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Aug 10
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her. I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes… Read more »

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Jul 13
Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

There were a number of flashbacks in this book. Which is good if it’s been a while since you read the first book in this series, but if you mostly remember what happened, there are quite a few pages to skip over. This book wasn’t as slow as some of the earlier books in this series, but it wasn’t as suck you in as the previous book either. It was a mixture of both. I liked the mention of Tayledras and their vales in the book. I also liked the circuit bits, and how not all the towns Mags and… Read more »

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Jun 30
A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings. I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds. There is a tiny hint of romance… Read more »

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Jun 23
The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin (review)

The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin (review)

I loved the legends and magic system. Magic that has costs and that you can’t do over and over again. Magic that makes you give something in exchange for what you want to have happen. The legends felt true to life, in that they grew and twisted away from what actually happened. All the characters felt very real, with strengths and flaws. Ones you grew attached to and really wanted to know more about, like Edmund, Katherine and Tom. Ones that you hated and wanted bad things to happen to like Athelstan, and ones that actually grew and changed like… Read more »

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May 26
The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers #2) by Kate Klimo (review)

The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers #2) by Kate Klimo (review)

In this book we get to meet dryads and hobgoblins, as well as old friends and enemies. I loved how Daisy and Jesse went from thinking the hobgoblins must be evil because they were so ugly, to being friends and finding them kind of cute. Emmy is larger now, and just as adorable. She’s speaking in full sentences, but with her own twists and flair. She’s also learning new magics, especially if they help her get her way. The art is still cute and I love how every chapter has a little glimpse of what’s happening because of the pictures…. Read more »

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May 18
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

I love how you get the feel of actually being snatched away to Neverland in this book. And the sense of losing your memories and trying so hard to keep hold of them. A lot of Peter Pan retellings skip the feeling of being whisked away to a strange and sometimes scary magical land. And I can’t think of any that actually mention, much less deal with, how you slowly forget your memories of home and family. I also loved how you aren’t really sure if Hook or Pan is the bad guy, not until you are close to half-way… Read more »

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Apr 18
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

I can honestly say, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was better! I went in thinking it would be a fairytale story about friendship and magic. And while it was, it was also so much more. Princess Jeniah and Aon were very well-developed. We got to see not only how they became friends, but also hopes and fears. Jeniah is afraid she won’t be as good a Queen as her mother was. Aon thinks she’s a failure because she isn’t happy all the time. The mystery surrounding the Carse was more complex than I had expected. I loved… Read more »

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Apr 13
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

This was full of interesting twists on fairy tales I read as a child. Like, Red’s granny is actually Rose Red (though her sister is called Snow White instead of Rose White, but she still married a bear…?) You get to meet Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks, dwarves, gargoyles and various magical forest creatures. Red’s journey to find a cure for her granny is both funny and at times almost unbelievable. I didn’t like Goldie at all at first. She was pushy and chattered, and messed up a lot of things for Red. But as the story went along, I… Read more »

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Feb 25
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

I loved getting to meet some of the ‘famous’ fairy tale characters. And the twists their stories took. (Though I could have done without a geriatric Peter Pan… Poor Peter!!) Merlin was hilarious, and spot on if you like the way he’s portrayed in The Sword In The Stone. I also liked the surprise twist with Hort, as well as the fact the witch coven played big roles in this book again. All the books have been a fun read, but this one was a little bittersweet too since it’s the last one. Agatha did a lot of worrying about… Read more »

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Feb 04
Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1) by M.A. Larson (review)

Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #1) by M.A. Larson (review)

There are dragons in this book! As well as witches, knights and princesses. Only, these princesses are unlike what you’re used to. Princesses in this book are not the daughters of Kings and Queens. They are from all levels of birth, from the poorest peasant girl right up to actual royalty. So what makes them princesses? Courage. Compassion. Humility. Kindness. And… the fact that they exist to defeat evil witches. There is a small element of romance, but it’s more like background to the central storyline of Evie finding out who she really is, and trying to make it through… Read more »

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