The Luminaries

Susan Dennard. Daphne Press. (288p) ISBN 9781837840007

The Luminaries

The Luminaries

Another book I received from NetGalley at the end of last year, thinking I’d dip my toe back into Teen/YA once more.

This sees us following a secret society protecting the world from forest spirits nightmares! This intrigued me from the start and I was pulled into the world immediately.

It is also a wonderful invention that explains all the worlds different mythical creatures and why they appear at night, with each regions spirit developing their own nightmares as they grow older but all starting out with the same basic ones.

Each night sees a different branch of the family go into the forest to hunt the nightmares, one for each night and they are named after the night they hunt on, our main character is Winnie Wednesday, but she doesn’t hunt as her family are outcasts.

The story is a fast-paced and thrilling adventure with so many twists and turn going on that it is sometimes hard to follow, I’m sure there are plenty of red herrings peppering the story as I’m thinking a couple of things about possible directions for the story to go in the next books, but I bet some of those are false trails.

We have some of the usual tropes, outsider protagonist, broody handsome boy, popular beautiful girl. All used to be friends but were forced apart… this is done well though and is really lending to the feel of possibilities and false trails.

Overall a great two day read, absolutely loved the cover, watch out for ghost-deer in your travels and hope that book 2 comes sometime quickly.


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Godkiller

Hannah Kaner. HarperCollins. (304p) ISBN 9780008521462

Godkiller

Godkiller

I’d been put off fantasy for quite a while now as the stories seemed to use all the same old tropes without exploring them or challenging them, and a lot of them just felt the same story.

So it was with some nervousness that I started reading Godkiller, but I needn’t have been nervous as this is head and shoulders the best fantasy I’ve read for years and has refreshed my interest in the genre.

A compelling cast of characters with the three main ones fleshing out nicely as the story develops, but Hannah doesn’t stint on making all the smaller characters memorable with some great traits to make them stand out from the crowd.

Wonderful world building really helped to immerse me into the storyline and get invested in what was going on with the world and characters. All the little touches like pilgrim coins, the town over the waterfall, shadow demons, and so many more for once didn’t detract from the story but gave it spice.

I absolutely loved the premise of gods feeding off the desires and wishes of people, growing from small gods, from a genius loci to a wild and unmanageable powerful god with many followers and shrines, there was a fun look at this by Terry Pratchett in Small Gods, but this is far darker than that story.

The arc of the first in the series was so satisfying with secrets coming out at just the right moments to keep you utterly invested in the story. The little twists, little hooks for further investigation in the next instalments, and the emotional development of the three main characters was so well handled.

I am so looking forward to the next in the series.

I was given a review copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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The Wildstorm Curse

Eve Wersocki Morris. Hachette Children’s. (320p) ISBN 9781444963342

The Wildstorm Curse

The Wildstorm Curse

My first children’s book of the year does mean I’ve been a wee bit remise in reading my NetGalley books.

But what a first book of the year, full of adventure and magic, the magic and power of words and adventures that only friends can get up to.

Wildstorm Curse sees a youth theatre troupe trying to put on a play that was written four hundred years ago by a witch!

Only all is not what it seems, and there are twists and turns aplenty which kept me on the edge of my seat several times, especially one major one!

We see Kallie Tamm making friends and battling not only the ancient evil that has been recently awakened but also her own inner demons. Kallie makes some great friends and discoveries throughout this adventure.

There are some really creepy bits in this story, especially The Enchanted and what could become of them if the big bad isn’t stopped. But for me the core of this book is the message of self-belief and that with good friends we can overcome so much

It was so good that I almost missed going back to the bookshop floor as I was nearing the end I was so invested in the outcome.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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