The Shade Amulet

Title: The Shade Amulet

Author: Andrea Pearson

Series: Koven Chronicles

Pages: 153

Publication Date: 11th December 2017

Goodreads: 4 Stars

Lizzie’s day job is dangerous but straightforward.

Use her magic to stop fires. Bombs. Guns.

Her night job is entirely different.

She must hunt and kill evil creatures—shifters set on devouring her. Vampires that drain their victims’ blood before consuming them in flame.

And without the Shade Amulet, it’s impossible.

Unfortunately, she doesn’t have the Amulet yet.

She isn’t the type to sit and wait, though. Luckily, neither is her partner.

Abel’s past is dark, his motives unknown. He’s secretive. Attractive. Powerful. Very powerful. And he’s willing to help. But will he destroy them both in the process?

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 368

Publication Date: 15 April 2014

Genre: Contemporary

Goodreads: 3 Stars

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Series: It’s a standalone

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 374

Publication Date: March 14 2017

Genres: Retelling, fairy tale, fantasy, young adult

Goodreads: 4 Stars


Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones – and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets, and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses… or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one pretty: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast. Deaf to her sister’s protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory – a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin – or salvation.

Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Beauty and the Beast, my all time favourite.

This book has a very special place in my heart. It took me far far away into a distant land, where fairy tales come to life in an ordinary girl’s world. I loved reading this retelling, I thought it was so very well done. It was refreshing and real, I ignored all else when I reading Hunted, and I couldn’t put it down!

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grisha (Book 3)

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Pages: 417

Publication Date: June 17 2014

Genres: Young adult, fantasy, magic

Goodreads: 4 stars


The capital has fallen and the Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. 

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets,she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction – and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

This book really took off and it was non stop action! I really enjoyed the fast pace and I was torn between wanting the Darkling to turn around and be good, I loved the way Bardugo made us have such mixed feelings about him!
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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


Title: Flame in the Mist

Series: Flame in the Mist

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 392

Publication Date: 16th May 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Japan, Retellings, Gender Bender


The only daughter of a prominent Samurai, Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her fate. Never mind her cunning or her skills as an accomplished alchemist, Mariko was raised for one purpose only: to marry.

At just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose. But the journey is cut short when her convoy is ambushed by the Black Clan – a group of bandits hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace. 

The lone survivor of the attack, Mariko swears revenge on those who want her dead: she infiltrates the Black Clan disguised as a peasant boy and befriends their leader. The clan warms to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity – but as she gets closer to her enemies, Mariko uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


** spoiler alert **


I adored this book! Japanese mythology, samurais, feudal Japan, is totally down my alley. With a Mulan twist, which I absolutely loved, how could I resist? I loved the fact it’s only slightly like Mulan, not as predictable but loved the similarities. But don’t get me wrong, Flame in the Mist definitely had tonnes of originality.

Warning… spoilers ahead…

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The Immortal Bind by Traci Harding

Title: The Immortal Bind

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Pages: 384

Genres: Fanatasy

Goodreads: 4 Stars


The adventure of a lifetime… or two, or three

When Sara is gifted a beautiful antique chair as a wedding present, she is completely unaware that it is one of a unique pair. On the other side of the world, the chair’s twin is presented to a reclusive artist, Jon, as a birthday gift.

The two new owners are thrust into a mind-expanding adventure through the ages – medieval East Anglia, Scotland, France and India. In each instance they experience significant junctions in their lives past, to remember and redress ripples of karma they set in motion, and thwart an evil entity that still threatens their present day lives.

Their journey exposes a cursed love affair spanning one thousand years and ten thousand miles. Only the full realisation of their own short comings will prevent the tragic reoccurring outcome of their immortal bind.


I was lucky enough to receive this review copy from Harper Collins Australia. I haven’t read a Traci Harding book in years and this was so intriguing, I felt like I had to devour it slowly.

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Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis

Title: Who’s Afraid?

Series: Tommi Grayson (Book 1)

Publisher: Piatkus

Pages:  343

Genres: Urban fantasy, paranormal, fantasy

Goodreads: 4 Stars


‘It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring…’

Tommi Grayson’s never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she’s never come close to guessing who she really is…

When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage – and it’s a whole lot more than merely human.

Barely escaping with her life, now Tommi must return to her friends, pretending everything is normal while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside – and within. Worse still, something has followed her home…

With the clock ticking, can Tommi learn to control her new powers in time to save the ones she loves?

This book was so enjoyable! From page one, I was intrigued about what was going on with Tommi. Lewis has created a sassy, fun character, who speaks her mind and I really enjoyed Tommi’s point of view. Her references are funny and I couldn’t stop reading! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a werewolf book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fast paced and there was always a twist lurking around the corner!

Enter Lorcan and the story really picked up! I loved the how he entered the scene and his purpose. Although it reminded me of another series, I still thoroughly enjoyed his character and their connection. As Tommi learns to adjust to her new life and skills, she seems to master them easily. Although she does ‘master’ them quickly, I appreciate how fast paced the book is. Sometimes I prefer to read a more fast paced book, a lot of it was already focused on the training and I was quite happy to get on with the plot. Lewis also explains the reason for her fast mastery of skills due to her ancestry. Tommi also is already a fighter with her Muay Thai background as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve had an urban fantasy book I couldn’t put down. Now I feel like I will be looking for other urban fantasy books to read! I’m looking forward to Tommi’s next adventures in Who’s Afraid Too? Luckily, I don’t have long to wait as it comes out in January!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Gemina

Series: The Illuminae Files (Book 2)

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: October 2016

Pages: 659

Genres: Young Adult/Sci-fi

Goodreads: 5 stars

Holy Guacamole! What a rollercoaster ride Gemina was! This book was amazing and beyond my wildest dreams! I felt like I got tricked so many times! The format continues to capture me and is so good to look at! What an intense book, I couldn’t put it down and it was unpredictable.

First off, Hanna Donnelly. Gosh, what an amazing heroine of the story! She’s smart, beautiful, is awesome at fighting and a fashionista! I could totally imagine all this in my mind as a movie! Hanna was so clever and strong throughout this book. I loved seeing what she would do next and it amazes me how capable she was of pulling this off! I was both amazed and in doubt at the same time!

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Title: Nevernight

Series: Nevernight

Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books

Published: August 2016

Pages: 429

Genres: Young Adult/Fantasy

Goodreads: 5 Stars


In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Wow, this book. This was so refreshing! Especially for a young adult/fantasy book. It brings me back to the days that I used to only read fantasy. I miss the journey books of the protagonist learning the art of what they are to become. Mia’s story was intriguing, many protagonists may start like Mia, but the magic system is what really sucked me in. Mister Kindly was such a mysterious and loyal character and he seemed like a great ally to have. But there comes a part in the book that you question all that he is. I loved this! It made us so suspicious of the shadows surrounding Mia.

The opening paragraphs of this book was so interesting. It was so confusing and I found myself rereading these paragraphs to compare the different situations written so similarly. I had to find out what was going on! And I was drawn in by Jay’s writing style. References at the bottom of the book answered some of the questions I had, gave us insight to Nevernight’s world without one character explaining it to another or heavy information all at the beginning of the book and some were quite funny. Eventually the complicated writing style evened out and it became an easier read. The flashbacks at the beginning of each chapter gave us insights to Mia’s past. I really liked this as it kept us curious the more I read and knowing how it linked to the present.
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