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text 2017-04-07 03:45
A Discovery of Witches - About 10 Chapters In
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

If you took a soupcon of Harry Potter (orphaned protagonist has undiscovered magical gifts), a lot of Twilight (the local vampire is in lust with her because he thinks she smells terrific, and breaks into her flat to watch her sleep), and a good bit of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (a so-called historian knows nothing about doing historical research; the magical past of her own family is an issue), you would have this novel.  I think I'm still reading it because I can't wait to see the next nonsensical development.  (Note: I love Harry Potter, Twilight amused me one night when I had a head cold and 12-year-old me was picking the books to be read, and Deliverance Dane was a massive waste of my time and the author's efforts.)

 

Also it was free.  Which is good.  Because the odds of my keeping this one are approximately 0% at this point; this baby's going back where it came from after I've wallowed in the insanity.

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review 2016-09-08 11:46
Willa Wicked
Willa Wicked: A Charming Tale - A.M. Hudson

by A.M. Hudson

 

This is a YA teenage witch story. The premise sounds really corny, but somehow it seems to work. Willa the teenage witch befriends her neighbour who everyone thinks is a dork. His recent suicide attempt makes them a little careful and mostly they whisper behind his back.

 

Little do they know, Henry Charming is not of their world. Through the minefield of high school dances and crushes, Henry has a bigger issue to deal with and Willa is the only person he trusts to tell his secret. Meanwhile, Willa's crush on a popular guy brings its own teenage angst.

 

There's a strong fairytale thread in this story and it isn't the sort of thing I would want to read a lot of, but it was done pretty well so as YA stuff goes, I can't complain too much. I did find myself wanting to know what would happen in the end. There's even one scary bit.

 

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review 2016-09-05 18:34
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is the second book by Neil Gaiman I've read, and both were lovely fairy tales.  I like this the better of the two.  (The other was Stardust.)

 

This book is the story of Nobody Owens, whose entire family is murdered when he is a toddler - his life is saved by his late-night breakout of his crib, and subsequent ramble down to the local cemetery.  And there his life is saved again by the local ghosts, who take him in, and a man named Silas, who is clearly neither a normal human or a ghost, who becomes his guardian.

 

And so he is raised by the inhabitants of a cemetery, to know what they know, be it Fading and Haunting, or Victorian copperplate handwriting and the theory of humors.  This book is the story of his childhood.

 

It is the right level of scary for most middle schoolers, which means it's the right level of scary for me, too.

 

And it is utterly charming.

 

(I read this for the Halloween book bingo, for "Grave or Graveyard."  Though it might also do for some other squares, too.)

 

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text 2016-09-05 18:20
Halloween Book Bingo Update - 1 read

The mood struck me to read Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book last night - what a lovely little fairy tale.  This fills my square for "Grave or Graveyard."

 

 

Books read:

 

Grave or Graveyard: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

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text 2016-09-03 21:37
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Willa Wicked: A Charming Tale - A.M. Hudson

This reads rather fast. Not too bad for YA. I actually want to know what happens.

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