REVIEW: Shades of Magic Volume 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab

The Steel PrinceTitle: Shades of Magic Volume 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 112
Published by: Titan Comics
Publication date: 6th March 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

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REVIEW: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower GirlsTitle: The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
Pages: 352
Published by: Raven Books
Publication date: 24th January 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

The Flower Girls.

Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, ninteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

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REVIEW: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

The Near WitchTitle: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 354
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 12th March 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis:

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

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REVIEW: Lies by T.M. Logan

LiesTitle: Lies by T.M. Logan
Pages: 498
Published by: Twenty7 Books
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis:

Joe Lynch is just an ordinary happily married man – until one split-second decision throws his life into crisis.

When Joe sees his wife having a confrontation with family friend Ben, it’s the first hint that she’s been lying to him – about everything. And when he steps in to protect her, a harmless shove knocks Ben to the ground. And he’s not moving…

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MINI REVIEW: Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Hey guys! I recently finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and instead of reviewing each book individually, I thought it would be better to do a mini review of each book all in one post, like I did for The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu. Plus this series is quite old now and very popular so I think a lot of people will know what this series is about. I’m late to the Grishaverse and since the TV show was announced I thought I should finally see what the fuss is all about! Surprisingly I haven’t actually heard a lot about this trilogy other than to go into it with very slow expectations as it isn’t very good. Here’s my thoughts on each book:

Shadow and BoneShadow and Bone: 

I thought this series started off pretty strong and I really enjoyed it. The world building was alright, if a little confusing at times, and some of the characters were interesting enough. One thing that bothered me though was the main character. I didn’t think Alina was an impressive main character and I found it so bizarre how she was easily led by others. She just didn’t seem to have a mind of her own and was always looking to others to tell her what to do. She didn’t know anything about the Darkling but she immediately took what he said as the truth. She was such a weak character and so easy to manipulate.  The Darkling, on the other hand, was a very interesting character. I was immediately drawn to him and I could tell straight away that I’d love him – probably because he was the villain. I think Leigh did a great job with his character and I was definitely looking forward to seeing more of him. I thought the ending had a nice twist and ended on an interesting cliffhanger. It was good enough to make me want to start reading the second one right away! Overall I ended up giving this four stars because I did really enjoy it but I think the world building could have been better and there was a bit of a love triangle going on but it wasn’t constantly in my face so it was bearable.

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REVIEW: Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena (DC Icons #4)

SupermanTitle: Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena
Pages: 336
Published by: Penguin Books
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis:

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger, better than everyone around him.

He knows drawing attention to himself could be dangerous but lately it’s difficult to stay in the shadows. A dark secret is lurking in Smallville and he’s not the only one hiding something.

With his best friend, Lana Lang, at his side, Clark is determined to discover what evil lies below the surface of their small town. But there are secrets in Clark’s past that threaten to destroy the future Man of Steel.

Before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

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REVIEW: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (Villains #2)

20181223_143830Title: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 575
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 25th September 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Amazon UKWaterstones

Synopsis: 

A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions–V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious. Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought–and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.

With Marcella’s rise, new enmities create opportunity–and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

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