Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Rules of Magic is the story of three siblings whose family has been cursed by an ancestor. The Owens are witches and warlocks and they have been forbidden to fall in love. If they do, the person they love will die. The story follows the three siblings from their early teens to their adulthood. They will all fall in love. One will see the curse first hand. One will die to trick the curse. One will live to trick the curse.

At first, I thought this book was written for young adults, but as I progressed in the story, I realized adults would enjoy it too. Alice Hoffman addresses many 60's taboos in this book and injects historical factoids here and there to keep the story grounded. This is the prequel to Practical Magic published in 1995. I am off to read this book next to know how the story goes.

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Review: Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Are you a fan of Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann stories? If you are, you will like this book. Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker is a beautiful and often sad story of Dirk Drosselmeier's life. As a child, Dirk dies and visits an enchanted forest. The great god Pan gives him a second chance and returns Dirk to life with the mission to find a home for the enchanted forest. This purpose is quickly put far aside as Dirk grows up and learns to navigate the world in all his naivety. Eventually, he becomes the godfather of Klara, the grand-daughter of his best friend Felix. On a Christmas Eve, Dirk gives a Nutcracker to Klara to protect her from the seven-head king mouse. If you know the Nutcracker story, you know what happened.

This book explains the origin of the Nutcracker, but, in my opinion, the true story is about Dirk fulfilling his purpose and giving a home to the enchanted forest at last.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Truly Madly Guilty" was a rollercoaster from start to end. This is the story of how a tragic event can have stressful repercussions on the lives of friends, family, and neighbours. Liane Moriarty spins a complex story into a beautiful tapestry of anger, jealousy, denial, accusations, and, eventually, forgiveness. The story moves back and forth in time and depicts the way everyone who attended a BBQ is dealing with the conflicting emotions that follow a shocking event. Relationships will be tested and everyone will try to find redemption for their involvement in this incident. Great read!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Finale

Finale Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I started this series years and years ago. I had only one book left to read and I finally decided to suck it up and read it. I have a rule to read all the books in a series no matter what. This series was a bori... challenging read. This is the story of Nora, a Nephilim, and Patch, a Fallen Angel. Nora is now the leader of the Nephilim race and is faced with many challenges. There is a war brewing between the Nephilim and the Fallen Angels. Nora swore an oath to her father to lead the Nephilim to victory and she also swore an oath to the Archangels to stop the war. This is definitely a conundrum.

This series was too young for my taste and I am sure that a teenager would enjoy it more than me. Well... I am done with it and I can now move on. I am not recommending this series if you are younger than 14 years old.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Boat Runner

The Boat Runner The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a moving WWII novel about Jacob, a young Dutch man, who struggles with losing the members of his family and his friends to a horrible war. The story starts in 1939, with two brothers from Holland who are sent to a Hitler Youth Camp in Germany and leads to one to die and the other to join the German army out of anger.

This is also a story of redemption as Jacob's uncle reaches out to him and brings him back on the righteous path. Jacob eventually finds his purpose and brings good to this dreadful wartime. The page turning story is well structured and the writing is beautiful. Another great book for readers who enjoys historical novels.

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