Thursday, 30 November 2017

NEVERMOOR - by Jessica Townsend

NEVERMOOR - Jessica Townsend
Published: October 2017 - Orion's Children's Books.
Genre: Middle grade / fantasy / adventure
Pages: 384.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Very mild fantasy violence.
Format: ARC hardcover.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - the most fantastical children's release of the year.Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city and confront her deadly fate once and for all.


I think I first heard of Nevermoor when it was mentioned on Twitter, but apart from that I knew nothing about the book. I don't usually read MG, either.
But this turned out to be one of those review books that I'm so grateful I was given the chance to read.


I love the writing. It's simplistic and easy to read while at the same time never talking down to children - which is the age it's aimed at. The scenes are incredibly vivid, the descriptions beautiful and immersive, and the atmosphere is strong and colourful. Yes, the story has its similarities to Harry Potter, but it manages to stand on its own two feet and stay charming and fresh. It's lovely - with huge heart and energy.
The dialogue is a real standout, too. It's deliciously hilarious and witty, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as well.

The plot is strong. The pacing is perfect, and the action scenes and quieter moments are superbly interspersed. I loved every moment of this adventure. It is so imaginative and spellbinding, and the fun never stops. The climax, especially, is so satisfying. Townsend has incredible skill.


"Step boldly, Morrigan Crow."


The characters are compelling and vivid. Jupiter reminds me so much of the Eleventh Doctor (in Doctor Who) because of his personality (which is fantastically three dimensional, wacky, and lovable) and the secondary cast easily outshine Morrigan, the heroine. Everyone is so colourful and interesting, and I also adore the strong - platonic - friendships and relationships. They're excellent and healthy.
The villain is also terrifying - perfectly so. His relationship with Morrigan is a bit too much like that of Voldemort and Harry's, but it still works.

The only thing about the characters I feel is lacking is Morrigan. She's sweet and easy to root for, but her character needs more development and personality. She's too much of a stereotypical unloved little girl who wants to belong. In my opinion, it's the secondary cast who are better written.



Nevermoor is a riveting debut sparkling with magic, imagination, and humour. The characters are rich, the plot never wavers, and it's a charming and well-developed adventure. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

HEART OF THE FAE (The Otherworld #1) - by Emma Hamm

HEART OF THE FAE - Emma Hamm
Published: December 2017 - Emma Hamm
Genres: Fairy tale retelling / romance / fantasy
Pages: 368.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Fantasy violence and mild gore, sexual innuendo, and a scene of very strong, erotic sexual content.
Format: eARC.
Source: Thank you so much to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale.... Once upon a time… A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne. Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools. With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne. This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart...


I buddy-read this book with my amazing squad: Di @ Book Reviews By Di and Uma @ Books.Bags.Burgers. Go check out Di's review here and Uma's review here.

A few months ago I read Emma Hamm's debut novel, Silver Blood. I still haven't gotten round to reading the rest of the series, but I adored Silver Blood and, needless to say, was thrilled to read Hamm's latest novel.


The writing is stunning. Hamm has improved so much since Silver Blood days. I just love her easy-to-read, passionately flowing style, and the descriptions are also magnificent. The island, the castle, and all the places Sorcha visits are gorgeously well imagined, with rich language and immersive sensory details. Then atmosphere is strong, the culture is fresh, and it's simply a beautiful setting. I love it.

The pacing is off. It's extremely rushed, and that makes the whole story feel disjointed, vague, and hard to follow. I wish the scenes could've been expanded upon and deepened.
The feminism is forced. Sorcha is so obviously a "woman in a man's world" but we're constantly reminded of that and it's tiring and frustrating. It's also preachy. I'm a feminist myself, but when feminism is written into books it only really works if it comes through naturally.  On the nose feminist dialogue doesn't help, either - characters' actions should speak louder than their words, if they need words at all.

The plot needs more refining. It's not as strong as it could be, and especially towards the end the incidents feel random and rushed. Overall, it just needs more work. I also wish Hamm had taken more liberties with the original fairytale; I feel like she played it way too safe. I would've liked to have seen the characters suffer more, and have the story break out of the confines of the road it was carefully treading.

