Review/Giveaway: Gate of Air by Resa Nelson

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The Synopsis: 

Gate of Air by Resa Nelson 
(Dragon Gods, #1) 
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them. The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs. Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so. But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel. Especially when the one being punished is a woman.

 

My Review:

First of all look at that cover!
Second this book is about, Mythology and Dragons!
I couldn’t have been more excited to receive this book!  This is my first time reading Resa Nelson’s work, so I had no idea this wasn’t the first book until after I finished reading. So I suppose reading the previous books aren’t necessary. I still quite enjoyed the story!

There was a wonderful mix of actual history, magic, mythology! It focused on things that actually happened in history. The limitations that Frayka faces actual happen in the history in Asia. I found it quit interesting.

I definitely did not see that ending coming and look forward to a sequel! This book definitely gave me Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes. So if your a fan of Avatar I think you’ll like this story. Also if your a fan of fast paced, magical, YA fantasy stories I recommend this to you!

Purchase:
99¢ for a limited time only!

 

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ResaAbout the Author:

Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon’s Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series. Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute . Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Review/Giveaway: The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

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The Synopsis:

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.
Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract. Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever. It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.

My Review:

This book was definitely way different from what I expected. I thought it was going to be a cute little fantasy story about Goblins. Well I was mostly wrong…It is more of a New Adult Fantasy with Goblins that actually creeped me out so much they were in my dreams the first night after reading this story. These Goblins will give you the chills. They are ruthless.

It was so disturbing what the Goblins were doing to people. This book is definitely not for people that don’t like creepy and chilling reads or a lot of romance. If you do love all those things this is perfect for you. It’s October so this would be a great read to get you into the spooky feels.

Even though the Goblins were super creepy. They were extremely sarcastic and witty, so at times they made me smile, maybe even laugh. There is even one nice goblin!

The writing was great and the town of Bellwater went well with these creepy Goblins and the elemental magic featured in this story. I also really loved the cover, after reading the story, it reminded me of the Goblins.

I think the ending was great and I loved where the author took this story and where it went. It was intriguing, fast paced, and both realistic and fantastical.

About The Author:

Molly Ringle was one of the quiet, weird kids in school, and is now one of the quiet, weird writers of the world. She likes thinking up innovative romantic obstacles and mixing them with topics like Greek mythology, ghost stories, fairy tales, or regular-world scandalous gossip. She’s into mild rainy climates, gardens, ’80s new wave music, chocolate, tea, and perfume (or really anything that smells good). She has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life, aside from grad school in California and one work-abroad season in Edinburgh in the 1990s. (She’s also really into the U.K., though has a love/stress relationship with travel.) She currently lives in Seattle with her husband, kids, guinea pigs, and a lot of moss.
Check out her Websiteand follower her on Twitter and Facebook

 

Giveaway!

There’s 5 prize packages and they go with the fire/air/water/earth themes in the book as well as goblins.
Only available to US entries.
Any international winners will be granted an ebook copy of the book.

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Review: The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles#2) by: Farah Oomerbhoy

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The Synopsis:

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world. With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

 

My Review:

If you haven’t already be sure to read my review of the first book Review: The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles#1) by: Farah Oomerbhoy
And definitely read it if you haven’t already also!

I loved the first book, but oh my! this book was even more amazing and now I definitely need this whole series forever. I just got to gush about this ending real quick though! Oh my! The feels, I have all the feels, so many!!! Heartbreak,Shock, Happiness! I don’t know what to feel! All I know is that I need the third book now!!! Oh the betrayal! I got to stop now and actually review this whole book and not just the ending. But Farah Oomerbhoy has written the best final paragraph of a book I ever read! I felt it! I saw it! *tear*

Aurora has grown so much from the last book even though it’s only a few months between. I’m so proud of her. She’s really learning to control her magic and is becoming extremely powerful.
But while she is worried about freeing her mother meanwhile Rafe’s kingdom is getting taken over by evil no one saw coming, so he must go back and Aurora is left with people she doesn’t know if she can trust or not.

“I started sleeping with a dagger under my pillow, and was ready to use it if I needed to.”

In this first book you probably fell in love with Rafe,(I know I did)well Farah Oomerbhoy definitely wants to confuse your little heart in this one. She throws in a new tall,dark and handsome guy. He’s not just any guy though he’s a Fae Knight and that’s not all a Prince. Who am I suppose to love now! Who is Aurora suppose to love!

