Kiera’s Quest: Choices by Kristy Brown

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Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Publication Date: 16 April 2014

“Feeling desperately confused and betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Kiera chose to jump through the disappearing vortex. Did she make it over to Zakk’s kingdom or was she pushed back to Earth? Would she even survive this time?

The next four years are long and heartbreaking for both worlds. As the darkness spreads throughout the lands, will Zakk’s army be able to stop it reaching Earth? Will Tom’s small band of rebels on earth stand a fighting chance?

At the time of the final battle will the Chosen One have the power to stop the oncoming evil or will it be too late?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest opinion. Regular Me, My Books and I readers may have already seen my reviews of the previous three books in the series but in case you missed them, click here.

Events at the end of book three were quite shocking so I was excited to find out what the final book would have in store for me but there was also a part of me that felt sad the series was coming to an end.

I soon found myself immersed in the storyline, eagerly trying to find out what would happen to Kiera and co. The author successfully created more tense and dramatic moments which kept me on the edge of my seat – even after four books I couldn’t predict what the Witch Queen would do next!

I could almost feel the connection between characters and this somehow made each scene believable (yes I know it’s fantasy but there you have it). Kiera’s abilities have grown with each book and that was no different this time around, it’s been fun watching her character evolve.

This was a quick, yet action-packed, read which provided me with some much-needed escapism. I’m giving it 5 stars!

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Kiera’s Quest Giveaway

Today, thanks to a very generous author, I’m thrilled to offer 3 lucky readers the chance to win an e-copy of the first 2 books in the MG/YA fantasy series, Kiera’s Quest by Kristy Brown! 

First let me share some info about the books:

Kiera’s Quest: Awakenings (Book 1)

“Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.

Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined.

As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?”

My overall thoughts: If you’re looking for a fast-paced quick read with an exciting and magical edge then this is for you.

Kiera’s Quest: Sacrifices (Book 2)

“After almost beating the villainous Witch Queen, Kiera’s triumph is tainted with sadness for the loss of Joe and Daz.

When the handsome Prince Zakk asks Kiera to re-enter his world in order to save her friend, she does not hesitate. On their perilous journey Kiera realizes that she is there to save many lives.

As she comes face to face with her evil nemesis once again, Kiera comes closer to finding out the truth to why she has been chosen.

Will she succeed? Will this be the end to Kiera’s quest?”

My overall thoughts: This is an imaginative, quick read that I read in less than a day, the cliffhanger ending was perfect and left me wanting more.

You can read my full reviews here.

Now for the giveaway:

Up for grabs is an e-copy of both of the above books for 3 lucky winners. This international giveaway ends on 5 November 2015. Simply click on the link below and follow the instructions to enter.

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Heritage: The Grimoire Saga 3 by S.M. Boyce

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“Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara doesn’t have a home to go back to anymore. This war-torn world is all she has left, and she’ll save it even if she dies trying.

An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with one of the most evil men in Ourean history. 

Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than royal blood to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. This is the third book in the Grimoire Saga, I reviewed the first two books here. It had been a while since I read the previous book so I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t remember what was happening but it came back to me surprisingly quickly once I started reading. I was transported back to the intriguing world of Ourea and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.

Something I particularly enjoyed was learning more about Kara’s grandparents, it answered some of the questions I had and gave me a clearer insight into her heritage. In the previous books Kara always seemed to find herself in some kind of danger and this book was no different as there was lots of nail-biting action. Kara’s increased powers made for some interesting battles, one scene in particular had me on the edge of my seat – it was so exciting!

Running alongside all the action and excitement was a thread of romance which has been gradually gaining momentum as the Saga progresses. It became more intense and meaningful in this book and provided some much-needed peaceful moments between the action-packed battle scenes. The epilogue was tense and answered another of my questions, it leads the way for what I hope will be a fantastic finale.

The author’s writing was descriptive in a non-overwhelming way, it enabled me to picture each scene vividly in my mind which is quite an achievement considering how imaginative Ourea and it’s inhabitants are.

Heritage was an exciting and imaginative page-turner, another great episode in this thrilling Saga.

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Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

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“London, 1880, and eighteen-year-old Luke Lexton is about to endure his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum – the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches, and the organisation that will help Luke take revenge on the witch who murdered his parents. His final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. 

Luke picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, a witch-girl living in rapidly fading grandeur on the west side of town. She’s the last bargaining chip in her family’s struggle to avoid bankruptcy and is about to be married off to the handsome, cruel, grotesquely rich Sebastian Knyvet – a powerful member of the Ealdwitan.

As Rosa and Luke get to know each other, Luke realises it will be impossible for him to kill Rosa, just as Rosa knows she will bring disgrace on her family if she does not marry Knyvet. But Knyvet is hiding dark secrets – including the key which will unlock the mystery of Luke’s murdered parents. Torn between appeasing their elders and their love for each other, Rosa and Luke must each make their choice between life and death.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I loved the Winter Trilogy by this author (my reviews here) so I was really excited to be starting on her new series.  It turned out to be very different from her previous books but it was just as captivating.

