The Moonstone (Enchantment series book 1)

I was sent this book by the author for my honest opinion. The book has recently been translated into English from French.

Summary from Goodreads:

I really enjoyed this book. Once I had got through the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down. The world building is great and you get pulled right in. The magic system is well thought out and easy to understand. Apart from the typical, chosen one who is super powerful trope the storyline is great. I knew the story wouldn’t completely conclude in this book but I feel it ended in a satisfying way ready for book two.

My main complaint is that some of the chapters are too long and I feel they could have been broke up a bit more. I also didn’t like how both the romantic interests started off kind of pushy and domineering. Both characters develop to better suit the story it they both remain possessive.

I liked the characters. Lou is our MC. She has always felt she didn’t quite fit in and she gets to find out that’s because she is an enchanter. But not just any enchanter she is a moonchild which gives her an important mission. We watch her navigate the new world of magic and try to figure out what she really is human or enchanter in reality she is something in the middle. Lou is quick to trust which turns out to be fatal. Her interactions with the other characters are great. Apart from Flica we don’t get to know her team too much apart from there amazing abilities I hope we will get to know them better in the sequel.

Zach always raised alarm bells with me. He was just too nice especially after there initial encounter. I Blacks character he’s very complicated and has many layers to him.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I hope the sequel is just as good. 4 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Three Dark Crowns Review

Sypnopsis

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this book. While I enjoyed parts of the books a couple of the characters really annoyed me and a few scenes mad me so angry.

The book was slower paced than I expected and things didn’t really get going for m until near the end.

I only liked two of the three queens.

I hated the stupid love triangle story line and the character of Joesph. He is actually a really horrible person but acts like it’s everyone else’s fault for his actions. Mirabella was really annoying and I wanted to slap her but I liked Kathrine and Arsinoe. Things didn’t come easy to them but they preserved. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kat and Arsinoe next.

The book also has a pretty map which is always a bonus I this on 3.5 stars out is 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alex and Eliza Review 

I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion.


Sypnopsis 

The love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler – based on the story that inspired the bestselling musical Hamilton. 1777. Albany, New York. As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters – Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks, and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck – as an orphan, and a bastard one at that – to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. 

Having not seen Hamilton the musical I went into this book with no expectations. I simply viewed it as a historical romance which it delivered on. 

This story had everything you could ask from in a romance. A head strong female, a charming male who meet and things don’t go well at first but they end up falling for each other over time but of course something gets in the way of their happily ever after. The concept is not new but the characters were well written and the scene setting was great.

Eliza is a strong female who knows her mind. She doesn’t fit into society’s norms. She is a woman of action and wants to help the soldiers any way she can rather the sit ideally by at home sewing. Alex comes from nothing and has worked his way up. He is constantly trying to prove himself and has to work harder to get to where he has as he doesn’t have a well known family name to help him along.

The romance is well written. While there was definitely insta attraction, especially on Alex’s side their romance is a gradual thing. The more they get to know each other the harder they fall.

As a historical romance the story is great. Four out of five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Flame Never Dies Review 

Sequel to The Stars Never Rise I was excited to see how the story continued.


Sypnopsis 

ONE SPARK WILL RISE

Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth-that the war against demons is far from over-seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


I was extremely excited when I found this book for £2 it is a lot more in most places so I snatched it up quick and instantly got reading.

The story starts 5 months after the groups escape into the badlands. I liked how Nina skills as an exorcist have grown and that the groups are seen training rather then just miraculously being great fighters. The groups relationships have grown and they have started to figure each persons role in the group as they learn to survive in the badlands. 

Part of the plot was predictable and others I didn’t see coming. I found I actually enjoyed the parts I saw coming more than the surprises. Most of the ‘surprises’ I shrugged off or with a certain plot point I questioned the logic behind it. With the plot point me I knew were coming the build up to them and the tension and the hoping I was wrong is what made these parts fantastic. 


Finn and Nina’s relationship is great. However I get Nina didn’t interact with the rest of the group very much and we didn’t get as much sisterly love as we did in the first. The dramatic climax fell a little flat but the ending tugged at my heart strings. 

The whole book is an emotional rollercoaster. A certain loss even though predicted broke my heart. The open ending left was well written. I wish there was more in the series.

