I got a lot more read this week than I thought! Woohoo! Book reviews are up but here is what I was reading this last week.

modern fairy tale retelling, Thumbelina by Sky Sommers 5 stars book review

Thumbelina: The Bride Experiment by Sky Sommers

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the title and the cover, but gosh, I LOVED this snarky fairytale! It really is a gem. This is a nice blend of contemporary ideas that will appeal to readers but with that solid fairytale foundation that makes it relateable.

I think older teens would specially like this (though adults will also). Some themes I would put for 14+ as sex is mentioned (though happens off screen).

historical fiction book review 3 stars

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Based on the remarkable true story of a freed African American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates.

Interesting historical read which I give 5 stars. My only caveat is it wasn’t as gritty as I was expecting. It was a little too “pleasant” – a little too white savior, however for fiction based on history, it feels historically accurate.

DO NOT RECOMMEND book review

Manners and Monsters by Tilly Wallace

What a huge disappointment. The first chapter was interesting but it all went downhill from there. Obviously written fast, there is a lot of repeated phrases and information that makes the reader go “duh, you already wrote that.”

The hero was a zero, the heroine too busy crying over not having a beau or a dress, and the mystery was limpid. The author has obvious talent but she needs to slow down and use it.

Each Friday (when I have time) I post my current reads and what I’ve reviewed. If you want on the review list, I prioritize those that personally interest me and books by those who follow me on social media.

Byrd Nash, fantasy author using mythology, legends, folklore, and fairy tales.
blog post reviews of books, including fantasy, science fiction, paranormal fantasy, mystery, and historical. Wherever my whimsy takes me.

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