ARC Review Demons Lie (A Girls Guide To Witchcraft And Demon Hunting #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin

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Rule #1 Demons Lie

Orphaned by an unspeakable evil, Aria Dupree is the last of her line. A powerful witch tasked with guarding the boundaries between our world and the world of demons who prey on humankind, Aria has gone rogue. Now she’s out to find and destroy every single gateway into our world and kill every demon that she can find — including the one who murdered her mother.

But, as it turns out, hunting is the easy part; it’s graduating high school that might kill her. Red Prairie Texas isn’t just another stop on her demon hunting world tour and an unlikely alliance might be exactly what she needs to keep from becoming a slave to the very darkness she’s been fighting against.

Because the devil is coming down to Texas — and only Aria can keep all hell from breaking loose.

Jan’s Review

As always i am honored to read and review anything that Sherry Ficklin writes, she an outstanding author that always put forth an amazing story.  In this story we are venturing into a  new series that is in the supernatural young adult genre.  Their been numerous types of these books written so that means the task to stand out among this genre can be difficult.  Sherry does it very well by choosing to focus on the depth of her characters rather then just hunting and destroying the demons that haunt this small town.

I really like the character building it made it very enjoyable for a demon hunting book i was expecting their to be the death and killing but it was all handled quite well.  Sherry even gets a nice sweet romance brewed in with a nice plot twist on who was involved in being the demon raiser and betrayer in the story.  This was a delightful fast paced story that is a kick off to what i sure will be a great series.

 

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FINCHOSAURUS by Gail Donovan Blog Tour {October 15th – 26th}

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FINCHOSAURUS follows the adventures of Atticus Finch Martin, otherwise known as Finch. Finch’s dream is to uncover a dinosaur fossil and name a new species after himself—until he digs up a note in the fifth-grade class garden with the word HELP on it. He is determined to come to the aid of the mystery note-writer. But when the quest turns out to be harder than expected, Finch risks losing two things that he really wants—his best friend Noah, and a field trip to Dinosaur State Park.

 

Praise for FINCHOSAURUS

“…If it’s anything like the last (In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog), it’s worth discovering.” ―Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

“An amusing, empowering tale that should appeal especially to middle schoolers with abundant energy.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Gail’s Previous Middle Grade Novels

THE WAFFLER
“A solid middle-grade choice—no waffling necessary.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The book captures the pains and pleasures of being both a twin and a fourth-grader.” —Booklist

WHAT’S BUGGING BAILEY BLECKER?
“Andrew Clements fans will enjoy this school story, too.” —Horn Book

“Bailey is emotionally authentic, with an individualistic voice and a strong streak of stubbornness, of which she is particularly proud.” —Publishers Weekly

“Purposeful in a lighthearted way but guaranteed to make your head—scalp and brain—itch!” —Kirkus Reviews

IN MEMORY OF GORFMAN T. FROG
“Middle-graders will celebrate as Josh learns to use his personal “pause” button to stop talking long enough to keep out of trouble. Obvious appeal, particularly to fans of Andrew Clements’s work.” —Kirkus Reviews  

Jan’s Review

This is an adorable middle grade novel that really shows how much effort one child can put into wanting to figure out a mystery especially if means helping someone out.  The story revolves around a note that our main character finds buried.  Along the way while trying to figure out the one needs help our character discovers so much more about his world.  The twist at the end was a great way to shake up the story and made for a great ending.

Gail Donovan

Gail Donovan is the author of the middle-grade novels The Waffler, What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?, and In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog, which was named a New York Public Library Best Books for Children. She is also an author for the Rainbow Fish & Friends picture book series based on the bestselling books of Marcus Pfister. Donovan, who was born and raised in Connecticut, lives in Maine with her husband and two daughters, where, in addition to writing children’s books, she is a library assistant at the Portland Public Library.
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WEBSITE: https://gaildonovan.wordpress.com/

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Cover Reveal Piper Prince by Amber Argyle

Piper Prince
Amber Argyle
(Forbidden Forest #2)
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All magic is light. If that light be darkened, shadow and punishment come.

Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, a curse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between the humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing.

Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse.

But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intent on keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.  

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Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She’s fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.

To receive her starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: http://amberargyle.com/freebooks/

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The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

29367333.jpg The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible.

