Review: The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Magical Realism

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Natalia’s grandfather has died suddenly in a faraway city, away from his family and keeping secret from his wife the true extent of his illness. Natalia hears the news and knows where he was going: to meet the deathless man. The war is over, the country has been divided and she must find his things so that the family can mourn him appropriately – and in this journey, she remembers the story of how her grandfather met the deathless man, and the tiger’s wife.

The review below has spoilers – if you want to go into the book knowing not too much about it, please consider skipping this review. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W50/2019: Weekly Wrap Up

Hello readers!

It’s been another long week, and somehow it barely felt like Christmas is so close, until it started snowing! This weekend it finally snowed, and it was lovely! I absolutely love this time of the year, so it’s really nice to see it with snow.

This week I got:
red white and royal blue casey mcquiston

I’ve been debating whether to read this book for ages, and I finally caved in.

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Mini-Review: Wilder Girls, by Rory Power

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Thriller & Horror, F/F

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Two years ago, when the Tox took over Raxter School for Girls, the entire island was put under quarantine. The disease is in the land, in the trees, in the girls, causing strange and disturbing side effects, for which the government has promised a cure, but so far all they receive is less and less supplies every time. When Byatt goes missing, Hetty knows she is still alive, and she must find her, no matter the cost, no matter the consequences.

I had lots of fun reading this book – I didn’t know I needed more horror in my life before I picked it up! I don’t have much to say about it, as I started reading it and was so engrossed I forgot to read it as a blogger and just got lost in the story. It’s a really interesting book, with such a great take on The Lord of the Flies (which I hated) and turning it into a feminist horror young adult. So, so good. I did not entirely like the writing style, it felt a little too stilted, I think I hoped for something more lush, but that is my personal taste. The mystery was great, the characters were so great –  sometimes vicious and just trying to survive, but also very loyal, and I highly recommend this book!

My Life in Books (2019)

I saw Rachel answering this tag and it looked like so much fun I wanted to try it!

Using only books you have read this year (2019), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title.

In high school I was Stubborn Archivist (a nerd)

People might be surprised by The Secret History (I’m very mysterious. Lol no, but I am very dramatic at telling stories)

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Review: Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Categories: Fantasy, Thriller & Mystery, wide LGBT rep (incl. F/F)

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Ivy Gamble is a private detective. She hasn’t spoken with her sister for years, her talented, more beautiful twin who was born with magic, while Ivy… wasn’t. When there is a gory murder at the magical University where her sister works, Ivy is hired to investigate it. She is suddenly caught in that world, the dangerous magic and the more dangerous secrets, and she must somehow find the culprit.

This was kind of all over the place for me! I had quite a mixed experience with this book, which is why I’m giving it 3 stars. First of all, I loved how queer this book was! So many characters casually being lesbian and pan, it was really cool. I love the idea of a magical school, like Harry Potter but modern, and way more LGBT+. I think that was my favorite thing about the book: the idea of it. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W49/2019: Weekly Wrap Up

Hello readers!

Last week I did not post the Sunday Snuggle because we had a special guest over who wrote the post If you liked this book, try this board game! feat. @cliosboardgames (which is so worth checking out!). So this month I will skip the November Wrap Up + December TBR because it’s been Quite A Week and I want to keep this post short and not write it for too long. I will however add the books I finished since my last Sunday Snuggle, so basically I will be covering the last two weeks in this post!

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Review: The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, M/M Romance

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Zachary Erza Rawlins once found a door painted onto a wall and did not dare open it, despite his curiosity. He suspected but did not know back then that he had just missed his opportunity to visit the world of the Starless Sea. Many years later, he finds a strange little book in the library, and the stories in the book feel more real than they should: stories of a magical land, of myth and metaphors, of painted doors… and of a boy who did not open it. Startled to see himself on the pages of a book written long before he was born, Zachary enters the adventure of a lifetime, and has a second chance to see the Starless Sea, where he will become part of a story that began much, much before his time. Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award

Hello readers!

Could I BE any more delayed answering a tag? So, back in May, I was tagged by the lovely Emily @ Literary Elephant to answer the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much, Emily, although you’re probably wondering why someone randomly is linking back to an old post from you, but I have the ability to leave posts in the draft for literal months and in more than one case YEARS and forget about them completely.

If you love well-written, thought-provoking reviews, I highly recommend Emily’s blog – first of all it was his amazing name (Literary. ELEPHANT. I love it), and secondly she’s responsible for a lot of books having sneaked their way into my TBR. She’s a lovely person and her blog is really versatile (ha! See what I did there?), with reviews from thrillers and mysteries and literary and more. It’s really a fabulous blog to find books you haven’t heard of before, both in the genres you love best and in others you have been curious to try! Highly recommend.

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Review: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1), by Leigh Bardugo

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Dark Academia

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Alex Stern has the opportunity of a lifetime to study at Yale if she accepts to work for Lethe. She is able to see ghosts, which is an ability unheard of by Lethe members, and this is why they want her. She knows the offer is too good to be true, but she just cannot refuse: after being the sole survivor of a brutal attack and almost dying from overdosing, she must find a way out. Lethe wants her to keep out the ghosts that threaten to disrupt the magic societies like Lethe itself work with on the underground of Yale. But the magic she witnesses is never lovely and beautiful like she dreamed – it’s brutal and bloody. And when a murdered girl shows up and nobody seems to want her to investigate, she knows what she must do, although she doesn’t know what it might cost her. Continue reading

If you liked this book, try this board game! feat. @cliosboardgames

Hello readers!

It’s December, and for the past two years it’s been tradition that Clio’s Board Games and I write a post together. We’ve known each other for years now and have been gifting each other books and board games for just as long. You should definitely check out Clio’s blog if you like board games, if you’re interested in history and if you like sassy, well-written posts.

I think these kind of posts are really cool to have around Christmas time, because a lot of us are wondering what to gift someone who has a hobby that you’re like “hummm I don’t want to give a book to a person who reads so many books, I’m not sure if they’re read this already” and such, so it’s a nice option to give a board game based on their literary tastes! This has worked super well for me so far in real life.

Here are the other posts we wrote together:

Bookish Boardgames Recommendations #1 + a guest!

If You Liked This, Try This! – Books and Boardgames Edition

And on Clio’s blog you can see what I wrote, giving book recommendations based on board games!

Without further ado, I’ll give the word to Clio 🙂 Continue reading