This quote truly deserves its own “image”. I feel like I‘ll be posting a lot of quotes from this book.
This book —- so beautiful right from the start. Quotes like this are part of why I can‘t put it down.
Now THIS is a “Halloween Read” if there ever was one! Why, it even takes place around Halloween and, (even while being Middle Grade), is so atmospheric that I could nearly smell the dried leaves & cornfields and the PERFECT amount of spooky and filled with unexpected surprises while still feeling “cozy”. It reminded me a bit of watching a beloved Halloween movie. Made even better with how I read it on a cold & rainy October day.
This isn‘t a horror story. It‘s about loss, life, death, and memory told in a bit of a “dark fairytale” type fashion. That said, the best word I can use to describe this book is “thoughtful”. Made me think and pulled at my heartstrings. It is the perfect read for this time of year because, while subtly “creepy”, there‘s something oddly “cozy” about it. Also, beautifully written & atmospheric. An October must-read ❤️🎃
This book just broke an almost month long reading slump (though two weeks of that slump were due to travel). But still, it was THAT good of a book 😍 Such witchy goodness and a lot of amazing themes about how the world isn‘t just black & white. Also, LOVE the characters! So well-rounded & realistic. Also, Reid & Lou are my new OTP. Just love them!
Been absent on Litsy for the past week & a half because I‘ve been off at this AMAZING conference on Homer and mythology in Greece, hosted by the amazing Madeline Miller. I am SO blessed to have gotten to know her and have her take interest in my own book (series) that, like “Song of Achilles” & “Circe” is of a genre called “Mythical Realism”. As both a writer & Classicist, I am so honored to know Ms.Miller & have her in my life. She IS a goddess❤️
BEST reason for a “reading slump” 😂
It‘s with a heavy heart that I must rate this book as only ‘so-so‘, & even that is being generous. It‘s “so-so” rather than “Pan” simply because I love other books in the series & Kendare Blake as a whole. All things ending up in a “most boring & frustrating” way aside, It took me “Five Long Days” to read this book when it should have taken me no more than three at the most. If you‘ve read it, please comment for discussion, but mark spoilers.
The best way to describe the Cassidy Blake series is: “The Ghost Whisperer” meets “Harry Potter”. In other words, it‘s TOTALLY unputdownable, the right amount of spooky, and soooooo much fun! Loved this one as much as “City of Ghosts”. Wish more installments were out because this series is super binge-worthy ♥️
WOW. One heck of a fantastic book! Multifaceted characters that were realistic & anything but stereotypical, gorgeous writing, yummy fantasy kingdom politics, poignant themes, & awesome feminist undertones. Just utterly fantastic altogether. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can I have the sequel now, please?
Now I have them all! Aaaah! Nothing better than the release day of a book from one of your favorite series by one of you favorite authors.
Eh. Absolutely beautiful writing. A very loose “retelling” based off the story surrounding Snow White‘s birth, but that‘s about where the similarities end. Didn‘t mind that, however, as it was a very inventive story. Gorgeous symbolism. It‘s a “So-So”, though, because it felt very dragging...:enough to put me into a small bit of a reading slump that kinda ruined the #SummersEndReadathon for me.
After a late start on Friday & no reading yesterday, I managed to get in 8 hours today for #24b4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon. While I doubt I‘ll make it to 24 because I have other things to do tomorrow, 16-18 hours is a reasonable goal to reach before Tuesday. As of now, I‘ve completed 3 books and am 30% through the 4th.
Book 3 for #24b4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon. While this isn‘t a book for those who want to get lost in fairytales, (as they‘re very direct old translations that get very ‘WTF‘ at some points), this is invaluable for those who enjoy comparative mythology/folklore/fairytales. I love that there‘s a motif guide after. Also, hints of ‘Snow White‘ & “Cinderella” in a few. A lot of ghouls. So many ghouls.
After taking a day off from reading yesterday due to a headache & not feeling the best, I‘ve finished my 2nd book of #24b4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon. About 1/2 through my 3rd book too, so making decent time due to the extra day. Loved this book. One of my faves of “Twisted Tales”. Really enjoyed the tie in of Chinese Underworld Mythology & hoe of kept with the thematic spirit of Mulan.
After a late start today, (didn‘t start reading until after 8pm today), finished 1st book of #24b4Monday & #summersendreadathon. I really enjoy “The Traitor‘s Circle” trilogy. The characters are so in-depth & the political intrigue is top notch! Loooove the relationships between all the characters. Also, great dramatic irony in this book.
Think this graphic was originally made by @Megabooks , but I‘ve seen a few others posted. Anywho, will be doing both, as I‘m digging that extra day for #24b4Monday, and my #mountTBR is quite high! How are others setting goals for #SummersEndReadathon? Hours? Number of book?
I loooove the callbacks that show just how much Sage has grown and learned between this book and the first of the trilogy. She is truly an amazing character who learns and grows for her mistakes and even changes her ideologies and herself as she matures. Just the hallmark of a great character.
Despite being an easy read, it took me a few days longer than usual to get through this book, mostly because I found the characters and dialogue to be bland. While I appreciated the writing, the setting, the message, and the struggle, the characters just felt extremely bland. I like a little spice added to character interactions. All they seemed to talk about was the situation they were in. A lot of showing not telling when it came to relations.
