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Book Suggestions: Blood Trial, by Kelly St. Claire (2019).

Something worth while taking a second look at.

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The dice are rolled at midnight.

As the twenty-one-year-old heiress to the Le Spyre fortune, my life should consist of strawberry mojitos and golf carts. Right?

But I’m determined to forge my own path.

Desperate to escape the meaningless games of the rich, I flee my family’s estate.

Secret alias—check.
Place to sleep—uh, kind of?
Job—crap!

I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but that’s the least of my worries.

My city is a giant board game. The players are supernatural— freakin’ vampires—including an overbearing crown prince whose unwanted attention could spell my demise.

Now, I must play their deadly game, or my grandmother and best friend will pay the ultimate price

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Book Suggestions: Dark King, by C. N. Crawford (2019).

This looks like it could be good. Something to add to the #mustread list

Abstract

Once I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Then a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away. 

After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic. 

But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk starts to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power…and, even worse, I could be forfeiting my life.

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Book Review: Angel Mage, by Garth Nyx (2019).

What a different way to use magic in a storyline! It’s not completely unique but the way in which magic’s and Angels are used in this tale is fantastic. A lot of the characters names are familiar from modern religions which I think makes the text more relatable to readers.

This tale begins with the awakening of Liliathe and her re-emergence into a world she had worked to create for her own means. With the use of Angel magic and her own Mage talents, she sets off events that domino into big trouble!

I found the book to be well written, using intelligent prose and holding just the right amount of humour. I believe this book would appeal to many young adults who enjoy the fantasy genre. I feel that it was just not quite as “complicated” in comparison to my normal reads. It’s not that I found the novel lacking or boring, I just found it difficult to focus in some areas.

Overall, this book has kept me interested throughout and has been an enjoyable read. Hope to see more great things from this author in the future. I recommend this not only to YA age group, but to anyone interested in fantasy. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Providence of Fire, by Brian Staveley (2015).

This is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn authored by Brian Staveley which has been a fanastic continuation to a hectic adventure of war and magic. Adare struggles to be the best queen for her people, even though it has always been a male upon the throne, she feels that she is still the best person for the job, especially since her brothers, Valin and Kadden are either missing or unable to perform the tasks needed.

The threat of war from the people beyond the kingdoms borders is becoming more real and the inevitable battle closer each day, and the realm is in turmoil in either repetition for disaster and war or fleeing for safety.

This has been a fast paced adventure with some interesting characters and the inclusion of magics really make the story intriguing. I found this book quite good overall although I did find myself very confused in a variety of areas, although after a few rereads was able to get back on track. I will continue on with the series, but I do hope I can figure things through a bit better with the next instalment. Even saying that, I did enjoy the overall storyline.

Overall I believe this book has been well with the read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels that are in the “Game of Thrones” type genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley (2014).

The Emperor’s Blade is an intense fantasy novel full of suspense and adventure. After the death of the King, it is up to his children, Valin, K and Adare, to take up the reins. The there. Have been separated for some time as the two boys were sent away to study whilst their sister was kept behind to learn the running of the kingdom from home.

This book takes on a fast pace from the beginning picking up the story and running with it. Although a little confusing at first, it wasn’t long before I was turning pages far into the night. I particularly enjoy the inclusion of the Kestrel. Not only are the giant creatures important in the storyline they make fantastic characters.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels that travel along the “game of thrones” style. Definitely looking forward to the next book. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Suggestions: Before the Broken Star, by Emily R. King.

Written by a top author, and looks fantastic 👍📖☕️📚

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A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.

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Book Ideas: The Wolf, by Leo Carew.

This looks might be worth a second look. The cover really catches the eye. Could be a good book for the new year 👍📖🍵

Abstract

A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky.

Beyond the Black River, among the forests and mountains of the north, lives an ancient race of people. Their lives are measured in centuries, not decades; they revel in wilderness and resilience, and they scorn wealth and comfort. 

By contrast, those in the south live in the moment, their lives more fleeting. They crave wealth and power, their ambition is limitless, and their cunning unmatched.

When the armies of the south flood across the Black River, the fragile peace between the two races is shattered. On a lightning-struck battlefield, the two sides will fight – for their people, for their land, for their very survival. 

Two sides. One victor.

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