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”

Map Monday Review – The Poppy War

“Warfare was about absolutes. Us or them. Victory or defeat. There was no middle way. There was no mercy. No surrender.” ———————— The Poppy War is high fantasy at its very best. From page one, I could hardly put this book down. I’m so glad I waited until the entire series was out to startContinue reading “Map Monday Review – The Poppy War”

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: Wild Game

“‘I know my mother loved me,’ Malabar said, carefully choosing each word, ‘but not so much as she loved herself.’” “I knew Malabar loved me as much as she could love anyone.” ———————————————- Wow, holy mother issues Batman. Boy, did I relate to Rennie’s story. The extent of my mother’s toxic behavior wasn’t quite asContinue reading “REVIEW: Wild Game”

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: The Family Upstairs

Imagine the day you turn 25, a letter shows up saying that you’re due to inherit a mansion worth millions. Libby get such a letter one day, she finds out that her birth parents didn’t give her up for adoption willingly but had passed away, leaving their home to her upon her 25th birthday. WhenContinue reading “REVIEW: The Family Upstairs”