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Book Review: A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams

a void of magicBook: A Void of Magic
Series: Kennedy Rain #1
Author: Sandy Williams
Age & Genre: NA/Adult urban fantasy

They trusted her to keep the peace between the paranorms. They made a mistake.

Kennedy escaped the family business when she turned eighteen. Now, an ill-timed vacation pulls her back to The Rain Hotel, the only known null zone on the planet. It’s a place where vampires can see the sun rise and werewolves can avoid the lure of the full moon. And it would be the perfect place for a paranormal wedding…if the bride wasn’t the local alpha’s daughter and the groom the scion of a vicious master vampire.

With a sexy werewolf determined to sabotage the wedding and dark forces threatening The Rain, Kennedy’s life is thrown out of balance when she’s forced to confront a past she swore to avoid. Ultimately she must choose: will she maintain the stability of the supernatural world…or will she destroy it.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

A Void of Magic is an urban fantasy about Kennedy Rain who is managing The Rain which is a sort of peace keeping hotel that is run by her family. There are all sorts of paranormal creatures in this book but the focus of it is on the vampires and werewolves who don’t get along well with each other but both need the hotel for different things.

I liked the set up of the world and I liked the description of the hotel and what it entails for the creatures that stay there. It has its on complex system which was interesting to read and even more interesting to read from a character caught in the middle of it.

Kennedy Rain is a human who manages the hotel and she has to deal with the paranorms who stay there. It took me a while to like Kennedy, she isn’t an unlikable character but she is very standoffish. We find out why that is as the book goes on but I feel I would’ve liked to have read more about her past with the hotel and her relationship with her parents.

I liked all the different character interactions and I was very intrigued by most of them. There is a mysterious quality to almost all of them that made me want to know more about them and theorise on their role in the overall story because their motivations are unclear.

Overall I really liked A Void of Magic, I liked the set up of the world and the description of the hotel. It took me a while to like Kennedy but I liked her interactions with the other characters and I’m excited to read more books in this series.

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September Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In September:

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and I’m glad I enjoyed it too. I liked the characters and I thought the world and plot was very interesting. I was also really intrigued by the romance and how it progressed, I liked reading about Lara and Aren together and I also liked how we see both povs of their relationship.

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I really enjoyed Not My Problem, I loved Aideen and her interactions with all the other characters. I loved how it focuses on friendships and I really enjoyed reading about all the different situations her and her friends found themselves in.

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – ADULT/NEW ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked the premise of this book and how everything centres on a hotel called The Rain which is key in keeping the peace between supernatural enemies like werewolves and vampires. I didn’t really care much about Kennedy throughout this book because she is a bit standoffish and I feel like you don’t see many sides to her besides being caught in the middle of the supernatural things but I hope I’ll like her more as the series progresses.

Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I had such high expectations of Redemptor because I loved Raybearer so much and I’m so happy that Redemptor not only lived up to them but surpassed them. I loved Redemptor and thought it was an amazing ending to this duology, I loved the themes of justice and found family throughout this book. The writing is so beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 5 STARS

I loved this book just as much as I loved the second book in this series. I loved that we see what the shock ending of AKOFAF means for not just Poppy and Casteel but for Atlantia as well. There was a lot of shocking information unveiled throughout this book and I loved that I was never bored. I liked reading how the different turns changes things for the characters and their interactions with each other.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

My Autumn TBR 2021

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth Book Review

Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn Book Review

Books That Will Make You Smile

Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

August Wrap Up 2021

I participated in both the Magical Readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon in September and only managed to read half the books on my tbr before I got distracted by reading The Crown of Gilded Bones (which wasn’t on my tbr).  I still ended up passing the Magical Readathon since you only needed to read two books to pass and I loved all the books I read in September so I’m not disappointed in my reading. 

What books did you read in September?  Did you participate in any readathons?

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My Autumn TBR 2021

I have a lot of books I want to read this Autumn including all my spooky Halloween reads but I won’t be including them in this post, I’ll be doing a separate post for all the spooky filled books I want to read which will be going up within the next week or so. For now though here are some books that I plan on reading in the next few months that are not very spooky but books I still want to read. I’m also linking up to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), where the topic is a freebie choice.

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Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach – (I was sent a free copy of the book from the publisher after winning a giveaway on twitter)

Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs

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Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells

City of Thorns (The Demon Queen Trials #1) by C.N. Crawford

What books are on your autumn tbr?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With Numbers In the Title. I’ve already done this topic before which you can find here, so instead I’m changing it to books on my tbr with numbers in the title.  Some of these book titles probably don’t count as actual numbers but they are variations of numbers so I’m counting them anyway.

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

the ninth rain

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

once and future witches

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

the one and only crystal

The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of the titles?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Fictional Crushes. I decided to change the topic to favourite book characters. We all have favourite fictional characters and these are just some of my long list of favourite book characters that I absolutely love reading about and am emotionally invested in.

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Bryce (House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas)
Malik (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown)
Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized by Annette Marie)

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Celaena (Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas)
Murderbot (The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells)
Izzy (The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven)

What book characters do you love?

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My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

Becca’s Bookoplathon is a readthon that’s taking place all month this September. It’s hosted by Becca and The Books and is focused on the tbr game that Becca has created. I love watching Becca’s monthly tbrs and Bookopoly looks like such a fun game so I thought it’d be great to join in the fun with this readathon. You can find all details about the readathon on the announcement video. It’s a book version of monopoly with different and unique prompts for every space on the board.  There’s a printable version of September’s board that you’ll find in the announcement video but I decided to draw it out in my bullet journal.

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Roll 1: CHANCE

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The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1) by Jen Williams – I’ve heard hardly anyone talking about this book and even though it is a bit daunting since it’s the start of an epic adult fantasy series I’m still very interested in reading it.

Roll 2: MYTH/LORE/FAIRYTALES

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – The mythology of Raybearer is beautifully written and I loved how the mythology linked into the story. I loved Raybearer and have been eagerly awaited Redemptor since finishing Raybearer.

Roll 3: CHANCE

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Divine Blood (Guardians of the Maiden #1) by Beck Michaels – I’ve seen this book around on Kindle Unlimited and after seeing it again on bookstagram I decided I wanted to read it. I haven’t heard that many people talk of it but it does sound very exciting.

Roll 4: LAST COLOUR

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – I chose this book because the writing on the cover in similar in colour (and shape) to the writing on Divine Blood and I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now.

Roll 5: REP

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Witches Steeped In Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1) by Ciannon Smart – This book has been on my tbr for a few months now and I haven’t got to it yet but after seeing Ciannon Smart talk about her book on a recent YALC video, I’ve been even more excited about reading it.

Roll 6: PURCHASE

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – I’ve really loved Sandy Williams’ other book series and I’ve been highly anticipating this series since I found out about it, I can’t wait to read this book.

My tbr for September is very fantasy heavy, I didn’t plan it that way but I’m not mad about it. I’m excited for all these books and hopefully I’ll get to them all and even if I don’t it was still very fun to play. Are you participating in Becca’s Bookoplathon? What books are you reading in September?