Book Review: Tituba


Title: Tituba
Author: Dave Tamanini
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Think you know the Salem story?

Revisit Salem’s Terror in a Provocative New Retelling

Tituba explores the emotions and reasons driving unstable times in 1692.

With its magical point of view, let Tituba cast its spell with a unique and tantalizing tale that will have you wondering “what if.”

A Promise and a Hope

Enslaved Tituba has been faithful to a promise to her dying mama in Africa. She has appeased the masters from Barbados to Boston to Salem and waited for her magic.

A Mother’s Agony

When Tituba’s only son dies trying to escape slavery, her life changes forever. After enduring the crush only a mother can feel, she rages and turns to vengeance.

Witches Tear into Salem

The villagers see witches and demons everywhere. Their ministers say the Devil has sent them to steal souls. But they are wrong. It is Tituba—disobeying an ancient rule—conjuring terrifying images with magic that sparks the infamous witch hunts of 1692.

A Woman’s Dilemma

As neighbors accuse neighbors of witchcraft, hysterical trials follow. And Tituba gloats in her power. But when hangings begin, her conscience arises. Can she confront her secret crime? And when a chance for redemption presents itself, will she take it?

My Review

This book did not go where I thought it was gonna go. It was very well told and written. If you want a different angle on the Salem Witch Trials then this is a good book to read. It is not a hard read and it will grab your attention pretty quickly. Tituba is a mother and wife that has been horribly treated and you can understand completely why she did what she did.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Incursion


Title: Incursion
(The Necromancer’s Key #1)

Author: Mitchell Hogan
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A corrupted power stirs from beyond the grave.
A sacred order of knights sworn to protect the world from evil.
The Necromancer Queen will rise again.

An immersive and ambitious new series from the Aurealis Award winning author of A Crucible of Souls.

Seventeen years have passed since the Necromancer Queen Talia was overthrown and slain, and her capital city destroyed by the Knights of the Order of Eternal Vigilance.

Anskar DeVantte, raised in the sacred disciplines of the Order, is now ready to face the brutal initiation trials to become a consecrated knight-sorcerer.

But the further Anskar rises in the ranks the more his faith wavers, and he is beset by harrowing dreams and uncertainty. As troubling powers awaken within him, a schism grows between Anskar and his hallowed Order, and he draws the hungry gaze of the vanquished queen’s fanatical followers.

As Anskar pieces together the mysteries of his early life, and begins to understand the malevolent forces gathering in his path, he finds himself with a crucial choice to make:

Remain loyal to the Order’s righteous mission, or control the dark powers growing within him.

Either way, his destiny is steeped in war. The only question is, which side will he be on?

My Review

Ok, do not let the four out of five stars stop you from reading this book. I gave it four out of five because to me the author was a tad bit long winded in my opinion. Otherwise the story was wonderful and I can not wait till the next one is out. I want to see who Talia’s child is and if it is who I think it is. The plot lines and secrecy in this book keeps you guessing and assuming throughout your read. I look forward to seeing what the next one produces.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Don’t Look for Me


Title: Don’t Look for Me
Author: Wendy Walker
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In Wendy Walker’s thrilling novel Don’t Look for Me, the greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time.

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.

She doesn’t want to be found.

Or at least, that’s the story.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

My Review

Ok, this book had me at page three. The entire story line, character, & plot was amazing. It will keep you guessing right up until the author decides to tell you. You don’t even know what exactly happens to Molly Clarke until the author tells you. You can guess and my guess was close but I still failed to see who the bad guy was. The author was amazing at pointing the finger at everyone but the actual bad guy. You fall in love with Alice and you hate her at the same time. If you like mysteries then this is one to read.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.