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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Ayla Phipps

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by TH Leatherman, the synopsis as original and from page one I was hooked and pulled into their world. Evan is a teenage boy from Earth, while distracting his brother Jerrod and his goons, Will and Gary, away from beating up another smaller kid he escapes into the woods. In the past Jerrod and his friends would stop and stay out of the woods but today was different. Running into the woods brought rain and fog as well as pine needles everywhere, the boys continued to chase him even after Evan hurt his ankle, he continued to run with all that he had. Coming to a six-foot-wide stream Evan jumped across it only to be surrounded by a bright light and a tingling sensation hit every nerve.
Evan was somewhere else, later learning that there is a great divide keeping Earth from Stellaluna. Currently he was in the elven country of Shara in the capital city of Lonathas. Evan learns all this information from an older human man that goes by Geezer, who has been in Lonathas since 1883. Quickly it becomes clear that if Evan wants to make it back home, he needs to do everything Geezer tells him to and to learn fast. While elves cannot lie, they can stretch the truth, and nothing is given without a price. The Elven Queen Lycia is big with years of servitude while smaller favors can be bartered for. To learn the spell to return to Earth Evan negotiates with the Queen to complete three quests. When given the first of three it becomes apparent that the Queen is trying to set Evan up to fail to get his servitude for years, but Evan is determined to give each task his all to return home to his grandma and dad. The female elf Sina that Evan meets upon his arrival in Shara makes him feel like her smile makes the sun brighter and everything inside him becomes warmer. As a human in Stellaluna Evan has some advantages, one he can lie, two he can break some of the rules and is able to learn any spell he wishes with one drawback, it will make him tired the more powerful the spell the more tired he will be after. But he is quickly learning how to barter with the elves to learn spells.
Will Evan complete his quests in one piece? How much time is passing on Earth? The author pulls you in with fantastic world building, relatable characters, and humor just when you needed it. TH Leatherman also includes references to other works including Frodo’s quest to Mordor in response to hearing his first quest by the Queen. I look forward to reading more of the authors work and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the Stellaluna Chronicles.

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Julie Johnson

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a super fun, sometimes hilarious, young adult featuring fantasy and loads of fun! One day, Evan is evading the bullies at school, the next he finds himself jumping over a ravine and he’s in a strange land. A land filled with fairies and goblins and the Elven Queen who might be his only chance to return home. In order to return home, he must complete three specific tasks given to him by the Queen. The tasks may sound easy but in reality, they are quite challenging! And if he fails? He owes ten years of service to the Queen. However, time in this new mysterious realm is not like the time we know. Can he complete the tasks and go home? What lessons will he learn along the way?

This is a fun book to read that is pretty entertaining. I look forward to reading more books in this series!

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Cindy Rushin

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a nice light hearted romp that I really enjoyed. Evan was the kind of flawed hero that I love to read about. He is not perfect yet still manages to do the right thing and come out on top. The story was full of adventure and had nice imagery. I love reading new takes on the paranormal and look forward to reading more from this author as I liked his take.

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Donya Pedigo

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fun, fast Ya fantasy read that will have you yearning for more. I love how the hero, Evan, is a stand up guy that stays true to himself throughout. The characters are all really enjoyable and written in a way that you want to know more about them and their lives in this new fairyland Evan has found himself transported to. Between the world building, funny puns, and characters TH Leatherman has written the start to a great series, which I myself can’t wait to read more of.

The book starts with Evan in Texas before he gets unknowingly transported to a different realm where elves, trolls, sprites, dragons, and even ogres reside. He is taken to the Elven Queen where he is told he must complete three tasks as assigned in order to get a spell to go home or face the consequences. In this new strange realm as a human Evan can learn anyone else’s magic to help him try and pass these almost impossible tasks. What magic should he learn and who, if anyone, can he trust in this foreign realm? Follow him along on his adventures through Stellaluna as he makes friends and enemies while risking it all to get back to his home realm. Does he pass the three tasks and make it back home? You will just have to read and find out for yourself. I promise you won’t be sorry.

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Ashley Hasting

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evan had to diffuse a bully situation, but it led him to end up in another world. He went from Texas to the Fae world in just a matter of seconds! He works with the elves to figure out what happened and how he can get back home. The queen offers two solutions: either complete 3 tasks that get harder after each is completed or serve under her for 10 years. Even if he fails the first, he’ll have to do the servitude. He gains friends, enemies, frenemies, and a crush as well. It’s a great read!

