Get Your Witch On! 10 Wickedly Witchy Books

Are you looking for witchy books this season? From witches grounded in a deep Wiccan past to whimsical beasties with powers, witches take on many roles in modern day literature. I always wondered what was borderline cultural appropriation as soon as authors bring in the Wiccan religion. I’d love to know your thoughts. Then, we watch steamy episodes of HBO’s True Blood with a different type of perverted witchy cult juxtaposed with naïve and endearing teenage witch coming of age stories. Below are titles—all of which I have read and recommend—for adults and teens looking for books about witches. In some of the titles, witches are upfront and center, Hocus Pocus style.  In others, these powerful cacklers play minor but necessary background roles. Here are TUL’s top 10 wickedly witchy books to get you in the fall spirit any time of the year:     10 Wickedly Witchy Books Adult Witchy…

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Books With Magic and Romance: 5 Heart-Stopping Reasons To Read Grim Lovelies

 Book Review Of Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd Teen books with magic and romance make for a great Harry Potter-like fantasy series. Don’t get me wrong, nothing compares to HP in the bookish world, but I couldn’t help but think Megan Shepherd is onto something completely captivating with her newest magical witch series, Grim Lovelies. Although not as dark or grim as I was hoping for—no play on words intended—Grim Lovelies builds a thrilling magical world that tweens and younger teens will adore. Warning: tragic deaths and gruesome biting off of rats’ heads occur. Grim Lovelies focuses on good versus evil power, what it means to be human, and the innate power to love and grow within all of us. Reminiscent of a Cinderella story gone dark mixed with magical Harry Potter battles and a fantasy world with muggle-like Pretties, don’t miss Grim Lovelies as a top 2018 YA read.…

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Teen Summer Romance Books: Meant To Be Broken

Southern Belle (Well, Maybe The Opposite) Meets Hunky & Experienced Town Star Fiery southern belle, Rayne Davidson, finds herself in an unexplainably lucky situation. The town’s shinning star, Preston Howard, has eyes on her. Preston is already taking college courses as his parents groom him to inherit the successful family business. Straight-edged, sweet, and hot as heck, Rayne cannot believe her circumstances—and neither can her mean girl friends. Add in Preston’s witty and equally hunky brother and let the love triangle begin. In one of the best teen summer romance books of the year, Meant To Be Broken (Carolina Clay #1), written by Brandy Woods Snow, thrillingly takes readers on a plot filled with high school twists and turns of Rayne’s love life. You will not be able to put down this book, especially once you hit the halfway mark. Woods Snow just keeps the heartbreaking suspense and deceitful drama…

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YA Books About Anxiety: Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella Takes On YA And Anxiety, Semple-Style Semple Meets Kinsella Meet Bernadette Fox’s teen doppelgänger, Audrey.  Audrey is the lead teen role in Sophie Kinsella’s YA book, Finding Audrey.  The cover is uniquely reminiscent of Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple. Both book jackets portray brunette women with bangs and dark glasses.  The background colors are nearly the same shade of The Uncorked Librarian’s favorite blueish-turquoise, and the titles imply missing subjects. In addition, Where’d You Go and Finding Audrey are both about slightly off-kilter females desperately trying to find themselves.  In our always-striving-to-be-better environment with curated social media bubbles and the generally tapped out world today, publishing YA books about anxiety is essential to teen health.       Much Needed YA Books About Anxiety With 13 Reasons taking off on Netflix and a trend in more contemporary and angsty YA, Kinsella adds another insightful viewpoint into teen mental illness.  Although Finding Audrey debuted in…

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Celebrate Pride Month: Every Day by David Levithan

A Book Review Of Every Day By David Levithan Imagine going to bed as a 34-year-old Sicilian-American book blogger, wine enthusiast, and yogi extraordinaire and waking up as a Jonas Brother.  Or, imagine going to bed as a Hillary-loving, tree-hugging, Me Too Movement, carrot-crunching activist who majored in history and understands the Holocaust and waking up as Donald Trump.  Add in some romance, and you pretty much have Every Day by David Levithan.  Well, this comparison is actually a tad shallow.  David Levithan is on a mission to explore humanity at its core whereas I am just thinking up nightmare scenarios. Levithan’s Every Day is the perfect adult and teen read in honor of Pride month. Don’t forget the recent February arrival of Every Day to the big screen, which I still need to see. After my last post on Great LGBT Books for Teens, I had to review another Levithan title.  As Anthony Bourdain was…

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LGBTQ Books For Teens

June is Pride Month (but so is every month, really), and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than sharing some of my favorite LGBTQ Books For Teens. P.S. I have personally read all of the books on this list and would rate them between three and half and five corks–oops, I mean stars. A Brief Overview of Pride June is the official month for Pride. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Tired of being harassed and discriminated against, community members decided to riot and speak up for equal rights. This uprising, known as the Stonewall Riots, led to the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, as a designated National Monument, the Stonewall Inn represents a catalyst for gay rights and the LGBT movement. There are numerous alliances, coalitions, and parades held across the world. You can…

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