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Series Review: So ALL your neighbours hate you? (Ascendance Part 3)

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Welcome back guys! It’s the first review of the New Year and we’re starting with the end. It’s the final book in the Ascendance series!

We’ve spent 2 books waiting, and it’s finally here: war against Carthya. Except the war is even scarier than Jaron expected. Apparently, he pissed off so many people that pretty much all his neighbouring countries are coming to attack him. What did he do, insult their mothers? Geez, it’s kind of hard to piss off 3 whole countries. Continue reading “Series Review: So ALL your neighbours hate you? (Ascendance Part 3)”

Book Review: Twinception! (The Ravenstone by Mark Carey & Diane Solomon)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

You know how attics are full of junk but while cleaning them out, you always find a treasure or two? Weeelll, Aidan and Nadia’s attic is a little different. Just a bit. While cleaning their attic out, the twins (Yes, they are twins whose names are mirror images. Smart, right?) discover an ancient mirror. On its own, it’s innocent enough, but when an old guy manifests in the mirror and starts writing messages out at them, they get a little freaked. But also curious.  Continue reading “Book Review: Twinception! (The Ravenstone by Mark Carey & Diane Solomon)”

Book Review: New Towns are Always Dangerous. (Atavus Falls by Jack Carroll)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

After his parents separated, Jackson moves with his mom and brother to Atavus Falls, a seemingly calm and charming town. Everything seems fine, for a while. He and his brother have finally escaped the constant fighting of their parents and the fists of their hotheaded dad. Jackson even meets a girl. But when his girlfriend is killed before his very eyes, he realises the town may not be as calm as he likes.

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Series Review: Spiders aren’t scary enough yet? (Immortals Part 1)

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Let’s dive right back into Tortall with another series from this universe!

Daine has nothing left after raiders killed her family so she leaves her tiny village in search of hope–and a job. She hires on with Onua and they travel to Tortall, which is now known as the land of opportunity. Daine hopes that if Tortall can accept a lady knight, they may be able to accept a lady holster, too. However, despite their open-mindedness, Daine knows she has a secret she can’t share. ‘Cos, you know, if you talk to animals, you’re sentimental. If they talk back…

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Book Review: What could go wrong, eh? (Cristina by Jake Parent)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion. This book may not be suitable for younger audiences. Reader discretion is advised.

Cristina is no stranger to abuse and drugs. But now, sober and divorced, she moves to a new town with her daughter, hoping distance will give them space to start a new life. With the divorce settlement, she can afford to buy a cheap house. However, the low price tag does come with a catch: the house was home to a guy who murdered his stepdaughter. But they’re gone now, right? So what could go wrong?

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Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Finally, we’ve reached the final book of this series! After leaving her tribe in the desert, Alanna is out to find answers. She received a mysterious map from some dying lady and since she’s curious, she’s riding  all over the place to figure out what it means. It turns out to be a map to the Dominion Jewel, a shiny rock that gives rulers control over the earth itself.  Obviously, she decides to go after it. It’s an excellent way to scare your citizens into–ahem, I mean protect your borders. Continue reading “Series Review: Honey, I’m baaaack (Song of the Lioness Part 4)”

Book Review: Audience trying to kill you? All in a day’s work. (The Clown Prince of Paris by James Dudley)

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Tension fills the air in Paris, the city still raw from WW2. Despite the atmosphere of gloom, Tommy Malloy has brought his stand-up show from America to one of Paris’ hottest clubs to try to make it big. But when one of the audience starts a fight with the KGB in the middle of the club, things start looking bad. Then, said audience member is found in Tommy’s hotel room. Dead. I don’t think this is how comedy is supposed to work.

