Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

A Boy In A Magical School, Take Two – Done Well! Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares by Shaun Hume, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

When I first started my journey of following Ewan Pendle on his adventures, I remember giving the first book a half-star “in advance” – because I knew the story would eventually start rolling. Having finished Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares, I am glad to say that I knew what I was saying! The story indeed got rolling – so…

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forty rules of love
Fiction, Historical, Loved-it, Spiritual, Well known books

A Story of Love, Friendship And Spirituality – In A Magical Setting The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, ★★★★★ 5 stars

The Forty Rules of Love has been on my wish list for a long time, and I wish I had got to it sooner. I instantly fell in love with it! Although, when I think about it, maybe it’s best to read books when you’ve forgotten even the blurb. This is how I picked up the forty Rules of Love…

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the vela
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi

FINALLY A Scifi, Empowering Women, Queer (And Non-binary!), As Well As Disabled People The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, Rivers Solomon, ★★★★★ 5 stars

When I was offered The Vela as ad advance review copy, I was thrilled – because look at the author list! Several new ones I have not read yet are in there too, but if you know what has been going on in the world of scifi for the past two or three years, you’ll recognize the names of Becky…

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the spec set
Diversity, Fantasy, Fast-paced, Fiction, Illness, YA

The Spec Set by Taya Okerlund, ★★★★☆ 4 stars A Fast, Surprising And Explosive YA With Neuro-divergent Characters

The Spec Set is not your typical YA. It’s actually not your typical book at all – I’m not sure I can even place it! It’s a unique bird, a true genre bender. But if I had to find a couple of words to characterize The Spec Set, I would say… Fast, surprising… Explosive. Both literally and figuratively! It turned…

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secret of dinswood
Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, NetGalley

The Secret of Dinswood by Ellen Alexander, ★★★★☆ 4 stars A Cozy Middle Grade Mystery In A Boarding School!!!

Oh, how I loved this wonderful adventure! The Secret of Dinswood is just the kind of book I wish I had read more of when I was actually in my middle grade years. There’s just something empowering about a bunch of kids solving mysteries and riddles, and potentially getting themselves in trouble, skulking around dark caves and castle hallways! Even…

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enchanted april
Fiction, Humor, Literary, Loved-it, Society, Well known books, Women's

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, ★★★★★ 5 stars A Wonderful Journey Into The Self Through Quite A Scenic Route

Some say that a person becomes his circumstances. Or, at least, that someone’s circumstances make them who they are. Because it’s enough to only thrust someone into an unfamiliar, different environment, and they seem to become a whole different person. Have you had this happen to you? Have you ever felt how when you go on vacation, you’re suddenly so…

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four women
Dark, Fiction, Literary, Magical realism, Women's

The Four Women by Michelle Keill A Complex, Emotional, Smart And Incredibly Dark Tale

The Four Women is a strange, unique story you can’t quite make something of, at first. The strongest thing about it is that it’s littered with dark premonitions and foreboding, but it’s dosed so measuredly that it will keep you guessing about why what happens will happen – even if you’ve known it will happen ever since you’ve started reading…

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winter of the witch
Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, Well known books, Women's

Why I Loved The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden Incredibly Dark, Centers Around Women's Issues And Has The Strongest Protagonist Ever

I am so lucky to have been able to read The Winter of the Witch before its release! I have been following this series ever since I started blogging, and I have to say, I think The Winter of the Witch is the best installment. This doesn’t happen very often! We all know that it’s usually the first book that’s the best, and…

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the eleventh trade
Diversity, Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Society

A Book That Melted My Heart – The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth Building A Future On A Broken Past, Healing Through Music And Community

My heart is so full right now. I’ve just closed the book, and my heart is both crying and singing in joy. It has been a while that a book has moved me so much. But The Eleventh Trade is one of a kind and I know it will remain in my heart forever. It’s one of those books you…

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battlestar suburbia
Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Scifi

5 Reasons To Read Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden Hilarious and Smart – You'll Finish It Before You Notice And Laugh All the Way Through

There hasn’t been a review on my blog for so long! Just like a straight up review. Actually, let me check – there hasn’t been one for almost a month! But now you know – if I’m publishing one, it MUST be good. And with how much you’ve already seen me fangirl about this book.. You should know it’s amazing! Battlestar…

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read chicklit
Discussion, Romance, Women's

“Guilty Pleasure” Labels: Is It Just Schoolgirl Mentality You Can’t Let Go Of? Why You Should Read Chick Lit (At Least Sometimes!)

Lately I’ve been giving you all sorts of confessions. Like, seriously, Evelina – how many more things can you confess? Or do you keep making these up to draw readers? 😂 Well, no. I’m not making them up! I mean, there are probably plenty of dark secrets embarrassing details in your own life you would be willing to confess to your peers for…

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books for the wistful season
Fiction

Books for the Wistful Season Mini Reviews #3

I loooooove autumn. I think I might have already told you that. Again and again, and… agaaaaaain. But there’s also a trend for books I tend to read in autumn. They’re usually slow and make you think. I’ve decided to make a list of this kind of books, and a lot of them coincide with what I’ve been reading lately!…

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