[Book Review] The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

34944590Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Author: D.E. Night
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, middle grade, YA

Where I got the book: I received a free copy from the author/JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Ivy Lovely, who has lived a mundane life as a scaldrony maid for most of her life, discovers that she is to become a student at the Halls of Ivy. This is where she will learn how to master her magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When she is threatened on her life by the Dark Queen, it’s up to Ivy to unearth her family history and save Croswald.

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[Book Review] All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

18586478Title: All the Birds, Singing
Author: Evie Wyld
Genres: Fiction, contemporary, literary fiction, magical realism, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Jake Whyte lives by herself in an old farmhouse on a British island, accompanied only by her dog and her flock of sheep. However, something or someone are killing the sheep. There are foxes in the woods, strange people roaming her property, and rumors of an obscure beast. Thousands of miles away there’s also Jake’s past, a past that is threatening to come back and haunt her.

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[Book Review] Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

29932639Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, epistolary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: In Deadwood, South Dakota, a young girl named Rose is riding her bike when she suddenly falls through the earth and right into the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, Rose Franklin is a trained physicist leading a top secret team that aims to solve the mystery behind the artifact, which is literally part of a big puzzle. The question is, once all the pieces are in place, will the final result bring lasting peace or will it become a weapon of mass destruction?

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[Book Review] The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

13614257Title: The War of the Worlds
Author: H. G. Wells
Genre: Fiction, classics, science fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: The first Martians land in Woking, Surrey, arriving in large artificial cylinders. A curious group of spectators approach them with a white flag but shockingly, they are incinerated by a Heat-Ray. The Martians then begin to assemble their Fighting Machines; massive three-legged machines that make them near invincible. The humans are powerless and can only attempt to escape alive as the newcomers cause boundless destruction. But, there is one crucial factor the Martians did not consider.

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[Book Review] The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

412buuetmqyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: The Woman in the Dunes
Author: Kōbō Abe
Genre: Fiction, classics, contemporary, existentialism, surrealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: After journeying out to a remote beach town to study bugs, school teacher and amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki misses his last bus home. The local villagers offer him lodgings at the bottom of a vast sand pit that can only be reached by rope ladder. However, when he tries to leave the next morning it appears the locals plan to keep him captive. His only company is the strange young widow who also lives in the pit, and together they are expected to shovel back the ever-advancing sand that threatens to destroy the village.

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[Book Review] Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

41oz8znpebl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Title: Strange Medicine
Author: Mike Russell
Genre: Fiction, short stories, surrealism

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: A young woman develops her skills as a mime artist to invisible perfection. A brilliant Professor’s CT-scan reveals something disturbing. A girl finds that the talking head of a fish is protruding from her right shoulder. In eight short stories, this collection pulls at your imagination and explores the unusual, the strange, and the surreal.

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[Book Review] Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey

41wc1sa8kolTitle: Areh
Author: Jeffrey Kinsey
Illustrators: Amelia Dregiewicz, Mia Bergeron
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, science fiction, metaphysical

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: The Purpose, an ancient but cruel religion, consider children with deformities to be reborn Gods and Goddesses. They are worshipped during ceremonies but in their normal day-to-day lives the children are ridiculed, often by the same people who bow before them. The lines between gods and freaks are blurred as we follow six friends in search of their own identity.

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