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Breanne Christian

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evan is a teenager with more than typical teenage problems. He has a mother who does not allow him to see his father, claiming he is a bad influence on Evan, a brother who torments him, and a loving grandmother. One day, Evan makes a choice to stand up to his brother for someone in need. His brother and his goons then turn on him and start chasing him into the woods across the way from the school. Injured, Evan stumbles into a stream and ends up into a place that is straight out of a fairy tale. From there, he falls in love with an elf who is engaged to someone and tricked into performing three quests for the elf queen in exchange for her to send him back to his world. Along the way, Evan finds friends in the most unlikely places, thwarts enemies, and finds out where he belongs.
Mis-Spelled is full of loveable and relatable characters. It is a fun, fast-paced fairy tale full of twists and turns. The descriptions of the lands are beautifully written, and the reader feels like they are travelling alongside Evan.
If you are looking for a fairy tale full of mystical creatures, mysteries, and unexpected events, do not miss out on Mis-Spelled. I highly recommend it.

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Mis-Spelled: Book 1 of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman – Review by Michaela Massie

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Never treat the Fae lightly. Now stuck in another realm, Evan finds himself having to complete 3 impossible quests for the Elven Queen before he can return to his realm and his home. This book is full of fun, adventure, intrigue, and so much more! Read along to see how Evan attempts these tasks, and if he ever makes it home!

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Lisa Helmick

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Utterly Delightful! This book is one of those that shocked and surprised me at how amazingly good it is! I was intrigued by the blurb but the cover did not call to me. I took a chance and am very pleased I did.

The story is very well written and reads very smoothly. It just rolled along easily because it is just that good! The humor/fun is mixed in perfectly with the storyline. The characters are measureless! The sprites, trolls and elves among others are explored well. I enjoyed learning about them and following along with Evan as he traverses the new land.

This is written for teens and I feel they would throughly enjoy the fantasy filled story. This is a first time author for me and since I loved it I will be looking for more along this line from him.

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Mandy Ott

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mis-Spelled is such an amazingly fun read! T. H. Leatherman is a new author for me, but I can’t wait to read more. Mis-Spelled was full of fantastic, wonderfully written characters. I found the way Leatherman humanized the fairy-tale creatures very entertaining and a great twist on things! There is such great world building that I felt like I was right there with Evan and his entourage walking through the forest, or climbing the stairs in the tree house! There are so many ups and downs in this book, but the ups far outweigh the downs! I love fantasy, and this is one of my new favorites. It being Book 1 in the Stellaluna Chronicles, I am looking forward to the continuation of this story!

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Candida Hopper

The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty #1)The Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This YA fantasy book is unlike any I have read before. This is my first time reading anything from this author and I’m glad I decided to take a chance. This story is full of magic, danger, suspense, witches, wizards and wonderful characters. The author takes you on an adventure with the attention to detail in the writing of this story. This book leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Heather Bass

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read from this author and now I’m hooked. I love a good fantasy story but this author exceeded all my expectations. I was drawn to the main character right from the beginning. I could not put this book down so I read it all the way though. It only took me a few hours to devour this addictive story. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Miranda Stone thought she was a typical teenager and she had to worry about school and boys. She was very wrong. Miranda wakes up one morning and she feels very different. She has these powers that scare and she doesn’t want to put her family into danger so she runs away. Miranda finds herself in the best place for paranormal New Orleans. She finds out that there are more like her and she builds new friendships. Will Miranda find a new family to call her own or will she be on her own for good?

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Alison Risher

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loaded with puns, this book is a hoot! Not a time-travel tale, this book has the protagonist traveling to a different realm. Elves, trolls, and dragons- oh, my! Throw in dwarves, giants, and ogres as well. The hero must learn who to trust in this strange realm, and just how much he can or cannot trust his own instincts, which is something we can all relate to.

