Epic Reads Strikes Again!

I am a lover of bookish things, quite obviously. I’m also a chronic subscriber and a lover of giveaways so it should come as no surprise that I get a lot of bookish emails each day. One of my absolute favorite daily emails is the Epic Reads First 5.

If you do not know what Epic Reads is, let’s educate you shall we. Epic Reads is a site that feels like a YA movement. It’s full of lists and entertaining videos, quizzes, and articles about upcoming Young Adult authors or books. Epic Reads is the YA part of Harper Collins and holy crap, do they publish some amazing books.

The First 5 newsletter is literally the first 5 chapters of a book in the Epic Reads/HC family. This was how I used to pass my time at my horribly boring hotel reservation gig. I’d just go through the Epic Reads site and pick out the “read a preview of insert-book-title-here” and read a chapter or five.

This resulted in me racing to my local Books-A-Million after work to grab Queen of Hearts because five chapters was not enough.

I signed up for the newsletter and have been adding books to my TBR rather steadily ever since. I enjoy this newsletter so much because you aren’t just going by a synopsis, you get to actually get into a story and then decide if you want to continue.

Well! I’m catching up on my emails today, as is a usual Sunday event as of late, and the first five is fannnnntastic! This time its Dividing Eden and I am hooked. This one is about twins in a kingdom where their Father is the King. Their brother is next in line for the throne but apparently something is going to happen to him. And there are secrets and intrigue. IIIIIII like it. So much so that at the top of Chapter 3, I went and searched for it on my library’s website and requested it.

Good on you, Epic Reads! You win again!

Review Time! The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Guess who finally got into a book she could finish? THIS CHICK!

I picked up The Wonder by Emma Donoghue while waiting in line to pick up a book I had on hold for Mom at my library. I read the first little blurb and decided I needed to check it out.

Disclaimer: All of the opinions expressed are my own and this review may contain spoilers. 

General synopsis: A child is turning into a bit of an oddity and miracle in a small town in Ireland in the 1800’s. She is in her fourth month of fasting and is somehow still alive. A nun and a nurse are sent to determine if the fast is fact or fiction. The nurse, Lib, is incredibly skeptical and can’t wait for her week of nurse duty to be up.

Thoughts!

The child, Anna, is so adorable. She is devout in her religion and is praying constantly. She is also wasting away and somehow still kind of chubby. I loved her from the get go and also felt like she needed one giant hug.

Lib, the nurse sent from England, is a hard pill to swallow at first. She is skeptical. She is determined to make this child into some kind of villain. All in all, She’s a bitch. BUT! Here’s the beauty of this story, the character development for Lib alone is amazing. By the end of the book, I wanted to be her best friend. Her callousness made sense. Her sense of needing to prove herself in some way was so relatable.

Emma Donoghue has this beautifully, haunting vibe to her writing. I fell in love with it 10 pages in. I loved the descriptions of Ireland and the historical aspects that were thrown in.

All in all, it was an excellent read. I mean I honestly had no idea what was going to happen until those last few pages.

I rated it four out of five stars because I found sometimes that Lib as a narrator was a little too dry. It was a totally haunting read though. I found I’d put it down and then need to pick it up again because I couldn’t stop thinking of Anna.

I’ve been trying to clear room on my shelves by reading books by the same author (if I have them) so my next read is Room by Mrs. Donoghue and let me just say, I will read anything she chooses to write because she is just phenomenal at building a world you can just fall into.