Reading Suggestions

Book Suggestions: Blood Trial, by Kelly St. Claire (2019).

Something worth while taking a second look at.


The dice are rolled at midnight.

As the twenty-one-year-old heiress to the Le Spyre fortune, my life should consist of strawberry mojitos and golf carts. Right?

But I’m determined to forge my own path.

Desperate to escape the meaningless games of the rich, I flee my family’s estate.

Secret alias—check.
Place to sleep—uh, kind of?

I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, but that’s the least of my worries.

My city is a giant board game. The players are supernatural— freakin’ vampires—including an overbearing crown prince whose unwanted attention could spell my demise.

Now, I must play their deadly game, or my grandmother and best friend will pay the ultimate price

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Boy, Swallows, Universe, by Trent Dalton (2018).

I recieved this book as a Christmas gift, and although its not of my usual genre I found myself quite interested. It tells the story of a young boy named Eli and his life in 1983 in Australia. unfortunately Eli doesn’t have the best experience growing up. His brother is mute. He doesn’t know his father. His mother is a drug addict, who ends up partnering with her boyfriend and dealing Her o i ne to support themselves and her two children. Not exactly the best family life. The story describes what life is like and how del v i ng
i n to the life of convicted criminals past and present.

What I liked about the book?

I feel this is a unique storyline, though admittedly not of my usual genre so I am not entirely sure how correct my assumption really is. But in itself, this was what had me turning pages, constantly needing
to know if things will become worse or better for Eli and his defective family. The author has portrayed some really interesting characters, and sends them forth on a journey that could easily lead to ruin. Thankfully our characters are much stronger than the predicaments they find themselves in.

What I didn’t like

There really wasn’t a great deal not to like in this novel. Great characters and fascinating storyline. The author has definitley done his research about prison and used references in some interesting ways in portraying life for people who live behind bars.


Admittedly, I have enjoyed this Novel from a great new author. Trent Dalton is def in itley one author to keep an eye out for. I would recommend this novel to all fiction book lovers. Especially those who spent their childhood in NSW Australia. I give this book a rating of 7 /10 stars.


Book Reviews

Book Review: Blood Song, by Anthony Ryan (2011).

On the Cover

Blood Song is the epic first novel in the internationally bestselling Raven’s Shadow seriesan enthralling tale of desperate battles, deadly politics and epic adventure.

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order’s newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly – all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith.

Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.


Blood Song, authored by Anthony Ryan, is a epic novel set in a dystopian land at war. It begins with Vaelin Al Sorna, the son of a well known character of the realm, being left to the Order in which one is taught to fight for the faith. At least so it is done for those of the sixth order. Vaelin begins his journey the moment his father rides away from the Order gates.

He becomes one among many at the beginning, but as time continues and children are either killed during training or tests or just proven unworthy, their number dwindles till Vaelin finds his own band of brothers whom become closer than blood. Each of them willing to die to save the other or protect the other from harm. However, these friendships are tested time and time again and the characters are really moulded in front of the readers eyes, more or less.

It isn’t until the final of the tests when he is forced to kill an innocent man or otherwise die himself, Vaelin realises that the king has more influence on the Faith and its orders that he first thought. The King has had plans for him since his birth and although these didn’t come into fruition, he continues to scheme.

The story in itself is fast paced and exciting. Vaelin and his friends go through many battles that are well described in a prose that easily flows. The fact that Vaelin appears to have the gift of magic in his blood, known as the “Blood song”. with this magic as his guide in times of need, no wonder he becomes such a formidable enemy. The storyline of Vaelin and how he survives to become a famously respected warrior is one that just keeps readers wanting to turn pages. Admittedly I had trouble putting it down.

There wasn’t much that I didn’t enjoy in this novel. From the grisly deaths to the horrifying slaughters, and even the epic love shared between Vaelin and Sherrin. The author has written this novel very well and there is very little if anything of this book I didn’t enjoy.

Overall I would recommend this book to lovers of the dystopian fantasy genre. It’s fast pace and exciting adventures will have readers hooked. Great book. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.


Book Reviews

Book Review: The Bow of Destiny, by P. H. Solomon (2015). The Bow of Hart Saga – Book 1.

There has been a lot of online hype for this novel! I’ve seen many a blog, or post giving it good recommendations, so of course I had to try it. The Bow of Destiny by P. H. Solomon is an intriguing fantasy novel, set in a world similar to our own, but from wilder times and with its own host of magic and mythical beings. Such as, Elven Rangers, Dwarf Kings, Mystical Withlings and Evil Trolls.