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C. B. Lyall – review by Stephanie Driskill

The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty #1)The Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wilf, our main character is a typical teenaged kid who loves soccer and excels at the sport. His whole life would revolve around soccer had it not been for the fact that he is a wizard who refuses to train or use magic. His father, Reginald, “evaporates” and poor Wilf is now smack dab in the middle of a virus that is turning witches beautiful, and his father’s journal holds the key to save the witches. Wilf is visited in his father’s shop by Ermentrude a witch who demands that Wilf locate and open his father’s secret lab so that she can find what she is looking for. The virus that is infecting witches makes them gradually lose their power until they cannot perform magic, and they become “beautiful.” The wizards were the ones to bring this infection onto the witches and it isn’t until Ermentrude’s daughter Katryna becomes infected, that Wilf understands that he MUST get over fearing magic and using magic in order to unlock the secrets of his father’s journal and save his friend.

All the characters are well-developed, and you can’t help but love each one of them. The story is a definite page turner, and I couldn’t wait to finish the page I was on to be able to turn the page and continue with the journey. It’s interesting that beauty is considered a weakness in the book, and I think that it sends a message that our world needs to hear. Great read and even better cast of characters that takes us into the fantasy world and leaves you begging for more! I cannot wait for book 2! A must read for the ages!

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Taylor K Stephenson

The Virus of BeautyThe Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

~ Teenage Wizard On the Run~

This is the first book in an exceptional Trilogy about a young Wizard named, Wilf Gilvary, and his world. It’s pretty obvious from the start he wants absolutely nothing to do with magic. The start of the story can be a little rocky to follow. Between the disappearance of his father and transition into the magical world. Nevertheless the story is so intriguing you tend to fly through it!

Poor Wilf is just a kid, and is forced into situations where he has to make some more mature choices. This is a good story for any age, as the content is fairly appropriate. And is very relatable to anyone reading the story as well. As such, the tale is very interesting and advances at a steady and enticing pace.

Eventually, Wilf is faced with a deadly virus that impacts the Wizarding world, and the magical folk in it. Between Wilf’s heritage, and his own innate skill set. It is up to him to make a decision on how to save not just those closest to him, but the entire world with the people in nit as he knows it. Wilf does a pretty solid job of navigating through this new and scary world, that he has been trying to resist from the beginning. There is quite a bit of character development, and I am looking forward to reading the second installment!

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Kerry Carr

The Virus of BeautyThe Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in this series and i really enjoyed it. The author does an amazing job with the characters and the world building.
I really felt for Wilf’s character. All he wanted was to be a normal boy. He doesn’t want magic and all the complications that come with it, but no matter how reluctant he is he is forced into a world he doesn’t want to be a part of.

There is a struggled for power between the witches and wizards which is released a curse. This curse causes witches to lose there powers and become beautiful.

The only cure is in Wilf’s fathers journal and the only person can unlock the secrets is Wilf himself.
Now he is drawn into a battle he doesn’t want to be part of, and when his friend becomes a victim of the virus he is determined to save her even if that means accepting and embracing his magic.

This story is a real page turner and a great fantasy adventure that I couldn’t put down.

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Erin Vosters

The Virus of BeautyThe Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Witches and Wizards live together but there’s also a resistance. Wilf is born wizard but refuses to do magic and instead thinks of himself as a Normal. When a virus threatens the magical realm, Wilf must do what needs to be done.

This book is very well written and it’s truly a wonderful story-scape world!

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Amanda Haller-Doris

The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty #1)The Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You can’t escape your fate, as unwilling wizard Wilf discovers the hard way, in this well written fantasy novel about wizards and witches and magic. It’s a wonderful coming of age story mixed with magic. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started a book about beauty being a bad thing, and while it is a huge piece of the story, the main focus is Wilf’s journey to discovering who he was meant to be and how he can help support the battle between witches and wizards. The author did a wonderful job of describing the characters and creating a well thought out world. I enjoyed watching Wilf’s and Katryna’s relationship progress and his selflessness to help support her. Wilf’s journey unfolds in an emotional manner while still keeping the pace and action intriguing. The story had multiple twists and turns, and just when I thought I knew how it would end, the story had another curve ball for me. I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy and see how things end for Wilf.

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The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Ayla Eddy

The Virus of BeautyThe Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an interesting read. I had no idea exactly what this story would entail when I picked it up due to the title capturing my interest. I can happily say I am more than pleased that the title was not the only interesting attention grabbing aspect of this book. I cannot wait to start the next book in this series.

Everyone always wants to be a witch or wizard with magical powers. Except for our main guy in this tale. Wilf would rather be normal and play soccer over partaking in the magical world he is part of. It isn’t until a magical virus affects his friend Katryna that he has to pick a version of himself; wizard or ordinary. Will accepting his role in the key to the curse be too late? Will his friend survive or be lost to the virus?

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Kaylee Johnston

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Miranda Stone is a typical teen from a conservative family. She suddenly develops magical powers and believes her family wouldn’t take it very well so she decides to run. She took what little money she had and ran to New Orleans. her plan was to become a singer and find a cheap motel to start her new life. She tries to be an opener for a drag club, thinking things will work out later.

Unfortunately, she soon realizes that won’t be the case. Women all over the world develop the same powers she does and end up going missing. She starts to fear for her life while still trying to maintain a normal life. She even meets the one – the girl of her dreams. She realizes that it’s probably a bad idea to try to have a relationship with everything going on, but the heart wants what it wants.

It’s a good read. This is the first in a two book series. I’m intrigued as to how the next book is going to go. I enjoyed the entire story. The characters were amazing and the plot was entertaining. The pace was a bit slow, but it was such a great story.

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Tausha Treadway

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman. This is such a fun young adult story. I enjoyed it as an adult so I’m sure others would too. There is humor, goblins, elves and a fairy land, what more could you want in a story. Its the story of Evan who gets transported into another realm filled with fairy tale creatures. Its called Stellaluna and its a magic system. Evan has to figure out how to get around in this realm and more importantly how to get back home! Evan and his brothers are very different in their ways of trying to get out and Evan is determined not to use violence. Evan is very smart and will use his brain to get out of this mess. This book will have you fully immersed in the world of Stellaluna. You will love it!

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The Sacrifice (Dragonpets Book #1) by R. L. S. Hoff – Review by Angela Hayes

The Sacrifice (Dragonpets #1)The Sacrifice by R.L.S. Hoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

3 Stars

 

The Sacrifice is the first book in the Dragonpets series by R.L.S. Hoff. It is an original Young Adult fantasy with dragons, magic, mythical creatures, humour, banter, romance, and more.
The story was a cute and fun read, with interesting and creative world-building- but I would have loved for it to have been longer, ‘meatier’, and more in-depth. I really feel that the story would have benefitted from a little more depth and development. There are times where the story felt a rushed or skimmed over- while other parts felt like a bit of an info dump or ramble.
Overall, a fun read- but with a little tweaking this could become quite a stellar read. Will have to see how the rest of the series develops from here.
Happy Reading…

Thank you, R.L.S. Hoff!

 

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Whisper Hymer

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Mis Spelled by TH Leatherman was a delightful read full of magic and fun. The main character, Evan, takes being accidentally transported and, consequently, stuck in fairyland much better than many people would. I loved how he even retaining […]

The Virus of Beauty (The Virus of Beauty Book 1) by C.B. Lyall – Review by Amy Brennan

The Virus of BeautyThe Virus of Beauty by C.B. Lyall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What fun! This novel really revolves around the basis that sometimes things aren’t as they seem, and though you feel and believe in one thing, this doesn’t mean that you are right. Nor does it mean you are wrong. Truly, I felt as though the author was trying to nail down the point that you don’t have to let go of your beliefs just to take on part of someone or something else’s. You just need to believe in yourself and what you have within you to take on the world. At least, that’s this readers take.

Ultimately, I really did enjoy the authors writing style, the descriptive way it was presented as well as our main character, Wilf and those that he comes into contact with shortly after a devastating loss. For so long he felt stuck under the feet of family members, and all of a sudden, he isn’t so much anymore. But that’s when things start to really get interesting. Honestly, I read this novel fairly quickly, and I really want to reread it again and take my time to fully immerse myself. Potentially will be back to right a more in depth review but very much look forward to more of this series and author’s work! On my To Read list for sure!

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Karen Pearman

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great young adult story written by a new author to me. The main character is an individual that you cannot help but cheer for and wish that they were your own best friend. I was immediately drawn into this story and could not put it down. There were so many plot twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat. There were a couple of occasions where I laughed until I cried. My family was looking at me like I was crazy so I would explain what was going on to them. In fact, my brother has now asked to read the book because he was entertained by what I was telling him. I highly recommend this book whether you are a young adult or an adult. It was so good. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Ashley McMillon

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author blew me away right away with this story. This is the first book I’ve ever read from the author and I couldn’t stop turning pages! I just had to know what would happen next. It does start off a bit slow but then it jumps right into a fantasy world. Miranda finds out that she has powers she is unable to handle and is trying her best to keep them hidden from others who will destroy her because she has them! Then she discovers that there are others like her and then her works shifts as they try to hide themselves from common people! Of course as a runaway, you know that Miranda will find herself getting into trouble at some point, but the best part is watching her life unfold worn every page! I’m looking forward to glow book two will fill in all the missing pieces. Amazing book!

