Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Shelf: Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2) by Sebastien de Castell

The second book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy readers.

It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and who carries a secret that's all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help - but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold - and Kellen can't help but suspect his own people may even be behind it.

Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, The Hunger Games and Guardians of the Galaxy.


More info on Goodreads....


Review:

Shadowblack is the thrilling second novel in Sebastien de Castell’s Spellslinger series and is another hilariously entertaining tale of magic, mayhem and adventure in what is a well told and fantastically paced novel!

It’s been a few months since former Jan’Tep mage Kellen walked away from his people and the life they had planned for him. Now an outlaw, Kellen and his companions, the Argosi wanderer Ferius Parfax and squirrel cat Reichis, journey through the land of Seven Sands. Surviving only thanks to his wits and occasional quick thinking, Kellen can’t help but miss his family and his old life. Yet when he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t actually blind, Kellen discovers shocking similarities between her ailment and his own secrets. A Shadowblack plague is effecting the people of the Seven Sands and Kellen and Ferius are determined to help them, but will the threat be too much for even them to face?

After enjoying Spellslinger so much, I was thrilled to continue on with Kellen and his story and feel that Sebastien de Castell did a brilliant job with this sequel. All the humour, excitement, wit and entertaining dialogue I loved about the first novel was evident once more. The storyline is developing even further and de Castell mixes plenty of moments of action, humour and fun into the novel. There’s so much about this series I love so far.

Kellen continues to be a solid protagonist to follow. He has a good head on his shoulders, and even as a female reader, I feel that he reads very well. I find him likable and easy to get behind as the storyline progresses. He makes me smile with his occasionally hopeless nature and I love that he’s determined to do the right thing. He’s just a genuine joy to read about.

Although, as much as I like Kellen, if I’m honest the best part about this series for me is Reichis. He steals (pun totally intended!) the show every scene he's in and I just adore the thieving, murderous little fur ball! He constantly makes me smile and I think he and Kellen are developing a truly strong bond as the series progresses. Not that Reichis would ever admit it!

Fast paced, exciting and riveting fantasy, Shadowblack was a brilliant follow up to its predecessor, easily as good as the first novel and leaves me dying to see what Sebastien de Castell has in store for his characters and his readers next!

Rating: 
Source: Won from Allen & Unwin Teen's Facebook page (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback

Release Date: October 5th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I genuinely loved this book as much as the first and can't wait until the next one is released!




 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Blitz: Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! As someone who absolutely adores the Beauty and the Beast classic, I love the opportunity to read or feature any retelling of this wonderful story. 
Beauty and Beastly sounds really good and I hope you enjoy the excerpt I have to share today!
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In this tale as old as time, Isabelle Hawking must tinker a solution to a heartbreaking mystery. 

When Isabelle Hawking and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle is thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkers, and studying mechanicals is her dream. And it doesn't hurt that the trip also offers Isabelle an escape from her overbearing and unwanted suitor, Gerard LeBoeuf.

But Isabelle never arrives. Swept up in a tempest, her ship is lost.

 Isabelle survives the storm only to be shipwrecked on a seemingly-deserted island. The magical place, dotted with standing stones, faerie mounds, and a crumbling castle, hints of an ancient past. Isabelle may be an unwilling guest, but her arrival marks a new beginning for the beastly residents of this forgotten land.

See how NY Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak puts a steampunk spin on the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.

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From Beauty and Beastly.....

My hands shook nervously as I slid on the yellow ball gown. It was quite silly, really, feeling so nervous. What was there to be worried about? I had done something to help the mechanicals, and they found a way to thank me the best they knew how.

Adjusting the dress, I sat down and looked into the vanity mirror. I smoothed my hair back once more. I’d styled it as Elyse Murray often wore her hair. Then I adjusted the small bumblebee hairpin in my hair—its cousin gifted to the fairies. I dabbed some perfume on my neck. By now, the Scottish lord who Papa and I had traveled to meet was already married. I’d missed that wedding. The ball gown was going to go to waste. At the very least, I would enjoy dressing up for just one night.

I adjusted the off-the-shoulder sleeves of my dress then pulled on my long, yellow gloves. Even my pair of heeled silk dancing slippers had survived in the box. I was suddenly very grateful for them. It would not due to wear traveling boots under a ball gown.

I took a deep breath, steadied my nerve, then rose and headed to the stairwell.

To my surprise, all of the candelabras in the main foyer had been lit, even the massive chandelier that hung overhead. The hall, which had seemed so dim before, was bathed in orange light. Everything felt so cheery and alive.

At the bottom of the stairs, Mister Flint, Missus Silver, Bronwyn, Missus Smith, the cook, and Mister Steele, another of the servants, stood waiting. All of them were dressed in their finest. It pleased me to see Missus Silver with her arm wrapped around Bronwyn’s waist.

And alongside them was Rhys who was dressed in a handsome suit. He wore a dark blue doublet trimmed with gold embroidery, a white silk collar, breeches and leggings, and boots. His metallic face glimmered as if it had been polished.

My stomach rocked with butterflies the size of ravens.

Isabelle, you’re being ridiculous. He’s just a machine. 

You cannot possibly be falling in love with an automaton. 

When I reached the bottom of the stairs, the ladies curtseyed, the men bowed.

Rhys offered his arm.

I linked my arm with his, and we moved down the hallway opposite that which led to the library. At the end of this hall was a set of double doors.

Mister Flint opened the doors to reveal a massive ballroom.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Burnt Earth Series, The Celtic Blood Series and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #206

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Graevale by Lynette Noni 
Releases on: February 1st 2018

“Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.”

Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:

Aven is coming.


Thoughts:
 Graevale is the fourth installment in The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni and I CANNOT WAIT for it's release! The Medoran Chronicles is quite easily one of my favourite series ever written by and Aussie author and I absolutely adore it. It's fantastic. I'm dying to be with Alex and Jordan and Bear and the rest of the gang again. 

Have you heard of this series before? 
What are YOU waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Shelf: Shadow Rise (Shadow Fall #2) by Audrey Grey

Terrorist. Rebel. Traitor.

One rash decision during the Shadow Trials led to unspeakable horrors that left innocents dead, friends injured and hunted by the Empire, and Maia Graystone imprisoned in the Tower at the Archduchess’s mercy.

Unsure if Riser Thornbrook survived, Maia must find a way to battle the Empire from within its own walls and escape so she can fulfill the promise to her father and stop the asteroid. But when she breaks free and joins Nicolai's Rebel army, she discovers she’s been branded a traitor. With war between the Rebels and the Empire looming, old alliances shifting, and suspicion hanging over her head, she must fight in the Rebel Blood Courts—and win command—to regain their trust.

Only problem is, first she has defeat the reigning champion, someone she knows all too well. Will Maia’s emotions lead to her defeat, or will she rise up and claim her victory?
 


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Shadow Rise is the sequel to Audrey Grey’s debut novel Shadow Fall and is a superb follow up to its predecessor that is filled with action, danger and thrilling moments of excitement and romance.

Maia Greystone made one rash decision that left her a prisoner of the Empire and dozens of innocent people dead. At the mercy of a cruel overlord, Maia’s only hope is escaping her prison and joining the Rebel forces determined to overthrow the Emperor. Yet when she eventually reaches the Rebels, Maia finds herself labelled a traitor. The two people she cares for more than anything in the world either do not remember her or want nothing to do with her and those around her ostracize her for her believed loyalty to the Empire. The Rebels plan to wage war against the Emperor, but with Maia sure there is another way, will she have the courage to fight for the Blood Throne to take control of the Rebels? Or will Nicolai and his army bring the world to its knees in its thirst for revenge?

Having adored the first book so very much, I was once again entranced with Shadow Rise. I very much enjoy this perilous dystopian world author Audrey Grey has created and can’t help but get lost in it. After loving the first book so, I was stoked to jump back in and have appreciated seeing new elements introduced and explored in this sequel, including the Fienian Rebels.

