Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Title: Thorn

Series: Dauntless Path #1

Author: Intisar Khanani

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own.

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

Princess Alyrra has a horrible life at the hands of her family but gets a reprieve when she is betrothed to Prince Kestrin. A horror occurs on her journey to meet Kestrin but is it actually a horror to Alyrra? Alyrra is free. But she still has a conscious…….

I loved The Goose Girl when I was younger and I can confirm that this is an absolutely stunning story.

So we have the animal best friend, Falada the talking horse, we have an amazing group of friends, we have Princess to pauper, we have an evil enchantress and equally, if not more, a horrible girl pulling the strings.

We also have the beautiful Prince. Aaaaah Kestrin absolutely stole my heart. I know I say this about nearly every leading man but Kestrin was perfection!

Don’t you just love it when a book surprises you with a little twist? Well one happened here and I didn’t have a clue. But I loved it!

To be honest there isn’t anything I didn’t love about this book and now I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and basically anything this author writes!

🎧 Review: Amari and the Great Game by BB Alston

Title: Amari and the Great Game

Series: Supernatural Investigations #2

Author: BB Alston

After finding her brother and saving the entire supernatural world, Amari Peters is convinced her first full summer as a Junior Agent will be a breeze.

But between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. So when the secretive League of Magicians offers her a chance to stand up for magiciankind as its new leader, she declines. She’s got enough to worry about!

But her refusal allows someone else to step forward, a magician with dangerous plans for the League. This challenge sparks the start of the Great Game, a competition to decide who will become the Night Brothers’ successor and determine the future of magiciankind.

The Great Game is both mysterious and deadly, but among the winner’s magical rewards is Quinton’s last hope—so how can Amari refuse?

I absolutely loved Amari and the Night Brothers so was so happy to start this and see what happens next!

Amari is now a junior agent in the Supernatural Investigations Bureau and is suffering the same prejudices as before as she is a magician. Made my heart hurt.

Quinton is still suffering from the curse.

Dylan is locked up for his crimes.

Elsieand Maria are now Amari’s firm friends and a new friend is made!

And now she has to complete in the great game to save everyone!

I love this author so much, his writing is a gift! I gorged this audiobook in a day as I needed to know all the details! Now I need that next book!

TTT – Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books

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.

Topic: Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books

It Happened One Summer – when Piper ran to Brendan’s house in the storm as it felt safe and like home! 🧡

Zodiac Academy – when Darius says how he feels about Tory. ❤️

A Restless Truth – Violet showing Maud how to live the life she wants. 💜

The Atlas Six – Libby and Nico, the world can see they belong together and all their moments point to that but when will they realise?!!!! 💙

All for the Game – when Neil/Andrew snogeroo for the first time! 💙

Shadowhunters – when Mark/Kieran/Cristina realise they love each other. 💜

Love Hypothesis – just everything Adam and Olive! 💛

Shadowhunters – when Will tells Tessa he is catastrophically in love with her 💚

Golden Dynasty – when Circe and Lahn watch the blooms by the river (babies!!!!) 🖤

Rock Chick Regret when Sadie realises she is totally safe with Hector ❤️

What would yours be?

Review: Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

Title: Twin Crowns

Series: Twin Crowns #1

Authors: Catherine Doyle/Katherine Webber

Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to return to the place of her parents’ murder and usurp the only survivor, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Or she would, if only a certain palace guard wasn’t quite so distractingly attractive, and if her reckless magic didn’t have a habit of causing trouble…

Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility. Marriage into a brutal kingdom awaits, and she will not let a small matter like waking up in the middle of the desert in the company of an extremely impertinent (and handsome) kidnapper get in the way of her royal duty. But life outside the palace walls is wilder and more beautiful than she ever imagined, and the witches she has long feared might turn out to be the family she never knew she was missing.

Two sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better. But as coronation day looms closer and they each strive to claim their birthright, the sinister Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne, becomes increasingly determined that neither will succeed. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?

Twins, seperated at birth, brought up completely differently….

Wren, a witch, raised by her grandmother,

Rose, raised to be Queen but ruled by the Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne.

So in the same sort of vein as The Parent Trap but in a totally different way, the twins swap places.

It had a bit of everything, darkness, cute in places, funny in others and a bit of romance….loved the romances. Shen and Tor both own my heart!

One thing I loved is I didn’t know where this was going to go. I was pleasantly surprised!!

I did find Rose a bit annoying but 100% loved Wren but special mention to the best friend, Celeste. She was bright, bubbly, strong and loves her best friend. Superb.

Now I need book 2 to see what happens next!

The Sunday Post – 13th November 2022: tiring week!

