Book Review (ARC): The Witches of New York – Ami McKay

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By: Ami McKay
Expected Publication Date: October 25, 2016 by Knopf Canada
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 400
Genres: Fantasy, Adult, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Literary Fiction
Rating: ★★★¾

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Summary:
The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (‘Moth’ from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.

All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?

Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.

As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

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Book Review (ARC): Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1) – Tara Sim

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By: Tara Sim
Expected Publication Date: November 8, 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Summary:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Book Review (ARC): The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys, #1) – Kimberlee Ann Bastian

The Breedling and the City in the Garden

By: Kimberlee Ann Bastian
Published: September 27, 2016 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 220
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★

Summary:
Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.

These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chooses defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

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Penguin Random House Canada Fall Preview

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to spend a fun afternoon at the Penguin Random House Canada‘s head office in Toronto (which was beautiful), and watch a presentation about some of their most anticipated Fall/Winter releases.

There were so many books that sounded amazing, but there were a few mentioned that I was particularly excited about. So, I wanted to share the summaries of those books to spread the word!

The first book is the one that I’m most anticipating, and the rest are listed by date of release. I hope some of these sound good to you, too!

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Book Review (ARC): Burning Bright (The Extraordinaries, #1) – Melissa McShane

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By: Melissa McShane
Published: August 15, 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 318
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★½

Summary:
In 1812, Elinor Pembroke wakes to find her bedchamber in flames—and extinguishes them with a thought. At 21, she is old to manifest magical talent, but the evidence is unmistakable: she not only has the ability to start fires, but the far more powerful ability to control and extinguish them. She is an Extraordinary, and the only one in England capable of wielding fire in over one hundred years.

As an Extraordinary, she is respected and feared, but to her father, she represents power and prestige for himself. Mr. Pembroke, having spent his life studying magic, is determined to control Elinor and her talent by forcing her to marry where he chooses, a marriage that will produce even more powerful offspring. Trapped between the choices of a loveless marriage or living penniless and dependent on her parents, Elinor takes a third path: she defies tradition and society to join the Royal Navy.

Assigned to serve under Captain Miles Ramsay aboard the frigate Athena, she turns her fiery talent on England’s enemies, French privateers and vicious pirates preying on English ships in the Caribbean. At first feared by her shipmates, a growing number of victories make her truly part of Athena’s crew and bring her joy in her fire. But as her power grows and changes in unexpected ways, Elinor’s ability to control it is challenged. She may have the power to destroy her enemies utterly—but could it be at the cost of her own life?

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