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

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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 “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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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 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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Book Review of “The Florentine Bridge” by Vanessa Carnevale

Book Review of “The Florentine Bridge” by Vanessa Carnevale

The Florentine Bridge, a debut novel by Vanessa Carnevale, is a romantic tale of first love and a love letter to Italy. Synopsis from Goodreads: Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help her find whatever it is she needs to open her heart and

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Book Review of “Love at First Flight” by Tess Woods

Book Review of “Love at First Flight” by Tess Woods

As someone who writes fantasy, I tend to mainly read fantasy or paranormal fiction, with the exception of some historical books every now and again. So I wasn’t quite sure how I would find reading a romance novel (I never found myself going to that section of the bookstore or library). But reading Love at First Flight and loving it reminded me of how important it is to read outside your genre and to take chances on a book. You never know when you’re going to find an excellent tale that grips you or a new author that you will be sure to rush out and buy all their

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Book Review of “The Good People” by Hannah Kent

Book Review of “The Good People” by Hannah Kent

I loved Burial Rites when it was released in 2013; Hannah Kent was a fresh, new Australian talent, with prose beautifully poignant and evocative of the chilly Icelandic climate (I felt cold during the entire reading even though it was sunny and warm where I live!) So when I saw she had released a new book, The Good People, I rushed out to buy it. I wasn’t disappointed. Synopsis from Goodreads: From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites County Kerry, Ireland, 1825. The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from

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Book Review of “The Golden Lily” by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines, #2).

Book Review of “The Golden Lily” by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines, #2).

Review of The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines, #2) I really enjoy reading Richelle Mead’s young adult novels. They’re fast-paced, quirky, paranormal, and always deliver a rocketing climax that makes putting her book down in the last quarter almost impossible! The Golden Lily is book two in her Vampire Academy spin off series called Bloodlines (to read my review of book 1 click here). Synopsis from Goodreads: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

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