"I never wanted poetry," she said on a soft sigh. "I only wanted a man who could see me for who I am."

The characters need more fleshing out. Their personalities are all-over-the-place, and their character arcs are half-finished and weak. I just couldn't connect to anyone.
But I do love the secondary characters - Eamonn's castle "inmates" like Cian and Pixie are very endearing and charming. They're fantastic.

The romance did not work for me. For those of you who love Sarah J. Maas, I'm sure you'll love Eamonn and Sorcha's love affair, but I personally could not enjoy it.
Eamonn is your brooding alpha male, more beast than man, and his violence - animalness - comes across domineering and abusive, rather than romantic. Biting your partner till they bleed is not what I call love - both Eamonn and Sorcha do this to each other. And she even admits she's frightened of him, which certainly isn't love. Eamonn will also say thing like "Now is not a good time to say no to me, Sorcha" and "You shouldn't be with me because I'm dangerous", and frankly I have no patience for men like it.
I did not like the romance.



Heart of the Fae is a beautifully written story with stunning imagery and tangible scenes. But the characters are weak and underdeveloped, the pacing way too rushed, and the romance unhealthy. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and writing


It's a very short round-up today because I'm in a rush, so sorry about that! I have to go out this evening :(

Anyway. I've been writing a lot this week and I've spent a lot of time doing school and studying. But next week I've only got a few school things to finish up and sort, and then I'll be done for the term. YAY! 

You also may have noticed I've had a partial blog makeover ;) I added another sidebar (which I desperately needed) and changed a few things with my header as well. Please let me know what you think! 


Posts of the week:



I am loving Nevermoor. It's such a beautiful, magical story. 




They've been dating for a whole year, which in Hollywood terms is a long time.

Law will be starring opposite Brie Larson, who plays the title character in the movie that's scheduled for release in 2019. I am so excited to see these two in their roles!! 



So I hit 50k for NaNo on the 24th, and now I'm just rushing to get the story finished by the end of November. Whoop!! 



Happy holidays for some of you! Hope you had a good week? What are you reading and watching at the moment? 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Abuse is being Romanticised


I'm sure you've heard the phrase: "Girls like Bad Boys." After all, those kinds of guys are sexy, brooding, dangerous, unpredictable, and interesting - what's not to like?

Today is The International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women. It's appropriate, then,  that I post this post today, sharing my thoughts on the shocking increase of violence against women in films, books, and TV shows - always geared towards teen audiences - and how that violence, and abuse, is being normalised. Today I want to talk about that topic - one I feel very passionately about.
Please share your own thoughts in the comments section and feel free to discuss :)



Abuse is defined as: 
- "use something (someone) to bad effect or bad purpose; misuse"
- "treat with cruelty or violence"
(Oxford Dictionary)

Trigger Warning: There are frequent mentions of rape and descriptions of abuse in this post.




- Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl) - Chuck is Gossip Girl's bad boy turned romantic hero, although he never once loses that dark edge that the writers - and the viewers - apparently thought was sexy. Not only does Chuck stalk and constantly objectify women - sexualizing them in almost every episode - but he even attempts to rape both Serena and Jenny in the pilot episode, and never once stops emotionally abusing Blair or manipulating her. Although Blair herself is certainly NOT innocent either, that doesn't make Chuck's behavior excusable. He mentions her sexual encounters in public to embarrass her, he declares a Fatwa on her so no one else can date her, and he trades her to his uncle for his hotel and then tries to make her believe it's her fault. The guy is the very definition of abusive. 
And then there's the manipulative way the writers have written him. Even when the whole incident with Jenny was brought up again - 2 SEASONS AFTER IT HAPPENED - she was painted as the bad guy because the writers were too obsessed with keeping Chuck as their romantic male hero and didn't want to jeopardise his story with Blair. And just when it looked like Chuck might be evil, they'd victimise him again (like when he gets shot not long after the whole Jenny incident is made public. It's like they were terrified the viewers would start hating him again, so they got him mugged and shot and boohoo now we can't help but feel sorry for him again). 
Read more on Chuck's behaviour here and here.  

- Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga) - Thankfully, most people today see Edward for who he really was: a sexist, controlling, possessive, patronising stalker. He stalked Bella, he controlled who she saw, who she visited, who she was friends with, and he didn't even let her make her own decisions. 

- Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey) - This guy is undoubtedly the worst of the worst. He's misogynistic, sexist, controlling, perverted, arrogant, violent, unstable, sadistic, and a stalker and rapist. He doesn't take no for an answer, he controls who Ana sees, what she eats, how she dresses, and he gets away with it because he's good looking, wealthy, and a victim of a harsh upbringing. 

- Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries) - I admit, I used to love this guy. I certainly loved Delena - their chemistry, their looks, their kiss in the rain...
But Damon does despicable things, doesn't apologize for them, and his relationship with Elena is toxic, unhealthy, manipulative, and possessive. It was hard for me to admit that to myself because on the surface I liked what I saw of them; I was shoving the questionable things to the back of my mind. 

But no. Damon controls Elena, manipulates countless women, rapes and abuses Caroline Forbes, and so much for a redeemable arc; the guy never once owns up to the sins of his past or faces consequences. 
(Read more on Damon's toxic behavior here and here).




- Sexist
I cannot - for the life of me - understand why women will swoon over and idealise a guy who undercuts their very value of being a woman. A lot of these abusive relationships have women at the command of the man and his wants and desires, and how can you - as a woman - even consider that is right?! It's an insult to you.

- Violence against women - 
Violence is wrong. There is no, no case where violence against women is okay. BSDM is another story and I won't go there, but I just don't think violence against women should ever be the norm. Sarah J. Maas’ books, for example, have extremely violent sexual scenes where the characters are often left literally bleeding, bruised, and in pain. You could say that that violence is the norm for those characters and that world, but should violence - especially against women - ever be the norm? Those violent relationships are glorified in Maas’ books. And I don't think that's right.

- Love him enough and he'll change - 
This misconception is absurd. Never, never, never should a women be responsible for getting a man to change his ways. That's why I've never liked the original Beauty and the Beast tale - Belle has no obligation to save him, and yet the story expects it of her. Also take the Joker and Harley Quinn. Harley is constantly being beaten up and tormented by him, and the worst thing is she blames it on herself and the story lets her do it. With that relationship, I also think there's the underlying element that she's there to "help him change".
Just...no. It is not your job to save him - and in this world, God is the only one who can.

- The excuse of the "strong woman" - 
I am seeing this more and more in YA books. Have a badass heroine - think Feyre from ACOTAR, Aurora from Roar, even Blair from TV's Gossip Girl - and suddenly violence against women is cool and guys are allowed to be jerks. In Roar, Aurora is what most people would probably call a badass, a strong heroine, and yet she's in toxic, abusive relationships where men use her, abuse her, and she doesn't run in the opposite direction. (Read this article for more on Roar)
Even Harley Quinn is supposed to be this cool, awesome, slightly weird superhero, but then we have her and Joker's incredibly toxic and abusive relationship. The characters might be well written - to a degree - but the abuse inflicted on Harley should not be acceptable. (Read more on their relationship here).

Having a female character say - never outright, but it's implied - "I can handle it" does not make it okay! The guy should still not be doing those things, however badass and supposedly independent the woman is.

- Past doesn't matter - 
Oh my word this happens so much, especially in TV shows and films. In the pilot episode of Gossip Girl, Chuck Bass attempts to rape two of the main female characters. One of the incidents was actually addressed (although it was handled so badly and deserves to have another whole blog post written on it)  but the other was never mentioned again. That incident was even "more of a thing" than the other incident, and more explicit and obvious. But it goes forgotten - swept under the rug by the writers.
Again, this happens in the Vampire Diaries where in season one Damon Salvatore rapes, drugs, and abuses Caroline Forbes. But when Damon becomes a "good guy" the incident is forgotten. Not once does he even admit or apologize for his actions - even when Caroline marries his brother, and it should definitely have come up then, if not right at the beginning of the series.

