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The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) by Kristen Ciccarelli


The Last Namsara by Kristen Circcarelli was the book I received in my FairyLoot box, I kept on seeing so many good things about this book that really perked my interest in the book.

My synopsis of the book:

Asha is the daughter of the Dragon King of Firgaard, she was drawn to forbidden stories as a child. The consequences of her actions caused her to be badly burned by the First Dragon Kozu, and caused her Kingdom to be partly destroyed and may people to die. To earn her pence for her crimes, Asha becomes the most feared and fiercest Dragon Slayer in the land. In doing so she takes the title of Iskari an old God, known for being the destroyer, the death bringer. 

Asha brings the head of every Dragon she Kills to her father the King, but nothing she does will every make amends for her past. Her father believes that in marrying his Commandant will help the people forgive her. The problem is the Commandant is a cruel man and once wed she will have no control on her life. Her father gave her one last chance for her freedom, in exchange for killing Kozu. With the help of a slave boy that belongs to her betrothed, but to truly save herself Asha will have to let of believing she is not Iskari, find the out the truth, and let people love her. 

Reason I love this book;

  • Dragons
  • Kickass Asha
  • Old Stories with power
  • Did I mention Dragons
  • Romance
  • Fights
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Fantasy

I loved Asha as a character, she is a powerful female character, and that’s power doesn’t come from her looks. She has worked hard to prove herself against all odds, it’s also slightly heartbreaking that she is not accepted which make the moments between her and Torwin touching.

This books elicited so many different emotions while I read it, that it felt like my hearts was doing emotional somersaults.The book completely emerged into the story from the beginning, the world that Kristen Ciccarelli has created is a dangers and additive.

Once I had finished reading the book I was started looking to find out when the next book out. FYI Its called The Caged Queen and it looks like it will be published 1st September 2018. (although this could change.)

This book for me had a great message, do not let other people define who you are.

I give this book 5 out of 5


If you would like to find out more about the author Kristen Ciccarelli click HERE

Thanks for reading

Gem x

A Killer Harvest By Paul Cleaves


A Killer Harvest is the first book that I have read by Paul Cleaves, and it will not be the last.

My synopsis  of A Killer Harvest:

The book follows Joshua, a boy born with bad luck or what he would call a curse. He was born blind, and both parents have died while he was a baby, and recently his adoptive father is killed while working as a Detective Inspector with Christchurch police. His father dying wish is for Joshua to see, and arranges for his eye to be donated to him. Due to a mistake Joshua ends up with one eye for his father and one eye from the man than murdered him Simon Bowers. As Joshua gets use to a life with sight, he starts to get a glimpse into memories of his father and Simon Bowers. Joshua comes to realise that his father and his partner ‘Uncle Ben’ maybe getting justice in other way.  The glimpse into Simons memories take Joshua down a dark path of murder and missing girls, that he is drawn to solve.

While Joshua is coming to terms with his life Simon Bowers best friends Vincent is bent on revenge. He wants the man who killed his friend to suffer so all of Ben love ones are now in danger.

With many book I have that feeling of panic when there is of too much to be wrapped up and not many pages left. This book was different instead your heart is pounding with the build up of the story, you think everything is going to be resolved, than you realise that there are too many pages left and then you think Oh My God what going to happen next. Than a plot twist happens that makes your head spin. I had to read a couple of the pages again to make sure I was reading this correctly I was so surprised. This was one of the books that I couldn’t put down, and I willing sacrifice my sleep to continue reading it. (Which says a lot considering I love my sleep)

This book has a mixed of different character and it’s interesting they view on the justice system, and what people class as justice. This book to me shows how grey the criminal justice system can be. Good people will do bad things for the right reason, it make you question what would you do? What would you do if the greater good meant breaking the law.
Part of the story revolves around organ donation and cellular memory. Cellular memory is when a donor, starts to experience craving, memories of the person that they received the organ from. I found this article that has stories about cellular memory, If anyone is interested in reading more about the topic.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-381587/Shocking-examples-cellular-memory.html
I give this book 5 out of 5
If you would like to find out more about the author Paul Cleaves click HERE.
Thanks for reading.
Gem x

FairyLoot Novembers 2017 Ladies That Slay Unboxing.


This months FairyLoot box is all about Ladies that Kick Butt in the Young Adult genre. 

No box about Ladies that Slay wouldn’t be complete with out Hermione Granger. The first item has been created by Flick The Wick and it’s a beautifully scented candle (Vanilla, Lily, Musk, Raspberry and Citrus) called Hermione Brightest Witch. This candle is exclusive to Fairyloot subscribers, and I might try to get my hands on a larger size a Love the smell that much. 

