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QUICK NOTE...Update: 10/10/19

Good news: We're back home! Bad news: It's like Apocalypse Heck Part III.

The one year Hurricane Michael anniversary is already here. Where did the time go...and yet it feels like forever. You don't realize how much you take for granted until it's all gone. I'm grateful my family/fur babies survived, and I know they are just "things", but sadly, in this life, those "things" help us get through every day. So yes, "happy" yet not. Every day is still a struggle...not just for my family, but so many others.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.

Friday, March 1, 2019

PRE-BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: The Revenge of Magic by James Riley

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're saying GOODBYE FEBRUARY and HELLO MARCH as we shine the Friday spotlight on a NEW TITLE ready to hit bookstore shelves THIS TUESDAY via Simon Schuster Children's Publishing.  It's the first book in a planned series, and I for one CAN'T WAIT to see what happens next...but, wait a second, I'm getting ahead of myself.  You need to indulge in the first to truly salivate for the second.  Allow me to introduce your next reading obsession...

The Revenge of Magic
The Revenge of Magic series, Book 1
James Riley

About the book...
Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.

Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.

But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!


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Right from the start, the story grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go.

A random visit to our country's Capital and Fitz's life is changed forever.  He's always had a dad he can count on...looking out for him, wanting the best for him, and encouraging him to reach for the stars.  Sure it could be embarrassing at times, but what parent DOESN'T embarrass their children at some point out of love?  So Fitz could take the outlandish futures his dad saw for him because he knew he held promise yet untapped...he just never imagined that once tapped, he'd want to put a stopper back it in for all time.  What happens when the world we know is shaken to its core?  What happens when we push people too far?  They fight back for all their worth.  They avenge those that were unjustly taken.  They try to resist the darkness of revenge that is creeping into their soul like a thief in the night...but how long they can hold out, remains to be seen.  Here's hoping Fitz is made of as strong a stuff as we believe...because boy is he going to need all the STRENGTH he can muster, all the WILL POWER he can manage, and all the ACCEPTANCE he can grant because no man (or boy with potentially magical powers) is an island, and friends (no matter how iffy) can definitely help you on your way.

Seriously, there is SO MUCH TO LOVE here, and it's just the beginning!  Okay, I don't blame Fitz for leaning towards the "dark side", after all...his father, and that whole situation with his aunt, is a bit much for anyone to take.  Imagine having the chance to avenge those you love.  Imagine having access to that sort of power, no matter how little you understood it, and then imagine being told...oh, you can only use SOME of the power, not all.  Yeah...temptation is one thing, but iron will is another...and it doesn't hurt that he has a little magical help of sorts invading his brain.  Now, whether the help is GOOD or BAD remains to be seen...well, I've seen it, but I've read it and I'm not spoiling it for you!  

In the end, trust me when I say, the story is well written, the action will keep you on the edge of your seat, but the heart at the center of it all binds it together into SUCH A GREAT READ.  Do yourself a favor and don't simply focus on Fitz.  Yes, he's the lead, but he's not the only one with a role to play, and some of the others are simply too good to miss!  Take Jia with all her attitude, or Cyrus with his unique abilities, or Rachel with her brainiac ways...oh, but watch out for the Colonel.  I'm pretty sure his intentions are not as pure as they may seem... *dun dun dunnnnn*


About the author...

James Riley
Author Photo by Maarten de Boer

James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves, and Revenge of Magic series.


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Special thanks to Cassie at Simon Schuster Children's Publishing for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY TUESDAY, 03/05/19 (as of this post), so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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