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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Win a basket full of books from William Morrow

William Morrow Holiday Gifts|By World Archipelago

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonso Falcones

The Barefoot Queen is a beautifully imagined novel that pulls you into the world of Caridad, a recently freed slave. The writing is vividly detailed and gives you the sense of experiencing Caridad's heartbreaks, struggles and triumphs alongside her.
When her cruel master dies upon a ship bound for his homeland she finds herself a free and utterly alone woman. Abused and turned away at every turn she finally finds refuge with a gypsy family. Milagros, the granddaughter of a powerful gypsy befriends her and shows her the first kindness she has seen in her life.
She is separated from Milagros only to find her again amid a sea of turmoil when war is declared on the gypsies. Caridad joins her friend in the struggle for the gypsy way of life and true freedom.
The Barefoot Queen is one of the most fantastic historical novels I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time. I look forward to more from Mr. Falcones and will definitely check out his previous novels; Cathedral of the Sea and The Hand of Fatima.

*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine

This is the journal of one Ichabod Crane who has seemingly come back from death to stop the four horsemen of the apocalypse from destroying the town of Sleepy Hollow and eventually the world. With the help of Abigail Mills, his witch wife Katrina (once thought dead but found to be in purgatory) and many others Crane must adjust to present day U.S.A to stop the Headless Horseman from bringing his fellow horseman to being and bringing his master Molloch to our world.

So if your a fan of the Sleepy Hollow television series you will recognize most of what is in this book. There is a lot of more in-depth background for Ichabod as well as how he humorously adjusts to modern things such as cell phones, football and Black Friday.

If your a die-hard fan I recommend it. If you missed a few episodes this will catch you up or if you are just starting to watch the show this will be invaluable.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician is an enchanting surprise that I really enjoyed reading. At first I thought it was more a YA novel and that I might not like it a whole lot but it quickly changed my mind.
  Ceony is a young lady recently graduated from Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined. The excited and ambitious young lady had her heart set on picking the medium she would use for magic but circumstances threw her, quite literally, into the arms of the paper magician Mg. Thane.
Through Magician Thane's eccentric teaching style she learns to appreciate paper folding magic and the man himself. When his wife,turned evil magician, rips his heart from his chest only Ceony can save him in time.

The novel is full of whimsical surprises such as a dog made purely of paper and a paper skeleton for a butler. It has its dark moments which keep it exciting for older readers. I would love to see this book made into a movie, it could really be majestic with the right team of special effects experts.