Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia BoeckerTitle: The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 14, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

"I think, in time, you'll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory."

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

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Book Review: The King SLayer

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker is such a different book than The Witch Hunter. This sequel seems to be even more thrilling than the first with its epic battle scenes and the introduction of new powers. What is really intriguing is Elizabeth’s character, as she really transforms after losing her stigma. Continue reading

Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia BoeckerTitle: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2, 2015

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker surprised me in the best way possible. This fantasy novel is so action-packed and incorporates prophecies and curses. The main character is also very determined and brave. I definitely wish that I had gotten the chance to read this book sooner. Continue reading

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sarah RaaschTitle: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 14, 2014

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 

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Review: Snow Like Ashes

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch has such a cool concept. I love how some of the kingdoms are the four seasons, but they dislike each other. The capitals of the kingdoms are named after months, like Jannuari. I also found interesting how the members of the different kingdoms have physical characteristics unique to their people. For example, the people of Winter have white hair and pale skin. I have never read anything like Snow Like Ashes. Continue reading

Review: Sorceress by Claudia Gray

Review: Sorceress by Claudia GrayTitle: Sorceress (Spellcaster #3)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 3, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

 To save the lives of countless people in Captive’s Sound, Nadia has sworn herself to the One Beneath, to black magic. Her plan, and the town’s only hope, is for Nadia to learn enough sorcery to strike back against the forces of darkness. But now that she’s separated from her friends, her family, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia is more vulnerable than ever to darkness. And as the sorceress Elizabeth summons torrential rains and brings the One Beneath closer to the mortal world, Nadia is running out of time to stop her. The final battle lines are drawn, surprising alliances are made, and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series. 

Sorceress is richly woven with New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance. 

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Book Review: Sorceress by Claudia Gray

Sorceress by Claudia Gray is finally here with the final book in the Spellcaster series. There is plenty of magic, an awesome female sidekick and an ending that will please readers. This series is definitely one of my favourite fantasies. Continue reading

Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

Review: Spellcaster by Claudia GrayTitle: Spellcaster (Spellcaster #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 5, 2013

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

 When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle. 

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Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray is a magical adventure that is complete with a villain and rich in diversity.The book  is an amazing fantasy novel that will satisfy its readers. However, it will also leave them hungry for more. Continue reading