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Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower {5 Stars}

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower {5 Stars}

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower (Magical Bookshop Mysteries #2)
Published by Berkley on Dec. 6th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Cozy
Page Length: 323 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Magic, books, and cats collide in a village near Niagara Falls in the latest mystery from the author of Crime and Poetry...
 
In Cascade Springs, New York, Violet Waverly and her grandma, Daisy, are the proprietors of Charming Books, where the power of the written word is positively enchanting...
 
October in Cascade Springs means tourists are pouring in for the annual Food and Wine Festival, and Daisy hopes to draw those crowds to the store. She asks Violet and the local writing group, the Red Inkers, to give a reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the shop’s front porch to entertain the revelers. Everyone eagerly agrees.

Yet their enthusiasm is soon extinguished when Violet discovers one of the writers dead in the shop moments before the event. After the shop magically tells Violet she’ll need to rely on Poe’s works to solve the murder, she enlists the help of her trusty tuxedo cat, Emerson, and the shop’s crow, Faulkner. But they must act fast before someone else’s heart beats nevermore...

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Prose and Cons from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler ARC {4 Stars}

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler is a middle-grade story about a girl named Alice who stumbles into a world where reading books literally takes her to new worlds. Unfortunately, those worlds seem to frequently be filled with deadly beasts and the real world with ancient and heartless Readers doesn’t seem all that much better. The Forbidden Library pulled me in the second I saw the first illustration and I can’t wait for the sequel! The ARC I read didn’t actually have all the illustrations either, so I’m planning on buying the finished copy just so that I can go through and see all the ones that I missed; I’m that in love with these illustrations ;-).

Note: I received The Forbidden Library from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler ARC {4 Stars}

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Published by Kathy Dawson Books on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 373 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That--along with everything else--changed the day she met her first fairy

When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.

It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.

4 Stars

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Four Stars: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

Read and Review HopMagic allows certain people to pull objects out of books, shaped by the love of readers and the power of the Libriomancer. Isaac’s job though is not to go off fighting monsters anymore, because with magic such as this, there needs to be someone to catalogue books based on which items may be useful to field agents, and Isaac is just the man for the job. At least he was, until some vampires tried to kill him and burn down his library…. That’s just rude.

I make no secret of the fact that Jim C. Hines is one of my favorite authors, and obviously with a premise of magic based on books, Libriomancer was a must read! I mean, seriously, that is every fantasy reader’s dream right?? I was horrified, then, when the library didn’t have a copy and I couldn’t seem to get one through the inter-library loan system. However, the library was quite willing to rectify their error by purchasing a copy and giving me first dibs :D. It’s a win-win really, since now all the other library patrons will realize what they had been missing ;-). Also I have to point out that I was reading this one in a car with the radio blaring (yes honey, it was blaring, don’t deny it), so I might not have been able to pay as much attention as I would have liked. I might need to go reread Libriomancer in the future to make sure I gave it a fair shake.

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Title: 
Libriomancer
Author: Jim C. Hines
Pages: 305 (hardcover)
Genre-ish: Urban fantasy (with all the goodies!)
Rating★★★ – fun plot, more character please!

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg.  Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . . — Goodreads

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