Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World • Review

  • Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz 
  • Title: Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
  • Saga: Aristotle and Dante #2
  • Published: October 12th 2021
  • Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGTB
  • Stars: 4.5 🌟
  • Official Synopsis:
    In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.
    Ari has spent all of high school burying who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies of all kinds, and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante, dreamy, witty Dante, who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once.

REVIEW

This is a beautiful sequel, so heartwarming and enchanting., It´s set in 1988, but the story feels timeless, it’s an emotional coming-of-age story.

I love the written style, is raw, evocative, emotional, and poetic. Sáenz creates realistic characters, you can relate with Ari & Dante.

The story begins just after the first book ended. The summer started, the last one before graduation. Aristotle and Dante still are defining their relationship, they love each other but fear that society will not accept them, they live in a small town and the news is full of information about the AIDS epidemic.

Both have doubts and struggles, but they are more strong together, their relationship is sweet, both are in their senior year, they are experimenting, trying new things, and gain confidence.

This book is about love, but not only about Ari & Dante and their romantic relationship, it’s also about family, friendship, and self-acceptance. how to belong and feel that you fit and are enough.

Favorite Book Settings • Top Ten Tuesday (12/October/2021)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by y The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten list is: 
Favorite Book Settings

Has it happened to you that you are reading you are automatically transported to the place? These are some places that I would love to visit

  • Sevenwaters: Medieval Ireland, is a place with magic, in the forest you can find fairy creatures, but be careful with them, they do not think the same as humans and can be friends or foes. 

  • Hogwarts: My childhood dream. I still remember the first time I read the book, I was enchanted for life.

  • Camp Half-Blood: The only camp I would like to attend, the friendship there is goals.
     
  • The Night Circus: Circus and magic is the perfect combination, what more can I ask for

  • Howl’s Moving Castle: Another childhood favorite. What I would give to have a castle that had doors to different worlds.

  • Sorcery of Thorns: A magical library. This is a dream come true 

  • Strange the dreamer: Another magical library and an enchanted world like a fairytale 

  • Elemental Blessings: I suck for elemental magic. In this book, people have magic powers based on nature, and everyone is different, pretty cool 

  • Warbreaker: One of the most unique magic systems. Breath and colors, the more breath you have, the more power you have. and see the world in different colors. Also, my first Sanderson book 

  • Stardust: It feels like an old fairytale, this story is pure magic, magic fairs and enchanted forest

Iceland Ideas • October 2021

One of the countries that I want to know the most is Iceland, its landscapes are seen from another world

TO READ

The Greenhouse by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
For Lobbi, the tragic passing of his mother proves to be a profound catalyst. Their shared love of tending rare roses in her greenhouse inspires him to leave his studies behind and travel to a remote village monastery to restore its once fabulous gardens. While transforming the garden under the watchful eye of a cinephile monk, he is surprised by a visit from Anna, a friend of a friend with whom he shared a fateful moment in his mother’s greenhouse, and the daughter they together conceived that night. In caring for both the garden and the little girl, Lobbi slowly begins to assume the varied and complex roles of a man: fatherhood with a deep relationship with his child, cooking, nurturing, and remaining also a son, brother, lover, and…a gardener. A story about the heartfelt search for beauty in life, The Greenhouse is a touching reminder of our ability to turn the small things in everyday life into the extraordinary.

OTHER OPTIONS

Non Fiction

The Little Book of the Icelanders by Alda Sigmundsdottir
A collection of 50 miniature essays about the quirks and foibles of the Icelandic people and what it is like to live in their midst.


Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss
Novelist Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a whim, despite having two young children and a comfortable life in an English cathedral city. The resulting adventure was shaped by Iceland’s economic collapse, which halved the value of her salary, by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull and by a collection of new friends, including a poet who saw the only bombs fall on Iceland in 1943, a woman who speaks to elves and a chef who guided Sarah’s family around the intricacies of Icelandic cuisine.

The Little Book of the Hidden People: Stories of elves from Icelandic folklore by Alda Sigmundsdottir
Icelandic folklore is rife with tales of elves and hidden people that inhabited hills and rocks in the landscape. But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsdóttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung. 


