May Book Reviews

This is an upsetting time in the US with virus deaths reaching 100k, and the 9-minute public murder of an African American man by police. My heart is broken. Reading continues to be a release.

This month my offering of reviews includes beautiful poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, and a short story. I hope you enjoy browsing my 4 and 5-star reviews. There are some lovely reads here.

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Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings by Gabriela Marie Milton

There are poetry books where the words feel like chocolates that melt on your tongue, where the imagery seduces you into a timeless place of mystery or lays out a universe of emotion, the crux of a life in a few perfect lines. I love free verse that’s evocative, where the sounds and rhythms sweep me off my feet. Gabriela Marie Milton’s poetry is and does all those things.

The book is set up into three parts. First, Love Poems, a generous collection of free verse that took my breath away. Part two has side-by-side poems, one in English, the other its Italian translation. And Part three has short prose that honestly, reads like poetry. All of it is sublime.

And none of it should be rushed. I read this collection over two weeks, savoring each offering in the darkness before sleep. A luxurious read for anyone who loves poetry and beautiful words.

*****

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

This book is charming, charming, charming. Did I mention that it’s charming? Isobel, a human, paints portraits for the fair folk, and something about her painting of Rook, the Prince of Autumn, thrusts her into danger. Stuck in the courts of the fair folk, they fall in love, but the penalty of breaking the Good Law that forbids such affairs is death.

Forbidden romance is a source of tension in this story, but I’m hesitant to call it a romance. There’s deception, danger, magic and glamour, hard choices, and sinister forces at play. The fair folk are beautiful and exquisitely described, but beneath the nearly perfect exterior, they are opportunists, decaying, hollow, and cruel.

Characterization is exceptional. The story is told from Isobel’s pov. She and Rook are sympathetic protagonists, and their perceptions of each other’s worlds, behaviors, and rules are fascinating. In general, the differences between the fair folk and humans are meticulously developed and kept me entranced. Secondary characters run the gamut from the human Aunt Emma, to the murderous fairy thanes, to Isobel’s delightful half-sisters who are also half-goats who eat everything and climb on furniture.

Descriptions of the landscapes are as immersive as those of the characters. The writing is quite beautiful. The plot is well thought out and keeps moving right up to the reveal at the climax. I wish this was a series because I had a serious book hangover. I’ll be reading more of this author. Highly recommended to fantasy readers and anyone who loves beautiful writing.

*****

It’s All in the Blood by Carol Forrester

I was looking forward to this generous collection of poems, and as soon as it was available on kindle, I picked it up. To me, Forrester’s style is gentle and reflective with an underlying poignancy. The free form poetry unfolds in short phrasing almost like an internal monolog but interspersed with the beauty of poetic metaphor. My favorite poems were those nostalgic musings about family, aging, loss and love, regrets, hopes, and an array of universal experiences that I could relate too. This poetry is simply stated, sprinkled with jewels of imagery, and rich with feeling. An excellent collection. Highly recommended

*****

Awakening: The Shard Chronicles by Ono Northey

I’m a reader of character-driven novels. A fantastic character will keep me riveted, and this book has a six-star main character. Steve is a veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan in an explosion that took out his team, and he wants out of the hospital. A strange murder ends up splattering his hospital room with a human smoothie and suddenly he’s on the run, learning to use a unique mental power that gets him into trouble as much as it saves him.

Why is Steve a fantastic character? He has a sardonic sense of humor that I thoroughly enjoy and that runs through the book from start to finish. External and internal dialog is exceptionally witty, consistent, and natural. He also has a complex personality; he’s a competent soldier, as well as a nice guy at heart who’s grasping at happiness while hiding from the police and visiting his unusual shrink, Tony. The secondary characters, Tony and Steve’s love interest Amber, are both perfectly believable personalities, and the relationships were interesting as well as genuine.

The pace rips along, and there’s a lot of action interspersed between Steve counseling sessions and his budding relationship with Amber. I was impressed with the military details as well as the psychological concepts resulting from Steve’s conversations with Tony. They seemed grounded in reality (I couldn’t really tell but was totally sucked in) and I found myself paying close attention.

