The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M Valente
This is the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
In this book September returns to Fairyland and learns that her shadow has caused all sorts of trouble. Continue reading “(55) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There // Bookish Blurb”
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
First off I want to say I LOVED THIS BOOK! Although perhaps it’s really not that remarkable of a book, it is exactly the type of book I love and it feel very much like the type of book I tried to write in middle school (although to compare this book to my writing in middle school is quite an insult).
In this book Lady Trent tells us the story of her early years. Its starts off when she is seven and ends when I want to say she’s 20ish.
How do I explain this? So basically this is set in a world where there are dragons (and other related dragon like creatures) but they aren’t very well studied (since studying them is often very difficult give that they are super dangerous creatures and don’t tend to survive in captivity). This is also what I would think of as an ‘old fashioned’ society. Think Victorian England when women had to wear dresses and ‘came out’ and looked for husbands etc. Basically, Isabella (who later becomes Lady Trent) is a woman who is fascinated by dragons and natural history which is very unladilike etc. Continue reading “(53) A Natural History of Dragons // Bookish Blurb”
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente
I didn’t realize that this was a series but in this book we follow September as she gets whisked away by the Green Wind to Fairyland where she has adventures. Continue reading “(52) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making // Bookish Blurb”
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This book is by the same author as Uprooted which I read last year and really enjoyed (I think it was even in my top 10 list from last year).
In a similar vein from Uprooted, this book is losely inspired by various folk tales. Pleople said that this was inspired by Rumplestiltskin but don’t let that turn you away. Really the only similarities is that things are turned into gold and names hold power.
In this book we follow three women: a Jewish moneylender’s daughter who takes up her father’s trade when he fails at it, a peasant girl who ends up working for her, and a lord’s daughter who gets married to the tsar. Did I mention we’re in Russia? Continue reading “(51) Spinning Silver // Bookish Blurb”
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
This is by the same author as Seraphina and Shadow Scale which I really enjoyed so I was excited to pick up this book even though I knew very little about it. Continue reading “(49) Tess of the Road // Bookish Blurb”
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
This book concludes the All Souls Trilogy. See Book 1 and Book 2.
Matthew and Diana are back from the past and must carry on with ‘real’ life. This involves many people trying to kill them and their family. Continue reading “(46) The Book of Life // Bookish Blurb”
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
This is the sequel to A Discovery of Witches and in this book we follow Diana and Matthew as they travelback to 1590 in order to escape the people trying to kill them in the present. Continue reading “(44) Shadow of Night // Bookish Blurb”
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This book is my new obsession. We follow the story of Diana Bishop who is a witch. She doesn’t want to be a witch, she doesn’t want to use her magic, so she does her best to live a very normal ‘human’ life. Unfortunately she magic can’t be ignored and when she accidentally finds a magical book that everyone has been looking for, she is suddenly wanted by everyone in the magical community. Continue reading “(41) A Discovery of Witches // Bookish Blurb”
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This is a fantasy adult novel about Patricia, a witch, who (among other things) can talk to birds, and Laurence, a highly intelligent tech nerd (I like that description). We follow them as they meet and go through a terrible turbulent childhood (let’s just say children are cruel) and as they drift apart. Then we skip forward in time until they meet again as adults and then the world starts to fall apart. Continue reading “(32) All the Birds in the Sky // Bookish Blurb”
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
This is a short fantasy novella which apparently is related to a classic book by H.P. Lovecraft (which I have never read or even heard of). It tells the story of the journey Vellitt has to take in order to find a student who has run away from the college where she teaches. If she doesn’t find her and convince her to return to the school, the school will be closed since men don’t see the point in educating women. Continue reading “(29) The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe // Bookish Blurb”