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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Girl Without Magic

Megan O’Russell
(The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Death wasn’t all that bad. Living had been harder. Dying hadn’t
even been painful. Every pain from the battle had stopped as soon as
the world had gone black. Now there was nothing left but darkness and
The screams of her friends echoed in her mind with nothing in
the silence to block out the unending wails. Were they lying in the dark,
too, free from pain and fear? Were they still fighting, alive and in
Maybe they’d won. Maybe there was someone left to know she
had died. Did they leave her in the woods? Had there been a funeral? A
hearse and a casket? Flowers with bright blooms? Did it matter?
She knew only darkness. Unrelenting black.
It did seem a little unfair that death should be so boring. If this
was how it was going to be, perhaps existing wasn’t worth it. Being
alone with nothing but her own thoughts forever? Maggie had never
expected much from death, but oblivion would have been better than
knowledgeable nothingness.
Days passed in the darkness, or perhaps it was centuries. There
was no way to know without anything to measure the passing of time.
The blackness was maddening. It wasn’t until Maggie clenched her fist
in frustration at the absolute endlessness of it all that she realized she
had a hand. Two hands actually. And a back that was pressed into a
hard floor.
Slowly unclenching her hands, Maggie ran her fingers across the
ground. It was cool. How had she not noticed how cold the floor was?
Carefully, Maggie rolled onto her stomach, feeling the darkness in all
directions, stretching her toes out to see if the ground encased her or if
she was lying on the precipice of a deeper blackness. But there were no
walls to run into or holes to tumble through. Pushing herself onto her
knees, Maggie crawled a little ways forward, expecting to find
something to tell her the size of her dark prison.
But still there was nothing. Only endless darkness that she could
crawl around.
“Why?” Maggie asked the darkness, finding her voice as she
pushed herself to her feet. “Why should I be able to move if there is
nothing to see!” She had expected an echo, but her voice drifted away
as though her cage were endless.
Recklessness surged through her. She was already dead; what
was the worst that could happen? Maggie took off at a run. Sprinting
through the darkness. After a few minutes her legs burned, and her

breathing came in quick gasps.
“Couldn’t get a nice breeze for the running dead girl, huh?”
Maggie shouted.
Before the words had fully left her lips, a breeze whispered past
her. Cooling the back of her neck as she ran, kissing her face and
pushing her to run faster. The air even had a scent, like the ocean right
after a rainstorm. The tang of salt filled her lungs. She could be running
on a beach, an endless beach, but the floor was hard and maddeningly
flat. And there were no sounds of crashing waves.
“I wish I could see,” Maggie whispered.
With a scream Maggie dropped to her knees, covering her face
with her hands. Her heart racing in her chest, Maggie slowly opened her
eyes, blinking at the bright light that surrounded her.

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Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Books to Read in 2018

The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air by Holly Black: Fans of the Court of Thorns and Roses series and of Black herself will love this fun book about faeries, the first in a new series. (Jan. 2)

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe: These stories are exactly as advertised. Do I even need to describe this one? It’s robots vs. fairies, aka an epic nerdpurr. (Jan. 9)

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz deals with cultural divides in Chicago as she prepares for college. (Jan. 16)

The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne) by Myke Cole: The first in Cole’s new Sacred Throne series, about an Order that kills wizards (and innocents) to ensure the portals to Hell remain closed. (Feb. 20)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: A wildly fantastical (and fantastic) tale of magic, royalty, and vengeance that tackles real issues, like racism and prejudice. Be prepared to see it everywhere. (Seriously, you can’t miss it—it’s 600 pages long.) (March 6)

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton: The author of Anything Could Happen returns with a touching young adult novel about dealing with grief and navigating life. (May 29)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There’s not even a Scrabble word for how I’m feeling right now.

This book is worthy of a 10-star review. I can not help but say OMG!!! The writing style isn't my favorite but never the less the author delivered a mind-blowing book. I would have never guessed the ending in a million years.


The thing that there were rich white kids who never suffered a day in their lives until they did something very stupid and childish, bothers me. The racism in the book is spot on.
The big reveal at the end is very tragic, however, I did not cry I remained dry-eyed. I could not cry for the stupidity that brought these to their demise. Its weird in all honesty that the whole book leaves the reader thinking everyone is alive. I give this book 5 stars

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Girl in The Grove

Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with the seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecologists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve. But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.

