From Paper to Screen: Autumn 2018

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Fanmix Friday: Six of Crows

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From Paper to Screen: Autumn 2018
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Review: Miracle Creek

Title: Miracle Creek
Author: Angie Kim
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Release Date: April 16th 2019
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
Genre(s)
: Fiction, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository

My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Miracle Creek was my final read of 2018 and I  couldn’t have chosen a better book to complete my reading challenge. The book engrosses from the very first second and unravels a beautiful but painful story.Continue reading

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Review: The Enchanted Sonata

Title: The Enchanted Sonata
Author: Heather Dixon Wallwork
Publisher: The Wallworkshop
Release Date: October 23rd 2018
Pages: 375
Source: Netgalley
Genre(s)
: Fantasy

Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: to marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!) and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve, when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells…and the future she thought she wanted.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The Enchanted Sonata is a magical retelling of The Nutcracker, with a bit of a the Pied Piper of Hamelin thrown in. I’d really recommend this as a Christmas read!Continue reading

Bookish Gift Guide

Bookish Gift Guide 2018

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time again for my annual tradition. Here is the Bookish Gift Guide 2018! Are you looking for a suitable Christmas gift for a bibliophile, but don’t want to resort to a gift card or a book they might already own? Look no further! The gift guide below contains ideas for other bookish gifts. Gifts have been categorized according to possible budgets. Clicking on the name of the shop will give you a link where you can buy the item. Happy shopping!Continue reading

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Review: How To Be Human

Title: How to Be Human
Author: Paula Cocozza
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Release Date: May 9th 2017
Pages: 288
Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary
Purchase: The Book Depository

One summer’s night, Mary comes home from a midnight ramble to find a baby lying on her back door step. Has Mary stolen the baby from next door? Has the baby’s mother, Mary’s neighbor, left her there in her acute state of post-natal depression? Or was the baby brought to Mary as a gift by the fox who is increasingly coming to dominate her life?

So opens How to Be Human, a novel set in a London suburb beset by urban foxes. On leave from work, unsettled by the proximity of her ex, and struggling with her hostile neighbors, Mary has become increasingly captivated by a magnificent fox who is always in her garden. First she sees him wink at her, then he brings her presents, and finally she invites him into her house. As the boundaries between the domestic and the wild blur, and the neighbors set out to exterminate the fox, it is unclear if Mary will save the fox, or the fox save Mary.

After months of deliberation, I have finally written my thoughts for this book down. How To be Human is an odd story, a bizarre one even. At the same time, it’s also really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve thought of the story and characters quite often since I finished reading the book in July and I think that goes to show what an impact it has had on me.Continue reading