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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesday

This week, I decided to share some books I’m currently in the process of perusing. Right now, I’ve just started three novels that I recently bought in a mini summer book haul, so I don’t have much to say thus far. But that won’t stop me from sharing some preliminary thoughts! 🙂 (I’ve linked the titles out to GoodReads in case you’re interested in checking out these books for yourself.)

Circus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley
Cover Musings: Personally, I like the hardcover edition better in terms of design, but this one is rather colorful and does a good job of making me wonder how well the images depicted here tie into the actual story.

My Thoughts: I generally enjoy circus-themed books, but sometimes I feel hard-pressed to find something that isn’t dark or trying to sneak in adult content. I thought this middle grade book sounded like a fun read, so I look forward to diving into it.

From GoodReads: Do you believe in magic?  Micah Tuttle does. Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather. The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn’t want to keep his promise. And now it’s up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.

Moon Over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
Cover Musings: I really like the muted color scheme here and something about the entire image says “summer” to me. This is one of these simplistic yet pleasant covers, which I enjoy far more than something that is too busy.

My Thoughts: This is yet another middle grade book that has a split POV set in two different time periods, the Great Depression-Era 1930s and the 1910s. I’ve recently been branching out into historical fiction and thought this, too, sounded interesting.

From GoodReads: Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.” Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.

Silver On the Road
by Laura Anne Gilman
Cover Musings: This cover was illustrated by my favorite book cover artist, John Jude Palencar. While I don’t enjoy every work of his as some are too dark for my tastes, many of his book covers are stunning and really draw in the eye. This cover is no exception.

My Thoughts: I’ve seen some reviewers dub this a “weird West” tale and its premise, which combines an imagined Wild West setting with magic, really intrigued me. (This is apparently the first book in a trilogy called The Devil’s West.)

From GoodReads: On her sixteenth birthday, Isobel makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense—but not unlimited—power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and makes sure they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel the circuitous road through the territory. As we all know, where there is magic there is power and chaos…and death.


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