Monday, April 30, 2012

Have a Little Faith

Author: Mitch Albom
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 249

I found that I really enjoyed Mitch Albom's books after I read The Five People You Meet In Heaven, After that I just kept reading his books. I added this book to my Nook requests from the library, and I read it in a few days. I've been told that most of his books are tear-jerkers, and while I didn't find either of the books I previously read to make me want to cry (I haven't gotten to Tuesdays with Morrie), this one did make me tear up even though I was expecting the ending.

Goodreads synopses:

What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? In "Have a Little Faith," Albom ("Tuesdays with Morrie") offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds--two men, two faiths, two communities--that will inspire readers everywhere.

Click to check out my review.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Showcase Sunday #1

Showcase Sunday is a meme hosted by Vicki over at Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Showcase Sunday is a chance for us bloggers to share with you, our readers, what we have gotten recently. I don't often get any new books because I have a hard enough time keeping up with ones that I already have, but this week a got a whole lot of new books that I felt I should share.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Other Life

Author: Susanne Winnacker
Goodreads Rating: 3.72
My rating: 3.75 Stars
Pages: 315
Reviewed by: Nicole

The premis of this book really drew me in when I saw it on NetGalley and so I got  super excited when I was approved to read it. Even though I just finished Insurgent, a dystopian book, I bent my rules to read this one since this is more of an infections story rather than a new society. This book is due to hit shelves on May 12, 2012

Goodreads Synopses:

3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life. 98,409,602 seconds since the heavy, steel door had fallen shut and sealed us off from the world

Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.

When Sherry's dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.

But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?

Check out my review after the jump.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Time Will Come #3

The Time Will Come is a meme hosted by Jodie over at Books for Company. I keep wanting to call this This Too Shall Pass, but alas, that is not the name, but the concept is the same. These are books that I really want to read but just haven't gotten around to.

I really can't wait to read this, and I know once I do its going to be a super quick read. I got this because one of my Book Clubs were reading this, but I missed it but a few weeks. I had already purchased it so I decided I would still read it. I always loved the paranormal so the idea of reading about a whole world where they got to school together. It seems very Halloweentown which was one of my most favorite movies when I was growing up. I keep saying that its going to be the next book that I'm going to read, but then I get a Netgalley or I join a new Blog Tour, not to mention library books and then I just fall behind.

Goodreads Synopses:

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

I'm sorry that this one doesn't have have a book trailer, but I tried to find one! Have you read Paranormalcy? What did you think of it?

The Mermaids Mirror

Author: L. K. Madigan
Goodreads Rating: 3.59 Stars
My Rating: 3 Stars
Pages: 308

I love everything mermaid, so when I saw this book while I was in Mystic, I figured it was a sign from the big man on campus. It was also on my to-reads list simply because it had mermaid in the title which meant that I needed to read it. It wasn't a waste of my $8, so that was a win also.

Goodreads Synopses:

Lena has lived her whole life near the beach – walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves – the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf. But her father – a former surfer himself – refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.   Yet something lures Lena to the water … an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman – with a silvery tail. Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove. And soon … what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will change her life.

Jump into my review!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Water for Elephants

Author: Sarah Gruen
Goodreads Rating: 4.06
My Rating: 5 Stars
Pages: 335

I saw all the movie previews for this book so in traditional me fashion, I wanted to read the book first. I got it from the library so it was a waiting game as to when I would get to read it. Now that I have its another book that I can't believe I waited so long to pick it up. Why must there be so many books in the world?

Goodreads Synopses:

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of "Riding Lessons." "Gritty, sensual and charged with dark secrets involving love, murder and a majestic, mute heroine (Rosie the Elephant)."Q"Parade."

My review after the jump.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Journals

I have been an avid reader my whole life. If you were to look at my Goodreads profile, it would show you that I have rated 502 books...That I can remember. Among that list is about 200 children's books, books I read in school or needed in college. Others are books that I can remember and tag a rating to them. Now just think, having been reading avidly since 1st grade, that I have read more then that? How many of those sheets did I fill out to win free books during the summer reading? Only my mother and sister could give you the answer to that (or a guestimate). I still remember parts of plots and covers randomly (most recently I could remember The Travelers a book my mother gave me, all I could remember that it was something about traveling and that it was a blue cover with sunglasses.

