What I am Studying: Vol. 123.

What I'm reading. Book photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

Howdy my darlings,

Spring has reached Maryland eventually! The cherry timber are budding, the solar has returned, and the wind not bites my pores and skin. I like love love this time of 12 months, when the world emerges from its lengthy winter sleep and I out of the blue really feel like all the things is feasible.

Did you see that I lastly gained my first actual jewellery public sale?? I informed you latterly that I used to be a jewellery public sale novice…after which after I did begin bidding, I couldn’t win any! However I lastly broke my streak and gained an public sale for a holy grail dream piece. Hear the full story in this video and see my treasure here.

I hope that the beautiful climate has discovered you, too. Listed below are some issues I’ve been studying these days.


What I’m studying

Once Upon a Broken Heart and The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber. These books are extraordinarily flowery; the creator builds an elaborate fantasy world stuffed with pink sugar truffles and gold ribbons and clothes comprised of petals and butterfly wings. It’s romantic and kooky and lovable to an excessive that’s slightly bit excessive…however I wouldn’t have minded if the primary character hadn’t additionally been dumber than a field of rocks. (Gentle spoilers forward!)

Evangeline Fox blunders round, crying and gasping, strolling into each apparent lure and making each single doable easy-to-foresee mistake. There may be one main plot level on the finish of e-book two that’s solely doable as a result of each single character ignores a particularly clearly drawback till it turns into lethal. Whereas I used to be studying it, I spent three chapters going “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE [redacted], ISN’T IT GOING TO [redacted]?!?!” And that’s precisely what occurs.

I’m together with these books right here anyway as a result of they might be pleasant in case your pet peeves are completely different than mine – or if you’re shopping for a e-book for a youthful reader who will admire the fantastic thing about this very descriptive sequence with out being bothered by the plot holes.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. This YA Fantasy journey is simply what it feels like: the adventures of a badass younger girl whose father is the King of all Pirates. It’s a number of enjoyable, and undoubtedly definitely worth the time it takes to learn, however a couple of plot/character parts didn’t fairly click on nicely sufficient for me to seek out it spectacular.

Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson isn’t fairly human, and due to that she is aware of concerning the secret world of werewolves, fae, vampires, and witches that’s hidden from most people. Mercy learns extra about her previous and her talents (and finds love!) as her world’s supernatural creatures go public and the remainder of humanity should regulate to the change.

I’ve been in a giant City Fantasy temper these days and I devoured this sequence. It will get higher because it goes alongside: there have been some parts within the first couple of books that irritated me, however the creator appeared to comprehend rapidly these issues weren’t working, as a result of they’re absent from the later books. I wouldn’t name these Fantasy Romance however they do have a distinguished PG-13 love story.

TW for a sexual assault that may be a main plot level in e-book three, Iron Kissed. It’s thoughtfully dealt with and never specific on the web page, however the character has flashbacks and panic assaults to related to the assault for the remainder of the sequence. There are additionally references to a aspect character’s dying by suicide in a number of books.


Wearing Stories: Seven Shining Rings. Learn by this text on The Voices of Vogue about 7 noteworthy rings and also you may simply discover yours really.

Who was Agent 355? The Mystery of America’s First Female Spy.

What’s in the Box? The Art of Reliquaries. I’ve at all times been completely fascinated by reliquaries. Anybody with me?

GIA Scientists Unlock Secrets Within Earth Using Diamonds.

An astonishing Napoleonic tiara heads to public sale.

Medieval List Reveals 1,065 Dog Names Suitable for the Historic Humans’ Pups.

The Niche Museums website is devoted to discovering small, good museums in any given space. It’s bizarre.

How the FBI Discovered a Real-Life Indiana Jones in, of All Places, Rural Indiana.

The Greatest Unsolved Heist in Irish History: Scandal, conspiracy, and cover-ups within the theft of the “Irish Crown Jewels” from Dublin Fortress.

E book pictures through UnSplash. This publish accommodates affiliate hyperlinks.