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Author Interview: Diane Solomon & Mark Carey

Hey all! Recently I’ve had the good fortune of being given an awesome MG time travel adventure to read (check out my review of The Ravenstone here) and now the talented authors Mark & Diane are doing an interview for me. (Seriously guys, y’all should become book reviewers. The perks are so cool.) In any case, less rambling from me and more from the lovely authors themselves! Continue reading “Author Interview: Diane Solomon & Mark Carey”

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Book Review: Twinception! (The Ravenstone by Mark Carey & Diane Solomon)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

You know how attics are full of junk but while cleaning them out, you always find a treasure or two? Weeelll, Aidan and Nadia’s attic is a little different. Just a bit. While cleaning their attic out, the twins (Yes, they are twins whose names are mirror images. Smart, right?) discover an ancient mirror. On its own, it’s innocent enough, but when an old guy manifests in the mirror and starts writing messages out at them, they get a little freaked. But also curious.  Continue reading “Book Review: Twinception! (The Ravenstone by Mark Carey & Diane Solomon)”

Author Interview: M. Tara Crowl

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Hi all! Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing M. Tara Crowl, the lovely face you see up there. She’s the author of the Eden of the Lamp middle-grade series, which currently includes Eden’s Wish and Eden’s Escape. Seriously, though, her books sound super cute and creative! I, for one, always want to know what inspires writers to do what they do (they create amazing stories and worlds out of nothing, guys. It’s so magical.) so I’m always happy to do author interviews. Here’s how this one went: Continue reading “Author Interview: M. Tara Crowl”

Series Review: Spiders aren’t scary enough yet? (Immortals Part 1)

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Let’s dive right back into Tortall with another series from this universe!

Daine has nothing left after raiders killed her family so she leaves her tiny village in search of hope–and a job. She hires on with Onua and they travel to Tortall, which is now known as the land of opportunity. Daine hopes that if Tortall can accept a lady knight, they may be able to accept a lady holster, too. However, despite their open-mindedness, Daine knows she has a secret she can’t share. ‘Cos, you know, if you talk to animals, you’re sentimental. If they talk back…

Continue reading “Series Review: Spiders aren’t scary enough yet? (Immortals Part 1)”

Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Finally, we’ve reached the final book of this series! After leaving her tribe in the desert, Alanna is out to find answers. She received a mysterious map from some dying lady and since she’s curious, she’s riding  all over the place to figure out what it means. It turns out to be a map to the Dominion Jewel, a shiny rock that gives rulers control over the earth itself.  Obviously, she decides to go after it. It’s an excellent way to scare your citizens into–ahem, I mean protect your borders. Continue reading “Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)”

Series Review: What do you mean kings can’t also be pirates? (Ascendance Part 2)

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Part 1 | Part 3

Jaron is now king, but he doesn’t have to act like it. Between avoiding his family’s funeral, avoiding his own fiance, and ticking off the king of Avenia, he’s not doing so hot in the kingliness department. That’s why, when said ticked-off king threatens war, Jaron’s nobles decide that a regent should rule instead. The problem is, Jaron doesn’t know who he can trust. After all, these were the dumbasses who kind of just sat around while his family was assassinated. Continue reading “Series Review: What do you mean kings can’t also be pirates? (Ascendance Part 2)”

Book Review: Even Scarier Than Geese (Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

The lilies have been disappearing. They used to cover the entire surface of the lake. There were enough lilies to make medicines, enough to cure all illnesses and still have more to store for later. But that was a long time ago. That was before the cranes came. Before they tore, gouged, and devoured the fragile flowers. Now, there may not be enough, and they may not bloom in time. Kai can only hope they do before her mother dies. Continue reading “Book Review: Even Scarier Than Geese (Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg)”

Series Review: The Ultimate Bad Guy (Song of the Lioness Part 3)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4

It’s book 3 now and Alanna is officially a knight, but that doesn’t mean people have to respect her. She decides to take a vacation from court to avoid the nasty gossips who claim that she seduced men and used magic to earn her position. It turns out to be a bad idea; while galavanting in the desert, she accidently kills a man, and his tribe isn’t very happy about it. Well, I mean, some of them aren’t. The rest are delighted. Continue reading “Series Review: The Ultimate Bad Guy (Song of the Lioness Part 3)”

Book Review: Flirting May Be Hazardous (Into the Darker Half by Adalind Hargrave)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

Anna is a normal girl struggling to survive without parents. She works for her brother as a courier, gets hit on by annoying boys, and breaks said boys’ ribs once they get too annoying. Oh, oops. One thing I forgot to mention: Anna just happens to be a hag. Continue reading “Book Review: Flirting May Be Hazardous (Into the Darker Half by Adalind Hargrave)”

Series Review: Nooo, I’M the weakest king. (Song of the Lioness Part 2)

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Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4

Alanna is now Prince Jonathan’s squire, and he knows her secret. What he doesn’t know is that his obviously evil cousin, Roger, is plotting diabolical things. Alanna begins to uncover Roger’s evil plots but he has an eye on her and is determined to get her out of the way. By any means necessary.

Continue reading “Series Review: Nooo, I’M the weakest king. (Song of the Lioness Part 2)”

Series Review: Aren’t nobles supposed to have it easy? (Song of the Lioness Part 1)

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Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Alanna and her twin brother Thom are about to be sent off to lady- and knight-school, respectively. It’s too bad her brother’s a wimp and she’s a fighter. Alanna doesn’t want to learn to be a noblewoman who flirts, sits primly and accepts favours from men, so she comes up with the idea to switch places. Continue reading “Series Review: Aren’t nobles supposed to have it easy? (Song of the Lioness Part 1)”

Book Review: In a land named Ghibli…

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Whoops, wrong place there. You may know Howl’s Moving Castle as the animated film, but it all started from this book. Continue reading “Book Review: In a land named Ghibli…”

Book Review: So, What’s His Profession Anyway?

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Alfeo Zeno is of noble blood, but ended up as the obedient and not incapable apprentice of a grouch named Nostradamus. That grouch also happens to be an extremely capable doctor, astrologist, academic, clairvoyant and demon-summoning-master guy. Continue reading “Book Review: So, What’s His Profession Anyway?”

Book Review: Wedding the Enemy

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In Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, the avians and the serpiente (human to bird/snake shapeshifters) have been fighting a war for so long that no one knows how it started. Continue reading “Book Review: Wedding the Enemy”

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