Five Beautiful Books I've Bought Lately

It's been a while since I've done a book haul. But don't be fooled, I've been buying books like crazy. :)) Actually, there are way too many new books on my shelves and many of them have been talked and written about a lot. So here is just five of them, which aren't that hyped, but I believe they are great and special and overall amazing.

A Tale Without a Name by Penelope S. Delta

The kingdom used to be a place of paved roads and well-filled coffers, with joy and the good life all around. But the old king went the way of all flesh years ago, and now the kingdom is derelict, a land of wickedness and ruin. But a young prince and his sister begin to see what must be done, and-if they can-to restore what has been lost. For a hundred years A Tale Without a Name has been one of Greece's best-loved stories. This playful, wise fable is enchanting for readers of any age, as meaningful and moving now as when it was first written.

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläine

Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children’s author Laura White to join “The Rabbit Back Literature Society,” an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, a young literature teacher. Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as “The Game”? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White’s winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, as Ella explores the Society and its history, disturbing secrets that had been buried start to come to light...

Moss Witch and Other Stories by Sara Maitland 

Each story in this collection of short fiction fuses together specific pieces of scientific research with an ancient myth or folkloric archetype. In these stories, readers will encounter witches that can outwit botanists, religious soothsayers that read evolutionary biology in feverish dreams, and scientists who fall in love with the birds that they study.

A specially written afterword penned by a scientist follows each story, expanding upon the theory within the story, be it quantum mechanics, planetary physics, game theory, or nanotechnology.

Adeline by Norah Vincent

On 18 April 1941, twenty-two days after Virginia Woolf went for a walk near her weekend house in Sussex and never returned, her body was reclaimed from the River Ouse. Norah Vincent's Adeline reimagines the events that brought Woolf to the riverbank, offering us a denouement worthy of its protagonist.

With poetic precision and psychological acuity, Vincent channels Virginia and Leonard Woolf, T. S. and Vivienne Eliot, Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington, laying bare their genius and their blind spots, their achievements and their failings, from the inside out. And haunting every page is Adeline, the name given to Virginia Stephen at birth, which becomes the source of Virginia's greatest consolation, and her greatest torment.

Intellectually and emotionally disarming, Adeline - a vibrant portrait of Woolf and her social circle, the infamous Bloomsbury Group, and a window into the darkness that both inspired and doomed them all - is a masterpiece in its own right by one of our most brilliant and daring writers.

Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 2 by Ben Gelinas

Yes, I love Dragon Age!

BioWare's newest game Dragon Age: Inquisition will expand the universe of their epic series in profound ways. This comprehensive book of lore features exclusive art and information, exploring every corner of this dark fantasy masterpiece! Newcomers will appreciate how this volume covers everything they need to know about the world and characters of these smash-hit games! Dedicated fans will revel in the abundance of never-before-revealed secrets, the perfect companion to Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1! From heroes to villains, to songs and food, and everything in between, this book puts the breath and depth of this inimitable fantasy at your fingertips.

Mabon Giveaway

Congratulations to Doreen, the Lughnasadh Giveaway winner! :)
For Mabon I'm giving away a copy of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. You can read my review here. Giveaway is international and it ends on September 23. Please read the rules before entering. Good luck everyone! :)

There are 8 sabbats during the year and for every one I have a giveaway. As one sabbat is over the giveaway connected with it ends and a new one (connected with the next sabbat) starts. That’s why the giveaways last so long. I wanted continuity. Just to make things clear. :)

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Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
I guess you've heard about this one, right? :)

Nimona is a bitter-sweet story about heroes and villains and the thin line between those two. Actually, it really works with ambiguity and shows us that very often things aren't just black and white.
I enjoyed little details like the names, Ballister Blackheart is a badass name, isn't it? And Ambrosius Goldenloin made me laugh out loud!

Also, I really enjoyed the art and the fact that it's written and drawn by one person - very impressive!

It was playful and fun, yet dealing with big themes and ideas. Definitely worth your time. :)


Lughnasadh Giveaway

Congratulations to Julie, the Litha Giveaway winner! :)

For Lughnasadh I'm giving away a copy of Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. You can read my review here. Giveaway is international and it ends on August 1. Please read the rules before entering. Good luck everyone! :)

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