The Guardian by Erin Lee

Firstly, a huge thank you to Erin Lee for sending me a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date:
20/04/2021
Length: 410 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Young Adult

CW: n/a

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A human with dragon magic. A dragon desperate for his magic to return. A promise of revenge that ties them together…

One of only ten humans with dragon magic, seventeen-year-old Alvis Witt is forced to hide his identity as a Talisman Wielder when all he wants is to fight alongside the resistance group, Linless. Then Alvis gets his chance to use his secret magic to rescue the dangerous and notorious dragon, Rae Bremmet, from the country’s heavily guarded prison. What seems like a simple mission twists into a series of events that leaves Alvis and Rae with a thirst for revenge for everything their corrupt homeland has stolen from them.

But Alvis and Rae can only agree on one thing—they fight best when they fight alone.

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Blog Tour – The Half-Light by A.D. Lombardo

Welcome to my stop on The Half-Light blog tour! Huge thanks to Blackberry Blog Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date:
02/08/2019
Length: 329 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Middle Grade | Young Adult

CW: n/a

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Will Kai be able to unlock his potential, and can he handle the risks?

Prince Kai’s life was transformed the moment he witnessed the death of his mother—killed by a dragon in the palace garden right in front of him. After years of sheltered isolation, Kai is desperate to find his way in a changing world. So he sheds his royal detail by venturing out of the confines of Diu city alone.

When two people from his mother’s past come to test him, they discover Kai is more than he should be. The catalyst of bonding with a Nebean black wolf sparks an awakening in Kai—an awakening that should have been impossible. Now they must teach Kai how to control and hide his gifts, at the great risk of exposing their magical civilization to an unfriendly world.

Mentored by his cousin, the newly appointed Master General Cazier, and the spy Riome, Kai must find a way to navigate the challenges of being a teenager, the burdens of being a prince, and the secret of being a Half-Light.

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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date:
02/03/2021
Length: 320 pages
Genre:
Dystopian | Literary Fiction

CW: n/a

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‘The Sun always has ways to reach us.’

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

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Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date:
06/02/2020
Length: 224 pages
Genre:
Dystopian | Sci-Fi | Horror

CW: Cannibalism, sexual assault, animal abuse, graphic descriptions of slaughterhouses 

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It all happened so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus and their meat became poisonous. Then, governments initiated the Transition. Now, ‘special meat’ – human meat – is legal.

Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans only no one calls them that. He works with numbers, consignments, processing. One day, he’s given a gift to seal a deal: a specimen of the finest quality. He leaves her in his barn, tied up, a problem to be disposed of later.

But the specimen haunts Marcos. Her trembling body, her eyes that watch him, that seem to understand. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost – and what might still be saved…

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date:
26/02/2019
Length: 830 pages
Genre:
Fantasy

CW: n/a

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A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. 

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Fable by Adrienne Young

Firstly, huge thank you to Titan Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date:
01/09/2020
Length: 361 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Young Adult | Romance

CW: n/a

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Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

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