Pub Day Review: REVIEW: A Spell of Rowans

“My mother, the witch from a fairytale with no happy ending.” ———————————- A Spell of Rowans is more of a murder mystery and family drama than a book about witches and magic. It reminded me in a lot of ways of The Family Plot. The Rowans are an unusual family in a small town andContinue reading “Pub Day Review: REVIEW: A Spell of Rowans”

REVIEW: Fireborn

Fireborn is a middle grade fantasy that throws you smack dab into a world of opposing clans, mythical creatures and fierce fighting. We meet a group of young recruits who are training at a school to defend the clans when suddenly one of them goes missing. Twelve, a bit of an outcast among the students,Continue reading “REVIEW: Fireborn”

REVIEW: The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina

What an usual story of magic and family! I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before. Orquidea is dying and her family collects to honor her and retrieve their inheritance. But that inheritance is not what they expect or something that they would even wish for. Growing up with stories of magic, theyContinue reading “REVIEW: The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina”

Pub Day Review: Within these Wicked Walls

“You’re a surprisingly slow learner, Andromeda.” “Quick learner,” I said, my mind too tired to keep an annoyed bite from peeking through. “Slow follower.” ————————————- Within these Wicked Walls is THE PERFECT read for spooky season. Andromeda is a debtera, an Ethiopian exorcist, who is desperately trying to earn a patronage so that she canContinue reading “Pub Day Review: Within these Wicked Walls”

REVIEW: The Gilded Cage

Lynette Noni knocked this sequel out of the park. I had such high hopes because I LOVED The Prison Healer, so I was super nervous going into The Gilded Cage that the magic would be gone. It turns out it’s only gone because Kiva wanted it to be (IYKYK) :-P. It’s hard to review withoutContinue reading “REVIEW: The Gilded Cage”

πŸ‘» REVIEW: The Ghost Tree πŸ‘»

The Ghost Tree was definitely a cover buy for me. The premise reminded me of something Stephen King might write although the characters were definitely more YA. At times it gave me IT vibes, with a big bad unknown evil secretly terrorizing this small town.  Lauren is a pre-teen who is frustrated that her bestContinue reading “πŸ‘» REVIEW: The Ghost Tree πŸ‘»”

REVIEW: The Spirit Engineer

β€œOh, Darwin, Darwin, Darwin,’ said Stoupe. ‘The very enemy of magic himself. Very well then, perhaps not butterflies but even Mr Darwin would struggle to explain where we go when we die. He might be up there now, in fact, sitting on a wooly mammoth and thinking himself a perfect clown.” —————————- This book intriguedContinue reading “REVIEW: The Spirit Engineer”

REVIEW: The Lighthouse Witches

I think I would have enjoyed this novel more if I hadn’t just read House of Hollow. Lots of similar vibes with three missing sisters that later appear mostly unharmed. This story focuses on a tiny Scottish island town steeped in a history of witchery. Liv moves into town to paint a mural in aContinue reading “REVIEW: The Lighthouse Witches”

πŸ’€ REVIEW: The Library of the Dead πŸ’€

“Blood is the strongest ink. You can’t erase what’s written in blood, ever.” ——————– Ropa is a scrappy little nobody with the ability to talk to ghosts. She spends her days taking messages from the recently deceased to their families for money she can use to pay her family’s rent. When one recently deceased motherContinue reading “πŸ’€ REVIEW: The Library of the Dead πŸ’€”

REVIEW: The Children of Jocasta

Natalie Haynes is my favorite go-to mythology/historical fiction author.  A Thousand Ships is a story that I recommend to anyone asking, what do I read after devouring Madeline Miller? Well, I’ve got another recommendation that I’m happily adding to my mythology shelf, The Children of Jocasta provides us a story of Thebes in two timelines. WeContinue reading “REVIEW: The Children of Jocasta”