Tag: magic

May 09
Can’t Wait Wednesday (1)

Can’t Wait Wednesday (1)

This week I am waiting on…. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books Summary: Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead. ~~~~~~~~~~ Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after. But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything… Read more »

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Dec 19
{ARC Review+Giveaway} By a Charm and a Curse by @JaimeQuestell @EntangledTeen

{ARC Review+Giveaway} By a Charm and a Curse by @JaimeQuestell @EntangledTeen

By A Charm and a Curse is a standalone young adult fantasy by debut author Jaime Questell. I love a book in a carnival setting, and one featuring magic even more, so I knew By a Charm and a Curse would be right up my alley. And it was. I really enjoyed this book. The name of the book says it all. There is a charm and there is a curse and they are tied closely together. I really loved the plot of this book. I might have even enjoyed the story more than the characters, but I did also enjoy the whole cast of carnies. By A Charm and a Curse follows our main character Em, or Emmaline as she visits a traveling carnival with her friend. By A Charm and a Curse is told from multiple perspectives, and as we shift through some of the characters point of view we get to know a couple of the carnival performers and we learn about the charm. I’m going to tell you… Read more »

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Dec 08
{Review} Ever the Brave by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

{Review} Ever the Brave by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

*Note: This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of book one, Ever the Hunted HERE* Ever the Brave is the second book in the young adult fantasy series, Clash of Kingdoms by Erin Summerill. I loved the first book in the series, ever the hunted, and I have to say I really enjoyed Ever the Brave as well! I found the story to be an excellent follow up novel to the first book. It was just as strong of a story. ever The Brave picks up shortly thereafter the events of the first book, so you do need to read this series in order.  There are lots of interesting aspects to touch on in Ever the Hunted- there is magic, romance, political intrigue and action and suspense. Plenty for any fan of fantasy. One of the things I loved about Ever The Hunted was the interesting magic abilities found… Read more »

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Oct 28
{ARC Review+Halloween Costume Ideas} #Renegades by @Marissa_Meyer @FierceReads

{ARC Review+Halloween Costume Ideas} #Renegades by @Marissa_Meyer @FierceReads

Renegades is the first book in a new series of the same name by author powerhouse Marissa Meyer. Marissa’s Lunar Chronicles has been on my TBR for forever, but I recently read, and loved! Heartless. So I was super excited to pick up Renegades because I am obsessed with super heroes. Ever since I watched X-men, years and years ago, I was instantly hooked. And what was extra cool, was that Marissa Meyer said something really similar in her foreword note to Renegades. So extra yay for that! Renegades is set on the premise of a world like our own, where super powers have started to emerge. And with those powers a group of villains, called the Anarchists gained power and actually were in control for a number of years, so the world was a very different place, full of violence and chaos. Enter the Renegades, who swooped in to save the day. And right after these events, our story takes place. It was really cool to see a world where… Read more »

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Oct 12
{Review+Giveaway} Berserker by Emmy Laybourne @FierceReads

{Review+Giveaway} Berserker by Emmy Laybourne @FierceReads

Berserker is a young adult norse fantasy novel by Emmy Laybourne. Emmy Laybourne is an author with such diverse skills. She has written apocalyptic stories, fantasy stories, monster stories and I have to say I am a huge fan of hers. My favorite book of hers is Sweet, but Berserker was a good read as well. The description of Berserker immediately caught my attention. I love anything having to do with mythology, and norse mythology is super interesting to me. Plus, the tag line is killer- “Are Hanne’s powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?”. I was instantly intrigued. What are her gifts? Berserker is told in multiple points of views. Hanne is our main character, but we also get to meet her siblings, and Owen, a cowboy from the west. Which brings me to the thing that I enjoyed most about this book, and what I am excited to see explored more in upcoming novels. I loved the dual setting. Berserker takes place both on… Read more »

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Aug 22
{Excerpt+Giveaway} REUNITED by @ColleenHouck @DelacortePress ‏