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Series Review: What do you mean kings can’t also be pirates? (Ascendance Part 2)

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Jaron is now king, but he doesn’t have to act like it. Between avoiding his family’s funeral, avoiding his own fiance, and ticking off the king of Avenia, he’s not doing so hot in the kingliness department. That’s why, when said ticked-off king threatens war, Jaron’s nobles decide that a regent should rule instead. The problem is, Jaron doesn’t know who he can trust. After all, these were the dumbasses who kind of just sat around while his family was assassinated. Continue reading “Series Review: What do you mean kings can’t also be pirates? (Ascendance Part 2)”

Book Review: Even Scarier Than Geese (Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg)

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The lilies have been disappearing. They used to cover the entire surface of the lake. There were enough lilies to make medicines, enough to cure all illnesses and still have more to store for later. But that was a long time ago. That was before the cranes came. Before they tore, gouged, and devoured the fragile flowers. Now, there may not be enough, and they may not bloom in time. Kai can only hope they do before her mother dies. Continue reading “Book Review: Even Scarier Than Geese (Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg)”

Book Review: Don’t fall for the players! (A Perfect Plan by Alyssa Drake)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion. This book may not be suitable for younger audiences. Reader discretion is advised.

It’s Samantha’s first Season. She’s being introduced to society so she can find a husband and settle down as a respectable wife. The problem is, few of her favourite activities are respectable. She’d much rather be reading a book or riding a horse than dancing with rich bigots at a ball, especially when she spots Benjamin, her late brother’s best friend. I’m sure if you tried to skewer someone when you were 10, you wouldn’t want to see them again either. I know I’d rather just melt into an embarrassed puddle. Continue reading “Book Review: Don’t fall for the players! (A Perfect Plan by Alyssa Drake)”

Series Review: The Ultimate Bad Guy (Song of the Lioness Part 3)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4

It’s book 3 now and Alanna is officially a knight, but that doesn’t mean people have to respect her. She decides to take a vacation from court to avoid the nasty gossips who claim that she seduced men and used magic to earn her position. It turns out to be a bad idea; while galavanting in the desert, she accidently kills a man, and his tribe isn’t very happy about it. Well, I mean, some of them aren’t. The rest are delighted. Continue reading “Series Review: The Ultimate Bad Guy (Song of the Lioness Part 3)”

Book Review: Flirting May Be Hazardous (Into the Darker Half by Adalind Hargrave)

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Anna is a normal girl struggling to survive without parents. She works for her brother as a courier, gets hit on by annoying boys, and breaks said boys’ ribs once they get too annoying. Oh, oops. One thing I forgot to mention: Anna just happens to be a hag. Continue reading “Book Review: Flirting May Be Hazardous (Into the Darker Half by Adalind Hargrave)”

Series Review: Forget the business, this family is nuts. (Heist Society Part 3)

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Our favourite thieves are in the middle of a heist, everything going smoothly, when Hale gets an important phone call and literally leaves Kat hanging (out a window, if you must ask). His grandmother Hazel, the only person in his family who gives a damn about him, passed away. His family doesn’t care about her death. Instead, they wait with bated breath as their lawyer announces that the gazillion dollar family business is to be handed down to one of the W. W. Hales. The youngest one. Continue reading “Series Review: Forget the business, this family is nuts. (Heist Society Part 3)”

Book Review: Curiosity Time-Jumped the Cat (The Mine by John A. Heldt)

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Joel Smith is the kind of guy who would decide on a whim to explore an old mine. Well, he is a geology student after all. A few minutes in, he comes face to face with a rattlesnake. Curiosity could have killed the cat. Instead, Joel stumbles out of the mine and realises curiosity brought him back. To 1941, that is. Continue reading “Book Review: Curiosity Time-Jumped the Cat (The Mine by John A. Heldt)”

Series Review: The Prince and the Pauper…oh, wait. (Ascendance Part 1)

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Sage is living (almost) happily in an orphanage when a nobleman named Conner  scoops him up. Conner has scoured the country’s orphanages and managed to find four orphans for a diabolical plot. Yeah, the evil plan is exactly what you think: to create a false prince. At least the title is relevant.

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