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“He calls books freedoms. And homes too. They preserve all the good words we so seldom use.” 

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New Books, Happy Bookworm

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I was so excited today to have walked into a book sale where I picked up all four of these books for just $2.00! Here’s a brief look into what they’re about:

1.Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

The first book in the Hat Shop Mystery Series, this book finds cousins Scarlett and   Vivian running their grandmother’s hat shop in England. I have already this book, but I can’t wait to read it again, as I love the writing of Ms. McKinlay.

2. The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

This book has been on my ‘to-read’ list for a while now. I love the writing of this fantastic duo, who are also the writers of the The Nanny Diaries. This book follows a White House intern who gets involved with the President, naturally bringing to mind a White House scandal that occurred a mere 20+ years ago.

3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

I just recently discovered this series from an online list and have yet to read the first book, but I couldn’t resist buying this sequel. The series follows a historian descended from witches as she discovers an old manuscript and joins forces with vampire Matthew.

4. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

Another book that I have on my long ‘to-read’ list, Palisades Park follows a family who owns a stand at the aforementioned theme park in New Jersey. The book follows the members as a variety of historical events, including The Great Depression and Pearl Harbor, occur around them.

 

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First Among Sequels Review

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Author: Jasper Fforde

Release: 2007

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 363

Fourteen years after the events of Something Rotten, we catch up with Thursday Next who now has three children and is still heavily involved in the happenings of Bookworld.

This book brings together the cast of characters from the previous books in the series while introducing readers to new characters (most notably her children), this book ensnared me in its twisting plotlines.

Whenever Thursday is in the Bookworld, I want to be right there with her. Honestly, what could be better than interacting with book characters and seeing your favourite tales from the inside? It’s like reading a bookworm’s dream come true.

I can’t wait to continue reading the books in this series. If you want a treat for your book-loving soul, be sure to pick up First Among Sequels.

Rating: 5/5 LiteraTech Agents

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Getting Back into Review Mode

For those of my readers, however small the population, I’m excited to say that I will be getting back to reviewing this upcoming week.

So what can you expect?

I’ve currently been on a huge Jasper Fforde kick. I adore his humour and take on the fantastical BookWorld. I’ve also begun reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, a book I’ve had on my to read list for a while now.

I can’t wait to get back into it and share my bookworm buzzes.

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The Fourth Bear Review

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Author: Jasper Fforde

Release: 2006

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 382 

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if nursery rhyme characters were real? Neither did I, until I started reading Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime books.

The Fourth Bear is the second outing in this series, with Nursery Crime police Jack Spratt and Mary Mary trying to solve two different cases involving interesting characters. First you have the case of the missing reporter, Goldilocks.

Next comes the escape of the sadistic serial killer the Gingerbreadman. Yes, that Gingerbreadman. I was beside myself laughing reading about him, as I often think of the cute little cookie from the Shrek movies. But this Gingerbreadman is over 6 feet tall and tears off peoples’ limbs as people often do with his cookie type.

Treat yourself to this delightfully written book that explores nursery rhymes in a way that is hilarious you need to read more.

Rating: 5/5 contraband bowls of porridge

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Rest in Peach Review

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Author: Susan Furlong

Release: 2016

Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery

Pages: 304

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, with no **

The setting of this book instantly drew me in from the first chapter to the very last page. And as a peach lover, I was delighted to read a book about the products while effortlessly weaving a mystery into the setting.

Nola Mae is an absolute delight of a character, and I especially loved the fact that her time as a humanitarian shows through in her compassion for others.

When the cotillion preparations begin to ramp up in Cays Mill, it’s up to Nola Mae to be the cool-headed one amidst the hyper mothers and daughters. When a murder occurs, it’s also up to her to clear her friends name before its too late.

To readers everywhere, do yourself a favour and pick up this delightful book. While you’re at, brew yourself a cup of delicious peach tea and envelop yourself in the fabulous writing of Ms. Furlong.

