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The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund – My Review

Title: The Sky Above Us

Author: Natalie Lund

Release Date: April 13th 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

From the author of We Speak in Storms comes a twisty, psychological thriller about three friends searching for the truth in the aftermath of a plane crash.

The morning after their senior year beach party, Izzy, Cass, and Janie are woken by a thundering overhead. Then they and their classmates watch in shock as a plane crashes into the water. When the passengers are finally recovered, they are identified as Izzy’s twin brother, Israel, Cass’s ex-boyfriend, Shane, and Janie’s best friend, Nate. But Izzy can feel when her brother is in pain, and she knows he’s not really dead. So she, Cass, and Janie set out to discover what actually happened that day–and why the boys were on the plane.

Told in alternating timelines and points of view, this powerful and captivating novel follows the three boys in the weeks leading up to that fateful flight, and the girls they left behind as they try to piece together the truth about the boys they loved and thought they knew. A spellbinding story about the ripple effects of tragedy, the questions we leave unanswered, and the enduring power of friendship.

Loss. Grief. 

It’s never easy losing a loved one. The pain that comes from the emptiness you feel, is very hard to bear. Three deaths. No answers.

I was not expecting such a heavy story. I didn’t feel like this story was a thriller. A lot happens within each person’s life and we get a peek into what each person is dealing with. The choices they make/made and how they affected everyone around them. Mental illness is mentioned and I liked that. Too many shy away from that topic but it is a real thing affecting many people every day. While I enjoyed the story, I felt like there was too much going on. Too many characters. I didn’t connect with many of them. 

This is a good YA story and while I expected a thriller, I got a different kind of story and I enjoyed it. This is my first Natalie Lund book and I enjoyed her writing. I will look for more works by her. I give this 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy – My Review

Title: After All I’ve Done: A Novel

Author: Mina Hardy

Release Date: November 10th 2020

Genre: Psychological Thrillers

Writing as Mina Hardy, New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart delivers a thrilling new psychological suspense for fans of The Woman in the Window and When the Lights Go Out.

She’s lost her best friend, her husband–and possibly, her mind.

Five months ago, an accident left Diana Sparrow badly injured and missing a few months of her memory. As if that’s not enough, she’s started having recurring nightmares about the night of the accident. Dreams that feel so real, she’s left questioning: maybe she didn’t just slide off the road into a ditch. Maybe, just maybe, she hit something. Or someone.

She can’t turn to her former best friend Val, who’s been sleeping with Diana’s husband Jonathan for months, but she might find some comfort in newcomer Cole Pelham. Yet the closer they become, the more Diana begins to wonder what really happened that night–and how Cole might be connected. Worse, it seems everyone else could be involved, too.

Who was with her that night? What really happened? As her life unravels thread by thread and the dreams become too real to ignore, Diana will have to face the unthinkable–and do the unforgivable.

After All I’ve Done is a fast paced thriller that will have your heart racing and rapidly turning those pages! 

Right from the start, the story had me in its clutches. It didn’t let go till the very end. This book is one crazy ride and I was there for it! There are many questions about what had happened to Diana. As the story went on, I found myself not liking any of the characters. They were all bad people and some were more irritating than others. This might be weird to say but it didn’t take away from the story. In fact, it enhanced the story and the mystery in solving what happened that night. Towards the end, there was an urgency to find out how all the pieces fit and boy was I surprised! That was one twist I did not see coming. Very nice Miss Hardy. 

This is a fantastic and thrilling read! It’s entertaining and an ending you won’t see coming. I can promise you that. The cover is very eye catching and pretty. I know this author is using a different pen name and I hope she continues to write more of these types of books. I look forward to reading more by Miss Hardy. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Interview with an Author Featuring Ally Vance

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Ally Vance! Her upcoming release, Wicked Dreams (The Reveries Duet Book 1) will release on October 27th 2020.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was about 8 I got hooked on reading and wrote my very first story, but I was about 13 when I knew for sure that’s what I wanted to be.

What about the horror genre interests you?

The freedom of it and the lack of limitations when it comes to writing and reading it. I expect to be scared or horrified and I love how it pushes all of the boundaries.

What was the first horror/story you remember reading?

I think it was Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

There have been a few moments for sure when writing when I’ve felt that way.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so who? And what makes them so special.

