Litha Giveaway

Congratulations to Jill, the Beltane Giveaway winner! :)

For Litha (Midsummer) I'm giving away a copy of Omens by Kelley Armstrong. You can read my review here. Giveaway is international and it ends on June 21. 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: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong



Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancĂ©, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Before I started reading Omens I had been in a weird kind of reading slump. I had only read graphic novels and comics. I had also listened to a lot of BBC dramatizations of Miss Marple. But I hadn't read any "proper books". Then I discovered Omens on my Kindle and it got me out of the reading slump so easily!

Omens is a mix of mystery/thriller and magical realism. Kelley Armstrong is known for urban fantasy, but this book didn't feel like it. It was more about Welsh/Celtic mythology and folklore. Don't expect any werewolves.
Olivia, the main character, was fun to follow. She's a very believable character. She is strong, but yet she is afraid and hurt, but she always tries to do the right thing. I enjoyed her ability to look at her actions with distance and evaluate them. I also like how she slowly accepted all the supernatural things happening around her and in her life. And the omens integrated into the story, that was amazing!
Most other characters were only introduced and I'm looking forward to learn more about them, especially about Patrick. :) I'm also looking forward to learn more about Cainsville, its history, its gargoyles etc. It seems like a wonderfull place to live or at least to visit.

This was a quick and fun read. Great book to get you out of a reading slump!

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Showcase Sunday: March Book Haul

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Oh well, I bought so many books again. I'm not even going to try to justify myself. But I'm really excited about all of them, they are beautiful! :)


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story of a Return (Persepolis #1-4) by Marjane Satrapi
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki
Amulet, Vol. 1- Vol. 3 by Kazu Kibuishi
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg     
 


Amazing and Extraordinary Facts about the English Countryside by Ruth Binney
The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge
Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom by Jane Struthers
The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley


Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood #1) by Robert Holdstock
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett 
The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke   


Hymns to the Night (English and German Edition) by Novalis
The New Moon With the Old by Dodie Smith
A Card from Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History by Angela Carter
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
High Rising by Angela Thirkell 
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Cover love. :)


NetGalley:

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan Thank you very much, Random House UK! :)

 


What did you get? :)

Beltane Giveaway

Congratulations to Haley, the Ostara Giveaway winner! :)

For Beltane I'm giving away Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1, you can read my review here. The giveaway is again international and it ends on May 1. Before entering please read the rules. 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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