I was very exited when I pulled out item 2, its a Slay Book Sleeve designed by Aunjuli Art. The book sleeve has designed with swords on it (All good Ladies that Slay need a good sword or dagger.) So my books are now safer and more stylist when I carry them arround with me. 

Item 3 is a Fire is Catching Badge inspired by Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. Literary Emporium desgined this badge so it can be iron on to clothing or a bag. Perfect for showing your support. 

Item 4 was created by Bookish Tea, they have created a tea that is inspired by the Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stifvater. The tea is called Blue Brew and it even has edible glitter in it. 

Item 5 is a ‘So Long as You Fight the Darkness you Stand in the Light‘, sticker designed by Reverie Ink. The quote is from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, I have already have the sticker on my laptop. 

This box had two book;

 Book 1:

Is an advance reader copy of Furyborn by Claire Legrand, the book publishing date is planned for May 2018.

The Synopsis: When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other

Book 2 and the Book of the Month;

Is The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, I kept seeing this book around so was very exicted to have it in this box. Also I love the Book Cover.

Synopsis: In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Thanks for reading.

Gem x

The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris #1) by K.J Howe


The Freedom Broker is the heart pounding thriller of a debut novel by K.J Howe.

The Freedom Broker introduces us to Thea Paris one of the worlds most elite Kidnap and Ransom negotiator, she is also the only female in her field. Thea is use to high risk operations, she is willing to do what ever it takes to get her hostage out alive.

Thea next case is the toughest case of her career, her father Christos Paris billionaire oil tycoon has been kidnapped from his private yacht, days before his is to bid for a world altering deal. With no random demands and only cryptic text messages left in Latin, Thea knows it will take everything in her arsenal to save her father. As Thea try’s to deal with her fathers kidnapping she also have to deal with the traumatic memories of her brother Nicos 20 years ago, all while hiding her diabetes from her colleagues. This will test Thea like never before.

It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story, but once I did I was completely hooked. I found Thea such an interesting and kick ass character, she is smart and capable. She can look after herself, although it doesn’t hurt to have Rif her childhood friend watching her back. Thea Paris is one of the most interesting character I have read in this genre all year.

The Freedom Broker has some great character relationship, and I enjoyed seeing that the character see their relationship differently. At the beginning of the book I only saw Thea perception of Rif and their relationship, but once I read Rif point of view it completely changed my view. It made me see the first couple of chapters in a different way.

This story had so many twist and turns I was still stunned by the ending. The book has different plot that are beautiful woven into the story and you its come together at the end. This is prefect book for anyone that like crime and mystery but doesn’t want the standard murder case. 

The second book in the series is to be published in the UK on the 3rd April 2018 and it’s called Skyjack. This book is already on my TBR list for 2018. 

If you would like to find out more about the Author K.J Howe click HERE.

Thanks to BookBridgr and Headline for a copy of this book for a honest and fair review.

I give this book 4.9 out of 5



Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Box Club November 2017 Haunted Minds Unboxing.


Its unboxing time, Book Box Club November Theme was Haunted Minds which I think is a perfect theme for the winter months.

Item 1:

I love having a good old bath, so I was supper exited to pull out the Finch & Violet Bath Salts by the Glasgow Soap Company. The salts smell amazing and made my baths more relaxing.

Item 2:

I loving colouring and was very happy to pull out The Little Book of More Calm Colouring. It’s a great size for traveling so this will be coming around with me when I go out.

Item 3:

Winter is prefect for candles, and the Heathcliff candles by JustFribble, is a great candle to remind us of summer nights, with its scents of earl grey and Heather.

item 4:

Book Box Club has created a beautiful Raven Boys Tea towel, at least when I am having to do my dishes I can do it in style.


This months book is called The Memory Tree by Kali Wallace. If I hadn’t been for the Book box girls I think I would have missed out on a good book.

The book description:

For the first eight years of her life, an unusual apple orchard in Vermont is Sorrow Lovegood’s whole world. The land has been passed down through generations of brave, resilient women, and while their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople – especially their neighbors, the Abrams family – Sorrow and her family take pride in its odd history.

Then, one winter night, an unthinkable tragedy changes everything. In the aftermath, Sorrow is sent to Miami to live with her father, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now 16, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. But it soon becomes clear that some of her questions have difficult – even dangerous – answers. And there may be a price to pay for asking


December TBR list


This month instead of the list of books coming out this month that I am looking forward too reading, I am going to write about the book that are on my To Be Read list that I can’t wait to read.

