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Her academy prepared her for battle. But is she ready to fight when danger emerges from the murky forest?

The House of Matchsticks is calling …

Sixteen-year-old Isaline is under massive pressure. Only alive thanks to Death’s intervention when she was a baby, she’s too shy to speak up when there’s an attempt to steal her mysterious red pendant at school. And getting so emotional that she fails her crucial weapons review, things worsen when she runs into a suspicious but intriguing thief.

Forced to work together to survive the threats of the wilderness, Isaline is surprised to be hitting it off with the rogue. But there’s little time for sparks to fly as her unusual necklace attracts bold treasure hunters, two-faced spies, and ferocious beasts … all in search of the fabled House of Matchsticks.

Can this strong young warrior graduate her final year before she succumbs to the clutches of evil?

House of Matchsticks is the explosive first installment in the House of Matchsticks YA fantasy series. If you like fascinating characters, steampunk aesthetics, and action-packed thrills, then you’ll love Elisa Downing’s magic-fueled journey.

House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, enemies to lovers slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This is Part 1 in the series. Expect a cliffhanger.

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Publishers Weekly
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Ideal for bedtime reads, this picture book debut will resonate with readers ... a salient reminder of the power they hold within themselves.
Orange Fish (Amazon Reviewer)
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Fresh, imaginative story with a little girl of color as the lead character and a hilarious ending. My children love it, and I don’t mind reading it over and over again.
Dianne Ferrell (Amazon Reviewer)
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She shows kids that they can face their fears and overcome them. My 6 and 4 year olds love this book and we read it 2 to 3 times every week.
Kirkus
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An inventive interpretation of a familiar predicament faced by kids.
Prairies Book Review
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This humorous, light treatment of the eternal subject of the “I’m scared of scary things in the dark” will make a welcome addition to young children’s bedside bookshelf.
A Quintillion Words Review
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[Josie and the Scary Snapper] should take pride of place on any child's book shelf ... The world needs more books like this one.
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Her academy prepared her for battle. But is she ready to fight when danger emerges from the murky forest?

The House of Matchsticks is calling …

Sixteen-year-old Isaline is under massive pressure. Only alive thanks to Death’s intervention when she was a baby, she’s too shy to speak up when there’s an attempt to steal her mysterious red pendant at school. And getting so emotional that she fails her crucial weapons review, things worsen when she runs into a suspicious but intriguing thief.

Forced to work together to survive the threats of the wilderness, Isaline is surprised to be hitting it off with the rogue. But there’s little time for sparks to fly as her unusual necklace attracts bold treasure hunters, two-faced spies, and ferocious beasts … all in search of the fabled House of Matchsticks.

Can this strong young warrior graduate her final year before she succumbs to the clutches of evil?

House of Matchsticks is the explosive first installment in the House of Matchsticks YA fantasy series. If you like fascinating characters, steampunk aesthetics, and action-packed thrills, then you’ll love Elisa Downing’s magic-fueled journey.

House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, enemies to lovers slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This is Part 1 in the series. Expect a cliffhanger.

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