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Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   October 23, 2018
(Updated: October 23, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A thrilling follow up to Book of Fire

City of Dust is the follow up to Book of Fire which for me was the perfect blend of history, mythology and science all set in a vividly imaginative dystopian setting. I originally thought that City of Dust would take place immediately after the catastrophic and emotionally crippling ending of...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   October 21, 2018
(Updated: October 24, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The True Queen of Fantasy Returns!

I honestly didn't think any book could top Strange the Dreamer, it was such a fantastic start to a new series but Muse of Nightmares has completely blown Strange out of the water. Muse of Nightmares is everything and more fans could ever want from this duology. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   October 21, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Seize Today kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end!

Seize Today is the thrilling conclusion to a fantastic dystopian series. I’ve been a huge fan of this series since the beginning, Pintip writes such compelling characters that you can’t help but love them and want to follow them everywhere. I was dubious when I found out that each book...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   September 24, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An utterly brilliant instalment to the Iskari series!

The Caged Queen is the sister novel to The Last Namsara, which I absolutely adored - it has everything I could have wanted from a YA Fantasy novel; action, adventure, lies, danger, romance and of course dragons! Although you technically don’t need to have read The Last Namsara in order...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   March 09, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Girl in the Tower is a bewitching sequel!

It’s become quite clear that I will read anything Katherine Arden writes. Her debut The Bear and the Nightingale was one of my favourite reads of last year. I dare say that Bear is a mere drop in the ocean when it comes to Arden’s writing and clever plot twists...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   October 14, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Last Namsara is easily one of my favourite fantasy books of this year.

The Last Namsara is easily one of my favourite fantasy books of this year. I mean, a princess who slays dragons, dark forbidden fairy tales and romance? I was pretty much hooked from the very first line…. “Asha lured the dragon with a story.” ...

Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   October 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A

An explosive follow up to a fantastic Fantasy series!

I don’t think I’ll ever not love this series. It came out of nowhere, demanded my attention and has kept me gripped book after book after book. Reap the Shadows is the explosive follow up to the devastating cliffhanger of Yield the Night. Reap the Shadows takes...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   October 11, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Book of Fire is a unique and interesting start to a new dystopian series.

Book of Fire is a fast paced and action packed debut that dystopian fans will not want to miss. It’s set in a world divided: those who live inside the Dome and those who live outside of the Dome. Those inside the Dome think they safe after the nuclear...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   September 15, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A thrilling adventure with time-travelling thieves, there's nothing better!

Time-travelling thieves. Who doesn’t want to read about that? Invictus follows Farway Gaius McCarthy, a wannabe time-traveller who was actually born outside of time. Farway is desperate to travel back in time in the hopes of finding his mother who never made it back from a mission...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   September 04, 2017
(Updated: September 15, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A beautiful love story you will want to read over and over again!

Do you have tissues? No? Then put this book down and get some, you are going to need them! This book tore out my heart, then healed it, then broke it again. Honestly it’s just one viscous cycle of emotions, I felt so much! Two boys, two wildly different backgrounds...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   August 20, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A magical must-read for fantasy readers!

Where do I start with this book? Well you better prepare for some late nights because once I started this book I couldn’t stop, it took me a few days because this book is a tome but I finally finished at around 2am, completely memorised trying to let everything sink...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   August 05, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A excellent way to start a new series!

I really enjoyed Gray’s Firebird series; I loved the way she handled an intricate multi-universe and dimensional travel but when I heard that she was tackling space… but not only space, but artificial intelligence, rebellion, war and because it’s Gray a complex romance? I couldn’t be more...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 25, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A front runner for best book of 2017, absolutely stunning!

Make room on your favourite shelves, Strange the Dreamer demands nothing but that top coveted spot. I’m ashamed to say this is my first Laini Taylor book, now I’m sure her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series deserves all the praise it receives but I don’t regret reading Strange the...

Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
(Updated: April 09, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Utterly Spellbinding!

A Crown of Wishes is a spellbinding follow up to the stunning The Star-Touched Queen which was based on a Hades and Persephone retelling. TSTQ has a focus on Indian folklore, mythology, horoscopes and infused with wild imagination and enchanting writing. Vikram’s eyes widened. “What’s this? Praise...

Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A gorgeous mix of Russian folklore, culture and magic!

The Bear and the Nightingale is a fantasy book you will never forget, it’s a fantastic mix of Russian folklore, culture, history a strong heroine; all necessary ingredients for a stunning fantasy book. Vasya is a wild and untamed child much to her father’s dismay; her father...

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