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The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather Book Review

One of my favorite kind of stories where magic is involved. And recently a book was brought to my attention that has a combination of magic, evil government and tons of action. I was sent a book called The Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather this week and was excited to start it because I thought this story was something I knew I would be into.

  • Title: The Traitor’s Crux
  • Author: Jessica Prather Lu
  • Series: The Dark Powers
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 332
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In The Traitors’ Crux, we meet a girl named Kanadee who lives in a world where those with magic are seen as the enemy. They targeted and then arrested and sent away. And Kenadee’s brother has arrested years ago prior to the book and never seen from again. Years later Kenadee gets arrested and then recruited by the President. Kenadee must work for the president and infiltrate a secret camp where those with magic are and bring them in. If she doesn’t, her family will get killed. Kenadee agrees and then goes deep undercover. Soon, Kenadee learns about the world of magic and discovers that this world is more than it seems. And Kenadee also must learn to use the magic within her and make hard choices that can send a ripple effect on those that are in the way.

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was enjoyable and was fun to read. I actually couldn’t put it down because all I wanted to do was keep reading. The book was fast-paced and brought me into this world of magic and the idea of making hard choices. I also liked the writing style how the author made a book that feels relevant to today’s climate and a book that makes you think.

As for the characters, I really liked Kenadee and felt sympathetic to her situation. She is forced into a situation and must choose between saving her family and hurting people who are part of a war that they didn’t choose to be in. Other than this Kenadee also must learn to believe in herself and her strength and deal with finding who she is.

Overall, I liked The Traitor’s Crux and enjoyed the action and the magic system in the book. I also really liked Kenadee and I would like to see how she grows throughout the series. And so until my next book review keeps on reading.

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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer Book Review

Can true love save the one you love or break the spell? Well, hope so because recently I got the chance to dive into this YA Fantasy book called Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. This book combines fantasy, adventure and shows the true bond of two sisters that are trying to find their way together. To learn more continue on.

  • Title: Spindle Fire
  • Author: Lex Hillyer
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book Spindle Fire focuses on the two sisters who are both princesses that share a bond but are different. Due to the tithes that were taken place when they were little, they were gifted and also had things taken away from them. Aurora who is the kingdom’s main daughter, and favored by all lack the sense of touch and can’t speak. Aurora’s half-sister Isabelle who is known as the bastard daughter lacks the sight. Despite their differences, they are close and willing to do anything to protect each other.

On the night that Aurora is about to be wed her sister decides to run away to escape her fate of being sent to a faraway convent. At the same time, Aurora who goes after her ends up being cursed by the evil fairy queen Malfeour. Aurora trapped in her sleep and her half-sister must find a way to save her and also the sleeping sickness that engulfs the lands as part of the curse.

In order to save Aurora, Isabelle must find her true love and find her sister. But doing so is no easy task. There danger in this world and there is a war coming. In order to find her sister, she must navigate this world without sight and along with the help of Aurora’s true love. Will Isabelle save her sister and break the curse? At the same time stuck in dreamland, Aurora must find a way to get back to the real world in order to prevent a war and a world she happened to get to know.

BOOK REVIEW:

When I saw the premise of the book I was really fascinated. And the book actually reminds me of Sleeping Beauty and even the name of the one of the princess is Aurora. I was really excited and not too much I am a big fan of anything fae or fairies. The book itself does paint the magical world of the Kingdom that two princesses live and also the world that is created within Aurora’s dreamworld.Though do wish the book did go in further with the world building and showed more magical elements.

I also felt like the characters as well. I think the bond between the two sisters despite their differences was relatable since I also have a sister. So that made it intriguing to me. I also like the character Isabelle for the fact she willing to go to wide lengths to get to her sister despite not being able to see. But I will admit there were times where she did irritate me and at times she can be a bit naive especially when it comes to how to break the curse. As for her other sister Aurora I wasn’t really a fan and feel like she could have been developed more throughout the story and felt like she didn’t explain many things.

There was also some other flaws in the story from the fact that I felt lost at certain times. I also had more questions and book had some plot holes that made me confused on how many stories this book had. This doesn’t mean I hope in the next book more question will be answered and there would be more development.

Overall, I think the book had an interesting concept and I liked the authors take on this world. I also think the book has potential to go from an ok book to a more better story as it goes on. I do think some of the characters could be more worked on and be a little more relatable. So that is it for my review. Stay tuned for more book reviews and until next time keep on reading.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

Recently I fell into the world Leigh Bardugo’s when I read the Six of Crows Duology. I fell in love the dualogy and just couldn’t get enough of the world and wanted more from the Grishaverse. So, in order to fill the need, I decided to dive into the Grisha Trilogy. This trilogy is a mixture of royalty, magic and a character who must believe in herself in order to defeat the villain that wants power.

