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Book Review #22: Wundersmith, The Calling of Morrigan Crow #2


Title: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow #2
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Publication Date: 30 October 2018
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Imagination, discovery and friendship await Morrigan Crow when she escapes her deadly curse and joins the Wundrous Society. It promises her protection and belonging for life – but then Morrigan doesn’t receive the welcome she hoped for…
Morrigan is a much-feared Wundersmith. So, instead of the Society helping Morrigan to embrace her power, she is only taught that all Wundersmiths are evil and she must suppress her mysterious ability at all costs.
To make things worse, Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are going missing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s new friends, turning them against her. And Ezra Squall, the evillest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to reveal the true nature of the Wunder that calls to her, which is becoming ever harder to resist…
Has Morrigan’s dream of escaping her cursed life ended before it truly began?

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Book Review #21: Nevermoor, The Trials of Morrigan Crow #1

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Title: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow #1
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Publication Date: 14 May 2018
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she’s whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor. There she’s invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magic and protection are hers – if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn’t have… Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive.

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Book Review #20: Windwitch – The Witchland Series #2


TitleWitchland (The Witchlands #2)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: 10 January 2017
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak–which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her–yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?
After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge–especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.
Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

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Book Review #19: Truthwitch – The Witchland #1


TitleTruthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: 5th January 2016
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary:Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Blog Tour -Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five

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TitleSapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five
Author: R J Furness
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: 16th March 2019
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Have you ever seen something you can’t explain? Did it vanish as fast as it appeared? Perhaps that thing you saw was lurking in the shadows, and you caught a glimpse of it before it went back into hiding. There’s a good chance, of course, that the thing you saw simply emerged from your imagination. Or maybe, just maybe, it didn’t… Sapphire Smyth is no stranger to rejection. When she was only a baby, her father abandoned her after her mother died. Since then, Sapphire has never felt like she belonged anywhere, or with anyone.

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Book Review #18: The Near Witch


TitleThe Near Witch
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Publ. Group Ltd.
Publication Date: 12th March 2019
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. There are no strangers in the town of Near. These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

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Book Review #17: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

TitleHunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Paterson
Publication Date: 19th September 2017
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again Continue reading “Book Review #17: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)”

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Book Review #16: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

TitleStalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Paterson
Publication Date: 20th September 2016
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
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Book Review #14: The Binding


TitleThe Binding
Author: Bridget Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Publication Date: 8 January 2019
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.
In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

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