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text 2017-07-28 06:00
The Crowns of Croswald - D.E. Night

The Crowns of Croswald

D.E. Night

Published July 21st 2017 by Stories Untold
ISBN13 9780996948654
also on Kindle

The Crowns of Croswald is D.E. Night's debut YA novel.   Different enough from Harry Potter (no muggles, a female lead (YAY!), dragons, and more), D.E. Night brings a creative storyline with Ivy as the main character who likes to daydream to get away from her scullery maid job. Night's writing kept the plotline interesting and moving at a fast pace. 1 or 2 things gave me an inkling of what might be coming but I won't give those away here; but other than that, I found the events that Ivy got into to be suspenseful,  while potentially causing chaos for her. The story ended well, and left a want for more.

****I received this novel from a Booklikes giveaway in exchange for a fair review.****


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text 2017-04-01 06:24
Wolf Sight by Rachel M. Raith by Blog Tour and Giveaway
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Book Title: Wolf Sight 
Author: Rachel M. Raithby 
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Release Date: April 1, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
book blurb
The packs have aligned. Peace is here. But it came at a price. Cage’s world shifted when Katalina arrived but not in the way he’d expected. The pain is tearing him apart, and with each day, he loses a piece of himself. Unable to watch Katalina love someone else, Cage sees no other option but to leave the pack. Will he find the answers he seeks? Or has he taken the wrong path, altering the fate of not just himself but the pack he’d once called home? Anna's world is one of confusion and dreams. When a vision of a boy’s death begins to haunt her, she leaves everything behind in hopes of finding him. But Anna finds far more than she expected. She’ll be pushed to the limits, and her faith will waver. In the end she must decide—are her visions a gift or a curse?

With every vision before, a part of her had always resisted. It was terrifying being pulled from reality and sucked into a place she didn’t know. A place no ordinary human could ever see. But as image after image of broken, injured children cascaded through her mind, she’d allowed herself to be completely taken.
Falling into the unknown, she was swallowed by a dark ocean. Screams wrapped around her. The taste of blood filled her mouth while the scent of death lingered in the air. Anna gasped for breath, wading through what felt like mud, trying to find pieces of a puzzle that would end in horror. The group had split into two when the men appeared. The adults had been focused on eliminating the threat that they never noticed. With only two teenage girls with the smallest of the children, they had no hope of survival.
Running from the cabins as fire lit up behind her, Anna barely registered Katalina’s words, her only focus on following the pull in her chest. Branches snatched at her clothes, ripping them and tearing skin. Blood trickled from a gash across her cheek. Her already worn-out body screamed in protest, but none of it outweighed the urgency of finding those children. This was her chance to change the future, to make up for failing her family. She had to believe that she saw what she did so that she could stop it from ever happening. Because if she didn’t, then it wasn’t a gift, but truly a curse. Anna could think of no crueler fate than knowing how someone would die and being powerless to stop it.
meet the author
Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies. She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all. She now lives in rural England with her young family.
Her books include, the adult Paranormal Romance novels ‘The Deadwood Hunter Series’ and the Young Adult series The New Dawn Novels, including the YA Best seller ‘Winter Wolf.'
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review 2017-02-21 09:47
Anya and the Power Crystal- N. A. Cauldron

     This is a really good book for the ‘between years’ reader and younger adolescents. Well, so says I, from the distance of my 60s and many years from having even the connection of children of such ages. I enjoyed delving into Cauldron’s fantasy adventure, with its traditional fight between generally righteous good and the forces of evil. The writing is exuberant, pacey, entertaining; surely a reflection of the author’s own joy in the telling. The plot is moved along without delaying information dumps, telling us just enough to paint the required pictures. I genuinely felt that Cauldron easily puts herself in young shoes.

     This is the second in series, and though I haven’t read the first book I had no difficulties with the story or the interesting range of mainly adolescent major characters. The fantasy elements were a nice mix of stock-in trade fantasy and material original to the author’s mind. There is loads of potential for at very least the completing of a trilogy, with plenty of unanswered plot twists, without over-treading too many familiar paths. I see no reason why this shouldn’t build into a well followed, long series. I would have loved reading about Anya’s world as a child, and perhaps especially having it read to me as my interest in fantasy worlds lagged some way behind my reading ability.

     The emphasis on a strong female heroine, sorry I’m old enough that I still struggle with the use of a non-gender specific hero, is very much the trend. That is a clear reflection of the empowerment of women throughout all the major strands of modern society and culture. Cauldron’s writing is very much of the ‘Queendom’, with the female protagonist balancing the best of, with the worst of gender. That is something of a relief, running as it does against the grain of so much modern writing, even though the negatives of gender are mainly in the form of the traditional wicked witch. I am very pleased to say that some of the boys are written with real individuality as well. In short, there is balance enough that young males will find characters to dream through rather than simply of. This is definitely a ‘Hermione Granger’ rather than a ‘Harry Potter’ story, however, Cauldron keeps a Rowlingesk balance in her Queendom. I’m sure that the greatest part of Rowling’s success is her ability to make all children, um- and grown-up child, feel that given another time and space that they could be a character in her fictitious worlds.

One thing I like about my vision of Anya is that she is ‘actually’ a realistic role model, if that makes any sense at all in a fantasy book. I mean of course, that she isn’t either impossibly beautiful or talented. She is just Anya, from the next house down the street, with typical parents, and a mixed range of friends. Wand and a bit of intuition aside, she is just one in a crowd, like just about any of us in the real world. She sometimes fails to measure up, gets her hands dirty, makes a fool of herself, fails to fit in; just like everyone else.

     I will look out in the hope of reading a few reviews from the target audience, to see if Cauldron has hit the nail as well as I think she has. After all, it is children, not life-blunted old adults that are the best guide to the writing of young people’s fiction. This book perhaps needs a bit more editing in places, but yes, this is good storytelling of a fantasy kind.

    What comes next out of the Cauldron?







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review 2016-11-22 08:55
Short thought: The Girl with the Windup Heart
The Girl with the Windup Heart - Kady Cross

The only other book I've read from the Steampunk Chronicles series is The Girl with the Iron Touch..and frankly I didn't even took the time to check the order of the books. While I like this one, I would say I like the earlier one better. Both the books have a kind of serious tone to them I would say, but this is definitely a recommended read for those who like steampunk novels.

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review 2016-09-24 16:15
An Ember I The Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

This book proves that we all have great strength and humanity within us that sometimes just takes being truly tested for it to bubble to the surface.


Laia was just another girl suffering under the rule of the Empire, keeping to herself and following the rules until the day her brother is arrested for treason and her grandparents are slaughtered. Now its up to her to save her brother. She becomes a slave in the Empire and spies for the resistance in hope they will save her brother. She never doubts her mission our the rebellion until she meets Elias a solider with compassion and humanity who doesn't believe in the Empires ways.


I'm just getting into Fantasy,but I'm finding myself hooked. I could not put this book down. There where so many twists and turn, I never quite knew where the story was going to end, who would be the victor, our who would die. This is a book that has earned its hype, I highly suggest it to anyone and everyone.

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