fantasy · Magic · suspense · Young adult

Throne of Glass – Sarah. J Maas. ★★★★

Blurb; After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Review; I have been meaning to read this series since forever and I finally read the first book and loved it! I already cannot wait to continue with this series and see what lies ahead. I’ve always been interested in Assassins so this was perfect! There is a lot going on within this book and I want to say a little bit of a romantic story too in parts.

Celaena is one strong, determined and a clever young woman. She has to win her freedom back through a tournament against others and she will not let anyone stop her from winning. She wants that freedom. Parts towards the end are tense and edgy making me want to scream at Celaena especially in the final duel against a cheat and bully named Cain.

The romantic parts are cute showing she may be an assassin but she still has a heart and shes still a human. We learn about her past which is heartbreaking. Noone knows Celaena is an assassin she is under cover but soon people discover who she really is and she discovers friendships that she never thought she would have.

I just loved it all. It was nice to be in her world and not mine. It was brilliant. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Made me forget about everything going on and just be there with Celaena. I can tell im in for a treat with this series.

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Bestsellers · fantasy

Circe – Madeline Miller ★★★★★

Blurb; In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

My Review; I should have read this as soon as I got it. However, I finally read it and oh my gosh. It was brilliant. I loved it. I’m wishing and hoping for more. I’ve already bought her previous book Song of Achilles which I am waiting for. This is so different from what I have been reading recently and I just enjoyed every minute of it. Also the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

I will admit I had to concentrate a lot while reading this especially at the beginning figuring out who is who etc. I would say it wasnt an easy for me but worth it all. Every page. The ending did get me a little mad though. I WANT MORE.

I just fell in love with Circe. All of her. Even the parts she did go about the wrong way. That was just her. I don’t even know what to say or what’s considered a spoiler here so I will keep it brief and just tell you to read it. I was transferred into a whole other world reading this. An island. The sea. Circe. Her animals. Gods and Goddesses. Evil and good. Perfection. But it’s not all bright and rosey… Evil and revenge lurk within this story too. A truelly magical read.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend to you all if you haven’t read it yet as I know I’m late to the party on this one. Another book that will be going into my top 20 reads of the year. Still thinking about it now.

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fantasy · Magic

*BLOG TOUR* Mageborn – Jessica Thorne ★★★★

Blurb; A dark and addictive fantasy read for fans of Graceling and Sarah J. Maas. The life of an orphan soldier becomes entwined with that of the mysterious heir to the throne, whose very presence draws out the secret magic living inside her: a magic that breaks every law she is duty-bound to uphold…

The room is small and dark. Row upon row of jars line the shelves, each one sealed with blood-red wax. The seal’s mark is a twisted circle of briar with gleaming, gold-tipped thorns. And in each jar a flicker of forbidden magic dances… beautiful, but deadly.

Sold to the Crown in the aftermath of the Last Great War, Grace Marchant has never known her parents. Now, she trains as an elite soldier tracking down mageborn – those born with an ancient and long-outlawed magic – and destroying them if they don’t surrender their power to the Crown.

The mageborn who submit are collared, then handed over to the King’s cousin and heir: the elusive Bastien Larelwynn, Lord of Thorns, locked away in his shadowy workshop deep inside the castle. What becomes of them is hard to say – the Lord of Thorns keeps his secrets close.

Grace has always fought the voice inside her that questions whether the law is truly just – but when her closest friend is next on Bastien’s list, Grace’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Confronting Bastien – searching his strangely compelling obsidian-black eyes for answers – Grace is shocked to feel herself begin to change, to show the first signs of the wild magic she so fears.

Only the Lord of Thorns has the power to save her and the rest of the mageborn – if he doesn’t destroy them all first…

My Review; This is the first book of a brand new upcoming series The Hollow King which has me very excited! I loved it. I also think the cover is stunning. A brilliant start to this series which already has me asking and wondering…

WHAT HAPPENS NOW? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

I loved Graces character. She’s strong, determined and the boss. She is an amazing character after all she had to face and her relationship with Bastien (the lord of thorns) oooh. Loved them together. A couple that shouldn’t be… But are perfect together. True love. The ending left me speechless. Revenge. Lies. Truths. I really need to know what happens next… Major cliffhanger alert. Cue bookhangover.

Brilliantly written and gripping. Highly recommend. I lost myself into their world instead of mine which I enjoyed. A well deserved four stars from me. An upcoming series that could be huge!

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