Book Review: Thunderlight (Dragonian Series #2) by Adrienne Woods

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Release date: 21st November 2014
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Source: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★☆

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About the Book

All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.

Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.

Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.

Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

The Review

We return to the world of paegeia and the Dragonians. There is now a new king of lion weapon and they managed to stop a brutal attack from Goran. And While Elena is trying to keep a low profile she and her friends can’t seem to go unnoticed for what they did to save the academy.
Also, there is the other thing of being accepted by Lucian’s parents. Things between them are getting heated up and while she loves Lucian so much she can’t seem to shake how Blake makes her feel. Yes, he hates her guts but he always seems to be there to save her.
When a new student, a Wyvern by the name of Paul joins the academy, Elena tries her best to ignore his attempts at friendship. But when Paul convinces her that she is his rider, she is determined to prove everyone wrong about their feelings towards Wyverns. Lucian on his quest to claim Blake uncovers some certain truths that could change a lot of what everyone knows about the foretellings and future of Paegeia.

What did I like? Ohhh mmmyyy daayyyzzz!!! So I was trying to not give anything away because this series is like a drug for me.
After book 1 I just knew I had to keep reading this series. I enjoyed this book a lot, although there were moments I thought could have been left out, like the girls getting ready for the ball, I mean we didn’t need the minute by minute detail.
This book had a lot of information and detail that I’m sure will make sense in the next books to come, so even thought it was muddying up my brain I bit I did my best absorb it.
I felt like the author was playing with my emotions a bit, I actually thought I have the story figured out but at the end, the author threw a spin on it all and like everyone in Paegeia it threw me completely. But that alone made me know that this series is just going to get better.
Blake for heaven’s sake was just a lot, in my opinion, I know they say the darkness but why be so super mean? And Tabitha? lets not even go there.
I loved Lucian a lot in this book, he is just the most perfect human being *swoon*
Paul my Wyvern man was just the best, his performance was epic. The end of the book was also one that i will not forget and I cant wait to read the next book as I am sure it will only get better.

Ramblings: The Christmas Bookish Gift Guide

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Hey everyone! It’s that time of the year again, and if you are struggling with what to get your bookish loved one(s), then look no further. Here are my top 10 bookish gifts.

1. Books on Books on Books
This is by far the easiest way to satisfy a fussy book lover. Give them a book they have been obsessing about or even better just give gift vouchers so that they can make their own choice. This is a quick win and is sure to never fail!.

2. Bookish Mugs
I say books and tea/coffee are best friends (ok throw in hot chocolate too!) so of course this will make an excellent gift. If your bookish loved one is not a beverage lover, then its ok as there are many other uses for the mug. Check out these sellers for some awesome mugs

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3. Buy a subscription box
These are becoming more and more popular in the bookish community and I am yet to chat to a book lover that does not love these. These boxes are usually themed with a selected book of the month and some other fun exclusive bookish goodies.

You can buy one off boxes or gift a subscription for your loved one and it is so super easy. Some of my favourite that offer one off subscriptions (These are UK based)

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4. Bookish clothing
Book lovers enjoy showing their love for literature. So some bookish clothing is definitely an essential item. You can check out these sellers stores for some of the most awesome gear!

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5. Bookish Jewellery
If your bookish loved one is not into beverages or bookish clothing, then bookish jewellery is sure to take their fancy. Check out Etsy for some really awesome bookish jewellery.

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6. Book marks
Nothing shows more thoughtfulness that a personalised bookmark for your bookish loved one. I personally am a bookmark hoarder, so these are at the top of my list as a Christmas gift. Check out these sellers stores for some really awesome bookmarks for loved ones.

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7.Bookish stationery
A book lover can never have too much stationery, we don’t need to use it we just like to keep it. If your bookish loved one is a blogger or book reviewer there is now even more to choose from that can help make their lives more organised and fun. Top stationary items include Journals, notebooks, pencils etc..

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8. Bookish Candles
Candles make great gifts at Christmas time and now you can even get book themed or bookish candles.

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9. Totes & bags
Why not let your bookish loved one make a statement with one of these great bookish tote’s and bags. Take a look on Society 6 for some great designs.

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10. bookish home accessories
We book lovers love our Shelves and so why not get some great accessories to decorate the shelves or just different areas around the home. Some great gifts include, pillows, throws, coasters, bookends etc.

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Happy shopping!!

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Book Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge

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Release date: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Ink Monster
Source: Author
Rating: ★★★★★

About the Book

Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…

Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.

