Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan – Spoiler Free Review

Title: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon
Author: Mary Fan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Page Street Publishing
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

Writing

I have mixed feelings about the writing of this one and that is it’s main downfall for me. Firstly, I didn’t feel like the world was explained fully and I didn’t get enough info on the Magic System either, so I was a little underwhelmed with that. What I learnt about the world was super interesting and I would love to learn more, however this is a standalone, so won’t be getting that wish granted. I do appreciate that this is a standalone as YA Fantasy standalones are rare! My other issue with the writing is that it was a tad predictable and pretty cliche. I didn’t love the romance as it was pretty close to insta love. Which is a nope from me. It was only a little predictable, mainly with the romance and related things though. I didn’t guess the major plot points but there were things that I guessed..

However, I did enjoy the action, pacing, world and characters. So I didn’t hate this book but there could have been improvements..

Nothing can truly be fixed. Once broken, nothing will ever be s it was . . . And though you can’t repair something entirely, you can mold it into something better.

Plot

As I previously said there were some predictability, but not a tonne. I did enjoy the plot though, it kept me hooked and it was full of twists and turns. I also enjoyed the pacing, it felt very fast paced which made it easy to read!

Characters

The characters were quite enjoyable even though they were a bit predictable. This is one of those books that you are left wondering if you are supporting the right character and questioning their choices. Which I enjoy personally!

She throws up her hand. “If you were any denser, you’d fall right through the earth!”

Overall

So overall I enjoyed some things and disliked others. The book was enjoyable, action packed, fast paced, had an interesting world and good characters but there were a few things that could have been improved!

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Spoiler Free Review

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Series Name: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Pages: 496 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury YA
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault/Threats, Abelism & Suicide.

Writing

This was an interesting twist to a classic. I love that this was turned to portal fantasy, which added another layer to the story. The world was well developed and very creative. I really enjoyed being in this world and discovering more about it through the book. I can’t wait to learn more in book 2, A Heart So Fierce and Broken!

This book is multi POV following Rhen & Harper and was done really well. It was very easy to distinguish between the 2 POVs. I’m also glad this book was multi POV rather than just following Harper or Rhen. This book was the best seeing both sides, both characters struggles and the truth from both sides.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

– Freya (A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer)

Plot

This book is very suspenseful & adventure filled. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the book which kept the book very interesting. It was hard to put down and was a very easy and quick read.

“My father once said we are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose–just as a poor hand can win–but we must all play the cards fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

-Rhen (A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Birgid Kemmerer)

As many of you know, I am not a huge romance fan, but as this is a retelling. I knew from the start that there would be a romance & who it would be between so when it came to pass I didn’t mind it. It was well done compared to most YA romances.

Characters

Our 3 main characters are Rhen, Harper & Grey. My favourite out of the 3 is actually Grey, who while plays a major part is a side character. All the characters are fierce, loyal & determined to do what is right. Grey especially is extremely loyal to those that he trusts. He is also quick witted & brave to a fault.

Also I really enjoyed the disability rep (Cerebral Palsy) in this book! There are very few books I have read that have MCs with disabilities in the physical realm. So it was interesting to see this in the book. It never stopped Harper from braving what needed to be done and she shut anyone down that doubted her ability because of it.

“Failure isn’t absolute. Just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.”

Harper (A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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Whisper by Lynette Noni – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Whisper
Author: 
Lynette Noni
Series Name: 
Whisper
Genre: 
YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 332 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press
Rating:
4 star

Goodreads Synopsis

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.

I believed them. That was my mistake.

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster. 

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

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I do enjoy the cover of this book. It is simple and represents the start of the book extremely well. It gives it that asylum like feel which is what we kinda get at the beginning.

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I love Lynette Noni’s writing and I adore everything I have read by her so far. This one wasn’t as engaging as The Medoran Chronicles but I still really enjoyed it. The first half was a little slow, but I also understand why it was needed to show how the MC was being treated and then when she joined the program, how she was training to control her gift. This also allowed us to get to know her, and the other major characters.

I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the romance yet. It didn’t specifically amount to much in this book but it is also feeling kinda typical. I’m not a romance reader and one of the reasons for that is that I usually think the romances are the same old boring thing I have seen 10 times before in YA books. This one was about the same. As I said nothing amounted just yet but I can already guess how the romance will pan out.

One of my favourite parts of Lynette Noni’s writing is her friendships! Alex, DC, Jordan & Bear from The Medoran Chronicles were one of THE BEST friendship group I have read! This one didn’t disappoint either! The MC develops an awesome friendship with Cami & I think a developing friendship with a couple others but we will have to see in book 2.

