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Book Review: Winter Magic by Various

Hey Guys!

Welcome to day 9 of Blogmas! How are you enjoying all the post so far? Starting to feel festive? Well, today I am doing another festive book review. well, it’s a winter themed book which is good enough for me lol. The book in question is the anthology Winter Magic. I will be doing this in my usual anthology style (one general review, then a mini review for each individual story). Let’s do this.


I will admit that I have mixed feelings about this Anthology. I really enjoyed some of the stories, but I was also really disappointed in others. I was also disappointed that two of the stories in this book where not originals, but stories based off/in the worlds the author had created in their books, meaning that you couldn’t really read them without being spoiled for the books. But, that aside, the rest of the book was pretty enjoyable. I really liked that this was a winter Anthology, not a Christmas one, but it still had 3 or 4 stories that where set at Christmas. It truly held the essence of winter. If you don’t want a in your face, full on, Christmas read, but still want a bit of festivity in your life, give this collection a go.

star 44 out of 5

A Night At The Frost Fair by Emma Carroll

What a good story to open on. I really enjoyed it. even though it was kind of weird. I really enjoyed the wintery feel of this story. the whole story had a magical air to it which was really enjoyable. Although the actual magical element of the story wasn’t actually explained, I still found it really enjoyable. I liked the fact the story came full circle. A really sweet story to start with.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

The Magic Of Midwinter by Amy Alward

Okay, not going to lie, I skipped this story. but I had good reason too. I read about three pages of it and then realised that it is a story set in the world form Alward’s Potion Diaries series, and features all the characters….I am reading this series and I have only read the first book at the moment and I can’t find anywhere online that tells me where this novella fits into the main story. so I decided that it was probably best to not read this one now, but to come back to it once I am up to date with the series. (But FYI, if you haven’t read the books, from what I read of this story, I think that you will still be able to enjoy it)

The Voice In The Snow by Michelle Harrison

Don’t hate me, but I skipped this one as well. Like the previous story, this was set in the same world as the authors already published book. In this case, The Other Alice. Which is on to read list. And I really didn’t want to risk spoiling anything for myself. Again, I will come back to this story eventually, once I have read the book from which it is set.

(these are the only two that I skipped. All other stories are original’s written for this anthology)

The Cold-Hearted by Geraldine McCaughrean

Well that was kind of cult-y…it was super weird and kind of creepy. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. It was just kind of fucked up and really dark and strange and, I don’t know. It just didn’t feel magical or anything, it just felt very creepy. And I hate the ending, because nothing was resolved and, urgh, I don’t know how I feel about it.

star 22 out of 5

Casse-Noisette by Katherine Woodfine

I really liked this story. It was magical and Christmassy and frankly, beautiful. I loved the idea of music transporting you to places, even just inside your own mind. This is such a true fact of life and I think that it was explored beautifully here. I also loved that this story was very loosely based of true events/people. This whole story was just so beautiful and has now made me really want to watch the nut cracker (and I am not a ballet kind of person). I really enjoyed it.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

Someone Like The Snow Queen by Berlie Doherty

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I found it kind of boring and predictable. Straight from the off, you kind of knee what was going to happen. Everything just felt a bit played out. I don’t know, I just wasn’t the biggest fan of the story. I found the story boring and the characters irritating. It was actually a shame that I didn’t enjoy this one more as it was the one that I was looking forward to most. But, I spouse that’s the way it goes.

star 22 out of 5

The Room With The Mountain View by Lauren St John

I actually quiet liked this story as well. It was kind of a murder mystery story, but middle grade. It had skiing, mountains, circus performers, huskies and a mystery. What more is there to say. I liked it. it was fun and easy, with a, kind of expected, twist. But it was enjoyable. i will admit, I am still very curious about what was buried (why was that not explained when everything else was? Lol), but it was still a good little read. I am intrigued by Lauren St John now.

star 44 out of 5

Snow by Michelle Magorian

This was a sweet enough poem, but it didn’t pack much of a punch. It was very middle grade. Like, lower end. I mean, it wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t brilliant. A bit under whelming.

star 33 out of 5

Into The Mountain by Jamila Gavin

What an interesting take on the tale of the Pied Piper. I quiet liked this, I only wish that it was longer. This had the potential to be a truly incredible story, but being a short story, it didn’t meet its potential. It was still really good though. it was a pretty dark story, but it was interesting and familiar yet also new, which I loved. it was pretty good, but it could have been brilliant if it was longer. There was just too much depth to this story for it to work as a short story. and a lot was left kind of unexplained. But, this was one of my favourites from this book.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

The Wishing Book by Piers Torday

What the ever loving fluff was that? that has got to be one of the strangest short stories that I have ever read. it was seriously messed up and just plain weird. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it. which is really annoying, since it was actually set at Christmas and could have been a nice, happy Christmas story, but now, it was fucked up and strange and I have no idea what I just read.

star 11 out of 5

The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone

That was a good story to end on. It had serious Matilda vibes, but I really liked it. it was magical and deep and full of miracles. It was the perfect little Christmas story. it had dragons, dancing Dash Hounds, and a little girl with hair as white as snowdrops and eyes as large and round as puddles. A beautiful story and a brilliant end to this anthology.

star 4.54.5 out of 5

And there we have it. have you read this anthology yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all tomorrow.


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