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CROWN OF MIDNIGHT – SARAH J. MAAS

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From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. 

Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil. Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. 

As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.


Spoiler Warning!  This review contains spoilers relating to earlier books in the series.  I do my best to limit the number of spoilers I do put into the reviews but sometimes it just isn’t possible.


I didn’t think I could love Sarah J. Maas’ writing more than I did after Throne of Gla…

THRONE OF GLASS (THRONE OF GLASS #1) – SARAH J. MAAS

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After serving out a year of hard labor for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince who offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves, assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. 

Then one of the contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.  As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Now, it is no secret that I, much like many others do, absolutely adore Sarah J. Maas’ writing.  Hell, I’d probably sell my soul to get my hands on all of her books or to even see her walking across the street.  But this, it just took my breath away!

Having loved the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy I decided…

THE SONG OF ACHILLES – MADELINE MILLER

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Greece in the age of heroes. 
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. 

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain a few spoilers.  I do my best to avoid giving away too much but sometimes I just can't help myself...

If there were ever a book that I could safely call my absolute favourite, it would HAVE to be this one.  This magnificent blend of mythology and history brings to the Iliad a new dime…

SHATTER ME – TAHEREH MAFI

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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. No one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul in a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain a few spoilers and, while I do my best to avoid giving away too much, sometimes I just cannot help myself...


After a massive number of setbacks with study and work, I finally got on to reading this book and, I have to say, I am glad I did.  I (rather surprisingly) loved this book.  Shatter Me is one of those light, simple reads that you can’t help but enjoy, no m…

THE RAZVAK HUNTER (RAZVAK SERIES #1) - AREL B. GRANT

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Before… 
Aelwyd has worked hard to become strong. As the Fairest One of Vallenthar, her power is formidable. Years of battle honed her into a fearsome warrior who never falters in front of an enemy. However, there are shadows that when they come, they can swallow you whole. 

Now... 
Dalbran knows nothing of friends, joy, or mischief. The orphaned ward of a ruthless warrior , she’s never showed him love or affection. Days are filled with pain and exhaustion, but nighttime used to be his own. Even that is now lost, for something lurks in the shadows of sleep, clawing at him the moment his eyes close.

This book was definitely not what I was expecting, it kept me hanging and left me wanting more.  Beautiful language, an intriguing world, realistic characterisation and a plot that just about begs a reader to put the pieces together – The Razvak Hunter really does have it all.

This novel is split into two perspectives, on one side there is Aelwyd and on the other, Dalbran.  

The Rose of Vallentha…

TIGER’S CURSE (THE TIGER SAGA #1) – COLLEEN HOUCK

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Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. 
But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Spoiler Warning!  This review may contain spoilers that might give you just a tad more information than you should know in approaching this book.  If you are okay with that then go right ahead and read it.  I do my best to avoid giving away too much but sometimes I just cannot help myself...


I wish I could say that I absolutely loathed reading this book – it has enough faults to support that – but there is something…

IN THE AFTERLIGHT (THE DARKEST MINDS #3) – ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

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Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

Reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

I feel like a broken record talking about the third book in the series but, I have to say, my HEART! I mean, how many times can Bracken crush and dismantle this blood-pumping organ of mine until I can’t…

NEVER FADE (THE DARKEST MINDS #2) – ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

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Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them daily, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government. Other kids call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. 

Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. 

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

You know when you get those really traumatic books that you want to throw in someone’s face and hope that it hurts them more than the book hurt you... this is one of them.  Heartbreak-on-heartbreak.

Much like the first book, Alexandra Bracken has managed to create an action-packed novel that kept me on my toes and my heart r…

THE DARKEST MINDS (THE DARKEST MINDS #1) - ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living. 

An apocalyptic setting, children with superhuman abilities, a corrupt government, a growing rebellion and a fiery girl searching for answers; there is not much that this book doe…

DWELLING ON A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN

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My ever-changing perspective of A Court of Wings and Ruin, not a review, just some hopeless babble that I need to get out of my system before I drive myself insane.  Put simply, it is me asking about a million random questions that I fear will never be answered so, if persistent and annoying questions get on your nerves, you may not want to read this one...


Firstly I would like to put out there that I am merely expressing my opinion on how I think the book could be altered and that I, in no way, assume that I know better than the author but just wish to state my position as a reader.  I am not trying to express any form of discrimination and am in no way against the presence of diverse characters in novels nor do I feel like all books need a perfect ending, I just feel like something better could have been done with the ending of this one.  I should probably also slap a massive SPOILER WARNING on this one because I am talking about the ending.

I am in not saying that I didn’t like this …