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A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess ~ Interview

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A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Hardcover, 432 pages Published September 19th 2017  by Random House Books for Young Readers

Synopsis:
Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own.

So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back he…

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord ~ Review by Allison

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The Names They Gave Us by Hardcover, 390 pages Published May 16th 2017  by Bloomsbury USA Childrens Source: ARC Provided by the publisher at ALAMW Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:
When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.
Review:

I have been a huge fan of Emery Lord since I first discovered Ope…

Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne ~ Review

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Berserker (Berserker #1) by Hardcover, 288 pages Published October 10th 2017  by Feiwel & Friends Source: ARC provided by the publisher Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 Synopsis:
Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reac…