Saturday 28 February 2015

The Infinite

4 Stars/5

Kai has now discovered the truth about her past and the city of Ninurta. With a changing Government in its early fragile stages there have been a growing rebel group who wants a revolution and get rid of the Infinite. Kai is stuck in the middle with Avan not remembering his human self and discovering his new powers, and Reev who is acting suspiciously and may be involved with the rebels. On top of this she has lost her powers to manipulate time. But everything changes when they learn they are not alone and there is a city outside of Ninurta called Lanathrill who needs their aid. With Kai and some Hollows, including Mason, investigating, will they discover that these people are hiding something?

The Infinite is the very enjoyable sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone which was well written and a fascinating story. It has more action and twists, and we get to see more of this world.

Kai has become more confident in this book but she is still determined and caring and does not know what she wants to do with her life. I miss the old Avan and I struggled to warm to the new him but he was not much in this book so I hope he is in the next one more. Similarly, I also wish Reev was more in this book as I feel there is more that we can learn about him.

Mason is a nice character who is tough yet cheeky and I like that he played a bigger role in this book. There are also some interesting new characters including Emryn who is a single-minded ruler who wants to live up to his dead father expectations and restore glory to Lanathrill, and Cassia who is a sweet and amiable girl.

I really liked this book and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I would recommend The Infinite to fans of the first book Gates of Threat and Stone 

Thursday 26 February 2015

Gates of Thread and Stone

4 Stars/5

In the city of Ninurta, 17 year old Kai has the ability to manipulate the threads of time but only one man, the ruler of Ninurta, is meant to possess magic. Kai has no memories from the age of 8 since her adoptive brother, Reev found her on the river bank. When Reev disappears, Kai vows to find him no matter what it takes and with her only friend Avan, she leaves the only home she has ever known. To save Reev, Kai must unravel her past and discover the secrets that everyone has been hiding.

Gates of Thread and Stone is a really good fantasy novel which was unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat. It has interesting mythology, action and romance. While it is a fantasy novel, it was unusual as it was dystopian fantasy world and I have never read anything like it.

I like Kai as she is a good person who is loyal and caring but is also stubborn, determined and feisty. Avan is enigmatic, protective and unlike some romantic interests has a past. I also like Reev as he was the perfect big brother and Mason and I hope we learn more about them.

It has a bitter sweet ending and I am looking forward to reading the next book, The Infinite. I would recommend Gates of Thread and stone to fans of Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne and Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision. 

Tuesday 24 February 2015


4 Stars/5

Thanks to Rachel Carter for giving me this book to review.

Ryiah is now an apprentice in the combat faction of magic but everything is just begining. She has 4 years left until she becomes a mage, but it is not going to be easy as her sexist training master hates her. She is sharing this experience with her best friend Ella, her twin brother Alex and an older apprentice Ian who seems to like her. But she cannot stop her attraction to her friend/rival Prince Darren who is betrothed to her bully. Just when Ryiah starts to get use to her new life, a fellow apprentice is killed and they are drawn into a brewing conflict between Jerar and neighbouring country Caltoth.

Apprentice is the very good sequel to First Year, as I could not stop reading it and had to find out what happened next, and even after I finished it I could not stop thinking about it. This book has more action and romance than the last book. However, the one minor problem with this book was that because it was set over 4 years I felt it skipped over too much and only focused on certain things at the expense of others.

I really liked Ryiah as she is stubborn and determined, and she was a normal person with normal flaws, but she was a bit obsessed with boys in this book. I could never figure out what Darren was going to do next, as one second I really liked him and the next I hated him and this happened though out the book. One person I felt very sorry for was Ian, as I felt Ryiah used him. I also loved the secondary character, especially Ella and Alex and I liked getting to know Ryiah and Alex’s charming younger brother Derrick.

This book was very good and I am really looking forward to the next book Candidate. I would recommend to fans for the first book in the Black Mage series, First Year.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Aquila: Into the Light

4 Stars/5

Aquila has finally found out what she is and has discovered friends, family and love in the city of Celthia. However, she has been kidnapped by the Dragone while trying to rescue her mother, but she has been betrayed and injured by the man she loves, Liam. Now she must find a way to escape, but whilst there she begins to questions things, why the future ruler of the Dragone looks so familiar, and why they do not act like the people the Avian describe. With Aqua trying to figure out the truth, she has to face her future and figure out where she belongs.

I really enjoyed Aquila: Into the Light as it was a fact paced and addictive sequel. There is more action in this book, has a lot of twists and is well written.

Aqua has developed during these two books, as she finally knows what type of person she is, and she is really protective and fights for what is fair. There are some new characters that I really like in this book. One is Brue as he is a typical boy who is charming and wants to be brave but mostly just gets into trouble. The other is Axion as he is thoughtful, caring and philosophical.

However I did not like Liam as much in this book, mostly because he shot an arrow at Aqua and he never really explains why. Also people thinking Aqua is unreasonable for not forgiving him, and then about halfway though everyone, including Aqua, seems to have forgotten that is ever happened.

Despite this I did really like this book and I look forward to what T L Searle does next. I would recommend Aquila: Into the Light to fans of the first book Aquila: From the Darkness 

Wednesday 18 February 2015

The Ruby Circle

5 Stars/5

Adrian and Sydney are married, but their married life has not gone smoothly, they are hiding from the wrath of The Alchemists with the Moroi, but the Moroi are disgusted and confused by their relationship. But worse is that Jill has been missing for a month with no idea of where she is or if she is even alive. When Sydney receives a clue to where Jill is, she goes on a dangerous hunt to find her. Meanwhile, Adrian is trying to save Nina from using too much spirit and going crazy, but discovers that her sister, Olive, has been keeping a shocking secret from everyone. With both Sydney and Adrian desperate to find Jill, will they ever be able to stop running?

The Ruby Circle is the brilliant conclusion to the Bloodlines series, and fans of the previous books will not be disappointed. It has magic, romance and action, with a scavenger hunt type of adventure which has lots of twists and turns.

Both Sydney and Adrian have developed so much as characters in this series. Sydney is still, mature, organised and smart, but she is now much more open minded and less of a control freak. I feel Adrian has grown the most in this series, as he is much more responsible than he was in the Vampire Academy series and less laidback but is also the kind, charming and witty Adrian than we know and love.

There are lots of cameo’s from character’s from Vampire Academy, especially Rose and Dimitri who feature a lot in this book. However, I did miss some of the characters from this series, like Jill and Angeline. I also did not see the storyline about Olive coming when I started the book.

This is one of my favourite series, and although there is no obvious plots to continue, I hope there is more books in this universe. I would recommend The Ruby Circle to fans of The Vampire Academy series and people who enjoyed the previous Bloodlines books.

Sunday 15 February 2015

The Spirit Heir

4 Stars/5

Jinji is imprisoned in the dungeons, unsure of what is going to happen to her and if Rhen is alive. Above her in the castle Rhen is in a coma, but when he wakes he finds his world has changed. His father and oldest brother are dead, leaving his new born nephew as king, and his best friend Jin is actually a woman. With enemies surrounding them, and Jin and Rhen growing closer, they must work together, as the fate of humanity is in their hands.

The Spirit Heir is a really good sequel to The Shadow Soul as it is fast paced and well written. I am really hooked to this story as it is addictive, it has more action and romance than the previous book.

Jin is stronger in this book and is more world wise, but she is still naïve and a nice person. Rhen has become more responsible but I do miss the more carefree person he was in the last book, he is also more comfortable with his powers but not with how people treat him now. I love the sweet romance between the two of them and I like that they still have the friendship from the previous novel but it has developed into something more.

I am really looking forward to reading the next book The Phoenix Born. I would recommend The Spirit Heir to fans of the rest of the A Dance of Dragons series, and this series to fans of really enjoyable YA fantasy novels.   

Thursday 12 February 2015

The Silver Key

4 Stars/5

It has been weeks since King Razzaq banished Mikza, Princess Leena’s love, from the kingdom. Leena is very surprised by his sudden appearance with a red-headed prince from their neighbouring kingdom Whylkin. Her curiosity gets the best of her and she follows them but what she sees and who she meets will change the world.

The Silver Key is the enjoyable sequel novella, which is the POV of Leena when Rhen and Jin go to Ourthuro. Similar to The Golden Cage, even though this book is not long it has a lot of story in it.

I feel very sorry for Leena in this book but it does not stop her from helping people and she is still the same person from the previous book who is willing to give up everything to do what is right.

The Silver Key is a really good novella and gives us a glimpse at what will happen in the next book in this series The Spirit Heir. I would recommend The Silver Key to fans of the other books in this series. 

Monday 9 February 2015

The Golden Cage

4 Stars/5

In Ourthuro, the King’s word is law and no one can go against his wishes, not even his daughter, Princess Leena. However, Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with Mikza, a solider, and here father will punish them both if he ever finds out, but she is willing to abandon her life of luxury and risk it all to be with him. Will they be able to escape before it’s too late?

The Golden Cage is a really enjoyable prequel short story in the A Dance of Dragons series. Even though it is a novella, it is not lacking as it has forbidden romance and it was great to learn more about Leena.

I liked Leena as she is strong-willed and relatable, and is not easily swayed by her father. Mikza is a strong and protective character although I think he would have known more about how the king watched Leena.

Although not a happy ending, I am looking forward to reading the other short story about Leena. I would recommend The Golden Cage to people who enjoyed The Shadow Soul. 

Friday 6 February 2015

The Shadow Soul

4 Stars/5

Thanks to Netgalley and Patchwork Press for giving me this book to review.

Jinji’s home is destroyed and everyone she has known has been killed by a mysterious shadow and she is left alone with nowhere to go, until a young man called Rhen finds her. However, both are hiding secrets, Jin is masquerading as a boy and has magic, meaning she can weave elements and create illusions, and Rhen is a prince on the search for foreign enemies and can pull flames into himself. While they go on a search to discover what is happening in the kingdom Ourthuro, an evil power is after them and only Jin and Rhen hold the key to defeat it.

I really enjoyed The Shadow Soul as it is a good fantasy, is well written, and I was not bored from beginning to the end. There was a lot of traveling in this book, action and a hint of potential romance for future books. I got really invested in the story and characters and I enjoyed having the POV of both the male and female protagonist.

I really liked Jin as she is naïve, intelligent and has an inner strength, she has struggled but never forgot her heritage and is willing to get justice for her family but is also willing to help her friend. Rhen is really cleaver, much more than people expect, is very loyal to those who are close to him, has a good sense of humour and wants to prove himself. Rhen and Jin just clicked and I liked how they acted together and I wonder how it will change in the next book.

This is a really good book and I can’t wait to read the next book The Spirit Heir and the short stories in this series. I would recommend The Shadow Soul to fans of Tamora Peirce.

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Death Marked

3 Stars/5

Thanks to Edelweiss and Greenwillow Books for giving me this book to review.

Ileni discovers that losing her powers and ending up with the assassins is all part of a plan for her to destroy the Empire. The only problem with this plan is that she does not want to be a weapon, all she wants to discover the truth. She is now in the heart of the Empire, at their academy for sorcerers, yet she is more confused than ever. Some of the people are not as she had been lead to believe, and she is tempted by the empires evil magic. On top of all that, her budding romance with Sorin, the assassin’s leader, is being threatened by their differences in beliefs. Will Ilena become the weapon she was designed to be or forge her own path and find another way to bring down the empire?

Death Marked is the enjoyable sequel to Death Sworn but is not as good as the first book. This book has action and suspense but not as much romance. I could not get into to this book and it didn’t hold my interest as much as Death Sworn.

Ileni is really indecisive in this book and I wished she would just make up her mind, but she has grown up since the start of the first book. Sorin is not in this book as much, yet we did get some of his POV which means we get to understand him better. There are also some new characters which were interesting as well as some ones from the last book.

I am not sure if there is going to be another book in this series but I would be interested in reading more about Ileni and Sorin. I would recommend Death Marked to fans of the first book Death Sworn.