Review: The Bear and the Nightingale | Fear the Fairytale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

“But the rip in her blouse was large, her hunger vast, and her patience negligible even under better circumstances.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

The Bear and the Nightingale tells the story of a fairy tale come true. So we expect a beautiful maiden riding out to her castle in the sunset with her prince charming – happily ever after, right? Not in the least bit correct. This novel cradles the dangers that lurk behind old time Russian fairytales. This book is at once suspenseful and surreal. I was carried away by Arden’s lyrical prose from the very first page. Arden shows us the dark hidden secrets behind the folktales we grow up with through a young girls fight both for the peace and harmony of her people, and against the fierce winds of evil lurking around it at midwinter.  Continue reading “Review: The Bear and the Nightingale | Fear the Fairytale”

Review: Sublime Karma | When Beauty Bleeds

sublime karmaTitle: Sublime Karma

Author: Peyton Garver

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Publication Date: November 30, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

 

 

“Crimson Color
You are falling under
You replace the hurt with pain
No, you’re not insane
You replace the hurt with pain
To rein in your thoughts again
And why you’re all alone
It seems there’s no escape
unless you can find another way
You can lean on me
You are not alone
I’ll be there for you
I’ll help pull you through
There is another way
Open up your eyes and see
I’ll take you there with me”

Dear fellow Babblers,

I was recently sent Sublime Karma by the author, Peyton Garver in exchange for an honest review. If y’all think you have had enough of teenage drams – prissy cheerleaders, narcissistic jocks, mysterious emos – welcome to Sublime Karma. In this novel issues of teenage depression, self-harm, domestic abuse, peer bullying are all brought to the forefront as Garver brings together two distinctly different high schoolers into a romantic and potentially fatal romance. This book has touched my heart, feelings, thoughts in a way that no story – not even Go Ask Alice or our favorite psychological classic, The Bell Jar has ever done before. Continue reading “Review: Sublime Karma | When Beauty Bleeds”

Review: The Elephant Vanishes: Stories | A Whimsical Babbling Affair

Title: The Elephant Vanishes

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage International

Publication Date: June 28, 1994

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

 

“I realize now that the reality of things is not something you convey to people but something you make.” – “The Elephant Vanishes”

Dear fellow Babblers,

I’ve been slightly MIA lately with my posts. Sure, I’ve been a reading slumper but that’s not to say that I’ve not been reading at all. I mean 0 ? Come on now – give me some kudos for still managing to read 600 page novels all the while balancing two editorial internships, two creative writing workships, and a pitiful social life that includes me, my local boba shop, and my  “lap” kitty. “Then what reason have you for no reviews Delphine”, challenges no ghost reader in particular. Anyone in the book blogging fam bam would never dare pose such a ridiculous query (can that be considered a synonym for question?). Only a few days left of June 2017 and we are officially (a little more than) half way through the year! What does that mean for a reader and even more so for book bloggers ? We must use flowery and illusory literary language to reflect upon our reading experiences and all the great (and not so great) authors and books we have chosen to read over hitting the beach (I live in L.A. so the beach is kinda sorta a BIG deal). It’s the book bloggers ‘book blogging’ responsibility to read, review, discuss. As a result, so many of us have been participating more than ever in weekly memes and tagging each other in posts and re-blogs such as the Mid Year Freak Tag and Top Ten Tuesday…  Continue reading “Review: The Elephant Vanishes: Stories | A Whimsical Babbling Affair”

Review: A Summer of Drowning | A post for the solitaires

Title: A Summer of Drowning

Author: John Burnside

Publisher: Vintage Books

Publication Date: July 9, 2012

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

Dear Fellow Babblers,
For today’s book review, A Summer of Drowning …

This post is for the solitary people, and therefore for the readers of A Summer of Drowning.  Continue reading “Review: A Summer of Drowning | A post for the solitaires”