Book Reviews

Grandfather’s Will by Rebecca Lange

Reviewed: June 15th, 2021
Released: March 31st, 2021
Genre: Christian Fiction

After billionaire Henry Woodruff loses several family members in a horrible accident, his grandchildren Rebecca, Noah, and Amber McNeil are now the official heirs. Although they never desired to be put into his will, Henry has every reason to believe that the tragic plane crash was not just an unfortunate accident but a planned murder. Feeling that his children were somehow involved, he has to develop a plan before his grandchildren get murdered. Read More…

The Antiheroes by Jacob Peppers

Reviewed: June 13th, 2021
Released: November 19th, 2020
Genre: Epic Fantasy

The world needed heroes…It got them instead.

A swordsman past his prime who has vowed to never wield a blade again.
A mage who’d rather throw fists than fireballs and thinks magic is for sissies.
An assassin who grows sick at the sight of blood.
And a man with a pet squirrel he believes to be an ancient god from long ago.

An evil has risen in the land, one that, if not dealt with, threatens to start a war which would include the gods themselves. To counter it, the realm must call on its greatest heroes, its most courageous adventurers. Unfortunately, those great heroes, those brave adventurers, are all busy—being dead mostly. Read More…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Reviewed: June 10th, 2021
Released: September 29th, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone.

First off, Let me say I wasn’t a fan of Shadow and Bone, but my daughter insisted that I read Six of Crows because it was so good and she wanted to discuss it with me!

I am glad to be able to say that I enjoyed this book so much more than Shadow and Bone.

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Servant of the Crown by Paul J Bennett

Reviewed: June 5th 2021
Released: October 28th, 2017
Genre: Epic Fantasy

This is an unusual medieval fantasy and not quite what I expected, but somehow it keeps you turning the page all the same. This is a character driven story, and it reads more like a diary, or a journal as we meet Gerald Matheson intent on revenge for the loss of his family and subsequently being severely wounded. He is sent for healing by the royal mage, and we gradually learn that the king is not a nice king and he refuses to allow Gerald to be healed. Read more…

Hope The Little Fox by E. Ozols

Reviewed: May 27th, 2021
Released: May 4th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy

Summary

Hope is a wild and carefree child growing up in a remote cottage near the coast. Hope’s high-born mother worries her unruly daughter will never become a proper lady living out in the wilderness, while her father, a grizzled military leader, does not share this concern. Instead, he encourages his crafty daughter to run free and explore, giving her the nickname “Little Fox.”

What a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed how Hope developed and how she coped with and faced the challenges of her world, purely because she was girl. If she had been a boy, the world would have been her oyster. Instead, she had to hide her greatest skills, and learn how to disseminate and pretend to be something she didn’t want to be. Excellent read, you won’t want to put it down. Read More…

The Look of a King by Tom Dumbrell

Reviewed: May 25th, 2021
Release Date: March 7th, 2021
Genre: Fantasy

Cyrus is a storyteller frustrated by the mundane trappings of village life, while Prince Augustus struggles to meet high expectations after an upbringing of royal privilege in the bustling capital. 

As both try to forge their own paths, a royal assassination unexpectedly closes the gap between them. The nation of Easthaven is thrown into war with their oppressive neighbours, and so begins a conflict from which neither can walk away. Read More…

Deja You by Barbara Kellyn

Reviewed: May 22nd, 2021
Release Date: January 10th, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Seven years ago, college student Hill Taylor attended a journalism conference and ended up having an intensely hot hookup in a coatroom with a too-sexy stranger. 

Hill is now a successful publicist for rock’s notorious bad boy Tommy Kaine, who’s about to dish the outrageous dirt in a tell-all written by tabloid reporter James Spencer Sutton (aka The Hollywood Hatchet) – Hill’s coatroom hit and run. Problem is, Tommy’s got a secret that Hill has been sworn to protect and more importantly, keep the still-too-sexy Sutton from uncovering.  Read More…

One for Sorrow by Jen Pretty

Reviewed: May 15th, 2021
Release Date: August 16th, 2019
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

From a very young age, I’ve known about the dangers of people finding out I’m a necromancer, but when someone starts leaving dead animals on my door step, a dramatic escape and sudden arrival at a place where they teach kids to use magic throws my whole life plan off track. 

Now I have some kind of extra special powers, a really annoying new pet bird, and everyone wants me to raise murder victims– something I swore I would never do again. 

This is the first novel I have read by Jen Pretty, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A really good, well written YA paranormal fantasy with vampires, witches and warlocks. Read More…

The Searching Songbird by E.P.Stavs

Reviewed: 11th May, 2021
Release Date: December 8th, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy

“Your only fault was placing your trust in someone as unworthy as me.”

