First Review of Moving Forward Optional is in!

I’m so excited to say the first review for Moving Forward Optional is in and @outsidewithbooks on Instagram loved it! Yay! ❤️

Check out her full review on Insta HERE

The nerves I had going into sending out the ARCs (advanced reader copies) were out of this world. It’s so scary knowing that you’re asking for honest reviews of your book child from people who read as many books a year as I do, or more. 😂 Because I really respect these reviewers and I know they’re going to tell the truth, because their reputation depends on it.

So, the elation I felt when @outsidewithbooks messaged me and told me she truly loved it, was some of the best feel goods I’ve ever had.

Thank you, book reviewers!! ❤️

The Age of Witches Book Review

The Age of Witches is an 1890’s historical fiction, with both magic and feminism woven in. The hardback is 437 pages, a bit on the longer side because the writing is charming and decorated with descriptions of herbs and food. But don’t go into it thinking that means it’s going to be fast-paced. It’s very much a slow burn.

“That’s a silly question. Women can’t manage their own money. I will not hand over your inheritance just to see you fritter it away.”

Annis is a strong-minded young lady with ambition and determination, in a world that expects her to have neither. Her only love is horses, but her love doesn’t matter because she is a thing to be owned and bread as well. And besides, breeding horses isn’t ladylike.

“No more,” he said coldly. “I’m not going to argue with a hysterical girl.”

This book reminds me of Jane Eyre in a way, a woman so clearly stuffed into a time where she doesn’t seem to belong. However, Annis has strength, she discovers, from her bloodline. A relative hung two hundred years ago as a witch.

I recommend this book to those who are into herbs and plants, a bit of magic, and feminism in a time when feminism doesn’t exist.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Also Titled THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE

This book is so fun to read. It’s a book I didn’t want to end. At 458 pages, I found myself secretly rejoicing about its length. I had moments where I was in the middle of reading it, with hundreds of pages left, and I just quietly cheered in my head, “Yaaasssss.” It’s that fun to read.

Beyond just the enjoyment of this book, I found myself continually impressed with the uniqueness Stuart Turton brought to the table. This isn’t your typical mystery; it’s a body hopping, time twisted, who dunnit, my life depends on the answer, action packed, clue riddled, masquerade ball having, good time. I LOVED it.

‘“Trauma,’ he says abruptly, raising a finger in the air. ‘That’s what it’ll be. Very common, in fact.’”

Aiden Bishop doesn’t know much, he doesn’t know anything about himself; what he does know is Evelyn Hardcastle will die at 11:00 p.m. every night and he has eight days, and eight host bodies, to figure out who it is that kills her.

This is no pleasant walk in the park for Aiden people, this is a crazy ride. I loved it. It kept me up at night. It kept me turning pages. It kept me thinking about it while I was showering. All the qualities I love in an engaging book. Thank you Stuart Turton. 

I liked the ending. Still, I kind of had that, “Wait this is the end? Noooooo,” feeling. But in general, considering how many questions the book makes the reader ask oneself, it did do a fantastic job of wrapping up most of those questions. I had a couple left, not many, but that’s probably on me. It’s the kind of book where I was hoping for an epilogue, and was sad that I didn’t get one. I might be a spoiled reader. If Turton writes a follow up epilogue somewhere, like for the kindle or his website, I won’t be mad. And I hope someone points me in that direction.

I would highly recommend this book. I applaud the great work, the uniqueness, the engaging qualities, and the writing. I will definitely be looking for Turton’s next book.