By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell – Review

By a Charm and a CurseBy a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell has an expected publication date of February 6th, 2018 by Entangled Publishing and is a young adult fantasy novel. Synopsis: Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice. Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss. Continue reading

Rebel Spring: Falling Kingdoms #2 by Morgan Rhodes with Author Guest Post

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)The road to power… is paved with blood and magic. Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people. Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia. Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms. Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius. After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – Review

The Astonishing Color of AfterThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan has an expected publication date of March 20th, 2018 by Little, Brown Books. Synopsis: Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Continue reading

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell – Review

By a Charm and a CurseBy a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell has an expected publication date of February 6th, 2018 by Entangled Publishing and is a young adult fantasy novel. Synopsis: Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice. Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss. Continue reading

Crowned: Beholder Book #4 by Christina Bauer – Review

Crowned (Beholder, #4)Crowned: Beholder Book #4 by Christina Bauer was published on November 28th, 2017 by Monster House Books, LLC. and is a young adult sci-fi fantasy novel. At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart. So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, fight back, of course! Elea goes on a mission to find the Sword of Theodora, the only weapon that can destroy Viktor. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight. Continue reading

Haunting the Deep: How to Hang a Witch Book #2 by Adriana Mather – Review

Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch, #2)Haunting the Deep: How to Hang a Witch Book #2 by Adriana Mather was published on October 3rd, 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Synopsis: Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one. Continue reading