Finished two today and my main complaint was length. I wanted even more of Sarah Andersen’s Fangs. This beautifully aesthetic little comic was devoured in about 20 minutes and it was adorable!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I also listened to Ravensong by T.J. Klune and as much as I love the characters, it can be very repetitive and I thought the 20 hour book could have been cut down. But the found family aspect has me glued to this series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🍂Probably my last read of the month 🍂 27-10-20
“When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.’
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.
When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
‘The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
’Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.’
And I am two-and-twenty,
And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.”
A.E. Housman, When I was One-and-Twenty (1896).
Published September 28th, 2020
Kindle Edtion, 296 pages
Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.
Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.
Fragile Longing is one my most anticipated books because:
It’s probably me, not the book. I probably expected a lot because I’m disappointed. Alright, let’s talk about it. Fragile Longing is all about Sofia Mione (Dante Cavallaro’s niece) and Danilo Mancini (The Underboss in Indianapolis).
Sofia is an amazing woman. Though she’s not as fierce as the other characters in the series, she’s strong in her own ways. I still admire her for being such a sweetheart. She’s caring and understanding. I can’t honestly blame her for her insecurities since she was forced to grow up after she’s been promised to marry her sister’s ex-fiancé. I like Sofi, what I hate is her situation where she thinks she’s the consolation prize and she can’t be more that what Serafina is.
Danilo on the other hand is an asshole. Sorry not sorry. He’s one of the reasons why I didn’t like this book. Though he was able to redeem himself in the later part of the book, still it’s not enough. I hated how Danilo still fucks around despite being engaged to Sofia. Why not get that opportunity to get to know your fiance more (I didn’t mean it in a sexual way, of course) than fucking blondes all over your territory? Ok, enough of his negative traits. Danilo is a good brother and a good son. He cares a lot for Emma and his family.
Cora Reilly’s writing style improved, I observed it when I read Twisted Pride, Sweet Temptation and Bound by the Past. However, I didn’t like how this book was written. Rereading Serafina’s kidnapping and betrayal in different POVs is annoying and redundant. I know it plays a vital role in the story but I’ve read it in Twisted Pride, then in Bound in the Past, I don’t need to read it again in Fragile Longing. Now I’m expecting to read it again in Samuel and Emma’s book.
There should be a lot of opportunities in building and developing Sofia and Danilo’s character and their relationship as a couple if the first part of the book isn’t about Serafina’s kidnapping and betrayal, the aftermath of it, Danilo’s anger towards Remo Falcone and Sofia trying really hard to be her sister.
Anyway, they were able to redeem themselves in the later part of the book but it was… I dunno, rushed? The epilogue was cute tho.
I enjoyed reading the last few parts of the book, though. I loved how Danilo made up for all the times he treated Sofia badly. I liked The Koi fish named Takeda, the dog named Poof and the tabby cat. LOL!
I also love Anna Cavallaro’s character. She’s Valentina and Dante’s child through and through. She’s Sofia’s exact opposite and I love their friendship. Also curious about her relationship with Santino. I honestly want her to end up with Santino but the idea of her being with a politician is also good since we still don’t know what kind of man Clifford Clark is. Also curious about Leonas Cavallaro’s story. I wonder if he’ll end up with an outsider or someone from other Familias or from the Outfit? Ugh! I’m excited to read books about Dante and Valentina’s children. Can we have their book right freaking noooooow? Kidding! But not really. They are the only characters I’m looking forward to in the 2nd gen. And yes, Nevio and Greta’s respective stories, too.
I also love Emma. I love her relationship with her brother and the friendship she, Anna and Sofia have. Emma deserves the best and Samuel MUST give her the love she deserves.
So that’s Fragile Longing. Still looking forward to the rest of the books that Cora will write about her mafia world.
I recommend that you read Bound by Duty, Twisted Pride and Bound by the Past first before you read Fragile Longing. That is if you want to see what went down between the Camorra and the Outfit.
No me duele que me mientas, me duele ser quien finge creerte.
Kendimi öldürüyorum, çünkü beni sevmediniz, çünkü sizleri sevmedim.
Çünkü bağlarımız çok gevşekti.
Bağlarımız güçlensin diye kendimi öldürüyorum.
Sizi silinmez bir lekeyle baş başa bırakıyorum.
Serpent & Dove #OutOfContext
Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.
This book is Pacific Northwest Gothic at its finest. It’s beautifully melancholic, rich with mysteries, and filled with hidden secrets. I could almost smell the salt from the ocean and the leaves of the forest while reading. Having lived in the Northwest my whole life, this book felt like home. It also reminded me of so many of my favorite places on the coast. Now I just want to go to the beach and soak in all the foggy mornings and the crisp, salty air.
