Crossing the Lines – Sulari Gentill

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Photo Credit to Pantera Press

I want to start by saying that I am in no way paid, endorsed or was offered any kind of compensation in lieu of this review.

Secondly, I will freely admit. I am a lover of Sulari’s work. I have a review for The Hero Trilogy on my computer waiting to be posted, but between work, school and issues with WordPress it hasn’t happened. I am yet to read the Roland Sinclair series, but they are on my to read list.

From the moment, she posted the cover reveal for Crossing the Lines, I knew I wanted to read it. Honest to God, the stark white background with the black offsetting text had me. It was simple and beautiful. Then I ordered it. Well, tried. Turns out there was a miscommunication on how to spell her name. Which lead to her book not being found. But all’s well that ends well. I did get my book. A lovely black covered book so vastly different to the Australian release. HAHA turns out I got the US version. But that’s ok. I still loved it. And I still love looking at it. It’s so pretty and captivating. Yet still has that simplistic approach that dragged me into the Australian cover. And yet, I think the US cover speaks so much more about the soul of the soul and where it leads.

Now onto the book…
Holy crap on a cracker! I spent seven glorious hours reading. I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t step away. I had to know what was happening. I may have forgotten to cook dinner. Ignored my husband who was trying to spend some time with me after a long few weeks of study, work and illness. I may have eaten half what I normally would, jumped up from the kitchen table and flew back into the living room to continue reading. Leaving my husband to parent the kids and organise them for bed. I told my 6 year old we weren’t reading The Magic Faraway Tree tonight, because I was busy and I can’t say I remember saying goodnight to anyone. The book had hold of me. And it wasn’t letting go.

Like all readers, like all writers, I can become obsessive. I can become so engrossed in my work that nothing else matters. But never do I become that obsessive I forget to parent. All I can say is ‘Sorry kids. My bad.” But let’s face it. I’m not sorry at all. The idea and basis of the story – a writer who is writing her character’s story, who in turn is writing his author’s story and their worlds become entangled – is different. As hubby said, “It sounds confusing.” And it does. But to read it, not so much. It is enthralling, fascinating and captivating.

I can’t compare it to anything else I’ve read. I think the closest I can come is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The sheer brilliance of story writing and execution places Crossing the Lines in a category all of its own. It sits as one of those stories that you never forget. One that you offer up to anyone, regardless of their genre preference as a work of art, that will leave you questioning why writing hadn’t been taken to this level before. One that stands out on its own and becomes a household name because nothing out there will ever be able to compete. It is and will always be a leader in psychological literature that will be spoken about among coming generations. And would be a worthwhile novel for literature studies within high school/college/university English classes. If only because it pushes the boundaries of the written word and how a story can be told.

As I began to read, I was surprised and a bit confused about the switching between perspectives. There wasn’t always a page break, chapter or anything to define it. But it paid off, the way in which Sulari developed the story, blurring the lines as it progressed rolling it all together so it basically became one was just amazing. I found myself relating closely Madeline. A panster writer who lets her characters tell the story. Someone who sits back and “watches” as the story plays out in her mind. Typing out what she sees. Never having any idea who did it or what will happen, until that vital moment when it’s revealed. The writer who is as much of a reader as they are a transcriber. One who gets heavily invested in their story.

I laughed, cos let’s be honest; I do that…and that… and that…and… I definitely don’t do that. Madeline’s relationship with her character reached levels that made me question if I had misunderstood the storyline. At times, I found myself wondering if Edward was real. Was there going to be some kind of twist at the end. Is she going to discover they are tied together somehow, both human, both seeking out the other? Did I get it wrong? Was Edward “real”? Was Maddie a character? No it couldn’t be, he’d just appeared in her bedroom. Holy crap, what was happening? Jesus Christ, it’s almost 9pm I needed more coffee. I was torn between needing sleep and having to know what the hell was happening. The characters won.


By the time I was finished I was questioning my own sanity. And the sanity of many, many writers I know. How involved is too involved? How many times have we blurred the lines to try and understand the character better? How many times have we come to realise we have written ourselves into our stories, even small fragments that end up shaping the book in some way. Letting out emotions unintentionally tell the story. We’re angry, they’re angry. We’re feeling trapped and betrayed, so are our characters. Three hours after I finished, all I could think of was wanting to message Sulari and claim she was an evil woman. Especially given the turn of events at home that evening. I can’t remember the last time I became so mentally obsessed after a book finished.