Unfortunately, I struggled with the sci-fi-bad-guy elements of the plot. The bad guys have about 6 pov chapters out of about 60 chapters (Tony has one, Steve has the rest). I had a hard time grasping who the bad guys were, their relationships, and their motivations to kill or save Steve. The story ended with lots of loose ends, which I assume will be addressed in the next book. I’m looking forward to the read. I considered a 4-star rating, but the characters forced me to go with 5.

*****

Limbo by Laura Koerber

I wasn’t sure what I thought of this book at first. A teenager, Alyse, finds herself in Limbo after dying of a brain tumor. It’s a dismal place, populated by rather dreary ghosts like herself. The pov doesn’t stay with Alyse, and though I found this distracting for a couple of chapters, as the story progressed, I got to know this odd community, the characters’ backstories, their hopes, dreams, failures, and sorrows. Suddenly, they became deeply human, relatable, and utterly poignant. I was moved.

The world-building details are unique, clever, and enjoyable. For example, many of the characters are wearing hospital gowns (and many of us know that those don’t close securely in the back). They make poker cards out of peeling wallpaper, and have a tendency to float.

Most of the characters don’t understand why they’re in limbo or how to leave. Honestly, I didn’t understand why they were there either, and I didn’t think that question was answered by the end. For me, the lack of a reason for their presence made God (who is not a character in the story) seem cold and unkind. The end is incredibly touching. I recommend this short, well-written, and gentle read to anyone who enjoys a human story.

*****

No Pedigree: A Really Short Story by Nonnie Jules

Baylee is biracial and lives with her hardworking single mom. Mom wants her to get the best opportunities for a successful future and part of that means getting a great education in a posh high school. But in Oklahoma, racism is alive and well, and Baylee is the victim of both verbal and physical abuse. A lucky break enables her to get justice in the end.

This story is a 90-minute read and geared toward young adults, though I enjoyed it as an old adult. Lol. It takes on the important topic of racism and injustice as it still exists today in schools, communities, and the criminal justice system. I enjoyed Baylee’s strength of character and that of her good friend Carson. My only struggle with the story was the somewhat implausible way Baylee skyrocketed out of her situation, but her ability to get justice was satisfying.

*****

An Island Too Lovely by Deborah Kaminsky

Isadora lives on an island, her community isolated from the mainland, peaceful and prosperous, technologically equipped, but tightly controlled. A strange experience with a force field compels her and her friends Annie and Dylan to start questioning the mysteries of their island home.

The first part of the book covers her fruitless explorations as a child. Part 2, the bulk of the story, chronicles her “Walkabout” on the mainland with her friends, a once in a lifetime adventure that all island residents experience in their teens. Part 3, covers her return to the island and her discovery of its secrets.

For most of the book, the plot seems to wander with rambling goals and tangents… until part 3 when the whole thing comes together with an intriguing and clever twist. I thoroughly enjoyed the revelation. At the same time, I did struggle with the middle of the book and was left with questions, particularly about the structure of the walkabout (no spoilers here).

Isadora, Annie, and Dylan are great characters, and I particularly enjoyed Isadora and Annie’s lifelong friendship. They are richly-developed characters and Isadora’s point of view gave me a thorough insight into her personality. The sci-fi elements are detailed and techy, which I enjoyed. Overall, quite entertaining.

*****

Happy Reading!

159 thoughts on “May Book Reviews

  1. Sarah says:

    The world is in turmoil and reading has become my primary escapism of late. Thanks for the wonderful reviews, Diana, I’m especially fascinated by An Enchantment of Ravens – painting the fair folk, now that would be something so cool! 😄 Take care, dear friend! ❤

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  2. Vashti Q says:

    Great reviews, Diana! Thanks for sharing them. 😀 xo

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  3. We “old adults” as you put it so gracefully, learn by reading young adult books, I do believe. That, and not being scared of using our imaginations and letting ‘er rip. This week, one of my writing students (divorced, in her 60s, a kind hippie/poet) wrote to my prompt about a wedding: “I’d like to be married in an Octopus’s garden to a Merman with my bridesmaid my friend Saleem the Mermaid walking me down the seaweed aisle.” Ah, we are young forever. (Great reviews of ‘different” books. Five claps.)

