the king of bones and ashes
Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Other-cultures, Urban fantasy

Witches of New Orleans and Dark Nightly Terrors The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn

This time I’m happy to share with you a review for The King of Bones and Ashes, which was offered to me for review and came as an unbelievably pleasant and unexpected surprise! Now I find myself wanting to read the other books by J.D. Horn (which I remember seeing around a couple of years ago), because this was an incredibly engaging…

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the mermaid and mrs hancock
Fiction, Historical, Magical realism, NetGalley

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar Mermaids, Merchants And Courtesans... In A Book

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, when you first read its name, conjures up a certain magic, which only intensifies when you look at the cover. Which is why I absolutely did not know what to expect from this book! So let’s see what it’s all about! Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★☆ 4 stars It’s the autumn…

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plague charmer
Dark, Fiction, Historical, Loved-it, Magical realism, NetGalley

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland Dark, Atmospheric And Very Medieval

If you like reading well researched, incredibly atmospheric, not sugar-coated historical novels about the middle ages, The Plague Charmer is just for you. My review of this wonderful book has been long overdue, so let’s start. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars Life is pretty tough in the middle ages – work is hard, food is…

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a good edelweiss or netgalley profile
#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion, Edelweiss, NetGalley

How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile? Part 2 of #NewBloggers 101 post series

Welcome to part 2 of the #NewBloggers 101 post series! Last time, we talked about when you should start requesting ARCs (advance reader copies) at all, and today? We’re going to talk about how to start doing it. So how do you make a good Edelweiss or NetGalley profile? Let’s start at the bottom and make it fun! Short quiz about…

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creatures of will and temper
Diversity, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Retro, Society, Urban fantasy, Women's

Demons, Petticoats and Swords & 5 Reasons To Read This Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

This book has been ABSOLUTELY WOW and if we hang out, I’ve already told you countless times that you need to read it. If I haven’t? Well, YOU NEED TO READ IT. There. And now onto the reasons why! 5 Reasons To Read Creature of Will and Temper Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★  5+++ stars   Essentially,…

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all day
Diversity, Loved-it, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Other-cultures, Society

All Day – Locked Up, Building Their Future… Unforgettable A Teacher's Account On Teens In Prison

Yet another perfect book – yet another review overdue. I have been sitting with this one for maybe a half a year, no kidding. It’s just hard to write a review for a book that moved me SO much… But I’m going to try. 5 Reasons To Read All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers…

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international book blogger
Book blogging, Discussion, Diversity, NetGalley

So You’re An International Book Blogger? DON’T GIVE UP! You ARE Needed In The Book World

In light of the things that have been going on in the book world, I feel like international bloggers might feel horribly betrayed and unappreciated right now. We’ve seen our share of sad posts already (I will agree that I feel incredibly sad too because of what’s been going on), and we need to keep seeing those and putting them out…

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The Girl in the Tower
Fantasy, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Women's

5 Reasons To Read The Girl In The Tower It's Even Better Than The Bear And The Nightingale

When I read The Bear and the Nightingale, I definitely liked it (you can find the review here), but I knew that the series was not opening up its full potential. But I decided to stick with it, because I was sure it would bloom by the second book. And it did! I loved The Girl in the Tower. So here are… 5 Reasons To…

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Illness, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Women's

Memoir Of A Mother Fighting For Her Terminally Ill Child Happiness by Heather Harpham

Happiness isn’t a book about how you would actually attain happiness. It’s not even about happiness, so much. In fact, if you started reading it, it probably wouldn’t seem at all happy, at the start, at least. The funny thing about this book: you know it ends well. But while you’re reading it, it shatters your heart. But the thing is:…

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Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Retro, Steampunk, Urban fantasy, Women's

Episode 2 of Steampunk Magic In Petticoats Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬  4.5 stars I have several questions for you: Do you like petticoats, Victorians and magic? What about a female heroine, who, while a little bit lost and flustered, is kickass despite not knowing it herself? And would you care for a would-be love triangle that is forbidden in more ways than I care…

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, Magical realism, NetGalley, Well known books, Women's

This Just In: Magical Alice Hoffman Still Writes Magically Or, Review of The Rules of Magic

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬  4.5 stars You might have been able to tell from my headline that I really love Alice Hoffman’s writing. I started this year by reading Faithful and was insta-fanned right away (Yes, I just invented that word.) I also read Practical Magic in preparation for reading The Rules of Magic, and although I could…

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The Punch Escrow
Dystopian, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, Scifi

Your Double Gets Your Wife, You Get Persecution. What Do You Do? The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★  5 stars Look at me, typing away at this review, when I should really be working. But I just loved this book so much! Me and my friend / reader Struggling Writer buddy-read this book last month. And it was a blast! We’ve decided to do an interview-review, which means, I ask…

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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Diversity, Fiction, Literary, NetGalley, Well known books

I Feel Bad About Not Liking This One, But… The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★✬☆☆  2.5 stars Well… You never feel great when you are about to give a not-so-glowing review to a really well known, acclaimed writer’s work. But the review’s gotta be honest. So honest it will be. In fact, I’ve recently written a post about how to write a review for a book…

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the growing season helen sedgwick
Diversity, Fiction, Literary, Loved-it, NetGalley, Women's

What If Men And Women Could Bear Children Equally? The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬  4.5 stars I don’t think there’s a book by Helen I could hate. Maybe if she wrote it backwards with her left foot, while riding on a gray mare, also backwards over muddy marshes..? Yet, still. I think I’d love it too. There’s just something about Helen’s style and topics that always appeals…

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Dark, Fiction, NetGalley, Thiller / Mystery

Dark Southern Thriller About Family Secrets – Or Is It Really? Burying The Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★✬☆☆  2.5 stars Good, important topic. Nice suspense. Okay execution. Almost unbearable characters. I guess it was alright? This book has been lying around on my Kindle for at least a year. It’s one of the first NetGalley eARCs I’ve downloaded, and to be honest, the premise sounded fab: Althea, fresh out…

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Dystopian, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Spiritual

What Happens To A Pacifist When He Has To Fight For His Family? When The English Fall by David Williams - not your traditional apocalyptic tale

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★  5 stars I find myself struggling to start this review. Because the book was just so unbelievable, I find myself at a lack of words. What would it be like to watch the end of the world as a bystander? As someone who has always thought that living that way was…

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