Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute

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Rating: 3 out of 5.
Copy of Science Fiction with pink background and oversized moon with reflection in water

What I Loved:

The utter craziness of this story was so intriguing! I think that sometimes, it’s just so fun to dive into a book that takes you into the oddest moments and quirkiest characters, and that’s exactly what I got with this story!

How I Felt:

Above the Star was seriously one of the wildest, craziest books I have read in a while. The world was very different, and it takes some getting used to, but I think if there are readers that are interested in immersing themselves in a totally new and different place, this would be a great series for them! I also liked that there is a glossary in the back of the book to help you figure out what’s happening. I thought it was a needed, and nice, addition!

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The Green Door by Heather Kindt

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A pink box with "Fantasy" written and a fantasy view of a forest with mountains.
The Green Door book cover.  A green door covered with leaves.
Four young adults sitting together.  Text of "Young Adults"

What I Loved:

I loved all the questions this story provided! The main characters are as lost as the reader as they step through the green door to an unknown world. It was fun and exciting, and I really enjoyed it!

How I Felt:

This is my second book by Heather Kindt, and I am really starting to enjoy her writing! I think that she has a way of creating these fantastic fantasy settings that are rooted in today’s world. It’s a great mix!

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This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows had this fabulous mix of mythology creatures and stories that made the overall-fantasy of this book so exciting! I really enjoyed that this was all layered into a murder mystery! It was an interesting story and a good read!

How I Felt:

This story’s world has humans and gods walking around together, living life side-by-side. I loved the research that the author so obviously put into the mythological creatures as he built this story. I found that the references and descriptions fit into the plot really well.

The pace for This Eternity of Masks and Shadows was probably too fast. I would have enjoyed this a bit more with a few additional breaks in the action to build the world a bit more, and focus on the character building. It was, however, FILLED with action. There was a lot going on, and it led to a very fast-paced, quick read. Readers that enjoy action-packed stories are going to love this one!

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Life’s a Witch by Skyler Andra

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Life’s a Witch is a perfect book to jump into if you are looking for a new paranormal romance series! It’s book one in the Guild of Guardians and is a spin-off story of one of the characters, Astra.

Astra has been convicted of theft and is sentenced to The Guild of Guardians, a prison for the supernatural. The prisoners spend their sentences working to capture other criminals. Astra is assigned to a group with a cast of characters that hit on a ton of personality types. Knoxe, Tor, Raze & Pascal are the others in her group, and she finds them less than friendly at first, but soon finds a rhythm with them.

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Protagonist Bound by Geanna Culbertson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I love a fairytale fantasy and that’s SO what I got with Protagonist Bound! I loved the world the author created for this story! I’ll go into that in detail below, but it was so much fun!

My Synopsis:

Crisanta Knight is the daughter of Cinderella, and with that royal heritage comes a heavy responsibility to be the perfect princess and live a fairytale life. Except Crisanta isn’t interested in that. She doesn’t want to be saved by a prince, sing with the birds, or learn the importance of high heels.

Crisanta lives in Book, a realm where the stories of people’s lives are written by the Author. Protagonists are determined by the author, and once your Book appears, your life is in the hands of the Author.

So, as royalty, Crisanta has been a protagonist since birth. She has two years left at Lady Agnue’s School for Princesses & Other Female Protagonists and her Prologue could appear at any time. When it finally does, she wants nothing to do with it and sets out on a dangerous journey with her friends to find out how to change it.

How I Felt:

The world Geanna Culbertson has created is so well described, I could envision everything, and I loved that! She provided detail that allowed me to truly see the buildings and people. She did an excellent job, and it has set up a world that people will continue to love throughout the series. The “Author” that decides who is a protagonist and what each character’s story will be was an interesting concept. I’m really excited to see what happens in book two as Crisanta tries to change her “Prologue”.

The characters were wonderful. Crisanta Knight, the main character, is absolutely fabulous. Her attitude is a bit sassy and so determined that you can’t help but love her. She addresses the reader directly like she’s telling them the story, and I really enjoyed that writing choice. Crisanta provides side comments, and goes on diatribes at times, even in the middle of a fight.

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Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Duty. Desire. Destiny.

What I Loved:

Well, this book gave me a book hangover, and I loved that! I got really connected to the characters and by the end, I was like…

“WAIT! It can’t be over!”

My Synopsis:

Flight of the Spark introduces us to Iskra. She lives in a small village with a long list of rules to keep everyone safe.
📜 No cooking in your own home.
📜 Don’t question the leaders.
📜 Don’t go near a Risker encampment. (They are bad and dangerous!)
📜 Volunteer day is mandatory.
📜 Marry the person we feel is best for you.

The list goes on and on. Iskra is happy in her life. She would like a mother that was more loving and less concerned about her reputation with the neighbors, but overall, she’s comfortable and safe.

Iskra and her friend, Tavda, are traveling to a nearby village, and Iskra is so excited about her first trip outside her city’s walls. She misses the caravan home, and panicking over how much trouble she will be in, she hitches a ride with a lone traveler. As they catch up to the caravan, they find bandits have attacked the traveling group. Iskra runs for her life as the bandits chase her, and she is saved by two men.

