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Review: Fireblood - Elly Blake

Fireblood by Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #2
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published September 12th 2017 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Borrowed
All hail the Fire Queen.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hand…
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Review: The Defiant - Lesley Livingston

The Defiant by Lesley Livingston
Series: The Valiant #2
My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy
Published January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill

Source: ARC received from Razorbill via Edelweiss
Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first. I really enjoyed The V…

Review: Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #3
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published January 30th 2018 by Faber & Faber

Source: Purchased
When gunslinging Amani Al'Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she'd join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn't have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn't exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths. Three words.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

And maybe two more words.
Absolutely Epic.

I could almost just leave this review at that... But not only am …

Review: The Valiant - Lesley Livingston

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Series: The Valiant #1
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published February 14th 2017 by Razorbill

Source: Borrowed
Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman…

The Wrap-Up: February Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month. Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 
I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Well - another month done and dusted and I'm kind of left reeling! Already this year is getting away from me. February was a busy month with my little one's birthday and birthday party being right in the middle of it! It's amazing how time consuming party planning for a four year old can be!

I haven't read nearly as much as I wanted to - partially because of being so busy and partially because of health related issues. I was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid and put onto medication and after a couple of weeks I can honestly say I'm not coping all that well. I feel tired ALL THE TIME (which being an evening reader HAS NOT helped my …

Review: Roar - Cora Carmack

Roar by Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart #1
My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen

Source: Borrowed
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need t…

Review: Cress - Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy Fairy Tale Retelling
Published February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

Source: Borrowed
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. I…