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Soul of the Crow: #bookreview

Soul of the Crow (Reapers of Veltuur, #1)
Soul of the Crow

In Soul of the Crow: Reapers of Veltuur by Jessaca Willis, the King of Oakfall requests that a reaper execute his own daughter, Gem. It is easy to imagine that the underworld in the book is the stuff of nightmares. I picture it as something similar to the underworld of Greek mythology – everything is on fire, darkness for eternity, and creepy trees.

The Prince of Oakfall, Acari, finds out about the his father’s plan to murder Gem. So he takes Gem on the run in order to keep her safe.

The reaper, Sinisa, is not pleased with having the execution thwarted. She sees the execution as business. Sinisa wants to do this one last contract and move on to the next level.

Somewhere while on the run, Acari and Sinisa become friends. Initially, she was going to befriend him and then complete her contract. The contract and the friendship would be done.

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The crow is interesting. I thought that the crow was Sinisa’s familiar. However, it seems to always be angry with Sinisa and not especially helpful. You will find out why the crow doesn’t like her. It’s a pretty good twist.

If you are interested in beings besides human beings and adventure, then you might enjoy this book. I’m ready for the second volume -book two on Amazon.

If you have a fear of birds, then you might not be crazy about this book. Or you could face your fear head on and read about a grumpy crow. FYI: Fear of birds is also called Ornithophobia.

*I was asked to read this book by the author. She did send me the ebook but I bought it anyway. There were many errors on my part. Everything is fine now.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead List. Part 11

Goodreads

  1. Heart of the Matter.
  2. Heavy Tales.
  3. The Help. Definitely worth reading. Is it better than the movie? I haven’t seen the movie. I do love Viola Davis.
  4. Her Dear & Loving Husband.
  5. Here on Earth. I liked the book at the time of reading. However, I’m not sure if I could read it again after being through a toxic relationship.
  6. Hidden.
  7. Princess of the Infinite.
  8. The Hobbit. How did this get on the list? I am positive that I have never read this book. I could never make it through the first chapter. Never. Love the movie. If you have read the book and seen the movie, what are your opinions?
  9. How Not to Die Alone.
  10. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead List. Part 10

Goodreads

  1. Grist Mill Road.
  2. Gulliver’s Travels. I read this in high school or college. It was alright. Probably won’t reread again.
  3. Hag-Seed.
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale. Also read this in college. Will probably read again soon. Luckily, I own it now.
  5. The Harpy.
  6. Harrow Lake.
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I love all of the Harry Potter books that I have read so far. However, like Pete Davidson, I am disappointed that J.K. Rowling has made transphobic comments. This is the quote from Pete Davidson. Think what you want about him but he’s got a point.

“She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox?” he joked. “She’s a national treasure.” – Pete Davidson.

I mean . . . Laverne Cox is awesome.

Laverne Cox

Harry Potter post #1

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8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

10. The Hazel Wood. Excellent book. Highly recommend.

White Like Her: #bookreview

White Like Her

Has anyone been surprised by their DNA results?

In White Like Her, Gail Lukasik, Ph.D. learned that her mother was not who she seemed to be. For many years, her mother had been passing as a Caucasian although she was an African American.

What would you do? Would you choose a life with better options even if you had to stay away from your family?

The mother did not want to discuss they why or hows of the situation. Lukasik promised to not reveal the secret. After her mother died, Lukasik had the opportunity to go on the Genealogy Roadshow and learn more about her mother’s family.

Even after the show aired, Lukasik and a few other people kept up with the research. They didn’t solve every mystery but they did learn quite a bit.

The author does get to meet cousins from her mother’s side of the family. She does feel conflicted about revealing her mother’s secret but in the end I think she was glad to have the secrets out in the open.

Proud Boys and other white supremacists will not enjoy this book. You can’t buy good taste though. So keep reading books that will open your mind and that you can learn something from.

In the foreword by Kenyatta Berry, JD writes “These are the questions that White Like Her raises that will help us as a nation continue the discussion about racial identity. “

If you are interested in genealogy or racial identity, then you will find this book to be especially fascinating. There are also a few videos about the story on YouTube. I will never regret telling everyone to read White Like Her.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead List. Part 9

Goodreads
  1. The Girl Without Skin.
  2. The Glass Castle.
  3. Go Ask Alice. I read this book when I was about 12 years old. Maybe it’s not for every 12 year old. However, after reading this book, I was never really tempted to do drugs or run away from home. If nothing else, I wanted to learn from Alice’s mistakes.
  4. Gods and Generals. Historical fiction set during the Civil War.
  5. Gods of Jade and Shadow.
  6. Gone Girl. It was a good book. So many twists. I did hate the ending but it is what it is.
  7. Great Expectations. It’s a classic.
  8. The Great Gatsby. I also read this when I was 12. I didn’t quite get it then but I have reread it several times.
  9. Green Dolphin Street. This book is one of my all time favorites. It has adventure and romance. I probably identified with Marianne, who was what you might call the dark horse.
  10. Gretel.

