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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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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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[ARC Review] – Aurora Rising


Title: Aurora Rising
Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: 7 May 2019
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem – that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

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Book Review #13: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)

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TitleMuse of Nigthmares
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

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Book Review #12: Strange the Dreamer


TitleStrange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Publication Date: 28th March 2017
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

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[ARC Review] – Once Upon a River


TitleOnce Upon a River
Author: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 17 Jan 2019
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes and breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to?

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[ARC Review] – A Pinch of Magic

Title: A Pinch of Magic
Author: Michelle Harrison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children’s
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Summary: On the isle of Crowstone, set upon eerie marshes with a prison as its closet neighbour, the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie, set out to break a deadly curse which has haunted their family for generations. But the curse isn’t the only thing about the Widdershins. Each of them posses a magical object that’s been passed down the family. A scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls and a gilt-framed mirror… none of them is what they seem. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will the sisters have better luck with mysterious prisoner who claims he can help them – for a price?

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