Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows is the first book in a duology by Leigh Bardugo that is set in the same fictional world as her Grisha series.  It’s a story full of plots not unlike those in Tamora Pierce’s Trickster series and an introduction to Kerch’s underbelly that reminded me of Pierce’s Bekah Cooper series. Six young people of varying shady backgrounds come together to pull off an unthinkable heist for a huge sum of money. With each of their talents together, they just might…

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The making of “The Sun also Rises”

The making of “The Sun also Rises”

Everybody behaves badly : the true story behind Hemingway’s masterpiece “The Sun Also Rises” by Lesley Blume tells the story of the events that lead to the writing of this classic novel.  Blume reveals many details about the characters in the story, particularly the fact that they are all based on real-life friends and acquaintances of Hemingway’s.  This fascinating book gives a behind the scenes look at Hemingway’s personality and his life in Europe when working on his first novel. …

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Game of Crowns

Game of Crowns

Biographer Christopher Andersen (The Day Diana Died) once again sets his sights on the British royal family. This time he delves into the relationships between a queen and two future queens: Queen Elizabeth II, her daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wife to Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne, and her granddaughter-in-law, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, whom is second in line to the throne. Through examining these relationships, Andersen looks at past history such as…

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“The widow”

“The widow”

Jean Taylor’s husband has just died and she isn’t the grief stricken widow that people assume she is.  She has been hiding secrets about her husband for years and she must now decide who she is and what she wants to reveal.  The audio book of “The widow” is narrated by several people playing the roles of the characters in the novel.  It’s a potentially interesting story, but the novel goes back and forth in time so you need to…

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Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout tells the story of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and her efforts to take four women from the Nebraska frontier back to Iowa after the women have gone mad over the long cold winter with too many hardships.  According to the tale, the Homesman is a person, usually a man, who is tasked with taking women who have gone mad back east to their families.  In this story, the husbands don’t want to take on the job, so…

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Hamilton: The Revolution

Hamilton: The Revolution

From the moment that my sister first had me listen to “Alexander Hamilton,” the opening number of this play–I was hooked. That was months ago and it’s rare if a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one song from the soundtrack.  Listening to the soundtrack and scrolling through YouTube for videos is one thing, though–reading Lin’s thoughts and notes about different lyrics and stage directions is another. As if I don’t love this entire musical enough,…

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Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is an author that has always been a daunting undertaking in my mind- she has so many books, so many different series, and so many fans. I’ve been putting off reading any of her books for probably a decade, and I knew that someday I would regret it. Today is that day. I just finished her novel Arrows of the Queen, the first in the series Heralds of Valdemar. The reason I put aside my decade-long hesitation is…

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The Storms of War (Williams)

The Storms of War (Williams)

The Storms of War is a historical fiction novel about the ways WWI affects one family — a German family who has lived in England for many years.  The story shows the war from several different family member’s perspectives who all experience it in different ways.  I gave this book three stars …  I liked it ok, but there were a couple of times I actually considered putting it down and not finishing it. Title: The Storms of War Author:…

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

Books like this are EXACTLY what remind me of why the fantasy genre has always been, and will always be, my favorite genre. The people that told me that this was slow must have been reading a different book! And besides, good fantasy doesn’t always have to be some rip-roaring adventure, where the hero is slaying a dragon and huge wars are fought. No, they can be on a smaller scale with smaller battles with magic that isn’t that flashy and…

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Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

While Throne of Glass has been out since 2012, the fifth book in the series, Empire of Storms, comes out this September.  Because of this, I plan on re-reading the entire series to refresh my memory before buying book five. This is a series that I wish I could back with and start from the beginning, without knowing what happens in books two through four.  This is a series that, no matter how old I get, will leave me speechless…

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