Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

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Another day, another Fairyloot book! I can’t believe that I already went through so many of my subscription box books but still have so many more to go. Anyway, let’s find out if this was well-chosen by the lovely guys curating those boxes!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

As second born to Hálendi’s royal family, Princess Jennesara was never supposed to inherit magic. She is supposed to wed the prince of Turia to strengthen the alliance between their kingdoms. While traveling to Turia, she feels the magical tethers connecting her to her family snap one by one—a sign of her family’s death. At the same moment, a mage bent on revenge blasts through her traveling party, killing everyone in his path to get to her. Knowing she has to survive for her kingdom’s sake, Jennesara flees into the Wild, chased by hunger, wolves, and shadowmen.

She’s barely alive when she stumbles out of the Wild and into Turia, but vows to find a way to protect others from the mage’s destruction. She befriends the prince she was supposed to wed and works her way into Turia’s palace. But with war threatening at every border and the murder of her family fresh in her mind, she can’t reveal her identity to anyone, including the prince. Not if Jennesara, with her forbidden magic, hopes to defeat the mage before he becomes unstoppable and destroys all the kingdoms on the Plateau. 

The Rating:

At first, I was a little bit hesitant about Shielded. It has nothing to do with the book per se but rather it’s because I read so many novels just like it recently. Princess? Discovers some of her magical abilities? Kingdoms at war? Fighting? Conspiracies?
Does that sound familiar to you?

However, I quickly took a liking to the concept of magic Flanders presents here. Especially the heroine’s journey on her own (that goes on for quite a bit) was rather interesting! The world Flanders created certainly keeps you on your toes. Just about anything could happen and things are afoot here…

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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After everybody and their grandma raved about this novel, I finally picked up my Fairyloot edition and tore through the pages of Serpent & Dove. Did I love it? Hate it? Let’s find out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

The Rating:

I enjoyed this book a lot, and I’ll go into detail on the hows and whys in a moment. Before I want to address a rather big issue I had with Serpent & Dove that made me feel rather uneasy through most of the novel.

While I can enjoy well-written enemies to lovers stories, the fact that here the main guy is basically a religious fanatic out to hunt witches and then ends up with a witch somehow didn’t sit right with me. The way they referred to witches as “it” instead of “she” and how they saw himself as the savior almost made me sick to my stomach. For a big portion of the novel, I actually questioned whether I would be able to enjoy this at all.
At some point Shelby Mahurin managed to win me over, but that slightly uneasy feeling in my stomach never fully went away.

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Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (Shamanborn #1)

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Another day, another subscription box book. I finally picked up this Fairyloot novel with a more than stunning cover. Let’s see whether the story can hold up to the design!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

The Rating:

Oooh, this was thrilling!

So far, I think I haven’t picked up a book from Fairyloot I didn’t like. This is a fresh take on the whole power/magic/chosen one theme and keeps you on your toes.

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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Another day, another book review. Today I bring you a little gold nugget of a novel called The Shadows Between Us!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

The Rating:

This was absolutely impossible to put down. The Shadows Between Us is the Slytherin romance of your dreams and can only be described as delightfully wicked.

My edition is from Fairyloot and the purple and black cover is stunning. I think the normal version is red and black, but the special one stole my heart. It’s. So. Beautiful.

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