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Nicole's Most Enjoyed Kindle Books - January 2021

So...the world is crazy once again. In the UK at least, we are in another lockdown. In between working from home and trying to take up yoga ( see how long that lasts!) I have come up with a shortlist of my most recent kindle reads that I think you will enjoy. So get that tasty cuppa tea, snuggle in a blanket and let's get started.

The Faceless Mage by Kenley Davidson

Genre : Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Rating : ★★★★★

He’ll protect her with his last breath…

Until she becomes his next target.

Leisa’s ambitions used to be simple. Guard the princess. Hide her magic. Wait for her family to return.

But all of that changes when her king demands that she use her unique abilities to spy on the rival kingdom of Garimore.

Alone, far from home, and living a lie that grows more perilous by the day, Leisa’s task is complicated by her most dangerous enemy yet—the masked assassin known only as the Raven.

Everyone in the Five Thrones knows to fear him, but the Raven is not what Leisa expected. As silent as he is lethal, he provokes her curiosity as much as her fear, and hides secrets she’s determined to learn.

When her already precarious mission takes a deadly turn, Leisa must evade the Raven himself if she is to succeed. It’s never been done before, but Leisa is nothing if not stubborn. And if she doesn’t become the first to escape his blade, her entire kingdom will pay the price—in blood.

What makes this book great? It's very atmospheric and it has a strong female character that knows what she wants.

Leisa is a compassionate character - for a heroine of YA fantasy, she is lovely. She is nice to the characters around her, she is not quick to judge and she is pretty smart.

The slow-burn romance between the Raven and Leisa nearly killed me. What makes this slow-burn even sexier is that the Raven does not speak throughout most of this story, though you do get chapters from his point of view. That just builds so much suspense it's torturous.

Book 2 is out on 5th Jan 2021. So that will be two books to binge read!

Soul of the Crow ( Reapers of Veltuur) by Jessaca Willis

Genre : Young Adult Fantasy / Dark Fantasy

Rating :★★★★★

Nevernight meets Reign of the Fallen in this dark saga where assassins wield not blades, but death itself.

When a mortal wants someone dead, they contract a Reaper of Veltuur, an individual born from the underrealm with fatal magic coursing through their veins.

Sinisa is one of them.

For three years, she’s slain her targets dutifully with the aid of her crow familiar. She only needs one more kill to ascend as a Shade, a coveted status of power. And when the King of Oakfall requests a Reaper to execute his daughter for an unforgivable crime, Sinisa is first to volunteer for the job.

It should be easy.

But when the Prince of Oakfall discovers his sister is in danger, he flees the palace with her. Sinisa is left with only two options: journey through the mortal realm to find and slay her mark, or face the consequences of returning to the underrealm empty-handed. It's no choice at all. She has come too far and is too close to earning her title to let it be taken away from her now.

Besides, no one can outrun a Reaper of Veltuur.

Or can they…


I would like to thank the author of Pursuit Moonshadow Academy for this recommendation. When I saw this book I thought that this would be an interesting concept and I love it for many reasons!

Well, your prince is not your average confident prince and his inner thoughts are so lovely to read about - the author does such a great job to create a flawed main male character that is not typically seen in YA fantasy. Most often we see too many overconfident ‘hot fae bastards’ that having a nice, caring, and not too confident prince is really refreshing.

Sinisa as a Reaper - oh she is so badass but so lovely! Her backstory is well explored, she is the perfect dark character!

Together these characters just make a perfect duet.

Such a good series! I loved the ending of book 1 and guess what? The series is complete so you can binge read them with me!

Case of the Shinigami by KC Hunter

Genre : Young Adult / Paranormal

Rating : ★★★★

A young girl is haunted by a Death God. Her only hope is a rum-drinking, bar-fighting paranormal investigator with a bad attitude...

After dropping out of Harvard, Kana Cold started a business as a paranormal investigator. Most of her cases are hoaxes, much to Kana’s disappointment, until one case involving a little girl and her powerful demon–a Death God–opens the door to the real Paranormal Underground… changing Kana’s life forever.

Kana Cold: Case of the Shinigami is the prequel novella to the urban fantasy series about a heroine who struggles with knowing she's meant for great things and a paranormal underworld that fights against her every step of the way.

Paranormal investigators? Check

Interesting and diverse heroines? Check

A nice cozy ghost mystery? Check

If you like ghosts and the paranormal and want a short read - this one is for you!

Have you had a chance to check out any of these books?

Let me know in the comments!

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