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A solid YA fantasy standalone

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-2020

Warrior of the Wild is a solid YA fantasy standalone. It's a fast-paced adventurer story about self discovery and survival. It honestly took me by surprise how much i enjoyed it; it was such a fun read. If you want viking mythology, witty characters, strong female lead and a bit of romance... this one is for you.

A perfect conclusion!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2020

A perfect conclusion to a great trilogy. One thing I loved about this series are the characters, it keeps you going, wanting more. Though the world building does lack in places, you are still glued to the pages, entwined through each characters emotion. Also I should mention that the narrators were perfect!

Such a letdown...

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-2020

I'm all here for dark retellings, especially a dark 'Little Mermaid' retelling and I really wanted to like this book, but i just couldn't. The story was fine but there was no execution. It was boring, bland and confusing. The most confusing is the world building. Or should I say it's nonexistent. The main characters talk about all these kingdoms (like 100 of them) all with different cultures but that's it. No background or nothing. Also if you're going to do a fantasy adventure YA and include different kingdoms/land, you might want to add a map. I was more and more annoyed during the story when they were heading to different kingdoms out of no where. Were these kingdoms on the same continent? The dialogue was just... uhh... I got confused who was talking at times because all the characters were all the same; all had the same sense of humor. And what sucked is both the main characters Lira and Elian had good banter... but there was just not enough. I feel that if you were to compress all the dialogue in this book it would be no more then 10-15 pages. Side characters were useless. One thing that bugged me is how Prince Elian talked about his 100+ crew members on his ship. First off... 100 crew members? and that's just the ones who went on the adventure to kill the Sea Queen. Elian mentions about having a crew of 200. Which I find completely ridiculous. Also out of those 100 crew we only meet 3... and a medic who is not really a medic and had two lines of dialogue. Where is the rest of the crew? The romance. One thing that I love is enemies to lovers trope. I'm so down for it and one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book. But the romance falls flat. Maybe it's due to not having enough banter or that we don't get enough of the romance. I'm actually surprised I finished this book. I wanted... hoped it would get better... it didn't. Like I said: It was boring, bland and confusing.

A great sequel

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-2020

I was completely wrapped in this book, the progression of the story goes further as we learned more about Rafe, Kaden, and the enemy kingdom Vanda. My heart ached for Lia and all the things she went through by the hands of The Komizar. But she continued to stand strong, that's the beauty of Lia. This book was more about Kaden then Rafe (I suspect that book 3 will be more Rafe heavy) as we get to see a side of Kaden that is vulnerable and ultimately heart-breaking. He did annoy me at times with how he perceives things, but it all goes back to his background. Rafe's character doesn't really expand in this as much as Kaden due to the story. I can finally say that I'm 100% LiaXRafe, they are just a great match. I will say that Heart of Betrayal reads more like a fantasy compared to the first book - Which was one of the main issues I had in KoD. The book ends on a serious cliffhanger so I cant wait to get started on the 3rd book.

More of a YA medieval romance story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2020

I have some mixed feelings about A Kiss of Deception, I liked it; possibly more then like. But there were also few things that didn't sit well for me. First thing, this book feels like a YA medieval romance story, as their isn't much fantasy to it. And that's to blame on the world-building; their wasn't enough. Second thing is how the plot is slow and too wordy, to a point where it becomes repetitive. But in saying that I was still glued to the pages, I was invested in the characters and where the story would go. The romance is tame and the love triangle didn't annoy me (as most do). And the plot twist was perfect; I wasn't expecting it. I do look forward to continuing the series and see how the journey ends.

A good read

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-2020

I liked A River of Royal Blood more then I expected too. And though their were a few things I thought could have been done better, such as pacing and underdeveloped characters; this book was actually a good and easy read. With its diverse world, rich backstories, interesting characters and the magick system; it has you glued from page to page. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to start a YA high fantasy.

A great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2020

This was such a fun listen! It had everything I adore in a rich fantasy: enemies to lovers, slow burn, sassy lead character, morally grey characters, striking friendships, and a battle between right and wrong. The narrators were great, I've listen to Holter Graham before this one a few times and as always does an amazing job, and was Saskia Maarleveld was very easy to listen too.

For all the girls who found themselves in books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2019

Ahhh, this book is whimsical, magical, breathtaking; I just couldn't put it down. I was sucked in from the first few chapters. I'm still gushing over it, I don't even know what to write! This book came at me at the right time, had everything I wanted and more. Definitely gonna be one of my top reads of the year.

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"Seize the wind"... and boy it did!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2019

Spin the Dawn takes notes from Mulan and Mythology, But don't let that fool you! Spin the Dawn is it's own book in it's own right. With loving characters, court intrigue, fashion and a magic system (probably one of my favorite things about this book) will have you listening to the book for the whole day.

An enjoyable read

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2019

I'll be perfectly honest, this is the first murder mystery book I've read, and I loved it. It had everything I wanted and more. We have Audrey Rose, a smart and fearless female lead and devilishly charming self-assured Thomas Cresswell, both whom study under Audrey Rose's Uncle in forensic science. Together they seek answers to the bloody murders of Jack the Ripper that's been plaguing the streets. Though it was easy to figure out the mystery, I was still in-deep with the characters that it was worth the 4 stars. Romance, forensic science, set in the Victorian Era and bloody murders... what else can you want?