The story begins with Athson, an orphaned human, adopted and raised by elves. He has always been different and not just because he is human. He is also the last known descendant of the Bow of Hart. A much sought after item that could change the future of their world.  

Athson’s journey is very much one of discovery. He finds friendship and Iove in his travelling companions, an Elf and fellow Ranger, a giant, a princess, a Withling and a couple of Dwarves who join the group halfway through their journey. Unfortunately, he also learns that not only is he the owner of an inheritance that could change life forever, but also that the father he had until now believed to have been brutally murdered by Trolls, could still be alive.  

I feel the beginning of this novel begins kind of slow, with a number of catch up explanations required to fill in numerous blanks in the story line. However, the pace really begins to pick up and become quite intriguing about half way through, just after the small group is formed and they set out to find the Bow of Hart and the Withling Hastra’s stolen book. From this point on, the character’s really begin to evolve and its much easier to understand the books progress. 

The romance in this novel so far has been somewhat immature throughout the novel, with hand holding and stolen kisses. However this may be the basis for future storylines, its quite hard to tell. The fighting and battle scenes are quite good, very descriptive and entertaining, but unfortunately I also felt they were long winded, going on and on.

Overall, the author, P. H. Solomon has produced an interesting fantasy novel that I would recommend to ages 15 years and older. The text is easy to read and understand and the content offers something for all ages. I give this book a rating of 5.5 out of 10 stars, though I am interested in checking out the next title in the series. 


Reading Suggestions

Read All The Books: The Huntsman’s Amulet, by Duncan M. Hamilton.

Another great sounding book from a top author. I will have to move this up my #mustread list.


Alone in a foreign land, Soren must come to terms with loss and a gift that has been as much a burden as a benefit.

A long abandoned city may hold the answers he seeks about the Gift of Grace, but a lethal assassin proves that old enemies have not forgotten him.

As misfortune pulls him ever farther from an unsettled score, he finds hope in an unexpected place…

The Huntsman’s Amulet follows The Tattered Banner and is the second part of the swashbuckling fantasy adventure ‘Society of the Sword’ trilogy.

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Reading Suggestions

Read All The Books ~ When Wishes Bleed, by Casey Bond.

One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.

~ Kindle

The title and cover both really draw my attention, and now after reading the abstract I think I will give this book a chance.

#mustread list!



The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave, but this was no normal visit. My fingers prickled to touch him. So, I granted his request by handing him a single wishbone. When he snapped it, the wish … bled. 

Hearing me suck in a shocked breath, he asked what it meant. Such an ominous omen could only mean one thing: his death was imminent. Fate revealed that he wouldn’t die of natural causes. Someone wanted him dead. Stunned by the revelation, the man I now knew as Prince Tauren disappeared into a night I feared he wouldn’t survive. 

The following day, I received an invitation to the castle. While it seemed the prince believed I could intervene and uncover who was plotting his death, his motives didn’t stop there. I was being summoned to join twelve other women in vying for the opportunity to be his wife and future queen. Going could mean jeopardizing my plans to reclaim my heritage and resurrect the House of Fate. But staying would guarantee Tauren’s death, and the blood of his wish would be on my hands.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Wheel of Osheim, by Mark Lawrence (2016). Book 3: The Red Queen Wars. 

Mark Lawrence has outdone himself with an amazing third novel to an already intriguing and imaginative series. The Red Queen Wars have completely captured my imagination and painted a picture of a both civilized yet hostile world, driven by greed and power. Throughout the series Jalan Kendeth and Snorri Ver Snagason have become true heros and I have loved watching Jalan become someone of worth and eventually growing in to a man of honour. 