I love most of my characters but one of my current favourites is Maia from Mutatus (Carnaval Des Ténèbres #3). There is a lot that makes her special, but I think her strength and love for those around her stands out, as well as the fact that had Yolanda Olson not asked me to join the collaborative series she wouldn’t exist.

Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?

Occasionally I’ve done research to help with character development and get details on real events/legends.

Do you look to your own phobias to find subject matter? Are your stories the products of nightmares, childhood experiences, fantasies?

I have occasionally used my own experiences to write with, but not all. I have never written about one of my phobias, but that doesn’t mean I won’t someday.

What is one stereotype about horror authors is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?

It’s wrong that we are all as scary as our writing, but it’s true that we are all serial killers; no fictional character is safe from us!

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can share with us?

I went to a Halloween party one year as a vampire with my boyfriend (now husband) and he went as a vampire too while his brother was a devil. I jokingly offered to mix glitter in with the white face paint so he could go as Edward Cullen, he found this less funny than me and his brother did.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Keep writing and don’t stop, and don’t let others control your creativity whether it’s other authors or readers, as you’re writing for you not them.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

I’m not afraid to rip your hearts out and no character is safe when I’m at the keyboard.

Thank you Ally Vance for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Pre-order her newest release, Wicked Dreams today!

~Synopsis~

Even the most vile of nightmares are born from the sweetest of dreams.

Miles tempts me in a way no other has before; he’s no idea of the truth that lurks behind the handsome face of his dream lover. I’ll bide my time until I’m ready to reveal myself. Only when Miles is weak, compliant, and willing to sign his soul over to me, will I show him exactly who and what he’s given himself to.

I’m not often tempted to cross the boundaries and physically enter this world. When I do I feast until I’ve had my fill, extracting every delicious morsel of my lover’s pleasure and pain as I bend them to my will. I know what will happen if I manifest in their reality, what they’ll see…

Nightmares are just the blurred lines between dreams and reality. Sooner or later your demons are going to get you.

Warning: Contains graphic scenes of sexual violence and sexual situations not suitable for readers under the age of 18. Contains scenes featuring M/M & M/F couples. Cliffhanger ending no HEA.

Ally is an International Bestselling Author who writes in the Dark Romance & Horror genres. Ally has been writing since she was a teenager, and it had been a long time dream of hers to finally become a published author. Ally also co-writes with her close friend Michelle under the pen name Ally Michelle. Ally lives in Kent, in the United Kingdom with her husband, stepson and two cats.

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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel by Emily Danforth – My Review

Title: Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel

Author: Emily Danforth

Release Date: October 20th 2020

Genre: LGBT Fiction, Satire

“Full of Victorian sapphic romance, metafictional horror, biting misandrist humor, Hollywood intrigue, and multiple timeliness—all replete with evocative illustrations that are icing on a deviously delicious cake.” –OTHE OPRAH MAGAZINE

“Brimming from start to finish with sly humor and gothic mischief. Brilliant.”  — SARAH WATERS

Named a Most Anticipated Book by O, The Oprah Magazine • Vulture • Parade • Popsugar • Bustle • GoodReads • Autostraddle • Literary Hub • and more!

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit

Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, the Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.

Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, oppo­site B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern her­oines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.

A story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period-inspired illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.

What a strange and interesting read! Very entertaining. Very witty. 

A mash of the past and present. Surrounding a book. A curse or something more sinister? 

I enjoyed reading the chapters that were set in the past. Just something about it caught my interest a bit more than the chapters set in the present. I think it was the combination of the era it was presented in and the added myth surrounding Brookhants. Is it bad that I wanted to visit a place like that? Yes I’m a weirdo. At times the book seemed to lag in some places and I struggled to get past them. The characters from the present chapters were pretty good. I did like Harper right away. Merritt and Audrey took some time but I eventually came around. The whole book has a creepy vibe which I was digging. I do feel like having a book within a book was a huge task and due to that fact, the book was a bit too long. 

As a whole, this is an okay read. I wanted to like it more than I did. I felt let down in a way. You’re expecting something big to happen and kind of give you closure and it didn’t happen. I didn’t get any horror vibes from this book. More suspense. This is a long read. It didn’t bother me too much but some parts I felt could have been left out. The cover is beautiful. I loved that it had a diverse group of LGBT characters. I give this 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Interview with an Author Featuring Melissa Sercia

The Literary Vixen presents…

 

Joining us today is Melissa Sercia! Her upcoming release, After I Fall (Immortal Billionaires Book 1) is releasing on November 3rd 2020.