There is so many twists and betrayals you’ll never see coming it’s amazing. Farah Oomerbhoy does such a wonderful job of building and expanding on this world she created. She has some of the best descriptive writing I have ever read. I love it! There is also a lot more battles in this book and it is all so very exciting!

Aurora really becomes a badass!

“Aurora Firedrake had awoken.”

I absolutely can’t wait for the third book and I neeeeeed it now! I neeeed to know what is going to happen next! I love this world and characters so much I could read about them forever.

About The Author:

Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.
Check out her Website and follow her on Instagram,Twitter, and Facebook 

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Review: The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles#1) by: Farah Oomerbhoy

25781691The Synopsis:

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad. Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear. With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

 

My Review:

This book was so much more than I expected. It was absolutely amazing! Farah Oomerbhoy’s writing is colorful and descriptive. I could actual picture what Avalonia was like and feel what the characters felt and taste food I never before heard of. It’s such a beautiful and magical story.

“Where you’re going, monsters will be the least of your problems.”

So much adventure was packed into this book! Aurora goes from the real world to Avalonia, across Avalonia from castles to inns, to fae forests and more! Aurora is on a quest to find her magical self and find out about her real family and of course she is going to make mistakes, maybe quite a few mistakes, but she’s brave and she has little help from a mysterious handsome mage and a few friends.

“With his dark tousled hair, shining grey eyes, and ebony cloak rippling about him as he walked carefully and purposefully towards the guards, he looked like a sleek black panther ready to pounce his prey.”

There is just so many amazing things in this story, but I don’t want to giveaway to much so you can experience all the discovery yourself. There are so many amazing characters as well. Even the bad guys, were written so well.You’ll just love to hate them.

“I had not come so far only to die here today.”

I loved every moment of this book, right down to the very end! Thankfully I already have the second book The Rise of The Dawnstar to jump right into. This is a definite must read and I recommend it to all fantasy,magic and fae lovers!

 

About The Author:

Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.
Check out her Website and follow her on Instagram,Twitter, and Facebook 

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Review: My Rad Life by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

The Synopsis:

An inspiring, empowering journal that encourages its owners to think, create, reflect, and explore their own radness.

A companion to the New York Times bestsellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, this cool guided journal draws from a number of the “rad” women featured in both books, while also including a diverse range of new women, all of whom come to life via inspirational quotes and paper cut portraits. Blank pages invite doodling, lined pages encourage writing, and a collection of thought-provoking prompts encourage users to get to know themselves better by recording their thoughts and ideas on paper.

My Review:

This is a beautifully illustrated journal full of inspirational quotes from powerful women throughout generations. Some pages even have prompts to inspire you. My favorite is a section where you can write a list of a all your favorite books and it encourages you to draw them as well. There’s all kinds of prompts from lists, drawing a self-portrait, writing poems, looking back on memories, and writing future goals and how to achieve them! There’s plenty of historical ladies and ladies of today like Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Some of my favorites featured were Yoko Ono, J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson. There’s even a section in the back telling you a little about every lady in this amazing journal.

I think that any girl of any age would love this. I think it would be great for pre-teens and teenage girls to help them love themselves and others and it’s great for adult women that need a little inspiration in life or just love to do creative journaling.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Be sure to check out the book that inspired this journal, Rad American Women
And you can buy My Rad Life here on Amazon

 

About The Authors:

Photo: Meg Perotti Kate Schatz (pronounced ‘Shots’) is the New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as My Rad Life: A Journal and Rid of Me: A Story. She is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups. She’s a writer, organizer, public speaker, educator, and left-handed vegetarian Bay Area-born-and-bred feminist activist mama.

Kate’s books have gotten love from BUST, Elle, Publisher’s Weekly, BuzzFeed, MTV, Ms., Teen Vogue, Kirkus Reviews, GOOD, The New York Times, AFROPUNK, among others. She and her collaborator Miriam Klein Stahl have appeared on Mashablemsnbc, and numerous public radio programs and podcasts, including Politically Reactive with Kamau Bell and Hari KondaboluKQED ForumMinnesota Public Radio, and KPCC’s Take Two. As a public speaker, Kate has appeared at over 100 public schools and libraries, and has given keynotes and talks for a wide range of organizations, speaking about everything from her books to contemporary feminism to electoral politics and political change.

Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, was published in 2006 as part of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series. Her work has been published in LENNY, Buzzfeed, Signature, Brightly, Oxford American, East Bay Express, Denver Quarterly, and Joyland, among others. Her short story “Folsom, Survivor”was included as a “Notable Short Story” in Best American Short Stories 2011, and her essay “What I Mean (or Dear White People)” appears in the anthology  Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.

She is the former Chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts, where she taught fiction, poetry, and journalism to 9th-12th graders for many years. She taught writing and literature at UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, and Rhode Island College. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and a double BA in Women’s Studies/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. She lives with her family on the island of Alameda and is represented by the agent Charlotte Sheedy.

 

Image result for miriam klein stahlMiriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women

A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide . In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. As an artist, she follows in a tradition of making socially relevant work, creating portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals and radical movements. As an educator, she has dedicated her teaching practice to address equity through the lens of the arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and reproduced internationally. She lives in Berkeley, California with her wife, artist Lena Wolff, daughter Hazel, and their dog Lenny.

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Review: Bubblegum by Sari Taurez

35615310The Synopsis:

Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder. After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents and becomes a killer for hire. It’s a lucrative business in her country, where a call to the police can amount to a lifetime of debt. Her first client: Julia, a lower-class IT genius, lesbian, and devout Catholic. When the orphanage Julia volunteers at is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head. Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Along the way they are joined by Ruby, a pyromaniac ex-prostitute who catches Julia’s eye, and William, a mysterious acrobatic fugitive searching for his daughter. In the end, will they be enough to stop Nails and the chaos he has created?

My Review:

Tiana is defintely not your usual strong leading lady! She is awful and twisted. But how many male characters have you fallen in-love with a dark personality like that! Well here you’ve got a high-heeled wearing, hot pink gun slinging bad-ass girl  willing to sell out just about anyone to get her way. Did I mention her hot pink gun is named Bubblegum?

If you’re looking for an action story with lots of feminism and diversity, this is the book for you! I could definitely see Bubblegum being a graphic novel with all the “BAM!” and “BOOM!” bubbles! It was just so creative and awesomely written.

Julia, the other main character is a complete opposite of Tiana. While Tiana was all about searching for the next thrill, Julia was slightly more sane and genuinely liked to care for people. The major difference is the class level system that allows the really high ranked people like Tiana basically get away with murder and leaves lower ranked people like Julia wondering can they afford to go to the police for help and will they even bother to help. There actually isn’t police, they are called Enforcers, who will only help if you can pay a lot of money. Which means that the lower levels like Julia and the people close to her can’t pay. So maybe that’s where Tiana comes in! Hmmm.

Despite this story dealing with a lot of dark things like prostitution and human trafficking it shines a little light, and a lot of heavy action on the situations. And just maybe Tiana and her crew can make a differences and save them all!

This book is definitely not boring and is face paced and wild.
This book definitely isn’t for younger readers because of the language and mature content. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read a action packed, wild, diverse read. I look forward to more from Sari Taurez!

Bubblegum releases October 9, 2017 and you can pre-order it now on Amazon

Sari TaurezAbout The Author:

Sari Taurez lives in Arizona with her wife, daughter, cat and two dogs. In her free time she crochets, paints, collects Star Trek action figures, and plays video games. A film school graduate, Sari strives to make every novel feel like an action movie. Sari is an advocate for LGBT rights, and strives to create thrilling adventures with LGBT characters. Bubblegum is her debut novel!

 

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Review/Giveaway: The Clue In The Trees by Margi Preus (Enchantment Lake#2)

The Clue in the Trees: An Enchantment Lake MysteryThe Synopsis:

Francie’s brother Theo has secrets—secrets Francie thinks she wants to know. But what if one of those secrets is that Theo is a murderer? To avoid considering that possibility, Francie plunges into her senior year at a small-town high school near Enchantment Lake in northern Minnesota. It’s a radical change from her private school in New York, but she hopes to keep an eye on her great aunts and maybe finally learn more about the mother she never knew. A small silver box seems to hold the answers, and she is determined to get her hands on it.

But when her long-lost brother turns up, so does a dead body, and once again Francie is drawn into a mystery. A long list of suspects, with Theo at the top, keeps her head spinning. When Francie herself becomes a suspect she starts to feel like she is walking on thin ice, but it isn’t until she is literally walking on thin ice that the pieces start to come together—and by then it may be too late.

