Books

Review and Rating system

To make things easier, here is the way I will be doing reviews and what the little foxes mean.

Reviews will feature one or more pictures of the book (current edition used), they may contain quotes of content from the book and will quote the synopsis found on Good Reads.

The Moon Kestrel rating systemTM  has two symbols.

MoonKestrel Logo2 20px which means a full “star”

MoonKestrel Logo2 20px Grey which means a half “star”

Notice the different sizes and colouring to make this easier. The usual range is MoonKestrel Logo2 20px Grey to  MoonKestrel Logo2 20pxMoonKestrel Logo2 20pxMoonKestrel Logo2 20pxMoonKestrel Logo2 20pxMoonKestrel Logo2 20px (0.5 to 5 foxes/stars) but there might be exceptions where I consider a book/product so good it will receive extra foxes.

Most of the ratings will be displayed below the title and before the synopsis. Amazon Associate links will be added to most of the books reviewed (I do this so I can buy even more books to read and review, because books and my bank account isn’t infinite). There will also be a Good Reads link to the review displayed there (if I wrote a full review, otherwise only to the book’s main page).

There may be recommendations of similar books to read or check out similar to the one reviewed.

If you would like to submit a book for me to review, do not hesitate to contact me. Here are some pointers on what I would prefer:

  • Sci-fi, fantasy or YA. I do not mind younger reads or other genres but these are the preferred ones.
  • Physical copies are preferred over digital ones but I may make an exception for shorter reads or specific ARC/Proofs. This is due to the fact I do not own an ebook reader. If you want me to make an exception you have to make it worthwhile for me (really sell me your story). I spend all day reading logs in front of a screen, I do not want to be reading more on a PC/mobile.
  • Book does not need to be recently published or an ARC/Proof.
  • I will provide a honest review, please, do not attempt to change my mind or suggest what I should write. The review will follow the guidelines provided above.
  • Book Box Club books get priority on being read first, after that it will depend on mood and what I am aiming for. I will do my best to get to your book as soon as possible, but I cannot guarantee it will be my next read. If the copy you provided is ebook I cannot guarantee when it will be read.
  • Posts are scheduled in advance, if you require the review for promotional purposes to be published by a specific date, please make this clear and we can try to work out how to fit it in at the right timing.
  • I can also review on GoodReads, Amazon and Instagram, and all my blog posts are shared to Twitter.
  • Any other questions, I am happy to answer them. Please use the contact form.

If you would like to submit a subscription box for me to review, please consider the following:

  • Book, bookish merchandise and gaming are preferred content. Crafts and others will be considered.
  • I DO NOT review make up subscription boxes since my use of make up is limited to mascara and a couple of eyeliners, on a fancy occasion I may wear some lipstick. It would not be a good match and I’d rather it goes to someone who can provide a better review.
  • Subscription boxes will be added to the latest “Collection” post (they are scheduled after I’ve accumulated several new boxes). They will also have an entire post about the contents of the box, and an unboxing will be done over Instagram stories.
  • I am happy to provide a code in the review for others to use when they subscribe.
  • Please refer to unboxing blog entries on what to expect.
  • Any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Books

What is your favourite book?

Have you ever come across the ‘What is your favourite book?’ question? Do you also get a slight panic attack when you realise it means one book? ONE book? (Or is it just me?)

I mean, how can you choose just favourite book? Just one? How will your other favourite and well read books feel? Those books with broken spines, or yellowed pages, or spots of food/drink/something , the books that are so old that you fear they will break apart just by breathing near them but re-read anyway… I can’t do that to them.

But I can tell you a series of favourite and beloved books that usually come to mind when the dreaded question comes up.

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A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L’Engle

This is a book that always makes me cry, every single time I read it. It tells the story of Vicky and her family (the Austins, this is the fourth book concerning the family), and a summer spent near a dying Grandfather and how Vicky deals with being sought after by two completely different young men. My favourite character is Adam (and if you want more of Adam, then there is The Arm of the Starfish). Also, Madeleine L’engle has a way of introducing philosophy and science into her books. This particular book touches on life, death, and dolphins.
When do I re-read this book: When I need to cry, or need to reflect on life and death or feel a little bit alive. It is the sweet kind of sad.
If you’d like to buy it: A Ring of Endless Light

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The Love Letters, Madeleine L’Engle

Another one by Madeleine L’Engle. This is a more adult novel and as good as it is, it definitely isn’t YA or younger. There are two parallel stories here, one were a couple is going through a rough patch and she has gone to Portugal to find some answers to her own storms in her heart. The other is about a nun who commits adultery and falls in love, yet she becomes the abbess later in time. The Love Letters mentioned are the letters found from the nun and published (it is based on truth). Once again quite philosophical and it ponders on love, divorce, marriage and even upbringing and how that may affect your choices later in life.
When do I re-read this book: When I want a more adult book and I am trying to figure out what is bothering me.
If you’d like to buy it: The Love Letters

