Favorite Fiction – The Secrets of Solace

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I love reading books that blend themes together. I’m not normally big on SciFi, but mix it with some Fantasy and I’m sold!

Question of the Day: What are your favorite blended genre books?

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Favorite Fiction – The Mark of the Dragonfly

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Adventure, political drama, a runaway, alien races, Steampunk details, and a cute OTP to ship along the way? All in one book? Yes, please!

Question of the Day: What books are you planning to re-read this year?

 

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Favorite Fiction – Best of 2017

I may not have completed my Goodreads goal of 50 titles this year, but I did a decent job with just under 35 books, mostly from the Middle Grade shelf. I won’t bore you with copy/pasted summaries of every book I read (you can hit up my Reading Challenge page for that if you like, though) but I will share some of my highlights.

 

Favorite Series

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

“For a Hero cannot triumph all the time. Sometimes he will be defeated, and how he faces that defeat is a test of his character.”

IMG_7146I finally completed the How to Train Your Dragon series this year. What starts out as a short and silly lower Middle Grade series quickly becomes a fast-paced adventure with a hero who can’t seem to do anything right, a naughty little dragon, and a tribe of Hooligans that will keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages eagerly. My favorite detail is the abundance of illustrations that decorate nearly every page. They’re informal, sketchy, and perfect for setting off a child’s imagination. Just be prepared for a little dragon dung humor in the first couple of books.IMG_6727

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Review of The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson

The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson

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Lina Winterbock is an apprentice archivist with a knack for getting herself into scrapes. Her poor reputation continues to get her into trouble, so Lina has gotten good at keeping secrets from everyone; like her hidden workshop, and the project she’s been slowly uncovering deep in the caverns of her mountainous home. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.

Then she meets a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.

Lina hated to admit it, but Tolwin had a point. The archivists were taking a big risk if the Dragonfly territories were to find out.

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Sharing – Current Reads

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There’s nothing like reading a book that can transport you worlds away. Those vivid descriptions that have you shivering on an icey mountaintop, or sweltering in a boat along a lazy river are what make a memorable story so worth reading, and oftentimes re-reading. Have you recently been on a virtual vacation thanks to a fantastic fantasy adventure? Do share!

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