fantasy · Magic

Viper – Bex Hogan ★★★★★

Blurb; He will make me a killer. Or he will have me killed. That is my destiny.

Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles.

But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake.

He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean . . . and he is Marianne’s father.

She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and perhaps even her life?

My Review; Oh wow. Where do I even begin? Viper is a brilliant start to a new upcoming trilogy Isles of Storm and Sorrow and I already cannot wait for the next one (Venom). This was all I could think about until it was finished. It is a real page turner you will not want to put down and it has a gorgeous cover too, eye catching.

I loved the map in the front of the book, I think that’s a new obsession of mine. Sets the scene in my mind! I loved how the story was set on a ship (the viper) in the seas, but also a lot of the story takes place on the different isles. Absolutely brilliant how each isle is so different and how the east and the west differ, I found that brilliant and amazing to even think of, thanks Bex.

I adored Marriannes character! She is amazing, strong and brave. What she went through, how she fought. I look up to her. Her father however, I absolutely despised. Thinking he was the best and everyone should do as he says… No thanks. Bronn he is such a sweetheart! I really hoped he and Marrianne would get together, I still have hope for them yet. They seem so perfect for each other, childhood sweethearts! Finger crossed.

It all finishes with a happish ending with a few hard hitting loses of some brilliant characters, but I really cannot wait to see where this trilogy takes us. A must read for all fantasy fans. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I buddy read this book with the beautiful Jacqueline from The Pufflehuffle Kitteh Reads so keep an eye out as she will also be reviewing Viper soon. You can find her blog here;

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fantasy · Magic

*BLOG TOUR* The 13th Witch – Mark Hayden ★★★★

Blurb; Ever had a text from a deity?
Conrad Clarke did.

Someone has plans for Conrad, and those plans don’t involve an easy life.

Conrad Clarke, former RAF pilot and alleged gangster is dragged out of his comfort zone by a visit from The Allfather.

Norse gods in twenty-first century England?
Don’t be silly. Load of nonsense.

Before you can say “Ragnarok”, Conrad is plunged into a world of gods, Mages, Witches, Dwarves and one rather aggressive giant mole.

But he has next to no magick of his own.

Armed with nothing but a sense of humour and a willingness to cheat, Conrad has to save the Witch – and his life.

My Review; Fantasy is not usually my genre of choice but I am hoping to broaden my horizons by delving more into this genre which is why I gave this one a shot! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it and actually loved it!

This book has it all witches, dwarfs, giant moles, magic and more! Absolutely loved it I was right beside Conrad all the way and taken on a rather unusual adventure. However, I must admit I had to research some words at the beginning! Its a great start to the trilogy. Brilliantly written.

Conrad is a strong and determined character and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for him in the next two books. I have already got them waiting in my basket to buy! Not a big fantasy lover but definitely getting into the genre and this was a great start into that genre.

I awarded a fabulous four stars and would highly recommend the 13th witch! I will be reviewing the rest of the trilogy at some point in the future no doubt, but I really enjoyed this one. It took me away from the real world into a fantasy filled world. Bliss.

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fantasy · Magic · Time travel · Young adult

Fantastic Beasts; The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

Blurb; At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

My Review; The second instalment of Fantastic Beasts. Another brilliant, easy read. These books are so beautiful with the design layout and how the story is told in the play format. I felt this book had much more in it than the first and can’t wait to compare it to the film already.

Since I was a little girl I have always loved J.K. Rowling, the magic and the books. This didn’t let me down either and I am eagerly awaiting the final installment of Fantastic Beasts. I was lost into the wizarding world yet again. A story that can easily be devoured in one sitting. I absolutely love Newt, his crazy creatures and his adventures. Magical.

A book most have probably read already! But if not definately one to get or add to your list. Loved it. Highly recommend! A well deserved five stars.

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