Reviews and Blog Posts: magic

Mary Poppins boxed set

by P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers

Reviewer Rating:
5

I recently downloaded Mary Poppins Boxed Set audio book. I had forgotten how much I thoroughly enjoyed the original stories by P.L. Travers. Without an outright admission of magic doing, the implied is all you need to stir up the imagination. I had forgotten how much these stories bring to life....

The castle behind thorns

by Merrie Haskell

Reviewer Rating:
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but...

Death sworn

by Leah Cypess

Reviewer Rating:
3

Ileni used to be the most powerful and promising sorceress of her people, but when her magic begins to fade, the Elders give her a task tantamount to a death sentence: enter the Assassins' Caves as the sect's new magic tutor and find out how the last two tutors were...

Briony Hatch : a graphic novel

by Ginny Skinner

Briony's life is one long waiting game for the next adventure of her favorite dystopian novel, The Adventures of Starling Black. But it isn't enough to read about Starling, the beautiful spell-casting exorcist. Briony wants to be strong and powerful just like Starling. And when she completes the very last...

The true adventures of Nicolo Zen : a novel

by Nicholas Christopher

Nicolo is a fourteen year old orphan with little more to his name than a clarinet his father gave him--an enchanted clarinet. That clarinet, and the dedication he puts into learning from it, will take him from the alleys of Venice to an all-girl's orchestra led by Antonio Vivaldi himself,...

Ironside a modern faerie tale

by Holly Black

Reviewer Rating:
3

In the third installment of A Modern Faery's Tale, we return to the magical world's newest pixie, Kaye.  It's time for Roiben's royal coronation in the Unseelie Court and Kaye is feeling a bit out of place and very insecure.  A little faerie wine later and then a little more...

Valiant [a modern tale of faerie]

by Holly Black

Reviewer Rating:
4

In the worst possible way, teenager, Valerie Russell learns all about betrayal.  And what starts out as a simple act of defiance, in a fit of pain and rage, turns into a runaway adventure of fairly epic proportions.  After the initial shock has worn off with the sting of betrayal...

Locke & key. 1, Welcome to Lovecraft

by Joe Hill

Reviewer Rating:
4

Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had...

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

Reviewer Rating:
3

Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are still fears and doubts....

The real boy

by Anne Ursu

Reviewer Rating:
4
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Eleven-year-old Oscar, a lowly assistant for a powerful magician named Caleb, is happy harvesting herbs and preparing them in a cozy cupboard surrounded by cats. Oscar is forced to leave his orderly world when Caleb’s apprentice is killed and other mysterious things begin to happen around the village. Caleb and...

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