Book Reviews

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser, #1)Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jade is a 23-year-old witch who doesn't actually know her powers and what she really is. She lives in Vancouver and runs a small cupcake bakery. But things change when a vampire turns up at her door and accuses her of murder: a vampire and a werewolf had been killed and her trinkets were found at the scene of the murder.

As things unravel, it turns out that Jade isn't the murderer, and she teams up with the werewolves and vampire, though against her will, to track the murderer. Is it Rusty, her younger sister's necromancer boyfriend? Probably. Everything points in his direction. What about her sister Sienna? Is she in danger?

This book was such fun to read. I loved the storyline and the main character was a nice and loyal person. There was a little twist (though predictable) towards the end, and I was happy to see that the truth was finally revealed and Jade could go back to baking her cupcakes. Cupcakes! Yummy!

Magic of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood, #1)Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got this as a free download. The story started off well, and I initially liked Ilan, the protagonist. However, when she joined the group of bandits, the story slowed down and there wasn't much to keep the reader turning the pages. In addition, the main character started treating others who cared for her with disdain.

I liked Terrac, the priest boy. Although he appeared very weak, he had very strong principles and was always ready to stand for his friends and keep to his word. Another character that I loved was Brig. It was just so touching that a brute like him cared so much for a little girl whom he didn't know, and I was really sad when he was killed.

Overall, the story is really not bad, and I would probably recommend it to anybody who doesn't mind reading a slow-paced story.

Trial By Fear (Fallen Powers, #1)Trial By Fear by Bruce E. Arrington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trial by Fear is an interesting story about a teenage boy called Beon, who was captured by goblins as a baby. Throughout his young years, he was ridiculed by the goblins, who never hesitated to insult or make fun of him. Tired of the mistreatment (little sleep, poor nutrition), Beon finally decides to escape. Unfortunately, he is caught by the goblins and killed. He is given a new life by Calandra. Calandra has plans for Beon, but he doesn't know what is in store for him...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it is well written and the storyline holds the attention of the reader. I also enjoyed the main character Beon because his character development from a scared teenager with low self-confidence to someone who was willing to risk his life to save a new found friend, the tor-asvor, was enjoyable to follow. I believe the main theme of this story is overcoming fear--Beon was taught how to trust himself to conquer the fears that the goblins had instilled in him.

My main criticism is that this book was very short. However, it was a very enjoyable story and I would highly recommend it to lovers of YA fantasy.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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