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Book Review: Frostblood, by Elly Blake (2017).

Frostblood: The Frostblood Saga Book One by Elly Blake - Books ...

This is the story of Ruby and her journey to change the world. Ruby, a Fireblood, who lives in the lands ruled by Frostbloods, finds herself an imprisoned orphan after soldiers kill her mother and take her away for questioning. Just as all hope seems to be lost, Ruby is rescued by what appears to be Frostblood monks. Which is just the beginning of many challenges Ruby has to face. Thankfully she finds friends to help her along the way.

I enjoyed the storyline of Ruby. She is a very strong female character. I love the way she takes charge of situations even though she doesn’t really have the power to do so! She simply makes a decision and sticks to it. The book is written in an easy to read style, and becomes quite a page turner the further along in the book you get.

Overall, I feel Frostblood is a fantastic beginning to an epic fantasy story that has made me eager to read the next book. I recommend this book to the young adult fantasy lovers and older. I give this book a rating of 7.5/10 stars.

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Read All The Books: When Wishes Bleed, by Casey Bond

This looks like an interesting book. Could be worth checking out…

When Wishes Bleed by [Bond, Casey]

One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.

The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled.

Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive.

The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen. Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.

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Book Ideas: A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer (2019)

This looks like it could be worth the read. Something to look into at least…

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series) by [Kemmerer, Brigid]

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Book Review: Glass Sword, by Victoria Avenyard (2016).

The story continues with Mare Barrow at its centre though now having escaped from Maven and the Silver royalty. She is hunted by them still, a long with the disgraced older Calore brother. The red guard continues to grow, along with various other rebel groups, all with the same intent. To destroy those powers of oppression, and rise, red as the dawn.

This book seems to have more romance for Mare compared to its predecessor. Mare had thought she loved Maven, but always believed deep down that she had found a special connection with Cal. Some deeper attraction that she found difficult to walk away from. Again, written as first person, the author has portrayed some exciting and strong characters and given them the opportunity to tell an intriguing story.

I did notice that this addition to the series was a little more drawn out, offering more descriptions of lands and kingdoms. Building up further storylines for future events. This is common in many fantasy series’ however, I don’t feel that it took anything from the storyline itself. Again I have to admit that this series has so far got me hooked. Mare Barrow is such a strong and intriguing character, its hard to stop reading until I know she is safe.

Over all, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and series. It’s a must read for any one interested in the fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 9/10 Stars.

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Book Review: Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard (2015).

This book is the first in whats set to be an executing series authored by Victoria Aveyard. Red Queen introduces readers to some fantastic characters who live in lands divided by the colour of their blood. In this world, those with Silver blood are Royalty and Nobles, all of which are born with powers that I can only describe a s forms of elemental magic. Those with blood of red are considered as slaves and expendable soldiers in a terrible war that has been ongoing for several generations. Mare Barrow, is a girl with red blood. She is n ‘t meant to have powers, but in an accident that nearly takes her life she learns otherwise.

This storyline thus far has most definitely captured my imagination, as well as my complete attention. I am hooked! The romance between Mare and the Calore brothers is dangerous. Her life amongst them is tenuous at best, and any simple slip could be reason for her disposal.

I feel the story is quite unique in the idea of people of  siIver blood. I think it really gives the story an interesting history to base a war around. Its an interesting division and it looks like it will be quite a challenge to change what looks to have been built on lies and deceit.

Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, spending many late nights reading. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Especially to see what will happen next in the world of Mare Barrow. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: This is going to Hurt, by Adam Kay (2017)

This is the first novel authored by British doctor, turned comedian Adam Kay. As he explains, the book is a collection of journal exerts derived from his own personal reflection of his days as a doctor. It gives a very clear and correct image of what can and actually does happen in main stream hospitals and other areas where health care professionals spend their days providing health care to those in need.

The fact I am still a practicing registered Nurse gave the book a lot of its appeal to me. Not to mention the raving review given by the nurse colleague whom suggested I give the book a go! Other than the obvious, I found this book funny and revealing, giving a great view to non- health care workers a fabulous look into what in some cases is a foreign concept. I also feel the extra information included in the footnotes is exceptional allowing all readers to have a basic understanding of what they are reading.

Over all this book has been an excellent read and is well worth checking out. No medical background required! I would recommend this book who likes a good laugh and has the stomach for some quite icky occurrences! I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Ideas: The Huntsman’s Amulet, by Duncan M. Hamilton.

Another great sounding book from a top author. I will have to move this up my #mustread list.

Abstract

Alone in a foreign land, Soren must come to terms with loss and a gift that has been as much a burden as a benefit.

A long abandoned city may hold the answers he seeks about the Gift of Grace, but a lethal assassin proves that old enemies have not forgotten him.

As misfortune pulls him ever farther from an unsettled score, he finds hope in an unexpected place…

The Huntsman’s Amulet follows The Tattered Banner and is the second part of the swashbuckling fantasy adventure ‘Society of the Sword’ trilogy.

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