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Series review-House of Magic

Hey people, so recently I read this series and it’s so good!!
Atleast good enough for lazy me to come out of my hiatus to post about it :D!

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Hexing the Ex

Summary-

Phoebe doesn’t believe in magic, but unfortunately magic believes in her. A mysterious statuette is sent to her boss, Archibald Kane, and she accidentally triggers a curse meant for him. Naturally, the first person she curses is her ex-boyfriend. But why would anyone want to curse her boss, a perfectly ordinary antiques dealer? Or is he?

Phoebe sets out to break the curse with the help of her new housemates. But it isn’t easy trying to solve a mystery she doesn’t even believe is real. Then again, that hellhound chasing her seemed pretty solid… Maybe there’s more to magic than hexing one’s ex.

My Views

I clicked this cause I loved the cover and now I am in love with the book too!! I t is such a beautiful book, the way the author describes each scene perfectly and how easy it is to imagine yourself in the scene and the writing style is just AWESOME! Any fan of magical books will love this!! And the way the story builds up is just surprising and fun and you can’t stop reading it once you get started! A perfect 5 star read!

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Saved by the Spell

Summary- A chance encounter with a charming stranger makes Phoebe dream of a happily-ever-after, until she learns that there’s a spell on her that makes her repulsive to men. Luckily her boss, Archibald Kane, and her new landladies are experts on magic. Only this one seems to confound them all.
Phoebe doesn’t mind the space men give her in the Tube, but her cousin’s engagement party is coming up. How is she to celebrate, if she makes half the guests nauseated? And how is she to charm the man of her dreams when she suspects he’s part of the problem?

It might take the Archmage to break the spell—if only they could find him. A spell may be needed to save them both.

My Views

A SPLENDID, PERFECT AND AN ADDICTIVE BOOK!
Plot-Splendid!!
Execution of the plot-PERFECT!
Cover-Awesome! (though I liked the cover of the first one more)
One of the best books I have ever read!!
And now I REALLY REALLY can’t wait for the next one!

About the author

Susanna Shore is a pen name of a Finnish author Anu Keinänen. She was born in 1974 in Rauma, a small historical town on the southwestern coast of Finland. She grew up with books and music, but it was her love for history that took her to Turku to study a master’s degree in history at the University of Turku. She graduated in 1999 and began to work on her PhD dissertation, which will likely never be finished due to both lack of funding and time.

Susanna has always loved stories. She wrote her first story when she could barely hold a pen—an exotic account inspired by pictures she cut out of holiday brochures—and writing remained her favourite topic throughout the school. While she was working on her PhD dissertation she began to write fiction in earnest. She chose to write in English instead of her native Finnish in order to learn to express herself well with it. At first, she wrote for her own enjoyment, but in 2012 she discovered Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and the opportunities self-publishing offered. Selecting a pen name Susanna Shore, a combination of one of her given names and a translation of her grandmother’s maiden name, she published her first book, The Wolf’s Call, in June 2012.

Since publishing her first book, Susanna has been busy writing full time. She has published one to three books a year, over twenty books to date. She writes Two-Natured London paranormal romance series, P.I. Tracy Hayes series of funny mysteries, standalone romances and thrillers. On top of that she writes whatever else happens to take her fancy, an occasional short story included. You can read those for free on her website.

Susanna still lives in Turku with her husband of over twenty years. They don’t have the compulsory writer’s cat. Instead, they have a small sailing boat that carries them to nautical adventures every summer.

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Hexing the ex- AMAZON | Goodreads
Saved by the spell- Amazon | Goodreads

Well that’s it for today, I hope you all check out the series!
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Book Review-Cici’s Journal

Summary

Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what’s hiding inside them. But now she’s discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into the forest every Sunday with huge pots of paint in all sorts of colors. What is he up to? Why does he look so sad when he comes back?

In a graphic novel interwoven with journal notes, scrapbook pieces, and doodles, Cici assembles clues about the odd and wonderful people she’s uncovered, even as she struggles to understand the mundane: her family and friends.

My views

WOW The illustrations are gorgeous, and the journal is beautifully put together, this has been by far the best comic I have ever read!!!

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Basically it follows young Cici, a young detective who wishes to be an author when she grows up through two mysteries. One about a zoo and the other about forgotten letters, read on to find more!!! Thank you First Second Books and Netgalley for an advanced reader copy! I wish the author luck for more books in this series!!