The Review

First of all, I’d like to say that this series is just epic!!! If you haven’t still read it, then you are missing out.
We pick up right where book 2 left off. Tair and Quanta finally escaped the Alpha citadel and are safe at Eva’s compound from Doctor Nagi and his evil lab.
Even though Tair would like Quanta to take things easy, Lady Eva might have other plans plus Quanta is having a hard time trying to adjust with the onslaught of time ghosts.
When the possibility of a spy in the compound is discovered, it’s up to Quanta and Cipher to figure out what it’s going on.
The discovery of a video which shows proof that Dr. Nagi is not yet done experimenting with Quanta’s DNA puts everyone on edge. It’s now up to Quanta and Tair to figure out what is going on and how they can save the other Reds before Dr. Nagi gets to them.

What did I think? So I think I loved this book a bit more than the previous one. Can I just add that I am in love with Altair Orpheus!!!! he was the best part of the book for me.
So where do I start? Quanta to me in this book was a bit annoying, with her saviour syndrome. I mean why do you think they paired you in the first place. And someone tell me why Knight always seems like he has anger issue… I mean what is his problem. It’s finally nice to learn about the other Reds although I would have liked to see more from Devan Coda, she just seemed to fade into the background once crazy Quanta decided she wanted to do a Rambo.
The return of Dr. Nagi makes my skin crawl especially with his hair sleeked back and the creepy villain voice (I don’t know, but that’s just how I imagine it will be).
I liked the how the story developed and just when I though everything would fall apart the author managed to put in a fun twist that kinda made me smile at the end. I like how it ended and I am really excited to read the next book in the series, I wonder what tricks Dr. Nagi will bring our way maybe, even more, Reds.

Overall a great action packed book highly recommended for fans of the Divergent series.

Ramblings: Five Reasons to Watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I don’t usually do any movie reviews and I am not your typical over the top Harry Potter fan but, I recently went to the cinema and saw Fantastic Beasts and for a movie that was birthed from nothing (ie a text book to be used by Harry Potter) I think it was totally awesome. Here are my 5 top reasons why you need to go see it.

1. You get to go back into the awesome wizarding World
If you have been missing some magic in your life, then this is just what you need, I like that you don’t need to have seen the other Harry Potter movies or read to books to get into this movie.

2. The Beasts are truly fantastic
I loved all the beasts featured in the movie. Yep some were weird looking and to be honest I have no idea how they came up with the names for them or their characters but each one was unique and fun to watch.

3. Great story with a twist at the end.
A really great story that will keep you entertained from the start to finish. The cast and the characters are fun, exciting and you will want to watch them over and over again.

4. There is magic beyond Hogwarts
This story was set in the big apple instead of the usual London from the other Harry Potter stories and for me this shows that the wizarding world is beyond Hogwarts and London. Did you know they have their own School of Wizardry in the USA?

5. Makes you feel connected to the Harry Potter world
If you have been missing a dose of Harry Potter in your life, then don’t miss out on this movie. It is sure to give you a dose of the wizarding wold that you have been missing.

My favourite character in the movie was Jacob and my favourite beast by far was Niffler. You need to watch it to understand what I mean.

Have you watch it? and what did you think about it?

Book Review: Weregirl by C.D Bell

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Release date: 1st November 2016
Source: Author
Rating:★★★☆☆

About the Book

Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

The Review

First of all I want to apologise to the author for not posting this during the blog tour. Its not my style to let down authors or publishers and I do hope that this has not created a bad impression or ruined any opportunities for the future.

I was given a sample of this book to review, and you all know how much I love wolves, so I did not hesitate to read the full book.
The book started off really strong, with getting know Nessa and her family who live in a small town which is recovering from the wake of a chemical spill. She has finally made the cross country team and is determined to make it out of her hometown no matter what it takes.
One night when on a run she comes face to face with a trapped wolf that she tries to save only to then be bitten. What follows are a series of changes that Nessa does not know how to handle or who she can trust to seek help from. Also, there is something strange going on in the town with the new company that has bought the chemical plant.

What did I think? I really wanted to love this book from start to finish, it started off great, and then the middle came and I was bored. I don’t know if it was Nessa or the other characters which didn’t seem to make much sense but I kept waiting for something awesome to happen but it never came. I think the plot was good, I kinda guessed who the bad guys were even before we got there and who the heck is the Grey wolf and how does Luc feature in all of this? (sorry I won’t give spoilers).
Cassian turned out to be a conceited jerk (why am I not surprised), and Bree is the essential best friend that everyone needs to have. Nessa’s mum seemed to be there most of the time and then she disappears half way through.
I just couldn’t connect with the characters in the book and found myself flipping through so I could just get to the end. I don’t know if I will read the next book in the series but I might be inclined to read more as I am hoping the author will do more with the characters and the story.