fantasy · Young adult

Hades Academy: First Semester – Abbie Lyons ★★★★

Blurb; I thought I could survive anything—until I met actual demons.

Ever since my mother disappeared, I’d been fending for myself on the streets of New York by running scams—anything to get a dollar.

So when I almost lightning-blast my latest victim (WTF), and some guy in a slick suit saves me from the cops by telling me I’m half-demon (double WTF) and I belong at a place literally called Hades Academy? I figured I was the one getting scammed.

But no.

My name is Nova Donovan, and I’m half-demon.

Next thing I know, I’m flying in a horse-drawn carriage on my way to a place I didn’t even know existed until twenty minutes before. Hades Academy is 100% real: a school for demons to learn the magic that will keep the forces of Chaos at bay.

But if I thought survival at Hades Academy was going to be any easier, I could not have been more wrong. Now I have to deal with tough new classes, a bitchy mean girl who hates my half-human guts, and the attention of several hot but dangerous dudes.

Oh, and did I mention that someone’s trying to destroy the school?

Yeah—survival’s going to take more than I thought.

Hades Academy: First Semester is a magic academy NA paranormal fantasy novel with a slow-burn romance and a kickass heroine. Although there are love triangles, this is NOT a reverse harem. Rated 18+ for strong language.

My Review; Literally finished this a day before I gave birth to baby #3. It is book one in a series which is free on Kindle Unlimited for the whole series so I thought I would give it a try. I really enjoyed it. Weirdly it’s like Harry Potter but for demons instead of witches/wizards. The story focuses on main character Nova who has to learn everything from scratch and enter this new world far from her old one. Along the way she has a few boys and a hot teacher. But then the school comes under threat and Nova finds herself involved. Will she manage to stick out her first semester? I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Nova in this series. YA/Fantasy. Is 18+ due to language according to Amazon. But I liked it. Something different and not to long either. A well deserved four stars.

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crime · mystery · Short Stories · suspense · thriller

Blind Spot – Paula Hawkins ★★★★

Blurb; ‘How can you say things like this? How can you be so blind?’

Since they were kids, Edie, Jake and Ryan have been the closest of friends. It’s been the three of them against the world. Edie thought the bonds between them were unbreakable. So when Jake is brutally murdered and Ryan accused of the crime, her world is shattered.

Edie is alone for the first time in years, living in the remote house that she and Jake shared. She is grief-stricken and afraid – with good reason. Because someone is watching. Someone has been waiting for this moment. Now that Edie is alone, the past she tried so hard to leave behind is about to catch up with her…

My Review; From the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train comes a brilliant, short quickread at 120 pages. Perfect for me right now with a 9 day old newborn. I really enjoyed this was gripped from the first line. Kept me guessing and doubting the characters throughout. The story focuses on three main characters Edie, Jake and Ryan who has been long term friends for ages. But from the start Jake is dead. Why? How? Who? An unexpected outcome that relates to their teenage years and a brilliant epilogue. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. My first book read since having baby #3.

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Short Stories

My Evil Mother: A Short Story – Margaret Atwood ★★★

Blurb: Life is hard enough for a teenage girl in 1950s suburbia without having a mother who may—or may not—be a witch. A single mother at that. Sure, she fits in with her starched dresses, string of pearls, and floral aprons. Then there are the hushed and mystical consultations with neighborhood women in distress. The unsavory, mysterious plants in the flower beds. The divined warning to steer clear of a boyfriend whose fate is certainly doomed. But as the daughter of this bewitching homemaker comes of age and her mother’s claims become more and more outlandish, she begins to question everything she once took for granted.

My Review; My first book by this author and it is currently free for Amazon prime or Kindle Unlimited members. It is an extremely short read at 32 pages. A bit of a wierd read to be honest. One I felt I did get at first… Her mum was a witch or at least pretending to be a witch? But then I just felt I didn’t get the story at all. Like what was the point of it? Very wierd. Very confusing. But didn’t take me long to finish so wasn’t a waste of time. Half and half on this one, so it’s a three star read. Hmmm.

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