Unearthed Book Review

Unearthed is the first book in the duology by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe join forces in a tomb-raiding race on a newly-discovered planet to unravel the secrets of an ancient, long-extinct civilisation–only to uncover a revelation that could spell the end of the human race…

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study…as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet’s surface, they’re both desperate to uncover the riches hidden in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Amelia form a fragile alliance…but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible. As they race to decode the ancient messages, Jules and Amelia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temples and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they’re trying to unravel.

But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Amelia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design – one that could spell the end of the human race…

REVIEW

This book definitely gave me Lara Croft vibes as they travel on a different planet trying to find new technology and secrets that the Undying left behind. It was great to see Amelia and Jules work together as they reveal secrets when they’re trying to investigate a temple and get off the planet. 

It was fantastic exploring a planet that had two suns with two teenagers that came from two different backgrounds but worked together to get to a temple which hopefully achieved their goals even though they were very different.

We meet Amelia as she is on Gaia trying to reach a temple to scavenge for technology that was left by an ancient race called the Undying. Along her journey she runs into Jules and saves him from other scavengers that would likely kill him. Jules is an academic, while Amelia had to grow up and earn money trying to get her sister out of a bad situation.

They work together and we see their feelings for each other change throughout the story. Both of them come to realise the main goal of the Undying but it comes too late and the book ends with a huge cliffhanger.

This book is extremely well written and you can imagine being with Amelia and Jules as the overcome their challenges. I definitely recommend this story and give it 5 stars.

The Shadow Curse Book Review

The Shadow Curse is the first book in the Thraesian Saga by Kala Merseal. I was lucky enough to receive a copy for review.

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For decades, a curse has plagued the great lands of Altana. Beasts of shadows, dust, and blood swallow up every kingdom until even Therilea falls one fateful night when the full moon lights up the carnage for the gods to behold.

With her father’s foresight, Therilea’s crown princess Ara Zypherus escapes with the king’s most trusted commander, Raethin Corvus. Even as they hastily avoid death, their escape leads them to the Rakevan Forest, a blessed, labyrinthine woods with a mind of its own.

As Ara discovers the dying world outside of her kingdom, she must reconcile with loss, destiny, and the truth of the hidden mysteries of her gods.

Ara must decide: will she accept her destiny that the gods gave her, or will she deny the gods their games and forge her own fate?

REVIEW

This is an amazing fast paced story with a female protagonist Ara, who is the heir to the Thraesian throne, is now trying ti survive against the Kaevari with the help of Raethin and other soldiers who escaped with Ara.

I absolutely loved how Ara grew throughout the story and the change to her relationship with Raethin, especially how they start to react to each other. Not only did Ara grow in her confidence with being a leader for the group of escapees, with the help of the Druids, she begins to master her magick.

Aeskrius is a great antagonist and I’m looking forward to learning more about his background as we one receive little slivers of information about him throughout the book.

Raethin and Ara are the best pairing within the book as you can see the growth of their relationship. They begin on rocky ground as they don’t really like each other but over the course of their journey and through challenges they go through, they begin to appreciate each other and come to care for each others well being. Their relationship isn’t the only one to develop as they journey to survive as their friends, Nyphelia and Arlow become closer and their relationship deepens.

I truely enjoyed this book and definitely be reading it again soon. I’m looking forward to the second book in the saga.

The Man from the Mist Book Review

The Man from the Mist is written by P.J. Mann and I was lucky enough to receive an advanced readers copy (ARC) for review.

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Framed for murder by the law. Chased by criminal organisations. The key to solve the mystery and save his life might be on the superheroes he likes to draw.

Newspaper editor Dave Stanford is convinced he’s invisible. Dull and shy, nobody notices him. But at night, in his ratty apartment, Dave lives out his dream in his drawings, creating a world of superheroes, where he can belong.

