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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:19pm

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One summer, six teenager discover an old spellbook, filled with mysterious enchantments. When things start to missing, they begin to wonder if some things are never meant to be found.

The ingeniously crafted plot, and unique characters, make Spellbook of the Lost and Found, a compelling (if somewhat dark) book. Lots to think about, and overall definitely worth reading.

- Sophia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Spellbook of the Lost and Found will be available August 8.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Deep Water by Katherine Nichols (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:10pm

It’s 1971 in Coronado, a small southern California beach town. For seventeen-year-old Eddie Otero, a skilled waterman and avid surfer, life is simple. Then a friend makes him an offer: Swim an illicit package across the border from Mexico. The intense workout is dangerous. Thrilling. Lucrative. And the beginning of a small business. When the young entrepreneurs involve their former high school Spanish teacher, the smuggling adventure grows into a one hundred million dollar global operation. Soon they become fugitives. Living on the edge, they vow to return to their normal lives—right after one last run…

I thought that Deep Water was not a great book. It was very repetative and was lacking in detail. The book was also lacking in rich language. It took me a long time to read because it wasn't interesting and didn't catch my attention. I would not recommend this book. The book's genre is crime. I would rate it a 2/5 stars.

- Erin, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jul 24, 2017 at 8:34pm

Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab follows Sammy, who has had a rough life, she almost failed grade 12, her brother is off at college most of the time, her dad is an ex-gang member and he is in a custody battle for Decca, (Sammy's younger half sister), her long term boyfriend dumped her and joined the army and to top it all off, her family is super poor. All Sammy has ever known was her messed up poor life until She meets a rich city boy, Brayton Foster. He is different and she likes that. But when her dad goes missing everything changes.

This book was very well written even though there where a few technical mistakes. But I understand that it is not corrected. I know that this book sounds very busy and packed with stuff but it works well. This book was very good and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a mystery as well as a love story. I give Red Dirt a 9/10.

- Courtney, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Red Dirt will be available August 29.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 at 7:00pm

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne. Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance. She and Bryn turn to traveling magician, North, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North. With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed with only a touch.

Shimmer & Burn is a fantasy take on politics with a unique blend of magic. The book starts off with an exploding first chapter that I'm sure will hook many people right off the bat. Although, I can't say the same for the rest of the book. Think of a U and that's how I felt about the overall plot progression. The story itself is not original as I might have hope but granted, I do read a lot of fantasy. There are 2 kingdoms, one destroyed, one ruled by a tyrant king, cued conflicts and everybody wants to take/take back power. The system of magic in this book is unique indeed but... hard to describe. The word "magic" has been thrown around several times and yet none of those have helped further my understanding of it. In spite of that, I warmed up to the rest of the world building pretty quickly. I do like books with beautiful writings and this is no exception.

Our heroine, Faris is quite... fierce and could be likeable if she sees things with an even tempered. Otherwise, she is just your typical strong and brave protagonist with a snatch for getting herself in trouble. I did not care for her romance with North at all. Brim, the princess on the other hand is properly the most complex character out of the cast. There is a method in Brim's madness and obsession with power. I mean, a princess who refuses to accept her place in society so she decides to kill everyone and take the throne for herself? It's hard to hate her and I personally found Brim to be more interesting than our friend Faris over there. All and all, I do recommend Shimmer & Burn to those who aren't avid readers of fantasy, mainly due to its predictability. Although that ending is pretty evil, you've been warned. 3/5 Stars.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Shimmer & Burn will be available August 8.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Jul 21, 2017 at 8:11pm

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger-and she'll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia's spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there's no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver. But when she's jumped by a hit man and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia's secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees her small town, taking Oliver with her. With hit men stalking their every move, can Kaia and Oliver protect each other long enough to uncover the mysteries of her past?

Pretty Fierce is an excellent book! However when I First started reading it was a little hard to understand. After a while it does begin to make sense. This would be a good book for people that like suspense. I found that I was interested throughout the entirety of the book.

- Kahli, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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