The Magic Misfits: The Fourth Suit by Neil Patrick Harris

Welcome to the blog tour for The Magic Misfits: The Fourth Suit hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you like magic, friends, excitement, and adventure, this is the perfect series for you or your middle-grade reader! I found this book to be absolutely captivating!

This is the first book that I have read in The Magic Misfits series, and I was SO appreciative that the book lends itself to someone jumping into the series! There’s a “Stop! Halt! Who Goes There!” at the beginning that wonderfully catches a reader up on who the characters are in the book. I loved that!

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Books about magicians are always calling to me. I find them to be a fun mix of fantasy and real-world, and it just draws me right in. Where Dreams Descend introduces the reader to a world where nothing is as it seems, and the dreams of one young magician have the opportunity to be the downfall of an entire town.

This book has brought out a whole lot of feelings in me. I found myself struggling to get into the book at the beginning but unable to put the book down by the end.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Ninth House is filled with a huge variety of magic and I loved learning about it. Each house has its own type of magic and I was so interested every time I was introduced to it.

How I Felt:

The story follows Alex, a Yale freshman as she is accepted into one of the university’s secret societies. Alex isn’t just a normal freshman joining college clubs. She was recruited for a special position in the Ninth House at Yale. A secret group with spooky situations constantly popping up.

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Flobella and the Creative Path by A.T. Waverly

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I am always a sucker for a re-telling or a re-imagining of a fairytale. Flobella and the Creative Path is that plus so much more. The book could be considered a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, but there were also some aspects that made me think of Alice in Wonderland. There is a cat that duplicates and begins to look like an accordion, and I greatly enjoyed that scene. I loved that this book also stands on its own as a creative story, giving the reader new ways to think of their own creative strengths.

How I Felt:

The story is perfect for young readers. It is quick moving and not too long. The characters are fun and different, and completely grab your interest as soon as you meet them. The dimension is described in a way that makes you really see what the author wanted you to see. There is a part where the field of flowers turns to a fabric with sewn flowers, and I could truly visualize the change and I very much appreciated the authors ability to describe that scene.

The world Flobella is drawn into is called the Creative Idea Dimension (CID), and I would have liked it to be called something just a bit less “on the mark” so to say. All of the creatures and names were so creative in this book, and I would have liked the dimension’s name to match. That’s my only downside to this book, and it was not a draw back to reading the story, it was truly a very small downside.

To Read or Not To Read:

I think Flobella and the Creative Path should be in school libraries. It is a great story about how creative each, individual person can be. It is written using a fun, engaging story for children that will make them inspired to be creative themselves. I think this book is suitable for 3rd-6th graders.

Where to Find This Book:

Flobella and the Creative Path by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads 

Flobella has lived with her very mean Aunt and Uncle since she was 4 when she became an orphan. At 12, she now spends her time painting and dreaming of a woman who might be her mother. As she is painting, her brushstrokes start to swirl and lift off the page taking her up with them. A tiny fairy, Mumu appears and takes Flobella with her through the spiral to the Creative Idea Dimension (CID). She must only stay one hour and then she must get back home to keep from causing all kinds of inter-dimensional problems.

She misses her opportunity to get home, however, and now the only way back is to take the Creative Path to the Gold Door. She must find Evo the wise man beyond the door, as he is the only one who can help her. Her path is filled with fantastic, creative beings, who want to help her, but there is one who will stop at nothing to keep her from finishing her journey. . .

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical by Pauline Tait

This is the third book in the series The Fairy in the Kettle. I was provided this book as an ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Daughter’s Thoughts:

My daughter LOVED the illustrations in this book. It grabbed her attention immediately, and is ultimately why she chose the book. She wanted to see more. Once we started the book, she was entranced and loved it from start to finish!


My Thoughts:

I too thought the illustrations were quite pretty in this book. Also, I loved that she loved the book. The story was something that I could read again, and again….an important trait in a children’s book. We have way too many books on our shelves that I groan at having to read again. This will not be one of those.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

The fairies have discovered that their fairy dust is getting low. They leave their special home in search of more. Going on an adventure outside of their comfortable homeland in search of this fairy dust, they encounter all sorts of things. They soon realize that they can only find this fairy dust, and bring it home, if they work together.


