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    Review: The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey

    The Wolf and The WaterThe Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey
    Series: Deluge #1
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Silver Sun Books
    Pages: 268
    Release date: 08/10/2020
    Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    Where to find: Goodreads
    Trigger warnings: Violence, murder, death, racism, ableism, slavery, misogyny, parental abuse, miscarriage, sexual assault
    Summary: Some secrets are worth killing for.

    The ancient city of Kepos sits in an isolated valley, cut off from the outside world by a towering wall. Behind it, the souls of the dead clamour for release. Or so the priesthood says.

    Kala has never had any reason to doubt their word – until her father dies in suspicious circumstances that implicate the city’s high priest. She’s determined to investigate, but she has a more immediate problem: the laws of the city require her mother to remarry straight away.

    Kala’s new stepfather is a monster, but his son Leon is something altogether more dangerous: kind.

    With her family fractured and the investigation putting her life in danger, the last thing Kala needs is romance. She would rather ignore Leon entirely, however difficult he makes it. But when she learns the truth of what really clamours behind the wall at the end of the valley, she faces a choice: share what she knows and jeopardise her escape, or abandon him to his fate along with the rest of the city.

    If she doesn’t move fast, then no one will make it out of the valley alive.

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    Blog Tour: Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly (Review)

    Hey friends. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly and I am sharing my review with you. Enjoy!

    PoisonedPoisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
    Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Fantasy
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 432
    Release date: 20/10/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Beautiful Sophie, with lips as red as blood, skin as pale as snow, and hair as dark as night, is about to come of age and inherit her father’s throne. But Sophie’s stepmother wants rid of her – beautiful she may be, but too weak and foolish to reign. And Sophie believes her, as she believes all the things that have been said about her – all the poisonous words people use to keep girls like her from becoming too powerful, too strong.

    When the huntsman carries out his orders of killing Sophie, she finds a fire burning inside her that will not be extinguished, and sets off to reclaim what was taken from her.

    Jennifer Donnelly turns her feminist eye to this most delicious of fairy tales and shows Snow White as she’s never been seen before.

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    Review: The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

    The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2)The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
    Series: The Devouring Gray #2 (book 1 review)
    Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
    Published by: Titan Books
    Pages: 405
    Release date: 21/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

    Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.

    May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.

    Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.

    With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.

    But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…

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    Review: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

    The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1)The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
    Series: The Devouring Gray #1
    Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
    Published by: Titan Books
    Pages: 400
    Release date: 16/04/2019
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
    They locked the Beast away.

    After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

    Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

    Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

    The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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    Review: I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

    I Was Born for ThisI Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Harper Collins
    Pages: 393
    Release date: 03/05/2018
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: For Angel, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.

    Jimmy owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.

    But dreams don’t always turn out the way you think, and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together they find out just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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    Review: The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

    The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet StokerThe Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James
    Genre: Paranormal
    Published by: Walker Books
    Pages: 425
    Release date: 03/09/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: What if death is only the beginning?

    When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.

    Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is more interested in unleashing her own power, even if it means destroying everyone around her. But when all of eternity is at stake, the afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.

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    Review: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

    Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 476
    Release date: 18/08/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

    Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as the Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But the Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn–but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

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    Review: Boy Queen by George Lester

    Boy QueenBoy Queen by George Lester
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Macmillan
    Pages: 400
    Release date: 06/08/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Life’s a drag until you try . . .

    Robin Cooper’s life is falling apart.

    While his friends prepare to head off to university, Robin is looking at a pile of rejection letters from drama schools up and down the country, and facing a future without the people he loves the most. Everything seems like it’s ending, and Robin is scrabbling to find his feet.

    Unsure about what to do next and whether he has the talent to follow his dreams, he and his best friends go and drown their sorrows at a local drag show, where Robin realises there might be a different, more sequinned path for him . . .

    With a mother who won’t stop talking, a boyfriend who won’t acknowledge him and a best friend who is dying to cover him in glitter make up, there’s only one thing for Robin to do: bring it to the runway.

    Boy Queen by George Lester is a sparkling debut full of big hair, big heels and even bigger hearts.


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    Review: Loveless by Alice Oseman

    42115981. sy475 Loveless by Alice Oseman
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Harper Collins
    Pages: 435
    Release date: 09/07/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

    Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

    As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

    But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

    Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?


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    Blog Tour: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Review)

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron and I am sharing my review with you. Enjoy!


    Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 400
    Release date: 06/08/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

    Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball … are forfeit.

    But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world …

    An electrifying twist on the classic fairytale that will inspire girls to break out of limiting stereotypes and follow their dreams!