Mini Reviews

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and staying safe. After this post I will finally be caught up on my current reviews which feels so good to say. I still have quite a few arcs that I need to read however it’s good to at least get my current reads caught up.

Title: Paris by Starlight

Author: Robert Dinsdale

Publisher: Random House UK

Release Date: 5th November 2020

Number of Pages: 480

Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

Every city has its own magic…

Every night on their long journey to Paris from their troubled homeland, Levon’s grandmother has read to them from a very special book. Called The Nocturne, it is a book full of fairy stories and the heroic adventures of their people who generations before chose to live by starlight.

And with every story that Levon’s grandmother tells them in their new home, the desire to live as their ancestors did grows. And that is when the magic begins…

Nobody can explain why nocturnal water dogs start appearing at the heels of every citizen of Paris-by-Starlight like the loyal retainers they once were. There are suddenly night finches in the skies and the city is transforming: the Eiffel Tower lit up by strange ethereal flowers that drink in the light of the moon.

But not everyone in Paris is won over by the spectacle of Paris-by-Starlight. There are always those that fear the other, the unexplained, the strangers in our midst. How long can the magic of night rub up against the ordinariness of day? How long can two worlds occupy the same streets and squares before there is an outright war?

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

Such a beautifully written book, full of hope and growth and family. As well as having the ability to move forward while still being able to hold on to who you are and where you come from. It follows Isabelle who becomes involved with a family of refugees from another land. This family has traveled a very long way with nothing more than a book of fairytales from their home and over time come to realise that maybe these fairytales aren’t just stories after all.

I will say that the pacing if this is very slow which I make it difficult to get through at times and felt longer than it needed to be. However it is a very magical read and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

Title: A Vow so bold and Deadly

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: 26th January 2021

Number of Pages: 408

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

Face your fears, fight the battle.

Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As the two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and a dangerous enemy returns.

This book is the conclusion to the Cursebreakers trilogy and overall an enjoyable read.

In this one the world is preparing for war. On one side we have Lia Mara and Grey fighting for Syhl Ahallow and on the other we have Harper and Rhen fighting for Emberfall. I really enjoyed being back in Harper and Rhens POVs as we saw so little of them in the previous book and it was good to get more insight into Rhens’ mindframe particularly considering some of the actions he took in A Heart So Fierce and Broken. As with the last book Grey and Lia Mara are my favourite and I loved seeing more of them here. One of the things I really liked here is that it shows that your main female characters don’t always have to be your sassy Celaena type that we have gotten so use to recently.

My one complaint with this book was that the ending is very open ended. I feel she might have done this for a more realistic route but in a last book you really shouldn’t be left feeling that it was leading to another book rather than being the conclusion it’s supposed to be.

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

Title: Chain of Iron

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: 2nd March 2021

Number of Pages: 591

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.

As usual Cassandra Clare meets all expectations with her latest Shadowhunter book. I can’t believe I have been reading these books for so many years and I honestly don’t think I will ever get bored of them.

In this one there is a murderer lose in London who is preying on Shadowhunters and of course our favourite group of Shadowhunters may be more connected than they believe. This book gives you everything you got in Chain of Gold and more. I loved the character development and as usual Cassandra Clare is the queen of angst and that ending will leave you begging for the next book.

I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

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

7 thoughts on “Mini Reviews

  1. I didn’t get a chance to read any of these books but I can relate to my outing to visit Paris & Eiffel Tower by night!It was a truly mesmerising view still fresh in my memories! May again want to visit it! Thanks for sharing your great reviews, Michaela🌷

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      1. If Paris is on your wish list then you will surely visit Paris some day! Pl care to visit my blog on my Paris- Brussels visit on my site! You may like it for sure! If you don’t find it I can send you the link! God bless you

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