E-Arc Review of A Letter to Three Witches

I received a free e-arc copy from Netgalley and the publisher: Kensington for an honest review!

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington
  • Date: January 25, 2022
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • Author: Elizabeth Bass
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Summary:

In the sleepy college town of Zenobia, New York, the only supernatural trace on display is the name of Gwen Engel’s business—Abracadabra Odd Job Service. But Gwen’s family has some unusual abilities they’ve been keeping under wraps—until one little letter spells big trouble…
 
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting…
 
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
 
Cousin Trudy is so stressed that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes, creating havoc among her bakery customers—and in her marriage. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control and figured out how to harness their powers. How else can Gwen decide whether her growing feelings for Jeremy are real—or the result of too many of Trudy’s cupcakes?

My Review:

This book was cute, funny, had cupcake magic and transformation of animals! Since there was so much going on the story, the story did lose a few sparks for me. I did read the whole thing because I wanted to see what was going to happen to : Tannith, Gwen, Trudy and even Gwen’s aunt who can be snarky at times. Gwen the main character was great because she took control of how to solve the problem that was happening. I can only imagine how her stress level was.

It was different to me. I don’t know if it was because so much was going on or because my mood has been on and off lately. I am glad that I read it because it did have parts making me smile and some parts giggling a bit. The romance aspect of the book did not seem that intense but it was there. I will say that the last few line in the story had my heart feeling warm. Here is the line “Moonlight broke through the clouds and Jeremey pulled away slowly, looking into my eyes. “It wasn’t the cupcakes,” he said. “

If you are looking for witches in a comedy chaos, then this book is for you!

The cover is so cute!!

I spy Fiction Youth books – Witches

Check these youth graphic novel fiction books about witches!

Magic is harder than it looks.

Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all! When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.

Moth Hush is starting to settle into her newfound witch heritage and powers, but life at school continues to be rough. Even her best friend, Charlie, doesn’t entirely understand what it’s like for her to always be the one who gets mocked, and things only get worse when Moth’s mom starts dating one of the dorkiest teachers in the school! Then Moth gets hold of a mysterious charm that can unleash another version of herself—one who is confident, cool, and extremely popular. What could possibly go wrong?

Could there really be witches in Brooklyn?!

Effie’s aunts are weird. Like, really WEIRD. Really, really, really WEIRD! The secretly-magic kind of weird and that makes Effie wonder . . . does this mean she can do magic, too?

Life in Brooklyn takes a strange twist for Effie as she learns more about her family and herself. With new friends who will do whatever they can to be there for her, a cursed pop-star, and her magically-inclined aunts–Effie’s life is about to get interesting.

Could there be even MORE witches in Brooklyn?!
 
Effie is EXCITED to meet so many witches, but what is going on with her friends? Suddenly Effie is no longer the newest kid in school, and it seems like her friends are happy to grow their little group, but Effie isn’t so sure. On top of that, learning magic is HARD WORK!
 
Effie just wants to have fun being a witch, but her life in Brooklyn is about to get weird(er).
 
The bewitching second book in the Witches of Brooklyn series captures what it means to be a friend, and how growing up can be a little less scary if you throw some magic in the mix.

Update Status

I am around, just been in another slump and dealing with life.

I am not sure if I am going to do a book review of Captured by Erica Stevens. I had mixed feelings about it. I prefer being positive for all but I just don’t know. I have only read the first one and is debating on whether or not to read book two.

I’m currently reading Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff and let me tell you this story is sooo good! I’m taking my time reading this because I want to absorb the story and make sure I understand what is going on it. I’m telling you it brings you into a whole new world and the main character Gabriel de Leon is really unique!!

I am going to start A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass.

Be patient with my reviews.

I will continue to post more cool books when I see them!

Thank you for reading this!

Orphan Witch is out to purchase

Go pick up Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher today!!
It’s out!!!

What the book is about:

A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around―changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight―and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

I did read this book on Netgalley a while back and I loved it!

Check out my review that I did on Orphan Witch here!

If you enjoy witches and adventure then this book is for you!
Go get it!!

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Psst if you cannot afford the book, another idea is to ask your local library to get it!!
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Review: Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

SUMMARY:

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow…

When Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner―none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

MY REVIEW:

I picked this book because I saw the book posted on instagram which caught my eye. I looked up the book to see what it was all about and decided to give it a go. I got this book from my local library to read.

The whole book was a journey for Elva to learn who she was. She was respectful and kind. I loved how she was so kind to everyone and did not want to have anything to do with negativity. She had a big warm heart, loved her family and trust to do the right thing. She befriends the witch of the North Woods and tried her best to maintain that relationship. She wanted happiness for the witch. Does the witch get her happiness? Does Elva and the witch pay the price? What happens?

I did like it when Elva learned how to control her magic. That was exciting to read. When she learns knowledge with the Witch Mathilda, both have a great time with each other. That was very nicely done.

The ending did take me off guard and it was wrapped up all neatly. I wished it had a bit more action to it. It was a sweet book. The whole aspect about this book when I was reading was about keeping promises and friendship.

There was no violence or darkness in this book at all. It’s a great read for young audiences!

Reading update

Okay reading update…..

I may be reading two or three books at once…I might be taking too much on. I’ll take my time with it!

Anyways back to the update!

Broken Wish
It is so good. I really want to see what will happen next. I’m on chapter 14 and Elva is trying to manage and understand her gift. I love curious she is and how eager she wants to learn but she also wants to be safe. I hope she continues down this path to be good. I feel like being swept away into a whole new world with Elva. Fairies are mentioned along with a circle of mushrooms which is a trap set by fairies. There is even a mention of Brothers’ Grimm fairytales during this time period. It takes place in the 1800s. So far so good! I have a hunch that this book may touch the subjects of how important friendship and promises are.

The Queen’s Assassin
The book is just sitting there. I know it is calling to me to be read. Soon!

The Orphan Witch
I am also reading this book that I got an e-Arc from Netgalley. I hope I don’t get this book confused with the other one I’m reading. The beginning of this book so far has really caught my attention too. It’s a bit darker and I’m curious how the main character is going to handle her gift. I have a hunch she’s going to learn more about it soon.

I also have two other e-Arcs that are waiting to be read! I’ll update those once I get closer of getting one of the books done.

Juggling tons of things here! Hope everyone is doing great with their reading adventures!

I spy a Mystery

Okay I am not a really a fan of reading mysteries but this cover caught my eye.
I read the blurb about it and thought it sounded pretty interesting.
I am putting this in my to read pile.
Tell me what you think.


Summary:
After a security guard is found dead and another wounded at the Children’s Museum of Science and History in Norman, Oklahoma, Detective Monique Blue Hawk and her partner Chris Pierson are summoned to investigate. They find no fingerprints, no footprints, and no obvious means to enter the locked building.

Monique discovers that a portion of an ancient and deformed skeleton had also been stolen from the neglected museum archives. Her uncle, the spiritual leader Leroy Bear Red Ears, concludes that the stolen remains are those of Hatak haksi, a witch and the matriarch of the Crow family, a group of shape-shifting Choctaws who plan to reestablish themselves as the powerful creatures they were when the tribe lived in Mississippi. Monique, Leroy, and Chris must stop the Crows, but to their dread, the entities have retreated to the dark and treacherous hollow in the center of Chalakwa Ranch. The murderous shape-shifters believe the enormous wild hogs, poisonous snakes, and other creatures of the hollow might form an adequate defense for Hatak haksi.