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After The Fire, Will Hill

This is a much modern book (as in written more recently) and is the recounting of life in a cult by Moonbeam and what led her to be in a hospital recovering from wounds. Moonbeam has been told not to talk to strangers and that The Governement is evil all her life, so it is interesting to see her retelling bits and pieces and learning about the ‘real world’. My favourite read of the year (2017) so far.
When do I re-read this book: Not re-read yet (it’s too new) but probably when I want to let go of some PTSD, when I want to appreciate humanity and want a story without a romance in it.
If you’d like to buy it: After the Fire

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The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley

The prequel to The Blue Sword, this book tells the tale of Aerin and her wish to be a dragonslayer, to be more than the daughter of the king. Aerin has always been somewhat of an outsider in her own country, so her adventures are interesting. This is not a perfect “fairy tale” and the happy ending is different than what you would expect. Aerin is a seriously strong female character and goes on to become a legend (she is mentioned in The Blue Sword).
When do I re-read this book: Anytime I am feeling down or sad or not okay. Also good for being okay. Those moments when I want to curl up and sleep or disappear or both.
If you’d like to buy it: The Hero and the Crown

The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley

Imagine finding out that that feeling of not belonging has a deep reason. For Harimad, she learns that when she meets Corlanth and is abducted to join him and his warriors. An epic story of saving a country when no one believes them that there is imminent danger and discovering your own worth. Another strong female character in a delightful fantasy setting.
When do I re-read this book: When I want an adventure, some fantasy. Or when I am not okay or sad. Curl up moments too.
If you’d like to buy it: The Blue Sword

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DragonRiders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey

A series, and I have a hard time choosing one from it. Basically, the series tells the story of how Pern was colonised, dragons were genetically modified/created to protect the planet from Thread (a menace that rains into the planet when another planet’s orbit brings it nearby). It shows how they survived and how some things were forgotten. Then it shows stories of the different holds, and the people in Pern throughout time and the different ‘Passes’ until the point when it appears they have found a solution to the Thread problem. It is rich in dragons, adventure, and going against the odds. It is full of strong characters (female and male) and not everything is black and white but there is a lot of grey and it is good.
When do I re-read this series: When I am in the mood for dragons, or want to remember some of the science in it.
If you’d like to buy it: Dragonflight or try The Harper Hall Trilogy

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The Time Quintet, Madeleine L’Engle

Another series, sorry. But you can’t just have one of them, you need them all! My most favourite is ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’. But the whole series was a good base for my love for physics and science. A Wrinkle in Time talks science to you as if it was normal, and it is. The illustrations help you understand easily things and when Meg confronts IT, it makes you be proud of being human, flaws and all. Then ‘A Wind in the Door’ introduces you more unto biology and medicine and once again, introduces concepts at an early age that are university/PhD level, and you know what is the best part? You are able to understand them as a 12 year old (or at least I was and years later when wondering how I knew so much about mytochondria, I could say it was this book’s fault). ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’ is moving characters through adulthood but Charles Wallace is still going through his teenage years and trying to be alive, this is a book about hope and about trusting instinct and once again about humanity. ‘Many Waters’ throws you into Noah’s arc time and you get to enjoy time with the twins. ‘An Acepptable Time’ is one I didn’t read as part of the series and only recently acquired so my opinion isn’t as settled on it (mostly because it has only been read once, whereas the rest have been read countless times).
When do I re-read this series: When science calls, or I need a pick me up, or to feel useful and not just anyone.
If you’d like to buy it: The Wrinkle in Time Quintet Boxed Set

So now, what is(are) your favourite book(s)?

If you are interested in the cute props, the background is The Bizarre Bookshop 2, 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle, candle came from FairyLoot box and is made by witchwoodremedies, hearts bunting was part of one of Book Box Club‘s boxes, coaster is souvenir from Krakow, Poland and bookmark has a design by Alphonse Mucha.

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Announcements

Moon Kestrel lands into the blogosphere

I am Moon Kestrel.

Most of my friends know me as Moon and I look a little like Hermione does but with glasses. I am also very short and I do not wear heels (biomechanics are interesting, plus heels are evil and make me hurt)

20170729_111523Cosplaying Hermione at YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) with Lisa Williamson.

As you can figure out from the picture (and the the blog tag), I like reading and books. I am quite a geek, nerd and a hipster (before it was even a thing). To be fair, it’s not like I was trying to fill those tags. I just happened to somewhat fit them.

I am smart, love learning, reading, will find shortcuts for maths (and can do mental maths, sometimes quicker than my friends can do them on a calculator), actually I like finding ‘shortcuts’ in everything. I consider them to be ways to be more efficient or quicker or just get better results. Which means some times I will take the ‘long way shortcut’.

I am the girl that always has a book around (they are everywhere, in my purse, on the shelves, on the kitchen counter, on the bedstand, on the floor…). Actually when I moved to the UK from Mexico, one of my three suitcases was full of books. It must have looked suspicious because at airport security they asked me to open it and couldn’t believe their eyes when it was just piles and piles of books. Thankfully books aren’t restricted items, so I just went through and that was it.

Also I like taking opportunities so I have done a lot of things in my life and keep my mind open to new things.

This blog is meant to be a collection of book reviews (because books of course), recipes (who doesn’t like food?), some of my writing and musings, drawings and other things running around my mind.

So I hope you will stay around and like it.