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A Fairy Promise is the second in the Fairy King series by C.J. Brightley. A Fairy King ended with Cadeyrn trying to protect Hannah as a threat came toward his palace.

In this second installment, we explore the political environment of the fairies and what, exactly, the cost of magic is. Hannah, having chose Cadeyrn, must now make some more choices about what kind of queen she will be for Cadeyrn’s people. As a threat in the form of Einion arises, Hannah must evaluate what she is willing to sacrifice for Cadeyrn.

I enjoyed this second story as much as I did A Fairy King. The more I learn about Hannah and Cadeyrn, the more confident I am that they’ll make a good, as well as powerful, ruling family. It’s Hannah’s tenderness, goodness, and will that see the kingdom through one of the greatest dangers it has seen in a long time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It’s sure to not disappoint fans of the first.



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Opalescent is the second book in the Harmony Run series by Sarah Elle Emm. It continues the story of a distopian America, changed politically into a tyranny cut off from the rest of the world. 

This book is where the series really picked up for me and became truly interesting. As we discover more special abilities of people, and how they use them for both good and bad, the conflict rages more with each page. The pacing is much better in Opalescent than it was in Prismatic, and that pulled me into the story more fully.

There are some continuity issues in the series, and they seemed to be most prevalent in this book. At least one of the sub-conflicts seemed completely unnecessary and fabricated more for tension than anything else.

Despite these flaws, Opalescent was truly the beginning of this series for me. This is where I began losing sleep in order to read, catapulting the Harmony Run series into an elite group of series. 


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Prismatic by Sarah Elle Emm is the introduction to a dystopian America in 2050. In 2046, a new president is elected and immediately changes the structure of American government, politics, social life, and classes. The results are more devastating for some people than others, however.

Emm lays a lot of groundwork in this book, putting a setting and a conflict into place. The book as a whole seemed a little slow, but that’s because Emm did a lot of explaining of the history of the changes in America.

The characters are admirable, and their personalities are believable. Emm has added the fantastical element of super powers genetically dispersed to certain people. Although this is a bit hard to swallow at first due to the incompatibility with our current reality, which the book is supposed to be based on, it was easy to accept and even enjoy once the realization that it’s a fantasy sets in.

Although I loved the Harmony Run series as a whole, Prismatic was not my favorite in the series. Once I was past it, I was soon sleep deprived from reading all night long several nights in a row. But Prismatic was a slow introduction to what is ultimately a great series.


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Milan by Simi K Rao is a novella about an arranged marriage in India. Mili finds out one morning that her parents have been approached by the mother of her childhood rival, Ahaan. This is a fun little story that explores how people change as they become adults. Although the novella could have used some fleshing out, it had intriguing details.

 Admittedly, I am not deeply familiar with Indian culture as a whole, nor this particular region specifically. But it seemed to me that the characters were very Americanized in their slang and attitudes. I might have been projecting too much into the story, though.

 I liked the teasing and flirting personality of Mili, but her sudden mood swings into huffy impatience seemed not quite right. I have decided that Ahaan is an angel to have consistently responded with loving patience to Mili’s mercurial ways.

 The large appendix that details arranged marriages and wedding ceremonies in India is an excellent proof that Rao is a thoughtful and accomplished author. I just wished this could have translated a little more into the fiction part of the story.

 Over all, I enjoyed this novella as a happy little afternoon read. People who enjoy light-hearted romance may enjoy this book.

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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* David Wind’s The Dark Masters is the second in his Tales of Neveah series. Like Born to Magic, The Dark Masters follows the journey of Areena and Mikaal, two young royals whose land is under magical attack from a dark sorceress. As both grow in their abilities and use of their magic, they continue to deepen the bound between themselves while finding that Neveah’s history is even more complicated than they previously thought.

I enjoyed The Dark Masters even more than I did Born to Magic. Wind is an extraordinarily story teller, and he seemed to hit the sweet spot with this second book. The characters continue to grow and added layers of depth keep being uncovered. As some one who grew up on Agatha Christie, I saw a lot of clues sprinkled through both books that I’m waiting to come to fruition. This series is incredibly intriguing, and I cannot wait for the third book. 

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Marked by Moonlight by Karen Tavares is a beautiful introduction to the supernatural via a coming-of-age story. Brizza takes a walk after work one night, and her entire universe changes. It’s the same as it’s always been, but her eyes are suddenly opened. Tavares creates the most beautiful backdrop for this action packed thriller. As Brizza battles supernatural foes and the new revelations about her family, she seeks refuge in the only place she knows to: the goddess Selene. The results are astounding, exciting, and very dangerous. I love Tavares’s characters and action. I found myself totally caught up in Brizza’s life, and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*Brighid O’Sullivan’s The Sun Palace is a delightful adventure in Ireland, around the time the Catholics began converting the Druids. This is an excellent adventure of religious tension, political intrigue, and family issues. The setting and characters are beautiful and bold and incredibly vivid. O’Sullivan’s writing sucks you in and holds you tight, making the reader part of the story. I highly recommend The Sun Palace.

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Belart Wright’s Average Joe and the Extraordinaires is a wonderful adventure story. Wright is incredible at creating vivid characters and putting them through their paces in a fast-paced adventure. There were a few instances where a clique was misused, the way someone learning a foreign language might use a phrase they hear a lot, understanding the meanings of individual words, but not the implications of the phrase as a whole. This would be helpful in creating foreign or alien characters, but it seemed to occur outside of dialogue as well. Some people might take a little while to get used to the script formatting of the dialogue, but I enjoyed that very much. Overall, this book was a great adventure that I would love to read aloud of a middle school class. I love that Joe had to make a decision about what kind of person he was going to be, and then worked hard to follow through with that decision. I highly recommend this.
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Kitsune Matsuri by William Johnston is a wonderful romp through Japanese folk lore. This adventure is about a young American, abroad for the first time, teaching English. He’s in a new country for less than twenty four hours when he brushes up against the supernatural and is introduced to a world that few gaijins are ever allowed to see. As Tobias struggles with a new culture, he grows into the man he’s supposed to be. This is an wonderfully vivid coming of age story.
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CJBrightley’s “A Fairy King” is a wonderful fairy tale. I loved the story of a human girl who is pen pals with a fae boy. Brightley is excellent at descriptions, both of the setting and the characters. I enjoyed the quiet unfolding of two lifetimes in a very tender and sweet way. This would be a great story to introduce upper elementary kids to the world of the Fae. Brightley makes me hungry for more of this world.