Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

36896898★★★★

Goodreads Summary:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.Read More »

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

29749085★★★★★

I’ve never paid much attention to superheroes. Sure, I knew their names and stuff, but I’d never read their comics, or watched their movies. To me, they were unrealistic and egotistical, a tall tale blown out of proportion. Their struggles weren’t relatable or suspenseful, because we knew that everything will always turn out ok. After all, they’re heroes, right?

This book made me rethink most of my previous opinions. Diana is portrayed as human, with doubts, fears, and insecurities beneath the exterior. She’s an outsider with the Amazons, as she never earned the right to the island. Her struggle to belong with her Amazon sisters was relatable with situations we’ve felt belittled for reasons outside of our control. As the story progresses and Diana is led away from the island and into the human realm, she proves herself again and again through her actions and courage. Her friendships with other characters were balanced and respected. Bardugo does a great job shaping her into someone powerful, but believable.Read More »

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

51c7igsoyhl-_sx329_bo1204203200_★★★

I am a huge fan of Greek, Roman and Egyptian Myths and have a lot of books of myths at home. But for some reason I have never been able to get into Norse Myths until I got this book. I found this book fascinating to read because I could see the similarities between all the different kinds of myths. But even without the background this book is great and definitely worth buying if you ever want to go back and read some parts again.Read More »

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

30165203★★★

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I really liked the plot and the characters, but on the other, the book was just too dense. I think I’ll settle for a three star rating, but I may change it.

The main storyline was amazing and engrossing. We follow Shadow, an ex-convict as he is freed from prison and becomes employed by this guy who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. Gods exist, brought to America by all the beliefs and hopes of the people who came here, and they are fading. New gods are coming into being, gods of technology and progress, and Wednesday is set on stopping them. With Shadow in tow, the pair travel around the country recruiting and persuading gods to stand and fight. But not everything is as it seems. For even gods can die, if people forget, and it’s everyone out for themselves with Shadow caught in their midst.Read More »