J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Well I can’t really say anything at all about this book as I really don’t want to risk posting an accidental spoiler, so all I’ll say is that Rowling has hit the nail on the head once again. I’ve never really read a script before so I was a little worried that the format would get in the way and prevent me from really getting into the story, but I needn’t have worried, I was fully absorbed from page one, most of the...

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Victoria Aveyard - Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen

I don’t think I’ve had my heart played with recently as much as with this book. The dynamic of the love ‘quadrangle’ changed so dramatically and so often that I feared I might get whiplash. In a world where your status is determined by the colour of your blood; Mare, a lowly red blood, stands no chance in a world dominated by silvers. She doesn’t have long left until she’s due to be conscripted to the front...

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Brandon Sanderson – The Rithmatist

*sigh* Brandon Sanderson. Is it even possible for him to write a bad book? I’d love to take a glimpse inside his head, his creativity is just endless. I love the fact that every Sanderson book you read has a different world and a different magic system, but it’s always introduced so well that it’s not confusing or hard to understand. In this book, the magic revolves around something called Rithmatics. These are people who have...

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Maria V. Snyder – Magic Study

So while I was reading this book, I kinda broke my blog a little bit, so I haven’t been able to post this review, even though it’s been well over a month since I read it. So I do apologise if this review is lacking a bit. I’ve also been in hospital for the last 3 weeks, so I think I can get a reprieve in this instance! The book follows on from Poison Study, which I loved, and this book was much the same. Yelena is...

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Maria V. Snyder – Poison Study

If you’re following my reviews, you’ll have probably noticed that I haven’t read very much this year, I just haven’t found myself wanting to pick up a book and read very much. But if I needed a book to renew my desire to read, Poison Study was perfect. My friend Abi bought it for me for Christmas, so I should have known it would be awesome, I literally couldn’t put it down. I always used to think that a standard...

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Robin Hobb – Assassin’s Apprentice

I received this book as a free book from Kindle about a year ago, and it’s taken me this long to get around to reading it. I must admit that it took me a long time to warm to the book, it didn’t catch my attention enough to keep me drawn in so I stopped reading it for about 6 weeks and just didn’t feel any desire to go back to it like I do if I’m entranced by a story. But when I finally got back to it this week and...

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Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart

A week ago, I was stood in Waterstones torn between buying the two Stormlight Archive books, or whether to buy this. In the end, I settled on buying this and the first of the Stormlight books, mainly because the Stormlights are so big I didn’t think I could carry two of them around for the rest of my shopping trip!! And it turns out that this was a very good choice! It was much shorter than other Brandon Sanderson books I’ve read at...

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Karen Miller – The Awakened Mage

I was absolutely blown away by this book. After The Innocent Mage ended on such a massive cliffhanger, I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this and find out what happened to Gar and Asher and everyone else. Whereas The Innocent Mage started off quite slowly, I didn’t have too many problems with the pacing of this book, although as I got about 2/3 of the way through, I did worry about how the author was going to fit in everything I...

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Karen Miller – The Innocent Mage

This was a wonderful birthday present from my friend Abi. She’s the one that got me into reading fantasy, and I don’t think she’s ever suggested a book I haven’t loved. I found that this book started off a little slow, there was a lot of time spent building up the back-story and getting slowly into the action. But once it kicked off, it kicked off good! I loved the character of Asher, elevated from a lowly Olken fisherman...

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Charlie N. Holmberg – The Master Magician

When I found out this book had been released, I had to stop what I was reading and get this right away! Thank goodness for Kindle Unlimited, which meant I could read this without worrying about the state of my bank balance! I fell in love with Ceony and Emery at the end of last year when I read and became enthralled by The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician. I left the second book desperately yearning to find out if Ceony could finally get...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6)

You know you’re not really enthralled in a series when you get to the last book and your main thought is ‘thank goodness this is nearly over’. Granted, the last book in the series did come action packed with drama and suspense, with unexpected twists and turns along the way, but it just wasn’t enough to rescue the series and turn it into something I love. The author seemed quite intent on making sure everyone lived...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5)

Well this series took a turn for the weird again. No sooner have we got away from the fact that Clary was in love with her supposed brother, but her real brother has now arrived on the scene big style, and their relationship (or should I say how he sees their relationship) is just downright creepy. I do realise that it’s part of his character, but it just feels wrong. The book was still action packed, but there weren’t really many...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4)

Finally this series is getting a bit more dark. There’s a hell of a lot going on in this book, and thankfully we seem to not be solely focusing on Clary and her endless teenage moping. In fact, we spend much of the first part of the book focused on Simon. He’d just about got to grips with the fact that he was a vampire, when Clary gave him the Mark of Cain to save his life during the big battle in the last book. But this Mark has...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3)

While I’m still not finding this series anywhere near as well written as other fantasy series that I have read, it’s slowly improving book by book. The depth of the plot is still pretty shallow to me, although the character development is improving over time. The story was action packed and filled with drama. There didn’t seem to be many points in the book where one character or the other wasn’t in some sort of mortal...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)

Well it looks like this series may just have earned itself a second chance. Unfortunately, Clary was still stuck in a very teenage love triangle with her supposed brother and her best friend. Slightly creepy, but at least she wasn’t quite as mopey as the first book. The book contained much more action than City of Bones, but still lacked some depth for me, it was a bit one dimensional. I think this probably contributed to me reading the...

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Cassandra Clare – City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)

I was prepared to fall in love with this book in a ‘this is going to be an awesome series’ kind of way. But unfortunately, the book was less Hunger Games and more Twilight. The female lead was a bit of a wet sponge, moping over her new crush Jace, while being totally oblivious to the fact that her best friend is completely and utterly in love with her. The book wasn’t completely devoid of action, and I did find it quite...

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Charlie N. Holmberg – The Glass Magician

Despite my fears that this book would move on from Ceony and Thane, I was delighted when I started reading and it was a continuation of their story. As with the first book, I loved the complicated relationship between the two characters and how this was developed slowly throughout the book. After Ceony had defeated Lira in the previous book, she thought that she’d be able to live happily ever after with Thane, progressing through her...

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Charlie N. Holmberg – The Paper Magician

Well I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but it completely blew my socks off! The blurb on Goodreads was: “Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be...

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Jeff Wheeler – The Scourge of Muirwood

Well what a stonking way to finish off this series. At the end of the last book, Lia has figured out that she is the real Ellowyn Demont, heir of Pry-ree. And this means that she needs to make the trip to Dochte Abbey to give the warning about the coming blight. But it looks like the fake Ellowyn Demont has been corrupted by the Hetaera, and will do anything she can to stop Lia from accomplishing her goals, and more importantly, from getting to...

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Jeff Wheeler – The Blight of Muirwood

I was fully expecting this book to suffer from the usual ‘middle-book-blues’, where the middle book seems to just be filler while we wait for the final conclusion. But this book was no disappointment, building on the story perfectly and setting up intriguingly for the concluding book. I did think towards the start of the book that Lia was going to turn into a pathetic mopey girl, but she quickly amped it back up to being kick-ass...

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Jeff Wheeler – The Wretched of Muirwood

Well after my last disastrous foray out of the fantasy world, I decided to jump straight back in with the first in this series of books which was supposedly one of the top books in the ‘kindle unlimited with narration’ section. I did enjoy listening to this book, the narrator did several accents and definitely not in a cringeworthy manner like the last book. There were times when the rhythm of the speech seemed a bit jilted and more...

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