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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: 2016
Length: 626 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

Three months after breaking the curse on Prythian and being resurrected as a High Fae by its High Lords, Feyre is haunted by her traumatic experiences as Amarantha’s prisoner. She flees north when her plans to marry the now unsupportive and oppressively overprotective Tamlin fall through thanks to the bargain she struck Under the Mountain with the High Lord Rhysand. There, in his mysterious Night Court, she discovers freedom, a kind of healing, and her own strange new abilities, but also that Amarantha may only have been the beginning of Prythian’s troubles. As the fearsome King of Hybern prepares for war, Feyre must attempt to make peace with her past, train herself for battle…and to make sense of her growing feelings for Rhys.

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Review: Born Wicked

Review: Born Wicked

Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: 2012
Length:  330 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

In this alternate universe, late nineteenth-century New England exists as its own political entity run by a puritanical patriarchy called the Brotherhood. Cate Cahill, sixteen, has grown up being taught that she is inherently wicked–and not only because she and her younger sisters are all witches. More than a hundred years before Cate’s time, New England was a bastion of magic, religious freedom, and female power, but now the Brothers keep close tabs on girls’ behavior. Any girl who steps out of line can expect either to be sent to an insane asylum or a prison ship, and at seventeen, every girl must declare her intentions: to marry or to join a religious order called the Sisterhood. As Cate’s seventeenth birthday rapidly approaches, she becomes increasingly anxious to protect her vulnerable younger sisters even as she learns yet more dangerous secrets that further complicate her already-limited choices.

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Review: The Mermaid’s Sister

Review:  The Mermaid’s Sister

Title: The Mermaid’s Sister
Author: Carrie Anne Noble
Published: 2015
Length: 234 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Clara has lived her entire life in a small cottage on Llanfair Mountain with her adopted mother and sister. They’ve grown up with stories of how their Auntie found them as babies: Clara brought by a stork and Maren left on the doorstep in a clamshell.  When the girls turn sixteen, however, the stories become all too real for Clara as her sister changes before her eyes. Scales appear on Maren’s stomach, her fingers and toes grow webbed, and she is soon unable to live out of some kind of water. With heavy hearts, Clara, Maren, and their lifelong friend O’Neill eventually embark on a journey to the ocean. Yet after their wagon is sabotaged and they are kidnapped, they find themselves fighting for their very lives.

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Review: The Glass Casket

Review: The Glass Casket

Title: The Glass Casket
Author: McCormick Templeman
Published: 2014
Length: 337 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Standing there in the snow, one raven-haired beauty wrapped entirely in crimson and one pale-haired sparrow of a girl swathed in white. 

“We must look like a tragedy,” Fiona said. “We must look like blood in snow.”

A series of disturbing deaths suddenly plague the small mountain community of Nag’s End during the same winter that Rowan Rose’s mysterious cousin Fiona Eira moves there with her stepparents. Things go from bad to worse not long after Fiona and Rowan’s best friend Tom fall in love. Bodies pile up as Tom’s behavior becomes erratic and violent, and frightened rumors begin to fly. But not all is as it seems. Rowan must discover the truth about her cousin–and herself–before years of secrets destroy Tom–or Nag’s End itself.

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Review: The Crown’s Game

Review: The Crown’s Game

Title: The Crown’s Game
Author: Evelyn Skye
Published: 2016
Length: 399 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

In every generation, an enchanter is born who will help guide and protect both the tsar of Russia and the vast Russian Empire itself. Sometimes, however, Russia’s ancient magic is split between two young enchanters, a twist of fate that promises power and glory to one–and death to the other. Such is the case for Vika, a girl raised outside the city to attune her power to wild elemental forces, and Nikolai, whose urban upbringing has directed his magic into fine mechanical and technical skills. With threats looming on all sides of his empire, the Tsar Alexander initiates the Crown’s Game, in which Vika and Nikolai will compete to become his Imperial Enchanter. As each of them tries to win–and to stay alive–they struggle with loss, love, and hard lessons about themselves and those they once considered friends.

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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Published: 2015
Length: 395 pages

My star rating: ★ ★

After her best friend Shiva becomes the latest bride of the Caliph of Khorasan to be killed the morning after her wedding, Shahrzad volunteers to marry him herself. She intends to get revenge for Shiva’s death by discovering and exploiting the Caliph’s weaknesses to end his reign of terror. Shahrzad doesn’t expect to have feelings for her friend’s murderer, however, especially since she left her first love behind when she volunteered, and all too soon, those unexpected and unwelcome feelings begin to compromise all her grand plans.

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Review: How to Hang a Witch

Review: How to Hang a Witch

Title: How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Published: 2016
Length: 358 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ½

When fifteen-year-old Samantha Mather moves to Salem, Massachusetts, with her stepmother, she finds herself in a centuries-old feud with the Descendants: families whose direct ancestors were victims of the infamous Witch Hysteria of 1692. Sam, whose own ancestor Cotton Mather had a hand in the wich trials, is reported to be the cause of half a dozen deaths and accidents in the Descendants’ families and the school–and town–quickly turn against her. With the help of the spirit of a seventeenth-century boy named Elijah, she desperately seeks a way to break the curse, and to save her own comatose father,  before it’s too late.

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