Arcane Blaster Casters


I don’t normally talk about much but books on this blog, but I have a couple of friends who made this great looking and very fun game and I just had to share about it. They are getting close to putting it on kickstarter so hoping to get a little more following before they do. If you fancy checking out their facebook page click here.

They made a fun little game so I thought I would have a go. Let me know what your ABC name is. Mine is Remington of the Rift the pale barbarian.


Do you play board games? Which ones are your favourite?

ARC Review: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall



Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.

Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although this book is the third in a series, it can be read perfectly well as a stand alone. It is listed as historical fiction and although it is set at least 100 years ago, there wasn’t much history in it. It was much more about the romance, usually I am not a fan, but this was quite enjoyable.

The story was sweet and full of secrets, although some were pretty predictable. I liked getting to the characters, it was done in a very clever way, we got to see all sides of the characters by getting to know them through how other characters saw them. It’s a very clever way of knowing characters in all ways possible.

Cecily was a good main character, she had her regrets but she grew and eventually let herself have fun and fall in love. Nathanial, had a great life, he worked hard, had his problems but he had his family who supported him in everything. I loved how his character grew and gave into the prospect that there was more to life than work.

I wish there was a little more history in it. I wasn’t even sure of when it was set, just more references to historical events, who was on the throne etc.

Overall I enjoyed this book and I would read more by this author.

4 out of 5 stars

Three Dark Crowns: Clever Covers

I requested this interesting looking book on netgalley but was denied. I saw it in tesco with a a 2 different covers and realised there was a different cover for each of the crowns.


Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.


Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache.


Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers.

All very pretty covers, there is a fourth one with all the crowns on.


It’s still a good cover but not as nice as the first three. It’s a very clever marketing strategy, giving the readers to choose a side before they read the book. When I bought the book I only had the choice of the red and yellow covers, I chose the fire one, I love fire magic.

Which one would you choose? Here’s the full synopsis of this intriguing book.

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Do you want to read this book? Which side did you choose?

ARC Review: Pretty Wicked


The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.

Written in a mature YA voice. Some graphic content.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was unlike anything I had read before. The book was told mainly from Ryann’s POV, who was trying to make herself into one the most infamous names in history. The story follows her escapades and her trying not to get caught. She tries to juggle her school work, keep her family and friends from finding out what she was doing and trying to work out who she was going to kill next and putting it into action.

It was interesting because in most crime and thriller novels the killer is not revealed until the end, in this one it’s on the very first page where we become acquainted with the murderer. You got to know her and her relationships.

I enjoyed the story and seeing if she was going to get caught or not and by who. It was interesting to see all the lies she came up with to cover her tracks, sometimes I do think her family and friends believed them too easily though.

This book is YA and deals with serious issues, the main one being murder. For such a book I think Ryann was portrayed too young and immature at times. Her character was very blase about the situation.

All in all it was a good book but the character would have been a little better more mature and acting smarter.

4 out of 5 stars

Where was the Boy Who Lived?


I am doing a marathon of the Harry Potter movies whilst I catch up on reviews and housework. And I put the first one on and realised something.

Dumbledore says “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name”. So where does everyone in the magical world think he is? They all seem to know what happened in the Potter’s house and what possible theories about Voldemort. So do they all think Harry has gone to live with his grandparents? I assume since he went to his aunt, that Lily’s mum and dad are dead, but what abut James’s parents?

Did the ministry of magic know where he is? Or did Dumbledore not tell them because he believed Voldemort would come back?

When Harry and Hagrid get to the pub and someone recognises Harry, it goes silent and he is welcomed back. So maybe they did know he was in hiding, not just where. I wonder if any death eaters tried to find him, wouldn’t they want to kill the person they believed to have caused the demise of their leader.

Where do you think  everyone thought he was?

ARC Review: The Escape of Princess Madeline


The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things: its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength, and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

But freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. The kingdom is in turmoil over her capture—her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards joining forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this book was sweet and a good coming of age story. The characters were fun and very well thought out. I like the champion, he never gave up on her. It took a lot of courage and worked well with his character. Madeline was a little selfish to begin with but then she grew well through the book and turned into a decent young woman.

The setting was exciting and seemed like a very beautiful place, minus the bandits of course. It was a short book but well worth the read.

