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Book review on A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Synopsis:

Find the heir, win the crown. 

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom. 

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the book cover is simple yet detailed! It does not give justice on how good the story actually is. This book is just simply amazing! Even though, it is a series each book has a different story entirely!

Secondly, this book is brilliant in writing about survival. The main characters Grey and Lia Mara, are amazing in staying alive at many situations that they are thrown off. Both of these characters are just utterly interesting to read! My favourite would be Lia Mara, this is because, she is such an amazing young princess with poise, bravery and intelligence. Most importantly, she is an avid reader!

Thirdly, this book taught me the importance of family. This is showed on both sides of the main characters. Family is important no matter what. No one shall take importance of power and wealth over family. As blood is thicker than water.

Fourthly, the plot was absolutely gripping. I managed to finish this book in a day! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! I need it now! The ending was also very unexpected which will throw readers off their expectation!

Lastly, this book has such an amazing world building. From the first book in the Cursebreaker series, which is A Curse So Dark and Lonely the world building gets better in expanding it.

Below are some quotes that I love from the book.

Do not fault yourself for choices you believed were right in the moment.

Strength and skill are not matters of luck.

It is not weakness to wish for peace.

Not every problem can be solved by the edge of a sword.

Ah, yes, the most dangerous person at the party is always the girl sitting alone with a book.

Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.

To desire adoration is to make yourself vulnerable.

I believe you can only push people down so far before they will rise up and rebel.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is absolutely gorgeous! Look how beautiful the illustration and colour is! Secondly, I really enjoyed the writing it was really good. This book is just overall filled of adventures and magic! Thirdly, this book showed the importance of having a good friendship! The friendship that Bryce the main character has with Danika is just beautiful. Lastly, even though, this book was not a fast paced read the world building will plunge you to keep reading it until the end! The concept of it with regards to humans living with other creatures was amazing! I can’t wait to read more in this series! Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read adult fantasy books.

Below are quotes that I like from the book.

Through love, all is possible.

Then let the world know that my first act of freedom was to help my friends.

Remember that you will die, and enjoy each pleasure the world has to offer.

There are worse fates than death, you know.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Synopsis:

What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

My rating:

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is utterly different! Secondly, I really enjoyed the world building. It was an amazing read. Thirdly, this book is such a good debut! I can’t wait to read more in this series! Lastly, it was a fast paced read filled with adventure and action pack! Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read fantasy books.

Below are quotes that I like from the book.

“Nothing in this world has earned the power to frighten you, Csorwe,” he said. “You have looked your foretold death in the face and turned from it in defiance. Nothing in this world or any other deserves your fear.”

“The secret of greatness is to know when you should risk the wrath of a god.”

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver

Synopsis:

A boy. A wolf. The legend lives on. 

Viper’s Daughter is the seventh book in the award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother, selling over 3 million copies in 36 territories. Like them it can be read as a standalone story. 

For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger – and she’s the threat. 

When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they’ve encountered. 

Viper’s Daughter plunges you back into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure which has entranced millions of readers.

My rating: 3/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is really simple! It shows the lifestyle of how humans lived back then which involved hunting. Secondly, I really enjoyed the writing it was a short and fast read. Thirdly, I enjoyed the world of this story which was 6000 years ago! Fourthly, this book taught me about survival and sacrfices that we are willing to endure for the people we love. Lastly, I enjoyed the characters in this book especially, Wolf. However, the reason I rated it 3/5 is because, in order to read this book properly and in more understanding you must read the other books in this series. Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read middle grade books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

Synopsis:

An emotionally rich and current story of suicide, mental health, bullying, grief and growing up around social media.

When fifteen-year-old Nathan discovers that his older brother Al has taken his own life, his whole world is torn apart.
Al was special.
Al was talented.
Al was full of passion and light…so why did he do it?
Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan begins to retrace his footsteps. And along the way, he meets Megan. Al’s former classmate, who burns with the same fire and hope, who is determined to keep Al’s memory alive. But when Nathan learns the horrifying truth behind his brother’s suicide, one question remains – how do you survive, when you’re growing up in the age of social media?

My rating: 4/5

Review:

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is distinctively unique! The cover represents the story that sometimes people are filled with problems that others just don’t know about. Secondly, this book has so many life lessons! It was also a heart-wrenching read. A story that talks about bullying, grief and suicide. It talked about so many important hard topics that society often reluctant to hear. Gratefully, this type of books will open the eyes of readers on how life is full of obstacles and sometimes it is harder or easier on different person. Lastly, the plot was an absorbing read. This book highlighted the importance of bullying and how we should monitor it not to happen in our societies. Overall, it was an emotional but full of life lessons read. I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read books that talks about hard topics.

Author’s Note

“Please remember to always be kind, but, most importantly, know that you deserve to be here . It will get better, and it is never your fault, no matter how different you are. So speak up and seek help – there is no shame in admitting that you’re hurting.”

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Monster Who Wasn’t by T.C. Shelley

Synopsis:

A brilliantly rich and strange fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters – be they good, bad or somewhere in between.

It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby’s first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being …

This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy – much to the disgust of everyone watching. Even the grumpy gargoyles who adopt him and nickname him ‘Imp’ only want him to steal chocolate for them from the nearby shops. He’s a child with feet in both worlds, and he doesn’t know where he fits.

