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ARC Review: Beggone the Raggedy Witches

 

The Raggedy Witches

Title: Begone the Raggedy Witches
Author: Celine Kiernan
Series: Book 1
Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Look at me go with all these reviews!

I’m finishing books at a rapid pace this month! I’m almost halfway through my list of arcs on Netgalley!

Begone the Raggedy Witches was requested primarily for the gorgeous cover. It’s artwork is pretty to look at, and it was also requested as an excellent Fall Read, and I really liked this one to fit the mood perfectly. Not only was there spooky artwork throughout the book, but there was also beautifully rendered dark atmospheric vibes.

Middle Grade books have been absolutely killing it lately, and this was no exception. This was a good read for a middle grade, and while it seemed a bit long, it was definitely worth it. The writing was phenomenal, and the characters were moving. I think my only real complaint is that this is a series, and I’ve already got enough of those as it is.

I think those who liked Coraline from Neil Gaiman or even the Graveyard Book would particularly love this witchy novel. It’s got the same dark vibes, and the beautiful prose, and it’s just overall an beautiful novel to read.

I’m probably not going to finish this series, as I have too many others to work on. This was a beautiful book to read, but not one that I absolutely need to know what happens next kind of book, if you know what I mean. So with that in mind, I’m still going to give this book a 5/5 stars because it really deserves it, and definitely needs all the hype it can get.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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ARC Review: The Hawkman

The Hawkman

Title: The Hawkman
Author: Jane LaForge
Genre: Historical, Magical Realism, Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 318
Series: Don’t Think So
Publisher: Amberjack
Type of Book: Netgalley, Kindle Ebook, ARC
Rated: 5/5 stars!

The Hawkman is a retelling of a mix of Beauty and the Beast meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales (look up certain title). It’s a fascinating, bewitching tale of a man that’s a beggar on the streets; abused by children and adults alike because of how ugly he is perceived to be, as well as how dangerous. He doesn’t talk, only screams at people-much like a hawk-which is where the name originates from.

It is described as a “fairy tale of the great war”, and it certainly doesn’t flinch from telling the dark stories of how men survived while fighting enemies, and deserting, and struggling just to get by. It’s a harsh look at the war, and at how some soldiers were treated during these times of strife. It wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but it was still lyrical in its own, unique way.

My favorite part of the book is the bit with the swan king and his lake. It was beautiful, yet tremendously sad at the end of it as well, well written, and yet strange. It definitely spoke volumes to me, and this will be one of my favorite books of the year, because of its originality. I don’t recall it being a part of the Brothers Grimm or not (clearly, I need to re-read those stories), but I still loved it regardless.

Miss Williams was easily my favorite character in the whole of the story, though the Hawkman was curiously interesting, she was kind and considerate, and acted like a real human being in taking him in when everyone else just wanted to treat him as some kind of terrible disease that needed to be gotten rid of. He was a strange individual, but as Miss Williams pointed out, he was still human and therefore deserved care and respect as much as anyone else.

There are several more things to talk and think about in regards to this book. While only sixteen chapters, it was a huge story and a well-told one at that. I will likely do a re-read of it in the future, when I’ve the time to do so, because I read this far too quickly, despite trying not too. I just had to know what would happen to poor Miss Williams and her Hawkman.

In this Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children meets All the Light We Cannot See, I’m sure fans will adore the beautifully written prose and stories that are told within this gorgeous edition.

Five out of five stars for a splendid job well done!

Now,
-Pass Me That Book.