A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab *Review*

These books have been on my TBR list for years. I think I bought them four or five years ago? And I finally read the first one this past summer!  Unfortunately I think I’ve finally gotten to them after I’ve grown in a different direction as a reader.  I don’t really enjoy YA so much anymore, but I still liked this book and can see why so many really like Schwab’s writing!

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill *Review*

I did it, I finally read this book and my first by Joe Hill.  It has been on my shelf for the longest time and I finally said its time, and I read it! Woo.  I did end up enjoying it, but overall it was just ok.  I’ve really had a bunch of just ok reads lately, hmm interesting.

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik *Review*

I can never get over how enthralling Naomi’s writing is.  She writes fantasy so beautifully and I always enjoy every second I am in one her worlds.  Spinning Silver was a smidge darker than Uprooted to me, but just as amazingly imaginative (I should add Uprooted and Spinning Silver are both standalone books and aren’t connected but they are both part of her fairy tale retellings so thats why I compare them).  I read this last summer, but I still think so fondly of the story.  I hope she has plans to do more of these!

Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik *Review*

Huge thank you to Random House for sending me a copy of Uprooted in exchange for an honest review.  This has been on my TBR for years and I am so glad I finally got to it, I loved it!  This book is whimsical and beautiful, breathing new life into an old classic.  It felt entirely like its own story while having small traces of being a retelling.   Uprooted read like a fairytale mixing in action, adventure, romance, and danger, all flowing perfectly to create a master piece.  I give this 4.5 stars!!

“There was a song in this forest, too, but it was a savage song, whispering of madness and tearing and rage.”

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The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson *Review*

We have made it!!! The last book in this epic series and was it a journey or what?!  Not to mention just the journey in length, 2,176 pages later, nice.  Now I say “we” because I like to think by the third book in a series you haven’t looked up reviews before reading it and only see them after you have finished.  But if you haven’t finished the series yet, what are you waiting for? This series is so so good! I gave this last book 4/5 stars and I will hold this series close to my heart for a while I am sure.

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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson *Review*

Diving back into this world with the longest book in the series.  Holy moly 777 pages, wowie.  I don’t have too much to review for this one as its the second in the series and I think it suffers a bit from middle book syndrome or whatever you may want to call it.  I rated this book 3.5/5 stars!

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How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather *review*

I absolutely loved How to Hang a  Witch and all its witchy goodness.  I wish I could reread it again for my first time and fall in love all over again.  A ghost and witch story that is on the same level of scare factor as Hocus Pocus, but just as wickedly fun.  I cannot wait to go out and grab Adriana’s next book and follow Samantha on her next journey.   4.5 out of 5 stars for me on this one!

“Almost everything worth believing in cannot be seen.  Love, for instance.”

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Hannah Who Fell From the Sky by Christopher Meades and Giveaway! *Review*

Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Park Row Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

From page one I was immersed into the lyrical prose of Christopher Meades.  Following the heartbreaking story of Hanna who lives in a religious cult community, this story is all about identity, faith, and most importantly believing in yourself.  Both haunting and beautiful I could not put this book down until I had finished and I have a feeling Hanna will stay with me for long after the final pages.

“All I know is that if you don’t believe in miracles, you’ll never experience one.”

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (Book 1 in The Great Library Series) *Review*

Thank you Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy of Ink and Bone in exchange for an honest review. (4/5 stars)

Originally I wanted to rate this book 3 or 3.5 stars.  It started off a bit confusing to me in terms of how things worked, the items, and the world. As the story went on though it quickly became a 4 star read.  And as the characters and world developed and more of the inner deceptions of the library were shown, I got hooked.

The truth was what the library wanted it to be.

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Lost Boy by Christina Henry *Review*

A Peter Pan retelling?? Sign me up!  Thank you Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  It was a very dark, yet fun read that told the story of how Captain Hook came to be and how he isn’t quite the villain of the story we think we know so well.  While Peter Pan isn’t really the hero we all love and his island holds more troubles than fun adventures.

All children grow up, or they die, or both.  All children, except one.

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