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Magical Books – Grisha Trilogy

This series is one of my favorites, and became even more of a favorite when I reread it earlier. The Grisha Trilogy also has a spin-off duology that I am in the process of reading. Read on to find out more! […]

By |2017-03-21T08:03:32+00:00September 29th, 2016|Book Spotlight|Comments Off on Magical Books – Grisha Trilogy

Meet the Characters – Nicole Carrigan

Every Thursday until #LexieSpells comes out, I thought I’d talk a little more about some of the main characters! Today, more on Lexie’s oldest sister, Nicole. She’s like Lexie’s second mom, and they’ve got a pretty close bond. […]

By |2017-03-14T10:01:12+00:00September 28th, 2016|Lexie|Comments Off on Meet the Characters – Nicole Carrigan

The Separation and the History of Magic

Being such a student of history, of course Lexie would want to know everything about history as it pertained to magic. Gavon, of course, is more than willing to oblige, telling her the story of the brief magical experiment that ended with a bloody two year war and the Separation. When the Europeans first came to the US, the magicals took advantage of the space and freedom and decided to set up their own little colony where they could practice magic openly. This lasted for a bit until they realized they still needed to trade with the non-magicals, and the colony grew too large to hide. However, since there was a generation of magicals who'd grown up without having to hide their magic, they said, "Screw this" and a war broke out between those who wanted to assimilate with the non-magicals, and those who wanted to remain free--and enslave the non-magicals. Johanna Chase, the daughter of the guildmaster John and Lexie's maternal ancestor, figured out how to create a magical space, or another pocket of reality, that would serve as a prison for the Separatists. Eventually, as depicted in the graphic, the Separatists lost and were sentenced to live in this prison. After the Separation, the Council of Danvers decreed (again, as we learned in a previous blog post, a decree/pact is enforced by the power inherent in those who belong to the group. So this pact was pretty damned iron-clad) rules like no magic until fifteen, non-magicals won't know about magic, dragon's blood can only be used for healing potions, that sort of thing. But most importantly, there would be no more specialities, like healers, potion-makers, and most importantly, warriors like James Riley who could wreak havoc on the world. Everyone would just have a blend of normal magic, much less powerful than before. So, as I'm sure you're wondering, how the hell did Nicole and Marie become a healer and potion-maker? Lexie's wondering the same thing... a Rafflecopter giveaway Preorder Magic and Mayhem (Lexie Carrigan, #2) today! At the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things--getting accepted to the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon's apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie's well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window. James says he's there to learn, [...]

By |2017-03-14T10:08:57+00:00September 26th, 2016|Lexie|Comments Off on The Separation and the History of Magic

Magical Books – Lunar Chronicles

Today’s favorite magical books are all about a new find (for me, anyway). A traditionally published, fairy tale retelling which had me on the edge of my seat from page one until the end. The Lunar Chronicles is not to be missed! […]

By |2017-03-21T08:02:05+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Book Spotlight|1 Comment

Meet the Characters – Marie Carrigan

Being the pain in the ass that she is, Marie's the one who ruins the big surprise. She appears in the kitchen as Aunt Jeanie and Lexie's other sister Nicole are trying to slowly lower the boom. Then, in pure Marie fashion, she conjures a sandwich in front of Lexie, then transports herself out of there. Lexie, of course, takes it about as well as you'd think. I don't create bitchy characters just to create bitchy characters. Both Marie and Nicole were old enough to remember the night their mom died (the day Lexie was born), and they've both reacted in the two different extremes. Nicole (who I'll chat more about next week) turns into the de-facto Mom, whereas Marie decides to act out. She and Jeanie, who takes them in, fight like cats and dogs all the time. While Nicole and Lexie both excel in school, Marie doesn't, and she resents her sisters for their success, especially Lexie. In fact, Marie often tells Lexie that they aren't really sisters (which, for the record, they are) and ignores and bullies Lexie at school. Marie has healing magic, a very rare, very specialized sort of magic that can be used to replenish others. Of course, being that she's not a very giving person, she's not very good at it. But unlike Nicole, Marie can also conjure, summon, transport. But she used her magic to fix up her beautiful red convertible, which is her pride and joy. I've fancast Dove Cameron from a couple Disney channel shows. She's got the bitchy vibe that Marie uses, but she's also got a softer side. Marie may seem like a total shithead, but underneath, she does have a healer's heart. Win a Spells and Sorcery Audiobook! a Rafflecopter giveaway Preorder Magic and Mayhem (Lexie Carrigan, #2) today! At the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things--getting accepted to the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon's apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie's well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window. James says he's there to learn, but Lexie doesn't trust him, and she refuses to make another colossal mistake like she did with Gavon. Despite her best efforts, an unlikely friendship blossoms in the sparring ring, and James proves an adversary unlike any [...]

