Book Reviews: Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve shared any substantial reviews, so here’s a joint review for 2 books that I read in 2018 and loved!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Hardcover, Large Print, 640 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

With great narrative prose and pacing, this book feels like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without being a copycat.  The world building and characters played along nicely and the story unfurled as our protagonist discovered new and interesting aspects about herself and her patron.

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Blog Tour: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull – Book Review

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You may remember that back in March 2017 I posted about the newest installment of one of my favorite series, Fablehaven.  Dragonwatch is a follow-up to the five book series that I read as a young person around the time of Harry Potter.  Brandon Mull has not lost his touch with writing a story that can capture any reader’s attention.  This is one of my favorite worlds to visit and share with others, so here’s my review of book 2!

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Blog Tour: Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

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I was contacted by Shadow Mountain PR to help spread the word about this fun, new release.  Although too busy to read and review it for the blog tour, I am excited to share this story with you.  Also, I will be hosting a giveaway over on Twitter later today.  I have an arc to send to one lucky winner (US only, sorry!).

Here’s the summary:

My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I’m losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore. I haven’t had a friend in a long time. Thankfully, real friends can see the real you, even when you can’t clearly see.

Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has keratoconus—an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.

McKell is the new girl at school and immediately hangs with the popular kids. Except McKell’s not a fan of the way her friends treat this boy named Squint. He seems nice and really talented. He draws awesome pictures of superheroes. McKell wants to get to know him, but is it worth the risk? What if her friends catch her hanging with the kid who squints all the time?

McKell has a hidden talent of her own but doesn’t share it for fear of being judged. Her terminally ill brother, Danny, challenges McKell to share her love of poetry and songwriting. Flint seems like someone she could trust. Someone who would never laugh at her. Someone who is as good and brave as the superhero in Flint’s comic book named Squint.

Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges, who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.

 

So go check it out!

Waiting on Wednesday: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)

Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Um, yeah.  This review is going to be a spewing of feelings while trying not to be spoilery.  Which. Is. Hard. So. Hard!  I needed to read this to find closure from the long wait, and I’m glad that I started and finished so quickly (back in July); however, that means that there is no one to discuss and rant with while I am writing this review!  Sorry if this doesn’t quite make sense, but I’m writing this review while the story is fresh in my head in July then scheduling it to publish now in September, a few weeks before it’s actual release date.

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Book Review: Tempests & Slaughter by Tamora Pierce #ARCAugust

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Even though I’ve been waiting on this book since it’s announcement way back in the early 2000s, I can definitively say that this lives up to all the other books Tamora Pierce has written in the Tortall universe.

Absolutely stunning and compelling, I loved learning more about Numair’s (Arram’s) studies and growth.  I also loved seeing some other Tortall favorites pop up!  It’s been awhile since I read The Immortals quartet, but I felt like this book stayed true to the information we have about Numair.  No slaps in the face with extremely different/history rewritten types of revelations.

One of my favorite bits in the book, were the interactions between our mortal protagonists and the immortal gods that make decently regular visits.  I’m all about books that have gods and mortals talking and hanging out, so I was happy to see Tammy doing that once again.

I think this is meant to be a trilogy now, and I hope we don’t have to wait very long for the sequel!

Summary:

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.