Looking back now, I wish that I had somehow kept a log indicating which Sarah Dessen books that I read and what I thought about certain books. Sadly regrets are all I have but you can start now. I started this past summer and tried to fill in books that I had read (In the end I just made a list of books that I had read once upon a time so I wouldn't forget). Now I think keeping a book journal is something that anyone who is a big reader should do. There are also so many different kinds out there, that you can pick any kind that you want based on your needs.

The one pictured on the left has a place for info about the edition of the book that you were reading, favorite quotes, and more. I find that this type of journal who is prolific in their journaling. This journal is also has space for receipts and clippings if you get book recommendations from the library or a magazine. It even has tabs so you can put it in alphabetical order. I'm not quite that detailed but I'm not like everyone else. If you're interested in that particular book, it is the Moleskine Passions Book Journal.

The Book Lover's Journal is less detailed but contains a chart so you can rate the plot, character development, the quality of writing. It also contains a spot to talk about where you got the book and why. It covers the publisher, genre, subject and also provides a space for you to put your thoughts about the book. This is good for people who want to write a lot about what you thought about the book (you have a page) and but you also have space to rate details on a scale of 1-10 in case you aren't sure how to put your feelings into words about certain aspects of the book.

Perhaps you prefer just listing the books that you read or want to read rather than writing out this absurd amount of information, there is a book for you as well. I personally am not interested in this book, but I do love the cover of it because it reminds me of the days where they would stamp a card in the library book to tell you when it was due. This book is made by the Imagineering Corporation, and it is spiral bound. There isn't too much else to talk about this particular book, because it is meant just to list books, you can of course write whatever you want in it as well.

The book journal that I have used and that I was mighty in love with is the Book Lust Journal on the right. All the book asks for is the title, author and then it provides you with about two pages to write what you want about the book. For me I felt that this was the least restrictive of all of them since it meant that I could write what I wanted about the book. There are times when my thoughts seem jumbled and all over the place, but for me it makes sense.

Book journals come in so many different shapes and sizes, and you don't even need to go with a traditional book journal. Currently, I am using a regular journal that says "Keep Calm and Have A Cupcake" on the cover. I finished Book Lust earlier this year and I wanted to continue to keep track of my books somewhere. One of the reasons that I do love the book journals is because that they also provide recommendations for books to check out. The front of Book Lust contains recent literary award recipients and The Book Lover's Journal has a list of popular books in the form of a check list. Whatever makes it easiest for you to keep track of your reading, I say do it. Even if it has a cupcake on the front.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J.K. Rowling
Goodreads Rating: 3.77
My Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 112 

I've always been a huge Harry Potter fan, but I have no idea why it took me so long to get my hands on this book. I saw it on my boyfriends bookshelf and devoured it in a few short hours (it took that long because of NCAA). 

Goodreads Synopses:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. 

Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and reveals snippets of information about life at Hogwarts. 

A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author, J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come.

My review after the jump.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Uglies: Shay's Story

Author: Scott Westerfeld
Goodreads Review: 4.06
My Review: 4 Stars
Pages: 208

I have always been a big fan of Scott Westerfeld, starting with the Midnighters Series and then going on to the Uglies. When I saw that he was releasing a graphic novel version of Shay's Story, I was super excited and once I saw it in the store, I had to pick it up.

Goodreads Synopses:

Uglies told Tally Youngblood’s version of life in Uglyville and the budding rebellion against the Specials. Now comes an exciting graphic novel revealing new adventures in the Uglies world—as seen through the eyes of Shay, Tally’s rebellious best friend who’s not afraid to break the rules, no matter the cost.
A few months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Shay eagerly awaits her turn to become a Pretty—a rite-of-passage operation called “the Surge” that transforms ordinary Uglies into paragons of beauty. Yet after befriending the Crims, a group of fellow teens who refuse to take anything in society at face value, Shay starts to question the whole concept. And as the Crims explore beyond the monitored borders of Uglyville into the forbidden, ungoverned wild, Shay must choose between the perks of being Pretty and the rewards of being real.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
My Rating: 3.5
Pages: 278 

Reviewed by: Amy

Goodreads Synopsis: 

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia. 


Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Into The Future Giveaway!

So on Sunday I got to go into the city for a book signing that I have been super pumped about, well, since Tahereh Mafi posted about it on Twitter. So not only was it with Tahereh Mafi who wrote Shatter Me, (which I rave about too much) but there was also Lauren Oliver (Liesl & Po, Before I Fall, Delirium, Pandemonium) and Anna Carey who wrote Eve and last, but certainly not least, Under The Never Sky's own Veronica Rossi.

