Book Review: Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer #BookReview #2019ReadingChallenge #EchoNorth #Retelling

Echo North 

By Joanna Ruth Meyer

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My review:

The first quarter of Echo North was wonderful and had me captivated as everything was setting up, but the rest of the book was up and down for me. I wanted to fall in love with this book, but it turned out to be just an okay read for me.

The story begins with Echo, a young girl who lost her mother at birth and now lives with her father and brother. After attempting to help a wolf in a trap escape, Echo is attacked and her face is permanently scared. She’s treated differently because of her scars and ends up working in her father’s bookshop with little belief in herself. After being reunited with the wolf who attacked her, she agrees to live in his magical house for one year which will spare her father’s life. The wolf intends for her to be the new ‘keeper’ of the house because he’s dying and there is no one to tend to it. Echo wishes to find a way to save his life as she struggles to help keep the house from unbinding, with more rooms disappearing each day.

“Everyone is searching for their true selves. But everyone hides their true selves from each other. Look for the truth. If you find it, you will see through the enchantment.”

I love retellings and did feel the similarities (although subtle) to Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun and West of the Moon, but the book had some definite uniqueness to it. I can say with certainty that I haven’t read a book with a library of enchanted ‘book mirrors’ in it before, where you enter a mirror and become part of the story within in, visiting all different sorts of book-worlds, all containing different adventures. The idea is unique to me and what I found most interesting in the tale. I also had questions throughout the story with certain parts that were puzzling, but appreciated that everything was nicely wrapped up by the end of the book.

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Book Review: Geekerella (Once Upon a Con #1) by Ashley Poston #BookReview #Fiction #YoungAdult #Retelling #2019ReadingChallenge

Geekerella

By Ashley Poston

My thoughts on this book:

This is such a cute and clever story!

Ever since Elle was little, she’s loved a Sci-Fi TV series called Starfield. Her parents also loved the show and her dad actually started a convention called ExcelsiCon for Starfield fans. Now, there’s a Starfield reboot with new actors and a chance to enter a cosplay contest. Winners of the contest will get a chance to attend the ExcelsiCon Ball and meet the new actor playing the part of Prince Carmindor. Elle knows she must enter the contest because she’s an ultimate fangirl and lives for Starfield. The big problem is that Elle’s stepmother is bitter about anything that doesn’t benefit her and she hates Starfield. Elle will have to find a way to make this happen on her own and without her stepmom finding out.

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Book Review: Beauty by Robin McKinley #2019ReadingChallenge #Book Review #Retelling #ReadingChallenge

Beauty

by Robin McKinley

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I first found this book at foodinbooks.com which is a wonderful blog that everyone should check out. Please see Vanessa’s review of Beauty and check out her ‘cinnamon almond cake’ by clicking the link provided above. Continue reading “Book Review: Beauty by Robin McKinley #2019ReadingChallenge #Book Review #Retelling #ReadingChallenge”

2019 Retellings Reading Challenge #Retellings #Reading Challenge #2019ReadingChallenge

I love retellings and what better way to catch up on the stacks of retellings I’ve had waiting on my shelf than to join this reading challenge! I wasn’t planning on joining any reading challenges this year besides Goodreads, but I just couldn’t pass on this one.

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I originally saw this on Kate’s blog @everywhere and nowhere. Be sure to check out her post because she has an entire reading lineup for this challenge to meet all categories! I was very impressed and inspired by her post.

The challenge is being hosted by Tracy@cornerfolds.com. if you’d like to sign up for this challenge, click the link provided.

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Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller

For Better and Worse

By Margot Hunt

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From Goodreads:

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? Continue reading “Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller”

Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T.Greenwood #KeepingLucy #StMartinsPress #NGEW2018 #NetGalley #Fiction #BookReview

From Goodreads:

From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

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Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge

The Last Homecoming

by Dan Chabot

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From Goodreads:

HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTSTRINGS ARE… Three troubled strangers gather on Christmas Eve to say farewell to a doomed old house, the secure shelter and refuge where each of them grew up over the course of 90 years. They all have warm, golden memories of youthful, magical Christmases here, and of the Rockwell-esque small town that nourished them as children. These old walls were witness to the stories of… …An elderly, feisty nun with life-searing experiences as a nurse in World War II, whose promiscuous youth still haunts her; …A depressed former Major League baseball pitcher who is contemplating a horrific act; …The hometown newspaper editor, still dealing with the tragic consequences of her long-ago teenage love affair. They are joined by their gracious host, the last owner of the house, whose own deep attachment has led her to stage this last homecoming for people who know it is not just a house, but a shrine of memories and echoes. But before it goes down to make way for a new bridge, this safe old sanctuary has surrendered some astonishing final secrets… Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge”

This Weeks Children’s Books: The House of Lost and Found – A Box of Butterflies – The Invisible Garden – Bear’s Adventure #NetGalley #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #FlorisBooks

Happy Friday, everyone! We read some interesting children’s books this week. I was able to choose these from NetGalley and some have already been archived as I’m catching up. Here are my reviews for them below.

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Book Review: How Far We Go and How Fast by Nora Decter #BookReview #NetGalley #HowFarWeGo #UltimateReadingChallenge November

How Far We Go and How Fast

by Nora Decter

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