The Bone Witch

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

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
4-stars-1

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
4-stars-1

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
4-stars-1

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
4-stars-1

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

Summary
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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An Incomplete Revenge

Maisie Dobbs #5 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on: April 1, 2010
4-stars-1

Maisie Dobbs 5An Incomplete Revenge is my first Jacqueline Winspear and Maisie Dobbs novel. I checked Maisie #5 out from my local library and listened to the audio book version and did not technically “read” the book, which possibly alters my response to the book, but I really hope not.

In the story, Maisie investigates specific matters for a potential land purchase. As she investigates she interviews various villagers of Heronsdene in regards to two main themes: Random fires that occur on an annual basis and a Zepplin encounter that occurred during the war. But Maisie also has a private life outside of investigating and that story is told as well.

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Cinder Spires #1 by Jim Butcher
5-stars

The Aeronauts WindlassAudio Book Review: I loved listening to this on audio. Euan Morton did a fantastic job, especially in regards in regards to how he read the cat parts. When he read their dialogue, I could “feel” the cat’s overall indifference and disdain and sounded exactly what my mind thought a cat should sound like.

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