SpecFic Saturday | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 11.25.2023

Magic carpets? Check.

Time loops? Double Check.

This week we have – according to the reviewers – two un-put-downable books. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday!

Book summaries come from Goodreads. Click the book cover image to add it to your own TBR.


Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – I’m telling you, I was turning pages as quickly as my hands would allow because I simply HAD to know what happened!  If my reading time allowed, I dove into the print edition (LOVE MY PRINT BOOKS!), and when it didn’t, but I managed to scupper a few idle minutes with my phone in hand, the e-pages flying by equally as fast.  The point is, this story was captivating, for both the emotions explored and the adventures to be had. A great read for Middle Grade Fantasy fans, and an author to keep your eye on for wherever her pen leads next!

Katy @ A Library Mama – The bare plot description sounds familiar, yet all the elements and characters blended together so perfectly for me that I was drawn in almost immediately and didn’t want to put the book down.  It was simultaneously epic, funny, and a heartfelt exploration of self-discovery.


TheNextGenLibrarian @ Goodreads – I truly love a time loop story so this novel was right up my alley. I like the idea of getting to fix our mistakes or having second, third, sometimes ten or more chances to make things right. This wasn’t your usual time loop because there were many changes between Spence’s days to try and figure out why he was repeating the this particular day, but this really stuck with me and the messages were very important. The characters read real and the themes discussed are happening with teens everywhere. CW: grief, death of a parent (recounted), sexual assault, alcohol, misogyny, toxic masculinity, death, vomit, blood, alcoholism