Tag: magic

Jan 22
{Review+Giveaway} Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon @entangledteen @ccannonauthor

{Review+Giveaway} Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon @entangledteen @ccannonauthor

Bridges Burned is the second book in the young adult paranormal series, Going Down in Flames. This book dives right in after the events of the first book, so if you haven’t read the first book in a while, you may be lost. I was. I had to go back and read my first review to try and spark my memory of just how everything left off. I think Bridges Burned was a good second installment in the Going Down in Flames series, although I have to say one character in particular threw me for a loop. He did a complete 180 personality wise. There is more romance, or should I say romance drama in this book than there was in the first book. And I was kind of bummed by that. It mostly has to do with what a huge jerk Zavien is. I liked him in the first book and I was undecided about Jaxon, but in this book it totally gets reversed. I can’t stand Zavien, and… Read more »

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Jan 05
{Review} The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons @hymheather

{Review} The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons @hymheather

Man, oh Man did I start 2015 out with a bang. The Collectors’ Society is such an amazing read. I want to read it over and over again. I loved this book so much. I just got done making my favorite books of 2014 list and I have already placed this one on my favorites of 2015 list. It is that good. You might have noticed that my last 3 or so reviews have been kind of meh on the positive end and even kind of negative. Well this one will not be. I don’t think I will be able to convey how much I loved this book, or just how awesome I think it is. Just listen to the concept behind this book and you will see what I mean. The Collectors’ Society is a secret society comprised of characters from different book worlds, all coming together to “edit” themselves into different book universes to keep the books from being “deleted” by some mysterious bad guys. Come on! It… Read more »

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Nov 13
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Last Changeling by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Last Changeling by @Chelsea_Pitcher @fluxbooks

The Last Changeling is the first book in the young adult series, the Faerie Revolutions. I am a huge fan of faerie books, and what I especially loved about The Last Changeling is not only is it a great representation of Faerie lore, but it is also heavy on the romance. I really loved reading about the strong emotional connection between Elora and Taylor. That boy crushed hard on her and I ate it all up! Fans of faerie books will love this new series. It was so well done, and in addition to the heavy romance and paranormal elements, there was also some social issues mixed into the high school scene in the story. I only had one minor issue with that aspect of the story, but everything else was great. The book is told in dual perspective between Taylor and Elora, or Lora as Taylor knows her. I loved this narration style for this book. I thought allowed us to get to know both main characters really well…. Read more »

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Nov 12
{ARC #Review +Giveaway} Henge by Realm Lovejoy @Realmlovejoy

{ARC #Review +Giveaway} Henge by Realm Lovejoy @Realmlovejoy

It has been so long since I have read a good magical fantasy book that reminded me of Harry Potter. But not a Harry Potter rip-off. That is key. I loved the magical school atmosphere and I loved that it was mixed in with the stories of king Arthur and Camelot. Henge is the start of what I am sure is going to be a very loved series. There is something for every fantasy and magic lover. Awesome magic, a fantastic plot line that is detailed and twisty as they come, and a dark and suspenseful characters and storyline that will have you guessing who the bad guy is and just what exactly is going on until the last page. I loved Henge. I am not ini love with the cover, but don’t let that distract you from the gem of a story found within its’ pages. Morgan is one of my favorite female main characters that I have had the pleasure of meeting in a while. She is so… Read more »

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Oct 23
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Compulsion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Compulsion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can’t say that I have had too much experience in this particular genre, but if they are all like Compulsion, I need to start reading more of them. Compulsion was great. It had so many layers and such a depth to its’ story. You really had to pay attention or you would miss something. Compulsion really builds and builds so read each page carefully. A few times I felt myself getting swept up in the story and reading quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next and then before I knew it I felt a little lost, like I had missed something. The book actually started out that way for me. The name Mark was thrown around by the main character… Read more »

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Oct 17
{Review+Giveaway} Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey @juliealindsey @lyricalpress

{Review+Giveaway} Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey @juliealindsey @lyricalpress

