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    Escape From Wheel by Michael Scott Clifton – Book Tour, Review, & Giveaway

    I’m joining up with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to share Michael Scott Clifton’s newest YA fantasy book, Escape From Wheel. It’s the second entry in his Conquest of the Veil series, and a wonderful read. Read on to learn more about this book, check out my thoughts, and enter a giveaway for a chance to win your own copy! I received an advanced copy of the book from the author via Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. ESCAPE FROM WHEELConquest of the Veil, Book TwobyMICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON Genre: YA / Fantasy / Magical Realism / Sword & Sorcery Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication…

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    The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix – Book Review

    If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced light fantasy novel suitable for both YA and adult readers, I happily recommend Garth Nix’s latest novel The Left-Handed Booksellers of London. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher, Katherine Tegen Books via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. What I Loved About The Left-Handed Booksellers of London I love books ABOUT books. I also love Garth Nix’s writing, so of course, the combination of the two caught my eye. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London held up to most of my expectations. Nix…

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    Book Review: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

    If you’re looking for a captivating fantasy adventure with lush, gorgeous writing, DEEPLIGHT by Frances Hardinge should be your next book. Keep on reading for my review. I received an advance copy of the book from Amulet Books via Media Masters Publicity in exchange for an unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Synopsis Review “Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.” – Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls Well, that blurb certainly caught my eye, and as a huge fan of Patrick Ness, I said the fastest “yes” ever to an offer to read a book. This was my first introduction…

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    Secrets of the Chocolate House – a book review

    If you like historical fiction and time-slip books, Paula Brackston’s Secrets of the Chocolate House is right up your alley! Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced digital copy of the book. This review contains affiliate links, which if you click may generate a commission for me. I had recently discovered The Little Shop of Found Things (the first book in the series) in the “New books” section of my library when Secrets of the Chocolate House, the second installment in the series, became available to read on NetGalley. I was thrilled to read this so soon after! To that end, while not…

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    Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

    If you are looking for an imaginative, eerie young adult fantasy for your teen, tween, (or yourself), I’ll highly recommend Erin Craig’s House of Salt and Sorrows. My thirteen-year-old and I both read this at the same time on vacation and it kept us glued to our e-readers! Thanks to NetGalley for providing me said e-ARC for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them House of Salt and Sorrows is a gorgeous retelling of the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Sisters. It has a haunting gothic feel. I am a sucker for WELL DONE retellings, and this is…

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    Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M Martineau

    Fans of adult fantasy (and mature YA readers) will enjoy Kingdom of Exiles by author Maxym M Martineau. Read on for more about this book which is the first of The Beast Charmer trilogy. Thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions and overuse of the passive voice are my own. My Review The blurb for Kingdom of Exiles was appealing, and I wasn’t disappointed. If you are looking for an action-packed story with an original concept, a strong female lead character, incredible beasties, an imaginatively and well-developed world, interesting and likable characters (even if you…

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    Book Review: Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key

    Today I’m reviwing Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key. It is an interesting middle-grade fantasy book with a quirky heroine and equally quirky sidekick. Many thanks to Alex Hiam and Smith Publicity, who provided a copy of the book for review purposes. This post also contains affiliate links. Silent Lee and the Adventure of the Side Door Key is the first entry in author Alex Hiam’s new Silent Lee series. This is a delightful novel with a spunky, resourceful, strong-willed heroine that I believe fans of Harry Potter (and in particular, Hermione Granger) will enjoy. We meet Silent Lee in the attic of her Great Aunt…

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    Book Review: The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

    The danger of writing at the library is that I rarely leave without grabbing a few books from the “New Books” section, no matter how many books are waiting at home. The Little Shop of Found Things was one such find and I’m so glad I picked it up. Read on to learn more about this book that blends historical fiction and fantasy. This post contains affiliate links. The Little Shop of Found Things is the start of a new series by author Paula Brackston. (However, it works well as a standalone if series and cliff hangers put you off.) It’s a lovely blend of historical fiction and fantasy/magical realism…

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    Book Review: The Janus Witch by Michael Scott Clifton

    The Janus Witch by Michael Scott Clifton is the featured book on the Lone Star Book Blog Tour this week and I’m bringing you my review of this fantasy romance (thriller)? It kind of defies classification, as there is tension and drama, romance and self-discovery. Check it out, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!   About THE JANUS WITCH by MICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy / Romance Publisher: Book Liftoff Publication Date: September 1, 2018 Number of Pages: 372 pages     SCROLL DOWN FOR THE GIVEAWAY! Malice vs Love A beautiful witch, a member of a murderous coven, is torn from her medieval world and…

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    Book Review: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

    Today I’m talking about the just-released middle grade adventure tale The Storm Runner by author J.C. Cervantes. I absolutely LOVED this story – which is the first installation in The Storm Runner series – so I’m happy to know there is more to come, even if I’m already impatient for the next book in the series. I think this is a book that will flying off library shelves as it ticks off a lot of boxes: action and adventure, mythology, fantasy, and it has a pretty great protagonist, too.   Review If you are looking for a fantastic, funny, crazy adventure for your middle grade reader, J.C. Cervantes’ novel The…