The Library of Light and Shadows, M. J. Rose

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Title: The Library of Light and Shadow

Author: M. J. Rose

Pages: 368

Genre: romance, fantasy, some paranormal aspects
Is this part of a series?  Yes, I believe this is book 3.

Published:  There is some confusion here.  Different sites have it listed as coming out 7-18, some say it is over a year old.  As I received this from Netgalley, I am going with their date of 7-18-2017.

 

             Five years ago Delphine learned a hard lesson.  Her gift, being able to paint a person’s deepest secrets, betrays her twice.  Once, revealing something a client cannot handle being known; and once showing the demise of her own lover.  Desperate to stop that future, she leaves her life in Paris for New York.  There, she attempts to make a life for herself, drawing secrets for patrons at parties.

        When tragedy strikes once again due to her gift, Delphine is thrown into a tail spin.  Refusing to put on the blindfold she uses to paint secrets, she tries again and again to paint “normally”; becoming more and more frustrated, she drinks more and eats less.  Finally, her family must intervene and bring her home.  There Sebastion, her twin and acting manager, tries to force the subject of her taking commissions.  When one comes that is too high to pass up, and not even for a person but a house, he finally gets Delphine to agree. 

     Through her stay here, she begins to heal slightly and learn to trust her gift again- so long as the subject isn’t a person.  She meets Gaspard the grounds keeper, and one that may finally understand her gift and her fears.  More people come to the house party, including Mathieu, the man from her past.  It is time to come to terms with everything she is, everything she thought she knew, and decide where her path leads now…

              I did not realize this was a series when I requested it from Netgalley.  That may color my feelings in this book, I am not sure.  I had fallen in love with the cover, and the premise captured my imagination.  It had all the makings of an epic piece.  Unfortunately, I found that much of it fell flat.  It was hard to connect with many of the characters, and I almost feel like some were added just to name drop.  The writing style was all over the place- sometimes rushed, nearly harried, and sometimes moving with sloth-like slowness.  This made it harder for me to fall into the story.  I would have liked more development of side characters- or less side characters if we cannot give them real purpose. 

            Now, there were some aspects that did work for me.  I found Delphine to be a well-developed, interesting character.  I liked the use of her Book of Hours as a glimpse into her past with Mathieu.  I can even understand her blind love of her twin, Sebastion.  There were also references to the other books of the series, both of which sound spectacular.  Even though I did not care for the writing style of this book, I will probably be looking into the other two simply because I am so intrigued by the ideas behind them.  Maybe I am being too harsh with my review, many on Goodreads have given it five stars, but it just wasn’t perfect for me.  I give it a very shaky 3 stars.  Three Stars

            As far as the Adult content scale goes, I have to give it a seven.  There were some fairly explicit descriptions when it came to sex, and to her art in some cases.  It isn’t horrible, but it is something to think about for teen readers. 

         Again, a big thank you to Netgalley and Atria books for the ARC.  I appreciate it. 

The book is out!  Have you read it?

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Can someone explain this to me?

Sometimes through the course of a work day I will come across something that just makes me stop and wonder.  Some times it has to do with one’s mode of dress (if you “sag” your pants at least wear underwear… just saying), sometimes it has to do with one’s actions ( a drunk man came dancing up to my lane to buy alcohol.  I refused.  Not only was he not mad, he proposed to me);  and sometimes it has to do with items we sell.  Today I sold two of these things in half an hour.  They are full-on furry animal masks and sell for $19.98.  You know the Mickey Mouse heads?  Yeah, this is it.  I tried to get info on these things through google, but got a lot of clips for a band and not much else.  Am I missing some internet meme or something here?

Mostly I just want to know if I will be ringing up a lot of people while they wear these.  Do you know what this is about?  Do you have one?  Post (an appropriate) pic in comments.

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Weekly Wrap-up! July 18th-23rd

Personal life:

   Uncle Paul is in town and we went to Crystal Bridges Museum for the Chihuly exhibit.  I was just amazed by the amount of blown glass and art work. They also had the Native American blankets he collected on display.

