I am currently on a long break from reviewing and blogging, but this is a book that I couldn’t help but write about when I marked it as finished on GoodReads – what’s below isn’t really a full review, and it’s certainly not the best thing I’ve ever written, but Conjure Women shattered a very dark reading slump and helped me to reconnect with my love of reading (and learning) during a time where I don’t really know who I am anymore.
⚠️ Slavery, child birth, still-birth, whipping, racism, off-page lynching, sex, masturbation, corporal punishment, arson, self-administered / botched abortion, miscarriage, child deaths, torture, male genital mutilation, the Ku Klux Klan, hangings, cancer and other distressing themes and issues related to this time period ⚠️
I read this book a very long time ago & I’m incredibly cross at myself that it’s taken me this long to get round to reviewing it, especially as the story is so special & one that I really enjoyed. This beautiful book is based on Kathleen Burkinshaw’s mother’s story & it’s an incredibly moving tale.
⚠️ This book contains discussions of World War 2, as well as scenes of the aftermath of a nuclear bomb ⚠️
Nemesis & the Swan caught my attention because of the cover & when I read that it was set in historical France (mainly Paris) I just had to read it! Hélène’s story was incredibly emotional but the book was still a relaxing read, something that I needed at the time. This book is written really well & it completely consumed me.
I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains sexism, a small amount of racism, classism, scenes of a sexual nature, sexual assault, domestic violence, attempted suicide, murder, hangings, arson, riots, gun use, mental health conditions & death of a child (referred to in a memory) ⚠️
I fell in love with this chonk of a book pretty quickly, & as I turned each page I just became more & more obsessed with Caro & I slowly felt myself becoming almost as determined as she was to solve a murder. I don’t read a lot of mystery books but when I do they have to have female leads like Caro & they must be set in the past, & I always end up loving them. Daughters of Night was incredible & left me pondering why I don’t own more books like it.
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ Graphic violence, murder, anti-semitism, abortion, sexism, homophobic slurs/attitudes, scenes of a sexual nature, rape & other adult themes ⚠️