I received this book from NetGalley for an honest opinion.

This book really spoke to me. Leila has been moved around from home to home through the foster system. The has a passion for saving the environment and she loves trees. Her best friend Sarika is the only one who knows she hears voices calling to her in the wind. It scares her but she has a system to keep them at bay.

I immensely enjoyed this book. The books main character is a young teen that has been shuffled around all her life. She has finally been adopted but shes scared to accept that they want her forever. So Leila is fighting to keep her self-neutral. Leila's character has been through some abuse and suffers from some depression. This book touches on so many different elements in just the right way. I love all the environmental things that are defined throughout the book. Then there is, of course, the supernatural that took me by total surprise. I wish that there was more. Maybe we will get a sequel. I think the book was written beautifully and I would recommend it to everyone.


I received this book from Net Galley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for the opportunity!

When hackers can hijack any cellphone or computer webcam, no one is safe - including Jesse.

Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn't. He is a victim of King - a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating screen photos and videos. So far, Jesse's given in to King's demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate- and if he doesn't get it, King will kill Jesse's little sister.

I will never again leave my webcam uncovered. This book was intense and just makes one think who's watching me!! This book will stay with me for a while
I got a duplicate in return for a legitimate audit

The Night Parade was a fun and pleasant story. An initial couple of parts were a touch moderate and made it a touch hard to get into the story as the greater part of those occur in this present reality and the primary character Saki isn't excessively agreeable, particularly at first. In any case, once the condemnation is situated and Saki enters the night parade I truly appreciated this book.

Saki is a young lady who needs to visit her grandmother amid summer excursion. Saki is not cheerful and would much rather be in Tokyo with her companion, who don't generally appear to be decent to me, yet hey what do I know. What's more, she isn't glad to invest her energy with her grandmother which she discovers exhausting and each chance she has she's headed toward check her telephone for messages. Furthermore, ugh it was a touch irritating, she didn't even attempt to have fun. I get it was practical, however, it wasn't enjoyable to peruse about. When Saki enters The Night Parade she changes a bit. She commits a few errors and afterward later understands that and set things right, which I believed was magnificent. Despite everything she wasn't my most loved character, yet how she took care of herself amid the night parade and towards the end of the story absolutely enhanced my sentiment of her.

There is a considerable measure of whimsical spirits amid the Night Parade, she meets a cheat fox with four stories, a tanuki and a tengu who guide her. She meets a snail who has lost her shell and gets included in a gross washroom issue. She meets monstrosity's and thing spirits. What's more, they all had their own inspirations and identity idiosyncrasies. It was amusing to see such a variety of characters, despite the fact that it could be somewhat overpowering on occasion as there were such a variety of characters and most just had little impact. I particularly enjoyed her three aides as those had bigger impact and we showed signs of improvement feel for them.

There are a few characters who could've utilized more profundity, similar to her younger sibling. Who was a beautiful buzzword whiny sibling who just needed to play computer games. There's additionally a plot line including her companion back in Tokyo, which never gets determined, despite the fact that I get it was all the more about Saki her association with it all, it would've been intriguing to hear what happened or how things would change when she returned home.

The Night Parade is loaded with Japanese old stories and myths, bunches of spirits are in light of existing fables animals or yokai and it was exceptionally fascinating to see the creator her take on it. I think the idea of the night parade is additionally inexactly in view of a Japanese myth, however, to me it felt that the take was unique and there is some world building of the creator her own particular doing too. On occasion, it could be a touch mistaking for how the soul world and this present reality were blended or joined and where the one finished and the other started, yet toward the end things got a touch clearer and the rest is left in the puzzle, which was fine by me.

To finish up: The Night Parade is a fun and pleasant book loaded with experience and a young lady who needs to lift a passing condemnation. There are heaps of idiosyncratic and whimsical characters who she meets along the way and I preferred how every one of the spirits was based at any rate incompletely in Japanese old stories and mythology. I didn't care for Saki much at first and battled a touch through an initial couple of parts, however, she changes as the story proceeds and I began to like her more, I particularly preferred how she acted towards the end and she rectifies her oversights and right her wrongs. All things considered a fun and charming story