This the the third and final installment, The wheel of Osheim, brings us straight into the thick of action, and sees Jalan being propelled from Hel, finding himself on top of a sand dune in the middle of a desert. He still holds the key. Snorri is no where to be seen.
After narrowly escaping from the desert after being somewhat rescued by a Sheik, Jalan makes his way back to the Red March and inevitably his Grandmother, The Red Queen. Much has changed for Jalan, and the effects of his travels show clearly to those who know him best. On his return the Red Queen declares her brother Garyus King while she goes off to fight the war with The Lady Blue. She also names Jalan the new Marshall of the Red March. 
Fortunately for Jalan, even though all Hell may breaking loose around him, he is able to “break loose” Snorri from Hel, and have him at his side on what looks to be an impossible quest. 
Mark Lawrence has created an extra ordinary character in Jalan and I have just fallen in love! His sense of humour, his honesty, his out look on life. A cowardly under-dog proving his worth, even if it has come a little late. The imagination and genius put into these characters is superb, and this is also seen in the world created for them. 
I have to reccomend this novel to anyone who enjoys fantasy. On par with my 2 most favorite authors, I give the wheel of Oshei in the rating of 8.5 out of 10 stars. Thank you Mark Lawrence you have given me an new author to dote on!

Reading Suggestions

Book Ideas: Paladin’s Grace, by T. Kingfisher (2020).

This looks like it may be interesting. The cover is superb. Really catching the eye. Definitely something worth checking out 🤗 👀 🤓 📖


Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…

From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart and The Twisted Ones comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Liar’s Key, by Mark Lawrence (2015). The Red Queen Wars – Book 2.

The Liar’s key is the second novel in the Red Queen Wars written by Mark Lawrence, and is even better than the first. We start out once more with our favourite Prince and Viking, crossing treacherous terrain to open Hells door with Loki’s key. In addition to Tuttagu, the ever loyal Underoth, we gain two other companions. A young boy, orphaned before their very eyes, named Hennen, and volva by the name of Kara whose magical abilities seem strangely dark. 

Jalan intends to follow the party as far as his home, where he intends to return to his old life. Snorri however, intends to open Hells door and retrieve his family, or die trying. 

But as with all well made plans, neither of our heroes are able to follow them through as they had hoped. Instead they find themselves on totally different paths, destined to cross again in the nearest future. 

This installment of the Red Queen Wars is fast paced and and filled with action. The ups and downs which the characters go through gives each personality and depth, but none so much as Jalan. He really evolves in this book and grows into someone the reader can be proud of. 

I have to admit I am surprised by this novel, in that I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I have. My assumption that the storyline had peaked was completely wrong. There is so much more to this tale and it has me honestly looking forward to reading the next novel. 

Having really enjoyed The Liar’s Key, by Mark Lawrence, I have given it the rating of 7.5/10 stars. I recommend this novel to a more mature audience,mainly due to content and humor. Great work overall.


Book Reviews

Book Review: Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (2014). Red Queen Wars- Book 1.

I found this book whilst exploring recommendations on good reads. I wasn’t sure exactly what i was getting into with this novel but I found myself compelled to read it and at least give it a go. I am glad I gave it a try. In fact, I have spent several months reading this particular novel (due to life responsibilities, a new child in the house, and the finding of a new hobby!) I have to say it has intrigued me enough to keep coming back to it every time I hadthe chance to read. 

It all begins with the introduction of a spoiled young prince by the name of Jalan, the Grandson of the Queen of the Red March. Jalan, as it turns out, has an eye for the ladies both in and out of court, as well as a liking of number of gambling activities, including the fighting pits. The former being the precise place he comes into contact with a huge Viking by the name of Snorri. He had already known of his gigantuen size from previous engagements, and this offered him a variety of opportunities, all of which he wished to exploit for his own benefit. Unfortunately for Jalan, both Snorri and the silent sister had other plans for the duo’s future. A carefully planned and executed spell pronounced one “Light sworn” and the other “Dark sworn”,  with visiting beings of the same value at dawn and dusk of each day. 

Hell bent on finding his family, kidnapped by a mad man, Jalan finds himself a part of a possible suicide mission, with Snorri at the helm. Traveling in the opposite direction proved too uncomfortable, assumed effects of the spell cast by the Silent Sisters, Jalan had little choice but to go along. With this only the beginning of a much deeper and more elaborate plot, we follow these two unlikely hero’s through Jalan’s eyes, and delve into an era of Vikings, in a world covered with snow. It was this wasteland and Jal’s personal descriptions of it, that had me constantly returning.

Overall, I have to say that this novel authored by Mark Lawrence has captured both my attention and imagination. Jal has a way of progressing through the story line with terrific humour, so even when things get a little slow there is always amusement to observe. With all the obstacles they face during their mission it’s a surprise that Jal has a sense of humour left! Thus far I am enjoying the” Red Queen War” series, and this the first novel – Prince of fools has been a great opening for many future adventures. I give the book a rating of 8/10 stars. Well done Mark Lawrence.