Finch Merlin and the Forgotten Kingdom by Bella Forrest

This is the 14th book in the Harley Merlin series and the 5th one in the Finch Merlin series.

Finch is in deep, with no surface in sight.

He hadn’t expected a welcoming party when they whirlpooled into Atlantis—although “welcoming” isn’t exactly the right word. More like “mildly hostile.”

As descendants of the powerful Primus Anglicus, the Atlanteans are not to be trifled with. But Erebus isn’t leaving until he gets what he wants—and neither is Davin. Caught in the midst of a political battle royale, Finch can only ride out the waves.

And he knows he’ll be lucky to escape this underwater prison without leaving anyone behind.

For Melody, being trapped in an ancient, unfamiliar city is a dream come true. She hungers to fill the gaps in her knowledge, and Atlantis is a delicious buffet, from love potions and Death Day celebrations to beautiful and dangerous creatures.

Navigating this new world isn’t so scary with her trusty bodyguard by her side, though she must protect her own heart. History has shown that the Librarian isn’t supposed to fall in love… but what if it’s already too late?

I love this series. Finch is brilliant, the storyline is great and I love the way the plot develops.

Finch is having such a terrible time with things really. I love his will power to protect his friends and how he keeps going on even when everything is against him. He always manages to keep his sense of humour through it all.

I loved Melody’s perspective in this book. It was brilliant to see what’s going on in her Librarian head. Luke grew on me in this book, seeing him through her eyes. He hadn’t done so up until now, so I enjoyed seeing them two together in this book and seeing their relationship grow.

I love all the other characters. I’m feeling sorry for Ryann, stuck in this world with Lux and having to endure everything when she doesn’t have any magic like the others.

I also think Erebus and Lux are both written really well.

I loved seeing Atlantis and learning about their ways. Kaya is a great character, and I can understand things from her point of view, even if I don’t agree with them. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this world and their ways.

I’m enjoying the direction the plot is taking. There are twists you don’t see coming and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. This series is brilliant and the characters and storyline are great.

My rating: 5/5*

Dead Remnants by Armarna Forbes

Welcome to the afterlife of Denver—where phantom buffalo roam and ghost factions wage war.Seventeen-year-old Ashen Deming is dead, but she can’t move on. Not with the soul of her best friend on the line. He is stuck in a horrific curse—a curse no spirit knows how to break.Ashen is determined to find a cure, but at every turn opposing factions try to snatch her for themselves. As the menacing specters close in, a new threat is exposed—one that looms over the dead and the living—and Ashen and her posse of ghosts have one brief chance to stop them. If they fail, the entire world will be lost to darkness forever.But Ashen’s time is running out. If she doesn’t cross over soon, she will be damned to roam the haunted city for eternity.

I enjoyed this book. The storyline was good and well thought out, the characters were good and the plot developed at a good pace.

I liked Ashen. She was a good character. Finding out you’ve died at such a young age would come as a shock, but she got through it and accepted it. I liked how her character developed and in the end, she was brave enough to do what needed to be done. I liked her will to help Jacob, which ultimately, led to many others being helped.

I liked all the other characters she meets. Max was a particular favourite of mine as well as the cowboy. I liked the addition of all the back stories. It enhanced the story. Some of them were pretty brutal though. I loved the animal guardians. They were a great added detail.

The book was well written, although I personally prefer reading books in first person perspective. The written perspective of this book did work for this story though. It did also take me a little while to properly get into it.

I wasn’t keen on the ending. I get that Ashen did the right thing and all, but I would have liked to see her find happiness with Max.

Overall, this is a very well written book with a good storyline and good characters. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

Redemption (The Sophisticates Book 3) by Christine Manzari

This is the 3rd book in The Sophisticates series.

The hunted have become the hunters.

Cleo finally has the freedom that she’s always craved, but it’s come at a terrible price—the Program wants to terminate the Deviant Dozen and now she and her friends are on the run. To make matters worse, she’s finally learned to use her deviation—except when she’s around Ozzy. Even an innocent touch or kiss can cause her skills to spiral out of control. He’s the last person she’d ever want to hurt, but he’s also the one in the most danger if she can’t learn to master her skills and emotions.

Ozzy’s duty has always been to protect the Dozen, but now he must make the difficult choice between laying low to stay safe or starting an all-out war so that the Dozen can truly be free. He knows that if they have any chance of outsmarting the Program, they’ll have to look for help in unlikely places—even if that means trusting their enemies.

Rune and the Others have always been anonymous, hiding in the shadows as they carried out acts of terror and revenge. That all changed the moment the Program discovered they existed. To survive, Rune and the Others will be forced to make an alliance that is just as likely to kill them as it is to save them.

