Book Reviews

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…

Dragon’s Grace by Sloane McClain

Reviewed: December 18th, 2020

Love Arthurian legend, but with a fantastical twist? Then you’ll love Dragon’s Grace.

Sons of Pendragon – Seven brothers with secrets, taken from their own time and raised in the present to continue their father’s work. All they require are the weapons their father gave them as children.

Keepers – Seven women with a secret mission. Each the eldest female in a line of women charged with guarding special weapons through the centuries until their owners appear. Read More…

A Sea of Pearls and Leaves by Rosalyn Briar

Reviewed November 28th 2020

Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. Her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her. The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses. Read more…

Blood of an Exile- Brian Naslund

Reviewed: November 15th, 2020

Sentenced to die. Impossible to kill.

Bershad was supposed to die. When he was caught attempting to assassinate a fellow noble, he was given the harshest sentence: a command to slay dragons, so his death might serve the kingdom. Yet for some reason he never lost a fight and is now the most successful dragon-slayer in history. Read More...

The Schrodinger Girl – Laurel Brett

Reviewed October 29th 2020

Garrett Adams, an uptight behavioral psychology professor who refuses to embrace the 1960s, is in a slump. The dispirited rats in his latest experiment aren’t yielding results, and his beloved Yankees are losing. As he sits at a New York City bar watching the Yanks strike out, he knows he needs a change.

What happens next is not what he expected, nor can he explain it. But it does jolt him out of his stagnant life and with a little help from an unexpected meeting or two …or three…he begins to appreciate the sixties. Read more…

Untitled: Crimes Against the Crown by Wendy Bayne

Reviewed October 17th, 2020

Set in 1827 England, Untitled follows the exploits of young Lissa Hughes and Miles Johnson as they both discover truths about their pasts previously hidden. From their first meeting, they find themselves embroiled in striving to bring down a consortium of smugglers with the aid of family and friends that brings them all to the attention of Britain’s master of spies. Read More…

The Coven’s Son by Preston Allen

Reviewed October 5th, 2020

Just in time for Halloween, here is a review of a book all about witches and their coven. If you love witch’s brews and magical spells, then this is the book for you. The only difference here is that there is a firstborn son; the first in two hundred and fifty years, and this is important because only the first child born of a witch takes their magic from their mother when they are born, but usually they are girls. Read more…

The Curse Of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Reviewed September 23rd 2020

Helen’s Old Favourites review: The Curse of Chalion is one of my favourite go-to books and I have no doubt that it has influenced my own writing. I have read it many, many times, but I wanted to share a review in the hope that I can introduce new readers to this wonderful world of gods and demons. You may already know Bujold from her Vorkosigan saga books, but she also writes amazing fantasy novels. Read More…

Cole by Ruby Brooks

Reviewed: September 14th, 2020

Do not underestimate the things I would do to keep her safe.”

How do you destroy the monster without becoming one? It’s something I ask myself a lot.
When my girlfriend goes missing without a trace, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to get her back. Even if it means becoming the thing I was most afraid of. Read More…

Spirit Legacy by E.E. Holmes

Reviewed September 6th, 2020

The Gateway is open…”

These cryptic words wake college student Jess Ballard from a terrifying dream into an even more terrifying reality. Jess’ life has never been what anyone would call easy; doing damage control in the wake of your nomadic, alcoholic mother doesn’t exactly make for a storybook childhood.

But now her world has fallen apart just when it should be coming together: her mother gone—dead under mysterious circumstances; her life uprooted to stay with estranged relatives she’s never met, and there’s something odd about some of the people she’s been meeting at school: They’re dead. Read more…

Stray Witch by Eva Alton

Reviewed: August 5th, 2020

Clueless Witch Meets Quirky Vampire

Alba is about to lose everything during an awful divorce… until she meets The Vampires of Emberbury, who have a very interesting proposition for her. She will get to know Clarence, a vampire gentleman who thinks cloaks and top hats are still in fashion… 

Stray Witch offers a different take on a world where vampires live alongside humans but they can only appear during the day in an alternative form. Read More…

Palimpsest by Craig Herdern

Reviewed August 1st 2020

The young Lucinda Soames-Parker, brought up in a dysfunctional family environment, discovers a terrible truth when she joins a drug trial.

Gaining access to the hidden multiverse highway, the domain of infinite doppelganger universes, endowing unlimited possibilities for all those that enter, Lu begins a journey where she meets some of the worst of humankind. Read More…

Fae Song by Deonne Williams

Reviewed July 24th 2020

Fae SongHer music is magic, but power comes with a price. Can she defeat deadly monsters, inner demons, and a demi-goddess’s dark forces?

What a beautifully written book. From the very beginning Deonne introduces wonderful characters, who you invest in straight away and you get drawn into their world. Read More…

A Voice that Thunders by Cully Mack

Reviewed: July 13th, 2020

A Voice That Thunders is the first in an epic fantasy series set in the ancient past when monsters crept into our world, myth was born, and magic first breathed.

What a wonderful book and a great start to the series. Cully creates a magical world full of amazing characters and creatures, and as the story progressed, I found I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know what happened next. And I just love the cover! Read More…