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Book Review: The Disenchantments by Nina La Cour

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Bev and Colby, two long-time best friends, plan to graduate from high school, take a road trip with Bev’s band, then travel to Europe for a year before they go to college. On the road trip, Bev tells her friends she got accepted to a college, and Colby has to decide what to do with his life.

I liked the writing style and the way the author described Colby’s feelings about the people around him and himself. The book was a little older, but that was expected considering the book is about (almost) college students. I would recommend this book to ages 14+. I’d rate it four stars – I liked it a lot.

Reviewed by Madison, age 14

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Book Review: The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

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When Tiki managers to snatch the queen’s own ring from the confines of Buckingham Palace, she is overjoyed. Finally, she can provide her ragtag family of orphans with a real home. What Tiki doesn’t realize is that the ring is the key to an ancient truce between the Fey and mortals, and now that she has the ring, London is thrown into chaos.

This was a thrilling tale with all of the pieces: action, tension, betrayal and budding romance. The courts of faerie were never completely explained, but that was the only fault I could find. I found the cover intriguing and the audience range is 12-15. This is a captivating tale that gives new life to the age-old tales of faeries.

Each and every character is strongly developed, from Toots to Reiner. The plot could have been predictable, but instead is a twisting labyrinth of lies, threats and the rush of new love. Tiki always follows her heart, even when it leads her down dangerous paths. The descriptions of a beggar’s London are complete and eye opening.

-Marissa, age 15

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Book Review: Swear by Nina Malkin

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Just when Dice’s life is tipping back towards normal, (aside from her cheerleader-turned-goth cousin) she finds that her powerful gift is required again — this time to locate best friend Marsh’s missing boyfriend. Who is really controlling this twisted game —¬†Dice or Sin? This novel is even more powerful than the first (2009’s Swoon)¬†— the characters pop and the tension of an irritatingly unwanted love traingle makes Dice and Sin’s love sizzle.There was nothing I didn’t like about it. The cover is full of mysterious splashes of foreshadowing — I like it more now I’ve read the book. This is a powerful and enjoyable read. I recommend it to all those who enjoy practical, realistic magic.

Nina Malkin seems to grow stronger as a writer in this second novel. The love triangle she creates is much stronger with an increase in tension and need. All of her charaters are more defined and her descriptions are more vivid. Even Dice’s unique and quirky voice is strenghened. The twists and supernatural elements are very well handled, making Swoon — and all that happens in this little town — more captivating.

-Marissa, age 15