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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



No Place for Magic: 09/03/17

No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker

No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker is the fourth of the Frog Princess series. Now that Emma is the new Green Witch and the curse has been lifted, she and Eadric wish to be married. To do so, means, getting the permission from his family. And that means traveling to Montevista.

Montevista, it turns out, is anti-magic. We're talking Salem witch trial levels of anti-magic. And Emma, the most important and powerful witch of her kingdom is marching into the middle of it. It's Baker's chance to do an homage to Bewitched.

Along the way Emma notices some hinky things about anti-magic Montevista. There are dragons attacking who seem to be tracked with magic. Emma by this time is on speaking terms with the local dragons so she's desperate to keep them out of trouble. They seem as confused by these attacks as she is.

Things are even hinkier when Eadric's younger brother is kidnapped by the Troll Queen. I don't recall Eadric having a younger brother in the previous books but he does now, a significantly younger one (just like his cinematic counterpart in The Princess and the Frog (2009).

There's so much potential for story here but the pacing is off. Parts are too slow and other parts are rushed.

Three stars

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