People change. Definitely. But they need to be held accountable for their actions and face justice. When their behavior is swept under the rug and ignored, the effects are horrific.

- Violence against women makes a story - 
So often, I think violence against women is used a plot device. It's like writers and producers think they have a story if at least one woman gets beaten around.
Violence against women is extremely real, but don't glamorise it in your TV show and then fail to show it for what it is.
I think Game of Thrones is frequently guilty for graphically depicting rape and then failing to provide proper sensitivity in the aftermath. It's glossed over. It's a "plot device" or a means to an end for a male character's story - when it's actually a woman who suffered the assault.

 - If he's hot, then it's okay - 
If Christian Grey from Fifty Shades or Tamlin from ACOTAR were old, ugly men with no money to their name, would fans still swoon? No. And they'd call out the abuse and perversion for what it is, I'm sure. But writers and producers know this so well that they've become experts at disguising abusive behavior and sexism under good looks, lots of money, and swoony one-liners. It's terrifying, because so many times - like with Damon or Chuck - I've felt myself subconsciously ignoring their bad deeds and falling under their spell. Isn't it horrifying that writers can manipulate us like that?!
We have a duty to be more vigilant.





"It's just a book!" 

"It's just a film!" 


But the thing is, it's not. It's a way of life - or a life that many girls seek as the ideal; the attractive, dangerous fantasy. Fifty Shades, Vampire Diaries etc etc, have huge, cult-like fandoms where the behaviour of good looking men like Grey or Damon is idealised and romanticised. It's affecting real life because the abuse in these shows or books is glamorised so much so that women in real life might be dragged into toxic relationships because they don't recognise them for what they are until it's too late.

It's sick. It's dangerous. It scares me because while we live in a society where women are objectified and abused daily, the media, literature, and TV shows glamorise these behaviours by favouring men and men's stories. Books and films have a huge influence on us, and when they show teenage girls that violence in relationships is "sexy", the results have a domino effect. We need to see and appreciate healthy, romantic relationships, and women need to be shown that they are worth so much more than what men think of them. 

We also need a response. I think we need more books and films and TV shows where the "good guys" are just as complex and well fleshed as the bad boys, and where relationships with them are just as attractive and appealing as the ones the girls crave with the "bad boys". Everyone has flaws, obviously - that's what makes them human - but flaws have consequences. And there is something seriously wrong when violence and abuse is not shown to be the evil it is.


Other Sources: 
- When Violence is Romantic: How the Media Portrays Abusive Relationships
- Why Do We Idolize Abusive Relationships in the Media
It's Not Romantic to Romanticise Abusive Relationships




So! That was an exhausting post to write, and if you've stuck with me till the end, kudos to you ;) 

Let's discuss.

 Are their any other characters you can think of whose abusiveness is romanticised? Do you agree that bad boys often cross the line? Do you wish that more people noticed this and stood against it? 

Friday, 24 November 2017

The Blog Squad: Part 29


We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 

 A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita 
 BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K 
 BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett

Would you read a book that no/few reviews? 


Absolutely - it’s difficult for indie authors to get readers and to get those first few reviews in! I’ll especially pick up the book if it’s an author that I know and I am interested in the author/plot/premise/all of the above.

I’m pretty sure I’ve read many books that had few reviews of Goodreads and I think I’ve read books with no reviews on Goodreads at least 2 times. I think this was mostly when I first started my book blog. Even now, I’m definitely not against reading books with few reviews but now that I’m drowning in review copies and ARCs, I don’t have a choice but to prioritize the order in which I read books. But if i come across a book that has few reviews but a very intriguing premise, I would definitely pick it up!


Do book covers matter?


As readers I think we can all be a bit superficial when it comes to book covers! I love pretty books! So if it’s an author I don’t know, a book I haven’t heard of before or if I'm browsing the library/bookstore - YES, the cover definitely matters because that’s what I see first and what first draws me to pick up the book and check out what it’s about. But that being said, if it’s a known author or something that’s being buzzed about then the cover doesn’t make a difference to me. For example there was a HUGE uproar about the latest Throne of Glass book cover, but honestly? It could have been plain black and only had the title and Sarah J Maas written on it and I would have bought it and read it and definitely loved it. The content matters the most.


