Unseen Magic by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Unseen Magic by Emily Lloyd-Jones

genre: middle grade fantasy Magic exists in the town of Aldermere, but not the way you would expect. It’s not ghosts, witches, and vampires; it’s more unique than that. If you open a door that isn’t labeled, you might end up a random place in town. Sometimes the tea shop disappears, and winds up in a different spot. When Fin moved to town with her mother, she was introduced to the type of magic that exists in Aldermere. She also got introduced to the magic tea in the tea shop – a special type of tea that can grant your

All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks

All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks

In need of a humorous feel-good book? I highly recommend “All About Me” by Mel Brooks! I also recommend that you listen & read it-as Mel narrates it and the book provides photos. I listened to this while I was walking and found myself laughing out loud. I am sure all that walked past me wondered what I was listening to-ha!  Mel Brooks is more than meets the eye by the way. Did you know that Mel, 95 years old, was taught military engineering skills at the Virginia Military Institute and served as a corporal in the 1104th Engineer combat Battalion,

Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega is a cute middle grade fantasy about Seven Salazar, a young witchling girl who is excited to find out which coven she will be placed in! She has her favorite one picked out, but any coven will be okay. As long as she doesn’t get placed in the same coven as her worst enemy, Valley, or worse, become a Spare (a witch without a real coven). Spares are the lowest of the low – treated like servants and not seen as equals by many in their witch society. But then, the worst happens. Not only

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

It’s 2061, and a comet is about to hit Earth, wiping out the world’s population and making the planet inhabitable. Only a privileged few get the opportunity to go to space and live on a new planet. Twelve-year-old Petra Peña and her family are given this rare opportunity because her parents are scientists who will be able to help make the new planet habitable for humans. The catch is that getting to the new planet, Sagan, will take 380 years, so Petra, her brother Javier, her parents, and the many other passengers on the ship will be put in a

Magical Boy: A Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by The Kao

Magical Boy: A Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by The Kao

Max is a biracial (White and Japanese) transgender teen boy who is learning how to grow into himself and is facing struggles with school, home, and the fact that he now has magical powers.  Max’s trusted friend Jen is the only one who knows that Max is a boy at the novel’s beginning.  Max decides to come out to his mom and dad on his 16th birthday, but his mother can’t accept the fact that her little goddess wants to transition since they are descended from the Goddess of Light, Aurora.  Max’s powers transform him into an uncomfortable frilly dress

Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

Ada and the Galaxies follows an inquisitive little girl named Ada who loves the stars so much that couldn’t wait to go to her grandparents’ home in Maine where she would be able to see them. During her long day of waiting to see the stars, Ada was able to see many things that she wouldn’t normally see, since she lived in a city. When night fell, so did the fog, and Ada was so worried that she wouldn’t be able to see the stars. To help pass the time, Ada’s grandfather, Poobah, showed Ada a special book of photographs taken by the

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

When Claire Kovalik and her crew intercept a distress call at the edge of known space, the message leads them to a luxury cruiser, the Aurora, which had been lost for decades. Eager to claim the wreck and cash in on their find, the team boards the vessel only to encounter a horrific scene of mayhem and death. Dead Silence kept me entertained from the very beginning as I was determined to learn what happened to Claire and her crew aboard the Aurora, and what caused the violent scene they encountered.  Not only was this book a real page turner,

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Movie Review) written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Movie Review) written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows fictional characters, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as well as Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double, Cliff Booth, move through the ups and downs of fame and Hollywood life in the late 1960s, while Sharon Tate has a lot of similar experiences separately. I don’t know that I’ve even seen any of Quentin Tarantino’s other movies, but I still really enjoyed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While the movie can be considered slow at times, the portrayal of this time period of Hollywood

The Suicide Squad (Movie Review) written and directed by James Gunn

The Suicide Squad (Movie Review) written and directed by James Gunn

The Suicide Squad is a really good superhero comedy. The cast is great; as always, Margot Robbie is great as Harley Quinn, and Jon Cena makes for a great addition to the DC Extended Universe as Peacemaker. The fighting sequences are very well choreographed, kind of like Birds of Prey (also starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn). I had never seen the original, not-so-well-received Suicide Squad from 2016, but this was still awesome. James Gunn killed it with his usual humor and action that superhero fans can recognize from his other movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy. Overall, The Suicide

Black Widow (Movie Review) directed by Cate Shortland

Black Widow (Movie Review) directed by Cate Shortland

Black Widow takes place in between the appearances made by Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Fans of the character who haven’t seen Black Widow yet may likely jump to conclusions stating that it’s not an origin story. However, while Black Widow may take place after several other movies that the character has already appeared in, it does bring her back to her troubled past, as well as introducing her family to the audience. I LOVE the opening sequence. Right away, it told me that this is not your typical