Book review: The ninth sorceress (The price of magic #1) by Bonnie Wynne (2 stars)

 

Book details:

48481720._SY475_Title: The Ninth Sorceress
Series Title: The Price of Magic Book: I
Page Count: 462
Author: Bonnie Wynne
Publisher: Talem Press
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-6485342-3-5
Print ISBN: 978-0-6485342-2-8

Genre: Classic fantasy
Comparative Titles: The Name of the Wind, Assassin’s Apprentice, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Throne of Glass, Mistborn, The Magicians’ Guild

Synopsis:

In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

Seventeen-year-old Gwyn has no family and no past. Apprenticed to a half-mad herbalist, she travels the snow-blasted High Country, hawking potions in a peddler’s wagon. Her guardian hides her from the world like a dark secret, and she knows better than to push for answers.

But when she discovers she is hunted by the goddess Beheret, Gwyn is drawn into a deep and ancient tale: of chained gods and lost magic, of truths long buried and the rising of a war she never could have imagined.

Wizards and their magic-sniffing hounds pursue her – as does a stranger in a smiling mask, who calls her by an unfamiliar name…

But what really terrify her are the dangerous gifts she’s spent her life suppressing. Now, Gwyn must step out of the shadows and take charge of her destiny – even if the price is her own soul.

The Ninth Sorceress is the breathtaking first instalment of The Price of Magic, a sweeping fantasy saga full of rich storytelling and tangible magic.

 

 

Author Bio

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Bonnie Wynne

Bonnie Wynne studied Writing and Cultural Studies at UTS, and completed her law degree at the University of Sydney. After a brief stint in legal publishing, she now works for the Australian government, deciphering ancient law tomes.

She lives in Sydney with her cocker spaniel, Percival Hector (Canine Inspector). When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found playing video games, booking her next holiday, or elbow-deep in flour.

The Ninth Sorceress is her debut novel and the first book in her series, The Price of Magic.

Bonnie Wynne

Website:

http://www.bonniewynne.com

Social media:

Facebook: @itsbonniewynne Twitter: @itsbonniewynne Instagram: @itsbonniewynne

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Book Excerpt

Prologue

The Bird Tower

The bridge to the Bird Tower was slippery. For three months now, it had rained steadily, and today the wind had started too. As it howled up out of the rift, the wind snatched at the cloak of the slender man crossing the bridge, his broad-brimmed hat

clasped to his head.
The mancer refused to think about the wind. There had been too much talk of that

lately. Enoch marched with his head down, a battered leather satchel clutched under one arm. His worn-down boot heels clattered on the wet stones. To his left, the bridge dropped away into a chasm three quarters of a mile deep. There was no railing. If he fell, he would have plenty of time to scream. But he wasn’t going to think about that either.

At the entrance, stepping out of the rain, he stopped before the guards. Their surcoats were emblazoned with the tower-and-moon emblem of the Paragon Holdings Syndicate, the same as the brand on Enoch’s forearm, and they wore shortswords at their hips. Both snapped to attention to greet the mancer.

‘I’m here to see the prisoner,’ Enoch said, by way of introduction. Six hundred feet below, he heard the mighty support chains creak, felt the vibration in his feet.

The guards grimaced. The Bird Tower held cells for over a hundred prisoners, but there could be no doubt which one he meant.

‘Has she been giving you more trouble?’ Enoch asked.
‘No, m’lord mancer, no more’n usual. Nobody else’s lost fingers, far as I know.’ ‘Good.’ The rain lashed in sideways at him, and the wind made the roof tiles rattle

like corn husks. ‘I’ll try to keep it that way.’
The guards chuckled and stood aside. Through the second doorway, torchlight

illuminated the stone stairs that curved down into the belly of the tower, into deeper shadow. The air was tight and scentless. Enoch’s footsteps rang hollowly as he descended. The stairs opened onto a dank, windowless hallway, and beyond, a tall door strapped

thickly with iron. Through the grill Enoch could see a group of guards crowded around a knife-scored table, their game of Tact seemingly untouched. One was honing his shortsword, watching the door with haunted eyes.