Lily Delaney is on a mission to save one of her sister Shendri. The only problem is she doesn’t actually know who she is. Or where she is, for that matter. All she has to go on is a vision she saw in her dreams. That, and the help of her celestial beast, Suzaku. Will determination be enough to save the unknown Shendri from harm? Or will Lily find herself in more trouble than she can handle?

Treachery, love, and dragons await as Lily and Draven wind their way through this heart-pounding, second installment of E.P. Stavs’ The Shendri Series. Read more…

Whisper of Darkness by Kristen Braddock

Reviewed: May 7th, 2021
Released: May 7th, 2021
Genre YA FAntasy

This novel was straight in with the action. Cara is dragged from the human world into the fae realm and pitched into an impossible situation from the beginning. She has no idea that she has magic let alone what her magic actually is, nor does she really find out much more except that death hounds her every step, which is daunting for anyone. Read More…

Lies of the Haven by J.A Curtis

Reviewed: May 4th, 2021
Release Date: August 30th, 2020
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Tattoo magic. Rival brothers. Lost fae. A war full of betrayals.

Nothing is as it seems.

Fifteen-year-old Mina didn’t ask to become the center of a feud between two monster wielding, near immortal warriors and their faerie followers. Nor did she ask to be a faerie. Everything changes the night a dragon sends her nana’s home up in flames.

Mina is forced into a life of lies, monsters, and magic. But as she searches for answers that might end the fighting, an enemy threatens Mina and the lives of those she loves. Read more…

Beneath the Opal Arc by Lee Colgin

Reviewed: May 3rd, 2021
Release Date: November 12th, 2020
Genre: M/M Paranormal Fantasy

As the battle rages around him, Laurence stops to witness a witch casting a powerful magical arc. Werewolves race past, running for cover, but Laurence can’t tear his gaze from the vulnerable spellcaster.

When Remy is injured, he doesn’t expect a vampire to come to his rescue. What is he to Laurence if not dinner? But Laurence carries him to safety, ensures he gets treatment, and protects him from a pack of angry werewolves. Read More…

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Reviewed: April 30th, 2021
Release Date: January 7th, 2021 (Fairyloot ed.)
Genre: Fantasy/Greek mythology

A lifetime ago, Lore Perseous left behind the brutal, opulent world of the Agon families – ancient Greek bloodlines that participate in a merciless game every seven years. A game that is about to begin again …

For centuries, Zeus has punished the gods with a game called the Agon, which turns them mortal for one week, and at the mercy of being hunted by those with godly ambitions. Only a handful of the original Greek gods remain, the rest replaced by the mortals who killed them and ascended. A game that fast approaches… Read More…

Odriel’s Heir by Hayley Chow

Reviewed: April 19th, 2021
Release Date: March 1st, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy

A talking cat! What more can I say? But seriously, Chow has created a complex world full of magical creatures and cultures, and an interesting magical system.

Within this world there are three heirs, one has control of fire, another controls shadows and the ability to disappear and the third has control over Time and healing. They are stronger as a triad, each complementing the other. But one is missing. Read more…

Sorceress of Truth by J.D. Groom

Reviewed: April 16th, 2021
Release Date: November 10th, 2019
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Sorceress of Truth is the debut novel for J.D Groom which is a lovely YA fantasy about seventeen-year-old Tory who has never fit in at school and struggles to make friends. A move to a new school as a result of her father changing jobs is a new opportunity to start again. She meets a group of girls she seems to click with, and meets their older brother Kylan, who welcomes her into the friendship group and introduces the first of her love interests! But all is not as it seems…Read more…

The Counterbalance by Lissa Bolts

Reviewed: April 9th, 2021
Release Date: November 15th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy

Mother can’t kill me. Not that she hasn’t tried.

I’m the heir to a modern-day magical dynasty, daughter of the most powerful mage in existence. From day one, Mother made it apparent that she never wanted me—never wanted an heir at all.

This is a terrific book. So good that I went and bought book two straight away. What a brilliant read, I couldn’t put it down. The characters are amazing, each with their issues that tug at the heart strings. Read More…

Spirelli Paranormal Investigations by Kate Baray

Reviewed: April 8th, 2021
Release Date: June 5th, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

A human investigator in a magical world…what could possibly go wrong?

A brilliant paranormal adventure, in fact three in one!

