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Tiny Navajo Reads: Thursday Three Moms in Fiction

Yes, it’s Thursday again and that means it’s a Thursday Three! Today’s Thursday Three is about three moms in fiction that I feel are good moms. It’s going to be Mother’s Day this Sunday and I figured a good post would be to celebrate mothers in fiction.

Frannie Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Rosa Hubermann from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Mother Gallo from Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner.

All three of these characters are characters that are mothers and mother figures to characters in the books. The look out for the little ones, or the main characters, and they do so because they love them. True, they do a lot for those they are looking after, be it their children, or those who now look up to them as mother figures. Sometimes, they can be a little rough, but there is still love beneath that roughness. They also make sure to look after themselves, not to burn themselves out loving their children.

I think this is why mothers can be hard to write, but when they are written correctly, they are some of the best characters in system. I like finding mothers in fiction that are well written and make me just want to hug them.

What do you love about mothers in fiction? Do you like it when you see your own mother in these types of characters? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: April Update

🎶 It’s gonna be MAY! 🎶

Yep, it’s May and that means a few things for me; 1) it’s my birthday month! Yay for birthdays! and, 2) it’s time for the April Update!

So, for April I read a total of 11 books, so not as much as is normal for me, but still a good amount. I finished 2 audiobooks, read 4 books, and 5 comics. In April, the titles I read are Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, Nightshade City, The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1, The Batman Who Laughs #4, Abhorsen, Red Queen, Scythe, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection Book 1, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 11.25.29 AMCollection Book 2, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection Book 3, and Thunderhead.

Overall, I enjoyed all that I read and seeing it put out like this I can see that I read a diverse selection of books. I can also see what has interested me this month, which was a lot of comics, but I partly blame my friends who I love dearly! It need some more comics!

How has your April? How is your year’s reading going? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Nightshade City

Nightshade City (Nightshade Chronicles #1) by Hilary Wagner

 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ◊

*Published October 1, 2010*

nightshade cityFor those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know that I’ve had this particular book on my TBR list. And I finally read it! I do believe it was worth it, but I’m not completely sure that it’ll be one that I’ll read again, but it was a good book.

Deep beneath Trillium City, a modern metropolis, lies the Catacombs, a kingdom of rats of extraordinary intelligence and ability. The once peaceful and democratic colony has become a harsh dictatorship ruled by the High Minister Kildeer and his henchman, Billycan, who runs the Kill Army and collects weekly Stipend from the terrified subjects. The two of them rule with iron fists. With most of the adult rats wiped out in Killdeer’s Bloody Coup and the subsequent great flood, orphaned young male rats are forced into the army and the females into servitude or worse. But change is coming. . . .

Two orphan brothers, Vincent and Victor Nightshade, sons of a hero killed in the Bloody Coup, manage to escape from the Kill Army and meet up with Juniper Belancourt, leader of a rebel group seeking to overthrow their oppressors and restore peace and democracy in a new city. The brothers are quickly caught up in Juniper’s cause: “We survive by cover of night. We live in the shadows, waiting for our redemption! Our name must symbolize our burning spirit. . . . Tonight and forever, we are Nightshade City!”

Juniper’s plans are complicated by many factors. His lovely young niece Clover has been picked by Killdeer to be his next Chosen One, so the rebels and their allies the Earthworms must work fast to save her. Can the rebels locate their enemies’ War Room? Can Juniper’s former love, now holding a position in Killdeer’s Ministry, be trusted? Will the rebels be able to execute their plans without the aid of a young Topsider (human)? And how will Vincent and Victor fare in battle will they honor their father’s legacy of courage?

This book, to me, feels like the Redwall series and the Secret of NIMH movie got together and had a baby. I mean, that sounds simply marvelous, especially if you love stories of animals that are essentially human. In this book, it is darker than most Redwall books so it’s more Secret of NIMH, along with the intelligent animals that reside in a human world.

In this book, we are dropped right in the middle of a world that has been taken over by a tyrant. A world that has decayed and those who are oppressed are just trying to survive. In another city, a new city full of those who were overthrown in the original coup, there is planning to save all those under the tyrant’s rule. To provide a new life, a life that was supposed to be before their world was overthrown, the rats must work to do all they can to save their city.

I can’t really talk a whole lot about this book without giving a whole lot more away, but I do recommend that you read it. It’s a great adventure book that carries hints of the Secret of NIMH. What sorts of books carry themes from other media that you’ve noticed? Do you like it when a book does that? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Teaser Tuesday

Hi again to another Teaser Tuesday guys! It’s a wonderful weekly meme that is hosted by The Purple Booker, go check out her site! To play Teaser Tuesday is easy, here’s what you do:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

So, here are my two sentences for Teaser Tuesday! And as an addendum, I choose two sentences from throughout the whole book, so there’s a variety. Enjoy!

