The Witch’s Heart- A Book Review

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these hasn’t it! Two months, at least!

I thought I’d dip my toe back in the reviewing pool by reading The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec.

It’s the story of Angrboda, a witch who was burned by Odin because she wouldn’t give him what he wanted, and who falls in love with Loki.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t like this book. I didn’t even finish it, but I think it may be that it’s a case of right book, wrong time.

See, I understand that Angrboda had been put through the ringer by Odin, but I just couldn’t connect with her. Don’t get me wrong, I love a heroine who has suffered just as much as the next person, but this character just didn’t resonate with me for some reason. And characters like this usually always resonate with me.

The writing style was fine, I have no problems with it. It wasn’t overly lyrical or particular forced, it was just there. Solid recommendation, I know.

I just, I don’t know. I struggled for two weeks to read the first one hundred pages before I finally just said “self, don’t do this, put it down and walk away.” And by “it” I mean my phone because I picked this book up through the Libby app. Thank you library.

I’m sad, because I really wanted to like this book. And I just didn’t.

What do you think, should I give this book a second chance?

One star…for now. I may come back to this later.

Every New Release I Want-April 2021

Another month, another spate of new releases to add to the ever growing TBR that I’m not supposed to buy any books for.

Like that’s actually going to happen.

On to the list!

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer-April 6th

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world.

I’m not usually drawn to big tech thrillers, but this one sounds good.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson-April 6th

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

I love Jenny Lawson and have all of her books, even the coloring book! I pre-ordered this one the day it was announced. I have much excite!

Malice: A Novel by Heather Walter-April 13th

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though a power like mine was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain.

Well this sounds utterly delightful.

The Beautiful Ones by Silivia Moreno-Garcia-April 27th

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins.

I’m sorry, but a love story about two telekinetics? I’m in!

Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey-April 20th

Thora and Santi are strangers in a foreign city when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.

But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again: as a teacher and brilliant student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. As blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.

Aww, a reincarnation love story! I’ll read that.

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club by Doug Henderson-April 15th

On Thursday nights, the players assemble in the back of Readmore Comix and Games. Celeste is the dungeon master; Valerie, who works at the store, was roped in by default; Mooneyham, the banker, likes to argue; and Ben, sensitive, unemployed, and living at home, is still recovering from an unrequited love. In the real world they go about their days falling in love, coming out at work, and dealing with their family lives all with varying degrees of success. But in the world of their fantasy game, they are heroes and wizards fighting to stop an evil cult from waking a sleeping god.

But then a sexy new guy, Albert, joins the club, Ben’s character is killed, and Mooneyham’s boyfriend is accosted on the street. The connections and parallels between the real world and the fantasy one become stronger and more important than ever as Ben struggles to bring his character back to life and win Albert’s affection, and the group unites to organize a protest at a neighborhood bar. All the while the slighted and competing vampire role playing club, working secretly in the shadows, begins to make its move.

Just based on the title this book is a yes for me. Cause yeah, nerd things.

And there you have it, the six books I am looking forward to this month. What books are you most looking forward to?

Book Haul March 2021

Well, I may not have read anything in March, but I did buy some books! Cause I’m me and that’s how I roll.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

An eighteenth century apothecary who makes poisons to help women with the men in their lives and a modern woman who stumbles across a mysterious bottle that unlocks the mystery of said apothecary. This was my Book of the Month pick in March.

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Ami Rose Capetta

Ari crash lands on old Earth and pulls an old sword from it’s resting place. This reveals her to be the newest reincarnation of the legendary king, Arthur. Y’all know I love my King Arthur retellings, so I had to pick this one up.

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer

Jonathan looks to inherit his grandfathers sprawling estate, once he and his friends catalog all of the curiosities that lie within. They soon discover it holds the way to an alt earth were a once deceased villain now lives. I’ve had this in my Amazon cart for months, so when I found it on Book Outlet I had to snatch it up.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

This heartwarming story is exactly what it says on the cover, the story of Santa. I reviewed it last year and absolutely loved it. Of course, I already own an e-book version of this, but when I saw the paperback was only $4 on Book Outlet I snatched it up.

30 Second Mythology by Robert A. Segal

This little book contains 50 of the most interesting Greek and Roman myths told in very short snip-its. I love the 30-Second series and am always excited to add new titles to my collection.

The Sign of Seven Trilogy by Nora Roberts

In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it’s called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys—Caleb, Fox, and Gage—went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone…

I love the books Nora Roberts writes as J.D. Robb, so i thought I would give some of her fantasy novels a chance. I have heard good things!

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

This modern day retelling of the Peter Pan story sounded very interesting. Also, I loved Cemetery Boys, so I had to pick this one up!

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

An entire town has disappeared, and it’s up to werewolves Charles and Anna to uncover what happened. This is book six set in this universe and what a great universe it is.