Covet by Tracy Wolff

  • Author : Tracy Wolff
  • Date: March 2, 2021
  • Hardcover : 600 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen

SUMMARY:
I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes―which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

My Review:
Okay I admit I loved this story. It made me feel things. Oh my gosh. I felt Grace’s emotions all over the place. I felt upset, frustrated, happy, worried and sad. Gosh! What a roller coaster ride. I actually placed myself in Grace’s shoes in this story. Imagine how you would feel if this happened to you and what was going on around you and to your friends.

Where do I even began? The whole Jaxon and Hudson thing with Grace was conflicting and heartbreaking. It kind of reminded me “Vampire Diaries” just a tiny bit. I did like the connection between the three of them. Jaxon and Hudson are so different and yet so similar. Their affections to Grace was pretty amazing. I even thought when they argued was interesting too. They just all click in a different ways. Hudson and Grace throughout the book just kept trickling sexy steam which was awesome. Yes I squealed at some parts in my head. I am pretty sure you will too if you read it.

Which vampire do I like better? That’s a tricky question for me. I may be able to figure that out at the end of the fourth book, unless I can like them both?

While the story continues at the academy, Grace and her friends eventually go on more adventures. Some of the places they go are to the home of the Giants, the area where Dragons are at and the prison. All these places were so interesting to read about. Let me tell you why I thought these places were so interesting.

The Giants were just so fun. I loved how they are trying to track down the blacksmith where it leads them to the Giant’s territory. I loved how Hudson tells Grace she has a connection with Mother Earth. On page 212, you’ll see how this is true. Oh and the author does mention that Grace had always had a fascination for redwood trees.

The trees, carvings and being related to Mother Earth was amazing in this story. On page 214 “The building which is made from gorgeously polished wood is probably close to fifty feet tall on its own, but it’s dwarfed by the trees surrounding it on all sides.” Can you see this? Imagine a building of wood so tall and so magical! So rad isn’t it? Okay I think trees are cool so sue me. I want a tree house. Imagine.

While they are at Giant’s territory, they see amazing things and eventually meet’s the blacksmith wife, Falia who misses her husband so much who’s been gone for a thousand of years. She knows he’s still alive by the fact she’s wearing a promise ring given by her husband, Vander. My heart was aching at this point for Falia. I was pretty sure Grace was feeling that too. With new information about Vander and what had happened, they kept on going. They were not going to stop their task to get the Crown.

Okay so Flint ends up inviting Grace and everyone to a dragon event called Wyvernhoard that takes place in New York City! Talk about fancy! New York City is a fast paced city and there is always something going on there. (I visited that place years ago and loved it. One day I’ll visit again). Anyways while everyone is at this event, they learn how it works which is pretty damn cool. I love how the author came up with this event and how rich it really is. I want to go to this event! Oh oh and everyone gets dressed up! Can you imagine being dressed up in a fancy dress and all that jazz? Oh when Hudson sends tons of dresses for Grace and her cousin Macy to choose from. I love that. Psst page 331! You’ll love the note that Hudson sends. And which dress does Grace choose? It was so fun to see how that went down. *Swoons*

Into the belly of the prison. That is one risky move to do and such an emotional toll on some. The prison set up is really strange. I tried to keep picturing it as a town? I don’t know how to describe it but it’s a whole another world but there are various supernatural characters in it which makes it more fast paced and interesting. Flint, Hudson and Grace meet two new characters, Remy and Calder who are their cellmates. I like Remy quite a bit which reminds me of Gambit from X-men style for some odd reason. I keep picturing him like from the movie ‘Wolverine.’ Gambit was played by Taylor Kitsch from that movie. The banter between Remy and Hudson is hilarious. While in the prison Remy knows everything about the place and helps them achieve their mission but it is not easy. There are some tasks that Flint, Hudson and Grace go through which will leave you gasping, laughing and freaking out. You’ll have to read the book to find out what they go through and learn something pretty interesting about Grace during this time.

