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Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)

Title: Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia
Release Date: 10/06/2009 (first published 01/04/2000)
Format: Audiobook
Purchase: Audible, Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

Storm Front is an adult urban fantasy that's light on the lore without skimping on important details, and focuses more on friendship than romance. I listened to the 8 hour audio book narrated by …
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The Glittering Court

Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Meade
Series: The Glittering Court (#1)
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: 2016
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. 

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

The Glittering Court was captivating and, despite the title, had no magic. Shock! Horror! You thought it was about Fae, didn't you ;] Haha. Anyway. I picked this in my local Target Country (I've …
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Down with the Shine

Title: Down With the Shine
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Genre: YA Fantasy-Horror
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 26/04/2016
Format: Hardcover
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

I was really excited to read Down With the Shine, and so I actually pre-ordered it. Overall, I really enjoyed the read - it was fun, fast paced, and it was easy to share emotions with the main …
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Phoenix Awakens (ARC)

Title: Phoenix Awakens
Author: Eliza Nolan
Series: The Phoenix (#1)
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: 12/10/2015
Format: eArc
Rating: Book Depository,

A paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret society for control of ancient magic. 

Julia never believed in magic.

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was a Phoenix — part of a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenix Society wants Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

Can Julia uncover the truth behind her connection to Graham? How far will Julia go in order to save Graham and stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

I received an eARC of this book through netgalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed Phoenix Awakens - so much so that I didn't even stop to take notes. It was an easy going YA read …
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Tomorrow, When the War Began

Title: Tomorrow, When the War Began
Author: John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow (#1)
Genre: YA Survival/War
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Release Date: 01/04/2014
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

Ellie and her friends leave home one quiet morning, wave goodbye to their parents and head up into the hills to camp out for a while; seven teenagers filling in time during school holidays.

The world is about to change forever.

Their lives will never be the same again.

Would you fight? Would you give up everything? Would you sacrifice even life itself?

John Marsden is a name that 90% of Australian teens know, thanks to the Tomorrow series being an English teacher favourite. I remember reading it in (I think) year 9 – we were tasked with reading the …
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Crisanta Knight: Protagonist Bound

Title: Crisanta Knight: Protagonist Bound
Author: Geanna Culbertson
Series: Crisanta Knight (#1)
Genre: YA Fantasy Fairy Tale
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Book
Release Date: 10/05/2016
Format: eArc
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

I was going to be a great protagonist. At least that's what my mom, Cinderella, kept telling me. I, however, had my doubts. Unlike most main characters at Lady Agnue's School for Princesses & Other Female Protagonists, I was opinionated, bold, and headstrong. 

Moreover, for a princess, I had a lot of issues. I'm talking vicious nightmares about people I've never met, a total stalker prince, and a Fairy Godmother for an enemy. But I digress. Because here's the thing about living in an enchanted realm of fairytale characters, crazy junk you never planned on happens all the time. One minute you could be practicing fainting exercises in Damsels in Distress class, sword fighting in a field, or flying on a Pegasus, and the next, BAM! Your book has begun and you're saddled with a prophecy that changes everything. 

I still don't know if I will be a great protagonist one day. But I know one thing about my fate, for certain. Despite what The Author and the antagonists have in store for me, whatever it costs. . .I'll be the one taking charge of my own story.

I love fairy tales - Grimm, Disney and everything in between. So when I read the synopsis for Crisanta Knight I knew I needed to read it - and thanks to netgalley, I got to read it sooner rather than …
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