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  4. kevin cooper says:

    Wow… All of these works sound like winners to me, Diana. Like myself you love variety. I especially like the sound of books 2, 3, and 4. Thanks for sharing your insights. I’ll have to check how many I have left to get through on my kindle. 😉🙃

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    • Ha. I’m in the same situation, Kevin. My kindle is a bit loaded right now. I told myself I have to read 5 before I buy another one. Lol. So I’m busily reading. Thanks for checking out the reviews and Happy Reading. 🙂

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      • kevin cooper says:

        Lol… I know right? I sometimes get too carried away downloading books that grab my attention, and then become overwhelmed by how many I have to get through when another book catches my eye. I need to go back to writing out a TBR list rather than haphazardly downloading. 🙀📚😀

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  5. sjhigbee says:

    A great selection of books, Diana. And I hope the refit on the staircase goes smoothly… As for the political situation – such a heartbreak! I am afraid that I have been escaping both into my reading and writing, which I’m aware is a privileged position – but like so many others, I feel so wretchedly helpless. Take care!

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    • It’s raining right now, so in a bit I’ll go down to the barn and start staining the new parts and pieces of the stairs. 🙂 Physical activity is a great distraction and I’ll have my phone reading to me while I work. Some great reads here, Sarah. Thanks for checking them out. Be well. ❤

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  6. Diana, when the words “broken” and “stairs” are in the same sentence, it’s frightening. I hope you are unhurt! Hugs on the wing!

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    • It’s been dangerous for a couple of years, Teagan. Yesterday my husband and I finished the demo. Today we get supplies and start rebuilding. I’ll share a pic when we’re done! Thanks for the kind comment, my friend. ❤ Hugs

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  7. noelleg44 says:

    Hang in there, Diana. I have to feel that we’ve sunk so low there’s nowhere to go but up. Keep reading for us!

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    • Thanks Noelle. I just started “Death in a Dacron Sail” today! So fun to be reading Rhe again. She’s such a great character. And you’re right about “so low.” I feel a change in the wind. Be well and Happy Reading!

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  8. Some of the titles and covers are so eye-catching, I can see what drew you to them 🙂
    The world has gone crazy, thank goodness for books!
    And no, that’s not to make light of that poor man’s horrifying death. Black, brown, white or red, we all breathe the same and bleed the same blood. What is the matter with people? 😦

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    • Thanks for taking a peek at the reviews, Jacquie. My TBR pile is growing faster than I can read. Lol. Yes, thank goodness for books, because things are crazy here. On top of the pandemic we’re dealing with a public execution. Maybe this will be the start of true change, but it sure is hard to go through. Be safe and well and have a peaceful day, my friend. ❤

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  9. Some very interesting books here. I’ve never been fond of a book that leaves you hanging though. I have so many on my TBR pile that I could be killed by them falling on me. 🙂 As for the sad news, it seems never ending. I tape the morning news (DVR) and watch it in fast forward with the sound muted. Sometimes I have the closed captioning on and I can stop it if I need to know something. That way I stay informed but not overwhelmed. Many empaths take all that news into their body and it’s not healthy. My last husband was a news junky and watch stuff for the entire day it was on. I had to go in another room and put headphones on. I’m glad you worked it out though. I can’t watch news at night either. I take it into my sleep. Keep taking care of yourself.

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    • I seems that the more I read the easier it is to justify buying more books! My TBR is teetering too. Thanks for sharing your experience too. I’m pretty stressed out and I’m not sleeping well at all. My husband is trying to limit the news, but his “limit” is way beyond mine. Sometimes I leave the room, but I need to do more of that, because you’re right – it’s not healthy. Thanks for the visit and I hope your day is full of peace. ❤

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  10. Baydreamer says:

    A wonderful collection, Diana. Thanks for sharing with us. 💗

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    • Thanks for taking a peek, Lauren. I’m happy to share and hopefully give readers something to consider. I’ve been pretty stressed lately and a dive into books has been a great release. Be well and have a lovely day. ❤

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  11. A lovely selection Diana. I love seeing what other authors are reading.

