Book Review: A Thousand Nights – E. K. Johnston



Release Date: October 6th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


A beautiful and engrossing story that I absolutely would read again!


Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster


A Thousand Nights is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, a book which I didn’t know very much about. This is not the only retelling that has been released in the last year, with The Wrath & the Dawn also following a similar storyline. One of the things that initally caught my eye was the stunning cover, it immediately drew me in, and the synopsis made me incredibly eager to read the book. I whizzed through it in a couple of days, and it’s a particularly enjoyable story.

The descriptions of the desert and the city are excellent within the novel. I loved the water garden which the main protagonist spends a lot of time in, I really felt that it came alive. One issue I had with the story is the lack of character names – we never learn the protagonist’s name, and her family are just referred to as her sister or her mother etc. which became a little frustrating. Despite that I absolutely loved the main character, she’s fascinating and brave, and sacrifices herself for the good of her family.

The plot was a bit slower paced that I expected it to be, but I think that fit the story very well and made for a much more effective ending. I loved the magic in the story, which was just so fascinating and made the story particularly gripping. There isn’t much in the way of romance in the story, which I found quite refreshing as so many young adult tales focus so much on the romance element. The story certainly highlights female empowerment, something that isn’t often the case for this kind of story. If you’ve read One thousand and One Nights or are looking for a fairy tale with a bit of a twist, A Thousand Nights should definitely be on your reading list.



Blog Tour: Crush – Eve Ainsworth

Release Date: March 3rd 2016
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 288
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

A dark and compelling novel about what it means to be in control…



Love hurts … but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum’s sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He’s handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He’s also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna’s world is closing in. But threatening CRUSH-BLOG-TOUR-03everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control… Eve Ainsworth’s gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.


Welcome to the blog tour for Crush by Eve Ainsworth, run by the lovely Faye Rogers PR! This novel is a dark and gripping one, and is something that I enjoyed immensely. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy fiction so it was nice to take a step back from dragons and magic, and read about something real. Because that’s exactly what this story is about, people living in the real world, coping with life’s problems –  Anna’s mum has walked out on her family – and what happens in an abusive relationship. This is by no means a light and fun read, but it’s engaging, moving and a well thought out story.

The whole novel is paced very well, the relationship between Anna and Will unfolds very naturally, and it doesn’t feel rushed like many novels which focus on the relationship between two people. The book is very well written and makes a subject which people would find uncomfortable to read about, one that is much more approachable. I  think that one of the most interesting things about this book is that it highlights that not everything is black and white. Your perspective of a relationship is only one side of the coin, and what motives a person to do what they do isn’t always what you think it will be. It’s a fascinating look into humanity and relationships.

If you’re looking for some realist fiction –  something that feels so genuine that I wouldn’t be surprised to find Will and Anna were real people – then Crush could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s not the easiest subject choice, but it’s an addictive read that’s well worth the time it takes to read it.

Thanks for checking out my post on the Crush tour, and be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the banner!

Blog Tour: The Sleeping Prince – Melinda Sailsbury


Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter- Book Two
Release Date: 4th February 2016
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 336
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Book two of The Sin Eater’s Daughter is even more intense and exciting than the first!



Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save
her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.
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Welcome to the blog tour for The Sleeping Prince, run by the lovely Faye Rogers PR! This series is gearing up to be one of my absolute favourites. If you loved The Sin Eater’s Daughter, you’re definitely going to want to read this. Just as dark and exciting as the previous book, The Sleeping Prince will leave you hungry for more. Just like the previous book in the series, it grips you from page one, and absolutely does not let you go

This helping features a new set of characters, but still has all the fantastic plot vehicles that we’ve come to expect. Full of surprising twists and turns, the cliff hanger a the end of the novel is going to leave you desperate for the next book in the series. The new protagonist Errin is a fascinating one, and one that I think is much more likeable that Twylla. I really enjoyed being inside her head and looking at things from her perspective. The Sleeping Prince is also a fantastic character, he’s twisted and dark and everything a villain should be. Can I also point out how much I love the covers for this series? They’re absolutely beautiful and so eye catching, love them!