Footnotes:

#netgalley #thefairyinthekettle #thefairyinthekettlegetsmagical #shejustlovesbooks #shejustlovesbooksforkids #childrensbooks

The River Fairy’s Wish: A Lyrical Fairy Tale by Cyrena Shows

I was provided this ARC by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What My Child Thought:

She loved that this story centered around a fairy. She is also a big fan of books like Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and The River Fairy’s Wish had the same repetitive wording. Where it starts with one thing, and then it repeats that one thing and adds another, and then adds another and repeats the first two things. She adored the illustrations in this book. They were very colorful and vibrant.

What I Thought:

I liked the story, and I liked that while this book did have some of the repetitive lines, it also broke from that halfway through the story, and it made me love the story so much more. The illustrations were quite beautiful and the story was one that was full of fantasy and wishes that little children love.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

The River Fairy’s Wish is about a Princess of the River Fairy’s that wishes to be a human girl. She has a wish saved in her crown. She uses the wish to become a human girl, enjoying the sunshine on her face, and while she does, the River Fairies continue to watch their Princess even though she doesn’t remember.

Footnotes:

#netgalley #theriverfairyswish #childrensbooks #kidsbooks #shejustlovesbooks #shejustlovesbooksforkids #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreview #bookreviews

Cinderella Rex (Once Before Time Book 1) by Christy Webster

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book will publish on November 12, 2019. I was provided this book by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.


Our Thoughts:

What My Kids Loved: The beautiful illustrations were full of glitters and little sparkle spots that just made for a lovely book. My daughter was asking me not to turn the page yet so that she could look a little longer! She loved that the story was a Cinderella version, because Disney is everything right now! Finally, she liked that Cinderella loved to dance, because she does too!


What I Loved: I also enjoyed the illustrations, they really were just beautiful. I liked the story because it was a take on Cinderella, but it wasn’t a romance-love story, it was a love of dance story. That was a nice change to the traditional story. I also enjoyed that the characters were dinosaurs; that was just cute.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Cinderella Rex just loves to dance. She lives with her very mean “stomp”mother and “stomp” sisters. A ball is being held at the castle, but Cinderella Rex is not allowed to go! Then, her fairy Triceratops arrives and provides her with her dress and carriage. She’s going to be able to dance at the ball! Of course, the story has her losing her shoe and her midnight curfew. The slight changes in how the prince finds her so she can teach him to dance were just perfect.

Footnotes:

#cinderellarex #christyweber #shejustlovesbooks #shejustlovesbooksforkids #childrensbooks #childrenslit #netgalley #andrewmcmeelpublishing #CinderellaRexOnceBeforeTimeBook1

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The telling of the story with connections back to clues early in the book was amazing. I loved that What the Wind Knows had such a wonderful full-circle feeling. All the pieces came together at the end, and it just left be in awe.


How I felt:

I really enjoyed this book, but I did disengage a bit when the writing focused on the Irish wars. I felt like it pulled me out of the story a bit. Outside of those portions, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written with wonderful characters that I connected to. I loved the mystical element mixed with the real-life making this book part fantasy and part historical fiction.

I tried to explain this book to my husband and didn’t do it very well. I hope to do better for you!
Anne Gallagher’s grandfather raised her on his childhood stories of Ireland in the 1920’s. On his deathbed he makes her promise to go to Ireland to spread his ashes. While there she travels back in time to 1921 and finds herself mistaken for her great-grandmother, previously believed to have died. She has been shot and is found by Dr. Thomas Smith, her grandfather’s guardian.

Anne adopts her great-grandmother’s identity while she tries to adapt to what has happened to her.
I loved the time travel and interwoven lives of her ancestors and her. I wasn’t as interested in the parts about the struggles of the Ireland fights happening during the story. They helped moved the story along, but her life and the events she encounters were so much more intriguing. This was definitely worth reading though!

To Read or Not To Read:

This is definitely a book I would recommend for historical fiction fans. Although I didn’t like the Ireland fighting portions, I know that there are a lot of readers that would like that. If you are a fan of historical fiction and magical elements AND time travel, What the Wind Knows is one you should check out!

Where To Find This Book:

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Audible | Goodreads

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A woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

If you haven’t yet read any books by Amy Harmon yet, here are the list of books by her that I have already read and recommend!
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon