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On The Come Up, by Angie Thomas — June 2, 2019

On The Come Up, by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you are labeled a hoodlum at school and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself in the middle of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri just doesn’t want to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

Insightful, unflinching and full of heart, On The Come Up is an ode to hip-hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you, and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

I absolutely loved this book. I wish I had picked it up sooner, but there wasn’t time. The plot was phenomenal and the characters were so unique and talented. I loved the writing and wish that I could write like Angie could. Maybe one day I will.

I really liked the tone of Angie’s writing. It fit the story really well and it added a layer of vitality to the story that would probably not have been there otherwise. Angie described the setting very well and I could picture it down to how the school looked. Angie doesn’t have the most distinctive writing style, but her stories are unique. I don’t see very many other people writing stories like this. The way that Angie portrays Bri and her thoughts in this novel feels so real to me and it made Bri more relatable to me.

Bri and all of the other characters were very well-written and I wish I could have met them in real life. The characters were very diverse and I loved hearing about them. Most of them had arcs and changed in some way. I really liked how the teenagers were represented and how realistic they were. All of the characters had motives, which sometimes clashed, so the plot was moved forward. I really loved the dynamics between Bri and her family. They were very unique and I have never read anything like them. I hope that we hear more about Bri and her family in the future.

I can’t talk very much about the hip-hop aspect of the book, because I don’t normally listen to that kind of music. I don’t like rap in general, but I am sure that Angie did fine with it. I read the rap parts like I would a poem, and they seemed fine to me from that perspective. If I am wrong, please message me and I will double check.

The plot was very detailed and in-depth. It was not the easiest read, but I think it needs to be read. I wonder if this book will be turned into a movie like The Hate You Give was. It is certainty good enough. I do not live in an area like Bri, so I do not know how accurate things like gang violence and those plot details were, but I am going to assume that Angie did her research and that they were all right. Once again, if I am inaccurate in this, don’t hesitate to contact me. I really enjoyed the fact that friendships played a big part in the plot. So did family. It made everything more relatable. I love Angie’s talent and I can’t wait to see more from her.

I really loved On The Come Up and I would highly recommend. I got the book summary from the inside cover. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!

XOXO

Annalee

The Rose Society, by Marie Lu — December 15, 2018

The Rose Society, by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele, and the Dagger Society want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

This book was a stunning chronicle of Adelina’s descent into darkness. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read The Midnight Star.

Marie’s writing was so lyrical and I loved it a lot. It was also really addicting and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I wish I had the next book on hand so that I could start reading it. Marie described the setting very well and I felt like I was in the world with Adelina and her Roses. I wish that Adelina wasn’t the only character in the first person, though. It was a bit disconcerting when the story switched POVs. I really enjoyed reading Marie’s writing and I hope that it is just as good when I’m reading The Midnight Star.

The characters were very well-written and I loved reading about them. I wish I knew all of them in real life. All of the characters were very detailed and I knew the side characters almost as well as I knew Adelina and Violetta. I really enjoyed reading about all of the character drama and Adelina’s slow descent into something less than human. I wish that there was more Adelina and Enzo time, but I understand why the book needed to be written the way it did.

The effects of the magical deterioration were really well-written. When Raffaele, found out that all of the Elites were dying, my heart stopped in my chest. I wish that all of the characters didn’t have to die, but it is logical that they should die. Adelina took a dark terrible path in this book and I just wanted to stop her and tell her that she was making a terrible choice so many times while reading this book, even though I know that her abilities were driving her insane. I appreciated the realisticness of this predicament in The Rose Society, but I wish that it didn’t have to be this way.

They were the flash of light in a stormy sky, the fleeting darkness before dawn. Never have they existed before, nor shall they ever exist again.


Lu, Marie. THE ROSE SOCIETY (#2). G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.

