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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Month In Review - April 2016

 

Happy May, Book Babes!


To start off the new month here's a recap of LAST month. It was crazy town.


A Beautiful Face - We saw our baby's wee little face for the first time on Ultrasound. To say it was an extraordinary moment is a vast understatement. We already knew via blood testing what the gender of our babe was, but it was confirmed: BOY!


A New Chapter - We bought a house. Moving in was both an incredible pleasure and an absolute nightmare. Neither Big Guy or I like moving. We love TRAVELING but packing up the boxes, and the books (so many books), and the furniture is a lesson on short tempers and ouchies (do you know how many bruises I have?!)

 
An Accomplishment - I finished the first draft of my Middle Grade novel. My first ever fully completed draft, ready to be edited.


A Visit: One of my very close friends flew over 1,000 miles to visit me for 2 weeks! Since moving to a new place, it's been rough finding new friends. Especially considering that there are ZERO bookclubs or writing groups here that even INCLUDE MG/YA/ or Fantasy. *dramatic sigh* Where am I going to find my geek people?


Anyway - I got a LOT of reading done this month and I'm really happy to be somewhat caught up. The blog's been clipping along at a steady pace too, which makes me giddy with joy! As always, I'm tremendously grateful to my readers (that's you, btw) who make this worthwhile. LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK, BIBLIONERDS! 




Reviews Posted in April

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2016 Challenge Updates



100 Books in a Year
25/100 books
 
http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/2015/12/retelling-challenge-2016-sign-up-post.html
Evil Queen - 10-15 Books
4/15 books
 
New Release Challenge 2016 - (un)Conventional Bookviews
New Release Newbie 1-15

1/15 books
 
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2/11 books
 
 
http://www.fallingforya.com/2015/12/2016-netgalley-edelweiss-reading.html

Silver - 25 books

3/25 books
 
 
Brave Reader: 6-10 books
8/10 books
 
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Challenge: To read a minimum of 1 book per month you already own. 

4/12 books
 
 
2016 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge 
Maiden: 6-10 Witchy Books!

7/10 books
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: "When My Heart Was Wicked" by Tricia Sterling


Happy Thursday, Sunflowers!


It's been quite a week and I've been loving my time spent with a very good friend who is both reading/writing obsessed. It's been an adventure through the ordinary AND extraordinary. I'm happy happy happy that she has one more week left to stay with us before traveling her 1,000 miles back to her own home. (Too far, says I.)

To celebrate Thursday, here's a review!  *confetti*


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Title: When My Heart Was Wicked
Author: Tricia Stirling
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: February 24, 2015
Pages: 192

Synopsis:

"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.

But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."

16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.

Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.

But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?

 

                
Very surprising read. Was not expecting it to be as dark or fascinating as it was. Read it in one sitting and highly recommend it. Uplifting ending, despite everything.

Lots to talk about regarding what's actually happening to Lacy, what she's dealing with and how she's growing. Fantastic discussion book. Quite a few people seemed to dislike it for its handling of grittier topics and even a few cited cultural appropriation regarding the mentioning of Native peoples in connection to magic. I personally think this "cultural appropriation" is a bit of a stretch, mostly because I don't believe (at least I can't remember, so feel free to remind me) that it was ever specifically stated what heritage Lacy and her family was. I assumed because of several references to ancient cultures and stories she'd heard throughout her childhood that Lacy's maternal family was more than likely Native themselves.

I do think that the author made a point to create a stark contrast between Lacy and, say, Olive who sported a Taino tattoo because it was "cool" and didn't really understand its meanings or the people it belonged to.

As for the magic - I feel like this was a metaphor. Not, exactly, in the book. I think that the magic happening in the book was meant to be very real, but I believe the author was utilizing the magical elements to help make some points about what was going on and how Lacy was struggling. Lots of Light/Dark and Innocence/Depravity all fighting against each other. I think there were several very poignant points made, and in only such a few pages (under 200).

This book certainly won't be for everyone, but I honestly think it's a shame that there are several people reading the 1 star reviews and then removing the book from their TBR list without trying it out for themselves. Again, this would be a great group discussion book.

Trigger Warning: Abuse, attempted rape, self harm, mental illness

 

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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.

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