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Waiting on Wednesday – October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Light Between Worlds

From Goodreads:

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Now, Ev spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Instantly thought of Chronicles of Narnia and I love that series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I decided to post the first five books based upon actual length. However, the last five novels are books that felt like they took me forever to finish.

1. A Game of Thrones series, George R. R. Martin

2. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

3. Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien

4. The Kinsman Chronicles, Jill Williamson

5.  The Holy Bible

6. House of Jaguar, Mike Bond

7. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Kate Summerscale

8. Dance of Thieves, Mary E. Pearson

9. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

10. The Zookeeper’s Wife, Diane Ackerman

Book Reviews

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch

Title: Sea Witch
Author: Sarah Henning
Rating: ★★★★

Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

As you have probably already guessed, this is a retelling of The Little Mermaid from the perspective of Ursula (aka Evie). So, of course, I’m going to be a little skeptical going into the novel since The Little Mermaid was such a big part of every 90’s child’s life. But, this was actually a prequel to The Little Mermaid and was solely focused on the evolution of Ursula, which was a nice change being able to see the villain’s perspective. I think we sometimes seem to forget the depth of the villains because we are only shown their surface. This just made me see the potential for so many other novels to focus on our favorite (or not so favorite) Disney villains (or any others for that matter).

The novel kept the reader engaged, wanting more romance (What?! Who said that?! Not me!), and feeling ashamed of all of the hate we once gave this loyal villain.

One last thing…the cover is b-e-a-utiful! And is actually a large reason why I was so attracted to reading this novel aside from the plot. 

Bad things follow her. Black death. Minnows…

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Book Reviews

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

Title: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
Author: Stacy King
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Edgar Allan Poe’s stories have always been classics and I think most people have enjoyed them overall. With Stacy King writing these mangas, this is sure not to disappoint!

Probably what I love best about Stacy King’s writing is that the reader can really feel the emotion of the characters whether it be fear, anger, or even happiness. The reader feels like they truly understand the characters, not just that s/he is a bystander in the story.

I really did enjoy this manga, however, I felt a little disconnect for whatever reason…possibly that all of the stories are dark. It’s also possibly I struggled because there was a lot of description, and if anyone knows me, I get sidetracked then. My favorite story was the last one of the manga, which I also think happens to be the longest. One more Manga Classic left after this one :/

 

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WWW Wednesday – October 3, 2018

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you just finish reading? What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

Consumed

I am currently reading Consumed by J.R. Ward and I am really enjoying it so far!

Just Finished:

I recently finished reading The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear and Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King.

Reading Next:

Next, I will be reading Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Stacy King and Select by Marit Weisenberg.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!