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Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen Australia
Published 1st November 2014

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley
for providing this egalley in exchange for an
honest review. This did not alter my review in
any way.

Fantasy meets the contemporary world in Julie Kagawa’s latest series, Talon, telling the story of the dragons who live in secret among us, having Shifted into human forms. Ember and Dante Hill are rare brother and sister hatchlings who have finished their training at Talon, the organisation that keeps tabs on dragons and what they do, and are learning to assimilate into human society – a Californian beach town where they learn to make friends, surf and live as ordinary teenagers. But there is trouble brewing (isn’t there always), with the posting of soldiers of the Order of St. George, the only humans who know of the dragons’ existence, right nearby. As their training continues, Ember is faced with difficult questions about who she is and the organisation she is a part of, aided by Riley, a dragon gone rogue trying to convince her to do the same. But going rogue is dangerous and she could jeopardise everything – including her developing relationship with a human boy who has secrets of his own.

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The Iron Trial

Author: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Series: Magisterium, Book 1
Publisher: Random House
Star Rating: 2/5
Date Read: September 8th to 9th, 2014
Read Count: 1
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

The Iron Trial is the first in a new five book series for middle grade readers. It is the story of a boy named Callum Hunt, or Call, who knows he has the potential for magic but his father has told him that he should want none of it. The Magisterium, the school for young mages, is the reason Callum’s mother is dead and his father has never recovered. But all potential mages must attend The Iron Trial, whether they want to or not, to test their abilities for acceptance into the Magisterium. While trying to throw his chances, Call, despite his father’s protests, is chosen to attend the Magisterium and is taken under the wing of Master Rufus, along with two others, Aaron and Tamara. Call enters a world where he is finally accepted, makes friends and uncovers the secrets of his past and that of the Enemy of Death, the cause for unrest in the magic world.

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Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale

Author: Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed
Publisher: Palomino Press
Star Rating: 3.75/5
Date Read: May 19th to 22nd, 2014
Thank you to the authors for providing me with a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Let the record show – I read an e-book! I know, it is sacrilege. I read it on my tablet, which was a bit awkward, and I will be honest, this did impact on my reading experience. But sometimes there are some opportunities that we don’t want to miss out on. This was one of those.

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is based on the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Thousand and One Arabian Nights – with a twist. Among the magic of Arabia and its djinn and other beings, the tale has been reimagined to include a steampunk element. This was new for me as I had only read one other steampunk book and didn’t like it, however I am willing to admit this may have been the book as opposed to the genre. So I resolved to read this book while ignoring my previous misgivings.

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