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Not a High Flyer | Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Not a High Flyer | Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

The hardest thing for me in connection with the #ShelfLove Challenge is not to buy a book when I’m stressed. I broke in early June. Work was getting me down, none of the free audiobooks from SYNC had grabbed my attention and I needed something to brighten my day one morning as I dreaded going into work. Recalling that Black Dove, White Raven had released, I went ahead and purchased it. This novel fits snuggly in an area of history I don’t know much about it. Set mainly in Ethiopia in the years leading up to World War II, the lack of known historical context on my part, the narrators and the story itself, left me struggling to connect with Black Dove, White Raven the way I connected with Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. The history. The history of Ethiopia is fascinating. A nation that just recently abolished slavery was running on its own calendar (which was several years behind our own) took pride in the fact it was the only African nation to never be colonized. Religion runs deep in the hills—literally and figuratively. This is a history not explored in American classrooms. I don’t recall any […]

6 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on September 21, 2015
Book Review 112: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review 112: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Encore replaces my Rewind Review feature. This feature will give me the opportunity share older reviews and posts, and reviews of books I’ve re-read. I hope you’ll join in the conversation, share your thoughts on re-reads and older discussion posts. Enjoy! SPOILER ALERT! Since this is a re-read, this review will probably contain spoilers. Proceed with caution! Outlander is a book that is near and dear to my heart. It is responsible for kicking off my adult reading life thanks to a suggestion from a co-worker back in 2001 or 2002. It’s the book that made me discover historical fiction books with a twist of science fiction. Jamie Fraser is my first (and only) book boyfriend. Outlander is the first eBook I ever purchased and my first Audible download. I’ve loaned out my copy of Outlander so many times I’ve lost count. It also had not been returned so many times that I’ve lost count. And my current copy, purchased from Half Price Books, will not be loaned out because its cover is unique and I don’t want to give it up. Outlander is responsible for me connecting with lots of my co-workers and other authors. It’s the reason […]

20 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on September 3, 2015
Book Review 97: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Book Review 97: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

A few years ago I visited The Red Balloon Bookshop, a fantastic independent bookstore in the Twin Cities that specializes in children’s books. As I was wont to do (before the #ShelfLove Challenge), I wandered about the shelves in the young adult section and spied Grave Mercy on the shelves. It had a shelf tag with a brief review that mentioned assassin nuns. I did not buy Grave Mercy during that bookstore trip. However, the thought of assassin nuns never left me and I itched to buy the book each time I saw it. I did buy it, eventually, at Half Price Books and then it languished on my shelves. I was motivated to choose Grave Mercy from my bookshelf partly because of our #ShelfLove Challenge and partly because I was seeing a resurgence of the book on other review sites with the release of the latest book in the series. I felt It was high time I read the book that caught my attention just a couple of years ago. Set in France…excuse me…Britanny…in the late 1400s, Grave Mercy is fraught with mystery and political intrigue. I enjoyed Gavriel and Ismae. While they spend quite a bit of time […]

12 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on June 17, 2015