4 out of 5 stars

ARC Review: Rise of the Flame


Six races. Four realms. One human girl who can bring them together in peace… or war.
Lilae has been hunted since the night of her birth, for she is heir to a god’s throne. But everything that her surrogate family has done to protect her may have been for nothing. After Lilae is stripped of her powers and enslaved by the emperor of the Mithrani, she finds herself desperate to survive in a strange new world.

On the other side of the world, Liam leads his army across the realm to protect the Tryans and the fairies from those who would do them harm. But when their odds of survival become next to impossible, he must set out on a journey to find a dragon, a child, and the blessing of a fallen god to aid him in the inevitable realm war.

The path forward for both Liam and Lilae seems clear, until their dreamscapes collide. But while they draw strength from their connection, Lilae may be falling for the emperor who should be her greatest enemy.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book took me a long time to read, about a month but I have been very busy so it has felt a little bit like a marathon. A very enjoyable marathon though.

I like Lilae, she was clever but she’s a little naive. It gave her depth and showed her young years, so it worked very well. I liked her relationships, she had some good ones but some bad ones too, which made it more realistic.

Liam was fun and sounded like a really good leader. I can see many girls swooning over him.

The good. The characters were interesting and all very different. The story line was clever and kept me going back for more. I liked the different powers people had and it was interesting to find out who had what. There were lots of twists, most I didn’t guess.

The bad. At time it felt a little all over the place, there was too many POV’s, there were a few main ones but I didn’t really like how they slipped other ones in here and there. Especially when they are only there for one small chapter then go back to being a back ground character. I sometimes found it hard to tell who was the main POV. I would have preferred a little more about each of the races. The names were just thrown out and not explained.

This book is already published yet there was quite a bit of grammatical  errors. I don’t normally comment on such for reviews books but since it has been out for at least 9 months, I think that is something that should be sorted.

Overall a very enjoyable book, full of lots of wonder and exciting quests.

4 out of 5 stars

Similar books in my opinion

threats of sky and seacold burn of magic

ARC Review: The Sister



the sister

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book took me a long while to get into, it was only about half way through that I started properly enjoying it. There was too much fluff and not enough substance. It took too long for the book to get into what was going on. There was a lot of half secrets, ones that were not fully formed and some even once I found out what they were, they were a little of a let down.

The characters were fine but a little all over the place. Grace grew through the book but she was extremely naive and that didn’t really change. Dan was a grumpy sod and the way he treated Grace was shocking. Lexie was quite an unbelievable character, she seemed too over the top. Anna was a strange character, over the top nice with a very mean streak.

I did really want to know what happened after I got about half way through, I raced through the second half in almost one sitting. I was a little let down about what the secrets were, I guessed a few and some were disappointing.

Overall this book was a little disappointing.

3 out of 5 stars

Similar books in my opinion

the house at riverton the mysterious affair at castaway house


Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have been on your shelf for years

This meme is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, this week’s topic is books that have been on your shelf since before you started blogging, I have no idea which ones were since I have been blogging for over 3 years, so I am changing it slightly to books that have been on my shelf for a long time. In no particular order.

  1. a discovery of witchesThis books looks right up my alley, not sure why i haven’t read it. Keep meaning to dive in. I will one day soon I hope.
  2. cross stitch I know the outlander series is really popular right now, maybe it’s time I got around to reading it.
  3. the boy in the striped pyjamas This is meant to quite a sad book, which is why I have probably why I haven’t read it yet.
  4. princess of the midnight ball This book has been on my shelf for ages.
  5. once a witch This is just on my TBR and not actually bought but it’s been there for ages.
  6. beautiful creatures I love the cover of this book, and not sure why I haven’t read it.
  7. toads and diamonds The idea of this book is amazing. I started this a while back but didn’t finish it, hopefully will manage to start it soon.
  8. the distant hours I have read a few books by this author. I am very much looking forward to reading this one.
  9. goddess test I started this book and didn’t get very far, Love the idea of it though.
  10. bitter greens I love fairytale retellings, heard good things about this.

What books have been on your shelf for a long time?

Goodreads Monday: 22/08/2016

This meme is hosted by Page Turner, the idea is to show a book that is on your TBR pile. To let people see some great books that you just haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

witch's brew

The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesied love.

Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought.

In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed.

This looks like a very interesting book, the cover is gorgeous. I love anything to with magic and witches, this is one I am unsure as to why I haven’t read it yet, but I am very much looking forward to it.