Author Highlight: Lynette Noni

One of my favourite author’s I have been reading is Lynette Noni. She is a Young Adult fantasy Australian writer and one of my favourite series is the Medoran Chronicles.

Her works include:

  • Medoran Chronicles
    • Akarnae
    • Raelia
    • Draekora
    • Graevale
    • We Three Heroes
    • Vardaesia
    • A Very Medoran Kaldoras
  • Whisper
    • Whisper
    • Weapon
  • Prison Healer
    • The Prison Healer
    • The Gilded Cage

Lynette Noni has two new books coming out this year, with the first book of the Prison Healer series already released. I have read The Prison Healer and can honestly save it was my favourite March read. Read the synopsis’ below:

The Prison Healerreleased 30th March (AUS), 13 April 2021 (INT)

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.

The Gilded Cage – releasing 28th September 2021

Kiva Meridan is a survivor. 

Not only did she survive Zalindov Prison, but also the deadly Trial by Ordeal. Now, Kiva’s purpose goes beyond survival to vengeance. For the past ten years, her only goal was to reunite with her family and destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. But now that she has escaped Zalindov, her mission has become more complicated than ever. 

As Kiva settles into her new life in the capital, she discovers she wasn’t the only one who suffered while she was in Zalindov – her siblings and their beliefs have changed, too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she’s keeping secrets from, but her own family as well. 

Outside the city walls, tensions are brewing from the rebels, along with whispers of a growing threat from the northern kingdoms. Kiva’s allegiances are more important than ever, but she’s beginning to question where they truly lie. To survive this time, she’ll have to navigate a complicated web of lies before both sides of the battle turn against her and she loses everything.

If you haven’t already, definitely check out her books!

Curse of the Celts Book Review

Curse of the Celts by Charlie N. Holmberg is the second book in The Once and Future Queen trilogy.

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You are accused of crimes against the Code. How do you plead?

After failing to escape the Roman metropolis of Londinium with Devyn, her lover, and Marcus, her betrothed, Cassandra wakes in inky darkness to find the ground giving way to sand beneath her feet.

All three of them have been carted back to the notorious arena at the heart of the city to stand trial by public vote. Cass knows they must escape at any cost: to warn the Celts of the mysterious blood curse ravaging their kin, to foil the schemes of the imperial council…

To find the fabled Lady of the Lake, the one who could save them all.

But even as the jaws of death close in around her, another threat looms in the shadows, a danger she never could have foreseen, a betrayal that could burn down her entire world.

REVIEW

I enjoyed jumping back into this world again. I really loved seeing what Cass, Devyn and Marcus got up to in this book.

The story was interesting and the ending has me wanting the last book already. I really like how O’Conner expanded on the world and law in this book which I absolutely love.

5/5 stars

The Mist Children Book Review

The Mist Children is the second book in the Foxfires Trilogy by E.C. Hibbs.

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When power rises, so does the truth…

The Sun Spirit has risen again and the Northlands are slowly stirring from their slumber. The snow still lies thick, but life moves on, and the villages prepare their reindeer for the long migration to the coast.

However, when Tuomas returns from the World Above, he knows something is wrong. The young people are falling ill with a mysterious sickness, the mages are unable to connect with the Spirits, and there are whispers of a strange little boy haunting the lakes. Although struggling to come to terms with his own power, Tuomas once again joins forces with Lilja and Elin to face an evil which has waited for him for centuries.

But high in the sky, the Spirit of the Lights is watching, and she sees more than any human can… 

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book as it builds on the first book and has the same amazing story telling as well as adding some great spooky scenes. Hibbs did a great job portraying the helplessness and fear in the face of illness and death.

It was great following Tuomas’ journey and story as well as working through his feelings about being the Sun Spirit.

I’m looking forward to what happens next.

4/5 stars

The Winter Spirits Book Review

The Winter Spirits is the first book in The Firefoxes Trilogy by E.C. Hibbs.

