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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published August 29th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Source: Purchased
Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and mi…

Review: Sky in the Deep - Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fig…

Review: Bride of the Sea - Emma Hamm

Bride of the Sea by Emma Hamm
Series: The Otherworld #3
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Adult Fantasy
Published April 3rd 2018

Source: ARC received from Author
The Little Mermaid meets Irish Mythology in this retelling of the beloved classic… The first Companion Novel in the Otherworld Series

Once upon a time…

Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world?

Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on.

They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn tog…

Book Blitz: The Blood Curse - Annette Marie

I'm so pleased to be able to participate in the Book Blitz for the latest release of one of my all-time favourite authors! The Blood Curse is the third and final book in the Spell Weaver trilogy and my review can be found here. As always my love for all things Annette Marie knows no bounds, so please - you have to read this series!

The Blood Curse
Annette Marie
Publication date: March 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
When Clio conned her way into the Underworld, her job was to steal magic that could protect her homeland. Instead, she escaped with the rebel son of a notorious spell weaver family.
And in the process, she exposed his most calamitous spell, putting her people—and all magic—in peril.
Now she and Lyre face two impossible feats: recover his creation, and do it before his family catches up to them. But when the spell is unleashed with devastating results, caution is no longer an option.
Clio and Lyre’s only chance lies in combining their strength, but to make it out a…

The Wrap-Up: March Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month. 
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I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! It's quite crazy to think that we're 25% done with this year already!

March was a crazy month for me again! I'm beginning to think crazy is just my new normal and that I should get used to it!  I did however manage to finish seven books somehow and stay fairly on track with my reading goals for the year. Blogging-wise it was pretty slow but I'm not as far behind as I was when I started the year... So maybe that's a win?

So what happened in March? My little family and I travelled to Indonesia to meet up with my Dad and his family there. It was an amazing trip and we're all already plann…

Review: The Blood Curse - Annette Marie

The Blood Curse by Annette Marie
Series: Spell Weaver #3
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Adult Fantasy
Expected publication: March 30th 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: ARC received from Dark Owl Fantasy
When Clio conned her way into the Underworld to steal magic from the notorious spell weavers of Chrysalis, she thought she was helping protect her homeland.

Instead, she exposed Lyre's most calamitous spell, and now her half-brother Bastian plans to wield it against the powerful Ra family. Clio and Lyre have to stop him before he can unleash it, but Bastian isn't their only adversary.

Chrysalis wants the shadow weave—and they want Lyre dead. And this time, they aren’t trusting mercenaries to get the job done. Lyre's father is coming for him, and no magic can defeat the most lethal weaver in the three realms.

From the scorching deserts of Ra to the darkest corner of the Underworld, Clio and Lyre must chase the shadow weave as both the hunters and the hunted. To make it out alive, th…

Review: Fireblood - Elly Blake

Fireblood by Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #2
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published September 12th 2017 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Borrowed
All hail the Fire Queen.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hand…

Review: The Defiant - Lesley Livingston

The Defiant by Lesley Livingston
Series: The Valiant #2
My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy
Published January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill

Source: ARC received from Razorbill via Edelweiss
Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first. I really enjoyed The V…

Review: Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #3
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published January 30th 2018 by Faber & Faber

Source: Purchased
When gunslinging Amani Al'Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she'd join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn't have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn't exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths. Three words.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

And maybe two more words.
Absolutely Epic.

I could almost just leave this review at that... But not only am …

Review: The Valiant - Lesley Livingston

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Series: The Valiant #1
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published February 14th 2017 by Razorbill

Source: Borrowed
Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman…

The Wrap-Up: February Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month. Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 
I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Well - another month done and dusted and I'm kind of left reeling! Already this year is getting away from me. February was a busy month with my little one's birthday and birthday party being right in the middle of it! It's amazing how time consuming party planning for a four year old can be!

I haven't read nearly as much as I wanted to - partially because of being so busy and partially because of health related issues. I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and put onto medication and after a couple of weeks I can honestly say I'm not coping all that well. I feel tired ALL THE TIME (which being an evening reader HAS NOT helped my …