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Mis-Spelled (The Stellaluna Chronicles Book 1) by TH Leatherman – Review by Kerry Baker

Mis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna ChroniclesMis-Spelled: Book One of the Stellaluna Chronicles by T.H. Leatherman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an unexpectedly great YA fantasy story. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book but I was pulled into it straight away. Evan is one of those characters that you can’t help but like. He does things differently to everyone else and I found it really engaging.
The book had a great development arc too. It started off relatively so but did not stay that way for long. The author created a pace that added to the book and made it even more enjoyable. This is a new author to me and they have definitely piqued my interest. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it.

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Jennifer Reimer

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was the first book to this new series. The book was a little slow paced but based on being the first book it’s a great installment. The plot was built to the point that I will be looking for the next book in here. It was amazingly written that you could almost feel like you were in the room with everyone. Miranda is a teenager that she all of a sudden had magical powers. She felt like her family wouldn’t like it or except the fact that she had these powers, so she ran away. Finding out that more girls just like her, Miranda starts to wonder what is going on and if she will be next. This was a great first book to the series and honestly can’t wait for the next one, I really want to know what was going to happen.

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Deb Robinson

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thought Provoking, Enchanting characters, Strong Females, and the Discovery of Magic. What more could you want in a book?

This author never fails to bring out so many emotions out of me as I read. She has a way of tearing my heart apart one minute and making me laugh the next.

Miranda, Neeta, and Billie are a very unlikely trio, all with varied pasts. When these three come together, they finally find people they can trust and rely on. Miranda, being a 16 year old runaway, pretending to be 18 years old, finds herself in New Orleans after discovering she has magic powers. With the news showing many females are suddenly acquiring magic she is terrified to be caught. Women are disappearing and being reported to authorities. No one knows where they are going or what is happening. When a new character is introduced you are on the pins and needles wondering if something terrible is about to happen.

I was totally swept into the story as the characters and surroundings are so full of depth. When the author describes the rug in the motel room, my toes actually curled and I lifted them off the floor.

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Helen Dawkins

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful book for a range of ages, teen to older adult. It is an interesting read, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The beginning of the book is a little slow, but once it gets going you won’t want to put it down. The setting is in New Orleans, a place I absolutely love, and the author did an excellent job of making it such a magical place, like it is in reality. One of my favorite things about this book is how diverse the characters are. There is a little bit of everything, from a sheltered young teen to a prostitute, and I love that the author includes LGTBQ as well! This book is modern day Salem Witch Trials mixed with teenage runaway and an added flair of girl power. Miranda, a 16-year-old, starts noticing that she has magical powers, and decides to run away to New Orleans from her conservative family. Not only is she running away from her family, but she is terrified of what is happening across the United States to other women showing magical abilities, even young women who used their abilities against vicious male attackers. She has spectacular character growth from a naive teen to a power and confident young woman. I highly recommend this book!

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining and engaging YA novel, which has me hooked from start to finish. Sixteen year old Miranda Stone is looking forward to a nice, normal summer, but when her magical powers emerge, her summer is anything but normal. However, it’s not just Miranda who’s developing magical powers, it’s happening to women all around the world. Having felt she was in danger, Miranda runs away to New Orleans, where a job singing as the opener for a drag show, leads to new friendships and fun, until her friends start developing powers of their own.
As the world erupts, Miranda and the other supernaturally powerful women, must stay off the radar of the authorities, but this becomes increasingly difficult. When Miranda starts a romance with a young women this adds to her complications. I loved the main character, Miranda and enjoyed seeing how her character grew and developed throughout the story. The storyline kept me gripped and the descriptive narrative brought the world where magic was real, vividly to life. I felt immersed in the story and I liked the magical realism element of the novel. I look forward to continuing Miranda’s adventures with her in the next book in the series.

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