Blog Tour: The Language of Spells | dragons, sorcerers, and a world of magic

The Language of Spells is a beautifully written middle-grade fantasy novel. Even after the last page, I kept wishing for more! The imagery, prose, narration, and setting were all splendid. Its storytelling reminded me of childhood fairytales. This magical adventure starts off with Grisha, the last dragon born, wistfully recounts how magic came to the world, and the intervention of humans.

“Sometimes, even today, magic still happens.”

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Title: The Language of Spells
Author: Garret Weyr, and Illustrator: Katie Harnett
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 256
Edition: Hardcover
[rating below]
*A copy has been provided by the publisher in exchange
for an honest review

[all reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise]

It was a brisk read with immense plot and character development! I loved how dear Maggie from an awkward and timid child, to a girl who rides fire-breathing dragons, and goes on an epic quest along with a sacrifice for magic. In this case, in order for magic to work, you must give up one thing you love (such as money, memories, etc).

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This Fall’s Must-Have Accessory, And You Can Win It Too!

img_7811The long-awaited season, autumn is finally upon us! It’s the perfect weather to style up in those cozy sweaters, bring out the scarves, and great hairstyles (without extreme heat or cold). I’m here to tell you a stunning yet simple accessory to add to your outfit, bookstagram, etc!

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve never realized how important time can be, in order to manage your tasks efficiently, and discipline yourself! These are great skills to learn, and to improve, I used different methods such as; writing down habits I’d like to try, planning out my day, drinking lots of water, and taking short breaks. (If you’d like to know more tips to be productive, stay tuned for a new blog post.)

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Blog Tour: The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons | young heroes, power, and family

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons is a middle-grade fantasy, full of humorous characters that readers are sure to love. It includes epic battles with kids from all over the world, who unite together to fight off locusts! Remember, these children had normal school lives before the Tenth Order had to be formed. Our main character, Issac, Ike or Ikey must figure out the mystery of his father’s death, which leads to an unraveling of secrets, and ancient spells.

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons coverAfter the first few chapters, it was an unstoppable read! Elish does a wonderful job of including mystery elements. He offers small details that hint at a much bigger picture. Books like this will help promote literature, and encourage young readers to continue a novel.

While the setting often changed, the beginning started off at New York City, where their future battles will also take place. As a New Yorker, I could precisely visualize the chaos, and people (who must’ve been terrified) as large creatures, and insects seize the sky.

Title: The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons, Author: Dan Elish, Publisher: Vesuvian Books, Pages: 322 , Edition: Paperback, [rating below] *A copy has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

[all reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise]

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | magic, cruel gods, and royalty

Children of Blood and Bone is a fast-paced, unstoppable book with fierce characters, and ambitious powers! The world-building, diversity of characters, and plot development were complex, and stunning; along with the splendid universe that included African traditions, heritage, and magical powers. There’s also different clans, spirits, gods and goddesses, and even, high fantasy elements with kings, advisors, and princes. What more could you want?

Image result for children of blood and boneThis book definitely kept me engaged, and focused towards the plot of the story. Children of Blood and Bone was one of the highest anticipated books, with its gorgeous cover, diversity of the characters, magical clan- it took social media by storm. Not to mention, Adeyemi’s lively personality, and her initial inspiration towards the book. She touched many hearts deeply through her writing, and simply wanted to spread awareness of police brutality.

Title: Children of Blood and Bone, Author: Tomi Adeyemi, Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Pages: 525, Edition: Hardcover, [rating below]
[all reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise]

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Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman | hockey, teenage parties, and strange families + song playlist!

Beartown is an riveting, emotional, and powerful read! There are snippets of humor, struggle, difficult themes, secrets, as well as wonderful memories of the characters. Fredrik Backman has written many great works in the past, but this one is by far the most different and unique. A few key aspects, before we delve into a full review; it’s a coming of age story, it takes place in a small town, and it’s based on hockey.

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Now, if you’re like me, who doesn’t know much about sports, this book will definitely guide you through. The characters are mostly centered around hockey, their roles in the game, interactions between the townspeople (due to the sport), the town’s economy or financial standing, and even the players’ futures. As you can see, almost everything revolves around hockey. But don’t worry, there’s more to the story!

Title: Beartown, Author: Fredrik Backman, Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Pages: 432, Edition: Paperback, [rating below]

[all reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise]

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Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Zenith is a remarkable space adventure, and is the first book in the Androma Saga, written by two authors, Sasha Alsberg, who is known for making YouTube videos on her channel (@Abookutopia), and Lindsay Cummings, who is the author of The Murder Complex duology, and The Balance Keepers trilogy. These two authors have brought forth a book full of action, mystery, intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance to keep you hooked to this mesmerizing adventure!

img_3665-1Title: Zenith

Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 535

Edition: Hardcover

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