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Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story by Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical, Ghosts
Pages: 336
Buy the Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound

Synopsis:

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . . .

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

 

My Review:

I have not read Setterfield’s highly acclaimed novel, The Thirteenth Tale, and so had no real expectations going into her most recent published work, Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story.  Upon finishing this book, I had to gather my thoughts and think for a bit about what I had just read. It made me think and opened me up to a whole new type of ghost story that I had never seen nor imagined before.

Bellman & Black begins with the event that spins the entire plot into motion; three boys playing a game of slingshot near their home and one of them with impeccable aim. From then on, we follow the boy, William Bellman, as he grows up and makes a name for himself, all the while being shadowed by this mysterious figure we know only as Black.

There have been some bad reviews of Bellman & Black, and I can understand why some people wouldn’t take to the story. It is incredibly unique and not at all like any ghost story you have ever read. I went into the book expecting to be creeped out and not able to read it in the dark. No, this is very much not that type of ghost story. This is partly what I loved about it. It is a bit of a slow read, so be aware of that. Personally, Setterfield is a magician of storytelling for me and I could read her prose for days.

There was a good bit of obscurity in this novel. Several times, I had to reread and process certain passages. At the end, I had to sort through all of the events of the story to capture the closure at the end. Once I realized things however, it was marvelous. I am so glad that I chanced reading Bellman & Black despite the bad reviews I had seen of it.

My advice is to at least give it a try. It might not be for you, but you might also love it like I did. And if you are the latter, you will be so happy you tried it.



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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Publication Date: 1935
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Gothic
Page Count: 302
Buy the Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound

Synopsis:

The coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But young Mary Yellan chose instead to honor her mother’s dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and huge, hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn’s dark power. But never did Mary dream that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls — or that a handsome, mysterious stranger would so incite her passions … tempting her to love a man whom she dares not trust.

 

My Review:

Jamaica  Inn is one of the first books I’ve read in my foray into adult fiction, and I’m so happy I chose it! I had some concerns because it is a classic. I tend to not be able to absorb classic stories and connect with them, unfortunately. I’m thrilled that I took a chance with Jamaica Inn because it was phenomenal!

We open the book with Mary, a woman who recently lost her mother and is travelling to live with her aunt and uncle at Jamaica Inn as per her mother’s final wish. She arrives at the Inn after hearing strange warnings about the place on her journey. Her aunt is far from the person Mary remembers her to be, and her uncle is straight up terrifying to behold. That is all of the plot I will give away, but just know that creepy and very disturbing events ensue.

I liked Mary because she was fiercely protective of her aunt and determined to get her out from under her uncle’s abusive thumb. She is constantly trying to work out ways of escaping. Justice is a virtue of Mary’s that I loved. There wasn’t a moment when she didn’t think about setting things right. She was very curious, almost too much for her own good. I think she was admirably brave for her curiousness, in a way. It could have led to her demise very easily.

The setting of this book is on the moors of and around Jamaica Inn. There is a lot of exploring and getting lost in the treacherous marshes and indistinguishable foliage. With this book, I think I have grown to love moors. They are a bit creepy in themselves, even without the creep factor of the plot.

I was on the edge of my seat during a good majority of this book. Daphne Du Maurier has a truly remarkable talent for teasing the psyche. I was always wondering why the heck all of these eerie and strange things are happening. I flew through Jamaica Inn. It was a constant ride full of twists and I loved every moment.

The end I predicted just a bit, but there were some aspects that still surprised me. Even though I predicted it, it didn’t take anything away from the reading experience. I highly recommend Jamaica Inn! Especially for people who are hesitant about classics like I am. It was very easy to read!

Of course, I want to read all of the things by Daphne Du Maurier!



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A New Frontier For This Blog

Nov
06
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Hello everyone! Once again, I am terribly sorry for my absence and I hope to continue this blog and update it often from now on. I feel like I miss blogging. There is a certain transformation that I have gone through lately, however. I am reading primarily ADULT FICTION now! Can you believe it?! I never thought the day would come! I am still reading some YA, so don’t freak out. I expect that this blog will change accordingly with my reading changes. I hope you all still follow me and read my content! I am loving all of my adult fiction reads so far and will be writing reviews soon! You can see all of the books I am reading/have read as usual on my Goodreads page, link in the sidebar.

I am also considering writing a post in the future comparing Adult and YA fiction, from an Adult newbie POV.

Here are some of my latest reads:

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What do you all think of this? Do you like reading adult fiction/want to read more of it?





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Hello everyone! Today I get to participate in the blog tour for Jennifer Shaw Wolf’s sophomore novel, Dead Girls Don’t Lie! I have heard marvelous things about her previous book, Breaking Beautiful, and I cannot wait to try this one! I have a fun This or That quiz with Jennifer for you guys today! Hope you enjoy! This tour was organized by the awesome girls at Book Nerd Tours.


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by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Page Count: 352
Pre-Order the Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

 

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Meet the author, Jennifer Shaw Wolf!

Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at Ricks College, (now BYU Idaho), after he dropped her on her head. She graduated from Ricks and then Brigham Young University, Provo with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she lives in beautiful, green, (rainy) Lacey, Washington with her husband and four kids. She loves to produce videos, ski, ride horses, and read, but really all she has time for is chasing kids and writing.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferswolf

Website: http://www.jennifershawwolf.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Shaw-Wolf/186114384755483

This or That

Swim or Bike: Swim

Ducks or Penguins: Penguins

Sea or Mountains: Sea

Draft or Edit: Hard one, when I’m drafting I wish I was editing, when I’m editing I wish I was starting something new…probably draft because I like discovering a story.

Pink or Blue: Blue

Soccer or Football: Football

Travel or Stay Put: Travel

Sushi or Pizza: Pizza (but I do love sushi)

eReader or Physical Book: eReader, I love being able to carry a library wherever I go so I can read in line at the grocery store.

Coffee or Tea: Tea (or Starbucks Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate mmmmm)

Alice or Belle: Alice

Fly or Drive: Fly

Buffy or Bella: Buffy

Theater or Watch at Home: Theater There are too many other things I should be doing if I’m at home. My family says I never sit through a movie and they’re right.

Here is the giveaway!

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Thanks so much, Jennifer! It was wonderful to have you on my blog today!

Be sure to look at the schedule so you can follow the rest of the fun posts for this tour!

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Dead Girls Don’t Lie Trailer Blast!

Sep
11
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: blast, blog tour, trailer

DGDLtrailerblast Welcome to the official Trailer Blast for Jennifer Shaw Wolf’s latest book, Dead Girls Don’t Lie! I hope you guys are as excited about this release as I am! This blast was organized by the wonderful Book Nerd Tours!

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Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Page Count: 352
Pre-Order the Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.

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Meet the Author, Jennifer Shaw Wolf:

Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at Ricks College, (now BYU Idaho), after he dropped her on her head. She graduated from Ricks and then Brigham Young University, Provo with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she lives in beautiful, green, (rainy) Lacey, Washington with her husband and four kids. She loves to produce videos, ski, ride horses, and read, but really all she has time for is chasing kids and writing.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferswolf

Website: http://www.jennifershawwolf.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Shaw-Wolf/186114384755483

And now for the giveaway!

One winner will get a signed copy of DEAD GIRLS DON’T LIE
One winner will get a signed copy of BREAKING BEAUTIFUL

Shipping in US Only – Must be 13+ to Enter

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ASU Blog Hop Banner, horizontal Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be part of the A Spark Unseen Blog Hop! This sequel to the incredible The Dark Unwinding is just as amazing, if not more than the first book in the series. Sharon Cameron has put together a bunch of fun goodies for this hop. Be sure to go to the previous post as well as the one after this (will be linked at end of post). This blog hop is hosted/organized by the always amazing Hannah from The Book Vortex.

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A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Steampunk, Historical
Page Count: 352
Series: #2 in The Dark Unwinding
Pre-Order the book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.
When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.
But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.
Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

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Meet the author, Sharon Cameron!

Bio (from website):

I live in: Nashville, Tennessee, born and raised.
My Former Life: I have been a classical piano teacher, full-time mom (unpaid), part-time genealogist (also unpaid, but what does that matter, right?), chair of a non-profit for a local theater group (wait, that’s unpaid, too!), and a coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Midsouth Conference (guess I excelled at working for free!).
My life now: Still have my family, still coordinating that conference. I am also a writer. For this I get paid.

Find Sharon Cameron:

Website: sharoncameronbooks.com

Twitter  @CameronSharonE

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/19zQcRl

Five things A Spark Unseen will NOT tell you about Mrs. Hardcastle:

*Her first name is Euphemia. This may be the source of her need to laugh at the foolishness of others.

*Mrs. Hardcastle never encountered the infamous Mr. Bennett of Pride and Prejudice, but if she had, they would have liked each other.

*Mrs. Hardcastle offered to go to Stranwyne Keep in the summer of 1852 not because she wished to assist Alice Tulman in having Katharine’s uncle declared a lunatic, but because a strangely unselfish thought had occurred to her: since Katharine Tulman was never going to tell her horrible Aunt Alice to go to blazes, then she, Euphemia Hardcastle, could go to Stranwyne Keep and arrange for the girl to be removed from her aunt’s home. Sadly, upon arriving at Stranwyne, Mrs. Hardcastle had the misfortune to blunder straight into the clock room on winding day, where she encountered a peculiar little man who threw a hammer at her head. Mrs. Hardcastle set a speed record back to London , where a scandal involving a Duke and a shady, drunken solicitor whose mother had been a distant schoolfellow immediately drove away all vague notions of Katharine’s plight. Thus ended the one and only unselfish thought of Mrs. Hardcastle.

*Mrs. Hardcastle carries a very small, very ladylike pistol in her bodice, just in case, though she has never been called upon to use it.

*Mrs. Hardcastle’s husband died an early death. This was probably best for the both of them.

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Here is the trailer for A Spark Unseen!

 

Remember this is a Blog Hop so there are three other posts all together! Find today’s letter and add to it the collection. 10 letters at the end of the Hop will spell two words that will enter you to win a Grand Prize! A basic prize will also be awarded on one of the stops for today so don’t forget to check them all out!

                                                                                                                                                                       

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A to Z Book Survey

Sep
06
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: favorites, survey

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Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner created the A to Z Book Survey on her wonderful blog, and a lot of people have been doing it too. I decided to put my own version of it into the mix! I hope you get some good recs from my survey!

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:

These are the top four from my GR list: Sara Shepard, Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling, and Julie Kagawa. All wonderful, obviously.

Best Sequel Ever:

Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer. I didn’t think anything could be better than Cinder, but I was proven wrong!

Currently Reading:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. SO unique with incredible world building. I’m talking multiple maps and charts as well as a long glossary.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I’m mostly a water person, but I like to drink lemonade every now and then while reading.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book, hands down. I love the feeling of it too much to let ebooks win this one. I only read e-ARCS on my Nook.

Fictional Character You Would’ve Actually Dated in High School:

Puck from the Iron Fey series or Simon Lewis from TMI.  Puck is hilarious every time he opens his mouth and Simon such a nerd.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Hidden Gem Book:

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Joining my elementary school book club in fourth grade. I ended up quitting, but I think that is where I began to realize my passion for books.

Just Finished:

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. Review coming!

Kind of Books You Won’t Read:

I am planning on doing a post on this soon. Any books involving sports, zombies, horses, apocalypse. There’s probably more.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages.

Major Book Hangover Because of:

The Iron Knight by: Julie Kagawa

Number of Bookcases You Own:

1 huge one with six large shelves and two six foot long individual shelves.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Preferred Place to Read:

At my desk

Quote That Inspires You/ Gives You All The Feels:

“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?”

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

DUMBLEDORE FEELS. I WANT HIM BACK TOO, JK.

Reading Regret:

Not reading Clockwork Princess right when I bought it. Now I’ve forgotten too much to be salvaged and have been spoiled like nobody’s business on Youtube/Tumblr.

Series You Started and Need to Finish (all books are out in series):

The Fallen series by: Lauren Kate. I need to see how this ends, I just need to.

Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

(Excluding HP) Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, The Iron Knight by: Julie Kagawa, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Six from The Lorien Legacies. I want to shout it from the rooftops how badass she is!

Very Excited for This Release More than All the Others:

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I am intensely waiting for this but I am also dreading it so much, guys.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Not organizing my books in any sort of recognizable way on my shelves. I don’t know if this counts as a habit, but I am a chronic sufferer of series amnesia.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Your Latest Book Purchase:

Game by Barry Lyga, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

ZZZ-snatcher Book (book that kept you up WAY late):

Requiem by Lauren Oliver. This is sort of not for the typical reason though. It kept me up how completely confusing the ending was. It wasn’t clear to me at all.

Wow, that was more fun than I thought it would be! Thanks so much, Jamie, for creating this wonderful survey!

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Shows I Will Be Trying This Fall

Sep
05
4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: tv shows

Hello everyone! There are quite a few great looking shows, and some amazing looking ones, set to premier this fall! I thought I’d share with you the ones I am planning on trying out and seeing if I like. Hopefully you find some good ones to watch too! One obvious one that I’m sure everyone is going to try is Agents of Shield! Also, The Originals. Duh.

Note: I am not including midseason premieres on this list. I’m saving that for another post!

 

Sleepy Hollow

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Premieres: September 16 9/8c on FOX

I am a HUGE Sleepy Hollow fan. Anything that involves the classic tale, I am in. However, while the trailer for this show does look pretty good, I think this good either be a huge hit or a major miss for me. We shall see! The Headless Horseman kind of sold me on this show.

Reign

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Premieres: October 17 9/8c on CW

As you may already know, I am a major history buff. I tend to like CW shows, but I also tend to dislike them. Reign could end up being beautifully portrayed or it could end up being an insta-love ridden, shallow mess. I’m very excited to find out though!

Dracula

Premieres: October 25 10/9c on NBC

Victorian London. Vampires.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Do I need to say anything else?

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

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Premieres: October 17 8/7c on ABC

This is so obviously going to be on the list. I mean, come on. My blog is called Through the Looking Glass, after all. I only hope they do justice to my favorite classic! It looks like Alice is quite badass from the trailer! Guys, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this one! Also, I think the actress who plays Alice, Sophie Lowe, is SO PERFECT for the role.

 

So, those are my fall premiere TV shows I will be watching! Be sure to follow me on Twitter as I may be tweeting out my thoughts on the pilots. There are another heck ton of returning TV shows that I will be watching as well. Maybe I should make a spreadsheet…

 

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The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Publication Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Genre: Middle Grade, Verse, Coming-of-Age
Page Count: 224
Author Website: Sarah Crossan
Buy the Book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound

Synopsis:

Carrying just a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka isn’t the happiest girl in the world. At home, her mother is suffering from a broken heart as she searches for Kasienka’s father. And at school, Kasienka is having trouble being the new girl and making friends. The only time she feels comforted is when she’s swimming at the pool. But she can’t quite shake the feeling that she’s sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.
The Weight of Water is a coming-of-age story that deftly handles issues of immigration, alienation, and first love. Moving and poetically rendered, this novel-in-verse is the story of a young girl whose determination to find out who she is prevails.

 

 

My Review:

I always tell myself for some reason that I am not a fan of verse novels, but I always end up loving them! The Weight of Water was no exception. Sarah Crossan does an amazing job at making us read between the lines and puts so much emotion into her prose.

Kasienka and her mother are moving to England from Poland. Kasienka’s father left them and ever since, her mother has been desperate to find him and bring him back into their lives. The relationship between Kasienka and her mother is so raw and saddening and truthful. Her mother is in a state of desperation and depression from the absence of her husband. While I could sympathize with her, I didn’t like her at all because she pretty much forgot that her own daughter even existed, much less all of the things that Kasienka was going through.

