Asha is a dragon hunter. The fiercest, most feared person in the city of Firgaard and branded the Iskari. The old stories give power to dragons, and so the stories have been outlawed by the Dragon King. What he doesn’t know is that his daughter uses these stories to help catch them.  As Asha learns more of the old ways, will she side with the Old One or the Dragon King?

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

At first I worried I wasn’t going to be as into this book as I first thought. It takes a few chapters to really become immersed in the world and characters. But it does pick up and it got a lot more exciting. It also sets up a trilogy (I think) really well due to the world building throughout. There’s some amazing back stories to this world that are told throughout by both our main characters and the dragons.

I enjoyed Asha as she evolved over time. She was a walking trope of an unfeeling female warrior at first but she grew into a much more likable character by the end of the book. Although secondary characters lacked some depth and needed more page time. Roa, Dax and Safire in particular are some of who I would want to know more about. The slave, Torkin, didn’t seem to have a name for the majority of the book, but this of course may be the authors intention.

I loved the use of dragons throughout the story. They’re part of the in world religion and they thrive off stories. Telling stories helps make them more powerful and lures them to the teller. This was such a unique thing to this series that it really intrigued me to how it worked. There was also the mystery as to why and people who tell stories die from telling them. This added some intrigue and deceit that I didn’t see coming.

Overall I’m really excited to see what happens in the next installment and to read more of Ciccarelli’s work as this was her debut. I received The Last Namsara* by Kristen Ciccarelli as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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The Change Paris follows Loic as he tries to save Adrian from the Impressionists. With Paris’s dark past full of culture there’s many threats throughout. The Impressionists come from the Louvre. The guillotine come alive, Madame Loisette. And then there’s the theatre known for cruelty, torture and death.

Paris: A City of Fools (The Change, #3)

The Change Paris was written in a different way to the previous two books. The main character is reiterating the story towards the readers and is quite paranoid. He won’t give names or directions to places. This put me off straight away as it made it more difficult to read and care about the character.

This book was also a lot darker than the previous two. It felt less comically weird and more creepy. The living guillotine and the La Tricoteuse were the introduction to this more horror-like vibe. Then comes the theatre that livestreams the death and torture of people. Although it was still very weird. There’s not much else I can about this book on it’s own. The series seemed to peak with the first book, and I personally think Adams should have focused on one character or a group of characters who are linked together.

I wasn’t invested in the story line or characters as I knew it was a short book and most likely wouldn’t have a complete ending. This book had the most resolved ending as Loic was trying to rescue Adrian. But throughout, it just didn’t have a plot that made me want to read. I was reading just to finish the book by the end which isn’t why I should be reading. Going in I thought that this would be a series and link together. As a whole I didn’t enjoy reading the series.

I received The Change: Paris* by Guy Adams as an e-book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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There’s some books that you read that are just so good you wish you had read sooner. There’s also some books you wish you’d read when you were in your YA paranormal fantasy stage as you definitely would have appreciated it back then. Or maybe you wish you’d read it when it came out as now you’ve lost interest or forgotten the plot of the previous book. Any of these situations sound familiar? Here’s my picks for which books I wish I had read sooner.

The Lord of the Rings Series

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

I had these books on my shelf for years before I eventually read them. Of course I’d seen (and loved) the films and I’d read The Hobbit and enjoyed it a lot. But every time I picked up The Fellowship of the Ring I got stuck on Tolkien’s writing style. Of course, now I’m a bit older and have gotten past that I love the books just as much as the films. I also don’t have the struggle when picking them up now.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Ready Player One is very different to many of the books I read. I probably would never have picked it up if it were not for being made into a film and me going into the video game industry. But I’m so glad I read it as it really is a wonderful book.

The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)

Similar to Lord of the Rings, I’ve had The Silmarillion sat on my bookshelf for years now.  I wish I had read it so much sooner but with university I just never seemed to have the time to sit down and read a big book. Because this is definitely not one of those books you can take 20 minutes everyday on.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

When I first read Game of Thrones I’d watched the majority of the TV show. Of course the books are much better but it meant that I was imagining the characters as they were in the show when reading. This wasn’t a huge issue but I do wish I had read the series before seeing the show!

Successor’s Promise

Successor's Promise (Millennium's Rule, #3)

I used to read all of Trudi Canavan’s books and still have them sat on my shelves at my parents house. Of course as school started getting more time consuming I stopped reading as much and never finished the Millenniums Rule series. As I have started to push myself to read more this is one of those books I keep thinking, I wish I had read it back then. I’ll probably have to reread the series to remind myself of what has happened now.

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After liking Nip+Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Serum I wanted to see if the face mask was as good. Unfortunately I felt a bit disappointed after using Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask as it wasn’t a gamechanger skin product.

The mask comes from the tube as a clear gel like substance. Because it also doubles as an overnight mask it stays clear on the skin and sinks in rather than drys out. I used it as a normal mask as with sensitive skin I worried about using it overnight. But I probably will try it overnight at some point as I’ve had no bad reaction to it as of yet.

After using it my skin didn’t feel or look drastically different. My skin did feel moisturised, but as I’m quite oily at the moment I can’t say it was because of this mask. The anti-aging effects don’t really apply to me, and my skin didn’t seem any brighter, although I had previously been using the serum which has the same benefit.

I did feel that after a few days however my skin did feel softer and smoother. My blemishes seem to heal up and fade a bit faster. I’m attributing this to the dragon’s blood as it acts as a barrier to environmental irritants. I probably won’t repurchase as I find other masks to be much more beneficial for my skin type. I would recommend to anyone who’s starting an anti wrinkle routine though as it’s supposed to be good for skin plumping and fine lines.

 

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