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.

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The Wrath & the Dawn: Short Stories #s 0.25, 0.5, and 1.5

I decided to review all the short stories in The Wrath & The Dawn world by Renee Ahdieh together because they’re so short, I don’t have too much to say about them.  But they’re all worth the read.  I really hope she writes more in this world because I could really get into an entire book of short stories.

The Moth & the Flame (#0.25): 4 Stars

Jalal al-Khoury, the Captain of the Guard, has met his match.  Despina works hard trying to be more than just a handmaiden and  never gave Jalal a second glance… until she realized there might be more to him than meets the eye.  It’s a battle of wits and of the heart. 

Gimme more Despina & Jalal.  Now, please.  Gimme.
I fell in love with them.  This one is my favorite because these are too characters you don’t get to see too much of.  And it’s super important to read it before you read The Rose & The Dagger.

The Crown & the Arrow (#0.5): 4 Stars

The moment Shazi walked in the room, Khalid knew she was different.  He could see it in her eyes.  There was hatred.  Khalid didn’t know how many more deaths he could take.  Shazi marked his 72nd bride but why wasn’t she afraid? 

This was way too short. It did remind me how much I forgot from the first book.  I loved this little look into what Khalid thought as his bride was brought before him.

The Mirror & the Maze(#1.5): 4 Stars

Khalid is rushing back to help the city of Rey as it’s burning but that’s the only thing he’s running towards. Little does he know, what he’s racing back to is gone… 

I loved reading Khalid’s reaction to what he finds when he comes home. It’s the perfect prelude to reading The Rose & the Dagger.

 

I highly recommend these little glimpses into different characters in The Wrath & the Dawn universe.  I have to say, the only reason I didn’t give them all 5 stars was because they were too short! I wanted so much more!

Iron to Iron (Wolf by Wolf #1.5)

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Rating: 4 Stars
Published: March 2016
Genre: Young Adult // Sci-fi // Historical Fiction

Luka Lowe is determined to win this year’s Axis Tour and become the first person to win the Double Cross  It’s 1955, and it’s his third year competing in the Axis Tour.  But Luka meets Adele Wolf who’s posing as her brother Felix to compete.  Soon, an alliance is made but it becomes more than that.  In Wolf by Wolf, Yael is forced to compete as Adele Wolf without knowing the whole story of Luka and Adele.  If you loved Wolf by Wolf, you’ll love this short story that tells the tale of Adele’s first Axis Tour from Luka’s perspective.
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