Now I have to say towards the end of the book…oh my… I was so downhearted. There was a death. I am not giving it away because just no. Spoilers not allowed. Death and sacrifice towards the end. I felt like screaming no at the story. (I couldn’t cause my children were sleeping. It was 1 am by the way when finished the book!) Then when I just think the story was going to end there, I was wrong. So wrong. I was in shocked. I did not see this coming at all. I managed to breathe but then again another shock hit me from the story. You know what I was thinking “You bet Grace is not gonna back down now.”

I know I am jumping all over the place about my review (it’s kind in order) but these are some of the things that stayed with me while reading this book. I can’t cover it all without giving the story away so go read it. Like now. Go get it.

The story ended but in my book (I bought it), it had Hudson’s perspective on one of the chapters which was really cool to get a feel how he was handling things. I loved it. His perspective and thoughts. Wow! That was a nice little gem.

I want book four now please!

Review – Warped Line by Ann Gimpel

  • Publisher : Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
  • Date: May 26, 2020
  • Publication date : May 26, 2020

Summary:
When I went to sleep—to avoid being drained of magic and blood by dark Sorcerers—Vampires weren’t exactly on the endangered species list, but not many of us are left. No one ever accepted us. Not mortals and not others with power, either. At least one of those dams has developed a few cracks. Supernaturals aren’t quite welcoming, but they’ll take help from any quarter.

Mortals have declared war on magic, and they won’t rest until we’re all sitting in iron-clad prisons. What a bunch of cowards. If they weren’t hiding behind false humanitarian walls, they’d be honest about their intentions and kill us outright if they could.

The world turned into an alien place while I slept. Not much point returning to my clan house in Italy. It’s probably long since disbanded. Besides, fate tossed me squarely in Ariana’s path. She’s like me, a Vampire, but I hunger for her in a very un-Vampirelike way.  She’s done her damnedest to chase me away, but I’m tough to dissuade. She doesn’t know it, but I won’t back off until she’s mine. No matter what it takes.

My Review:
I finally finished book two of the series. There are two more books after this one. The story left off from the first book. Basically the storyline is about mortals vs all kinds of supernaturals but the target seems to be aiming Ariana’s club. I want to know what exactly is going on. Who is the person pulling the strings? The feel I get from this book is good vs evil. Action, adventure, drama, supernatural, suspense and a steamy moment rushes through this book. Just to let you know the book goes back and forth between Nicholas and Ariana thoughts and perspectives of what is happening. That seems to be style of the author’s writing for this series. If you are looking for a supernatural fix, check this series out.

Review – Queen of the Shadows

  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Series – Book 4
  • Pages: 672
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • Date: Reprint edition -September 6, 2016


Summary:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

My Review:
I am loving the series so far! This book got me out of my reading slump due to what is going on in the real world. Isn’t it nice when a book just takes you away from all that? The action, the drama, the battles and even some romance in this story just grabs my attention. Even though the book was long but I wanted to know know what was going to happen to Celaena aka Aelin. She is such a sneaky and bad ass character. She keeps going on her quest and never gives up. She just keeps going. I love that about her. She empowers those who are around her. She even sometimes makes the hard choices which I think shows strength.

Love explodes on the scene here. It’s not all mushy love but it’s loyalty love. Aelin has love and loyalty with most of those around her right now. Dorian, Charol, Rowan, and Lyssandra. Everyone passes it around and keeps their word. It’s pretty powerful. I loved how Aelin did not give upon Dorian. That is such a friendship. I enjoyed the flirty moments between Rowan and Aelin. I’m crushing on Rowan. hahaha The banter between Lysanndra and Aelin was even nice to see too. Even Aelin’s cousin joined in this.

I really liked this one and I have to read the next ones because anything could happen. Aelin and her friends, will they be up for the next task to battle against the darkness? What will the witches do? Will Dorian control his magic? Will Charol get his happy ever after? Will there be more sparks between Aelin and Rowan? See all these questions need to be answered.

So next book will be in my hands soon!

Anyone else read these series? Let me know.