Enoch lifted the clapper, but the guard had already risen. He peered at Enoch through the bars. Behind him, the other guards reached for their swords.

‘I’m here to see the prisoner,’ Enoch said again. When the guard didn’t move, Enoch flipped open his case, fished out the topmost sheet of parchment, and pressed it to the grill so the Archmage’s seal was visible. A few moments later he heard the first bolt slide back, then the second, then the third. The door swung open.

 

(I received an eARC from Talem Press for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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The ninth sorceress (The price of magic #1) by Bonnie Wynne 

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: 2/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

There was a lot of mystery and tension in this book and it definitely kept me reading as I wanted to find out more. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, but in no way is it badly written. Also, I’m usually not a big fan of wizards/witches so it definitely would have influenced me while reading this book.

It did take me a while to start fully enjoying the story, but after a while, it failed to keep my attention. Unfortunately, i did not connect to the characters or story and think that this book wasn’t my cup of tea.

However, fans of magic and adventure should definitely give this book a go as they will enjoy it!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.

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Book review: Crave by Tracy Wolff (4 stars)

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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Crave by Tracy Wolff 

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I was part of the cover reveal and this book was definitely one of my anticipated reads! If you’re a fan of Twilight, Fallen and The Cruel Prince, this book has all the vibes and even shoutouts the TV show Legacies (Which I loved). I like that there was a mysterious element going on.

There was so much angst and mystery which actually kept me hooked to the story. There is a love triangle, I found it very fast paced and I didn’t find it cringey. I loved the romantic tension and the mystery that literally had me yelling “SOMEONE JUST TELL ME WHAT THEY ARE” in frustration, but it also really kept me reading. I was confused, but in a good way as it kept me engaged with the story and flipping quickly, wanting to find out more.

I did find it predictable, but I did enjoy guessing while reading the story. I fell in love with the characters and story, there was never a dull moment and I would love to read the 2nd book!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: The perfect escape (The perfect escape #1) by Suzanne Park (3 stars)

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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The perfect escape (The perfect escape #1) by Suzanne Park 

Genre: YA, Romance, contemporary

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

This book is one of my anticipated reads and when I found out that one of the protagonists, Nate is Korean (Asian representation!!), I was definitely excited for this book.

I like that Nate and Kate are polar opposites, and I totally love the concept with escape rooms plus zombies because I’ve always wanted to do an escape room. i really found myself liking Nate as he was such an awkward goof and he was SO CUTE.

I liked the conflict, but nothing much seemed to be happening in the story. I predicted quite a lot of things that happened. I did find it dramatic and tense and probably would have liked this book more if I had finished it in one sitting (I took three days). I definitely loved the concept of this book and liked Nate, but I didn’t end up enjoying this book as much as I should have.

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Book review: Meet me at midnight by Jessica Pennington (4 stars)

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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Meet me at midnight by Jessica Pennington

Genre: YA, Romance, contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

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The story is told in alternate POVs between Sidney and Asher, and the story plays around with the rivals to lovers trope. Their banter is really good and they are so cute!

I really liked the pacing and gradual buildup of the romance, I also really enjoyed the conflict in this novel. I really resonated and fell in love with the characters, so my heart definitely ached and went out to them through everything they went through.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it pretty fresh, fun and very entertaining.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: It sounded better in my head by Nina Kenwood (3 stars)

(I received an eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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It sounded better in my head by Nina Kenwood 

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Review)

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Right off the bat, I actually really emphatized with Natalie as she used to have bad acne and still has scars (I totally relate). I was looking forward to this book and it was okay in terms of story and characters.

Overall, I just felt like it was a normal YA coming of age romantic contemporary novel. Maybe I’ve been reading too many and I’ve become a little too numb to them, but I would recommend this book to fans of YA romance contemporary fans!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Meet cute by Helena Hunting (3.5 stars)

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Meet cute by Helena Hunting 

Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Review)

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I heard a lot of good things about this book. It is told in alternate POVs between Kailyn and Daxton and the sexual tension between them is really high. I found it to be a cute and heartwarming story but it didn’t impress me too much.

I did enjoy the conflict and found it to be a quick read, so if you’re looking for a fast romance, definitely try out this book!

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