Rating: 5/5 Peachy Keen Preserves

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The Astronaut Wives Club Review

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Author: Lily Koppel

Release: 2013

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 272

As I didn’t grow up in this generation, there was a lot I wouldn’t have known about the space program if I hadn’t picked up this book. Having seen the numerous commercials for the mini-series last year, the story intrigued me. When I found the book for $2, I figured it was meant to be.

I absolutely adored this behind the scenes look at the space programs. I never really knew anything about the space programs, save for watching Apollo 13 years ago. I couldn’t help but sympathize for the wives whose husbands were being launched into such an unknown territory while still having to put on a brave face for their children and the Life Magazine reporters following their every move.

The Original Seven wives were my favourite, each with their own distinct story and personality. If I were a woman in that era, I definitely would be a huge fan of Annie Glenn.

Being terrified of the vastness of space ever since I can remember, this book gave me a new respect for the women having to cope here on Earth and for the men who are brave enough to go into parts unknown.

I cannot wait to start reading more about the generation, as I am now utterly fascinated.

Rating: 5/5 Astronaut Wives

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Lair of Dreams Review

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Author: Libba Bray

Release: 2015

Genre: Fiction/Supernatural/Thriller

Pages: 613

Want a book that will leave you gripping the edge of your seat and insatiably hungry for more? Look no further than Lair of Dreams, the sequel to 2012 bestseller The Diviners.

Picking up where the last book left off, readers find their favourite crew of Diviners living out their best lives in 1920s New York City. However, a new plague has swept the city and it’s called the sleeping sickness. Written so devastatingly realistic, it’s a wonder that this disease actually doesn’t exist in the world; and for that we all need be excessively thankful.

Lair of Dreams introduces new characters to the already familiar cast, with dreamwalker Ling Chan being the most pre-eminent and drawing readers into her story as Ms. Bray flawlessly weaves it into that of a main character.

Once you begin reading this book, it will be hard to put down. I read nearly the entire second half of the book in one sitting because I couldn’t possibly wait to find out what happens next. The well-paced, extremely suspenseful book will captivate readers of all ages and urge them to never answer yes to the recurring adage of come dream with me.

Rating: 5/5 Sweetheart Seers

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Off the Books Review

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Author: Lucy Arlington (aka Susan Furlong)

Release: 2016

Genre: Cozy-Mystery/Mystery

Pages: 273

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

It’s not often when I can say that I couldn’t figure out the killer of a mystery by the halfway point. In this case, I could not; and that’s a very good thing in my books!

If you haven’t read any of the series, you’re in for a treat. Set in the North Carolina literary town of Inspiration Valley, the city feels like a cross between Westbridge (of Sabrina the Teenaged Witch) and Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow. And the characters bring just as much zest to the table. Literary agent Lila Wilkins is a protagonist that is so loveable, you want everything to work out just right for her.

When a murder occurs at the bridal expo that her employer, Novel Idea Literary Agency, is helping run turns into the scene of a crime, Lila and her gang of friends must solve the mystery before they become the next victim.

An absolutely delightful read from start to finish, readers and cozy mystery fans alike would be foolish to miss out on such a gem of a book that leaves bookworms wanting more as soon as they put the book down.

Rating: 5/5 caramel lattes from Espresso Yourself

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The Bone Season Review

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Author: Samantha Shannon

Release: 2013

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 452

Truly one of the most engaging and addictive books I have read in a long time, I could not talk myself into putting The Bone Season down once I had started it. Ms. Shannon immerses readers in an alternate version of Europe, where the Scion rules supreme and works to stop the onslaught of clairvoyants roaming in the nations.

Our protagonist comes in the form of Paige Mahoney, a powerful clairvoyant who works in the underground world of London for the Syndicate. After being captured and forced into a world previously unknown to her, Paige is embroiled with new information that will change her world forever.

The sheer thought and detail gone into the creation of this world makes me believe that Ms. Shannon will soon become recognized as one of most inventive, groundbreaking authors of her generation.

I encourage you readers who have not entered this amazing world of Scion Europe to do so as soon as you can. Let yourself escape to a place where your mind will never stop trying to figure out various nuances. You won’t regret it.

Rating: 5/5 dreamwalkers

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