There’s Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria

Disclaimer:. I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: There’s Magic Between Us

Author: Jillian Maria

Book Series: Standalone for now

Diversity: Pansexual MC, F/f romance, Lesbian love interest, Gender fluid side character

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: Young adults, fantasy, fae, sapphic

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: July 6, 2021

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 324

Recommended Age: 14+ (Language, Parental death, Teen pregnancy, Kidnapping mention, Victim blaming)

Explanation of CWs:

Synopsis: A diehard city girl, 16-year-old Lydia Barnes is reluctant to spend a week in her grandma’s small town. But hidden beneath Fairbrooke’s exterior of shoddy diners and empty farms, there’s a forest that calls to her. In it, she meets Eden: blunt, focused, and fascinating. She claims to be hunting fae treasure, and while Lydia laughs it off at first, it quickly becomes obvious that Eden’s not joking—magic is real.

Lydia joins the treasure hunt, thrilled by all the things it offers her. Things like endless places in the forest to explore and a friendship with Eden that threatens to blossom into something more. But even as she throws herself into her new adventure, some questions linger. Why did her mom keep magic a secret? Why do most of the townspeople act like the forest is evil? It seems that, as much as Lydia would like to pretend otherwise, not everything in Fairbrooke is as bright and easy as a new crush…

Review: I absolutely loved this book! It was so cute and magical. I loved the characters and I really really loved how strong willed and sassy Lydia, our MC, was. I also loved the world building and the character development of all of the characters. I really loved the addition of the fae magic as well and I liked that it didn’t lean too heavily on fae. I thought the plot was great and if you’re looking for a quick sapphic read then this will be your book!

The only issues I had with the book is that I felt like the book had too fast of a pace for some of the moments. Sometimes I’d be reading and it felt like I was running 100mph and I’d blink and we’d be at another section of the book. I also thought the ending was too fast and I wish there was more time to have carved it out some more.

Verdict: Highly recommend!

Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s by Melina Druga – Release Day Tour

What do a bubbly six year old, a Christian Scientist and a farmhouse boarder have in common? They were all brutally murdered by a person that society least expected.

In Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, you’ll travel back to a violent decade – a time when “idiots and morons” were police departments’ first suspects, when journalists had the opportunity to conduct interrogations and when forensics was in its infancy. It also was a decade when crime of all varieties was surging, and experts blamed everything from immigration to lax parenting.

If you’re fascinated by true crime history, you’ll enjoy these 17 tales of murder and mysterious deaths. The people you’ll meet include Hans Schmidt, a priest who believed his crime was divinely inspired; Russell Pethrick, a 22-year-old grocery delivery boy who was caught based on a new technology – fingerprint analysis; Thomas Fitzgerald, a pedophile who enjoyed showing little girls “pretty” pictures of dead people; and Nathan Swartz, a murder suspect whose family experienced intense shame after he went on the lam.

Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s also includes a bonus case: What Happened to Dorothy Arnold? The socialite’s baffling disappearance made headlines for decades and remains unsolved to this day.

These stories made headlines more than a century ago and provide insight into how the media covered sensational crimes.