Author: Rose M. Channing
Published on: July 23rd 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Ellie and Savannah Senka, fourteen year old twins, ran away from their unhappy homes, thinking they’d return after a brief adventure. Together, they journey to another world. The new world is full of magic, but though it was once beautiful, it is damaged, unbalanced, and dangerous after a terrible storm. Ellie and Savannah may be the only ones with the power to restore the world to its original state, for the magic of twins is rare and powerful. The girls are welcomed into a grand mansion, the safest place in the aftermath of the storm. There, they learn who they are, and what they have to do. To restore the world, they must travel through the mansion to the center of magic and reset the balance. They discover their own magical abilities, find joy and friendship in the mansion’s family, and face the dangers of the storm’s left-behind magic. The journey to the center of magic is full of twists and turns, magic and excitement. Ellie and Savannah support each other to overcome obstacles along the way, knowing the whole world is depending on them.
Note: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A different world? Storm-created beings? Monsters? Quests? Totally up my alley! I have to say that I enjoyed reading this novel. I got totally hooked into this other world that I instinctively switch off from reality for a while. This book is engaging along with the characters who are just lovable and fun to read.
Speaking of the characters, the protagonists in this novel are twins—Ellie and Savannah Senka. So we’re having the chosen two! Because why not?
So, they once live in a world of magic but then a storm ravaged that world, brought chaos into the whole kingdom and now there is no balance. During the storm, the Senka twins escaped and then they grew up into this world with no magic. But a prophecy about twins resetting the balance back in the center of magic brought the Senka twins home. Personally I think that the premise is interestingly unique. First we have a storm so strong it destroyed the balance of the magical world, disrupted the current of magic and created magical beings. The storm-created beings got me intrigued. I mean it is so freakishly awesome yet disturbing at the same time. Although I was just looking for more details about the storm. Everything about it and the events right after was still unclear and I get that its part of the storytelling. So maybe on the sequel. Right?
Also can I just mention how fascinated I am with the so-called “Glow” which serves as the kind of magic people are all capable of having aside from special gifts such as levitation or healing. The Glow is something that is natural for the magic folks, it can be used for fighting, illumination and even for dancing! How awesome and fancy is that?
Like any other fantasy novels, of course we have an adventure for the protagonists and here, it is to go to the center of magic to reset the balance. The events that transpired before finding the center of magic is so exhilarating. To give you a heads up, everything occurs inside an enormous mansion, which I guess is obvious from the title alone so I don’t know why I’m giving a heads up. Anyways, OH. MY. GOSH. The mansion is yet another fictional world I’d like to take a tour on. Every time they get into yet another part of the mansion, it just makes me read even more. Every opened doors, every transporter mirrors and every fighting scene with some storm-created beings were all enthralling I forgot the reason for needing sleep. So I guess I’m making it clear how fascinating this book is.
Now aside from the premise, I also admire the characters in this book. Though there might be a lot of names to actually take account of, those who are of need in the story got the right exposure. I like the idea of having a queen in a child form because it makes it even more magical. What I like about the queen is her relationship with the twins, it was all pure love, care and guidance. And the twins see her as a friend and at the same time a queen who would face the enemy herself to protect her people. And not just that, the relationship that exist between everyone inside the mansion is what I admired the most. It’s a familial love that I find as comforting and magical as it should be.
But of course, we should always have a villain. As witty and anger-driven as any other villain in any other fictional worlds. However, I find his background story still lacking. And in my honest opinion, I just think that his character as a villain doesn’t have much of an impact. I mean, he is powerful, deceptive and brutal (that last thing he did broke my heart) but I think that maybe those traits still needs development. And there was a twist to his character and which I guessed but it was well played. That part, I just have to commend.
So in totality, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I have sacrificed sleep just so I could get to the end of the Senka Twins’ journey. I hope there is more to this world.
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Since I have the time, I am participating again in this weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish. Its been awhile and so without further ado, dearest book genie I wish for:
10. The ability to FREEZE TIME whenever I want to read a book.
because free time rarely comes by nowadays…well in my case though.
09. Instant/Unlimited cash every time I pass by a bookstore.
because every time I enter the bookstore, I tend to always find a book I instantly want to buy but then my wallet says, “sorry but you can’t afford that luxury right now.”
08. and of course to have the books I’ve always wanted to buy to be available in a bookstore I happen to pass by.
because well, when you got the money sometimes the book you’ve been dying to get your hands on becomes unavailable and that breaks my fragile heart.
