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review 2017-04-24 14:50
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy - Ellen Datlow,Terri Windling,Jeffrey Ford,Genevieve Valentine,Maureen F. McHugh,Delia Sherman,Kathe Koja,Elizabeth Wein,Elizabeth Bear,James P. Blaylock,Kaaron Warren,Leanna Renee Hieber,Dale Bailey,Veronica Schanoes,Catherynne M. Valente,Ellen Kushner,Car

Loved it. Wonderful collection. There might be one or two stories that aren't quite as strong as the rest, but it hardly matters. They are imaginative, well-constructed, and a great deal of fun. I particularly enjoyed the stories who owe a debt of inspiration to the Brontes, Austen and Trollop. I'm a big fan of most things Datlow and Windling (the editors) do, and this is no exception. 

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review 2016-12-07 03:47
A Season of Spells (Noctis Magicae #3) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter
A Season of Spells (A Noctis Magicae Novel) - Sylvia Izzo Hunter

 

 

 

Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting the heiress of Alba to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed.

 

Sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia of Alba and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance is cast into further doubt when the men who tried to poison King Henry are discovered to have escaped from prison.
 
Gray sets off to track the fugitives abroad, while Sophie tries to spark a connection between the bride and groom by enlisting them in her scheme to reopen a long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford.

 

Though a vocal contingent believes that educating women spells ruin, what Sophie and her friends discover in the decaying college library may hold the key to protecting everything they hold dear—as well as a dark secret that could destroy it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I forgot to do my homework when I requested this book but I was inspired by the blurb and the cover which is beautiful. I didn't realize that A Season of Spells is the third book in the Noctis Magicae series.

That being said I loved the cast, I loved the world and I really liked the hunters take on magic and the relationships between the cast. The bond of friendship is great on a devotional scale.

I loved the world Hunter has created - its Harry Potter vs The Tudors.

Wonderful read!

I totally plan on picking up the previous books in this series and reading it all the way through. Hunter is a new favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvia Izzo Hunter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

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text 2016-10-17 14:15
BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, & #GIVEAWAY - Spells and Sorcery (Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1) by S. Usher Evans
Spells and Sorcery - S. Usher Evans
You have magic.
One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
 
Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.
 
Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.
 
Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.
 
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/10/blog-tour-excerpt-giveaway-spells-and.html
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review 2016-09-09 13:12
Shamelessly Spellbound (Spells That Bind #2) by Cassandra Lawson
Shamelessly Spellbound (Spells That Bind) (Volume 2) - Cassandra Lawson
Shamelessly Spellbound is the second book in the Spells That Bind series, and concentrates on Trevor and Melina. Trevor is Dylan's partner and best friend. Also, up until six months ago, he was the ultimate man-whore! Every witch he went near, he hoped was "The One" and would dive headlong into a relationship with her, that usually only lasted a couple of weeks. All that changed when he saw Melina, Allie's best friend. Melina is a wonderful character, who uses bitchiness as a weapon. I loved her!!! Tough on the outside, soft on the inside. Of course, someone is causing trouble, and Trevor and Melina need to sort it out before anyone else gets killed.
 
Once again, this book has something for everyone, just like book one did. Mystery, red herrings, hot off the page scenes, romance, protective instincts, it's all here. Once I started this book, I didn't want to put it down. Every page basically turned itself as I was lost in the story. 
 
Exceptionally well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this book is an excellent addition to the series, which is also proving to be outstanding. Highly recommended by me.
 
* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/review-by-merissa-shamelessly.html
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review 2016-06-14 02:50
The Hardy Boys: D.A.N.G.E.R. Spells the Hangman Volume 18 by Scott Lobdell
D. A. N. G. E. R. Spells the Hangman! (Hardy Boys Graphic Novels Series #18) - Scott Lobdell,Paulo Henrique

Genre: Mystery / Adventure / Thriller / Crime

Year Published: 2009

Year Read: 5/29/2016

Series: The Hardy Boys #18

 

 

Publisher:  Papercutz

 

Hardy

Introduction:

Well, it seems that I am on a “Hardy Boys” reading binge as I am checking out almost all of the “Hardy Boys” graphic novel series and I have stumbled upon another “Hardy Boys” graphic novel called “The Hardy Boys: D.A.N.G.E.R Spells the Hangman” which is a pretty interesting volume dealing with the spelling bee…in a murder plot!

What is this story about?

The story starts off with Joe Hardy having to go to the National Spelling Bee after Cassie London, the real spelling bee winner, was unexpectedly called to London for a violin performance. It was then that Joe discovers that there is a murder plot unfolding at the Spelling Bee and he has to do the case solo due to Frank having to take their pet parrot to the vet. Meanwhile, while Frank is taking their parrot to the vet, he discovers a bunch of burglars trying to steal dogs from the animal shelter to make money off of them and Frank goes out to stop the burglars from kidnapping the dogs.

Can Frank and Joe solve their respective cases?

Read this book to find out!


What I loved about this story:

Scott Lobdell’s writing: Scott Lobdell’s writing is as usual extremely interesting to read as I loved the way that Scott Lobdell wrote each character and the relationships between them, especially the relationship between Frank and Joe as it shows that they truly care for each other when comes to solving cases together. I really loved the fact that we have a storyline where Frank and Joe are separated from each other and we get to see how both brothers manage their respective cases without the other. I especially loved the fact that we get to focus more on Joe Hardy’s intelligence as we find out that he has participated in the Spelling Bee before and that he was known to be really good at the Spelling Bee and this story shows much more depth with the Hardy Boys’ intelligence in other areas besides the cases they get involved in. I also enjoyed Joe’s interactions with Tam, as it seems that they have a bit of a friendly rivalry going on between them and I wished that this volume showcased that rivalry a bit more in the story.

Paulo Henrique’s artwork: Paulo Henrique’s artwork is as usual fantastic to look at as the characters are beautifully drawn in the typical anime style and all the action sequences where the Hardy Boys fight off bad guys are extremely well detailed.

Hardy

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason why I gave this volume a four star rating was because, just like the previous volumes, the story seems a bit clunky as the ending was rushed and there was not enough build up leading to the conclusion of the case. I would have liked this story more if they had developed the clues to the mystery a bit better and actually gave us some kind of closure to the case. Also, I would have liked to see more moments between Joe and Tam as I felt that their relationship with each other would have made a pretty interesting story and it was a shame that we do not get to see more of their relationship in this volume.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “The Hardy Boys: D.A.N.G.E.R Spells the Hangman” is a great volume starring the Hardy Boys and once again, I will try to seek out more “Hardy Boys” graphic novels in the near future!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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