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Books and Reading | Book Reviews | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Series 4/7) by Sarah J Mass

Queen of Shadows Book Cover Queen of Shadows
Throne of Glass Series 4/7
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing
September 1, 2015
Kindle Book/Audio Book
576
Amazon/Audible
Celaena Sardothian (Aelin Galathinios)
Rifthold
Heir of Fire
Empire of Storms
Read from 2/11/17 to 7/8/18
Elizabeth Evans

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past ... The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series. Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people. Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series which is Heir of fire because i enjoyed that one so much. However I didn’t enjoy it much at all even though I did end up reading it in audio book format which made it more bearable as the Narrators Narration was great and it was far more atmospheric than it would have been just reading it. In fact I didn’t enjoy it so much that at the halfway point I was considering not reading anymore of the series but at the end of the audio book there was an excerpt from the next book in the series and listening to that made me want to read it’

Sarah’s writing style, plot and character development were as good as ever but I didn’t feel that I connected to Celaena as strongly as I did in previous books in fact i Just found her extremely annoying, although her relationships with the other characters were endearing on the whole. It slightly annoyed me how the story jumped between Celaena’s story and the story of the witch clans because I was just settled in hearing the story from one point of view when I found I was hearing the story from the other persons/groups point of view which was a little jarring. I can understand why Sarah wrote it this way because it meant that as the reader you were able to get both points of views of the main groups in the story but when it changed points of view it pulled me out of the story.

As much as I only gave this book a three star rating I did enjoy it a bit but it’s just not the best book in this series as it probably has “middle book” syndrome in that although it’s an Ok story the characters have become a little blah. However it is still a book that I would recommend it to anyone whose a fan of The Throne of Glass Series or enjoys reading paranormal, fantasy, Romance.

Books and Reading I Reviews I A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery 2/ ) by Ellie Alexander

A Batter of Life and Death Book Cover A Batter of Life and Death
A Bakeshop Mystery 2/14
Ellie Alexander
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 30, 2015
Kindle Book
272
Amazon
Julia Capshaw, Nina
Ashland,Oregpn
Meet your Baker
On thin Icing
read from 25/11/17 to 25/01/18

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one in the series although the story was a liitle slow to begin with, for the first dozen or so chapters. Although the story was slow going initially it was great to back in Julia Capshaws world again as well as in the middle of yet another murder mystery which she was in the middle of.

The characters in this book were really well written and believable, and I loved seeing the way Julias relationships with the characters from the previous book developed further as well as how her relationships with the new characters developed. Julias strong and loving relationship with her Mother but complete and utter confusion about her feelings for her estranged Husband Carlos, a fellow chef.

Although the plot was slow going to begin with the author had written it so well that it kept me the reader want to keep reading so I could find out what happened. From when one of the chefs in the Baking competition that this book was based around was murdered and Julia was drawn in to the mystery of the murder. The descriptions of both the characters and scenes were so well written and beleivable that I actually felt like I was in the story my self.

I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries particularly those that are known as cozy and based around baking.

Dragonlove (Dragonfriend #1) by Marc Secchia

Dragonlove Book Cover Dragonlove
Dragonfriend #2
Marc Secchia
YA Fantasy Romance
CreateSpace
September 6, 2015
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
528
Direct from Author/ Audible
huamalia,
Dragon friend
Dragonsoul
Read from June 10 to October 22 2017
I received this book from the author for review purposes but this doesn't effect my views on the book.

When a woman loves a Dragon, that love will change the world. Six years have passed since Hualiama and Grandion defied the Island-World's most sacred law. They burned the heavens together as Rider and Dragon. For his crime, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon suffered exile and imprisonment. The Dragons forced Hualiama to forget her past. Now, the suns must set upon the age of the Ancient Dragons. Amaryllion Fireborn, last of his kind, bequeaths Hualiama an astonishing legacy. She is the Dragonfriend. Raised by Dragons. Burned by Dragon fire. Oath-bound to a Dragon. Crossing the Island-World in search of her Dragonlove, she will forge an indelible mark upon history. As war between Dragons and Humans engulfs the Islands, Hualiama must unravel the secrets of her tragic past in order to confront an evil that threatens the very existence of the Dragonkind. For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die.

Book Information | The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

The Last Ever After Book Cover The Last Ever After
The School for Good and Evil #3:
Soman Chainani
Juvenile Fiction
HarperCollins
July 12, 2016
Kindle Book/Auido Book
704
AmazonAma/Audible
Sophie, Agatha, The School Master, Merlin
A World without Princes
6/4/2017- 14/5/2017
Polly Lee
22 hrs and 52 mins

In the epic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series the School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past and present to find the perfect end to their fairy tale. This paperback edition includes a never-before-seen chapter from book one, The School for Good and an Evil, plus a sneak peek at The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook. Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros, and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master. But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be rewritten, and theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over, and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down. Soman Chainani delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance, and fairy-tale twists than ever before in this extraordinary finish to his fantastic series.