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As I already said the first half of the book was pretty slow, but the second part was entertaining, full of interesting plot points and very engaging. Once I got to page 200ish I was hooked and could barely put the book down. There wasn’t a tonne of actual plot twists, it was more just learning more. I always kinda knew we were only getting half the story and then when a certain event happened and we got some more info it wasn’t shocking, just interesting. So it wasn’t exactly a twist as I expected it coming in some way, not necessarily the exact details, but I knew some info like this was coming.

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I did enjoy or MC and the reason I’m not saying her name is that she goes through a fair few throughout the book. She gets called Jane Doe, to begin with, & also JD, as a shortened version. So I’m just going to go with JD as it is easiest and doesn’t spoil anything. JD was an interesting character. She had a lot of history that she was struggling to get through. Because of that she was guarded and wary. She never betrayed who she was even if her own life was at risk. She was hell-bent on not risking the people around her, even if that meant she was at risk herself. I loved that about her. She was just a determined, badass and awesome character.

Ward, I simply don’t know how I feel and I can’t give details as it would be complete spoilers! Hopefully, I will be able to gauge the real him a bit more in book 2!

As for the other characters, I love Cami she is so sweet and amazing but also extremely determined to do what she thinks is right. Even if that involves arguing with her brother over someone else’s treatment. She was a strong and powerful character and I really enjoyed her! I can’t wait to see her a bit more in Book 2.
Enzo was a funny, sarcastic but also kinda older brother/uncle feeling. He always had everyone’s best interests at heart but liked to have some fun too. He also wasn’t afraid of butting heads with his friends when he didn’t agree with them.
Keeda I was a bit wary of at the beginning. She just kinda felt a little like one of those ‘don’t give a shit’ type characters that don’t let themselves close to others. She came through in the end and I’m keen to see her grow and maybe get a bit closer to some of the other characters in the next book.
Sneak we really don’t see a tonne of, he is always in the background, hiding and not talking much. So I feel like I couldn’t really connect with him. I do like him though and want to see more.
Crew I’m really not sure about. He is simply a brutal person and no matter what is going on, that is how he comes across. So I just don’t know how I feel about him. He hasn’t done anything that makes me think that he is an enjoyable character or not.

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Overall, I didn’t love this one as much as The Medoran Chronicles but I still really enjoyed it. I didn’t love how slow it was at the beginning and it didn’t full on snag my interest until after halfway. After that, I was hooked. The romance also isn’t ideal. One of the big reasons I love The Medora Chronicles is because of the basically no romance until book 4. We got to learn about the characters and then see them slowly open up to each other. Whereas in this one, Ward is literally the only new person around her age that she has met in 2 and a half years, so when it started happening pretty early, I wouldn’t say insta love but still, but maybe instant lust. Or something, I really don’t know how to explain it as shit was all over the place here.
Besides those 2 things I didn’t love, I really enjoyed the characters, the world-building, the friendship and heaps more. Hopefully, Book 2 is a little more action-packed and doesn’t turn into a love story and it might just hit that 5-star mark!

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: 
Tricia Levenseller
Series Name: Daughter of the Pirate King
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 28th, 2017
Pages: 320 (Hardback)
Publishers: Orbit
Rating:

4 star

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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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I listened to this one on audiobook and I highly recommend it. The audiobook is really well done and I really enjoyed the narrator, Marisa Calin.

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I really like this cover! It’s not too over done and it represents the book really well. I also like the image of the woman, Alosa in the bottom. I don’t like people on covers but as this is a cartoon person I don’t mind it as it displays Alosa but without the details, so it stills allows the reader to picture Alosa how they please. I also like the blood splatter on the paper as it shows that there is some violence in the book.

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Okay, so my main issue with the writing was the lack of fantastical elements. The only thing that links this book to being fantasy is that there is talk of Sirens. Besides that I can’t remember anything else that makes this Fantasy. The world building in that regard was lacking. There may be more in this world, but as nothing about the world itself was discussed, it was seriously lacking. It just felt like an average pirate book.

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The plot wasn’t exactly action packed or surprising. It kinda went as expected and was a little predictable. The ending was a little abrupt as well. It was one of three reasons I rated it 4 stars instead of higher. I hope book 2 has a little more action and plot twists.

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I don’t wanna give any spoilers away, so I will only talk about the main character.

Alosa is a sarcastic badass. She is intelligent, cunning and determined. Oh, and did I mention she has abilities?!
My only issue with Alosa was that she was kinda up herself a little. She was extremely overconfident at times which was a little annoying. But besides that, I did enjoy her.

The relationship was one of the main reasons I gave this less than 5 stars. It felt forced and just kinda off. I don’t know what about it I didn’t like and this isn’t just because I don’t enjoy romances, it just felt weird.