{Excerpt+Giveaway} REUNITED by @ColleenHouck @DelacortePress ‏

    Praise for REAWAKENED Series     “[A] must-read for thrill-seekers and fans of alternate worlds.”—RT Book Reviews “Rick Riordan fans who are looking for another series will delight in this fantasy.”—SLJ “Littered with Egyptian mythology and snappy dialogue, this romantic adventure is a good choice for graduates of Rick Riordan or fans of Houck’s Tiger’s Curse series.”—Booklist “Fans of paranormal romance will love the Egyptian spin on this story of devotion and sacrifice, and Lily’s humor, combined with plentiful dangerous escapades, will keep readers engaged.”—VOYA “The author weaves her story out of Egyptian lore, cinematic magic, selfless love, and . . . is clever enough to remain surprising even to the last sentence.”—Kirkus Reviews “Houck’s moving depiction of the love between Lily and Amon is memorable.”—Publishers Weekly “Wonderfully written and…the heart-pounding adventures are topped only by the heart-melting romance.”—The Deseret News “A sparkling new novel with a fully imagined world and mythos, and crackling romance! Egyptian mythology has never been this riveting!”—Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, on Reawakened, book one in… Read more »

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Jan 06
{Review} Ever the Hunted by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

{Review} Ever the Hunted by @ErinSummerill @HMHKids

Ever the Hunted is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Clash of Kingdoms by Erin Summerill. Ever the Hunted is Erin’s debut young adult novel, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I found the story to be very engaging and I love a good magic infused fantasy, so this was right up my alley. It kind of reminded me of Maria V. Snyder’s Healer series. The world that Erin created was very interesting and I can’t wait to read the next novel in the series. There are lots of interesting aspects to touch on in Ever the Hunted- there is magic, romance, political intrigue and action and suspense. Plenty for any fan of fantasy. Ever the Hunted is the story of Britta, who is an outcast in her land. This was interesting because her father was so closely respected by the king. But because Britta’s mom was from a neighboring country, who they were on the verge of war with, Britta has basically been… Read more »

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Dec 19
{Review+Giveaway} The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid @SJKincaidBooks @simonteen @RivetedLit

{Review+Giveaway} The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid @SJKincaidBooks @simonteen @RivetedLit

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is the first in a young adult fantasy series by the same name, and right off the bat I have to say- The Diabolic is tied for my favorite fantasy read of 2016! (and it is so close I can’t decide which is number 1 or number 2, this or Heartless) The Diabolic was an exciting and riveting read. I could not put it down. I carried this book with me everywhere, just in case I had a couple of moments to get in a page throughout my day. And I don’t do that for too many large books. Normally I carry my kindle around for mid days quicky reads, but even though this one was over 400 pages, I couldn’t resist. Also, if you will notice, I put this as the starter for a series. I don’t technically know that is true or not, but the ending (which killed me!) kind of leaves it open for a follow up, and I am so badly… Read more »

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Nov 21
{Review} Heartless by @Marissa_Meyer @FierceReads

{Review} Heartless by @Marissa_Meyer @FierceReads

“Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.” I mean COME ON! How amazing does that sound? Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a standalone young adult fantasy. It is the story of the Queen of Hearts long before she was the Queen of Hearts. It acts a prequel to the Alice in Wonderland stories and it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. For a number of reasons. I absolutely love retellings, re-imaginings and stories about villainous characters. Not to mention Wonderland is one of my favorite story book lands of all time. So this one was a no brainer for me. And if you can believe it, this is my first Marissa Meyer book. (I know, I know! I have the Lunar Chronicles sitting on my shelf but I have yet to read them. Be sure to tell me how crazy I am in the comments below. :p) So with all of that perfect sounding hype,… Read more »

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Nov 14
{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Unbreakable by @KallieRoss @InkSlingerPR

{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Unbreakable by @KallieRoss @InkSlingerPR

  She thought her story was over. Little did she realize, it had just begun. From Young Adult author Kallie Ross, comes the first full-length novel in The Cupid Chronicles… UNBREAKABLE!  Filled with action, romance, and an adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seat…What will the fate of the world be as it balances on the tip of one girl’s arrow? Get ready to fly and fall in love with UNBREAKABLE!     About UNBREAKABLE (The Cupids Chronicles #1):  Dying for the love of your life…  Evelyn Bowden thought her story was over. Little did she realize, it had just begun.  The heavens made her a Cupid– a supernatural with the rarest ability. One that allows her to pierce both mortals and immortals with arrows possessing everlasting love. But Evelyn soon discovers Cupids fight a battle in a long fought war.  A duty to protect the purest form of love…  As Evelyn embarks on her first mission, helping a Gargoyle find his true love, she is… Read more »

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