From the very beginning, I have found myself adoring the strong willed and tenacious heroine featured in this series and the complex world she inhabits that is full of danger; both in the form of the political and monarchical uprising that is going on and the looming threat of the asteroid that is on a collision course with Earth and is getting closer every day. Audrey Grey seems to have taken all my favourite elements of dystopian/apocalyptic novels and woven them together to give us Shadow Fall—and by golly is it brilliant! Personally, I just love it.

There’s so many fantastic characters in this series, including a lot of new ones in the form of Rebel members we meet in Shadow Rise. Maia finds herself some true friends in Teagan and Lash who often made me smile throughout the story and who were honestly likable and fun. Riser continues to be my guy (I’ll always be Team Riser) and Maia is still the incredibly strong willed and likable character we met in the first book.

There’s plenty of action, sizzling chemistry and danger fuelled moments within Shadow Rise. Alliances form and war is imminent with Audrey Grey ending Shadow Rise is excellent fashion. Highly entertaining and so addictive, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book as soon as it’s released!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: November 14th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I'm absolutely adoring this series and thought Shadow Rise was a great follow up--can't wait for more!


Monday, December 11, 2017

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Shelf: Wild Invitation (Psy-Changeling 0.5, 4.5, 9.5, 10.5) by Nalini Singh

In Beat of Temptation , innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?

In Stroke of Enticement , a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.

Plus 2 NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED NOVELLAS

In Declaration of Courtship , Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”

In Texture of Intimacy , SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.


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Review: 

Wild Invitation is a novel made up of four different novella’s set in Nalini Singh’s exhilarating Psy-Changeling series and details four highly enjoyable stories of romance and sensuality!

I’ll be first to admit that the reason behind my purchase of Wild Invitation was that I was dying to read the prequel story featuring Tammy and Nate, two beloved DarkRiver members who have been steady features throughout the series. Nalini Singh writes a wonderful novella featuring them, but I also loved the other three that make up Wild Invitation, including one that features Lara and Walker, two characters we’ve previously followed and saw mate in Kiss of Snow. 

DarkRiver solider Zach and his human mate Annie were completely new characters for me and I loved them. Honestly, Zach and Annie were just two cute for words and even though their story was a short one, I found their romance to be well told and believable. Again, I would have loved a full length novel to follow them extensively as they were such great characters who had fabulous chemistry.

Wolves Cooper and Grace featured in the third novella and made for a very interesting read. Though I’ve followed couples who were at different positions in the SnowDancer hierarchy fall in love, none have been to the extent of Cooper and Grace. They really were on opposite ends of the spectrum with Cooper highly dominant and Grace extremely submissive. Grace was a shy but comfortable individual and it was the wolf within her that was so submissive to Coop. I liked seeing Grace reconcile both parts of herself the the steady relationship she developed with Cooper.

Lara and Walker’s story began in Kiss of Snow when we saw their budding romance intertwine with Hawke and Sienna’s tale. Picking up right where Kiss of Snow left off, this novella sees Lara and Walker continue to navigate their new mating and begin to build a life together, though with a few speed bumps here and there.

A great collection of stories that true Psy-Changeling fans won’t want to miss, Wild Invitation is worth a read for those like myself who can’t get enough Nalini Singh!


Rating:
Source: I bought
Publisher:
Berkley Sensation 
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Well worth a read if you're a die hard fan of this series!



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #205

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Allied by Amy Tintera 
Releases on: May 1st 2018
 
In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.
 

Thoughts:
I'm soooooooo excited for Allied. I absolutely ADORE Amy Tintera and her books and I'm so very excited for this third book in the Ruined series. I love Em and Cas and cannot wait to see what Tintera has in store for them in this final installment. I'm really sad about the prospect of the trilogy ending, but I'm sure it's going to be just brilliant!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Shelf: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?


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Review: 

The Fire Queen is the sequel to Emily R. King’s fantastic debut novel, The Hundredth Queen and is a stellar follow up to its predecessor, drawing readers further into a lush and dangerous desert world that’s as appealing as it is threatening…..