A day late, but just saw my tag from @DaveGreen7777 , so decided to join in the fun 😂
1.) cake! Especially funfetti. Ugh, how I love some good cake!
2.) Hmmmm. Other than books and a trip to Greece? Haha. I‘d have to say this one adorable and comfy sundress from Target. I wish I had bought more in different colors. I‘ve lived in it this summer.
3.) “Sky in the Deep”. It‘s ok-ish. Want to finish it.
(Just HAD to take a pretty pic, as the cover & spine are gorgeous). Anyway, this book ended up surprising the heck out of me. I was actually starting to feel kind of let down because the writer is so sweet, but I was feeling a bit bored & confused for the 1st half of it. And then I wasn‘t. I had been tricked, just like Sage was (great writing) & it became awesome! Love the cunning & wits of the MCs. Love their relationship. Ordering the next 2.
Happy #BookLoversDay. This took forever to pose for and it still came out kinda ‘meh‘. But look, an owl!
Holy heck! This was SO fantastic that I might have a bit of a book hangover now. WOW. I had a review in mind, but upon finishing it, I‘m in such a daze that I can hardly find words. An atmospheric Gothic fairytale ‘retelling‘ that‘s exquisitely written with so many twists and turns. OMG. I can‘t right now. Even though I‘ve just finished the book, I‘m still lost in it.
I DEVOURED this book as if it were the delicious fruit described within ♥️ A poetic and intoxicating blend of Jewish folklore, fairytale, & world myths focusing on the love between sisters, sexual awakening in a time/place where such was forbidden to even be discussed regarding females, & the the strength of embracing the powers of womanhood. I got so lost in this book, that I had a hard time coming up for air.
Loved this whole series. I usually hate how authors treat the Gods, especially Athena, (who I‘m super picky about, as I‘ve studied her for well over a decade & I‘m writing a novel about her)— they always seem flat. Kendare Blake did it perfectly. The ONLY author thus far. She even brought in archetypes & really made them into “characters”. Love this series. Love Kendare Blake.
Well, now I have to go right ahead and read the third installment. Darn it 😂 Kendare Blake is honestly my kind of writer. Looooove her Athena, (and I‘m super picky about how Athena is written). Cassandra, however, is eight kinds of annoying, but at least she gets called out on it. I‘m also super glad that Athena told Calypso to GTFO of her house.
A day late, but here‘s my #julywrapup of all the books I finished in July. 15 books! I know that‘s less than a lot of people read on Litsy, but still my highest number to date this year, so I wanted to share. SO many great books read in July, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be “Gods of Jade & Shadow”.
A day late in posting this, read it for the book/movie challenge for #readingrush. I saw the movie a week ago, & remembered there was a book it was based off it. It was a slight re-read, as I read it when it first came out 11 years ago, but forgot it. The writing is amazing, very true to the Shakespearean language. While it didn‘t get the best reviews in 2008, I think it would be more appreciated in 2019 as it gives voice to a silenced woman.
Ugh. My 5th book of #thereadingrush. Took me WAY longer to read than expected since it was SO good that I had to savor each word & copy down quotes. Seriously going to be one of the top books I‘ve read all year. Folklore, mythology, astounding writing, themes of the power of mythmaking....I could go on for SO long, but have a character limit. Just incredible.
Sometimes a book is just so dang beautiful, that you can‘t help but to keep stopping to write down quotes. Thus, the reason why I have read only 150 pages today for #thereadingrush, despite being over 3 hours deep into #24B4Monday. 😂
So, for book #4 for #thereadingrush , I decided to multitask by by reading something I needed for my novel, as it‘s also #campnanowrimo. In my book, Orestes decided that rather than being a supporting character, he wanted to be a major character. Upon realizing I had never read “The Orestia” from start to finish (all three plays in order), I decided to do so. Anyone want to join me in punching Apollo and giving Orestes cuddles & cookies?
Book 3 of #thereadingrush finished. I love everything Kendare Blake does. She just has a way of making her characters so “real” so complex, and their dialogue so conversational. Brilliant storytelling! This might be my favorite of all her books, if I had to pick one. Ghosty goodness, withcraft, & even some VooDoo. “The Girl from the Well” & “City of Bones” vibe. Have to change my #readingrush TBR AGAIN, since I now NEED to read the sequel!
Book 2 of #readingrush finished! (30% into book 3, as well)
My edition of “The Near Witch” came with a very special treat: A previously out-of print novella that tells the backstory of “Cole” in-depth. Absolutely stunning! I LOVE stories about scheming nobility. This had a very Orestia/Hamlet vibe, but with the addition of magic and witchy goodness (two of my FAVORITE tales). If you love V.E. Schwab, be sure to get this special edition.
Just finished my first book (and first official day, since I signed up a day late) of #readingrush ♥️ “The Near Witch” was so utterly beautiful that it just made me feel “full” while reading it (if that makes any sense). It‘s like “The Ocean At The End of the Lane” meets “The Woman in Black”, with a dash of those infamous Bronte moors. The PERFECT witch book! Also, this edition includes a special novella, which I‘m reading next ♥️