Welcome All Book Lovers

Welcome All Book Lovers

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

 


Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in Shelley Parker-Chan's She Who Became the Sun, a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy.

To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything


“I refuse to be nothing…”

In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…

In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.

When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother's identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.

After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother's abandoned greatness.
 

MY REVIEW: 4.5 Stars ⭐️ 

I loved the main character, Zhu! She does whatever she has to do, disguising herself as her brother, to survive and make her claim to fame so to speak. (Turns out the seerer was correct, read the book) 

There are other wonderful characters in the book, even the villains are fleshed out nicely. And everyone in the the book has some kind of underlying issues. 

Some would say Zhu is a villain of sorts but she just does whatever she has to in this world and to me, I just can’t not like her! 

There are battles, I mean obviously. I would just recommend reading this book so you can meet some great characters for yourself. You just might find your next gem! 
 
*I would like to thank Tor for offering me to read this book through, Netgalley. I’ve never been offered to read a book from Tor so I greatly appreciate it and that you to Netgalley. 

Mel 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

 


Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission--and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian--while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
 


MY REVIEW: 5 Stars ⭐️ 

I loved the Martian, loved Artemis but Project Hail Mary was everything! 

The book starts out with some cray and you don’t want to put it down because you want to know what to know what the hell is going on!! 

The story goes back and forth from the present to the past and how it all came to be. 

My favorite part was when Rocky came onto the scene. I love him so much and if you read the book and don’t love him, there is something wrong with you. 

The book has plenty of science, humor, edge of your seat moments, friendship, the fight for survival, and some wonderful bittersweet crying moments. All of that could just be me. Kudos Mr. Weir for adding another favorite book to my list! 

**Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a copy of this book. 

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

 


Debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange. 

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. 

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation. 

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. 

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known

MY REVIEW: 4 Stars ⭐️ 

There needs to be more Native American authors and books!! We need them in High Fantasy and Young Adult! This one is another crime type book and I would like to see the native people in fantasy and all other rolls. That being said, this was still a wonder debut novel by the author. 

The strength of the main character, Daunis, is fantastic! There are a lot of hard and sad things she has to go through. I found the family and side characters great too! 

* Thank you to Netgalley and MacMillian for a digital copy of this book? 

December Owlcrate Unboxing

 It's time for the Owlcrate December Unboxing. We got the same book as Fairyloot and we are getting the same books from both companies in January. I'm fine with it as long as they look different and I love the actually store. Lol

 

1. First we have some awesome leg warmers!

 

 

2. Next we have a 300 piece jigsaw puzzle from An Ember In The Ashes 

 


3. We have a Fiction Bath Company hand cream inspired by Of Fire and Stars 


 4. We have a Wrath and the Dawn inspired wooden ornament 

 


 5. We have a cute little rolling pin for baking cookies with little designs on it inspired by Spinning Silver

 


  6. We have the BOTM enamel pin 

 


 And finally, the book. We have a lovely art piece under the dust jacket and hardback embossed cover is gorgeous!

 


 

Happy Reading! Merry Christmas!

Mel 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Wider Than The Sky by Katherine Rothschild

 

In the wake of sudden tragedy, twin sisters uncover a secret that rips open their world. Katherine Rothschild explores the pain and power of forgiveness in a stunning debut novel that will shatter your heart and piece it back together, one truth at a time. 

Sixteen-year-old Sabine Braxton doesn’t have much in common with her identical twin, Blythe. When their father dies from an unexpected illness, each copes with the loss in her own way—Sabine by “poeting” (an uncontrollable quirk of bursting into poetry at inappropriate moments) and Blythe by obsessing over getting into MIT, their father’s alma mater. Neither can offer each other much support . . . at least not until their emotionally detached mother moves them into a ramshackle Bay Area mansion owned by a stranger named Charlie.

Soon, the sisters unite in a mission to figure out who Charlie is and why he seems to know everything about them. They quickly make a life-changing discovery: their father died of an HIV- related infection, Charlie was his lover, and their mother knows the whole story. The revelation unravels Sabine’s world, while practical Blythe seems to take everything in stride. Once again at odds with her sister, Sabine chooses to learn all she can about the father she never knew. Ultimately, she must decide if she can embrace his last wish for their family legacy—along with forgiveness.


MY REVIEW: 1 Star ⭐️ 

I just couldn’t really get into the book. I love the cover but I don’t remember requesting this book as it’s not a book I would be interested in reading. 

I’m sure many will love it and that’s awesome! So give it a try. 

* Thank you to Netgalley and SOHO TEEN for a digital copy of this book. 

Mel 

Black Widows by Cate Quinn

 


Blake's dead. They say his wife killed him. If so... which one?

Polygamist Blake Nelson built a homestead on a hidden stretch of land—a raw paradise in the wilds of Utah—where he lived with his three wives:

Rachel, the first wife, obedient and doting to a fault, with a past she'd prefer to keep quiet.
Tina, the rebel wife, everything Rachel isn't, straight from rehab and the Vegas strip.
And Emily, the young wife, naïve and scared, estranged from her Catholic family.

The only thing that they had in common was Blake. Until all three are accused of his murder.

When Blake is found dead under the desert sun, all three wives become suspect—not only to the police, but to each other. As the investigation draws them closer, each wife must decide who can be trusted. With stories surfacing of a notorious cult tucked away in the hills, whispers flying about a fourth wife, and evidence that can't quite explain what had been keeping Blake busy, the three widows face a reckoning that might shatter all they know to be true.

MY REVIEW: 3 Stars ⭐️ 

I absolutely love the cover, it and the synopsis is what drew me in! Unfortunately, I didn’t love the book as much as I would have hoped and I skimmed a bit of the book. 

I loved the beginning but it did start to lag a bit for me. I loved the ending, hence the 3 stars as it wasn’t a bad book. 

*Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for a digital copy of this book. 

Mel 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

 

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.

In the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world.” She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone.

It started with an itch—first on her feet, then up her legs, like a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia, with a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like that, the life she had imagined for herself had gone up in flames. By the time Jaouad flew home to New York, she had lost her job, her apartment, and her independence. She would spend much of the next four years in a hospital bed, fighting for her life and chronicling the saga in a column for The New York Times.

When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer ward—after three and a half years of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant—she was, according to the doctors, cured. But as she would soon learn, a cure is not where the work of healing ends; it’s where it begins. She had spent the past 1,500 days in desperate pursuit of one goal—to survive. And now that she’d done so, she realized that she had no idea how to live.

How would she reenter the world and live again? How could she reclaim what had been lost? Jaouad embarked—with her new best friend, Oscar, a scruffy terrier mutt—on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road trip across the country. She set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital: a teenage girl in Florida also recovering from cancer; a teacher in California grieving the death of her son; a death-row inmate in Texas who’d spent his own years confined to a room. What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porous, that the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

MY REVIEW: 5 Stars ⭐️ ALL THE STARS ACTUALLY 

I when I first saw this book on Netgalley, I thought, yes I need to read about someone who understands. Then I thought, oh no, this is going to bring on my panic thinking about all I went through in cancer treatment both mentally and physically. We both had two different kinds of cancer. We both had chemo, I had external and internal radiation, she had a bone marrow transplant. These are all traumatic and scary. 

This book made me cry and made me happy. I wish I had the strength of this woman! Ten times over I must say!! The cabin and road trips and people, I want all of that  I hope I can become strong like her someday  I have to push on that mental illness as well. 

I don’t want to say too much more, but you can damn sure believe I’ve just pre-ordered the hardback. 

*Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a digital copy of this book! 

Mel