• Book review: The Night Country by Melissa Albert

    The Night Country – Melissa Albert

    Release date: 9 January 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Night Country (The Hazel Wood #2) blurb: Alice has fought hard for a normal life. Having escaped the Hinterland – the strange, pitch-dark fairy-tale world she was born into – she has washed up in New York City, determined to build a new future for herself. But when her fellow survivors start being brutally murdered, Alice must face the fact that the Hinterland cannot be so easily escaped, and that, from the shadows of her past, something –…

  • Havenfall by Sara Holland

    Havenfall – Sara Holland

    Release date: 3 March 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Havenfall (Havenfall, #1) blurb: Maddie Morrow knows that Havenfall is more than it seems. Beneath the beautiful sprawling Inn lie the hidden gateways to three ancient realms: Byrn, Fiordenkill and Solaria. Maddie’s destiny is here, rooted in her family’s promise to protect the fragile alliance between the worlds. But when a brutal murder shatters the peace and someone she loves stands accused, Maddie must step forward to protect the place – and the people – she cares for most.…

  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

    Release date: 28 April 2015 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) blurb: An orphan fighting for her family. A soldier searching for his freedom. A story burning to be told. Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested in the dead of night for treason and her loved ones slain, Laia must go undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from those…

  • Book review: A Darker Shade of Magic

    A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab

    Release date: 27 February 2015 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) blurb: Kell is one of the last travellers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London – where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London – where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back.…

  • Book review: Serpent and Dove

    Serpent and Dove – Shelby Mahurin

    Release date: 3 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1) blurb: Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s,…

  • Book review: Wayward Son

    Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

    Release date: 24 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Pan MacMillan (for Aussie’s) Rating Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) blurb: Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun. Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the happily ever after, right? So why can’t Simon get off the couch? What he needs is a change of scenery. That’s how Simon and his two best…

  • Book review banner: Midnight Beauties

    Midnight Beauties – Megan Shepherd

    Release date: 13 August 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Midnight Beauties (Grim Lovelies, #2) blurb: Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties – animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece. With her friends now trapped in their animal forms and imprisoned by Prince Rennar, Anouk is forced into a sinister…

  • Book Review: Darkdawn

    Darkdawn – Jay Kristoff

    Release date: 3 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) blurb: The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic. Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead.…

  • Book review: White Cat

    White Cat – Holly Black

    Release date: 4 May 2010 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating White Cat (The Curse Workers, #1) blurb: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed…

  • Book review: Crown of Coral and Pearl

    Crown of Coral and Pearl – Mara Rutherford

    Release date: 27 August 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl, #1) blurb: For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine… Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone…

  • Book review: Shadow and Bone

    Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: 5 June 2012 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1) blurb: “I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,” he said. “You and I are going to change the world.” The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a man of…

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    Top 5… magical creatures

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘magical creatures’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up! Magical creatures is basically a winning category for me. I love fantasy (despite what my Goodreads has been saying recently) and I would have about 16 magical creatures as pets if I could!! Let’s start with dragons. I don’t really care what you…

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    The Bookish Adventure Tag

    Good evening bookworms! I was tagged by the lovely J R @ Eternity Books a couple of weeks ago to do the Bookish Adventure Tag. Please go check out JR’s blog because it’s really beautiful! Sorry it’s taken me so long to do this tag! Without further ado, let’s get started! Rules Imagine that you are an intrepid literary adventurer – braving the harsh bookish wilderness, traversing jungles of pages and slashing through vines of words. Where in the vast world of books would you go? Write about one place mentioned in a…

  • Book review: Wundersmith – The Calling of Morrigan Crow

    Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

    Release date: 30 October 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Book 1: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #2) blurb: Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good. Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection…

  • Book review: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow

    Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

    Release date: 12 October 2017 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1) blurb: Not only does Morrigan Crow’s curse man she’s blamed for all bad luck, she’s also destined to die on her eleventh birthday. She bravely accepts her doom, but in a very surprising twist of fate, before the clock strikes twelve on Eventide and the howling shadow of wolves arrive, she’s whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor. Morrigan cannot believe…

  • Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me

    My True Love Gave to Me – edited by Stephanie Perkins

    Release date: 25 October 2016 Goodreads link Book Depository link My True Love Gave to Me blurb: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favourite sitcoms, and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up…

  • Grim Lovelies

    Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd

    Release date: 2 October 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1) blurb: Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the…

  • Book Review: The Price Guide to the Occult

    The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton

    Release date: 13 March 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Price Guide to the Occult blurb: “Disaster can come in all shapes and sizes. It’s best to be prepared.” – Rona Blackburn, witch All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life on the sweet little touristy island she calls home. But then a mysterious book comes out, the island’s flora and fauna raise their hackles, and strangers and acquaintances alike begin sprouting ominous fern tattoos. A storm is coming. And it’s coming for Nor.…