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Review: The Enchanted Sonata

Title: The Enchanted Sonata
Author: Heather Dixon Wallwork
Publisher: The Wallworkshop
Release Date: October 23rd 2018
Pages: 375
Source: Netgalley
Genre(s)
: Fantasy

Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: to marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!) and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes on Christmas Eve, when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker.

Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as spells…and the future she thought she wanted.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The Enchanted Sonata is a magical retelling of The Nutcracker, with a bit of a the Pied Piper of Hamelin thrown in. I’d really recommend this as a Christmas read!Continue reading

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Review: The Wicked Deep

Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Pages: 310
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

I finally decided to pick up this book and picked it as a pre-Halloween read, which was a really good choice. It’s full of witches and curses and has a kind of spooky ambiance.Continue reading

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Review: All the Crooked Saints

Title: All The Crooked Saints
Author
: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Pages: 311
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Purchase: The Book Depository

Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect

The Raven Cycle was by far my favorite book series of 2017, so I felt really eager to read another book by Maggie Stiefvater. However, All the Crooked Saints didn’t quite live up to the expectations.Continue reading

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Review: The Raven Cycle #1-4

Title: The Raven Boys,  The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue & The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #1-4)
Author
Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre(s)Young AdultFantasy
Purchase: The Raven Boys | The Dream Thieves | Blue Lily, Lily Blue | The Raven King

❝ From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Recently I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, where nothing seemed appealing or interesting enough. For someone who usually reads so avidly, these slumps are incredibly frustrating and sometimes hard to get out of. Mine ended the moment I finally decided to pick up The Raven Boys and hasn’t returned since. I’ve finished all four books in the Raven Cycle series in a couple of weeks, they’re that amazing.
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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 640
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

As befits a bookworm, my gift for graduating University was a book. Wonderful in itself as that was, I was slightly horrified (and trying hard to hide it) when I unwrapped A Court of Mist and Fury. I strongly disliked the first book in the series and had in previous months harbored no intention of reading the second installment. Since I had received it as a gift I decided to give it a shot anyway, and it blew me away!

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