But little does Imp realise that Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a great and dangerous destiny in mind for him, and he’ll stop at nothing to see it come to pass …

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is really cool! It somehow gives a bit of the hunchback in notre dame vibes with the ogres on the front cover! Secondly, I really enjoyed the writing it was captivating. This story is an amazing middle grade book. A story that couldn’t be put down. It was a one sitting read for me. Thirdly, this book was found to be a bestseller in one of the most famous bookstores in Malaysia! Lastly, the idea was just really rare as the main character is a boy with feet in both worlds! Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read middle grade fantasy books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Under Earth by Ellen Renner

Synopsis:

As the island’s new Weather witch, Storm must sail with the fleet into dangerous waters. The Drowned Ones are out for revenge and the sea itself is treacherous. But it’s Bellum Town that brings Storm her first real test. And where she learns that her magic could save her or it could be the end of everything… Another action-packed fantasy adventure as Storm discovers just how powerful she really is!

My rating: 3/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is really beautiful! This is because, the illustration of the sky horizon! Secondly, I really enjoyed the writing it was a fast paced read! This story is about witches and I have always been a fan of magic since I was really young. Thirdly, this book showed the importance of finding out about yourself. Every individual needs to know more about themselves in order to be the bestest of who they are. Lastly, I like the concept of the book. However, the reason why I rated it a 3/5 is because, some parts of the book needed to be understand by reading the first book in the Storm With series. Hence, if you are interested in reading this series you can’t easily jump through the books. Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read middle grade fantasy books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Land of Roar

Synopsis:

The new middle-grade fantasy that will make you believe in magic! 

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar . . . real?

My rating: 4/5

Firstly, in my opinion, I think the book cover is really artistic! Secondly, I really enjoyed the writing it was really good. This story is just full of adventures and it will bring your imagination wild! Thirdly, this book showed the importance of having a good relationship between siblings. As blood is thicker than water. No mtter what is the circumstances. Lastly, it was a fast paced read and I enjoyed everything about this book. The concept of it with regards to another portal was amazing! Overall, it was a good read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves to read middle grade fantasy books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on How To Make Friends In The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Synopsis:

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Let’s first start with the book cover, in my opinion, I think the book cover is mysterious and gives an empty void on it. It is a good book cover in representing the story that it consists.

Besides that, the writing was sad and beautiful. This book had so many good life lessons in it. I just can’t describe how much I love this book. It was heart-breaking to read what Tiger had to go through. How to Make Friends With the Dark taught me that for those who go through pain and suffering in life for any reasons at all, can’t expect that everything in their life would be normal if they were impacted by it. Instead, they must accept that things will be better through time.

Moreover, it was devastating to read that something so terrible can happen in just a blink of an eye. One second Tiger had a mom and then one second later she was an orphan with no family members to take care of her. She had to go through foster care in just within 24 hours and constantly moving to different foster homes. It was just shattering to read on how her life drastically changed and how she was in grief and pain.

Furthermore, this book wrote a lot about mental illness and depression for young people. On how it is important for us to be aware of the situation on people around us and help if we are able to. Schools needs our support and resources to help young people with this matter.

In addition, this book also managed to write a LGBT representation in the minor characters. The ending also gave me hope that everything would be all right for Tiger.

Lastly, please cherish the people you love and never take them for granted. Therefore, always be mindful of your actions and words as you never know when it will be the last time that you would talk to them.

Below are some quotes that I love from the book:

The heart’s really cool, isn’t it? Like this beautiful and weird engine.

A woman without wheels is a woman without freedom.

Overall, it was a heartbreaking but a book filled with life lessons. I highly recommend it, to readers who loves an eye-opening read.

Thank you so much Rock The Boat, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann

Synopsis:

When Amber runs, it’s the only time she feels completely free – far away from her claustrophobic home life. Her father wants her to be a dutiful daughter, waiting for an arranged marriage like her sister Ruby.

Running is a quiet rebellion. But Amber wants so much more – and she’s ready to fight for it.

It’s time for a revolution.

My rating: 4.5/5

Review:

Let’s first start with book cover, in my opinion, I like the book cover a lot! Besides that, I managed to finish reading this book within just a few hours. It was a fast paced read. This book was written in verses. I have always like verses writing style!

Furthermore, this book was a heart-wrenching but an inspiring and an empowering read. The main character Amber had to go through life everyday with an abusive father who abuses her and her mother emotionally and physically. It was heart-wrenching to read about it.

However, it was inspiring and empowering to read how she managed to get the life she wanted with determination, bravery and preserverance. Run, Rebel taught me that the only way to have a better life is by doing it on our own or not nothing will change.

Lastly, this book also showed a lot about mental illness on how teenagers with family problems are going through. You must never feel alone as there are organisations out there that can help you escape from a troubled life, relationship, family and many more. All you have to do is seek for help and plan out on how to make your life better. No one deserves to live in a hurtful life.

Below are some quotes that I like from the book:

Nothing is as lonely as a secret.

It is never too late to learn to love.

Overall, it was an empowering and an inspiring read! I highly recommend it, to readers who loves an inspirational Young Adult genre book!

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review! 

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️