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Waiting on Wednesday: Enchantee

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Enchantée

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

To Be Published: February 5, 2019
by Flatiron/MacMillan

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic her mother forbade her to use, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Though Camille’s resentment of the rich is at at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, when she meets a handsome inventor she believes liberty and love may finally be possible.

But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie—before Paris burns… [summary from Goodreads]

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Realistic fiction with a hint of magic thrown in is one of my favorite types of stories. Add in the backdrop of the French Revolution? Count me in!

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Review

Let’s Talk: The Secret of a Heart Note

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The Secret of a Heart Note


The Secret of a Heart Note
by Stacey Lee
Published December 27, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
384 pages
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Source: Purchased


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As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, fifteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of using her extraordinary sense of smell to mix base notes, top notes, and heart notes into elixirs that help others fall in love. All while remaining incurably alone.

For Mim, the rules are clear—falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school existence—taking up a sport and limping away flush from victory, joining the debate club and saying things like “That’s a logical fallacy!” Having a boyfriend.

When she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the school soccer star to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that when it comes to falling in love, the choice isn’t always hers to make.[Goodreads]

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The Secret of a Heart Note is about Mimosa (Mim) and her mom (Dahlia), the last two aromateurs in the world, as they create custom love elixirs for people who want to fall in love. Mim lives a very strict and sheltered life so that she can preserve her nose and learn everything there is to know about plants and their properties so that she can create the perfect love potion for each client. The most important rule, however, is not to fall in love herself, as her powers would be sure to vanish instantly.

Of course, this presents quite the dilemma because there is a basketball player at school, Court (dumb name, cute boy), who she thinks is cute, and she thinks he might like her back. It’s a fun twist on the forbidden love trope.

Although there is an overarching theme of love in the story, it doesn’t focus solely on the romance between Mim and Court. There is a struggle between Mim, who wants to go to school and have a normal teenage life, and her mother, who only wants the best for her daughter –as long as it is a future in the aromateur business. Plus, there is the long-lost sister of Mim’s mother, Bryony, who disappeared after a rift in the family.

Side Note: I LOVED how all the aromateurs’ names were types of flowers. It was lovely. Plus, there were cute and fitting “quotes” from aromateurs of the past at the start of each chapter, which made it all feel very real.

Court was more than a pretty face, too. He had his own family problems going on but it wasn’t overly dramatic. It all felt very real. I liked how Mim had multiple problems come up during the story, but instead of angsting over them, she actually went out and did something about them!

I thought it was interesting that everyone at school knew that Mim was a “love witch” and it wasn’t ever anything for her to be ashamed about. There are also bonus points for diversity! Mim’s best friend, Kali, is Samoan and LGBT!

Overall, The Secret of a Heart Note was a fun contemporary romance without too much romance and just the right touch of magical realism. It lived up to its unique premise and the whole book had such a pretty atmosphere. I definitely enjoyed reading it and will be checking out Stacey Lee’s two other books as well!

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Are you planning to read this one? If you already have, did you love it too?

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Review

Let’s Talk: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

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Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
by Lindsay Ribar

Published June 7, 2016 by Kathy Dawson Books
336 pages
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Source: Purchased

 

 


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Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.

With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.

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ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES is one of my favorite books so far this year. It has the perfect touch of magical realism and a great magical story line mixed in with wonderfully flawed and interesting characters.

The members of the Quick family each have the magical ability to  ‘reach’ into people and see their personalities, their memories, and everything else about them and then ‘take’ it to give to The Cliff. The Cliff develops faults and cracks that Aspen’s grandmother can sense, and it is the family’s responsibility to give The Cliff pieces of people in order to repair it so that it doesn’t crumble and cause an avalanche and crush the whole town. Hence, rocks fall, everyone dies.

This book really isn’t a romance at all even though there are some romantic moments. It’s more about family and the ties that bind you to each other and the choices that you make about the kind of person you want to be.

I really enjoyed how the main character, Aspen, always kept me guessing. I never knew where the story was heading, and it was captivating from start to finish. I finished this book in one sitting, something I haven’t done in a VERY LONG TIME. I’m glad I purchased this one — it’s worth having and absolutely a good one to recommend out to friends! If you haven’t read this one yet, head to the store or the library and grab it because you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

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Review

Let’s Talk: My Lady Jane

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My Lady JaneMy Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Published June 7, 2016 by HarperTeen
512 pages
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Source: Purchased


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Edward is the sixteen-year-old king of England, and he happens to be on his deathbed, unfortunately. He’s pretty upset about this considering he would rather be planning how to get his first kiss than planning who to give the crown to when he dies. His counselors persuade him to name his cousin Jane as his successor. However, to secure the line of succession, Jane needs an heir. Which means she needs a husband. Edward agrees to marry her off to Gifford (call him G). Jane would rather read all day than become a married lady — or the queen — and G has a few secrets of his own — like he spends his days as a horse. Edward, Jane, and Gifford become wrapped up in a plot to save England. Can they take back the kingdom before it’s off with their heads?

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“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”

MY LADY JANE is nothing like any book I’ve ever read, and yet combines the best of all the books I’ve ever loved. The story takes place in sixteenth-century England during the reign of the famous Tudor family. I knew nothing but the name ‘Tudor’ before reading this and am now pleased to say I understand the line of succession, the names of the rulers (and the many wives…) and how it all played out. And I never felt like I was getting a history lesson.

I don’t want to give too much away because this book is best enjoyed with surprises intact, so I’m not going to tell you anything more about the plot, except that you will LOVE IT. The dialogue was quip and funny and the whole book was totally over the top, but in the best way possible. Jane was a heroine that many of us can relate too – she loves books above all else wants nothing more than to spend her days filling her head with knowledge. But when the time comes, she is also a bad ass lady who will stop at nothing to protect her friends and to do what’s right.

I really enjoyed that this book was a spin-off of history. It makes me sad for the real Lady Jane Grey, who I wish history could have seen more of before she was unjustly beheaded. I wasn’t sure what to think of the Eðian storyline at first — certain people who can turn into animals? It sounded far-fetched and unbelievable but ended up being just the right touch of magical realism. It just WORKS within the story and I didn’t question it at all as I read. In fact, it made for some of the funniest most enjoyable parts of the book. It’s of course a retelling of the infamous Protestant/Catholic divide of the time, but instead the divide is between Eðians and the Verities who hate them for it.

Jane, Edward, and Gifford are all unique and developed characters who I loved equally and who were all equally essential to the storyline. Some books with multiple POVs leave me feeling like I love one character and don’t want to switch to the other, but that was not the case here! Even though the chapters switched off between each character’s POV, the story continued on very neatly and never felt jumpy.

MY LADY JANE will keep you engrossed until the end. It will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters and never want the story to end. After 512 pages, I still wanted more!

 

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