Book Review of “Prisoner of Ice and Snow” by Ruth Lauren

Book Review of “Prisoner of Ice and Snow” by Ruth Lauren

Book Review of “Prisoner of Ice and Snow” by Ruth Lauren

I picked up this book not realising it was for a middle grade audience but thoroughly enjoyed it! Perfect as a Christmas present for your pre-teen or teenager. Synopsis from Goodreads: When Valor is arrested, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family and Valor is going to help her escape . . . from the inside. Never mind that no one has escaped in three hundred years. Valor has a plan and resources most could only

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Book Review of “Beautiful Messy Love” by Tess Woods

Book Review of “Beautiful Messy Love” by Tess Woods

Beautiful Messy Love is a light romantic tale from the author of Love at First Flight.  Synopsis from Goodreads: What happens when love and loyalty collide? Two couples must deal with the consequences of their messy love not just for themselves but for those who depend on them. For lovers of passionate romance in the vein of Nicolas Sparks. When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent

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Book Review of “Heart’s Blood” by Juliet Marillier

Book Review of “Heart’s Blood” by Juliet Marillier

Heart’s Blood  by Juliet Marillier is a charming and heart-warming retelling of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ fairy tale. Synopsis from Goodreads: Whistling Tor is a place of secrets and mystery. Surrounded by a wooded hill, and unknown presences, the crumbling fortress is owned by a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the district in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan’s family and his people; those woods hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. For young scribe Caitrin it is a safe haven. This place where nobody else is prepared to go seems exactly what

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Book Review of “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

Book Review of “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark is a finely written sci-fi novel, with beautifully drawn characters and a love story at its heart that is sure to give you all the feels! Synopsis from Goodreads: In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift. Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is

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Book Review of “Reign of Serpents” by Eleanor Herman

Book Review of “Reign of Serpents” by Eleanor Herman

This original blend of history and fantasy has me eagerly wanting to know what happens next in the series! Synopsis from Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy in this action-packed follow-up to EMPIRE OF DUST. In REIGN OF SERPENTS, the ancient power of Snake Blood threatens the known world. While Prince Alexander struggles with a very deadly inner demon, his betrothed, Zofia, is on her way to him, to unite their kingdoms…even as she begins to realize where her true allegiance lies. The fierce Cynane meets her match-not in

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Interview with Callie Bates

Interview with Callie Bates

Today I am very excited to be speaking with debut fantasy author Callie Bates! Callie’s novel The Waking Land has only just been released but has already received praise from some of the industry’s biggest names in fantasy. Terry Brooks called Callie “clearly a writer of real talent” and Tamora Pierce said that her novel is “a heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read that held me captive from start to finish!” Other admirers of Callie’s novel include Robin Hobb, Charlaine Harris, and Scott Sigler. A warm welcome Callie, thank you for being here 🙂 It’s a pleasure! Thank you so much for

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Book Review of “The Waking Land” by Callie Bates

Book Review of “The Waking Land” by Callie Bates

A promising debut from a new voice in fantasy. Synopsis from Goodreads: Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life. Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition – powers that

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Book Review of “The Lucky One” by Caroline Overington

Book Review of “The Lucky One” by Caroline Overington

A compulsive read that will keep you up at night needing to know whodunit!! Synopsis from Goodreads: Keep your secrets. Tell your lies. The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The One Who Got Away. An old castle … For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the hills above the historic town of Paso Robles, home to a family weighed down by secrets and debt. A fresh body … When, after much rancour, the castle is sold, billionaire developers move in, only to discover one skeleton after

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Book Review of “Voyager” by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, #3)

Book Review of “Voyager” by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, #3)

Somehow Diana Gabaldon is able to consistently raise the stakes for Claire and Jamie in her Outlander saga and this third novel is no exception! Synopsis from Goodreads: From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues. Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has

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Book Review of “The Immortal Bind” by Traci Harding

Book Review of “The Immortal Bind” by Traci Harding

This stand alone fantasy novel by Australian author Traci Harding has me eagerly looking up her backlist for more tales of reincarnation, karma, and a love that spans the ages. Synopsis from Goodreads: The adventure of a lifetime… or two, or three When Sara is gifted a beautiful antique chair as a wedding present, she is completely unaware that it is one of a unique pair. On the other side of the world, the chair’s twin is presented to a reclusive artist, Jon, as a birthday gift. The two new owners are thrust into a mind-expanding adventure through the ages

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