Today’s book review is going to be for Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. This review can also be found on Goodreads.
CW: Torture, death
Sometimes there is nothing better than a standalone fantasy novel and this book is no exception. Sorcery of Thorns is dark and filled with dark magic. It also has books, libraries, sorcerers, and demons. The books are known as grimoires and classified by how dangerous they are. I thought this, along with the magic system was very unique. As for the characters, I loved Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas. I thought their dynamic was very interesting. I also loved how Elisabeth and Nathaniel’s relationship developed. This was a great book and I absolutely loved every minute of reading it
To help me get back to blogging regularly, I have decided to participate in BlogTober hosted by Hâf from the Library Looter and Anniek from Anniek’s Library. Today’s prompt is to post a book review.
Today’s book review is going to be for Bunnicula by James Howe. You can also find this review on Goodreads.
Bunnicula is such a classic book. What I love about this book is that it is narrated by the Monroe family dog, Harold. The fact that the family dog is telling the story makes it unique and humorous. Strange things happen in this book when the family brings home a bunny from a night at the movies, ironically seeing a vampire movie. Chester the family cat gets suspicious of the bunny, aptly named Bunnicula after a while of observing the bunny’s and its habits. Chester recruits Harold to help him investigate. Chester is convinced that Bunnicula isn’t a normal bunny, but actually a vampire bunny, especially after reading the note that the bunny was left with, it’s all in Romanian. There is quite a bit of bonus content in this book, and it was great to read. I also enjoyed seeing all the different covers throughout the years. I loved reading this book again, it was very nostalgic.
Today’s review is for The Complete Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
I really loved reading all of these stories, especially the ones previously unpublished. My favorites have to be Peter Rabbit, and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. The illustrations are stunning and I love how some of them were in black and white. Before each of the stories, there was a short explanation about the inspiration behind them and who they were dedicated too, I thought those were a great addition.
*I received this book from NetGalley and in no way shape or form does that affect my opinions.
*CW: Suicide, Abuse
As with Fiona Davis’ previous novels, The Chelsea Girls blends two different storylines together seamlessly. This is a story of friendship, heartbreak, betrayal, and art in Post World War II America. We have the stories of Hazel Ripley and Maxine Mead, how they are separate but come together so well. I loved both stories equally, I especially loved how Hazel wanted to create her own name for herself and step out of the shadows of her family’s name. With Maxine’s story, some of it is told in diary entries which are distinguishable and then we get her actual story. Both Hazel’s and Maxine’s stories are heartbreaking. This is the fourth Fiona Davis book that I have read, and it definitely will not be my last.
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
Today’s review is for the book Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
*Disclaimer: seek out Own Voices reviews for representation.
When I finished reading this book, I had a somewhat difficult time being able to fully form a concrete review, other than the fact that I enjoyed everything about this book and the story. The story is told from three different points of view and then readers also get to read Steph’s story through flashback chapters. There is a lot that happens in this book but I found it easy to follow and easy to read. I also loved what Steph’s friends and his sister wanted to do with his music. Even though Steph was dead, his music lived and they felt that it was important to release his music. I also loved how they wanted to find out who murdered Steph and investigate it themselves. This is a story and book that needs to be read, regardless if you like Hip-Hop music or not.
Today’s review is for The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake.
*Disclaimer: I am not a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. If you want to know how the community is represented I highly suggest seeking out Own Voices reviews.
I absolutely loved this book. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James is a literal breath of fresh air, and it’s so pure. While there is a lot going on in Sunny’s life, she’s such a strong character. I loved Sunny’s relationship with Kate, and then Quinn. I loved how Sunny loved books and loved to write. I also loved how it takes place in a small town where everyone knows your business. This book is authentic and would make a great summer beach read.
Today’s review is for Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco.
Oh boy, I did not see the twist or the ending coming. What I loved is how much Audrey and Thomas have grown as characters and how much their relationship has grown. I also loved how there were so many possibilities for suspects. And dare I say it, I even enjoyed the little love triangle, which love triangles can be hit or miss for me but the love triangle in this book was definitely a hit. The setting of this book was on a ship, which I really enjoyed reading as it was such a different setting than the previous two books. I’m really excited and curious to see how this tetralogy ends.
Today’s review is for Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini.
While this book is short, the story is extremely impactful, and not only the story but the dedication. The dedication reads:
“This book is dedicated
to the thousands of refugees
who have perished at sea
fleeing war and persecution.”
The story is a heartbreaking letter from a father to his son about the long journey that they are about to take. It’s also a father’s recollection of land that he used to know. This is one that will stay with you long after you’ve read it because of the impact that it has.
Today’s review is for Hope Nation by Rose Brock.
Some of the stories in this book are heartbreaking, but they are all filled with some sort of hope. The stories are also filled with excellent advice. Reading these stories, I felt like I was getting to know the authors featured in this book more. The stories in this book definitely need to be read.
Today’s review is for Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile by Sharlee Glenn
This is such an important book. Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile is about a woman, Mary Lemist Titcomb who wanted to further her education. when she was growing up, there weren’t too many opportunities for women career or educational wise. What Mary Lemist Titcomb did was not only important in library history but Amerian history as well. She figured out how to bring books to so many people who otherwise wouldn’t have had access had it not been for her bookmobile. I also loved the old photos and how they supplemented the text. This book is a must read if you want to learn more about library history.