A series of murders rock Dave’s neighbourhood, targeting the criminals that lurk in the shadows. The murderer is a mysterious avenger, a man who comes out of the mists of the night to protect terrorised victims. A man described by witnesses as wearing a coat and a fedora hat. A man they believe is Dave Stanford.

Disturbing questions are raised when Dave finds an old suitcase in his wardrobe, containing his grandfathers belongings, articles that are linked to the murders like a coat and a fedora hat.

Who is trying to frame him? What secret is hidden in his past? On the run from both the police and the local criminal gangs, will Dave uncover the truth of the mysterious avenger, or will he become another victim of the man from the mist?

REVIEW

I truely enjoyed this mystery novel and the twists and turns along the way.

We meet a man named Dave and throughout the story his character develops and his kind and caring nature shines through his helping of people and a friendship with Gloria.

When the murders started occurring in the neighbourhood, Dave seemed like the perfect person to be accused as he was very shy, and seemed to be invisible to everyone. When Gloria appears, we see Dave’s character develop as Gloria draws him out of his shell and become more confident in helping and talking to others. Dave isn’t afraid to help those in trouble, which brings him to police attention.

We see Dave grow even more as Gloria just seems to disappear and he goes to the police to file a missing person.

I love that the story changed perspective to gain insight of the police investigation into Gloria’s disappearance through the Detective and we still got to see Dave perspective throughout the investigation.

There was an amazing twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting at all but the strength Dave has and the complete trust Gloria has in him had the novel ending perfectly. 

Vardaesia Book Review

Vardaesia is the final book in the Medoran Cheonicles by Lynette Noni.

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In the wake of loss and devastation, Alex must cast aside her grief to seek aid from those who banished the Meyarins long ago. But the proud Tia Aurans care little for the woes of morals and demands that Alex- and her friends- undergo the Gates of Testing to prove their world is worth saving.

With an ancient prophecy looming, Alex must confront the secrets of her past if she is to survive long enough to see the future. For if she returns to Medora with the Tia Aurans by her , all hope will be lost.

The fate of Medora hangs in the balance as Alex readies herself to face Aven one final time.

Who will survive, and who will fall?

REVIEW

After hearing about the Tia Aurans in previous books, I was thrilled that part of the story took place in that realm.

Most of the book is spent in Tia Aurans as the group face challenges that seem to target and challenge Alex the most. I loved that through the tests, everything was brought out into the open and there was no secrets.

You could see Alex’s character grow as she was constantly struggling between doing what is right and what is wrong as well as the emotions she is dealing with from what happened.

Alex develops so many deep bonds with her friends and it was difficult for her after loosing Niyx. I love how important her friendships are as she turns to them for assistance and advice as she face Aven.

This book made me very emotional as well as being heart warming and it ended perfectly. Lynette Noni and made a very rich world that I can’t wait to visit again.

Graevale Book Review

Graevale is the fifth book in the Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni.

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Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing; Aven is coming.

REVIEW

I absolutely fell in love with this book as you see Kaiden and Alex’s friendship deepen and they realise their feelings for each other.

Alex is now training with Niyx to get better as she know she has to be good to even stand a chance against Aven.

Alex is called to the Medoran castle to inform the King and Queen about the threat that is coming from Meya. It is important that all the races of Medora are united against Aven. However, Alex is stuck with politics.

Even though there are politics involved. Alex won’t back down and with the help of her friends, set out to speak to the other races to warn them and ask them for help.

Her teacher Casper Lennox reminds Alex that she needs to improve her control of her gift and she gains a new mentor to help her. This comes with a catch, she has someone she is training with and discovers that it is Kaiden.

Alex and Casper travel to Graevale to try and gain the help of the Shadow Walkers and the Dayriders. The dayriders will help only if the Shadow Walkers do, so Alex enters a competition to win their help and learns how to fight dirty.

With this happening, I could see their relationship becoming closer and at the end, Alex and Kaiden are transported to another place.