Oh how I needed to read Prophecy. I haven’t given a book 5 star in so long. I have read some meh books and a lot of good books. But there is a difference between a good book, or even a great book and a book that just warms you up from the inside out. One that you want to hug and start reading from the beginning again. That was Prophecy for me. I LOVED this book! I was excited when I read the summary and saw that it had something to do with Mythology, because that is a big hit with me. And then I read the authors foreword and she mentioned all the myths coming out and playing and mixing together and my excitement shot up a couple of levels. It was so cool to see the greek and roman gods mixing in with the norse gods. The end result was pure magic. We knew Callie was something special right from the start, but Julie Anne Lindsey does… Read more »

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Oct 14
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Sweet Unrest by @LisaMaxwellYA @fluxbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Sweet Unrest by @LisaMaxwellYA @fluxbooks

Sweet Unrest is a standalone read that will appeal to fans of reads that feel eerie, and have a healthy mixture of ghost story and voodoo magic. I loved the plantation setting that author Lisa Maxwell chose for Sweet Unrest. It was the perfect place for this tale to take place. I’m going to do my best to not give anything away because that is half the fun of this mystery. There are so many different layers and unknowns that come to light throughout the story, and I loved watching everything unfold bit by bit for the main character, Lucy. The cast of characters were as rich and complex as was the scenery and landscape of New Orleans. I loved Mama Legba, Chloe, Piers and Alex. Lucy’s family kind of faded into the background for me, but I didn’t dislike them. They just weren’t really the focus of this story. The focus came through Lucy’s dreams and her trying to piece together the puzzle they presented. Past and Present swirl… Read more »

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Sep 08
{Review} The Winter People by @RebekahLPurdy

{Review} The Winter People by @RebekahLPurdy

The Winter People was great. It ended up being very different than I thought it would be. I’m not going to ruin the book by telling just what brand of fantasy or magic this was. I had an inkling while I was reading, and maybe it will be way more obvious to everyone else reading, but not knowing exactly what was going on or what exactly everyone was, was part of the magic of reading The Winter People. And it made me yearn to read more books like it. I really enjoyed the cold wintery atmosphere that Rebekah created. I will warn you now, there is a love triangle- or really a love Quadrangle is more accurate. At one point there were so many guys that I didn’t know what on earth was going on. But that feeling quickly passed and I was down to two viable guys. I will say now that I did go back and forth a couple of times throughout the book, but I am very… Read more »

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Sep 05
{ARC Review} Illusions of Fate by @KierstenWhite @harperteen

{ARC Review} Illusions of Fate by @KierstenWhite @harperteen

I loved this one so much! The magic and the world were all great, but what really made this book come to life for me was Kiersten White’s writing. I found her writing to be witty, engaging and utterly charming. I read this book with a smile on my face. Plus, I don’t think I have enjoyed a secondary character as much I did with Eleanor in a long time. Illusions of fate is set in an alternate past, where countries were colonizing. It had a historical feel with the vocabulary and the scenery, but it was also drenched in magic and secrecy. I ate it up! The book starts out with Jessamin writing a letter to her mother. I know this sounds silly, but the letter was the reason that I knew I was going to love this book right off the bat. It showed the voice and personality of Jessa so well. In between each line of the letter she writes the real or honest letter in her… Read more »

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Sep 02
{ARC Release Day Review+Giveaway} House Immortal by @DevonMonk

{ARC Release Day Review+Giveaway} House Immortal by @DevonMonk

House Immortal is the first in Devon Monk’s new Urban Fantasy Series of the same name. Man, I loved this book. I really loved everything about it. There are interesting, well developed characters, a kick ass plot with more twists and turns that you can even guess, and incredible world building. This is world building done right. Sometimes I think I love the world building in urban Fantasy books the most because it combines more traditional city like we are used to with all the magic and creativity of fantasy books. Devon Monk does an incredible job with her landscape. I loved that we got little bits and pieces of the Galvanized’s history through the journal entry excerpts at the start of each chapter. That was a great way to work in some of the galvanized’s history. There is still so much mystery surrounding the Galvanized, and I can’t wait to learn more about them and about what makes Matilda just a little different from them. The fact that she… Read more »

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