My rating 5 out of 5 stars

Book links

Amazon | Goodreads

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Book Review- The Jane Austen Investigates- The Abbey Mystery

THE COVER IS AWESOME!!!!! LOVE IT (As most of you already know I am obsessed with books with pretty covers heheh)

Summary

Jane Austen turns detective in Julia Golding’s exciting new historical mystery series! Perfect for fans of Nancy Drew, Enola Holmes and Sally Lockhart.

1789. A young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey. When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son’s coming-of-age party. While there, Jane vows to solve the mystery of the ghostly monk in the Abbey grounds – for she does not believe in such stories! 

But this is not the only strange occurrence for adventurous young Jane to investigate. There are spooky night-time investigations, an Indian girl with secret talents, a library fire, two prize horses in danger, and friends to save from false accusations.  

With notebook in hand and faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the obstacles to finding the truth? 

My Views

YASSS
This book was like a Nancy Drew book (I love those and this was exactly like it so safe to say I loved it) except set 200 years before, the way the mystery was described and the story develops is awesome, and I love the way young Jane writes (especially her c letter to her sister and the d letter to deepti, it was so interesting!).

This book was perfect in a way, it was fast paces, though I wish it had been a bit slower and we could have gotten to know more about Jane’s family.

All in all, it was a fun read, I hope there are more books in this series, it’s an awesome one! (Though I really wish there was a ghost)

My rating 4.5 out of 5

About the Author

Julia Golding

Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for adults and young adults. She also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards.

In 2019 she was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution, the home of science. She can be found taking an early nineteenth century perspective on modern life in her Jane Austen podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’. 

She is also a screenwriter, working on a number of feature and TV series concepts, featuring strong female leads.

Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over fifty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford.

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Book Review- A chance in the world

Summary

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives in the clutches of a cruel foster family. He finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger, books that take him to new worlds he can only imagine. He begins to hope that one day he might have a different life. As he grows, Steve is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family.
A light-skinned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, armed with only one clue. Yet nothing is as it appears.

In this inspiring and harrowing memoir, A Chance in the World teaches children to begin each day with hope that there is goodness in the world, and it is possible to be a beacon of light for others that they can overcome challenging circumstances that everyone comes from different backgrounds and has value to apply Steve’s inspirational message to their own lives, through age-appropriate discussion questions

This new youth adaption, written for 8 to 12 year-olds, shares Steve’s journey with sensitivity, honesty, and hope. Adapted from the USA Today bestselling memoir, A Chance in the World.

My Views

First of all I sincerely hope that no one has to go through what the main character Steve went through and if someone does then please do contact the concerned authorities :).
This book highlights the life of an orphan who was abused by his foster family. It showed the way he never lost hope and threw light on emotional and physical abuse, how just some words can hurt and break you, and some words can build you into who you are.
Its touching how the protagonist finds sanctuary in books and how they inspire him.
The main part definitely has to be how Robinsons’ fooled all the social workers and how the ones who knew were afraid to speak up, and that has to change.
I’m glad that the author was finally able to come out an tell the truth and inform his social workers, and that he found his family!
I love how in the end Steve choose to help others like him!
And the questions at the end of each chapter are relatable and nice!
It’s a must read for all people! 🙂

My reading 5 out of 5!

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Book Review- The Art of Running Away

Summary

Twelve-year-old Maisie is an artist. When she’s in front of her sketchbook or apprenticing at Glenna’s Portraits, the family-run art shop her grandmother started, the world makes sense. She doesn’t think about Calum, her brother who mysteriously left home and cut ties with her family six years ago, or her parents’ insistence that she “broaden her horizons” and try something new—something that isn’t art.

But when Glenna’s Portraits falls on hard times, Maisie’s plan to take over the shop when she’s older and become a lifelong artist starts to crumble. In desperation to make things right, Maisie runs away to London to reconnect with her adult brother, hoping he might be the key to saving the shop. But as Maisie learns about her family’s past from Calum, she starts to rethink everything she’s ever known. Maisie must decide not only if saving her family’s art shop is worth it, but if she can forgive her parents for the mistakes they’ve made.

My Views

Oh wow, just wow, words aren’t enough to describe this book!!!
This was such a beautiful book, it was heart wrenching the way Masie bonds with her long lost brother and how she made an emotionless person cry.
The emotion and the humor were in perfect proportion, the parrot incident was quite funny xD.
This book throws light on LGBTQIA community and the problems they face and is a perfect read in pride month!
Glad that Glenna’s was saved!!
I really hope this book has a sequel and congratulations to the author for writing such a touching book!!
This book is now one of my favorites!!

