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Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781665916226
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 4th, 2023

A lovely story about claiming your place, and finding your people, Spellbound follows Rook and Sun, apprentices to curse beakers and frenemies. Rook is a technology whizz, booted out of the magical community when his grandmother died, hoping working for the infamous Antonia Hex will allow him to reconnect with the magic he misses, despite being officially deemed unmagical. Sun is determined to be a good apprentice to Fable Page, and pass their summer course in math. When the magical government steps in, all four have to decide what is right and who they stand with. A very fun book, and a great summer read. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250244093
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Published: Tor Books - August 15th, 2023

Thornhedge is the best fairy tale retelling I have read in some time. Kingfisher centers the story on the fairy who cast the sleeping spell, rather than the sleeping princess, and we follow Toadling through the centuries she watches over the tower. When a Muslim knight comes to investigate a story of a sleeping maiden, Toadling's past and present collide. If you like fairy tale retellings with a twist, faeries, and friendship in unlikely places, you will love this book. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long

Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) by Rebecca Yarros - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781649374042
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Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - May 2nd, 2023

If you enjoyed A Deadly Education or have ever wanted to read about a deadly college where people die in their quest to become dragon riders, this is the book for you! I couldn't put down this gripping story as we follow Violet, the daughter and sibling of famous riders, as she faces the deadly challenges of the rider's quadrant, full of physical challenges, dragon-given powers, and peers who would like to see her dead. Yarros has written a thrilling story with the best handling of a chronic medical condition I have read. I cannot wait to read what happens next for Violet and Xaden! ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long

Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues by H.S Valley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781760508753
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Published: Hardie Grant Children's Publishing - February 14th, 2023

A subterranean New Zealand magic school? Yes, please! As a magic system explicitly based in the Pacific, I thoroughly enjoyed Valley's magical world. Drama over a magically enhanced egg-baby school assignment, plus forced proximity and accidental bonding - just the queer magical school story I needed. Valley presents a story about enemies turned assignment-partners where it is okay to still be exploring who you are. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long

We Could Be So Good: A Novel by Cat Sebastian - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063272767
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Published: Avon - June 6th, 2023

Cat Sebastian has done it again with this gorgeous dip into 1959 New York City. When Nick meets Andy he is convinced he is going to hate him, as Andy is the inexperienced son of the newspaper publisher, and Nick has worked hard as a reporter to earn his place. But Andy has his tie stuck in a trick drawer, and Nick is helpless to do anything but take him under his wing, and before he knows it, Andy is his best friend. As a queer man in an era when cops actively work to entrap men, Nick kept people at arm's length, until Andy. Andy, as the son of a publisher and a star reporter, feels the weight of his family's paper, and longs for the happy home and family he grew up without. As circumstances bring these two men closer together, they learn how wanting to create a safe, happy space can shape their relationship and how they interact with the world. I was thrilled with Sebastian's research into the period, and will absolutely reread this book in the very near future! ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long


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