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Reading Suggestions: The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black (2019).

This looks good. I have heard a lot of things about this author. It could be worth taking a look.

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After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

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Reading Suggestions: Minor Mage, by T. Kingfisher (2019).

This looks like an interesting read. Could be worth checking out further! 📚📖⭐️👍👌😊

Abstract

Oliver was a very minor mage. His familiar reminded him of this several times a day.

He only knew three spells, and one of them was to control his allergy to armadillo dander. His attempts to summon elementals resulted in nosebleeds, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having your elemental leave the circle to get you a tissue, pat you comfortingly, and then disappear in a puff of magic. The armadillo had about wet himself laughing.

He was a very minor mage.

Unfortunately, he was all they had.

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Book Review: Boy, Swallows, Universe, by Trent Dalton (2018).

I recieved this book as a Christmas gift, and although its not of my usual genre I found myself quite interested. It tells the story of a young boy named Eli and his life in 1983 in Australia. unfortunately Eli doesn’t have the best experience growing up. His brother is mute. He doesn’t know his father. His mother is a drug addict, who ends up partnering with her boyfriend and dealing Her o i ne to support themselves and her two children. Not exactly the best family life. The story describes what life is like and how del v i ng
i n to the life of convicted criminals past and present.

What I liked about the book?

I feel this is a unique storyline, though admittedly not of my usual genre so I am not entirely sure how correct my assumption really is. But in itself, this was what had me turning pages, constantly needing
to know if things will become worse or better for Eli and his defective family. The author has portrayed some really interesting characters, and sends them forth on a journey that could easily lead to ruin. Thankfully our characters are much stronger than the predicaments they find themselves in.

What I didn’t like

There really wasn’t a great deal not to like in this novel. Great characters and fascinating storyline. The author has definitley done his research about prison and used references in some interesting ways in portraying life for people who live behind bars.

Overall.

Admittedly, I have enjoyed this Novel from a great new author. Trent Dalton is def in itley one author to keep an eye out for. I would recommend this novel to all fiction book lovers. Especially those who spent their childhood in NSW Australia. I give this book a rating of 7 /10 stars.

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Book Review: Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, by J. R. Tolkien

What the book is about

The third and final instalment of the Lord of the rings saga, gives us an ending to the destruction of middle earth and the corruption of anything remotely good. In this book, we find Frodo and Sam finally in the midst of mount doom, finally able to destroy the ring.

Aragorn finds his place as king among kings and Gandalf and Shadowfax are reunited and allowed to remain that way. Characters are finally able to find some sort of ending to each of their stories.

What I liked about this book.

I guess after reading the first two novels and watching Frodo and Sam come so close to death on so many occasions that even knowing the ending made me wonder if the pair would be able to endure such tests of will and spirit. I also enjoyed the fact that Gandalf the White rides among them to help the armies won their campaigns.

One other specific moment in which I did really enjoy was the interactions between Legolas and Gimli during their time amongst those who m death had already claimed. The Dwarf tries hard to separate himself from his fears, but like many before him, found his knees felt as though they were jelly!

What I didn’t like about this book.

There really isn’t a lot not to like! It finishes with the destruction of the ring, which in turn stops the total destruction of middle earth.

Overall

I have to say I did have doubts about this series. Having watched the Movie Trilogy a number of times, so spotting the numerous differences and additions along with what was left out of the movie’s became almost a game. I have to admit I was disappointed that certain love stories only existed in the movie. However, the author has written such an entertaining dialogue that it barely matters. I feel that both author and trilogy will remain some of histories longest remembered stories. Overall, I very much enjoyed the third novel, The Return of the King and I am happy I can now say that I have finally read these books. I recommend the book to anyone interested in epic fantasy. I gave this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Ideas: Shadow Sun Rebellion, by Dave Willmarth (2019).

Looks interesting 👍 👀 🤔 📚

Should be worth taking a look 💫

Abstract

The one year Stabilization period has ended, and the aliens are colonizing earth! Allistor and his people have prepared as well as possible, and now they’ll find out if it was enough.

In this third book of the Shadow Sun series, Earth’s survivors continue to fight for their lives, and to reclaim as much of the earth as they can for the human race. More than one alien faction threatens their existence, while others prove to be staunch allies. Allistor and company learn more about the system, its mechanics and politics, and take the first step in bringing the fight to their enemies off-world!

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Book Review: Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954).

What is the book about?

The first in a fantastic fantasy series that will most likely remain completely epic throughout the ages. The Fellowship of the Rings is the beginning of what can only be described as a journey to end it all. We are introduced to a species called Hobbits or halfling as they are often known as. These amazing creatures have their own sort of magic, being able to withstand evil influences better than most races in middle earth.

Frodo a hobbit from the Shire, becomes a central character when he inherits a long lost ring from his uncle Bilbo and finds himself in danger he and his friends, Samwise, Pippin, and Merry had never believed were possible. With help and instruction from several friends, they manage to travel to Rivendell, where the Fellowship of the ring is born.

The Fellowship consists of members of a variety of races. Legolas the Elf, Gi mi ti the Dwarf and even Gandalf who at the time is a wizened old grey Wizard. This mismatched bunch start out on the journey that will end a time of evil by taking the Ring to mount Doom to be destroyed.

What is the book about?

I would have to say that the the most interesting and enjoyable sections to read revolve around the Hobbits and their flight from the Shire. It is during this journey that Sam’s loyalty to Frodo comes to the surface. Particularly when Sam speaks of Strider, the stranger met at Bree.

What I didn’t like about this book

Overall

I have to admit I have enjoyed book one of the Lord of the Rings series. It has everything required in an epic fantasy novel with th much more depth than I thought possible. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy genre. overall, I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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

Something worth while taking a second look at.

Abstract

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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