What inspired you to start writing?

I started writing poetry and short stories when I was about nine years old. I loved reading and had a very vivid imagination. As I got older, I got into screenplays and songwriting too. It was around my 35th birthday that the idea for Blood and Magic came to me and I really felt ready to write a full length novel. I played around with it for a couple years then made the decision to become a full time author in 2016. In 2017 I signed with City Owl Press and the rest is history!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know if it’s a quirk, but before I can start writing a new novel, I have to create a music playlist for it. Music helps me get into the tone and mood of the story.

How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?

A lot of times I have to dig really deep when I put myself in the character’s head. It can be emotionally draining but as soon as I’m done writing the scene, I shake it off. I actually cried when I wrote the ending to Gods and Demons (Blood and Darkness Book 3). It was very bittersweet.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have written six books so far. Four are published, and two are with my editors awaiting publication. It’s hard to pick favorites because each book has such a special place in my heart. But I will say that Flesh and Bone (Blood and Darkness Book 2) was my favorite to write. It flowed out of me so easily in just two months. It also allowed me to explore a darker side to my main character, Gray. I had a lot of fun with that book.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

The first book I ever read that impacted me emotionally was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Even though there weren’t any paranormal elements in it, it still had some very dark themes and tortured characters. That has definitely influenced my writing. 

The biggest influences have also been the entire Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, V.C. Andrews, and Stephen King.

Currently, I have been inspired by Sarah J Maas, Erin Morgenstern, Marissa Meyer, and Patricia Briggs.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I do! I will usually get comments on my Instagram or facebook page when someone has found my books and enjoyed them. I also get emails from time to time commenting on my newsletter or inviting me to speak at a workshop or online library events.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

On my bedside table right now is a fabulous YA book called Slay by Brittney Morris

Do you have any new series planned?

I do! I am working on a new series called Immortal Billionaires. It’s a steamy paranormal romance series consisting of three (there may be a fourth) standalone novels that are connected by the same world. Book 1 in that series will be releasing at the end of October.

After that, I will be finishing up my Beautiful Dark Beasts series: Spark and Ember releases in February, then Starlight and Dust will be the conclusion of Arya’s journey and will most likely be releasing toward the end of 2021. Then I’m working on two new urban fantasy series, a Southern Gothic stand alone, and a prequel to Blood and Magic.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

If Blood and Magic were made into a movie I definitely would want Katie McGrath to play Gray, Charlie Hunnam to play Aldric, Jason Momoa to play Seven, and Alexander Dreymon to play Dragos.

What advice would you give to other authors?

Learn your craft and establish a routine. I read a ton of craft books and attend online writing workshops all the time. No matter how many books you write, there are still things to learn and grow from. And establishing a regular writing routine will help you stay focused. Even if you can only spend an hour a day. Make sure you protect that writing time. As far as publishing goes, don’t give up. There are several paths to publishing and all of them are valid and rewarding. I’m with a small press, but I will also be self publishing a series this year, and next year I will be looking for an agent with another series. Find out which path is right for you and don’t let anything discourage you from your goals.

What is the one thing you want people to know about you and your books?

In a nutshell, I’m a storyteller. I know that life and reality can be difficult and stressful so I enjoy creating fantasy worlds for my readers to escape to. I care passionately about my readers and hope that they love reading my books as much as I love writing them. My books are dark but also hopeful and I’m obsessed with history and mythology so you will definitely see those influences in my stories. In the future, I would like to expand upon my Blood and Darkness/Beautiful Dark Beasts universe with more spinoffs, prequels, and side stories. And possibly even a graphic novel! Lots of exciting things to come!

 

Thank you Melissa Sercia for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out her upcoming release, After I Fall today!

~Synopsis~

A darkness is coming for her heart, but it might be the only thing that can set her free…

Raven
I have nothing left. The man I thought I’d spend forever with is gone and I’m alone…until I meet him. Ozi. My new boss. He’s sexy, mysterious, and owns me with just one look. But he’s used to getting what he wants. And that makes him dangerous.

Ozi
I’m rich, immortal, and alone. And I like it that way. Until I meet her. I should stay away from Raven. But I can’t. Every time she’s near, I want to taste her blood in my veins and feel her body in my bed. I want to own her and destroy her. To break her and then put her back together with my bare hands. But I know I will be the one broken in the end.

