The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner |Reviwes

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I really loved the Hush. The main character searches for his father, surviving only by playing the fiddle. In a small town, he is confronted with his own abilities. Unfortunately for him, his abilities are considered blasphemy and so he is arrested. Through a series of events, he finds himself in the middle of the Hush, a mysterious un-world in which dangers loom at every corner. The Nightfall Gang has dragged him there, though what for? Soon, he will have the opportunity to get everything he ever wanted, but will it really be what he wants?

Even though the Hush is considered a YA novel, I would highly recommend it to readers of any age. The book is about family and looks critically at the society it plays in. Even though I didn’t feel like I couldn’t put the book down, I felt a strong pull towards this musical world whenever I read more than one sentence of this wonderfully written book. The only thing I really thought came short was the character development.

There was a little romance sprinkled on top of some of the chapters which was fine by me, but I would have wished to get a little more insight into the characters. I loved all of them and how they worked and lived together. But it was a shame we couldn’t hear more about them or their thoughts.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an original book and wants to be sucked into a new world.

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The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett | Review

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Imagine you’re the only person left on your planet. What would you do? Who would you try to contact? Where would you go?
Follow Jaime on her journey through space and the time after a virus has turned almost all humans to dust, at least that’s what the statistics say.
This story is a story of humanity, of coping with big changes. There is some romance in the story but I’d say it’s about 2% of the whole story, so there are a few mentions about people here and there but nothing major. I loved that it has a sci-fi touch wasn’t really too strong because I tend to find sci-fy books interesting but more often than not, the authors just don’t pull it off and at some point, things are not believable anymore. That really wasn’t the case here. Corlett did a great job building her world and especially the characters.

Especially Jaime is extremely deep, well-developed, strong and independent. I really liked her a lot and the other characters, too. Together they face all kinds of hardships. It was amazing how Corlett managed to show what humans truly are.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try out something new without leaving their fantasy comfort-zone 😉

* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A gathering of Ravens by Scott Odin | Review

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“To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcnéas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind―the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.”

A Gathering of Ravens is a great book about a lone Orc Grimnir! Odin manages to put Norse myth into a historical setting that will take your breath away and will leave you wanting more of it! Grimnir is determined to get his revenge that is long past due and so he abducts a female soon-to-be christian priestess ( or at least she wants to be) and uses her as a guide. He is mean and brutal and I wish there was a little bit more to him really

The story is full of old mythology, odd creatures, various religions battling for dominance and a world that you won’t forget so easily. I really enjoyed that we’re thrown into a time full of change and that everybody has to decide where they stand in this changing world.

The writing style is easy to read and the characters are deep and  well-developed. I honestly don’t want to spoiler you guys so my review will have to stay short! 

 The only thing that’s so-so is the religious theme and the price of the book. I am a student so I know how hard it can be to buy an expensive book  especially if you read as much as I do) but I would still recommend you to buy at least the ebook;) 

Also, the constant religious struggles were kind of tedious. Almost the first half of the book is only abou the religion of the people and no plot so I almost DNFed the book. I’m really glad I pulled through but it was a struggle in the beginning. 

*I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge | Review

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A Face Like GlassThis is the second book I read by Frances Hardinge. The first one was The Lie Tree which was awesome. You can read my review here. Hardinge has managed it again to create a world which I have never encountered before. I was intrigued and happy to start this new adventure with an author who can create not only words and sentences, but art.

The story is about young Neverfell one day appears in a cheese maker’s tunnel. Tunnel, you ask? Well, you see this cheese maker does not live in our world, but below ground, in Caverna, where babies can’t form facial expressions by themselves and nobody knows why, where wine can make you forget, anc cheese can kill you on the spot. In this strange and wonderful world, the Emperor and court are never to be crossed, and yet…

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Alire Saenz | Review

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Bildergebnis für Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universefor this wonderful book that I should have read sooner ❤

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a YA book that has all the right twist and turns. Unexpected friendships, love, family… Even though there are lots of light-hearted and insightful scenes, Aristotle and Dante’s story has also a few darker moments. Prejudice, gang life, poverty, racism and homophobia are addressed in this book on different levels. 

There is a variety of themes and so, there are also a variety of characters I met in this book. From doting parents, funny pets and amazing main characters and even some cowards and villains, you can find everything here.

Th writing style was imaginative and elaborate, without being overly explanatory or boring. It fit well in the story’s mood. The dialogues were extraordinarily well placed ( I think most authors use dialogues just because they don’t know how to go about a certain topic in the book). Saenz did a wonderful job of bringing this story to my home.

But I didn’t like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe because of the character variety. I honestly cared almost only for the two main characters Ari and Dante. heir story is the main story and it touched my heart in ways I cannot or care not to analyze because it was just beautiful to listen to the awesome audiobook and enjoy the dialogues and the questions those two asked themselves: who am I? Where do I belong to? Which is the culture I want to be part of? What about my family, sexuality and education?

These are questions all us ask themselves to some degree at some point of their life and I just love their journey. The way is full of stones and rocks and hills and rivers, but also sunny days, and they make it through everything together as friends. I don’t feel embarrassed to say that I have started crying about four times while listening to the book in one day (!!).

There is nothing bad I can say about this book, I loved every minute of it and afterwards, I decided to immediately buy the hardcover edition because I just needed to have this book in m house ❤ I actually had such a bad hangover that only a week after I have finished it, I am ready to write this review. The story progresses slowly and naturally.

Maybe not all of you ( who haven’t read it) will be touched by the book as I was, but fr me, it is now one of my all-time-favourites. You should start reading really,soon!

In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle | Review

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A living Myth- that is what Beagle’s In Calabria is about.

Claudio Bianchi is a solemn farmer who never wanted to be one in the first place. Even though he is not bitter, there is a sadness and mist around his little farm and around himself. It prevents him from having too much contact with anybody- except for the post man.

He seems as content as he can get when one day, she comes in his life. Not a woman, not a relative, but la Signora as he calls her. The white unicorn is searching around his farm, for what Claudio cannot say.

It is here our story begins as we see this world through Claudio’s eyes. The wonders of the unicorn, what happened to her and how Claudio finds somebody he can trust, somebody who he can love. Without fear without giving up himself.

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You can find our page at

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The Story behind the Chest…

I have been a bookworm for a long time and as many of us, I found the internet more than useful to find new books. As I got older, I stumbled across shops which would sell monthly book boxes. Unfortunately, I there weren’t any of those in Germany, where I live, especially not English titles.

So I went online and searched for boxes and I found quite a few but the only thing was, barely any shipped to Europe, as most of them were from the US or Canada. 

At some point, I thought: Why isn’t there a book box from Europe which sends cool items and English books to people around here? 

This is how this shop came to be.

This is why I include local goods whenever possible.

So the whole idea was to give people from Europe the opportunity to get English books of their favourite genre along with other cool bookish items from thei region. With less shipping time and lower shipping costs.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that people from other parts of the world can’t buy Magic Chest boxes. If your country isn’t on the list of possible delivery locations but you’d like to get our magical boxes too, write us an email at info@magicchest.net.

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There is a monthly box, a three month subscription and a six month subscription box. Each box will contain a hand-picked fantasy book and 3-5 times. Food or drink, cards and maps, bookish items and magical surprises.

Feeling adventurous? Visit the webshop at 

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