My rating 5 out 5 (really wanna give it more)

About the author

Sabrina Kleckner

Sabrina Kleckner is the author of THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY, a middle grade contemporary novel about family and identity. She began writing at the age of twelve, and is grateful to not be debuting with the angsty assassin book she toiled over in her teens. When she is not writing, she can be found teaching ESL or gushing about her three cats to anyone who will listen.

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Book Review- Witching Moon

Witching Moon
AHHH THE COVER IS SOO PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!

Summary

Once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings—memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for.

After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to fall into place. Anne leaves behind the life she’s always known and sets out with Phillip on an arduous journey to Amaranth, where her ancient family awaits her. But the path is dark and daunting, and Anne’s powers have only just begun to manifest. 

My Views

This story was woven so beautifully, the idea, the theme, the concept completely original and impressive, the words of the main character Anne deeply impacting.
So the starting was a bit slow and somewhat confusing to a point, but as the story goes on it touches your heart many a times.
The thrill when you are reading your favorite book, your heart-beating at some points, I felt it all in this book, and the ending was so happy!!!
I’m so glad Anne and Philipp and Anne felt whole again when she met Rowan!!!!!!! (That has to be the best part of the book).
Now for the criticism, so yes I did love this book, but there were a lot of unnecessary things I guess?
And like I said there is a lot of confusion in the starting and the ending just seems a bit aloft and a bit too happy, like the main points are left, we never get to know of her conversation with her old husband AND EVEN AFTER READING 300 PAGES WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SIBLINGS AND FOSTER MOM!!

So yeah well still it is a fun read once you get to the interesting parts there is NO WAY you can put it down (believe me I tried).

My Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

About the author

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K. E. Bonner was always the first kid to sit down during a spelling bee. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she was diagnosed with dyslexia, which explained why she always had to study three times harder than her peers. Being dyslexic taught her perseverance and kindness, her two favorite attributes. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. When not writing, she loves to read, swim, explore new places, and meet fascinating people. If you have a dog, she would love to scratch behind its ears and tell it what a good pup it is.

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Book Review- Little Kid, Big City! : New York

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Summary

If you could have an adventure in New York City, where would you go? Curious readers will find plenty of sights, smells, and tastes to explore in this illustrated pick-your-own-path travel guide series.

Would you walk the Brooklyn Bridge for a huge slice of pizza, see the dazzling lights in Times Square, or visit the whale at the Museum of Natural History? With Little Kid, Big City!: New York you can create your own itinerary by choosing where to go next at the end of every page! Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a real-life tourist, here are dozens of ways to explore iconic sights, venture to nearby locales, and wander off the beaten path. 

In this first book in the Little Kid, Big City series—in which travel guides collide with an interactive format—kids are empowered to imagine, create, and explore their own routes through the world’s greatest cities. Featuring whimsical illustrations, lovable characters, an invaluable resources section, and a foldout map, Little Kid, Big City has everything you need to invent your own adventure! 

My Views

The illustrations are breathtaking and realistic, it is as if you are in New York eating the pizza and strolling through the beach!!!!
And the tiny little guides at the bottom which tell you where to explore more are so cute!!
They let you decide and explore to the parts you want to see, so you can travel the way you want!!!!!
I learnt so much about New York and now I HAVE to visit it!!
This book is so detailed and it describing the famous places beautifully!!!
This is a fun read and kids will love this, and its a great guide if you are planning a NY trip!!

My rating 4.5 out of 5

About the Author

Beth Beckman is the editor and founder of the namesake website, Little Kid, Big City, and is trusted by parents across the country as an authority on traveling with kiddos. An avid explorer and adventure seeker, she provides travel and activity recommendations on her Instagram account of the same name. She lives in New York City with her family which includes a miniature dachshund named Hotdog with a not-so-mini personality. You can find her online at littlekidbigcity.com.

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Book Review- By the Light of Fireflies

Summary

Sybil Ludington believes in the legend of fireflies—they appear when you need them most. But it’s not until her family is thrust into the dangers of the Revolutionary War, and into George Washington’s spy ring, that Sybil experiences firefly magic for herself—guiding her through the darkness, empowering her to figure out who she’s supposed to be and how strong she really is—as she delivers her imperative message and warns against a British attack.

BY THE LIGHT OF FIREFLIES is the captivating tale of a young girl’s journey as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a spy, and eventually a war hero, completing a midnight ride that cements her place in history as the “female Paul Revere.”