Program officials are determined to erase their mistakes, but when they terrorize innocent civilians and Sophisticates in an effort to flush out the Dozen, they discover a harsh truth—the weapons they created are fighting back.

I enjoyed reading this book. It led on well from the last, the storyline was good and the characters are great.

Cleo is a great character. She steps up and does what needs to be done in this book and plays to her strengths. Ozzy is a brilliant character too. I’ve enjoyed reading their relationship develop and enjoyed having both points of view. I think having them both, added to the storyline but also towards their character development. It was great to see what they both thought of eachother.

Rune was another great character and very much the voice for the Others. His point of view was very much needed and allowed us to get a wider picture of the plot.

Persephone had a brilliant character development. She doesn’t get along with the others and has caused a fsir amount of issues for the Dozen, but what she does is very redeeming. I also loved Queenie. She developed a lot as the storyline progressed and I actually grew to like her. All the Dozen and the Others became brilliant characters and each one had a part to play.

I enjoyed how the story developed and found the end satisfying. The ‘in the future’ chapters were brilliant additions to round the story off, especially the little twist at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this series and would definitely recommend it. The characters are great, the story is great and it ends well.

My rating: 5/5*

Zodiac Academy 4: Shadow Princess by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the 4th book in the Zodiac Academy series.

The shadows are in my blood.
I can feel them crawling through me, slithering under my skin and taking me hostage.

But the darkness within me, isn’t nearly as bad as the darkness that lives around me.

The four heirs will stop at nothing to destroy the lives of me and my sister.

But they haven’t figured out yet, we’re the strongest creatures they’ve ever known…

I absolutely love this series.

This book was brilliant to read. The storyline is brilliant, the plot develops well and the characters are fantastic.

I love Darcy and Tory. They are so different from one another, yet together they are invincible. They are written so brilliantly that you really feel everything they feel. Their journey is fantastic to read. They keep developing amd becoming stronger as the books go on.

Darcy and Lance’s relationship is everything. It’s brilliant. I love them together. Their moments together are spectacular to read and their connection to eachother is absolutely brilliant.

Darius is having a brilliant character development as the books go on. I really like him now, although he is far too stubborn, which only adds to his connection with Tory.

I really hate Seth. He’s written so well that I really do hate him. He is the worst one of the Heirs. Everything he doesn’t is cruel whilst at least the others have moments where they’re alright.

The world building is part of what makes this series fantastic. You can visualise everything so well. The Orders are brilliant and each one has its own unique characteristic which spills out to how they act in fae form. The concept behind star signs having such a prominent meaning is brilliant. The faebook posts and horoscopes just add to the greatness of it. You can’t fault this amazing world.

The whole plot with the shadows has been great to read. It has been interesting seeing Darcy and Tory learn to deal with this new 5th element, and the added aspect with Clara made it all the more interesting.

The ending.

What have you done? It was absolutely gut wrenching, not just once, but twice!

The whole book helps develop you emotionally towards these characters, and then the ending happens. It’s an emotional roller-coaster to read and has left me feeling a bit shell shocked.

I don’t know how it’s going to be fixed, but somehow it better or I don’t think I can cope.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. It’s absolutely brilliant. The character development is fantastic, the storyline is brilliant and the writing is faultless. The next book couldn’t come soon enough because the ending needs to be fixed somehow.

My rating: 5/5

Survive (The Atlantis Grail book 4) by Vera Nazarian

This is the 4th and final book in The Atlantis Grail series.

Gwen Lark knows how to Qualify, Compete, and Win…
The time has come to Survive.

The Games of the Atlantis Grail have come to a ground-shaking halt and Gwen Lark, nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl, survived the remarkable ordeal, for the time being.

But the worst is yet to come!

Now, both the colony planet Atlantis and Earth are under a threat of annihilation, and everything is up in the air, including dire and stunning wonders in the Atlantean skies.

Will there be a Wedding? Will there be a future for Gwen Lark, her beloved, and all their families, friends, and loved ones?

Is Gwen’s rare and powerful talent, the Logos voice of creation, enough to resolve the greatest mystery of the Kassiopei Imperial Dynasty and its role in the events of deepest antiquity since the dawn of time?

The fate of the entire human species is at stake, and now there can be no respite, not a moment to lose. The final battle is here, and Gwen, and everyone she knows and loves, are in for the greatest fight of their lives.

It is time to survive.

This book was an intense emotional rollercoaster and I absolutely loved it.

I try and make my reviews spoiler free, but it’s going to be a littke tricky for this one, but I’ll try.

The storyline was brilliant and the plot developed well and not in the way which I’d expected. I’m sad that this was the final book.

I love the characters. Aeson is the best thing to come out of this series. I absolutely love him.

