BOOK REVIEW | THE CITY OF BRASS, BY S A CHAKRABORTY

Title: The City Of Brass

Author: S A Chakraborty

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 29, 2018

Genres: Young adult, Fantasy

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: Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

WHITCOULLS | MIGHTYAPE

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BOOK REVIEW | THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK BY EMILY BARR

Title: the Truth and Lies of Ella Black

Author: Emily Barr

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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

Star rating:★☆☆☆☆

Summary: Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

WHITCOULLS | PAPERPLUS | MIGHTYAPE

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BOOK REVIEW | ANNABETH NEVERENDING, BY LEYLA KADER DAHM

 

Title:27468996 Annabeth Neverending

Author: Leyla Kader Dahm

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: December 15, 2015

Genres: Fantasy, YA

Where I received the book: I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Star rating:★☆☆☆

Summary: At first, teenager Annabeth Prescott thinks she’s found quite a deal when she talks down the price of an ankh pendant she discovers at a flea market. She soon wonders if the bauble is more than she’s bargained for when she faints and glimpses images from a past life in ancient Egypt.

The discovery coincides with another new find: Gabriel, a handsome young man who takes an interest in her. When she meets his twin brother C. J. at a Halloween party, she realizes they look exactly like two boys who figure prominently into her memories.

Does C. J. share the heroic qualities held by his past incarnation Sethe, her bodyguard when she was Princess Ana? Does Gabriel possess the same evil powers he wielded as Kha, the black sorcerer who sought her affection?

Love meets the supernatural in this gripping young adult paranormal romance. Readers with an interest in reincarnation, as well as ancient Egypt, will be drawn to its mystical mixture of history and hesitation as Annabeth sways between the two brothers.

Will her reincarnated soulmate win out? Or will Kha finally find the way to her heart?

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

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BOOK REVIEW | REVELATIONS BY PAMELA DANIELL

Title: Revelations51G9oAl+PBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Author: Pamela Daniell

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy (I think??)

Where I received the book: Pamela Daniell emailed me a copy of this book.

Star rating: ★★☆☆☆

A summary: Jenna Morgan is just like any normal teenager. That is until she turns seventeen and in a matter of a week Jenna is kidnapped, meets a mysterious young man named Alex and learns the shocking truth about her true heritage. Which is why both demons and angels are hunting her. Just when she comes to accept her true identity the unthinkable happens leaving Jenna devastated. She soon meets Dylan, a small town home boy who quickly heals her heart. But when his life is threatened by the same monsters who had already tore her world apart will Jenna be able to save him…or will she die trying?

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