​Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody 

Synopsis 
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. 

Review

Daughter of the Burning City is a  fabulous debut Novel,  full of magic, murder, and mystery.

I always love a circus based story. There is something about the mystery  and magic that they hold that fascinates  me. Which is part of the reason why i was so fascinated by the concept of thid story. A girl without eyes who can  creates illusions that are being killed off. Place the location that travels and moves but yet at the same time seems so settled and grounded. 

Gomorrah is more of a travelling city of magicians, thieves, and sex workers as opposed to what we would consider “performers.” Would be ( e.g.  clowns, aerials) .

 Sorrina is a very down to earth protagonists. She’s hellbent on finding who has been killing her family.  She is also dealing with her own insecurities of being “a freak.” She’s a real teen girl who just wants to find love and be with her family, though they are palpable figments of her imagination. 

Luca’s character strikes an interesting balance between the stereotypical arrogant bad boy love interest with a dark past, and an actually compassionate individual.

 This is a definitely a page turner full of unique magic, dark secrets, and exciting mystery. I would definitely recommend to all my fantasy lovers, and I even think non-fantasy lovers would enjoy because of how subtle the magic is woven into the world.

The suspense was also perfect throughout the novel, The plot was so exquisitely woven. 

This is a perfect blend of magic and mystery. It is a great read and will leave  you thinking about running away to join the circus. 

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares  by Krystal Sutherland


Synopsis 
Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.

As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. 

Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.
Review 

Let me start by saying that this is a beautiful story that touches on some very serious issues. Such as depression, anxiety, and suicide. But it also encourages you to face your fears, and learning to accept help when you need it most.  Some people may find this hard to read, but it is worth it.

Can you imagen a life that is consumed by  a fear or the idea that the thing you fear the most will be what kills you? That the idea stops you from living, from discovering who you are?

That is the case gor Esther. She is as far from a normal teenage as you can get. Her life is dominated by her semi-definitive list of 50 worst nightmares and the curse on her family.  Not to mentioned that she hides behind the cloths she wears.

Then there is her twin brother who is deathly afraid of the dark, her best friend who is a ghost like mute and the boy who broke her heart. 

 A contemporary novel with fantasy elements. The story does cover a wide range of topics that are all relatable in todays society. Topics like suicide, mental health, domestic violence and addiction. There is a lot going on in this book, but it never feels overwhelming. A Teenage life is filled with conflicts with family, uncertainty about yourself and about love, challenges with making and keeping friends, and all the other layers of life. All of which are portrayed  perfectly in this story.

​Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel 

Synopsis

It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.

Review

This is the first book I have read by
Julie Israel. It is a beautifully written contemporary book.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index is a moving story about grief, romance,  friendships, forgivness and the daily rituals that get us through all of the above.

Juniper has a ritual were she writes down everything she liked or disliked about her day in her happiness index. It’s something her older sister Camilla suggested and is now a habit she can not let go of. They are now what gers her through her day and the only connection  she has to her sister  Camilla.

But when she loses one of her index cards, her world will be changed forever. It will take her on a journey of rediscovery and growth.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, touches on many issues, in particular the grieving process.
Friendship plays a large role in this book and demonstrates how important a strong and caring friendships is.
The secondary characters in this book are well developed, relatable  and introduce their own variety of issues and themes.  

Juniper Lemon, is a character filled with personality and flaws.
Her heart is most always in the right place, even when she makes questionable choices.

This is a beautiful story that will make you think about how important those in your life are.
  

​Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer 

Synopsis

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. 

Review

I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.

It’s a simple concept girl writes letters to her mother.
and leaves them at her grave.  
Someone writes back.
But it is told in a way that engrossed the reader.

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope and keep a small part of her mum with her.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross, well that is the image he presents to the world. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, where he is trying to escape the demons of his past. 

So when Declan finds and reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate.

The letters they write to each other are raw and honesty. As they expose themselves and bare their soul without fear of judgement.

Their anonymity allows them to open up to each other in ways they’d never have been able to face to face. It gives them a safe zone.

It is a beautifully written  story with well developed characters.

This is the perfect book to read when you are not sure what to read or if you are looking  for something outside your comfort zone.

​Loved (House of Night Other World #1)by P.C. Cast

Synopsis

the bestselling series has returned! Join P.C. and Kristin Cast in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the House of Night series by going on a thrilling new adventure with your beloved Nerd Herd.

It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?

Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.

With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?

When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?

Review

There back.. let’s be honest who hasn’t missed the nerd herd?

In the newest installment  P.C.Cast  and Kristin Cast take us back to the House of Night. For the ten year anniversary celebration of  Marked. (I know who is feeling old)

Zoey and the Nerd Herd must unite again to fight a threat that is ravaging the streets of Tulsa. The question is where is the threat coming from? Has Neferet returned.

All our favorites return along with a few suprise characters. You may need to have the Kleenex and ice cream ready. 

Zoe is  preparing for her 18th birthday. Her friends are scattered around but everyone’s coming back to help her celebrate but then things go horribly wrong. Full of interesting twist and turns Loved will have you guessing unroll the end.

If you love the house of night you will love loved. I can not wait to see what happens next 

Are you a bibliophile

Are you a bibliophile? For those who don’t know what a bibliophile is, it’s ok.

We love bibliophiles.

 Bibliophiles love words, and there are some words that book-lovers just need to incorporate into their lives. 

Here’s a list of words that are just too good to be real: 

There’s a word for people who read too much (a.k.a. all of us): Bibliobibuli.

Epeolatry means ‘the worship of word’. The word was supposedly coined by Oliver Wendell Holmes Senior


There’s a word for the enjoyment of the smell of old books: Bibliosmia.


Bouquinistes are booksellers who deal with second-hand books of little value. For a book-lover, even an antique book of little value is worth a lot! 


The word for someone who has read everything, or is familiar with a whole lot of literature, is omnilegent.

Verbicide, a word created by C.S. Lewis,refers to “one who distorts the sense of a word”. New favorite word. 

Incunabula means a work of art, this includes books, in it’s early stages. It also refers to any book printed before 1501. Useful!