Raven and Ozi have sworn off love, but when their paths cross, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Drawn to each other’s dark sides, they can’t seem to stay away. But when Ozi’s ex comes back into town to settle an old score, the odds shift and the danger becomes real, pitting Raven in the middle. Now Ozi must decide what he’s willing to risk to protect Raven from the threat of his past coming back to haunt him. Her safety or his heart.

When lust turns into obsession, can it ever become love?

This is a standalone book in the Immortal Billionaires series.

WARNING: This book contains graphic content and is meant for 18+ readers only

Melissa Sercia is an award winning Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author with a passion for philosophy, mythology, and all things supernatural. She is the author of the Blood and Darkness series, Beautiful Dark Beasts series, and Immortal Billionaires series. Melissa lives in California with her man and her cat. When she’s not building dark fantasy worlds and slaying demons, you can find her in the kitchen cooking with a glass of wine in her hand.

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Seconds (Internet Famous Collection Book 6) by Cam Johns – My Review

Title: Seconds (Internet Famous Collection Book 6)

Author: Cam Johns

Release Date: September 30th 2020

Genre: Romance, Fairy Tale Retellings

Braxton Knight always had his mind set on becoming a celebrity chef. So much so that he forgot how to be a gentleman. His arrogance destroyed the confidence in many women, until he met the one woman who didn’t fawn over his every move. Phoenix Brighton. Soon, karma would come back to bite him in the ass that would devastate his future. Or so he thought. Turns out, it’s sometimes possible to find your second chance.

Cam Johns’s dark retelling of Rapunzel is a second chance romance that will leave you craving more from this hot celebrity chef and salivating for SECONDS.

Second by Cam Johns is fairy tale retelling of Rapunzel. 

I LOVED how different this retelling was! I love the dark vibe of it. It has a great balance of drama and sexiness. I really enjoy Miss Johns storytelling and the way these characters seem to incite such feelings and emotions while you’re reading. I found myself tearing up and then bawling at some of the scenes. Ah good times! I anxiously await what’s next from this author!! I give this 5 stars!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Heart of Vengeance (Alice Worth Book 6) by Lisa Edmonds – My Review

Title: Heart of Vengeance (Alice Worth Book 6)

Author: Lisa Edmonds

Release Date: October 13th 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Fight for Alice. Private Investigator of the Supernatural.

When dealing with vampires, expect betrayal at every turn…

Mage private investigator Alice Worth’s life has changed dramatically. On the plus side, she has a new home to share with alpha werewolf Sean Maclin and her ghost sidekick Malcolm. She’s also gained an office with her name on the door, a fearsome ally, and dark magic inherited from a defeated enemy.

On the downside, a dire prophecy hangs over her head, she’s uncovered a terrible betrayal, and the new magic is killing her.

When the ancient head of the Vampire Court calls in a favor, Alice is forced to put aside her own problems to hunt a stolen treasure. She and Malcolm travel to realms full of wonders and nightmares in their pursuit of a thief consumed by need for vengeance. To survive and return home, they must rely on a motley group of highly unusual allies.

In pursuit of justice, Alice and Malcolm face many terrifying adversaries. Unfortunately, some are much closer to home than they could imagine…

“Edmonds’s imaginative description of the underworld is as fun as it is fascinating, and the twists and turns along the way will keep readers hooked. Series fans will be pleased to find it’s still going strong.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Highly addicting! Fantastic world building! Unputdownable!

Still recovering from recent events, Alice is forced to recover a stolen object. More danger? Bring it on!

My girl is back! I’ve missed her. Alice is sent to a whole different world and to me it was like bizarro world. Miss Edmonds did an amazing job on building bizarro world and its inhabitants. I easily traveled there in my mind. It was both scary and cool! SO many great one liners and JBJ!! If you know, you know. There are lots of new characters. I really liked a lot of them. Especially a tiny little fur ball! Tons of action and suspense. Maybe we’ll be hearing more from them in the future….that ending though….

I devoured this in a day. I was captivated by the plot and the characters. The danger and magic is always a given and never a let down. Bizarro world really intrigued me. I kept saying to myself this is a trip! Action and danger aside, there are some truly heartfelt moments. They had me tearing up and then bawling my eyes out. It happens every time with a new Alice Worth book. I’m always ready to hurt again. 

