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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

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Review: Lightness (La Légèreté)

Title: Lightness (La Légèreté)
Author
: Catherine Meurisse
Publisher: Europe Comics
Release Date: June 20th 2018
Pages: 136
Genre(s): Graphic novel, Nonfiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

In the aftermath of the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices on January 7, 2015, cartoonist Catherine Meurisse struggles with the trauma of losing her friends and looks for a way to move forward with her life and her art. She soon enters a dissociative state where she loses her memories, especially those associated with esthetic experiences. This leads her on a quest to seek beauty and lightness in the world around her with the help of guiding lights including Proust, Stendhal, Baudelaire, and two provocative graffiti artists. Throughout the book, Meurisse uses her limber cartooning and dynamic writing to weave a tapestry raw emotion of philosophical reflection all laced with a dark strain of wry humor.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Lightness (Original: La Légèreté) is a graphic novel written and drawn by Catherine Meurisse, one of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who survived the terrorist attack in 2015.Continue reading

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Review: The Art of French Kissing

Title: The Art of French Kissing
Author
: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 5th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Young Adult, contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute and quick read with the added bonus of a cooking competition, even if the protagonist bothered me.Continue reading

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Review: We Begin Our Ascent

Title: We Begin Our Ascent
Author
: Joe Mungo Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 19th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Sol and Liz are a couple on the cusp. He’s a professional cyclist in the Tour de France, a workhorse but not yet a star. She’s a geneticist on the brink of a major discovery, either that or a loss of funding. They’ve just welcomed their first child into the world, and their bright future lies just before them—if only they can reach out and grab it.

But as Liz’s research slows, as Sol starts doping, their dreams grow murkier and the risks graver. Over the whirlwind course of the Tour, they enter the orbit of an extraordinary cast of conmen and aspirants, who draw the young family ineluctably into the depths of an illegal drug smuggling operation. As Liz and Sol flounder to discern right from wrong, up from down, they are forced to decide: What is it we’re striving for? And what is it worth?

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. As the daughter of an avid lover of cycling, I’ve grown up with bicycles and live broadcasts of professional cycling competitions like the Tour de France. In recent years I have really grown to love the sport on a deeper level. This is the main reason why I decided to pick up We Begin Our Ascent, the other being that I was really curious how the author would tackle the controversial topic of doping.  I can safely say that the book has exceeded my expectations as it provides a beautifully written, nuanced account of the world of professional cycling and everything that surrounds it.Continue reading

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Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women are some kind of magic #2)
Author
: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Pages: 208
Genre(s): Poetry
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I read Lovelace’s first poetry collection just a few months ago and its rawness and honesty really resonated with me. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One definitely has these qualities too. It’s a brutally honest collection of feminist poetry that conveys all the messages that the world needs (but often doesn’t want) to hear. Continue reading