do I have that book? ~ a challenge

Atra esterni ono thelduin.

This is a fun challenge which I stole from Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary (though I’d seen it on several blogs before hers reminded me that I’d like to do it).

Basically, you go through a list of twenty categories of books and see if you have one on your shelves that fits. Then you post a picture of the cover. Of course, because I’m me, I’m also making this a mini book review/recommendation post. Read on for books galore!


1: a book with tattered edges

Brisingr

I’ve read this book so many times and have actually torn the cover twice! For a long time, it was my favorite of the Inheritance cycle (I think Inheritance might win now, but I still love this one). Honestly, though, I don’t like the picture of Glaedr. He has too many horns and a BEARD and the golden color, while beautiful, doesn’t go well with the brown background. I also actually own a different cover for it, but I prefer this one!

This is a really great fantasy series for ages 12+. Make sure to start with the first book (Eragon). Read More »

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Kees & Colliers blog tour + giveaway + review

Kellyn Roth, one of my favorite present-day Christian writers, is relaunching her Kees and Colliers series, and I get to participate in her blog tour! I’m so honored and excited to review her novella From Now ‘Til Forever. Plus, if you stick around to the end of the post, there’s a giveaway!

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Caraval (book review)

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the gorgeous US cover

Remember, it’s only a game. 

That’s what they told Scarlett Dragna when she first entered the magical realm of Caraval. It will look real, but it’s not.

 

But the colors are so vivid. The conflict is so deep. The castle’s full of secrets and the characters aren’t just actors.

Oh, and Julian? The boy she maybe… possibly… might be attracted to?

He feels pretty real.

So does the crimson blood pouring out of his cut.

Remember, it’s only a game.

But is it?

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Fawkes (book review)

I wasn’t ready to turn to stone.

So begins Nadine Brandes’ epic YA Christian historical fantasy (a combination I don’t think I’ve ever seen before), Fawkes. I’d heard of it many times before actually reading it, and my impressions were definitely wrong. The first thing I thought of was, of course, a certain phoenix of Harry Potter fame. The mask on the cover made my mind jump to acting and drama. The term “historical fantasy” intrigued – and confused – me. And the first page, in which the main character Thomas Fawkes tries to cover up his turned-to-stone eye, merely added to the uncertainty.

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