Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Candidate by Rachel E. Carter - The Black Mage #3

Candidate (The Black Mage, #3)Candidate by Rachel E. Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Candidacy. Where dreams go to die.

Twenty-year-old Ryiah is a black mage of Combat, but she’s not the Black Mage. Yet. She’s had her eyes on the legendary robe for as long as she can remember, and in just one year, she will have a chance at her country’s prestigious—and only—tourney for war mages... Too bad she is going up against a certain prince—the one person she has yet to beat.
The Candidacy finally arrives and a winner is robed, but something dark is lurking in her kingdom’s midst. Rival nations are closing in, and it’s time to make an alliance. 
Unfortunately for Ryiah, that’s only the beginning. The worst enemy resides in the palace.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: Apprentice by Rachel E. Carter - The Black Mage #2

Apprentice  (The Black Mage, #2)Apprentice by Rachel E. Carter

Synopsis:

She survived a trial year at the Academy of Magic, but that was the easy part…

Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is an apprentice of Combat, her school’s most notorious faction. When she finishes, she will be a war mage, but in order to do so, she has to survive four years traveling across Jerar, training with a master she hates, her old nemesis, Priscilla, and Prince Darren, her sometimes-rival sometimes… more?
Ry’s new apprenticeship is nothing like what she prepared for. War is on the horizon and her lessons aren’t just for practice anymore.
It’s time to fight.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lost Legacies new cover reveal



A Lost Legacy: Awakening (Lost Legacies 1) 
By C.E Dimond
258 Pages | Write Addictions Publishing



Finn Adams thought she knew what her life had in store for her; a mundane existence of day to day life. The arrival of a stranger in town turns her world upside down. When her mother goes missing, Finn soon discovers that she is a witch and she is being hunted for her power. Ripped from the only life she’s ever known, Finn is transported across the country to Broadhaven, Maine to discover the secrets she never knew about herself, her heritage, and the tremendous power that's been kept from her for so long. Her loyalties are tested when she learns of her true parentage and discovers she is part of a prophecy, destined to awaken an ancient power that has been lost for centuries. As she struggles to learn from her mother’s past, she is faced with the ultimate struggle of good and evil, family or friends, she must learn who she can trust and find the power within herself to stop the prophecy from coming true.

A Lost Legacy: Wandering (Lost Legacies Prequel)
By C.E Dimond
110 Pages | Write Addictions Publishing



Seventeen-year-old Warlock Eamon O'Neill was born and raised in the Broadhaven Coven. Life at Broadhaven meant two things; One, he was inherently magic and two, he had a role to play. What his role was, never seemed to be clear. Descended from Celtic royalty, the expectations on young coven members are high. Coven life is a series of ancient rules, traditions, and secrets. Eamon has always trained to be the perfect Warlock and the perfect son but struggles living in his father's shadow. When a threat from the past resurfaces, the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself. One of his own will be chosen to track down the last living Witch in their Coven, and he is determined to be the man for the job. Eamon will need to place his own issues aside and focus his most powerful magic to complete the trials. He must prove he is the only one powerful enough to protect their only weapon.

About The Author


C.E Dimond is an Irish-Canadian author. She has always had a passion for literature and from a young age indulged her mind in the fantasy fiction world. As a child, her bedtime stories consisted greatly of Irish folklore and songs that inspired a true love of her heritage. She has a love of World Religions, psychology, languages and history and has put all of these inspirations to work in her writing. She is an alumna of St. Mary’s Academy and studied Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Currently, she lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.






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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

T5W - Favorite Underrated Books

"Give some love to those books that aren't as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love."

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People who have been reading my blog for a while or who have been following me on Instagram (@the_secrets_in_books) may already know that my number 1 on this list is the Creepy Hollow series by Rachel Morgan. Right now this book counts 6 books. Books 1-3 tell Violet's story and books 4-6 follow Calla, who's already introduced in books 1-3 but grew older by the time book 4 starts with her story. Soon the next 3 books, and last ones in this series, will come out and I'm way to excited to find out who the next 3 books will be about.

Besides the obvious choice of Creepy Hollow, some other series are:

  • The Black Mage series by Rachel E. Carter (only recently started reading this series and loving it)
  • The Hidden Wings series by Cameo Renae
  • The Creatura series by Nely Cab
Do you have any series who deserve more hype? Please comment your favorite underrated books below.

Much love,
Ellen


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review: First Year by Rachel E. Carter - The Black Mage #1

First Year (The Black Mage, #1)First Year by Rachel E. Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice —pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage…

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail—first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.
Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

T5W - 2017 Debuts You Are Excited For

"There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one :)"

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I looked into this and ended up getting pretty excited over these books:

Feel free to put a link to your T5W of this week in the comments. It's always fun to have some new books to look forward to.

Much love,
Ellen

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

T5W - 2017 Goals

"These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals...anything!"

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I haven't had the best 2016 when it comes to reading. I don't regret it, because I have had a great year. But reading is something that makes me happy and I really want to get back into it in 2017. Time for a change.
I decided to put myself some reading goals, some books, genres, authors, etc. that I really want to read this year and they're the following:

  • Start reading Rick Riordan's books (I know, I know,... My friends are totally in love with this books, time for me to get on this train) and maybe catch up on all primary works of all his series so far.
  • Finish rereading the Vampire Academy series. (I've gotten to book 5 in 2016, time to round things up)
  • Try to get all my school reading done on time and try to actually enjoy it instead of seeing it as an annoying task.
  • Get to read 50 books, which I wasn't able to last year.
  • Read books I feel like I'll enjoy, not just because of any hype going on.
These are pretty reasonable goals and I look forward to reading in 2017. I have a pretty tame semester starting in februari, I'll be able to read a lot and won't have English literature classes, so no mandatory reading for that.

Hope you're all celebrating the holidays with friends or family.

Much love,
Ellen