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Ballad for Jasmine Town

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This was fantastic. The world buildingโ€ฆ.the tension. The struggleโ€ฆthe emotions! Everything about this story was perfect!!

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I've been on the edge of my seat waiting for this book since I finished Lava Red, Feather Blue, and it did not disappoint.
It was impossible to put this book down, I started reading and next thing I knew I was 300+ pages in!
I really loved that we got more of the magic in this companion novel, both from a sciency explanation and from mystical and personal interpretations of it. Some of it was hard, not from a writing standpoint, just from the allegories and the real life similarities that we all went through this past couple of years, *but* that made it even more of an emotional payoff to work through those scenes and then finishing the book,
Rafi and Roxana were amazing together once they *finally* let themselves be together (stubborn, self depreciating, adorable, FOOLS, I love them). I really loved seeing a transmasc character being romanced. If I could I would absolutely live in this world, with these wonderful, weird, and strange people and their equally amazing fae counterparts,.

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A metalworking witch and a form-shifting half-fae musician embark on a secret romance, but soon become caught in escalating tensions between fae and humans that threaten their hometown. This town has ocean views, a thriving art scene and shares a border with fae territory. The human realm sits beside one of enchantment and danger.

A human born to a fae mother, aches to join the human world but prejudices stand in his way. His connection to the human world withers away with the death of his beloved grandmother at the carless hands of fae. A metal working witch specialising in healing charms meets the half-fae musician when she repairs an instrument string for him. They strike up a friendship that soon kindles in to love.

These two embark on a journey of love and attempt to formulate a plan to tame the most dangerous of the fae, which may accelerate the doom of their hometown. His beloved grandmother was not the first, or the last, to fall pray to fae hands. Perhaps a chance meeting may change the fate of their hometown or may be the spark that causes it all to burn. A story about finding friendship in the loneliest of places, nurturing a connection that transcends boundaries and a love that will conquer all.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC**

I didnโ€™t read the first book in the series however the author does a great job recapping and explaining the storyline and characters so I didnโ€™t feel lost at all.

The author writes with such description that the characters and world were easy to imagine and dive into. The story was great and has me interested in reading more from the author.

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Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! This is so good. The plot, the characters, the story line. I recommend everyone to read this.

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this had everything that I was hoping for in the Eidolonia series, it had everything that I enjoyed from the first book and continued the story perfectly. It had the elements that I was hoping for and glad it had that charm to it, the characters felt like they belonged in this world and I was glad I was able to read this. Molly Ringle has a great writing style and made characters that I wanted to get back to.

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The author creates a lush, vivid world filled with music and fantasy in Ballad for Jasmine Town. The description of the setting, the characters, and the story will draw you in from the first paragraph to the conclusion. I absolutely loved it and will definitely recommend it.

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This cosy fantasy tells the tale of two lovers, a nineties band, a magical island, a gang of malevolent fae and a town completely overtaken by plants.

It's full of the soft, vulnerable yet extremely powerful characters Molly Ringle writes so well, and brims with the strength of family and community in the face of divisive politics and discrimination.

I love the central couple. They're adorable from the moment they meet. Their chemistry is undeniable, they support each other through trauma and they manage to stay kind even when they disagree or fail to understand each other. The side characters pull on your heartstrings in relatable ways too, from perfectionist water fae Tash to brave mayor Amaris, to the ever-helpful rock giant Mukut, who is definitely the MVP.

The magic is brilliantly varied, with each character having skills, traits and abilities as unique as they are. Watching groups of them solve problems is always interesting and it's clear how much creative thought has been put in by the author. The magic system is also a great way of weaving in a lot of great representation, and sensitively acknowledging the challenges faced by marginalised groups.

You don't have to have read Molly Ringle's other book, Lava Red Feather Blue, in order to pick this up, but I fully recommend it because the overlap is awesome. Check out my review of that one on goodreads if you're interested! The world building is done so well that no matter the order you read them in you'll be glad to find mentions of your favourite characters, magic systems and locations in both books.

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This is a special fantasy novel about finding your other half when the world around you is crumbling.You will feel all the feels with the LGBTQ+ fantasy!

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I loved this so much! The world was fascinating, the characters were so lovable and complex, and I was rooting for the relationships the whole time. The Wikipedia entries at the beginning were a super interesting start because in some ways it tells you how the book will end, but really it just leaves you slightly tense the whole book waiting for what you (kind of) know is coming.

I'd highly recommend this book, especially to fantasy and romance fans. I hadn't read Lava Red Feather Blue before this and now I'm excited to!

Thank you to Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the chance to read and review this ARC.

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I loved the first one and I loved this one as well! One thing I appreciated were the parallels with some real world politics, social issues, etc which in my opinion, is using the full potential of one's fantasy world to create some sort of parallel/commentary. Great story. 5 stars

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I found this book a little slower paced - which is in no way a bad thing! The writing was wonderfully descriptive and I enjoyed the world building. The characters were enjoyable and at times, relatable, as well.

I hadn't read the first book in the series, but didn't feel like I was missing anything because of this. There's enough upfront explanation that you can follow along with no issues.

*Thank you to NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review*

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