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Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Blue is for NightmaresStacey has been having nightmares. But these aren’t your everyday monster-under-the-bed dreams; these are premonitions. She’s had these before, and the result was the death of a girl named Maura. Now, she’s trying everything she can because the next victim could be her best friend Drea.

What is very helpful is that Stacey is a witch. She performs a wide variety of spells in order to make her nightmares clearer and to find out who is after Drea. She, Drea, and their friend Amber form a pact to make sure they’re safe. But nothing seems to be safe anymore.

It’s very hard to guess who’s after Drea. Stacey has many suspicions, but they keep on shifting as she learns new information. What’s most frustrating to Stacey, though, is that she’s dreamt all of it. She just can’t remember.

I really enjoyed reading this novel. The magic involved was unique in that it wasn’t just “Harry Potter” magic. Stacey isn’t a witch like Hermione; she performs spells using candles, herbs, and oils, not magic wands. I found this refreshing and unique. I also enjoyed the suspense throughout the entire novel. The twists and turns always kept me guessing. I recommend this to all magic book lovers, because I loved it myself.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from personal collection

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