THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL (A Story of Sleepy Hollow) by ALYSSA PALOMBO

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow

Who hasn’t heard the Legend of Sleepy Hollow? It’s long been one of my favorites. Ms. Palombo has given it a different spin.

In the sleepy little village of Sleepy Hollow, a new teacher has arrived. As the wealthiest member of the town, Katrina’s father is hosting him until he finds lodging with his students.

When Ichabod Crane and Katrina meet, there is an immediate connection on both sides and soon they are stealing away to the woods where their friendship turns to passion and love.

The two lovers come from very different worlds and Katrina’s father is determined to marry her off to her childhood friend, Brom Van Brunt, who has become a rather unpleasant fellow vying for her affections.

When Ichabod disappears on All Hallow’s Eve, Katrina is devastated and in a predicament.

With little choice but to marry Brom, she is miserable and her heart still belongs to her love. When she enlists her friend Charlotte’s help to find out what happened, she is shocked to her core.

Could the tale be more than just a scary story? Is the Headless Horseman real? And what will happen when she discovers what happened to Ichabod and who is to blame?

A story of love, magic, and timeless tales. Well Done!

Netgalley/October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston

The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)

The Little Shop of Found Things Book 1

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

First can we agree this is a beautiful cover. As for the genre, Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Adult Fiction. Yes, that is a lot but I don’t know what to call it when the setting is present day England but there is a ghost and some time travel involved. All rolled into this wonderful book that I did not stop reading once I started.

Xanthe Westlake and her mother Flora have had a rough time of it in London and have invested their life savings in an antique shop in Marlborough. Determined to make a new life and leave the past behind. Hard to do in an antique shop. Especially as we find out our Xanthe has some pretty awesome gifts.

Sometimes when she touches things she can hear them. Telling the stories of where they have been and what they were. When Xanthe picks up a chatelaine at an estate sale, it is doing more than singing to her. She is having visions and feelings of danger.

When she finds an odd-shaped building in the back garden, exactly where two ley lines converge, she is transported to the 1600’s. When she returns she finds a not so friendly ghost waiting who threatens her and her mothers safety.

Now Xanthe must return to try to save the ghost’s daughter from the gallows. Along the way she meets a gorgeous architect and tries to save Alice and her mother.

The rest you will have to read yourself. I absolutely loved this book and am so glad there will be more of them.

Well Done!

Netgalley/October 2nd 2018 by Thomas Dunne Books

AMERICAN JUDAS by MICKEY DUBROW

I think the scariest thing about Dubrow’s book is how for the first time in my lifetime, this is plausible. Borders are closed, everything is a sin under the new state religion and people are worshiping in secret, having affairs in secret and trying not to get pregnant, which is a must.

Now that there is no division between church and state, Seth is having to go underground to worship as a Jew. Or risk being sent to Savior Camp. Everyone has converted to the State religion though some escaped the country before the borders closed.

The holy people aren’t so holy but more hypocritical which is usually the case when you put corrupt people in power. A lot like Trumplandia.

I had hope in the end however. Very well done and properly and timely as well!

Netgalley/Souther Fried Karma

Coming Soon To A Bookstore Near You

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Can you believe how fast September is flying by? I can thankfully say I have read all 32 of my books for October! And the reviews have been turned in.

These are the first ones of mine coming out the first week of October. The cozies were awesome, the thrillers were thrilling and the time slip one blew me away.

We have a ton of festivals, sick people and severe weather the rest of this week so enjoy your week, stay safe and for heaven’s sake, Read a book!’

xx Patricia

IT’S BOOK RELEASE DAY FOR THESE BEAUTIES!

Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1) In a brilliantly twisted debut set among Boston’s elite, Edwin Hill introduces unforgettable sleuth Hester Thursby—and a missing persons case that uncovers a trail of vicious murder…

Sold on a Monday From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history.

Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3) he’s never had a no-strings fling. He’s never had anything else. But maybe this time will be an exception?

Second Chance At Two Love Lane From USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer, comes Second Chance at Two Love Lane, a fast-paced tale about the intoxicating effects of fame and what happens when a past romance is rekindled behind the silver screen.

Walking Shadows (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #25) Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, risk life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago in this intense and addictive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

Tear Me Apart The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.

Happy Book Birthday to you all!  Have y’all read these? What did you think?

xx Patricia, Books,Books and More Books

 

SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS by K.C.ARCHER

School for Psychics (School for Psychics, #1)

Book One.

An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

While a lot of readers are calling this a fantasy YA book, I’m not sure that is the correct genre for this book.

Most of the characters are twenty-somethings and all have some type of special ability. Being a huge fan of the X Men, it felt a lot like that. A special school full of young adults learning to control their gifts and learn to use them in a productive way. In other words, working for the government.

There have been rumors for years that the government has experimented with using telekinetic powers and more to their advantage. While this can be a positive thing, you just know that some nut job is going to abuse the power.

Teddy is sarcastic and definitely her own person. Adopted, she has never known who or what she really is. It’s only through dreams that she receives messages and hints of them.The question is what happened to them and why is there so much secrecy?

I personally enjoyed the story and am glad to see that there will be more.

NetGalley/SimonSchuster  April 03, 2018

MORE THAN TRUE: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales by Robert Bly

More Than True: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales

National Book Award-winning poet and author of the internationally best-selling Iron John, Robert Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature.

Few forms of storytelling have greater power to captivate the human mind than fairy tales, but where do these tales originate from, and what do they mean? Celebrated poet and bestselling author Robert Bly has been asking these questions throughout his career. Here Bly looks at six tales that have stood the test of time and have captivated the poet for decades, from “The Six Swans” to “The Frog Prince.” Drawing on his own creative genius, and the work of a range of thinkers from Kierkegaard and Yeats to Freud and Jung, Bly turns these stories over in his mind to bring new meaning and illumination to these timeless tales.

Along with illustrations of each story, the book features some of Bly’s unpublished poetry, which peppers his lyric prose and offers a look inside the mind of an American master of letters in the twilight of his singular career.

Robert Bly takes us on a journey through six fairy tales. Shining a light on the tales themselves and why they are still popular and relevant. Each tale is taken apart, studied and viewed through the eyes of not only Bly but several great thinkers.

These fairy tales are timeless. And magic and Bly always give us something to delve deeper into and discover a new meaning to them.

As always, it is my pleasure to read Mr. Bly.

Netgalley/ March 27th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.