The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
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*Published November 5, 2019*
I love this book! I love this book! I love this book and this author, and I just love this book!
I’m so excited to be reviewing this book finally because it’s taken me for-fricken’-EVER to get to it! And now I get to review it and tell the world just how much I love this!!!
Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.
A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.
How much do you love books and stories? Enough that you would venture far from your life to live in world where stories come to life? This is what is happening to Zachery Ezra Rawlings. And I am so jealous of him! I want to disappear into a world of words and books, of thoughts that come true and where stories are real life. This world though seems to be dying when Zachery finds it. And what does this crazy lady with bright pink hair and handsome man with a love for storytelling and classic literature have to do with it?
I love reading and following along with Zachery as he tries to figure out what exactly if required of him, not only to find his way back but to find a way to save the Starless Sea as well, to return it to be a place where others who love stories in all their forms can come and enjoy this world.
There’s not a lot else I can say about this book because I truly love this book and I can’t really put it into words! I haven’t felt this much “I want to jump into the pages of a book” since Harry Potter and even then, The Starless Sea has had such a impact that my love of words and stories has even increased! And I love words and stories a lot as it is. I want stories to become such a part of my life, that each book will have an impact on me in some way, even if it’s just “Don’t read something like this again.” I love this book! And it’s definitely one of my best reads of the year.
Oh. My. Gosh! There are at least three books that are coming out this month that I’m very excited about! Today’s Thursday Threes are about those books!
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
I’ve been waiting for these books for a while! And I’m super excited to be able to read them soon! What books are you waiting for this month? Will you buy them or borrow them from your local library? Comment below and let me know!
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a book meme that is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and it’s all about the books you are waiting to be published so you can get your hands on them and read them.
For me, today’s “Waiting On” is
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
*To be published November 5, 2019*
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
This sounds so interesting, and I love Erin Morgenstern’s previous book The Night Circus, so we’ll just have to see what happens!
What book are you waiting on? What’s got you excited about it? Comment below and let me know!
It’s Thursday again, and that means a Thursday Threes post and today I’m talking about three audiobooks I love! Audiobooks are some of my favorite ways to read books, and I figured I should talk about why I love three specific ones.
- The Martian by Andy Weir – this book has swiftly become one of my favorites all because of the audiobook! Mark Watney is just hilarious and the narrator R.C. Bray brings Watney to life in such a way as to just make it hilarious to listen to.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix – I had been meaning to listen to this book for a while and finally got around to it only because I realized that it was read by Tim Curry, who is one of the best narrators I’ve heard. He is also an excellent actor, which is why I started listening to Sabriel.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – this is a book that I read first, but once I learned that the narrator was Jim Dale, who also narrated the Harry Potter series, I needed to hear how one of my favorite books was as an audiobook. I love the audiobook, and it’s one of the ways I can turn back to one of my favorite places to visit.
What are some of your favorite audiobooks? Why do you love them so much? Comment below and let me know!
Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about the places you visit while reading books! That’s one of my favorite things about reading books, you are able to go to places where you may not otherwise. Here are my ten places that I’ve loved visiting thanks to books!
Japan from Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding.
I read this book several years ago and it took me a while to get through the whole thing because it made me HUNGRY! And I just want to travel to Japan one day, and this is one way I am able to.
London and beyond from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I love this book and I love the world that is woven by Erin Morgenstern and the magic that is woven into London and the world of the circus. Every time I read this book I truly want to vanish into the pages of a book and visit Le Cirque des Rêves .
Roshar from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.
Okay, obviously this is a world where it’s very possible I would end up dead or oppressed, but I love this world and I want to explore this world where spren and people connect to achieve fantastic power. I also kind of love the fashion so I wouldn’t mind wearing the clothes either.
Pern from the The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.
I have always loved this series since I read the Harper Hall Trilogy back in middle school/early high school. As I continued reading, I continued to fall more and more in love with this planet full of dragons. So many dragons and I love it!
The world of Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
I love this magical world of Howl’s Moving Castle where magic is an everyday thing as well as being an elaborate set up as well. It’s a place where the every day can be magical as well. I love it!
The altered world in Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.
This world is absolutely terrifying, but what I love most about it at the moment is that the Library of Alexandria was not destroyed in the great fire. It survived. It didn’t really do much good for the world, but I want to visit this huge wonderful library before it got destroyed.
The D&D world of Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe.
This world and watching/listening to Critical Role has made me want to learn how to play this game! I want to play D&D so badly!
The world of Araluen in Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan.
This is one of my favorite series that I started reading in high school and I love this world where you can be a real life ranger! I want to be in this world so badly!
Mossflower Woods from Redwall series by Brian Jacques.
I love this series as well just for how sweet and homey this series is. It’s a place where I can just return to when I need to read a nice fluffy read when I’m feeling down. Some of my favorite audiobooks are from the Redwall series.
Victorian England from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.
