fantasy · Magic · mystery · romance · Young adult

The Potion Diaries – Amy McCulloch ★★★★

Blurb; (Contains: potions, princesses, peril, a magical quest and a serious crush)

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn. Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the Zoro Aster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime? And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. No big deal, then.

My Review; This is book one in the Potion Diaries series and I absolutely loved it. A race against time to save the princess from her own love potion. A race to win with the cure, but not everyone is going to play fair in order to win. I devoured most of this and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series.

Sam was determined to win and never gave up no matter how many times she got knocked down. Maybe in the end she just needed teamwork & to come together to win. A beautiful outcome and ending. I look forward to book two. Highly recommend. Magical. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adapted to film · fantasy · Magic · mystery · suspense · Young adult

Fate: The Winx Saga – Ava Corrigan ★★★★★

Blurb; At the Alfea International School, students come from all over the Otherworld to train. To learn magic. To discover how to control their powers. Inside the school’s castle, five students-complete strangers-are assigned as roommates:

Aisha is an athlete and a classic overachiever whose control over water is the envy of her fellow students.

Terra is an awkward do-gooder whose power over the natural world can overwhelm rivals unexpectedly.

Musa is an introvert who keeps to herself so her mind isn’t overwhelmed by the emotions of those around her.

Stella is a princess – yes, a real princess – whose command over light inspires but also intimidates.

And then there’s Bloom, the outsider, the girl from the human world whose power over fire almost destroyed her family.

These five teenagers want what every teenager wants… to figure out who they are. To make friends. To fit in at their new school. But when an ancient, long-vanquished evil suddenly resurfaces outside the castle walls, these five teenagers be forced to put their powers to the test. And they’ll discover a secret so powerful, it will challenge everything they know about the Otherworld… and themselves.

My Review; Me and my partner started watching this on Netflix so ofcourse I had to get the book. Devoured it. It is word for word the same as Netflix but you get a few extras in the book not included in Netflix. Bonus. This is like Harry Potter but next gen. Lots of magic. Fire. Water. Mind. Earth. I fell in love with both the book and Netflix series and I already cannot wait for book 2 and series 2. Woo hoo.

Bloom is the main character but she is surrounded by great friends aka her suit mates. Each different. But all a team. Kept me guessing throughout. Not a fan of the burned ones aka scary creatures. But I loved it all. Gets dark towards the end which I’m hoping will be explained in more detail in series 2. Adored it. Brilliant. The story is told through each of the characters. I actually really liked Terra’s character too (earth girl).

A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. This has gone into my top reads of the year.

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Adventure · Children's · Magic

Rainbow Grey – Laura Ellen Anderson ★★★★

Blurb; Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky! Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips . . . but she doesn’t have ANY magic!

Then, after a trip to Earth, Ray’s life changes forever. She is transformed from Ray Grey intro RAINBOW GREY! With the help of her best friends (and exploding cloud cat, Nim) now all Ray has to do is master her powers AND save the world from a mysterious, powerful enemy…

My Review; Yes I am 27. Yes I still read children’s books but this was amazing even for me. I loved it. Beautifully illustrated throughout. My imagination was on fire reading this. Meet Ray she is the main characters and begins the story with no weather powers/magic. Bring in her best friends Snowden and Droplett who do have powers and let the adventure begin.

This story has is all. Adventure. Magic. Good vs Evil. A huge battle to save the world. A brilliant read! Something different. Highly recommend for all children and young adult readers. There’s a whole new world to be explored inside this book. A well deserved four stars. Brilliant.

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