Oh no, wait… yes I do. I seriously need to know where the Herdsmen settled and what happened to them… We won’t discuss The Hero Trilogy x Outlander x Game of Thrones dreams I’ve had over that issue. FYI I gave myself some awesome answers. Unresolved issues seems to be a theme with this author. Only this time it wasn’t with the plot. It was with my own sanity.

I became immersed in the fast paced ending, the way in which the lines blurred and Maddie’s perception on reality escalated, that when I finished the book – which ended in a gaping, wide eyed “holy crap” gasp as I looked to hubby. He responded with something, but honestly I don’t know what it was – it was like coming down of some kind of exhilarating high. My mind spun, my heart race and I was still going well into the night. This sense of light headed giddiness that you face as you come back down to earth took me over. I felt like I had been absorbed for days, with little food and water. And yet, it was only seven hours. Even now. I can’t even begin to fathom just how much this book has suckered me in. I have so many people I want to run it over to and say, read this! Now! Here I’ll take you kids. I’ll go fill in a work. You sit here and read this! There won’t be any regrets.

Well… maybe not for my non-author friends. My writer friends may start with some personal questions about their own character involvement.

As a mother, I can safely say my kids can read it. Yes, there’s mention of sex. But it is implied, mentioned and the focus shifted elsewhere. It was refreshing to read a book what didn’t have detailed sex scenes that left me disappointed because I knew my teens would enjoy it but couldn’t read it as a result of half a page or more giving detailed descriptions on every stage of sexual intimacy. Sulari kept the focus on the story line, on the parts we needed to know. She didn’t allow for sex to be used as a filler which has just added to my love of the book. As it has now made this series suitable for pretty much everyone.

It is well worth the read. I cannot recommend this enough. I love books that leave you questioning things, society, life, rules, books that give more than just a story. Ones which enhance, embrace and encourage critical thinking and looking outside the square. And this book does that. I give it 5 quills/ stars. No hesitation, no debating. Straight up five.

You can read more about the author on her website Sulari Gentill. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can purchase her books through Pantera Press here in Australia, and Crossing the Lines can be purchased in the US through Poisoned Pen Press. It can also be purchased through your local bookstore, but you may have to order it in.


Empire of Dust – Eleanor Herman


Photo Credit to Harlequin TEEN

Background, using the blurb (curtsey of Harlequin TEEN website)

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust 

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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Eleanor Herman – Empire of Dust (Book two of Blood of Gods and Royals Series)

Before I start, I will say I do have a review for the first book in this series but it is currently with my 11 year old son at school. So I will write that up later. I will once again review the book without giving away any of the plot.

Empire of the Dust, is a young adult novel, written by Eleanor Herman and published by Harlequin TEEN.

Empire of Dust, has been both an adventure in reading and trying to read. After finishing the first book in the series, Legacy of Kings, I rang my local bookstore to make sure Empire of Dust was in before the 40 minute round trip to go pick it up. Much to my disappointment they had sold out. So I had to order it and wait. I’m not a patient person. Not even a little bit. Having to wait the week almost did me in. So when I got the call an hour after returning from town, I was rather excited and disappointed all at once. So using the excuse that we haven’t had pizza for a while, my 13 year old and I did an about face, drove back into town to pick it up. Which lead to more issues because I couldn’t sit down to read it until the next day.

So I finally, after all that, got to enjoy the book. Looking over the cover it was every bit as beautiful as I expected. Harlequin TEEN had done an amazing job with the simplicity and intrigue of the design. My only niggle is that this book is physically larger than the first. Not in length but size. But that is something that is my own pet peeve with books that don’t sit together nice and evenly on the shelf, not the author or publishers issue.

Opening it, I was grateful to see another map inside. While I have a basic understanding of where these countries and empires are/were, my kids aren’t quite so geographically minded.

So I’m reading the book, getting drawn in with how Eleanor Herman has changed character perspectives with each chapter, added twists and turns, made me think one thing and done another. And I forgot I put dinner on…you will be surprised at home much a rich gravy can disguise burned food. My other option was just giving my kids cereal but that seemed like bad parenting given they had pizza the night before and whatever they could find the night before that. So on that note, do not cook and read…the consequences are not as charming as you think. And we won’t discuss the batch of cookies I just pulled from the oven in the midst of writing this review. Thankfully they are a darker brown not quite black.

