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This past week has been a busy one! We had a few errands to run when the nonhubs returned from Seattle and I found little time to read. Well, technically I could have read in the evenings but being out in the heat drains me extraordinarily fast and I fell asleep with book in hand 😉
I am forgoing my normal mini review this week. As of last night I have failed to engage with the story I had lined up and just do not feel like pushing a read at this point.
I mentioned recently on the BVT Faceboook page that my time online is slowing down. I am still reading, sharing and responding to everything as normal, but am having to drastically pace my screen time. Between work and blogging, I find myself packing in an unhealthy amount of hours staring at the screen and the result is having a negative impact on my health. So for the time being, it is safe to say I may be running a few days behind, perpetually.
The Grace Keepers
By Kirsty Logan
As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.
In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.
Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.
The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)
By Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: YA Fantasy
Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive those spirits and assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans of her land. But now for all her power, she is hiding a terrible secret: she is dying. And if she leaves the world before a new heir is ready, the spirits that inhabit her beloved realm will run wild, destroying her cities and slaughtering her people.
Naelin is one such person, and she couldn’t be further removed from the Queen—and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her world is her two children, her husband, and the remote village tucked deep in the forest that is her home, and that’s all she needs. But when Ven, the Queens champion, passes through the village, Naelin’s ambitious husband proudly tells him of his wife’s ability to control spirits—magic that Naelin fervently denies. She knows that if the truth of her abilities is known, it will bring only death and separation from those she loves.
But Ven has a single task: to find the best possible candidate to protect the people of Aratay. He did it once when he discovered Daleina, and he’s certain he’s done it again. Yet for all his appeals to duty, Naelin is a mother, and she knows her duty is to her children first and foremost. Only as the Queen’s power begins to wane and the spirits become emboldened—even as ominous rumors trickle down from the north—does she realize that the best way to keep her son and daughter safe is to risk everything.
Sarah Beth Durst established a place of dark wonder in The Queen of Blood, and now the stakes are even higher as the threat to the Queen and her people grows both from within and beyond the borders of Aratay in this riveting second novel of the Queens of Renthia series.
- Goodreads Monday featured Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios.
- We chatted about online retailers and book covers on Let’s Talk About It.
- I shared my Top 3 June Reads.
I will be announcing the winner of my recent Belated Birthday Bash today so stay tuned! Have a wonderful day and weekend ahead.
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
― C.S. Lewis