Beyond that, I am getting used to a new tablet, hoping this will make blogging and reading on the go easier.  Then today we all got together to celebrate a family friend’s birthday.

Bookish life:

I am still kind of dragging my way  The Library of Light and Shadows.  I opened Impossible Views of the World.  hopefully I will have better luck there.

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The Library of Fate, Adita Khorana

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Title: The Library of Fates

Author: Aditi Khorana

Pages: 354

Genre: YA, romance, adventure

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published: July 18, 2017

            It is said that everyone has a book where their whole life is listed.  If you can Find the Library of All Things, and get the guardian to let you in, you can change your fate.  After seeing her father die and losing her home, Princess Amrita is on a mission with a young seer Thala to do that.  Armed with an old map that had been left for her, and a jeweled dagger, they set off toward the temple of Maya. 

            Secrets come to light as Amrita discovers who she realy is and what she is capable of.

          I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.  To start, can we talk about the cover.  I just love it!  In fact, it may have been 60% of why I picked this one.  I loved the way they wove lore into the story, and the strength of the characters.  I liked that each one was flawed- there was no “perfect hero”, and that each character had some growth through the book.  The beginning dragged for me a tiny bit, but it quickly found it’s stride, and the last half the book went very quickly for me.  Besides the pacing of the beginning of the book, my only other issue was the sort-of-not-really love triangle.  It made sense toward the last third of the book, but was it necessary?  Why do we always have a love triangle?  That aside, this was still a four star book for me.

Three Stars 

          As far as the adult content goes, there is some violence, substance abuse, and language- very moderate on most fronts.  I will be getting a copy for my niece, so I give this one a three.

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The book came out today!  Get ye to the book store!

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Weekly Wrap-up! July 9th-16th

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Personal life:

Hey guys!  Ugh, it has been a week and a half from Hell.  I got the normal monthly ick with the violently ill thing my body likes to do….. for ten days.  I didn’t really blog.  I didn’t go for my walks.  The gym didn’t happen.  What did I do?  Gain two pounds.  I am getting back into the swing of things.  I took a two mile walk today, and went to the gym and walked yesterday.  While the gym will never be somewhere I am excited to go, I know I need to.  It is an important aspect of the healthier living lifestyle I am working towards.  So, no more excuses!  I need to walk and go to the gym.  I really need to work on my arms.

Warren is doing great on his plan, mostly because he does a lot more manual labor than I do (building the shed, pouring concrete, and apparently walking way more than I do at work).  I am both super proud and envious at the same time lol.

Bookish life:

I finished The Library of Fates, which I loved and will review tonight.  It was a great book!  I am now on The Library of Light and Shadow, but I am having trouble getting into it.  Sadly I am not finishing this book before it comes out tomorrow.  On a side note, I am pretty sure I chose both these books largely on the cover art.

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The Confusion of Languages, Siobhan Fallon

the confusion of LanguagesTitle: The Confusion of Languages

Author: Siobhan Fallon

Pages: 336

Genre: contemporary fiction

Is this part of a series? No

Published?  June 27th, 2017

I received an eARC of this book from First to Read.  My Thanks.

Two very different women follow their soldier husbands to Jordan.  After two years, Cassie knows how to follow the rules, what’s expected.  Margaret sees a chance to explore… and nothing else.  When a fender bender sends Margaret to the police station, Cassie is left with her son in their apartment.  As the hours go by, Cassie is getting more and more nervous.  Finding Margaret’s journal,  Cassie discovers a world she never knew.

I loved this book.  I enjoyed Cassie’s narrative, even if it was jaded at times by her troubles in her marriage.  I thought that allowing Margaret a voice in the form of her journal was ingenious and added a lot to the story.  The misunderstandings between husband and wives, and between the two friends, was painful to watch at times.  It reminds me that our own feelings very much color every interaction we have.    The story stalled in parts a bit, for me, and that made the writing a bit more choppy than I like.  Over all I would give this book a three.  Three Stars

On the adult content scale, I give it a five.  There is a lot of language, and sexual content.  I don’t think my niece would be interested in it… but I wouldn’t feel comfortable letting her read it.  mature audience.

The book is out!  Have you read it?

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