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Eerie fun Middle Grade

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Bumps in the Night by Amalie Howard

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Horror

Publishing Date: February 20, 2024



The middle grade horror debut from USA Today bestselling author Amalie Howard in which a girl stays with her grandmother in Trinidad for the summer and discovers that she comes from a long line of witches.

Thirteen-year-old Darika Lovelace is in big trouble. The kind of trouble that means she’s being sent off to her grandmother in the Caribbean. She should be grateful, but instead she’s angry. Angry at her dad and step-mom for sending her away for an entire summer. Angry at her mom who went away and never came back.

But the island is definitely not what she remembers! The minute she steps off the plane, strange things start happening, including being stalked by a baby iguana. When she meets a ragtag group of children on her Granny’s estate, she knows they are not what they seem, but after they promise to take her to her long-lost mom, she leaps at the chance.

Thrust into an incredible adventure involving strange monsters, a supernatural silk cotton tree, and a mysterious maze, soon the truth about her unique magical roots comes to light. She’s the island’s only hope, but unless she learns to believe in magic, all will be lost.

My Review

4 stars

I was drawn to the cover and main concept of this book and was not disappointed. The thirteen-year-old main character is facing a lot of troubled times, she got in trouble in school, she misses her mom, her father remarried... so she ends up going to her grandmother who hopes to reconnect with her, but there is more to it. This is just the start of a series of trials and discoveries about her family and secrets, including magic, action-adventure, plot twists, and betrayal. The novel is very rich, there is always something happening or a cool reference to books or other familiar things.

A cool take on witches and magic.

Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for this copy

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About the Author:

AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novelist. Always Be My Duchess was one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Best Romance Books of 2022 and The Beast of Beswick was one of Oprah Daily’s 24 Best Historical Romance Novels to Read. She is also the author of several award-winning young adult novels. A Caribbean-born AAPI writer, her books have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, and Seventeen Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, being the president of her one-woman Harley Davidson motorcycle club, or power-napping. She lives in Colorado with her family.

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