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Even though I had a lot of fun reading the book and enjoyed it. It had some issues. The world development was lacking, the plot was underwhelming and the romance was weird. I really enjoyed Alosa for the most part though and the humour and sarcasm in the book was really good! I will hopefully pick up Daughter of the Siren Queen pretty soon as I want to know what else happens due to that abrupt ending.

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Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Age of Assassins
Author: 
R.J. Barker
Series Name: The Wounded Kingdom
Genre: 
Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: Aug 1st, 2017
Pages: 393 (Paperback)
Publishers: Orbit
Rating:
4 star

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To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.

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I really enjoy how the cover looks simple from a distance but if you look closely there is a fair bit of detail. I also don’t mind the colouring but I prefer the colouring for the last book in the series the most, it is yet to have a release date set for those curious.

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The writing was mostly pretty good for this one. There were a few slow parts but they weren’t extremely irritating, just a little annoying.
There could have been a little more world-building, there was heaps of character development/building, but the world building was lacking. It mostly lacked information and there are still a couple things I don’t understand, for example, what makes someone ‘blessed’? It just wasn’t explained, but hopefully, it will be in book 2 as I plan to pick that up as soon as I finish this review!

I just also wanted to make a small comment about the relationship in this book. It started as basically Insta Love and even though he visited her kinda often, they barely talked to each other when they were together and they never talked about themselves, so yep, I’m calling it Insta Love. Then when she is traumatised by an event she leaves a note for him to meet her and then they are having sex… Then the next thing they are saying they love eachother… So YEAH…..
*There isn’t actually a sex scene, it is just implied*

I also really would have liked a map for this book! I think every Epic/High Fantasy should have a map. The castle layout was described at the start but I forgot it basically 2 pages later.

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Okay, so firstly for the plot I need to point out that this is a mystery! I went in thinking ASSASSINS, but that is not its main focus. I still enjoyed the plot of the book, but it is a mystery and overall the plot is based on solving the mystery. So if you are looking for a plot with constant action and fight scenes in every chapter, then this isn’t the book you are looking for.

As I said I still enjoyed the plot though. It was a little slow and also a little confusing at the start until you start getting the hang of the world and who is who as there are a lot of characters to follow. Not, Game of Thrones a lot, but still a lot.

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Okay firstly with the characters I just want to address something that I have seen in a few of the reviews I have read since finishing the book this arvo. That is people feeling uncomfortable with Girton always calling Merela ‘Master’ instead of her name. Yeah it is a bit odd without context I guess but it was explained in one of the Interludes. The Interludes are dreams that Girton has of memories from his past. In one of those, it touches on what Girton was put through before he was put up for sale as a slave and Merela saved him by purchasing him. Before he came to Merela though, he was forced to call people ‘Master’ and I would assume he was probably beaten or hurt in some form if he disobeyed. That is why, even when Merela insisted that he doesn’t call her ‘Master’, he still does out of habit and that habit just continued on to the age he is in this book.

So I just wanted to get that out of the way. Now onto the actual characters. There are tonnes that I don’t really wanna talk about because you really need to discover how good they actually are or how bloody crazy they actually are as you read! But I will talk about a couple.

Firstly, Girton. He is a little naive at times due to his lack of being around anyone but Merela for any length of time. He is also intelligent and fairly kind for an assassin!
Merela really cares about Girton and that shows strongly on multiple occasions if he is hurt or in danger. But she doesn’t try and shield him away, he is still an assassin and she lets him discover things for himself and push himself if he chooses to.
Rufra was really weird at the start honestly. I did not like him at all but I grew to like him at the end of the story when he started to be written as an actual character rather than the little guy that gets beaten up by the bullies and gravitated towards the first person that was an outsider and didn’t bully him as soon as meeting him.

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Overall, the plot was good and the characters were better. The writing could use some work but a couple people did say in their reviews that this was a debut, so hopefully his next work will display a bit more experience. The world building needs a lot of work and I hope it’s better in the second book!

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Belles
Author: 
Dhonielle Clayton
Series Name: The Belles #1
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 6th, 2018
Pages: 317 (Hardback)
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Rating:
4 star

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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Okay, so I don’t like the cover. I know everyone is complimenting it because it shows a POC on the cover. Which sure, is great. But I hate covers with people on them at all! So no, I don’t like it.. Even though the cover displays Camellia I still don’t even picture her like that anyway..

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Firstly, I want to say that there should be a trigger warning for Sexual Assault.

Well, the writing was pretty good. The descriptions were a little over the top at times, especially when describing characters appearances. Which I get is a main part of the book but it did get a little monotonous.  I also found the middle of the book was a little slow at times. The start was good as it had world building and getting to know the characters but then it got slow and then sped up heaps in the last 25%.