Also, I know I said I wasn’t going to buy more than three books, but I was weak. It happens. I mean, 10 isn’t a lot, is it?

Everything I Read in March 2021

Welp.

I read didly squat. Instead, I spent the entire month watching Bones on Amazon Prime.

I love that show. Even with all it’s terrible science and it’s cheesy everything. It always manages to bring a smile to my face.

The downside of spending an entire month trying to watch 12 seasons of a tv show is it doesn’t really leave time to read a whole lot of books. So I didn’t. I sacrificed book reading to the TV gods this month. Next month I plan to do better.

Of course, that’s what I said last month.

Oh well.

Monthly Wrap Up-March 2021

Well, what a month huh? It went by fast. Not real sure how that happened, but it did. I mean, one minute March was there, the next minute, it was April first!

Anyhoo…on to the wrap-up!

Everything I Read in February 2021: Well, that was a short list, wasn’t it?

Book Haul-February 2021: Speaking of short lists! I actually stuck to my book buying goals!

Every New Release I Want in March 2021: It might surprise you to learn this, but this is a list of the new releases that I want. Big shocker, I know.

We Got It!: This is the one where I exclaim our joy at the fact that the hubs and I got our vaccine!

Well, Here We Go Again: We’re going to Disney! Sorry, was that to loud? I’m just excited.

And there you have it. All the blog posts from the month of March! Huzzah!

Well, Here We Go Again

We are doing it this time! We are really going to do it!

What are we going to do? Well, once we are done being vaccinated (after our two week waiting period), we’re going to Disney World!!!

Huzzah!!

It only took a moment for us to decide to make the trip. And three and a half ours after that decision, I had contacted our original travel agent at Small World Vacations and we were booked! I even had plane tickets and restaurant reservations done. And parental visits scheduled for our days at Disney Springs and Epcot!

Trip planned!

Now I just have to take care of all the minor details, like planning cute outfits to wear and deciding whether or not to buy those cute mickey ears off of Etsy.

We Got It!

Well, we got it!

What did we get, you may ask?

We got the first dose of the Covid vaccine!

Go us! And by us, I mean me and the hubs.

We are very excited because it means going out in public and seeing people! People!

I miss people.

Every New Release I Want-March 2021

I love new releases. Upside- new books! Downside- expensive new books! So sometimes I wait until these baby’s are out in paperback, or I buy them on the Kindle machine for a cheaper price. But books!

So here are the new releases from March 2021 that I want to pick up, but probably won’t, because I am on a book buying ban.

The things I do to myself.

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs-March 16th

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left their possessions behind. With a mystery on their hands and no jurisdiction on private property, the FBI dumps the whole problem in the lap of the land owner, Aspen Creek, Inc.–aka the business organization of the Marrok’s pack.

Somehow, the pack of the Wolf Who Rules is connected to a group of vanished people. Werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham are tasked with investigating, and soon find that a deserted town is the least of the challenges they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous–and it has met werewolves before.

I love everything set in the Mercy Thompson world, and the Alpha and Omega series is no exception. I pre-ordered this one the minute I learned it existed. And, just so you know, this is book number 6 in the series. It would also help if you read the Mercy Thompson series first. Just sayin.

Breach Of Peace by Daniel B Green-March 30th

An imperial family is found butchered. Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to seed fear into the very heart of the empire itself. Inspector Khlid takes the case and begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible. But when a larger conspiracy comes to light, will Inspector Khlid be able to trust those working within her own precinct?

I’m not usually one to buy things that YouTubers make, but apparently I will want to buy their books. This novella actually sounds pretty good, and at 140 pages, I will probably be purchasing this. Also, that’s a great self publication cover!

The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers-March 23rd

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder—a world where women weave illusions of magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. Bound to her family’s circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2004:Lara Barnes is on top of the world, until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. When her desperate search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals, Lara is swept into a story of a dark circus and ill-fated love.

Soon secrets about Lara’s family history begin to come to light, revealing a curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations. A curse that might be tied to her fiancé’s mysterious disappearance.

I like books that bounce through various timelines. They make me happy.

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark-March 23rd

Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought. 

Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet’s edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne. 

Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren’t for sale.

I will take assassinations and massacres. This book sounds both dark and fun all at the same time. Or maybe that’s just me.

The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst-March 9th

Twenty-five years ago, five heroes risked their lives to defeat the bone maker Eklor—a corrupt magician who created an inhuman army using animal bones. But victory came at a tragic price. Only four of the heroes survived. 

Since then, Kreya, the group’s leader, has exiled herself to a remote tower and devoted herself to one purpose: resurrecting her dead husband. But such a task requires both a cache of human bones and a sacrifice—for each day he lives, she will live one less.