Classics

The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
The orphan Alfgrimur has spent an idyllic childhood sheltered in the simple turf cottage of a generous and eccentric elderly couple. Alfgrimur dreams only of becoming a fisherman like his adoptive grandfather, until he meets Iceland’s biggest celebrity. The opera singer Gardar Holm’s international fame is a source of tremendous pride to tiny, insecure Iceland, though no one there has ever heard him sing. A mysterious man who mostly avoids his homeland and repeatedly fails to perform for his adoring countrymen, Gardar takes a particular interest in Alfgrimur’s budding musical talent and urges him to seek out the world beyond the one he knows and loves. But as Alfgrimur discovers that Gardar is not what he seems, he begins to confront the challenge of finding his own path without turning his back on where he came from.

Independent People
Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur’s spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is simply a masterpiece

Thriller

I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
In this terrifying tale, the three friends set to work renovating a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location. But they soon realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave. Meanwhile, in a nearby town, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide, the shocking truth becomes horribly clear.

Inspector Erlendur by Arnaldur Indriðason
A series of murder mystery books starring the Icelandic detective Erlendur Sveinsson and his colleagues Elínborg and Sigurður Óli. The third book, Mýrin, was the first to be translated into English. The ninth and tenth novels in the series do not feature Erlendur – Myrká centres around Elínborg and Svörtuloft around Sigurður Óli.

Fire and Ice Series, Michael Ridpath
Untangling murder from myth is Iceland-born, Boston-raised homicide detective Magnus Jonson. Seconded to the Icelandic Police Force for his own protection after he runs afoul of a drug cartel back in Boston, Magnus also has his own reasons for returning to the country of his birth for the first time in nearly two decades – the unsolved murder of his father.

Contemporary

Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
After a day of being dumped – twice – and accidentally killing a goose, the narrator begins to dream of tropical holidays far away from the chaos of her current life. instead, she finds her plans wrecked by her best friend’s deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when a shared lottery ticket nets the two of them over 40 million kroner, she and the boy head off on a road trip across iceland, taking in cucumber-farming hotels, dead sheep, and any number of her exes desperate for another chance. Blackly comic and uniquely moving, Butterflies in November is an extraordinary, hilarious tale of motherhood, relationships and the legacy of life’s mistakes.
The Sagas of the Icelanders

Magma
20-year old Lilja is in love. As a young university student, she is quickly smitten with the intelligent, beautiful young man from school who quotes Derrida and reads Latin and cooks balanced vegetarian meals. Before she even realizes, she’s moved in with him, living in his cramped apartment, surrounded by sour towels and flat Diet Cokes. As the newfound intimacy of sharing a shower and a bed fuels her desire to please her partner, his acts of nearly imperceptible abuse continue to mount undetected. Lilja desperately tries to be the perfect lover, attempting to meet his every need. But in order to do so, she gradually lets go of her boundaries and starts to lose her sense of self.

Historical Fiction

The glass Woman by Caroline Lea
Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders.

But Rósa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife alone in the dead of night. He will not talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies.

The villagers mistrust them both. Dark threats are whispered. There is an evil here – Rósa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers – or the land itself?

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón
Máni Steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has already torn through Europe, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland’s shores. And if the flu doesn’t do it, there’s always the threat that war will spread all the way north. And yet the outside world has also brought Icelanders cinema! And there’s nothing like a dark, silent room with a film from Europe flickering on the screen to help you escape from the overwhelming threats–and adventures–of the night, to transport you, to make you feel like everything is going to be all right. For Máni Steinn, the question is whether, at Reykjavik’s darkest hour, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him.


The Sea Road by Margaret Elphinstone
A haunting, compelling historical novel, The Sea Road is a daring retelling of the 11th-century Viking exploration of the North Atlantic from the viewpoint of one extraordinary woman. Gudrid lives at the remote edge of the known world, in a starkly beautiful landscape where the sea is the only connection to the shores beyond. It is a world where the old Norse gods are still invoked even as Christianity gains favor, where the spirits of the dead roam the vast northern ice-fields, tormenting the living, and Viking explorers plunder foreign shores. Taking the accidental discovery of North America as its focal point, Gudrid’s narrative describes a multilayered voyage into the unknown, all recounted with astonishing immediacy and rich atmospheric detail. 


The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.

Romance

The Northern Lights Lodge

With a shattered heart and her career completely in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK. But, when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge, she doesn’t quite expect to find herself in a land of bubbling hot springs and snowflake-dusted glaciers – and in the company of gorgeous Scottish barman, Alex.

Determined to turn her life around, Lucy sets about making the lodge the number one romantic destination in Iceland – even though romance is the last thing she wants. However, as Alex and Lucy grow closer under the dancing lights of the aurora, Lucy might just learn how to fall in love again…

Folklore

The Little Book of the Hidden People: Stories of elves from Icelandic folklore
Icelandic folklore is rife with tales of elves and hidden people that inhabited hills and rocks in the landscape. But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsdóttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung. 

A Spindle Splintered • Review

  • Author: Alix E. Harrow
  • Title: A Spindle Splintered
  • Saga: Stand-alone
  • Published:  October 5th 2021
  • Genre: Fantasy, retelling
  • Stars: 4 🌟
  • Official Synopsis:
    It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.
    Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

REVIEW

What an amazing and fun story, packing with action, multiverse and female support and power.

Zinnia has a rare genetic disorder; she is destined to die young, so since she was a child, she has an obsession with Sleeping Beauty, she has studied the different versions of the story and can identify with the story.

Surprisingly, its Zinnia’s 21st birthday and her best friend Charm organizes a sleeping beauty themed party, the spinning wheel cannot be missing and when Zinnia pricks her finger with the spindle, instead of going into a deep sleep, she travels to another universe where she will meet a new version of the princess.

It is a short story, very entertaining, nothing is more beautiful than women who support other women, because Zinnia is determined to help the princess not succumb to the curse.

When things get complicated, with the help of Charm, Zinnia discovers how to attract other versions of Beauty, all from different universes, all strong and willing to help the princess to obtain the happily ever after she wishes.

Bookish Pet Peeves • Top Ten Tuesday (05/October/2021)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by y The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten list is: 
 Bookish Pet Peeves

Today’s topic is Pet Peeves and I have to admit that mine is quite curious and even unpopular or controversial.

That they announce a trilogy and just before publishing the third they add new books
It depends a lot on the saga, but when they do it at the last moment, I feel that the story was not as planned as it was supposed to be and that certain books are just straw to extend the story.

Cliffhanger in the first book of a seriesIn my case it is counterproductive, I like the cliffhanger when I feel that they are necessary and justify the plot, but many times I feel that they are only there to create drama, and in my case, instead of anxiously waiting for the next book, I dont to continue reading. That’s why I like it better in the second book or later in the series, when the story is better constructed.

PS: This does not apply to all books, I have read very good long sagas and spectacular cliffhanger in the first book

When they promote a book as popular book meets the other popular book
Sometimes it is a lie, not because a book is fae, it means that it is the new cruel prince. Also I dislike spoilers in the blurb, misinformation or when the back of a book is only a review and nothing of the story itself.

The long wait for paperbacks
Sometimes, I had to wait more than a year after kindle or hardcover has been published


That sagas don’t say that they sagas
I wish that sagas, series or trilogies, say the book number, i always have to google it because I could buy the 5th book without realizing it

Infamous • Review

  • Author: Minerva Spencer 
  • Tittle: Infamous
  • Saga: Rebels of the Ton #3
  • Published: September 28th 2021 
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
  • Stars: 4 🌟
  • Official Synopsis:
    A mean girl reformed…Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia–whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous–has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shreds. When Celia is forced to attend a society wedding as a companion to an elderly guest, she must confront the clique she once commanded; the gentleman she’d once hoped to marry–who is now wed to a girl Celia relentlessly taunted; and the powerful man who ruined her life a decade before–and is threatening to do so again…
    A hero transformed… Then there is Richard, the studious boy Celia used to ridicule, who is now gorgeous, wealthy, and more-than-a-little famous. As a youth, Richard was infatuated with Celia. He still seems intrigued, but Celia has acquired a shocking secret along with her hard-won humility. Will it put an end to the love blossoming between them? Does she have the courage to find out? 

