Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

By: Julie C. Dao
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Genre: Fantasy- retellings
Series: Rise of the Empress

“She would bloom where she was planted and let her roots close around the throats of her enemies.”

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

"This story had politics, demons, murder, gods, kingdoms, and a splendid world full of magic and darkness. I enjoyed it immensely."

The Fandom

Image result for 9781910655672By: Anna Day
Location: FIC DAY
Genre: Fantasy Dystopia

“The Fandom will appeal to anyone who has dared to dream about receiving their Hogwarts letter, falling down the rabbit hole or venturing through the wardrobe.”
The School Librarian

"This book was so much fun. I think everyone who is a bit a fan of something will like it. A lot of pop culture references, and the plot was fun and actionpack. It was nice."- Lulai 

 Would you want to be transported to the setting of your all time favourite book? What if that book was a dystopian nightmare filled with an evil government, rebels and of course a few cute guys.
They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands ...

'THE FANDOM is an absolute thrill to read ... Highly recommended!' JAMES DASHNER,

Monday, April 9, 2018

Smoke Eaters

Image result for 9780857667731By: Sean Grigsby
Location:FIC GRI
Genre: Dragons,  Ghosts, Fires Urban Fantasy

Smoke Eaters is an amazing mix of adventure, fantasy, and science-fiction. Grigsby is an electrifying new voice sounding out over the wraith-haunted land." - John Hornor 

When dragons rise from the earth, firefighters are humanity's last line of defence, in this wild near-future fantasy.

Firefighter Cole Brannigan is on the verge of retirement after 30 years on the job, and a decade fighting dragons. But during his final fire call, he discovers he's immune to dragon smoke. It's such a rare power that he's immediately conscripted into the elite dragon-fighting force known as the Smoke Eaters. Retirement cancelled, Brannigan is re-assigned as a lowly rookie, chafing under his superiors. So when he discovers a plot to take over the city's government, he takes matters into his own hands. With hundreds of innocent civilians in the crosshairs, it's up to Brannigan and his fellow Smoke Eaters to repel the dragon menace.

                       DRAGONS! Firefighters v dragons! It's a dream come true!
Written in first person POV, Smoke Eaters follows firefighter Cole Brannigan, who's about to retire from the regular fire service when he learns he can breathe dragon smoke and is forcibly recruited into the Smoke Eaters, the elite dragon-fighting unit. There he returns to the level of a rookie, having to learn everything again from scratch.
The dragons are excellent, but the wraiths really stole the show for me - genuinely creepy and more than a little terrifying. Smoke Eaters mixes human betrayal and greed with a worldwide plague of giant scalies with a penchant for human flesh.
Fun, exciting, heart-warming, firefighters get to be the heroes we all know they are as they battle dragons!
Anna from Goodreads.com

The Cruel Prince

Image result for 9781471407031By: Holly Black
Location:FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Folk of the Air #1

"Lush, dangerous, a dark jewel of a book... intoxicating" - Leigh Bardugo, 

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It's disgusting, and I can't stop.”

The Time of Dread

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By: John Gwynne
Location: FIC GWY
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Of Blood and Bone#1   

Acclaimed epic fantasy author John Gwynne with the first book of a new trilogy.  

“Sometimes the only answer is blood and steel”

The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought.
In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests - a sign of demonic black magic.
In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves.
Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land's fate? Difficult choices need to be made.

In the shadows, dark forces are gathering, waiting for their time to ri
se. . .

Great evils, conflicted heroes, bloody battles, betrayal, and giants riding battle bears! What's not to love?"--Peter Newman 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ice Princess

Image result for 9780008264444By: Camilla Lackberg
Location: FIC Lac
Genre: Thriller

Dont be fooled by the cover- this is a psychological thriller debut of No.1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg

“Don’t ever get old. With each year that passes, the old Viking idea of jumping off a cliff to one’s death looks better and better. The only thing to hope for is that you get so senile that you think you’re twenty years old again. That would be fun to relive.”

A small town can hide many secrets

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems like she’s taken her own life.

"Meanwhile, local detective Patrik Hedström is following his own suspicions about the case. It’s only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past…

This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always like reading books set in Scandinavia and this one gave me lots of lovely descriptions of snow and beautiful Swedish settings. I enjoyed the romance between Erica and Patrik and felt it only added to the overall story. The mystery was suitably mysterious and I solved it just before the police did except that the solution was so horrible I did not want to believe it. I raced my way through this book and only put it down once when I just had to sleep whether I liked it or not. " Ryhnne

Children of Blood and Bone

By: Tom Adeyemi
Image result for 9781509871353Location: FIC ADE
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Legacy of Orisha #1

" Miss when is this book coming in, we NEED it now"

Well here it is!

  They killed my mother
They took our magic
They tried to bury us

Now we rise!!!

“I won't let your ignorance silence my pain”

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.