Having only just managed to escape with her life, warrior queen Kalinda finds herself forced into exile at the hands of the warlord who has invaded the palace of her late husband, Rajah Tarak. Haunted by dreams and memories of the tyrant she was forced to marry, Kalinda and those closest to her--including her enemy-turned-friend Natesa and the man she loves Captain Deven Nirik, now disgraced and striped of his rank for his actions against the rajah--seek asylum and assistance from one of the Kingdom’s neighbouring Sultan’s. Kalinda hopes to find the heir to the empire of Tarachand, Prince Ashwin and restore him to his rightful place on the throne, but when the only way to do so includes participating in another brutal tournament, can Kalinda once again harness her fears or will enemies bring Kalinda once again to her knees?

Taking place almost two months after the conclusion of The Hundredth Queen, The Fire Queen picks up with a flourish; exploring new aspects of the desert landscape Emily R. King introduced her readers to in the first novel. The Fire Queen was as well paced as the first novel and I loved seeing the characters from the first novel back, as well as new friends and allies for Kalinda and Deven.
 
One of the biggest changes King brings to this second novel is the alteration of the way in which the novel unfolds. After following Kalinda for the whole duration of The Hundredth Queen, I was both surprised and then delighted when I began reading The Fire Queen and discovered that the story was now told through both Kalinda and Deven’s alternating POV’s. Considering the nature of The Fire Queen and the fact Kalinda and Deven spent a large portion separated from each other, following Deven as well helps offer a better rounded version of the story than if we were still following Kalinda only. It also didn’t hurt to have a glimpse into the mind and heart of our male lead and love interest.
 
Personally I think this series is shaping up very well. Kalinda continues to grow into her powers and her capabilities and remains a strong heroine to follow. I enjoy the relationships she has with the other characters and the way they interact with each other. I think Natesa and Yatin are sweet and really want more of Brac. I’m still on the fence with my feelings for Prince Ashwin, although I am fully behind Deven and Kalinda’s relationship.

The Fire Queen is filled with plenty of twists and turns you won’t necessarily anticipate. Emily R. King ends The Fire Queen with a story shaping development that leaves the characters once more facing a massive challenge. Personally I can’t wait until the third novel releases and will be looking to read it as soon as possible!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
Skyscape 
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date:
September 26th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: A very impressive and engaging sequel. I can't wait for more.





 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Blitz: Nectar of the Gods by Mary Bernsen- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the Nectar of the Gods by Mary Bernsen blitz thanks to Xpresso Book Tours. I hope you all enjoy the excerpt and giveaway I have to share today!
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Ambrosia has spent her life preparing for the day she would avenge her mother’s death. Working undercover as a prostitute, she draws in the man who took her mother’s life. Not realizing who Ambrosia is, the man admits to her that her mother is actually still alive—and he’s on a quest to finish what he started twenty-three years ago. Desperate to find the mother she’s never met, Ambrosia convinces him to let her help. It’s a partnership of necessity and founded in deception, but Ambrosia is faced with an uncomfortable truth: this man is not the monster she has always envisioned him to be. Worse yet, she finds herself drawn to him…craving his touch. How can she reconcile these intense feelings for the man who shattered her life?

The first novel in the exciting new Beyond the Gods series, Nectar of the Gods is a fantasy romance steeped in Greek Mythology and full of passion that will leave you breathless.


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From Nectar of the Gods.....

“What in Hades is wrong with you?” I hissed, trying to keep my voice down.

“You,” he growled. “Tramping around with my brother alone at night!”

“Why should anything I do with your brother concern you?”

I managed to pull my arm away, but he pivoted on his heels and came at me with wild, dangerous eyes. I retreated to a corner, and he pinned me in. With one arm on each side of my head, he leaned in and pressed himself against me.

“For the love of Zeus, Ambrosia. Don't you see what you do to me? I can't handle the thought of you with anyone least of all that spoiled sniveling excuse for a demigod.”

His words came out as desperate pleas. I fought hard against them, but I couldn't ignore the fire they lit in my heart. How did it come to this? He was supposed to have met the sharp side of my blade by now. Everything had spun horribly, horribly off path, and it was too late to regain control.

My heart thumped so strongly it caused a pain in my chest. His breathing was so chaotic and unbridled it was all I could focus on. His lips hovered over mine, and I wanted to reach up to bring them to mine, but I didn't dare.

 He smiled the same forbidding smile he had shown me the night we first met. I melted in place, my knees nearly giving out at the sight of it. I had never seen a man as tempting as the one here in front of me.

“He can't have you, Ambrosia. You are mine.” He lowered his lips down onto mine, forcing me to breathe in his groans.

Any small restraint I had left was gone. My body trembled under his hands. I tried to gasp when he finally pulled away, but the air caught in my throat as his mouth trailed it with rough, lingering kisses.

Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of Healing The Bayou, The Ganga Shift, and Beyond the Gods series.

She also writes young adult romances under her pseudonym, M.E. Rhines.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #204

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau 
Releases on: June 12th 2018
 
The second and final installation in the Dividing Eden series, a Cain and Abel meets The Selection fantasy about two royal siblings forced to compete for the crown

In the electrifying final installment in the Dividing Eden duology, royal siblings Carys and Andreus, betrayed by everyone they believed to be allies, continue to fight to determine who will reign over the kingdom—but now, one sibling has changed the game.

Thought:
I recently read the first book in this duology, Dividing Eden and after getting off to a slow start, I came to very much enjoy this fantasy tale which for me was a blend of Game of Thrones meets Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I'm solidly on Team Carys and am looking forward to seeing what Joelle Charbonneau does next and how she plans to end the series.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Free Ebooks

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Shelf: Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell

There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is simply to reach the age of sixteen. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope...
 


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Review: 

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell is a rich and magic infused tale that is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and those who love their YA reads full of excitement, humour and character chemistry.

For the Jan’Tep people, a person’s value can be defined by two things; the strength of his family and the strength of his magic. Fifteen year old Kellan belongs to one of the most powerful family of mages. Too bad that Kellen himself struggles with even the simplest of spells and doesn’t seem to be very magically inclined. As he participates in the trials every young mage must complete before they turn sixteen, Kellen fears the day is coming when he will be deemed incapable of performing magic and be forced to take a position of servitude as those without magic are expected to. Then a strange woman saves Kellen’s life during a duel gone wrong and offers him for the first time a different way of life where he can rely on his wits and cleverness instead of magic. Facing the opportunity to forge a different path than the one chosen for him, Kellen must choose between the life he’s always known and the one now before him. When a dangerous new enemy emerges determined to destroy the Jan’Tep, will Kellen stand by his people, or venture out on his own?

Heading into Spellslinger I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. The description doesn’t give too much away, but as I quickly discovered, Spellslinger is a highly addictive story. Sebastien de Castell weaves together a magical world that features a society that has an almost archaic aura to it with intriguing elements and ideology. Spellslinger reads really well. The writing is sharp and precise and the storyline builds in excitement as de Castell details Kellen’s journey.

Main character Kellen’s voice is easy to follow and he comes across as a genuine kid who is just trying to do the right thing and find his place in the world. Sebastien de Castell includes a lot of intelligent and humourful dialogue between the characters, especially Ferius Parfax and Reichris who were absolutely brilliant. I mean, three words; talking squirrel cat! Mind you, Reichris is more what I imagine a flying fox would be in this fictional world, but boy does he have a lot of personality and spunk—a fantastic personality!

Reminiscent of novels by Rick Riordan (who I consider one of my favourite authors!) the style of writing Sebastien de Castell implores and the storyline of Spellslinger is really enjoyable. There’s so much I want to know about the world and Kellen himself and I am expecting big things as this series progresses. Can’t wait to begin the next one!

Rating:
Source: Won from Allen & Unwin Teen's Facebook page (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 4th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel and I'm looking forward to beginning the sequel straight away.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The November Girl by Lydia Kang


I'm thrilled to be participating in in blog tour for The November Girl by Lydia Kang thanks to Chapter by Chapter. The November Girl is am absolutely beautiful book and one I highly recommend; so unique and vividly alluring.
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I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.


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Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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