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Author: Deborah Harkness
I cannot believe how incredible this book was. The characters are vibrant and complex, the settings absolutely breathtaking. There was never a point in this book where I felt bored or unmotivated to read any more. This book is one of those occasions where I could not put the book down until I was literally falling asleep.
Diana Bishop is a 30-something witch who has rarely practiced her craft, instead focusing her efforts on being one of the most sought-after historians in the world. Her focus on alchemy puts her back in the realm of magic, with an ancient text revealing itself to her at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Enter a menagerie of vampires, daemons and witches who want to know more about this text. Most notably is esteemed professor, and vampire, Matthew Clairmont.
Throughout this book, readers are taken on a magical journey from Oxford to France to small-town New York state. The cast of characters draws you in to their lives and makes readers actually feel for them.
I can’t wait to begin reading the second book in this series, Shadow of Night, immediately.
Rating: 5/5 over-caffeinated daemons
Author: Aya Ling
Release: June.12th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**
I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time. The crisply written book literally had me reading for hours on end because I HAD to know what happened next.
To begin with, Kat is our 17-year-old heroine who magically gets transported into Cinderella’s realm via a decrepit copy of the classic children’s book.
Kat immediately resonated with me when it came about in the first chapter that she’s a true bookworm. This includes a love of both Anne of Green Gables (RIP Gilbert) as well as Beauty and the Beast. Her sentiment of marrying the Beast to inherit his expansive library is an anecdote I’ve shared with my befuddled friends on more than one occasion.
When Kat is transported into the early 19th century, she discovers that she must recreate the story to get back home. Her references to books like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia act a clever reminder to her true place in the modern world.
Ms. Aya Ling does a brilliant job of weaving a usually contrived romantic plot into a refreshing story that breaks the barriers of traditional female stereotypes.
So I pose two questions to my fellow readers and Ms. Ling:
- Can Kat come to life and be my best friend?
- What are you all waiting for? Get out and buy this truly magical book that is sure to fly off the shelves.
Rating: 5/5 ugly stepsisters + 10/10 magical books
Author: Bailey Cates
Year of Release: 2014
Genre: Foodie/Magic Mystery
Let’s start with the obvious, this is not a book that uses outlandish magic to make the mystery entertaining. Instead it explores the concept that our main character, Katie Lightfoot, can attract crimes that she herself can solve through careful observation of both humans and evidence alike.
Set in Savannah, Georgia the book places a great emphasis on using the setting to make unique dishes that you genuinely want to grab out of the book to eat. Dealing with actors is often a person’s dream come true, but the book embodies the idea of both the heroes and villains being as much onscreen as off-screen.
So grab a Georgia peach and settle in for a weekend of enjoyable characters and entrancing mystery.
Rating: 4/5 enchanted éclairs