Delia Owens has written a masterpiece, ​called “Where the Crawdads Sing”

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"Never underrate the heart, Capable of deeds The mind cannot conceive. The heart dictates as well as feels. How else can you explain The path I have taken, That you have taken The long way through this pass?" – Delia Owens, #wherethecrawdadssing ° ° #minireview #littlebrownbookgroup #netgalley #advancedreaderscopy Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written book, and I want to read it a million times. It is a story of survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, prejudice and resilience. The story is told in two different timelines – the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1950s, we see Kya growing up in the marsh, and being abandoned by her family. She lives alone, shunned by most of the townspeople who should have helped her. In the 1960s, we see two kids discover the dead body of a young man known as Chase Andrews. What happened to Chase? Is Kya and Chase's death connected? The setting is incredible, and the writing is vivid, poetic, and atmospheric. I loved Kya's character, her relationship with the marsh. I rooted for her till the end and what an end it was! I would HIGHLY recommend this book, and Delia Owens has just become my auto-buy author. I even voted for it in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 after reading it. Thanks to @netgalley for an eARC of this spectacular book! #QOTD : Have you ever judged someone by their appearance? AOTD : I used to do that and I am ashamed,to say the least. #bookblogger #beautifulbooks #ilovereading #vimage #vimageoftheday #vimageapp #bookphotography #bookstoread #reesewitherspoonbookclub #booksofig #bookstagramfeature #unitedbookstagram #igreads #readersofinstagram #fiction #booksandshares #bookrecommendations #awkwardedit #bookishlove #bookstagramindia #bookquotes #goodreadschoiceawards #bookaesthetic #bookwormforlife

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Synopsis: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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One of my favorite​ reads of 2018 | Review of The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

Synopsis: Do you remember when you believed in magic?

The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical…


Review:

‘Are you lost? Are you afraid? Are you a child at heart?’

I admit,I was totally acting like a child when the book ended. I cried as if my favourite toy was snatched ,which was absurd for a number of reasons. Let me introduce you to the book …

The prologue welcomes you into the magical world of Papa jack’s Emporium,which is a toyshop that opens with the first frost and closes when the snowdrops start blooming again. The Emporium is situated at the heart of London and is unlike any other toyshop.

Soon.we met Cathy, a young woman who ran away from her home and see her seek shelter in the Emporium. Here,Cathy meets Papa Jack, his two sons Kaspar and Emil ,a woman named Martha , and other Emporium workers.

We follow Cathy-who was pregnant when we ran away from home- wondering where to go when Emporium closed for the season but Cathy’s fears soon abated as Kaspar offered to sneak her into Wendy House-a part of the Emporium. Soon Cathy gives birth and Papa Jack offers her to stay with the Emporium permanently.

Flash Forward several years,and see Kathy’s child all grown,and Kathy married to Kaspar. Things seem really well but soon they don’t as every male shophand seems to have signed up for joining to fight in the ongoing World War. Kaspar joins to fight for England as well and soon the Emporium is no more Papa Jack’s but it is Emil’s .

Will the Emporium survive under Emil ? Will Kaspar come back from the war ?

The story is mainly focused on the brothers’-Kaspar and Emil- war or the Long War .The Long War is the battle in which the winner will control the Emporium. It has themes of love,loyalty and war .The author writes candidly and beautifully about pain and darkness. I was reminded of Night Circus,while I read the read but I wasn’t bored or wanted to DNF it at any point.

Let’s talk about the things I loved and didn’t :

  • I loved the setting ! Oh,it was spectacular minus the times of the Wars .
  • I hated Emil and Nina’s characters . At first,he seems like an underdog, a soft boy but later ….you need to read the book because if I complete the dots it will be a massive spoiler.

I highly recommend this book! And, I promise you ,reader, you will love this story if you give it a chance. Perhaps, you should read it when your mind is free of all burdens; read it on your bed or your favourite reading nook; read it as a physical book or an ebook ,you will fall in love with the enchanting world of Emporium.

Verdict: 5 stars out of 5

Author: Connect with Author Robert Dinsdale on Goodreads.

  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Publication Date: February 2018
  • Paperback: 480 Pages

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Book Review:​ The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

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Synopsis: Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.

Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy…

Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

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Book Review: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

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Synopsis: In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you so much Rejitha for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! If you haven’t followed her already, you can follow Rejitha’s blog here.

I have been blogging about three months now(I think) and I am absolutely loving the support from the blogging community . This is my first blogger award so YAY!!!! *doing a little dance* *does a little dance again*

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