The name of this tour was Spring Into the Future (Get it, they're all dystopian books?) and it was really cool, it was the first book signing, reading that I've been to in a long time. (The last one was Summer Sanders with Champions are Raised, Not Born) I still enjoyed it never the less and I plan on going out to more of them now that I'm home. So check out the pictures from the visit to Books of Wonder in NYC. (Ps. Sorry the pictures are so strangely aligned, sometimes I just hate Blogger.)

Our Lovely Authors in the limelight

The wonderful Tahereh Mafi
Veronica Rossi

Lauren Oliver and Anna Carey 

Some TOTALLY AWESOME SWAG from Tahereh Mafi.
(She posted pictures of this on Facebook, and I really wanted
this one and I was so pumped that I got it!)
I'm also convinced that the page on the top is from
Unravel Me but that could just be wishful thinking.

So for the really exciting part, I got two posters signed by the authors, one for myself and one for my sister's school! ONE OF THEM CAN BE YOURS! Check out below for details! I'VE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS INTERNATIONAL!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Distant Waves

Author: Suzanne Wyen
Goodreads Rating: 3.74
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Pages: 319
Reviewed By: Nicole

I've already expressed my love of the Titanic on Tuesday with my post about the Lost Voices From the Titanic. Today's post is in memoriam of the sinking of the ship, and when it hit the iceberg. This is a Scholastic book so it is geared more for middle school readers or even a little younger. I will admit that I was mislead in this book, but like all Scholastic books, it managed to maintain the educational aspect.

Goodreads Synopses:

Science, spiritualism, history, and romance intertwine in Suzanne Weyn's newest novel. Four sisters and their mother make their way from a spiritualist town in New York to London, becoming acquainted with journalist W. T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor. When they all find themselves on the Titanic, one of Tesla's inventions dooms them...and one could save them.

My review after the jump.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Liesl and Po

Author: Lauren Oliver
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Pages: 307

My mom had brought home this book, it sat unread as many books do, on a shelf in a closet until I read Delirium and saw that they shared an author. So I snatched it up and decided that my boyfriends little sister would enjoy it, so I read it up to pass on to her. If you have read The Series of Unfortunate Events, you can see how the world that Liesl and Po live in is very similar because it takes our world and makes it their own.

Goodreads Synopses:

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.
Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

My review after the jump!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Time Will Come #2

As I explained last week, The Time Will Come is a reading meme hosted by Books For Company. I will be hosting one book a week that I really want to read that I just haven't gotten around to it. I'm going to try to stick to books that I have waiting for me at home since I have 3 shelves full.

This week the book is The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth. The second book in a series. I got this book in hardcover when Borders was closing, and I was trying to snatch up whatever books I could. Although I am a big zombie fan, I do have some love for vampires. The first book was fun and quippy since Nathaniel Cade (the vampire) and the president's assistant Zach, don't exactly get along. I'm excited to see what the second book brings. I've also included the book trailer for the first in the series. It doesn't get your blood pumping (tehehe), but it does offer some intrigue. I think one of the reasons I keep hiding from this book is because its in hard cover, and I really hate hardcover.

Goodreads Synopses:

For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President's Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade's existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of. 

When a new outbreak of an ancient evil-one that he has seen before- comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. To "protect and serve" often means settling old scores and confronting new betrayals . . . as only a centuries-old predator can.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lost Voices From the Titanic

Author: Nick Barratt
Goodreads Rating: 3.32
My Rating: 3.5
Pages: 286 (264 w/o appendix and index)
Reviewed by: Nicole

I am a disaster junkie. It's terrible to say, but it is so true. I went to see the Titanic when it came out the first time in theaters (I was only 6 or 7 and I constantly wonder what my parents were thinking, but then I remember that I was just that persuasive). I saw this book while I was in Mystic, CT and then I saw my library had it so I decided that in honor of the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage, I would review some books about it.

Goodreads Synopses:

On April 15, 1912, the HMS Titanic sank, killing 1,517 people and leaving the rest clinging to debris in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic awaiting rescue. Here, historian Nick Barratt tells the ship’s full story, starting from its original conception and design by owners and naval architects at the White Star Line through its construction at the shipyards in Belfast. Lost Voices From the Titanic offers tales of incredible folly and unimaginable courage—the aspirations of the owners, the efforts of the crew, and of course, the eyewitness accounts from those lucky enough to survive.
In narrating the definitive history of the famous ship, Barratt draws from never before seen archive material and eyewitness accounts by participants at every stage of the Titanic’s life. These long-lost voices bring new life to those heartbreaking moments on the fateful Sunday night when families were torn apart and the legend of the Titanic was cemented in our collective imagination.