Admittedly, when I first picked up The Weight of Water, I felt like I was walking into a pity party. It was quite depressing for the first few chapters (super short verse chapters). I was about to put it down for good, but then a glimmer of hope began to show itself. I began to connect with Kasienka and feel joy as she did when the little good things began to happen.

The Weight of Water is definitely a coming-of-age story, which I have never really been interested in, but I think I will read more after this one. Kasienka learns so much throughout the novel. Very bad things and very good things happen that shape her as a person. When the book opens, she is a shy Polish immigrant. When it ends, she has new eyes and can begin to see herself living a happy life in England.

I highly recommend The Weight of Water to fans of coming-of-age stories and deep contemporaries. It was a lovely gem of a novel and a very quick read. I can see myself going back and re-reading it later in life. Thank you, Sarah Crossan, for brilliantly crafting a young female protagonist who changes so much and grows to be so strong.

Other Books by Sarah Crossan:

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Bookshelf Tour (Part 1)

Sep
02
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Hello everyone! I am sharing with you today my bookshelves! I know a lot of bloggers/booktubers have done this, so I thought it would be fun. I could spend hours looking at other bloggers’ shelves to be honest.  My personal shelves, however, are not organized in any way. Some of my series’ are together and some aren’t. This is something I really mean to fix soon! For now, I hope you enjoy the tour!

I have two 6 foot book shelves; one above my desk and on above my bed on the opposite side. I will be showing you these today.

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The Twilight Series was my stepping stone into YA and my copy is very worn, though I don’t know why because I only read it once. The Evernight Series by: Claudia Gray is one of my favorite vampire series’(Not all books in the series are shown). All of the books you are seeing here is basically me years ago, experimenting with YA and being a book addict for the first time. Don’t worry, the rest of my TMI books are in a different place. I know, I’m terrible! Other books of note: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (my first Dessen novel!)

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(Left) There’s a couple of Percy Jackson books there; I’m working on completing my collection. One of my all-time favorites, Speak, that I read when I was in eighth grade. My tiny Alice in Wonderland as well as more Lewis Carroll works.  (Right) When I was in seventh/eighth grade, my mom introduced me to Ted Dekker. He is an amazing author! My favorites are Kiss and Immanuel’s Veins. His books are seriously intense! And wonderful.

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(Left) I haven’t read Strange Angels or House of Dark Shadows. I remember having a hard time getting into both of them. (Right) The first two in the Infernal Devices series, first three in Fallen series. The first two in Jessica Verday’s The Hollow series. I feel like this series is so under appreciated. It is one of my favorite YA series! I picked the first book up while browsing at the bookstore and I’m so happy I did.

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(Left) The second book in the Dark Divine series by Bree Despain. This is another series that I highly recommend and is under appreciated. It takes on werewolves in an incredibly unique way. I normally hate werewolf books, but this series blew my mind. The first Lorien Legacies book (FAVORITE SERIES!). The first eight in the Pretty Little Liars series. I love this one a lot too! It is way better than the TV show and incredibly different. I have been meaning to read the rest, but it’s been so long and I’ve forgotten so much! (Right) first two books in The Body Finder series. I liked these ones moderately but they were so psycho-thrillery, it was almost too much. The Iron Fey series is no-kidding, the real deal, My all-time favorite series that I’ve ever read (save for HP, of course)!

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(Left) The Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer. I feel like I am the only person who prefers the new covers. I didn’t really enjoy Wake by Lisa Mcmann. (Right) Hex Hall was pretty good and I’d like to read the rest of the series sometime. Another Evernight novel. City of Fallen Angels completely out of order. Don’t hurt me! Matched by Ally Condie I really enjoyed and NEED to read the rest of her books.

Okay, that was part one of my bookshelf tour! Did you enjoy all of the disorganization? To be honest, I’m one of those people who dreams of having a house with books toppling over in stacks everywhere you look. In a scholarly way, if that makes any sense.

Stay tuned next week for Part 2, featuring my newer books!

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