Book Review: Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

Thursday 7 March 2024

 Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

Thank you to HarperCollins and Netgalley for the advance reader copy of this book for an honest review.

Faebound follows Yeeran an Elven warrior who has known nothing but war her whole life. Yeeran's sister Lettle is training to be a Diviner seeking prophecies.

After a fatal mistake Yeeran is exiled and Lettle follows after her to bring her back to safety from the terrifying lands beyond their borders. It is here they both encounter the Fae court. The Fae haven't been seen for a millennium but Lettle and Yeeran are taken to their world as prisoners and here they have to figure out how to escape back to their lands.

I must admit I started this book and I was not sure if it was for me. However the more I got into the story the more invested I got into the world and the magic system.

I found the story and plot to be very unique and I became invested in the characters and their differing storylines throughout the book. I felt that the plot was very well crafted with lots of different twists throughout. 

This story is told in various different perspectives the majority being Yeeran and Lettle's perspectives. I enjoyed both narratives and felt this added to the story. 

Overall a book I would recommend for lovers of fantasy and Fae worlds. I'm hoping that there is going to be a sequel following a cliffhanger ending.

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Book Review: The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden

Tuesday 5 March 2024

 The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden

Thank you to Netgalley and Cornerstone for the advance reader copy of The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden for an honest review.

The Warm Hands of Ghost is set during The Great War and follows main character Laura Iven a combat nurse who was wounded and medically discharged as she returns to the front to search for her brother who see believes to be dead despite odd signs otherwise.

She is sent Freddie's personal effects despite him being lost in the trenches could something more be going on here.

Meanwhile the other part of the book is told from Freddie's perspective and leads up to that fateful day when he is trapped in a pillbox only to form an alliance with a German soldier Hans Winter. Both escape their peril only to be met with a strange hotelier who offers soldiers oblivion.

Not my usual type of read but Katherine Arden has a way with taking historical fiction or tales from folklore and adding elements of magic throughout that keep you captivated till the end.

I enjoyed the dual perspective of the story leading from the past from Freddie's point of view and the current time from Laura's point of view and how the two story lines came to merge together.

As with The Bear and the Nightingale series this is another captivating read from Arden that is one to add to your to be read list. 

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Book Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Friday 19 January 2024

 Book Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Thank you to Bolinda Audio and Netgalley for the access to the Audiobook of Tithe for an honest review.

Tithe follows 16 year old Kaye who travels from city to city with her mothers rock band until an attack forces her back to her childhood home.

There Kaye somehow finds herself an unwilling pawn in the war between two faerie kingdoms.

As a massive fan of The Cruel Prince I was really excited to listen to this story which seemed from the similar realm however I fear it wasn't really one for me.

The audio and narration were all really well done however the story itself just didn't capture my interest like Holly Black's other books do.

Maybe as this story is marketed too a YA audience and is abit on the shorter side. I just didn't feel like the characters were fleshed out enough to be discernable to the point where if I lost track of the Audiobook I would then become unsure who was who and how they related to the main character.

Not one for me sadly but the audio was very well done. 

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Book Review: The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

 Book Review: The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

Thank you to Bonnier Books UK and Netgalley for the advance reader copy of The Invocations for an honest review.

The Invocations follows three different women each with a different goal.

Zara Jones wants to learn magic to resurrect her murdered sister. She will do whatever it takes to get her back.

Jude Wolf has dabbled in magic in the past and unintentionally cursed herself after a deal with a demon that went wrong. This is turning her soul necrotic and she needs a witch to help her remove the invocation.

Finally there is Emer Bryne the Witch and solution to both of their problems. Emer gives spells to desperate women in need however these women are being murdered one by one by a serial killer in a similar manner to how her family were murdered when she was a child.

Together the three of them team up to find the serial killer and stop whoever they are.

I love Krystal Sutherlands books this and House of Hollow have been two very well crafted and unique reads.

The book is told from three different perspectives but these all come together perfectly to tell the story. Every character had their own clear voice and personality and everyone's back story was well crafted and added in.

Another wonderful book by Sutherland and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

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Book Review: Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

 Book Review: Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

Thank you to Netgalley and Little Brown Book Group for the advance reader copy of Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands for  an honest review.

After the first book I was incredibly excited to read the sequel and I am happy to say it did not disappoint.

In this book mysterious faeries from other realms are appearing at Emily's university and she must uncover the secret to find the way back to Bambley's realms. Wendell Bambleby the exiled faerie king part of the reason Emily has yet to accept his proposal.

With her encyclopaedia published she has a new project a map of the otherlands. While sorting this research Bambley lands her in yet more trouble when assassin's appear at the university.

This leads them on another adventure trying to find the door to his realm, the only issue the last researcher who searched for these doors and tried to uncover them disappeared years ago.

I would go as far to say that this book was better than the first one and I really enjoyed that story.

This book gave a perfect balance in the story between fast paced elements in the faerie realm and slower more cosy researching in the alps. Emily and Wendell's romance is more prominent in this book but it doesn't overtake the plot. We are also introduced to various new side characters and these are well built into the plot.

This book has action straight from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end. I finished it in a couple of days.

For fans of the first book you will definitely enjoy this sequel. The ending also leaves room for a third book in the series and following this book I really hope we get a third book in the series.

I would 100% recommend both this book and the first book in the series. 

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Book Review: What The River Knows by Isabel Ibanez

Friday 1 December 2023

What The River Knows by Isabel Ibanez

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder Books for the advance reader copy of What the River Knows for an honest review.

Inez Olivia belongs to the upper society of Buenos Aires she lives with her aunt as her parents are away for half of each year in Egypt.

When word reaches her of their shock death she runs off and makes her way to Egypt to question her uncle and learn more about what really happened to them.

Only on arrival he wants her to head straight back home and sends his assistant Whit to send her back.

What they don't count on is Inez doing everything in her power to stay. She learns of their expedition to Egypt and stows away on their ship to learn more about their expedition and ultimately her parents.

Overall I really enjoyed this book I loved the writing style it really captured my attention and made me feel like I was seeing the same sights as the characters.

I really liked Inez as a character from her brazeness and determination. I also really enjoyed the enemies to lovers trope between her and Whit.

However the book had so many twists and turns and betrayals it is clearly open for a sequel and I need to read this following that shock ending.

I highly recommend this book. 

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