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Louie Lets Loose by Rachel Hamilton ARC {4 Stars}

Louie Lets Loose by Rachel Hamilton ARC {4 Stars}

Louie Lets Loose by Oscar Armelles, Rachel Hamilton (Unicorn in New York #1)
Published by Scholastic on May 30th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 128 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In this hilarious new fiction series, Louie the unicorn searches for stardom in New York City. Louie's story is brought to life with a unique visual approach, combining real New York photography with funny character illustrations.

'Dear Ma and Pa,
The New York School for Performing Arts is the perfect place for a unicorn like me. So far it has been totally AWESOME! Madame Twirler says that 'pigs will fly' before I get the lead part in a show. Man, I would LOVE to see that! After all, New York has a unicorn in town, so why not flying pigs?
Love you more than cake,
Louie xx'

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Louie Lets Loose from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon ARC {4 Stars}

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon is a delightful middle grade full of really cute illustrations with Vernon’s unique style that turns the creepy cute and shows that true friends come in all shapes and sizes! Castle Hangnail really has all the elements that I need in a middle grade including great tongue-in-cheek humor for parents reading with their kids or big kids who just still like whimsy ;-). Even better, the main character is portrayed as being a bit pudgy with illustrations that match that description, so we can empower our girls to know they can be witches no matter what they look like!

Note: I borrowed an advanced copy of Castle Hangnail. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon ARC {4 Stars}

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
Published by Dial on April 21st, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail's doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle's minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones.) But the castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed (So wicked! REALLY wicked!) and begins completing the tasks required by the Board of Magic for approval, everyone feels hopeful. Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all: that she isn't who she says she is.

4 Stars

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In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo {4 Stars}

In the Shadows is a marvelous combination of stories told in alternating illustrated pages and text. While it takes most of In the Shadows for the two stories to interweave, the revelation when they do is pretty awesome. The illustrations are gorgeous in full color and fully convey the action taking place. I’m really tempted to now go find the rest of Jim Di Bartolo’s work! The text story written by Kiersten White combines spooky elements of a mysterious cult with the fun of a summer in a small town for our five main characters. If you enjoy art interwoven with fantasy, you can’t miss In the Shadows!

Note: I received In the Shadows from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo {4 Stars}

In the Shadows by Jim Di Bartolo, Kiersten White
Published by Scholastic Press on April 29th, 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
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Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. 

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

 

4 Stars

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