Book Information | The Bee’s by Laline Paull

The Bees Book Cover The Bees
Laline Paull
Fiction
HarperCollins UK
May 6, 2014
Kindle Book/Auido Book
352
AmazonAma/Audible
Flora 717, The queen, the Fertility police, the high priestesses,
28/10/2016 to 15/5/2017
Orlagh Cassidy
10 hrs and 16 mins

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction 2015 Enter a whole new world, in this thrilling debut novel set entirely within a beehive.

Book Information | Dragon friend (Dragonfriend #1) by Marc Secchia

Dragonfriend Book Cover Dragonfriend
Dragonfriend
Marc Secchia
Dragons
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
April 11, 2015
Kindle Book/Auido Book
432
direct from author (Kindle Book)/Audibke
Hualiama, Flicker, Ra'aba
Fra'anior,
Dragonlove
116/12/16 - 16/5/17
Erin Bennett
17hrs 12 mins

Stabbed. Burned by a dragon. Abandoned for the windrocs to pick over. The traitor Ra'aba tried to silence Hualiama forever. But he reckoned without the strength of a dragonet's paw, and the courage of a girl who refused to die. Only an extraordinary friendship will save Hualiama's beloved kingdom of Fra'anior and restore the King to the Onyx Throne. Flicker, the valiant dragonet. Hualiama, a foundling, adopted into the royal family. The power of a friendship which paid the ultimate price. This is the tale of Hualiama Dragonfriend, and a love which became legend.

#Currently Reading | Feathers (Tales Trilogy #2) by Rose Mannering

Feathers Book Cover Feathers
The Tales Trilogy #3
Rose Mannering
Juvenile Fiction
Regnery Publishing
July 5, 2016
Kindle Book
288
Amazon
Ode
Roses
Currently Reading

Feathers fell like rain from the sky. Ode was never meant to be born. An outcast from birth, he discovered how to control his unique, remarkable gift entirely on his own. Unlike the other people of his tribe, Ode can fly. Sometimes his body will shudder and shift, and then Ode will transform. He becomes a great white bird with feathers as pale as the snow. He becomes a swan. He can fly above the tribe’s tepees and soar over the emerald forests of the Wild Lands. But even with his gift, he cannot save his family from the oncoming war. The Magical Cleansing is spreading across the realm, and strangers arrive from foreign lands bringing with them bloodshed and fear. With the help of his gift, Ode flees to a distant island where answers, Magic, and a girl with golden hair await him. He must be brave, and he must be wise. And he must never turn back. The exciting and much-anticipated second book in the Tales trilogy, Feathers is sure to keep fans of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series turning the pages as they journey through the magic world of the Western Realm. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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#Currently Reading| Smiler’s Fair (The Hollow Gods #1) by Rebecca Levene

Smiler's Fair Book Cover Smiler's Fair
The Hollow Gods #1
Rebecca Levene
Adult Fantasy/Mythology Fiction
Hachette UK
July 31, 2014
Kindle Book
480
Amazon
Dae Hyo, Eric, Marvan, Krish, Nethmi
Currently Reading

Yron the moon god died, but now he's reborn in the false king's son. His human father wanted to kill him, but his mother sacrificed her life to save him. He'll return one day to claim his birthright. He'll change your life. He'll change everything. Smiler's Fair: the great moving carnival where any pleasure can be had, if you're willing to pay the price. They say all paths cross at Smiler's Fair. They say it'll change your life. For five people, Smiler's Fair will change everything. In a land where unimaginable horror lurks in the shadows, where the very sun and moon are at war, five people - Nethmi, the orphaned daughter of a murdered nobleman, who in desperation commits an act that will haunt her forever. Dae Hyo, the skilled warrior, who discovers that a lifetime of bravery cannot make up for a single mistake. Eric, who follows his heart only to find that love exacts a terrible price. Marvan, the master swordsman, who takes more pleasure from killing than he should. And Krish, the humble goatherd, with a destiny he hardly understands and can never accept - will discover just how much Smiler's Fair changes everything.

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Book Information | #Review Books | Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadow’s #2) by Sophie Jordan

Rise of Fire Book Cover Rise of Fire
Reign of Shadow's #2
Sophie Jordan
Young Adult Fiction
HarperTeen
February 7, 2017
EARC
304
NetGalley
Luna, Fowler, Dwellers
Read
Reign of Shadows
Read from January 22 to February 03, 2017
Although this book was received for review it doesn't effect my star rating or views of it in any way

New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s romantic, sweeping fantasy Reign of Shadows continues in this suspenseful sequel, Rise of Fire. Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever. Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the King discovers both Fowler and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne. Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler but the power she was destined to inherit.

Book Information | #Review Books | Reign of Shadow’s (Reign of Shadow’s #1) by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows Book Cover Reign of Shadows
Reign of Shadow's #1
Sophie Jordan
Young Adult Fiction
HarperCollins
February 9, 2016
EARC
320
NetGalley
Luna, Perla, Dwellers, Fowler
Rise of Fire
Read from June 4 to 27
Although this book was received for review it doesn't effect my star rating or views of it in any way

Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn't stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.