  • Title: Shadow and Bone
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Page Count: 358
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The first book in the Grisha Trilogy is called Shadow and Bone. This book is about a girl named Alina who lives in the country named Ravvak. And they are at war with many other countries but must fight against a hidden force called the Fold. Alina joins the military with her friend who she has strong feelings for. On a mission to the Shadow Fold things go wrong they get attacked. So, Alina ends up saving her friend which causes her to expose her power that she didn’t know existed. This gets the attention by the Grisha and the Darkling who takes her to the Palace to train to be a Grisha to help save the people of Ravvak. Soon, Alina learns secrets and how she must learn to believe in her self if she wants to save everyone.

BOOK REVIEW:

I will say that when I read Six of Crows I got a little taste of the Grisha elements and wanted to learn more. When I read Shadow and Bone, it was the focus on mostly the world of Grisha. There were people with magical abilities, strange creepy creatures that come out at night, a strong villain that you love to hate but can’t and a lovable main female character that makes you cheer you on. I really enjoyed the world Grisha from the magical aspects but also the world itself. It’s royal, glamorous and elegant. There is a lot of beauty but with the elements of secrets in every corner.

As for Alina, I really adored her. She isn’t the strong person in the book. She is pretty much your underdog, that wants to prove to herself and the world that she can do it. And I like how she keeps on trying to learn to be a Grisha. I also the moments when she is also funny and dorky. As for the Darkling. He is a very complex character with many sides. Someone you might want to watch for in the book who has loads of personality. He is dark, handsome, seductive but also someone who kind of catches you off guard. I won’t give too much away because I don’t want to spoil it.

Overall, I was happy I finally got the chance to read this last month and truly believe that Leigh Bardugo wrote a masterpiece. I loved it from the world to the characters that make me either tear up or want to get mad at. I can’t wait to continue this trilogy and see more. And if you are interested in checking out the book, I will have links below and until next time keep on reading.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber Book Review

When I saw the cover for Caraval I knew I had to read this. I also been wanting to read a book with a Carnival type of story and thought why not? Caraval is a book by Stephanie Garber and this is the first in the duology. This book has a combination of magic, and puzzles with an element of mystery to solve.

  • Title: Caraval
  • Author: Stephanie Garber
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 407
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Caraval focuses on the character Scarlet who lives with sister on an island. Scarlet and her sister Tella must grow up living with her very abusive father who just sees them as property. Scarlet dreams of one day going to the magical world of Caraval which is a fantastic show where people go and play a game in order to win a major price. So, Scarlet wants its so badly so she spends most of her life writing letters to the mysterious Legend who owns the Caraval.

Years later when Scarlet is seventeen her father wants to marry the mysterious Count who she hasn’t met. At the same time, Scarlet finally receives a letter from Legend. So, despite her father…Scarlet, Tella and with the help of a sailor named Julian to run off to the world of Caraval.

There at Caraval, Scarlet’s sister goes missing and in order to get her sister back, Scarlet must play the game that this world holds. Thinking it would be a simple task turns out to be more than just a game of risk, secrets, and consequences. Will Scarlet get her sister back?

REVIEW:

This book was really enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed the concept of Caraval and the combination of magic and puzzles. I also enjoyed seeing the world come alive. If you like books with magic, and whimsical elements than this is a book to check out. In fact, most of the book describes Caraval as magical, and colorful. It’s actually somewhat dreamlike.

I also enjoyed some of the mysterious elements throughout the book with all the clues. The clues that lead you closer to winning the major the prize. I also like the idea of being careful with your choices or you may face the consequences.That said, I would’ve liked to have seen more Carnival elements within the book. The fact that the book made it seem like some big show, the book lacked any Carnival elements. I would’ve liked to see more characters that would feel like you are at a Carnival. Maybe jugglers, clowns, or acrobat? I also have seen much of the actual competition. It felt like this game was more a passive MMORPG game that people just show up and have fun.

As for the characters, I am left with mixed feelings. On the one handle, I like seeing the main character go through a transformation in the book. At the beginning of the book, we meet a scary, shy, and broken Scarlet and see how she learns to find her strength in the book. I also like how she would do anything for the sister and would make the hard choices to get her back.

But even though I do like Scarlet, as a character she does have some flaws in the book. At times Scarlet can be naive and can be overly trusting at times in situations where she should have asked questions. I also didn’t really like the love interest in the book. I feel like Julian could’ve used more of a backstory and be developed more. I feel like Julian was half developed and just gave us more questions about who he was.

Overall, I did really enjoyed this story and loved all the magical element and the dark mystery throughout the book. Despite that, I hope some of the supporting characters and some of the questions that were present in the story could be answered in the next book. Well, if you interested in checking out the book I do have the link below. And until my next post keep on reading.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman Book Review

When I first heard of The Magicians it was on TV. I saw the trailers and it was like “what is that?”. So, when I knew that it was based on a book and heard so much I knew that this must book a great book. Really was it? Well, after attending the Fall for Books Festival and seeing Lev Grossman(author) speak it convinced me that this was a must-read.

  • Title: The Magicians
  • Author: Lev Grossman
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Page Count: 402
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book is about a boy named Quentin who dreams of adventure and spends most of his time wishing to be in the same world that his favorite series takes place in…Fillory. Sadly, he is in Brooklyn and all he wants to do is leave his life. But how will he find happiness? Well, by taking an exam and getting into a college for Magicians. So, when Quentin gets enrolled at a college called Brakebills he must learn the world of Magic and that magical world takes him on an adventure he been waiting for.

