Gleeful Grace Book Review

where a blatant bookworm reviews books



Review: The Muse by Jessie Burton

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Jessie Burton’s The Muse is an enchanting book spotlighting a mysterious piece of artwork. The book is divided between two heroines and two story-lines, one in 1967 with Odelle Bastien, and the other in 1930s with Olive Schloss. The plot converges upon a resurfaced art piece.

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Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye//Slightly Disenchanted

I was looking forward to this book because of 2 main reasons, 1: an imperial Russian setting but with magic elements and 2: the prospect of two magicians battling it out in a deadly duel. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

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A Darker Shade of Magic—4 Londons & Tortured Darlings!

I procrastinated for so long before I jumped onto the super-hyped A Darker Shade of Magic bandwagon, (I’ve talked about my instinctual avoidance of hyped reads) and now I’ll never get off! They are telling the truth, the bookworms and reviewers, because this book is so worth the hype.

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Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Books with WWII setting always catch my eye, and Salt to the Sea is no exception. Set in Poland, 1945, the book has a cast of ragtag characters thrown together by necessity, all of them trying to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises passage to a better future.

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The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr—Jekyll & Hyde!

This book is a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but with a female protagonist. I love the gender swap and the fact that the heroine is actually a doctor. Of course, it’s a steam-punk book in an alternate universe, so feminism=slightly more advanced even in the Victorian era.

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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig—Time-Travel, Pirate Ships, and Maps!

This book is greatly anticipated on the interweb (Time travel! Maps! Pirate ship! Diversity!!!) and has received many positive reviews, and being the gullible fool I am, I set my expectation mode to ULTRA HIGH. I love time-travel! There are so many places I’d love to visit if I had a time machine! While I’m not saying The Girl from Everywhere is a disappointment, it fell just a little short of my salivating expectations.

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Wolf by Wolf—Skinshifters and Hitler

Shapeshifter. Motorcycle race. Killing Hitler.

As a Jewish seven-year-old, Yael was herded into a concentration camp with her mother and selected for gruesome experiments–ones that eventually gave her supernatural powers—she can change her face, hair, and height at will—skinshift. With the help of other prisoners and her new ability, Yael escapes from the prison camp and survives on the streets by stealing. One day she is rescued and recruited by the resistance, who still operated in hopes of overthrowing Hitler. Yael’s superpower can change everything. She trains from then on for one goal: kill Hitler. And not just any ordinary, covert assassination; Yael is to pose as the famous first female motorcycle racer, Adele Wolfe, who impersonated her twin brother to enter the all-male motorcycle race and won, and to whom Hitler has taken a fancy. Every year, Germany and Japan host a motorcycle race, an Axis tour from Berlin to Tokyo. This year, “Adele” will win as a Victor again thus earning the Double Cross, an honor never bestowed on anyone, get close enough to Hitler, and deliver the one public, televised shot that kills him and sparks the smoldering rebellion worldwide.

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Book Review: Secrets of a Charmed Life


I fell in love with this book from the very beginning. A college student Kendra goes to Oxford, England to interview elderly artist Isabel McFarland, who is ready to give up a secret she’s been hiding for decades.

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