Book Review | Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Book Review | Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

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Title: Black Girl Unlimited

By: Echo Brown

Series: NO

Pages: 304

Published: January 14th, 2020

By: Henry Holt & Company

Genre: YA | Contemporary | Magical-Realism

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Synopsis


Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

A powerful memoir for fans of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and American Street by Ibi Zoboi. 

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Double Book Review | Wicked Saints & Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Double Book Review | Wicked Saints & Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

 🌿 Hi, guys, I hope you’re having a beautiful day!❤️ Today I bring you a double review of both books: Wicked Saints and Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan, and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to read an ARC of the sequel. I wanted to do this little introduction to tell you that my reviews may contain quite negative thoughts in case it’s not something you feel comfortable reading or maybe you love these books and you’re very sensitive about them, I would never want to hurt your feelings. And of course, as I always clarify, these are just my personal thoughts about books, and nothing else, I always try to express myself with a lot of respect, and I’m very glad that you’ve enjoyed these books if you’ve read them, as well as I totally understand, that otherwise, you haven’t enjoyed of them. So without further ado, I hope you enjoy the reviews and we can chat about these books in the comments! I LOVE YOU 🥰  & thanks for the support, always. 🌿  Continue reading “Double Book Review | Wicked Saints & Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan”

Book Review | Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Book Review | Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

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Title: Winterwood

By: Shea Ernshaw

Series: NO

Pages: 323

Published: November 5th, 2019

By: Simon Pulse

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Magic | Romance

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Synopsis


Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.

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Book Review | The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

Book Review | The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

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Title: The Bone Witch

By: Rin Chupeco

Series: The Bone Witch #1

Pages: 432

Published: March 7th, 2017

By: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Magic

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Synopsis


In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price. When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice. 

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ARC Review |The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne

ARC Review |The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne

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Title: The Ninth Sorceress

By: Bonnie Wynne

Series: The Price of Magic

Pages: 486

Publication: February 13th, 2020

By: Talem Press

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Magic

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Synopsis


In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.

But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.

Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name…

But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.

The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic.

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Book Review || A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

Book Review || A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

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Title: A Conjuring of Light

By: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic #3

Pages: 624

Published: February 21st, 2017

By: Tor Books

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Magic

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Synopsis


Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay. 

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Book Review || King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review || King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: King of Scars

By: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Nikolai Duology

Pages: 514

Published: January 29th, 2019

By: Imprint

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Magic

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Synopsis


Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

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ARC Review || The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Rogerson

ARC Review || The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Rogerson

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By: Suzanne Rogerson

Pages: 368

Published:  July 1st, 2019

By: Independently Published

Genre: YA|Fantasy|Magic

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Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

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ARC Review || War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #3) by Helen Scheuerer

ARC Review || War of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #3) by Helen Scheuerer

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By: Helen Scheuerer

Pages: 500

Publication: July 25th, 2019

By: Talem Press

GenreYA|Fantasy|Magic

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War is here.

Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.

Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all.

But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance.

Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?

As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.

Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.

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Book Review || Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #2) by Helen Scheuerer

Book Review || Reign of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #2) by Helen Scheuerer

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By: Helen Scheuerer

Pages: 441

Published: September 9th, 2018

By: Talem Press

Genre: YA|Fantasy|Magic

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The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second instalment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.

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