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Review: Elora of Stone - Jaime Lee Mann

Elora of Stone by Jaime Lee Mann
Children's Adventure Fantasy

My Rating : {★★★☆☆}
Published December 2nd 2014 by Blue Moon Publishers
Source : Blue Moon Publishers via NetGalley

Four-year-old Asher Caine vanishes while playing near the woods one day with his twin sister Ariana. Eventually, his family believes him to be dead. In the Kingdom of Falmoor, twins are cursed. Ever since the evil sorcerer Larque turned the good witch Elora to stone, all twins in the Kingdom are doomed to be separated, either through death or mysterious disappearances.

Now about to turn thirteen, Ariana learns that her brother is alive, and she must find him in order to save Falmoor. With their magic blood and powerful bond, the Caine twins must release Elora from her stone imprisonment. Only then will Larque be stopped from spreading darkness throughout the kingdom.

Will the twins find each other in time? Can they save Falmoor from evil and remove the curse of the twins forever?
Actual rating 2.5 stars

Fo…

Review: These Dark Wings - John Owen Theobald

These Dark Wings by John Owen Theobald
Young Adult Historical Fiction
My Rating : {★★★☆☆}

Published February 11th 2016 by Head of Zeus
Source - Head of Zeus via Netgalley
After her mother is killed in the Blitz and her father in the North Sea, 12-year-old Anna Cooper is sent to live with an uncle she has never met - the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.

Amid the Tower's old secrets and hidden ghosts, the ravens begin to disappear and Anna must brave the war-torn city to find them.

With Nazi forces massing on the other side of the Channel, the fate of Britain might be at stake, for an ancient legend foretells that Britain will fall if the ravens ever leave the Tower.
This is written as a first person narrative in present tense. I have struggled to find a present tense narrative that has really been written well and the only books I have ever really been able to get past this and fully immerse myself in without thinking about it has been The Hunger Games series.

In a book ab…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Monday 29th August

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 





Oops! Late again to the Monday round up! I blame travelling overseas with a two year old! Everything is suffering - my reading, my sleep schedule, my reviewing and obviously my blogging! Sorry for that. Not long now and I'll be back to my normal schedule.


What I read last week:

I managed to get through the Epic Reads #ReadingDecathlon (ten in ten!) by reading a number of short stories and Novellas.

My final count was
Novels : 3
Novellettes/Novellas : 2
Short Stories : 5
Total read - 10!!!

I haven't managed to finish the reviews - I'm still left with These Dark Wings but I'll try to complete it and post this week.
What I am currently reading:


I'm about halfway thro…

Review: Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Published March 8th 2016
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All …

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
Published July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown UK

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
My Rating : {★★★★☆}

How do I even choos…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 22nd August 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 





Hi everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead. Still travelling here and I'm currently doing it alone with a two year old, so blogging is a little tricky! 

I've been doing the Epic Reads #ReadingDecathlon for the past 4 days. I'm only 3 books down though so I have some catching up to do! 


What I read last week:
I finally got to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! My review will be up this week. I'm not even sure what to say about it but I did enjoy it a lot. 
Venom is a Dragonian Novelette (I read this series in June after getting the first book from Netgalley) and The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story published in 1892 and is about a woman's descent into madne…

Review: And I Darken - Kiersten White

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Retelling

Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

Rating : {★★★☆☆}

From Goodreads:
NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally fou…

Waiting on Wednesday: Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am featuring one that I'm sure a few of you are already excited to read. Kickass bow wielding heroines may be heavily used YA trope these days, but I'm still in and have high hopes for this one.


Ever the Hunted(Clash of Kingdoms #1)by

From Goodreads:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. However, it’s not so simple. The alleged kil…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 15th August 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 





Happy Monday everyone! It's a short one from me as I'm away overseas. I'm still reading and reviewing as much as I can though and I hope you are all well and that you have a great week.


What I read last week:
This one was actually really enjoyable, It had some issues for me, hence the 3.5 star rating I eventually settled on, but I would recommend trying it!






I'm pretty shocked to only be rating this one 3 stars. I fully expected a five star read. Review is still to follow.

