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Articles / July 7, 2019

Named of the Dragon Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99! In true Kearsley fashion, this book has a little bit of everything – history, romance, mystery. Some readers say this book has a bit more of a Gothic edge than her other works, which they liked. But some felt it wasn’t as balanced of a story as they were used to. Have you read this one? A haunting tale of intrigue from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley. Although it goes against her workaholic nature, literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw lets herself be whisked off to Wales for the Christmas holidays by her star client, flamboyant children’s author Bridget Cooper. She suspects Bridget has ulterior motives, but the lure of South Wales with its castles and myths is irresistible. Perhaps a change of scene will bring relief from the nightmares that have plagued her since the death of her child. Lyn immerses herself in the peace and quiet of the charming Welsh village, but she soon meets an eccentric young widow who’s concerned her baby son is in danger—and inexplicably thinks Lyn is the child’s protector. Lyn’s dreams become more and more disturbing as she forms a surprisingly…

Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
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Articles / July 7, 2019

A Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep July 2, 2019 · Harper Voyager Fantasy/Fairy Tale Romance In Kill the Queen Jennifer Estep introduced readers to a fantasy world that was immersive and blissfully lacking in info-dump. It featured female gladiators, political machinations, and an underdog heroine. I really enjoyed Kill the Queen, so I was delighted to find that I loved the sequel Protect the Prince even more. It’s a blend of fantasy-adventure, romance and mystery, and I devoured it in a single day. You do need to read Kill the Queen to understand the events of its sequel, so plan on picking up that book first. This book opens immediately after the events of Kill the Queen. Our heroine, Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair, is now Queen of Bellona, having killed her traitorous cousin to gain the throne. Evie has Bellona’s best interests at heart, but her people have survived a bloody coup by her cousin, and are now facing a queen they hardly know. Her subjects are traumatized and suspicious of her, her nobles are fractious, and on top of that agents from the Kingdom of Morta keep trying to assassinate her. Morta would love to invade Bellona and…

Audiobook Review: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
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Articles / July 7, 2019

B My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh July 10, 2018 · Penguin Press Literary Fiction I have to issue every warning ever for this book: suicidal ideation, abuse, death, suicide, toxic relationships, possible animal cruelty, sexual abuse, assault, addiction, animal death, extreme depression, the worst doctor in the history of ever. … I listened to the audiobook narration of My Year of Rest and Relaxation as part of some research I’m doing on storytelling techniques, and because Julia Whelan is a wonderful narrator, especially in first person perspectives. This story is not one I could have read in text. But I think that listening to the book – which is told entirely in first person, present tense – helped mitigate some of the effects of the narrative that I am certain would have been damaging if not dangerous to my own mental tranquility. Instead of my voice, or my mental reading voice (I hear books as I read them – I know this may seem strange) I was hearing Julia Whelan’s voice, so I wasn’t as invested in creating and hearing the narrative as my own. It wasn’t my voice; it was someone else’s, and therefore the “I”…