I absolutely LOVE the change of perspective. As a writer and with other stories I’ve read, I feel that it is often forgotten and overlooked that the reader doesn’t know what the other characters are feeling, thinking, experiencing. Are they smiling on the outside but crying inside, do they really hate that person or is it a mask, why are they being so cruel? As a reader we wonder so many things, a face can tell a thousand lies in a matter of seconds. Insight to the mind, can tell a thousand truths, ones that the person themselves didn’t even know.

So to change perspective in this book was fantastic, not only did it show their true concerns, their worries, their goals, their motives. It also showed a deeper insight into what life would have been like back then. It gives readers a chance to experience the story on a whole new level. In a lot of ways, experience the story altogether. I am not sure the story itself would have worked quite as well if it was only written in a single perspective. While I personally, still would have been intrigued by it, I love anything from ancient times. My kids probably wouldn’t have been as inclined to read it.

My only gripe with the second book was that I was hoping to read more of Katarina’s story. Most of hers came from her travels with Hephaestion and his perspective.

The style of writing and word choice was fabulous, as a parent I can comfortably read this and know I am not going to have to explain to my kids what this word is and what that means. While I have no issues doing it, when my kids pick up a young adult book and are constantly asking questions it is a good sign the author didn’t think too well about their target audience. This is an area that Eleanor Herman didn’t struggle with at all. It’s clear, concise and fits nicely in that age bracket. It’s grown up enough that it makes a teen feel that are reading an adult novel, but young enough that the reader doesn’t feel they need a PhD to understand what is going on.

The characters themselves are fantastic, but all very similar. They each have issues, obstacles from their past and present lives they are trying to overcome or seek vengeance on. And while I understand the need for strong, determined characters in that period of time, it lacks the diversity that some readers may need.

For teens, these characters are relatable. They are their age, and while the circumstances around their lives are different, older, more “duty driven.” I feel a lot of teens and even adults can relate to it on another level, family expectations, broken relationships (both from friends and family), the desire to prove oneself not just to the world but also to themselves, the ability to dig deep in times of need. There will be times in which a person will read this and go, “that is so me.”

The end of the book got me, while I knew something was coming I wasn’t expecting that. It left me pacing slightly looking at the book going “You have got to be kidding me!” I had this expectation on what was going to happen and well…I was clearly wrong. That said, the ending does explain the beginning a whole lot more. So for those who read the first part and end up sobbing “No, don’t let it be true.” Keep reading! Worst still than all of that, I can’t just order book three.

On that note, I did have a look on Eleanor’s website for a release date, but I couldn’t find one, but there was something on her facebook page about June 2017! So fingers crossed. However, I did see a note that it will be made into WB television series, which is to be produced by Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory), so I will definitely be keeping my eye out for that. I am rather excited about it. I will be pre-ordering Reign of Serpents, as soon as it becomes available.

You can read more about Eleanor Herman, on her website, twitter page, facebook page, Instagram.

One of the best comparisons I can make for this series is that it is Game of Thrones for teens. The battle to become and rule the most powerful empire on Earth, set in our own rich history of civilisations.

I give the book 4 quills and I am eagerly awaiting the announcement of the next release.


Please note: I am in no way endorsed, funded, asked or even offered a copy of this book in order to review it.


Draekora Cover Reveal Competition

Below you will find my entry for Lynette Noni and Pantera Press’s cover reveal for the #Draekora #TheChosenOne competition. A 300 word limit sucked 😦 So hopefully all the important parts are there, cos my mind just rambled. 

 DRAEKORA IS RELEASED APRIL 1ST 2017, and from memory will be available for preorder from Pantera Press’s website. I promise you, you won’t be dispointed. You may laugh, you may (ok you will) cry, but it won’t disappoint.

Cover Reveal Entry

Firstly, what can I say, the Medoran Chronicles would have to be one of my favourite YA book series. It was one of the first fantasy series I have read. I tried so hard to read Harry Potter and just kept failing at it. But this series…Akarnae had me hook, line and sinker by the first couple of chapters. The sarcasm, the wit, the adventure, the strong characters who are relatable and are so laid back they just roll with it, just screams enjoyable.

