Excerpt from Island of Shipwrecks

Friday was the release of Stirring Up Murder, book #4 in the Auntie Clem’s Bakery cozy mystery series! If you’re looking for your next beach read this summer, have a look!

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I just finished reading Island of Shipwrecks, book #5 of the YA Fantasy Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann. This is probably not a series that you want to jump into the middle of like I did! While there are enough clues to puzzle out the backstory, you will be missing a lot of the depth of the story and the characters. And it may take a while to figure out that Miss Octavia is an octogator (a cross between an octopus and an alligator) or what a squirrelicorn is (a fighting animal that is a cross between a flying squirrel and a unicorn.)

While billed as “Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” I’d say the Unwanteds is written for a younger audience than either one, closer to the Kid Lawyer or Artemis Fowler series.

Thinking about how there was no fixing this. Not this time. Because the woman who always fixed things for him was dead. After a while, the pain in his chest grew so large that it began to push its way out in low groans and ugly sobs.

Aaron’s only friend in the entire world was dead.

Lisa McMann, Island of Shipwrecks

A risky decision endangers both Artimé and Quill in book five of the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

Alex and his friends from Artimé are stranded on a newly discovered island after barely surviving a storm that destroys their ship. And it turns out they’re not alone…

Back in Quill, Aaron’s power base grows as he aligns himself with an unlikely ally. Together, the two enact a drastic, risky plan to finally conquer Artimé—a plan that could ultimately leave everyone in both Artimé and Quill in far more danger than Aaron realizes.

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