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Book Suggestions: Riley’s Secret, by Christina Smith (2012).

Finding where you belong in life is always hard to do. In this novel we follow Megan Banks, and find out if she manages to find a place to fit in.

Looks good 👍 ⭐️ 💯 👀 💜 📚

Synopsis

Megan Banks feels like an imposter in her own life; she doesn’t belong with her friends or with her parents, who ignore her. After a fire she’s indirectly involved with, she finds herself with two hundred hours of community service. It’s the charity she volunteers at that finally makes her feel like she belongs. These people, with whom she has nothing in common, mean more to her than her rich, selfish friends.  

But for some reason her supervisor, Nate Green, doesn’t want her there. He thinks she’s a self-centered rich girl who deserves to be in jail. After she’s threatened by the kids who started the fire, Nate and Megan form a strange friendship, built only for her protection. But the more she feels for him, the more he pushes her away.

As they become closer, Megan knows Nate is attracted to her as well, but she also believes that he is hiding something. But she could never guess what he really is. Before she realizes what is happening, she becomes involved in a world she didn’t know existed.

In this strange new reality, can she finally find a place where she belongs?

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Book Recommendations: Malice, by John Gwynne (2012).

I came across this title while browsing Goodreads, and found the description tantalising. Boys becoming men to fight ever coming wars to protect their king.

Could be worth checking out 🤗 👌 🤔 👍 💯 📚 💙

Synopsis

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage.

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars.

High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust.

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Reading Suggestions – Faery Born, by Donna Joy Usher (2014).

When I saw this cover I was instantly transported to an Iceland setting with images of war amongst tribes and Blood on the ice.

This looks like it could be a really good book.

Synopsis

It’s been thirteen years since the Dark Years ended. Thirteen years since the mad War Faery responsible was imprisoned in stone. Now, with goblin attacks on the rise it seems Galanta, the Goblin Queen, is intent on returning the land to chaos and terror.

Isadora Scrumpleton is trying not to think about the Dark Years. She’s just been chosen by her ‘familiar’, found out she’s half faery, and discovered she’s dating the second-in-line to the Faery Throne. That’s enough for one teenage witch to handle. But when goblins attack her village, Izzy is forced into action, ultimately joining the elite Border Guard and attracting the attention of Galanta, the Goblin Queen.

As Galanta weaves a web of deceit, Izzy struggles to control her powers. Will she be able to stop the Goblin Queen in time, or will the world be plunged into a dark new reality?

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Book Review: The Grey Bastards, by Jonathan French (2015).

Review:

Simply fantastic! The Grey Bastards presents a chance to meet some uniquely brilliant characters in a setting described In a way that quickly flourishes in the readers mind. Once into the depths of the plot, this book is a definite page turner and yet another book I found impossible to put down.

The characters I found most exciting would have to be the 3 mains of this novel. Jackal, Oats and Fetch would have to be three of the most intriguing, and amusing characters I have discovered in a while, and I enjoyed their storyline’s greatly. The stories plot was most definitely a twisting roller coaster that kept my continued interest throughout. With the three characters learning truth of past and present and all of the why’s that go with it, each page revealing some mysterious truth which made the characters struggles more and more real.

The only issue I could define would be the slow start. I’m not sure if it was my own doubts or high expectations going into this novel, or perhaps I am not singular in mind. Whatever the case, I am grateful I persevered and continued to what quickly became a great book to read.

Overall, I have to admit, this has been an humorous and addictive read and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction. I give this book a rating of 9.5 stars.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Book Suggestions – The Ambassador’s Mission, by Trudi Caravan (2010).

Awesome author, this will have to be a fantastic read 🥰🙌👏👍👌💯📚

Check out the beginnings of an amazing author 😊 👌 👍 📚 ✍️

Synopsis

As the son of the late High Lord Akkarin, saviour of the city, and Sonea, the former street urchin turned Black Magician, Lorkin has a legacy of heroism and adventure to live up to. So when Lord Dannyl takes the position of Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, Lorkin volunteers to be his assistant in the hopes of making his mark on the world.

