James Rollins can put down some images that cause you to slink down and try your best to hide and not be noticed. This is the first book in a new series adventure of hidden secrets and ruthless control.
This is a complex tale with the introduction to, and eventual meeting up of a whole cast of characters tasked to save the world.
As with any epic, this is a long book. It does great at setting up this new universe. I will say that towards the last 10% of the book, I kept thinking “Really? ANOTHER battle? ANOTHER twist?? I guess for me I was ready to just wrap this one up and go on to book 2. This is a series I will look for the next book in, just know that in this one – one battle leads to another and another and another until your adrenaline is spent and all you want is a nap. Not saying it’s not a good story – just … you get it.
I will definitely be recommending this novel, and rate it a 3.5 out of 5 stars – and I am excited for the next installment! Look for this first novel on its Jan 4, 2022 publication date at a retailer near you!
Thank you to #NetGalley, the publisher, and the author James Rollins for providing me with an electronic arc in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Welcome to the beautiful Home Owners Association of Arcadia. So beautiful. So tranquil. So perfect. Okay … so there may be some rules that are questionable… don’t be out after dark… no fences … keep where everyone can see all the way through your house … don’t lock doors … no breaking rules that go in and on. But, hey! Don’t we all suffer just a little bit for the person we love? Especially when seen through rose colored glasses and just determined they are just so perfect and that we were made for each other … soulmates of sorts. Right? Unless maybe the strange neighbors and their cryptic messages just might mean something. Or what about that nagging don’t go in the basement rule. Hmmmmm.
For me, this very short novella was a mash up of the strangest sort by billing it as horror with the necessary … horrific discoveries, but also encompassing the realm of fantasy, (think Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik,) a children’s story (The Three Little Bears) and then all of the above smashed into the story of Adam and Eve from the Bible. Whew. Is your head spinning yet?!
I can see this being used in a book club setting for the different nuances one can pick from the story and what other meanings might lay beneath the surface. It’s also just strange enough that when you get through your left thinking … huh. Interesting premise.
This was a 3 out of 5 star novel for me. I did like it. And the length is just perfect for reading as a palette cleanser between novel genre switching or just as a fast read.
Thank you so much to #NetGalley, the publisher and the author Catherynne Valente for providing me with an electronic arc in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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In the holiday spirit, a bunch of new items are being introduced into my #Etsy shop. Some of these are one of a kind, as they are made IN the book for which the design inspiration came from. Not only that, those one of a kind books are perfect collector items that add to the art. I love something I know that no one else has. What a talk piece. A conversation starter. I just love things that bring us together and allow us to talk about good things instead of the usual bad we are seeing these days.
One of my absolute #favorite #ChristmasMovies is A Christmas Story. Okay, who am I kidding. I can watch that movie anytime… but I especially love it on repeat starting around thanksgiving time and through the holiday season. Ralphie makes me want that Red Ryder BB Gun… almost as much as wanting the A++++++++++++++++++++++++ paper. Cue the wild applause!!!
This is a one of a kind silhouette art piece. While I was lucky and given a couple copies of the book, each one will have a different theme or image. I started with my favorite … “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
How is any Christmas complete without the chilling tale of Mr. Charles Dickens telling us to watch our step with the haunting A Christmas Carol. This is also a one of a kind creation placed in a gorgeous copy of the novel. You can find it in my Etsy shop here ~ http://www.etsy.com/listing/1113872337/a-christmas-carol-silhouette-book-art ~ but like the previous art piece, when it’s gone, it’s gone.
I’ve also added one featuring a fathers love. You know, those sweet dads holding their babies hands. Taking them fishing. Those are memories and sites that live in us long after the event has happened. This tribute to a dads love can be seen soon on my Etsy site, but here’s a sneak preview here !
There are many other silhouette books also for sale in my Etsy shop. This year, with pipelines shut down, why not #shoplocal and #supportsmallbusinesses and #supportlocalartists by adding one of these timeless pieces to your home, or purchase for someone you love today. There’s no better way to make someone smile that with #custom book art!
