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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Wicked Book Review

Wicked is the first book in the trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout. This review does contain spoilers.

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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans. Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her. But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her-the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

REVIEW

I absolutely loved this book! I needed a hunter and supernatural fix and Wicked definitely fits the bill. Armentrout has made the boisterous New Orleans have a side not many people are able to see.

I love the interaction between Ivy and Tink as well as the building relationship between Ren and Ivy. Armentrout does an amazing job building tension between Ren and Ivy and I can’t wait to read the next book.

5/5 stars

Gravebriar Book Review

Gravebriar is written by Casey L. Bond. It is a brand new standalone Fantasy novel. I want to thank Casey L Bond for the ARC.

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Sometimes witches hunt their own…

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.


There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.
The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.

REVIEW

Casey has done it again with an absolutely amazing fantasy novel that brings the world of witches to life. Gravebrair reminds me of the groups in When Wishes Bleed but I loved the different covens which formed different types of witches. Although the all blend together, the covens are independent of one another other than in the markets.

As always the world building is amazing and would love to travel all around the world Casey has built. I loved the world Castor lives and the character growth that we see in Castor. She sees herself as an outcast in her coven. When Castor sees Forge at a party I was immediately intrigued with him.

The relationship between Castor and Forge was great. Their relationship built up very well across the book and didn’t seem to fast at all. Forge and Castor’s powers are interesting, him being able to make anything with any type of metal and Castor’s power in poison. You are able to connect to both of them extremely well based on their experiences. Forge definitely balances out Caster and would love to read from his perspective.

I could read and explore this world for so much longer than just this book and the twists, turns and surprises were absolutely amazing. I definitely will be reading Gravebriar again!

5/5 stars

Spellmaker Book Review

Spellmaker is the second book in the Spellbreaker duology by Charlie N. Holmberg. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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England, 1895. An unsolved series of magician murders and opus thefts isn’t a puzzle to Elsie Camden. But to reveal a master spellcaster as the culprit means incriminating herself as an unregistered spellbreaker. When Elsie refuses to join forces with the charming assassin, her secret is exposed, she’s thrown in jail, and the murderer disappears. But Elsie’s hope hasn’t vanished.

Through a twist of luck, the elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey helps Elsie join the lawful, but with a caveat: they must marry to prove their cover story. Forced beneath a magical tutor while her bond with Bacchus grows, Elsie seeks to thwart the plans of England’s most devious criminal if she can find them.

With hundreds of stolen spells at their disposal, the villain has a plan and it involves seducing Elsie to the dark side. But even now that her secret is out, Elsie must be careful how she uses the new abilities she’s discovering, or she may play right into the criminal’s hands.

REVIEW

I absolutely loved this book. Holmberg is an amazing storywriter and I enjoyed returning to this world of magic as well as seeing Elsie step out of the shadows to solve this mystery.

I definitely will be reading this duology again.

4/5 stars

Gravebrair by Casey Bond

Title: Gravebriar

Author: Casey L. Bond

Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen

Proofread by: Kendra’s Editing and Book Services

Blurb by: The Blurb Doctor

Trailer by: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services

Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services

Publication Date: March 19th, 2021

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Sometimes witches hunt their own…

Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.

There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation. 

He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.

The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name. 

But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.   

Praise for Gravebriar:

 “Spellbinding and rich, Gravebriar is a wildly creative, witchy journey.” – Heather Lyons, author of The Collectors’ Society

“Casey L. Bond seamlessly weaves a world of magic, intrigue, betrayal, and wonder that you’ll never want to leave, and characters that will become dear to your heart!” – USA Today bestselling author C.L. Cannon

“Cracking open the pages of Gravebriar was like stepping into a world where witches roamed and magic abounded. I never wanted to leave.”  – Christy Sloat, bestselling author of The Librarian Chronicles

“Casey L. Bond weaves an enchanting world filled with magic and intrigue. Gravebriar is spellbinding and romantic, and will keep you turning the page until the end.” – USA Today bestselling author Ali Winters

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