Besides that, the world building was really damn good! So that made up for it.

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As I said above the middle of the book was pretty slow and there were a few things that happened but nothing anything really major. As for the last 25%? Holy damn. So much went on and a majority of it I did not expect.

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Camellia is our main character and I really enjoyed her! She was curious, stubborn, strong and defiant. She liked doing things that others wouldn’t. There was one thing that happened in the book that I was not impressed with. Especially that neither of the characters that did it (one being Camellia) had any real reaction or regret for what they did. The other character more than Camellia, but still.

Bree is another favourite and I’m a little annoyed we don’t find out what happens to her in the end and there was basically no talk about it from the main character after a couple pages after it happened. Not going into spoilers, so that may sound really vague and confusing, but you will understand if you read it. Anyway, Bree is loyal and kind.

Amber is one of my least favourite non-villain characters. She is uptight and will always do what she is told and never really thinks for herself. Towards the end, though she is a bit different to that in the fact that she cant accept that she didn’t win and when she was given the option to redeem herself she went too far trying to win and it resulted in people getting hurt..

Edel was funny, rebellious and didn’t care what people thought. She wasn’t present for a lot of the book but I am guessing that we might see more of her in book 2!

Remy was a little hard to deal with at times. He was all about following orders, even when he could have relaxed. He took everything so seriously and that annoyed me. But he did redeem himself in the end! Also, I am calling it now! He is going to be the love interest in book 2, I’m guessing it now. Obviously, I don’t know if it’s true, but I’m predicting it.

Sophia was obsessive and cruel. That basically sums her up. I don’t think I need to say anything more.

I am not even going to talk about the romance! It was instalove and it wasn’t necessary at all.

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My favourite part of the book would have to be the world building! The ending was insane but the middle of the story was a little underwhelming. The characters were good and bad. Hopefully, we see more of Edel & Bree in book 2 as they are my favourites. I didn’t mark it higher than 4 stars because of the slow middle of the book, I didn’t like the romance at all & some of the writing didn’t wow me.

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I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Australia NetGalley for this opportunity.

You can Pre-Order this book from any of the below links.

Hachette Australia
Paperback  /  eBook

Book Depository
Hardback  /  Paperback

Amazon (Aus)
eBook  /  Hardback  /  Paperback  /  Audiobook

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Everless by Sara Holland – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Everless
Author: 
Sara Holland
Series: Untitled
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 4th, 2018
Pages: 362 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Children’s Books, Australia
Rating:
4 star

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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I really love this cover! I really like the simple colours on this cover. Also, the design is amazing and it fits the book so well!

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The writing was pretty enjoyable. I feel like the book started a little slow and there were a few points throughout the book that was a bit slow and dull. But for the most part, it was interesting and there was a fair bit of action.
There was one part of the book that I found really predictable basically from the start but for the most part, there were a lot of things that were unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
The world was also really well explained and I never had an issue when being introduced to it.  Also, the world was extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world!

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The plot was really well done besides the few dull parts that I mentioned earlier. I also loved that even though there was a slight romance vibe it was definitely not the main focus at all! Which if you know me? Is great as I’m not a fan of many romances and it’s nice to see books with little to no romance!

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Okay, so I won’t be talking about my full feelings of a couple of the major characters as it would possibly give away some spoilers as there are a few characters that you start out with one opinion and then you find out that it’s not as it seems.

I really enjoyed Jules and she was an awesome MC to read from. She was kind and caring but also brave and kinda stubborn.
Roan, I actually didn’t particularly like. He seemed to change his mind a lot and there were hints at him possibly cheating on his fiance. Which I am not a fan of, even if it is an arranged marriage.
Ina was just so sweet and innocent feeling. She was also kinda naive to some degree. Well, that is the way she was made out to be anyway.

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The writing is really good and the world building is amazing! I really enjoyed the MC as well! There are a few slow parts and a little bit of predictability too which I wasn’t as much a fan of but not enough to really affect my enjoyment.
I did really enjoy this book but I had a couple small issues that means that I didn’t give it a higher rating. But still, a really good book and I’m keen to find out what happens next!



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Children’s Book Australia NetGalley for this opportunity.

So on some sites, this book is currently available but on others it’s a pre-order. According to NetGalley this book releases on the 4th of Jan though. But I will leave links below on a few places you can purchase or pre-order the book.

**This is only links for the Hachette/Orchard edition but you can also get the HarperTeen editions around with a different cover.**

Hachette Website
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook

Book Depository (Pre-Order)
Paperback  /  Hardcover

QBD
Paperback  /  Hardcover

Dymocks (Pre-Order)
Paperback

Amazon  Aus
Paperback  /  Hardcover  /  eBook  /  Audiobook



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