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

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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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

Book Links: 

Amazon: www.Gravebriar.com

Universal: https://books2read.com/u/mejB7z

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79lgcxOL_uU

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56959146-gravebriar

The Prison Healer Book Review

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.

Content and trigger warnings: Abuse, blood, graphic injuries, death, drugs, loss of a loved one, mentioned rape, self harm, torture, and violence.

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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.

REVIEW

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.

5/5 stars

The Raven Thief Book Review

The Raven Thief is the debut novel of Ashley Oliver and the first book in the series.

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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?

REVIEW

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.

4/5 stars

A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study in Scarlet Women is the first book in the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas.

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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.

REVIEW

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.

4/5 stars

Cutthroat Cheerleader Book Review

Cutthroat Cheerleader is by Zachary Ryan.

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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.

REVIEW

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.

3/5 stars

contacts book review

Contacts is written by Mark Watson.

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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.

REVIEW

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.

3/5 stars

Fowl Twins: Deny All Charges Book Review

Deny All Charges is the second book in the Fowl Twins series by Eoin Colfer.

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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…?

REVIEW

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.

4/5 stars