SISTERS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Ailish Sinclair
I read this book a couple of weeks ago or so, ad I wanted to sit on it a bit to find the right words, but I’m still in awe.
This is a story about love, family, and unbreakable ties. It’s a story about home, about the power of love that connects souls beyond space and time. The emotions – innocent and hopeful, that got more intense, mature and darkened throughout the story – screamed from those pages, and I can still hear the echo.
What most fascinated me about this book was how steady the narrating voice was. The story is magical, and it absorbed me, but how consistent the voice and the tone were, blew my mind. This book got me from the first sentence. It’s a gem I’m so glad to have come across. I can’t convey here the beauty of the sentences, but they were soaked in magic.
I am convinced I lived on Scottish soil sometime in my previous lives because I can’t just randomly be so drawn to a place I never came even close to visiting. That place feels like home, and it’s so far away. And it is through books like this that my heart can get the fill it needs to keep nostalgia at bay. So, if you’re like me and you also want to allow a book to paint the most vivid and beautiful images in your mind and be transported to another place and time, please spare some time to read this book. You’ll notice its powerful magic from page one.
ACCIDENTALLY AMY by Lynn Painter
This book has an entirely different vibe from the previous book, but I was looking for something light and cozy to read. And, for some reason, I didn’t find it too cringey! It made me laugh at how silly it was, and it was a perfect fall, relaxation-type read.
I was a bit discouraged by the Goodreads reviews on it (and yes, I’ve made the mistake of checking the reviews before reading the book), but I just couldn’t find it in me to hate it, no matter the amount of cringe and absurdity it offered. Maybe if I read more books in this genre, I would be a bit more judgemental or agree with the points that classify it as bad, but I don’t, so let me live in my blissful ignorance!
Two more things: 1) it’s a bit spicey, and 2) I don’t like the cover. I’ve seen worse, but that’s the amount of cringe I can’t bear.
A LULLABY FOR WITCHES by Hester Fox
Wow!Another book that made me fall in love with the author’s writing. I loved the cover, and the title, so I set it aside to read later and then forgot about it. A couple of days ago, I was scrolling through my TBR pile and finally picked it up, and once I did, I didn’t put it down until I’d finished it. This captivating story stretches through more than a century, bringing together two women that deserve justice. They both need to fight and stand up for themselves, each with a battle of their own to win. These two women have been so wronged by the men in their lives, made to fit the mold, meet the expectations, and be picture-perfect. But their power is so much stronger. They both share an anger that comes from the same source, and they need to cross the bridge of time to help one another. The book has two POVs: one belongs to Margaret Harlow, who tells her story herself, with all the beauty, magic, power, disappointment, grief and anger. The other POV tells us about Augusta Podos, who will, a century and a half later, try to correct the past while also trying to help herself. I found it interesting how we got one POV in the first and the other in the third person because it encompasses the story well and leads towards that specific end. Without spoiling anything: I think it helped encircle Augusta’s role and character.
By the end, the story took up an unexpected twist that put me on the edge of my seat, anxious for the situation to resolve. It was suffocating and dark and scary. In conclusion, I loved this book!
THE LANGUAGE OF TATTOOS by Nick Schonberger, Oliver Munden (Illustrations)
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This aesthetically pleasing cover and, of course, the mention of tattoos grabbed my attention immediately. The Language of tattoos presents the most popular tattoo designs, going through the American, European, and Japanese tattoo traditions. The book connects art, mythology, symbolism, and tattooing, dividing 130 symbols into categories, and explaining their meanings. I was familiar with almost all the designs but didn’t know what they all meant, so I learned something new. If you are a tattoo enthusiast, give this title a look!
- Este dolor no es mío by Mark Wolynn
- The archer princess by E.P. Bali
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Such a nice selection of books.
Thank you! 😊 Have you read any of them?