This Is the Path the Wolf Review

This Is the Path the Wolf Took by Laura Farina is about a little boy who loves to tell his sister stories, really safe stories. The sister definitely wants more adventure and tells her big brother so. The boy realizes that the safe stories are just a little too boring and with the help of a wolf makes his stories bolder. Elina Ellis does fantastic illustrations and the pictures in this book were fun to look at. Thanks to the author Laura Farina, Kids Can Press, and NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions are mine.

House of Salt and Sorrows Review

This story is such an interesting retelling, with just the right about of spookiness to kick off the season.

"You can, of course, but do you remember what we talked about before the funeral? You know Eulalie isn't here anymore. She's with Mama and Elizabeth now, in the Brine." I felt her nod. "She keeps pulling my sheets off, though." I blinked once before turning to snatch it up. When I left, the door slammed shut after me, as if pushed by unseen hands
"It works that way on the mainland," he allowed. "But on the islands, estates are passed to the eldest child, regardless of sex. Many strong women have ruled over the Salann Islands. My grandmother inherited Highmoor when her father passed away. She doubled the size of the Vasa shipyard and tripled the profits."
How refreshing for this line to be delivered from the father/husband - current head of the household? Too many stories are set where it's the son who inherits and I'm here for this new way. The one downside I had with the story was that even by the end I still had no real idea of all the sisters, not really caring to remember their names.

Gods of Jade and Shadow Review

I liked Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia very much. Without any spoilers the ending surprised me and left me a little heartbroken. Tweeting that to the author I don't expect to hear anything back, but I hope she read it and maybe feels a little bad for it (doubtful she reads it). I am convinced though that she could write a manual at this point and I'd read it. She has such a way of words that describe things that I have felt and never have been able to express.

Martin, who had a rather atrophied imagination, incapable of considering for long periods of time anything that was not directly in front of him as worthy of interest, could understand this reaction.

LOL! I thought this was a great diss. Like really, her way with words (chef's kiss).

He was there all of a sudden, right by her side, like a fallen piece of the velvety sky, like a nocturnal plant that unfurled and greeted her, his hand touching her shoulder, shielding her from any threats with that quick gesture.

I physically felt this.

"Dreams are for mortals."

"Why?"

"Because they must die."

Somehow this made a perfect sort of sense

For real though, how beautiful is this idea?

"I'm better now," she said, picking an innocuous comment to distract them both. "We could fetch ourselves supper."

I do this all the time and this bit stuck out to me. It's something so small that I do and yet to see it written out on the page like that was a bit startling.

"The world was young then, it smelled of copper and brine," Vucub-Kamé told her, almost wistfully, and she thought even though he stood before her, he wasn't there, his eyes far off, gazing into the land of his memories.

Just another example of some beautiful writing I wanted to include here.

The phantom image they built of the palace was nothing but that, a fragile creation of the imagination, and yet it was solid. Casiopea saw the palace and she knew she pictured its true likeness even though she had never walked its hallways

How amazing is this right here? I don't know how many times I have pondered my imagination. Where do these images come from exactly? How can I see a place so clearly when I have never been there?

Honestly, I haven't read such beautiful writing in a long time. As I said, I'm not great with expressing myself and through writing these reviews I hope to hone my ability to write. This story had so many passages to it where I was caught of guard by her wording and I'm afraid I'm not doing her any justice.

Cursed Objects Review

Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by J.W. Ocker, read by Tim Campbell.

This is super perfect book to read or listen too during the spooky season. The narration was spot on and honestly he hit accents perfectly and was appropriately snarky where written. There are well over forty different cursed objects discussed in this book. Objects that range from ones that are popular to ones a little more unknown. I was going to make a list of all the objects discussed but after thirty decided the list would be too long. So instead I will go over my four favorite items discussed.

Black Aggie
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Black Aggie is an unauthorized replica by Edward Ludwig Albert Pausch based/stolen from Augustus Saint-Gaudens who made the Adams Memorial as a grave marker for Marian Hooper Adams and Henry Adams. The creepy thing about it is that the forgery apparently rests not too far from Marian Hooper Adams last known residence.

The curse is said to cause a pregnant woman to miscarriage is she walks through the shadow. Online sources even tell that if you sat in the replica's lap you would die.

The Bronze Lady
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The Bronze Lady sat in between two trees, opposite the mausoleum as if guarding the door to make sure no one should leave. It is said that if you slap or insult the statue you will suffer misfortune.

The Conjured Chest

Jacob Cooley was a plantation owner who had his slave Hosea make a chest of drawers for him. Jacob Cooley didn't like it and beat Hosea to death. What resulted was curse that stated that it would be fatal for anyone of that family to use the chest.

0888 888 888

It's said that anyone who owns this number dies. To date there has been only three owners, one being the CEO, who died of cancer. The second owner Konstantin Dimitrov was in the mafia and promptly assassinated. The third and final owner Konstantin Dishliev was gunned down outside a restaurant. The number has been disconnected since the previous death in 2005.

Mexican Gothic Review

I have never read anything by Silvia Moreno - Garcia before. Her story telling is so smooth guys. I also am not one to read too much past my bedtime. I favor sleep over a good book, siding with caution on having more energy for the next day. This story though... I had 100 pages left and thought to myself, "Whatever! I need to know what happens!". It was worth it.

"Shush. They can hear you," Catalina said and went quiet, her eyes bright as polished stones.

"Who can hear me?" Noemi asked slowly, as her cousin's eyes fixed on her, unblinking.

Catalina slowly leaned closer to her, whispering in her ear. "It's in the walls," she said.

Noemi is sent to visit her newly married cousin at an English manor in the Mexican mountains. The town - small, the road to the house - terrifying, the manor - creepy and neglected. It even has it's own graveyard. You couldn't ask for a better ghost story setting than this.

Noemi's father said she cared too much about her looks and parties to take school seriously, as if a woman could not do two things at once.

I am nothing like Noemi. I don't care for dresses, or parties, and yet I absolutely love her character. She's smart, and although vain, it's no more than what I think an average person is. She is not a shallow person and holds to her morals fairly well throughout the book.

You think the story is meant to go on one path, but it doesn't! Is Catalina (Noemi's cousin) going insane? Are there ghosts in the house? The twist at the end was surprising enough that I messaged my husband mid read to tell him about it.

Apparently Silvia Moreno - Garcia writes in multiple genre's, which is great since I find getting over book hangovers requires a different genre.

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