mini reviews 2
Mini reviews

Mini reviews #2! I’m Back And Ready To Read Again Crooked Kingdom, Dispatches from the Heart, Tell Me You're Mine, An American Princess and Canopy Harvest

So it’s been a week roughly now that I’m back from my travels, and I’ve got a few reviews to get off my back! This is an assorted batch of books again, so let’s go! A GIF of Napoleon from a painting, riding on a penguin sliding on his belly on the snow. It’s pretty hilarious. Crooked Kingdom, ★★★★✬ 4.5…

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town in bloom playing to the gods
Biographies, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Women's

Theatre, Acting, Positivity and a Dash of Reality The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith and Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader

Oddly enough, although I have nothing to do with theatre and go to one very rarely, my vacation time was uncannily theatre-themed last month. First of all, I spent the start of August in a kids camp where my boyfriend works, and the camp is being led by an actress who owns a theatre. So there were a few plays by…

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caseroom
Fiction, Historical, Women's

[Historical] Women’s Struggle Entering The Workforce In Publishing The Caseroom by Kate Hunter

The Caseroom is a historical novel on the harsh realities of women first entering the workforce, reimbursed only ‘half as good’ as the men, and considered true enemies by the males in the workforce. Excluded out of every possible union and denied companionship, women still didn’t give up. This is a tale of Iza and the hardships she suffered not only…

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spaceship next door
Edelweiss, Genre-bender, Loved-it, Scifi

[Scifi] A Sleepy Town With A Big Mystery… And A Spaceship The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette

I gobbled The Spaceship Next Door up. I just inhaled it! It plain seeped through my fingers, it was so good! And THEN I learned that it was independently published in 2015, and then picked up by John Joseph Adams/Mariner! Why? Because it’s just so good. And now? I am tempted to not wait till they release the sequel and just get the self-pubbed…

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fated sky
Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Scifi, Society, Women's

[Scifi] The Lady Astronaut Fights Racism On The Way To Mars The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

My long awaited sequel of The Calculating stars (review here) turned out to be just as amazing as the first book! After closing the last page, I was just as devastated as the first time round that I have to leave the world of this story. The Lady Astronaut books remain the kind of story you don’t really want to leave. Check out…

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erotic stories for punjabi widows
Fiction, Loved-it, Rising star, Well known books, Women's

[Women’s] You’d Think This Is Controversial, But It’s Just Human… And Beautiful Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was… Amazing. That’s all I can say about it in short, because if I open my mouth to talk more, I might just never shut up about it. Despite the really scandalous sounding name, you should really, really, REALLY read this book. It’s especially recommended to women. It might change your understanding of womanhood, and…

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girl who chased the moon
Fiction, Loved-it, Magical realism, Well known books, Women's

[Magical Realism] A Soft And Comforting Story Of Love And Magic The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

This was one of my most magical reads of the year! I am absolutely in love with this sweet, adorable story. And I’m not a sweet story person even! For anyone who loved Practical Magic, this is the softer and more sepia tale that will not give you even a drop of sadness. Well, maybe a little bit of wistfulness!…

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anomaly by michael rutger
Dark, Fiction, NetGalley, Thiller / Mystery

[Thriller] Cavern Mysteries And Minotaurs: Lots of Promise, Middling Delivery The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

I was very excited to read The Anomaly after I got the publisher’s invitation. There was promise of conspiracy, ancient secrets, danger and fright – anything ranging from Indiana Jones to Uncharted and all that. Exciting! I was kind of sad when at 40% of the book, nothing much had really happened, and when at 70% it just lost me. I…

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sarah and katy and the book of blank
Fantasy, Fiction, Indie, Kidlit

[Middle Grade] Get Ready For Some Imaginary Adventures! 4 Reasons To Read Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank by Julie Stroebel Barichello

This was a really fun kids book! Recommended to me by Lilyn @ Scifi and Scary, it delivered the promise. Definitely recommended to read with your child, or to give as a present. Let’s get on with the reasons why I recommend it! 4 Reasons To Read Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank Check out on Goodreads Get…

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calculating stars
Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Scifi, Women's

[Scifi] Women Break The Barrier In An Alternate 50’s To Become Astronauts The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

I’m always excited to read astronaut books, as you might know from my posts like this one, this one or this one. So I was even more excited to read one where women fight their ground to get to be astronauts. As it turned out, it was not an easy fight, even if it’s one written in an alternate 50’s Earth.…

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wife in name only
Fiction, Problematic, Victorian or classic

[Victorian] Some Majorly Messed Up 19th Century Notions, But Kind Of Unputdownable?? Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Brame

Reviewing Wife in Name Only is quite a dilemma for me – on one hand, it was an engaging, tense read, but on the other – it’s entirely full of sexist, class-prejudiced nonsense that a book couldn’t really do without in the 19 century. Which is why it it’s probably best said that Wife in Name Only is simply a product of…

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thousand perfect notes
Dark, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, YA

[YA] Incredibly Touching, Relatable And Musical – It Has Captured My Heart <3 5 Reasons To Read A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, AKA Our Own Cait @ PaperFury!

I am intensely flapping my arms and squawking like a poor abandoned pterodactyl baby at the excitement of actually having been able to read a review copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes! (Thanks for staying with my review after that sentence.) My emotions towards Cait’s book can be described roughly as such, starting from when I found out she was…

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the strain series
Dark, Dystopian, Fiction, Nope, Problematic, Well known books

[Thriller] The Strain Series, AKA The Popular Series With ONE Woman & Next To NO PoC It Started Off Great... But Then There Were All Those Problems

This series is… ahem. Mostly interesting in the way The Strain series degrades as you go. Book one is promising! Book two is just plain boring and a little far fetched, plus you start getting mysoginy fatigue and realizing you have not seen a single non-white person yet. Book three? Pure bull. Pure, unadulterated, illogical nonsense. It was almost entertaining…

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feathered serpent dark heart of sky
Diversity, Edelweiss, Historical, Loved-it, Myths, Non-fiction, Other-cultures

[Myths] Mesoamerican Mythology Is Mighty Cool!! + 3 Reasons To Read It Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico by David Bowles

I’ve always been incredibly interested in the rarer myths – so you’re probably not surprised that I’m reviewing the lost myths of South America here. The truth is, because of historical bias, the media and many more factors (and the simple fact that not much actually remains of these cultures), we imagine them to have been ruthless, mysterious… unknowable. When…

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