Gwen has been through so much in the story and each time she has come through the other end stronger. This book was no different. Ultimately, she played a big part in the end.

I was so excited to read the wedding and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The build up and events happening beforehand were brilliant, and also the things which went wrong were well placed. I kept saying to myself that nothing better get in the way of this wedding. It was exciting to read.

I loved all the other characters. We really got to know all of them in their own ways. The Astra Daimon, Aesons family, Gwens family and her friends. Each person was relevant in one way or another and played a part.

I felt like the Imperator had a massive character development from what he was like at the beginning of Win, to the end of this book. It definitely surprised me and I was actually quite happy with how it all turned out.

The interactions between Aesons family and Gwens family were brilliant to read.

The descriptions are brilliant and you can’t fault them. You can really picture the planet and even more so the space parts. It’s brilliant.

The storyline towards the end was nothing like how I’d expected. I loved the role the Pegasus played. It was imaginative and exciting to read. The whole ending in general was great, yet not how I expected. They were definitely not what I expected them to be.

All loose ends were definitely cleared up, although I would have liked a little more to the Epilogue, but that might also be me not wanting it to end. I’m actually glad that this book was super long. The little moments were necessary within with overall plot.

I savoured every part of this story from Qualify to the end of this. It’s my favourite series and I’d definitely recommend it. I’m quite sad that it’s over because I could read about Aeson all the time.

This series is just absolutely fantastic.

My rating: 5/5*

Conviction (The Sophisticates Book 2) by Christine Manzari

This is the second book in The Sophisticates series.

The Others are out there. Somewhere. And the Program wants the Deviant Dozen to find them.

As a member of the Dozen, Cleo is still learning to master her deviation and she’s not having much luck. With the ability to cause explosions with just a thought, losing control always results in fiery disaster, making Cleo feel like a monster. She vows to ignore the urge to use her deviation and reclaim her humanity. But when terrible things start to happen at the Academy and Cleo is blamed for actions and events she doesn’t remember, she fears that the monster is taking over and she is becoming the dangerous weapon the Program created her to be.

The one bright spot in Cleo’s life is Ozzy, the cocky Sophisticate with perfect aim who makes her heart race. But it seems whenever things start to heat up between them, Ozzy is sent away on another secret mission, and Cleo is left alone to ponder their relationship and deal with the aftermath of the accusations made against her.

As the evidence against Cleo becomes more compelling and her closest friends turn against her, she finds her own conviction waning as she wonders if she really is as innocent as she wants to believe. And Cleo isn’t the only one struggling. Ozzy has always defined himself by his perfect aim and superior deviant skills, but after failed missions and bad choices, he realizes he can no longer trust his skills—or himself.

Caught in a storm of shocking allegations and harsh punishments, will Cleo’s conviction finally break her?

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the plot continued to develop well and the characters are great.

I like Cleo. She’s a great a main character. She’s becoming strong, in the physical sense and strong willed, and yet she has such a strong compassionate side to her. I also loved how Ozzy had a point of view in this book. It was great to see what he was really thinking as well as what was happening when he was away. Both of their points of view gave a brilliant overall story and I enjoyed reading their relationship grow.

I love the other characters as well. Arabella, Sterling and Quinnie are all strong characters, and I did also lime the rest of the Dozen. I also liked Cassie. Her strong personality fitted amongst everyone great. Rune was a great addition to the story.

The storyline was great. I really felt for Cleo when all the accusations occurred and especially the result of them.

The ‘Others’ were brilliant additions and I liked the part they played in the story.

I found the ending to be a little unexpected which was a great change. We knew the Dozen planned to do that but to actually be told by Younglove was a nice twist, although the reason behind her doing so, not so much.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how the unexpected turn of events changes things.

I would definitely recommend this book. It has a great storyline and the characters are great.

My rating: 5/5*

Deviation (The Sophisticates Book 1) by Christine Manzari

This is the first book in The Sophisticates series.

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the plot developed well and the characters are great.

I like the idea behind the story and what makes the Sophisticates different. The group of them which are different with their own special gifts was a nice addition which made the story more exciting. I also liked the twist at the end with the ‘Others’.

Cleo is a great main character. She’s clever and very capable, but not in the sense for the military side. It was good to learn about this side of the program with her. I liked reading about her relationship with Ozzy. He’s a great character. He starts of quite mysterious, but we gradually get to know him and his secrets.

The rest of the group are interesting characters as well, particularly Arabella and Sterling. I also liked the mean girl vibe which went on between her and Quinnie. I’m intrigued to see whether they are able to work together towards the ‘Others,’ or not. They are all part of the Dozen after all.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the characters were great and the plot developed at a good pace. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*