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Brigid. I’m feeling stressed lately and reading has helped. Lots of indie books here which makes the books especially fun to read. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your garden. Have a lovely day. ❤

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  12. All new books to me, thanks for sharing!

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  13. acflory says:

    Thank you! I’ve literally been scratching around on Amazon looking for a new favourite author, and your recommendations are always spot on. Like you, I’ve been doing a lot of reading to keep myself sane in a world that seems to have completely lost its mind. The situation in the US is beyond awful, but I did see something last night that brought a lump to my throat. Amidst all the stories of evil perpetrated by the police, the camera showed a group of black clad, riot police taking the knee…one by one. There is good out there, we just have to find it.
    Stay strong my friend. -huge hugs-

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  14. Jina Bazzar says:

    I enjoyed An enchantment of ravens too, Diana. But Sorcery of thorns – same author – was much, much better. Check it out I guarantee you’ll love it. And it has enchanted books!

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  15. Teri Polen says:

    Such a wide variety of selections – you’re really making good use of your time, Diana!

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  16. Ooo An Enchantment of Ravens had me at the title! Then your review made me run on over to Goodreads and add it straight away. I LOVE stories about the Fair Folk (Juliet Marillier being one of my all time favourite authors). Looking forward to getting to this one 🙂

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  17. Mae Clair says:

    What a diverse collection of books. All sound good in their own way, and I congratulate the authors on the spectacular reviews. The one that really stood out for me is An Enchantment of Ravens. I’m off to check it in further detail at Amazon now!

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    • That one is so creative and beautifully written, Mae. I purchased the hard copy so I could underline and highlight all the beautiful passages. 🙂 Lol. Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a healthy, peaceful week. ❤

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  18. What a brilliant collection of reads. I’m blown away by all the creativity! ❤

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  19. Ann Coleman says:

    Thanks for the book recommendations! We all need to a way to escape now and then, and reading does just that. If it’s a good book, it also expands our horizons and that is a huge gift. BTW, I’ve always found that a well-written children’s or young adult book can be enjoyed by adults!

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  20. Jan Sikes says:

    A fantastic selection of books! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Diana!

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  21. I have Rogerson’s second offering on my TBR pile but now after your lovely review, I want to purchase the first!

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  22. Damyanti Biswas says:

    I loved An Enchantment of Ravens too. Adding a couple to my TBR from this list.

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    • Isn’t it wonderful? I haven’t picked up another of Rogerson’s books, but plan to. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the reviews. 🙂 Have a lovely, healthy Sunday, Damyanti. Happy Reading.

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Reading has been very soothing to me as well, especially when I can’t wrap my mind around of everything going on. Great reviews, I had to add An Enchantment of Ravens to my TBR list:)

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    • I’m certain you’ll enjoy it, Denise. It was a mesmerizing read. Yeah, strange times and so upsetting. I just can’t handle too many hours of it before I start feeling stressed. So I read. Have a peaceful healthy Sunday and be well. Happy Reading!

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  24. petespringerauthor says:

    You are a prodigious reader, Diana. Glad you came up for air to tell us about all these excellent books.

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    • These were just the 4 and 5 star reads, Pete. It’s been a great release for me, and since I figured out how to make my phone read to me, I can “read” while gardening and cooking and driving. Thanks for stopping by to check out the reviews. I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy and peaceful. Have a wonderful Sunday. ❤

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  25. I was struck by these comments in your review of An Enchantment of Ravens: “I read this collection over two weeks, savoring each offering in the darkness before sleep. A luxurious read for anyone who loves poetry and beautiful words.” This afternoon, I finished drafting a review of a new book of poetry that I read in exactly the same way!

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  26. dgkaye says:

    I don’t blame you for burying your head in books Diana. Thanks for the introduction to some new books and authors, inviting reviews as always from you. 🙂 Oh, and also, stop saying you’re old, lol. 🙂 Hugs your way! ❤ xx

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  27. Great selections and reviews, Diana! 🙂 Sharing…

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  28. A.S. Akkalon says:

    Where do you find these gems? I’m especially tempted to check out An Enchantment of Ravens.