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

This week has dragged so much! We haven’t done much apart from work and school so a run of the mill week and still I feel exhausted!

My slump has well and truly gone I was back reading with a vengeance!! The below might look big but I had started a book and an audiobook last week but hadn’t finished for my last update!


What I’ve Read

The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de Bodard
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
See my review here

🎧 I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here

🎧 The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
See my review here


New arrivals

Princess of Souls by Alexandra Cristo


You might have missed…..

Review – Cursed by Marissa Meyer
Mini Review – Beach Read by Emily Henry
Review – A Restless Truth by Freya Marske
Unboxing – Fairyloot YA: October 2022
Review – Sabriel by Garth Nix


What have you read lately?

🎧 Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Title: Sabriel

Series: The Old Kingdom #1

Author: Garth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

I’ve heard so much about this book so when it came up in my library, I decided to go for it!

Sabriel, a Necromancer, receives word that her father, the Abhorsen is missing and enters the Old Kingdom to find him.

A quest in a world full of magic and creatures with a fast paced plot and brilliant magical system!

I absolutely loved Sabriel. She’s totally down to earth, gifted, strong and a totally interesting character!

Who I loved more…Mogget….the pure white not-cat who was servant to the Abhorsen! He was humorous and so like a cat even though he wasn’t!!!

I also liked Touchstone and wanted him and Sabriel to do the old snogeroo but it was like one minute they were companions with the same goal, then a few admiring glances and then, boom. Love. I would have liked to see that fleshed out out a bit more!

But anyway…I am interested enough to read the next book!

Fairyloot YA Unboxing – October 2022: SELL YOUR SOUL!

October YA theme – SELL YOUR SOUL

What price would you be willing to pay to get what you want most in the world?

Items inspired by Once Upon A Broken Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle and The Raven Boys!

🖤 Canvas Basket inspired by OUaBH designed by @blancadesign
🖤 Cabeswater Socks designed by @no0nedesigns in a tribute to The Raven Boys
🖤 Howl’s Moving Castle Foiled Art Print with art by @gracezhuart
🖤 Princess of Souls by Alexandra Christo paperback

BOOK OF THE MONTH

One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

Exclusive hardcover with foil
Sprayed edges
Reversible dust jacket by @mistilteinn.art

Review: A Restless Truth by Freya Marske

Title: A Restless Truth

Series: The Last Binding #2

Author: Freya Marske

The most interesting things in Maud Blyth’s life have happened to her brother Robin, but she’s ready to join any cause, especially if it involves magical secrets that may threaten the whole of the British Isles. Bound for New York on the R.M.S. Lyric, she’s ready for an adventure.

What she actually finds is a dead body, a disrespectful parrot, and a beautiful stranger in Violet Debenham, who is everything—a magician, an actress, a scandal—Maud has been trained to fear and has learned to desire. Surrounded by the open sea and a ship full of loathsome, aristocratic suspects, they must solve a murder and untangle a conspiracy that began generations before them.

I absolutely loved Marvellous Light so was so happy when I got my hands on this!

Here we have Maud, Robin’s sister, carrying on the cause of the Last Contract and finding the items.

So Maud gets on a ship called Lyric under the guise of an employee of Mrs Navenby when tragedy strikes. Maud then meets Violet Debenham and catches up with Lord Hawthorn, who we’ve met before, to investigate!

‘We’re not in one place or another. We could be going anywhere, in the darkness. The sun could rise tomorrow and we could be in—Alexandria, or Venice, or among the islands of Japan.’

Loved Maud, she is so self depreciating, quite innocent but very eager to learn and to please and she gets the job done!

Violet so self assured, lives her life how she wants to and good on her. Her free living, not caring what anyone thought (and in those times must’ve been hard for a woman), was a breath of fresh air…..and it certainly impressed on Maud!

Loved how the time period was described, loved the descriptions of the clothing, the ship, the tale of how it all started and loved that different material of rings helps with magic. I especially loved Maud and Violet together. ‘I’ve never had to pretend to want you, Maud Blyth.’

There is just one thing I want in the next book. Lord Hawthorn is so intriguing for me. He is so far removed and closed off so I want him to have a hea, it will be so shocking for him that I’d love to see the look on his face and hear the realisation in his brain!

Mini Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

Title: Beach Read

Author: Emily Henry

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

An invite to a book club opens up everything for January with a meeting with an old college nemesis/acquaintance, Gus.

They are both going through stuff as well as writers block. Yes, they are both authors!!!!

This story was utterly captivating! I listened to the audio and gobbled it up in a day!

Just a short one from me but I will say that their chemistry was off the charts and I was rooting for them with every word and sentence!