She’d rather live one year with her husband than a hundred without him, but using human bones for magic is illegal in Vos. The dead are burned—as are any bone workers who violate the law. Yet Kreya knows where she can find the bones she needs: the battlefield where her husband and countless others lost their lives.

But defying the laws of the land exposes a terrible possibility. Maybe the dead don’t rest in peace after all.  

Five warriors—one broken, one gone soft, one pursuing a simple life, one stuck in the past, and one who should dead. Their story should have been finished. But evil doesn’t stop just because someone once said, “the end.”

You had me at “resurrect dead husband”.

The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood-March 18th (kindle only)

Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid.

Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.

One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay…

I love Cinderella retellings…sometimes. This one sounds great!

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner-March 2nd

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

And we are hopping through timelines again! Whoo hoo! Full disclosure, I also bought this book. It was a Book of the Month pick this month and the description brought me joy!

Machinehood by S.B. Divya-March 2nd

Welga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, is about to retire early when her client is killed in front of her. It’s 2095 and people don’t usually die from violence. Humanity is entirely dependent on pills that not only help them stay alive, but allow them to compete with artificial intelligence in an increasingly competitive gig economy. Daily doses protect against designer diseases, flow enhances focus, zips and buffs enhance physical strength and speed, and speeds the healing process.

All that changes when Welga’s client is killed by The Machinehood, a new and mysterious terrorist group that has simultaneously attacked several major pill funders. The Machinehood operatives seem to be part human, part machine, something the world has never seen. They issue an ultimatum: stop all pill production in one week.

Global panic ensues as pill production slows and many become ill. Thousands destroy their bots in fear of a strong AI takeover. But the US government believes the Machinehood is a cover for an old enemy. One that Welga is uniquely qualified to fight.

Welga, determined to take down the Machinehood, is pulled back into intelligence work by the government that betrayed her. But who are the Machinehood and what do they really want?

Terroist cyborgs? I’ll take some of that.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas-March 23rd

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

This is a Peter pan retelling by the author of Cemetery Boys, a book I loved. Yes, I have it pre-ordered.

And just like that, there are all the books I am looking forward to in March. What books are you looking forward to?

Book Haul February 2021

Another month, another book haul. Last month I promised to only buy three books. Let’s see how I did.

Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb

The story of the murder of the lover of a rich, lesbian socialite takes a turn in an investigation into the unexpected in the 52nd book in the In Death Series. It was as good as ever. Also, don’t you love it when you forget about pre-ordering a book?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The story about a black girl who wants blue eyes. I bought it for a book club read and then never read it. I am going to read it. Why? Cause it won a Nobel!!!

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This book should contain a trigger warning for suicide, cause that’s what happens. A young woman decides to end her life and when she does it, she is taken away to the Midnight Library. There she is given the opportunity to see all the could have beens in her life. This has intrigued me since it was released, and it was 50% off the list price, so I snatched it up.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

There is a girl, she finds an ancient alien artifact. Then there is a war. I’m gonna be honest, I’m not real sure what this one is about. I just liked the cover.

Well, I bought 4 books last month. Not bad! Could be worse, so I’d say I did a good job!

How many books will I buy in March?

Everything I Read in February 2021

Are you ready? Cause this month the list is super long.

Are you sure your ready?

Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb

Ah yes, the 52nd book in the In Death series. This one follows Eve as she tracks down the killer of, well, the lesbian lover of a extremely conservatives religious groups biggest financial donor’s daughter. No, this book isn’t complicated at all. It was fun to read though. I gave it 4 stars, but that’s mostly for nostalgias sake. I think it’s more of a 3.5 star book if I’m honest. Still, I loved it and that’s all that matters!

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

The final book set in the All Souls universe. Though not the last, as the author has admitted to being in the process of writing more. Hooray! This one is all about Marcus and his journey as a vampire! I loved it enough to give it 5 stars. I might be biased, but Deborah Harkness is one of my favorite authors.

In Love and Pajamas by Catana Chetwynd

Cute comics about an engaged couple that are adorably in love with each other. I have each book the author has produced and am in love with her daily comics. My husband even enjoyed flipping through this little book!

And there you have it. Those are the only books I read last month. I started a book that I haven’t finished yet. But still. Just wasn’t feeling the book reading last month. It happens sometimes. Oh well, at least I still read.

My moods for books are even across the board this month! I guess that’s what happens when you read so few books.

I kind of figured the pacing would be split evenly between all three books.

No 500 page books? Well, I only read three books, so…

Only 4 genres? That’s so few.

Two 4 star books? Yeah, I can see that.

This was a slow reading month for me. I was more concerned about the newest episodes of WandaVision and A Discovery of Witches then I was about actually reading. I actually watched TV this month. Who knew that could happen?