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Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith eARC {4.5 Stars}

Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith is a quiet and beautiful tale of a girl trying to understand her mother’s disappearance and the rumors that have been circulating about her fantastical parentage. This book combines a rich historical setting of Ireland as Christianity is just starting to come into the land and the question of whether the Merrow (Irish mermaid/selkies) are real or not. If you’re looking for a book that sneaks up on you before sweeping you away to a mystical land, this is the one.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Merrow from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith eARC {4.5 Stars}

Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith (Secrets of Carrick #1)
Published by Candlewick Press on Nov. 8th, 2016
Genres: Historical Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 240 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley, Publisher
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In this breathless and beautifully crafted tale, twelve-year-old Neen Marrey must separate town gossip from town lore to learn the truth about her mother—and herself.

The people of Carrick Island have been whispering behind Neen’s back ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow and has returned to the ocean. Neen, caught in her hazy new in-between self—not a child, but not quite grown up—can’t help but wonder if the villagers are right. But if her mother was a merrow, then what does that make Neen?

4.5 Stars

Strengths:
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Updates from the Lair 8/28/16

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Hello loves! I’m greeting you from deep in a Doctor Who binge session :D. I finally got the husband excited about Who and we are already on Season 6 of the reboot. He has firm opinions about Tennant vs. Smith so I guess I married well, ha! I’ve continued to have a lot of work to do this week, but was still able to sneak in a bit of reading.

My Week

The DevourersI started The Devourers on audiobook since it was what was on my phone when I finished the last one and wow am I in love! I knew I needed to read this one, but the audiobook is also fantastic with an amazing Indian narrator who brings all the different dialects to life. It’s one of those stories where I have no idea what is going on yet, but am loving it all the same.

MerrowI’m also almost done with Merrow :D. I’m really enjoying it and just need to find enough time to finish the last hour or so of reading ;-).

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Updates from the Lair 8/21/16

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Hellooooooo! Another intense week of work, but all good things! I’ve been fitting in reading where I can, but it is proving a bit challenging ;-).

My Week

MerrowI’ve been reading a lot of Merrow this week and really enjoying it. It’s soooooo gorgeous! I love creepy mermaid stories and Merrow are an Irish myth that blends selkies and mermaids.

The Dragon LordsI also have continued to make progress on my audiobooks, Fool’s Gold! It’s gotten a bit more serious than I expected a fantasy satire to get, but still quite enjoyable.

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