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Release Day Review: Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Release Day Review: Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

November 28, 2017 Review 0

The promise of time travel shenanigans drew me to WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND. When done right, time travel can be immensely fun and mind-bending. I was intrigued and excited to find out how Freddy had arrived thousands of years in the past and what the consequences would be.

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Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess

Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess

October 30, 2017 Review 0

The description for A POISON DARK AND DROWNING covers what happens in maybe the first quarter of the book – and it’s better that you don’t know what happens later. Like the first installment in the Kingdom on Fire series, this book is full of emotional ups and downs that left me reeling (in a good way) and desperate for more.  

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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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