A Review of: Nothing but Blackened Teeth

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a horror novella with strong Japanese influence in the setting and history intertwined into the story. Published in Halloween 2021, this is the perfect book to release at the spookiest time of year. The author, Cassandra Khaw, expertly tells a tale of an effective horror that will spook you if you enjoy a good thrill. Beware, spoilers are ahead…

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Review of: Aces High, Jokers Wild Series; Books 1-3

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Firstly, I would like to begin this review with deep gratitude to the authors of this book series for letting me into their world and inviting me to listen to their audiobook collection of Aces High, Jokers Wild Books 1-3. Also, thanks for their patience in waiting for me to release this review and their interview, as it has waited a couple of months while I move house and begin renovations, as I wanted to be able to give as much time as I could to do this series justice! Now that things have come to some semblance of normalcy, let’s get on with another book review for this series.

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A Review of: Way of the Argosi

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Way of the Argosi is a cleverly constructed novel, one of a series as well as a fantastic standalone book, written to convey to the reader the origins of the character Ferius Parfax from the classic Spellslinger. The author, Sebastien de Castell is a multi-talented writer with an astounding aptitude to be able to keep his readers enthralled, young and old. He published this novel in 2021.

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A Review of: The Witching Vault: Accessory to Magic; Book 1

Rating: 8 out of 10.

‘The Witching Vault’ was written by Kathrin Hutson, International Bestselling Author, and was published in December 2020. I received this copy for free for an unbiased review. The Witching Vault is a contemporary fantasy that deals with a troublemaker-gone-good protagonist who is a witch, looking for a better life but stumbles upon something that is bigger than herself.

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A Review of: Essentia: Part 2 – The Pearl Wielder Trilogy

Rating: 8 out of 10.

I was given an ARC version of the second installment of The Pearl Wielder Trilogy by Hannah Reed, for an honest review. Essentia was published in 2020, as part 2 of the Pearl Wielder Trilogy which you can check out updates on Hannah’s Instagram page @Hannah.Reads!

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A Review of: Alter Ego: League of Independent Operatives; Book 1

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Alter Ego, by Kate Sheeran Swed, is an urban superhero novel, with the heroes and heroines described as Independent Operatives (IO), famous and popular with the people! The story follows the secretive life of Mary O’Sullivan, who has an alter ego, her struggles at keeping her identity a secret and keeping the public safe from enemy #1: Mange, who has a hot temper!

I was a little sad I started this on my Kindle, I would have liked to buy the paperback version. When I finished reading, I knew I would be buying the rest of the series, the next one being ‘Anti-Hero’. I connected with all the characters, their fight for good was believable, as when I read a superhero comic I think: “That wouldn’t happen”, and I found myself rooting for the romance side of ‘Alter Ego’, desperately willing it to move forward… which I will only know about in the next instalment!

***SPOILER ALERT*** – yes I know this whole article is a spoiler… but there’s one thing I LOVED – a twist! When you think the good guys are on top and are winning, the plot twists, making the villains and criminals looks like they’re saving the world rather than the IO’s. Kate Swed wrote each chapter from the viewpoint of that hero or villain, which was an interesting technique as most authors write in the third person for all the characters, rather than giving them each a chapter to hear their side of the story.

I do think that Kate Swed managed to find a new type of hero… I mean, we all know about a water hero, fire hero, strong hero and mind control hero or few, but there is a new hero in this story which I found mysterious and unpredictable: The Pearl Knife. She finds herself trying to live up to her parents’ leadership of the LIO, but she feels she hasn’t even mastered her abilities and her fears kept me gripping my Kindle, wondering whether she would suddenly lose control and hurt the people she loved!

A new collection of heroes, who are highly relatable and enemies with potentially good sides? This is a great read, and I would recommend it to adults 18+, full of action, fast-paced with a hint of romance for good measure!

Thank you, Kate, I’ll see you in the next book, and you can see her works here.

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