The Moth Presents All These Wonders

Non-fiction at its finest!  Best read in short bursts to let the stories wash over you and sink in.

I went into this without knowing anything about The Moth.  I have since done some research…
The Moth is basically SLAM storytelling, which is super cool.  They have SLAM competitions and other live events.  It seems crazy cool and I would LOVE to attend an event.  The book seems a little odd to me because the storytelling is a performance.  To have it written down seems to defeat the purpose of The Moth.  Despite that fact, I greatly enjoyed the book.  Some of the stories completely dance off the page and come alive before your eyes.

The stories were selected from tales told on the Live Moth Stage.  They were adapted to fit this form of media and all share a common theme: facing the unknown.

I’m not going to lie, I chose this because the foreword is written by Neil Gaiman.  But boy, I am glad I picked it up.  Each story makes you think or feel something different.  They’re incredible.

If you were hesitating about picking this up, don’t.  Read it.  I promise, you won’t regret it.

Thank you, Blogging for Books, for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Fifth Petal (The Lace Reader #2)

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Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction // Fiction // Witches
Published: January 2017

And once you start demonizing groups of people, when you make the other, you can justify doing just about anything you want to them, can’t you?  Look at history if you don’t believe me.

Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again? (Summary from Goodreads)

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Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1)

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Rating: 4 Stars
Published: Decemeber 2005
Genre: Adult Fiction // Contemporary // Mystery

Heather Wells Rocks!
Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather’s perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather’s residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
The cops and the college president are ready to chalk the death off as an accident, the result of reckless youthful mischief. But Heather knows teenage girls . . . and girls do not elevator surf. Yet no one wants to listen — not the police, her colleagues, or the P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives — even when more students start turning up dead in equally ordinary and subtly sinister ways. So Heather makes the decision to take on yet another new career: as spunky girl detective!
But her new job comes with few benefits, no cheering crowds, and lots of liabilities, some of them potentially fatal. And nothing ticks off a killer more than a portly ex-pop star who’s sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong ... Summary from Goodreads.
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The Girl You Left Behind

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Rating:  3 Stars
Published: September 2012
Genre: Adult Fiction // Historical Fiction // Contemporary
Favorite Quote

“Do you know how it feels to resign yourself to your fate? It is almost welcome. There was to be no more pain, no more fear, no more longing. It is the death of hope that comes as the greatest relief.”

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life—in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most—whatever the cost. Summary taken from Goodreads.

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Finding Fraser

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Rating: 1 Star / DNF
Published: May 2015
Genre: Fiction/ Romance

Sometimes searching for true love can be a little…Outlandish.
I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.
That he was fictional hardly entered into it.
At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?
Summery taken from Goodreads.
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Named of the Dragon

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Rating: 3.5 Stars
Published: (First published July 1998) Reprinted by Sourcebooks October 2015
Genre: Adult Fiction // Contemporary
Favorite Quote

“You really don’t have any scruples, do you?”
“God, no.  Horrible things, scruples,” she said, with a shudder. “They get in the way of my fun.

The invitation to spend Christmas in Angle, on the Pembrokeshire coast, is one that Lyn Ravenshaw is only too happy to accept. To escape London and the pressures of her literary agency is temptation enough, but the prospect of meeting Booker Prize nominee James Swift – conveniently in search of an agent – is the deciding factor.  On holiday she encounters the disturbing Elen Vaughan, recently widowed and with an eight-month-old son whose paternity is a subject for local gossip. Elen’s baby arouses painful memories of Lyn’s own dead child and strange, haunting dreams, in which a young woman in blue repeatedly tries to hand over her child to Lyn for safekeeping.

Who is the father of Elen’s baby? What is the eerie, monstrous creature of Elen’s dreams that tries to ensnare her son, and what makes her so sure that Lyn has been sent to protect him?  As she begins to untangle the truth behind the stories, the secret she discovers leads Lyn to an encounter with the past that will change her life forever. Summary taken from Goodreads.
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The Shadowy Horses

14296469Rating: 4 Stars
Published: (First published in 1997) Reprinted October 2012
Genre: Mystery // Paranormal // Fiction

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.  Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found it-not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.  Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason. (Summary taken from Goodreads)

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Kings Rising (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book Three)

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Rating: 5 Stars
Published: February 2016
Genre: Fantasy // Romance // LGBTQ+ // Adult
Favorite Quote: 

I think if I gave you my heart, you would treat it tenderly.

Now that Damen has been revealed as Damianos of Akielos, he must face Laurent as his true self.  Laurent is about to face off against his uncle, The Regent, and his true colors will be revealed. Meanwhile, Damen needs to get back to Akielos in order to reclaim his throne from his half-brother Kastor.  

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Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince Trilogy, Book Two)

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Published: July 2015
Genre: Romance // Fantasy // Adult // LGBTQ+
Favorite Quote:

“I lack,” said Laurent, “the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with,” you could see him pushing the words out, “a lover.”
“You lack the easy mannerisms that are usually shared with anyone,” said Damen.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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Remembrance (The Mediator #7)

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Published: February 2016
Genre: Adult // Paranormal
Favorite Quote:

Even complete monsters can have one or two likable characteristics. Hitler liked dogs, for instance.

 Dr. Jesse de Silva is completing his residency in a nearby hospital and he plans on marrying Suze Simon as soon as he can support her.  When an old boyfriend threatens the very existence of the love of Suze Simon’s life, she knows its amount time to take matters into her own hands.  Things get complicated when she comes across a 10 year old murder because of a ghost that’s attached herself to a child at the Mission Academy. Will Suze be able to save her engagement while doing some serious mediating?

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