In her previous adventure Enchantment Lake, Francie was thrown into northern Minnesota lake living: fishing, berry picking, lost kayaks and scary boat rides, poisoned hotdishes, exploding bulldozers, a forest fire . . . and murder. But if she thinks things have settled down, she’s in for a surprise. A new school with new friends (and a few enemies), a lead role in a play, an encounter with a giant muskie, archaeological twists, secret tunnels, thin ice, and a strangely sticky murder are all coming her way in The Clue in the Trees.

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If you haven’t already be sure to check out my review for the first book here Review: Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus

Right from the first page this book jumps into the action and we get to meet a charcter I reeeally was looking forward to meeting! Francie’s brother Theo! Then there is soon another mystery or two for Francie to solve, or so everyone assumes it’s up to her to solve.

“Francie, caught off guard,stared back,thinking,Nancy Drew? Are you kidding me?

Francie now lives in town and goes to school there and meets a couple of new interesting friends that might just have some of there own unique detective skills. Of course the Aunt’s are still in the picture. The story wouldn’t be the same without their quirkyness.

 

There is so many interesting topics in this story! Dinosaur bones,pipeline protests, a mysterious heist,bootlegging and more! All on Enchantment Lake! It’s fast moving and a fun read! I read it in one sitting. I don’t totally agree that this is Middle Grade, I think it is definitely mature enough for YA and I think anyone at any age would love this if they are looking for a fun little mystery.

I love Margi Preus writing and enjoyed this series so much so far, I look forward to a third book and reading Margi’s others books!

shapeimage_31-223x300.pngABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author several books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society. New in 2015 is Enchantment Lake, a northwoods mystery, and The Bamboo Sword, which Book-page says is “historical fiction at its best.” “Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. Whether she’s evoking Norway during World War II or 19th century Japan, Preus combines impeccable research with strong characterization and plot the very elements that draw readers into history and spark the curiosity to learn more.” Bookpage, Sept. 2015

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Bookstagram Challenge/Giveaway – #UncriticalOctober – Fandom or Book Edition!

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another bookish challenge for the Bookstagram community!

Again this month, I will be including a giveaway for a book of your choice from Book Depository valuing at $10 (USD)

Each day you guys do a prompt enters your name to win the giveaway! Rules will be on my Instagram post on Critic_Uncritical_Bookworm

I’m extra excited this month! 

This month is your chance to flaunt your love of fandoms and books!
Pretty much everyday has two options! A fandom or a book prompt! For example day 2 is Disney or Retellings. You could just gush about anything Disney related or post about your favorite Retelling book like The Lunar Chronicles series or Hunted by Meghan Spooner! If you feel like getting really creative you can combine both together!

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on my Instagram anytime!

Below I will explain each prompt in detail just encase you guys don’t understand one!

Also to make it a little easier on you busy bookworms on the weekends there is just one prompt that you can either do on both days or just on one day that weekend.

