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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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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)”

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

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Part 1 | Part 3

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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Author Website | Buy this Book

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

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)”

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)”

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

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Click here if you missed part 1 and part 2.

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: Don’t discriminate against the otherly-eyed! (Alien Love Story by A.K. Dawson)

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

Dan has suffered from crippling headaches ever since his family died in an accident. The headaches come every day without fail, leaving him unable to do anything but curl up in a wheezing ball of pain. But when he meets a mysteriously enchanting girl with huge eyes, his headache abandons him. Instead, he’s struck by a dangerous, sudden-onset heart condition: love (??).

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Series Review: Nooo, I’M the weakest king. (Song of the Lioness Part 2)

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Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4

Alanna is now Prince Jonathan’s squire, and he knows her secret. What he doesn’t know is that his obviously evil cousin, Roger, is plotting diabolical things. Alanna begins to uncover Roger’s evil plots but he has an eye on her and is determined to get her out of the way. By any means necessary.

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Series Review: We’re the Best, Good, Bad Guys (Heist Society Part 2)

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Missed the first part of this series review? Find it here.

Kat’s gone rogue. No, she’s not ratting her family out to Interpol. No, she hasn’t left her family for a snobby, rich kids’ boarding school. She’s become one of the good guys (sort of), leaving her family and friends behind as she goes alone to steal things back from other thieves. Continue reading “Series Review: We’re the Best, Good, Bad Guys (Heist Society Part 2)”

Series Review: Aren’t nobles supposed to have it easy? (Song of the Lioness Part 1)

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Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Alanna and her twin brother Thom are about to be sent off to lady- and knight-school, respectively. It’s too bad her brother’s a wimp and she’s a fighter. Alanna doesn’t want to learn to be a noblewoman who flirts, sits primly and accepts favours from men, so she comes up with the idea to switch places. Continue reading “Series Review: Aren’t nobles supposed to have it easy? (Song of the Lioness Part 1)”

Series Review: I have a bigger gun than you. Neener-neener. (Leviathan Part 3)

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Missed parts 1 and 2 of this series review? See the links at the bottom of this post.

In this final instalment of the Leviathan series, the ship is sent to Russia with several tonnes of beef. Upon arrival, they are stunned to see an entire forest felled and must rescue Tesla, (yes, the Tesla) the man who caused the destruction. Oh, did I mention he needed saving from his own bears? Continue reading “Series Review: I have a bigger gun than you. Neener-neener. (Leviathan Part 3)”

Series Review: Weapons Rated E, for Everyone (Leviathan Part 2)

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Missed part one of this series review? Find it here.

After tramping around in the mountains, Deryn and Alek make it to exotic Istanbul, where the mechas are shaped like animals, and fighting is done with peppers and newspapers. Continue reading “Series Review: Weapons Rated E, for Everyone (Leviathan Part 2)”

Series Review: Is that how family businesses work? (Heist Society Part 1)

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Kat’s family are thieves. Cons. When it comes to jobs, they’re the ones you call to pull off the big stunts. Still, they’re not above petty pick-pocketing either. Thus, a goodly income. Problem is, when you’re known for stealing stuff, you tend to be the first suspect in any burglary. Continue reading “Series Review: Is that how family businesses work? (Heist Society Part 1)”

Book Review: In a land named Ghibli…

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Whoops, wrong place there. You may know Howl’s Moving Castle as the animated film, but it all started from this book. Continue reading “Book Review: In a land named Ghibli…”

Series Review: Mechas and Princes and Wolf-tigers, Oh My! (Leviathan Part 1)

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Let’s all take a journey back to World War 1, with a twist. The Germans and Austrians are Clankers, those that rely on cool walking war machines to do the job, whereas Britain, France and Russia are Darwinists, those that breed and use cool animal hybrids to wage war (and serve more everyday functions). Continue reading “Series Review: Mechas and Princes and Wolf-tigers, Oh My! (Leviathan Part 1)”

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