April, the season of Autumn, Easter and most importantly, my birthday! I arbitrarily decided that April called for some Fantasy Reads, so here are my Top Five Fantasy Reads (in no particular order!) to put you in the mood for a very magical season~
by Nadine Brandes
2.5 out of 5 Stars
The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.
Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.
Rasputin is dead, the Tsar has left his throne and a revolution is sweeping through Russia. Seventeen-year-old Nastya, the former Grand Duchess Anastasia, has been given the task of smuggling a magical object into exile. With the Bolsheviks outlawing magic, the magical matryoshka doll her last hope of saving her family and curing her ailing brother, Alexi. When the inevitable occurs, Nastya must trust in her magic – and a handsome Bolshevik soldier – to find the spellmaster who can save them all.
As 2018 draws to a close, I want to take a step back and reflect on all the books I’ve encountered this year. I always look forward to seeing my Year in Review for Goodreads, and I’m hoping to do a similar thing here. I’ll be doing this in two parts: 2018: A Year in Books, and Top 10 Books of 2018 (Link to come… maybe!). This one will be my favourite books of 2018, by the month I’ve read them.
And so we start!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
3.5 out of 5 Stars
“She knew she shouldn’t feel that way about a monster, but right then, she wanted nothing more than a monster of her very own.”
Evermore by Sara Holland
(Everless Book #2)
4 out of 5 stars
Out on the 2nd of January 2019!
“Don’t you know, Jules? Everything worth doing is dangerous.”
By Naomi Novik, read by Katy Sobey | Published July 2018
4 out of 5 stars
“Anger was a fire in a grate, and I’d never had any wood to burn. Until now, it seemed.”
Unhelpful One Sentence Summary: Three young women fight to save their people from beasts of fire and ice.
By Rachel E. Carter | Published August 2017
3 out of 5 Stars
Do you want me to break you?
Unhelpful One Sentence Summary: War mage hopeful Ryiah enrols in the most cutthroat tournament in the land: first year admissions.