Book Reviews by Rainbow Shard
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The third installment in Lisa McMann’s series about the magic of creativity; The Unwanteds ; Island of Fire is a tale of doing whatever it takes to help your friends when they’re in trouble.  Alex Stowe finds himself in the position of leader of the people of the realm of Artimé in the aftermath of Mr.

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Jemma lives in a castle.  It’s not a life of luxury, however.  Her family, the Agromonds, are the rulers of a kingdom ravaged by the Mist, which blocks out all light.  The people of this land have not seen the Sun for generations.  The Agromonds relish this darkness, and love all things disturbing and cruel.  Jemma does not fit in.  She knows she should enjoy the thought of creating a new spell each week, should love the rage and fury of storms, should feel strengthened by the summoning of dark entities, but it’s all opposite.  She never bother

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Meghan is scared.  Ever since she was a little girl, she has been haunted by strange visions and disturbing voices that no one else is aware of.  Now in her junior year of high school, she’s learned to keep these things to herself.  But when the dashing Cade MacRoich appears in the swamp behind her house, everything changes.  Cade seems to have answers for the strange things which have plagued her and kept her apart from others – the voices, the visions, her strange aura, and her eyes, which never seem to remain one color for long.  Cade’s explanat

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Katy is a teenage girl.  Her younger sister, Celeste, has a strange habit of throwing off her clothes and running away.  Her father believes it has something to do with Olena, a Native American woman who tells the girls stories about the ancient powers of the world.  When the government sends a teacher to make the natives ‘civilized’, Katy and Celeste go to learn as well.  As it nears time for the natives’ traditional dances, several natives try to convince the girls to come and dance with them.  However, the white settlers don’t approve of t

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Doris is 15 and lives in the barrio with her parents, both musicians. She often spends her free time with the pigeons that live on the rooftop and their caretaker, Doña Iris. Then her mother faints during a performance, is diagnosed with a heart disease, and goes home to Puerto Rico without saying goodbye. Her father quickly finds a new girlfriend, leaving Doris with the fragments of her old life. Between her conflicted family and troubled friends, Doris’s only solace come from the pigeons.



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