I love this series so so much! I love this world and I want to be Alexia’s friend so badly. Not only is she a badass woman who stands up to those that would seek to run her over, she is able to do a lot for herself.
What places have you visited while reading that you’ve enjoyed? Where would you actually go if you could visit between the pages of a book? Comment below and let me know!
Thursday Threes: Three Books Being Published in 2019
I’m excited for 2019 and all the books that are to be published! I have decided that today is going to be about the top three books I’m excited for and why I am excited for them! In no particular order:
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I love Erin Morgenstern’s first novel, The Night Circus, so when I heard that there was another book by her coming out I immediately put it on my TBR list. An underground library and strange books are some of my favorite things. I truly hope this turns out to be a good book!
The Girl King by Mimi Yu
Betrayal of the worst sort settles in as a father passes over his daughters for the throne. They have to either fight or become allies to regain their court. I love how this sets it up to be either a good thing the sisters are against each other or working with each other. It feels the same like between my sister and I; we were usually at each others’ throats but the few rare times we got along, nothing could distract us.
Enchantée by Gita Trelease
I had received this book as an ARC from ALA earlier this year and I had been meaning to read this because it just sounds SO INTERESTING! Magic and intrigue in 1789 France as revolution is starting to sound. I will read this really really soon and let you all know my thoughts!
I am quite excited about these three books and what they mean for the new year! It’ll hopefully be a much better year! What books are you looking forward to in the new year? Why are you excited about them? Comment below and let me know!
Three Fantasy Books You Should Read
For today’s Thursday Threes, I will be recommending three fantasy books I think you should read. I have read them, most I have read multiple times and so I think that everyone one should read them. And if you know me IRL, you’ll know that I have talked about them and I want you to read them! And I own these ones, rather than just checking them out from the library. Onto the books!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read, and I have read a LOT of fantasy books! What I love most about this one and why I think everyone should read it, or at least listen to it, is because of Marco and Celia. They are the main characters and they are tied to each other from the very beginning. Their fates are literally entwined with one another, but they don’t let that dictate their lives. The magic is also simply beautiful, a wonderful clash of two different schools of learning, but both are still amazing! So good! You need to read this book!
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson is a short story set in his universe of the Cosmere. In this world, magic is worked through soulstamps. Stamps that are carved and when stamped onto an object, change the essence of that object. This gets our main character, Shai, in trouble but is also her saving grace when she is asked to do the one thing that she is in jail for; changing the essence of a living person.
Taproot by Keezy Young is such a cute graphic novel about a boy who sees ghost and the ghost that loves him. As Hamal works with his plants, something comes to town that brings some trouble; trouble that Blue is asked to help the reaper take care of, even if it means leaving the boy he loves. I just love how all of these characters interact and the small bits of magic that are integrated with technology in real life-ish. And it’s just a cute love story, life fanfiction-fluffy cute! You definitely need to read this one!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, read by Jim Dale
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I absolutely LOVE this book! I love the audio for it even more. This is about my third or fourth time reading/listening to The Night Circus and I love it!
The circus arrives without warning. And it’s a circus unlike any other before. Instead of being a single tent with three rings, it is a circus full of multiple tents, each with their own attraction. And it is only open at night. The reason for this circus because there is a competition, a competition like none other; a competition that has gone for a very long time between two very different people. They seek to play through others each round, but they play to see whose method to magic is better.
Celia Bowen is considered a natural talent by her father, Hector Bowen, who teaches her how to rely only on herself for her magic and her abilities. Marco Alisdair, an orphan who is adopted by “Alexander,” is taught charms and spells, writings and symbols for his magic. The two know that they are meant for a competition, but nothing else when they are thrown together. Marco knows who Celia is, but Celia has no idea who Marco is. Once the circus starts up, the competition begins and tents full of magic and wonder pop up.
As more and more tents appear, and the longer the circus runs, Celia and Marco start to fall headlong in love, the tents start to become more than attractions, they become declarations of love between the two. And the longer the circus runs, with no end of the competition in sight, the harder it becomes for Celia and Marco to keep going, to keep the competition going. Their lives are no longer the only ones that are affected by the competition at this point, the lives of all those who love the circus, who live in the circus, and those who just see the circus once, are affected.
I just love this book! I lovelovelove this book! I love the writing, I love the narration, I love the setting and the magic and the circus itself. I quite honestly wish I could live in this book and go to this circus. It sounds absolutely amazing, and I love the way it’s described and I love the magic!
The narration is also one of my favorites. Jim Dale, the narrator for the American version of Harry Potter does amazing with this. I love the way he pulls you in, the inflections of voice and the different voices he assigns to everyone. Yes, it is one person talking, but he is able to change his voice in such a way for EVERYONE, that you start to forget that there is only one person narrating. For me, that’s when you know you have an excellent narrator when you forget there is one person doing the narration.
What audiobook pulls you in? Why did it pull you in? Comment below and let me know!