It’s Witches and Spaceships and Teapots, Oh My! this week. I’m gearing up for the summer, so expect some light beachy reads coming up. If y’all have any requests for books for me to find, I’ll be happy to seek some out for you. As always, I hope you enjoy my picks, and let me know if you read one and like it! I love feedback from my readers.
Sorcery and Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot By Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer
Pride and Prejudice meets Harry Potter (sort of)
This is a charming little book set in England in the 1800s featuring two cousins that continually find themselves in ridiculous situations. I liked the book because it’s not too heavy on the fantasy or on the time period to inhibit understanding. Sorcery and Cecelia is set in a world where witchcraft is widely known and used but not necessarily liked. Cecelia and Kate are cousins that are apart for a season. One is in the country and one in the city. And with each in a slightly new situation, witchcrafty shenanigans obviously ensue.
The fascinating part about this book is that it is the product of a letter writing exercise between two authors. Without knowing the plot that the other author was working on, the authors developed a story together. With this in mind, it’s amazing that the story came out as solidly as it did. I really appreciated the authors’ mutual use of vernacular of the time period. It added a fantastic element to the believability of the time period. Sorcery and Cecelia along with the rest of the series is now available in ebook format.
You’ll like this if: you’re a Jane Eyre/Emma kind of girl that likes a little dash or two of fantasy and romance.
Quote: “Thomas reached out and took my hand, turned it palm up, and said, “I believe that’s healing very nicely.” Aunt Charlotte opened the door just as he turned my hand over again and brushed a kiss across my knuckles. I experienced a nearly overpowering desire to hit him in the eye.”
Across The Universe by Beth Revis
I’m not a space aliens and battleships kinda girl. Well, not when it comes to books (I do love some Star Wars and Firefly). So, when I read the cover quote of Across the Universe about a “spaceship fueled by lies”, I wasn’t completely sold. But, the cover art was intriguing, and I liked the first few pages. So I soldiered on, and I must say this was awesome.
The problem about giving you a brief synopsis is that the catalyst for the plot is a huge spoiler. So, I’ll just say that it’s a sci-fi dystopian novel set on a spaceship. There’s some pretty cool world building and a nifty diagram of the ship included in the book for reference. Think of the book like Zenon meets The Giver. I haven’t checked out the sequel yet, but it’s on my ever-expanding list.
Quote: “I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.”
You’ll like this if: you were a Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century fan (Um, who wasn’t!?)
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