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This year has been incredibly trying due to the long reaching, and seemingly never ending, effects of the pandemic. USPS had become slower, things are lost more often when shipped, people are so paranoid they are absconding with other peoples packages left by delivery drivers, even IF the are captured on the home they are violating, or a neighbors door camera device. Shipping pipelines shutting down meaning less stock on our shelves, also warranting companies to gouge those already high prices to astronomical levels. Food prices soaring, ability to work decreased or hindered all together – and here we are … again at the precipice of another holiday season.
It’s a lot to take in. With reopening of holidays and space and gathering numbers returning to “normal” – people just want to have fun. Let loose. Mingle and mix and do everything bigger and better. Unfortunately that’s not possible for everyone. And with constraints on living and eating at an all time high – the word giving should be taking on newer and more heartfelt gestures this year of all years. We’ve had it tough. So much unrest and uncertainty.
So what’s the answer? Honestly, your guess is as good as mine, is as good as those in higher positions, and so on and so forth. I think for me, it’s the return to giving hand made crafts, crafts and items made by hands specifically for the person intended. The thought, the knowledge of the receiver, the amount of love and kindness doesn’t have to come from a big factory, be a store bought thing.
This year, why not look at sites like Etsy? Handcrafted with love is all over that site, and as a bonus, a lot of the sellers offer free shipping! Everyone knows that free shipping is dollars you aren’t adding to the price and taxes associated with purchases. Bam! And straight to your door! No muss, no fuss, and no venturing out in flu plus pandemic season chaos!
I started my journey into the craft world after suffering a stroke, at work, ON my birthday, from an undiagnosed brain aneurysm. Who knew?! Before the stroke I was very science minded, where as after the stroke I found that I had this huge creative side that opened up.
As I am sure you can tell from my blogging choices, I absolutely love books. I have my whole life. The more the merrier and the happier I feel. When I learned that books deemed “unworthy” or that had outlived their shelf life (oh boy – shelf life …hmmm 😂) were sent to warehouses to be either destroyed or forgotten to mold in stuffed away places. How sad! So of course, my medium has settled to book art. While I do all kinds of art, (the drawing, painting, cutting, coordinating, floral arrangements and wreath making, vinyl work, wall art, paper art, etc) my favorite integration is, of course, these beautiful recycled books, and all of the crazy creations I can turn them into.
I’ve just listed my two newest Angel Folded Book Art Sculptures in time for Christmas. I’m adding new things and new designs quite frequently too! There’s A Christmas Story silhouette book art series coming out that will all be ONE OF A KIND, and IN the original book that started that movie craze.
There will be a couple of original and ONE OF A KIND, and IN the original A Christmas Carol silhouette book, that when these are gone they are gone so be sure to keep checking.
There’s even coming to Etsy a Sherlock Holmes Silhouette fold book that will also be ONE OF A KIND, and IN the original leather book which is absolutely gorgeous! Again, when this sells out it’s gone.
I do make all of these featured in just whatever book I am working with on the site, available to purchase as well, for slightly less in price, but they DO NOT come in the book from which the image displayed is from. Just another collector bonus. I also customize so you can choose your ribbon or flower colors! You can see the Sherlock Holmes silhouette book NOT in the Sherlock Holmes book, but just in a recycled book in my Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/690906295/sherlock-holmes-folded-book-art but no two versions are quite the same. There are other silhouette books listed there as well.
Speaking of flowers, there will also be new vase appearances both in the book and free standing, as well as candles, music boxes, carousels, nativity sets, fairy houses, bird houses, and a few more brand new items as well. So keep checking http://www.etsy.com/shop/FallingInPaints for more to come!
Without further ado, introducing the Gold and White Angel Folded Book Art Sculpture with its absolutely stunning floral rose bouquet and glitter painted shine is an absolute room stopper. Walking around her in the different ways light hits her has her sparkling and sending positive and good luck for you this holiday season, and everyday as a reminder that there are good things watching over us. You can find it here on Etsy, http://www.etsy.com/listing/1095140950/gold-and-white-angel-book-art-sculpture or you can view it here on Pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/pin/648236940123985445/ or I have put a couple right here for you to see!
Everything on these angels is folded by me, cut by hand, painted and decorated so that I’ve never had duplicate art, personalized, and made with tons of love and attention. Most things have any where from hundreds, to thousands, to tens of thousands of cuts and folds. And that’s before any of the hard work and magic happens. What better way to spread love and not break the bank, as well as avoiding all the stress and headache from hoping your stuff gets through the pipelines … yeahhh… I’d be a Grinch for sure!
I do hope this helps you with creative ideas for holiday gifts, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, showers, parties, I love you gifts, or simply for those book lovers that enjoy showcasing their love in a new and improved form!
Thank you so much for reading my blog and I do hope you will be so kind as to leave me a comment, follow along with me on this book review and book art journey, visit the #Etsy shop, and customize and send some unique love to yourself or loved ones! May your holiday season be filled with loved ones, good memories, good times, and blessings abound!
Have you ever had a book come along at the right time and just sweep you away to a place where not only are your troubles forgotten for awhile, but you feel better about them once finishing the final sentence before? If you haven’t, THIS IS YOUR BOOK!!
Sleeping beauty as a tale has been told countless times in so many various ways, but Alix Harrow, in my opinion, takes the cake with this retelling.
Do you like your traditional medieval princess with poofy dresses and flowery language? Check! Or, do you prefer your princess to be more of the Viking, battle trodden, large as a house and takes no guff variety? That’s also a check! What about that dark 90s type, short hair, loner kind of princess? You’re still in luck! Prefer your princess to be futuristic with sleek silver lines and come equipped with a blaster? Oh yeah. Harrow still has you covered! You say you prefer your princess to be modern, of this day, toting a cell phone, typical youthful, colorful language, and sporting a best friend that brings the power of equality for LGBTQIA+ rights? Yup, this book packs a princess with a punch for all tastes!
Then add in the cosmic twist of multiverse themes and princesses and witches throughout time and you have one heck of an amazing read. I will shamelessly admit I woke this morning at 3:45 am and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I opened my kindle and chose A Spindle Splintered and oh my goodness, I read the entire thing in about 3 hours, tapping furiously on my kindle, flying through this adventure with wild abandon, reaching the end and wanting desperately for there to me more. This is the third book by Harrow I have now read and I must say, I have become a huge fan, patiently (ok maybe not so patiently – silently begging her creative juices to keep kicking in) waiting for the next novel with her name attached.
If you haven’t read her, why? If you need a feel good, page turning book addiction, jump on that electronic gizmo you have and pre-order this for its release date October 5, 2021. Just in time for the veil between the worlds becoming thinner around Halloween. Harrow is spot on in her dedication of this book “for everyone who deserves a better story than the one they have.” What more can you say?
So many thanks to #NetGalley, MacMillan-Tor/Forge, and the master spinner of female empowered fairy tales Alix E. Harrow for providing me with an electronic ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is one EVERYONE could use in their life. Read it!! Highly 5 out of 5 star recommend!
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I always believe reviews are for just this purpose, but in case you missed the synopsis of the book… who better to give it to you than the publisher … so enjoy!
USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story. Featuring Arthur Rackham’s original illustrations for The Sleeping Beauty, fractured and reimagined.
“A vivid, subversive and feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where implacable destiny is no match for courage, sisterhood, stubbornness and a good working knowledge of fairy tales.” ―Katherine Arden
It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no-one has lived past twenty-one.
Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.
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If you love witches, witch trials, an atmospheric time period with a dueling timeline, and a hauntingly beautiful story, well this is the book for you.
Told between 1998 and 2020 alternating people and timelines, this witch tale brings about the whole realization that the past, plus the present is all wrapped up in the future. That forgiveness is in itself time travel.
From the opening chapter, I thought this was going to be a bloody, brutal portraying of the witch trials that so needlessly happened around the world, but was pleasantly shocked and amazed to find it was also a love story – a ballad to family, both what we are given, as well as what we make, and a story that will leave you aching to return to this tale over and over. It’s one of those novels you are both thrilled you dived into, as well as one you just wish you hadn’t cracked the magic open so you could relive that feeling all over again.
I’d definitely rate this a 4 to a 4.5 out of 5 star read for me. This is one I highly recommend you jump to pre-order, or snap up as quick as you can! Everyone needs a little magic in their life.
Thank you so much to #NetGalley, #BerkleyPublishingGroup, #Berkley, and the hauntingly talented C. J. Cooke ( @CJessCooke) for the electronic ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
This should definitely be on your radar for release day October 5, 2021!
Thank you so much for reading my opinions. I strive to review based on would I spend my hard earned money to purchase this book, wait for the library, or skip it all together. I figure should you be reading reviews, you know the book premise as the publisher always sums it up so well. This is one I will recommend as it’s just that great of a story! I hope that you will join in my journey of book reviews and book art pieces. I appreciate you. What are you reading? Any recommendations? Have you read this novel? What were your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you!
If you missed the book synopsis… here you go! Straight from the publisher !
Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.
When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she’s frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.
Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she’s initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers–except she’s still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she’ll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn’t realize just how much the truth will change her.”
The Lighthouse Witches, by C.J. Cooke
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As Halloween approaches every year, besides the traditional tricks, treats, and crazy hyped up children buzzing around faster than Leatherface’s chainsaw goes, you can count on a few spooky, creepy, nightmarish gems to pop out of my personal favorite genre – the scarefest terrorland of horror. And what cackling lady of broomstick flights and child eating delights lives there? Why witches of course! While not a “horror” story per se – this witch tale did not disappoint.
These characters are relatable and ones you will find yourself rooting or cheering for. You have a taste of that age old love story- girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl and boy move in together- now girl becomes super clingy and boy secretly convinces and persuades girl to take a job in a new town, far away, by herself… cause he needs time … so away she goes, eyes down turned, no self confidence, knowing no one – as boy is secretly cheering, hitting the bars and conveniently dodging her calls … how romantic!!
We’ve all been told be careful who you talk to. So what happens when you accidentally friend the town witch – and you had no idea the town even HAD a witch?! Being new in town is rough enough, but what about all those side glares as you’re bopping around with your new bestie? I mean, yeah… maybe a few people in town told you she might be dangerous …
But she’s your friend isn’t she ? She cares about you doesn’t she? I mean, what’s a creepy ghost or two…or more… between friends. She wouldn’t hurt YOU would she? And all the spiders!! Full disclosure – as I have a true arachnophobia, the appearance of the spiders all over her new apartment that she kindly talked to and put outside ??? Yeah… I’d have burned that new apartment to the ground. The spider parts were my horror story! Except Ralph, now he was a super cute spider! Yet, I digress … trapped in the spider webs …
What happens when you may not be ready to call it quit quits with the ex boyfriend, but in not dumping him from your thoughts and worse… your cell phone … , you inadvertently make that witch killer mad … yikes!!
This sets your path for a truly fun read. This is one that I will pull out again and again at Halloween, and recommend to everyone! The fun story (even with the horrific spiders …eeekkkk) and the great writing made this a 4 out of 5 star read for me.
If I were you I would pre-order and add this treasure to your TBR now! It’s set for publishing Oct. 5, 2021.
Thank you so much to #NetGalley, #BerkleyPublishing, and the author Rachel Harrison for providing me with an electronic ARC in exchange for my honest opinions.
I hope you have a spooktacular time with this one! Let me know what you think. What are you reading? I hope you will follow along with my book reviews and book art thoughts and rambles. Thank you so much for reading and don’t be shy to leave a comment! Happy reading my friends!
This novel sounded like it was going to be spot on. You have a person going around vandalizing things in the neighborhood… there’s Jen who thinks she may just be raising a sociopath, her son Abe, who may just be terrorizing the neighborhood, and you have Lena and Annie… two women drawn together by a strange and tortured past, a dead husband in the mix … oh my goodness… I’m ready for the popcorn and the snuggly blankets, and all my attention has been deftly tuned to the plight of this crazy neighborhood and the women in this book club …
So this is a S-L-O-O-O-O-O-W-W-W burn 🔥 story. I mean slow as in if each letter of the word slow were separated 1000 pages apart and you had to turn and “read” each page between the letters, before finally finding out 4000 pages later that EVERYTHING you read previously could have been summed up so much cleaner and faster… you wouldn’t have turned old and your drink dried up, causing dehydration and your poor eyeballs are blinking dust going what the heck?? I devoted all this time and energy and brain power and have been waiting on the tension and thriller and … this is it??? What the heck???
