The Forbidden Library

The Forbidden Library #1 by Django Wexler
Published on:  April 15, 2014
3 stars

Forbidden Library

The Forbidden Library is about a girl named Alice who goes to live with her uncle Geryon, who then forbids her to enter a library, until of course, she does. Once that occurs, Alice’s world changes where she learns about magic, books, and the complexities of human (and not-human) motives.

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Six Sacred Swords

Weapons and Wielders Book 1 by Andrew Rowe
Published on: February 8, 2019

Six Sacred Swords

This fantasy novel is a light-hearted read, so if you are a fan of fantasy and have just read a chain of several books that contain plots related to the prophesying of an end of the world collapse, then this book may just be for you as a change of pace type book. As a light-hearted read and there are a lot of jokes and quips within it to give you a feel-good feeling when you close the book each night.

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The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch #1 by Rin Chupeco
Published on:  March 7, 2017

The Bone Witch

Time away from this book helped me put it in its proper perspective.

Summary: When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware
Published on:  May 29, 2018

Death of Mrs. Westaway

Audio Review: Upon turning on the audio version of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, the reader is immediately met with beautifully eerie music that sets the tone for the story perfectly. After which, a slowly unravelled story surrounding a girl, Hal, who receives a letter from a lawyer stating she has been left an inheritance begins. Even though Hal knows this cannot be correct, she goes to the funeral and to the home afterwards in hopes that the Will may leave her with just a little to pay off her debts. The longer she spends time with the family, the more she sees their estrangement from each other and the more questions raise up within her regarding the history of Trepassen estate.

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Sword of Kaigen

A Theonite War Story by M.L. Wang
Published on: February 17, 2019

Sword of Kaigen

“It was a harrowing climb to the high school. Eight hundred twenty-one steps.”

To be honest, I delayed writing this review. I realize now what the issue was.  The issue that I have been ignoring or dreading.  The issue is the emotional trauma I felt after reading this book. Before I picked up the book, when I read others reviews there were several that mentioned that there are 2 climaxes in the book. But these climaxes are not both at the end.  One occurs about 1/2 way in and the other occurs at 70-80% in.  When I initially heard about the 2 climaxes I was like “Awesome. More greatness!”  That, of course, was before I experienced the first climax first-hand.  Before I experienced the emotional trauma.   At that point, I put down the book down for a longer period than I thought I would and I wasn’t even sure I would ever pick it up again.

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Vault of Dreams

by Luke Taylor
Published on:  July 27, 2016

It doesn’t take very long when you first begin the Vault of Dreams before you see the poetry of the writing.  The poetry begins on the very first page where the author introduces us to Aerlyn starting from a young girl to the current day where he tells us the name she is now known by. In fact, I was stunned by how beautifully he introduces us to her nickname and have re-read that portion several times.  It really was that lovely.  Her story continues for several chapters before being introduced to the remaining 6 different points of view that are used throughout the book.

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The Burning Issue of the Day

Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #5 by T.E. Kinsey
Published on:  April 18, 2019

Burning IssueI love a book that makes you smile while reading it and then leaves a smile long after.

“We should at least be able to secure a conviction for cruelty to books.” – Flo

January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent.

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