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If you sing to the Spirits, be prepared for their answer…

The Long Dark has come and the Northlands will not see daylight for two months. Silence falls with the snow, and Spirits roam the three Worlds. It is a time of beauty, magic, and danger.

When the Spirit of the Northern Lights steals his best friend’s soul, apprentice mage Tuomas is determined to find help. However, his own fledgling power gets the better of him, and he accidentally rips the Spirit out of the sky, trapping her in human form. Alongside his feared icy companion and the mysterious wandering mage Lilja, Tuomas begins a quest across frozen tundra and into ethereal Spirit realms.

But a terrible shadow lingers just out of sight, its gaze fixed on him. And behind her composed façade, the Spirit holds secrets of her own..

REVIEW

I truely loved being introduced to a pair of traveling mage’s Kari and Lilja. This book has a feeling of fairytales and you can see where Hibbs has pulled from Arctic cultures.

It was fantastic to look at the landscape through Tuomas’ eyes as the respect for the cold and repercussions grew while reading this book. There is no solid location of villages as they migrate, but the sense of togetherness is real throughout the book. I also really enjoyed Lilja as she has made choices to wander and stay where she chooses.

The story has some twists but I was so taken with the story. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

4/5 stars

The Hunt of the Halfling

The Hunt of the Halfling is the debut novel by Elena Moriarty.

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Tabitha is a typical teenager with hopes and dreams who is living an ordinary life. That is, until one fateful Halloween night, she meets two strange young men. And her whole world changes.

Everything Tabitha once knew about herself is a lie.

On the hunt for answers about her past, Tabitha must adjust to life amongst ‘The Fabled’. Werewolves, faeries, vampires and warlocks – they actually exist! But they live hidden among humans and Tabitha must learn to trust what she has never known.

As if navigating through adolescence isn’t enough, Tabitha must manage her warring emotions when dealing with Felix. With his silver eyes and sharp wit, Felix leaves Tabitha with more questions than answers. Should she trust him? Or is he using her to quench his particular thirst?

REVIEW

It was refreshing to jump back into a world of supernatural- of vampires, werewolves, fae and magic. Moriarty did an awesome job creating a world that is a blended version of our own with the mundane and inhuman. The characters are diverse and really add to the story making it seamless to cross between the two worlds.

The changes in the relationship between Felix and Tabitha from the beginning of the book throughout the novel. It is a slow burn romance and there is character growth between Felix and Tabitha both together and separately which was great to see. Tabitha learns more about herself over the course of the book. One of the other characters is Callum and he had me chuckling with his humour and sarcasm.

Time and space play an important part of the story and the story is left with a massive cliffhanger that makes me want the second book in the story already.

I recommend this book for lovers of the Shadowhunters world or Twilight you will enjoy this book.

5/5 stars

The Night River Book Review

The Night River is the final book in the Foxfires Trilogy by E.C. Hibbs.

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As the light returns, darkness will fall…

Spring is coming to the Northlands, but even as winter fades, an icy terror spreads. The three Worlds are on the brink of collapse, and ancient monsters rise from the earth, their wicked eyes set firmly on the mages.

Tuomas, still reeling from his defiance of the Great Bear Spirit, must finally face the reality of who he is. Mihka is furious with him, Elin refuses to speak to him, and the people do not trust him. As the villagers drive the reindeer back into the south to safety, he must set out with Lumi one final time to right his wrongs and keep the Worlds from falling apart.

​But this quest shall bring the greatest test of all, for it will take him into the Deathlands: a place where no living person has ever stood…

REVIEW

This book was a great conclusion to the trilogy. It was different to the other books in the trilogy. I have really enjoyed the world Hibbs has created. There is a great community with the migrating villages and how they thrive and not just survive in the environment.

This book really started to focus on the thoughts and feelings of Tuomas and the relationship between the characters. I look forward to checking out other books by E.C Hibbs.

