Monday, November 19, 2018

The Modern Booket List

All right, so I have decided to create another booket list, but this is for modern books  I was trying to stay with classics on my first list, but there are so many newer (than classic) books that I want to read at least once. So, I'm making a list.  I'm going to include some books that I have already read, because these are books that I think everyone should read once in their lives.

I need your help!!!  Please hit me up in the comments and tell me your picks.  We are going to 100.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Shelf Space Update: 11/18/18

Shelf Space Updates

Every week I like to take a look back and see what books I have reviewed, which books I have read, which books I have added to my TBR (to-be read) pile, and which books I have tossed, i.e. decided I will unfortunately not have enough time in this life to read.  You’ll notice that this last section will not appear very often, for two very important reasons.  I LOATHE getting rid of books and absolutely hate admitting that I can’t read them all.

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Books Reviews


Books Finished

TBR Additions

I wish this list was exclusive, but I add so many books that would be impossible.  So, these are the ones I added this week that I am most excited about.


None this week, I have stayed strong and optimistic; however, my TBR pile grew more than my read pile, so I am obviously losing this battle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ARC Review: The Witch of Willow Hall

ABL Review At-A-Glance

Ø Title:  The Witch of Willow Hall
Ø My Rating: 3.75
Ø Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Ø Author:  Hester Fox
Ø Format:  ARC ebook*
Ø Publication Date:  October 2, 2018

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Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

My Thoughts...

The Witch of Willow Hall gave me some of the same feelings as Night Circus and The Winter Witch.  This is a story of discovery as well as a story of family.

I loved Lydia, but she frustrated me on several occasions.  Without using spoilers, suffice it to say that Lydia falls into the writing trap of problems only being problems because people don’t talk to each other.  This is a pet peeve of mine.  I do not like books whose plots depend on misunderstandings. 

Also, there is a point at which I was literally yelling at Lydia to not be so stupid.  When you know your sister is an evil hag who has vowed to ruin your life, why, oh, why would you take her word for anything?  In fact, at this point, I’m thinking you should assume Catherine is playing a perpetual game of opposite day.  Whatever she says, the opposite is true.  Words to live by.

Beyond those things, though, Lydia is a caring and lovely young lady who is dealing with extraordinary circumstances.  Her life is turned upside down by others decisions and she is trying to lie as well as possible.

I wish the plot had developed faster, and this book could have been edited more, but this is a good paranormal historical fiction read.  I really did enjoy it.

* Special thanks to Hester Fox and NetGalley for providing a copy of The Witch of Willow Hall in exchange for an honest review.

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