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Review: A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

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2.5 out of 5 Stars

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I am a Caretaker, and a good Caretaker puts her House first. Before king. Before Country. Before her life an her heart.

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Seven years in exile after her father’s act of treason have left Violet Sterling bitter and longing to return to her ancestral home, Burleigh House. A sprawling grand country estate, Burleigh is no ordinary home – it is one of the remaining five Great Houses of England. Filled with magic and bound to the King, the Great Houses are responsible for the prosperity of their county. Vi’s father was Burleigh’s Caretaker, entrusted by the King with Burleigh’s key and tasked with mitigating the House’s magic. Vi loves Burleigh more than anything else, and Burleigh loves Vi. Seven years of separation, the toll from years without a Caretaker and a new danger from the Crown has threatened their bond. With time running out and the walls of Burleigh falling, Violet has to decide if she can put her House before her own life and heart – as a good Caretaker should – or if she can find her own way.

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Review: Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Her life was looking less and less like one of Miss Austen’s novels and more and more like an utter mess.

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Now that her elder sister has married, Lady Victoria Aston is free to enjoy her idyllic country manor lifestyle knowing that the family estate has been secured. With her sister in London and her once exiled best friend avoiding her, Vicky spends her time roaming their estate in a stolen pair of breeches and hiding away with one of Miss Austen’s novels. When the unspeakable happens, Vicky is thrust into the centre of the Season with one goal: Find a husband to save her family. With Miss Austen’s books as her guide and the spirit of Lizzie Bennett in her soul, Vicky must learn to navigate London’s marriage mart without breaking her heart. Is roguish Mr Carmichael as charming as he seems? Does childhood friend Tom Sherborne mean well, or is he after Vicky’s dowry? As if all that isn’t enough, Vicky finds herself the victim of a series of increasingly unfortunate accidents that make her wonder if someone wants to stop her from ever walking down the aisle.

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Review: Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne

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A Forgery of Magic #1

By Maya Motayno

4.5 out of 5 stars

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“Given enough time you can learn to survive most anything. You learn to breathe when your lungs are too scared to move and you learn to calm before your heart bursts. You learn. Or you die.”

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I originally had this review scheduled to post closer to the release date but seeing as my beautiful blue (!!!!) Fairyloot edition arrived today, I thought I’d get this posted. I’ll hopefully do a post about the April box soon!!

After his brother’s assassination, Alfie fled far from his kingdom and his responsibilities in search of answers. What is the point of having magic colouring your world if you can’t use it to save someone you love? Now Crown Prince Alfehr has returned to Castallan, consumed by his grief and willing to do just about anything to bring back his brother. Finn just needs to stay one step ahead of her past. She’s a wanted woman. Or women, actually. Her propio – her intrinsic expression of magic – allows her to change her face as easily as she would a dress. Hopping from city to city, Finn knows that as long as she stays smart, she can keep her freedom. When dire circumstances throw Finn in Alfie’s path, the two have to work together to combat an ancient darkness that threatened to destroy their world.

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Review: The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

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2.5 out of 5 stars

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“They say memories are the same as living it,” he says, swinging his arm around me. “But you have to admit, Jules. Real life is so much better.”

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Skin on skin is all it takes for Etta to steal a memory to claim as her own. Under the brutal reign of Madame, memories have become a commodity in the city of Craewick. Memories of the poor and condemned are sold at the auction block under the watchful eyes of the cruel Minders. Working with the Shadows, an underground memory black market, Etta learned to harness her abilities to steal memories back from the rich Hollows to return to their rightful owners. But six years ago, Etta did something unthinkable and a bargain with the Madame is all that keeps her alive. When Madame threatens to send Etta’s mother’s memories to the auction block, Etta has to learn to face her past to take back the future of her country.

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Review: Zealot: A Book About Cults by Jo Thornely

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Zealot: A Book About Cults

By Jo Thornely

4 out of 5 stars

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In his early life and career, Jim Jones did a lot of good things and helped hundreds of people. But sometimes bad things people do override and overshadow any good things they do. This is one of those times. What an asshole. 

I’ve been a fan of Jo Thornely’s writing from back in the days of her Batchy-ette recaps on News.com.au. I wasted many a lecture getting the latest goss on a show I never watched, drawn in only by the virtue of Thornely’s writing. It was heaps good. And, unsurprisingly, so was Zealot. 

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Review – Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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Romanov

by Nadine Brandes

2.5 out of 5 Stars

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The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.

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Rasputin is dead, the Tsar has left his throne and a revolution is sweeping through Russia. Seventeen-year-old Nastya, the former Grand Duchess Anastasia, has been given the task of smuggling a magical object into exile. With the Bolsheviks outlawing magic, the magical matryoshka doll her last hope of saving her family and curing her ailing brother, Alexi. When the inevitable occurs, Nastya must trust in her magic – and a handsome Bolshevik soldier – to find the spellmaster who can save them all.

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