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Dragonlove (Dragonfriend #1) by Marc Secchia

Dragonlove Book Cover Dragonlove
Dragonfriend #2
Marc Secchia
YA Fantasy Romance
September 6, 2015
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
Direct from Author/ Audible
Dragon friend
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
July 12, 2016
Kindle Book/Auido Book
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
HarperCollins UK
May 6, 2014
Kindle Book/Auido Book
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
Marc Secchia
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
April 11, 2015
Kindle Book/Auido Book
direct from author (Kindle Book)/Audibke
Hualiama, Flicker, Ra'aba
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
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
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
February 7, 2017
Luna, Fowler, Dwellers
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
February 9, 2016
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.

Book Reviews| #Review Books,#Edelweiss| Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns Book Cover Three Dark Crowns
Three Dark Crowns #1
Kendare Blake
Juvenile Fiction
Pan Macmillan
September 22, 2016
Arisnoe, Mirabella, Katherine
Fennbirn Island
Read from May 20 to September 21
I received this book from Edelweiss for review purposes

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.

I would like to thank Edelweiss and the books publisher for allowing me read a review copy of this fantastic book but the fact that I received it for review will have no bearing on my feelings about the book.

The book is written in the third person narrative as well as being told from the perspectives of each of the three main characters. This was an extremely good way of doing it as it meant that you not only got an insight into the lives of the three main characters but also some of the main people that were responsible for the care of each of them as well from their points of view, which was great.

All the characters were well developed and multi-dimensional which meant that I was able to connect with them on many different levels and for may different reasons. I loved the fact that each of the Sisters had different gifts Naturalist (Arsinoe), Elemental (Mirabella) and Katherine (Poisoner). I am really keen to see how all the characters are developed further in the next book but especially Arisnoe the Naturalist as it looks like she’s possibly going to have more than one of the gifts.

The plot was well written and developed which made it really believable. Although I would say that it could be very information heavy at times, which although needed in order to build the world adequately enough for a first book it meant that it was slow going at times. Because the plot in this book was very information heavy I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to how the plot develops further as there were areas in it where things were not explained fully so I can’t wait to see how these gaps are filled and possibly expanded upon.

In summary, I gave this book a 5-star rating because I enjoyed the plot and characters and am looing forward to reading the next book in the series. As well as the fact that I would recommend this to and/or buy it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.

Book Review | #Personal Book | Poisoned (Snow White #1) by Katherine Pine

Snow White Volume 1
Katherine Pine
YA Sci-fi Fantasy Fairy tale Retelling
February 26th 2013
Snow White, Rose Red
The Mirror, The Huntsman
Read from 23/12/13 to 12/12/16

Poisonous mists settled in the lowlands 17 years ago, rendering ninety percent of the land uninhabitable and killing over half the population. Most blame their misfortune on industrialization or the fey, but some curse Snow White, the princess who was born poisoned.

As the only person who can survive entering the poisoned woods without a gas mask, Snow White has dedicated her life to studying the poison and finding a cure. This obsession draws her deeper into the woods and its secrets, where nothing is as it seems. When Snow White saves a man who should never have been saved, she unleashes an evil more horrifying and destructive than the poison.

“The people in the village silently worshiped Snow White, but the servants Poisoned (Snow White, #1)feared her. They remembered the beauty and kindness of the late queen. They never forgot that she’d died by her daughter’s hand.”

I read this book as part of the Snow White Volumes 1 to 3 bind up and it was also the first book I had read by this author. I enjoyed reading this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the second book (The Mirror) in the bind up. This was a really twisted retelling of Snow White with the story of Rose Red thrown in for good measure. Snow White is a complex character who it was hard not to feel sorry for due to the fact that she is poisoned like the kingdom she is Princess of, and the fact that she is guilt ridden because she’s responsible for her mother’s death. It was great how Katherine twisted the sentient mirror into an actual person who’d been imprisoned in a dungeon, the poisoned apple being the fact that she was born with a disease (‘poisoned’) and the wicked stepmother with the evil that lurks in the poisoned kingdom.All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love. <br /> Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason

All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love.                                                              Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason it’s poisoned. The story skips from her young self to her present day life but in both, she is a very depressive character but it is understandable as she’s not only been born ‘poisoned’ but is also the reason her mother is dead. She met Princess Rose when she panicked in the aftermath of killing her mother and tried to escape the tower.                                                                            Princess Rose was quite a confusing character to understand because her words and deeds tend to have alternate meanings. Although her father, the king wants Snow White dead she attempts to stand by Snow White until the end. Yet she nor the King stop Snow White from running into the poisoned forest. By the end of the book, it was starting to become clear that she was going to become the evil queen because she’d found the man who called himself Mirror, so the Mirror.

The style in which the book was written could be a little confusing to follow because at the start of chapters it was hard to tell whether it was being set in the present or past. However, once I got into the chapter properly it became much easier to decipher when it was set.

I thought the twist to the lore of Snow White in this book was really imaginative and wish that I had come up with it! This is why I started reading the next book in the series so I could end some of the loose ends and the cliffhanger from the first book.

This book is a YA sci-fi Romance Fairytale Retelling and it fits very well into these genres so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books from the genres.<br /><br />