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Get Excited For These Spring Releases

If you are currently stuck inside, feeling like you’ve run out of books to read, then these books will keep you satisfied. Released this Spring, these books are guaranteed to keep you entertained during this tough time.

Where Dreams Descend

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles is a magical new series that is perfect for fans of Caraval and The Night Circus. Kallia has always known that she has had magic and with the powerful magician Jack she has been able to harness her magic, making it into something powerful. The only problem with this arrangement is that she is forever stuck at Jack’s estate, rather than on her own in the world. After finding a flyer for a magician competition Kallia knows that this is her ticket away from Jack and to make a star out of herself. After her escape, Kallia learns that as a female magician she will have to work twice as hard as the rest. Once other competing magicians begin to mysteriously vanish from the competition, Kallia releases that leaving her old life behind isn’t as easy as she thought it’d be. With the help of handsome magician DeMarco, Kallia fights to win the Magical competition and figure out the mystery of what is going. This new series is the perfect escape for readers that want to go on a magical adventure. You can read Where Dreams Descend when it comes out June 2!

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Ruthless Gods

Ruthless Gods is the highly-anticipated sequel to the book Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan. In the aftermath of the events of the cathedral in Wicked Saints, Serefin, Nadya, and Malachiaz all search for answers to what it is that they are to do next. Serefin is trying to understand what is happening to him. Nadya does really know who or what she is anymore. Malachiaz is finding it hard to grapple with who he has become.  This book was truly electrifying, one that I most certainly could not put down! If you liked Wicked Saints than you are guaranteed to love Ruthless Gods. Somehow Emily A. Duncan sucks readers right back in to a sequel that is even better than the first book, leaving readers impatiently wanting more! For fans of dark fantasy, adventure, and romance this series is the perfect one to dive into. You can read Ruthless Gods when it comes out on April 7!

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Of Silver and Shadow

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke was WONDERFUL! Once I started to read I just could not stop until I eventually finished it. If you are looking for a book that is full of action, romance, fantasy, and surprisingly comedy then this is the book for you! This story is about a silver named Ren who wields power and what makes her even more special, is the fact that she is one of the last silvers, despite the King and his family. The great thing is that this book is not just about Ren, but rather connects us to three other different characters point of views. We have Darek, who is the handsome and fierce leader of the rebellion, Kellan, the humorous Prince that is different from his family, and Adley who is a child of the king just trying to make her way in the life she was dealt. All four of these characters collide to orchestrate a beautiful story. I loved this book and I think that if you love fantasy and a little bit of romance then you will love it as well! You can read this book when it comes out May 26!

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 Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me

This book is like nothing I have read before. It takes you through the life of JL as she writes an open letter to her used-to-be best friend Aubrey. I think the thing that I liked the most about this book is that it is very real and raw. It explores mental illness, which is something that a lot of authors struggle to write about, but I believe that Polisner approaches it flawlessly. Another aspect of the book that I think Polisner tackled well is friendship, the strength that they once had and how broken they can become over time. If you are looking for a book that tackles real world problems, with a flawed, but relatable character like JL, then this is the book for you. I enjoyed it and thought that it was a good read! You can read Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me when it comes out April 7!

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me: A Novel by [Polisner, Gae]

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These books have been some of my favorite reads for this spring! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have and that they keep you entertained during this tough time!


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Escape In 5 Fantasy Books Coming Out This Month

Now more than ever, we need to have some escapism in our lives. This doesn’t mean that we’re ignoring what is currently taking place around us, but it does mean that, if only for a moment, we are taking our minds off of the situation. I can think of no better way to encourage that escapism than a list of the new fantasy books that we will be seeing this April.

Here are five fantasy books coming out this month.


1. Incendiary

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This month, Zoraida Córdova gives us the first book in her Hollow Crown series, Incendiary. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description:

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace. But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

2. Ruthless gods

Ruthless Gods: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy Book 2) by [Duncan, Emily A.]

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This is the second book in Emily A. Duncan‘s Something Dark and Holy Series. Ruthless Gods, drops this month too… and I am so, so excited for this installation. Following Wicked Saints, this book promises to be a fascinating sequel with its description, which states:

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.

