The Last of the Firedrakes, Blog Tour

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The Author, Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy~

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Title: The Last of the Firedrakes

Author: Farah Oomerbhoy

Type: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Rating: 3.5-4 stars

When I first read the blurb, I was all like, “Epic fantasy!!! I need this!”. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed by this book ;D. The concept (although the names of the characters and places seemed borderline cheesy), and the relationships between the main characters are well-written. Also, the decisions made by the characters seemed realistic, although there were some questionable choices the characters made that detracted some of the characters good qualities.

The main protagonist, Aurora, is bullied in school and is verbally abused by her terrible aunt and cousin. Her uncle does not seem to care about her either, which is just another thing to add to the list of why her life is miserable. But when her uncle trades her for money, she is brought to a different and more magical world than ours, and finds out that she is the lone heir to an incredible kingdom.

Aurora, at first, seems like a pitiful human being at first, since she longs to be accepted by her adopted family and her classmates in school. This all changes when she realizes she doesn’t have to live in her perfect cousin’s shadow and that she has her own special power. After being transported into the new world, Aurora develops into an independent and strong character who knows what she wants and what her responsibilities entail. I really liked how Aurora admitted that she didn’t have the capabilities to rule a whole kingdom despite having loads of magical power. However, she stood up to her duties and didn’t let them overwhelm her. She had some bad moments too, like her infatuation to Rafe (I’m not a big fan of insta-love😦 ), and she made some decisions that created bad outcomes. Still, I really liked her. 

The other characters in this book are also well-written. I really liked Snow, Aurora’s pegasus, and Aurora’s friends, Kalen, Vivienne, and Erien. The side characters weren’t swept to the side and completely ignored in the story, they actually had their own lives and their own responsibilities. I loved Erien and Vivienne’s relationship, they may be my favorite couple in the book despite not really being a couple. The grown-ups in the story are also mature and supportive, and they actually behave like actual grown-ups!

Then why did I give a 4 star rating? There were two reasons, first was that there was an overuse of fantasy names. There was a lot of things that was overused in fantasy books, like mages and being the savior of the whole universe gig. The second reason was that I really, really, really, didn’t like the love interest of Aurora, Rafe. It may be just me, but he seemed like a jerk to me as a person, even if he did some good things to help his kingdom. Maybe his attitude towards Aurora will change later in the series:).

Overall, I really liked this read. I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers, and people who just want to read a warm, feel-good book.

About the Author:

For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles will be published worldwide August 15th, 2015.

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A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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August 14th – Reads All The Books – Review

August 15th – Dizneeee’s World of Books – Review / Guest Post

August 15th – Melissa Martin’s Reading List – Review / Top 5/10 Post

August 17th – Ya Fiction Queen – Guest Post

August 17th – Christine Abee – Review

August 18th – Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between – Interview

August 18th – EndlessReading – Review

August 19th – Motif by Tanya – Author Interview

August 19th – Ramblings of a Perpetual New Girl – Review / Guest Post

August 20th – Ramblings of a Perpetual New Girl – Review / Guest Post

August 21st – Book Addict – Guest Post / Author Interview

August 21st – Author of The Not So Public Library – Review / Interview

August 24th – Miranda’s Book Blog – Review / Guest Post

August 25th – BookishFever – Review

August 26th – The Reader and the Chef – Review / Top 5 or 10

August 27th – The Power of Three Readers – Promo

August 27th – Ashley Martinez – Review

August 28th – Bookish – Review

August 31st – The Renegade Zombie Reviews – Review / Author Interview

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September 14th – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

Geek Girl Con ’15

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A Day (Or Two) in Seattle, Geek Girl Con 2015

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Hi guys! I haven’t posted in a while (because life happens). Well, today I plan to change that by blogging about one of the most enjoyable conventions I’ve been to, Geek Girl Con!

For those of you guys that don’t know what Geek Girl Con is, it’s like Comic-Con, but with more topics like theatre, anime, books, video games, and the celebration (as the name implies) of the female geek. Don’t worry, gentlemen, it’s also open to men, but the convention focuses more on girl power, and women’s rights in the geek world. All in all, it’s an event jam-packed with fangirls and fanboys alike, all gathering to share their experiences and passions with each other.

Being a book, anime, and video game enthusiast, Geek Girl Con was filled with a lot of activities to feed my fangirl-level expectations. I decided to make a list for you guys so you know what to expect if you do decide to go to this convention next year.

