Review: Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within, Vol. 2

Title: Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within, Vol. 2
Author: Tania del Rio
Genre: Young Adult, Manga
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The magic continues in SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN!

Sabrina Spellman’s life is intense. On top of the usual stresses of being a teenager, she’s a witch! And that means two schools and twice the work, from her Mortal Realm high school and the Magic Realm’s Charm School.

It should be simpler. But in addition to a regular spelling bee, she has to study for a magical spell-ing bee. She’s finally dating her childhood Sweetheart—but he doesn’t know she’s a witch! She also has a crush on a cute young wizard—but he’s dating her best friend! On top of the drama, Sabrina keeps being dragged into the middle of strange and dangerous events in the Magic Realm. 

Written and illustrated by acclaimed artist Tania del Rio, THE MAGIC WITHIN 2 is the second collection of Archie’s critically praised American manga!

Review:

I love this series! It’s a lot of fun. It isn’t like the other Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics or shows I’ve watched before.

There are a lot of fantasy elements to the story. The magic realm plays an important part in the series. Sabrina and her friend discover that the Mana Tree is dying, which represents the life of their queen. They also travel under the sea to the world of merpeople. I love these fantasy elements of the story. Rather than seeing a witch in the real world, which is what the other series are usually about, we get to see the magical world that Sabrina comes from.

One part that I found surprising with this series is Harvey. I can’t stand him in these stories! He can’t make up his mind about liking Sabrina. He likes her, but once they get together, he changes his mind. I was rooting for her and Shinji to get together (even though he is dating her best friend).

I highly recommend this series for fans of Sabrina! It’s a refreshing look at the teenage witch!

What to read next:

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The
Magic Within, Vol. 3 by Tania del Rio

Have you read Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within, Vol. 3? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Places in Books I’d Like to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Places in Books I’d Like to Visit. For this list, I’m going to look at fictional places, rather than places in the real world. Here’s my list:

1. Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)

2. Hogwarts (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

3. Hundred Acre Woods (Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne)

4. River Heights (Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene)

5. City of Sin (Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody)

6. Genovia (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot)

7. Westeros (A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin)

8. Riverdale (Road to Riverdale by Mark Waid)

9. Ravka (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

10. Kingdom of Norta (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard)

(All photos taken from Goodreads)

Blog Tour Review: The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1)

Title: The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1)
Author: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Foster Stewart knows she’s different. Her life has never been “normal.” Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren’t things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his “extra” abilities. What quarterback wouldn’t want night vision? That’s not weird, right? It’s cool! 

But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities – the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot. 

Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.

Review:

This is a great start to a new fantasy series.

P.C. and Kristin Cast have been huge fantasy writers for years, but I haven’t read one of their books before. I loved this one! It was very detailed and fast paced. It was never a dull moment while reading this story!

There were lots of characters that were introduced throughout the story. There are the two main characters, Foster and Tate, who have special powers that control the air. There are also Foster’s adoptive siblings, Mark, Matthew, Luke, and Eve. Later in the story, two more main characters are introduced, named Charlotte and Bastien. There were loads of other important characters as well.

I felt like there were so many characters, that we were barely introduced to some of them. I’m not sure how long this series is going to be, but this seemed like a brief introduction, even though it was a full book. The ending was really a huge climax in the story! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

What to read next:

Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Isle of Blood and Stone (Tower of Winds #1) by Makiia Lucier

About the Authors:

#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.

Buy the book:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dysasters-P-C-Cast/dp/1250141044
Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Dysasters-Audiobook/B076XQ72M5
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dysasters-p-c-cast/1127202690?#/
Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dysasters/P-C-Cast/9781250141040
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/P_C_Cast_The_Dysasters?id=dfQ4DwAAQBAJ
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/cy/book/the-dysasters/id1300201444
IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250141040
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-dysasters

Thank you to Wednesday Books for letting me participate in this blog tour.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – February 25

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – February 24

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… The Dysasters

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Foster Stewart knows she’s different. Her life has never been “normal.” Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren’t things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his “extra” abilities. What quarterback wouldn’t want night vision? That’s not weird, right? It’s cool! 

But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities – the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot. 

Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – LGBT Books I Still Need to Read

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is LGBT Books I Still Need to Read:

1. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

4. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

5. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of LGBT Books You Still Need to Read?