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*BLOG TOUR* Kingsbane – Claire Legrand ★★★★★

Blurb; Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

My Review; Oh wow. This series is hot! I managed to squeeze in Furyborn (book one) before reading book two and I would highly recommend they are read in order. This trilogy is amazing. I am so impressed. They have beautiful covers too.

I wasn’t a big reader of fantasy before but since this series was introduced into my life I am hooked! I love fantasy. This series has opened a whole new world for me and my imagination is on fire.

Kingsbane is a long read at 500 pages but well worth it. It is brilliantly written, a real page turner and a world you will not want to leave. Compared to Furyborn this story has so much more going on within its pages.

This is the story of two women, two queens. Rielle and Eliana. A blood queen and a sun queen. Centuries apart. The chapters flick between each queen and their story. We also get a couple of chapters from other characters too which we didn’t in Furyborn. I do find myself more drawn towards Rielle personally, but that could all change in the final book of the trilogy, which I now have to wait forever for! Damn.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Both Furyborn and Kingsbane get a spot in my top twenty reads of the year. If you want to read one fantasy series this year make it this one.

Are you a blood queen or a sun queen? I cannot wait for the final book already.

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Furyborn – Claire Legrand ★★★★★

Blurb; When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

My Review; OMG! This book is amazing. It has been all I can think about. It is a long book at 500 pages but well worth it. I was taken into Rielles and Elianas worlds centuries apart and I didn’t want to leave. I felt myself drawn more to Rielle in this story though. This book put my life on hold, I devoured it in two days. A real page turner that will open your imagination.

Brilliantly written first book to the series. Furyborn is told through the characters Rielle and Eliana, the beginning had me hooked from the get go and I needed answers and slowly everything made sense. Amazing story. Especially loved the trials, gripping!

Absolutely loved it. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. It will also be getting a place in my top twenty reads of 2019 alongside book two Kingsbane which I will be reviewing tomorrow morning. Brilliant fantasy series. A must buy. A must read.

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*BLOG TOUR* Worst Case Scenario – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★

Blurb; Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line.
Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.
Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.
A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.

My Review; Worst Case Scenario is a brilliant story, at just under 200 pages long, it is easy to devour in one sitting. It is fast paced and brilliantly written.

This book had me laughing out loud in certain parts with Mary and her menopause moments. Marys character I’m very undecided about I get that her job can be challenging and tough at times but I felt she handled thing wrongly A LOT of the time leading to all the chaos and disasters that followed… Oh dear. A bit of a nutter and crazy in my eyes. But she made this story didn’t she.

The ending wow… Major cliffhanger alert, I wanted more I wanted to find out what happened to Marys son. Loved every minute of it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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