10 Books on the #alreadyRead List. Part 8

Goodreads
  1. Flesh and Blood.
  2. Frankenstein. It’s nothing like the movies. The monster is not the real monster.
  3. The Friday Edition
  4. From Breath and Ruin
  5. The Furies
  6. A Game of Thrones. It’s not a secret that I love this series. The end of the tv series was a huge disappointment. My feelings are still hurt.
  7. The Girl on the Train. I enjoyed this book. Can you imagine inserting yourself into someone’s life like Rachel did?
  8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
  9. The Girl Who Played With Fire.
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is my goal to be this girl. Awkward or not, she is a badass. I’m awkward too with no dragon tattoo.

Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1): #bookreview

Crossing in Time

If you could go back in time to fix your love life and hopefully save the world, would you go?

Crossing in Time takes place in Colorado, in a biodome somewhere in the United States and on a tropical beach in the future.

Isabel loves Diego. Diego loves Isabel. Many years ago they were a couple – two brilliant, complicated, stubborn people who cannot effectively communicate until twenty years later.

Isabel lets Diego get away and then marries the biggest douchebag on the planet. He’s a jerk in the past, present and future.

The end of the world is quickly approaching. Some genius figured out that keeping Isabel and Diego from separating in their youth could save the planet.

So Isabel volunteers to go to the past to talk to young Diego about how to communicate with a young Isabel when he meets her. It was probably incredibly weird to say “Hey, someday you will meet another me who is exceptionally difficult. Please be patient with her/me even though we are a pain in the neck.

If you are a fan of time travel or apocalyptic novels, then you might enjoy Crossing Time. It would be fine to take this book to the beach to read about the world ending while the world is ending.

Oh my goodness. I should quit reading the reviews on Amazon. Prudes who don’t like cursing or all of the sexual language do not enjoy this book. The prudes gave it a one star review. That’s a bit harsh Prudence. It was worth at least 3.5 stars.

  • I thought I received this ebook from the author. However, I’ve had the ebook since 2018 so I’m not sure anymore.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead Shelf. Part 6

Goodreads
  1. The Witch’s Ambitions Trilogy. The Council.
  2. Crossing in Time. Just finished last week. Book review coming soon.
  3. Curva Peligrosa.
  4. The Da Vinci Code. I liked the book and the movie.
  5. A Dance with Dragons. Loved all of the whole Game of Thrones series.
  6. Daughter of Fortune. Worthy of multiple readings.
  7. Daughter of the Sun.
  8. Deja Vu.
  9. A Different Time.
  10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I liked the book better than the movie.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead Shelf. Part 5

  1. Catching Fire.
  2. Charlotte’s Web. One of my favorite books of all time.
  3. The Chosen.
  4. City of Flickering Light
  5. Games of Thrones: Clash of Kings.
  6. Cold & Deadly.
  7. Cold Mountain.
  8. The Color Purple. I loved the book, as well as the movie.
  9. Confessions of the Fox.
  10. Coraline. The book is so awesome and creepy. My kids are all creeped out by the movie but they watch it all of the time.

10 Books on the #alreadyread Shelf. Part 3

Goodreads

  1. The Best Bad Things. Interesting book. Transgender issues.
  2. Beyond the Moon. Time travel and romance. Loved this book.
  3. Black and Blue. It was a good read. Fiction about escaping domestic violence.
  4. Black Ice. Not terrible but not amazing.
  5. The Blind Assassin. Worth a 2nd read.
  6. The Bluest Eye. Everything by Toni Morrison is great.
  7. The Body Double. Another unexpected book. Interesting premise.
  8. The Bonesetter’s Daughter. I also love everything by Amy Tan.
  9. The Book of Ruth. It has been many years since I read this book. Have forgotten if it was good.
  10. The Boy Who Came Back a Wolf. I don’t remember anything about this book. Oh wait. . . Sexy werewolves? Sexy soldiers? Sexy werewolf soldiers?