In Search of Livi Starling by Karen Rosario Ingerslev is the first book in a series of four, and with this start, I really want to read the rest of them!
The characters confused me at first, and nothing seemed to make sense, but as I got involved in the story it all slowly grew clear, and I found it more interesting with every turn of the page.
The title is really fitting, because it's exactly what the book’s about, Livi’s searching for herself, she's searching for answers which seem impossible to find! In the beginning, I found her kind of annoying and, like I mentioned above, confusing. But her character develops a lot throughout the book, and (without giving too much of the ending away) at last, she makes a decision of who she's going to be.
I very much liked the friendship that's building between Livi and Ruby throughout the story, and one of my favorite moments was when Ruby showed her true self as they went to church.
My impression of Ruby: I'd like to have a friend like her!
The author has also successfully captured a trustworthy complicated relationship between siblings, and I'm happy with the way it turned out for them, in this book at least!
One of my favorite characters, I must say, is Oscar. I found him hilarious! This book made me laugh several times, and the highlights of those funny moments had something to do with him.
To my surprise, this story also delivered many punchlines, and had a beautiful message about love towards the end. It's a book about the importance of humbleness, love, and about taking a leap of faith.
Easy to read, difficult to put down at times, and through it all written in a lighthearted manner with a sense of humor to go along with it. It's a book I'm not soon going to forget about, and it surpassed my expectations, truly! My only complaint is that I prefer to read stories in third-person point of view, but that is a matter of taste, and doesn't affect the story in itself. I enjoyed it anyway! Also, I wanted to know what actually happened to Stanley the Lamb!

​The cover fits very well, with the doodles serving as little plot hints, which I can recognize now that I've finished it.

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In the very first post on this blog I want to share (with the readers I don't have) the best book I read in 2017!

Veil of Pearls
by MaryLu Tyndall is not only my favorite book of the year, but also one of the best books I've ever read! This book has been a delightful as well as a dreadful experience! It's made me laugh, cry, and sometimes both at once! I've been urged to scream in anger at some pages, and tingled with happiness at others. Some pages blurred before my tearful eyes! This book has stirred up emotions I didn't think could come from simply reading a book. 

 Yes, I fell in love with the characters as it all unfolded. I find it a hard task to at last part with it, this is the kind of book where you want the 368 pages to last longer, not wishing for it to end! It's captivating, interesting, romantic and so encouraging!
 It does not resemble any other book that I've read, and has moved me greatly. I'll definitely read it again, probably more than once!

Description: “It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia soon finds employment with a local doctor, and settles into a quiet life, thanking God every day for her freedom. Still, she lives in terror that her owner will come looking for her." 

2017 was the year when I discovered the author MaryLu Tyndall, and I've read two of her books now, including this one. Her writing suits me perfectly, it draws me I can picture it all in my head. Her language is beautiful and well formulated, it inspires me to become a better author. In 2018 I look forward to discover more of her brilliant creations! 

 More about the book and its author here.

Besides, isn't the cover pretty?!