Month: June 2013

What I’m Reading Now: The Shape Of Mercy

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Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.

The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

My Thoughts On Blood Moon by Harman

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Blood Moon

Willa is trying very hard to be a ‘normal’, which is difficult when she has vivid dreams that show her the future and her best friend is a ghost. These gifts have kept her apart from her friends and even her family as she struggles internally with feelings of confusion and loneliness.

Until she meets Simon. In one of the best opening chapters ever written, Willa meets Simon, a student at the local university, who has his own unique and powerful gifts. Together they learn more about their powers and work together with other witches to fight Archard, an evil witch who is trying to return the earth back to the Dark Ages.

Blood Moon is a unique novel, delving into the life of good witches who are fighting for their lives and the world around them. Full of battles, witch spells and witch incantations, it is not everyone’s cup of brew. But those willing to take the broom-less journey (they travel in SUVs and private planes) will embark on a great action-packed journey with a beauitful love story at its heart.

My only regret about reading this book is that I read it so early. It is the first book of The Moonlight Trilogy, and the second book is not due out until next summer. It is going to be a long wait.

What I’m Reading Now: Blood Moon by Harman

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Willa dreams of true events and her best friend is a ghost. Simon can heal any wound with a touch and senses others’ emotions, intentions. All their lives they’ve felt alone in their bizarre abilities, hiding behind a facade of normalcy, wondering why and how. The night Simon walks into the Twelve Acres Diner and meets Willa face to face, in a swirl of electric heat, they are bound to one another and glimpse the magic of who they are.

Across town a witch is held prisoner in the derelict basement of an old Victorian house. One night as it rains, she dares to reach her filthy, scarred hand out the window. Willa, walking home from work, recognizes the pathetic hand from a recent, terrible dream.

After a daring rescue of the witch, Willa and Simon are catapulted into the alluring but dangerous world of witchcraft and the magic of The Six Gifts. Answers to all their questions are within reach, but they’ve stepped into the middle of a deadly fight for the Powers of the Earth. Do they stay, risk their lives on the promise of power, or walk away?

My Thoughts on The Kitchen House by Grissom

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This book was like a train wreck you could not look away from.

The Kitchen House is told through the voices of two very different characters: Belle and Lavinia.

The main voice is Lavinia’s, though Belle pops in every now and again to show a much-needed perspective. Lavinia is an innocent child and takes everything around her at face value, unable to see the dangers around her. Orphaned on her way to America, she is sent to work at a plantation in Virginia. She lives in the Kitchen House with Belle and grows to love her slave family.

Blond with blue eyes, Lavinia cannot stay in the Kitchen House for long, and is forced into a different life: an engagement she does not want, a husband emotionally injured beyond repair.

You keep reading, hoping things will improve, but they just don’t. Ever. Just when it cannot get worse, it does.

I appreciate that the author included a note in the back of the book about how the book was written. She did not write an emotionally wrenching novel purposefully — she was merely a voice for a muse that had a story to tell.

And what a story.