I really enjoyed that we got to see the other races that inhabit Medora as well as the character development of Alex. She learns that helps comes in surprising places and I was in absolute tears when characters I came to love died.

Draekora Book Review

Draekora is the third book in the Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni.

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With Aven Dalmarta now in hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies- and adversaries- push her towards a future of either light…or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

REVIEW

With Jordan trapped with Aven and Alex knowing that she needs to improve her fighting skills, she goes to Meya to train with Kyia, Zain and Roka so she can learn how to control the enhanced immortal blood in her veins.

Roka, Zain and Kyia decide the best way to work out where she is, is to put her through the Meyarin warrior trial. During the trial she helps a draekon escape from Aven and in doing so goes through the void and is bonded to the draekon Xiraxus.

Alex soon discovers she has gone back in time and is building a friendship with not only Roka but Aven as well. Alex is introduced to Niyx and discovers Zain wasn’t a royal guard.

Alex discovers the ritual Aven used and how she is able to break Jordan free.

She is set to put in motion what she knows in the future and even being aware of Aven, he starts to fall in love with her. Niyx lets Alex know and Aven discovers Alex isn’t Meyarian and acts out which causes the even that gets him banished.

Before she goes forward in time, she bonds with Niyx saving him and making him swear not to tell the truth about her.

Back in the future, Alex learns that they Meyarin have been attack by Aven and his claimed but some have been able to escape to Draekora including Roka, Kyia and Zain but Roka is near death.

Alex breaks Niyx out of prison as he is warned about the attack and they realise that Jordan kills the King and Niyx takes the blame.

Alex has a new ally in Niyx and he decides to train Alex to fight Aven while Niyx remains at Aven’s side to gather information.

Draekora continues to add the amazing world Lynette Noni has been creating. It is written beautifully and deepens the background of the characters. I truly feel invested in Alex and her friends as well as Kaiden as their friendship continues to deepen as well.

Raelia Book Review

Raelia is the second book in the Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni. We come back to the second year of Alex Jennings at the Akarnae School with her friends.

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Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banishes prince from the Lost City of Meya, who is out for her blood.

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.

Not sure who-or perhaps what– she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

REVIEW

As soon as I finished the first book, I couldn’t help but jump into the next book and back into the world of magic and adventure.

After coming back in the summer to practice with Karter, Alex is excited to take time to celebrate D.C.’s birthday with Jordan and Bear. However, at the party Aven appears just to let Alex know he can get to her anytime and anywhere.

Back at the academy Alex is getting ready for her classes and there is already rumours about her and her Combat teacher Karter. Karter puts her straight and with the help of her classmates, they put an end to the rumours.

During this book, you can see the relationship between Alex and Kaiden deepen especially with SAS class which she unknowingly tried out for and was accepted into by Hunter.

With her friends, Alex travels to Meya but gets into travel by unknowingly going through their sacred place Raelia. Alex warns the King and Queen about Aven and gains some allies in Kyia, Zain and Roka.

Towards the end we see Aven again with his claimed Medorans, and worst of Jordan has been claimed by Aven. Aven gets access to Meya and Alex soon learns of the prophecy that she is apart of and she knows what she is fighting for.

The book end with Alex, Bear and D.C. ready to get Jordan back and with a cliffhanger of how they can achieve this.

I really enjoyed Raelia and it’s really well written. I love how Lynette Noni is constantly expanding this world and how each place is important to the story.

We Three Heroes Book Review

We Three Heroes is a Medoran Chronicles novella by Lynette Noni.

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Alexandra Jennings might be the hero of The Medoran Chronicles, but she would be lost without her three closest friends. They are her heroes and like all heroes, they each have their own story.

Meet the real D.C. in Crowns and Curses and discover how she becomes the princess Alex once despised but now adores.

Follow Jordan on his healing journey in Stars and Silence as he struggles in the wake of being rescued from his living nightmare.

Walk beside Bear in Hearts and Headstones as he faces an unspeakable trauma while helping his world prepare for the coming of war.