Better still, not only did my 12 year old daughter love it, so did my 11 year old son. Both of which who never get along. This series has helped them find a common ground they can discuss and nag me together over when the next one is being released!

Raelia left us with a cliff hanger, and blubbering like an idiot. I swear to God, there had better be some surprise I’m not dead and don’t worry I’m back and my old witty, charming self again or I will lose it. I have a sneaking suspicion there is more to Kaiden than has been shown and I am really hoping he gets explored more (PLEASE, do not break my heart. PLEASE). I did try to reread the last couple of chapters for this review, but just couldn’t do it as I got too upset. Still hoping someone punished Lynette for that J.

As for the cover, I’m thinking blue will be the dominating colour. Probably closer to a sky blue. But regardless, if it follows the style of the previous two it will still be captivating even if it’s in leopard print (may not quite so much, but still…).


REVIEW: The Book about Nothing, Nothing at all by Yew Ish


Photo credit to Amazon.

I was asked to review a short book by the author Yew Ish, titled “The Book about Nothing, Nothing at all.” I will admit it’s a short review and I’m sorry but that, but given the content it was hard to write up a detailed one, without giving away the basis of the book.

I have to say I did enjoy it. I opened it to have a look at the length, style, heaviness of reading after three hours worth of academic reading and study. It was a breath of fresh air and I will admit I found it amusing, light hearted and it definitely earned a smile.

It’s not something that will take hours to read, it is a short story, five minutes tops. So that’s great.

I did find it had a very Dr Seuss style feel to the way it read, which I think added to it.

So I don’t want to give too much away, which given its length and content is hard. So I won’t go into too much detail. But it’s one of those items that you would buy someone as a humorous style gift, think fake lotto ticket or exercise block. It’s entirely comical and enjoyable. But not something you would buy if you wanted a serious, in depth read.

You can purchase it at Amazon and Goodreads. And you can find out more on Facebook and via a youtube trailer.

I can’t give you a rating on it, as well there’s no real story line, character development, plot, etc. But I did just enjoy the simplicity of the book, and it was just so nice to have something so light hearted and easy to read.


I was given a copy in exchange for a review. But no other endorsement was made.

Mesilithia- K.D. Delgado

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Illustration by Nicholas Lonprez, supplied by K.D. Delgado

Synopsis added curtesy of the author J (credit to K.D. Delgado)

Mesilithia is the first of a fantasy book series that will draw you in and take you to another world.

In modern day Texas, David and Katie’s lives are turned upside down by a stranger who attacks them and kidnaps Katie. David follows them, hoping to save his wife, only to find that the wife he once knew no longer exists…

Come along for the adventure of a lifetime, with Katie, David and Lord Wicket, as they battle the evil Snites to reclaim the land and try to find a way home. Will David be able to win back his wife’s heart, now that it belongs to Lord Wicket? Will they ever return home to their children? Or will they stay in Mesilithia forever?


The first book in The Mesilithia series, by K.D. Delgado.

So, I was asked to do a review of Mesilithia, a young adult fantasy book written by K.D. Delgato, published by Meizius Publishing. It is the first in it’s series and is available for purchase through Amazon.

I will state now that I was given a copy of the book to read in exchange for a review. No other form of compensation was given and I will give an honest review.

The plot itself is fantastic. It has a huge amount of potential to become an amazing series, fitting right in there with the likes of The Chronicle of Narnia and Akarnae. Travelling to other worlds through portals, with a twist of the whole angels vs demons war without the religious aspect. K.D. Delgato has a vivid imagination that has included folk lore with new twists and it will capture the imagination of young teens and kids. It’s something that I could enjoy and find myself needing to know what happens next.

But personally I feel that the style of writing is off slightly. While I love that it is simple to read, she’s not used a lot of words that will cause my kids to come in search of definitions (Names that she had made up, excluded). The lack of flourish with some of it fails the text. But that said, if the book was being aimed at older teens (I’m thinking 15 and up and adults). Yes, my oldest two are only 12 and 11, but they read well beyond their age group. They probably won’t read this and enjoy it as much as they do other books in the fantasy genre.

