The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian (ARC Review)

y648Title: The Authentics
Author: Abdi Nazemian
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: August 8, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 299
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisThe Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

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The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember (Blog Tour: Review)

35527728Title: The Tiger’s Watch
Author: Julia Ember
Type: Fiction, Novella
Genre: YA, Fantasy, GLBT
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Date published: August 22, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 180
Source: Author, publisher, and blog tour host.

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A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, author, and blog tour hosts in exchange for an honest review.

SummarySixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (ARC Review)

30312855Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 499
Source: Publisher

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SynopsisStop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

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Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta, and Paulina Ganucheau (Review)

zodiac-starforceTitle: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra,
Author: Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
Type: Fiction, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, YA
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Date published: March 9, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 136
Source: Library

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Summary: They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters–not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself–and the world–from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Blog Tour: Review)

perf5.500x8.500.inddTitle: The Dragons of Nova
Author: Elise Kova
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, NA, Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Date published: July 11, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 488
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, and a digital copy was provided by the blog tour host through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

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Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (Blog Tour: Q&A & Review)

31145064Title: Wesley James Ruined My Life
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date published: July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Source: Book distributor
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Summary: Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Review)

exorcism-final-web-largeTitle: My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Author: Grady Hendrix
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Humor,
Imprint: Quirk Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: July 11, 2017 (originally published on May 17, 2016)
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Source: Publisher

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SynopsisA heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The ExorcistMy Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller. 

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White (Review)

now-i-riseTitle: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy
Imprint: Delacorte Press
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: June 27, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 496
Source: Publisher

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SynopsisShe has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

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The Spy Across the Table by Barry Lancet (Review & Giveaway) [CLOSED]

32620355Title: The Spy Across the Table
Author: Barry Lancet
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Action
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: June 20, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 448
Source: Publisher

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Summary: In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double-murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage—putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.

Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he’s devastated—and determined to hunt down the killer. He’s not the only one.

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Monstress (Volume 2) by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (ARC Review)

33540347Title: Monstress (Volume 2)
Author: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Type: Fiction, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Publisher: Image Comics
Date published: July 11, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 144
Source: Publisher

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SummaryThe Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12

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