BOOK REVIEW | STRANGE ALCHEMY, BY GWENDA BOND

Title: Strange Alchemy

Author: Gwenda Bond

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Genres: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Gwenda Bond’s first book Blackwood has been reimagined and brought back to life with new vision. On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony—and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago—still haunts the town. But that’s just a story told for the tourists.

When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself—and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island’s most infamous families, and Phillip Rawling, the sherrif’s son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery.

As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

BOOKDEPOSITORY | AMAZON

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | ANNE BOLEYN: A KING’S OBSESSION, BY ALISON WEIR

Title: Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession

Author: Alison Weir

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: May 18, 2017

Genres: Historical Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★☆☆

Summary: A novel filled with new insights into the story of Henry VIII’s second—and most infamous—wife, Anne Boleyn. The second book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, from the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon.

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his Queen and all Cardinal Wolsey’s plans for a dynastic French marriage.

Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland’s son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the King’s advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart.

But hers is an opportunist family. And whether Anne is willing or not, they will risk it all to see their daughter on the throne…

MIGHTYAPE | PAPERPLUS | WHITCOULLS

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | BLINK AND YOU DIE BY LAUREN CHILD

Title: Blink and You Die

Author: Lauren Child

Series Number: 6

Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Genres: YA mystery, thriller.

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: 

Say goodbye to Ruby Redfort: every smart kid’s smart kid. The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child.

Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – you can count on her when the ice starts to crack.

All good things come to an end… Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom?

You can run, Ruby, but you can’t hide…

MIGHTYAPE | PAPERPLUS | WHITCOULLS

Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW | THE SEAFARER’S KISS, BY JULIA EMBER

Title: The Seafarer’s Kiss

Author: Julia Ember

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: May 4, 2017

Genres: YA Fantasy

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★★

Summary: Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

BOOKDEPOSITORY | AMAZON

Continue Reading