Here are some events and places I was able to go to (since I wasn’t able to go to every event, unfortunately):

  1. GeekGirl-Connections

These exhibits are filled with activities and organizations for you to discover and enjoy. It’s right next to the ticket booth, which made it my first stop during the convention. Organizations set up booths to introduce you to their cause and their very well made products (there was a squirrel basketball shooting machine at one of the exhibits). These are one of the places where you can meet new innovators and leaders. It’s a great place to expand your horizons, and maybe meet a Dalek or two.

2. The Artist Alley

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My beautiful bookmark from Artist Alley

To fellow stick-figure artists like myself: this is a place where artists from local areas show off their work, and sell them. We’re there to get our hands on those shiny new pieces of art and admire them. For my more artistically-inclined audience, you can participate in this enjoyable mini-art fair. Artists here have subjects that range from comics to LOTR. If you want to add a new edgy art piece to your home (or in my case, a pretty bookmark for my books), this place is a must-go for you.

3. The Exhibitors Hall (AKA where geeks are overloaded with fandom merch)

For those geeks who feel the need to replenish their fandom merch supply, or to discover more things to fangirl/boy over, this is the perfect place for you. Yes, things may seem overwhelming in this hall because of the big crowd, the dazzling shops, and the astounding amount of cosplayers in this area (I saw No-Face!), but let me tell you, it’s worth it. Shops vary from arts and crafts booths where artists display their crafts and artwork for us to ooh and aah over (and maybe even buy) to fandom-catering booths that sell merchandise from your favorite TV show to your favorite comic or book. Warning: I would suggest going there after watching panels, because just observing all the shops will take up a lot of your time.

4. Panels

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I loved the panels in the convention. The atmosphere in these panels were relaxed and welcoming, and everyone understood each other (there were some heated arguments about comics, but that’s normal). Another quick warning: parents, some panels’ topics might be a little inappropriate for your kids, so make sure to check the topics before you go to the panel itself.

Here are the panels that I attended (and thoroughly enjoyed):

  • Youtube vs. Real World – Speakers: Zach Peacock, Mallory Shoemaker, Kristina Horner, Joe Homes, Cupecake
  • The Sparkling World of Shoujo Manga – Speakers: Leah Zoller, Kathryn Hemmann
  • Beyond Fanfiction Live: Fandom in Performing Arts – Speakers: Stevi Costa, Sin de la Rosa, Rachel Jackson, Jeannine Clarke, Fairlith Harvey, Elicia Sanchez 
  • How to Write a Good Review (and Why it’s important)
  • Women, Diversity and Comics: A Non-Compliant Discussion        About the Comic Book Industry – Speakers: G. Willow Wilson, Heather Harris McFarlane, Sabrina Taylor

There are many more panels that I wanted to see, but wasn’t able to go to, but these five panels were truly enjoyable and informational. Not to mention, for those comic book-lovers out there, Ms. Marvel’s author and artist, G. Willow Wilson, was one of the panelists for Women, Diversity and Comics. May we please have a moment of thanks for letting Ms. Wilson grace us with her presence at GGC from all the way from New York.

And…that concludes my GeekGirl-Con ’15 experience! Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to attend and see one of you guys over there!

– Ravenna

Afternoon – Robert Lampros, A YA Religious Fiction

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Title: Afternoon

Author: Robert Lampros

Type: Religious Fiction, Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

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Blurb:

Afternoon is a novella for young adults about courage, faith in Jesus Christ, and growing up in a surreal and challenging world.

It’s been a while since I’ve read religious YA fiction, and I couldn’t ask for a better reintroduction to the genre. I usually don’t read these types of books, but this Afternoon made me want to read more! Just to tell you folks, if this genre isn’t really your cup of tea, go ahead and read this. You won’t regret it, I’m sure.

So what exactly did I enjoy about this book? There are many things, but the main reasons are:

  1. The writing was clear, I loved how the sentences were constructed.
  2.  The topic, and how the author writes about it. The main character’s meeting with Jesus was somehow relatable to me, since I’ve imagined meeting Him in a field of flowers too.
  3.  The storytelling was vivid, and you could easily relate to the events in the book.
  4.  The writing was soothing, and you feel like cheering the main protagonist on throughout the whole book.
  5.  I love how the writing tells us about the character’s love for God. It was heartfelt, and what the character tells Him when praying is really touching.
As you can see from the list here, I highly approve of this book. There are some things the author can work on, like making transitions between events more smooth, and creating an ending that would give readers a sense of closure.
Otherwise, this book was highly enjoyable, and I recommend this novel to any age who would enjoy a nice, soothing read about Him.

Stenibelle (League of Elder) – Blog Tour Post

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The Author, Mr. Ren Garcia:

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Title: Stenibelle (League of Shadows)

Author: Ren Garcia

Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Steampunk

Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

THE 3rd TURN OF THE SHADOW TECH GODDESS The quest of Paymaster Stenstrom spans the planes, taking a bizarre turn in the 3rd universe, as there he is not an affluent man but a woman in desperate circumstances. Lady Stenibelle is imprisoned for her role in the Seeker Affair, is penniless, and her House of Belmont-South Tyrol is on the verge of extinction. Her spirit broken, Stenibelle is resigned to perform her sentence without fuss, do as she is told, and fade away in obscurity. However, fate is not yet finished with her. Stenibelle is in the gaze of hidden benefactors with ulterior motives. People claiming to be her dear friends come forward, yet she does not know them. The Quests of the Shadow tech Goddess proceed, and she must discover the hero that lies within or face total oblivion. The disgraced 30th daughter of the House of Belmont will either be the final stake driven into its dying heart, or the ray of light that comes to save it and all else that follows.

This book was not what I expected! I’ve read a lot of books in this particular genre, and somehow those books always had the same factors embedded in them. This book…it was certainly not slow-paced, it was certainly not typical steampunk/sci-fi fiction, it was CERTAINLY not unoriginal. The author did a very good job portraying the main characters, the technology, and the plot line.

First and foremost, what I really liked about this novel were the various types of steampunk technology. Of course, all of the technologies had interesting names, like bolabungs, or VUNKULA (yes, it’s supposed to be capitalized:) ). These made reading about them a little bit stressful at first because the names do not give a glimpse on what these technologies really are. I mean, bolabungs? It made me think of baubles, and those glass balls hanging from ropes for decoration in people’s houses. However, when the author explains to you in vivid detail on what they really are, you can’t help but want one for yourself. Thanks to this book, I really want a VUNKULA of my own, thank you very much. Kudos to the author for inventing these devices with his imagination!

The second part that I really liked about this book was that the imagery and the descriptions of the characters and the world really drew me in. I could easily picture the setting, and could easily imagine what the characters looked like. Some authors try to achieve a vivid sense of imagery in their writing, but end up having just some or none. This novel had no problem doing so, which heightened my reading enjoyment factor.

There are a few things that I didn’t enjoy in the book, but no book is perfect, right? For example, Stenibelle being a girl in her reality but being a boy in other realities seemed cool for a second, but then seeing her contemplate on what gender she liked made me sigh. I really wanted her to end up with Gwendolyn, but alas, it did not happen (I may be biased because my ship did not sail<= fangirl language). Another thing that I didn’t really enjoy was that although once you get into the book you enjoy it, the beginning was somewhat confusing. I blame myself for this, though. I should’ve read the other books in the series, although this book could be considered a stand-alone.

Other than that, this book was a phenomenal read. A bit on the short-story side, but if you want a fun, interesting read to keep you on your toes, this book is for you.

Thanks to Ms. Amy Del Rosso and the author for letting me participate in the book tour!

About the Author: 

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood; he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His books are published by Loconeal. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.

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October 2nd – Pixie Vixen Book Reviews

The Shadows (The Fianna)

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Title: The Shadows (The Fianna Trilogy)

Author: Megan Chance

Type: Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Rating: 3 stars

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Blurb:

Grace Knox has grown up hearing the folktales of her Irish ancestors, especially about the warriors who fought for control of Ireland. In 19th-century New York City, however, these legends are far from Grace’s mind. She’s much more concerned with how to protect her family from debt collectors, and whether her childhood friend Patrick Devlin will propose. Patrick is a member of the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of young Irish American men intent on fighting for the independence of their homeland, whatever the cost. Patrick and the Brotherhood use ancient magic to summon mythical warriors to join their fight to protect Ireland. One of them, Diarmid, finds himself drawn to Grace, and she to him. When Diarmid discovers that, in their desperation, the Brotherhood has also summoned a rival group of ancient warriors, he warns Patrick that there will be bloodshed. Grace is caught in the middle of two men she loves, and discovers she alone holds the power to save Ireland?

I really liked the start of this book. There was magic, adventure, and a sense of suspense that made you want to keep reading. I also loved the main character, Grace, and the multiple POVs that kept the story interesting. There were so many points I loved when reading this book, although there were some things that the story may improve on (I loved the Irish theme of the book though!)