REVIEW

This was an intricate romance about second chances romance.

The main couple is Celia and Richard, she is beautiful and popular but also mean and cruel. Richard had a scientific brain, he cares more about nature and beetles than follow social norms.

10 years ago, Celia made something that will change their future forever, Now in the present day, they will reunite again.

Celia ha cambiado y madurado, la vida no ha sido justa con ella y ella se ha arrepentido de su antiguo comportamiento, no solo hacia Richard, sino tambien hacia el hermano gemelo de Richard, Lucas y su esposa Phil

I like Lucas and Phil and wished that they have their own book, 10 years ago they married, but not under the best circumstances, but as a result of Celia’s actions, they had a comfortable marriage, they care for each other but also have afraid of their feelings, both need to talk and leave Celia’s ghost behind.

Richard is a total nerd and now, he knows what he wants; he wants Celia and doesn’t care about her past, both have changed, especially her, she has a nice redemption, you can understand why she behaved like a brat, I always like Richard, he is a sweet, intelligent and understandable hero.

Infamous is a nice romance, between two couples who have a troubled past, but a bright future, was a charming story with real characters

The Last Graduate • Review

  • Author: Naomi Novik 
  • Title: The Last Graduate
  • Saga: The Scholomance #2
  • Published: September 28th 2021 
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Stars: 4 🌟
  • Official Synopsis:
    At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year—and the looming specter of graduation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive in its wake. El is determined that her chosen group will survive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules . . . 

REVIEW

The story starts immediately when the first finishes. El now is a senior student, things will be different, new classes, new danger and the most important: Now she has allies (maybe friends) and access to resources.

El is still sassy, sarcastic, and rude but here is a character developed, she now talks with people and be part of a team, she does not need to continue alone. I like the friendships, they are solid, they accept El even with her thorns and mistrust, and I live for El and Orion scenes, they were awkwardly adorable, we need more Orion scenes.

I like more that the first book, the creepy school is even more creepy and dangerous, El and her friends they are preparing for graduation battle, creating strategies, and finally, El makes plans for when she graduated.

PS: The ending!! Beware of the tortuous cliffhanger, read at your own risk and I hope you have a time machine, the third book is a must.

Lakesedge • Review

  • Author: Lyndall Clipstone 
  • Tittle: Lakesedge
  • Saga: World at the Lake’s Edge #1
  • Published: September 28th 2021 
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy
  • Stars: 4 🌟
  • Official Synopsis:
    There are monsters in the world. When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.
    There are monsters in the woods. As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…
    There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name. Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under. 

REVIEW

Lakesedge is the perfect read to spooky season: Dark, curses, monsters and demons.

Violeta (Leta) loves her little brother Arien more than anything, they didn’t have an easy childhood, their parents are dead and now he is plagued with nightmares, nightmares that leave you thinking they are not dreams but cruel reality. 

Things can’t be worse when they meet Lord Rowan Sylvanan, the rumor said that he kills his whole family and he is a monster. 

When Rowan sees what Arien does, he offers to help you in exchange for their help. So Leta and Arien move to Lakesedge estate, a cursed place full of secrets.

This is a great debut, the written style is haunted, you can tour the castle in your nightgown, with a candlelit at hand. 

The magic system is dark and interesting, very gothic, I wish to know more, I think we have more secrets to reveal, the author is smart and only shows us things here and there, but everything is interwoven and you don’t see the full picture until the last part of the story.

The side characters are excellent. Arien is a ray of sunshine, he wants to learn and perfect his magic to erase the darkness inside him. 

Clover is an alchemist, she is clever and charming. Florence is the housekeeping, loyal to the Sylvanan family. 

Now, our protagonists, Leta and Rowan are haunted by the past. Both want to defeat the demon and protect and they don’t know how to do it. I liked both but above all, I wanted to give a hug to Rowan.

This has the same vibe as the movie Crimson Peak (maybe a little of Laberint) and the book Uprooted.