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    • Ah. Well, I follow bloggers who review fantasy! An Enchantment of Ravens is a best seller, I’m pretty sure. It was so good that I bought the print version so I could underline all the gorgeous writing – both creative and craft. I definitely recommend it. 🙂 Thanks for the visit and I hope you give the book a try. Be well and Happy Reading.

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  29. memadtwo says:

    I always enjoy your reviews Diana. I’m still in reading limbo, but vicariously enjoy the glimpses into what you’ve read. (K)

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  30. I enjoyed your different way of writing the reviews, Diana! They shed more light into the characters, the settings, and the flow of plots. The poetry by Gabriela Marie Milton is interesting to me so I took a peek and I liked it. I’ll get a copy soon. I surely liked An Enchantment of Ravens also. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  31. You’ll not be surprised to hear that I’m reading Gabriela’s ‘Passions’ – you are absolutely right – you can’t rush this work of artistry. Carol Forrester’s book cover caught m eye – I love visual simplicity – and your review sealed my purchase. As ever, Diana I really like the engagement and balance you bring to all your reviews, always good to read even when I decide a book is not for me. Here in the UK we’re getting a bit twitchy about Boris’s ‘enthusiasm’ for easing our lockdown, I’ll not be going out and about soon on his say so that’s for sure. We see the news coming out of the US and shake our heads in bewilderment, not judgement, those in power in the UK and US have a lot to answer for. Take care my friend.

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    • Thanks for the kind comment about the reviews, Eric. I have fun doing them. I think you’ll enjoy Carol’s book. Different from Gabriela’s poetry, but I really liked it too. And I’m with you on the “wait and see” when it comes to this virus (even though my state has done a beautiful job so far). This country is crazy, honestly. Be well, my friend. Happy Reading. ❤

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  32. Solitaire says:

    Great selection!

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  33. joylennick says:

    Hi dear Diana, Like you, my heart feels ‘wrung-out’ by yet another murder of a helpless black man. I spend more time looking up these days – not that I expect some celestial miracle – but I prefer the shade of the sky to red, and there’s too much around the world at present. What a balm is literature…Thank you for the above coverage; the poetry especially sounds so enticing. Take good care.Love x

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    • I don’t expect a celestial miracle either, Joy. We have to do this ourselves, and it’s going to take incredible resolve on all levels, from leaders right on down to our personal lives. Sigh. I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately and have to constantly seek out moments of solace. Books have provided that. Thanks so much for the visit and the kind words. Take good care of you and yours. Hugs. ❤

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  34. balroop2013 says:

    Nice assortment Diana. I like those poetry books in the list and have added them to my wish list. Your reviews are a pleasure to read, as they are not the usual summary types. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Diana, thank you for the wonderful review of such an interesting assortment of books. Reading is truly a brief respite from our current situation. I am tempted by all of the books that you’ve covered. Being a poet I’m enthralled by the compilation of poetry and poems by Gabriela, a gorgeous collection of both poems and prose. Hoping to get lost in more than a few of the books you’ve selected. I’m so grateful for your generosity in highlighting these books that, if only for the moment, are a bit of distraction from the disturbing reality we are all living in right now.
    Sending love ❤️ stay safe.

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  36. Silent Hour says:

    Gabriella is already in my wish list, and I couldn’t agree more about her poetry. I am sure the rest of the books are great if you are recommending them. After all, you were right about The Way Home.

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    • Thanks, Basilike. You will enjoy Gabriela’s book. She’s one of those poets – like you – who is so deft with imagery. On an aside, I noticed that you often read posts from Steven Baird – his book Ordinary Handsome is one of my all time favorites if you run out of reads. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a peaceful weekend, my friend. ❤

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  37. If only every reviewer took the time to appreciate the artistry of a given book and then express what moved/impressed them so eloquently! I agree with you, Diana: Good characterization can carry a story, and even compensate for narrative deficiencies. And we should all make a point to read one poem — not a book of poetry, merely a single poem — per month. The beauty of poetry is that, unlike social-media posts and articles and e-mails and sometimes even novels, you can’t read them quickly; in a clickbait world, poetry forces us to slow down.

    It is indeed a sad, even appalling, moment in American history. Reading is not only a blessed diversion from all that distress, but it can be an exercise in empathy, a quality the world needs now more than ever. Stay safe, Diana — and thanks for the recommendations!

