My Book Reviews

Charles Spurgeon Journal

I really loved the quality of the inner pages, and I loved the size of the journal!  The pages were thick, and I had no shadowing or bleed-through on the backside of pages, which is excellent.  It’s the perfect size for my purse or bag to carry to church for sermon notes.  I also love the Spurgeon quotes at the bottom of pages.  I do not, however, really care for the pattern on the outside of the journal.  I think it would be perfect for a masculine gift; however, given that I’m a woman, I would prefer a more neutral cover.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I read somewhere that people are made of stardust… Really?! ….. Maybe that’s what you’re made of…just like us….and despite everything August smiled!

There was a moment near the end of this book that just simply gripped me. To watch August come to terms with himself and life. I’m so thankful to have another installment; another glimpse at August and Kate. I thought A Darker Shade of Magic was an excellent piece of writing, but it had nothing on This Savage Song. The prose and metaphorical brilliance drew me in from the beginning. I’m still grappling at the fact that this was a book about a city full of monsters, yet it was SO MUCH MORE!


Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

[As for the humans, they were still divided, by anger and loss, fear and hope. Progress was being made, but August was coming to realize that there would always be cracks in the surface, shadows in the light, a hundred degrees of grey in-between black and white. People were messy; they were defined not only by what they’d done, but what they would have done under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions… choices they stood by and those they wish they could undo. Of course there was no going back; time only moved forward, but people could change, for worse…and for better. It wasn’t easy; the world was complicated. Life was hard, and so often living hurt. “So make it worth the pain,” Kate’s voice whispered through him, sudden and welcome. And he drew a deep breath.]

This book tore me apart in the most beautiful ways. Several passages made me feel literal sorrow, and I can honestly say I have not had a book grip me this deeply all year! Victoria Schwab, this book is pure magic. I’ll reuse a part of my review from the first installment because it says it best – I’m still grappling at the fact that this was a book about a city full of monsters, yet it was SO MUCH MORE!