3. Queen of coin and whispers

Queen of Coin and Whispers: A kingdom of secrets and a game of lies by [Corcoran, Helen]

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Helen Corcoran‘s book Queen of Coin and Whispers promises a fascinating story with a description that states:

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father. Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason? In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other …


4. The glass magician

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The Glass Magician is written by Caroline Stevermer, and it definitely looks like an intriguing story to sink one’s teeth into. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description:

What if you could turn into the animal of your heart anytime you want? With such power, you’d enter the cream of New York society, guaranteed a rich life among the Vanderbilts and Astors, movers and shakers who all have the magical talent and own the nation on the cusp of a new century. You could. If you were a Trader. Pity you’re not. Thalia is a Solitaire, one of the masses who don’t have the animalistic magic. But that is not to say that she doesn’t have talent of another kind—she is a rising stage magician who uses her very human skills to dazzle audiences with amazing feats of prestidigitation. Until one night when a trick goes horribly awry…and Thalia makes a discovery that changes her entire world. And sets her on a path that could bring her riches. Or kill her.

5. Don’t call the wolf

Don't Call the Wolf by [Ross, Aleksandra]

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Last, but certainly not least, Don’t Call The Wolf, written by Aleksandra Ross, looks quite promising. The book’s description reads as follows:

When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake.  Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers—and they strike a deal. She will help him find his brother, who vanished into her forest… if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon. But promises are all too easily broken.


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Bookstr’s Three To Read This Week 03/27/20

Hello book lovers! I hope you’re well and, most importantly, home. The world has gone a bit upside-down hasn’t it? Hard to know what to do with everything changing. One thing you can count on, though, is the Three to Read. We’ve got you! I have three amazing reads for you this week – and with everyone self-isolating, your TBR pile might actually stand a chance. With no further ado; the Hot Pick, Coffee Shop Read, and Dark Horse.

Hot pick

Journey: A Novel

by Andrew Zimmerman.

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Paul is a top business executive hoping to be the next CEO of Ascendant―a New York-based tech giant. He neglects everything―his family and himself―in the race to the top. His fast-paced life is interrupted when he travels to Glastonbury, England, to visit friends in a village rich in history and mysticism.

Glastonbury represents a complete counterpoint to Paul’s elite corporate day job. It compares to an amusement park, with shops and venues catering to spiritual seekers ranging from would-be witches, goddesses and druids, and burned-out hippies. Like many seekers before him, he is attracted to the energy of a nearby hill―Tor―said to be the mythical Isle of Avalon. Paul meets a beautiful soul reader, Christine, who reads his soul and plants the seeds that turn his life upside down.

When he returns to New York, his wife, Mary, is skeptical. Is Paul having a spiritual awakening or is he falling in love with an attractive charlatan? His journey both scares and intrigues her as she watches him struggle to navigate between the business and spiritual worlds. A series of synchronistic events draws Paul closer to Glastonbury and Christine, compelling him and a reluctant Mary to return, unaware that their lives will never be the same.


Zimmerman’s novel is as spiritual as it is intriguing. The reader is faithfully brought along on Paul’s journey to spiritual realization after his trip to Glastonbury. Many will relate to Paul’s struggle with balancing his career with everything else in his life. This is particularly poignant and thought-provoking these days, with most of the world working from home and reevaluating what is important to them. This novel provides the reader with the inspiration and hope that it is never to late to change the course of your own life, and proves the importance of looking inward, and trusting your gut.


coffee shop read

Wicked as you wish

by Rin Chupeco

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic Book 1) by [Chupeco, Rin]

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Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice when the Snow Queen waged war. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.

Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them.

A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.


Who doesn’t love a bit of escapism? Wicked As You Wish is a magical novel with endearing characters and an exciting premise, which Publisher’s Weekly have dubbed “A nail-biting quest that introduces a gripping new series.” Chupeco breathes new life in to many beloved fairytales, and takes some of their best aspects, building them into the totally unique universe that she has created.

Bonus points for Chupeco, too, in the seamless introduction of the novel’s non-binary character, who is correctly gendered and presented throughout. Non-binary readers will undoubtedly enjoy the fair and honest representation that Rin has managed to make natural and low-key.

“Rin Chupeco’s marvelously magical WICKED AS YOU WISH is a great read for fans of fairy tales, myths and legends. In fact, avid fans will want to read it two, three, or four times just to catch all the twists, updates and Easter eggs, as nearly every chapter is loaded with delights. Come for the adventure, stay for the sassy jerkwad firebird.” – Kendare Blake #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series


dark horse

The Middle Finger Project

By Ash Ambirge

The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge: 9780525540328 ...

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“Don’t worry, this isn’t a book about God, nor is it a book about Ryan Gosling (second in command). But it is a book about authority and becoming your own.” –Ash Ambirge

After a string of dead-end jobs and a death in the family, Ash Ambirge was down to her last $26 and sleeping in a Kmart parking lot when she faced the truth: No one was coming to her rescue. It was up to her to appoint herself. That night led to what eventually became a six-figure freelance career as a sought-after marketing and copywriting consultant, all while sipping coffee from her front porch in Costa Rica.

She then launched The Middle Finger Project, a blog and online course hub, which has provided tens of thousands of young “women who disobey” with the tools and mindset to give everyone else’s expectations the finger and get on your own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure.

In her first book, Ash draws on her unconventional personal story to offer a fun, bracing, and occasionally potty-mouthed manifesto for the transformative power of radical self-reliance. Employing the signature wit and wordsmithing she’s used to build an avid following, she offers paradigm-shifting advice along the lines of:

  The best feeling in the world is knowing who you are and what you’re capable of doing.
  Life circumstances are not life sentences. If a Scranton girl who grew up in a trailer park can make it, so can you.
  What you believe about yourself will either murder your chances or save your life. So why not believe something good?
  You don’t need a high-ranking job title to be authorized to contribute. You just need to contribute.
  Be your own authority. Authority only works as long as you trust that someone smarter than you is making the rules.
  The way you become a force is by being the most radically real version of yourself that you can be.
 You only have 12 f*cks a day to give, so use them wisely.



Who wouldn’t want to master the art of being their own authority? This novel is fun, fresh and on-the-nose. We all struggle with imposter syndrome, women in particular, and Ambirge will help you overcome this with The Middle Finger Project. Pulling from her own experiences, she inspires and instills hope in any woman (or person, for that matter) that is ready to break free of the shackles of the own worry that they aren’t good enough. Ambirge is inspiring both in matters of business, and life in general, with a down-to-earth and to-the-point read that will have you disobeying, making your own rules, and setting up your own business. The f-bombs are far from off-putting and instead come across as honest, because who hasn’t dropped a few of late? Ambirge doesn’t pretend that getting what you deserve is easy, either, and highlights the dangers and fears rather than hiding them. But this, too, is refreshingly honest and transparent. You’ll trust Ash, and most importantly, you’ll trust yourself. Go get this book and then go get your life!

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You Can Now Enroll in Virtual Hogwarts Classes

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If you did not know already, the website Hogwarts is Here has been around since 2014, but you can still join and take part in actual Hogwarts classes today!

Hogwarts is Here is an online network where fans of Harry Potter can take all of the seven courses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is the perfect escapism! If you are not familiar with the courses, they are as follows: Astronomy, Charms, Herbology, History of Magic, Transfiguration, Potions, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Hopefully there won’t be any trouble with keeping a teacher for an online version of Defense Against the Dark Arts, but you never know with that class.

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You are free to choose whichever house you want and then take whatever classes you desire. You can even become a Head Boy or Head Girl and make your way through all seven years of learning at Hogwarts. I don’t know about you, but this website sounds like something I could easily become addicted to!

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This website has Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and it is also a role-playing game (RPG). You can earn points for your house and take real tests and quizzes. However, there are no NEWTS and OWL exams. I know Hermione would be upset about that. You can join other people at Hogsmeade, in your common room, and play on the Quidditch Pitch (Just don`t get hit by that bludger!)

Now you can brush up on those wingardium leviosa skills!


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