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Book Review: Kingdom of the Wicked By Kerri Maniscalco

“A Prince of Hell’s greatest pleasure is causing discord. Before an attack, his irises turn darker than a starless night with flecks of red, a sign of his wicked bloodlust. Do not engage them in battle; you will never win. – Notes from the di Carlo grimoire”

Summery

Two sisters. One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself… And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant.

Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief.

Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Review

A perfect read for this time of year. This book is filled with dark magic, witches, demons and all things bad.

This is my first book by Kerri Maniscalco and I must say, her writing is beautiful and really drew me into the story.

I absolutely loved this dark world that is built around Sicily, Italy. I also loved how Kerri drew in the love of food and what was being cooked. It definitely had my mouth watering. This also made the whole story seem real and relatable.

I throughly enjoyed the plot and the whole murder mystery aspect. It’s not something I would have gone for. The characters were memorable and I loved how Emilia grew and changed. I also loved how the author kept you in suspense throughout the book

As always I don’t want to say too much, in fear I will spoil it.

Perfect for a last minute Halloween read and I would definitely recommend.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Book Review: The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue By V.E. Schwab

“Stories are a way to preserve one’s self. To be Remembered. And to forget.”

Summery

Addie La Rue has learnt the hard way that deals with the devil are tricky things. Immortal but eternally invisible and forgotten by people, Addie exists only as a muse for artists throughout history. The only person who remembers her is the devil, who visits every year on the anniversary of their deal.

Review

Thank you so much to @titanbooks @veschwab and @netgalley for sending me an ARC ebook for an honest review.

Where do I even start? And what do I even say? No amount of words I can say will do this book justice.

I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. This book is a beautiful piece of art. Perfectly written to keep you guessing and to keep you wanting more.

I fell in love with Addie from the start and I enjoyed how her character grew and changed as the story unfolded. Her innocence turning into something fierce and strong as the centuries go on.

V.E. Schwab has done a brilliant job at creating such stunning and diverse characters that just work within the book and marry with what is going on.

I loved how we got to see Addie’s life across the years. How she reacts to new wars and new wonders. Who she meets and what impact she has on them.
The world that was created around this book is just wonderful and intriguing.
And I kinda love the dark and intriguing Luc!

I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give any spoilers. So I urge you to go and get this book! You won’t be disappointed. #IrememberAddie

My new favourite read of the year.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars isn’t enough!

The Invisible life of Addie LaRue , fantasy,adult
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Book Review: The Crowns Of Croswald By D.E. Night

“Time doesn’t matter when you’ve only got a few more hours left to live”.

Summery

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems.

When Ivy’s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Review

Thank you so much to Zack from @storiesuntold and @author.denight for sending me the ebook of The Crowns Of Croswold for an honest review, through @netgalley.

I haven’t read Harry Potter but I know the outline and this is very similar. Filled with magic, beasts and peculiar characters. It is a very likeable story.

I loved the world building. It was so imaginative and and magical. The characters were awesome and I loved the magic system of the world.

The book has a slow pace, which isn’t a bad thing as I enjoyed it and didn’t want it to end.

This was a light hearted read which I enjoyed and I think the youngsters would absolutely love it.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Crowns Of Croswald , fantasy, middle grade
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Book Review: Shadow and Bone By Leigh Bardugo

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.

Summary

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Review

I was kindly gifted this book by the wonderful @chamberbooks a few months ago.

My first introduction into Grishaverse was interesting. I didn’t know what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed.

The plot was deep and I can see how it can develop into something much more.

The characters are memorable and I particularly liked The Darkling and how he holds himself.

Alina on the other hand, annoyed me a little. I found her hardness and stubbornness too much. I mean if someone is offering a service in which to make you look better then take it! However, she does warm to it, eventually.

I really like the world building and reminds me of Russia a little. I love the magic system that takes place in this world and I am interested in what Alina will do and what happens to Ravka.