I loved James and Hunter so much. They were adorable and totally dorky together. My heart broke for James on so many levels. He was dealing with the brutal murders of his only family, spiraling depression, and hidden family secrets. He was such a mess, but that made him so much more real. And Hunter! Oh, how I loved him. I think Hunter is probably one of the sweetest people I’ve ever read about. He had this quiet strength about him. I liked that Hunter saw James at his lowest points and loved him. And continued to love and support him as James worked through everything.
I also really liked the mystery aspects of this book. They played very nicely against the melancholy background and the budding romance between James and Hunter. Though I did feel like the murder plot line was wrapped up a little to conveniently. I really loved the hidden family secrets plot. Twins separated at birth? Mysterious property in the woods? And a tiny town by the sea? Sign me up.
This was an absolutely delicious read. I would love to see more of these characters and their story. There’s just something about them that I don’t want to let go of. In Strange Woods is getting a solid five stars.
PS: thank you so much for recommending this @glitterghost! It was really good!
Endless rows of books….
You Should Read This If You’re Looking For: Ownvoices POC stories for children that deal with tradition, culture, migration to foreign countries, refugee stories, etc. in a wholesome setting with beautiful illustrations.
Reading “The Most Beautiful Thing” by Kao Kalia Yang is a mesmerizing experience. It’s a heartwarming short story of a young girl finding beauty in an unexpected place. Drawing from Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this is a story of a family making their home in a foreign country, getting by with very little money and a lot of heart: the little things that are commonplace for children of displaced families.
I found pieces of myself and my home in this story. As an expat living in Kuwait, my family too had to move to a foreign country when I was very young. I found myself in the little details around the living room when they sit down to eat, the way they take care of the elders in the family, the traces of tradition that immigrated with them, the stories grandma tells the little children. Growing up in middle class poverty, I know what it feels like to be disappointed in your circumstances and wish for more, while also finding hope, and beauty in the love of family and tradition.
Grandma is obviously my favourite character in the story. The way she holds the family together, weaving her stories and magic, making the most mundane things feel special. I can see my own nana in her laugh lines, the cracked, calloused feet, and her beautiful toothy smile.
Yang weaves a beautiful tapestry, blending tradition with modernity brought to life by the breathtaking artwork by Khao Le. The beautiful illustration with their bright, vibrant colours, and rich details really elevate the story into something magical.
My only complaint is that I wish we could have had a few more of grandma’s stories. She lived such a long, eventful life and I wish I could have spent more time on that. The ending also felt a little abrupt. But all in all, this book feels very much like home and I’m so glad its out in the world for more children to read and feel a part of! 4 stars.
Do you like to read a synopsis before jumping into a book, or do you prefer to go in blind? 🤔📖
When I bought BLAZEWRATH GAMES I was immediately pulled in by the cover and by the author being Latina. And when I read the synopsis, I knew that I immediately had to have it. Around its release date, I started seeing this book everywhere! Everyone was loving it and I wanted to make sure I had it in my personal library. 📚📚
Marienplatz Library in Munich , Germany 📖
You Should Read This If You’re Looking For: easy to digest contemporary poetry dealing with depression, anxiety, mental health, suicide, survivor’s guilt, the aftermath of messy breakups, and trauma, etc.
Designed, as the cover suggests, as a mixtape with Side A and Side B. Favourite poems include: tracks 3,4, 6,7,19,25,26,29,32,73,86.
Format, Side A: contains a collection of 92 poems with titles as track numbers.
Each poem also has a song inspiration at the end, with the song title and name of the artist that makes for a fun extracurricular activity if you want to put together a playlist for these poems.
Alicia Cook’s poetry deals with some really heavy themes such as anxiety, depression, suicide, survivor’s guilt, love, messy breakups, trauma, etc. The poems are written in an easy, digestible format that would appeal to readers of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey collection. As I’m not a fan of this type of writing, however, this held little interest.
The poems in this collection are mostly literal, with a few scattered easy-to-pick metaphors that have little depth beyond surface level. There is no profound meaning to unearth, unravel, or divine at.
Yet, Cook’s poetry is relatable to the struggles we face in a 21st century social landscape. Especially in light of the pandemic, feelings of isolation, alienation, uncertainty, inability to commit to relationships, and social pressures are all reflected back with comfortable familiarity. I was especially drawn to the hint of depth in poems that deal with grief, depression and suicide; there’s a rawness to these poems that I wish was explored more in depth.
Side B: “Remixes” contained blacked out versions of some of the poems from Side A that I found utterly pointless and pretty banal.
My favourite part of this collection might be the mixtape concept this book is presented as, particularly the cover art and title that feel hopeful, funky, relatable, and original: the potential is there, peaking through in certain poems. I just wish it was more. 3 stars.
“Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953).
The Nightmare (Painting), 1781
by Henry Fuseli.
(this painting was later used as inspiration for a scene in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.)