Genre: Magical Realism

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Apr 05
{Review+Giveaway} Zenn Diagram by @WendyJoBrant @KCPLoft ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Zenn Diagram by @WendyJoBrant @KCPLoft ‏

Zenn Diagram is ayoung adult magical realism novel by Wendy Brant. Zenn Diagram was a super cute read that I quickly finished in one setting. It left me with a big smile on my face. It kind of reminded me of the last magical realism book I read, and loved, The Secret of  Heart Note. It was an adorable, quick and light hearted read. Zenn Diagram is the story of Eva, who is a big math lover. I found Eva totally adorable. All on her own, but when you add in her unique gift she became extra interesting. You see, Eva can touch someone and know their thoughts and feelings. But what is even cooler, she can touch an object and know someone’s emotions and experiences as it pertains to that object. For example, she can touch someone’s graphing calculator and figure out what area of math is giving them troubles and is able to help them really easily. She makes a kick butt math tutor. Seriously, I thought this… Read more »

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Mar 20
{Giveaway} The Principles Behind Flotation By Alexandra Teague

{Giveaway} The Principles Behind Flotation By Alexandra Teague

Today I am very excited to share with you a new Young Adult Magical Realism novel! The Principles Behind Flotation by Alexandra Teague is an inventive surrealist coming-of-age story for fans of Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!  When a sea appears overnight in a small town, many in the community hail it as a religious miracle, while an ambitious teenager A.Z. sees it as an opportunity for scientific discovery—her chance to follow her dream of becoming an oceanographer. Doesn’t that sound cool? So be sure to check out the book and then read on for your chance to win 1 of 3 copies! ————————— Continued Praise for The Principles Behind Flotation “This novel can be compared to nothing, because it’s so original. It’s a nesting-doll of a novel. Moving, suspenseful, and unpredictable. When you’re done reading it, you’ll be trying to describe it to everyone, and you won’t be able to say much more than, ‘I can’t describe it; you have to read it; you’re going to… Read more »

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Jan 03
{Review} The Romantics by @LeahKonen @abramskids

{Review} The Romantics by @LeahKonen @abramskids

The Romantics is a young adult romantic comedy about love. told from the perspective of love. I totally, well, loved this concept, and I hope we see more in this world. At the end of the book, there was a little hint that we might see another story told by love, featuring a different couple. (and how I hope that is true!) The Romantics was a very cute read. I loved the chapter titles and variety of writing styles. Leah Konen did an excellent job switching from omniscient narrator, to list style for some chapters to text messages between the characters. All of it worked really well with the flow of the story. And they were hilarious. What I loved the most about The Romantics is that the main character (other than love) is a guy. Yes, this is a guys love story and I find that so refreshing. Gael is a hopeless romantic and he is just totally adorable. I loved reading all of Love’s antics to try and… Read more »

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Jan 02
{Review} The Secret of a Heart Note by @StaceyLeeAuthor @KTegenBooks

{Review} The Secret of a Heart Note by @StaceyLeeAuthor @KTegenBooks

The Secret of a Heart Note is a young adult standalone, magical realism romance by author Stacey Lee. I LOVED this book. And when I say I loved it, I really, really loved it. This book was so much more than I was expecting it to be. And I mean that in the best way possible. Because I was expecting this book to be a cute contemporary romance, but I didn’t realize the depth that the aromateur part of the story would be. I fell in love with the idea of someone mixing elixirs and smelling out the subtle notes and scents that make up a person. I really loved the idea of that. And Stacey Lee did an excellent job of making the world of Mim and her mom, the world of aromateurs come to life. Mim is an awesome character. I loved her. She is kind of an outcast, but as sweet as can be. I loved her interactions with her classmates. So much, that I would love… Read more »

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May 03
{ARC Review+Interview with Myself} #SquareRootofSummer by Harriet Hapgood @hapgoodness

{ARC Review+Interview with Myself} #SquareRootofSummer by Harriet Hapgood @hapgoodness

Today I have a very different interview for you guys. I have an interview with myself. I answered these questions back in February of 2016 and then I answered the same questions in April. I thought it was such a cool idea to see if/ or what changed, and how. This Is Who I Am Now What Brings You The Most Joy In Life? Feb/March 2016: Seeing my boyfriend and family on the weekends. May 2016: Vacation time! I am planning my summer vacation trip to the mountains in July and also a camping trip in November and even though they are far away, I love planning for trips because it gets me even more excited for them. not much has changed here. In feb/march I was really excited for my weekend plans. I was totally working for the weekends, and now I am excited for planning my longer vacations that are coming up. haha What Are You Reading? Feb/March 2016: Obsidian by Kimberly Loth May 2016: Love Charms and… Read more »

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Sep 29
{Review+Giveaway} The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore @LaAnnaMarie

{Review+Giveaway} The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore @LaAnnaMarie

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore is a beautiful story in the young adult magical realism genre. The Weight of Feathers has been called The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet. Now I haven’t read the Night Circus yet (I know, don’t shoot me!) but I can totally see the circus meets Romeo and Juliet comparison. Throw a little magic in and you have it. I loved The Weight of Feathers so much. I was equally fascinated by the Palomas and the Corbeaus. The story starts out with the Palomas, but then shifts for much of the book to the Corbeaus. At first, I started out on the Palomas side and then switched over to the Corbeaus camp, but I soon realized that there are no good guys and bad guys here. Just two families that each have a bit of their own special magic and each have a whole lot of judgment and confusion over what the other family has done. It was almost comical the way that… Read more »

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Aug 13
{Spoiler Free Review+Giveaway} Golden by Melinda Michaels @MJMichaelsBooks

{Spoiler Free Review+Giveaway} Golden by Melinda Michaels @MJMichaelsBooks

Golden is the first book in a young adult magical realism series, with each of the books also being loose retellings of fairy tales. Author Melinda Michaels describes the story that way, but what is really happening is that the world she has created takes place after the fairy tale stories have all played out. This world deals with the descendants of the fairy tale characters. And that is really all I am going to tell you about the plot of the book, because I think so much of the magic in Golden lies in the suspense and intrigue that Melinda Michaels is so great at weaving into her story. There are wonderfully complex characters that while they themselves divide each other into good and bad guys, they are each so much more complicated and faceted than that. The characters were a joy to read about. Some you will be able to predict and others throw everything on their head. The book starts out with the main character Hanna reeling… Read more »

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