Sunday Sentence: The Secret Language of Stones, by MJ Rose

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The Secret Language of Stones

(historical fiction)

 Release date: July 19, 2016
by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-4767-7809-9
320 pages

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The Secret Language of Stones

The Secret Language of Stones

(historical fiction)

Release date: July 19, 2016
by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-4767-7809-9
320 pages

Author’s page | Goodreads

 

SYNOPSIS

AS WORLD WAR I RAGES AND THE ROMANOV DYNASTY REACHES ITS SUDDEN, BRUTAL END, A YOUNG JEWELRY MAKER DISCOVERS LOVE, PASSION, AND HER OWN HEALING POWERS IN THIS RICH AND ROMANTIC NOVEL BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR M.J. ROSE.
Nestled deep within Paris’s historic Palais Royal, safe inside La Fantasie Russie’s once-bustling workshop, young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi spends her days making trench watches for soldiers at the front and mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. Opaline has a rare gift, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones enable her to receive messages from beyond. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her. So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family.

Full of romance, seduction, and a love so powerful it reaches beyond the grave, The Secret Language of Stones is yet another “entrancing read that will long be savored” (Library Journal, starred review).
“Spellbinding.” —Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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M.J. Rose
grew up in New York City
exploring the labyrinthine galleries
of the Metropolitan Museum
and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park
—and reading her mother’s favorite books
before she was allowed.
She is the author of more than a dozen novels,
the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers,
and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com.
She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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2015: May wrap-up

The IFFP over, May has been a month of catching up in reading, with titles and reviews long due. I now plan to work more on my TBR and a few reading challenges lagging behind

Here is what I read in May:

12 books.
= 11 books
with 1,979 pages, that is: 63.8 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 10:59 hours, that is an average of  21 mn/day

4 in  literary fiction:

  1. Look Who’s Back, by Timur Vermes
  2. George’s Grand Tour, by Caroline Vermalle
  3. Before Paris, by Adria J. Cimino – ebook
  4. The Room, by Jonas Karlsson

3 in nonfiction:

  1. How to Blog a Book, by Nina Amir – ebook
  2. Petite Confessions, by Vicki Lesage – ebook
  3. Bridges of Paris, by James St Michael

2 in mystery:

  1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins – audiobook
  2. Leave No Trace, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham
  2. The French Sultana, by Zia Wesley – ebook

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Player Choice, by Jeff Deck – ebook

 

 

My favorites in May

    George's Grand Tour The Room

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Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 18/25
Audiobook: 7/15
Ebook challenge: 27/25 – DONE
Historical fiction: 12/25
My Kind of Mysteries: 12/21-30
New authors challenge: 30/50
New Release (2015): 30/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 6/16-20
TBR challenge: 0/12
Books in Translation: 13/12 – DONE
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 17/50 – to be finished in 2015?!
Japanese literature: 0/6 (starts in June)

Total of books read in 2015 = 52/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May = 27

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Blog recap

  • 10 of the 12 books read were received for review, and one for translation!

  • 35 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • I organized 6 giveaways in May. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the June Giveaway! 4 books to choose from!

  • May was a super busy month for blogging, with the IFFP, Bout of Books, and Armchair BEA!

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Most popular book review in May

The Holy Lanceclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

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Book blog that brought me
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Top commenters of the month

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= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as real comment 😉

4: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
3: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
2: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,156 posts
over 2,080 subscribers
over 90,600 hits

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Blog plans for June

  • Mostly tackling my TBR!
  • Come back tomorrow to see what books I’ll be reading in June.
  • I still plan to to a video for audiobooks reviews.
  • I also would like to take time to participate again in more memes
  • And start organizing stuff to turn my blog into a book…

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How was YOUR month of  May?