Finch Merlin and the Djinn’s curse by Bella Forrest

This is the 12th book in the Harley Merlin series and the 3rd of Finch Merlin.

The lost city lies beyond a locked gateway. But the key is not what it seems…

Now a map-maker extraordinaire, Finch must find the place Erebus so desperately seeks—although the “how” and “why” remain unclear. And a certain vengeful Necromancer is bent on beating Erebus to the punch, and he’d be more than happy to make Finch collateral damage.

With his friends’ lives on the line, Finch will fall back on his old trickster ways to get his hands on the gateway’s key. In secret, he plans to uncover a loophole, a way to end his servitude for good. The answer might lie in Erebus’s past servants and their storied history with the djinn…

The djinn have lost their connection to Erebus, and Raffe doesn’t know how much longer he can cope before his alter ego goes insane. That’s the only reason he agrees to travel halfway across the world to find answers for Finch. Raffe aches to end the djinn curse that threatens his future with Santana, but he’d have to achieve the impossible: separate himself from the demon within.

I absolutely love this series. Everything about it was great and I love the characters.

I love Finch. He is such a good character and is having such a hard, unlucky time with things. I’m glad he’s slowly letting others help him.

Raffe’s point of view in this book was brilliant. Having Kadar as well is what made this book brilliant and I’m glad they got a good chunk of the book. Their storyline in this was brilliant to read and I loved getting an insight to a Djinn. It was also great to have Santana involved.

The plot developed well in this book and I like how Lux has slipped in the story. It’s interesting to see how important the mission is to Erebus, and what he’s willing to lose to get to the end.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this series. The storyline is brilliant, the plot developed well and the characters are brilliant. It’s one of my favourites and this book was a great addition to the series.

My rating: 5/5*

Variant (Variant book 1) by T. C. Edge

This is the first book in the Variant seris set within the Enhanced universe.

All Variants live by one rule – you run, you hide…or you die.

Ever since the disappearance of her father, Paige Adler has been hiding in the system. She spends her days packing ration boxes, and her nights on the hunt, secretly seeking justice against those who prey on her people.

Just like her father once did.

One night, when tracking a killer, Paige stumbles upon something far bigger than her own personal vendetta…

In the shadows of the city, the Resistance still lingers, all but destroyed fifteen years before. Her father once fought for them, and it cost him his life. Now, they want Paige to join them too.

Drawn in by a handsome but mysterious Variant, Paige soon discovers that the enemy is building a secret weapon, one that could destroy not only the Resistance, but all Variants, once and for all.

In order to survive, they have to fight. And Paige, her powers, and her past, might just be the key to the future…

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and the storyline was good. It was refreshing to see yet another side to the Enhanced world.

Paige was a good character. She was clearly clever and I enjoyed seeing her life and gifts. For such a clever character though, she did think a little bit immature at times, especially after being told no. I think instead of thinking rashly like she did, there were better ways of going around it. She was a good character nonetheless ad I’m looking forward to seeing how she develops.

The storyline was good as well. Like every other series in the Enhanced world, the life they live is so different. The plot developed well, although I found it a little bit slower than usual. I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues to develop though.

Overall, this book was very enjoyable to read. It can easily be read as a standalone series, or it can be read with the rest of the Enhanced series.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rating/ 4/5*

Finch Merlin and the Lost Map by Bella Forrest

This is the 11th book in the Harley Merlin series and the 2nd of Finch Merlin.

Magical mapmaking is an ancient art—and also a major pain.

At least, Finch can’t help but feel that way, since Erebus transported him to the Mapmakers’ Monastery with little to no instructions. Now, he’s stranded on some Greek island until he can learn how to draw maps to places he thought only existed in legends, like El Dorado and Shangri-La.

Only the worthiest of magicals can attain such a rare skill. The weak are weeded out through nearly impossible tests that involve mind-bending poisons, weird plants, and… pottery-making?

But Finch isn’t the only one looking to learn the art of mapmaking. Magicals from all over the world are drawn to the Monastery. As Finch encounters both greedy treasure hunters and knowledge-hungry explorers, he must decide who is trustworthy and who has more sinister intentions.

When Erebus knocks on her door, Kenzie is roped into delivering secret messages to Finch using her ability to Morph into the bodies of animals. In exchange, the God of Darkness will reveal what she wants most: to find the lowlife who cursed her mother.

Both Finch and Kenzie know they’re pawns in Erebus’s long game—but to what end?

I absolutely love this series. The storyline is brilliant, the characters are great and the world building is amazing.

I love Finch. He is a great main character and I love how much he has redeemed himself. His heart is in the right place and he really trys to protect everyone he cares about, and even those he has just met.

I loved Kenzie having a point of view in this book. We’ve seen glimpses of her prior to this book, but only now are we getting to know her. It was interesting and I’m glad she was drafted into the story.

I also loved the new characters introduced. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Melody and Luke. I really hope they are genuine and don’t double cross Finch.

I like the fact Ryann is still involved and I’m enjoying seeing the interactions between her and Finich. I really hope we get to see their relationship develop.

I’m enjoying the plot with Erebus. The tasks he is having Finch undertake are making an interesting storyline. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. The world building behind magicals is brilliant. The characters are great and the storyline is fantastic.

My rating: 5/5*

Free book deal!

The Demise (A Bubo Series Novella) is free this week (1st-5th).

Why not grab a copy or tell a friend about it!

2045.
Everything was as it should be. Leah was worried about her upcoming exams and her future, when everything went wrong.
Alone. Confined.
They made it seem like it was all nothing to worry about until she saw it with her own eyes. Death seemed imminent at any moment. They say the plague has mutated and it is after many victims.
With her two best friends in tow, will she ever make it to her family inside the Safe Zone or will she die trying?

The Demise (A Bubo Series Novella)

My novella is complete and up for pre-order now on Amazon for 0.99.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VZ67NYL

US:

It’s a prequel to my novel, The System (The Bubo Series Book 1), although I believe it can be read as a standalone.

If you don’t fancy reading it then sharing it with anyone who might would be amazing.

Here’s the blurb:

2045.
Everything was as it should be. Leah was worried about her upcoming exams and her future, when everything went wrong.
Alone. Confined.
They made it seem like it was all nothing to worry about until she saw it with her own eyes. Death seemed imminent at any moment.
With her two best friends in tow, will she ever make it to her family inside the Safe Zone or will she die trying?