My 8 year old, however, will love this book. He will be able to grasp the language in it well, it’s simplified enough that he won’t lose his concentration and it will allow him to enhance the areas needed with his own imagination.

I am not saying that it’s suited for children. I’m more thinking the younger end of the young adult range. My 8 year old, like my other two, reads above his age group.

Mesilithia is a book that I would happily buy for him to read. It’s novella length will give him a sense of accomplishment as he moves through it quickly. The simplicity, as I mentioned before, will have him raving on about it like his older siblings do with Firstlife, The Hunger Games etc.

I personally hate judging people on writing styles. I believe everyone has their own voice, I hate having people tell writers how they should be writing. I think each writer will have their own fan base, as what suits one reader won’t suit another.

So in doing this review, while the style of writing didn’t appeal to me as much as I had hoped. I know others out there who will love it.

This book however, would be fantastic for those want a story that is short, sharp and shiny. There’s no messing around, no distractions. It gets to the point. And moves on with it. Almost every scene is necessary, there is not a lot of “fillers” as I call it. Random bits to lighten the mood or add to the word count.

I won’t make a comment on the cover as it’s currently being redesigned.

The grammar and punctuation was a let down. I know almost all books have something here or there that the reader picks up on. A missing comma or full stop, misspelt word. The Mortal Instruments had quite a few. And no author or editor is perfect. But there was more than I would like to see in a published book, including incorrect punctuation for dialogue. That said, I only figured out how it was meant to be set out last year. So I can’t complain too much. I don’t look at this as an issue with the author, more one for their editing and publishing team.

I did find the book confusing at times and a few sections I did have to re-read. There’s a scene where two of the characters meet up after being separated. And that’s great. But the following chapter then goes on to show one of them finding out that the other is in Mesilithia, taking place chronologically before the chapter prior to it. Then the chapter after carries on after the meeting takes place. It was confusing and would read so much better if it was cut and placed further up. Or something like, earlier that day… was added to the top of the chapter.

There was also some confusion with the gestures being made, people shook their heads in agreement. Personally, I thought they were saying no; until I realised otherwise.

Overall, the book has a lot of potential and those in the younger range of the young adult group will enjoy it. Especially if a few parts are clarified a bit better. There is definitely potential for the series to go places with a bit of tweaking. And it is one that I will keep my eyes out for as the series progresses. I give it three quills.

You can check out more on K.D. Delgato on her Facebook page and Twitter. Mesilithia can be found on Facebook and  Amazon and the book trailer can be found on Youtube.

This review is my own thoughts; I am by no means endorsed  for it. The book was supplied  by the author, in exchange for the review.

Firstlife – Gena Showalter

Firstlife – Gena Showalter

Book One in The Everlife Novels

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Please note, the synopsis below is from Harlequin’s website. My review is below.

Firstlife – Gena Showalter

Step one…you die.


Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…



Oh my God! I am going to quit reading. I just can’t handle the emotions right now.

Firstlife, was a book that popped up constantly in my newsfeed in all my social media. I have to say her publisher Harlequin Teen did well with the advertising. The images and snippets that they posted intrigued me and I added it to my, will buy later when I’ve finished my to read pile.

Last week, I saw it in my lovely local bookshop (A HUGE shout out to Meg’s Bookstore. I couldn’t ask for a better bookshop or people to run it) and bought it early on a whim. That dreaded stand by counter. And well the colours were pretty.

My plan was to read it over the next week, in between working on my new novel. That didn’t happen. I started yesterday afternoon and finished today. I had issues putting it down.

The book was action packed from start to finish and where there wasn’t action, there was sarcasm, banter and wit. Yes, I do realise I have an issue with my enjoyment of that kind of stuff. I won’t deny it. It makes for good reading. It can also lighten the mood considerably. And given what Gena put me through emotionally, especially as the book progressed I’m glad it was there. (FYI this is a good thing. I love a story that pulls at the heart strings, leaves you crying and yelling at the author through the front cover about what they have done. Not so much in a room full of people.)

The plot was fantastic, I loved the way in which it has been put together. It reminded me a lot of the heaven vs hell type stories but with a twist. It was so refreshing to read something different.

I enjoyed how she used people’s perspectives on life and how things happen. Eg fate vs for your actions there are consequences.

