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Book Reviews

I’ve been super busy for the past month or so with my husband having his tonsils removed, taking on extra writing projects, and life in general, which has made it difficult to get a lot of reading done. But here are four of the books I read and enjoyed since my last review post.

Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe

A magical, edge of your seat story

In a world that knows magic exists there are only some people who have the power to wield it. At sixteen those who have magic are either chosen or dampened. Those who are chosen are sent to help protect those with and without magic, while those who are dampened have some of their magic taken away so they are no longer powerful. For those who are selected for dampening there is one more option. To declare. But declaring means entering the mysterious Mage’s Exam where they will either be declared a Champion or lose their magic all together. Ruthless Magic follows Rocio, Finn and the others who must survive this exam or lose their magic forever.

I enjoyed so much about this book. The way it made me feel almost as though I was back in the world of Harry Potter but with a twist that brought in elements of the Hunger games as well. The story pace never failed, making it hard to put it down, and I found myself rooting for many of the characters. I also enjoyed the way the relationships between each of the characters developed throughout the story.

I truly enjoyed this story and think anyone who loved the magic of Harry Potter and the intensity of Hunger Games will love it too.

You can find Ruthless Magic HERE!


Emerge: The Captive by Melissa A. Craven

Page turner from start to finish

Captured by an Immortal organisation called Soma, Quinn struggles to keep his secrets hidden from his captors. Secrets he fears if discovered could turn him into the monster he’s always fought to keep at bay. But there are others at Soma he’s grown to care for, and he can’t leave them.
Meanwhile, in the midst of Quinn’s kidnapping, Sasha has been forced to journey to India to undertake brutal training under the watchful eye of a man she doesn’t trust. She can’t leave until her training is complete, and part of its success depends on them learning to work together.

I enjoyed getting the chance to see what happened to Quinn and Sasha. I liked watching the characters grow, and their gifts develop as it gave this already exciting series a new edge keeping me hooked from start to finish. Both Quinn and Sasha learned so much about themselves and the relationship between them.

The Captive is another great story by Melissa A Craven that I couldn’t put down.

You can find Emerge: The Captive HERE!


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series so far and this one didn’t disappoint. 

After journeying north, Aelin and her companions learn the Lords of Terrasen won’t recognise her as queen. Despite her frustrations, Aelin swears she will come to their aid if they call and sets out to call in old debts and promises. Her goal: to raise an army of assassins, thieves, exiles and commoners. War is coming, and they need all of the help they can get.

One of my favourite parts of this series are the characters. I love so many of them, and love watching them grow and develop through the series. In this book in particular, some characters have their biggest shifts. New alliances are made and relationships are formed, despite the dire situation they find themselves in.

I keep devouring these books and look forward to reading the next book in the series, Tower of Dawn.

You can find Empire of Storms HERE!


La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

I squealed out loud when I saw this book in the bookstore.

Malcolm, an eleven-year-old boy, helps his parents run the Trout Inn, but in his spare time he explores the River Thames in his canoe La Belle Sauvage, or visiting and helping the nun’s in the local priory. One day, while visiting the nuns, he learns they have a new guest. A baby named Lyra. Malcolm soon learns there are those who do not wish well for Lyra, and he knows he must do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

I was so excited to delve back into the world of His Dark Materials. Malcolm’s love and protection of Lyra warms your heart, and once again I wished for my very own daemon.

I’m looking forward to discovering what happens next in The Book of Dust series.

You can find La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust HERE!

Have you read any of the books I reviewed? Is there a book you think I will love? Please, let me know in the comments below.

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