Abracadabra: The Witchcraft Academy (YA) by Irena Davidian


“Aram had never in his life seen anything that massive and mesmerizing at the same time. For many years he had been falling asleep to Grandpa Kevork’s fairy tales about a land filled with wonders he had never heard of before, of creatures he had never seen, and of the day he would become a part of it.”

5 Stars: Imagine Magic (A Bastard's Review Kindle Giveaway )

Admittedly this is my first book to read that is about kids and magic. I am not spoiled or tempted to read or watch the Potter series I understand the gist of them and prefer to read books by indie authors who can write their thoughts and imagination clearly, Irena Davidian does that with Abracadabra: The Witchcraft Academy (YA).

13-year-old Aram Nazarethian’s Grandpa Kevork promise comes to true to take Aram “to place where he would never want to leave again.” The brave young man enters the necessary door full of small huddles that you can expect, but author Irena doesn’t labor too long writing the setup, and yet she writes some amazing imagery for young adults to immersive themselves in this world. World building is a craft what you put into your world has to have a purpose. Once arriving at the Academy of Lost Knowledge or as the common folks call it, "the Witchcraft Academy" Aram has what we all can relate to first day missteps of a new school. In several of the chapters, Irena builds a world of magic but also hints at potential or slight dangers of an environment with witches, magic spells, flying horses as I am thinking yea this school could be a dangerous school even entering the wrong dormitory as it’s magical consequences. Aram friendships are rich in diversity with fellow students like Nick and Theodore providing us more of an understanding of life in the Witchcraft Academy. How does money work here? And where to shop for books and uniforms and which course is the hardest? According to Theodore the "Theory of Magic”.

It’s great for 5th graders and up its 315 pages of magical adventure that doesn’t get old or boring. Hopefully, Irena Davidian adds more magical adventures to this series because it’s an imaginative piece of literary work.

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Hell Holes: What Lurks Below (Book 1) by Donald Firesmith


“Low demons, like hellhounds and gargoyles, are merely the mindless beasts of Hell. Far deadlier are the high demons, such as imps, fiends, and devils. High demons are humanoids, thinking beings with the ability to use dark magic.”

5 Stars: Unleash the Hounds

Donald G. Firesmith impressed me with laying out a relatable world told from Dr. Oswald's perspective a geologist that doesn't speak in over the head technobabble that usually keeps me away from reading Sci-Fi or Fantasy. "Hell Holes: What Lurks Below", starts out with Dr. Oswald, his wife and colleague Dr. Angela Menendez ( climatologist ) along with newlyweds and grad students Mark and Jill Star tasked to investigate suddenly appearing holes in Alaska's North Slope.

The mission request comes from Kevin Kowalski, an ExxonMobil manager who tags along during the field study along with a field biologist, Dr. Bill Henderson, and reporter Aileen O'Shannon. Chapter one sets up "What Lurks Below" for the reader to ask questions about what is creating these holes, is it dangerous for the planet does it have to do with climate change? Who is this Aileen O'Shannon she doesn't seem to be a real reporter and why does Kevin Kowalski come off as incompetent? I get shades of John Carpenter's The Thing with Ennio Morricone playing in the background as I was trying to guess what and when the twist was coming. Without giving away too much away after tragedy strikes "What Lurks Below" turns into fun fast-paced sci-fi / paranormal story. While the characters do depend on magic and bullets, it's their intellect that shines and sometimes hinders which makes them realistic and refreshing.

During the chaos of this book, it ends on a cliffhanger; it is a short read with twist and turns no need for a request to review the next book "Demons on the Dalton (Hell Holes #2)" it's already on my TBR list.


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