[REVIEW] The Girl in the Tower

”Sasha looked at his sister. He has never thought of her as girlish, but the last trace of softness was gone. The quick brain, the strong limbs were there: fiercely, almost defiantly present, though concealed beneath her encumbering dress. She was more feminine than she had ever been, and less. Witch. The word drifted across his mind. We call such women so, because we have no other name.”

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Continuing almost immediately from where The Bear and the Nightingale left off, Vasya’s journey continues into new and dangerous situations. While TBatN was more of a flowy, magical fairy tale, The Girl in the Tower definitely takes it up a notch, focusing on plot and forward momentum. Some of the meandering lyricalness of the first book is lost, but it doesn’t detract from Vasya’s growth and her struggle with becoming a young woman in a world that doesn’t approve of the kind of woman she’d like to be. With only the slightest touch of the sophomore slump, I’m still incredibly excited to pick up the third and final volume. This continues to be one of the best historical magic series I’ve ever read.

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[T5W] March 14th, 2018

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly question about your top five ____ in any given bookish category. Check out the T5W group on GOODREADS for more details and to join in!

CHILDREN’S BOOKS TO READ AS AN ADULT

 

This one was suggested by another group member! What children’s books do you think deserve revisiting as we get older?

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FEBRUARY 2018 MINI REVIEWS

I had a terrible reading month in February. I read a total of 2 books.

2 BOOKS.

But I enjoyed both of them, so there’s that.

And to be fair, 2 books in a month isn’t the worst month I’ve ever had, especially when you consider that sometimes I’ll go a month or two without reading anything at all.

And I’ve already read a whole big, fat book for March, so maybe it’ll be a better reading month?

Who are we kidding? It’s a crap shoot with me.

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[REVIEW] A Treacherous Curse


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To investigate one murder is a curiosity. To investigate two is a habit.

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Everything is here for a fantastic Veronica Speedwell novel – professional levels of verbal sparring, humor, mysterious murders, Egyptian curses, and so much sexual tension you’ll be banging your head against the wall by the end. While this may not necessarily be the strongest mystery in the series so far, the growth of the relationship between Veronica and Stoker, and the unexpected emotional depth to their interactions, make this well worth reading, and possibly one of my favorites in the series so far.

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JANUARY 2018 MINI REVIEWS

TOMB OF THE GOLDEN BIRD // ELIZABETH PETERS

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If only history could be rewritten so that the Emerson clan could have had Tutankhamon’s tomb! This volumes was probably one of the most frustrating ones, having to watch from the sidelines as Howard Carter discovers the most famous tomb ever found.

With very little archaeology, and a weaker mystery plot, this is probably on the lower end of the scale for this series for me. (But I’m still giving it five stars because I am 100% biased in my love for these characters and this writer.)

There was almost an equal balance between Amelia’s POV and Ramses’s POV, and I do think that really helped to carry the story along. All of our old favorites are present, including my personal favorite villain with a heart of gold. I only wish we could’ve had everyone reunited in Egypt for the finale – including Evelyn, Walter, and Lia. With this being the last chronological Amelia Peabody book in the series, the end did leave me with a warm, satisfied feeling.

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