‘Mother Gallo patted his leg. “Suttor, I think you fell asleep on your feet. Sit here and rest for a moment. If Billycan comes looking for you, I’ll tell him I needed your assistance, which is why you are in here now. You’re simply overtired, dear. Nothing bad will come of this. I’ll see to that.”‘ – Hilary Wagner, Nightshade City

and

‘Suttor bowed to Mother Gallo. As he bent down, the blood rushed to his head. He staggered, then fell to the found. Mother Gallo tried rousing him again, but the waterchip proved useless. He was immobile.’ – Hilary Wagner, Nightshade City

This is an interesting book, one that is a combination between the movie The Secret of NIMH and the Redwall book series. What are books that remind you of others? Do you like it when books remind of you other media? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Thursday Three Snow Day Reads

Hi again! It’s another Thursday Threes and it’s also another snow day here where I live, so I will not being going into work today. That means that I get to stay home and read all the books today! Yay! So, I’ll be telling you what my snow days read are! Here they  are in no particular order:

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

veins of goldDesperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it. Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger. Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold-the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.

I had started this yesterday and my plan is it finish it today! It’s a wonderful book about magic and gold and it’s one that I didn’t expect to like as much as I am liking. It is in the same writing style as The Paper Magician series, which I have mostly finished, where the world is established but the magic is explained more than the world is.

The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg

In the year 2098, there is no more war, no more hunger and no more pollution. The the last librarianworld is secure and Earth’s 2.9 billion people are healthy and happy. There is also only one remaining library that still houses physical books. In addition to the dusty volumes, the library holds many secrets. But the government has decided to shut it down and burn the contents. Unless an unlikely trio can save the books, humanity will lose more than just what is printed on those antique pages.

With a single government ruling the entire planet, one currency, one language and no religion, the population is unified and enjoying the prosperity that comes with more than seven decades of peace. Free healthcare for all and guaranteed employment make the future a dream. But this future may only be safe if they can hide the past. The books must be saved . . . the impossible task is up to an angry author, a brazen revolutionary and the last librarian. When everything is perfect, the only thing left to fear is the truth.

I’ve had this in my TBR list for a while, and it sounds like it would be a good one for me to read today, especially as I just finished reviewing Library Wars and it sounds like it would be a book for me to read.

Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner

nightshade cityDeep beneath Trillium City, a modern metropolis, lies the Catacombs, a kingdom of rats of extraordinary intelligence and ability. The once peaceful and democratic colony has become a harsh dictatorship ruled by the High Minister Kildeer and his henchman, Billycan, who runs the Kill Army and collects weekly Stipend from the terrified subjects. The two of them rule with iron fists. With most of the adult rats wiped out in Killdeer’s Bloody Coup and the subsequent great flood, orphaned young male rats are forced into the army and the females into servitude or worse. But change is coming. . . .

I had bought this book a few months back because the looked a lot like a combination of The Secret of Nimh and Redwall, so it truly intriguing to me. That’s why I end up buying several books, because the covers look a lot like books/movies that I have read before. so this is going to be an interesting book!

What do you guys plan to do on snow days? Are they days to get caught up on chores, or to relax and do what you can’t do on a normal day? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Thursday Three Covers I Love

Thursday Threes: Book Covers That Are Beautiful!

Today is the day we talk about book covers! Don’t you just love them? They are what bring you in, they are what catch your eye in the store or online, they are what call to you saying, “You know you want to look through me!” I’m going to be showing you three book covers that definitely caught my attention and made me want to buy said books.

Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner – The reason I bought this book was because the cover reminded me a little bit of the “Redwall” book series by Brian Jacques as well as “The Secret of Nihm” movie. Combined, it looked like something that I would actually read and after reading the blurb, I can agree that I will. I just need to actually get around to reading it now.

The Thief Queen’s Daughter by Elizabeth Haydon – I love dragons. I buy just about every book that has a dragon on the cover, you can look at my shelves if you don’t believe me. But I think that I liked most about this book, besides the dragon on the cover, is that the leader of the thieves is a woman. I loved that and I had to buy it once I found that out!

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I love Neil Gaiman, but I had first read this book several years ago with a very different cover. It was a good book, but the cover and some of the art inside didn’t mesh with the images I had of the characters myself, I gave my copy away. But I saw this particular copy in Half Price Books a couple months ago and I had to buy it because Chris Riddell is one of my favorite illustrators! I love his style and just how he brings images to life, and this time the cover and the art inside more closely matches how I picture the characters and it makes it more enjoyable for me.

The way the cover is designed says a lot about the book, and for me, a lot about how much I will enjoy the book. Now, a lot of people say, “don’t just a book by its cover,” but you have to just a book slightly by its cover, else how do you get interested? These are three covers that actually pulled me in and made me want to read these books.

What are some of your favorite covers? What about them caught your attention? Comment below and let me know!