Have fun and good luck! ❤

  1. October TBR – What do you plan to read this month?
  2. Disney or Retellings – Gush about anything Disney related or post about your favorite Retelling book like The Lunar Chronicles series or Hunted by Meghan Spooner! If you feel like getting really creative you can combine both together!
  3. Breaking Bad or Book Addiction – Were you a fan of the TV Show Breaking Bad? Now is your time to show your love! Not a fan of Breaking Bad or just don’t have anything to go in your photo? Show us your latest Book Addiction! A new favorite book or a new bookish item you are absolutely in-love with!
  4. StarWars or Space – Flaunt your StarWars merch or books! OR Show off another book that takes place in Space!
  5. Game of Thrones or Dragons – Flaunt your Game of Thrones House or Merch! Not a Game of Thrones fan? Got any other Dragon books or maybe just  a little dragon laying around the house? Show us!
  6. Wonderland – Mad Hatter Day! – Bust out your Alice in Wonderland merch and books and don’t forget tea!
  7. Weekend 1 !!!!! –
  8. – The 90s – Pull out your 90s books or some of your favorite things from the 90s! *Remember you can do weekend prompts on either Saturday or Sunday or both!*
  9. Star Trek or Aliens – Okay, Trekkers or Trekkies it’s your day! Not a fan of Star Trek, Got any Alien books to recommend?
  10. Narnia or Most Unique Book – Flaunt your love for Narnia or show us the most unique book you own!
  11. Smurfs – #booksnotbullies – Flaunt some blue books! Also if you haven’t already check out the booksnotbullies hashtag to see what it is all about!
  12. Neverland or Far Away Lands – Peter Pan fans today is for you! Not a fan show us a book with a far away land or a awesome world you would like to visit!
  13. Friday The 13th – Slashers or Horror – Show off your favorite slasher movies or horror books! Might want to bust out the Stephen King!
  14. Weekend 2 !!!!! –
  15. – The 80s – Retro – Pull out your 80s books or some of your favorite things from the 80s! I love 80s Hair Metal bands! *Remember you can do weekend prompts on either Saturday or Sunday or both!*
  16. Sherlock or Mysterys – Flaunt your Sherlock stuff or another favorite detective or mystery book! 
  17. Shadowhunters or Saving The World Books
    – Flaunt your shadowhunter books or merch, maybe even write some runes on yourself! I always use black sharpie. 😉 Don’t like Shadowhunters? Show us your favorite book when the main character is basically saving the world!
  18. The 100 or Dystopian – Flaunt your favorite The 100 merch or books OR show us your favorite or most current Dystopian Read!
  19. Pirates of The Caribbean or Sea Worthy Books – Flaunt your favorite pirate,movie, merch, or books! OR any book located on the water!
  20. Marvel or Bookish Heroes – Flaunt off your Marvel merch or comics! OR Show us your bookish hero or just books with heroes!
  21. Weekend 3 !!!!! –
  22. The 70s – Flower Power! – Let’s see those flower props! Also if you have anything show off your 70s books or some of your favorite things from the 70s!  *Remember you can do weekend prompts on either Saturday or Sunday or both!*
  23. The Walking Dead – Undead Charcters or Creatures – Show off your Walking Dead merch or comics! OR got any books with some zombies or some unique characters that aren’t really alive? or maybe there’s some spooky undead creatures you would like to share?
  24. Doctor Who or Time Travel – Today is your day Whovians! Don’t have Doctor Who? Show us some time travel books!
  25. Charmed or Witch/Warlock/Wizard – Show off your love for the tv show Charmed OR any of your favorite witches, warlocks or wizards!
  26. Supernatural or Last Spooky Read – Flaunt your love for the tv show Supernatural OR show us your last spooky read!
  27. Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Vampire Books – Flaunt your love for Buffy or show us your favorite vampire books!
  28. Weekend 4 !!!! –
  29. The 60s – Classics – Show off some of your favorite classic reads or some of your favorite things of the 60s! *Remember you can do weekend prompts on either Saturday or Sunday or both!*
  30. October Book Haul – Show us all the books you bought or were given this month!
  31. October Wrap-Up – Show us the books you read this month!

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Review: Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus

 

23508203The Synopsis:

A disturbing call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries. Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents? On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hotdish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built. To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie—in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble (evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect.

 

My Review:

First off, lets take a moment to enjoy this awesome cover! Next I must say this is definitely a five star read! It had a great story line, great characters, it was even written great! I love this world of Enchantment! A island located in a little town in MN only accessible by boat! I think that little detail made the story even better.

I see a lot of reviews calling it Middle Grade, but I think it leans towards YA with the maturity. I think even any adult would enjoy this if they are looking for a fun little mystery. I say little because this story is a little  under 200 pages. It is packed with so much though and there is never a dull moment! It was so enjoyable, I read it in one sitting.

Francie’s aunts  are definitely my favorite in the story, they are the town goofballs. They are not the only oddballs though, even though the other town members don’t think so. There are plenty of suspects in this mystery! This is a fun read, but there was some serious parts also! Like maybe the deep mysteries of Francie’s past is related to the mystery in Enchantment!

“Seems like everybody wants something other than forest from this forest.”
I have already read the sequel, The Clue In The Trees and I loved it even more! Stay tuned for the review for that Sept, 23rd!

shapeimage_31-223x300.pngABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author several books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society. New in 2015 is Enchantment Lake, a northwoods mystery, and The Bamboo Sword, which Book-page says is “historical fiction at its best.” “Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. Whether she’s evoking Norway during World War II or 19th century Japan, Preus combines impeccable research with strong characterization and plot the very elements that draw readers into history and spark the curiosity to learn more.” Bookpage, Sept. 2015

Website-http://www.margipreus.com
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Twitter-https://twitter.com/MargiPreus
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I hope you enjoyed this review, if you have any questions or comments feel to comment below! I’d love to hear them! ❤
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