Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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My rating:
 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 456
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: June 4th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: Loss of a loved one, PTSD nightmares, violence, anxiety and threats of being institutionalized.

 

 

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

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Middle Grade Monday Review: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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Game of Thrones Top Five Saddest Moments (spoilers from season 1-7 only)

I did a Game of Thrones tag last week and people seemed to enjoy it, so I’m going to be doing GOT posts on Sunday for the next five weeks.  I have a couple really fun ones planned! I’m a massive fan of the television show, so it’s only right that I would celebrate the final season with some love.  This week I’m doing the top five moments that I found the most sad over the last seven seasons.  I’m obviously not counting season 8, I’m sure some of it would make this list.

I am counting down this list to the very saddest moment (so far) of this series! Any guesses what it is?

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Large Physical & E-Arc Haul!

 

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I’ve stayed most on top of my arcs, but a few have gotten away with me but I’ll have them read very soon.  I have quite a pile right now but I know there are people with MASSIVE arc back hauls and that stresses me out just thinking about it.  I’m pretty picky with what I choose, which is hard because I want to request like 90% of what I see but I know I’ll never get to it in time.   Continue reading “Large Physical & E-Arc Haul!”

Middle Grade Monday: Review – Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 400
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 18th, 2018

 

 

 

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face. – synopsis from Goodreads

“Be brave, be curious, be kind.” 

Be still my middle-grade literary heart! Tilly and the Bookwanders is such a treasure of a book and what reader doesn’t look a book about books? I dare you to try and find out! Impossible!!

This was a book that was on one of my good friend’s Christmas wishlist. I had never heard of it, but when I ordered her the book, I might have ordered a second copy for myself and I have zero regrets after reading it. Tilly and The Bookwanders is such a sweet story about a young girl, named Tilly, that lives with her grandparents in a wonderful little family owned bookstore, called Pages & Co. Tilly spends most of her time nose-deep in children’s classics such as Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland. The characters are precious to her and she’s isolated herself at school so badly that the characters in the books are really her only friends. Tilly also is quite lonely and doesn’t understand why her mother left her at a young age and what happened to her, her grandparents won’t give many details and they don’t seem to know what happened to her either. Turns out that one day while Tilly is reading one of her favorite classics, Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland just pops out of her story and from there the real adventures begin.

Tilly and the Bookwanders is a really positive and fun story. Tilly is intelligent, brave, flawed but most importantly she never gives up. Her friendship with another young boy, Oskar really develops into a genuine and fun friendship and I adored seeing them take adventures with different beloved book characters. I don’t want to go into detail about how or why Tilly is able to talk to this characters, you’ll find that out soon enough if you pick the book up.

One of the things that honestly caught me off guard about this one, was that there was a genuinely interesting mystery happening around her about her mother’s whereabouts and where that plot goes is actually such a great twist. I never saw it coming and I thought it was brilliant. There are a lot of family and friendship themes in this story and the grandparents may not be the most generous with giving details about their missing daughter (they are in a lot of pain themselves over it), but they are loving and supportive and doing their absolute best for Tilly. I really appreciate seeing different family units in middle-grade and I appreciate it even more when they are loving and involved, which these grandparents very much are.

Another thing I loved about this book was the setting – a lot of it takes place in a cozy, family owned bookstore. I mean you can imagine it so easy and it makes it that much easier to really get into the story and put yourself in Tilly’s space. The ending of this one does leave a lot of unanswered questions and a cliffhanger, but thankfully another book is coming to hopefully shed some light on all of that.

I highly recommend checking out this book. I’m a huge believer that there is no age on any category of book and this has lots to offer all ages. It would be a wonderful book to read as a family and I think children as young as six years old could enjoy this one, with a little help. Also, for the cover buy readers out there – not only is the cover adorable but the actual naked book is BEAUTIFUL. It has drawings all over it and I just love it.

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Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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My rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 491
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: June 7th, 2016

 

 

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown… Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended… Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

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Review: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Pages: 305
Pace: Normal
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: May 8th, 2018

 

 

 

 

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life. Continue reading “Review: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson”

Middle Grade Monday: The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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ARC REVIEW: Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 416
Pacing: Normal Pacing
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: January, 22nd, 2019

 

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Death, Addiction, Grief, Illness

 

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.  Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

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