Read this If you are like me and enjoy:

  • Atmospheric settings
  • Gothic Castles, creepy lakes, and haunted forest 
  • Demons and curses
  • Secret and bad deals 
  • blood tithes and sacrifices
  • Heroic characters with dark past 
  • LGTB Rep 

Just beware: No reading if you don’t have a time turner, because the ending was I need the sequel like yesterday 

Books to be published before the end of the year • Top Ten Tuesday (28/September/2021)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by y The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten list is: 
Books to be published before the end of the year

Today’s list is a free topic, and I chose to share with you the books that I most look forward to being published.


Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well.

But when Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she becomes desperate enough to offer the Prince of Hearts whatever he wants in exchange for his help to stop the wedding. The prince only asks for three kisses. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’s pledged. And he has plans for Evangeline that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…

October 5th Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family’s she’s got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

October 5th The Storm of Echoes (La Passe-Miroir #4) by Christelle Dabos
In this thrilling finale to the Mirror Visitor saga, Christelle Dabos takes us on a journey to the heart of a great game to which the all-too-human affairs of her book’s protagonists are ominously connected. 
The distrust between them has been overcome and now Ophelia and Thorn love each other passionately. However, they must keep their love hidden. Only in this way can they continue their journeys toward an understanding of the indecipherable code of God and the truth behind the mysterious figure of the Other, whose devastating power continues to bring down entire pieces of arks, plunging thousands of innocents into the void. 

October 5th Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.


October 7th  A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood
Iris Grey’s childhood was idyllic… until her father remarried. Iris’s new stepmother and two stepsisters were cold-hearted schemers, and when her father dies in mysterious circumstances, Iris knows that something is wrong. Far too spirited to be forced into a life of servitude, she runs away to London. When she crosses paths with handsome, clever and cold Nicholas Wynter, Iris realises that this is her moment for revenge. Together they plot the downfall of their enemies – but the pair begin to find they have more in common than a desire for justice.

November 2nd Gilded by Marissa Meyer
Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes.

When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain.

November 23 Cytonic – Skyward III by Brandon Sanderson
Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home

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December 7th  A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—he’s led to a place many believed to be only a legend.

Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it…he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James.

Warrior: Audrey Hepburn • Review

  • Author: Robert Matzen 
  • Title: Warrior: Audrey Hepburn
  • Saga: Stand-alone
  • Published: September 28th 2021 
  • Genre: Biography, Non Fiction
  • Stars: 4 🌟
  • Official Synopsis:
    Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen’s Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn’s experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance, gave her the determination to become a humanitarian for UNICEF and the fearlessness to charge into war-torn countries in the Third World on behalf of children and their mothers in desperate need. She set the standard for celebrity humanitarians and–according to her son Luca Dotti–ultimately gave her life for the causes she espoused. 

REVIEW

Audrey Hepburn is known for her beauty and her movies, she is beautiful both on the outside and on the inside, she was kind and humble. After her retirement in Hollywood, she lived a quiet time in Switzerland, until she became involved with UNICEF.
Audrey may be a shy and reserved person, but she was never weak, she was a fighter and a warrior, just like the title of the book, strength manifests itself in different ways and hers was raising her voice to those who needed it. 

She was not only the pretty face to raise funds, she got completely involved, made visits to countries in need and sometimes went to war zones, she cared about people and was fond of children, she understood their pain because she also lived something similar (she grew up under the domination of the Nazis).  

She raised her voice for those who could not do it on their own, to get them food and medicine, and try to give them a better life. Traveled to dangerous areas, mixed with people, listened to them and offered her support and comfort, they were happy to see her, right there she was not a famous actress or a fashion icon, she was helpful, she was empathetic and kind.

This is a very well-documented biography, the bibliographic record is extensive and among the collaborations is the youngest son of the actress, providing more intimate and unknown stories.

She is one of my favorite actresses, I started watching classic movies because of her, I have read other biographies and I knew she worked with UNICEF but I did not know much about what she was involved, usually her biographies focus on her movies and fashion style, with a small mention of what she did after retiring. Audrey was a great actress and even a great person, I wish her humanitarian work was also just as admired and inspiring, as well as her iconic fashion style.

If you’re Audrey a fan or want to know how UNICEF works, this biography might interest you.