Book Quotes: Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (April 11)

I hope everyone is having a smooth Saturday!

Since Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (Wednesday Books) was released a few days ago, I decided to post some book quotes that really resonated for me while reading it.

Make sure you order your copy of both Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods. It’s a wonderful gothic fantasy!

Book Quotes:

‘I know the truth of the darkness you harbor’.

“Her grasp of…reality is questionable.”
“Speak for yourself,” Nadya muttered.

‘The gods had a twisted sense of humor to send him right back to her right when she was trying to save an abomination of a boy instead.’

‘If this is all a game to you, I don’t want any part of it.’
“Yes,” he said sharply. “Because I’m nothing but a monster. It’s what I always will be.”

“Please don’t make me want to toss you over the edge more than I already do.”
He glanced down dubiously. “Oh, I’d survive that.”
“Pity.”

“She…cares,” he finally said.
“Not enough to help me keep my throne.”

I hope everyone has a calm weekend!

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‘Ruthless Gods’ by Emily A. Duncan/OwlCrate edition

Happy book birthday to ‘Ruthless Gods’ by Emily A. Duncan!

I read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley a few months ago, and I was so glad that I received one (thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the digital ARC)! My review for Ruthless Gods can be found here!

When OwlCrate put out a notice that an exclusive edition was being released, I immediately purchased one. I couldn’t wait to own a copy of the sequel to the ‘Something Dark and Holy’ series!

After patiently waiting, the book finally arrived! It also came with some interesting treats that I can’t wait to share with you!

This pin looks so lovely!
This book looks so stunning!
Such gorgeous artwork inside the cover jacket!

Thank you OwlCrate for this wonderful special edition of ‘Ruthless Gods’!

Friday Reads (and talks with loved ones): April 3

This week I’m reading ‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert. So far I’m really liking it. I didn’t expect for the book to be so humorous! The chemistry between Chloe and her family (most especially the handyman) is very vibrant!

Throughout all the craziness of working remotely, and establishing a new work/life routine while we all handle isolation, I’m trying to remind myself to stay calm. I’ve learned to maintain watching news coverage at a minimum–about 45 minutes tops. Anything above that and I get depressed, and very stressed out. I check in on friends and family regularly, and pray that they stay safe and healthy.

I came across this poster on Google, and I wanted to share it with you all:

Hopefully those better days will come soon!

WWW Wednesday: April 1

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

I purchased all of these books through Book of the Month! I love being part of this subscription service!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
So far I’m enjoying the dialogue between Chloe and her family! The relationship between Chloe and the handyman gets off on rough ground…it’s going to be fun to find out how their link progresses!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
I really enjoyed this story about a woman learning how to start over after the loss of a loved one. This book was equal parts emotional and lighthearted!

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I’m glad that this book chosen for the Literally Dead Book Club! A thriller set in New York City…I’m all in!


‘The Two Lives of Lydia Bird’ by Josie Silver/A Review

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Length: 369 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover (purchased through Book of the Month)
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Synopsis:
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.

But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

My Thoughts:
When Josie Silver’s new book The Two Lives of Lydia Bird became available for purchase, I immediately picked it up! I loved reading her debut novel One Day in December, and I was ready to enjoy another tale revolving around friendship and romance while enduring life experiences!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird begins with loss–Lydia Bird is struggling to live without her fiance Freddie Hunter, who was killed in a car accident. One evening, Lydia discovers that she can enter a world in which Freddie still exists. The story then takes us through Lydia’s life as she lives between these two worlds. The grieving process of losing a loved on can be extremely difficult and painful, yet Lydia’s grieving is placed on pause as she continues (in a sense) to have a life with Freddie. Both worlds are vastly different, and Lydia struggles to gain a sense of who she is as an individual throughout the experience.

Lydia is also struggling to repair her friendship with Jonah Jones. Jonah is both Lydia’s lifelong friend and Freddie’s closest companion. Since Jonah was with Freddie at the time of his death, he is also enduring his own grief as he continues life without him. Both Lydia and Freddie are also grieving the loss of the bond they shared throughout their lives. They make attempts to repair the bond they previously shared, yet the personal tie to Freddie makes things doubly complicated!

There is also a delightful cast of characters in this story, as Lydia’s family and co-workers ensure that she is not alone while navigating the grieving process. There are some unexpected turns in this tale, and Lydia faces some difficult lessons while learning to discover what she truly wants for herself!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a wonderful story of a woman seeking to find her true self while navigating the stages of grief. It is a great depiction of Lydia’s desire of wanting her fiance to be remembered, while rediscovering the meaning of life. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5/5 Stars



February 2020 TBR

While my life continues to bring chaos, reading has always brought peace to my soul. I have many books that wait for me to pick up and enjoy, and I’m determined to have my steady companions by my side through the storm (along with my husband Andy. I don’t know what I would do without him)!

Here are the books in my February TBR:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere is the February selection at my local library’s book club. I’ve heard so many great things about this one!

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge
Honeybees and Frenemies is an adorable Middle Grade tale that I acquired from NetGalley a while back! Since I want to catch up with all my current reads, I want to take this one on!

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
I remember watching the TV series on ABC a long time ago! I tried reading the book right afterward, but I was surprised how different it was from the film, so I put it down. Fast forward to December 2019, when I discovered the book again at an antique shop in Phillipsburg. I snatched it up right away. I’m not making that mistake of putting it down again!

These are my books for this month! What are you planning on reading for February?