Posts Tagged ‘Magic’

The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi

March 7, 2018 - 7:55 pm No Comments

The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi
Published by CHBB Publishing on 28th February 2018
354 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Harley Torrance was orphaned when she was a young girl. Adopted from the age of 3, she had always been different from other children. She did not know how different until an eccentric visitor came calling and took her to a hidden village in Inverness. There she finds out who she is in the magical community and for the first time has people who love her.
I loved Harley straight from the prologue. Although she was bullied at school, just for being different, she never changed who she was and became a stronger person. Moving to Inverness she embraces her magical heritage and excelled at school. Being a genius at potions, she was still a target for bullies but she rose above them. The relationship with her hosts children helped her in the difficult times and their friendship was really strong, very similar to the friendship in books like the Famous Five.
Running through the story was battle between good and evil and the search for Harley’s dad. Whilst I was hoping for a certain character to be her dad, when it was revealed was let out a cheer.
The story draws you in, the characters come to life as you read this story making you want to carry on reading. Each character has an important role to play in the story and you will love or hate certain characters. The style of writing takes you on a journey spanning 4 years of Harley’s life making this a quick read as there was always something going on. The final scenes were full on so reading the epilogue brought tears to my eyes as it was so beautifully written.
If you are looking for something to fill the gap left by Harry Potter or other magical books then look no further. This a great YA read that will suit the older reader as well. I hope it will not be long for further books in this series.


PC Grant Press Release – new novella

March 22, 2017 - 1:50 pm No Comments

A new adventure in Ben Aaronovitch’s bestselling PC Grant series, for September 2017
Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of THE FURTHEST STATION, a brand new novella in the bestselling PC Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch, for publication in September 2017.


Publishing Director Gillian Redfearn acquired world rights (excluding the USA, France and Germany, which are represented by agent) from John Berlyne of the Zeno Literary Agency.

THE FURTHEST STATION is Ben Aaronovitch’s first PC Grant novella . . . and there’s something going bump on the Metropolitan line. And when commuters start reporting encounters with ghosts up and down the track – encounters which they forget entirely within minutes – Peter Grant gets a call to investigate. And the very first interview leads to a ghost-hunting expedition . . .

The unabridged audio edition – read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – and ebook edition will be published simultaneously with the hardback.
Ben Aaronovitch said: ‘This is my first novella and I suddenly understood the appeal of the form to both writers and readers. Novellas allow you to tell a story in a very elegant, streamlined fashion. Something you can read quickly but without feeling cheated at the end. I may write more’

Gillian Redfearn said: ‘THE FURTHEST STATION is brilliant. Powered by a gripping mystery, brought to life by Ben Aaronovitch’s wit and wisdom, it’s a story of modern London and modern families – as well as a future bestseller’

John Berlyne said: ‘Readers far and wide have enjoyed Ben’s work thanks to Gollancz’s brilliant publishing. This wonderful novella will delight each and every one of them’

£12.99 | B–Format HB | 9781473222427
Ben Aaronovitch grew up as part of a famously engaged and lively North London family. He has written for many TV series including Doctor Who, and worked as a bookseller for Waterstones. All six of his Peter Grant novels have been Sunday Times and Audible bestsellers, and are sold in twenty territories around the world, and he now writes full time in addition to being actively involved in charity work. He still lives in London, the city he likes to refer to as ‘the capital of the world’.
Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, the imprint of the Orion Publishing Group is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Through our long-running SF and Fantasy Masterworks programme, and major digital initiative the SF Gateway, Gollancz has one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.

Ecta: The Divide by Kyle Perkins and Samantha Harrington

November 6, 2016 - 12:26 pm No Comments

Ecta: The Divide by Kyle Perkins and Samantha Harrington

Published 17th February 2016

150 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

28936857Skywaard is in crisis, a civilisation living in the sky, they rely on technology to survive, but with a growing population and a lack of food, they realise that they need to start negotiating with Ariviil. Ariviil is the complete opposite to Skywaard. Living off the land, with no technology insight. The residents of Ariviil have worked hard to survive.