The simple way to sum up The Sleeping Prince is just that it’s a pleasure to read. It has everything you could possibly ask for – and so much more. It’s well written, has plenty of murder, mystery and excitement. I absolutely love all the folklore and world building in this series. It’s dark, gripping and just a wonderful wonderful story. If you’re looking for an addictive fantasy series, The Sin Eater’s Daughter is just what you’ve been looking for. Once you’ve raced through The Sleeping Prince – which you absolutely will, I devoured it in a few sittings – your only problem will be waiting for the final instalment!

Thanks for checking out my stop on the tour, be sure to check out the rest of the schedule too!

Blog Tour: The Memory of Light – Francisco X. Stork


Release Date: January 26, 2016
Pages: 336
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can’t even commit suicide right. But for once, a mistake works out well for her, as she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had.

But Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending her back to the life that drove her to suicide, Vicky must try to find the strength to carry on. She may not have it. She doesn’t know.

Inspired in part by the author’s own experience with depression, The Memory of Light is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one — about living when life doesn’t seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.

Doesn’t it sound fantastic? Now read Francisco’s guest post about the difficulties with writing about mental health!

The hardest thing about writing fiction with characters that have a mental illness is the craftsmanship necessary to make the story interesting and hopeful. Mental illness, when it is realistically portrayed, is not a pretty thing to watch and persons with mental illness are not very attractive. So it takes a lot of very careful thinking, imagining and writing to create characters that are engaging and that inspire the reader to get to know them and even to care for them and love them.

The writing of The Memory of Light took a long time (four years) because I had to make sure that Vicky (the main character) had the right voice and that her thoughts and feelings and actions were an accurate reflection of her illness but also energetic and upbeat and even funny at times. It was also important to show that in some way the issues that mentally ill people deal with are issues that affect all of us in some way. The lack of meaning and purpose in life that affect a person with depression can affect all of us.

About Francisco:1-Francisco-X-Stork1

Francisco X. Stork is the author of the acclaimed Marcelo in the Real World which received five starred reviews and won the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, named a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection; and Irises. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, spent his teenage years in El Paso, Texas, and now lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with his family. Visit him online at

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Thank you for checking out my stop on The Memory of Light blog tour, run by the lovely Rock Star Book Tours! Make sure you check out the rest of the stops (you can see the schedule by clicking the banner below.) As part of this tour there’s also a fantastic give away of five finished copies of the book, click here to enter!

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Blog Tour: Night Study – Maria V. Snyder 4

16130759Series: Soulfinders – Book Two
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 448
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Maria V. Snyder’s newest novel will leave you on the edge of your seat.



Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia is safe for her any more. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.  

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.


Welcome to the blog tour for Night Study, run by the wonderful Rock Star Book Tours! I think I must be beginning to sound like a broken record, but Maria V. Snyder’s novels are completely astounding. Picking up right where Shadow Study finishes, the latest helping in the Soulfinders series is gripping, intense and everything Yelena Zaltana fans could possibly wish for.

The story is intense, full of the magic and adventure that we’ve come to associate with the Study series. I love the different points of view in the novel. Not only do we get Yelena’s perspective, but Valek’s and Janco’s as well. It’s great to enter the heads of characters I’ve loved for so long. Yelena as always is stubborn, determined and an absolutely wonderful character.

There’s a rich amount of magic in Night Study, and something I absolutely adore about this series is the amount of detail Snyder puts into the magic as well as the detailed history of both Ixia and Sitia. After waiting so many months for the release of the novel. it’s wonderful to catch up with all the wonderful characters in Snyder’s series.

There’s lots of romance in this helping from the series. The relationship between Valek and Yelena is such a fascinating one, and they are one hell of a power couple. It’s great to see them working together in Night Study, which doesn’t happen all that often in previous novels.  I don’t want to say too much about the plot – it’s definitely a book you want to enjoy spoiler free – I’ll just say that it’s exciting and wonderfully written. There’s a few surprises, plenty of drama and action as well as a lot more in between.  If you enjoyed Shadow Study, you are not going to be disappointed.

About Maria:

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes atMaria the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn’t one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria’s research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.

Readers are welcome to contact Maria at the following email address:

Where you can find Maria:

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Thank you for checking out my stop on the Night Study blog tour, make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for interviews and loads of other great posts. (Just click the banner below to find the schedule!) As part of this fantastic tour there is also a give away of the novel: six US winners with receive a copy as well as four international winners, good luck! Enter here!

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Book Review: Fire Study – Maria V. Snyder

Series: Study Series – Book Three (To see my review of the other books in the series, click here)
Release Date: March 2008
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 441
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Yelena is about to face her hardest test yet.



The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before…

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.


I absolutely adore this series. Even though I’ve reread it a number of times, it just never gets old. It’s such a superb and exciting story. It’s well crafted and everything you could possibly look for. This is Yelena’s toughest battle yet. She has to make some tough decisions and handle some really difficult situations, but she remains strong throughout. She’s such an easy character to fall in love with. I’ve been rooting for her since the first few pages of Poison Study, and I definitely still feel that way by the end of book three.

As with the previous books the plot as well as the history of both Ixia and Sitia are well crafted and rich in detail. It’s some I particularly love about Snyder’s novels. This outing in the Study series features many of the characters from both Ixia and Sitia, which is nice to find out about what they’ve been up to since we last saw them.

The romance element is a bit more prevalent in this novel than it has been in others, but it’s not over the top or in your face, and it works well within the novel. Particularly as Valek and Yelena begin to understand each other a bit more, it’s fascinating to see both characters develop both together and separately.

As always with Snyder’s novels its well written and there’s many funny and witty moments in the story, garunteed to bring a smile to your face. Probably one of my favourite is:

“The others had taken Valek’s return in stride, although Janco made a comment about Valek’s lack of hair. ‘You ever notice how couples start to look alike?’ he asked.

In a deadpan, Valek replied, ‘Yes. In fact I was just thinking how much you and Topaz resemble each other. It’s uncanny.”

If you’ve read the other novels  in the series, this is definitely one to sink your teeth into. If you’re looking for a new series to fall in love with, one that’s full of magic and mystery the Study series is just what you need.

Book Review: Spook Lights – Eden Royce

Release Date: May 15th 2015
Pages: 145
Publisher: Lulu
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


This short story collection, full of magic and southern Gothic horror, will leave you on the end of your seat.


Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell. Soak in these tales of Southern Gothic horror:

Sinister shopkeepers whose goods hold the highest price, a woman’s search for her mother drags her into the binding embrace of a monster, a witchdoctor’s young niece tells him a life-altering secret, an investigator who knows how to keep a 100% confession rate….

These are stories where the setting itself becomes a character—fog laced cemeteries, sulfur rich salt marshes—places housing creatures that defy understanding and where the grotesque and macabre are celebrated.


This is one of those books that I absolutely flew through. It’s gripping, dark and incredibly addictive. The book is made up of a number of different short stories, all with the vein of Gothic horror running through them. There are lots of different ones and each one holds an interesting sinister take on the Gothic genre.

Short stories isn’t something that I read often, but it was nice to be able to read a full story in one chapter, go away and come back to another little interesting story. Each one is well thought out, with a whole range of interesting characters. The  Southern Gothic horror is perfectly portrayed in the stories, the heat, mystery and magic all roll into a perfectly intense atmosphere. If you’re a fan of this type of story, Eden Royce’s novel is a perfect outing.

There is an air of female wisdom, of stories told around the camp fire, a mystical and exciting history handed down to the characters in Royce’s stories. My favourite story was probably Doc Buzzard’s Coffin, in which a family are caught trying to bury their grandfather – but all is not what it seems. Most of the stories have that sort of idea running through them – what you see is not always what you get. The stories are well written, well paced and easy to fall into. There’s witches, folklore, crimes of passion and everything else in between. If you’re looking for something quick and enjoyable to read, at a little under a hundred and fifty pages, Eden Royce’s Spook Lights, with might I add, an absolutely stunning cover, might be just what you need during the cold winter months.

Book Review: Magic Study – Maria V. Snyder

Series: Study Series – Book Two (For a review of book one, click here)
Release Date: September 1st 2007
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 419
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.  

Yelena learns all about her past and the family she left behind in this fantastic sequel to Poison Study



A lesson in loyalty – A master class in intrigue.

Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of birth.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life… or be her downfall.


If I could give this book six stars I would. I always find when you read the next book in a series, especially if its one you really love, then you hold very very high expectations. For me, that was certainly the case with Magic Study. I absolutely adored Poison Study, and couldn’t wait to find out what was next in store for Yelena and her friends. I must admit I was nervous it wouldn’t deliver, but it absolutely does and is just as exciting and enjoyable as Poison Study.

While some of the characters that we love don’t feature as often in Magic Study, there’s a whole host of new characters that I absolutely fell in love with. Leif, Nutty, Zitoria and Cahil are just a few of the characters that you’re going to be fascinated by. Yelena grows a lot in this novel, and its wonderful to see the amount of depth Snyder puts into the character, she really comes alive and is still one of my most favourite characters of all time. She’s stubborn, determined, reckless and is always getting into trouble.

The one thing I loved about this novel is the amount of magic. While magic is a major aspect of Poison Study, we get so much more information in this novel, a rich history of information about how the magic works within the novel. It makes the store more exciting, and more believable as well.

The other thing I really love about this novel, and in fact all of Snyder’s novels, is the amount of detail she gives the reader. Yelena travels to Sitia and here we get a whole wealth of knowledge about the different clans, the Sitian traditions and way of life, as well as more of a back story about characters like Irys. It makes for a fun and exhilarating ride, one that makes you hungry for the next book in the series.

Just like the previous novel, this one is action packed, and full of drama and mystery. You’re going to want to free up plenty of time to read this one, because it hooks you from the very first page and doesn’t let you go right till the very last word.

Book Review: The Chosen of Anthros – Travis Simmons


Series:  The Harbingers of Light – Book Four (Click here to see my reviews of the other books in the series)
Pages: 147
Publisher: Wryding Ways Press
Release Date: September 5th 2015
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Things are really starting to heat up for Abigail and the gang.


The darklings come at night carrying their plague of shadows to the nine worlds. They corrupt all they touch and there’s no cure except burning in the sacred fires.

And Abagail Bauer has been infected with their baneful magic.

Finally rescued by the harbingers of light from the legion of darklings, Abagail thinks danger is behind her…she’s wrong.

As tensions mount between Abagail and her friend, Rorick, a darkness is building in the harbinger settlement of Haven. Darkness that could spell the end for the last bastion of good in the realms: a secret army of darklings determined to destroy the nine worlds.The last battle of gods and man is coming.


Travis Simmons’s The Harbinger’s of Light is killing me. Every time I get to the end of an instalment, I am desperate for the next one. By the time you get to book four in any series, you become incredibly invested in the characters. I definitely feel that way for Abigail, Leona and the other characters in The Chosen of Anthros. The story is dark, exciting, riveting and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for the group.

Simmons  has an incredible way of blind siding you with a twist or a surprise you really don’t see coming. I’ve come to expect these twists in each book, and although I never guess what’s going to happen, he definitely delivers on the surprise front this time around. The Chosen of Anthros ends on such a big cliff hanger you’re going to be scrambling to get the next book in the series.

The story is well written and flows really well. There’s plenty of fabulous characters that are all really fascinating. I especially love Leona, Abi’s younger and very very determined little sister, Skye the mysterious twins Huginn and Muninn. If you’re looking for something with a great interesting mix of characters – humans, gods, darklings and elves are just a few – then this is definitely a series to read.

I love the Norse mythology that Simmons weaves into the story. It’s seamlessly added in and helps to create a world that is just so easy to delve into and spend hours reading about. This instalment contains plenty of action, mystery and intrigue, but also the beginning of a possible romance element which I really enjoyed. It brought a new level to the characters and makes me wish for the next instalment even more, because I’m desperate to know if it works out!

Book Review: Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder

60510Series: Study Series – Book One
Pages: 409
Publisher: Mira
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Magic, murder and mystery all feature in this stunning novel from Maria V. Snyder.



Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…


Maria V. Snyder’s study series is one of my favourite series’s of all time. I have read it multiple times and I never get bored reading it. It’s an extremely well crafted story and it is a series by which I judge so many other fantasy series. I could rant for hours about how perfect the book is, but that’s not going to give you any reason to read the book. So here’s a few:

The fantastic characters. Snyder’s series revolves around young Yelena, an orphan with a dark past. She’s always getting herself into trouble, but she’s curious, quick to learn, and immensely likeable. Coming back to reading Poison Study after a year or so is like returning to an old friend, it’s so easy to fall into reading about such a great character. Coupling her with master assassin Valek, the two have some very witty exchanges and they go so well together. You immediately root for them both to succeed. Add in a whole host of fantastic secondary characters – Ari and Janco to briefly name but a few – you begin to see what an interesting mix of characters Snyder displays in the novel.

So many fantasy books revolve around a medieval setting, but Poison Study does this with a new twist. Instead of a King and a monarchy, a military uprising has occurred, meaning the villages become districts, the overseers of each district are Generals, and managing all is Commander Ambrose. It adds a different twist to the fantasy tale and one that I absolutely love. Not only is there a strict military code of behaviour that will not be deviated from – which sort of reminds me of a sinister big brother is watching you – but women who are so often secondary characters in fantasy novels, can advance to military positions, become leaders and leave their old jobs of washerwoman and servant.

The story is also well paced, plenty of action, murder, mystery and magic – pretty much everything you could look for in a fantasy novel. If you haven’t had the chance to immerse yourself in Ixia and it’s fascinating host of characters, I suggest you make this one top of your to be read list, because it’s absolutely wonderful.

Book Review: Suicide Squad Vol 1: Pure Insanity – Sean Ryan

23012550Series: New Suicide Squad – Volume 1
Pages: 176
Publisher: DC Comics
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

The squad are back for an all new mission, but things never turn out quite how they’re planned.


Setting the world’s most dangerous super-criminals against the most insidious threats to national security: that’s the idea behind the elite black-ops unit officially designated as Task Force X. It’s perfect…on paper. But the real world rarely goes according to plan. Threats evolve. Teammates turn on each other. Blood and betrayals flow like rivers. And that’s why Task Force X is better known as the Suicide Squad.

Vic Sage aims to change the equation. Replacing Amanda Waller as the puppet-master of Suicide Squad’s motley crew, he’s introducing wild cards like Deathstroke and the Joker’s Daughter to whip the existing team-Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Black Manta-into shape. But the world’s deadliest assassin and the Clown Princess of Crime have ideas of their own…and no explosive implants to keep them in line.

Can this new Suicide Squad survive-or will it implode before it even begins?


This volume collects the first eight issues of the New Suicide Squad comic, and it’s an enjoyable exciting ride, full of action and explosions. It’s well drawn, fast paced and has plenty of characters that we know and love. Harley Quinn is fantastic as always, and the story features Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and many of the others from the famous suicide squad.

I recently read the new 52 suicide squad issues and one thing I particularly noticed was the focus on Joker’s Daughter. The back and forth between her and Harley Quinn make for some very engaging panels, but I found the actual character pretty insufferable. I also wasn’t a particularly big fan of the reverse-flash, who also featured in some of the missions.

I really loved the artwork for this volume, there’s quite a few panels that don’t feature any dialogue, simply focusing on the action. I thought it was fantastically laid out. There’s some really funny dialogue as well, and the issues managed to illicit a few laughs, usually around Harley Quinn’s mad behaviour.

Amanda Waller continues to be one of my favourite characters in the Suicide Squad series. She’s ruthless, stubborn and she gets the job done. I like the way she is portrayed in this version, even though Vic Sage steps in, she still does whatever she wants. If you’re a fan of explosions, high action and plenty of fighting. This is definitely the series to read. Although I didn’t enjoy this as much as the new 52 series, it is a series I’m going to continue to read, and with the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, now might be the time to get reading about these fantastic characters.

Book Review: A Gift of Ghosts – Sarah Wynde


Series: Tassamara – Book One
Pages: 190
Publisher: Razor Productions
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


A fun and exciting novel about ghosts, psychics and the strange little town of Tassamara…

Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.  All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth-she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.

Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.

But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?


This was one of those books that I selected on a whim, it caught my eye on Netgalley – and I’m so glad it did. A Gift of Ghosts is a fun and enjoyable read from start to finish. Being a little under two hundred pages, I absolutely flew through it, and am definitely going to read the next few books in the series.

The story is a simple and enjoyable one. Akria believes in all things scientific – except she can see ghosts and no one else can. When she takes a job on the other side of the country, she finds out her boss, Zane Latimer believes in all kinds of paranormal behaviour. The two of them clash, and with the Latimer family’s tragic past, Akria has to decide whether to flee back to her old life, or embrace the gifts she has always fought to hide away.

Akira is a great character, she’s stubborn, determined and intelligent, but also at times vulnerable and funny. Akira and Zane make for a very interesting pair, and both of them are very likeable. It was easy to immerse myself in the story because the characters felt realistic – despite the paranormal setting.

One thing I absolutely loved about A Gift of Ghosts is the setting – Tassmarra is a fascinating little town in which everyone has a paranormal ability.  You can see ghosts? Not a problem. I was particularly intrigued by Maggie’s Diner, the restaurant in which the chef and owner knows exactly what everyone wants to eat.

The story is well paced, and has plenty of interesting plot moments. There’s also some romance elements to the story as well, which aren’t too over the top, but tie in nicely with the story. My one reason for not giving the book five stars is how short the story is. There were so many characters I wanted to get to know more, some of the ghosts and secondary characters are only mentioned a handful of times, and it would be great to get more of their stories. There are several more books in the series though, and I am hoping that these books will give us a little more of a back story – particularly about Zane’s eccentric father and his sisters, as well as some of the other unusual residents of Tassmara.

If you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable read full of mystery and ghostly goings-on, then this is definitely one for you!

Blog Tour: The Fading Dusk – Melissa Giorgio 2


Series: Smoke and Mirrors – Book One
Publisher: Self – Published
Release Date: July 19th 2015
Pages: 257
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.


Magic and mystery is everywhere in the fascinating first novel of the Smoke and Mirrors series!


In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?


This is such an enjoyable fantasy story. Fans of YA novels will absolutely eat this one up. This is my first book by Melissa Giorgio, but if The Fading Dusk is anything to go by then I am definitely going to be reading more of her work. I hear wonderful things about Melissa’s Silver Moon Saga, which you can check out here!

Perhaps the best thing about this novel is the setting, which is extremely realistic and almost comes alive in your mind. It’s very fleshed out really adds an exciting dimension to the story. The magic is another aspect that I really loved. It’s really well developed and again feels really realistic, it’s exciting and gripping and definitely keeps the reader intrigued. This book had me hooked from the outset, and I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

This definitely isn’t a book where you know the ending before you begin. There’s loads of plot twists, and the reader is constantly kept guessing. The book is an action packed one, that’s also well paced and has plenty of interesting dialogue. The characters are really fascinating ones – particularly Banthier and Irina. They have an unusual relationship that fascinated me the whole way through. Banthier in particular had to be my favourite, he’s dangerous with a touch of humour and just a wonderfully interesting character.

If you’re looking for something exciting, with a touch of magic, a hint of mystery and a dash of intrigue, The Fading Dusk might be just what you’re looking for this Halloween.

To celebrate this tour, run by the lovely Xpresso Book Tours, Melissa is giving away a signed copy of The Fading Dusk, and the first book in the Silver Moon Saga series – The Sight Seer – click here to enter!

Blog Tour: Girl of Myth and Legend – Giselle Simlett 2

26722146Series: The Chosen Saga – Book One
Pages: 458
Release Date: December 29th 2015
Publisher: WWS Publishing
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

A girl with a past she tries to forget, and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

Doesn’t it sound fantastic? It also has such a beautiful cover, this one definitely had me itching to read it straight away! Now read an excerpt from Leonie’s point of view!


LEONIE POV, but Korren’s dialogue.

His bronze eyes, which had become distant, now focus on me, and in them blazes such contempt that I shiver. It’s like he’s talking to more than just me, to all of those masters, all of those cruel and unkind keepers over the years who he once believed were his friends. ‘You say immortality isn’t a burden and you may think it a wonderful, divine thing; maybe it is for those who have freedom. But if all your days are kept within this cage, with no way to escape, how can you call that living?’

His fists clench. ‘You say that you want to believe there is more to this world than just death. Well, look at it; it’s in front of you. I am more than death. I am the result of immortality. Don’t you think we want our suffering to be for something, that we want this endless pain to have some meaning at the end of it? We hope just as much as any individual, as any mortal. But there is a difference: we know now that there is no explanation for our suffering. We know our suffering has no meaning. Mortals don’t live for long, so they never have to face what we kytaen have to: reality, hopelessness. We live, we suffer, and we have no means of escape. That’s all there is to it. So why do you think we resign ourselves to being thoughtless, heartless creatures? Because in that despair we can hide away from the truth that there is no meaning for anything. That we are alone. That we have nothing to believe in.’

Flurries of snow drift past us, and the branches creak as the wind frustrates them. I stare at him, wide-eyed. He breathes heavily, then grunts and turns away from me. It’s silent after that; even the wind quietens down as if watching Korren. Pain and anguish, the loss of hope, the loss of life. It’s all reflected in his eyes, in his words, as if his soul is peeking out and staring at me. I could never touch that kind of pain, unfathomable and dark and despairing, and I have the feeling that if I were soul-bound to him right now, I would be crushed by the weight of his misery.

This tour – run by the lovely Enchanted Book Promotions – also features a give away of three signed copies of the book, click here to enter and stay tuned for my review coming later in the week!


Blog Tour: Here They Lie – D. K. Burrow 3


26093521Series: The Bloodstone Legacy – Book One
Release Date:
5th October 2015
Three Owls Press
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

A fantastic Gothic novel that had me hooked from start to finish!



Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die.  Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job.  She typically wouldn’t baulk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.

Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not.  After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the home town he’d hoped to escape.
When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.

The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale.  Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practising the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.

After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practising the darker arts.  They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.


This book has everything you could possibly need this autumn. It’s full to the brim with magic, mystery and suspense. This book is one of my favourites of 2015 already. The thing I loved most about it is the tense atmosphere that continues to build the whole way through the book. Like all Gothic novels, it’s filled with mystery and you constantly have questions – not all of them get answered though, and that is one of the many reasons I’m eagerly awaiting book two in this fantastic series.

I love witchy stories, and this is a really great example of one. It’s got plenty of magic and mischief thrown in. I think Reece is a really great protagonist as well, she isn’t some super genius, drop dead perfect heroine, but an ordinary girl that returns to a mysterious little town where the people are just a little too nice. The book is told from her point of view as well as Colton’s, which is interesting because you get to see two different perspectives to what is going on.

There is a romance element to the story, but it nicely interweaves with the rest of the plot and doesn’t take over. The story focuses very much on Reece and what the hell is going on in Devil’s Veil. If you’re looking for something mysterious and spooky this Halloween, Here They Lie might be exactly what you’re looking for. With a beautiful cover, rich plot and mysterious atmosphere, you’ll definitely be up past your bedtime.