Magic in the Mix is the sequel to The Magic Half. Miri and Molly have settled in the present were everyone believes they are the middle twins in the Gill family. Only Miri and Molly remember that Molly is originally from 1935 and was rescued by Miri. When their dad tears off the back porch of the house he opens another portal to the past, specifically 1918 where the girls again see the evil Flo and meet Molly’s mom Maudie. A broken window opens another door into the past this one to 1864 and the Civil War. The girls rescue a couple of Yankee prisoners from the evil Clark, but find out they are not the only ones who can time travel when their brother Roy and Robbie end up in 1864 as well. Of course they are dressed as Yankee soldiers since they were on their way to a Civil War reenactment. It is up to Miri and Molly to rescue the boys and get back to the present time.
This was another nice book by Annie Barrows. I found it interesting that the littlest changes to the house opened up portals to different times and different openings went different times. I liked that all the kids had to think on their feet and figure out how to get out of a dangerous situation. I wish there had been more parental presence in the book. The mom and dad are barely around and barely make an impression throughout. Not a very realistic or likely story but one I am sure kids will enjoy.
I received this book from Netgalley.com.
I loved this book. It was so much fun. The author weaves classics, fantasy titles, science fiction, mythology and crime dramas into the story as well as some novels he created just for this work.
Isaac Vainio is a librarian in a small town library. He is happy with his daily duties helping his patrons and cataloging though the library director doesn’t know what to think of his pet spider be carries with him everywhere, Scorch. He is also a libriomancer, a member of a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw out objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that have leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape with his life. Then he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users and Johannes Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of beautiful dryad, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. His search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. He will have to make some difficult choices to save lives and possibly all of humanity.
The Bliss Family Bakery offers wonderful baked treats with a bit of magic. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss are called away to help fight a mysterious flu in a neighboring town and they leave the Bliss children in charge of the bakery. Thyme, Rosemary, Sage and Parsley (Leigh) have varying reactions to being left alone with the bakery to run, but you know that disaster is going to loom. They have one rule…no magic. And of course that just makes the magic that much more tempting. Then comes a mysteries Aunt Lily into the picture to seduce them all and tempt them with more magic. What follows is magical mayhem.
This was a fun, magical story. The Bliss kids all have their own unique personalities that shine throughout the book; although Rose is really our heroine. She is the one that struggles with Lily’s seduction, but is very tempted by the magic. I thought the magical mayhem was really fun and a bit crazy. That backwards spell was pretty unusual. However, Lily always seem to play a little one-dimensional to me. Even when she was being nice you always knew she had other motives. The ending wasn’t really a surprise after all the set up of Lily being the villain. I think book two should be pretty interesting after the end of this one. Definitely a fun series to watch.
Griffin is given a box of old pennies by a strange woman. The pennies turn out to be wish pennies that were stolen long ago and because Griffin has them she is a Wish Stealer just like the woman who gave them to her. Wish Stealers take the wishes of others and make bad wishes on others. Griffin must learn how to control her power of bad wishing, find a way to return the stolen wishes all while trying to survive middle school.
This was an enchanting story. I like the idea of stolen wishes and the fact that Griffin has to return them to their original wisher or to someone who wishes the same thing. Griffin acts like a real girl; she struggles with doing the right thing. When confronted with mean girl Samantha she she makes a bad wish, which she regrets when she sees it come true. After that she has to curb her urge to wish bad things on people and try to become the bigger person. I also really enjoyed Griffin’s relationship with her mom and Grandma. These were both great relationships and showed strong women role models for Griffin and the readers. In the end, Griffin learns about doing good, helping others, and becoming a better person.
Oh Eon, how you sucked me into your world of intrigue and danger. I have to admit that when I finished this book at 1:30 a.m. I was hugely disappointed that I couldn’t immediately start reading Eona. I had just spent the past 6 hours reading this book with very little interruption and I wanted more! I was sucked into this world and didn’t want to leave the characters I had come to love in such dire straights. Now I have to wait on the next book…ugh!
The world of Eon is intriguing. A lot of fantasy books are based on western culture, but this one takes a lot of its mythology from eastern cultures like Japan and China. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book; it added something different and somehow made the story more vibrant. I also enjoyed the fact that the dragons were not really physical dragons but more an energy that could connect with certain people. I think that was a nice change to dragon literature.
As for the characters…they were well-written and very fleshed out. I really felt like I got to know them throughout the book. When someone died it was sad, when they were in danger my heart started to race. It was very gripping. I liked the fact that gender was a big part of the plot…hiding who you are and being who you are meant to be. I find those kinds of plots interesting and think YA lit is the perfect place for them (teens just really don’t seem to care as much or get as hung up on it as a lot of adults do). I liked that there was a girl pretending to be a boy, eunuchs, and transgender characters. I think this made the book that much more relatable and interesting.
Eon is not really that easy of a character to like in the beginning but she really does grow on you. She finds herself more of a pawn during most of the book and it isn’t until the end that she really grows into her own story. She does things during the course of the book that you really want to slap her for because you know she is going about it the wrong way. She is a very real type of character; she is thrust into a difficult situation and it takes her a while to find her footing. I do like who she has become at the end of the book and I can’t wait to read more of her story.
As for the end of the book, I’m not going to spoil it, but I did think there was a bit of a copout there with another character. That was my big beef with it; other than that one instance at the end I really loved this book and can’t wait for Eona.