Book Review: The Sweetest Spell

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Author: Suzanne Selfors

Published: August 21st 2012 by Walkers Children

Blurb:

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher’s daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sweetest Spell”

Book Review: The Shattered Crown

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Author: J. W. Webb

Published: March 5th 2015

Blurb:

‘You ride into peril, Corin an Fol!’

Those are the words of the witch at the ford. Corin an Fol, mercenary, brawler, womaniser and drinker, ignores them and thus finds himself caught in a tangled web of sorcery, intrigue and dark prophesy.

When the High King is murdered and his broken crown goes missing, Queen Ariane suspects the wily hand of Caswallon the sorcerer. She forms a secret council and rides out to find the Oracle of her Goddess, to see if her worries are proved right. But Caswallon is onto her and the noose tightens fast around the young queen.

Corin an Fol returns to his village seeking solace in drink. Instead he finds an old contact waiting for him who persuades him to join Queen Ariane in her fight against Caswallon. And so, like the queen, Corin an Fol is snared by the sorcerer. Our boy has a big sword and bad attitude, but is that enough to survive the hordes Caswallon sends against them?

Review:

A millennium after the previous book, Gol, The Shattered Crown focuses on a new hero, a mercenary named Corin An Fol. Just as calamity has struck Gol a thousand years before, now the same thing happens within the Four Kingdoms and the surrounding land as war is threatening to begin anew. The murder of the High King is only the beginning of everything. Continue reading “Book Review: The Shattered Crown”

Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White

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Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Published: November 10th 2015 by Saga Press (First published February 28th 2013)

Blurb:

Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroine’s parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mother’s life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable tale: equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, this is an utterly enchanting story…at once familiar and entirely new.

Review:

“She put jasper-and-pearl combs in my hair and yanked them so tight I cried – There, now you are a lady, she said… She put me in her own corsets like nooses strangling my waist till I was sick, my breath gone and my stomach shoved up into my ribs – There, now you’re civilized, she said… She forbade me to eat sweets or any good thing till I got thin as a dog and could hardly stand I was so damn hungry – There, now you’re beautiful, she said…” Continue reading “Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White”

Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Daughter

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Author: Jostein Gaarder (Translater by James Anderson)

Published: March 27th 2012 by Phoenix

Blurb:

Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he notices an amulet of amber around her neck, the same trinket he had given his own lost child, who was swept away in a torrent some sixteen years earlier.

This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarder’s most intriguing character since Sophie. As an adult, Petter makes his living selling stories and ideas to professionals suffering from writer’s block. But as Petter sits spinning his tales, he finds himself in a trap of his own making.

Review: Continue reading “Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Daughter”

Book Review: The Wizard’s Heir

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Author: Devri Walls

Published: November 2015 by SuperStorm Productions

Blurb:

Tybolt’s a Deviant, a hated race immune to direct magic in a world where Wizards ensure survival. But when he loses his entire family to a spell-made storm he joins an elite group of Wizard hunters, organized beneath the new non-magic wielding king.

Now eighteen, he spends his days capturing Wizards. But the nights are his, reserved to feed the starving villagers of Eriroc under cover of dark. There are always more people in need than he can help, and one of these days he’s going to hang for theft from the royal kitchens.

Although Tybolt and his fierce partner, Auriella, have imprisoned many Wizards, the one partially responsible for the storm that killed Tybolt’s family is still out there: Alistair. When an old informant claims to have information regarding their elusive prey, everything changes.

In a cruel twist, Tybolt realizes he isn’t who he thought he was at all. How can he save himself, the people, and those he loves while keeping his secrets safe? Can he hide his true nature and allow the corrupt king to remain on the throne?

Or will he have to unveil himself and risk possible execution to save them all? Continue reading “Book Review: The Wizard’s Heir”

Book Review: Kings or Pawns

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Author: J. J. Sherwood

Published: October 2015

The True Bloods left Sevrigel after failing to curb the selfish control the Council of Elves has over the King of Sevrigel and the decisions needed to be made in the country. King Liadeltris, the first king of non-royal blood has passed away and the throne is passed on to his son, Hairem, who is still inexperienced in the responsibilities of a king but is fuelled with the desire to prevent the council from wrecking any more troubles. The only elf with pure intentions, King Hairem has to challenge every decision the council makes and try to sway as many as he can to his side. When he meets Ilsevel, the daughter of Nilanis, the El’adorium, he hopes that capturing her heart would has its advantages. Continue reading “Book Review: Kings or Pawns”

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Authors: J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Published: July 31st 2016 by Little Brown UK

Albus Severus Potter is struggling with being thought as the only Potter who is thought to be entirely different from his father, Harry Potter. As he continues with his struggle and the burden his name seems to put on his shoulder, the relationship between father and son begins to fray. Harry, on the other hand is having troubles with both fatherhood and his job in the Ministry. Upon hearing a conversation Harry had, Albus takes it on himself to try right the wrong his father made but his actions might lead to terrible consequences.

Written in the form of a play and not a novel, I had every intention Continue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Book Review: A Familiar Darkness

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Author: Heather Sutherlin

Published: April 5th 2016

Hannah, a runaway who has settled in the small town, Poulsbo, is holding a secret deep inside her. Working as an artist and searching for something to complete her current series of painting, she decided to take a short trip to a carnival set in town. There, by fate or by coincidence, she saw Archer performing his tricks. After asking him a seemingly innocent question, Hannah set into motion a series of events which will eventually lead Archer and his friend, Mo, to her. Together, they journey to find a place to shelter Hannah from the army of demons after her. Without them knowing, Archer and Hannah are already tied together more firmly than any of them would have expected. Continue reading “Book Review: A Familiar Darkness”

Book Review: Alias Hook

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Author: Lisa Jensen

Published:  May 1st 2013 by Snowbooks Ltd.

The life of Captain Hook does not end with him being eaten by the infamous ticking crocodile. Instead, that was just one of his many near-death encounters. Every story needs a villain, and for that reason, Peter Pan refuses to allow Captain James Hook the respite death brings, even though his crews are killed and new ones are brought in.

Hook believed that it was his fate to be forever trapped in the nightmare which is Neverland but as strange and wondrous dreams begin to haunt him, and things are happening in Neverland that surprises even him, Hook begins to wonder. Everything changes when Stella Parrish, a full-grown woman finds her way into Neverland thus making her into a forbidden being. With the innocence of a child and the ability to understand the creatures in Neverland, Stella might just be his ticket back to the real world. Or they could both be stuck there forever. Continue reading “Book Review: Alias Hook”

Blog Tour: Gol + Interview

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Genre: Fantasy

Blurb:

Gol. A continent on the brink of destruction. Once a mighty kingdom, now six provinces torn apart by treacherous barons. In one province two young lovers strive to stay together when all else prises them apart. Lissane and Erun must survive to guide their people through the coming storm. The odds are stacked against them. Erun, dreamer and fool, is chosen for a dark path. Whilst Lissane is given away by her father
the baron to wed the brutal son of a rival ruler.
Meanwhile, at the far side of the world a sorcerer has freed the fire demon, Ashmali, setting off a chain of events that could ultimately bring about Gol’s long foretold ruin. Caught between rising seas, civil war, and approaching fire the continent’s time is fast running out. Gol features beautiful sketches and maps by Tolkien illustrator, Roger Garland. It opens the doors on a new epic fantasy series titled Legends of Ansu. Within its content lies an sweeping tale of love, hatred, vengeance and destruction. In Gol the high courage of a few individuals is all that stands against the will of fickle gods and treachery of men.  Continue reading “Blog Tour: Gol + Interview”