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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

a song of wraiths and ruinBook: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Series: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1
Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Genre: YA fantasy

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

I loved this book, it immediately sucked me in and I read it so quickly. I read this in almost one sitting, the plot was so intriguing and so many things were happening that I just couldn’t stop reading.

It’s told from dual pov and I loved reading about Malik. The story opens up with him and I really liked reading about him and his sisters trying to take care of each other. Malik has panic attacks and is very anxious all the time and I really liked how that was included in this book and how is was described throughout the story, especially in a fantasy setting.

Karina is a hard character to like, from the beginning she dismisses her friends/advisors and lashed out a few times at them but I still thought her storyline was interesting and I was very intrigued by what her choices would be.

The story was really captivating, I loved how the magic was described in both the past and the present. The magical elements were very interesting and I loved how the ending came about.

Overall I loved A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, I was thoroughly captivated by the story and loved reading about the magic and the characters and their choices. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

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Book Review: Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews

blood heirBook: Blood Heir
Series: Aurelia Ryder #1
Author: Ilona Andrews
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.

Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she’d ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Blood Heir is set in the Kate Daniels world and follows Julie, who was Kate’s ward/adopted daughter. Eight years have passed since the ending of the Kate Daniels series and Julie is now in her mid twenties and also has a new face, body and name.

I loved the Kate Daniels series and was surprised to find out at the beginning of Blood Heir that Julie had left Kate and Curran and hadn’t been back home in years. I was also very intrigued by her new looks and how and why they came to be.

I loved reading from Julie’s pov in this book and I liked finding out little bits and pieces of what her life was like after she left Atlanta. The plot was very intriguing and there were many surprises throughout the book. Since it’s Julie’s story with her being back in Atlanta I was expecting to see her old friends again like Derek and Ascanio but I was surprised at how much things had changed between them all and how different their lives are now.

The writing was great like always and I love how Ilona Andrews writes their books with a great balance of intrigue, action and emotion between the characters.

Overall I loved Blood Heir and seeing Julie all grown up with her own confidence and powers. I was very intrigued by a lot of things that happened in this book and loved seeing old characters again like Derek and Ascanio. I really want to know what is going on with the characters in this book and can’t wait to read more about them.

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Book Review: Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse by Kelley Armstrong

wolfs banewolfs curseBook: Wolf’s Bane & Wolf’s Curse
Series: Otherworld: Kate & Logan Duology)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: YA urban fantasy, paranormal

{This review is for the overall duology but does NOT include any spoilers for either book}

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse are a young adult paranormal duology that centres on Kate and Logan, the children of Elena and Clay from the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. I don’t know if it’s needed but I think reading these books would be much more enjoyable if you’re familiar with the Otherworld series or even the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong. There are characters from those series that appear in these books and because I had already read those series I really enjoyed reading about these characters that I’ve read before.

These books follow a similar plot to the Darkest Powers series, it centres around a group of teen supernatural’s who end up realising everything is not what it seems and the group experiments from the Darkest Powers series is brought up again in this. I didn’t know if I’d enjoy Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse as much since it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book set in this world but I was so surprised that I did end up really liking these books.

I was completely sucked into the story and I forgot how fast paced Kelley Armstrong’s books are. I loved reading about Kate and Logan all grown up and reading about Elena and Clay as side characters, it was so nice to be back in the world of it again. I flew through these books simply because the plot is so fast paced, everything happens within almost twenty four hours. Even though it’s split into two books I’d probably view this story as one whole one since the ending of Wolf’s Bane ends right in the middle of the story and you’d definitely need to read Wolf’s Curse to find out what happens.

I enjoyed reading about Kate and Logan and seeing their own personalities, I liked how they had their own things to work through as twins as they are both growing and learning how to rely of each other. I liked the different friendships they formed in this book and liked seeing them lead their group.

Overall I really enjoyed these books and I think if you’re a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld or Darkest Powers series then you’ll really enjoy these, there are some characters who show up and/or talked about in these books (I’ll not say who because I wouldn’t want to spoil it). Wolf’s Bane and Wolf’s Curse are two fast paced books with interesting characters and an intriguing plot.

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Book Review: Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve

rebornBook: Reborn
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #3
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

It took a while for me to get into this book simply because it takes place right where Reclaimed leaves off with Mera back with her old pack and with no memories of Shadow and what happened previously. I didn’t really care for the beginning of Reborn because of this plot point, it felt like the first 20 to 30 percent of this book was a rehash of the previous books. I’m glad these books are fast reads because it made the beginning go by quicker and the plot got more interesting after that.

Despite the beginning of this book I did still enjoy Reborn and loved reading about these characters again. I loved Mera and Shadow together and how they both know how much the other means to them. I liked seeing them come together in this book to try and right the wrongs of what had happened previously.

I liked seeing more of the other characters and I’m very intrigued by some of their relationships with each other so I can’t wait for more books set in this world.

Overall I enjoyed Reborn, I didn’t enjoy the beginning but once the plot gets going I did start to enjoy it a lot more and I loved seeing Shadow and Mera come together and try to fix what Dannie had messed up. I thought it was fast paced and I can’t wait to read the spinoff books of the series in the future.

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Book Review: Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin

guard your heartBook: Guard Your Heart
Author: Sue Divin
Genre: YA Contemporary

{I was sent a proof copy of this book by the publisher}

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

Guard Your Heart is a YA contemporary story set in present day Northern Ireland. This book focuses on the conflicts of the two opposing sides that still exist today in Northern Ireland. Guard Your Heart is about Iona and Aidan who come from different backgrounds and despite their differences end up wanting to be in a relationship together.

Guard Your Heart talks in depth about the impact of Northern Ireland’s history on the younger generation and it really highlights the unrest that is still very much present in Northern Ireland’s current society while at the same time the book still holds a hopeful message.

I liked the first half of the book considerably more than the second half. I liked finding out about the characters and liked the blossoming romance between them. I thought the second half really ramped up some unnecessary drama with the story and threw off the pacing of the book. The second half of the book felt very rushed with the romance just kind of squeezed in at the end.

Overall I thought Guard Your Heart was an interesting read, it wasn’t as light hearted as it first seemed as it deals with some hard topics like sectarianism and its impact on people. I enjoyed the first half of the book but didn’t really care for the second half as there was too much drama.

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Book Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

thitcsBook: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

The House in the Cerulean Sea is such a uniquely whimsical book that makes you fall more in love with it as you turn each page. The book starts off with Linus Baker, an everyday person working an everyday job. You see the basic ins and outs of his life whilst also getting a feel for the world. It’s a contemporary setting but magical beings and people with magical powers are known to exist in society and are monitored by the place where Linus works. Linus is a caseworker who gets sent out to investigate different orphanages that are home to magical children.

I truly began to love this book when Linus goes to the house in the cerulean sea. I loved reading about Linus meeting the children and I loved finding out more of their personalities as the book went on. I really liked Linus’ and Arthur’ relationship and how they slowly come to understand each other.

I didn’t expect this book to be as deeply profound with its themes as it was and that was what I loved most about it. The focus on these magical children who have all been hurt in the past by the actions and judgments of other people and are now trying to be happy and heal was so wonderfully written and I loved it. I loved how Linus’ character grew over the course of the book and I really enjoyed reading about not only the affect he has on the children but also the affect they have on him.

Overall I loved this book especially when Linus meets the children and Arthur and I thought the writing and morals of the story were amazing, I think it’s a great book for all ages.