The Prison Healer is the first book in the Prison Healer series by Lynette Noni. I want to thank Penguin Random House for the review copy.
Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.
Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.
When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal- a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.
Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order- Don’t let her die. We are coming. Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.
But no one has ever survived.
With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Prison Healer and I already want the second book in the series so I can find out what happens next.
Noni has done such an amazing job building this world and prison that anyone would dread to be sent through. Although it is organised, the guards are brutal and Kiva is lucky to have survived in Zalindov. When reading, I can truely imagine the prison and see what Kiva is experiencing and how the prison looks.
The character development of Kiva and the introduction of Jaren and Naari in the early chapters, show the change in Kiva and how she truly doesn’t interact with other prisoners. Her relationship with Tipp is how I imagine a brother and sister would interact with one another if they were wanting the other to survive. Over the course of the book we see the interactions between Jaren and Kiva, develop and change from being aloof and cold through Jaren’s introduction to Zalindov. I also loved the interactions between Kiva and Naari. Naari doesn’t act like the other prison guards and I loved finding more about her as the booked progresses. The twists and the truth about these characters were absolutely amazing and has me needing book 2.
The flashbacks and the stories deepen the world of Wenderall and why there is a division within the people. Through the stories that Kiva tells, we learn the history of Wenderall and why there are rebels in the present time. The Trials by Ordeals remind of the trials in Vardaesia that Alex and her friends go through.
I definitely recommend The Prison Healer to people who enjoyed the Medorian Chronicles and lovers of Fantasy.
Content and trigger warnings: Abuse, blood, graphic injuries, death, drugs, loss of a loved one, mentioned rape, self harm, torture, and violence.
The Raven Thief is the debut novel of Ashley Oliver and the first book in the series.
One sword with the power to decide fates.
Known as the Raven, Enya has a reputation for getting things done no matter the cost. Which is exactly why brothers Rowan, Beacon, and Niall hire her to help them retrieve a legendary sword. To Enya, this job means avoiding the noose and giving her crew the lives they deserve.
Unfortunately, there is far more to this quest than meets the eye.
A threatening rebellion. Fights for the throne. Sinister assassination attempts. Tyrannical rulers. With every corner turned, the hunt for the sword becomes far more deadly.
But the worst is yet to come.
An ancient evil is rising, hell-bent on reclaiming its army and power. Can Enya become the salvation mankind needs? Or will secrets kept by so-called allies allow the world to be plunged into darkness and despair?
I truely enjoyed this debut novel by Ashley Oliver and the main character of Enya.
From the beginning of the book I was drawn into Enya’s monologue and the world Oliver created. This novel is full of action, angst, drama, humour and romance. Enya is a very strong character and a good leader of her group.
The meeting between the princes and Enya was really well written. Even though she doesn’t like the king, she does like the princes.
The Raven Thief was a perfect mixture of magic, fae, humans and other mythical creatures along with old and new weapons. I was hooked into this world full of magic and mystery that the cliff hanger has me wanting the next book already.
The Raven Thief is definitely one for you if you loved Throne of Glass, Folk of the Air and Crescent City.
A Study in Scarlet Women is the first book in the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas.
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.
When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her.
But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.
This book was such an amazing start to the Lady Sherlock series, where we met Charlotte Holmes who doesn’t want to conform to the societal standards for women. This book is definitely a slow burn mystery that not everyone will enjoy.
I loved the sisters and Thomas does an amazing job creating a female Sherlock and kept the deductions and mystery solving true to the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Charlotte Holmes had some character growth and humbling as she adapts to her ever changing situation away from her family. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.
This book taught about the strength that comes from within to follow your own path. Charlotte didn’t give up when obstacles were thrown in her path. I recommend this book to lovers of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and Charlotte Holmes series.
Cutthroat Cheerleader is by Zachary Ryan.
In the sleepy town of Townsend, Washington, there was an act so gruesome that no one would ever be the same. What heinous crime do I speak of? Skylar Torres thinking she could pull off a crop top with that pudgy body of hers. Oh, did you think I was going to say my murder. Well, I thought it was more sensational than anything else, but the real scandal was who killed me and why.
You should already know my name since it was on everyone’s lips once they found me with my throat ripped out. People thought they should have only feared me, but the Liberty Lion’s cheer squad knew one thing, hunt or be hunted.
No one’s hands were truly clean from all the dirt and blood on them. Be safe, watch your back and always remember, Happy Hunting.
Cutthroat Cheerleader is a huge step out of my normal read. This book is a high school drama murder mystery which had a great plot. The writing style had me wanting to find out more and there was a great mix of characters with different traits.
Contacts is written by Mark Watson.
James Chiltern boards the 23:50 sleeper train from London to Edinburgh with two pork pies, six beers and a packet of chocolate digestives. At 23:55 he sends a message to all 158 people in his contacts, telling them that he plans to end his life in the morning. He then switches his phone to flight mode. He’s said goodbye. To him, it’s the end of his story – and time to crack open the biscuits.
But across the world, 158 phones are lighting up with a notification. Phones belonging to his mum. His sister. His ex-best friend. The woman who broke his heart. People he’s lost touch with. People he barely knows. And for them, the message is only the beginning of the journey.
Funny and wise, tender and deeply moving, Contacts is a beautiful story about the weight of loneliness, the importance of kindness – and how it’s never too late to reach out.
