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Uncategorized, Young Adult / November 16, 2016
The Deviants by C.J. SkuseThe Deviants
Author: c. j. skuse
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Date: 22/09/2016
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

Big thank you to Mira Ink for sending me this for review! This in no way affects my review.

This year I have been reading a lot of books from the fantasy genre, so when offered the opportunity to read The Deviants, I thought I’d take a break from my comfort genre and go and explore a contemporary read. This was no fluffy contemporary book though. Instead it was a fast paced, dark story that I really enjoyed that I actually read within a day. Having never read anything by C. J. Skuse before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I am glad I took the chance to give this a go. read more

By: Vicky
Review, Young Adult / February 22, 2013
The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaThe Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Date: January 2013
416 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

I was pained Julie Kagawa’s superb series The Iron Fey ended last year, especially because the last book The Iron Knight, was so good. It was like saying goodbye to a very good friend, seeing off Grimalkin, Ash and more importantly Puck, prankster of my heart.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was about this new series, Call of the Forgotten, starring Meaghan’s brother. In The Lost Prince, Ethan Chase is no longer a little boy and has grown up irritated by and resentful of faeries. With his sight, they just won’t leave him alone and he hasn’t forgiven them for essentially taking his big sister away from him. However, when a fairy comes to him for help, he reluctantly journeys to the Nevernever to find his sister and to put a stop to what’s happening. read more

By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / February 23, 2012
Touch of Power by Maria V. SnyderTouch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Avry of Kazan #1
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Date: December 2011
390 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life.

Touch of Power was everything that I hoped it would be and more! Traditional fantasy at its absolute best. I had no trouble whatsoever rating this book 5 wings. It deserves every one of them!

I’m afraid this review is going to basically be “ohmygodIlovethisbooksomuch” all the way though because really, I can’t find a single fault. read more

By: Alison