Jump into my review!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Brain Trust

Author: Garth Sundem
Goodreads Rating: 4.20
My Rating: 3.5
Pages: 256 

Reviewed by: Amy

This was Amy's first Goodreads giveaway win!

Goodreads Synopsis: 

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car—or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

With this mighty little tome, you can have the next best thing--because Brain Trust is packed with bite-sized scientific wisdom on our everyday challenges, hand-delivered to you direct from the galaxy’s biggest brains. Based entirely on interviews with an incredible lineup of luminaries from the fields of neuroscience, economics, anthropology, music, mathematics, and more, Brain Trust is full of cutting-edge science that’ll help you see the real world better—and smarter.


--what advanced math can teach you about getting all your chores done today
--how creating a ‘future self’ can help you shop smarter at the grocery store
--what prairie voles can teach us about love
--how the science of happiness can help you trick lawyers into doing charity work
--the components of gullibility, and how they can help you scam-proof yourself
--the secrets to building your very own army of cyborg beetles
--how memetic information can help you exploit altruism for good…or evil
--why eating for eight hours can help you lose weight
--the behavioral economics behind selling your junk for big bucks on eBay
--how to get more plasure for less price

…And much, much more 


Saturday, April 7, 2012


Author: Alex Flinn
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 338

I won this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways. I really liked the idea of this book, and waiting to get it really built up the anticipation for it. I did not read or even see Beastly. Honestly, it doesn't hurt you if you haven't but it is a nice background to have. 

Goodreads Synopses:

Kendra Hilferty, the witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries. (Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in "Hansel and Gretel," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid"-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know! Kendra's reminiscences are wrapped around a real-time version of "Cinderella," except the "ugly" stepsister is the good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings, Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans, and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.

My Review following the jump.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Amy's Review of Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating: 3.5
Pages: 390

Reviewed by: Amy

Note from Nicole: Even though you already had a review from me on Mockingjay, I wanted to get Amy's take on the book. We're both very different people and I thought it would only be fair to you to provide her side of things.  

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains - except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay - no matter what the personal cost. 


Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Time Will Come #1

So I've been looking for ways that are more interactive with you and ways to keep you readers reading. In the course of this, I've been reading a lot of other blogs, looking for idea's. Some of them were things like Mailbox Mondays and Top Ten Tuesdays or Teaser Tuesdays. Some of the blogs that I checked out were Shadow Kisses and a handful of others that I've closed out already but will mention more. This particular idea comes from Books for Company.

The idea of The Time Will come is that there are books that have been on my shelf waiting to be read that I really want to read that I just haven't gotten around to. I decided to go with this meme because I have so so many books that I want to share with all of you. If you also do a similar post, go ahead and leave it in the comments! I would love to check it out and I'll even link to you!

My mom brought this book home at the start of the year and I've wanted to read it since she got it. Sadly, I'm all dystopian'ed out because I started the year reading so many of them that I needed a break. I'm only just getting to a point where I can start reading them again, but I keep getting so many other books that need to be read first. The book trailer for this book also makes it look super sweet so I can't wait to read it. If you're interested in the trailer for this book, you can watch it right below. The video has more to do with the premise behind the book so that makes it all the more exciting.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What Happened To Goodbye

Author: Sarah Dessen
Goodreads Rating: 3.99
My Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 266

I always loved Sarah Dessen books, I read so many of them when I was in high school. It's been a while since I've gotten to read one, so when this came through my library, I was excited. I will admit, I set my standards super low for this book because most of her books follow the same equation when it comes to characters and what happens, but why it works is because Dessen is a good writer.

Goodreads Synopses:

Who is the real McLean?

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.
Combing Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading.

My review is hiding behind the jump!

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Witches of East End

Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Goodreads Rating: 3.43
My Rating: 3.75 Stars
Pages: 272

My mom recommended this book to me last year, but I just didn't have the time for it, but clearly, I've gotten around to it. She raved about it and when it comes to teen books, we generally have the same taste in books. I also did not realize until midway through that this book was by the same woman who wrote Blue Bloods, a series I got my mom addicted to, but I fell off the bandwagon with the year between all the releases. (You know how it is, you never remember who is who and if they're good or bad or what.)

Goodreads Synopses:

The three Beauchamp women--Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid--live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret--they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there's Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache. 

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it's time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them. 

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

My Review after the jump!


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