Book Review – The Belles

41owg+L5LgL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_By Dhonielle Clayton

In Orleans, Beauty is a gift. A gift that only the Belles can wield. All others in the kingdom are born “damned”, cursed to be grey. That is, unless they can afford the services of a Belle, like Camellia. Not only is she a Belle, but one of the most skilled of her generation. She wants to be chosen to work for the Queen, to be known as the Favourite. There’s one problem. Being the queen’s Belle means working on the younger princess. The same princess who is known for the horrible things she does to those around her. When the Queen asks Camellia to risk her life for the life of her elder daughter, she must make an impossible decision. This story sweeps you up and reels you in from the start. It has the feel of a modern fairytale, but will bring you to question what you believe. A true modern masterpiece!

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Book Review – Unwritten

index (13)By Tara Gilboy

Gracie is a normal schoolgirl whose life is turned upside down when she sneaks out of the house to hear a talk at a book shop from an author who it turns out wrote Gracie’s life story… Literally. Gracie discovers that she, her family, and her friends are characters come to life out of a story book that have left the pages in order to escape the evil Queen. Gracie’s story within the story becomes even more complicated when they are drawn back within the pages of the book, and have to discover a dark truth in order to survive!

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Book Review – Crown of Midnight

index (9)By Sarah J Maas

I absolutely adored this novel! The whole story line, the characters, the EVERYTHING of this book was done so well I can’t even fault it. It showed girl power to the max and was just breathtaking to read. This novel is a massive build up for the drama that will unravel in Heir of Fire and the other books in the series. I am eager to read the sequel!

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Series Review – Safehold

the-safehold-series-volume-iby David Weber

If you’re looking for sci-fi novels featuring intricate politics, detailed world building and a society that has been brainwashed to believe technology is the work of the Devil then David Weber’s Safehold Series is for you! A word of warning – these are a slow read and it takes a while for the major actions to happen.

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Book Review – The Black God’s Drums

38118138By P. Djeli Clark

Set in an alternate history 1884 New Orleans, Creeper is a street urchin who witnesses a clandestine meeting between some shady characters and decides she can use the information she witnessed to bribe her way on to an airship’s crew. However she ends up working to prevent an apocalypse with the help of some African deities. There is goddesses, mystical artefacts, airships, Haitian scientists, and a pair of bad-ass nuns. Although there is only a touch over 100 pages, the author manages to pack in a heap of world building that makes me really hope we see more soon!

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