Song of the Current Review 

Song of the current by Sarah Tolcser is one of the books I purchased at YALC. I know the publisher will always be biased towards there books they have published but I’m glad I took there recommendation.

Synopsis 

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name. But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.


I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I started this book. Parts of the story line are predictable but the strong characters and beautiful setting had me engrossed in the story. It is well written and different to anything I have read recently. Even the romance is what you typically expect. I liked the characters relationships and how they helped develop each other into better people.

Caro is very strong and dedicated character. She was raised by her father on a werry but feels torn between her two parents who have very different ideas on what they want for their daughter. Marko is stuck up and full of himself but learns a lot in his time with Caro. Fee is a character of fee words. She is one of the frogmen and just as strong a character as Caro even if she dosn’t say much. Kente was an amazing addition to the team part way through. She is Carlos cousin and is another strong female but in a different way to Caro.


I loved that Caro was mixed race and you don’t get a lot of mixed race leads in fantasy. The magic system was great. It wasn’t your typical spells or wands type of thing. It was more subtle and exsisted as part of nature. This was an enjoyable read. 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Outlaws bookbox club September Unboxing 

This month was BookBox clubs birthday month so was intrigued to see what they would do to celebrate.


Firstly I received a nice little letter from Libby and Kate the bookbox club girls. It was really sweet and a nice extra touch.

I was instantly drawn to the sweet treat i the form of a birthday biscuit. It was super yummy. I had it with a nice cup of tea and wished I had another.

Marauders postcards by the imaginative illustrator. This are beautifully designed. I will not be sending anyone a postcard as I can not bare to part with these what can I say I’m greedy.

Inej lip balm by oriandle. I he been meaning to try the products from oriandle and the perfect opportunity has come along in the form of an Inej lipbalm. It’s a blend of caramel and cinnamon. The scent perfectly captures my favourite member of the dregs. 

The cutest bookmark ever! A magnetic Robin Hood bookmark by marked by Hephaestus. This is adorable. I will definitely be giving the shop a look later.

Sante socks by bookbox club. I love a good pair of cozy socks especially with the wether getting colder. These are inspired by the featured book.

A set of really cute pencils with quotes on the end.

Birthday bonus book. What better way to celebrate a book club birthday than with a book! The book I received was Moonrise 🌙 by Sarah Crossan. I look forward to getting stuck in.

This months featured book is A Jigsaw of fire and stars by Yama Badoe. Coincidentally I was looking at this book the other day. Good thing I didn’t order it otherwise I would have two copies. I can’t wait to read this.

As usual the book came with a scrolled invitation to the online book group and an interview with the author. To top it off though the book is signed 

I loved this book and the extra book is fantastic. We also received some extra book samples. 

I really liked this box. This month was just a little bit special. There was so many goodies I couldn’t fit them all in the picture.

The Art of Being Normal Review 

After reading All about Mia by Lisa Williamson I sort out her previous work.


Synopsis 

Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …


Williamson has a way of bringing up tough subjects and making us care. I didn’t love this book as much as All about Mia but the characters were still gripping. 

Leo is an amazing character. He is my favourite out of the two main characters. He has transferred school and want a to remain on the outside of things. He is emotionally deep and scared from previous bad relationships. Williamson portrays is internal struggle amazingly.

David wants to be a girl and is bullied for being a freak. He is instantly drawn the Leo but dosn’t know why. Both boys help each other through an rollercoaster of emotional turmoil. There slow burn friendship is great. Leo dosn’t want friends but ends up leaning on David. In turn he helps David have the confidence to be who he truly is.

The story was wonderfully written and emotionally gripping.

Amber Sky Review 

I received this book free from net gallery for my honest opinion.

Synopsis 

“You thought I did this out of the goodness of my heart?” He gave a short mirthless laugh. “Not a bit of it, this is going to be dangerous for me. What are you offering for my help?” Beneath the Amber Sky, the nobility control the food, education, and the mysterious C.O.I.L.S of Copper and Brass. To Tay, struggling to keep her siblings alive, the ideas of rebellion and freedom are distant and unreachable. But when her father is arrested, she begs Darius James, the son of the Overseer, to save his life. Darius agrees, but his help costs her a favour, one he can call in at any time. Darius’ favour will bring her to the Palace, and the perfect position to help the growing rebellion. But the court has games beyond anything she has seen before, and Darius’ secrets will add to the danger. Tay is now able to make a difference, to join the rebellion, find the C.O.I.L.S and discover the secrets of the Amber Sky. All she has to do is survive.