This book is fantastic and highly entertaining!! I highly recommend this series. You won’t be disappointed! Warning: This series is highly addicting! I give it 5 stars!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Playing with Hellfire: A Paranormal Romance (Sin Demons Book 1) by Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks – My Review

Title: Playing with Hellfire: A Paranormal Romance (Sin Demons Book 1)

Author: Mila Young & Harper A. Brooks

Release Date: September 24th 2020

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Demons

The devils aren’t in the details.
They’re in my bed…

When my warlock foster father trades me to demons for his outstanding debts, I find myself in Hell on Earth. I’m thrust into a supernatural underground crime ring I can’t get out of, eternally bound in a contract I never made.

Three hot-as-hell demons stand in between me and my freedom.

A tattooed, brutish Hellhound shifter. An incubus with the power to bend wills on command. And the heir to Lucifer’s throne—the original sin demon, Pride, himself. I have to find a way out of the deal before they devour me, body and soul.

But I’m no angel. There’s something inside me, something that craves the chaotic darkness these demons possess.

Escaping may mean giving in to Hell’s more sinful temptations. But playing with fire only hurts if you get burned…

Bestselling authors Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks have brought the heat with this fiery and sinful paranormal romance. It’ll leave you burning up for more! Scroll up and 1-click to give into your darkest temptations today!

Playing with Hellfire is book one in a demon romance trilogy.

Sinfully wicked read! 

Aria finds herself in a situation she didn’t ask to be in. She is owned by not one but three demons. She struggles with wanting to escape to be entranced by these three men. 

Right from the start I was hooked. There’s a bit of mystery surrounding Aria and I wanted to know more about her. I love that she’s cunning, witty and puts on a brave face even when she’s feeling anything but. Then we get to these demon men and oh my! I can’t make up my mind who I like more. They’re all sexy as sin! I can’t choose!

Miss Brooks and Miss Young brought the heat in those sex scenes! Hotness! Along with those scenes is a very good story plot. There’s action and danger. It’ll have your pulse racing. 

This is such a guilty pleasure read. I devoured this whole book in one sitting. Yeah it was that good. I like the collaboration between Miss Brooks and Miss Young. I look forward to the next book! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Hollow Places: A Novel by T. Kingfisher – My Review

Title: The Hollow Places: A Novel

Author: T. Kingfisher

Release Date: October 6th 2020

Genre: Horror Suspense

A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the “innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling” (Mira Grant, Nebula Award–winning author) The Twisted Ones.

Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more one fears them, the stronger they become.

With her distinctive “delightfully fresh and subversive” (SF Bluestocking) prose and the strange, sinister wonder found in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hollow Places is another compelling and white-knuckled horror novel that you won’t be able to put down.

I went into this book not sure what I was expecting. Strange portal and terror? Ok I’m in! This book is one twisted ride! As the story went on, it only got creepier and creepier. Some parts were truly terrifying. I found myself fascinated with the mystery of the portal. I got a bit of sci-fi vibes along with the horror. The banter between Kara and Simon was good and had me smiling. Gotta smile even though you’re creeped out right? 

This author is new to me and I enjoyed her story telling as well as her writing style. I will look for more books by her. This was a strange, fantastic and creepy read that will give you the chills. If you’re a fan of those kinds of reads, this book is for YOU! I give this 4 stars!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – My Review

Title: Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

Release Date: October 6th 2020

Genre: Occult Horror

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.

When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.

Magic Lessons is a hauntingly beautiful origin story. Maria Owen’s story.

This book. Everything about it was phenomenal and heart wrenching and I was there for it. Maria’s journey wasn’t an easy one. She endured so much. My chest tightened with each loss she faced. Through it all, she had her magic. Always magic. It both helped and hurt her.

I have a deep love for the Owens family. To read Maria’s origin story was amazing. The beginning is a little slow but you’re in for a ride. Be patient. Its so worth it! I loved the dark vibe of the story. Those were different times. A dark time for anyone suspected in the “Unnamed Arts”. Maria suffered tremendous losses but she also knew happiness and love. The characters were so well written, I wanted to know about all them all. They all piqued my interest in one form or another. I read deep into the night to finish. I had to know! I was invested. The highly emotional scenes caused me heartbreak and tears. This book was everything I had hoped for and more! It was fantastic. I will carry this story close to my heart. I give this 5 stars. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*