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Book Spotlight: The Grim & The Fantastic by Marissa Miller

The Grim and the Fantastic
by Marissa Miller
Genre: Children’s / Middle Grade Fantasy
The Grim and The Fantastic tells the story of Merton Clarke, and his journey battling a major illness, when a magical realm–filled with splendor and danger lurking in the shadows– reveals itself to him. There, he must face some terrible beasts in a battle to rid himself of his sickness. Along the way, Merton makes two new friends who must fight their own monsters alongside him. If they can defeat their beasts from the realm in battle, just maybe, they will win the battle against their sickness in the real world too. Together, they test their limits, and their understanding of friendship, grief, bravery, and, above all, the power of hope.
A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected. The fantastical tale truly provides a whimsical place for children with troubles to escape to.
Marissa Miller is an up and coming author, who has spent the last few years working on novels and children’s books. She currently resides in northern California with her husband, two little dogs (Alice and Diggory), and two cats (Burt and Winry).
Miller has been an aspiring storyteller since she was a young girl and began more seriously pursuing the art of writing in her teens. After a happy accident with miscommunication in 2017, Miller began producing illustrations to accompany her work; she now attempts to incorporate in her illustrative style with all of her works.
Miller’s first published work is the wonderfully imaginative children’s book, Chasing Figments. Following her picture book, Miller published an illustrated young reader’s book, The Grim and The Fantastic. Both books embody Miller’s brand, which is finding the splendor in one’s life, no matter the circumstance, and using imagination to overcome obstacles.
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Book Review: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Title: The Forbidden Library

Author: Django Wexler

Publication Date: April 15, 2014

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Alice loose her father and now has to live with an uncle. This is a uncle she knows nothing about. He is lives in a strange place and is a little weird. He has a library full of books she can’t read and should definitely not touch. As time goes on she finds out secrets about her uncle as well as what may have happened to her father. She’s becomes her uncle’s apprentice and starts learning magic and the history of their family.

This was an adventurous middle grade book. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, but with a twist and it worked for me. It hints on confidence and trusting your abilities, but Alice did need a better discernment for good and bad in people and things. I can’t blame her because I wasn’t sure who to trust while reading the book. It’s a fun and entertaining book and I look forward to reading more of this series.

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Mini-Reviews: March Wrap Up

I didn’t read alot of books this month due to my writing schedule. However, I did read a mixture of thrillers, fantasies and mysteries. Some of these had me on the edge of my seat yelling at the characters. Some had me enjoying the plots but not the characters. Overall it was a good reading month.



Stolen Things by R. H. Herron

This book surprised me. It basically caught me off guard. I enjoyed the build up to the reveal. I was so invested in the characters and what they were going through. The twists and turns kept me reading. I gave this 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh 

I love the fact the author let’s you know up front who the killer is in the story. It is what the killer is doing in that kept me reading this book. It had suspense, mystery and the reveal I wasn’t prepared for because I couldn’t figure out which juror the killer was until the end. I gave this 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner.

The Cleaner by Paul Cleave

I love a story being told by the killer. It makes the build up and reveal so much better. These characters drove me crazy but in a good way. It had a unsuspected twist that made the story even more intense and I was all for it. I gave this 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner.

The Whispers by Lisa Unger

I listened to this audiobook (my first fiction one) since it was short. I enjoyed the supernatural element in this thriller. It had deceit characters that were relatable and the plot was easy to follow. I gave this 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 

I liked that the authors kept the mystery element of the story going. I didn’t care for any of the characters and I figured out the reveal before getting to it. Overall, it just wasnt thrilling to me. I gave this 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner.

Strange Truth by Maggie Thrash

This was a strange book with weird characters and hard to follow at times. The reveal wasn’t impressive but easy to detect. I should have DNF’D it, but was already half way through the book. I gave this 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner.

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin

This book reminds me of a court jester because of the story weaver’s abilities in entertaining the king and his council with telling them stories. It has a great twist in how the weaver tells a story, but you have to read it to find out. The author shares unique characters and the way she describes settings made me invest more into the book. It has mystery, adventure and can be suspenseful at times. I can’t wait to read book two in the series. I gave this 4 Stars=Great Page Turner.

The Great Shelby Holmes and The Haunted House by Elizabeth Eulberg

I so love Shelby and John’s characters and the cases they solve. The best part is the techniques they use to do so. Their cases come from crimes in their neighborhood and school. They have some characteristics of the original Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, but the author also gives them their own qerks and unique behaviors. Having read all the books in this series, I’m anticipating the next book and can’t wait to see what they’ll tackle next. I gave this 4 Stars=Great Page Turner.

The Supernatural Sleuthing Services: The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe 

The hotel in this book reminded me of the headquarters in Men in Black. I don’t know why, but it does. It has a variety of different Monsters staying it in with different ranks. It was fun reading about Stephen and his two new friends trying to retrieve a magical cookbook. This book had adventure and mystery. It’s a good thing I already have book two. I gave this 4 Stars=Great Page Turner.


As you can see variety is good when making a TBR. So, what did you read this month? Share in the comments I might put one of your reads on my TBR.

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Sneak Peek of The Fable Ranger Series by A. L. Brown

My legs trembled, no longer stuck in place. Wobbling backwards, I turned and wrapped my fingers around the knob, twisting and pulling. I chewed my bottom lip then remembered the jolt of the lock jamming home. I balled my hands into fists and banged against the door.

“Mom! Dad!” They had to hear me. They had to. Please!

I stopped when a soft female voice called out. “S.O.S. Fairy GIT to Fable Ranger. Fairy GIT to Fable Ranger. Please, we need your help.”

One fairy godmother-in-training remains after all the godmothers have been kidnapped by the evil Dovetail. Only one thing Fairy GIT can do: summon the Fable Ranger, protector of the book and land of Lorealia. With his strength and might, he can unite the heroes of legends and lore and bring the godmothers home.

Just one problem…

Instead of a grown man, twelve-year-old Casey – a girl – answers the call.

Casey didn’t want to be swept away to a strange new world, and certainly didn’t expect to be rejected as the Fable Ranger summoned simply because she was a child and a girl. Worse yet, the unbalance of good and bad magic closed off her only way back to the people she loves.

Trapped, Casey’s only dream is to go home, but there’s no special chant or wave of the wand to make it happen. Her wish will require work, sweat, and very special tears. Can she fulfill her wish when Dovetail will stop at nothing to complete his agenda of spiraling the land of Lorealia into the ruins of a happily never after?


Mom sat on my bed, with me still in her arms. Dad stood by her side. The moment couldn’t have been more perfect.

I glanced around and found my room looked no different, and I was glad for that. I would have been Frankenstein sad to have my Justin Timberlake and WNBA posters ripped from the walls by the crazy funnel of rose petals that had first swept me away to the land of Lorealia. Everything was just as I’d left it, exactly the same… well…

Except for me.

Casey is home! But not for long…

Casey’s short-lived return to the real world is followed by a rapid scramble back to Lorealia to tackle Dovetail and more of his mischief. This time, it’s a family affair — not just to save the missing godmothers, but to rescue her sister Leslie as well.

Snow White is now Snow Leslie, trapped in an off-script fairy tale that’s doomed to spiral into a never ever after with the rest of Lorealia if Casey, her father, and Charlie-boy fail their mission to stop a war.

And has the book finally realized it made a mistake in choosing Casey as the Fable Ranger after all? Why is it rejecting her?

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time she gave birth to her forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that she really took writing seriously. After all, how could she teach her child to follow her dreams if she hadn’t tried herself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, she favors the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life…even harbors a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.


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