Today, I am bringing you a blog tour that I’m super excited about. It’s officially Spooky September here at BPR, and I’m bringing you a post for a book all about ghosts – the physical and figurative kind. My review for it will be posted later on in the week, but this book uniquely blends magic and real life so we are talking other books that blend the two like this one.
A powerful and haunting debut novel about friendship, acceptance, and learning to let go as the balance between the living and the dead is upended, perfect for fans of We Were Liars.
It’s been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens — a whole generation of Mercerites — dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens’ paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward–if only they work together.
A beautifully told, haunting yet hopeful novel about pushing past the pain, facing the world, and finding yourself.
Natalie Lund (natalielund.com) is a former middle and high school teacher. A graduate of Purdue University’s MFA program, she taught introductory composition and creative writing there, and also served as the fiction editor of The Sycamore Review. Natalie lives in Chicago with her husband. You can follow her on Twitter @nmlund.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
This book is a magical dream – more like a magical fever dream, to be honest, but one nonetheless. This book includes plenty of regular life: going to school, hanging out with friends, falling in love with the enemy. However, pitch in a magical house – we are taken on a journey into a land of memories, decades of drama, and ghosts – even the pink feathery kind!
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
This book brings us a fun coming of age story with a perfect splash of magical perfume. With ethereal writing that honestly feels like dousing yourself with a bundle of flowers. This story tells the story of Mimosa who just wants to fall in love, but can’t as her role of a Cupid of sorts. This story doesn’t involve outright love potions, but a subtle and vibrant blend of magic and real life.
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Aila – our main character in this story – is facing grief from the death of her mother and the loss of their old home. Aila and her brother move to her mother’s hometown where every 7 years, things start to disappear from the town – including smells, reflections, and more. As Aila tries to navigate the real life around her including the grief from losing her mom and the responsibility of caring for her brother, she has deal with the magic sucking away memories and more.
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
When Danny moved to Tempest, CA, she was just looking for a place in the world – with friends and knowing more about who she is. However, when she meets The Grays – who are a magic all themselves – she stumbles into a mystery and a group of people that can easily blend the real with their own personal magic.
Don’t forget to check out the other books in the campaign! You’ll be seeing reviews for them in the weeks to come!
What do you think? Do you love books that blend magic and real life? What are some of your favorite reads that do this? Let’s discuss in the comments below!