Monday, April 25th 2016

Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

25028285Title: The Square Root of Summer

Author: Harriet Rueter Hapgood

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication Date: May 2016

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Contemporary, Time Travel, Magical

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Sunday, September 20th 2015

Giveaway, Interview and Review – The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

20734002Title: The Weight of Feathers

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: September 2015

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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Thursday, October 9th 2014

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

19367070Title: Illusions of Fate

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: September 2014

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy, Magic

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Tuesday, April 1st 2014

Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

18223777Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Author: Alice Hoffman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: February 2014

Genre: Adult Fiction/Historical

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Thursday, December 19th 2013

Review: Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder

13617556Title: Taste of Darkness

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Publication Date: December 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three Continue Reading →

Thursday, December 12th 2013

Review: The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

15714476Title: The Pirate’s Wish

Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Publication Date: June 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy

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Thursday, May 2nd 2013

Review: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Title: Shades of Milk and Honey

Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: August 2010

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book.

Review:

Jane Ellsworth is a bright, smart yet plain girl. But while her sister has all the beauty, Jane has a clever wit and amazing talent with magic. Twenty eight years old, and sadly resigned to becoming a spinster, Jane is surprised when their sleepy town encounters some major changes, thrusting Jane into the forefront. She makes new friends, comes into secrets and perhaps, perhaps, may just get her heart stolen!


I’m sorry, what? Jane Austen’s world with some magic woven in? Sign me up!

This was a book club book and I’m so happy it was! I had been planning to read it for a while now but with my ever growing pile of books, it was down on the list.

What struck me most was the language. The author does such a fantastic job of paying homage to that brand of writing, without it becoming too cheesy or dated. It flows naturally on the page and the beautiful scenes with Glamour and magic woven in are effortless. I love this England.

Jane is sensible, humble but clear headed. Of course, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Lizzie Bennett! And her sister Melody is a dreadful combination of immature, selfish and hopeless romantic. A few different characters spring to mind from Austen books, but you get the picture. While Melody is my least favorite character in the story, she does a wonderful job of bringing Jane out, causing tension and misunderstandings!


I loved the writing, I loved the magic. 
A quick and stylized historical fiction that remakes Austen’s England into something still charming but fantastically different!

If you love Jane Austen and love magic, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy