Genre: Magical Realism

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Posted October 22, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

It took a while to get into The Astonishing Color of After, but once I did, it positively gripped my heart. Leigh feels like the sort of character who is forever trudging through a muddy swamp, trying to navigate her own emotions while living in a shadow of fear and resentment.  She’s afraid for her mother, and trying to prove herself to her father, while entirely not knowing what to feel about her friend Axel.  When her mother kills herself, everything falls apart.  The stain won’t go away. Then, she sees the bird.  And she knows, knows, it is her mother. What […]

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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Posted August 10, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Ray Bradbury’s Green Town series feels like a poetic response to L. M. Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables.  They’re both beautiful, lyrical works of art, and they both wrap you up in stories of growing up and growing older. Both follow children through mundane, magical adventures.  Both wrap you up inside them until you are hopelessly lost and enchanted. Dandelion Wine has been on my TBR for years because of how iconic the sequel is – a few of you may be familiar with Something Wicked This Way Comes?  I wasn’t sure what to expect – Something Wicked is introspective and spooky – […]

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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

Posted April 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  It has been snowy and gloomy and dull and my loves, everything in my heart has been dying for something dark and witchy and alive.  In that matter, The Price Guide to the Occult was everything I wanted.  It was earthy and malevolent and brought me to life. The Price Guide to the Occult introduces the reader to Rona Blackburn – a powerful witch who comes to the island in its founding days and wishes to be left in peace.  Unfortunately, frightened people make rash, irrational decisions.  When the eight “founding fathers” of the island fail to kill Rona, she […]

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The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Posted September 21, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments

   This book is so beautifully written. Seriously, I think I am in love with it?  It’s so flowy and eloquent and the LOVE is beautiful and the DEATH is horrible and seriously Martha Brockenbrough knows her stuff – I’d like more books please.  The characters are all REALLY well done.  I thought Death was the most sabotaging, frustrating soul, but all characters are well written.  Her word choice was gorgeous and I wanted to swoon because even if you don’t like fantasy or love stories you have to read this book just for THE WORDS.  It’s so lovely, really, […]

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Posted February 7, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  This is probably my second favorite book by Neil Gaiman. That doesn’t say much, as I have difficulty getting through his books.  His writing style doesn’t appeal to me – too slow-paced for my liking – but his imagination is incredible.  He is the purveyor of faerie tales, most darker than we would like, but they seem to root themselves into the world like inherent truths long forgotten.  It’s that mystique that keeps me going back to Gaiman’s work.  Ocean is not at all lacking in that regard. The Hempstocks are as alive and well and incredible as Yvaine […]

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