Fantasy

Review: The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club Book CoverThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, published January 2016 by Walker Books.

Read: March 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 496
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Goodreads Synopsis: London, April 1812. 18 year old Lady Helen is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London. There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book CoverHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published July 2016 by Little Brown UK.

Read: August 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Play
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 330
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Goodreads Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

*SPOILER FREE*

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Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows Book CoverQueen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas, published September 2015 by Bloomsbury UK.

Read: September 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 645
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Goodreads Synopsis: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire – for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past… She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost Queen’s triumphant return.

The hype surrounding this book! I jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon just before the fandom imploded, but by now it’s a MASSIVE deal and so my expectations were super high going in to this read. The obvious question is, did this book live up to them? Yes, and no. This is going to be one major word-vomit review – brace yourselves.

**Beware – Spoilers Ahead!**

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Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Book CoverThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, published September 2015 by Candlewick Press.

Read: November 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Magical Realism
Source: The Transatlantic Book Project
#Pages: 320
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Goodreads Synopsis: Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava – in all other ways a normal girl – is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition, and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, 16 year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

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Review: Uprooted

Uprooted Book CoverUprooted by Naomi Novik, published May 2015 by Macmillan.

Read: August 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance
Source: Gifted
#Pages: 437
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Goodreads Synopsis: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book CoverA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, published May 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s.

Read: May 2014
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult/Fantasy/Re-telling
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 416
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Add to GoodreadsGoodreads Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator, and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion, and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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Review: Between the Lives

Between the Lives Book CoverBetween the Lives by Jessica Shirvington, published August 2014 by Orchard Books. 

Read: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Fantasy
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 339
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Goodreads Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she shifts to her ‘other’ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she’s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she’s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments that bring her dangerously close to the life she’s always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she’ll choose?

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Review: Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire Book CoverHeir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, published by Bloomsbury Childrens.

Read: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Fantasy/Adventure
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 562
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Goodreads Synopsis: Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her? Crowned by Evil. Bound by Duty. Divided by Love.

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