A to Z Challenge Book Reviews

My Languishing TBR: M #AtoZChallenge2024 #Books #BookReviews

M is for Might

Learn more about the challenge here.

I’m doing folklore and book review posts to reach and please a larger audience. Previous years have shown select interest in both and to minimise blogging throughout the year, I’m focusing my efforts on April.

Focusing on an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list, each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book.

I chose the books this year quite randomly from my Goodreads Want to Read page. Some are quite creatively added to letters.

If you’d rather check out my folklore post for today, go here.

Learn more about the challenge here.

You can read reviews for from previous years for this letter here and here, and my year-end reviews here, here, here and, most recently, here.


About the Book

Girls of Might and Magic by various

Find your might. Discover your magic.

A disabled teen tracks down an elusive sea beast. A young, Indian detective finds a magical artifact. A Black teen who can see the dead solves a murder mystery. An Ethiopian girl discovers magical secrets when she is kidnapped by her teacher. A teen survivor of a deadly plague realizes she and her robot companion are not alone.

Across realms, worlds, and dimensions we bring you sixteen fantasy and/or science fiction tales that explore the tribulations of growing up. Full of diverse characters and #ownvoices authors, the protagonists in these coming-of-age YA adventures will not only discover powerful magic but discover themselves along the way. Don’t miss this magical collection of stories about witches, fae, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, jinn, and more!

The collection includes:

Heartburn by E. M. Lacey

Wind and Silk by Alice Ivinya

Faith by Sudha Kuruganti

Grace and Ghosts by K. R. S. McEntire

The Outside by C. C. Solomon

Daughter of Soil and Gold by Meghan Rhine

Check Yourself by Kat Zaccard

A Meeting in the Woods by Nicole Givens Kurtz

Pretty Young Things by LaLa Leo

Funnel Cake by Amanda Ross

Outcast by D. L. Howard

Serenity Dawn by C. I. Raiyne

The Cursed Gift by Courtney Dean

Chasing Waves by Kendra Merritt

Sight by Tonya Brown

Memories of Magic by Ashley Ford

About Diverse Books With Magic: We are an online community of speculative fiction fans. We aim to highlight #ownvoices authors and stories with diverse characters. Join us on Facebook at “Diverse Books With Magic: Science Fiction. Fantasy. Dystopian.”

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

This anthology was recommended to me on Instagram and I immediately got my copy. Stories are individually reviewed.


Such a fun story! Wish my heartburn hid a secret like that. LOL.

Wind and Silk

So much going on in this story that one wants to read more about the heroine and her dragon.

Grace and Ghosts

A girl who can see ghosts, a boy whose twin was murdered, and human trafficking… It has a HEA, but it’s not really my kind of story.


I liked the twist on the box they had to find. And I liked the character growth and worldbuilding. Would like to read more about this heroine.

The Outside

An interesting story. Though the heroine wasn’t too likeable for most of the story. I liked the take on a plague.

Chasing Waves

I like the seahorse and the interaction between it and the heroine. Not sure if I like the idea of the seahorses being studied… Scientists do horrible things in search of knowledge.

Funnel Cake

Set in a time of bellbottoms and “groovy”, this werewolf tale packs a punch.

Meeting in the Woods

Something felt off about this story. DNF 50%


A good story, though I do wonder how such bullying can be allowed to go unchecked. And why can’t the heroine access her magic? I would like to read more…

Daughter of Soil and Gold

Loads of description, not a lot of story. DNF 8%

Pretty Young Things

A philosophical rambling that went over my head. DNF 2%


The story drew me in – and then the huge block of italics with her vision along with the abrupt ending spoiled the whole thing.

Serenity Dawn

The story doesn’t make sense: a girl waiting for an Uber walks home, passes out, walks through a portal into a dreamworld where she learns she’d created it and all the magic there – but can’t remember it. DNF 15%

The Cursed Gift

Not really much happening… The loads of italics did nothing to aid the story – just irritate me.

Memories of Magic

Too much alcohol and missing words without something to pull me into the story. DNF 5%

Check Yourself

A fun vampire story centred around chess and friendship. I do wonder why the heroine couldn’t be glamoured…

For the anthology as a whole: I had a problem with the italics as it messes with my eyes and head, making it difficult to read and enjoy the book. Authors and publishers: please consider the neurodivergent when making decisions about italics so books are accessible to all.

Otherwise and interesting collection of short stories.

3 unicorn star rating

My Book

Magic at Midnight

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