Mini Reviews

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Title: Kingdom of the Wicked

Author: Kerri

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 27th October 2020

Number of Pages: 448

Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to think going into this as while I love anything to do with witches but I have also seen some mixed reviews so was definitely a bit apprehensive however I’m glad that I gave it a shot as it was an enjoyable read. This was really fast paced and I was never once bored while reading it. My favourite part of this was definitely the setting and atmosphere you really felt like you were there while reading. Kerri also did a really good job at exploring loss and grief. I also liked the characters and found Wrath intriguing however the romance didn’t really pull me in, it was just sort of there. Overall I did enjoy this and plan on picking up the sequel when it’s released. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

Title: Glassheart

Author: Katharine Orton

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: 5th November

Number of Pages: 337

Genre: Middle Grade, Historical, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really sweet and magical middle grade set in the aftermath of World War 2. It follows our heroine Nova who is destined to fight a great evil and it was really great to watch as she grew throughout the book and realised her own power. I also really loved her relationship with her Uncle and the theme of found family. Overall I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.

Title: Her Lady to Love

Author: Jane Walsh

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

Release Date: 10th November 2020

Number of Pages: 254

Genre: Adult, Historical, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis

Country mouse Lady Honora Banfield arrives in London with one mission: to catch a husband. A perpetual wallflower, she’s going to do whatever it takes to win a proposal from London’s most eligible bachelor, including teaming up with the most popular (and least proper) woman in London.

Miss Jacqueline Lockhart is having too much fun in her sixth season to ever consider settling down, even though she’s been unsuccessful at mingling with the upper echelons of London society.

When Lady Honora agrees to exchange invitations to the most exclusive events in return for Jacqueline’s introductions to eligible gentlemen, neither expects their friendship to ignite passion. Nora and Jacquie begin an affair with the strict understanding that it will end once Nora is married, but as a proposal becomes more imminent, choosing between a conventional life without love, or certain ruination if they stay together, isn’t as simple as it seems.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

I have been getting into the romance genre this year and so when I came across this sapphic historical romance I knew I had to request it. In this book we have Nora who is looking to find a husband to finance her country estate and she enlists the help of Jacqueline who is on her 6th season and has no intention of settling down with a man. The pair are both immediately drawn to each other. Overall I did enjoy this however felt that the pacing was a little off at times and I really would have liked to see more depth to Jacqueline and Nora’s relationship. Overall I gave this 3 out of

Title: The Crowns of Croswald

Author: D.E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold

Release Date: 21st July 2017

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

I have and will always be a sucker for magic school settings and this one was no exception. Here we have Ivy our Cinderella type heroine who has spent her whole life as a scaldrony maid until she lands herself at the Academy to learn to harness her magic but of course things aren’t that easy. This is a fast paced, action packed story full of magic and adventure that will definitely leave you wanting more. This story is so creative, you tell that so work went into the world building and you also can’t help but fall for Ivy and her friends. Overall I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you read any of these?? What did you think of them??

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