D.C., Jordan and Bear are the heroes of their own stories.

It is time for their stories to be told.

REVIEW

I truely enjoyed reading these stories about D.C., Jordan and Bear. They gave missing pieces to each aspect of the characters.

While reading the main series, I started to wonder why Alex’s roommate D.C. acted the way she did. In Crowns and Curses, I learnt about her childhood and how Kaiden and Declan helped her deal with other kids that made her life and making friends difficult. When she got invited to Akarnae she thought things would change and was excited for the possibility of a roommate but that didn’t happen until Alex. I truely enjoyed learning more about D.C. and her changing friendship with Alex.

In Stars and Silence, I enjoyed exploring how Jordan coped after being freed from Aven. During the series, we saw hints that D.C. helped Jordan at night, but it was great to actually read what they got up to. I loved how during Jordan’s story, we could see the change in D.C and Jordan’s relationship as well as how Hunter imparted wisdom and helped Jordan slowly recover.

In Hearts and Headstones, Bear is coping with the lost of his father and we see what D.C., Jordan and Bear get up to when Alex is trying to unite everyone before facing Aven. I loved seeing Bear draw support from Declan and how Alex really cares about Bear. It was also great to see how Bear helps great devices that will be used to weaken the Meyarins with the help of his brothers confirming his ideas. I enjoyed seeing the changing friendship with Declan.

We Three Heroes flesh out the storylines of D.C., Jordan and Bear and it was great reading from a perspective other than Alex.

Akarnae Book Review

I discovered this book and was pulled in by not only the cover but the amazing writing of Lynette Noni. Akarnae is the first book of the Medoran Chronicles where you dive into a book that is Narnia, Harry Potter and Xmen all in one.

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With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes – literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.

Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?

REVIEW

What is not to love when reading a novel that takes you to another world, literally. Alex’s first encounter in this new world that she stepped through from an office door, is with man who says his been waiting for her and she will be the one to help him achieve his goals. After his disappears like he was there, she runs into two boys, Jordan and Bear, and they are all instant friends.

Jordan and Bear take Alex to their school- Akarnae and she finds out that they were expecting her. She is enrolled and quickly realises she has fallen into a a world full of magic and advanced technology.

During her time at Akarnae, she meets new people during her lessons, Declan and Kaiden who begin to help her. She learns more about the man she met, Aven, and learns that he trying to access the Library, which is the doorway that brought her to this world and he has been attacking the school.

Towards the end of the story, Alex comes face to face with Aven again, after he has accessed the schools ground. When she is the library, she learns the true identity of D.C. Aven has a plan and does a ritual to Alex to try and control Alex, but through her willpower, is able to break free and save D.C., but not without getting injured. After their ordeal, Alex and D.C. become friends.

Akarnae is so well written and I just got lost in the world that Lynette Noni created. I absolutely love the characters and how strong Alex is throughout the whole story.

Capturing the Devil Book Review

Capturing the Devil if the final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, where Audrey and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. Will Audrey and Thomas stay ahead of the killer or will they see their romance cut short?

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Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

REVIEW

This was amazing novel to finish the story on. I couldn’t put the book down.

Audrey and Thomas have finally admitted their feelings for each other and are going to get married. However, nothing goes right and a girl Thomas used to court comes back into his life making it difficult for Audrey. Audrey being the fearless and strong-minded woman she is, doesn’t let this change the way she feels about Thomas and they decide to keep moving to solve the investigation.

After Audrey and Thomas arrive in America, they discover the World Fair with all its wonder, but also with many reports of missing people and unsolved murders. They decide to solve the mystery, however Audrey gets too close and luckily is saved before the worse happens.

I truely enjoyed seeing Audrey and Thomas come together and really recognise how important they are to each other. Although bad things happened, Audrey remained strong and fearless as she solved the mystery and continued doing what she feels called to do, forensic medicine.