Book Reviews, Fantasy

Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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“Should I run so far that I reach the sea, I should not have run far enough, for the thing I run from rides on my back and in my blood and will not be shaken.” 

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.

Mistreated by her cruel family and mocked in court, Princess Alyrra has always felt more comfortable in her palace’s kitchen or riding free on horseback. Longing to escape her lonely existence Alyrra accepts the politically motivated marriage proposal of a price from a far off land. Though she has never met her prince his delegates have shown her more respect and loyalty than her own people. Alyrra sets off across the lands full of hope, seeking a better life, only to have a great and fearful sorceress steal her identity and title from her, casting her out as a servant. This unexpected freedom gives Alyrra opportunity to start a new life as the palace Goose Girl, a life in which she finds real joy, love, and contentment. A stark contrast from her life as a princess. But not all is well in her new home. The dark sorceress has great and deadly plans for the prince’s bloodline and only Alyrra can stand against her and make things right. But at what cost?

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Fairy Loot Unboxing: Broody Banter, June 2019

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June’s offerings. Or at least most of them.

Oh boy it’s already June! My job has been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to sit back and review something for quite a while now. In fact, the last review I did was for the May FairyLoot box! I’m currently on a two week break from work and spending my time catching up on sleep and visiting my grandparents in the north of the state. Unfortunately I don’t have my usual equipment/backgrounds but I’ve managed to make do with my grandparent’s blooming garden providing a nice green backdrop. That being said, some of my photos might be a bit all over the place brightness wise but that’s what you get when the sun is your lighting for a photo shoot!

Let’s dive into this month’s FairyLoot offering!

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Book Reviews, Fantasy

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.

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.

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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Fairy Loot Unboxing: Dark Magic, April 2019

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I am a regular subscriber to the FairyLoot box – a Young Adult Fantasy themed surprise box that arrives monthly and cost £26 a month. I am yet to be disappointed by any of these boxes, and I thought I’d share this month’s goodies!

The theme for April’s box was Dark Magic and promised to include exclusive items inspired by Harry Potter, A Darker Shade of Magic, Shadow and Bone, Nevernight and Children of Blood. The April box also included a signed and limited edition print of Maya Motayne’s Nocturna, which I recently reviewed on this blog.

Let’s see what was included in this month’s box!

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Book Reviews, Fantasy

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.”

Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss. The published text may differ from the very early ARC that I received.

Please be aware that this review contains spoilers.

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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