Book Review

Book Review: Reign of The Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Necromancers are highly regarded in Karthia, a place where change is disregarded and the dead walk among the living. They are the only ones that can safely travel to the Deadlands, where spirits reside until the move on to who knows where. Odessa is affectionately called “Sparrow” since she is the best at finding her way home from the Deadlands. However, an interesting part of this story is that once a spirit comes back from the Deadlands they must always shield their face/body from the living or risk turning into a Shade – crazy, dead monsters that can kill a human in minutes. After an increase in Shade attacks, Odessa and her friends must figure out what is going on before it’s too late.

Besides the fact that this was a huge cover buy for me (I mean really, that cover), it caught me off guard with what it was actually about. The synopsis didn’t give anything away, but I feel this book was immensely about grief and how we deal with it. Odessa loses someone she loves and can’t come to terms with her sadness, so she ends up becoming addicted to potions that take her pain away. Necromancers bring back the dead (and usually more than once) which is something we all wish we could do with our loved ones. Unfortunately for these people, it has consequences.

It brings up the question: If we were given the chance to bring someone back to life, would we? Would our loved one WANT to come back? Is it worth the consequences?

I notice the reviews for this are all over the place and I agree with most of them. It was hard to keep reading at the beginning because you really don’t find out much of anything about the main characters. Odessa was an orphan along with Evander, and that’s basically all you find out about their past. I definitely prefer to know more about my main characters.

Reign of The Fallen was definitely more than just this synopsis. Odessa had a couple different love interests, a brief addiction and several attempts at learning to cope with grief. Although this wasn’t my all time favorite book, I’m still giving it 3.5 stars because the idea of it was good, but it fell short in terms of character development.

Book Lifestyle

Bookish Self Care

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One of my non bookish goals for 2018 was carving out time for myself during the work week.  I work a normal 8:30am-5:00pm job, so by the time I get home, get dinner ready and settle down, it’s usually 7:00pm and I’m exhausted. I’m typically in bed by 9:30pm. The two and a half hours in between are typically spent hanging out with my fiancé and dogs, and maybe a bit of reading or Netflix. So as you can see, there isn’t a ton of time to do things for myself.

What I have been obsessed with lately are what I call my “book baths”. That means I grab the book I’m currently reading, a bath soak, some incense and hop in the tub for some me time. It may not be something you can do every day, but it’s so, so worth it.

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Last night my bath included some dry rose petals left over from Valentine’s day and a buttermilk bath soap from Jenness Farm that smelled like Fruit Loops! Yeah, really! I also included my favorite incense, Fairy Dreams (you can find it on Amazon!). I felt a little extra at first with the rose petals, but hey!

Not only do these baths relax me, but I’m able to take a small amount of time to clear my head and really focus on reading. I make myself put my phone away and disconnect for just a little while. Not only do I sleep better, but I feel better. This is so important, especially when you stare at a computer screen all day like I do.

I’m thinking about continuing posts like this and calling it “Bookish Self Care Sundays” or something like that. I’d include any new self care products I’ve found and what I’m reading. Thoughts?

What do you do for bookish self care? Leave a comment below!

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Book Review

Book Review: An American Marriage

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Goodreads synopsis:

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. “

It took me a few days to comprehend what this book was REALLY about. It wasn’t just about how shitty the criminal justice system can be (although that was part of it), it was also about complex relationships and the strain that can be put on a marriage when someone is incarcerated. There were a lot of aspects that are just downright unfair in this book. Being married for a year and having your life ripped apart, being arrested for a crime you didn’t commit, having to spend years and years in jail, having your wife lose interest, losing your job and every ounce of stability you’ve created. It is so raw and often times mesmerizing. Despite the fact that Roy sat in jail for five years, for the first few  he remained hopeful that he would get out and life would be the same, at least regarding his wife. When that doesn’t happen, he realizes how much he has truly lost.

Out of all the characters, I loved Roy the most. He was flawed, yes, but I couldn’t help feel he always acted on emotion. He loved Celestial so much and it was very apparent.

Celestial was a character I couldn’t really get behind. She was smart, driven and strong but very insecure around Roy’s family. It seemed like she was deeply threatened by Roy’s parent’s relationship and questioned herself in regards to her own, while Little Roy exuded confidence and longed for the type of relationship his parents had.

I wasn’t surprised with the ending. I don’t want to give too much away, but it made sense the way it worked out. All in all, I liked this book, but I still don’t feel like I really “got it” completely. Maybe I’ll read it again someday.

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March TBR

 

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Hey everyone! Fun fact, I’m currently reading the first three books already! I’m definitely a multi book reader… how about you? March is looking great already 🙂

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House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Lily Bart is beautiful, witty and intelligent. She’s also nearing 30 and still not married into New York society. She knows how the rich work and she’s trying her hardest to secure a rich man who isn’t terribly boring. This seems like it’s going to be a typical “I’m beautiful and deserve everything in life” Victorian novel and I’m here for it.

I’ve always wanted to get my hands on this book, and I’m about 15% in and realizing how tough the language can be. Classics like this take me twice as long to get through because I have to really concentrate and understand the writing!

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Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glen Marsh

A necromancer tries to figure out why zombie like monsters are increasing in numbers and attacking the community in this magic filled fantasy. People have skills dependent on their eye color and the main character Odessa is referred to as “Sparrow” for her skilled work and ability to find her way home from the deadlands, a place where spirits wait after they die.

I’ve heard good and bad about this novel so I’m interested in how it’s going to go. I’m about 60 pages in so far and it’s alright, I’m just hoping the magic and world will be fleshed out more soon or I can see myself detaching from the plot.

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An American Marriage

A heart wrenching story of a black couple torn apart by the justice system. Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to jail for 12 years. Meanwhile, the love of his life waits on the other side but can’t seem to come to terms with being the wife of an incarcerated man.

I’m about half way through this audio book and although this book is short, it packs a powerful punch. The author touches on the lives of not only Roy and Celestial but their parents and the man that was once Roy’s best man and Celestial’s childhood friend. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to review this book and not include spoilers because EVERYTHING is important to the story.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Goodreads synopsis:

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.”

I preordered this and should have it next week! When I first read the synopsis a couple months ago, I didn’t think I would be that into this book. However, the hype on Twitter has been huge so I knew I had to pick it up and see for myself. Can’t wait!