REVIEW: Phoenix Flame

Havenfall was a 5 star read for me, I really loved the balance of the contemporary real world and fantasy realms that intersect in an unusual way with a select few folks guarding the doors. Maddie is a plucky, opinionated, passionate teen at the center of it all. She copes with balancing the world onContinue reading “REVIEW: Phoenix Flame”

PUB DAY REVIEW: The Windsor Knot

When I picked up the Windsor Knot, I was so intrigued by the idea of HRH Queen Elizabeth solving crimes, I expected campy Miss Marple vibes, but what I got was a story with a shrewd, politically astute Queen looking to correct a bungled investigation without getting any credit for it. I was here forContinue reading “PUB DAY REVIEW: The Windsor Knot”

REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones

“If I know anything for certain it’s that neither love nor hate is ever simple.” ——————————————– All the Murmuring Bones is a haunting family story set in a world of vengeful magical creatures. Miren is born into a family steeped in history and tradition but their wealth has faded and her grandmother is ruthless inContinue reading “REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones”

Review: The Stolen Kingdom

The Stolen Kingdom is the story of two young people thrust into roles they never wanted, didn’t expect and are not quite prepared for. Mara is the daughter of a vintner and she loves tending to her father’s grapes but she has a secret, she can make them grow with magic. But to her knowledge, magicContinue reading “Review: The Stolen Kingdom”

Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun

“‘Perhaps you should think less and pray more.’ I shook my head and dropped back down on the bench. Was even this champion of the Holy Cross now adopting the church’s new attitude toward women? ‘What would you say if I suggested you think less and pray more.’ I asked. ‘But I’m a m-… poet.’Continue reading “Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun”

❣️ February wrap-up ❣️

Hi guys, I had a great reading month this month. I finished 23 books, 18 of which were ones where I had committed a review – I’m getting better at prioritizing these. I had my first DNF of the year, although I don’t think it was because the book was bad but more that itContinue reading “❣️ February wrap-up ❣️”

Review: The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary is a dual timeline historical fiction / mystery story which brings you between modern times and 1790s London. When Caroline arrives in London on her first trip from the US she stumbles upon a group who are mudlarking, which is looking at tidal earth when the Thames has receded for historical artifacts.Continue reading “Review: The Lost Apothecary”

Review: Concrete Rose

“Tough situations don’t last. Tough people do.” ————————————– Concrete Rose is exactly what you want from a prequel and that is hard to achieve with a book as stunning as The Hate U Give. In Concrete Rose we get the story of Starr’s father, who was a strong figure in her life and the storyContinue reading “Review: Concrete Rose”

REVIEW: Black Sun

“A man with a destiny is a man who fears nothing.” ——————————————— Black Sun is everything you want from epic high fantasy. The writing reminded me of GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire series where you get alternating chapters of seemingly unrelated characters and in this case multiple timelines. This was expertly done. LikeContinue reading “REVIEW: Black Sun”

REVIEW: Cathedral of Bones

“I am the darkness between worlds, and between elementary particles, and inside your own mind. I am the emptiness before birth and after death, the ancient indifference of the stars, and of what lies beyond the stars -“ —————————————- Simon Frost is a teen who has lived a life steeped in sadness and mediocrity. HeContinue reading “REVIEW: Cathedral of Bones”