Brandes Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman These Witches Don't Burn - Isabel Sterling Disappearing Earth - Julia Phillips Little Darlings - Melanie Golding Sherwood - Meagan Spooner The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi Ringer - Lauren Oliver

So... I might have gone a bit overboard with my new purchases but hey I just recovered from a reading drought - imagine how 'thirsty' I am =P 

Besides, it's not that I just pile them up like my old self: I already read some of them. Ha! Imagine that!

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Waiting for Wednesday #1 - The Eyes of Tamburah

The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword #1) - Maria V. Snyder

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @BreakingtheSpine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Vassa in the Night

'He thinks you are the thief...'

Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed - an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find The Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestows great magic to its wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city.

But chaos erupts when The Eyes are stolen soon after they're found - and Shyla is blamed for the theft. Forced to flee, with the Prince's soldiers and the Priestess' deacons on her trail, Shyla must recover the jewels and clear her name. A quest that will unearth secrets even more valuable than The Eyes of Tamburah themselves...

And one of my favorite bookish features is back! I don't know if I will post one every Wednesday  (and today is Thursday, lol) but I'll try to find titles that will be an insta-buy for me as soon as they hit the selves. This week's pick is The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword #1) by Maria V. Snyder (Expected Publication: Jun 17th 2019). I loved her poison study series (I am in the middle of them) and as soon as I saw this one I swooned! 


Which book is in the top of your to buy lists?

2019 New Release Challenge / Sign Up

Who says we have to enter these only at the beginning of the year?

If past experiences are any recent indication, I have a poor record with any kind of book challenge(well apart from the Goodreads one and that one doesn't count), but I am certain that this year will be different. I will set a goal that I can achieve without over stretching myself, crazy I know.

So I am aiming for the 

◈ 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie.

I know the feeling!!!

What was the last book that kept you up all night?

Mine was the Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder .I started reading it on the bus on my way home from work (and mind you it was a loong shift I had pulled off that day) at 11.00 pm. The next time I looked up with some breaks to eat/shower (it was after work) the clock was reading 5.50 am.

Booklikes-opoly! Roll #1

Dice Roll #1

 I start the game on a Tuesday, and I roll:

Landing me on:


Square 9

My Pick

Read a book that includes a visit to a museum, a concert, a library, or a park, or that the authors name begins with one of the letters in R-E-L-A-X.   

 Sister BFFs - Philippa Rice



(^it took me forever to write it as a table )

Bank: 20$ 

An album about love, loss, reconstruction

Waves - Ingrid Chabbert

 Written by:Ingrid Chabbert (and illustrated by Carole Maurel)

 Length: 99 pages

 Format: ebook (Hoopla)

 Release Date:01-05-19

After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announce their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working together to rebuild themselves amidst the churning tumult of devastating loss, and ultimately facing the soul-crushing reality that they may never conceive a child of their own. Based on author Ingrid Chabbert’s own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel (Luisa: Now and Then), Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope.

Waves by Ingrid Chabbert  is ❝ an album about love, loss, reconstruction.❞


This is a piece of art in each purest form. It documents the story of an incredible loss and how much effort it takes to get back on your feet.. You feel like you are drowing and you might not want to save yourself. There are always people that love you and want to help you to the best of their abilities.

The healing process comes in waves and I really liked the subtle way the artist was hinting that: as the color was returning little by little in the pages.

Even though this was a short read, it will stay with me. Thank you dear Ingrid for being brave enough to share your story.

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