Tag: magic

Feb 15
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

This was actually not quite what I was expecting. And that isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s a mix of Cinderella and Snow White, with a twisted Cinderella, and a funny and crazy Godmother. Nothing is quite what you remember from the fairy tale, or quite like any other retelling of Cinderella that I’ve read so far. I loved how nothing was quite what it seemed, and there were a lot of twists for such a short book. The story and characters are a bit dark and twisted, which just sucked me in further. I wanted to know what… Read more »

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Feb 08
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

I liked a number of things about the book. Like how many Wonderland characters I recognized, and felt true to themselves. (Like Cheshire!) I also liked reading about the various confections Cath made, and how when she dreamed about Jest, things would appear in her room, grown by the dreams. Jest was by far my favorite character. He was charming and sweet, mysterious and had so many magic tricks up his sleeve. (Can’t say much more due to spoilers…) The friendship between Cath and Mary Ann was really good too. They dreamed together about opening up their own bakery. And… Read more »

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Jan 15
Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

There’s still a love triangle going on in this book. The mayor (Nathan), and the police chief (David) are still both interested in Violet. And while Violet doesn’t seem to be interested in Nathan, she wasn’t encouraging David either. I’m hoping for David, but we’ll have to see! There were more magical happenings in the store, and with the tree. But not a whole lot more than the first book. The bookshop is still talking to Violet via poetry, this time using Edgar Allan Poe. And while she’s able to figure out a few of the clues, both she and… Read more »

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Nov 16
Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again. I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I… Read more »

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Nov 02
Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (review)

Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (review)

This series just keeps getting better and better. Nell is still finding clues and putting things together in ways her team hasn’t. But they found a lot of things on their own as well. And it fits better in this book, the way she puts things together. It didn’t feel nearly as Mary Sue-ish this time around. She’s now getting schooling to become a full member of the team, and her powers keep growing and changing in interesting ways. Tandy’s powers also got a temporary boost and twist during the book. And he is a lot more sure of himself,… Read more »

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Oct 30
Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Olivia irked me a bit because she was constantly getting into trouble and trying to guilt trip her daughter and friends. I get that life as a ghost must be a let down. She can’t do the stuff she used to do when alive, can’t go everywhere and has to hide sometimes. But it was without fail, the moment she decided to do something, Murphy’s Law went into effect. I liked Molly, and the mystery was done well. I had one guess as to the killer for the first half the book or so, which turned out to be wrong…. Read more »

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Oct 16
The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake (review)

The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake (review)

This book was just as engrossing as the last one. I liked that we got to learn more about the way magic works in this book. Amulets and Seekers were the focus this time around. The characters were easy to remember, even though it’s been a while since I read the last book in this series, and have read a lot more cozies between then and now. I like how Darcy’s relationships are growing and changing. Both with her family, and others in the community. I had two guesses as to who the killer was. My 2nd one turned out… Read more »

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Oct 09
Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery #8) by Sofie Kelly (review)

Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery #8) by Sofie Kelly (review)

I love how even though Owen and Hercules are magical cats, they still act like cats. Sometimes cats in paranormal cozies act too human, or just don’t act the way you expect a cat to act. But that isn’t the case for these two. I had two guesses as to who the killer was, it turned out that my 2nd guess was right. Though I had no idea about the why. When it was finally revealed, it made sense though. I love how the books in this series don’t always seem to focus on the sleuthing 100% of the time,… Read more »

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Oct 05
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (review)

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (review)

“You don’t cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”   I really do love snarky characters. Kate has a lot of really funny lines in this book, and I like that a bit of mythology was also included. The book was fast paced, without it being so fast that you miss anything important, or feel like it needed to slow down. I liked Curran a lot better in this book than in the first one. There were quite a few scenes with him and Kate trading snark, and flirting to embarrass her. I also like how it seems to be a slow… Read more »

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Sep 21
Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

So much of this book dragged. There were a lot of interesting bits that I breezed through quickly. But in between those bits, there were slow spots and things going on that I just didn’t care about. I wanted to like this book, it sounded really good, and I was super curious about why Tiana was locked away and mistreated. There is a brothel scene early on, and you find out that the poor people are cannibals because there isn’t enough other meat to go around. There are signs all through the book that something horrible happened in the past,… Read more »

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