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Blogtober

Blogtober Day 1: October TBR

This month I am taking part in several excellent challenges, and the Hocus Pocus readathon starting today! My TBR starts with the books I will be including in the Hocus Pocus readathon, as well as Hunting Prince Dracula, which may or may not end up qualifying for one of the readathon prompts. Practical Magic by […]

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Fairy Tale Retellings: A List

Hello fellow bookworms! This post will be exactly what the title says: a list of some of the fairy tale retellings that are out there that I whole-heartedly recommend! My All Time Favorites “I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a […]

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Reviews

Circe by Madeline Miller: Review

“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform […]

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Series Reviews

The Fairy Tale Enchantress: Series Thus Far

The Fairy Tale Enchantress series, as I’ve mentioned before in my posts about Curse of Magic and KM Shea, is the third series set in Shea’s fairytale world. The third book, Reign of Magic, is set for release next month and it’s safe to say I’m excited! I fully plan to do a full review […]

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Quarter Updates

Deerbrook 3/4 Update

The rising action that I could see emerging previously has come to a head! There was actually a very dramatic chapter in which there was stone throwing, lots of arguing, and a burned effigy… There are now two major conflicts in the plot: Hope’s romantic feelings, and Enderby’s. Much of the novel has been concerned […]

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Series Reviews

The House of Night series, by PC and Kristin Cast

“House of Night is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy series. The books follow 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and move into the House of Night, a boarding […]

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Quarter Updates

2/4 Update: Deerbrook

I actually started reading Deerbrook last summer, and left it behind in pursuit of quicker reads while I was busy at an excavation. It’s taken me a while to get back into reading it, but I’m so glad I did! Deerbrook focuses on the lives of Hester and Margaret following Hester’s marriage to Edward Hope. […]

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Quarter Updates

3/4 Update: Atlantis

This book started out so promising… Now, it’s not a jaunty archaeological adventure through the city of Atlantis (excuse me, I have a Disney movie to watch). It’s somehow a thriller political novel? There aren’t any spies, but there’s Kazakh gangsters who’ve created a sanctuary for terrorists and are using that to…pillage museums and ancient […]

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Atmospheric Settings

“I became conscious…of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.” – Dracula What is the atmosphere? The atmosphere of a book is the mood, the setting, and the emotions that the author invokes. The above example […]

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Saturday Wrap Ups

Saturday Morning Wrap-Up, 24/8

Overview This week has been a fun one! Since I launched this blog, I’ve really enjoyed getting into all of the book blogger circles of twitter, tumblr, and Instagram. I’ve gotten some warm welcomes, and I’m very excited to get to know everybody a lot better!  What am I reading? At the moment I have […]