Overall it was an enjoyable journey and a page turner and I would recommend it.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Review: Threading The Labyrinth by Tiffani Angus

“Behind the gate, people worked. They kneeled and weeded, pushed ghost wheelbarrows, trimmed ghost fruit trees, pruned ghost roses and vines. All silently. All without noticing me.”

Summary

Toni, the American owner of a failing gallery, is called to England unexpectedly when she inherits a manor house in Hertfordshire from a mysterious lost relative.

What she really needs is something valuable to sell, so she can save her business. But, leaving the New Mexico desert behind, all she finds is a crumbling building, overgrown gardens, and a wealth of historical paperwork that needs cataloguing.

Soon she is immersed in the history of the house, and all the people who tended the grounds over the centuries: the gardens that seem to change in the twilight; the ghost of a fighter plane from World War Two; the figures she sees from the corner of her eye.

Review

Thank you so much to @unsungstories and @Doc_tiff for allowing me to read a copy of Threading the Labyrinth for an honest review.

This is was a beautiful tale about a walled garden that has been loved over the centuries.

Each century was beautifully written and superbly thought-out. The way it woved with with the future and Toni’s story, was fantastic. And how we see them as ghosts who still work in the garden. My favourite character was Irene, her story was brilliant and I really connected with her. And Joan is definitely my nan.

I love this story so much. Having come from a very long line of gardeners and land workers. It brought my childhood memories back with helping my grandparents in their own conifer ‘walled’ garden.

And even today with sorting my own garden. Seen in the picture.

I will hold this story close to my heart.

I would highly recommend this book.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Threading the Labyrinth
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Book Review: Breathless By Jennifer Niven

“The last thing he said to me: I’ve got a few things to do and then I’ll come and find you.”

Summery

You were my first. Not just sex, although that was part of it, but the first to look past everything else into me. Some of the names and places have been changed, but the story is true.

Claudine Henry was not supposed to spend her summer on this remote island off the coast of Georgia.
She was supposed to be on a road trip with her best friend, spending every last minute together before they go to college.

But after her father makes a shock announcement, she is exiled with her shaken mother, with no phone service and no one she knows. She is completely cut off.

Until she meets Jeremiah. Free spirited, mysterious and beautiful, their chemistry is immediate and irresistible.

They both know that whatever they have can only last the summer, but maybe one summer is enough…

Review

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House, Jennifer Niven and Netgalley for allowing me to read a ARC copy of Breathless for an honest review.

Wow! What can I say other than this book was breathless (sorry I had to). It really was a beautifully written story about love, sex, virginity and everything in between.

The flow of the story kept you wanting to find out more. It was fast paced which is perfect for this book.

Jennifer really has out done herself here. I felt like I personally knew the characters and felt their emotions and understood what they were going through.

I devoured this book in less than a week. I just could not put it down!

I also fell in love with Captain and Crew immediately and loved their blossoming romance. Jennifer can you please write a sequel to this.
I need more!

A Perfect end of summer read.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🍃This book will be published 29/9/20

Breathless, Jennifer Niven,  ya, young aduly
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Book Review: The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”

Summery

The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing.

Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

Review

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was beautifully written and Morgenstern’s descriptions are utterly awe inspiring.

The Characters are easy to remember and engage very well within the story.

It was done so lavishly and it felt so rich and indulgent. A bit like the character Chandresh.

However, I kept getting lost. Each chapter is a location and date. And it flits backwards and forwards during the late 19th century. I was constantly trying to workout the ages of the main characters and when everything was slotting into place. Which, for me broke the magic of the story.

The ending, I felt was a bit disappointing. Some of the loose ends weren’t tied. What happened to the rest of the characters?We know for sure what happened to two as we are told. But the rest is a mystery. Unless that was the intent of Morgenstern. To make you question everything, like the Circus itself.

I really wanted to love it as it sounded amazing and the story was.

But it was lacking for me in the parts mentioned above.

I feel this review may cause some disagreement, as it’s a totally unpopular opinion.

I would still recommend this book and I would still read Erin Morgenstern’s future books as she writes very beautifully.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Night Circus , Erin Morgenstern, Fantasy
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