The protagonist of the book, Grace, is a poor girl who was once wealthy before the death of her father. Her mother wishes for riches, but doesn’t help at all in the house, and Grace’s brother is a drunkard who keeps on using their scarce resources. To also add to Grace’s problems, her grandmother is slowly dying, while losing piece by piece of her sanity. Grace’s situation is undoubtedly bad, and the only choice for her to elevate her status in society is to marry someone wealthy, whether sparks may or may not fly. I loved Grace’s character. She was strong and resilient, and had a reasonable head on her shoulders. I also couldn’t help but notice that unlike other heroines in other books, she also wished that she had some money, and some piece of her former status. This part of her character I admired, since she turned into someone human that readers can relate to. Let’s be real for a second. If you were in her shoes, you would wish you had money too😀. Later in the book, she has to make a difficult decision (I won’t spoil though), and that decision was something I did NOT expect. I don’t know about you guys, but that’s a plus in my book.

The plot of the story was intriguing, with not just a few secondary characters, but a LOT. I loved how the author actually made their decisions matter in the book, instead of letting them fade into the background. Also, the choices in the book was astounding! I loved how there were actually difficult decisions to be made, not just by Grace, but other characters like Patrick and Diarmid. These choices pushed the plot and made the story more fascinating, more than what I expected.

But not all stories are perfect, so here are the things I did not exactly like about the book:

  1. The plot was….s…l….o…w….

Okay, you’re probably thinking, she’s one of those people who are really impatient when reading a book. I’m sorry, but it is true. It is only because I wanted to know more about Grace and her powers that I finished the book. It was a long, uphill battle for me, since I’m more of a fast-paced book kind of gal. But, BUT, the end was worth it, so I’m glad I finished it.

2. The heroine did not end up with the guy I wanted her to end up with.

Yes. I didn’t really deduct a star because of this, but still, WHY?

3. There were times when I wanted to hit some of the characters on the head.

Remember when I said that Patrick and Diarmid had to make some important decisions? Some of those decisions I really didn’t like, (not going to spoil even though I really want to), which detracted from my reading experience.

Overall, I give this book 3 stars, and would definitely read another book by Ms. Megan Chance. This book is filled with suspense, Irish magic, and Gaelic galore. If you’re a fan of these genres, then go ahead, read it! Tell me if you enjoyed the book or not.😀 See you next time!

*This ARC was provided by Netgalley*

Blog Tour: Author Interview With Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy, Author of “The Last of the Firedrakes”

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Hello Everybody!

As you can see in my last post, I’ve recently reviewed the amazing book written by Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy, “The Last of the Firedrakes”. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Farah recently, and I wanted to share her thoughtful responses with you guys. Without further adieu, here is Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy on her book, “The Last of the Firedrakes”.

What was your inspiration for your book?

FO: Every reader at some point in their lives comes across a book that inspires them to think beyond the boundaries. For me that was the Harry Potter series.

The wonderful world of Hogwarts and the magical beings that lived within it made me look at magic in a completely different way. I had always loved reading fantasy stories, and Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings series; along with C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series were already my favorites. These books inspired me to write a story that would combine the best of the three series, and so The Last of the Firedrakes started to take shape.

I started thinking about this book nearly ten years ago. Building the world of Avalonia, whenever I got time. The actual world creation started with a tapestry in my grandmother’s house. One day I stood before it and wondered, what if I could step into the tapestry, where would I end up? And so the world of Avalonia sprang into existence.

From then on, the person who stepped into the tapestry was a young 16-year-old girl who didn’t know who she really was, her name was Aurora, and The Last of the Firedrakes is her story.

What do you want to convey to the readers of your book?

FO: Nothing is impossible, and it is ultimately your choices in life, strength of character, and courage in the face of adversity, that will determine who you truly are.

I think Uncle Gabriel expresses this very well in the book, when he tells Aurora:

When difficulties come, we must see them as what they are—opportunities and a new path to discover your potential. How will you ever know the magnitude of courage that you are capable of, if you have never experienced the hopelessness of fear?”

What was your most memorable memory when writing “The Last of the Firedrakes”?

FO: Even though the story has changed many times over the years the one thing that I will always remember writing about is the tapestry. It is the one thing that has been consistent throughout and in my mind is the only way for Aurora to get to Avalonia.

What challenges did you have to face when you were writing “The Last of the Firedrakes”?

FO: I think writing Aurora’s character has by far been the most challenging thing. Trying to make her a believable sixteen-year-old girl was not easy. She can come across as someone who you want to shake some sense into, but I wanted her to have faults and make mistakes just like any ordinary teenager, and it’s not always easy for teenagers to learn from their mistakes. At the same time she is brave and cares deeply for others. She is also very trusting, which is one of the things that gets her into trouble. It can be hard balancing such a multi-faceted personality, and at the same time making sure that the character grows throughout the book. There is a lot more to Aurora that you haven’t seen yet, and will be revealed in book 2.

