Review: “Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard

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Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 5, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself. In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. (Goodreads)

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Review: “The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury

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Title: The Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Pages: 340 (ARC version)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: February 3, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. (Goodreads)

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

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I’m back again with another Top 5 Wednesday! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these, but I liked today’s topic, so here we are. If you want to be part of T5W or would like to learn more about how it works, you can join the Goodreads group here!

As the title suggests, I’ll be giving my top 5 authors that I’m waiting to release a new book. Note: This topic is more geared toward authors who haven’t released a book in awhile or have a book that has supposedly been coming out “soon” for the last few years but has yet to get a title, cover, release date, synopsis, etc. This does not mean authors with releases coming out soon that I’m highly anticipating. Got that? Okay, let’s go!

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*Spolier* Review: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Script

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: Jack Thorne
Pages: 343
Genre: Play
Published: July 31, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. (Goodreads)

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