Jan’s Review

 

This is a fun middle grade Christmas story about a young boy named william who is in a wheel chair and his love of dinosaurs.  Wuch a lovely story that i shared with my 14 year old.  Tom does such a good job of accurately portraying life in a wheelchair-the positives and negatives! It is a story that I know could bring so much light and hope to so many children in the world in William’s position.  Lots of good lessons in this story along with a nice comical funnies to go along with what can be some serious topics.  A wonderful read.

The Confectioner’s Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles #1) by Claire Luana

41075686 A magic cupcake. A culinary killer. The perfect recipe for murder.

Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake.

Now facing murder charges in a magical world she doesn’t understand, Wren must discover who framed her or face the headsman’s axe. With the help of a handsome inspector and several new friends, Wren just might manage to learn the ropes, master her new powers, and find out who framed her. But when their search for clues leads to a deep-rooted conspiracy that goes all the way to the top, she realizes that the guild master isn’t the only one at risk of death by chocolate.

If Wren can’t bring the powerful culprit to justice, she and her friends will meet a bittersweet end.

The Confectioner’s Guild is a delicious YA fantasy mystery. If you like spunky chefs and twisty mysteries with a drizzle of romance, then you’ll love Claire Luana’s scrumptious tale that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Buy The Confectioner’s Guild to conquer your cravings with a magical mystery today!

Jan’s Review

Wow wow this is a gem of a read.  I don’t read a lot of mystery novels if i do it been one series the scrapbooking mysteries by laura child as i am a scrapbooker it mixes both of my loves reading and creativity.

When i saw the blurb for this one and that delicious cover i knew i found another series that will keep my attention.  This one has what i like in a story a bit of magic, romance but this falls heavy in the mystery department which works out well.  I was entranced from the first page and found that i might need to go buy me a cup cake or some caramels with the treats discussed in the story.

The twists and turns made this an edge of your sit read that i was lost in as i speed walked on the treadmill at the gym i did not even notice the time as it flew by.  Your in for a treat with this series and you’ll be delighted you pick this one up.

 

Release Day Celebration: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter with Giveaway

 

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The High Court by Chris Ledbetter

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High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup.

Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

The High Court (The Sky Throne #2)
by Chris Ledbetter
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

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Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

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Elemental Thief (Ridley Kayne Chronicles #1) by Rachel Morgan

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A young thief. Outlawed magic. A heist that’s about to change everything.

In a near-future city shielded from the elemental magic raging through the wastelands, seventeen-year-old Ridley steals from the wealthy and secretly gives to those in need—which is far less of a crime than the other thing she spends her free time doing: using magic.

Ridley’s managed to stay under the radar for years, but the night she steals a gold figurine from the richest family in the city, everything starts to unravel.

A stranger follows her home and ends up murdered outside the antique store she lives above.

Her best friend—who definitely wasn’t there—is accused of the crime.

And that family Ridley stole from? Their son just walked into her store.

As heir to the city’s largest fortune, Archer Davenport represents everything Ridley hates. She’d prefer to stay well away from him, but he has a problem only Ridley can solve: Turns out that ancient figurine she stole could unlock secrets that will endanger many lives.

Which means Ridley has to get it back. Without revealing her own biggest secret.

As she and Archer journey into the hidden parts of the city, they’ll have to put their differences aside and figure out how to trust each other. Because their true enemy is lurking in the shadows, moving ever closer, and if they don’t get that stolen artifact back, it’ll be their own lives that are at stake.

Urban fantasy series with a dystopian flavor!

Jan’s Review

I have been a fan of Rachel Morgan since i discovered her creepy hollows series which is an entire fantasy series with fae characters.  It has kept me quite happy when i need a fairy fix.  When i found out she was writing a Urban fantasy with a dystopian aspect to it i jumped at the chance to read it.  It did not disappoint at all.  In this story magic has been banned since the world attempted to blow it self up by fixing an energy crisis with a surge of magic.   So Ridley though has a different type of magic it essentially a part of who she is,  blended into her in a sense, if she not carefully she glow with it.

The story moves along at a great pace, the characters are well thought out, and i was kept guessing on who was essentially the bad guy.  I did not guess who it was and that good i don;t like when i figure it out to soon.  I am excited to see where Ridley story goes next.