Waiting on Wednesday: June 3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This post spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This Week’s Post

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 22, 2020

I was so thankful to receive a NetGalley arc of The Silvered Serpents a few months ago! It has everything I love about the eccentric group I first got to know in The Gilded Wolves. All that I will say is this: Prepare for a story of surprises!

Synopsis

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

What do you think about The Silvered Serpents? Do you think this will be on your TBR? Feel free to share!

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Book Blogger Hop: Sites I Visit

The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.

This Week’s Question

29th – June 4th – What social media sites do you visit? Please leave your links so we can follow. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Favorite Sites

Of course, I post about bookish content here on my blog, Woven From Words!

I also visit Instagram frequently! It’s one of my go-to pages for new reads and bookish posts. My link:
@wovenfromwords

I also visit my Goodreads page to keep track of my books!

When I write poetry, I post on my poetry blog, Poetic Threading
I’m also a member of iaPOETRY (International Academy of Poetry Therapy)

What social media sites do you like to visit? Feel free to share!

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Goodreads Monday: May 25

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

I received this on my Kindle a while ago, but since I let too many things occupy my mind, I never got around to reading it! I hope to get to reading this moving story soon!

Synopsis

13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

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Book Blogger Hop: May 25

The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.

This week’s question

If you own an eBook, would you also purchase a print copy as well? (submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews)

If I have an eARC that I really enjoyed, I would definitely buy a print copy! I would do whatever I can to support the author.

How about you? Would you purchase a print copy if you enjoyed your ebook version? Feel free to share!


The Groundhog Day Book Tag

I came across this tag through Emer A Little Haze Book Blog! This tag was originally created by Nina Testa on YouTube.

Many people gather for groundhog day but you don’t understand why……What is a book everyone gathers around hyping, but you don’t understand why?
Serpent and Dove‘. Just not interested!

The famous groundhog predicts the weather….. A book you find predictable?
Home for Christmas‘ by Catherine Lanigan. It was a cute story, but very predictable!

Phil the Groundhog is said to never die and have the power to predict weather….. A book dealing with a mythological creature
The Hobbit‘ by J.R.R. Tolkien. I love that story!

In the movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray relives the same day several times…….A book dealing with living a day over and over or time travel?
‘Time After Time’ by Lisa Grunwald. Great historical fiction, with a supernatural twist!

Punxsutawney Phil is from a tiny town in Pennsylvania….A book based in a small town?
‘Beach Read‘, set in a small town in Michigan!

If you would also like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

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Bookish Friday: May 8

Bookish Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Laurie Reads and Niffler Reads. The prompts for February to May can be found here.

This Week’s Theme: Middle Grade Covers

Here are some Middle Grade covers that I enjoy:

The Whispers by Greg Howard

Witnessing the connection between a child and his pet is so heartwarming.The etheral glow in the forest is equally stunning. Along with the lovely plot, these factors made me pick up ‘The Whispers’ a couple months ago!

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

I read this story a few years ago and fell absolutely in love with it! A young girl discovers friendship and trust after her mother returns to the quite community of her youth, in order to protect her family’s secret.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I enjoy the black/white/red color scheme of Victoria Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series! I’m eagerly anticipating the third installment of Cassidy’s story (it’s supposed to come out in October…hopefully this still holds true)!

What are some Middle Grade book covers that you love? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Reads: May 8

I’m currently reading two books:

A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future by Kylie Cheung

A huge thank you to Edelweiss and North Atlantic Books for providing me this digital copy! Kylie Cheung shares her experiences as a feminist at the forefront of the Fourth Wave. She brings to light the strong presence social media possesses to promote women’s issues, as well as the hurtful effects of mysogyny and miscommunication.

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for this digital copy! Rea Frey’s third novel centers on a young widow searching for her son after he mysteriously vanishes. The fact that this person is also suffering from a degenerative eye condition makes things even more interesting!

What reads do you have today? Feel free to share below!

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Waiting on Wednesday: May 6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This post spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

This Week’s Post:

The Mall by Megan McCafferty
Since I love 90s nostalgia, I can’t wait for this novel to come out! Reading the synopsis brought back high school memories!

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty returns to her roots with this YA coming of age story set in a New Jersey mall.

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Set entirely in a classic “monument to consumerism,” the novel follows Cassie as she finds friendship, love, and ultimately herself, in the most unexpected of places. Megan McCafferty, beloved New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series, takes readers on an epic trip back in time to The Mall.

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Book Review: ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: McElderry Books
Length: 453 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
Acquired through OwlCrate
Release Date: June 4, 2019

My Thoughts

What initially drew me to ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ was the allure of libraries. Also, a female main character whose passion to solve conflicts revolved around the knowledge of the library she loves. After reading the story, I was left asking more questions, but mainly out of disappointment!

‘Sorcery of Thorns’ tells the tale of Elisabeth Scrivener, an orphan training to become a warden at a Library where books are held more for their dangerous capabilities than their knowledge. Elisabeth becomes a suspect in a sabotage scheme, and she is forced to turn to Nathaniel Thorn, a sorcerer and his demonic servant (sworn enemies to wardens) for assistance.

The world of Austermeer (and its Great Libraries) was beautiful. I enjoyed reading about a kingdom governed by sorcerers, with Wardens protecting sacred grimoires. I really appreciated that Elisabeth used her knowledge of books (grimoires) to guide their way during their quest. She uses compassion and patience to handle the grimoires with respect, which is normally not how they’re used in Scrivener’s world. Even Nathaniel isn’t used to such respect, yet he is on his own personal journey that he must overcome. Their banter throughout the novel is lighthearted, even during their adversarial moments. Although a warden’s apprentice and a sorcerer are the most unlikely travel companions, they learn to understand each other’s motives as they delve further into the journey.

What I didn’t appreciate was that I felt that Elisabeth’s story lacked some character development. Throughout the book, Elisabeth was built up to be a character that was very unique: an orphan with a strong communication and kinship toward grimoires. She also possesses certain abilities that stun the strongest demons surrounding her. I sensed that Elisabeth’s roots would be revealed as the book came into a conclusion, but it didn’t happen. Elisabeth endured many hardships as she fought to clear her name, and she needed to rely on some quick thinking in many scenes in the book. I was just surprised that her lineage story lacked some pieces.

While the side characters’ actions were enjoyable to read (I think Katrien and Silas were my favorite characters in the book), I felt like the book could have done more to show Elisabeth’s abilities. Even though I was disappointed, I still appreciated reading this engaging fantasy tale. I would recommend this novel for those who enjoy reading about libraries, magical books, and the people who are in love with them!



Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Synopsis

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Have you read Sorcery of Thorns? If so, what did you think? Feel free to share!

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Goodreads Monday: April 27

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This Week’s Post:

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Synopsis

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Why I Want To Read It:
Pure and simple, it sounds like an amazing story! I can’t wait to dive in and read the emotional accounts!



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