Posted in 12 Days of Christmas, Author Recommendations

A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Favorite Stand Alone Book

Now I waffled over this how could I pick one single book as my favorite, there were lots to love and lots I wanted to spend more time in. It literally almost a coin toss between the final two, but in the end Niki Smith’s The Dark and Deep Blue won out! I just loved the way the magic system was used, and except for during some parts of the book, I’d love to be there to try it for myself. For those who don’t know the story or haven’t heard of the title, here is my review.

Below are spoilers for the book

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Synopsis

Twins Hawke and Grayson are part of a noble house, their grandfather is about to name their cousin the new head of the house. When a political coup happens and another family member takes over, the two boys have to flee.

The hide where no one would expect them, in an order of women, called the Communion of the Blue an order of magical women. Within the Communion, they are Grayce and Hanna, but while Grayce seems to take to the order like a fish to water, Hanna has a hard time. Grayce has never been comfortable being seen as a boy, and being in the Communion of the Blue feels like coming home for her. She learns how to spin the magical blue wool that controls the different elements in their world and finally finds her place.

Meanwhile, Hawke is having a tough time settling in, he meets an old friend who recognizes him from when they were children. She notes he needs to shave if he wants to keep up his disguise and she informs him that the family member who is responsible for the coup is coming for a blessing from the Communion of the Blue. Before they are officially made head of the noble house.

The twins know that the family member is really after a magical tapestry which shows the real heir of each noble house. The Communion of the Blue has a copy of the tapestry burned during the coup. Through this tapestry, they learned their cousin may be alive and hatch a rescue to take back their house and their family. Grayce though is reluctant to go back.

Their friend from childhood points out that Hawke hasn’t realized the change in Grayce, how she’s finally happy with who she is, the way she never was back when she was thought of as a boy.

Hawke apologizes to Grayce, and Grayce despite her reluctance goes with Hawke to help him find their cousin and help him take back his place as heir. But things are more complicated as they seem, and the Communion of the Blue may be involved.

When it comes down to proving who is the rightful heir before their relative is crowned, Grayce’s new skills she learned in the Communion of the Blue will prove to be the key to saving everything.

Review:

Literally so SWEET. The Communion of the Blue is where Grayce flourishes and the way it was described made me want to join. A sisterhood of magical women dying and spinning yarn that can cause magic in the world. Sign me up! But I think my favorite thing is the fact that Sister Marta the leader of the order is accepting of Grayce even after she is outed as being born male. The magical tapestry even changes to reflect who Grayce truly is, its so wonderful.

Five Favorite Things:

Sister Marta provides a great representation of a woman of color in power. In fact, the sisters of the Communion of the Blue are very diverse and Grayce and Hawke’s friend from childhood is also a person of color.
Grayce’s whole character. She’s so genuine.
The information about what the Communion of the Blue does, I love a well explained magical system.
The magical tapestry acknowledging Grayce’s gender.
The fact that Grayce gets to be the hero at one point.

Amazon: The Dark and Deep Blue

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Posted in Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Update

Sorry about the lack of post yesterday, I was busy with holiday planning. You have today’s holiday post to look forward to, also I won’t be around today because I’m meeting my nephew for the first time. I’m extremely excited. His mom was the one who was in the hospital all summer, and who I stepped away from the blog to help care for some things for she and her husband.

His odds weren’t great for a very long time through her pregnancy but he ended up as a healthy preemie with a fairly short NICU stay (two months). Needless to say we are all over the moon about him now that he’s finally home. I got my shots for seeing babies back when his mom was still pregnant so I’m good to meet him.

This week has been pretty calm, the contest finished up with the winner being Crispy Confessions . It’s been a pretty calm week I’ve done a lot of holiday stuff I’ll tell you about in my holiday bucket list post coming up soon.

Anyway just wanted to check in with ya’ll and let you know I’m still reading and still here. Also if you would like a holiday card sent to you feel free to comment or message me on one of my social media accounts with your address and I’ll send one your way.

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