4/5 stars

The Big Book of Festivals

The Big Book of Festivals is a children’s non fiction picture book by Joan-Maree Hargreaves, Marita Bullock and Liz Rowland.

Publisher: Hachette Australia. Thank you for the review copy of the book.

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Fantastic festivities, crazy celebrations and holy holidays

From tomato-throwing parties to graveside picnics, fire-walking ceremonies, crying baby competitions and the biggest bathing festival on Earth – this book introduces you to some of the world’s most incredible cultural and religious celebrations.

Some festivals are outrageously fun and joyful, others are more serious. All of them bring people together to mark big events in life.

So join us in this riotous explosion of colour as we feast, sing, cry and celebrate the diversity of festivals and traditions this wonderful world of ours has to offer. 

REVIEW

The illustrations within this book are amazing and I could spend a lot of time looking at the map on the end pages.

These Australian writers and illustrator give detailed information about many different festivals around the world along with facts that allow for the readers to be intrigued to find out more about them. There are festivals from all around the world, some that many people may not know along with seasonal festivals.

This book is perfect for teachers who are introducing the History topic of celebrations around the world to give students insights and allow them to start thinking about celebrations as well as the meaning behind them. This book can be used to in the introduction or open phase of a research task.

I definitely recommend this book and it is being added to my collection.

A Lair So Sinful Book Review

A Lair So Sinful by Zoey Ellis is the first book in an adult fantasy romance series.

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Captive in a dragon lord’s lair. No memory. Stripped bare.

I’mya awakens to find herself the property of Nyro—a rare and powerful Alpha bonded to a monstrous dragon. Like the other women in the lair, her only purpose is to satiate his every fantasy, but the beautiful omega is hiding a dark secret—even from herself.

From the first explosive encounter with Nyro, her incredible power is unleashed.

His carnal desires feed the fire of her magic.

Nyro’s captivation with her turns to possession, and I’mya becomes more than a plaything for him.

But as shards of her memories puzzle back together, her mind finally unveils the compelling truth.

A purpose much more sinister than pleasure.

Passion. Obsession. Betrayal.

I’mya must fulfill her quest, regardless of the cost. Nyro has conquered her body, but if he discovers the truth behind her presence in his lair… it is her life he will take.

REVIEW

It was amazing to read a book full of dragons and was blown away from this book. Ellis did a fantastic job creating her world and characters. I will definitely return to this world.

I really enjoyed the dragon mythology in the book and off the top of my head I haven’t read another book that has dragon mythology. And the couple was great. The book is full of smut.

If you are a fan of romance and want a book full of smut, check out this book!

4/5 stars

A Lair So Sinful

A Lair So Sinful, an all-new must-read fantasy romance from bestselling author Zoey Ellis is available now!

From a dark, magic-ravaged world comes an enthralling new fantasy romance series. Five brothers, last of an ancient Alpha bloodline, each bound by fire and blood to their majestic dragons.

Captive in a dragon lord’s lair. No memory. Stripped bare.

I’mya awakens to find herself the property of Nyro—a rare and powerful Alpha bonded to a monstrous dragon. Like the other women in the lair, her only purpose is to satiate his every fantasy, but the beautiful omega is hiding a dark secret—even from herself.

From the first explosive encounter with Nyro, her incredible power is unleashed.  

His carnal desires feed the fire of her magic.

Nyro’s captivation with her turns to possession, and I’mya becomes more than a plaything for him.

But as shards of her memories puzzle back together, her mind finally unveils the compelling truth.

A purpose much more sinister than pleasure.

Passion. Obsession. Betrayal.

I’mya must fulfill her quest, regardless of the cost. Nyro has conquered her body, but if he discovers the truth behind her presence in his lair… it is her life he will take.

A LAIR SO SINFUL is the first book in an adult fantasy romance standalone series. This story includes romance of a dark nature and a HEA.

