Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi, takes us back to 2002, a year after 9/11. The turbulent times make life harder for Shirin, the new sixteen-year-old Muslim girl at school where she is regularly stereotyped. She’s built an armor around herself in the turbulence and from having to deal with her parents’ constantly moving to new places. She’s aloof to the world and keeps to herself. Then she meets a boy, named Ocean, who wants to get to know her. The….

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Historical Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Li Lan is a young girl from a good, bankrupt family. She soon learns that she her reclusive father left her with few marriage prospects. Then one of the Lim family’s women contacts her with a proposal. Marry her dead son in exchange for security. Li Lan and her grandmother are horrified by this offer. Her ghostly stalker haunts her, dragging her into the affairs of the afterlife. As she discovers dark secrets, she has to escape cold, ghostly clutches.

Historical Fiction · Review

The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander

In 1962, The Sisters of the Holy Redemption holds one of the Magdalen Laundries, the workhouses of “fallen” women (unwed mothers, prostitutes, etc.), in Dublin. Most of the girls sinned by being too pretty, being too independent, or tempting a man. Teagan Tiernan and Nora Craven are sent to the convent for “tempting” a priest and for kissing a boy. They are renamed, given uniforms, have their hair cropped, denied contact with the outside world, and set to work in the laundry. They befriend each other and the nuns’ favorite Magdalen, Lea, and they plot escape.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

I waited too long to see the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I will hopefully see the last full week of February. Failing that, I will see it after it comes out on DVD. I am reviewing the screenplay with unspoiled eyes.

Graphic Novel · Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa

Ehwa, a Korean girl raised by a single mother, overhears conversations that confuse her about the world and her body, and her mother answers her questions with wisdom. She learns what exactly it means to be a girl, a woman, and in love. As Ehwa grows up, she develops new understandings of love and comes to terms with her feelings for the two boys that caught her eye. Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth is a coming-of-age story about love and the rite of passage into womanhood.

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A Bride’s Story, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori

Series: A Bride’s Story, Vol. 1 Translator: William Flannagan Publisher: Yen Press Pub. Date: 2009 (2011 for this edition) Genres: Historical Fiction, Manga Pages: 191 Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars Along the 19th-century Silk Road, Amir Halgal, a twenty-year-old woman from a nomadic tribe, goes to live with the twelve-year-old boy she is betrothed to.… Continue reading A Bride’s Story, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori

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Book Traveling Thursdays: National Author’s Day

Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blogand Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Every week you pick a book based on the theme of the week and post the original cover, your country’s cover, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. If you would like to participate or find… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: National Author’s Day

Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Synopsis from Overdrive: When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vansih as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service – the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Monsieur Durandeau… Continue reading Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross