My Diary From the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson

In this book we meet Gracie Lockwood, who lives in a world that is not so ordinary. There are dragons, sasquatches, mermaids, and Dark Clouds who come for people when they die. Everything is typical in her life until a Dark Cloud comes for her little brother, Sam. She and her family then set out on an adventurous journey to the Extraordinary World, a safe place where there are no Dark Clouds. Throughout their journey, Gracie and her family have to learn to trust each other more than ever before and accept that the world has more possibilities then they’ve ever imagined. Will they succeed?

The author used a diary format, which allowed me to get into the story and learn what happened each day. I also enjoyed the detailed descriptions that allowed me to live the Lockwood’s adventures.

 

 

 

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The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

In this book we meet Familiars Aldywn, Skylar, and Gilbert. Aldywn is a telekinetic cat; Skylar is a blue jay who can cast illusions; and Gilbert is a tree frog who sees visions in puddles. When the evil rabbit Paksahara casts a spell which removes all the magical power of the wizards, the trio set out to save their homeland of Vastia. Together, the Familiars find the legendary Snow Leopard’s Crown, which is their last chance to defeat Paksahara before she unleashes an army of the dead upon all of Vastia.

I really enjoyed the unique character  personalities in this book. The magic adventures were very engaging, allowing me to place myself in the story and be constantly thinking about what they should do next. This is the second book in a four book series.
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Royal Institute of Magic: Elizabeth’s Legacy by Victor Kloss

In this book we meet teenagers Ben, Charlie, and Michael. In the first chapter, Michael is being told a great but dangerous secret by Queen Elizabeth. Then we fast forward to current day, for Charlie and Ben’s story. Ben’s parents left him 2 years ago, so now he doesn’t have a home. He lives with his step-grandma on the weekends, but on weekdays he secretly sleeps in his friends’ houses. When Ben and Charlie discover a letter in the ruins of Ben’s old ruined home, they uncover the Unseen Kingdoms and the Royal Institute of Magic. Ben and Charlie decide to explore this unknown world through the Dragonway, what will they find? I like this book because it is set in a world of magic, and the first chapter is set in the 17th Century. This is the 1st book in a six book series.

 

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The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

In this book we meet Daphne and Sabrina Grimm, 7 and 11 years old. They have been bounced from horrible foster home to horrible foster home, but each time they escape. When the sisters are sent to their “Granny Relda”, whom they believed to be dead, Sabrina is determined to hate her and escape once again. Granny Relda tells them that fairytale characters are real and that they live in their town, Ferryport Landing. Sabrina thinks she is crazy until a giant carries her Granny off. Now it is up to the sisters Grimm to save her, what will they do? This is the 1st book in a 9 book series. I liked this book because in the beginning it seems normal, but then magic gets weaved in.

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth book in the series…nineteen years later. We meet Albus Severus Potter, daughter of Harry and Ginny, who is about to go to Hogwarts for the first time. At Hogwarts, Albus is sorted into Slytherin and makes a new friend, Scorpius who is Draco Malfoy’s son. When Albus overhears a conversation he is not supposed to hear, he sets out to change time to bring someone back. What will he find? I loved this book a lot because of the magic and adventure, but I felt like it didn’t have a lot of J.K Rowling’s voice in it.

 

 

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The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

In this book we meet Arianwyn, a young witch who is about to get evaluated for her powers. Her hopes are high, but during the evaluation something goes wrong and she fails. She is sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, where the mayor always seems disapproving and disappointed. Everything is going along pretty well, until her old enemy, Gimma, from school comes to “visit”. Gimma messes everything up and it is up to Arianwyn to fix it, but how can she when she is unsure of her powers? I liked this book because it was very interesting and I feel like I am a spectator in the story due to the author’s descriptions.

 

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The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

In this book, we meet Cass and Max-Ernest who are investigating the death of the magician Pietro Bergamo. When they went inside his house to look for clues, Cass found a secret journal in a hidden room. The journal leads them to the spa of the Midnight Sun, what will they find? I like this book because the author speaks to you throughout the story, he interrupts and sometimes doesn’t even want to continue the book! I also loved this book because it is a good adventure story and there are elements that you can relate to.

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