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About Zoey Ellis

Zoey Ellis writes dark, magical, fantasy romances about tortured, possessive, alpha anti-heroes and the sassy heroines who belong to them (even if they don’t want to!). Filled with passionate, carnal steam, Zoey’s stories feature couples that go through tough journeys and make mistakes but ultimately have to grow for each other to survive the dark worlds they inhabit.

Described as ‘deliciously dark’ and ‘unputdownable’, Zoey’s thrilling, fantastical romances come complete with roller-coaster twists and turns, unique worlds, and happy endings.

Zoey is a Londoner, cat mama, and proud romance and epic fantasy addict. She loves jealous/possessive heroes, sexual tension that jumps off the page, and memorable, magical worlds. She reads most genres of romance and has a special love for the ‘true mates’ trope and dark angst. However, she enjoys all different genres of fiction, usually on the darker side. 

When not working on her stories, Zoey is usually gaming, buddying reading with friends or stumbling upon new and ridiculous ways to mess up a date! 

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The Crown of Gilded Bones

Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…

The Crown of Gilded Bones, the third installment in the intense and gripping fantasy, A Blood and Ash Series by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, is coming April 20th and we have an exciting sneak peek!

CHAPTER ONE

“Lower your swords,” Queen Eloana commanded, her hair shining a glossy onyx in the sun as she sank onto one knee. The raw emotion pouring out of her seeped into the Temple floors of the Chambers of Nyktos, bitter and hot, tasting of anguish and a helpless sort of anger. It stretched out toward me, needling my skin and brushing against this…primal thing inside me. “And bow before the…before the last descendant of the most ancient ones. She who carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. Bow before your new Queen.”

The blood of the King of Gods? Your new Queen? None of that made sense. Not her words or when she had removed her crown. 

A too-thin breath scorched my throat as I looked at the man standing beside the Queen of Atlantia. The crown was still upon the King’s golden-haired head, but the bones had remained a bleached white. Nothing like the gleaming, gilded one the Queen had placed at the feet of the statue of Nyktos. My gaze skipped over the terrible, broken things scattered about the once pristine, white floors. I’d done that to them, adding their blood to what had fallen from the sky, filling the thin fissures in the marble. I didn’t look at that or anyone else—every part of my being focused on him. 

He remained on one knee, staring up at me from between the vee of the swords he’d crossed over his chest. His damp hair, blue-black in the Atlantian sunlight, curled against the sandy-hued skin of his forehead. Red streaked those high, angular cheekbones, the proud curve of his jaw, and ran down lips that had once shattered my heart. Lips that had pieced those broken shards back together with the truth. Bright, golden eyes locked with mine, and even bowed before me, so motionless I wasn’t sure he breathed, he still reminded me of one of the wild and strikingly beautiful cave cats I’d once seen caged in Queen Ileana’s palace as a child. 

He had been many things to me. A stranger in a dimly lit room who’d been my first kiss. A guard who had sworn to lay down his life for mine. A friend who had looked beyond the veil of the Maiden to truly see me underneath, who’d handed me a sword to protect myself instead of forcing me into a gilded cage. A legend cloaked in darkness and nightmares that had plotted to betray me. A Prince of a kingdom believed to have been lost to time and war, who had suffered unimaginable horrors and yet managed to find the pieces of who he used to be. A brother who would do anything, commit any deed to save his family. His people. A man who bared his soul and stripped open his heart to me—and only me. 

My first. 

My guard.

My friend. 

My betrayer. 

My partner.

My husband. 

My heartmate. 

My everything. 

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Synopsis

Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

She’s been the victim and the survivor… 

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.  

The enemy and the warrior…  

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head. 

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

“Jennifer L. Armentrout has absolutely blown me away with this entire series! I’ve turned into a swooning fangirl!” — Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author

About Jennifer L. Armentrout 

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was an Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over a hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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