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Sunday, December 4, 2022

THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES by Sangu Mandanna - Reciew

OFFICIAL AUTHOR WEBSITE
Order The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches HERE
Read Shazzie's Review HERE

OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Sangu Mandanna  was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

FORMAT/INFO: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches was released on August 23rd, 2021. It is 336 pages split over 30 chapters. It is told in third person from multiple POVs, including Mika. It is available in ebook, audiobook, and paperback formats.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: As a witch, Mika Moon is always ready for unusual things. What she isn’t ready for is a request from a stranger to help tutor three young witches in their powers. Witches don’t live together as a rule, as the more there are together, the more magic fluctuates in unpredictable ways. It’s why Mika herself has never put down roots, moving a few times a year and rarely seeing any of her fellow witches. But upon meeting the girls, each orphaned and adopted by the owner of Nowhere House, it becomes clear that breaking apart this make-shift family would be cruel. As Mika settles into life at Nowhere House and gets to know the other inhabitants – including the grumpy and protective librarian Jamie – Mika finds herself questioning for the first time if maybe she deserves to be a little selfish and finally build a lasting home for herself.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a charming fantasy romance that is as much about finding your people as it is about finding your true love. Mika Moon has lived an isolated life. Because of needs of secrecy and because magic tends to misbehave when multiple witches gather together, Mika has extremely few people she can have a normal conversation with. She doesn’t communicate with her fellow witches, and mortals who learn her secret usually have their mind quickly erased by the lead witch in the area. As a result, Mika is all-to-ready for her social life to fall apart at a moment’s notice, and rarely sees herself as part of any group. Her journey of accepting friendship and a place in a self-made family is just as important as her three pupils learning how to control their magic in view of mortals.

I said earlier that magic likes to misbehave, and I did mean that in the literal sense. One of the aspects I really enjoyed about the story is that magic is treated like a whimsical creature, sometimes moody, almost always mischievous. Learning to use magic is about a balance of asking magic politely for its assistance while also putting it on a leash so it doesn’t cause any harm. Treating magic like a sentient spirit added a delightful aspect to the tale that I enjoyed.

And yes, I found the romance delightful. It’s a slow burn over the course of the book, as Mika and Jamie each begin to let their guard down and learn to leave their emotional doors open in case anybody wants friendship – or more. I appreciate relationships that start with friendship first and grow from there, so this was a perfect fit for me.

CONCLUSION: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a cozy little romance, perfect for curling up over a weekend with. And with it taking place shortly before Christmas, it’s also secretly a holiday read! If you enjoy a book all about finding your people, this is definitely a read for you.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Book review: Secret Identity by Alex Segura

 


Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

AUTHOR INFO: Alex Segura is the SVP - Sales and Marketing at Oni Press and the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall and the acclaimed Pete Fernandez Mystery series. He has also written a number of comic books, most notably the superhero noir The Black Ghost, the YA music series The Archies, and the “Archie Meets” collection of crossovers. A Miami native, he lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Publisher: Flatiron Books (March 15, 2022) Length: 336 p Formats: ebook, paperback, audiobook

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

COVER REVEAL: The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma

 


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Book review: Through Dreams So Dark (Rai Ascendant #1) by Angela Boord

 


Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

AUTHOR INFO: Angela Boord writes giant fantasy books that like to blend genres--from romance and historical to espionage and epic and beyond—and explore character in all its messy glory. Her debut book FORTUNE'S FOOL, a twisty, Renaissance-inspired historical fantasy, placed second in Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blogoff (SPFBO5) and was nominated for a Stabby in 2019. Angela lives in northern Mississippi with her husband and children, where she writes most of her books at the kitchen table surrounded by Nerf guns and Legos.

Publisher: Impossible Books (October 27, 2022) Page Count (Kindle edition): 1323 pages Cover: Brad Bergman Formats: ebook (Amazon exclusive)

Sunday, November 27, 2022

The Book Of Zog & The Umbral Storm Video Interview with Alec Hutson (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

 

Official Author Website
Order The Book Of Zog over HERE
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Crimson Queen
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Umbral Storm
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review  of The Book Of Zog
Read Fantasy Book Critic's interview with Alec Hutson
Read TUS Cover Reveal Q&A with Alec Hutson
Watch ATFB Interview with Alec Hutson
 
I hope you enjoy our interview with Alec Hutson. This interview was recorded in the early part of October and Alec was happy to chat about his most recent release The Book Of Zog.  We talked about:
- How the story developed in his mind,
- How he defines space fantasy & how TBOZ & TSOD fit into this sub-genre,

In the second half of the interview, we talked about The Umbral Storm (his SPFBO entry), what his main enthusiasm for crafting the world, his main plans for the POV characters and what might happen next in the Sharded Few Series.



Friday, November 25, 2022

Book Review - Fall of Babel by Josiah Bancroft (reviewed by David C. Stewart)

Book links: Amazon
Order The Fall Of Babel over HERE
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Senlin Ascends
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of Arm Of The Sphinx
Read Fantasy Book Critic’s review of The Hod King 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Book review: The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

 





AUTHOR INFO: Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

Publisher: Mulholland Books (September 10, 2013) Print length: 353 Formats: ebook, paperback, hardback, audiobook

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies (reviewed by Matthew Higgins)

 


Official Author Website
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Thursday, November 17, 2022

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik - Review

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Stars Undying by Emery Robin (reviewed by Caitlin G. & Shazzie)

 

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Buy the book here - U.S. U.K.
 

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