Category Archives: Fantasy Reviews

Throwback Thursday: Night Study – Book Review

 

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Book Review of Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m so glad that Maria V Snyder decided to continue on with the poison study series. I’ve always enjoyed her books in the series because of the world that she has created is very colorful and you can picture yourself immersed in this world and riding along with Yalena, Valek the rest of the gang we’ve come to know and love.

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Throwback Thursday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Book Review

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was absolutely perfect. A must read for those who grew up with the books. It will make you cry; It will make you laugh. But most of all, it will make you smile. Smiling as your love for the series years ago comes right back like it never left.

I grew up with the Harry Potter series. I remember back in 1998 reading the first book in 7th grade as part of a book report project followed by the summer where I immediately read through The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban in three days. I was immediately sucked in.

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A Criminal Magic – Book Review

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A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Think 1920s Prohibition, except alcohol is not what is illegal. Magic is. Enough damage was done by past magic users that any and all evidence of magic is shunned and banned. But not all traces of magic are gone. With anything that is prohibited, the lure is just all that more enticing. Shine rooms attract customers who gladly pay to experience the intoxicating effects in the form of magic-infused water.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Book Review

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Imagine that you are a seven year old boy in England, and that books are your refuge from a world without any friends. Then, one day, almost like a story from the books you love, you discover that the 2 women and 1 eleven year old girl- the Hempstocks- living at the end of your lane are possessed with magical capabilities beyond your greatest imaginings; and through these powers, even forces that can destroy worlds can be beaten.

This is the premise of Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Despite Goodreads, other websites, and the author himself stating that this is an adult horror novel, I did not view it this same way. To me, this has the makings of a classic of children’s literature…as long as the child reading this tale does not mind a few monsters and a bit of death.

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Interim Goddess of Love – Book Review

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Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra

Older YA/new adult/sweet romance: College sophomore Hannah Maquiling doesn’t know why everyone tells her their love problems. She’s never even had a boyfriend, but that doesn’t stop people from spilling their guts to her, and asking for advice. So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise when the cutest guy in school tells her that she’s going to have to take on this responsibility — but for all humanity.

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Heartless – Book Review

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Motivation: Winter 2017 “Retelling” for Biannual Bibliothon
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Retelling
Read Count: 1
Published: November 8, 2016
Pages: 453 pages
Format: Hardback
Average Rating: 4.11 stars
My Rating: 4 stars
Description: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
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Throwback Thursday – Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club

 

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This year at Sydney Writers Festival I attended my first TeenCon.

As we filed into the room, volunteers handed each of us a calico bag containing six books. Yes, six. Not three years old, let’s-chuck-‘em-out books, but ones published within the past year, many within the past six months. The first one I read was by Alison Goodman.

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club was already on my radar,
as I love Alison Goodman’s writing.

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Throwback Thursday – Bury the Living

 

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Bury The Living by Jodi McIsaac

Published September 6th 2016 by 47North

285 Pages

Summary: Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

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Underland – Book Review

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Underland by Josh Brannan

One of the things I loved most about this series was the style of narration. By now, anyone who has read a review by me should know this is a very whimsical and quirky series. It has a distinct feel of a story dancing the lines of fairytale and fantasy. I can truly describe this as a silly, one-of-a-kind series but it most certainly has a serious edge. From dragons, to romance, to action, and more—this series has plenty to offer in entertainment for every reader.

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