The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

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The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Genre: Historical fiction, Fantasy, YA
3 stars.

“If the story was happy, you’d care less about that tiny little bit of freedom . . . We wouldn’t like the daylight if it wasn’t for the night. We wouldn’t notice the stars if not for the endless dark of night. All the story, like you said? That’s the important part. The sad parts are all about surviving. We are a people that survives. We endure. We will endure this too.” Continue reading “The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke”

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Historical Fantasy
5 stars.

“The circus arrives without warning.”

I have never read nor will ever read anything like this book. Morgenstern orchestrates a masterful mixing of genres whose wheres and the whys, much like the circus itself, are deliciously difficult to pin down. The deeply human longing for magic and wonder are piqued within the dream-like realm of Morgernstern’s prose, and I couldn’t help but be enchanted by it. Continue reading “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”

The Native Star by MK Hobson

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4.5 stars.

This is a book that’s right up on the level of The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker in terms of sheer entertainment, deadpan humor, and incredible world building. Its like the old west meets wizards meets magic meets zombies meets Native American lore meets steam punk. I’ve never encountered a world like this before, and its clear the author has done a lot of thinking out the world and the magic systems. Its well written, and the book takes a grittier, darker turn than I originally expected reading the summary, but it was not an unwelcome turn. The two main characters are snarky, sarcastic, and possess such a real chemistry you can’t help but fall in love with them. I laughed out loud and audibly gasped in a few tense spots. Its fast paced and action packed, so if you’re looking for something fun and incredibly entertaining, this is it.