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Fantasy Young Adult

Sanguine Spell – Ahava Trivedi

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8 October 2020

Bewitching

The latest release of Ahava Trivedi’s YA urban fantasy series provides enthralling storytelling that is a joy to read. Sanguine Spell is captivating as it draws you into the adventure Katerina and her friends are on, namely Safi, her boyfriend Ulrich, Natalie and Valenthia. To create a sustainable fantasy series requires…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom – John Boyne

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18 August 2020

Searching

A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom is a story of human history brimming with mythical vibrancy as we are invited to explore the world through a nonlinear lens. The challenge is to see the progress of a man’s life and his experiences from birth to an elderly grandfather over…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Dark Spark – Ahava Trivedi

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28 June 2020

Lineage

The Dark Spark is the second instalment of the wonderful YA Bloodline Academy fantasy series from Ahava Trivedi. It continues the journey for Katerina Snow Quartz and her own self-discovery amidst a battle between her two bloodlines. Half witch, half vampire, unknown parents, unique abilities from both bloodlines, she has the…


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Fantasy Young Adult

Magic Within (Bloodline Academy) – Ahava Trivedi

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16 June 2020

Awareness

The YA Fantasy Academy genre is currently one of the most popular genres in publishing, with the most famous being Harry Potter, Vampire Academy and Twilight. The expected tropes surrounding a vampire, a werewolf and a witch, with a coming of age story and self-discovery, are all required reading…


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Fantasy Short Stories

A Whimsy of the World – Amor Towles

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26 May 2020

Well, I want to believe I really wanted to work this afternoon, but Kevin Ansbro insisted I sit in the garden with a cold drink, trying to get sunstroke, and give this irresistible short story from Amor Towles a read. What I would do for a friend, huh!!

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Fantasy Historical Fiction

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

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10 March 2020

Lifeless

The overwhelming feeling after finishing this book is a sense of relief and then puzzlement that I committed so much time to complete the task. I found the book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell a great disappointment on various levels, and for once I have to say that the TV production…


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Fantasy Mystery Young Adult

The Sky Weaver – Kristen Ciccarelli

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29 February 2020

Enchanted

The Sky Weaver is a spellbinding novel that is full of fantasy adventure in a world that is animated with beautiful writing and clever plotting. Across multiple vividly portrayed landscapes, the wonderful array of characters bring this world of myths, Gods, pirates and dragons to life. The characters are well…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales – Kevin Ansbro

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6 February 2020

Imaginative

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales is a book of short stories that is unbounded in its imagination and entertainment. A collection of tales that I want to imagine being told around the metaphorical campfire, late at night, when the teller want to enthral and beguile their listeners. Stories…


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Fantasy Genre Reviews

Smoke and Rain by V.S Holmes

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9 December 2019

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, and I’d like to thank V.S Homes and their team for thinking of me! I appreciate an opportunity to read something with a new and exciting twist to dark epic tales.

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Childrens Fantasy Historical Fiction

Animal Farm – George Orwell

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5 December 2019

Elucidation

An extremely famous and popular book that carries a major political message. Essentially Animal Farm is a parody of communism from the Bolshevik revolution, to the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. Beyond the obvious, we can see that this is a tale as relevant today as it was in…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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