The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker || Book Review

“Up here it’s about having enough food to eat, and enough heat to stay alive through the winter. It’s about survival, and enjoying the company of the people that surround us. It’s not about whose house is the biggest, or who has the nicest clothes, or the most money. We support each other because we’re all in this together. And people either like that way of life or they don’t…”

Synopsis: Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson || Book Review

“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”

Synopsis: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker || Book Review

“Because I am exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing. That is peace.”

Synopsis: A moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox, and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen. Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by ‘his boy’, Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfather’s roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their journeys back to each other as war rampages throughout the country.

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March 2020 || Monthly Wrap Up

Hello beautiful people!

Firstly … yes … reposting since I forgot to update two sections … it’s just been that kind of month …

You know how I was saying not to wish time away … that I was glad that February was over? Well … APPARENTLY I need to just appreciate the moments. I honestly NEVER thought the world would end up as it is currently.

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A Collection of Light by Neeme || Book Review

“There’s a large part of me that craves sunset drives
with no destinations;
sliding down hills on bodyboards in the midst of thunderstorms
& 3am conversations with our feet on the wall & warm wine.
Speak to me about stars & dreams
& collisions of fate.
Those are the things that make me breathe a little deeper.”

Synopsis: The debut collection of poetry and prose by Australian author Neeme. A Collection of Light offers poems about love, loss, grief, depression and hope. Poetry is accompanied by the authors own illustrations.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco || Book Review

“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller || Buddy Read Discussion

Hello beautiful people!

Earlier this week, I published a buddy read discussion post on Daughter of the Pirate King with Lauren @ Narrative Paradise. Lucky for me, we both ended up enjoying the first book — so we jumped right into book two, Daughter of the Siren Queen.

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller || Buddy Read Discussion

Hello beautiful people!

Welcome to my first buddy read of 2020! Thank GOSH I knew someone else who wanted to read this novel, or I probably would’ve never picked it up. I don’t know about you lot, but this buddy read concept has REALLY helped me stay on-top of books this year!

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February 2020 || Monthly Wrap Up

Hello beautiful people!

Well then … I don’t like wishing away time … BUT THANK GOSH IT’S THE END OF FEBRUARY! I NEED SPRING!!! Seriously, I do enjoy the snow and all — but I miss green trees and the grass and flowers blooming …

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Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller || Book Review

“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen.”

Synopsis: Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.

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