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Book Review: The Midnight Bargain

 A sorceress must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to her family.

Beatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling. 

In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan. 

The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I know I post mainly books I really love on my blog, but I feel it’s also important to post reviews for books I didn’t care for. I didn’t love this book. I felt confused by the magic and the world as a whole. 

The upside was it was a quick read. It wasn’t hard to read, just confusing. I will leave this review kind of short, but I just didn’t love this. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: Daughters of Jubilation

From the award-winning author of The Truth of Right Now comes a stunning, grounded fantasy in the vein of Dread Nation that follows a black teen as she finds her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities.

In the Jim Crow South, white supremacy reigns and tensions are high. But Evalene Deschamps has other things to worry about. She has two little sisters to look after, an overworked single mother, and a longtime crush who is finally making a move.

On top of all that, Evvie’s magic abilities are growing stronger by the day. Her family calls it jubilation—a gift passed down from generations of black women since the time of slavery. And as Evvie’s talents waken, something dark comes loose and threatens to resurface…

And when the demons of Evvie’s past finally shake free, she must embrace her mighty lineage, and summon the power that lies within her.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book has so many trigger warnings I can’t even start. Rape, Racial Slurs, Racism, Violence, etc. It was incredibly hard to read at times, but it was still a pretty phenomenal book. 

This is the kind of book that breaks your heart and makes you feel so hopeless. The characters were so well thought out and the mother daughter relationship felt more real than most do. It reminded me a lot of my own relationship with my mother. 

Overall, this was a powerful read but not an easy one. I cried a lot and even now I am at a loss for words on what to say about it. It was heartbreakingly great. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: The Once and Future Witches

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author’s powerful novel of magic amid the suffragette movement.In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters — James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna — join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote — and perhaps not even to live — the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’ll start this off by saying I love books set in the past as well as alternate universes. This book was almost an instant win for me because of those themes but I loved the story as well! It is such a perfect story for this time of year. Witches, feminism, sisterhood, etc! I loved every moment of it. 

I found myself getting absolutely lost in this book! I would read and read, I absolutely could not put this down. It was like I just had to keep going. Each chapter pulled you deeper into the world. 

What I love about Harrow’s writing style is she makes you feel every little bit of magic on every page. She just has a way of writing that is beautiful. I loved this. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass

Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven living blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Terrified that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli seeks refuge with a group of human and witch renegades. To earn her place, she must prove herself by capturing the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I felt like this novel was super creative. I loved the premise and the story itself was strong. It was a very interesting take on witches and magic. The characters were strong. 

My only complaint was the story was a bit all over the place. It almost felt like the author got a little lost in the world building, but it was still quite a wonderful universe created. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book and I am interested in seeing where this story goes!

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After LifeThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.


France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2020. I am a huge fan of V.E. Schwab and this book was no exception. I loved every minute of it. Schwab is just a great writer and storyteller in general. Every book she writes just draws you in and tugs at your heart. She has such a beautiful writing style that makes her books impossible to put down (even when they are super long). 

As soon as I got the notice for the ARC, I could not wait to read it. At this point in time, I have read it twice and I’ve listened to the audio book once. I will say REREAD IT AGAIN!!! You will catch so much more the second time around! 

The ending was a complete surprise, but then again so was the story. So much time and emotion went into this amazingly dark collection of moments about a forgettable girl turned into an unforgettable story. 

Can I give this a 10 out of 5?!

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.