Book Reviews, Received for Review

Review: Blood Crescent by Stevie McCoy

Blood Crescent by Stevie McCoy
Series: Divine #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Young Adult
Length: 262 pages
Published on 21st September 2018 by Broken Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Stevie McCoy: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: A missing mother. A magical birthright. Can she uncover the secrets of her family legacy before the bloodline runs dry?

Sixteen-year-old Crystal Dylan thought magic only existed in storybooks. But everything changes when she finds out her long-departed mom isn’t dead: she was stolen away by the same power-hungry league now hunting her own enchanted blood. In search of answers, she must make sense of a hidden mystical realm and two mysterious protectors.

Victor is more than just the boy-next-door. As a shifter, he’s lost track of the many lives he’s led and the memories of his true self. But as he stands close to the beautiful Crystal, he can sense his past coming back into focus. So when dark forces threaten to drain Crystal’s powers, he may just have to risk an enchanted kiss that could save her life… or seal her fate.

With enemies closing in, Crystal must find her mom and uncover her magical destiny before her powers fall into the clutches of evil.

Blood Crescent is the first novel in the exhilarating Divine Series of YA paranormal fantasies. If you like hidden magical realms, fresh new takes on vampire lore, and heartfelt journeys of self-discovery, then you’ll love Stevie McCoy’s spellbinding coming-of-age tale.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel Reivew: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures: The Graphic Novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, illustrated by Cassandra Jean
Series: Caster Chronicles Adaptation
Genre: Paranormal | Romance | Young Adult
Length: 240 pages
Published on 5th february 2013 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon
Kami Garcia: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Margaret Stohl: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Cassandra Jean: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy picked up from a book swap at a blogger event

Synopsis: Some loves are meant to be…
Others are cursed.

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets.There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head.
Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.
On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year,
the Book will take what it’s been promised.
And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep,
powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her
sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.

Ethan never even saw it coming.

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Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adults
Length: 494 pages
Published on 3rd May 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sally Green: Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from WHSmith

Synopsis:
A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

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Graphic Novel Review: Slothilda by Dante Fabiero

Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life by Dante Fabiero
Genre: Humour | Graphic Novel
Length: 128 pages
Published on 18th October 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Dante Fabiero: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received from the publishers thanks to NetGalley

Synopsis: A charming collection of comics about an ambitious little sloth who’d rather just take it easy.

Are you a fan of carbs, the internet, and naps? Slothilda is your spirit animal!

From former Simpsons animator Dante Fabiero comes this all-too-real comic series about an adorable little sloth who’s driven by her desire for self-improvement. Slothilda explores an inner conflict we can all relate to―the desire to succeed and grow, while paradoxically dealing with the ever present temptation to sloth.

With themes related to work, fitness, food, shopping, and pets―this book shows that you’re not the only sloth at heart.

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Book Reviews, Manga, Received for Review

Manga Review: The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park

The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Series: The Tarot Cafe #1
Genre: Manga | Fantasy
Length: 528 pages
Published on 24th July 2018 by TokyoPop
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sang-Sun Park: Goodreads
eCopy recieved from NetGalley

Synopsis:
Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She’ll help anyone, whether they’re a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.

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Poetry Review: Scattered Constellations by Ankita Singh

Scattered Constellations by Ankita Singh
Genre: Poetry | Young Adult
Length: 80 pages
Published on 31st July 2018 by Amazon Direct Publishing
Purchase: Amazon
Ankita Singh: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review

Synopsis:
Words tumble out, with no pause;
From the pen, my anelace,
That I hold so graciously,
(In awe of its majesty, its power)
In my hand.
They form thoughts, hopes and musings;
Reflect my soul, my entire being,
And spread across the page,
Like scattered constellations
Across the sky.
(Scattered Constellations is a YA Free Verse Poetry collection.)

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Book Reviews

Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Series: The Seafarer’s Kiss #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | LGBT
Length: 224 pages
Published on 28th March 2015 by Duet Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Julia Ember: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eBook gifted to me by Allie

Synopsis:
Having long wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the merfolk’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: Say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from the divine Loki. But such deals are never straightforward, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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Book Review: Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
Series: Mumintrollen #1 or #2
Genre: Fantasy | Childrens
Length: 158 pages
Published on 27th April 2010 by Puffin Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tove Jansson: Goodreads
Gifted to me from Tecsie

Synopsis:
When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley. Less

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ARC Poetry Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #2
Genre: Poetry | Feminism
Length: 208 pages
Published on 6th March 2018 by Andrews McMeel Poetry
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Amanda Lovelace: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from NetGalley

Synopsis:
2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn’t burn in this one — the bold second book in her “women are some kind of magic” series.

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

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ARC Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
Genre: Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 288 pages
Published on 11th January 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Emily Barr: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC sent to work for consideration, finished copy received for review from TEENSgate and Penguin Platform.

Synopsis:
Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.And realises her life has been a lie.Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

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