In Which I Brief You on Books: Witches, Dirigibles, and Tragic Love

Please keep on reading if you wish to find out a bit more about: Wyrd Sisters, Prudence, and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

I hope you’ll find something of interest. :)

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Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)Title: Wyrd Sisters

Author: Terry Pratchett

First published:  January 1st 1988

Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

Date read: March 13th 2015

Series: Discworld #6 (though you can read it without having read the others, I did)

My rating: 4/5 stars

 The Synopsis:

Witches are not by nature gregarious, and they certainly don’t have leaders.

Granny Weatherwax was the most highly regarded of the leaders they didn’t have.

But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe…

My Comments

Okay, listen to me. This book is hilarious. Really, it is. Seriously. Terry Pratchett is made of magic.

And you know what makes it even more awesome? I can’t tell if it’s aimed more towards children or adults. Isn’t that fantastic?

You should read this if you like…
    • To laugh
    • Magic
    • Witches
    • Ghost kings
    • Kings in hiding
    • Sadistic duchesses
    • Crazy dukes
    • Clever fools
    • Romantic witches
    • Drunk witches
    • Grumpy witches with Views
    • Witches that should NOT be allowed to ride broomsticks
    • Murderous cats
    • Death…you know, like actual black coat and scythe Death
    • Tea and biscuits
    • The theatre
    • Craziness
    • Bizarreness
    • Murder
    • Backstabbing…literally
    • Medieval times
    • Torture
    • Fantasy
    • Washroom demon summonings
A small taste:

“She walked quickly through the darkness with the frank stride of someone who was at least certain that the forest, on this damp and windy night, contained strange and terrible things and she was it.”

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“I hate cats.”
Death’s face became a little stiffer, if that were possible. The blue glow in his eye sockets flickered red for an instant.
“I SEE,” he said. The tone suggested that Death was too good for cat haters.”

4 stars

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Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)Title: Prudence

Author: Gail Carriger

Published:  March 17th 2015

Pages: 368 (Hardcover)

Date read: March 26th 2015

Series: The Custard Protocol #1

My rating: 4/5 stars

 The Synopsis:

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances – names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

My Comments

First of all, yes, it is possible to read this without having read the Parasol Protectorate-series first, but I really advise you against it. You will miss out on so much.

Secondly, this book made me so happy. So, so happy. Man, I love this world and all its characters.

You should read this if you like:
    • Parasol Protectorate
    • To laugh
    • Steam punk
    • The 19th century
    • Air travel
    • Ladybug dirigibles
    • Charming French engineers
    • Grumpy gingers
    • Powerful lady friendships
    • Flirtatious banter
    • Explosions
    • Tea
    • Werewolves
    • Vampires
    • Over-protective parents with a dramatic streak
    • Adventure
    • India
    • Craziness
    • Fabulousness
    • Scandalous clothing choices
    • Secret missions
    • Hats…so many hats
A small taste:

“But, Rue, I’m all too often seen on wolfback. If I take to floating as well, people will say I’m − oh, I don’t know − athletic.”

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“Rue gave a little mental sigh. No one would ever describe her as deadly attractive. She brightened a bit. Perhaps she could aspire to just deadly.”

  4 stars
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderTitle: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Published:  March 27th 2014

Pages: 301 (Hardcover)

Date read: April 5th 2015

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 The Synopsis:

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

My Comments

Oh my goodness. This book. This book! 

Okay, this book made me feel all kinds of things. It made me care for the characters after basically no time at all. It made my heart pound like crazy. It gave me chills. It made me keep thinking of it long after I’d put it down.

In other words, I thought it was fantastic.

You should read this if you like:
    • Magical realism
    • The 20th century
    • Lovely writing (and by lovely I mean LOVELY)
    • Betrayal
    • Despair
    • Unfairness
    • To feel empty
    • To cry
    • Heartbreak
    • Suffering
    • Scars
    • Pain
    • (I think you get the picture)
    • Symbolism
    • Strangeness
    • Whimsicality
    • Hauntingly beautiful books
    • Books that make you think
    • Books that make you feel
    • An interesting and complex set of characters
    • Tragic love
    • Happy love
    • Actually, every kind of love there is
    • Crazy obsessive creepers/fanatics
    • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A small taste:

“If mother kept a list of the reasons she confined me to the house on the hill, she’d have a length of paper that could stretch all the way down Pinnacle Lane and trail into the waters of the Puget Sound. It could choke passing sea life. It could flap in the wind like a giant white flag of surrender atop our house’s widow’s walk.”

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“When American soil could be seen from the ship, the passengers breathed a collective sigh of relief so strong, it caused a change of direction in the winds, which added a day to their trip, but no matter.”

 five stars kopiera

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