Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel

I read this on my kindle, and for some reason, I wasn’t getting a page count. I can tell you that this book IRL is probably thick (or as the kids say thiicc.)

You get two books, the original Hocus Pocus in novel form (it’s like reading the movie) and the sequel which is called “The Hocus Pocus Sequel” Weird, but okay.  Poppy is the 17yo daughter of the original children(Max and Allison) who encountered the Sanderson sisters in 1993. They live in the same town, and her parents keep their experience plus belief in witches on the down low. Poppy has told her closest friend how they are related to the Sanderson’s but not much else. This changes on Halloween night of 2018 as Poppy tells her newish friend Isabella the truth about her family. They end up taking a Ouji board out, and you can guess what happens then. Clue- aMok! aMok! aMok!

I stretched both books out to two days by making myself read slowly (I’m a huge Hocus Pocus fan) and enjoyed the experience. I’ll be buying it for sure.

Verdict- borrow unless you are obsessed with witches, then buy.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from NetGalley without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by AW Jantha

July 10, 2018

Arlo Fitch and the Valley of Fire

Loyal, Brave, Kind and True – 
Keeper of the Old and New –
I Guard the Wild,
Defend the Weak,
Mark the Path
And Virtue Seek.
Forrest Spirits Hear Me Now
As I Speak My Ranger’s Vow.

Epic. This middle-grade adventure keeps you on the edge of your seat through its entirety. We got in our Owl Crate months ago, and we just got to read it over Memorial Day Weekend.

Srsly? How did this fall to the bottom of my TBR pile?

Arlo is my kind of kid- “if you don’t have a plan b, you don’t have a plan.” I agree. If you have a middle grader (or younger) who is into magical realism, this is an excellent Summer read, kind of like Gravity Falls.

This is the first in a three book series and for those people who love Podcasts, you can listen to the author on his podcast- Launch which is all about launching this book.

Please note that I purchased this book from Amazon without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Verdict- buy

Arlo Fitch and the Valley of Fire by John August

The Button War

World War 1 books for the middle grade are few and far between. Like all the books Avi writes this one sounds like:

1. It is meant to be read aloud

2. A true story

3. Even though the story may be set long ago and far away the characters seem like they may be your friends.

In Patryck’s small Polish village the Russians have taken control of everything. The school was bombed and people are on edge. Things get worse when the Russians leave and the Germans arrive. His group of friends devises a game wherein they attempt to collect buttons from the soldier’s uniforms. They are egged on by a bully type boy (Jarek) that none of them like much, but in a small town, everyone your age is a friend of one kind or another. 

Neither of the invading armies is particularly beneficial to the town. As Patryck’s father says- “They aren’t Polish” The adults in the community are just as scared as the kids (understandably so) and no one knows what will happen to them next. The overwhelming fear grows as conditions worsen and there are several deaths. 

The overwhelming fear grows as conditions worsen and there are several deaths. 

Verdict- Buy 

Please note that I received a free advance  ARC of this book from the Kid Lit Exchange without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book

The Button War by Avi

6/12/18

The Land of Yesterday

This story could be an instant classic for the right kind of reader. Anyone who has fought their way back from the edge of grief will recognize the themes immediately. The universe is so different from ours and yet so eerily familiar. The writing will suck you into this weird, beautiful, and mysterious world. 

I’m sort of struggling to say something different than what in all the other reviews. It’s a bit like Coraline, Howl’s Moving Castle, and I found so much Alice of Wonderland that it took my breath away. 

Cecilia is smart, intuitive, loyal and heartbroken. I loved that she drew from the legend of St Joan of Arc to channel her bravery. She’s tragically lost her brother Celdaon and trying to make sense of her new, splintered reality. Her Mom is lost, and her Dad soon will be, and then Cecilia plunges into the Land of Yesterday, desperately trying to put her broken family back together until even her house is involved.  The best part is that it works both as a literal adventure as well as a metaphor for the grieving process. Reading the note from the author explaining the inspiration for the story pushed my tears out and over the edge.  

Verdict- Pre-order, and Buy 

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

The Land of Yesterday by K.A. Reynolds