fantasy · War · Young adult

Lightbringer – Claire Legrand ★★★★

Blurb; In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.

My Review; The final book of The Empirium trilogy. Now its been a while since I finished book two so I won’t lie it took me a while to remember the ending of book two, familiarise myself with the characters etc. But after that I was back in and hooked. This was a buddy read with Jacqueline from Pufflekitteh.

The story is told through each of the characters and there is plenty going on to keep the reader hooked. Brilliantly written, I was lost in this fantasy world for a while and I loved it. I really felt for Audric though he just wanted Rielle back from the start and I felt that.

A brilliant ending to the trilogy with a huge, explosive war towards the end. Queen vs Queen. Which side will Rielle choose? It’s all down to her. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Boardwalk by the Sea: Winter Whimsy – Georgina Troy ★★★★

Blurb;

Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner and Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When the Scottish entrepreneur offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants to keep a roof over her head for the winter.

As Lexi gets to know him better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide? And why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend rather a lot of time with him…

My Review; This is book three in the boardwalk by the sea series, so I came in very late to this series but it read perfectly as a standalone for myself and gives me the option to go back to the previous two books. Woo hoo. I absolutely loved it.

This story focuses on Lexi who owns and rents out some lovely cottages in this beautiful small town on an island. The description of this place sounds amazing. Friendly town, friendly community, beautiful settings and views. Add a dash of snow and winter. Bingo. One to cosy up with.

Lexi soon finds herself in a situation however which introduces us to Oliver. Phew. What a man. Let’s see what happens now eh? He’s certainly one to watch! Not like a lot of blokes. He was a lovely, charming and open character from the start for me. Throughout this story you really get the whole community coming together all helping each other which is lovely.

A beautiful ending. A cosy, warm, uplifting read. A well deserved four stars from me.

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contemporary · romance

Such A Fun Age – Kiley Reid ★★★★

Blurb; In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.

My Review; I picked this one up from the library after author Mark Edwards put it into his top reads of the year. It sounded interesting and I wanted to see what the hype was about. It’s a brilliant read. Well worth the hype. Deserves to be praised. It is the authors debut and brilliantly written. A powerful message within. A storyline that still happens daily in America unfortunately. We need to open our eyes and learn. Approach carefully.

An amazing outcome for Emira! I praise her character. Plenty of drama, lies, history and bravery. I loved little Briars character among all this. She has a beautiful relationship with her babysitter, I’d say a better one than with her own mother. Highly recommend. Powerful. Contains the issue of race. A well deserved four stars from me. A must read. Eye opening.

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