What I am currently reading:



I've been waiting to read Lady Midnight for a while so I'm thrilled to finally have this one on my Current Reads list! I haven't actually opened it yet, but I'…

Review: Immortal Writers - Jill Bowers

Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers
Series: Immortal Writers #1
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

Adult Fantasy
Published November 5th 2016 by Blue Moon Publishers

Source: Blue Moon Publishers via NetGalley
Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she's kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book's antagonist, she thinks that she's fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans... until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it's brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubl…

Waiting on Wednesday: Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm highlighting another book from BUZZ BOOKS 2016: YA Fall/Winter edition. It's been on my TBR since I read about it and is about to be released in September. I haven't actually read anything by Kendare Blake before but she's on my TBR pile.

This one sounds particularly fascinating. There's three sister princesses (triplets) who are all in line to become Queen, but it's not just a matter of becoming the Queen - it's a fight. The last one standing is Queen crowned. And while two of the sisters haven't grown into their powers yet the other is rumoured to be crazy. It sounds dark and twisted and a little bit creepy. I can't wait!


Three Dark Crowns(Untitled #1)  by Kendare Blake

Young Adult Fantasy

From Goodreads:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equa…

Review: Replica - Lauren Oliver

Replica by Lauren Oliver
Rating : {★★★☆☆} 

Young Adult Fantasy Sci-Fi
Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it. Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering …

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8th August 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is a great chance to interact and of course to add to your TBR list (because it's never long enough!). 





And it's Monday again! How does that happen every single week? Last week was an extremely busy work week for me and this week I am off overseas for a few weeks but hopefully I will be able to keep up with the reading and manage to get some more reviews out!

In the meantime - here's my #IMWAYR roundup for last week.


What I read last week:
This one was a lovely book and a fast and amiable read. If you are looking for something light and quick and full of happily ever afters this is a good one! My review was posted last week.




I received this ARC last week (thanks NetGalley and Hachette Australia!) and I just had to get started on it ASAP. Not only did I want to get it done and the re…

Flashback Friday: Matilda - Roald Dahl

Flashback Friday: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis Flashback Friday celebrates books from our past - anything published more than 5 years ago counts! 

It is hosted by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and I love it because it's not only the new releases that deserve our attention. 


You guys - who HASN'T read a Roald Dahl? His books are just amazing and he is/was always one of my favourite authors and he created some of my most beloved childhood books. 

Matilda in particular was a favourite of mine when I was growing up - she loved reading; she was a genius; she had terrible parents and yet managed to be an incredible person and she stood up for who and what she believed in. 

Have you read Matilda? What did you think?


Matildaby(Illustrator) Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classma…

Review: Sun and Moon - Desiree Williams

Sun and Moon by Desiree Williams

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating : {★★★☆☆}
Source: Xpresso Book Tours


There is nothing in life that eighteen year old Zara craves more than her freedom. Stolen from her home in Cadrebia at the age of eight, Zara has spent more years than she cared to admit as a slave to the Tankadesh courts. Her days are filled with protecting the princess, while she spends nights entertaining the king and his officials with her mastery of weapons. Any spare moment in between, she plots escape.
Yet her hopes for freedom come to a crashing halt when a stranger arrives bearing the mark of her assigned lifemate, and he threatens war if she isn’t turned over into his care. But a lifemate is not part of the plan. Her dreams, of choosing her own path and being the master of her own will, weaken as her Moon seeks to claim his Sun.
Is it possible that this stranger, with gentle blue eyes and a ready smile, didn’t come to be her new master? That there could be more to his tale?
Zara soon fi…

Waiting on Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire - Rosamund Hodge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



This week I'm putting Bright Smoke, Cold Fire in the spotlight. I haven't yet read a Rosamund Hodge but Cruel Beauty is one of the very next on my TBR list.


Everything about this intrigues me, from the cover to the premise. This book is inspired by Romeo and Juliet - but this story begins near the end of the play and I've heard that Hodge's take on it is very interesting, so I can't wait to get my hands on this release!


Are you excited to read this too? What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire(Untitled #1)
by

From Goodreads:


When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, h…