When news comes that Lorkin is in danger, the law that forbids Black Magicians leaving the city forces Sonea to trust that Dannyl will save him. Besides, her old friend Cery needs her as never before: someone has been assassinating Thieves, and when his family is targeted he finds evidence that this Thief Hunter uses magic.

Either a member of the Guild is hunting down the Thieves one by one, or there is – once again – a rogue magician on the streets of Imardin. And this one has full control of their powers – and is willing to kill with them.

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Reading Suggestions – The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu (2015).

Political turmoil and rebellion 🙌🔥💯

Something worth checking out 🤗 👌 👀 👍 📚

THE GRACE OF KINGS is the debut novel by Hugo-, Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winner Ken Liu and the first in an monumental new epic fantasy series.

Synopsis

Emperor Mapidéré was the first to unite the island kingdoms of Dara under a single banner. But now the emperor is on his deathbed, his people are exhausted by his vast, conscriptive engineering projects and his counsellors conspire only for their own gain.

Even the gods themselves are restless.

A wily, charismatic bandit and the vengeance-sworn son of a deposed duke cross paths as they each lead their own rebellion against the emperor’s brutal regime. Together, they will journey to the heart of the empire; witnessing the clash of armies, fleets of silk-draped airships, magical books and shapeshifting gods. Their unlikely friendship will drastically change the balance of power in Dara… but at what price?

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Book Recommendations – City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett (2014).

I like the look of this. Could turn out to be quite an intriguing series. May have to take a closer look.

In the City of Stairs, nothing is as it seems ~ Kindle

Synopsis

You’ve got to be careful when you’re chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.

The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent’s past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners.

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Book Review: The Blood Debt, by Duncan M. Hamilton (2017).

Review:

The third and final book to the Wolf of the North series, is a fantastic ending to the much adored story of Wulfric Wolframson. A warrior worthy of his hero status, even if his closest friend Jagovere has embellished the tale over their years together. The story continues following the maesterspeakers story in a tavern, waiting for Wolfric to arrive, and the reader finally finds out why he has been loitering so long awaiting his old friend.

The story advances quickly, as we watch Rodulf rise to the top of his game and right before his ultimate goal finally comes into fruition, has it swiftly taken from beneath him. Adahlaid’s death at his hands being one of the most heart breaking moments of the entire series, as the wickedness of his cruel act is realised. Giving the eventual name of Wolferic’s sword a fine and fitting name.

The Blood debt, has kept me awake at times when I really should have been sleeping! It’s been very difficult to put down this novel and I have honestly enjoyed reading it greatly. The characters are unique though easily familiar not far into the series. Each book seems to get even better. As humble hero’s go, Wolferic Wolframson has most definitely become one of my favourites after reading this series.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction of epic heroism, and a more humble hero you won’t really find! And I give this book the rating of 10/10 stars. I will definitely have to add more titles written by this author to my reading list.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Ideas: Howl, by Jody Morse, and Jayme Morse (2011).

Another fantastic novel. A little something for lovers of paranormal. Everyone loves a good Werewolf story right?!

Howl is a suspenseful tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden romance. Fans of Twilight will fan in love with this captivating saga. ~ Kindle

Synopsis

Samara McKinley was just an ordinary teenager until she went on a date with Luke Davenport, the hot new guy at school. Their date didn’t go exactly as planned.

She was bitten by a wolf.

As weird things begin to happen, she soon learns that she wasn’t just bitten by any wolf. It was a werewolf.

As Samara begins to adapt to her new life as a werewolf, she begins to uncover secrets and finds herself faced with an important decision.

One girl. Two packs. Where does she belong?

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Book Suggestions: The Glass Ocean, by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, et al (2018).

A fresh story, seamlessly blended by three authors. The Glass Ocean May be a book worth taking a closer look at. 👏💯👍👌📚🔥

Synopsis

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

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