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Magic Awaits! The Crowns of Crosswald by DE Night Unboxing the MAGIC

I love getting beautiful packages in the mail! Look what came recently; it’s a package for The Crowns of Crosswald book!

The Crowns of Crosswald by DE Night

I’m gonna call the author Night because DE is too close to DW from Arthur and we don’t want to get them mixed up, do we? Anywhat, here’s the packaging!

It’s like a Harry Potter box, non?

Look at all that magical cuteness in that box? I’m swooning! And you see that adorbs little blue bottle? It’s the Glamagerie.

Isn’t magic great?!

 

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The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

I’ve been quietly reading the Magicians series for the last year or so. Imagine if you are a book lover and and you’re too old to attend Hogwarts but you still want to live in a world of magic.  Enter Lev Grossman’s Magicians series.

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I’ve been reluctant to read the last book because once you finish the book, then it’s over right? Duh. But when you love a series, you don’t want to leave your friends.  I know you can relate to that.  But as the saying goes, all good things…and I think I was finally ready to leave Brakebills and Fillory.  Here’s a blurb:

Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, and a new Fillory–but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.

I’m not going to say I cried at the end, but let’s just say that I was sad to see the story end and if you’re a grown up who loves magic this series is for you. Read it now.  Note, this series is NOT for children or teens. Maybe wait til your teen goes off to college: here’s some raunchy stuff in this series. But for grown folks?  All the YES.

And now it’s a tv series? Swoon.  Have you seen the show?

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Books Children

Tween Book Club Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

I meet with a group of tweens (my tweenies) every month for a bookclub. This year I let the kids decide what books they wanted to read. It’s been an interesting assortment of middle grade literature that I am proud to have in my repertoire.  This month we discussed The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, the boy from Glee.

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I’d received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book two years ago at BEA and I somehow never got around to it. I was happy to get a chance to read it with my Tweenies.  It’s a fun read if you like fairy tales. Colfer weaves a tale about a set of brother and sister twins who find themselves in an alternate universe! A universe of Fairy Tales.

It’s a clever ride through the magic kingdoms of your favorite fairytales.  I can’t wait to read the second book!

Next month we will discuss, The Name of this Book is Secret.  Have you read it?

 

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OMG…Am I a Witch? TLC Book Tours

 

OMG...Am I a Witch

OMG…Am I a Witch?

 

Here is a book that I think is SO cute!  Have you ever wondered if you were a witch? Have you ever tried to cast a spell on someone and wondered if it worked or not?

April Appleton is so annoyed at her older brother that she searches the Internet for a spell to turn him into a dog. When the spell works, April realizes she has more powers than she ever dreamed of! Now she has to figure out how to turn him back to normal before her parents find out. She has little time, but with help from her friends Grace and Eve she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work, and will April’s newfound magic save the day?

Oopsie, that sounds like a teeny bit of a problem, right?  But a fun one to have, right?

So, check it out and see if April can change her annoying brother back into a human boy.  Brothers can be annoying but parents frown on changing their children into animals; no matter how justified.

So to answer your question, YES you are a witch. No not YOU, dear reader, you’re not a witch, ok well you might be a witch, but I’m really speaking to our heroine, April.  She, indeed is a witch, because she really did turn her brother into a dog. And thanks to her bestie Grace and new friend, Eve, they figure out what to do.  Fortunately, new friend Eve, is a descendant of New Orleans relatives who practice magee (that’s French for magic) and are in possession of an old book of magic.

Can you say HILARITY?

and wee wee pads?

This fun book was written by Talia Aikens-Nunez, a name that sounds musical enough to say over and over again!

You can find Talia on Facebook and at other blog stops on this TLC tour!

Oh yeah, did I mention that I’m a stop on the TLC Book Tour? Welcome aboard and enjoy the trip.

p.s. Don’t tick off your little sister or she just might turn you into a dog.  Or something worse.

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Books Young Adult

Book Review: Allure by @Lea_Nolan @HeatherRiccio

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You many not know this, but PammyPam is part of an elite street ninja team called the Apprentices.  We are handpicked for our ingenious skills by our leader, author and head ninja, Lea Nolan.  As part of this elite squad of ninjas, we get to hear the latest news about Lea’s writings.  Lea’s first book, Conjure:

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

 

I loved Conjure so much! It’s so refreshing to read a YA book that’s not too mushy and is appropriate for the younger YAs, 12-14.  Here’s my review.  You can imagine I was over the moon when, through a little hoodoo magic, I conjured up an advanced copy of Allure, the sequel to Conjure! Here’s the blurb:

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

 

Allure is just as good as Conjure, but maybe just a tad better. You know why?  If you were wondering what boo hags looked like after reading Conjure, you’ll find out in Allure.  And believe me, boo hags are the stuff of nightmares.  I can see why Delia didn’t want the kids to run into any. Scary stuff! Lea Nolan shares her hoodoo knowledge and makes me feel like I’m reading Delia’s book of spells myself!  There are only a few points of contention in the book, which I’ll not share for fear of spoiling, but let’s just say, that the boo hags aren’t the only things that will upset you.  Nolan introduces new characters and eliminates old ones; you’ll be conflicted.  But in a good way.

I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get their hands on Allure so they can love it like I do!

I give Allure 4 paws due to the multi ethnic portrayals and easy relationships.  Add these two titles to your collection.  Girls of all colors will appreciate it!

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Books Children

The Magicians Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

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There are so many good middle grade books on the market it’s a shame that there aren’t more hours in the day to get to read them!  Here’s a book that I think is worth a look: The Magician’s Tower, the sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street.

I know what you’re thinking: you can’t pick up the sequel without reading the first title first.  It’s true, you shouldn’t but then again, that’s what makes us so unconventional, doesn’t it?

I like The Magician’s Tower because it reminds me of The Night Circus, only for tweens!  There are wizards, magicians, faeries, dark streets, a competition, a love interest, gypsies, spells, and adventure.  What’s not to love?

Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate’s detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge captures her attention—The Magician’s Tower Contest.

Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks (such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes). As the competition commences, a case emerges. A rare punchbowl—one with unparalleled magical powers—has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician’s Tower. If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her question about her mother’s and sister’s tragic deaths so many years ago—was she really at fault?

Full of magic, mystery, and fun, THE MAGICIAN’S TOWER continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

And who doesn’t love a strong female protagonist with a raven for a pet?

Check out the fun stuff happening at the author’s website and take a quiz to see which character  you are most like; I did! While you’re there, you’ll find other fun things. Check it out. If you dare ahahahahahaha! (I crack myself up)