Book Review: The Silent Patient

Alicia is the title of this novel, "the silent patient." She murdered her husband and has not spoken since, not even to defend herself in court. As such, she has been ordered into a psych hospital to undergo treatment. Theo, our protagonist in this tale, just so happens to be a psychotherapist--and one that took on the job at the very hospital that Alicia is in, specifically to treat Alicia. So he can help her to see clearly. The rest of the novel follows these two as Theo tries to help Alicia come to terms with her husband's death--and her part in it--and deals with his own marital problems. 

Book Review: Knight in Paper Armor

A beautifully written YA book about a young boy, ostracized from everyone else and who has powers unimaginable, and who is saved by the confident, brave young girl he meets at school. Billy Jakobek isn't like other children--he lives as a kind of science experiment, his very existence a mystery. Natalia Gonzalez is a Guatemalan immigrant working hard to keep her family whole and well, and her life is turned upside down when she meets the strange new boy. Will their friendship and developing relationship survive what's coming?

Book Review: No Country for Old Men

I originally picked this book up because I wanted to read a "modern classic." I'd read The Road and loved it, so I decided why not? (I also needed a book that started with "N" for my A to Z Reading Challenge in 2020) Normally, not my first pick as I don't care too much for crime novels, especially cowboy-esque ones. BUT this was worth the read! I ended up finishing it off in 2 straight days. I'll spare the summary, because the blurb tells all you need to know without giving anything away. 

Book Review: Zombie Walkabout

I went into this book thinking it was going to be a cheesy, overdone-humor riddled story with little substance. Honestly, I just needed that "Z" to finish off my A to Z Reading Challenge for 2020, and I thought this would be an easy read. The very first page or two fulfilled these expectations, but then I was surprised when that beginning turned out to be a joke for the characters' sakes. In actuality, this first chapter contained a good amount of depth and character-building, paving the way for me to become emotionally attached to this world and its inhabitants! I think it's safe to say that I've been hooked. 

Book Review: The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

Book Review: What May Rise from the Ashes

Ofronia Mills is far too old to retire. She has spent all her life as a librarian, and when Grand-Director Lorn Van Shipplestorm threatens not only her job, but the integrity of the library itself, she has no choice but to act. Evading her boss and Tess Dingly, it-girl and reluctant librarian apprentice, Ofronia descends into the library's forgotten fourth basement, which once housed the collection of magic books. While Van Shipplestorm plots to bar the general populace from even entering the hallowed halls, Ofronia must decide what to do with what she finds. Will she entrust her fate to magic, although she once refused to learn anything about it? Or will she walk away quietly, like she has done all her life?

Book Review: Fae Song

Her music is magic, but power comes with a price. Can she defeat her own inner demons and the dark forces that have hijacked her past? Gwynn has finally joined the ranks of the most prestigious guild of bards. Eager to explore the world and create her musical legacy, she heads to the dazzling city to impress with her skills. On the road she encounters an elite warrior wounded in an ambush, she is forced to turn her peaceful journey into a dangerous quest. Can she free her world from enchantment before she loses everything? Fae Song is book one of the enchanting magical fantasy series Ballads of Balahar. A magical world of mysterious forces, splendid Celtic mythology, and a friendship stronger than time.

Book Review: The Arena

Cael is a gladiator, fighting for honor and riches in Yddinas. He fights to keep his brother alive, with food on the table and a name in the city for protection. At least, that's what he tells himself. Perhaps the wealth and fame has somewhat filled his head. But as political maneuverings and gruesome plots develop, the city becomes a dangerous place, and Cael is at the thick of it. Will he survive? Will he be able to protect his little brother?

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