My biggest gripe would be that I managed to foresee the ending and what side she ultimately chooses from early on. I have no issues with how and who she chose, just that for me it was obvious.

The first few pages were not as captivating as I had hoped, but they did establish a good foundation about the personalities of two of the feature characters, Killian and Archer. That said, I feel that while it wasn’t something that would normally grab my attention in a book. It really did help as the story progressed.

The book itself bothered me, for my own personal reasons. I couldn’t figure out what was so different about it, it took me a good third of the book to realise that it was written in first person, present tense. Not something I see a lot of or even write. I have to say it made for a great read. Once I figured that part out I was fine J

Tenley, just amazed me at how strong she was. But something about her seemed to scream through the book, especially with her number obsession. I could almost picture her doing her numerology thing. And while it was great, it did throw me at times, the way that random number facts popped up. You would be reading, and getting into the scene and then ‘oh wow, look at that.’

Killian and Archer have their own little side story that I would love to hear and they really did help add to the story line. They reminded me a lot of the devil and the angel on your shoulder. Except the devil’s still wearing a halo.

I can’t wait for book two, Lifeblood.

Without giving away the storyline, it was great. Intense and well worth the read. It had a lot of action and a nice sideline. If you enjoy The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner series, you will enjoy this. I give it 4 and a half quills.

You can find out more about Gena Showalter through the Harlequin website, on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and her official website.

This review is my own thoughts; I am by no means endorsed nor was I requested to write it up. Synopsis credit to Harlequin. I got the picture off their website.


Raelia- Lynette Noni

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Please note, the Synopsis below is from the back cover of the book. My review is below.

Raelia by Lynette Noni

Book 2 in the Medoran Chronicles.

“Life is full of Crossroads, Alex. Full of Choices.”

Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities.

Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood.

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of it’s ancient race.

Not sure who –or perhaps what- she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lived of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?



First and Foremost, I want to say. Oh my God! Lynette you big meaner! I sincerely hope someone has grounded you and taken away your Disney movies for a weekend.

I just can’t…There are no words right now for what the ending of Raelia did to me. I am without a doubt an emotional wreck right now, for a multitude of reasons. And I will list them without giving away too much for the people who haven’t read it. So I will talk in code. Good luck. ;p

  • Seriously, you did that? I just… it’s so sad. Can we say plot twist? I was expecting more airy interactions.
  • I’m pleading with you, that three bright lights can turn on four. Enough said, I’m still mad. But it will make for an excellent book three. Well done.
  • As per above…I was so right about one of my OTP’s, but I protest their treatment. But as with point two, it helps make for an excellent plot for book three.
  • Page 342 busted my theory about one character being another in disguise. While I’m not completely unconvinced that they aren’t connected somehow. Which I will freely admit is probably me looking too far into it, but the mind works in mysterious ways.
  • And I’m still disappointed that the article I read about The Medoran Chronicles becoming a movie was just a dream and not actually real. Although because of this, we will let you watch Disney movies during your grounding, cos that one’s not your fault.


Right, now that that’s out of the way.

Raelia is the second book in The Medoran Chronicles (You can read my review for Akarnae HERE). Written by Lynette Noni, an Australian author and published by Pantera Press, it’s not hard to see what all the hype is about.

I loved the first one book in the series, my daughter loved it. My husband who is a political thriller/crime and dragon and knight fantasy reader is even considering reading it. I mentioned I was going to get him a new book and he told me to wait he wants to read Akarnae first. I’ve also loaned it to a friend for her 12 year old son, who still hasn’t had the chance to read it, because his Mum got too it first and is enjoying it.

Now for Raelia, I loved it. And I would say possibly more than the first. It was sarcastic, witty, funny, charming and I found myself smiling and laughing more than I usually do.

This last week has found me getting more annoyed than normal with life because all I wanted to do was read and find out what happens next, but something always came up. I was so annoyed I didn’t have the time to read, so much in fact that I considered cancelling a first aid course to read it.

In order to finally finish it, after a batch of family related events. I told my kids I had to work and locked myself in my bedroom with a coffee and went for it. FYI it worked, they let me ‘work’ in peace! If it wasn’t for a busy week, I would have read it in less than a day. So, when Draekora is released I’m booking in a reading day.

