Book Review: Undead Girl Gang

The Undead Girl Gang
By Lily Anderson

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 320 pages
2018, Razorbill
ISBN: 9780451478238 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: May 8

Thank you to Penguin for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Mila’s best friend is dead and the whole town thinks it was suicide, but Mila knows better. Riley would never kill herself and Mila is determined to figure out what happened, even if everyone she knows thinks she’s crazy. After a spell gone wrong, Mila raises not only Riley, but two other recently deceased students, June and Dayton. Unfortunately for Mila and Riley, they find themselves linked to their two long-time bullies. None of the zombie girls recall their murders and Mila must hide them from the rest of the town while working more unfamiliar magic to find out what really happened.

I was wary going into this book, because it’s YA and historically, when I get excited about YA, I tend to find myself let down. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Undead Girl Gang – this is a gem!

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Book Review: The Price Guide to the Occult

The Price Guide to the Occult
By Leslye Walton

My Edition:
Hardcover, 272 pages
2018, Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763691103

I won this from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Nor lives on a small island, as have all the cursed women in her family. She wants a normal life, but she can’t have one because she’s a witch with a crazy, power-hungry mother. She’s also pale with waist-length hair, and don’t you forget it! Nor is destined to be unlucky in love, which we all know is one of the biggest priorities in a 17-year-old girl’s life. Can she find true love and save her island and its inhabitants from the evil closing in on them!? WHO CARES?!

Oh, oops, was that too snarky? As you can tell from my sass, this book wasn’t a hit for me. Warning: rant ahead!

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Book Review: Mask of Shadows

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Mask of Shadows
By Linsey Miller

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 352 pages
2017, Sourcbooks
ISBN: 9781492647492 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: August 29

Ever since her homeland was destroyed and her family brutally killed, gender fluid Sal has been living on the streets as a thief and a fighter – a good one at that. When they hear the new Queen is looking to fill the position of Opal, a skilled assassin in the group of four that makes up her Left Hand, Sal enters the auditions. If Sal can win the auditions and enter the court, it could be their chance at revenge against all those who wronged their people. But to do so they’ll have to fight off twenty-two other competitors and impress the judges while they’re at it.

I was intrigued by the genderfluidity of the main character, but wary of the assassin competition aspect of this YA fantasy. I didn’t hate the book (which we know, is kind of rare for me and YA) but I really wasn’t loving it either.

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Book Review: The Waking Land

The Waking Land
By Callie Bates

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 400 pages
2017, Del Rey
ISBN: 9780425284025 (hardcover)

Elanna has been raised by a king who took her hostage when she was a child and has grown to love this king as her father. When he dies suddenly, the court turns its eyes to her, remembering that her father once tried to start a revolution all those years ago. Elanna finds herself on the run, convicted of murder, and swept up with her father’s people once more, all but strangers to her now. They wish to use her and the earth magic she has done her best to hide and deny to further their revolution and Elanna finds herself divided between loyalty to the land she once called home and her true family.

I DNF’d this book around the 40% mark.

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Book Review: The Paper Magician

The Paper Magician
By Charlie N. Holmberg

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 214 pages
2014, 47North
ISBN: 9781477823835

From the back of the book: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

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