There is so much to be said about this marvelous book but I just want to point out how I personally felt while reading. I’ll try to keep this quick!
Let’s talk about trauma for a second. This book does a great job handling the trauma Elizabeth has been through with men, family and also basic bad judgment by other people.
Here’s the thing about trauma… no two people can compare traumas, traumatic stories, and really judge who has had it worse and who has had it better than. This is something that took me a while to figure out for myself.
The author illustrates this beautifully when Calvin and Elizabeth are up having a midnight chat one evening. They finally broach the subject of families and relay their tales to each other. However, Calvin is a bit upset. It takes him a while to think this through. As an orphan, he came to believe that a person with living parents must have had it better. Not only that, but they should appreciate their parents. Now, obviously in Elizabeth’s case I definitely think her feelings are valid. Calvin came around to seeing that too in his own epiphany that even children with both parents can still have a traumatic childhood.
So, what does this have to do with how I relate to Elizabeth Zott? I feel such a connection because she, in this book, in many ways proved that women, no matter who we are, have walked in the same shoes at one point or another. She took other’s seriously even when so many were ready to see her go. And, such a huge part of change for myself, and others I believe, is simply having their lives and problems validated as real.
The other women in this book really said it best when one commented in the audience of Supper at Six that she just wanted to be taken seriously. And, I feel that very much today. I love this book and the idea of giving everyone, no matter our differences, a chance to be taken seriously.
Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this incredible arc!!!
I have been waiting for this and was not at all disappointed! Misrule takes place 100 years after Malice and is full of the good, bad and ugly necessary in this fairytale retelling. A gothic castle to die for (if that’s your thing, it is mine!) and even more delightful details of every single piece creating this vision.
This story is twisty and turny, just as I expected it would be. It also was surprising in the best of ways and all I can really say is, if you loved Malice then get your hands on Misrule and devour this like the full course delicious meal it is.
Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this incredible arc!!!
When I went into reading Middlegame I didn’t know the complete synopsis so I don’t want to really outline the whole sequel here. However, if the first book blew your mind the way it did mine then I can promise that this masterful piece of fiction/literature/fantasy will do the same.
I have said this before, but Seanan McGuire works on one level… genius level. So when I don’t comprehend every specific part of the story, I know it’s my tiny brain that is lacking. Lmao 🤣. I can’t recommend this enough. It’s thought provoking and it will replay itself in your mind for years just like Middlegame. It has the mind blowing intelligence behind each piece along with the compassion and emotion that makes it more than just a smart story. So do yourself a favor, read Middlegame if you haven’t already and then pick up this masterpiece as soon as you can. Kick your shoes off, get comfortable and enjoy.
I loved these so much!!! For so many different reasons… I recommend them for enjoyable, a few smutty, one incredibly unique and intriguing and thrilling! Remember to always do what you love and read whatever makes you happy 😊
I really liked this book but there was one thing that bothered me. And, this is something that would bother me about any horror or thriller book. Mainly it’s predictability. I was able to predict something that would have been more exciting not to know. Especially when the ending revealed all this books secrets.
Now, I’m not saying I predicted everything. There were so many different aspects to this story that when the truth was revealed at the end it left me completely shocked.
I loved the small town centered around this creepy old church and the Secrets that seemed to be kept by everyone. Jack, the mother of daughter Flo (age 15) and Vicar of the church, was a really interesting character to follow through this. Especially with the peeks into her past that didn’t completely make sense until the end. I also loved Flo bc she really reminded me of myself, lol. I loved her attitude.
This is definitely worth a read for fans of horror and thrillers. But, the question remains… What do you need from horror and thrillers? I need them to be unpredictable and I’m wondering if anyone agrees?
Reclaim the Stars features 17 short stories all by different Latin American authors! These stories are scifi/fantasy focusing on the diaspora of the Latin people. I can honestly say that I loved every single story in this collection and I couldn’t pick a favorite if I tried.
What is so spectacular about these stories are the connections found and forged. Whether family or finding a new community that accepts someone as family. Also, these tales are full of universal feelings that define us all… love, friendship and more than anything else, hope!
I cannot recommend this enough and it’s hard for me to see anyone disliking this gorgeous short story collection. Do yourself a favor and grab this book!
How to describe this wonderful book? It’s a masterpiece murder/mystery following a maid who may not seem quite all together. Molly has problems recognizing the truth to certain situations and also, people’s meanings. She can unknowingly be in a dangerous situation or not understand when another person is being truthful, positive or negative. This can also put her in situations in which she is taken advantage of.
Mr. Black and his young wife Giselle are VIP’s in this grand hotel Molly works at. But when she finds Mr. Black dead in his bed all the evidence of his death points to Molly and she must find a way to help herself.
I loved every second of this book! Molly is an amazing character to follow and really the whole idea is so unique. I loved the kindness and heartwarming feels too. Also, I am currently on my way to the OG (Olive Garden) for the tour of Italy 😍
I am absolutely thrilled to be only one week away from Christmas! I can’t wait to hand out presents, overdose on sugar while watching Elf and of course spend time with family!
I am currently reading a few things that are not exactly Christmas related but I am certainly enjoying:
I am loving this cryptic suspense and mystery in Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney! I have fallen in love with the thriller genre this year and there is no turning back now! 😮
Lexi Ryan is amazing!! I bow down to her as I read this story full of manipulations and lies… not to mention two absolutely gorgeous Faerie Prince’s!!! And, there is going to be a sequel??? I am so not ready for whatever cliffhanger I’m heading towards!!
Stop! Just stop and write on your calendar for 2022… January 4th is the release date for this very unique and indescribable really, thriller following Molly the Maid during a murder investigation at her high end hotel of employment. I hope to finish this soon to tell you more bc it is incredible!
This is everything I’m reading right now! I am wishing all of you the very best and would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books! Please feel free to message me anytime! Cheers!
This book immediately sucked me in and didn’t let go until the end. A thief steals something that changes everything for not just him but a whole town. It leads him and others into a world of magic that never was imagined. The characters are charismatic and likeable. I loved reading this story and look forward to the sequel!
This second book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare had a fairly slow beginning and middle until almost the very end. I definitely had problems focusing and keeping my attention on reading this book. With that said, the ending is intense. I really can’t even decide how I feel about it besides partially devastated and maybe frustrated. This series really attempts to tackle some serious issues concerning mental health and different aspects to the LGBTQ community which only increases my love for Clare. I definitely suggest being patient with this series and trying to enjoy it, especially if you are a fan of the first two series in the Shadowhunter world.