If you love Jim Butcher or Benedict Jacka then you’ll love Kate Baray. Baray has created a wonderful character in Jack Spirelli, a human paranormal investigator and in Marin, the dragon shifter. Read More…

Cinders: Necessary Evil by Sky Sommers

Reviewed: April 4th, 2021
Released: December 21st, 2020
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale retelling

Oh, you think you know Cinderella? She loses a shoe and in exchange gets a prince.

Here’s a double book that tells all – the stepmother’s side supplemented by Ella’s diary of the events. If Thumbelina was more Roald Dahl and suitable for kids, this one is a dark fairy tale adaptation for a more adult (18+) audience in the vein of Sarah Pinborough’s Charm and Jackson Pearce’s Sweetly.

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Hawk: Hellfire by Mike Waller

Reviewed: April 2nd, 2021
Released: July 13, 2020
Genre: SciFi

Lazarus Hawk, ex-soldier and ex-mercenary, convicted of a crime of terror he did not commit, and sentenced to life on an airless prison moon from which there is no escape, has been offered a way out. It’s a chance. A good chance. To accept the offer, all he has to do is die. Forced to undertake a mission against his better judgment, Hawk finds himself teaming up with the locals of a small, backward world, and Abbie Renner, a young Guarda officer searching for the source of the drug Hellfire, and prepared to go to any lengths.

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The Fae King’s Curse by Jamie Schlosser

Reviewed: 1st April 2021
Released: April 20th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Kirian and I were just twelve years old when I pulled him from the icy waters of the creek behind my house. As he looked in my direction with unseeing lavender eyes, I quickly realized our age was just about the only thing we had in common. He spoke with an accent, he had pointy ears, and he was so beautiful it made my heart ache. Oh, and he claimed to be a fae prince cursed by witches who stole his sight. Read More…

Code Word Access by Alex Schuler

Reviewed: March 28th, 2021
Release Date: February 9th, 2021
Genre: SciFi

Shawn Muller is a prodigy and he knows it. It is 2051 and the militarized AI he created to hunt terrorists has begun to dominate the network that controls everything from traffic to climate. Fearful of the power of the AI he calls “Lazy Jack” and the politicians who will use it, Shawn installs an algorithm to give his creation a system of ethics. Read More

Lost Isle by Emmi Lawrence

Reviewed: March 25th, 2021
Released: March 8th, 2021
Genre: Fantasy/MM Romance

This fantasy novel is a treasure trove of lyrical descriptions, engaging characters, fantastical beasts and the overwhelming power of nature, which some can control, and others not so well!

Edwin Vlaris is a cartographer, hired onto The Torrent to navigate the rough and belligerent crew to a lost isle to find treasures out of this world. Except on the way he is tossed overboard with nothing but a skiff and his wits to keep him alive. Read More…

Penric’s Progress by Lois McMaster Bujold

Reviewed: March 21st, 2021
Released: January 26th, 2021
Genre: Fantasy

I love the world of Chalion, in which this compilation of three novels is set. Penric’s Demon, Penric and the Shaman and Penric’s Fox. Penric is a wonderful character as is his demon whom he names Desdemona. Enter the world of Chalion; a world of adventure, Gods and demons. Read More…

Dragon’s Heir by Sloane McClain

Reviewed: March 20th, 2021
Released: May 20th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Dragon’s Heir is the second book in Sloane McClain’s Pendragon series. Connor is the eldest Pendragon brother, and as the eldest son of King Arthur he is the Crown Prince. Only he has no kingdom to rule over. A worthy second instalment of the Pendragon series. Like a good romance set in the real world, yet with a bit of fantasy? The road to true love is no easier for Arthur’s sons as it is for anyone else. Read more…

Protecting Kai by J.R Loveless

Reviewed: March 19th, 2021
Released: February 25th, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/MM Romance

This is quite a moving read which is set in a world where there are wolf shifters, who hide their abilities from humans and try to live a peaceful life beside them. Wolves have true mates, and once Cole catches the scent of his true mate, he can do nothing but chase after him. Superb MM Rejected true mate story. Read More…

Ocean’s Justice by Demelza Carlton

Reviewed: March 18th, 2021
Released: September 4th, 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale Retelling

A story based on the tale of the Little Mermaid with a twist. When William MacGregor hauls Maria out of the sea, he has no idea who or what she is. Unable to understand English (or any other language come to that!), Maria is confused and out of place, and unable to enlighten him. Read more…

Dark Flame by Kat Silver

Reviewed: March 15th, 2021
Release Date: February 6th, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/MM Romance

“I know who you are, Michael, because you belong to me. You were born to be mine.” ~ Alexei Vasiliev, the vampire prince. 

Haunted by the death of his parents, Michael Blakeley wants answers. The twenty-six-year-old martial artist seeks their killer, but he also wants to know why electronics short out at his touch, and why his libido is a raging fire. Read More…

The Last Dragonhealer by H.S. Skinner

Reviewed: March 13th, 2021
Released: February 5th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

If you love romance set in a fantasy setting and lots of dragons then this is the book for you. In a world where dragons bond with their chosen partner, enjoy a lifelong connection of love and trust, and are telepathically linked forever, you would think it would be perfect. Read more…

Talented Found by PW Browning

Reviewed : March 7th, 2021
Released: February 20th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy

Piracy and magic on the high seas, a potent mix. This is a YA fantasy about the talented born in their many guises. Multiple threads, pull together the story around a young girl called Shaylin who has grown up on the Trader One. A merchant ship she calls her home, her family, and she would do anything to protect them. Read more…

A Girl Called Ari by P.J Sky

Reviewed: February 28th, 2021
Release date: March 20th, 2020
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy

In a distant future… A world divided… A walled city in a devastated wasteland… a struggle for power becomes a struggle to survive… with friends like these, who needs enemies?

A well written Dystopian fantasy with well drawn characters that you can relate to and root for. Things are never what they seem and P.J gradually builds the tension and the action so you want to know what happens next and you can’t put the book down. Read more…

Shadow Stained by Rachel Hobbs

Reviewed February 26th, 2021
Release Date: March 5th, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Romance

When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like.

But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him – the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity – into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage. Read more…

The Apprentice Storyteller by Astrid V.J

Review February 16th, 2021
Release Date: December 10th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy

The Alchemist meets fantasy with a splash of space opera.
Viola Alerion, a renowned storyteller in the Haldrian Empire, wants to be left in peace. For years, she’s been hounded by her past, never to find a moment’s rest. Then she meets a boy who wants to become her apprentice. He refuses to take no for an answer, and she reluctantly yields, even though she knows taking him with her could endanger his life. Read more…

Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

Reviewed February 7th, 2021
Genre: Cosy Mystery

Helen’s Old Favourites review: Madam, Will you Talk is one of my favourite Mary Stewart mystery/romances. It was written way back in 1956 (Can you believe that was 65 years ago?) and the quaint turn of speech and behaviour does date it, along with the latest Rileys and Bentleys as the fast cars. (My father had more than one Riley!) Read More…

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed February 6th, 2021
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale retelling

A Court of Mist and Fury is a fantastic sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and personally I think it is the better, faster paced book. A truly steamy fantasy myth retelling. Read more…

Tales of a Paperboy by Andrew Mair

Reviewed February 5th, 2021

A heartwarming tale of love and friendship, as a young boy copes who the loss of his mum at Christmas. How a young boy learns that it much more rewarding to take the time to deliver instead flinging papers. Read more…

The Strange Tale of Miss Victoria Frank by Kelly Evans

Reviewed February 2nd, 2021

What a wonderfully well written tale of gothic horror. The Strange Tale of Miss Victoria Frank is a short story, (only 13 chapters), but does Evans pack in the detail and the action.

Nikola Tesla, the visionary genius, is lecturing in New York City when he falls for Victoria, the mysterious young woman he sees night after night in the front row. The woman intrigues him; her curiosity is as great as his own, and her interest is wide-ranging. But there’s something she’s hiding… Read more…

Trader’s Leap by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Reviewed January 26th, 2021

Do you love Space Opera? Do you love book series? Well the Liaden Universe spans 23 books and many supporting chapbooks.

If you haven’t read them, then mark me jealous as I’ve read them all, and you get to read them for the first time. Read More…

Sellsword’s Oath by Gail Z. Martin

Reviewed January 15th 2021

Buddy flick epic fantasy! The second in the Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, bestselling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst and The Chronicles Of The Necromancer books!

Rhett and Ridge are best friends who not only have each other’s backs, they are also the King’s Assassins who always seem to find trouble, especially the kind that goes boom!  Read More…

The Marked Princess by E.P. Stavs

Reviewed: January 8th, 2021

The Marked Princess is a well written YA fantasy adventure with a strong female lead.

Princess Josselyn is jerked out of her comfortable life, when treachery and deceit destroy her family and on her 18th birthday instead of celebrating her betrothal to her long-time friend, she is fleeing for her life with only her stoic guard for company. Read More…

Stay by Ash Knight

Reviewed January 2nd 2021

A quiet coffee shop gives two men who have lost too much a chance at love.

A well written m/m romance with fully developed and engaging characters that draw you in and keep you reading. Read More…

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