The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag, A Review

This story begins immediately by radiating magic and a sense of enchantment. It even suggests to the reader that they have magic within themselves and yes, I’m already looking for it!

This tale starts with Goldie, who works in a hotel cleaning rooms but steals from the occupants on the side to make extra money for taking care of herself and her little brother Teddy. While working at the front desk she meets Leo, an attractive son of a well to do guest and this is where things start to get complicated.

Goldie is one of several young women who are a Grimm. This means that they can visit the Everwhere, although it is difficult to remember it exactly. Leo, however, is a Soldier and works against the Sisters Grimm. Although, in this case it is unclear how he will handle the situation with the attractive Goldie.

I love the relationship between the Sisters Grimm. It’s an enchanting intertwining of kindred spirits. They have very individual qualities but also aspects that intrinsically link them. As they reach age, (18 years old), their powers slowly emerge but it is yet to be determined if they are good or evil. Just as the Everwhere has both touches of good and evil, the Sisters Grimm can lean either way as well.

I highly recommend this beautiful and magical book. It’s incredibly unique and will pull you in with its gorgeous enchanting details.

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, A Review

It is the beginning of the twentieth century and the world is changing, and so is the life of our heroine, January Scaller.

At the age of seven, January finds a door. For a small moment, she has a life changing experience in which this simple door becomes a portal to another world. January may not know it yet, but this is the beginning of her whole world changing. She tries her hardest to be “the good girl” and fit in to her proper surroundings but she had always been an “in between thing” and eventually, she embraces that part of herself.

Join January on a beautiful and magical adventure. This debut novel has just as much gorgeous fantasy storytelling as it does real world commentary that I believe, is good for all of us to hear.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, A Review

This is Leigh Bardugo’s first adult fantasy book. As you may be able to imagine, I was very excited to read Ninth House, however, I must admit, that it is not a favourite of mine of Bardugo’s or of the fantasy genre in general.

This is a crime/murder- mystery with an emphasis on the occult. Alex, whose real name is Galaxy, is a recovering addict with a very intense back story. She finds herself working in Lethe House at Yale, with the job of sorta being in charge of making sure the Big Houses (Skull and Bones being one of them) behave themselves as they dabble in the arcane. The reason Alex finds herself in this position is because she has the amazing ability of seeing Grays, or ghosts.

It really is an interesting and exciting tale. I was trying to figure out if perhaps “seeing ghosts” was a metaphor for a real world problem. Alex started using drugs at age 12 to deal with the stress of her sight, which can easily be compared to a person dealing with depression, mental illness or abuse, turning to drugs at a young age to self-medicate or escape. I found myself relating somewhat to her past, but I was unable to relate to her present and current status.

I really did enjoy this book, though. At first, it was a little heavy for me but after I reached a point, it quickly became a page turner. So, I want to recommend it, but I do want to point out that there ARE some triggering parts to it concerning her past that deal with sexual assault. So, BE WARNED. But, I wound up really loving the ending. And I think I may have to read the next book in the series!

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, A Review

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Wow.

I reread The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern around Christmas, and once again it just blew me away. Then I (Finally) had THIS book in my hands. Hello, The Starless Sea, I have been waiting on you sense 2011. And I was not let down!

The magic is back, this lyrical prose that Morgenstern uses in her storytelling overpowered me again and left me weak for more. I want more of her beautiful words. These images she creates are majestic and so enthralling that I really felt this book was describing one of my dreamscapes.

This is a book about books. About seeking and about finding. Join Zachary Ezra Rawlins as he leaves the safety of school and libraries, to travel into Manhattan and begin to live out his own personal story. There are many doors to be opened in life, and there are some to close forever. But Zachary Ezra Rawlins is in good company (especially the cats and cocoa and cupcakes).

I did not want this book to end.  Which is sadly rare for me. Please, Erin Morgenstern, do not make me wait so long for another taste. Your writing creates poetic pictures that inspire me to really see the world around me, so I can maybe… Just maybe, catch glimpses of magic.

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The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi, A Review

This is the sequel to The Gilded Wolves and, perhaps, is even more intriguing. The end of the first book was devastating and created a division among the protagonists of this series.

Severin is the leader, however, he leads with a harshness that reflects his inner turmoil to what he has lost. Although he can be difficult, his main goal is always to protect his fellow team members, even if he doesn’t exactly show that.

Join Severin, Laila, Enrique, Hypnos and Zofia as they travel to Russia seeking the Sleeping Palace and The Divine Lyrics which will give them access to godhood. By reaching this goal, Severin believes he will forever be able to put his past and his emotions behind him by erasing feelings of guilt and sadness.

This sequel has a certain cleverness to its writing that can charm any reader. Match that with the elaborate plot and complex characters, and you get a truly great story. This world is so unique and delicious. Lavish details that will leave the reader fully satisfied. I highly suggest enjoying this enchanting creation. Pick up your copy on September 22, 2020.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, A Review

Some things I have learned while reading this series: Do not bargain lightly. Always look deeper than first appearances. And, trust your heart.

Feyre is such a dynamic character. She turns into a completely new person by the end of this series. The scared girl who was willing to settle for a life of quiet and safety is no more. She makes her own choices now and she chooses to love her mate unconditionally while still having her own control over her life, her independence.

Wow, this book was a great ending to a great series. I went through every emotion possible by the end of ACOWAR. Maas did not hold back at all. This author can make me feel exactly what the characters are feeling, even if that means I have to pretend my eyes are watering really bad because I’m reading this book around other people. (I swear, y’all, something got in my eye!)

If you haven’t read this series, I say… READ IT NOW!! I am not going into detail about what happened in the books because its better if you find out on your own. All I will say is that it is full to brimming with serious magic and a one of a kind love story that had my heart racing many a time!

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A Court of Mist and Fury by an author that knows how to really get under my skin, Sarah J. Maas… A brief and, more than likely, crappy review

So, okay! Yes… I literally just finished reading this sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I need to just say what’s on my mind as quickly as possible because I think my brain will explode if I don’t begin the third book in the series immediately.

Wow, this is the longest book in the trilogy and I honestly love it so much more than ACOTAR. I did not realize that what happened during the whole of this book was what I really wanted. I never would have guessed it. But I adored every second, even if I was just squirming in my seat wishing certain things would happen faster.

But… But.. The ending!!! Maas, I have no idea if I can be friends with you because you have a habit of making me believe in wonderful, perfect happy things… Just to rip it all away and set my world on fire so that I have to watch all that I love be destroyed and burn to the ground!!!

But!! Yes, there is a BUT!! All hope is not lost! So, I must be grateful. I’m hurrying, so I’m going to end here by saying that: Sarah J. Maas, I’m expecting some good stuff in this last book, A Court of Wings and Ruin… I have a feeling that once again I will be surprised, dismayed, possibly heartbroken but ultimately satisfied ….

Now I’m going to stay up and read the last book all night. Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!