For me, I never really found myself drawn to any of the characters, I thought they were all equally sneaky, dishonest, trouble causing, rumor starting … okay reigning that back in … 😂 which the humdrum pace and interactions caused me to find myself skimming the paragraphs and having to go back thinking – wait!? Did I miss something? Did something happen as I was drifting off thinking about laundry and house cleaning … and and …
It’s only in the last few pages are the questions answered (as in most thrillers) but this one just felt fluffed. Over fluffed. Suffocating fluffed. Great story premise. I found myself stubborn enough to not want to not finish and see what the twist or hook was. It was a good answer … as I refuse to give spoilers… but I just found myself let down… this was just not the ”thriller” for me.
Who knows? Maybe I missed something. This is one that I could have just skipped … but let me know what you think!
I would rate this a 2 out of 5 stars – great premise – just dragged out overkill in my humble opinion.
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I can’t believe that the season is already upon us! Time for fall evenings, football, fire pits, holiday planning and candles … tons of candles.
When you take those gently used, unloved, fixing to be trashed, or (goodness forbid) burned (yikes!) books, and apply just a little extra love, you now have a book that’s been given a new purpose and new life.
These can be customized and displayed all year long. What a gift you are giving yourself or someone you love, and what a gift you are giving these books with a second chance.
Each book art candle, and all book flowers, are handmade with hundreds of folds carefully placed, artfully crafted, and with attention to detail present in every creation. These truly can be made as a compliment to your home decor, a reflection of your personality, or a thoughtful, unique gift for family and friends.
While just adding a few examples to my Etsy shop, the sky is absolutely the limit on color creations and endless beauty!
Drop by my Etsy shop and check out some of my book art creations. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask me! I love to help create and plan!
Candles are always in style and it’s definitely that time when they just add that special touch. Thank you so much for checking out my Book Art Candles, and I look forward to creating one just for you!
This is definitely an emotionally charged and heartbreaking novel that reads so fast, you’ll be sad that it’s over. I can see why Sunjeev Sahota is on the Booker Prize List for 2021.
Having a dual timeline in 1929 and 1999, Sahota weaves a tale he’s pulled from his family history masterfully, and blended it into this novel where one can’t tell what’s family history and what’s just story.
I could not get enough of 15 year old Mehar and all of her headstrong exploits to figure out which of 3 brothers she is married to. After all, when you have 3 brides and 3 grooms all in the same place, and the 3 grooms happen to be brothers, and as a female you are made to wear a veil to cover your face from strange men, and then your newly acquired mother in law is arranging when marital relations happen by keeping brides in one room, her sons in their rooms, and marital relations assigned by Mai, the mother in law, in the dark kept China Room… I can see where confusion could occur quite quickly!
I also loved the parallels between the modern story- where Mehar’s great-grandson has come from England to Punjab to recover in seclusion on the family farm, only to find that he is sleeping in the same room (prison more like) that his great-grandmother was kept in- and the historical one.
Both great-grandmother and great grandson seem plagued by the same ties of being secluded, being in love, and all the youthful mistakes one makes when those things occur. They also both are affected by changing political climate with the Free India Movement gaining momentum in the 1929 story and with the blaming of immigrants for the economic troubles happening in the UK.
This novel is boiled in heartbreak and steeped with tension. It’s a tale of family, deceptions, choice and consequence, as well as the unique ability humans have to break free of imposed imprisonments of both the body and mind. It’s a love story. It’s a cautionary tale. It’s a glimpse of the treatment of women in cultures outside your own. This has it all.
I highly recommend this well written novel. A 4 out of 5 star read, and one not to miss.
As always, thank you for reading my review, and happy reading my friends! I hope your next read is phenomenal! I’d love to have you join along in all my book review as well as book art fun!
Happy reading my friends! May your next read be phenomenal!