Review: Bellewether

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley Sourcebooks Landmark, 2018 Adult Romance, Contemporary and Historical 7 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: After Charley unexpectedly loses her brother she moves so that she can take care of her niece Rachel. She starts working at a museum and learns more and more about the two tragic lovers, Lydia... Continue Reading →

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with under 2000 ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is underrated books. Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations by Vincent Virga is a big coffee table book with a bunch of historical maps. I enjoyed looking through this one. A Breath... Continue Reading →

Review: Saving the Sun Dragon

Dragon Masters: Saving the Sun Dragon 2nd in the series by Tracey West Illustrated by Damien Jones Scholastic, 2014 Middle Grade Fantasy 7 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Kepri, the sun dragon, gets sick from the dark magic orb in the first book. Ana and the other dragon masters have to go on... Continue Reading →

Review: Peach

Peach by Emma Glass Bloomsbury, 2018 Adult Contemporary Literary Fiction 8 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Peach is raped right at the beginning of the book and goes home, tries to deal with the trauma but her rapist won't leave her alone. Likes: This is a fierce book. It looks at trauma and... Continue Reading →

Nonfiction Note: Arno

In 1503, Florence wanted to take back control of Pisa so they could have access to the sea. Leonardo's strategy was to redirect the Arno river so that Pisa wouldn't have access to the sea (Isaacson 349). I mean... that's really ambitious and also really interesting.

Review: The Dead Girls’ Dance

The Dead Girls' Dance 2nd in the series by Rachel Caine NAL Jam, 2007 Adult Contemporary Supernatural Romance 8 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Shane's dad is determined to kill vampires and doesn't care about collateral damage. Michael has to make a big decision but he also has to deal with unexpected consequences.... Continue Reading →

Nonfiction Note: Cesare Borgia and Machiavelli

In 1502 Leonardo started working for Cesare Borgia, possibly as part of a deal Machiavelli negotiated so that Cesare wouldn't sack Florence (Isaacson 337). Mostly Leonardo used his skills as a military engineer, he inspected fortifications and made maps after studying topography and other related things (338). He also traveled with Cesare as he conquered... Continue Reading →

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