BOOK REVIEW:

I didn’t think I would enjoy the book as much as I did. The book draws its inspiration from Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia like the part of a magical school and the magical doorways that take you into another world. Other than that the book is its own story. I like how the book despite it being about magic it makes you feel like what a really magical college would be like if you went to one. I also like how the book question is what magic is, and the laws behind it.

For the characters, I like complex and unique the characters were and how the story is driving by it. I like Quentin is relatable it can be defined as the depressed kid that struggles with finding his place in the world. But somehow he is learning about who he is and must decide how he must live it. Alongside Quentin, the other characters get their chance to shine and stand. I like how even though there was a lot of characters they don’t get totally forgotten or underdeveloped.

As the writing style, I get a sense of a C.S. Lewis and Tolkien influence and I like how the author can describe the world and make it feel real without getting to carried away with the long history of the world. I think he is probably saving it for the other two books.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and how real the world in the book feels. I like who each detail was thought out. So, if you are interested in checking out the book I do have links below the post and top. And until next time keep on reading.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

When I stumbled upon this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought about passing the chance of this book and thought it wasn’t something I would like. But when I saw some reviews and also got to learn more about what the book was about it felt me with enough curiosity to pick this up. This is something with a mixture of demons, fantasy but also gave me a feeling whimsical elements.

  • Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
  • Author: Alexandra Bracken
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 362
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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SYNOPSIS:

The book centers around a boy named Prosper Redding. Prosper comes from a wealthy and well-known family that live in the small town of Redwood. In the book, Prosper learns about a curse placed on his family due to his great-ancestor who broke a contract with a demon. Because of this instinct, Prosper is left to pay for his ancestor’s mistakes and must live with a demon inside him. And things get worse Prosper must find a way to get rid of this demon before he turns 13 or else the demon will destroy his family. Can Prosper save his life and his family?

REVIEW:

The book was like a really spooky book. Filled with cobwebs, demons, and witchcraft. I liked the concept of the book and how it was put together. I thought at first that this book was going to be a book about exorcism or a demon hunter book but this was totally different. The book itself paints a dark story but adds its light humor to the mix. I also like the fact that book made me think of Tim Burton and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

As for characters I really liked getting to know. Prosper is not the most popular person in his town and his family.  Felt super sad about how his life was and the story made me want to be his friend because he was way better than what his family thought of him. As for my favorite character in the book is Alastor the demon. He was both serious, sarcastic and even has a touch of humor.

Overall I really like most of the Halloween spooky moments in the book and like how the both Alastor and Prosper interacted with each other throughout the story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. So, if  you are interested in checking it out I have links below and until next time keep on reading.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

If you are someone looking for something that has a combination of time travel, magic, and characters that team up to take on a heist than continue listening. I recently finished reading The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Lisa Maxwell is well-known books like Unhooked and Sweet Unrest.

  • Title: The Last Magician
  • Author: Lisa Maxwell
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 512
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Goodreads: Here
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Synopsis:

The Last Magician takes place in modern New York and where magic is slowly coming to extinction at the same time the city is surrounded by an invisible force field called the Brink.The Brink keeps anyone with magician inside and keeps it from leaving. And if someone with magic gets near this leads to a painful consequence. And this Brink was created by a dark secret society called The Order who hates anything with magic and wants to use the Brink to destroy magic forever.

While this is going on, we focus the story on Esta who is a talented thief. Esta has the power to time travel and to slow down time which helps her with taken dangerous jobs. So, int he stories she ends up taking a job that takes her to the year of 1908 where she must still an ancient text that could help destroy the Brink and take down the Order forever. Things go well until she gets stuck in the past and she must team up with a gang lead by Dolph Saunders(our other main character) and steal the text. At the same, Esta must keep it away from the mysterious man known as The Last Magician from getting it. Can’t Esta handle this one job? Well, check out the book to find out.

Book Review:

I had so much fun reading this book. Ever since I saw the cover months ago I knew that this would be a book that I would totally enjoy. And the cover didn’t fail me. The book was fast pace, held my interest and was just a burst of surprises. I loved the combination of magic, time travel, and groups of characters that go on a heist. If you like movies like Now You See Movie, The Prestige or The Illusionist along with books like Six of Crows than this is a book to check out. This book has magical illusions like the movies but the darkness of Six of Crows. Along with the fact that the book takes places in a grime city.

The book also had awesome characters two. I especially enjoyed the leading female protagonist who was both talented and funny at the same time. I also liked the fact that even if she has special abilities that she isn’t super dependent on them. Esta is pure smart and actually is good with just her smarts, and talents. Alongside that, she also adds comic relief throughout the book.

Lastly, the book also gives your a magical world alongside time travel which both has its own rules and limitations. I like that the author did that and added the element of alchemy and made this world feel realistic if it was in 1908.

Overall I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see another installment. I really enjoyed the magic and the heist. As well as the characters that kept my interest going. And if you are totally interested in checking it out yourself the links will be below. Until next time keep on reading.

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