By |2017-03-14T10:02:28+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Lexie|Comments Off on Meet the Characters – Marie Carrigan

Writing Magic vs. Realism – Guest Post with Sarena and Sasha Nanua!

Double double, toil and trouble (lolz, couldn’t resist). Today we’ve got a two-fer: Twin authors Sarena and Sasha Nanua are here to talk about the difference between magic and realism. If you haven’t put these two gems (HAH I’M FULL OF IT TODAY) on your TBR, you really should! […]

By |2017-03-21T08:00:31+00:00September 21st, 2016|Guest Posts|Comments Off on Writing Magic vs. Realism – Guest Post with Sarena and Sasha Nanua!

Potions and Healing, Oh My!

Lexie's sisters have two unique brands of magic. Her eldest sister, Nicole, is a potion-maker and her middle sister, Marie, is a healer. Potion-makers are almost like squibs from Harry Potter, except they do still have some magic, just not the usual kind. Their powers are limited to working with magical ingredients. As Gavon explains to Lexie, she and Nicole could put together the same ingredients and come out with vastly different potions. Marie, on the other hand, is incredibly powerful, although her healing leaves a lot to be desired. She and Lexie fight like cats and dogs, as siblings do, and that doesn't change when Lexie comes into her powers. The problem comes when Lexie begins learning how to spar with Gavon, she needs healing to replenish what she's lost. But Nicole doesn't make potions (and doesn't know about Lexie's evening chats with her mysterious teacher) and Marie would rather eat her foot than help Lexie. Which leads our brilliant little magical to make the not-so-brilliant decision to brew her own potion. You'll have to read to find out what happens... a Rafflecopter giveaway Preorder Magic and Mayhem (Lexie Carrigan, #2) today! At the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things--getting accepted to the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon's apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie's well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window. James says he's there to learn, but Lexie doesn't trust him, and she refuses to make another colossal mistake like she did with Gavon. Despite her best efforts, an unlikely friendship blossoms in the sparring ring, and James proves an adversary unlike any she's faced before: one she understands. Magic and Mayhem is the sequel to Spells and Sorcery, a young adult contemporary fantasy from author S. Usher Evans.

By |2017-03-14T10:07:20+00:00September 19th, 2016|Lexie|Comments Off on Potions and Healing, Oh My!

Magical Books – Crown of Stones Trilogy

Last week, I talked about arguably the biggest and most popular series ever written. This week, I’m changing it up a bit to talk about the magical system in one of my FAVORITE indie books, the Crown of Stones trilogy by C.L. Schneider, who I’m sure is tired of me talking about her already. #sorrynotsorry […]

By |2017-03-21T07:59:17+00:00September 16th, 2016|Book Spotlight|Comments Off on Magical Books – Crown of Stones Trilogy

Meet the Characters – Gavon McKinnon

When my mom was reading Spells and Sorcery, she asked me who Gavon McKinnon is based on. In truth, he's really not based on anyone. But he's exactly who Lexie needs the night she finds out about magic. Panicking, Lexie's eager for any kind of normalcy, and Gavon, with his dockers and salt-and-pepper hair, has just the right amount of humor and intelligence to bring her back down. Without spoiling too much, Gavon is a smart man, and someone who loves to learn about what the world has to offer. To Lexie, he's genuinely kind and concerned about her well-being. Although Lexie doesn't listen to him all the time, his is the voice of reason she comes to listen to. UNFORTUNATELY, I can't say too much more about him without spoiling some major plot twists. So here's his aesthetic. Do with it what you will. Side note: I always have a hard time figuring out who I'd pick as people, and Gavon's no exception. But Gerard Butler with more beard and more gray might just work... Win a Spells and Sorcery Audiobook! a Rafflecopter giveaway Preorder Magic and Mayhem (Lexie Carrigan, #2) today! At the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things--getting accepted to the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon's apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie's well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window. James says he's there to learn, but Lexie doesn't trust him, and she refuses to make another colossal mistake like she did with Gavon. Despite her best efforts, an unlikely friendship blossoms in the sparring ring, and James proves an adversary unlike any she's faced before: one she understands. Magic and Mayhem is the sequel to Spells and Sorcery, a young adult contemporary fantasy from author S. Usher Evans.

By |2017-03-14T09:49:57+00:00September 15th, 2016|Lexie|Comments Off on Meet the Characters – Gavon McKinnon

The Magic of Retellings: Guest Post with C.L. McCollum

Today on the ol’ magical blog, I’ve got C.L. McCollum, an up and coming author who you need to put on your radar ASAP. She’s got a kickass anthology coming out, and has a few books in the wings that we’re all waiting for (get on it, agents). Check out her guest post on the magic of retellings below! […]

By |2017-03-21T07:57:39+00:00September 14th, 2016|Guest Posts|1 Comment
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