Review: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni


Title: The Prison Healer

Series: The Prison Healer #1

Author: Lynette Noni

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

Wow. I was totally glued to this read!

Kiva is an inmate and healer in the unforgiving prison, Zalindov.  Having kept her head down for the last 10 years she has fared ok and lives for the notes she gets from her family promising they are coming until 1 day a note arrives about a new, very sick, prisoner, the Rebel Queen, saying to keep her alive. However the Rebel Queen has to survive the Trial by Ordeal first…….

What follows was just magic to my eyes!

The world building was superb, not overdone, and painted a perfect picture of the vile insides of a prison.

I really loved the characters for all different reasons, Kiva, Tipp, Naari and Jaren. Especially Jaren!

‘You have the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen. Like sunlight on the sea.’

I willed Kiva to have more poppymilk!!!!

But the twists! The twists! Never saw them coming! My jaw hit the floor! I was gobsmacked!

Book 2 please!

Happy June and Happy Pride Month!

A quick little post (a day late!), to wish you a happy June and Happy Pride Month!

Have a great month!

‘It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.’
~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

‘June is the gateway to summer.’
~ Jean Hersey

TTT – Bookish Candles!


Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme = Freebie!

As this was a freebie and I didn’t want to do a past topic I thought I’d do….

Top 10 Bookish Candles!

Azriel from ACOTAR from the Canvas collection  made by Flickerwix,

The Darkling made by Wordywick Candles,

The Darkness Between Stars inspired by Manon from Throne of Glass made by Grace and Honey,

The House in the Cerulean Sea made by Flickerwix,

Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone made by Ember Stagg Candles.

Reid and Lou from Serpent and Dove made by Bookworm Candles and Craft

From Blood and Ash (Poppy and Hawke) from the Canvas collection made by Flickerwix

Squad 312 from Aurora Rising made by Midnight Flame Candles,

Warcross candle made by Book Nook,

Once Upon a Dream made by The Story Gift.

Closing the Chapter: May 2021

Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?

The last day of May! Time is flying!

May was an ok month, it was my birthday yesterday and I read 9 books which is over average for me so I am very pleased (and a great time was had!!!)

Apologies as most of my reviews are to come in June, need the time to write all the posts up!


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
See my review here

Ironside by Holly Black
See my review here

Fake by Kylie Scott
See my review here

(Sorry no pic as the cover was so distorted trying to add here!)

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
See my review soon!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
See my review soon!

Venom by Bex Hogan
See my review soon!

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
See my review soon!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
See my review soon!


Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
See my review here

What did you read in May?

Haul: May 2021 (looking good!!!)

May is nearly over (and it’s my birthday tomorrow!) so I thought I would show you what books I got this month. More than I wanted to but I’m on course to read 10 books this month so that’s going in the right direction!


Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levensellar

Ember of Night by Molly E Lee


Son of Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa


The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

What did you haul in May?

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Title: Clockwork Princess

Series: The Infernal Devices #3

Author: Cassandra Clare


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Well I think my heart has just been wrenched out!

That’s what you get when you immerse yourself in a fictional world I find. I was so invested in the world, the plot and the characters that I lost myself there!

Let me tell you I couldn’t put this book down. It’s not often I read a near 600 page book in a day but I needed this story like I needed air!

Will, Jem and Tessa……

I didn’t warm to Tessa in book 1 or really 2 but in this book I did and my ‘team’ changed rapidly throughout this trilogy from Will to Jem and back again…..and in this book I realised I didn’t have to. The 3 of them are an actual whole, their love and devotion pulled at my heartstrings.

I even warmed to Jessamine and I never in a million years thought that would happen!!!!

I’ll leave you with this line that had me saying awwww out loud (to myself!!)

‘And I am – I am catastrophically in love with you.’

TTT – Books That Fit a Theme


Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme – Books that Fit A Theme 

My theme is my Instagram (not very original I know but what can you do when you are really busy!)
Anyways…..hope you enjoy these!  You can find me on IG with user name @cjrtb_books

Would You Rather Book Tag!

Disclaimer – I can’t remember where I saw this tag or even if I was tagged but I do know it was  at the end of last year that I saw it and saved the questions but forgot who posted so please accept my humblest apologies creator!!!

But anyway, here we are….The Would You Rather Book tag

1 – Would you rather a series you love never get its final book, or have its final book with an ending you dislike?

Omg it’s Game of Thrones all over again!!!! But seriously I would rather have the book with an ending I dislike because, and even with GoT, I try to see the best in things!

2 – Would you rather your favourite series get a cheesy adaptation with the perfect cast, or an otherwise good adaptation with a cast you hate?

Oooh this is difficult! Probably good adaptation with a cast I hate!

3 – Would you rather cry at every book you read, or never feel strong emotions about any book you read?

Another hard one!!!! I’m not a crier at all so probably the 2nd option (which in itself is sad!)

4 – Would you rather meet your favourite author or your favourite character?

Author I think.

5 – Would you rather every book you read have romance, or never read a book with a romance again?

Romance. Give me all the romance!!!!

6 – Would you rather read a book with a great plot and unlikable characters, or a boring plot and amazing characters?

I guess boring plot and amazing characters? This is a really hard one which I have been going back and forth on! Let’s hope I never have to choose in real life!!!!

7 – Would you rather visit any bookish world you want, but only for an hour, or only visit one bookish world, but stay as long as you want?

With the first option could I keep going back?! I’d like to visit quite a few so first option with the chance of going back if I really like it for another hour!!!

8 – Would you rather never blog again, or have to post a blog post every single day?

Every single day please! I think I’d be lost never blogging again! But I do worry the content might get a bit rubbish if I had to post every day!

9 – Would you rather give up your blog and keep all bookish social media, or keep your blog and leave all bookish social media?

Oh gawd, whaaaaaaaat? Thing is platform popularity changes frequently. At the moment for me, FB is out and IG is in but WordPress has always been the constant. After having a war in my brain for a bit I’ve decided the 2nd option but I really wouldn’t want to do it!!!!

10 – Would you rather read outside on a sunny day, or inside on a rainy day?

Inside on a rainy day. Inside all the time in fact! My skin hates the sun (thanks immune system and sun allergy) so I can’t really read in the sun any longer.