This experience starts a series of events that lead Iskra to question all the “truths” she has been told about her life and the world around her. She travels with the two men to a Risker camp and finds nothing the way she was told it would be. Now she wonders at all the secrets and lies her leaders have told her and she begins to dig for the truth. What she finds is a romance with a forbidden lover, friends who become enemies, and a destiny that cannot be avoided.

How I Felt:

Flight of the Spark had a wonderful story that really drew me in. I was interested in the beginning as the world unfolded, but by the time Iskra was attacked by bandits, I was engrossed. I thought that Evelyn Puerto did a great job building the world of this story. Fantasy novels must have good world-building or I feel completely lost, so I was so happy at the details provided by Puerto.

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Raghnall’s Revenge by Shauna Richmond

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I absolutely adore the mythical setting for this story! Raghnall’s Revenge is the follow-up book to The Wrath of Raghnall and it absolutely killed it! It’s filled with magical creatures, revenge, and love.

How I Felt:

The story picks up from the end of the last book, continuing in the House of Raghnall’s quest for revenge. Shauna Richmond has the ability to pull the reader right into the story, and while it is a hefty sized book, you don’t realize it as the pages seem to just fly by!

Raghnall’s Revenge is a story of . . . revenge😉. I love the way the author weaves the brutal actions into the story. As I read this book, I had that feeling I would get while reading (or watching) Game of Thrones. The ruthless actions perfectly fit the scene and setting for the story, and it was quite engaging! There are a ton of secrets that are revealed, and the twists that Richmond carefully weaves into the story makes this a page-turner!

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A Curse of Mayhem by Sunayna Prasad

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Curse of Mayhem was a wonderful next book in the Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions series! This is a middle-grade fantasy story filled with magic and adventure!

The story begins six months after the end of the first book, The Frights of Fiji. 13-year-old Alyssa is living with Alex, someone who supports her and believes in her, which is such a nice change from her uncle in book 1. She has put magic behind her…or so she thought. But then, she is cursed by a skeleton named Errol. The curse causes mayhem in Alyssa’s life.

Errol’s curse gives Alyssa magic that is out of control. It causes all kinds of problems that give the book an exciting sense of adventure. Alyssa, ultimately, must defeat Errol to overcome her curse, but can she do it?

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Friend or Foe by Samantha Bryant

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

In the first book of this series, I was interested in Patricia’s character, but I wanted to know more about her. I was so excited that she played a prominent role in this book! I enjoyed reading more about her!

My Synopsis:

Friend or Foe picks up right after the ending of the first book in the series, Going Through the Change. I was happy to see this immediate follow-up to the first story. Patricia O’Neill is still on the scene from the big battle and is trying to evade answering questions of officers and a man, from an unidentified organization.

Cindy, on the other hand, has escaped the scene with her jewels and her quickly regressing body. She’s on a bus trying to figure out where she can go to fix her anti-aging problem when she is confronted by someone from her past that may be able to help her but is it for a price?

How I Felt:

Patricia’s story was focused on what I believe will be leading to her next steps in life. She seems to be struggling with herself. Her reptilian exterior may be a reflection of her internal frame of mind. I find her to be the most difficult character to understand and I believe that her lizard body with skin that cannot be damaged or penetrated is such a perfect characterization for who she is. I enjoyed her struggles over what she should be doing, how she should act to be a good friend, and if she deserves the friendships based on her actions.

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Down A Darker Path by Laura Maybrooke

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Down A Darker Path was a fabulous follow-up to the first book in the series Dulcea’s Rebellion! I loved the strength shown by Dulcea, the main character, and I found the romance so enticing!!

How I Felt:

How beautiful is this cover!?!? I just had to give it a shout out because it is absolutely stunning!

The story picks up from the end of book 1, so make sure you’ve read the first book before starting this one! Dulcea is given a choice. She must choose between the dragon clan or Krath…and she makes her choice and then he leaves her behind! Men! Dulcea’s days are filled with battles with weapons as well as battles over her feelings. She struggles with her honor to keep loyal to her own kind and her budding love for Krath.

The pace of this story is perfect for those that like to jump right into the action. I found the entire story fast-paced and filled with exciting situations! I loved the descriptions of the world. Laura Maybrooke does an excellent job of building her world and creates beautiful images of her story.

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The Frights of Fiji by Sunayna Prasad

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Frights of Fiji is a fun middle-grade adventure with characters that are easy to connect to and a story that children will enjoy!

The story follows Alyssa, a young girl who lost her parents when she was only 7 years old and now lives with her less-than-perfect uncle. As she works to understand her new situation and how to deal with a caretaker who is not so caring, her life takes another crazy turn!

In her window, a message appears:

“Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”

Alyssa is kidnapped by a sorcerer, Master Beau, who has lost his powers and is hoping that she is the key to gaining them back. For Alyssa to escape, she must beat Master Beau. Does she have the strength and power to do it?

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The Nightjar’s Promise by Barbara Casey

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Nightjar’s Promise features Jennifer, one of the F.I.G.s. As she is leaving her practice, she swears she sees her mother and father, but that can’t be! They were killed in a car crash 15 years ago! She messages the other F.I.G.s their codeword, THURGOOD, to be used only when they are in trouble or have something terrible to discuss.

The F.I.G.s genius powers start working immediately and they each envision something that will give them clues. They are warned to beware the nightjar, setting off a chain of events that lead them to one danger after another.

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