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    • Thanks so much for the visit, Sean. I agree with all your points! My reviews have become more “chatty” over time, I think. More personal as opposed to an analysis of technique. I enjoy writing them. And true about poetry – it’s meant to be savored, often recited aloud in a quiet, beautiful place. 🙂 The news is on here quite a bit, and I frequently have to go outside with a book (or to garden) just to get away from the trauma of what’s happening. I can only hope that somehow we come through this a better nation. But it’s going to be a while.
      And… speaking of books. What the status on yours?

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      • I think a good book review — even a good essay — operates as an educated analytical critique but also a very personal reaction. Such is the balance I’ve tried to strike with my own blog posts.

        I finished a new novella last year, a Stranger Things–esque dark fantasy about two 12-year-old boys who come into possession of a pair of magical “X-ray specs,” and I’m about ten chapters into a new werewolf novel. I haven’t had much luck getting prospective agents/publishers to read the X-ray glasses story, so I’ll probably try again once the WIP is completed later this year. At least I’m compiling a rich portfolio of good work! You’re so kind to ask!

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  38. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    If by a slim chance your TBR is looking depleted, then look no further than the wonderful selection of books for all tastes in this months compilation of reviews by Diana Wallace Peach.. Poetry, The Fair folk, a thriller, limbo, YA and fantasy… not to be missed.

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  39. The news is heartbreaking, Diana, and it makes it difficult and sad to face realities. On a brighter note, it’s a joy to read your reviews and find new books. Reading is a wonderful distraction from life’s horrors. Thanks for sharing. Be well.

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    • The news has been on full time here, Mary. I just can’t handle watching a person being murdered over and over again. I go outside and read before I lose it. It’s all so sad and horrifying. So I’m happy to share a few books that are good distractions! Have a safe, peaceful weekend, my friend. ❤

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  40. A lovely selection of books, Diana. I have also read and enjoyed Nonnie Jules’ book and I have read another book by Laura Koerber too. I did enjoy it but there were elements of the book I didn’t understand in a similar manner to what you have described in your review.

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    • Thanks for taking a look at the reviews, Robbie. Reading is so personal, isn’t it? I often look at reviews before writing one and can be mystified by readers who had the opposite reaction to a book than I did. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend. Stay safe. ❤

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  41. Diana, your reviews left me breathless. I’m practically drooling for several of these, particularly An Enchantment of Ravens (what a compelling title, and a good cover too), and Awakening. Thanks so much for sharing your insights. Hugs on the wing!

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    • I think you would LOVE Enchantment of Ravens, Teagan. It has an Atonement feel to it with whimsical magic that is so you. Lol. And Awakening grabbed me with its characters. Lots of good ones here. Happy Reading and be well, my friend. ❤ Hugs.

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  42. What a list! Usually you and I overlap a book here or there but none this time. They all sound great.

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    • I found a lot of these through Goodreads, Jacqui, (as well as through blogs). Thanks for visiting and taking a look! It’s been a fun and distracting month of reading. 🙂 Have a lovely, peaceful weekend. ❤

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  43. I am sorry about the terrible news. Thanks for the reviews

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  44. Miriam says:

    What a wonderfully diverse range of books. An Enchantment of Ravens sounds particularly appealing to me and right up my alley! Sometimes there’s nothing better than losing ourself and escaping into a magical other world, especially when there’s glorious writing and characters involved. Thank you for such well written reviews. xx

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  45. Diana you are so talented with your wonderful reviews of these lovely books. Will surely download from Amazon and try reading them as I get time. I completely agree with you why are we killing people unnecessary and just because he has a different skin than white why are people becoming so intolerable. Sad and bad times are going on though with grace of God let us hope everything will soon pass.

