The Golem and the Djinni, Helene Wecker

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The Golem and the Djinni
Author: Helene Wecker
Publisher: Blue Door
Pages: 496
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0007480199
ISBN-13: 9780007480197
Original title: The Golem and the Jinni
Blue Door: various formats
The Golem and the Djinni

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.
Struggling to make their way in 1899 New York, the Golem and the Djinni try to fit in with their immigrant neighbors while masking their true selves. Meeting by chance, they become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful menace will soon bring the Golem and the Djinni together again, threatening their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

You know that book that you feel reluctant about to pick up because it seems to much of something you are not really interested in but everyone keeps going on and on about how beautiful it is and that you should read it.... yeah The Golem and the Djinni was one of those books! I do not have much with fairy tales or religious stories. Golems... Djinnies ... it all sounded a bit to weird. Still I could not ignore the buzz and when I found an affordable copy I decided to give it a go.
I do understand now more or less what a Golem and a Djinni are but the emphasis is not really on the religious or magical or mythical part of both creatures. Yes they are important for their existence and how they are looked at but this story is more about surviving as a stranger in strange surroundings... falling in love ... impossible or not. Chava and Ahmed are easy to connect to. Both have things you will like in them and things you will loathe. They are very human like that. I did enjoy Ahmed the most as he was a bit reckles and fierce but the care Chava is taking to keep her secret is very understandable too. The other characters playing a part all have clear spots that make sense.
A beautiful story about humans and creatures alike trying to define what they are and where they belong in the world.

The Blue Journal, L.T. Graham

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Author: L.T. Graham
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Pages: 350
Format: eArc
ISBN-13: 9781633880603
Seventh Street Books: various formats
The Blue Journal

Elizabeth Knoebel is killed. Leaving behind a diary with  the title 'Sexual Rites' describing her various sexual encounters with both man and woman. The entries show she was a predator and did not mind humiliating her partners. Police officer Anthony Walker is confronted with a lot of possible suspects. Hoping to find out more about Elizabeth he contacts her psychotherapist Randi Conway.

Yes there is a lot of explicit language in this book. Starting first with a diary entry and a description of the murder I got the feeling I would not finish this book. I am no fan of too many details. Eventually the tone softened a bit except for the diary entries but they were not many entries in the rest of the story.
Anthony is your stereotype detective, divorced, likes drinks, cannot seem to keep his hands of woman involved in cases. The little view you get of his life and why he got divorced can work for him though I had a hard time buying it. He is an ok character, likeable enough to hope everything will work out. Randi on the other hand was totally confusing. She seemed to have a big problem with keeping a professional distance towards her clients which made me angry at her a lot.
The developments in the story do not always provide enough details to puzzle along easily but it is possible.

The Undertaker's Daughter, Kate Mayfield

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The Undertakers Daughter, Kate Mayfield
Author: Kate Mayfield
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 368
Format: eArc
Gallery Books: eBook | Hardcover
The Undertaker's Daughter

Kate grew up as daughter of an undertaker. Living above the family business for 13 years she tells the story about her life. Growing up with dead people in your house, mourning people in your house. This is the story of her family, their living arrangements and the community she grew up in.

My aunt and uncle had a grocery store and lived above the store. As kids we came there regularly and walked trough the store while it was opened and customers were there. It was fun to read this story where noise is not allowed when customers are there. Even when there are no living customers it is a bit weird to make noise I guess
The whole funeral home thing really is just a small part. Kate tells a lot more about developments in the town and in her family. Her father is a very charismatic man but has his secrets too. As Kate grows up and uncovers more and more details about her parents and how things went in their lives the whole funeral house undertaker thing gets less important.
The book is a bit cold and distant to read, almost factual, which annoyed me at points and realizing that this was a true story helped me enjoy the book more.

Wishlist Wednesday: The Phantom of Fifth Avenue, Meryl Gordon

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second richest man in American, and not above bribing his way into the Senate.
Huguette attended the coronation of King George V. And at twenty-two with a personal fortune of $50 million to her name, she married a Princeton man and childhood friend William MacDonald Gower. Two-years later the couple divorced. After a series of failed romances, Huguette began to withdraw from society--first living with her mother in a kind of Grey Gardens isolation then as a modern-day Miss Havisham, spending her days in a vast apartment overlooking Central Park, eating crackers and watching The Flintstones with only servants for company.
All her money and all her real estate could not protect her in her later life from being manipulated by shady hangers-on and hospitals that were only too happy to admit (and bill) a healthy woman. But what happened to Huguette that turned a vivacious, young socialite into a recluse? And what was her life like inside that gilded, copper cage?

A look in the life of a person like Huguette Clark is always interesting. With both the word mysterious and scandalous in the subtitles make it even more attractive. I like the cover too.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

Welcome on Blue Monday! How has yours been? I survived mine pretty well. Had no reason to be blue too after having a great weekend in London visiting three shows and meeting Aaron Tveit.

Obviously reading was interrupted seriously by all this traveling and action but I did finish The Swimmer by Joakim Zander and Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder.

The Swimmer by Joakim Zander Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

I am currently reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke

Next up I will first read my Feedly as I am way behind on reading all of your blog posts. If I manage to finish Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel this week Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson is next on my list.

Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

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