The beginning was fascinating as I found out how Luke became involved in witch hunting.  I also learned about Rosa and her life which wasn’t what I had been expecting at all.  The two of them faced many difficulties in their lives and following them as they tried to figure things out was a real treat. There were a couple of moments that I found difficult to read as an animal lover but it was something that I was able to see past.

The author created a wonderful, historical, atmosphere with her descriptive writing – there were times when I felt like I was right there in 1880 alongside Luke and Rosa.  I admit that it was obvious where the storyline was going but it didn’t matter to me because I enjoyed the journey anyway.

There was a little bit of everything in this book: romance, witchcraft, danger and history too.  The end left me wanting more so I can’t wait to see where Luke and Rosa find themselves next!

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The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw – Suzy Turner

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“Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange ‘tattoo’ suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realize there’s more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.

Sent off to London for two weeks of ‘work experience’, the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.

At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won’t leave them alone.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.

It took me a little while to get into the storyline but once I did I became hooked by the mysterious and eerie events!  It began with a storm and a strange boy being discovered unconscious at the bottom of a cliff – who was he? And, more importantly, how did he recognise Emma when he awoke?

Next on the list of strange occurrences were the tattoos that spread over the girls bodies, this intrigued me as I wondered at the significance of the tattoos.  It wasn’t until their trip to London that things became clear and it was at this point that I was really pulled into the storyline.  I loved the descriptions of London and the places that the girls visited, it meant I was able to visualise everything easily.

The other characters that the girls met in London were all interesting in their own right and I look forward to getting to know them better as the series continues.  A hint of romance added some lightness to the storyline and again is something I’m looking forward to more of.

With the girls only being sixteen the book had a young feel to it and although it was quite a few years ago that I was sixteen myself I could still easily relate to it.

This was an imaginative and mysterious read, I can’t wait to join the girls on their next adventure!

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Duplicity – Nikki Jefford

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“If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adrian. He expects one of the Graylees to be his.

Nearly a year later, the council is on to them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper. 

If the two Grays work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive.”

I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on the author’s blog.  I had already read and enjoyed the first book Entangled (review here) so I couldn’t wait to carry on with the story.  It had been quite a while since I read the first book but the beginning of this one quickly refreshed my memory.

Something strange was happening to the witches and warlocks’ powers, each of them were affected in a different way and my favourite had to be what happened to Raj – it was definitely something that could prove to be quite problematic!

The whole double Graylee thing was a great twist to the storyline, I loved the way the author separated her name so it was easy to keep track of which girl was which.  I admit that I felt torn between the two of them, I just couldn’t decide which Graylee I favoured especially where Raj was concerned.  I did enjoy the tension that sparked whenever they were around each other though and this was something that kept me glued to my Kindle.

The author’s captivating writing style really brought the characters to life and enabled me to visualise everything clearly in my mind.  I thought Adrian was much more intriguing this time, I found myself hoping that he would get together with Gray and I think a part of me still has my fingers crossed for something along those lines in the next book!

Revenge was a big part of the book and there was one payback scene involving Gray, Adrian and Nolan (from book one) that I particularly enjoyed.  This all led to a surprising turn of events that makes me excited for the next book which I have added to my ever-growing wish list!

This was another great read from the Spellbound Trilogy, filled with more danger, more kissing and even more magic.

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Kiera’s Quest: Perceptions – Kristy Brown

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“The Witch Queen has reached a new level of evil.

Kiera is helplessly stuck in Zakk’s realm. With the vortex destroyed, she is desperate to find a way home. Her Uncle Tom, her friends and now the boy she loves, are in danger. Will Kiera find the strength and the self-belief she needs to save them? 

On her lonely journey she meets new allies from peculiar races. The Prophecy is all falling into place. Will Kiera be able to forgive the people she trusted? Will she be able to save the world from her twisted nemesis, the Witch Queen? Will she finally believe that she is indeed the ‘chosen one’?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I had previously read the first two books in the series (my reviews can be found here) and was looking forward to seeing where book three would take me.

It began with the aftermath of events from book two, the drama was still flowing thick and fast so I quickly fell back into the storyline. Something that really stands out about these books is that they are so unpredictable, I tried to guess what would happen next but never got it right, I was definitely kept on my toes.

Following the progress of the characters in both worlds was exciting, I found The Witch Queen’s mischief-making particularly entertaining – this author certainly knows how to write a good villain!  Kiera seemed much stronger this time round and I enjoyed seeing the growth in her character, she still had some things to figure out but she did that with much more confidence.

It was good to find out more details about events from the first book, it enabled me to think back to what had happened with fresh eyes and a different view of it all.  Once again there were many twists and turns keeping me on the edge of my seat and the introduction of a few new characters added some extra intrigue.

I admit that this wasn’t my favourite from the series so far – book two still holds that title for me. But I will say that the events at the end of this book (which completely shocked me by the way) hint at some exciting scenes to come in book four so I’m very much looking forward to that one!

This was another imaginative and action-packed read from this fab series.

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