Tag: magic

Dec 14
{Review} The Last Faerie Queen by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

{Review} The Last Faerie Queen by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea Pitcher, is the sequel to The Last Changeling. In fact, I believe that this is a duology, which means it is the sequel and conclusion to the Last Changeling series. I believe the series name for this one has changed. Last year I had the series marked down as The Faerie Revolution, but now when I check goodreads it comes up as The Last Changeling series. I absolutely loved The Last Changeling, so I was super super excited for The Last Faerie Queen to come out. I loved The Last Changeling a little more, but it was a close battle. The Last Faerie Queen picks up with where the last book leaves off and you absolutely must read them together. I,. myself was a little lost because a year had been between my reading of books 1 and 2. If possible, read these two book back to back for maximum enjoyment. 😉 Chelsea Pitcher certainly kept me on the edge of my seat while… Read more »

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Oct 30
{Series Review} Sweep by Cate Tiernan

{Series Review} Sweep by Cate Tiernan

In honor of Halloween, I decided to dust off an old witch series and do a review of the entire series. There are 15 books in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. I started reading the Sweep series probably about 6 or 7 years ago (before my blog) when my Borders was going out of business. They had the first three bind up volumes for next to nothing so I grabbed books #1-9 (there are 3 books in each bind up) for I think $5-6 total. Once I started reading I really got into the witchy atmosphere and elemental vibe of the magic in Sweep, so I went back to Borders and grabbed the rest of the books that were out. Books 10-15 I had to get individual novels because their bind up wasn’t out yet, and consequently my series doesn’t match, which makes me kind of mad. The Sweep series started out really strong. I read the first 4 books in no time at all and I couldn’t get… Read more »

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Jun 18
{Review} Forged in Stone by Alyssa Rose Ivy @alyssaroseivy

{Review} Forged in Stone by Alyssa Rose Ivy @alyssaroseivy

Forged in Stone is the first book in a new series, The Forged Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I jump at any book Alyssa Rose Ivy writes. I just love her and I pretty much know that I will get a good story with all of her books. That being said, I still normally do my due diligence with review requests. But when Alyssa Rose Ivy emailed me asking if I wanted an ARC of Forged in Stone I just said yes. And yes before you freak out, I did really enjoy the book. (duh.) But I had no idea what it would be about when I started reading it. None at all. So I am going to give you my initial blank slate impressions/embarrassing realizations. Forged in Stone starts off feeling very contemporary romance. So I started to slip into my new adult contemporary comfort zone, and then things started feeling a little fantasy/paranormal. Oh boy was I intrigued. But wait, the confessions don’t stop there. Because then things… Read more »

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Jun 16
{Review} Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius @kkaralius @SwoonReads

{Review} Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius @kkaralius @SwoonReads

I feel like it has been so, so long since I have had a 5 star book read. But I am super happy to add Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius to my list of favorite 5 star books. This book made my heart smile. It got a little hairy and crazy at the end and I almost took .5 stars off my review rating, and then I about slapped myself. (That is a case of one of those times when I am thinking through my reviewer hat and letting it over weigh my emotions about a book, and I didn’t want to do that here.) I just loved this book too much to give it anything less than 5 full stars. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is set in the magical town of Grimbaud. I love the cover of the book because its whimsical feel helped me imagine Grimbaud with the same touch of whimsy. Does that make sense? The town also reminded me of the Kissing Town from… Read more »

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May 15
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Spelled by @BetsySchow @SourcebooksFire

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Spelled by @BetsySchow @SourcebooksFire

Spelled is one of those books where I fell in love the first time I saw the cover. I have always loved The Wizard of Oz, and I have been loving fairy tale re-tellings, so I knew this would be a match made somewhere over the rainbow for me. And I was so right. Spelled is so much fun that I want to pick it up and read it again right now. Betsy Schow has taken a classic tale that is already so fantastical and turned everything on its’ head. Who you know as good might turn bad and vice versa. And Betsy was not satisfied with just the land of Oz, so she took all kinds of fairy tale worlds and created a delightful mashup. Dot, or Dorothea is a the princess of the Emerald city, and because of a curse-gone-wrong on all the major fairy tale families long long ago, she isn’t allowed to leave the castle. Someone in her line of women is rumored to be more… Read more »

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Apr 15
{ARC Review} Becoming Jinn by @LoriAGoldstein @FeiwelFriends

