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review 2020-02-17 16:06
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett,Peter Hunt

TITLE:  The Secret Garden


AUTHOR:  Frances Hodgson Burnett




"An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, and a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children's classics, an inspiring story of regeneration and salvation that gently subverted the conventions of a century of romantic and gothic fiction for girls. Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Secret Garden, this new edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic tale of redemption and renewal features a fascinating introduction by Peter Hunt that explores the relationship between the book and the 19th-century genres of girls' stories, romances, the gothic, and the sensational, and examines the book's symbolic undercurrents. The book includes new explanatory notes that point out literary parallels and manuscript changes as well as glossing historical allusions and meanings, an up-to-date bibliography, a new chronology, and Burnett's essay "My Robin," a companion piece to the book."




A charming story. To me, the garden and the robin made more of an impact than the obnoxious children. 


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review 2020-02-13 04:35
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Burn the Dark - S.A. Hunt

I'm struggling to not over-share here, so I'm just going to cite the official book blurb to explain the set-up for this novel:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets Stranger Things in award-winning author S. A. Hunt’s Burn the Dark, first in the Malus Domestica horror action-adventure series about a punk YouTuber on a mission to bring down witches, one vid at a time.


Robin is a YouTube celebrity gone-viral with her intensely-realistic witch hunter series. But even her millions of followers don’t know the truth: her series isn’t fiction.


Her ultimate goal is to seek revenge against the coven of witches who wronged her mother long ago. Returning home to the rural town of Blackfield, Robin meets friends new and old on her quest for justice. But then, a mysterious threat known as the Red Lord interferes with her plans....

I really love the concept for this book/series. No matter what I may end up saying below, I just want to say that Hunt deserves all sorts of kudos for coming up with it and executing the idea so well.


The Sabrina bit mentioned above comes from Robin, a childhood friend and someone new to town she meets when she returns. The Strange Things bit comes from a kid who has just moved to town (and into Robin's old house—old bedroom) and the neighborhood kids he's become friends with. Either group could probably be the focus of a book, the two of them together is what really works. I thought all the characters were well-drawn and interesting, and I would like to spend time with them all (except the witches, I think they could be developed a bit more—but that risks making them less threatening).


The magic system in this book is fantastic. Hunt gives us enough to understand it (and to see that it's well-developed), but doesn't drown us in the details that govern it. There's something very raw, very rooted, almost tangible about it.


Hunt's writing could be described the same way. It's almost impossible not to see everything she's describing; when she writes a tense scene, you feel it; and it's engrossing.


Compelling writing, strong characters, a killer hook, and fast-moving plot with a great magic system—S. this is basically a recipe for a book that I'll celebrate. But the entire time I read it, I kept thinking "I just don't like this." I kept reading because it's precisely the kind of book I should rave about and I kept waiting for the switch to flip. But it's just not my thing.


It's not often I have this reaction, but it made me feel like Wendig's Miriam Black books, Kadrey's Sandman Slim, or Stross's Laundry Files. In theory, each of those series is exactly my cup of tea. And I didn't enjoy any of them (and I've read multiple volumes in two of those series). It's an odd phenomenon, and I wish I understood it.


Still, it's so well done that I can't rate it lower than 3 Stars. I didn't like it, but I respect it enough to recognize that it deserves at least that.


Eh, what do I know? Go read a post by someone who really dug this book instead.


2020 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/02/12/burn-the-dark-by-s-a-hunt-like-and-subscribe-to-watch-her-gank-witches
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review 2020-02-12 01:04
The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson

Miranda inherits her late uncle's bookshop in Los Angeles. He leaves her a final scavenger hunt where she needs to find books and people. She goes on the hunt and it is not what she expected. Her life changes in many ways.

This was not what I expected but it was excellent. I could not have followed the clues but she finds people that knew her uncle and slowly she puts his and her stories together. Her parents are not forthcoming until she solves the hunt. I liked Miranda but she was wishy-washy at times and allowed things to happen to her. Once she discovered her backbone and the truth I liked her a lot better. When she started making choices instead going with the flow she became a much better character. I also liked Lee whom she had to find. He was the most honest of all. I will read more of this author.

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text 2020-02-11 06:42
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt: Guide to Find Places of Power in White Orchard

As we know, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt game has risen once again with the success of the latest series out on Netflix and is rocking on the entire cylinders. With old and new gamers joining the game, let’s revisit the best way to increase the level from the beginning of the game alongside the Places of Power in White Orchard. These places were built when the Conjunction of Spheres happened that also brought the creation of magic and several different creatures as well. They symbolize an area where supernatural things have been concentrated into a particular location.

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text 2020-02-02 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 245 pages.
I'm Not Scared - Jonathan Hunt,Niccolò Ammaniti

happy, and hooked. sort of feels like a cross between JoJo Rabbit, and a novel called The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubiere. but of course not a copy of those stories - key differences. this book flies by as I read it, and I should finish it later today.

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