Genre: Young Adult

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Review: Sorcery for Beginners, by Matt Harry

Review: Sorcery for Beginners, by Matt Harry

October 19, 2017 Review 0

It’s rare to find a book aimed at children, with a distinct voice to the narrator, that is also enjoyable as an adult. SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS is a surprisingly mature story that deals with bullying, social injustice, betrayal and yes, sorcery.

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Release Day Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Release Day Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

October 10, 2017 Review 0

THE HOLLOW GIRL was written by a Romani to honor her grandmother and their shared Romani heritage. I was drawn in by that fact, excited to learn more about the Romani culture from the point-of-view of a young woman learning magic from her grandmother. However, I feel I must start this review by acknowledging that THE HOLLOW GIRL deals with a trigger warning for sexual harassment, abuse, and rape.

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Early Review: Sparked by Malena Watrous and Helena Echlin

Early Review: Sparked by Malena Watrous and Helena Echlin

October 2, 2017 Review 0

SPARKED starts with a smolder rather than a true burn, carefully introducing the characters and their home life. Despite the sluggish start, I was thoroughly hooked once more details of Ivy’s disappearance were revealed, along with the mysterious love interest.

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Early Review: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King

Early Review: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King

September 22, 2017 Review 0

THE FIRE QUEEN takes the battle royal concept to a fictional and fantastical desert empire whose people worship gods based on Sumerian deities. This time, the teenagers involved are all women and capable of great feats of both magic and strength, which is what drew me to the book initially. The second in The Hundredth Queen series, it does not stray far from the original conceit, as Kalinda is again thrust into a tournament that puts her life and her people at risk. The stakes are raised with the introduction of a love triangle and with multiple people vying for control of the empire.

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Review: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Review: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

September 15, 2017 Review 3

BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS fits in a lot of YA paranormal romance cliches while somehow also managing to be very unique and totally creepy. The creative mythology really gives a lot of oomph to what could be a very flat and boring YA paranormal romance. 

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Review: The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox

Review: The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox

August 10, 2017 Review 0

Everything from the description to the cover of THE ELDRITCH HEART grabbed me immediately. I knew I had to read it. The cover, with its eerie, green heart called to me, as did the back matter that hinted at dangerous politics and a forbidden love between a princess and her handmaiden.

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