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    O.W.L.s read-a-thon TBR 2020

    Good morning book wizards and witches! IT’S O.WL.s TIME AGAIN!!! If you don’t know what O.W.L.s are then… you should read Harry Potter. OR you can watch Gintare’s video on YouTube about it!! But, very basically, Gintare (@BookRoast) runs a bi-annual read-a-thon based on the fifth and seventh year wizarding tests at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) are the fifth year tests, and in April we read a bunch of books that correspond to prompts the Gintare changes each year. The aim is to pick…

  • Is being the 'prophecised one' really all it's cracked up to be?

    Good afternoon bookworms! (I know, two posts in one day… what is going on here?!) I know what you’re thinking… ‘is this just another discussion post where Meeghan lays into Harry Potter, destroying all my childhood dreams?‘ No. I mean, not really. Ok, well, kind of. But I have other examples too! So. The world is falling apart. There’s a sinister-being™ taking over. We need a hero to save us (or possibly a scape-goat if it all goes wrong). The Nostradamus of the world says “yah, someone is coming, just…

  • Book review: To Kill a Kingdom

    To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

    Release date: 6 March 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating: To Kill A Kingdom blurb: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal if them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing sirens loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart…

  • Book review: Blood Promise

    Blood Promise – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 1 August 2009 Rating:★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) blurb: The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters… Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honouring her life’s vow to protect Lissa —…

  • Book review: The Caged Queen

    The Caged Queen – Kristen Ciccarelli

    Release date: 25 September 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Caged Queen (Iskari, #2) blurb: Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that when they were angry, mirrors shattered, and when they were happy, flowers bloomed. Roa and Essie called this magic the hum, and it forged them together – until a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her decaying soul in this world. Dax – heir to Firgaard’s throne – was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever.…

  • Kings Rising

    Kings Rising – C. S. Pacat

    Release date: 7 July 2015 (originally self-published 28 January 2014) Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (original cover) Book Depository link (new cover) Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3) blurb: His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master, Prince Laurent, as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill. On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor’s forces are massing. In the north, the Regent’s armies are mobilising for war. Damen’s only…

  • Prince's Gambit

    Prince’s Gambit – C. S. Pacat

    Release date: 7 July 2015 (originally self-published 28 January 2014) Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (original cover) Book Depository link (new cover) Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince, #2) With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his master, Prince Laurent, exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot. Leading a band of loyal men against desperate odds, Damen must fight together with Laurent, to overcome machinations, ambushes and betrayals.…

  • Captive Prince

    Captive Prince – C. S. Pacat

    Release date: 7 April 2015 (originally self-published in February 2013) Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (original cover) Book Depository link (new cover) Captive Prince (Captive Prince book #1) blurb: Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst…

  • Ironside

    Ironside – Holly Black

    Release date: 24 April 2007 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3) blurb: In the realm of faerie… The time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing – her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself, he sends her on an impossible quest. Now Kaye can’t see or speak to Roiben unless she finds the one thing she knows can’t exist: a faerie that can lie. Miserable and…

  • King's Cage

    King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard

    Release date: 7 February 2017 Rating: ★★★★★ – 5/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) blurb: In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion? Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore…

  • Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard

    Release date: 9 February 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) blurb: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare…

  • Book review: The Last Namsara

    The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli

    Release date: 12 October 2017 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1) blurb: In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer. These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the…