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    • Thanks, Kamal. I do hope you find the time for some reading. It’s a nice break from all the troubles in the world. Yes, racism is alive and well in the US and it’s so upsetting! So nonsensical and cruel and intolerable. I don’t want it to pass; I want it to change! Be well, be peaceful, my friend. ❤

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  46. Reading is the great escape! Thanks for sharing a great line-up of books, Diana. Take care! ❤

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  47. Oh, Diana, thank you so much for the beautiful review. You are a star among us.
    My heart is broken too. Reading and writing helps me too now.
    Love and hugs to you.
    A thousand thanks again
    Gabriela

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  48. Marcia says:

    These sound pretty intriguing, Diana, especially Awakening which I think I’m going to have to grab right now! I’m already pulled right into that one. The Enchantment of Ravens sounds beautiful, too, and I’m probably going to grab it as well, as long as I’m browsing Amazon.

    Keep on reading! It’s the best escape from the sturm und drang I know. And I have a couple more of YOUR books on my Kindle I want to get to, as well. Must. Read. Faster. 😀

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    • Ha ha. I’m gobbling down books, Marcia. I just have to get away from the TV, so I go outside and read! Both of those books are excellent. Enchantment of Ravens is a best seller and work the $$. I got that one in paperback so I could underline and highlight examples of beautiful writing and craft. Awakening has an amazing characterization. LOL. Clearly I enjoyed those books. 🙂 Happy Reading, my friend. Be well. ❤

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      • Marcia says:

        And you! I’m re-reading the entire Dresden Files series in anticipation of the release (after 6 years) of Peace Talks. Several of us Dresdenphiles are doing so, and it’s been even more fun than the first time. You can forget a lot of details in 10 or 20 years! 😀

        One of these days, things will settle down. Probably. Hang in there, and enjoy those books.

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        • I haven’t read that series, Marcia. I will when it’s complete. I can’t stand waiting for books! It’s my pet peeve. Lol. Have fun and Happy Reading.

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          • Marcia says:

            I hope I live long enough to see it completed, Diana! 😀 He used to do one a year, and that was hard enough (like you, I’d rather binge read them straight through), but the six-year gap scared me. To be fair, Peace Talks comes out in July and the following book 2 months later in September, so I think he’s trying to make up for lost time. But there are still supposedly a couple more, and I’m praying there aren’t any huge gaps. I’d like to see how it all turns out. Hands down, my favorite urban fantasy series of all time, and I’ve LOVED a LOT of them. 😀

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            • I’m waiting for Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings series to finish up too. And by the way, I just got the first book in the Wake-Robin Ridge series!

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              • Marcia says:

                Oh, wow. I hope you enjoy it. Be gentle, haha. It was a bucket list thing, and I threw everything I could think of in there, never planning to write another. What can I say? When folks started asking for more, it seemed like a good idea to do a series, and then Rabbit came along, and changed things again. 😀 And now I couldn’t stop writing if I wanted to. Happy reading when you have the chance! 🙂 ❤

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                • Marcia says:

                  PS, I love Brandon Sanderson! I”ve read several of his series, including Mistborn and Alloy of Law. 🙂

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                  • Elantris was my first of his. Then the Mistborn trilogy. I didn’t get into Alloy of Law for some reason – I don’t know why. But I do love his writing. I did the entire BYU online course with him (on youtube). It was great.

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                    • Marcia says:

                      Alloy of law is a favorite of mine. How can you miss with characters named Waxiillium (“Wax”) and Wayne. It’s clever and often funny. Hope you get a chance to check it out one day. I’m sure you need MORE books on your TBR pile. 😀

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                • I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, Marcia. I want to read Rabbit, but have to start at the beginning! My personality prevents me from reading a series out of order. Lol.

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                  • Marcia says:

                    I NEVER read a series out of order, either. I’d miss too much back story, even if I heard the later books were better. I want to know it all, and if I can see potential for growth in the tale, even if the first book isn’t phenomenal, I will usually read at least one more before giving up. I think you’ll enjoy Rabbit more (fingers crossed) if you understand Sarah and Mac, and what they went through. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of life on the ridge, where the wake-robins bloom every year. 😀

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  49. Tessa Pulyer says:

    So many good books! An Enchantment of Ravens looked particularly appealing to me ❤️ with its immersive world and exceptional characters. Sounds absolutely delightful!

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    • It’s a best seller, Tessa, and I can see why. It was wonderful. I even spent $$ on a paperback (and you know I’m a cheapskate). Lol. It’s luscious reading. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Be well and have a lovely weekend.

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