Leading the negotiations for Skywaard is Sebastian, sent to Ariviil for his charm and good looks, Sebastian likes nothing more than a good time and excels in his life of booze and a different woman on his arm.

Landing on Ariviil, not knowing the customs, Sebastian comes across Loriella who is an outcast to her people due to her magical ability. She has a gift of willing people to see what they desire and it has a stronger effect through sex. When she meets Sebastian, there is an instant attraction and against her better judgement she helps him.

Sebastian is very sure of himself and is a man who likes his sex, but when things don’t go his way, he reminds me of a lost little boy. Loriella is a self-confident, no nonsense woman, happy to live her life, but when she meets Sebastian she starts having doubts and although she tries to hide it her magic gives her away.

A great mash-up of genres, steampunk, erotica, fantasy, this story is a good introduction to what is to come. Although this book is written by 2 different authors, you could not tell, as the story flows evenly. Written from the protagonists POV, it never once got confusing as straightaway you could tell who’s story it was. With the story ending with the threat of war, I am so looking forward to the next book.

The Mansion’s Twins (At the Crossworlds Book 1) by Rose M Channing

September 14, 2016 - 8:10 pm No Comments

The Mansion’s Twins (At the Crossworlds Book 1) by Rose M Channing

Published on 22nd July 2014

428 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


Ellie and Savannah are twins separated at birth, now 14 they both realise they have special powers. Ellie can levitate items and Savannah can see through walls. Both lived with horrendous families after a chance meeting in the park they realise they are twins and run off together. Ellie had made friends with Amber and her daughter Gabrielle and decides to take Savannah to Amber’s tree to go into hiding, not realising it was a passage to another world. Walking through the passage they enter in a world that had been devastated by a magical storm. Arriving at a mansion they find out that they are the infamous Senka twins and they are there to right the world by finding the centre of  magic. This is where their adventure begins, attending magic lessons, making new friends and learning to work together, but will they save their world.

As soon as the twins arrived at the mansion they were introduced to a lot of new people, at the start I thought I would get confused with a number of new characters but there was no need to worry as the way the author wrote the story, you could remember who’s who due to each character having their own personality. The author made the point that although the twins were identical they both had different characteristics. Ellie although a confident person, had self-doubt with her magic, whilst Savannah was the quiet one who was quick at learning new skills.

The story got better and better as you read it. The journey to find the centre of magic was set just in the mansion. I thought this was a great idea as each stage of the adventure had a different quest and it reminded me of going round a haunted house and not knowing what to expect when you opened a door.    

Not finishing on a cliffhanger this was a good reading and leads nicely into book 2    

Necrobloods by Lauren Stock and Robert Stock

September 4, 2016 - 12:58 pm No Comments

Necrobloods by Lauren Stock and Robert Stock

Published by Dragon Girl Press on 10th November 2015

235 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


Celeste lives in Salem, but although her ancestors were witches, Celeste and her friends cast Elemental magic and as soon as they reach their 16th birthday they can be picked to go to battle against the Spirituals.  This battle happens every 1000 years and the winners rule for the next 1000.

Celeste with her best friend Gena, go to school with normals and have to keep their magic a secret. Celeste is your typical teenager who, crushes on the popular guys and struggles with her grades. She also loves a game of Basketball. On many occasion she is tempted to use her magic to get what she wants but thanks to Gena she resists temptation. Leading up to her 16th birthday things start to change, she starts getting noticed by boys and is torn between Sean: Gena’s elder brother and Carter a regular boy at school, she is attracted to the smell of blood and she finds out what she can really do. On top of this she finds out about the millennium battle and meet some long lost relations

As soon as you start this book you are met with a descriptive battle and it grabs your interest straight away. There is a nice flow to the book which makes it an easy read. The way the author writes the battle scenes makes you feel you are there.  Celeste starts out being in Gena’s shadow but as you read her story she becomes more confident and learns to stand up for herself. Both girls are easily recognisable and you will all know a teenage girl like them.

Just as you feel you know what was coming next the author throws a twist to the story that keeps you guessing the outcome. This book will appeal to teenagers and us of the older variety. If you like paranormal/fantasy, then this is a good book to read