The bookto make me feel Christmassy 

Mr Dickens and his Christmas Carol by Samantha Silva 

Christmas Carol is one of my favourite Christmas Movie (ok its the Muppet Christmas Carol Movie). So I am really interested in a fictional account of who Charles Dickens came up with the story.

downloadFor Charles Dickens, each Christmas has been better than the last. His novels are literary blockbusters, and he is famous on the streets of London, where avid fans sneak up on him to snip off pieces of his hair. He and his wife have five happy children, a sixth on the way, and a home filled with every comfort they could imagine. But when Dickens’ newest book is a flop, the glorious life he has built for himself threatens to collapse around him. His publishers offer an ultimatum: either he writes a Christmas book in a month, or they will call in his debts, and he could lose everything. Grudgingly, he accepts, but with relatives hounding him for loans, his wife and children planning an excessively lavish holiday party, and jealous critics going in for the kill, he is hardly feeling the Christmas spirit.

Increasingly frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace and inspiration in London itself, his great palace of thinking. And on one of his long walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets a young woman in a purple cloak, who might be just the muse he needs. Eleanor Lovejoy and her young son, Timothy, propel Dickens on a Scrooge-like journey through his Christmases past and present—but with time running out, will he find the perfect new story to save him?

YA Fantasy and Science Fiction 

Rebellion and Resistance By Josephine Boyce

I got to meet the lovely Josephine Boyce at YALC this year, this is where I picked up both books. I can’t believe I have not read them yet, the book are set in a sci-fi dystopian world, which is one of my favourite sub genre of Sci-fi


Auria was the last nation in Europe to be occupied by the Global Defence Organisation, the same organisation that promised to bring peace when riots spread rapidly across the continent. Now governing all of Old Europe, the GDO’s control over Auria begins to increase and their tactics to dominate the population become more violent; 17-year-old Cassia Fortis decides that she’s had enough of being repressed and chooses to take matters into her own hands.

With her loyal friend Luca, Cassia joins the GDO army, in the hope that she can find a way to free her Dad from prison and reunite her parents. What she doesn’t account for is the measures she will have to take to prove her loyalty to the regime and the devastating path her best friend Jake will take.


download-2Cassia has successfully started a rebellion against the Global Defence Organisation – but what happens now? She joins the Resistance which is aiming to take back Old Paris and push the GDO back out of Old Europe. Although she supports the Resistance’s aims, she struggles with the impact it has on innocent people’s lives. Kohler (her old enemy) is out for revenge and has found a unique way to get under her skin. Will she be an asset for the Resistance or will her doubts put everyone in jeopardy?

Rage is a GDO soldier, but she’s also still a child, brutally trained to be a weapon. She infiltrates the Resistance camp where Cassia and her team are based. She’ll do anything to protect the one thing she cares about, the question is, how far will she go

Crime Fiction/ Mystery Thriller 

Every Pretty Thing (Darby McCormick) by Chris Mooney

I have been reading this series for years, and still remember the scary dreams that I got after I finished reading the first book in the series, The Missing.

download-3.jpgSerial killer expert Darby McCormick gets a call from FBI Agent Jackson Cooper, who has been contacted by a woman who’s been in hiding for twenty years.

She was one of the only survivors of a murderer who has been carving a dark path across America for decades. Cooper believes he may have tracked this psychopath to the wilds of Montana.

Now, he needs Darby’s help to bring him in. But when she arrives Cooper has vanished without a trace.

Something is very wrong – and as the trail goes cold, Darby is all alone in a strange town, stalked by an unseen predator who wants to add another victim to his collection

The Freedom Broker by K. J Howe

I havent read a lot of books that deal with kidnap, although I have watch lots of films and t.v shows so I thought this would be a great , so this book sounded like a good book to dip my toe in.

29758002Kidnap negotiator Thea Paris has spent her entire life with survivor’s guilt, following an unspeakable childhood tragedy. At eight years old, she watched, frozen in fear, as her twelve-year-old brother, Nikos, was abducted from their home in Kanzi, Africa. Although he was recovered nine months later, he was never the same after that; worse, Thea discovers that she was supposed to have been the target.

Twenty years after her brother’s abduction, Thea’s worst nightmare is revisited when her father, oil magnate Christos Paris, is taken on his sixtieth birthday. He disappears from his yacht while it is moored at Santorini, the ship’s whole crew slaughtered mercilessly. Thea immediately calls in her team at Quantum Security International, premier K&R specialists. Following protocol, they break down Christos’ life, looking for leads, but the list of enemies and business competitors is endless. Not surprisingly, Christos Paris has imprinted his designer shoe on innumerable backs during his journey to the top of the oil business. And he was abducted only a few days before the biggest deal of his career.

From there, the case only gets stranger. Unlike most abductions, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests. Instead, the kidnapper sends foreboding quotes in Latin by text from burner phones. What does the kidnapper want? And most importantly for Thea, will she be able to prevent a second kidnapping from destroying her family for good?

Hopefully I will get to read more book this month, so I can make room for the books coming out in 2018.

Thanks for reading

Gem x