Genre: Magic

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

This isn’t a mermaid book. I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise to me since it never explicitly promises mermaids?  I think I read a couple reviews that implied there would be mermaids…  but I just want to get this out of the way in case anyone else is wondering – nope, no mermaids in this book.  Also, that wasn’t a bad thing. What this book is about, is a myth about Atlantis. Therefore, this review will require GIFs from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Which also has no mermaids. Teardrop starts with a car accident. In this accident, Eureka loses her […]

Posted December 10, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Kate’s just a mercenary. She dropped out of school, and is living her own life, relying on odd jobs to make her ends meet.  At the beginning of the story, she only has about $1500 to her name, but that’s okay.  Why?  Because she’s good at her job even if she’s a little cheeky, and things always work out in the end. When her mentor is killed, Kate is brought in to investigate the case by one of the three magical law enforcement factions.  Her search leads her to the underbelly of the city, where she meets and befriends the […]

Posted December 9, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Violet wants to be the best princess for her people. Violet is not a beautiful princess.  Not a “proper” princess.  This is made abundantly clear to her in whispers and misspoken quips.  It eats away at the girl, whose hair is not shiny and whose eyes are not symmetrical.  Her father is bold, her mother is kind, and Violet is just… Violet.  She accepts this with a princess’ grace, but still, it eats away at her.  She tries to distract herself with her friend, Demetrius, and exploring their mysterious castle. Our course, the castle has more than meets the eye, […]

Posted November 16, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan is in love, but Lena’s counting down her remaining days. Nothing ever happens in Gatlin.  It’s the same sleepy town with the same sleepy people and their Civil War reenactments and cheerleading squads.  Nothing happens in Gatlin… until Lena Duchannes moves to town.  Suddenly, the weather gets worse than “just” hurricane season and suddenly everyone has their eyes on the mysterious Ravenwood Manor, and Ethan falls in love. For Lena, the notoriety is the last thing she wants.  She just wants to be a normal girl and have friends and go to school.  Her birthday draws ever nearer and […]

Posted October 23, 2017 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

So many things have changed at Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a complete turnaround from the angsty nightmare that was Order of the Phoenix.  There are EMOTIONS and it is BEAUTIFUL and character development happens and I LOVE IT. Half-Blood Prince is my favorite book after Prisoner of Azkaban.  There is so much going on, and a BIG adventure is starting, and THINGS ARE GETTING REALLY REALLY REAL.  I could go on and on about how this book is delicious and how Rowling is my Queen.  How the writing is perfect, the characters are perfect, the story is perfect, I […]

Posted September 13, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

One thing I particularly appreciate about the Harry Potter series is that Rowling never portrays the adults as stupid.  In a lot of children’s books, the children have to go and unravel everything because the adults are too blind to see a hand in front of their face.  In this series, they’re trying, but it just seems Harry has all the breaks.  Oh well. I remember reading this book when I was younger and Chamber was definitely low down on my list of favorites.  In retrospect, I think that’s because (spoiler) Hermione’s out-of-commission for most of the book.  Like both Sorcerer’s Stone […]

Posted January 18, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //