These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling // Amanda // First Read Review

Stand-alone // YA // Contemporary Witchery I love a book that is this easy to read, about dark magic and real-world conflict. That is absolutely the experience of reading this book! I would say there are two main plot focuses. First, Hannah and her relationship with her ex-girlfriend, Veronica. She knows their relationship is not… Continue reading These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling // Amanda // First Read Review

Shadow of the Fox & Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa // Amanda // First Read Review

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa First in a series // YA // Japanese-inspired // Found Family I freaking loved this book. It was an incredible experience, and that ending! I actually bought a copy of this book for a quiet high schooler who I know loves anime, and I can't wait to chat… Continue reading Shadow of the Fox & Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa // Amanda // First Read Review

Sanctuary by V.V. James //Amanda // First Read Review

Stand-alone // Adult // Mystery // Modern Witchery This is a quick read and an interesting mystery, that really kept me hooked. Even though the characters fell flat, and it did seem that some parts dragged on unnaturally, the town was complex, worldbuilding was good, and the plot was very interesting overall. Sanctuary is about… Continue reading Sanctuary by V.V. James //Amanda // First Read Review

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk // Amanda // First Read Review

Stand-alone // Middle Grade // Seaside For, me this book was all about the atmosphere. The dark, mysterious feel of the ocean filled the pages of this book, while including a deep weight in the discussion of the importance of family. I love dark, middle-grade books and this one did not disappoint. The focus of… Continue reading Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk // Amanda // First Read Review

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil // Amanda // First Read Review

Stand Alone // Gritty YA // Contemporary Witchery This is a controversial one and honestly, I still fight in my head about the balance of content and realizing that characters are reflections of people that make their own experiences. It's a tough one, which is kind of nice. It's incredible to be a reader, and… Continue reading All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil // Amanda // First Read Review

A Witch Alone by James Nicol // Amanda // First Read Review

Second in a series // Middle-Grade // Witchy As soon as I started reading this book I was immediately brought back into the world, and the first book (The Apprentice Witch) came rushing back to me. This whole book is a perfect matching pair with the first, the same charming feel and quirky main character.… Continue reading A Witch Alone by James Nicol // Amanda // First Read Review

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire // Amanda // First Read Review

Second in a Series // Adult // Paranormal Now here is a strong female character. Grounded. Fierce. Determined. Dead. But life as a ghost on the Ghost Roads is still not easy for Rose Marshall in this second book. And I'm obsessed. This book started with the same feel as the first, and transitioned into… Continue reading The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire // Amanda // First Read Review

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill // Amanda // First Read Review

Stand-alone // Middle Grade // Fantasy I feel like middle-grade books with a darker fairy tale feel are my sweet spot. I love them. I love the not-needing-to-be-explained magic, the characters who are growing into themselves, the lighthearted parts mixed genuinely in with hard topics and heartfelt heartache. And here is another brilliant book, a… Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill // Amanda // First Read Review