Book Review | We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan couldn’t have been published in a better time than now. This book touches on so many social issues that is very much relevant and parallel to what is happening in our society today, and I cannot express how much this book captures the reality that is our society today – no matter how we say it isn’t. From domestic abuse to racism – this book covers it all. Continue reading

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Book Review | What Light by Jay Asher

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Genre| YA, Contemporary,

Publisher| Pan Macmillan

Publication| 20 October 2016

My Format | eARC

 

 

 

 

 

Rating

3-5-stars

Thank you to Net Galley and Pan Macmillan for providing me a review copy of What Light by Jay Asher in exchange for an honest review.

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, buy soon have you believing again…

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives to lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover one thing that transcends all else: true love. What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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Book Review | No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

Title | No Virgin
Author | Anne Cassidy
Genre | Teens & YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Hot Key Books (November, 2016)
Edition | eARC

Rating4-stars

I would like to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Hot Key Books, for providing me an eARC of the novel, No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.

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Book Review | The Faraway North by Ian Cumpstey

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  •  Title | The Faraway North
  • Author | Ian Cumpstey
  • Publisher |Skadi Press
  • Publication Date | 23 June 2016
  • Format | eBook

Rating:5-stars

These ballads convey a fantastic vision of the world as it was imagined in medieval Scandinavia, with monsters and magic intermingled with very human concerns of heroism, tragedy, love, and revenge.

The great hero Sigurd is joined in this collection by troll-battling warriors including Holger Dane, Orm the Strong, and others. There are dramatic scenes of romance, betrayal, and loss. Some of the ballads translated here are attested by paintings or maps that date from earlier than when the first full ballad texts were first written down in the 1500s. An adventure ballad relevant to the history of an Eddic poem is also included.

The ballads are storytelling songs that were passed down as part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia. This collection brings many new ballads to the English-speaking reader. The readable verse translations succeed in conveying the rhythm, spirit, and imagery of the originals. The translations are mainly based on Swedish and Norwegian ballads, with some from Danish tradition.

For each ballad, there is also a short introduction with commentary and background information.

The ballads included are:
Åsmund Frægdegjeva; Steinfinn Fefinnson; Esbjörn Proud and Orm the Strong; Sunfair and the Dragon King; Bendik and Årolilja; Sigurd Sven; Sivard Snare Sven; Little Lisa; Sven Norman and Miss Gullborg; Peter Pallebosson; Sir Svedendal; King Speleman; Holger Dane and Burman; Sven Felding; St Olaf’s Sailing Race.

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Book Review | Improbables by Jonathan Charles Bruce

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Publisher: Scarlet River Press, June 2016

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, New Adult, Supernatural

Pages: 334 pages

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4-5-stars

Synopsis:

Abigail Wren’s life fresh out of college is dull, even with her (almost) dream job at the local newspaper. The only real excitement she can get is found between the pages of an endless stream of paranormal romance novels she can’t help but love.

Then, on a snowy night in December, Abigail catches a glimpse of what could only be described as a werewolf. Enamored with the possibility, her investigation leads her to discover a paranormal population—improbables—living harmoniously in the midst of humanity. Between making eyes at a perpetually grumpy werewolf and hanging out with a vampire with a lust for life (and liquor), Abigail’s life takes a shaky step out of the ordinary and into the fantastic.

Just outside of the sleepy town of Whitewater, however, a force of rage is building. Born of hate and delusion, a living cataclysm threatens to devour everyone in its path—human or improbable.

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Book Review | A Time To Tour Ghost City by Anjum Noor Choudhury

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Title | A Time to Tour Ghost City

Author | Anjum Noor Choudhury

Genre | Fiction

Publisher | Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Publication Date | 23 August, 2016

Rating | 3.5/5


Synopsis

A young woman on vacation with her parents discovers she can see ghosts in the Stone City of the Crescent Valley. When her parents are taken hostage by a rogue tour guide, she must mediate with one of the ghosts to get them back. But ghosts are the least of her problems in this perilous adventure that takes her back thousands of years, to a time when the Valley flourished with life and a legendary Brotherhood roamed its sands.

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