Friday, November 16, 2018

The Magic of Melwick Orchard by Rebecca Caprara

The Magic of Melwick Orchard
Twelve year old Isa is feeling invisible and neglected as her parents focus all of their energy on her 6 year old sister Junie, who is in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer.  When she finds that a magical tree grows in the orchard behind her house, she keeps it a secret until an unexpected friend arrives.  The story is touching and tells the story of a sibling of a child with cancer.  I think this book does a good job of portraying that as well as including some fun magical realism.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls
After 15 year old Lane's mother committed suicide, her grandparents, who she had never met, took her in.  At first, living in the large, strangely built house with her beautiful cousin and lots of money seemed too good to be true.  As time went on, Lane learned that being a Roanoke girl had it's own curse.  Lane left the farm at the end of the summer, but was called back ten years later by her grandfather when her cousin, Allegra disappeared.  The story goes back and forth between the two time periods as Lane remembered her summer with Allegra while searching for her in the present.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)
If you enjoyed the Lux series, you will enjoy this first book in the spin off Origin series.  In this YA paranormal romance, 17 year old Evie leans that many things and people in her life are not what she thought.  When she goes to a night club with a friend and meets a mysterious young man named Luc who claims not to be a Luxen, but not human either, she is drawn to him but doesn't know why.  Mystery, romance, supernatural powers and more abound in this fun to read YA paranormal romance.