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A review of The scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

I was extremely glad i received the email from Jellybooks that enabled me to read this book. For those who didn’t see my last post, Jellybooks is a company that collects reading data and gives readers the option to choose one of several books to read. I’s so glad I chose this book.

I love historical fiction, especially when they involve an element of time travel. I’m really glad that the description of this book drew me in and that I chose I among all others. That’s 2 for 2 with the Jellybooks! (Yeaaaahhhh).

The title of this book aptly if not broadly describes the content of the book (not!). It does and it doesn’t, but isn’t that the fun of titles. The novel features Beatrice, named after the Dante’s lady, and an artist named Gabriele (Gab-re-eleh). Beatrice while in Siena following the trail of her brother’s, Ben, research falls through time to medicinal 1300 Siena. A land of deep flavors and intrigue. There she finds a city that welcomes her, finds new love and family, and all before the Black plague fills the city with death. But why does Siena fare worse than other italian communes?

I’m just going to throw in some spoilers. I love that Beatrice got to have her modern amenities, and that she said goodbye in many ways, and I especially loved that epilogue. I’m going to miss the story.

It’s pretty clear that I loved this book. I’ll definitely give it a five-star rating, and would definitely recommend it to my friends.

You should definitely buy/ pre-order it!

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The Diabolical by S.J Kincaid

One day I got a curious email from Simon & Schuster saying something about a reading study (maybe not quite in those exacting terms), and of course, I was like, “where do I sign up?”. The study is actually conducted by Jellybooks. So what happens is that they give you a choice of books, you pick one, and then they give it to you, and study your reading pattern through software in the book.

So, out of all the choices I was given, I chose “The Diabolic” by S.J Kincaid. The description just spoke to me better than the rest, and I was like, “Okay, it seems to be the best of the lot, let’s see”. At first, I didn’t really even want to read it, I was so sick of dystopian novels thinking that they can do something different by being extreme. Not that I don’t still love them. This book is quite the gem.

When I first started it, I expected to drop it in a few chapters, but even though, of course I got busy, I kept going back to it, reading it in the car, and pretty much everywhere. It was good from beginning to end. It was nothing I expected (except for the romance part), and the best part was that it didn’t end in a cliff hanger. There’s possibility for a sequel, but why bother? Unless it’s a spinoff for Neveni (*wink *wink).

This story is set in a space, in a world where the emperor has used false religion to divide the “kingdom”, and diminished the treasury for his own gluttonous needs. And then there’s Tyrus, successor primus and royal dominatrian heir.

And then there’s Nemesis Impyrean, diabolic to Sidonia Impyrean. What this means is that she’d die for Sidonia if needed, and so when the power-hungry emperor calls Sidonia to his pAlsace for crimes of heresy that her father committed, Nemesis goes in her place.

What she doesn’t expect is to become more than she thought she was.

I would definitely give this book a five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review, and recommend it to all my friends.  And now, I have to go find more S.J Kincaid books, because they’re said to be pretty much award-winning.