In a world of strict social class system Tay is at the bottom. She tries to keep her head down and keep herself and her siblings alive. However she gets dragged into a rebellion that she isn’t sure she should be a part of. I liked that Tay was a reluctant revolutionary. It’s not that she dosn’t believe in the cause it’s that she is concerned what will happen to her family if she is caught. She has already lost her mother and father because of there rebellion, she is the only one now able of taking care of her family. It’s nice to see a character consider the consequences of there actions not just for themselves but those around them.

Darius is a your stereotypical male lead. Swoon worthy and protective of those around him but not too overbearing. It was nice to see him apologise for a spurt of jealousy and correct his behaviour something a couple of books I have read recently lacked. Darius is a noble but a low classed noble as even the nobles are slaves to the earring system. 


I was ready to write this book off as nothing special. Not that it was bad. It was a nice easy read but there was no wow factor however the last third turned that around. The last few chapters especially left me going what! And that ending. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the sequel.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer Review 

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors and I have been excitedly waiting for the release of this book.


Synopsis 

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning . . . Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world. Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.


I loved this book! I was hooked right from the start. The story is set before Diana is Wonder Woman. She is a young amazon trying to prove herself. I loved Bardugo protral of Diana. She is strong not just physically but in her beliefs. She has lived a sheltered life and when she enters the world of man her innocence shows. It is amusing how she interacts with the world and learns about things and finds Wonder in everyday items. She is a fish out of water but she keeps swimming.

Alia is a fantastic character. I liked the change from a man washing up on the islands shores to a young girl. She is a young mixed race girl and the way bardugo portrays her struggle with fitting in is really well done. I found her character anxietys really relatable. Alia has also lived a sheltered life but in a different way to Diana. When the two meet they change each other’s life for ever and create a lasting bond.

Two other great characters are found in Nim and Theo. Jason is another well written character. He is Alia over protective brother but he has so many more layers to him. The line of characters is a fantastic mix of ethnicities, gender and sexualitys. I found this book really refreshing and I didn’t see the twist coming for a change!

I loved this story of friendship and courage. I’m excited to see what the other authors do with their dc superhero books.

Fierce Winds Rising Review 

I was sent this book for free by the author for my honest opinion 

Sypnopsis 

Dark skies loom over the continent of Ersellis. The ambitious Artem Harroll and the dutiful Seralynd Westerberg are on the verge of forging an alliance between their kingdoms. Together they will shatter the balance of power in Ersellis and drag the continent to the brink of war. In the neighboring state, a group of elite mercenaries–The White Feather Company–prepare for the inevitable conflict. Through the leadership of their commander, the fiery Rosamund Red, they tackle difficult tasks to secure the future of their company and safeguard the Republic of Isoldien, their employer. As the fierce winds of the coming storm rise, those who are wise enough scheme and maneuver to advance their personal interests. Steel and magic will collide in a deadly game of wits. Who will prevail, and who will be forgotten? In the midst of chaos, strength and resolve will be tested, nameless heroes will fulfill their duties, and the commoners will endure. For some, it is business as usual.

What this book did well was world building. It successfully built a vivid world in political turmoil. I could picture everything really well. This however is about all I liked about the book.

The story was really slow paced and dragged. I found it difficult to get through. There were just too many different point of view characters. The story really didn’t need that many point of views. It didn’t actually need as many characters as it had. I lost track of who was who and what they were doing far to often. 

In some parts the author was too descriptive. I don’t constantly need to be reminded of what characters full titles are or exactly what was on the queens breakfast plate. I found myself skimming passages of too much description.


The chapters were way to long. I feel some could have been split into two or even three chapters. The prologue and epilogue were so long and the way they were written they may as well have just been normal chapters.

The way it ended was very sudden. There was no wind down or final battle or big revelation, it just ended and I was like oh.

The premise sounded good but unfortunately the delivery wasn’t great