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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This was a good story, not a great one. I liked the premise behind it, but it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. 

I liked the three perspectives that it was broken up into; Katherine, Arinsoe and Mirabella. They are all triplets that are supposed to kill each other for the thrown, each with their own abilities. Mirabella is an elementalist, Katherine is a poisoner and Arinsoe is a naturalist. 

I kept hoping Arinsoe would come into her ability and get a really awesome familiar, but sadly that never happened. However, there was a really good twist with her at the end which makes me wonder what is going to happen when two of the triplets have the same power? Bum bum buuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Aside from her power issues she seemed an okay character; desperate to prove to everyone that she isn’t weak, headstrong, but easily manipulated to show that she isn’t weak. She doesn’t care about her looks only surviving and how the people around her will cope after she is gone. 

I felt bad for Katherine because she had a weak body for her gift; she is constantly sick and bullied by her aunt Genevieve. Although her other aunt was tough too, she clearly cared. As she gets sick by the poisons a lot, trickery is used to show her people that she is powerful. So is Katherine the poisoner truly who she is meant to be? And wth happened to her later on when she fell or got pushed into that creepy hole? I liked the development of her new psycho personality near the end because of it. 

Mirabella, I pitied and wanted to give a good slap. She obviously loved her sisters, and she is super strong with her powers, however completely hopeless! She could of gone all badass and taken down the whole regime to save them and stop the insanity of it but no. Her “attempt” of a runaway ended up getting to a coast rescuing Joseph who is Arinsoe’s best friends beloved, and then slept with him. Hence the slap. 

Urgh! Joseph the scum, at some point in the book there was a bad spell that Arinsoe tried to stop but apparently must have affected Joseph because one minute he is in love with Jules (Arinsoe’s best friend – she has a cougar familiar, awesome) then the next he make outs with Mirabella against the tree, tears her clothes out in the forest and openly lusts after her in a crowd. I don’t know or care who he ‘decides’ to bloody choose but if Jules forgives him I certainly hope the cougar doesn’t. The only character I had no quim with in this book was Jules. 

The story concept was good; I would definitely say that I was intrigued. The ending was very good. I will definitely be reading the second book, “One Dark Throne”. 

I would give this book *** stars as there was some action and thrill in it, definite intrigue but it felt like a prologue more if that makes sense. The next book I have a feeling will probably raise the stakes a lot for me.

Happy Reading! 🙂

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page (Dorothy Must Die series #1)

We all have seen the movie, and we all have read the book. The yellow brick road, the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Wicked Witch, Glinda the Good Witch, flying monkeys, munchikins and finally, the girl from Kansas; two plaits with blue and white checkered dress Dorothy Gale. This isn’t the same story, in fact, remember that story and then flip it.

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Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything Inbetween by Lauren Graham

The woman who brought the famous fast-talking, cool mom, Friday night dinner evading character into the world; Lorelai Gilmore has written a book with snippets of life on set of Gilmore Girls. Who wouldn’t want to read this jewel?

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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

This small actress everyone remembers from Pitch Perfect and Twilight – mostly – or at least that’s just me, has described herself according to this book’s title based on what I just what said. I like Anna she’s a comedic actress and spunky, but I must say I really don’t like autobiographies. So when I heard Anna was releasing this I thought I would give it a go considering it would be funny, right?

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Magic Games by Ella Summers (Dragon Born Serafina #2)

I quickly finished the second installment of the Serafina Dragon Born, and it was even better than the first book “Mercenary Magic”; more action, more sarcasm, humour and romance – a date was even involved.

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Mercenary Magic by Ella Summers (Dragon Born Serafina #1) (2016)

As promised I immediately started reading the first book of the Dragon born series and it was fantastic!!!!!

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Magic Eclipse by Ella Summers (A Dragon Born Novel) (2016)

Goodreads recommended this author and novel to me and the blurb had hugely roped me in; fantasy, action, monsters, kick-ass heroines and romance.

The book was super cheap, in fact I believe it still is – and I was feeling sceptic about the book, probably because as of late I had been buying really cheap books that were really bad but had potential. However, as I mentioned before the blurb really hooked me in so I gave it a go.

And you know what? I bloody loved it.

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Deceived by L. A. Starkey (Soul Keeper Series, Book 1) (2016)

Love, war, soul mates, and Greek mythology. Sounds like some fun reading to me.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (2016)

The ever famous Bridget Jones with the mini black skirt, dozens of cigarettes, scatty thoughts, obsession with Daniel Cleaver and the never-ending goal of perfect weight has entered my book shelf for the first time.

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