100 Words and a Quote is a feature in which I review books in exactly 100 words and share my favorite quote from each book. It’s fun, but it can also be challenging to make what I have to say fit that count. Well, I do love a good challenge. I do this for books when I can’t give much detail for fear of spoiling, for series finales, when I need to clean up my TBR, for novellas, and for those rare times when I just don’t have much to say about a book whether I loved it or not. Hope you enjoy my take on the (extra mini) mini-review.
This gorgeous cover is one I found very fitting, and I enjoyed the lovely Victorian fantasy that lived within. Henrietta Howell, or Nettie, is the first female sorcerer. Maybe. She is the prophesied one. Maybe not. I was pulled in from the very beginning with this book, and I stayed there. I loved the relationship between Nettie and Rook, the boys who became her fellow sorcerer trainees, the setting, the trials, the secondary characters… Oh, and did I mention there is a cantankerous hobgoblin? Seven scary Ancients? One charismatic but untrustworthy magician? How about deception and betrayal? Yes. More, please.
This story is shocking and gripping but very disturbing. This was an incredibly difficult book to read because a teenage girl is brutally raped. What pulled me in was the parents’ reaction and the question of whether or not to use a new controversial drug that could erase their daughter’s memory of what she endured. I couldn’t help but think about what I would do in their shoes. Intriguing characters, an unreliable narrator, and a twist kept me reading. While I’d definitely read more by this author, I should warn that this book is not for the faint of heart.
“It requires far more strength to experience emotion than to suppress it.”
I quite enjoyed this twisty mystery told from three points of view. One of those POVs belongs to Hattie, the victim of a brutal murder. Hattie’s death broke my heart… but so did her life. Because Hattie lives her life trying to please everyone – trying to be everything for everybody; and by doing so, she’s lost herself. So who is Hattie really? Does anyone know? Does she? And who killed her before she had a chance to find out? This is a fast, easy read; and though you may discover the answer along the way, you’ll still enjoy the ride.
“…Mom would be reading whatever the library just got in, since she’d gone through everything else on their shelves. She never wanted to talk about her books though. She just swallowed those pages up and kept them tucked inside. Maybe that’s what made her so hard to read sometimes, all those books floating around in her.”
Note: I received copies of these books in exchange for my honest reviews. Quotes used have been checked against final copies.
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