Tuesday, December 4th 2018

The Night Circus

The Night Circus four-stars

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Why did it take me so long to read this book?!

This book is stunning. I have a hardcopy of this book but when I found out that Jim Dale narrated the audiobook, there was no question that I needed it.

There are so many people who love this book and I think maybe that is what put me off of reading it for so long. I was scared I would hate it. But of course, that did not happen. The Night Circus is a beautiful story. And even though I predicted where certain relationships were headed, it was not the type of predictability that takes away from the story.

I enjoyed all of the characters. All of the characters stories were nicely woven together and I loved learning about each of them. No character was left behind. All of them were fleshed out and all of their backgrounds were colorful and interesting.

The only reason I cannot give this book 5 stars is due to the main relationship not being more front and center. Typically I enjoy books where the romantic element is not the focus, but for this story, while I enjoyed all the friendships and relationships between all of the characters, I really wanted more from the romantic relationship between the two main characters.

four-stars

Friday, December 29th 2017

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and FoundSpellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published by RHCP Digital on June 1st 2017
Pages: 416
Goodreads

four-stars




One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.
Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets.
When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

I really enjoyed this book. It had great LGBT+ representation and I loved the magical elements. However, this book did suffer from the same thing Wild Beauty did in my opinion. The story just a got a bit too…convoluted. The writing was brilliant and I loved the characters, but like with Wild Beauty, I felt like the author got a little lost towards the end. Like they couldn’t make up their mind on which direction to take it, so it became muddled in the end. I have not read The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle but I plan on picking it up soon.

four-stars

Thursday, December 28th 2017

Wild Beauty

Wild BeautyWild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 3rd 2017
Pages: 352
Goodreads

four-stars




Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

The writing in this book was quite beautiful and I would like to read more books by this author as this is my first. I felt very invested in the characters and the plot. The only reason this book did not get a 5-star rating from me is that I thought the story got just a little convoluted in the end. But otherwise, it was a beautiful story.

four-stars

Thursday, January 26th 2017

A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay, Siobhan Dowd
Published by Walker Books on September 27th 2011
Pages: 216
Goodreads

five-stars




The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.

I love this book. The plot is brilliant and the subject is handled with great care. The magical realism was perfect. This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. It’s hard for me to put into words how it made me feel and how I think it will make most people feel. It’s definitely one that I would put on a required reading list for everyone.

five-stars

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