Triple the Fantasy: “Silver in the Wood,” “Kiss of the Spindle,” “The Lost Years of Merlin”

I hardly ever post mini reviews of novels. I prefer to dedicate a full post to each one. But things are getting ridiculous because it’s now November and there are books I read in August that I haven’t yet talked about on here. Not that it’s a big deal, but I like to post a review for every book I read so being this behind on reviews irks me. It makes me feel as if I’m not progressing with my reading goals, even if I am.

Although the stories I’ll discuss in this post are all fantasy, they are quite different from each other. The first is a Tor novella about a Wild Man of the woods whose life is upended when he receives a visit from an unassuming human. The second, a paranormal, historical fiction romance with some steampunk influence that’s inspired by the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. And the third is a middle-grade fantasy novel about the boyhood years of the famous wizard Merlin.

I enjoyed reading two of the three, but one was surprisingly boring. However, I’m glad to have read them all. Here’s what I thought of each.


Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Genre:

Fantasy

Series:

Greenhollow, book 1

Pubbed:

June 2019

Goodreads summary:

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

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Halloween Song Book Tag

I don’t celebrate Halloween, but I sure do enjoy the holiday and seeing people dress up for it. Like I do every year, I’ll honor the holiday on my blog by posting a Halloween-inspired book tag.

Here’s the Halloween Songs Book Tag. I found it on the blog Adventures with a Side of Espresso, but it was created by booktuber A Beautiful Chaos of Books. She also created a playlist for the tag on Spotify based on the songs included in the tag.

Thriller: A book that was an absolute page turner

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

It’s a nonfiction book that reads like a thriller. It had me hooked from the first page and kept me interested the entire time, mostly because I couldn’t believe that everything I was reading is true. It’s about Elizabeth Holmes and her startup company Theranos that lied about having built a machine that can run a variety of tests using a single drop of blood. Many invested millions into the company for a machine that never worked.

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Spooky Book Tag

Time for more Halloween book tags!! 😀

Today I’m doing the Spooky Book Tag, which was created by booktuber the Book Pusher.

Corn Maze

What book had you confused and lost from the very beginning?

The Expanse

The first thing that came to mind was The Expanse TV show, which is an adaptation of a sci-fi book series of the same name by James S.A. Corey. The first book is Leviathan Wakes. The first season confused me, but I enjoyed it despite that and wanted to keep watching. (I didn’t; I hardly ever have time to watch TV.) I’d like to try the books. They’re often recommended to me.

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Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Halloween is just a few days away; so to celebrate, I’m posting a bunch of Halloween- and fall-inspired book tags. Today I present the Spoopy Memes Book Tag, which was created by Emily at Embuhleeliest, who also tagged me! 🙂

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag Extension

It book tag time!! 😀

I plan to do a bunch of Halloween- and fall-inspired book tags leading up to the big holiday. I’m kicking it off with the Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag Extension, which was created by Anthony at Keep Reading Forward. He created the Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag, which I completed last year, and added this extension this year in case anyone wants to add more creatures (and prompts) to the list.

I was tagged by Kelsey at There’s Something About KM.

Troll

an underrated book that many may not know about

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comic Collection, Vol. 1 ed. by Hope Nicholson

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End of Summer Recap Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Kristin Kraves and knew I had to do it too. 😀 It was created by Faith at You Are What You Read and, like Faith, I’ll only consider for this the books I read in June to August.

Which book can you not stop thinking about?

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

A nonfiction book all about color. It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and I can’t stop thinking about it because I see color everywhere! 😀 Okay, that’s not the only reason why. There are so many interesting tidbits about colors in it that I mention them at random to people around me or I think back to the book whenever I look at certain colors, especially when shopping.

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Book Tag Week: Life’s a Beach Book Tag

Another tag post for BOOK TAG WEEK!!

I actually made it to the beach this summer. 😀

Although I make plans to go every summer, I never make it due to being too busy; but this summer I went on a reading retreat at the beach with a friend and had a great time. We only read a page each and instead spent our time people watching and talking. It was loads of fun.

Life’s a Beach Book Tag

The Life’s a Beach Book Tag was created by Lefty, the Left-Handed Book Lover.

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Book Tag Week: Quintessential Summer Book Tag

Onward and forward with BOOK TAG WEEK!!

You know what I’d like to do before summer’s end?

  1. Spend an entire day at the movies
    • I haven’t done this since college days. When exam week was over and my mind was goop from intense studying, cramming, and stress from the tests, I’d go to the movies and spend the whole day there watching everything I could sneak into. I’d like to do that again, although I’d probably fall asleep in the theater this time because those new chairs are so soft.
  2. Go on an architectural tour of a city
    • I really, really, really want to do this!! I even have a little pocket guide about architectural styles ready for such a tour.

Anyway, here’s the —

Quintessential Summer Book Tag

The Quintessential Summer Book Tag was created by the Bookish Kat. I consider myself tagged by Madame Writer.

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Book Tag Week: Summer Sweatalong Book Tag

BOOK TAG WEEK!! continues with the Summer Sweatalong Book Tag, which is perfect for this time of year and, more specifically, Tuesday, August 12, 2019 because it’s supposed to be hot as shit on that day in my part of the world. Jeez!

Apparently it’s gonna go up to the 90s, at which point the humidity will peak and stuff will happen to cause really bad thunderstorms. So in addition to sweating my ass off, I’ll be treated to lots of clashing and banging in the heavens as the weather sorts its self out.

Well, can’t do anything about that so… here’s the —

Summer Sweatalong Book Tag

The Summer Sweatalong Book Tag was created by Jo, the Bookworm Dreamer.

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Book Tag Week: Summer Bucket List Book Tag

It’s Book Tag Week!!! 😀 😀 😀

I haven’t done one of these in ages, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag. (Well, only two weeks but it had been a long time before that one since I’d done one, so BOOK TAG WEEK!!)

Book Tag Week is exactly as it sounds. It’s a week dedicated to nothing but book tags. That’s all I’ll post on here. I see it as a fun blogging holiday that’s perfect for summer. I often do book tags because I like reading such posts. I get book recommendations from them sometimes or learn something new about a particular book depending on the prompt in the tag. I hope you’ll get a book recommendation or two from my book tags too (although I tend to repeat books. Haaa…).

Well then. To the BOOK TAGS!!! Starting with….

The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

The Summer Bucket List Book Tag was created by Tiffany at Read by Tiffany. The graphics for the prompts were created by her as well.

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