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A Mini DNF Review ‘A Heart So Fierce and Broken’ ~ Brigid Kemmerer

42952728A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: January 21st 2020

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series: Cursebreakers #2

Blurb: Find the heir, win the crown.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud.

Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen for the crown he never wanted.

Review

After really enjoying A Curse So Dark and Lonely I really wanted to enjoy A Heart So Fierce and Broken but alas…..here we are.

I just could not, for the life of me, get into this. Some of the new characters annoyed me and old favourites just didn’t seem the same. I was going to push through but in the end it just wasn’t worth it. I wouldn’t say don’t read it – if you’re keen by all means go for it, I hope you enjoy it, but this time as much as I wanted otherwise I didn’t enjoy it enough to make it worth finishing.

“Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.”

*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Book Review ‘Impossible Causes’ ~ Julie Mayhew

9781408897027Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew

Publication Date: November 5th 2019

Publisher: Raven Books (Bloomsbury)

Blurb: The Crucible meets The Craft in this brilliantly dark thriller about isolated communities, rumours and suspicion.

The arrival of three strangers on Lark, a remote island with a population of 300, is the cause of much speculation. The first, a young teacher – the only male teacher on the island – the other two, a mother and her teenage daughter. What have they come to escape? And what will they find waiting for them on Lark?

In Julie Mayhew’s mesmerising and compelling thriller, an isolated and deeply religious island with a history of paganism is riven when a man is found dead in a stone circle. As rumours spread and tensions rise, three Lark teenage girls and the new arrival from the mainland find themselves accused of witchcraft – and murder.

★★★/5

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Book Review ‘We are Blood and Thunder’ ~ Kesia Lupo

41440204We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo

Publication Date: May 6th 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Blurb: In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within.
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Book Review ‘All The Invisible Things’ ~ Orlagh Collins

42371083All The Invisible Things by Orlagh Collins

Publication Date: April 1st 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Blurb: Vetty’s family is moving back to London, and all she can think about is seeing Pez again. They were inseparable when they were small – roaming the city in the long summers, sharing everything. But everyone’s telling her it’ll be different now. After all, a boy and a girl can’t really be friends without feelings getting in the way, can they?

Vetty thinks differently … until Pez tells her she’s ‘not like other girls’. But what does that even mean? Is it a good thing or not? Suddenly she’s wondering whether she wants him to see her like the others – like the ultra-glamorous March, who’s worked some sort of spell on Pez, or the girls in the videos that Pez has hidden on his laptop.

How can she measure up to them? And who says that’s what a girl is supposed to be like anyway?

★★★☆(3.5)/5

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Book Review ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ ~ Brigid Kemmerer

9781681195087A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: February 4th 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Series: A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1

Blurb: Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

☆(4.5)/5

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