This is such a unique book that I haven’t a novel like this and was intrigued about this book immediately after reading the blurb. This is novel was emotional and tackling a very tough subject.
This is a great read but the topics and themes could be a trigger to some people.
Deny All Charges is the second book in the Fowl Twins series by Eoin Colfer.
Artemis’s little brothers Myles and Beckett borrow the Fowl jet without permission, and it ends up as a fireball over Florida. The twins plus their fairy minder, the pixie-elf hybrid Lazuli Heitz, are lucky to escape with their lives.
The Fowl parents and fairy police force decide that enough is enough and the twins are placed under house arrest. But Myles has questions, like: who was tracking the Fowl jet? Why would someone want to blow them out of the sky? These questions must infuriate someone, because Myles is abducted and spirited away from his twin.
Now Beckett and Lazuli must collaborate to find Myles and rescue him – not easy when it was Myles who was the brains of the operation. Their chase will take them across continents, deep underground, and into subaquatic super villain lairs. They will be shot at, covered in spit, and at the receiving end of some quite nasty dwarf sarcasm. But will Beckett be able to come up with a genius plan without a genius on hand…?
This book is fast-paced and is full of interesting characters along with being unpredictable. Definitely will recommend this book for younger readers who loved the Artemis Fowl series. Not a book for me to read again but for those who are 10+ it is a perfect book.
Amelia Unabridged is a standalone debut novel by Ashley Schumacher.
Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.
In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.
When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.
This story definitely had me smiling as well as having a warmness in my heart. This novel had such amazing well developed characters with the merging of fairy tales and fantasy vibes along with finding hope and strength within yourself and finding love along the way.
This is a novel which i normally wouldn’t pick up but I absolutely loved it. Definitely will read again.
The Last Tiara is a standalone novel by M.J. Rose.
Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspiciously, on a wintry New York evening, Isobelle despairs that her mother’s secrets have died with her. But while renovating the apartment they shared, Isobelle discovers something among her mother’s effects-a stunning silver tiara, stripped of its jewels.
Isobelle’s research into the tiara’s provenance draws her closer to her mother’s past-including the story of what became of her father back in Russia, a man she has never known. The facts elude her until she meets a young jeweler, who wants to help her but is conflicted by his loyalty to the Midas Society, a covert international organization whose mission is to return lost and stolen antiques, jewels, and artwork to their original owners.
Told in alternating points of view, the stories of the two young women unfurl as each struggles to find their way during two separate wars. In 1915, young Sofiya Petrovitch, favorite of the royal household and best friend of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, tends to wounded soldiers in a makeshift hospital within the grounds of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and finds the love of her life. In 1948 New York, Isobelle Moon works to break through the rampant sexism of the age as one of very few women working in a male-dominated profession and discovers far more about love and family than she ever hoped for.
The Last Tiara is a historical fiction novel that is set in the post-World War II Manhattan which switches between the perspectives of two young women. One is in 1915 and the other is in 1948.
I really enjoyed learning about Sofiya’s life and Isobelle discovering how the tiara links to her mothers past. I enjoyed the tenderness of the romance explored in the book.
I look forward to reading more novels from M.J. Rose.
Secrets of the Star Crossed is the first book in The Once and Future Queen series by Clara O’Connor.
In a world in which the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion…
Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the pagan kingdoms that surround it. Within its mighty walls defiance means death and capital punishment is decreed by public vote.
As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the most eligible bachelor in the city and the last scion of the Old Blood.
But then she meets Devyn, the boy with the strange midnight eyes searching for a girl with magic in her blood. A mythical guardian from an ancient Celtic kingdom with a debt to pay to a Northern lord…
A boy who will make her believe in soulmates.
When a mysterious virus rips through the slums leeching the life from citizens with Celtic power lying dormant in their veins, the imperial council hide behind locked doors, scheming. But the question remains: is magic the cure or the curse?
I really enjoyed being transported to a world where the Roman empire didn’t fall. I love dystopian worlds and it’s fantastic to be in a new world.
The main characters Cassandra and Devyn were great and I loved the romance between the two of them. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Defending the Galaxy is the finale of the Sentiels of the Galaxy by Maria V. Synder.
Year 2522. Oh. My. Stars.
Junior Officer Ara Lawrence here, reporting for duty. Again. It’s situation critical for the security team and everyone in the base – including my parents – with a new attack from the looters imminent, a possible galaxy-wide crime conspiracy and an unstoppable alien threat. But this all pales in the face of my mind-blowing discovery about the Q-net. Of course, no one believes me. I’m not sure I believe me. It could just be a stress-induced delusion. That’s what my parents seem to believe…
Their concern for me is hampering my ability to do my job. I know they love me, but with the Q-net in my corner, I’m the only one who can help the security team beat the shadowy aliens from the pits we discovered. We’re holding them at bay, for now, but the entire Milky Way Galaxy is in danger of being overrun.
With battles on too many fronts, it’s looking dire. But one thing I’ve learned is when people I love are in jeopardy, I’ll never give up trying to save them. Not until my dying breath. Which could very well be today…
Absolutely loved the conclusion of the trilogy and that was so fast paced that it kept me on my toes. Synder did an amazing job closing the trilogy and making me to never want to put the book down.
The characters were absolutely amazing. Definitely will read the series and book again.