Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon ★★

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“There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I’ll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye—when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I’ll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save—respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?”

Outlander is the popular story of Claire Beauchamp. She is woman on holiday in Scotland with her husband Frank in 1945. While there, she inadvertently touches some magical standing stones that transport her 200 years in the past, where she must navigate the Scottish Highlands during the Jacobite Rebellion. With the help of the MacKenzie clan and one James Fraser, hot Scot extraordinaire. This book review is an interesting one for me, because it is one of the few stories I have read, after watching the show/movie adaptation. This leaves me no choice, really, but to compare the two different executions and review them as a whole. Not to mention, that this is a story beloved by many and has a huge fan base. Fair warning, this one might be a little long!

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Road Trip Book Tag

Book Tag Tuesday (1)

Hey, ya’ll! I’m back at it again with a Book Tag Tuesday! Woo! And hopefully I can keep ’em coming this time.

So, I checked the deep recesses of the interwebs and I did not find a specific tag like this. However, if there is one that I am not aware of, please let me know and I will give credit where credit is due. And, like always, please feel free to join in!

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Book Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab ★★★

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“But the teacher had been right about one thing: violence breeds.
Someone pulls a trigger, sets off a bomb, drives a bus full of tourists off a bridge, and what’s left in the wake isn’t just she’ll casings, wreckage, bodies. There’s something else. Something bad. An aftermath. A recoil. A reaction to all that anger and pain and death.”

This book was really good! It started off a bit slow, but I think in the end getting the complete history of the characters and city was well worth it. I am eagerly anticipating the next novel about August, Kate, and the monster menagerie we were introduced to here!

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Book Review: Soul Search by Reyna Favis ★★★

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“The dog quickly passed each person as they offered their hands for the dog to sniff. I stood still with my hands extended as the dog took my scent. Rather than move on to the next person, she paused and stared directly into my face. Her eyes were the color of whiskey and surrounded by dark fur, as if someone had outlined them with kohl to emphasize their distinct color. While I thought her gaze would be gentle like all the other dogs I have encountered, I instead saw a disturbing intelligence that I was not prepared for.”

When the author of the Zackie Stories, Reyna Favis, reached out to me, I was thrilled! Of course I would jump at the chance to read a series featuring a Plott Hound and rep for the coolest dog breed there is. I was already interested, but when Reyna began telling me about her own background as a K-9 handler working in search and rescue, and her idea about creating a fantasy/supernatural suspense series around that concept, I was beyond sold. Soul Search is such a unique and entertaining book, and I would officially give it 3.5 stars.

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Update!

Hey guys! I apologize for being lax on my posting again, but a few unexpected life things have gotten in the way. I wanted to update, though, and let you guys know that I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month, so I will be focusing all of my free time on that. That means even more of a lull in posts/reviews. I know! D: I do have a few book reviews on the backburner, so if I need a break from writing my WIP, maybe I will get to those. We will see!

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Anyway, thanks for sticking with me! And is anyone else doing NaNo? This is my first time trying it and I am already late to the party! If so, good luck on your writing!

-Chelsi

Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson ★★

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“You would claw your neighbor’s eyes out for a mouthful of dust. Yet dust is all around you. The whole world is made of dust, and always returns to it. There is nothing else.”

I was really excited to read this book! I thought the cover was beautiful and I love stories about faeries/the fae, so I was pretty hyped. And then, I started to hear some great things about the book, including people comparing it to A Court of Thorns and Roses (which, duh, I love).

Unfortunately (!), An Enchantment of Ravens was nowhere near as awesome as I expected. Nothing turned out to be as I expected, really, which resulted in a pretty boring, sappy, and basic story. Ugh! I am so disappointed 😡

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Book Review: Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer ★★

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“Bleak straightened herself; she wasn’t going to die for the king. She wasn’t going to become a prisoner or experiment of his. She’d rather die with salt water in her lungs and mist in her heart. She was free. She had to try.”

Hey, guys! I am back with a review for Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer! I found this book at random on Goodreads and downloaded it onto my e-reader right away. It sounded really cool and started out pretty strong. It did not quite live up to my expectations, but I am glad that I read it, nonetheless.

Spoilers under the cut!

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Horse Breeds Book Tag

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What’s up, my bookies? 😛 I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday! For this book tag, I created one myself!! Yay, I am so excited! I did search for a horse book tag like this and did not find any, but if anyone knows of one already out there or has created one themselves, please please let me know! I will definitely add credit for the creator.

Alright, let’s get to it! If you’re holding your horses, feel free to let them go now 😉

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