In your book, you have many different types of creatures who make up “The Last of the Firedrakes” universe. What gave you the ideas for them?

FO: I can’t really pin point how these ideas come to me, but I think it is an amalgamation of all the stories I have read over the years. I have always been a voracious fantasy reader, and the world of magic feels very familiar to me. I have extensively researched different fantasy races, creatures, and species, but I also enjoy changing things around and creating something different, while still keeping within the general idea people have of fantasy, so that it feels familiar.

What did you enjoy writing about during the writing process?

FO: The best part of writing fantasy is the world creation and world building. It is the part I enjoy the most, drawing maps, creating kingdoms, and societies, playing with the magic system of the world, and incorporating and researching different fantasy races and species.

In your book, Aurora had to make an important decision whether to leave her friend to die, or revive her friend with bad consequences. What would you do in that situation?

FO: I would like to say that I would have been smart and listened to the warnings. But the truth is I would have done exactly the same as she did. At the time, Aurora knew there would be consequences, but she never knew what they were. The actual reality that was before her, in that moment, was her best friend dying.  So she did all she could to save her, it all came from a place of love, and from having a good heart.

Just for fun questions:

If you could be any character from the book, who would you be?

FO: I think I would be Rafe😀

What place would you choose to live in your book?  

FO: Silverthorne Castle, in Eldoren.

What advice would you give to other aspiring authors who might want to write a fantasy novel?

FO: One of the most important aspects of writing fantasy is the creation of your world. Although it can be anything that you desire it to be, there are certain rules that we must follow to make sure that the world makes sense.

The first thing to do is to decide what type of world you are going to create. Drawing a rough map is a good place to start. From there you can fill in the physical environment; seas, mountains, forests, rivers, etc. Once you have a map in your head it is a lot easier to navigate the world in which your story will take place. Magic is another very important element to consider when writing fantasy. A cohesive magical system should be created in order for the readers to immerse themselves in the story. If the magic doesn’t make sense, it becomes tedious to read. You should also consider, when creating your fantasy world, the races or species that live in this world, the powers they have, and the kingdoms that they inhabit.

Once you have a clear picture of your world in mind it becomes far easier to write an interesting story, and it almost grows from the limitations of the world you’ve created.

~ Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy

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And so ends the interview! Thank you so much to Ms. Farah Oomerbhoy for letting me interview her, and to Ms. Amy Del Rosso, the blog tour host for letting me take part in this event.

About the Author:

For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles will be published worldwide August 15th, 2015.

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 The Last of the Firedrakes Blurb:

A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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Hollywood Witch Hunter

Hollywood Witch Hunter
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Title: Hollywood Witch Hunter

Author: Valerie Tejeda

Type: Action, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 3 stars

From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.

Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.

But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.

Together they’re ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that’s what witch hunters do.

Welcome to Hollywood.

This action-packed book is definitely something you want to read if you’re in the mood for a quick, fun read with a little bit of seriousness in it to keep it interesting. This book also contains witches who eat spoiled, bratty, beautiful women, and a heroine who fights for her career in a workplace dominated by men.

Let’s start off with the main character, Iris. She is the first and only female witch hunter in existence, making her the target of many egocentric hunters who all think they are more skilled than her. She hates witches with a passion, and loves hunting them. At first, I really liked Iris. Despite being sent to a mental hospital by her parents because they tried to convince her that witches weren’t real, she still fought for what she believed in and finally landed a job as a witch hunter. She was really independent at the start of the book, but as I continued reading, she started becoming dependent on the men in her life. It also felt strange that after hating witches for most of her life, she started being friends with one incredibly quickly. Iris had her good points though, and she was willing to help her ‘enemies’ to protect the people she loves.

I loved the concept of the witches in this book. They had to kill women to stay beautiful and alive, but they only sacrificed the worst of the worst. This made me think whether the witches were really evil or not, and I loved how the author wrote about that dilemma.

Then of course, the plot twists. There was a surprising amount of them in the book, which made the read exciting and intriguing. Some of them though were expected, though, making the suspense less…well, suspenseful. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading through all the twists and turns in the book😀.

The reason why I only gave this book three stars was that it followed the paranormal-teenage trope too much. The writing was good, but not that great. There were times when the writing strayed to almost a middle-school grade level, which was the main reason why I deducted a few stars off my rating. Also, Iris’ constant character/personality changes were too frequent for my liking, which is also another reason why I deducted stars from the full rating.

Overall, I really liked Hollywood Witch Hunter. It had a great storyline, had interesting, complex characters, and was altogether a fun read.

*This ARC was provided by Netgalley*

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