Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Alina and Mal, orphans who grew up together, are sent to serve in the army. When Alina discovers that she possesses special powers that exceed her map-making skills, she’s thrust into the world of Grishas – an elite group of magical people. Everyone believes that Alina’s powers will rid them of  the Shadow Fold, a […]

Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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Leila is on a road trip across the country in her red car, meeting many people along the way. She encounters four strangers at pivotal moments in their lives. Leila experiences love and life with these chance meetings as she heads towards her destination. Full disclosure, it was the book cover and title that first […]

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

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Cate and her two younger sisters have grown up having to hide the fact that they can do magic. Living in New England, where women suspected of being witches are arrested and sent away on a constant basis, their livelihood and safety depend on them keeping what they are a secret. I need the next […]

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (July 2014 edition)

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This month’s mini graphic novel reviews features some really great discoveries! A few found via Netgalley, and one as part of an online Comic Books course (SuperMOOC²) that Ardo, Christa & I were participating in. (And of which I have failed miserably at keeping up with.) Sex Criminals, Vol 1 | Manifest Destiny, Vol 1 […]

Review: Never Have I Ever: my life (so far) without a date by Katie Heaney

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At 25, Katie has a college degree, a great group of friends and has never had a boyfriend. In this hilarious memoir, she recounts all the cringe-worthy moments with crushes and guys she can barely call a “date”. She talks about her past crushes, boys who are friends, and her foray into online dating. While […]

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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After a strange encounter at a nightclub with her best friend Simon, Clary Fray finds herself thrust into a shadowy underworld where witches, werewolves and demons exist. She meets three teenagers who kill said demons, calling themselves Shadowhunters. Clary is inexplicably drawn to one of the Shadowhunters in particular, a good-looking surly boy named Jace who […]

Review: Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

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Natty and Sean were high school sweethearts, now married with two teenage daughters and running the local hotel that they own. When Natty’s good friend Eve is in town for a visit, she thinks nothing of leaving her with her family when she rushes out of town to tend to one of her daughters who […]

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (June 2014 edition)

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to do more graphic novel mini reviews but I flew through a bunch of them recently, so here’s the run-down. All of these are actually not new releases, with the newest one from February 2014. The Heart of the Beast | Gotham Central: Book One | […]

Review: Bandette, Volume 1: Presto! by Tobin & Coover

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In our first ever crossover post, I’m linking my Paris Month with Ardo’s Supervillain Week today. Thanks to Christa (More Than Just Magic) pointing us in the right direction, we discovered Tobin & Coover’s Bandette – a “supervillain” (of sorts) in Paris! While my post will be basically a review on the graphic novel, with special […]

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

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Colette is headed to Paris on a class trip, ready to be immersed in the history and culture of the city but a series of murders makes their educational excursion a lot more anxious. With nerves already on edge, Colette sees a woman in a ballgown everywhere who looks a lot like Marie Antoinette. She […]

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (Apr 2014 edition)

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A few weeks belated on these March releases, but this month’s mini reviews features some interesting paranormal-type graphic novel reads as well as an upcoming April one that has an interesting take on superheroes. Dream Thief | The Undertaking of Lily Chen | Buzzkill Dream Thief, Volume 1 by Jai Nitz & Greg Smallwood After […]

Review: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

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After a freak accident at work in a chocolate factory, Anna Trent finds herself flying to Paris on the insistence of Claire, a former teacher, that she has since reconnected with. While in Paris, she would be working at a renowned chocolatierie at the break of dawn, learning from the very best. Not only is […]

Review: Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

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A Fabergé egg, enchanted by magic with the task to protect the Romanov family, ensuring their power in Russia. Natalya Kutepova, in love with Alexei Romanov, learns of the egg’s power just as the Reds are set to attack St. Petersburg. In the chaos, Natalya and her friend Emilia run for their lives as they […]

Review: Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall with Lisa Wysocky

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Shyima grew up in Egypt as the middle child of eleven children, enjoying her meager life with her siblings before one day, when she was 8 years old, her parents sold her to a wealthy family. From that point on, Shyima’s childhood became one of slavery that would last for many years, taking her from […]