I’d like to say they definitely don’t but they kind of do! I don’t judge a book by it’s cover per se. A ‘meh’ cover won’t stop me from picking up a book with a great premise. But I admit I have made quite a few cover buys. What I’m trying to say is, when I’m at a bookstore to pick up a new read and can’t afford the time to look through every book, I’m going to be picking up the books that catch my eye. If I read the back cover and decide it is definitely not for me, I put it back in the shelves; but my point is, it’s the eye catching covers I’m going to be picking up in the first place unless I’m there looking for a particular book. And I think this is true for many people but it’s sort of a thing we don’t generally admit out loud!


Do series covers matter?


I like my series covers to match! I like to have the same series of pictures throughout, and for this reason I don’t like buying physical books until they’ve all been published. I mean, what if I owned the first three Game of Thrones covers all in their original edition covers and then I had to go and get the next one in a different cover set? I would be sad. It’s for this reason that I just prefer box sets. I’m just OCD like that.

Not really. I mean it’s nice when covers match and I can take beautiful pictures for my bookstagram BUT the world won’t end if my covers don’t match. And there are more important things. For example, recently Sabaa Tahir worked with the publishers to change the covers of her Ember series. The previous covers were gorgeous but Tahir wanted to showcase the diversity within her book on the cover but having the faces of people of color on it. While I love the old covers and am not a huge fan of real people on covers, I have NO complaint. Diversity and representation is far more important that the aesthetics of my bookstagram posts. I’m going to buy the new editions because I want to support her decision and the need for representation in books and yes, even the book covers. As a brown girl myself, it is empowering to see a brown girl on the cover of a book I love so much <3


Come check out my answers over at their collab posts!: 




 We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 28 in our series of discussion posts! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s questions!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Writing and watching


Another busy week, but overall it was fine. I hit 30k for NaNo, and started watching Doctor Who again (on season 6 at the moment, and can we please just talk about how ABSOLUTELY SQUAD GOALS Eleven, Amy, and Rory are???!! Seriously, those three are magic together. I wish they could always be the Doctor and companions). 

Oh, and in other news, I've had to delete my Blog Roll in the sidebar because of space, etc (long story). But I've made a page you can find here where I've listed some of my favourite blogs. I'm still in the process of adding to it. 


Posts of the week: 



Still buddy-reading Heart of the Fae, and this week I also started Nevermoor :)


I am super excited about these books! I've heard so much about Lee Child's (and my Mum is a HUGE fan, so guess who grabbed the book to read it first?) and I'm also ecstatic to finally start The Mortal Instruments series. This is the 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones, so I really feel privileged to be able to start Clare's famous series with this copy <3




Lauryn talks IngramSpark vs Amazon for authors

Uma reviews The City of Brass

Emily talks Classics




I admit I'm not that excited about this sequel, mainly because it's been years since I read Harry Potter and I don't remember ever loving it. But I am excited to see Jude Law in the role of Dumbledore - I never thought I'd actually feel like swooning at the sight of that particular wizard... ;)

Starring Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Hugh Jackson, this movie looks and sounds amazing. 

I am not a horror movie fan, but I love Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (as actors, as a couple) and I can't wait to see how they work together in this film. 

I'm actually not so against this as everyone else seems to be. Depends on who they cast, though. 



Here's another short, unedited excerpt from my NaNo novel: 




How's your week been? What have you watched or read? 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

5 books I'm looking forward to! // part 2


I just HAD to do a part 2. It's kind unfair that there are so amazing books in the world that I haven't read, but at least I can drool over them - even if I can't buy them. Oh, and won't you agree that 2017 has been an amazing year for debuts? There honestly seems to be so many incredible new authors taking the spotlight. It's awesome.



In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.





Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great.... In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.



Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.




Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy. The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals. Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope. In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.



Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe. When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress. Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.



Are you excited to read any of these books as well? Are there any you've already read - if so, what did you think of them?