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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635574043
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The first in a new series and also the first adult fantasy novel from Maas, and it’s as good as we knew it would be. Fans of her Court of Thorns and Roses YA series will find much here to enjoy, we are again in a world inhabited by the Fae, and other mythical races who are in constant battles over power and conquest. Maas is so good at world-building, and the fast-paced roller coaster rides that her novels are but also, the characters are so deeply written that you are fully drawn into the story from page one. This is a big meaty novel you can get comfortable with, and if you like your high fantasy a little racy, and full of conflict, then this is a new series you are going to love! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Catherine House: A Novel by Elisabeth Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062905659
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Published: Custom House - May 12th, 2020

“You are in the house and the house is in the woods.
You are in the house and the house is in you . . .”

A wonderfully atmospheric gothic novel about a fully-immersive school for the highly intelligent. Once you are accepted to the school, you no longer have any contact with the outside world, including friends and family, for the duration of your academic career. Alumni of the school are highly regarded as influential members of society, but they never speak about their time at the Catherine House, and some students choose never to leave the school. What happens inside those gates is unfurled to us through the eyes of Ines, a teen whose life before the school was running down a very dark path, and she hopes she will find a purpose to live and thrive again inside the school’s hallowed halls. But, she could not begin to imagine all that awaits her. A highly enjoyable debut, full of suspense. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Lanny: A Novel by Max Porter - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781644450208
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 21st, 2020

A book of voices, past, present, and mythical that inhabit a small country village, and the air fills with them when a small boy goes missing. The boy is completely in sync with the wild nature of his surroundings and mischievous as he is, may have awakened the ancient spirit of Dead Papa Toothwort. Through this setting Porter explores the human psyche and how the collective voice in a society can run riot and whispers can run like brush fires. And, just as powerfully, the visual way some of the verses throughout the book are displayed adds to the novel in a unique and satisfying way. I loved this book deeply and highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062976581
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Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

“What do we do when our hearts hurt? We wrap them in friendship, shared tears and time, till they wake hopeful and happy again.”
A small, gorgeous treasure of an art book, scattered with meaningful messages of love, friendship, and a reminder to be kind to one another. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143134459
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

Jamie has the most gloriously poetic way of writing, and her books are a constant joy for it. In Surfacing, she takes us to archaeological digs in Orkney and Alaska, with some absolutely stunning nature writing, as well as essays about living in what Jamie calls her “late middle age.” Dealing with the death of her Father, and her own cancer diagnosis, she writes about the layers of memories, experiences and history, connecting the essays in a subtle, cumulative way. Her description of an eagle in flight is worth the price of admission alone, a stunning collection of work. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames by Lara Maiklem - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631494963
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Published: Liveright - November 5th, 2019

Along the River Thames, small strips of sandy beaches can be found, quiet places just a step away from the busy city, and the treasures they hold are slowly being revealed to a small set of people. Today, you need a licence to be a “mudlarker”, but once you just needed to be a child poor enough to scavenge, and the name comes from those desperate Victorian children. Maiklem has been one of the modern day treasure seekers for over 15 years, and she has many stories to fill the pages of this lovely memoir, and finds that the tiniest objects can tell the best stories, while quietly discovering London’s history and secrets in one of it’s more unique edgelands. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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