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2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 25 books toward her goal of 175 books.

Book Review: The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman

This was an EXCELLENT find… It vaguely reminded me in bits of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, with a mystery at the heart of a magical alt-world – but the mystery in this one was handled even better than Aaronovitch’s often are (and I *really* like his books), which made it even more enjoyable a read for me. There was a serial killer manhunt that felt a little like early Jim Butcher Dresden Files murder mysteries – and anyone who knows me knows that’s a MAJOR compliment. And there was alt-history ala the best of Guns of the South-era Harry Turtledove – but with a fun slant that made it feel fresh and edgy. While TYOTK reminded me, faintly, of all of those books that I love – it was also a wholly original tale, and so much more than the sum of its parts…
Continue reading Book Review: The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman

Robin Hood’s Dawn Blog Tour – Q&A, Excerpt, and More!

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to a cool new book – Robin Hood’s Dawn by Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer. This first-in-trilogy book broadens the storyline of the well-known legend of Robin Hood, and looks to be an intriguing addition to the mythology surrounding one man’s attempts to fight back against tyranny. Enjoy!

About the Book

A story birthed from both history and folklore— step into a unique retelling of the Robin Hood legend.

Set in 12th century England and France, a time of anarchy, intrigue, and turmoil, Robin Hood’s Dawn [Angevin World Publishing, January 16, 2018] by authors Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer offers readers a carefully crafted story blending real history with key elements of the Robin Hood legend. In an intriguing story that highlights Robin’s family background and dynamics like never before, readers will be undeniably enchanted as they follow Robin Fitzooth, a man falsely convicted of a shocking crime who finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood. Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family. Continue reading Robin Hood’s Dawn Blog Tour – Q&A, Excerpt, and More!

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sagar

Let me start by saying I do NOT like horror movies. Never have, never will. I don’t like the gory, gross, vivid depictions of violence. But, weirdly, I have always enjoyed this type of fiction… And equally weirdly, my imagination is WAY more vivid than any movie I’ve ever seen – which means that I’ve *seen* more disturbing imagery in my head than I ever have on a screen, large or small. As a result, I’ve never been able to understand my absolute and utter refusal to watch horror movies. After reading Riley Sagar’s latest, I think I have started to catch a glimpse of part of the reason why: the concept of the Final Girl.

For those who aren’t in the know, the Final Girl is the last man standing in your (stereo)typical horror story. The one who gets away. The girl who lives. The one who, despite all odds, sees another day. They’re the Disney Princesses of horror – the one-in-a-million story that ends well. But, does it really end well for these “survivors”? Or, as is more than imaginable for the DPs and anyone who has ever asked “but what happens next??” (a phenomenon of curiosity evidenced by the proliferation of the genre of fairy-tale retellings and continuations), is there maybe more to the story than we think, with happy endings never truly happy – or endings? Continue reading Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sagar

Book Review: The Policeman’s Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce

This was a fascinating, in-depth look at a beat cop’s life in one of the most notorious housing projects in Atlanta. I understand it is a prequel – I have not read any of the other series books, but a prequel is often as good a place to start as any…

Salt is a fascinating character – tough but fragile, and clearly someone who gives her all to her job, which must be an unbelievably draining way to live, given what she sees on a daily basis. The book is very well written – the style is engaging and descriptive and dark yet somehow still hopeful. I suspect the latter is entirely due to Salt herself; she’s a great protagonist, real and believable and intensely complex without being complicated. Continue reading Book Review: The Policeman’s Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce

Book Review: HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver

A while ago, I introduced you to Katrina Shawver, an Arizona journalist who underwent an amazing journey into and through the life of a unique man who survived the upheaval and tragedy of the Holocaust. Today I’m pleased to bring you my review of the book she wrote about that journey. Enjoy!

Wow. People throw around words like “heroic” and “indomitable spirit” – and then you read a tale like Henry’s and learn what they really mean… This is an incredibly moving tale (to say the least), and equally interesting and moving is the origin story behind the tale. It started almost as a bit of a throwaway – a local journalist stumbles onto a tidbit about a local human interest story (a Holocaust survivor). But it turned into something that clearly deeply affected both of them – and their families – in ways that were heart-warming and charming in equal measure. Continue reading Book Review: HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver



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