Review | By A Charm & A Curse: Whimsy and Fun at a Magical Carnival

By A Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell is a really fun story set at a carnival and at first sight seems similar to The Night Circus, but is actually very different.

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34921588Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

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Review | The Hazel Wood: Dark Fairytales and Mysteries

I requested an eARC of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert on a whim because I’ve heard a couple of blogger friends speak really highly of it, and I definitely don’t regret it! If you like to read books without knowing what they’re about exactly, I highly recommend not reading the synopsis below!

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34275232Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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Review | The Sacrifice Box: I was not prepared for this

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart is a YA horror book (whelp) with its fair share of gruesome murderous ehm… things? animals? corpses? and gore, but also with a fun cast of teens!

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30048202Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box forever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang has drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realize that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.

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Review | Beautiful Broken Things: In Which I Rant A Lot

I was so looking forward to reading this book because I loved Sara Bernard’s other book A Quiet Kind of Thunder. But this one just didn’t work for me. At all.

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

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Review | The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet: Wholly Original but A Little Slow

Today I’m going to do a review of The Long Way to a Small, Angy Planet by Becky Chambers. This is a sci-fi book that is very original and so well-written!

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24956528Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

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Double Review | Long Way Down & Autoboyography

Simon Teen has this amazing action this December in which you can read 25 books for one day only. So far, I’ve gotten through both Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. I’m also currently reading WANT by Cindy Pon. Anyway, I’m going to review these two books!

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Review | All The Ways To Here: A Super Cute f/f Romance about Family

All The Ways to Here is the second book by Emily O’Beirne I read and it’s the second book in this contemporary series about Finn and Willa. I loved the first one and now again, I loved the second.

This review can contain spoilers for the first book, but I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible. If you’d like to read my review on Future Leaders of Nowhere, check out my review here.

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