Reviews written by Cody Duffy, Staff Reviewer

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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...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Heaps of fun with time-travelling pirates.

Nix is a time-travelling pirate, she's a crucial member of her father: Captain Slate’s crew. Together they magically travel through maps all over the world and to different times. However their adventures are coming to a close, Nix’s father is finally closing in on the one map he needs, a...

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 lush and tantalising debut!

This story is about the Caliph of Khorasan; Khalid, he marries a girl every night only to have her executed at dawn, hanged by a silk cord. When Shahrzad's best friend falls victim to this ruthless monster she’s heartbroken and is determined that the Caliph's reign of terror must end,...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A fast-paced fantasy filled with magic, action, adventure and BOOKS!

Gia it a total bookworm, she loves being surrounded by old and new titles and can often be found nose deep in a book. The ever-inquisitive Gia observes what she thinks is just a normal guy in the library but when he disappears into a book, she can’t help but...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A great start to Bracken's new series.

Etta Spencer is an exceptional violin prodigy; she works hard to perfect her craft and now it’s finally paying off as she’s expected to make her grand debut. But before that can happen Etta is kidnapped and thrust into another time and century, it turns out that Etta is a...

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

Magic, myth and legends. This book is absolutely amazing!

Rebel of the Sands will captivate, astound and downright swoon the pants of you, I’m not even kidding. Amani lives in the barren wasteland that is Dustwalk, but after losing her mother she is bound to her lecherous uncle and his family. With nothing but sand and her friend Tamid...

Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A fantastic futuristic dystopian!

Forget Tomorrow is set in a futuristic dystopian world with advanced technology that allows you to obtain future memories. These memories will guide people through life and will ensure them to have the career they envisioned. These memories are ‘set it stone’ and there is no varying from the path....

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

This series is just getting started...

The new character Errin lives with her mother in the small town of Almwyk, the town is being evacuated because The Sleeping Prince is pillaging his way through Lormere, it's only a matter of time before their next. But Errin cannot let this happen, she’s convinced her mother has 'Scarlet...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A dark and beautiful fantasy book you won't forget!

The story is told from two POV’s: Laia and Elias, both in first person which allows to connect immediately with the characters and mimic their every thought or feeling as if it’s your own. Laia is a Scholar and because of this she is classed as subservient to the Martials....

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Bardugo's Best!

Six of Crows follows six characters all attempting to pull off an impossible heist, one that has never been done before: Break into the notorious Ice Court- a military stronghold that has never been breached, Retrieve a hostage- a prisoner who created a powerful and dangerous drug that could eliminate...

Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy!

The Winner’s Trilogy is without a doubt one of my favourite series ever, from its captivating writing, the incredible characters and those crafty plot twists, Rutkoski has proven with each new release that she can still leave us in a complete state of shock…. The same can definitely be said...

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

A High Fantasy knockout by Chima.

Flamecaster is filled action, adventure, magic, dragons and a good dose of romance. I highly recommend this to fantasy lovers and fans already familiar with Chima’s work.

Young Adult Fiction
Cody Duffy, Staff ReviewerCody Duffy, Staff Reviewer   February 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A spellbinding debut!

I highly recommend The Star-Touched Queen for fantasy fans and for suckers for magical retellings with their own unique twist. I would have loved to see more development between Maya and Amar, I feel like they would have been thick as thieves given the time and god knows I would...

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