Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo ~ Review & free read

The Witch of Duva  5 STARS!!

ebook, 32 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Tor
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A Ravkan Folk Tale ~ (The Grisha 0.5)
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There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls… or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home.

This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s debut novel, Shadow and Bone.

A dark fairy tale for grownups. Excellent.

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Read it here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/06/the-witch-of-duva-a-ravkan-folk-tale

Enjoy!  

After you’ve read it leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on this tale.

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Stolen: A Letter To My Captor by Lucy Christopher – Book Review

Stolen  5 Stars

The basic outline of this book is a girl, Gemma, is kidnapped from a Bangkok airport and taken away to the Australian desert by her captor.   This book is a letter to her captor.

I was drawn in from the very beginning.   The writing has a way of pulling you in and keeping you reading to see what will happen next and how Gemma will be saved/rescued or will she?   I do not want to write the ending here.   The whole mystery of the book to me was how does this end.   I was not disappointed.

About the Author:

Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia. She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.

Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree. Stolen explores her thoughts on the Australian desert through the story about a teenage girl who is kidnapped and taken there.

Lucy is working on another teen novel. When she is not writing, Lucy spends her time daydreaming, emailing friends and horseback riding a mare named Topaz as well as helping to run a kid’s wildlife group at Newport Wetlands.

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While The Sun Is Above Us by Melanie Schnell: A Review

While The Sun Is Above Us  5 Stars

Recommended for: everyone
Read from December 15 to 30, 2012 — I own a copy
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Book synopsis:

While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and held as a slave for eight years. Sandra, fleeing her life in Canada, travels to South Sudan as an aid worker but soon finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a violent local conflict. When chance brings Adut and Sandra together in a brief but profound moment, their lives change forever.

In captivating prose, Melanie Schnell offers imaginative insight into the lives of innocents in a land at war, rendering horrific experiences with exquisite clarity. While The Sun Is Above Us explores the immense power of the imagination, the human desire for connection, and the endurance of hope.
My Review
An amazing heart wrenching read that makes you grateful to be alive and sad for the lives that others are destined to live.

Beautifully written, a masterpiece tale of 2 women, one from Canada and one from Sudan, a Dinka, and their struggle for freedom.

I corresponded with the author to thank her for the courage and honesty in writing this piece of fiction and also to let her know that while I was engrossed with the story I was having a hard time reading it. It leaves you open, raw, needing to pause and to breathe in some air and to seek some comfort from comfortable things before journeying back to its pages. She wrote back telling me it took her 10 years to complete this novel because many times she needed to break for long periods of time before she could once again set pen to the pages that needed to be written.

Thank you Melanie Schnell for taking the time to tell a story that needs to be heard. Thank you for doing so in a way that was gentle enough that I could swallow the medicine.  This is a must read for anyone interested in knowing what war does to those who have their homeland stripped away from them and the insatiability of the human need to survive.
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Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years by Franz Douskey, Tony Consiglio: A Review

Sinatra&Me  3 Stars

Good gossipy read.  Enquiring minds like to know stuff.  It felt like I was sitting down and talking with one of the Gambino members.

Tony Consiglio was Frank Sinatra’s valet for 50 years. He was also a childhood friend of his, hanging out, being a teenage “hoodlum”, when Frank got kicked out of school.   Frank Sinatra use to call Tony Consiglio “the clam” because Tony would never talk about Frank’s experiences to anyone else.   Apparently “The clam” turned “informant” just before he died.

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