Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

18693929Published July 3rd 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin

Historical-Fiction, Coming-of-Age, Civil Rights Era

Library Hardcover

My Rating 3.5 Stars

b009a-dad13-add-to-goodreads-button3When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been — and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum — is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secret.

For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

sorcerer_front mech.inddPublication September 1st 2015 by Ace

Historical-Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley

My Rating 4.5 Stars

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At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

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Stacking The Shelves #51 The Song of David

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they are virtual or physical.

I’m still in shock from the season finale of Game of Thrones! That just started my whole week off wrong. I’ve felt so off kilter this week and I can’t figure out why. I took some me time and went to the movies, and Chris Pratt made me somewhat better with his humor in Jurrasic World. It wasn’t the best, but I did leave the theater smiling. So…. rough week and I’m hoping that I can shake this feeling entirely. I’ve been reading like crazy but I’m finding myself putting the books down more and more. Not much happening here, so I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend. I have to work – blahhhh!

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn

Celtic Moon | Summer Moon  by Jan DeLima

Thanks to Penguin, Sourcebooks, Tynga’s ReviewsJan DeLimaShelf Addiction, & Books a` la Mode!!


Kindle Purchases 

25361480The Song of David by Amy Harmon

*Squeals* I’m battling 5 books at the moment, 3 of which I haven’t touched in days. As soon as I’m done with those, I’m soooo all over this book!! It demands my undivided attention and I will give it. The reviews are pouring in and I want to see if it’s all that I think it will be.


PulseIt Free Read

11408650The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Started this yesterday and I’m only as far as chapter 3, but it is creeping me out. Seriously, I’m almost afraid to find out what happened!

What books did you add to your shelves this week? Have you read any of these?

Review: Savage Girl By Jean Zimmerman

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Title: Savage Girl

Author: Jean Zimmerman

Release Date: March 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin/ Viking Adult

Source: Hardcover

My Copy: Won (Thanks Penguin)

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SYNOPSIS

Jean Zimmerman’s new novel tells the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.

Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl’s illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.

Zimmerman’s tale is narrated by the Delegate’s son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self- dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative- a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable- is his confession.

REVIEW

This is a great book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s set in New York during the Gilded Age, which is my favorite era to read about for that city. Hugo Delegate comes across Savage Girl, and in swoops his parents. The Delegates take her back to NY, to live  with them and introduce her into their high society. Reading this, I don’t think the Delegates took her in from kindness, more like they wanted kudos for saving a young girl from the wilds of the West. *Rolls eyes* Soon, there is a trail of bodies everywhere Bronwyn (Savage Girl) goes. Hugo gets all obsessed with his, now, sister and all is not as it seems with these two individuals.

I loved the writing of  this novel. The character building is incredible, and the setting is even more so. Dare I say this is the third best Historical novel I’ve read this month? Yes, that’d be correct. This however, is so mysterious that after you reach a certain point, you won’t want to put it down. It did kind of speed up at the end, but it was a good ending. If you love adult/historical fiction, then add this book to your reading list. If you’ve never read adult/historical before, this would be an awesome book to start with. Definitely recommend!!

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