A Secret History of Witches
Fantasy , Historical Fiction , Romance / October 18, 2017

Title: A Secret History of Witches Author: Louisa Morgan Published: 2017 Genre: Fantasy Length: 496 pages (Although I read an eBook version.)   Every once in a while a book’s cover instantly hooks your attention and refuses to let you go. The eldritch font paired with the elegant potions and enticing coloring put me right in the mood for an occult-themed tale.  I immediately requested a review copy and was approved, so I want to start this review with a big thanks to Louisa Morgan and her publisher for giving me the chance to review A Secret History of Witches. The initial setup of the book is excellent, especially for fans of historical fiction and generational storytelling. A Secret History of Witches follows the women of the Orchiére family through hundreds of years and jumps between point-of-view narrators with each new chapter. The idea of following the line of witches through the years is clever and creates opportunities to see how the perception of witchcraft might change over time. A Secret History of Witches is a bit uneven when it comes to making the most of each character’s potential. Morwen’s story, set in 1910, stands out as one of the more memorable tales…

Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 14, 2017

Title: Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality Author: Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal Published: 2017 Genre: Comedy/Autobiography Length: 267   Rhett & Link are a comedy duo known for their YouTube series Good Mythical Morning. If you have never watched Rhett & Link, I highly suggest that you get to know them through their internet content before reading their book. The book will make a lot more sense and feel more personal if you already consider yourself to be a Mythical Beast (fan). Otherwise, things will get weird pretty fast. Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality is designed as a field-guide to living a “mythical” life. Rhett and Link explain their definition of mythicality in the beginning of the book and then illustrate these qualities with stories from their lives. Fans will enjoy the autobiographical nature of the book and that many of the stories are being told for the first time. The book itself is very nicely designed with bright colors and lots of graphics and pictures throughout the book. The hardback version (currently there is no paperback) has a nice heft to it and is filled with a lot of unique content like a small board game, pages that offer tips…

Blood of Elves
Fantasy / October 4, 2017

Title: Blood of Elves Author: Andrzej Sapkowski Published: 1994/2008 (English) Genre: Fantasy Length: 398 (paperback)   Blood of Elves is the first book in a series that tells the tale of Geralt, a sort of mercenary monsterslayer, who is known as a witcher. Like the majority of English speakers, I first heard about Geralt by playing the highly popular Witcher video game series. After countless hours spent fulfilling witcher contracts in the virtual world on my PlayStation, I finally decided to investigate the source material. The tale opens with many familiar characters from the games. I immediately felt like I knew most of the characters and the world instantly made sense to me. If you are new to the series, rest assured that Sapkowski does an excellent job of world-building and character development. Knowledge of the games is in no way a requirement for the books. To be clear, this series predates the game series. It is not a novelization of the game! The bulk of the first half of the book revolves around Geralt’s parental relationship with his mysterious, orphaned ward: a young girl named Ciri. Ciri is trained by Geralt and the other witchers to fight and understand monster lore,…