Tag: magic

Sep 01
{ARC Review} The Jewel by Amy Ewing @amyewingbooks

{ARC Review} The Jewel by Amy Ewing @amyewingbooks

The Jewel is the first in the young adult Dystopian series called The Lone City. The set up is not a new one in the world of dystopian, but the story is still well done. I am interested in continuing this series. I like the set up of the surrogates and the augeries the most. I am very intrigued by the powers they possess, even if I still don’t know quite why they do have them and why other people in their world doesn’t. They are not your traditional “witches”, if you can even call them that. I have a lot of questions about the world still left unanswered, but I grew to really like the characters and premise of the story. Girls from the poorest circles are tested young, and all of the ones that show signs of having powers, called augeries, are sent away from their families to live in training centers to develop their powers. Once they are of age, they are sent to auctions where they… Read more »

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Aug 28
{ARC Review} Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini @josieangelini

{ARC Review} Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini @josieangelini

Trial by Fire is a book filled with so many awesome elements. Not only are the characters fantastic, but the plot is original and the concept is thought provoking and utterly cool! It reminded me on an episode of the Big Bang theory where Sheldon is talking about an infinite number of universes and an Infinite number of different Sheldons. That is the world you get introduced to in Trial by Fire. Lily Proctor is in our world, and then she isn’t. She is taken to a different world where a bunch of people are familiar to her, but everything else is so very different. Magic exists and witches rule. But that is only the beginning. Josephine Angelini does an incredible job of blending science with magic. These are witches, or crucibles as they are called, like I have never seen them before. I love that their magic stems from converting elements and substances that they take in from their surroundings. The book starts out in our world, but Lily… Read more »

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Aug 24
{Review} Coral and Bone by @TiffanyDaune

{Review} Coral and Bone by @TiffanyDaune

Coral and Bone is the first book in the young adult fantasy series. I don’t know the name of the series yet, but author Tiffany Daune has said that it will be a trilogy. I am excited that there is going to be more, because while I felt like it took me almost the whole novel to get my bearings in the rich multiple realm world that Tiffany has created, I now have a good understanding of the world and characters, and I am ready to see more Halen and Dax. And Tage. Halen is thrown into the whole world basically blind. I really felt for her. I felt like the readers were just as blind as her. We only knew what she knew and no one would give her more than just bits and pieces of the answers she so badly wanted. About her sister, about her guardian, and about just what was expected of her. Even about what she was. She is a blue moon siren. I admired… Read more »

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Aug 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

{Review+Giveaway} The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

The Cinderella Theorem overall was a really great read. I had a few small issues with the book early, but they were minor things and I am so glad that I didn’t let them get in the way of enjoying the story, because this was a book that just kept getting better and better. I loved the concept of the story and the main character, Lily was a delight. Lily loves math, she likes logic and she likes being able to get the same answer every time she does the same problem. I loved her commentary throughout the story, told through math equations and footnotes. It was so funny. Lily Sparrow is just a normal high school student when she comes home on her 15th birthday to find out that her dad is not dead like she thought, but rather the ruler of a magical land where all fairy tale characters go to live out their “happily ever after”. A cool concept but it was in this initial phase that… Read more »

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Jul 10
{Review} Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael @bkmcmichael

{Review} Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael @bkmcmichael

Carnelian is a solid start to what seems like is going to be a really interesting series. It has romance, magic and time travel, which I Thought was an interesting combination. I was easily drawn into the world that B. Kristin McMichael created. It was an interesting read and has me hooked enough that I want to continue on. There were some crazy twists and turns at the end of the story that I didn’t see coming. They seemed a bit unbelievable, but they were a cool twist to the story. I liked how self assured Mari was. She is not one to let someone push her around, but when she makes up her mind about someone, she is loyal and determined to stick by them. I liked that about her. She was skeptical about Seth, and rightly so. But eventually he wore her down, and from that point on she was committed. She didn’t waver anymore. The romance was cute. There was a bit of insta-pull but it was… Read more »

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Jun 02
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore

In a sea of similar books, Dark Metropolis felt different. In a great way. Part dystopian, part thriller, part magic, part zombie/vampire(?), Dark Metropolis really had it all. The world did have a glitzy 1930’s esque feel like the summary said, but it also had a dark futuristic feel to it. I am not sure that I ever caught a date while reading, so I can’t be quite sure when this book actually takes place. Told in multiple point of views, the story shifts between characters frequently. I felt like Thea, Nan and Freddie were all main characters. Even though there were multiple main characters, the plot and story were very easy to follow. I didn’t get confused and it never felt jarring shifting from person to person. Jaclyn Dolamore did an excellent job with her characters. I feel like I got to know Freddy and Nan very well. I want to see more on Thea and Sigi in the next book. At first, I thought Thea was going to… Read more »

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May 25
{Review} Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

{Review} Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

As soon as I heard that this was a re-telling of Peter Pan I was excited to read Second Star. When I started to see reviews saying this was a unique take on the story, I was even more intrigued. Second Star is the story of Wendy Darling. And I have to say, this is a pretty incredible book. It is a very quick read. I easily devoured it in a couple of hours. I was so impressed with the story that Alyssa B. Sheinmel came up with. Yes, it is a re-telling of sorts of Peter Pan, but it seemed like way more than that to me. The character names are the same, and there are loose similarities in themes, but overall this is a wonderfully executed story. I am still not 100% sure what exactly happened at the end of the story. Was it completely contemporary or was there a touch of magic? It could have been either and I applaud Alyssa for how she pulled it all… Read more »

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Oct 11
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Alchemy by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse, and Sabrina West

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Alchemy by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse, and Sabrina West

Today I have the authors of Alchemy here to share with us a little about their book and how they came to write it. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of the post, so be sure to enter. Alchemy by Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse, and Sabrina West Published: October 11, 2013 by Boekweg Books Age Group: YA Series: Prophecy Breakers #1Summary: “Do you want me to be dangerous?” he asked, his voice husky and low. I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. “No. I don’t.” “Then I’m not dangerous at all,” he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. “You’ve never been safer than you are at this moment.” I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light. We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main… Read more »

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Jun 10
{Review+Giveaway} Awakened by Kriston Johnson

{Review+Giveaway} Awakened by Kriston Johnson

Welcome to my stop on the Awakened series blog tour  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule! Awakened by Kriston Johnson Series: The Legends Of Elyndia, #1 Publication date:  April 25th 2013 Source: Ecopy from Author Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do? Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy. The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down. An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace. When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction…. Read more »

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May 18
{ARC Review} The Siren’s Secret by Heather Ostler

{ARC Review} The Siren’s Secret by Heather Ostler

Welcome to my stop on the The Siren’s Secret blog tourI loved the first book in the series, The Shapeshifter’s Secret. You can check out my review of book 1 HERE The Siren’s Secret by Heather Ostler Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Cedar Fort Age Group:YA Source: eARC from publisher Series: The Shapeshifter’s Secret #2 Summary: Julia’s life has gone from complicated to nearly impossible! When Julia loses her shapeshifting powers and her appearance changes in alarming ways, she flees to Sirenity, where she learns an incredible secret about her mother. In this thrilling sequel, Julia must take greater risks and make bigger sacrifices as she discovers who she really is and what she can really become. I fell in love with The Shapeshifter’s Secret as soon as I started reading it, so I jumped at the chance to read the second book in the series. I have been waiting for The Siren’s Secret for a very long time. I couldn’t wait to get back to Heather’s magical world… Read more »

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