07. The ability to enter any of any fictional world depending on what book I’m reading!
because, come on! how cool would that be?!
06. But before any other places book genie, please let me go to Hogwarts first!
because, Hogwarts will ALWAYS be a home to me!
05. My own library that will always have space for new books!
because I know that I won’t stop buying books even when I’m old and cranky.
04. A date night with my fictional boyfriends (one book at a time!) HAHA
because … oh my gosh. who wouldn’t want that? ❤
03. A bag that will allow me to bring 4 or 5 books (paperback or hardbound) and yet it still wouldn’t feel heavy!
because when you step outside your house, you gotta bring what you gotta bring!
02. A bonding session…or dinner…or a meet-up or you know anything as long I spend a few moments with all of my favorite authors (Hi there J.K. Rowling!)
because I owe them a lot and I’d like to thank them personally.
01. More books, more writers and more readers! :*
There goes my Top Ten wishes for my book genie! Well I do hope some of them if not all comes true. I hope you had fun reading!
Do we have the same wishes? I’d like to know what you listed on your Top Ten Tuesday so comment the link to your post down below and share it with every one else. Have a great day ahead wherever you are! :*
Author: Brandon Varnell
Publisher: Brandon Varnell
Published on: February 2014
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Urban Fantasy
The story of a boy, a fox, and a whole lot of ecchi…
Kevin Swift has the worst luck with women. It’s not that he’s unattractive or even unpopular. He just can’t talk to them. He blames it on all those Shōnen love comedies he enjoys watching. Fortunately, or unfortunately―depending on who’s asking―Kevin’s love life is about to start looking up.
After saving a fox’s life Kevin discovers that he actually rescued a Kitsune, a shape-shifter capable of transforming into a beautiful girl who appears to have popped right out of the pages to a Shōnen manga. Her name is Lilian, and she apparently wants to mate with him.
Between dealing with an overly amorous vixen’s zealous attempts at getting into his pants, his inability to talk to girls and school, Kevin is going to have his hands full.
Note: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Once in a while you need to expand your horizon and try new things. That’s what I did by reading this novel. To be honest, I don’t really know much about animes and mangas so I was a little lost with some of the terms used in this novel. Fortunately, I have a friend I can count on in times like this. Only thing is, I forgot to ask him what “ecchi” means and I was halfway through the story before I realize it was why some parts were written this way and that way.
I’m not sure if I was blushing along with the character but it was definitely uncomfortable while I was reading it in public. Anyway, I got over it eventually because it was hilariously crazy. One thing is for sure with this novel– it’ll make you laugh.
We begin with an awkward boy who met a very foxy lady.
I am familiar with this foxy lady or Kitsune to be more specific. Why? Because there is this one Korean TV show with the same premise as this book (characters seen on the gif above ^.^) and I adored it so much (don’t worry, I didn’t compare it with this book). So, when I read the blurb I got curious and I just have to add this on my reading list.
Let’s now talk about the characters. One thing I appreciate about this book was that there wasn’t much random characters introduced. I mean, as you read this book, you’ll know that the author clearly knows what is substantial and unsubstantial to the story. So, because of that, you get to focus on the significant people within the story. I could categorize this book as a light read, so to have few characters is acceptable. With the protagonist, I laughed a lot with his misfortunes. I sound bad right? its just that he is ridiculously hilarious and absurd in so many ways that you can’t help but laugh. But, he’s also cute with his innocent thoughts and pure intentions. Then we have the Kitsune who is such an annoying little girl/fox. I just don’t like her character in here. I mean, I was looking for something that would make her character interesting but she’s just a girl who is fox in the story and that was just it. Then the antagonist, I have been waiting for this character to eventually show up in the story and for me it just took so long. It would have been really engaging for me if there was already some action in the first half of the story. I kind of expected it since it was also an urban fantasy book.
The plot was simple yet full of humor. If you are looking for a book that is light, fun and with a little touch of mystery then this would be a great start. I assure you that you will have a good laugh afterwards. But if you are looking for some hard core urban fantasy thing, I think this book wouldn’t be enough. I mean, for someone who loves fantasy, I expected it to have more from that genre than the romantic comedy side. But anyways, I think this book will do for those who love to read animes, mangas, and cutesy romance stuff full of humor.
I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
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