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Season of the Witch (Book Review)

Now this book was a little gem I found a few years ago on the clearance shelf at Half Price Books. Since then it has become my favorite book and I have re-read it many times. There are so many highlighted and underlined things in my copy and honestly, I find something new every time.

Here’s a description of the book:

“In her award-winning novel*, Natasha Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller. Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to ‘slam a ride’ through the minds of others. But he uses his gift only reluctantly – until he is asked to find a young man last seen months earlier at Monk House, in the company of two mysterious women. Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he suspects that one of them is a killer. But which one? And what is the secret they are so determined to protect”

It sounds like a lot but it really isn’t. Once you read the book, everything falls into place. The writing is so beautiful that it’s almost like poetry at some points, and no matter how many times I’ve read it; I’m still fascinated.

While Gabriel is a complex and compelling character on his own. The Monk sisters are by far my favorite aspect of the book. Morrighan & Minnaloushe Monk are two beautiful, intelligent, and powerful women. Even though I already used the word ‘compelling’ but it’s truly the best way to describe the two of them. Minnaloushe is the softer one of the sisters and Morrighan is a powerhouse. Both compliment each other in different ways but at the same time, they couldn’t be any more different. I identify with aspects of the both of them. I think just about anyone could.

There is so much I wanna say, but this is a spoiler free review of the book. I fell in love with it and I am still in love with it. The twists keep you reeling and the secret the Monk sisters are trying to protect comes as a shocking surprise. Something completely surreal and ultimately beautiful; if not a little frightening.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

A. Rose

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Finding the Fountain of Youth- Book Review

Finding the Fountain of Youth by C. A. King

Finding the Fountain of Youth by C.A. King is a fun and exciting tale of mermaids and mythical legends. A young outsider named Nadine slowly finds her place in the world by embarking on an unlikely quest to save it. C. A. King does well at tell the story with efficiency while keeping it light-hearted and funny. I would love some more backstory on Nadine, the mermaids, Merliance, and Pandora but other than that, I had fun reading this book. I am excited to check out the rest of the series as well, I have become a little attached to Nadine and her journey. I also really liked the diversity in this book and the strong female characters, so bonus points for that.

 

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Tainted Waters- Book Review

Tainted Waters by Lucretia Stanhope

 

Tainted Waters is a captivating tale of a girl named Alice and everything she never knew about herself. I enjoyed that this book jumped right into the action and stayed there from start to finish. Decker being a dislikable but likable ally was one of my favorite parts. I love a semi-villain. Lucretia Stanhope does a good job of making you feel what Alice feels in those tense moments that you find often throughout Tainted Waters. I would love to know more about how she came to be and her origin story. I recommend this book if you prefer intense action rather than intense world building. It was a fun book to read.

 

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The Unity Game- Book Review

The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

 

This book was beautiful and captivating. It took me on a journey that I was not even aware that I wanted to go on. It made me questions things and even question stuff about my own existence. Leonora Meriel does a wonderful job of making a reader think and wonder. So many different parts that all fall together in ways that you did not expect them to.  It has been a while since I have read such a gripping story that involves so many beautiful things.

Home Planet, Earth, the In-between; all masterfully described and designed. So much so that I found myself identifying with beings that are not even of this world. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, I would be crazy not to. Leonora Meriel should be proud, this was a marvelous interstellar mystery.

 

 

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Mannethorn’s Key- Book Review

Mannethorn’s Key by Simon Lindley

 

I really enjoyed this book! The story itself was so captivating that I just needed to keep reading to find out what was going on. I enjoy a story of an unlikely hero in a different world. Bart was not the hero I expected and to be honest he still isn’t. While he doesn’t start or end as a likable guy, I enjoyed him as a protagonist. As for Algarth, he was quite the unlikely villain. While he meant to do what was best for everyone, he ended up being entirely selfish. This was not the way I saw this story going.

Mannethorn’s Key starts out with a rather epic battle and then leads you on a journey with so many different pieces. Simon Lindley is quite the master of detail and I enjoyed being able to really see the world that he wanted to immerse me in. I also loved the comedy within the book, nothing makes me enjoy a book more than one that makes me physically laugh. The crescendo to the ending of Mannethorn’s Key left me on the edge of my seat and I am really looking forward to reading the next book! I definitely recommend this book to lovers of wizards, magic, dragons, and just a damn good story.

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Shadow Over Avalon- Book Review

Shadow Over Avalon by C. N. Lesley

 

Shadow Over Avalon had everything that I look for when I read a fantasy novel. There were so many layers to this story that I had a hard time pulling myself away from it. Without giving too much away, the story of Arthur and Shadow really drove this book. Watching how the timelines of these two unraveled is really what captivated me. Not to mention the world of Avalon itself was marvelous.

This book builds a world without being too into the world itself. You can see yourself in Avalon with its people, as well as with the Terrans on the surface. Shadow Over Avalon is incredibly detailed without there being too much fluff. I would say this is one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a long time. The ever-looming presence of The Archive gives you the feeling that there is much more to the story than is written. I highly recommend this book and honestly cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

A. Rose