My views

This book in 3 words, ‘inspirational’, ‘magical’ and ‘powerful’!
The author wrote the book in such a heartfelt way, describing each detail that you can see and feel it, the way she describes the terror, it’s as if you are there around 250 years ago, reliving what the war hero Sybil Ludington might have lived on the famous night in which she saved the day ( or night xD).
The magical part has to be how the fireflies guide her, how Sybil believes in them is so touching!!!
And the book in itself which follows Sybil’s story is so inspirational, it shows that even in the 18th century when there were so close minded people, Girl Power still existed and girls are just as powerful (if not more as boys).
Like I am still speechless at how the author has described the story so well!!!!

My rating definitely 5 out of 5

About the Author

Jenni L. Walsh

Jenni L. Walsh spends her days knee deep in words in Philadelphia’s suburbia. Beyond words, Jenni is a mama (of an soulful seven-year-old, an dinosaur-loving four-year-old, and two needy furbabies), a wife, a Philly and ‘Nova sports fan. Jenni spent her early years dabbling in various forms of writing and with her nose in a book. Her writing chops first began to develop through one-page stories. Never fail, the storyline followed the same progression: girl meets boy, girl marries boy, girl and boy have baby. That’s it. Jenni’s mom treated it like a masterpiece each and every time.Now Jenni has moved on to stories with a bit more oomph and, for the mamas, Side by Side is the story of America’s most infamous crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde told in the raw and honest voice of the woman who lived it, Bonnie Parker. In Becoming Bonnie, a prequel set in the Roaring Twenties, a picture of Bonnie’s earlier life, before and while she meets Clyde, is brought to life. Jenni’s next historical novel A Betting Woman (June 1, 2021) takes us to the California gold rush, featuring a little known woman from history, Eleanor Dumont, who is largely remembered by the moniker Madame Moustache.

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Book Review- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Heya Humans!!!!!!!!!!!!
So yeah I haven’t posted in long (so much school work)
Anyways, I’m back again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*dramatic pause, then continues*

So, I finally finished this book after ages.

And I tried to click a good picture, but yeah, photography is NOT my strong point…………
Or aesthetic sense…………….

I don’t get why they change book covers to movie scenes, I mean the book was written before WAY BEFORE

Summary

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.

My Views

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

So yeah it took me A LOT of time to get to this, I started reading this book tons of times but dropped it after 2 pages, when I finally got the paperback in May (the book is interesting it’s just tons of work so yeah), I took soo many days to read it and finish it, so the book was quite slow, especially the starting, there wasn’t much happening?
Like there were quite a few moments when you couldn’t drop it, but most of the time, it just went on and on describing Bilbo’s pain and worry and anguish……………..
Overall it was fun, but there was a lack of female characters?
And THE END WAS SO DEPRESSING………….
WHY DID THORIN, FILI AND KILI HAVE TO DIE😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭.

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And yes I did mistakenly squash that flower

The glorifying moment when the dragon dies, ( I actually believed Bard was dead and closed the book down and then sulked for a minute or two, then opened and read the next page and I was MAD to say the least……………………………………………….

This was the best part of the entire book!!!!!!!!! (the death of the dragon not the fight or Bard going down and all)

My rating 4 stars.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959.

Website (yes a dead author who died before websites were made does have a website, I was quite surprised too.)

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Book Review-Jukebox

Jukebox

Summary

A mysterious Jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen’s only clues to her father’s abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both look at the Jukebox which starts…glowing?

Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the Jukebox sends them to decade after decade of music history, from political marches, to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen’s dad before the music stops? This time-bending magical mystery tour invites readers to take the ride of their lives for a coming-of-age adventure. 

My Views

WOW, the illustrations are breath-taking!
The journey of Shaheen and Naz in time is beautifully described by Nidhi Chanani!
The way those two wish to be like Nancy Drew and solve the mystery on their own and the bond between them is impeccable!
I love the part where Naz finally plucks up the courage to tell her family that she is bi.
This book is a must for all ages, and every single music geek on this earth!

My rating 5 out of 5 stars (Wish I could give it more 😉)

About the Author

Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. After completing her undergrad literature degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Nidhi pursued a career in nonprofits. The desire to draw kept pulling her away and in 2008 she enrolled in art school (only to drop out a year later). In 2009 she began completing one illustration every day of the week. She called this Every Day Love and developed her narrative style and voice with three years of daily practice. Thus began her art career and business.

Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Nidhi creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

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