A House Is A Body by Shruti Swamy

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Book: A House is a Body

 

Author: Shruti Swamy

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Recommended For…: women’s fiction, short stories

 

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

 

Genre: Short Story Compilation

 

Recommended Age: 17+ (romance, TW sexual abuse mentions/illusions, language)

 

Publisher: Algonquin Books

 

Pages: 208

 

Synopsis: In two-time O. Henry-prize winner Swamy’s debut collection of stories, dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity, and women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood and mortality. In “Earthly Pleasures,” Radika, a young painter living alone in San Francisco, begins a secret romance with one of India’s biggest celebrities. In “A Simple Composition,” a husband’s moment of crisis leads to his wife’s discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy and the sense of a new beginning. In the title story, an exhausted mother watches, distracted and paralyzed, as a California wildfire approaches her home. With a knife blade’s edge and precision, the stories of A House Is a Body travel from India to America and back again to reveal the small moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world.

 

Review: I thought this book was pretty good. It’s comprised of short stories and they’re fairly cohesive. The books are all interesting and have great world building overall. The books are also well paced for the most part.

 

However, because they’re short stories, some of them don’t have that good of character development, but overall they’re all fairly well done.

 

Verdict: It’s pretty good! Definitely recommend if you like short stories.

The Unfettered Child by Michael C. Sahd

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Book: The Unfettered Child

Author: Michael C. Sahd

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: Fantasy

Publication Date: August 28, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (magic, slavery, violence, gore)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 414

Synopsis: When eight-year-old Samara faces the capture of her tribe, an unimaginable power awakens within her. Even as this magic threatens to consume her, a disembodied voice intervenes, offering guidance and helping her control these newfound abilities.

Meanwhile, Samara’s father chases his wife’s captors across an unfamiliar terrain. But can Orin find his wife in time to save her? Will Samara learn to control her power and reunite with her family? And who is the mysterious entity traveling with her?

Review: Overall the book is really good. The book had great world building and it had an interesting plot. The book was from the viewpoint of a child, but was probably a bit more adult than middle grade.

However, I didn’t connect with the characters at all and I didn’t feel like they were very well developed. The book was also really long, I think longer than what it should have been, and the pacing was very slow for me.

Verdict: It was a good book.

Ignite The Sun by Hanna Howard

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Book: Ignite the Sun

 

Author: Hanna Howard

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Recommended For…: fantasy, chosen ones

 

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight violence and gore, romance)

 

Publisher: Blink

 

Pages: 352

 

Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.

Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city–the very center of the darkness–for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court.

But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

 

Review: Overall, I really liked the book. The plot was intriguing and the book engaged me from beginning to end. The book was paced right and I really liked the world building that was done as well. The book is definitely rememberable and worth the read.

 

However, I did have a problem with the characters. There were a lot of problems for me. Some weren’t detailed enough, the romance felt forced, some characters did some things that were questionable and the constant questioning from our main character was really annoying to be honest. I think it would have been better if the author took time to develop the characters and have them grow.

 

Verdict: Worth the read!

 

Book Info:

Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howard

Publishing Date: August 18, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

 

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, there was something called the sun… In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light–or she will lose everything trying.

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.

Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city–the very center of the darkness–for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court.

But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48574106-ignite-the-sun

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ignite-Sun-Hanna-Howard/dp/0310769736/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1574269035&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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Hanna C Howard

About the Author:

Hanna C. Howard spent most of her childhood wondering how she might avoid growing up, and eventually solved the conundrum by becoming an artist and a writer. She considers tea an essential food group, has more books than shelf space, and thinks the ultimate geek triumvirate is Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and son, their Disreputable Dog, and a cat skilled in the martial arts.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.hannachoward.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannachoward/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hannachowardauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19682615.Hanna_Howard

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hannachoward

 

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