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  1. Book review: by Eanna

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    Angie Sage produced a book series, known as Septimus Heap Wizard Apprentice, which has been acclaimed by The Times, "We can’t get enough. More please!" So, after years of wanting to read this series, I thought I would finally give it a try. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed and frustrated by the lack of story development and hugely slower paced scenes. I just couldn’t get into this book, and didn’t manage to get past the first two hundred pages. It fails to provide the mystery of magic in the first half of the book, which is something I feel is necessary for a children's fantasy book to achieve. With little motivation to read on, and characters that are hard to like, I quickly gave up on this series, and am left frustrated that I bought the whole collection. It does have an interestingly hooked plotline though, know knows, maybe one day I'll give it another go. 

  2. Highlight Review: by Eanna

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    It's been twenty-two years since the award-winning author Philip Pullman published Northern Lights, the first book in His Dark Materials trilogy, and we couldn't have waited any longer! Out now is the stunning start to a new series, La Belle Sauvage, volume one to The Book of Dust. It's said to be a stand-alone series based in the same world as Lyra Belacqua and her amazing journey. With high expectations and masses of adorning fans, Philip Pullman had an immense task ahead of him, one which he met with ease. It's clear to see that he's an expert author, with a lovely writing style, and it's nice to see that it hasn’t changed over the years.  It's a beautiful story, with clear links to the initial trilogy, and nicely explains how Lyra, the heroine of His Dark Materials, comes to live at the Oxford college, known as Jordan.

    This book follows the story of Alice and Malcolm, and with apposing characteristics, this book is set up nicely for another beautiful friendship, but will it leave us as heartbroken as its predecessors? You'll have to read and find out!

  3. Indie Author Review: by Eanna

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    Boston College, Massachusetts, holds an ancient secret, one of love and power—one that has the chance to end the world. Darcy and Nora are together, Char has been saved, and everyone is safe, but that doesn't mean their troubles are over. In their fight to track down the elemental souls, an unexpected guest pops into their story—Lilly, the Elemental Guide. But what does that mean for their journey? Can she be helpful, or is she another enemy? Maybe, it's not that simple.

    After recently working on the beautiful second instalment of the Statera saga, I am truly blown away by the spirituality in this story. Amy Marie has created an amazing story, which truly keeps you captivated. It's a fantastic representation of its genre, Young Adult Fiction, and will leave you needing more from the characters. She beautifully balances characterisation, romance, plot, and humour to create an epic mixture of fun and adventure. If you haven't checked out the Statera Saga already, I recommend you do so. This is the next amazing book series you'll need on your shelves if you're a fan of YA Fiction!  This gets a fabulous 9 out of 10 stars from me. 

  4. New Author Review: by Eanna

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    In a world ravished by the rule of a tyrannical king, one kid has the chance to save the world. Running away from the evil parenting of his father, king Navine, and hoping for a better life, was just one of the grand dreams and ambitions Tony had—however unlikely they may be. But when he’s plunged into a life and death battle, his chances for escape becomes apparent. Dragging his brother, Padrick, with him, he meets two Drojang tamers from the east with an incredible story. He’s suddenly thrown into a world of magic, chaos, and death, and he’s not sure he will live to talk about it. Can he be the saviour everyone hopes him to be?

    Jessica Wing wrote an amazing story that I had the pleasure of working on earlier in the summer. As an editor, it’s rare that I get the chance to work on a story that’s this thought out. It’s comprehensive planning, character development, settings, and world building, all make this an amazing read. I was hooked from start to finish and will always recommend it to anyone seeking a well written, young adult adventure novel. The characters are ones you can connect with, as you grow with their personalities and developing relationships. This gets a well-deserved 8 out of 10 stars from me.