{ARC Review} Becoming Jinn by @LoriAGoldstein @FeiwelFriends

Becoming Jinn is the first in a Young Adult series of the same name, about genies. I love the tagline for the book- “Forget everything you thought you knew about genies”. Because right away, this tells me that it is going to be a pretty cool re-imagining. And it was. It took awhile to gain momentum, but once it did, I thought Becoming Jinn was a magical tale. I thought the world of Jinn that Lori Goldstein created was very rich and multifaceted. I liked how creative and detailed she was,  but at the same time I do feel like it slowed down the start of the story a lot. There was a lot of world building but not a lot else. But once you push past the beginning, you not only have a good idea of what it is like to be a Jinn but also the plot starts to move along at a more brisk pace. It was easy for me to fall into the story then. Azra… Read more »

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Mar 25
{Review} Bound by Duty by @StormySmith #TakeControlTBR

{Review} Bound by Duty by @StormySmith #TakeControlTBR

Bound by Duty is the first book in a young adult Fantasy series called the Bound series. The second book in the series, Bound by Spells just came out a few weeks ago so now is the perfect time to start reading. I felt like Bound by Duty was more of an upper YA book or a YA/NA crossover because the main characters are in college. If you like YA fantasy, the bound series may be a good one for you to check out. I thought the book really built as the story goes on. I have come to decide that heroines with magic or special abilities usually fall into one of two camps. First, that they had no idea they had abilities and/or there was a big secret kept from them and everything gets revealed at once and they are left to deal with the fallout. Or second, they know something about themselves is different, but they don’t know the whole story. And that is the case here. Amelia… Read more »

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Mar 25
{Interview+Giveaway} Painted Maidens Trilogy by Terra Harmony @harmonygirlit

{Interview+Giveaway} Painted Maidens Trilogy by Terra Harmony @harmonygirlit

How would you describe The Painted Maidens books? This is a three book, young adult fantasy series. Eco-fantasy, actually. There is plenty of action, some gore, some romance (which gets steamier as the series goes on), and it is definitely unique to anything you’ve read before. A young maiden (the youngest of her species, actually), Serena, is caught going beyond the borders of her kingdom to The Dry. As punishment, she is assigned to be the Werewolf Liaison which puts her in The Dry semi-permanently. She must contend with the hostile werewolf clan that has a long-standing, bloody history with the maidens. There are plenty of twists along the way and I have to say this might be suited toward those that enjoy the dark fantasy genre. How did you come up with the idea for the series? Really I just wanted to write about dragons. I still kind of do but I might be over the whole ‘scaly creatures’ thing by now. As I was running through dragon imagery… Read more »

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Mar 06
{ #Review } Flunked by @JenCalonita @jabberwockykids @SourcebooksFire

{ #Review } Flunked by @JenCalonita @jabberwockykids @SourcebooksFire

Flunked is the first book in an adorable middle grade series called Fairy Tale Reform School. I really liked this book. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. Yes, it was a younger read than I was used to, but it was perfectly suited for it’s middle grade audience. The heroine is Gilly and is around 12 or 13. She is caught stealing a hair clip and is shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School for the mischievous children on the path to becoming a villain. I think this is such a cute idea for a magical and funny story. I really like that we got to see the “crime” that Gilly committed to get sent to reform school as it played out, rather than just starting the book with her already there and flashing back on what brought her in. I thought it gave the readers a great perspective on what her family is like, and gave us an idea of… Read more »

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Feb 09
{Review+Giveaway} Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison @katiewriting

{Review+Giveaway} Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison @katiewriting

Of Sea and Stone is the first book in the young adult fantasy/magic series called Secrets of Itlantis. I love the covers of this series. They have a very Josephine Angeleini Starcrossed series feel to them. Four books in the Secrets of Itlantis series have already been released and each of the book covers is done in a different color scheme, which I love. They go really well together, and if you are new to the series like I am, you will be able to enjoy them one right after another. (I am not sure yet if the series is complete or if there will be more than 4 books.) The Secrets of Itlantis is a Young Adult fantasy twist on the tale of Atlantis, and I have to say, I love what Kate Avery Ellison did with the underwater city. It all felt very magical and fantastical, and it is something that I would love to see made into a movie. The characters in the story are wonderfully rich… Read more »

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