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Cinders and Sparrows, by Stefan Bachmann

zaineylaney's review against another edition

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3.0

The Title/Cover Draw:
Not sure what really led me to this book as it’s not one of those I usually gravitate towards.
What I liked:
Cute, fall, witchy vibes. It’s perfect for this time of year!
What I didn’t like:
It was slow at times, but it’s middle grade so that’s to be expected.
What kept me reading:
Would she free her family and become the witch she hoped to be?
The Characters:
Minnifer and Bram (the servants in the castle) were very fun and I enjoyed when they appeared in the book.
The Ending:
It wrapped nicely.
Consider if you like:
Fun fall book about witches and discovering who you are!


I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Received from Edelweiss.

briony_k's review

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adventurous funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Loved this. Gave me all the haunted castle and witchy feels but written in a kind of prettier, more elevated way than most kids' books.

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sarahsparklenose's review against another edition

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4.0

Enjoyable middle grade novel set in a haunted castle. Our main character doesn't know about magic or her family and spends the book unraveling the mystery. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but it was still a good story.

dreamsinslowmo's review

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adventurous lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

It was cute and I liked the main character. 

projectmayhem7's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 stars. Great book with a lot of darkness, but unfortunately I kept finding myself comparing it to other books. I think kids and adults will enjoy it, I just wanted a little more.

kypn's review

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adventurous challenging dark inspiring lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

celia_hansen's review against another edition

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5.0

4.5*

mariepiperbooks's review against another edition

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adventurous tense medium-paced

4.0

amengels's review against another edition

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3.0

Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC

2.5 stars

There's nothing seriously wrong with this book. It just didn't click with me. I don't typically like slow stories and this was so slow. I felt like very little was happening and what was happening felt very easy and convenient. I know this is a story meant for young readers, but I think kids should have books where the main character has some setbacks.

There was a lack of world building as well. I never felt like I understood the setting or magic system.

This is a fine middle grade fantasy that's a little bit spooky.

vivacious_reads's review

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adventurous lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5