What's on the TBR pile?

What’s on the TBR pile?

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve decided to be a little more choosey with the book review requests lately. Before, I thought that everyone whose books fit the criteria deserved a chance, but honestly, the first year of book reviewing has taught me differently. Plus, it has confirmed that the book’s front cover really is an indicator of the quality inside.

This book was the first book I chose after deciding to select fewer books to review and I’m super intrigued:



Calico Thunder Rides Again by T. A. Hernandez

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Most Fantastic Show on Earth…

Three years ago, the Ban changed everything, outlawing certain forms of magic and bringing about the rise of powerful crime syndicates. Now, speakeasies in every city sell illegal charms and jinxes, and bootleggers traffic restricted potion ingredients across the country. But even in this changing world, the magic of the circus still acts as a wondrous escape and provides entertainment for all.​

Jake Strickland owns one such circus, inherited after an accident ended his career as a rodeo dragon rider. He also inherited the circus’ financial troubles, but since the show became his, he’s slowly managed to turn it into a profitable business once more. Or at least, that’s what he thought.

When a dangerous mobster comes to collect an old debt, Jake resorts to desperate measures to get the money before a strict deadline. With lives and livelihoods at stake, he battles the clock, his responsibilities to the circus, and a longstanding personal grudge that has festered for years. Can he pay back the mob before it’s too late?”


This book is giving me serious Greatest Showman vibes, but with magic.

Magic shows have lost their popularity but I remember them being read quite a lot in the 90s. Or at least, I read them loads! So it’s nice to see that there are some new books to read in this genre.

Circuses have this weird sense of mystery and family that really can’t be found anywhere else. Why else do kids want to run away there when they’re fed up with their lives at home? It’s the first book of it’s kind I’ve come across lately and so, I really couldn’t say no to this one.

If you want to have a look at Calico Thunder Rides Again yourself, here’s the Amazon link. Just a heads up, it’s available in e-book and hardback format. (Yaaassss hardback!) Expect a review for this one at some point in the near future.

Thanks for reading!

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