The plot was very well-written, but, once again, I wish that it had been different. I wish that Adelina’s mental health didn’t deteriorate, I wish that Adelina had tried to win over the Daggers, and I wish that some people hadn’t died. I really enjoyed reading about the intensity of the bond between Adelina and her Roses. I wish that the ending wasn’t written the way it was and that it was happier. I saw Adelina turn darker and darker every day and that made me decide that if I ever go down that path, I’ll talk to a therapist.

I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it dragged Adelina’s mental health through the mud. I highly recommend it, as well as the rest of Marie Lu’s books. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Wildcard, by Marie Lu — December 13, 2018

Wildcard, by Marie Lu

Teenage hacker Emika Chen embarks on a mission to unravel a sinister plot and is forced to join forces with a shadowy organization called the Blackcoats.

This book was a wild ride!!! I loved it so much and I hoped that it would never end! Emika was so developed and we learned a lot more about all of the side characters as well. The plot was a bit slow in the first half of the book, but it picked up around the halfway point. We also learned a lot more about the setting and the Warcross game itself. I wish that I could read more about Emika and what happens next for her.

Marie’s writing style didn’t change very much but it still worked really well. I was into the book from the first page, even if it was a little slow. I was addicted to the writing and now I have to wait until another one of Marie’s books is published. I loved how well the world of Warcross was described, especially the game itself. Since such a large part of the book was situated inside the game it is a good thing that it was done well. I loved reading the descriptions of all of the objects and the world.

All of the characters were very detailed and I learned so much about them. Marie used the first half of Wildcard to talk about their backstories and explain their motives. Then, when that was done Marie made sure to challenge the characters’ motives and develop them. The characters were very well-written and I wish that some of them had their own spinoff sequels. Relationships changed drastically in this book and I really enjoyed that. We saw a lot more characters, like Ziggy Frost and Max Martin, who were mentioned in passing but now were more prominent. I would love to hear more about characters like them so a spinoff would be nice.

The coding aspect of this book seemed very realistic and I wish I was able to code like Emika, Hideo, and Zero. There was not as much technical talk in this book as I had expected, but I think that’s for the best. Many people don’t know very much about coding, so talking about it might confuse some readers and convince them to put down the book. I wish that there was a bit more technical talk, but I can live without it. I wish I knew more about what coding language Hideo and Co. used, but I can figure that out.

The plot was very well-written, even though it took half the book for it to start moving. I wish that the action in Wildcard had happened faster, but the character motives and build-up were important. So important that without them the second half of the book wouldn’t be possible. The plot twists were very unpredictable and I was always sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved reading about the final showdown (and countdown). I wish I had been able to talk to Emika, Hideo, and the Phoenix Riders to give them advice and to talk about coding and virtual reality.

I loved Wildcard and I highly recommend it, just like I recommend any of Marie Lu’s books. I got the summary for the book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

La Belle Sauvage, by Phillip Pullman — December 11, 2018

La Belle Sauvage, by Phillip Pullman

When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

This book was way better than the original trilogy!!!! I really enjoyed it and we got some answers to the questions that we asked. There were a lot of cameos and meetings that made me so excited because I saw some of my favorite characters before The Golden Compass. I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to see what happens next in this trilogy.

Phillip’s writing style was very lyrical and I loved reading it. I got the signed collectors edition of this book at the Boulder Bookstore so there were a lot of illustrations that I didn’t want in the book, but otherwise, I really liked that. Phillip was able to display Malcolm’s thought process really well and I enjoyed seeing another character react to Lyra, even when she was that young. The writing style was not terrible, but I’ve seen better. I wish that Phillip’s writing had been a bit more down to earth and that he was able to give us more Lord Asriel and Lyra together.

Malcolm, Alice, Lyra, and all of the other characters were so detailed. I enjoyed learning about Malcolm and how he interacted with the world. The side characters were just as detailed as the main character and I loved reading about the interactions between some of the characters. There seemed to be a larger cast of characters in this book than in His Dark Materials but that might just be me. I loved reading about Malcolm and all of the other characters and I can’t wait to learn more about them.

The daemons were very well written and I loved learning about them. All of the daemons were very detailed and I wish I had learned more about them in this book and the earlier ones. I always wondered whether daemons felt the pain of their human and vice versa. Thankfully, I got my answer in this book. I also enjoyed learning about how much daemons could shift and whether you could tell how someone was feeling just by looking at their daemon. From the minute I started The Golden Compass I knew that I had to know everything about these daemons as possible and La Belle Sauvage helps me with that.

The plot was very well-written and I enjoyed reading it. The plot only sped up during the second half of the book, but that doesn’t mean that the first part was any less important. Without the first part and everything that happened there, the second half of the book wouldn’t have been there. There were lots of plot twists and I guessed about half of them. The idea for this story was very unique and I enjoyed reading about something that hasn’t been done yet.

I really liked reading La Belle Sauvage and I highly recommend it and the His Dark Materials trilogy. I got the summary for the book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

The Diviners, by Libba Bray — December 7, 2018

The Diviners, by Libba Bray

download (1)Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

The Diviners was a great book!!!! Everyone has been reading and loving this book recently and so I just had to pick it up. The characters were superb and I loved reading about them. The plot was like nothing I have ever read before and I loved it so much!!! I can’t wait to tell you how much I loved this book.

Libba Bray’s writing style was so funny!! No, it really was funny. Her sarcasm was appreciated and I will definitely be picking up another one of her books just to see if her style is the same (as it probably will be). Libba described the setting very well and I imagined myself with Evie and the rest of her crew hunting Naughty John. I really enjoyed this unique writing style and can’t wait to read more from Libba. Her writing style really was like nothing I have ever read.

Evie, Sam, Memphis, and all of the other characters were really well done. But I didn’t understand the point of some of the characters, like Mabel. She was a very well written character and I enjoyed reading about her, but I didn’t see how she was crucial to the plot. Mabel wasn’t helping Evie figure out who the killer was, she just sat around. But, Mabel and all of the other side characters were very detailed. I really liked reading about them and hearing how they interacted with each other. Even though I couldn’t see the point of some of the side characters, I did enjoy reading about them.

There was one main thing in this book that I didn’t like. That was the trope of us knowing the killer before Evie and the other characters. I hated that. Whenever this happens I find myself wanting to yell at the characters for their ineptitude. I know that is probably cruel, but that is why I don’t normally like books like this. The Diviners was an exception to this. That trope in The Diviners was well written, but I didn’t particularly want to be reading it. I wish that it was not in this book, but at least it was done well.

The Diviners

The plot was exceptional and I loved it!!! It was very unique and I couldn’t wait to hear what happened next. It made being forced to put the book down a very side time for me. I wish I had been able to sit down and read this book in one sitting, but I don’t think that was possible. I have never read a book like this and I loved reading a unique idea. I don’t think that very many people could have pulled this off but Libba could.

I loved reading The Diviners and I highly recommend it. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Bright We Burn, by Kiersten White — December 5, 2018

Bright We Burn, by Kiersten White

download (1)To build the country she wants, Lada, the brutal ruler of Wallachia, must destroy everything that came before, including her relationships with brother Radu and former love Mehmed, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

This book ended me!!! I loved it so much and I wish that it had a happier ending. I wish that I had met Lada and bonded with her and that she learned valuable people skills. That was what I hoped for Lada, and it wasn’t achieved. I loved reading about Lada, Radu, and Mehmed and learning about the magical world of the Ottoman Empire.

Kiersten’s writing style was phenomenal!!! It was really realistic and I loved hearing her voice portrayed through Lada and Radu. Kiersten described the setting perfectly and I loved hearing about the forests and the cliffs and all of the beauty around Wallachia. I was engrossed in the story and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next to the beautiful landscape. Kiersten’s writing was very smooth and addictive (I can’t wait to read her next book). It reminded me of Marie Lu’s writing style. I wish that I could have read more about Lada and Radu, but I understand that it would be complicated.

Lada and Radu were amazing main characters!!! I loved them so much and couldn’t wait to see what they did next. I probably should have cared more about Mehemed, but who cares about him when you have the scheming Lada and Radu to deal with. Lada and Radu really grew into themselves in this book and it was amazing to see the changes that both of them underwent. I wish that I could have talked to both of them and learned more about their tactics and the way that they thought (the book was in the third person).

Bright We Burn

The side characters were also really well written and I enjoyed reading about them. Stefan and Dacina became very prominent in this story and I was grateful to know more about all of them. There were also some very sad side character deaths that broke me and I think that I might have become a little too emotional. But it might just be me. I cried for a while at two of them (the two most heart-wrenching). I was also reunited with some side characters from earlier books that I loved dearly. I wish that I had learned more from them.

The plot was amazing!!! I was engrossed in it from the very first page and I couldn’t wait to learn more about Lada, Radu, and the tactics that they employed. It was amazing to see the plot finally culminate and all of the characters come together in an epic battle. Lada and her people were so strong and proud of their country, while Radu and Mehmed didn’t want to do what they had to do, but they did it anyway. It was really impressive to read about, but the ending broke my heart. I wish that it could have been any other way.

I loved Bright We Burn and I highly recommend it. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken — December 4, 2018

Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken

download (1)In the second installment of The Darkest Minds trilogy, Ruby joins forces with the revolutionary Children’s League to find critical information about the epidemic that has torn both her life and America apart.

This book was amazing and I loved it so much!!! I was engrossed in the plot and I loved the characters. They seemed so much more detailed and realistic. I loved the writing style and all of the plot twists. Never Fade was a little bit better than The Darkest Minds, that’s for sure. My only complaint with this book was the number of pages.

The writing style was superb. I have always appreciated Alex’s writing style and wanted to write like her. Her style is so unique and definitive and I was engrossed in it for the whole story. I loved the way that Alex described the setting and mentioned references from the other book if you were paying attention. I loved hearing more about the economic crisis that the U.S.A. was in. All of the detail in the backstory was not lost on me, and I can’t wait to see what else happens with the background and the way that the series progresses.

Ruby, Liam, and all of the other characters were so realistic!!! I loved all of them so much and I can’t wait to see where they go in the rest of the series. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between Liam and Ruby. All of the villains should get the ending that they deserve. Otherwise, I will riot. All of their backstories were superb and I can’t wait to see what the villains become in the next book. All of the side characters were so fleshed out and realistic as well. I loved some of the side characters as much as I loved the main characters. Vida was such an amazing character and I hope that she gets her own story.

Never Fade

The Children’s League was one of the most interesting parts of this book. Ruby starts off working for them and we quickly learn that the League is divided into two. There are people who think that the children should be used as weapons, and people who believe that the children should be protected and cared for. I put my lot in the second group of people. So the League is an interesting group because of the power struggles and dynamics.

The plot was also very well done and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I was hanging on the edge of my seat and I was tempted to skip ahead to see if Ruby and the others were okay. Old characters (that we all thought were gone) were brought back and I loved every second of it. There were some parts that had me wanting to (or actually) throwing the book across the room because I had just been thrown in an epic spiral because of a plot twist. I loved the plot and hope that the plot in the next book is just as good.

I loved Never Fade to pieces and I highly recommend it. I got the book summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera — December 2, 2018

What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

download (1)Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.

What If It’s Us was such a great book!!! Arthur and Ben were the greatest characters, and I was rooting for them the whole way through the book. The plot was very well-written and I loved the LGBTQ+ representation. The setting was quite detailed, even though I’ve been only to NYC once, I can tell. This book pulled on my heartstrings and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Becky and Adam’s writing style combined made for a wonderful book, full of joy and gut-wrenching moments. Becky and Adam have two very different writing styles, yet somehow they manage to make it work. I really liked how the dialogue was written. It could be really funny at times, but other times it could be very pessimistic. The combined writing style was definitely one of the most unique styles that I have read. At least for a while. If you like unique writing styles, this is the book for you.

Arthur and Ben were so sweet!!! I shipped them together from their first encounter, which made the ending so much harder. All of the side characters were also well-developed and I loved hearing them with Arthur and Ben. Arthur and Ben were both well-written and detailed. I loved learning about their likes, dislikes, and basically everything about them. I really enjoyed listening to the characters dialogue. It had me laughing out loud at some points, and begging some of the other characters to reconsider their words at others. Arthur, Ben, and the whole crew were so great and I hope that we get a sequel.

The LGBTQ+ representation was spot on. I loved the way that everyone dealt with Arthur and Ben’s coming out. I was touched by how Becky and Adam portrayed New York. Apparently, it isn’t the LGBTQ+ paradise that all of us other Americans are lead to believe. I thought that the representation would be a little bit better considering that both Becky and Adam have written books with LGBTQ+ characters before, but it is better than some books featuring LGBTQ+ characters that I read (you don’t want to know).

The plot was very well-written. It was an easy contemporary to read and I enjoyed it. I wish that we saw Arthur and Ben together more in the first part of the book, though. I really liked how well the sense of losing time was conveyed by Adam. He has definitely had practice. I really liked the multiple first dates thing. It was sweet, and I would like to do that one day. The plot was very character based and I loved that. I couldn’t wait to learn more. I loved all of the musical references, especially HAMILTON. You write a book about HAMILTON and I will die.

What If It's Us

What If It’s Us was an amazing and I loved it so much!!! I highly recommend it and any other books by Becky and Adam. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor — November 26, 2018

Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor

download (1)As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected.

This was an intense book. I was engrossed in it from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to see what had happened to Sari and Lazlo. Laini’s writing style hasn’t changed, and I really liked that. I also enjoyed how realistic the characters were and how all of them reacted to the challenges they faced. The plot was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it.

 

Laini’s writing style was very detailed and I loved it so much!!! Laini made her writing dense and thick, but we were never wondering about what things looked like because of it. I do wish that the writing had been a little bit better, but I really don’t mind that much. Laini described things down to the last room in the citadel, and I really liked being to picture everything that vividly. The amount of work that probably went into making the writing that detailed astounds me. I hope that one day I could write that well and detailed.

Lazlo, Sari, Minya, the whole crowd was back and (maybe not better than ever). We are introduced to two new characters in this book, Kora and Nova. I wish that we had been more chapters with them. All of the characters in came together and I enjoyed reading about all of them. I think that my favorite thing character moment in this book was how Sari and Eril-Fane’s relationship progressed. It was so sweet and my heart melted during some scenes. Lazlo and Sari were as solid as ever. But Minya’s relationship with everyone changed drastically. I was floored by the transformation that she underwent and I wish that I could read more about her.

Muse of Nightmares

We were introduced to several new perspectives during this book and I was really interested in how this would change the dynamic of the story.  Surprisingly,  not a lot changed, except for the fact that we got to see inside other characters’ heads. Getting in other characters’ heads helped me understand the story and characters more. The perspectives of the characters freshened up the book and made it more interesting, for me at least. I really enjoyed the different ways that the characters thought and reasoned. It really defined the characters.

The plot was very well-written. I loved how the book was written and how well information was revealed. It was not dramatic, yet it had my jaw on the floor. The plot was very character-based and I loved the way that Laini made the growth of the characters evident. As I said above, the plot was very intense and I loved all of the action. Everything was suspenseful and I enjoyed sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for what was to happen next. The whole plot was very well done and I will be picking up more of Ms. Taylor’s books to see if they are all this good.

I really enjoyed reading Muse of Nightmares and I highly recommend the duology. I got the summary of the book from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Toil and Trouble, by various authors — November 23, 2018

Toil and Trouble, by various authors

download (1)Toil and Trouble is an anthology about witches. Some of my favorite characters in fantasy get a whole book about themselves. I was interested in this book from the moment I heard about it and I can wait to discuss it with you. 

 

 

¨Starsong¨, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

¨Starsong¨ was the story that I anticipated the most, and it did not disappoint!!! I loved reading about Luna and her love interest. Luna did not have a good past, but it was explained very well and I was so glad that Luna was trying to change her life. The plot mostly took place in Luna´s bedroom, on social media, but I enjoyed it anyway. Reading about Luna´s abilities was pretty cool, and it made me so jealous. My favorite thing about ¨Starsong¨ was how realistic Luna was. I loved this story and highly recommend it.th (14)

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¨Afterbirth¨, by Andrea Cremer

¨Afterbirth¨ was disappointing after I had just finished ¨Starsong¨. I was confused during the whole story because I didn’t know if Deliverance was telling it as it happened, or looking back on it. The story took place at the birthing of a child, and a witch trial. I didn’t understand what part of this was actually happening, or if any of it was actually happening. I liked Deliverance and I wanted the best for her, but I just wish that Andrea had made her POV clearer. I think that the concept of this story was very well-written, but I wish that the actual story had been better. Afterbirth Quotes

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¨The Heart In Her Hands¨, by Tess Sharpe

I really liked ¨The Heart In Her Hands¨ but I had one burning question that needed to be answered, yet wasn’t. I really wanted to know if Fate was worshipped by everyone or just a few people. Normally, this question is answered early on, but this time it wasn’t. Otherwise, I loved the way that “The Heart In Her Hands” was written. The characters were very unique and the magic system was quite detailed. The plot was something new and I was very impressed. I really enjoyed this short story and will definitely try and pick up another one of Ms. Sharpe’s works.th (15)The Heart In Her Hands Quotes

 

 

 

 

“Death In The Sawtooths”, by Lindsay Smith

“Death In The Sawtooths” was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it. I loved the way that Ms. Smith incorporated bullying into this story and made a point of how terrible it is. Mattie is such a relatable character and I loved reading about her. The one thing that I didn’t like about “Death In The Sawtooths” was how one of the bullies seemed to be forgiven by the end of the story. Otherwise, I loved the magic system and I hope that Ms. Smith writes like this all of the time. I really enjoyed “Death In The Sawtooths” and I will be reading more of Ms. Smith’s works.th (15)Death In The Sawtooths Quotes

 

 

 

 

“The Truth About Queenie”, by Brandy Colbert

“The Truth About Queenie” was a well-written story, but it wasn’t my favorite. I enjoyed reading about Queenie and her life, but there was a very problematic scene involving Queenie and the love interest. It upset me, but I understood why it was happening. The magical aspect of this story was not downplayed at all, and I really loved how stressed the consequences of magic were. Sure, it was a little bit too much but better that then nothing. My favorite thing about “The Truth About Queenie” was how it talked about self-doubt and how to overcome that. I really liked “The Truth About Queenie” and I will be picking up more books by Ms. Colbert in the future.th (15)The Truth About Queenie Quotes

“The Moonapple Menagerie”, by Sheveta Thakrar

This was definitely one of my favorite stories in this anthology. “The Moonapple Menagerie” is a story about a play that gets disrupted when a churl shows up. It was a humorous story, at least to me, and I loved how the witch coven figured out how to solve their problem. “The Moonapple Menagerie” was a story about friendship and trusting others with your problems, and it was done beautifully. I had no problem with this story and highly recommend it. th (14)The Moonapple Menagerie Quotes.jpg

“The Legend of Stone Mary”, by Robin Talley

This story was very disappointing and I wish that it had been better. The ending of this story was too well tied-up and I wish that it had been more open-ended. All of the characters were too tropey and I hated them. They smoked and made terrible decisions. Which I don’t approve of if anyone was wondering. I wish that the characters had been better written and I enjoyed reading this book more, but what will be, will be. download

“The One Who Stayed”, by Nova Ren Suma

“The One Who Stayed” was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t understand what was happening for the first page or two of the story. This story is about a group of witches who have been hurt by men in their small town, and they band together to get revenge. I can’t say that I liked reading some parts, but they needed to be told. I really think that “The One Who Stayed” would be a good book, but it is Nova’s choice to continue it. I will definitely be picking up more books by her. th (14)The One Who Stayed Quotes

“Divine Are The Stars”, by Zoraida Cordova

“Divine Are The Stars” was an odd story, but it worked. Reading about Marimar and her life was really fun, and I found her relatable. I really liked the magical aspect of this story and how some of Marimar’s family felt unwanted because of their lack of magic. You don’t see that very often in fantasy settings, where pretty much everyone has magic. The plot was also interesting and it made me want to pick up more books by this author. I really liked this story and I will be picking up more books by Zoraida. th (15)Divine Are The Stars

“Daughters of Baba Yaga”, by Brenna Yovanoff

When I started this story, I thought that it would be another two or three star, but it turned around halfway through the book. In the beginning, the girls showed no signs of magical powers (and they still don’t appear to have any powers) and just whined about the injustices that they weren’t trying to fix. Until the middle of the story. By the middle, the girls had finally figured out that they needed to do something. It was an interesting book, and I did enjoy it – sort of. th (52)Daughters of Baba Yaga Quotes

“The Well Witch”, by Kate Hart

This book was magnificent!!! “The Well Witch” is fairly explanatory and I loved how point blank it was. All of the characters were quite realistic and I loved how sassy our main character, Elsa, was. She was very relatable and I need more of her in my life. The plot was very intriguing and I was engrossed in it. I loved “The Well Witch” more than I expected and I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Hart. th (14)The Well Witch Quotes

“Beware of Girls With Crooked Mouths”, by Jessica Spotswood

This story seemed too much like Three Dark Crowns for me to fully enjoy it. The main storyline was literally sisters trying to kill each other with their magical powers. And some of their powers were the same as the sisters in Three Dark Crowns. One sister could control fire and one could control poison. Does that ring a bell? Two of the sisters came up with a plan to steal the love of a younger sister’s life. These sisters claimed to love each other very much, yet they stabbed each other in the back an awful lot. Well, that was a lovely rant. So far, this is my least favorite story in this anthology. download

“Love Spell”, by Anne-Marie McLemore

This was yet another McLemore gem!!! It felt like I had known the main character (who remained unnamed) and Adrian all of my life. All of the side characters were very fleshed out and I enjoyed reading about them. This was not a happy story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. “Love Spell” was a very well-written magical realism, so obviously, the magical aspects were spot on. I loved hearing about the different kinds of magic, and how magic interacted with religion. “Love Spell” is one of my favorite stories in this anthology. th (14) Love Spell

“The Gherin Girls”, by Emery Lord

This story was amazing!!! I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more by Emery. I was addicted to this story and wanted to know everything about the sisters. Nova, Rosie, and Willa were such great characters and sisters. Rosie was the main character in this story and I was so amazed at her strength. Not the traditional kind of strength, mind you. Rosie was strong in a different way and I respected that. The plot did not have very much magic in it, but the girls had detailed, well thought out, abilities and I loved that. I will definitely be picking up more books by Emery Lord.th (14) The Gherin Girls

“Why They Watch Us Burn”, by Elizabeth May

I loved “Why They Watch Us Burn” so much!!! It was a hard read, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good. I loved the way that the girls looked out for each and cared about the health (mental and physical) of each other. I was so proud of all the girls by the end and I really hope that everything turns out alright for them, although I know how likely that is. The plot was one of the most interesting that I have read in this anthology. “Why They Watch Us Burn” is probably my favorite story in this anthology. th (14)Why They Watch Us Burn

I really enjoyed this anthology and I highly recommend it for the Halloween season. Remember to fill out my survey. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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