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Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

January 27, 2021 Reviews 0 ★★★

Dreamer's Pool is a grim but atmospheric novel that weaves magic and mystery into a vivid tale in a medieval setting. Blackthorn and Grim are an unlikely pair, making a new start at the edge of a forest after escaping prison.

Although I usually enjoy Marillier's novels, the narration in this one kept me at arms-length from the action. I felt detached from the story for at least two-thirds of the novel. In part, this is because the three POV characters -- each flawed in some way -- were difficult for me to connect with. They lacked depth and failed...

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Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

March 18, 2015 Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Whisper the Dead is the second book in this wonderful series that follows three teen witches in the regency era. Emma, Penelope, and Gretchen have recently found out that they are witches of the powerful Lovegrove line, and are now struggling to control their powers in an increasingly dangerous world.

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

July 8, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Razorhurst is a brilliantly crafted story that will keep you flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning, despite being slightly lighter in speculative fiction elements than what I usually read.

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All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

April 4, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★

This is a brilliant, brilliant book, and I am extremely annoyed I held myself back with it. It’s a raw, emotive narrative about Judith, who went missing with her best friend two years ago. Judith returned, Lottie didn’t.

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Venom by Fiona Paul

Venom by Fiona Paul

July 9, 2013 Reviews 2

It took me a long time – more than half way through the novel – to really get into Venom, and there was a time when I contemplated not finishing it. Something about Cassandra and her predicament refused to click with me, and I couldn’t see the so-called romance between…

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Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

June 9, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Stormbringers continues the journey of Brothers Luca and Peter as they investigate mysterious events occurring all around Europe for the Pope, in the hopes of discovering if the end of the world is nigh. Travelling with them are Lady Isolde and her companion Ishraq. I think Philippa Gregory has delivered an…

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The Iron King by Maurice Druon

The Iron King by Maurice Druon

January 16, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I hate the word unputdownable. I really do. But I’m going to use it, because that’s exactly what The Iron King is: terribly difficult to put down once the cover is cracked. I shouldn’t be surprised as the series comes highly recommended by none other than George R. R. Martin…

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Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Legacy by Cayla Kluver

October 29, 2012 Reviews 0

Date published: 1st March 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen AU Format: Paperback, 488 pages Series: Legacy, Book 1 ISBN 13: 9781921796593 ISBN 10:  1921796593 Categories: YA Fantasy Goodreads / Booktopia / Bookworld Source: bought A crown princess… A scandalous secret cush… A kingdom on the brink of disaster… In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to…

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Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

June 11, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Having loved Philippa Gregory’s adult works, especially her Tudor Court novels, I have been anticipating her first YA novel for a long time. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from the publisher, and I dove into it at first opportunity. Changeling exhibits all the traits I have…

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