Which on that note…I want to keep reading *hint, hint* Please someone, tell me I don’t have to wait a whole year to find out what’s going on?
Let’s start with the cover. It was beautiful and bright and just as captivating at the first one. And like the artwork for Akarnae, I could just look at it for hours. It is one that I would use happily for those decorative books. Problem is I’d have to buy a new lot for that, as my original copies will become well loved rather quickly.

My biggest complaint was that it was similar to the first cover and I may have glanced at it and put it back on the bookshelf thinking it was the Akarnae and panicked later because I lost my book. But that said I love the design concept of her, stepping through a doorway of sorts and into whichever world she is visiting in that story.

The plot of the book was fantastic, it had a couple of plot twists that have kept me guessing, ruined my theories and destroyed me. I needed to remind myself it’s just a book. And I was grateful for the headphones my kids were wearing when I may have yelled at it. Because there was two places especially  which got a “No! You’ve got to be kidding me!” followed by “You have some explaining to do!”

I didn’t get as confused with this one as I did the first, in some places, which was fabulous. I did however end up with a whole list of questions and an author that is forcing me to work on my patience. 😀 I have a feeling there will be a few major plot twists coming.

There didn’t seem as many subplots in this book as there was in the first. I’m not entirely sure if this was a good thing or bad thing. I feel a lot of this story was setting up for what is to come, which in itself is exciting. Not all the questions I had were answered, such as weapon availability. But it left it open and allowed for it to flow into the next book.

I feel that maybe her parent’s are a bit too relaxed about everything that’s happening. And the fact that they are more concerned about their work than their daughter bothered me a bit. But that could be the Mum in me. While I understand that she is almost an adult, in a boarding school, surrounded by protection, I’d personally be more panicked. But we don’t know their whole story, so there may be more going on than I’ve read. I did wonder at times when she was going to visit them.

I was a bit disappointed there wasn’t as much library interaction as last time, but given the circumstances I suppose her avoidance was necessary.

I am worried, and speaking from experience with my own writing, that Lynette may run out of witty remarks and banter and need to recycle some. But that said so far she has done amazingly well. So I wouldn’t be surprised if my worries are for nothing.

I am still loving Jordan and Bear. I can’t fault them, or their behaviour. Same with D.C. Their response is such a normal teen/social reaction. Go with the flow, stand by your friends and sense of mateship. Even in their darkest moments, they are true to form and react as you would expect. In each and every circumstance.

You could also see a growth within the characters from the first book, which was fantastic. I hate seeing characters that go through various events and circumstances and it has no effect on them.

The introduction and involvement of more characters was great.

I enjoyed the interactions with Skyla. It made for an amusing group activity, the potential for her skills and humour from her reactions was huge. And that’s all I’ll say.

I am deeply intrigued by Kaiden. Almost to the point, I’m thinking a novella back story would be pretty nuts. But I have a feeling the mystery and questions around him will be answered in the up coming books.

Reading the book, you would not believe how excited I was to see the word ‘Mum’. I know it may not mean a lot to some, but to see Aussie spelling in a novel is just pretty amazing. I also know it’s random, but hey it’s the simple things, right?

So there is so much more I want to add, but I don’t like doing spoilers. You really do need to read this one. And the first. As with the first, I feel that it will suit most people regardless of their genre preference. Mine is crime/mystery/religious fiction (Kathy Reichs, Dan Brown, Kathleen McGowan) and I loved this. And I said with my last review, I struggled to read Harry Potter, I just couldn’t get into it. But I loved this. I also know of a couple of Harry Potter fans who adore these books as well. I give it 4 and ¾ quills.

I will also add, I am a huge Viral’s series fan (written by Kathy and Brendan Reichs) and I enjoyed Raelia more than I enjoyed the last novella, Spike, that was released earlier this year. I even found it harder to put down than The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (especially the last three books in that series).

Raelia is available in bookstores, although I don’t think it’s available in all of them. But be sure to ask your local bookshop if they can order it in. If not it can be purchased through Pantera’s website HERE and through multiple e-book formats such as iBook store, Amazon, Kobo and Google (according to Pantera’s website.)

If you want to read more about Lynette Noni, her profile is available HERE and she is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This review is my own thoughts; I am by no means endorsed nor was I requested to write it up. Synopsis credit to Pantera Press. I got both of these from the book.