Book Reviews

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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I hopped on the feel good train for a quick little respite in the pages of this book. Told in an  epistolary style by Mary Anne Shaffer and finished by her daughter Annie Barrows, this book tells the tale of Juliet Ashton, 33 and emerging with the rest of the world into a post WWII land. Through random chance, a man on the English island of Guernsey acquirers a book once belonging to her, and finds her name and address written within. What begins is a correspondence between Juliet and the people of Guernsey that will lead her away from home and into the arms of a small, tight-knit community that spent five years under Nazi occupation.

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The Vine Witch

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Elena Boureanu emerges from a seven year curse and returns to the place she once called home. But things have changed; what was once a world renowned vineyard now produces something more akin to vinegar then the ruby hued wine that once came from it’s vines. Her Grand-Mère was forced to sell the vineyard, and it’s new owner, Jean-Paul Martel doesn’t believe in witchcraft. Too bad for him then, that his land is riddled with curses, and the only one who can undo them is Elena…

This debut novel from author Luanne G. Smith is set in early 20th century France and follows Elena from the marshland she was trapped in as she attempts to reclaim her home and her power. Once a powerful vine witch, the years she spent as a toad have left her weak, but that doesn’t mean she cannot sense the truth, someone has lain a series of curses and hexes across her beloved Chateau Renard. Now she has to contend with more then her weakened state if she wishes to save the land she once called home. Non believers, rivals, and ex lovers all will challenge her as she attempts to right seven years of wrong and find revenge along the way.

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Ten Thousand Doors of January

January

It is done. After yearning to read this since it’s release, I finally got the chance to after the holidays. And I… have thoughts. Most of them a little muddled and confused right now because I’m attempting to write this after a night of excellent food and lavender labyrinths, and without any tea.

Like… augh… argh… how to even start this? I mean, I suppose at the beginning…

January is a precocious girl; rambunctious, a little wild and a little rude- in spite of being raised up to this point by a mysterious benefactor and the various nurses he has hired over the years, as well as having a soft spoken father. We meet her on a hot summers day, while the aforementioned benefactor, Mr. Locke, (his names a metaphor, clever!) makes some business arrangements. January grows bored, and decided that waiting around in a stuffy foyer is not acceptable, and she lets herself out, but not before pointlessly attempting to destroy an expensive vase…

What happens when you are looking for a portal fantasy and instead find… something else?

…Let’s find out!

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The Last Sun, by K. D. Charles

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Twenty Years have passed since Atlantis fell. Now New Atlantis rises, built from the remains of humanity; abandoned and forsaken homes and buildings scavenged through spell craft and used to establish a city of magic, decadence, and power.

Our hero is Rune Saint John, detective, assassin, Scion, and last living member of the House of the Sun. With his human bodyguard, Brand, at his side, he is called on to unravel the cause of a horrible presence in the city, and the disappearance of his mysterious benefactors godson.

“My name is Rune Saint John. I am, before anything else, a survivor:”

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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

Finally!

I read it!

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It only took me four years (it feels like much longer) but I impulse bought Carry On yesterday (because I have a problem) and then compulsively read it all in one sitting, (because I couldn’t stop). I got 200+ pages in and thought, “Oh, I’ll  just take a little break, beat the next gym in Pokemon Shield, come back to it later,” except that it drew me back in with it’s promises of gay and shenanigans, and probably gay shenanigans, so next thing you know I’m back in the book, wanting to both hug and give some strongly worded lectures to the lead characters.

“I’d eat butter with a spoon if it were acceptable.”
Honestly? Same.

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The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

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Eight long years have passed since The Night Circus burst into the literary scene with a shower of black confetti and red rose petal, bewitching it’s readers with gorgeous prose and an imaginative world that made you never wish to leave.

Now author Erin Morgenstern is back with The Starless Sea, a story about stories, a book the intertwines myth and folk tales with modern story telling. The first four chapters alone create a paradox of story and time, providing a mystery so curious that our hero Zachary Ezra Rawlins is compelled to give chase down the rabbit hole, and what he finds is a world of faded gold, dazzling ghosts, and stories. Stories upon stories upon stories; men lost in time, girls who are rabbits, owls who are kings, pirates who are metaphors…

But also not…

“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are.”

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To All the Books I’ve Read Before…

I’ve read twenty nine books this year, and yet I’ve written… *checks blog* nine reviews? Wait, eleven, if you count the “Provost’s Dog Trilogy” I reviewed all at once. Regardless! The math doesn’t add up- so! I’m doing a mini-review round up wherein I discuss the books I missed in a delicious, bite sized format. Like little cookies of book knowledge for you to put in your face or on your head, or perhaps feed to the monster in your closet. I dunno, you do you, or do whatever keeps the monster quiet.

 

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