Spells and Sleeping Bags (Magic in Manhattan #3), by Sarah Mlynowski

And we are back with more of Rachel Weinstein's adventures, only now we leave the noisy urban landscape of Manhattan to the bright, mosquito-filled Camp Wood Lake. Now that Rachel's finally found her magical mojo, let's see what mischief she and Miri will get up to now. Rachel and Miri leave Manhattan for the summer … Continue reading Spells and Sleeping Bags (Magic in Manhattan #3), by Sarah Mlynowski

Frogs and French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan #2), by Sarah Mlynowski

Unlike Bras and Broomsticks, which I read countless times throughout my adolescence, I only read its sequel, Frogs and French Kisses, once. Not because I didn't enjoy it. It was likely because the story was getting juicy enough that I wanted to keep plunging ahead through the series. It clearly had staying power, too, since … Continue reading Frogs and French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan #2), by Sarah Mlynowski

Bras and Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan #1), by Sarah Mlynowski

When I was twelve years old, traveling with my family in Florida over spring break, a pastel-colored book cover with a broomstick and an off-catching title, Bras and Broomsticks, caught my eye. The title sounded similar to an old Disney musical I'd seen called Bedknobs and Broomsticks, so this new material, while obviously vastly different, … Continue reading Bras and Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan #1), by Sarah Mlynowski

The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2), by Katherine Arden

I must have read The Girl in the Tower, the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, in a daze because when I came back to it recently, it was as though I had never read it at all. That's not always a bad thing, though, since this second read-through was full of suspense, adventure, … Continue reading The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2), by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1), by Katherine Arden

To say that 2017 was a rough year for me is an understatement. I was going into my final year of graduate school, I lived in a crummy apartment, the state of the world brought on record levels of anxiety, and the weight of the post-school world was closing in more than I could handle. … Continue reading The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1), by Katherine Arden