I loved the idea of this book and the magic system was really, really cool. What I didn't like was that the dialogue was amateurish and there were som...moreI loved the idea of this book and the magic system was really, really cool. What I didn't like was that the dialogue was amateurish and there were some parts that were very boring, imo. I really loved the magic system, though. Really wish I could have liked this one! (less)
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This book was darling! It handles the topic of worry very well and without trivializing a chil...more*I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley*
This book was darling! It handles the topic of worry very well and without trivializing a child's worry. Instead of focusing on the worry, it teaches alternatives or ways that you can make a situation better instead of worrying about it. The examples were all very sweet and also dealt with being kind to others and putting yourself in their shoes. For example, the child who was afraid of the first day of school because the new teacher is a bear. Instead of worrying, the books says, imagine that the teacher may be nervous about her first day teaching and bring her a nice jar of honey. I think a lot of children (and parents) can learn from this book!
The illustrations for this book are amazing and it would be worth buying the book just for the illustrations alone. The cover pictured above is pretty but doesn't quite do it justice.
My nephew is a bit of a worrier, so I made sure to read this book to him. He was very quiet, but I think it helped. I know we both enjoyed it a lot. (less)
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This was a good book, a little slow in the beginning but it picked up at the half...more*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*
This was a good book, a little slow in the beginning but it picked up at the halfway point when the characters started to interact more. I especially loved the setting and the descriptions of New Orleans. I love any book that takes place in New Orleans and the author did a great job of setting the mood. It had a creepy, magical undertone to the book that made it great to read in the evenings when the hubby was asleep :).
My favorite character was actually the grandmother that Jayden was so embarrassed by. Of course, we all know by now that the creepy grandmothers are the ones with all of the answers.
I liked the book, especially the dark atmosphere, and I especially liked the piecing together of a mystery. I would definitely read something by this author in the future. (less)
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The recipes in this book sound absolutely delicious! I haven't yet tried any...more*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netalley*
The recipes in this book sound absolutely delicious! I haven't yet tried any of them out- our garden is only beginning to produce vegetables and fruit. I can say that I am quite looking forward to trying out a lot of the recipes given in this book. There is something for everyone and every mood. Sweets, savories, and in-between. I am a jam-maker at heart and every year I pride myself on making a variety of jams that no one has ever tried before. Now I'll have several more to add to my repertoire. The instructions are all very clearly given and most use ingredients that can be found at your local farmer's market or grocery store. What I really love is that the author has tips throughout the book to help you figure out the more detailed instructions. The photos in the book are so beautiful! This is one I will definitely buy for myself some day. It would be a good book for people who are new to preserving, as well as the 'old hats'. (less)
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This one fell a little flat for me. I was expecting more and I think I just got m...more*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*
This one fell a little flat for me. I was expecting more and I think I just got my hopes up. I feel like I didn't get to know the characters well and I couldn't connect with them at all. Their relationship didn't feel believable to me and I was beginning to wonder what they saw in each other that made them profess their love. For me, they were just flat and one-dimensional.
The worldbuilding was interesting and I liked the steampunk aspect. The machines that the prospectors used to carry their gear over the passes were very unique and I just wished we could have learned more about them.
I probably would given this book a higher rating if I had been able to like the characters more. In a book that focuses mostly on the relationship between two characters, that is very important to me.
I am still a fan of L.A. Witt and look forward to reading her next book!
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For a debut novel, this book was pretty impressive. In fact, it was a lot be...more*I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.*
For a debut novel, this book was pretty impressive. In fact, it was a lot better than some of the books I've read by established authors. The entire book was written from the POVs of several different characters, each who had their own secret reason for treating Alice the way they did. Most of those reasons were childish and hurtful and absolutely messed up, but it was all absolutely believable because of people.
The writing style was perfect for the story line. Each new chapter from a different POV gave more insight into each character and why they would go out of their way to hurt Alice. The characters all had their own personality and voice and the writing never fell flat. Most of the time I wanted to just reach into the book and strangle them all (except for Kurt) and then take Alice out for ice cream.
This was a beautiful book about how jealousy and ego can turn (mostly) good people into hateful versions of themselves, and how the crowd mentality can cause a snowball effect that is impossible to stop.
It reminded me of a scene in the movie Doubt, where the priest tells a story of a woman who empties a feather pillow off of a rooftop. The feathers fly everywhere across the town and it is impossible to find every feather or put them back in the pillow. And then the priest says, "that is gossip".
Exactly like in the movie, once the gossip starts it can't be undone and poor Alice is left friendless and shamed in a small town where she always felt safe before. It wasn't all depressing, though, and there was a definite sense of hope and the feeling that friendship can heal anything.