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Book Review ‘The Deathless Girls’ ~ Kiran Millwood Hargrave

43453718._SY475_The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Publication Date: September 24th 2019

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

RRP: AU$19.99

Blurb: Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

★★★☆(3.5)/5

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Mini Review ‘King of Fools’ ~ Amanda Foody

37545571King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Publication Date: June 6th 2019

Publisher: HQ Young Adult – US

Series: The Shadow Game #2

Blurb: Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

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41951626._SY475_Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Publication Date: October 1st 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: Crier’s War #1

Blurb: After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

First off, before even getting to the content, can we take a minute for THAT COVER. Because it’s fucking stunning! I was always planning to read this, but that cover single-handedly ensured that I will be buying a physical copy, without a doubt. I really, really hope it’s as shiny as it looks.

And now to get to the content, it sounds like it’s going to be absolutely incredible. I am so excited for this. I also hear that there some intense slowburn which I am here for. Slowburn AND f/f AND enemies-to-lovers – need I say more?

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Book Review ‘Kingsbane’ ~ Claire Legrand

40895030._SY475_Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

Publication Date: May 21st 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Series: Empirium #2

Blurb: Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric, protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien – but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries alter, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: she is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption – fear of becoming another Rielle – keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. With few allies in her corner she races against time to save her dying friend Navi. Most importantly, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted by either embracing her mother’s power or rejecting it forever.

Separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, Rielle and Eliana’s fight continues amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength – and their hearts.

★★★★/5

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Book Review ‘The Storm Crow’ ~ Kalyn Josephson

38330596The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Publication Date: July 9th 2019

Publisher: SourcebooksFire

Series: The Storm Crow #1

Blurb: In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

★★★☆(3.5)/5

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