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Book Review | AS THE SHADOW RISES, by Katy Rose Pool

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As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness #2), by Katy Rose Pool

Publish Date: September 1, 2020
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Length: 480 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

The Last Prophet has been found, yet he sees destruction ahead.

In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed There Will Come a Darkness, kingdoms have begun to fall to a doomsday cult, the magical Graced are being persecuted, and an ancient power threatens to break free. But with the world hurtling toward its prophesized end, Anton’s haunting vision reveals the dangerous beginnings of a plan to stop the Age of Darkness.

As Jude, Keeper of the Order of the Last Light, returns home in disgrace, his quest to aid the Prophet is complicated by his growing feelings for Anton. Meanwhile, the assassin known as the Pale Hand will stop at nothing to find her undead sister before she dies for good, even if it means letting the world burn. And in Nazirah, Hassan, the kingdom-less Prince, forms a risky pact to try to regain his throne. When the forces of light and darkness collide in the City of Mercy, old wounds are reopened, new alliances are tested, and the end of the world begins.


My Review: 

You know how there are those series that suffer from the “middle-book syndrome?”

Yeah, this isn’t one of those.

As the Shadow Rises continues off where There Will Come a Darkness left, and keeps the story going. It kept my attention, held me captive, unable to put it down, and was chock full of adventure and intrigue. I loved absolutely every page of it. Continue reading “Book Review | AS THE SHADOW RISES, by Katy Rose Pool”

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Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer

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The Elemental Seriesby Brigid Kemmerer

I am doing something a little different, since I just blew through this series in like two weeks or something, and need to sort of let out my thoughts about this series in general.  Reviews for the individual books in the series can be found further down.

Series Review: 

Okay, I went into this series expecting a fun, exciting story about boys who can control the elements and finding love and blah blah.  Okay, yes I did get that.  What I did NOT expect to get, was a family of brothers that I would absolutely fall in love with. Continue reading “Book SERIES Review | The Elemental Series, by Brigid Kemmerer”

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Book Review | SUGAR SPELLS, by Lola Dodge

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Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate #2), by Lola Dodge

Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Published by: Ink Monster, LLC
Length: 270 pages
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her evolving powers are stirring up trouble. As the town buzzes with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing for the chance to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching magic recipes until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. But doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—being cast out of her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.


My Review: 

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Book Review | DEADLY SWEET, by Lola Dodge

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Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate #1), by Lola Dodge

Publish Date: January 16, 2018
Published by: Ink Monster, LLC
Length: 336 pages
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.

The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.

If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?


My Review: 

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Book Review | WHERE DREAMS DESCEND, by Janella Angeles

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Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1), by Janella Angeles

Publish Date: June 2, 2020
Published by: Wednesday Books
Length: 464 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide


My Review: 

Where Dreams Descend is a lustrous story that weaves magic and performance together in a Phantom of the Opera inspired setting where romance reigns supreme and mystery hides in the shadows. The writing is exquisite, however the plotline tends to drift more towards the romance and leaves the mystery floundering a bit in the dust, forgotten often and struggling to make much of an impact until the very end. This is one of those books that I really want to love, but unfortunately leaves me feeling somewhat frustrated with how little questions were actually answered by its conclusion.
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Book Review | DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN, by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2), by Tricia Levenseller

Publish Date: February 27, 2018 (audiobook published March 1, 2018)
Published by: Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Audio
Audiobook Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 9 hrs 13 min (341 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


My Review:

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