Shattered Worlds: Slayer by Armitage/Culican

Shattered Worlds features Armitage and Culican’s SLAYER!


Dragon Tamer, Book One
Dragons versus slayers in a war centuries old. Lies and loss. What will happen when the truth is unfolded?

Destined to Slay
In the small homestead of Dronias, where monsters terrorize, young Julianna is a dragon killer – or so she’s been trained. Destined to be one of the great slayers like generations before her, Julianna is eager to fulfill her destiny of defending her village.
A Sword Infused with Power
On her eighteenth birthday, she embarks on a journey to kill her first dragon, a right of passage like so many before her. Magic Goblin sword in hand, Julianna tracks down her beastly target but finds herself unable to deliver the final blow.
A War Centuries Old
In her moment of weakness, with sword poised, Julianna suddenly finds herself no longer staring down the emerald eyes of a dragon. Instead, a handsome young dragon shifter named Ash is staring up at her with beseeching eyes.
Danger and Betrayal
Forced into an unlikely alliance in an attempt to prevent a needless and bloody war between their nations, Julianna and Ash must survive a world where danger lurks around every corner, and where not everyone is hoping for peace.
A young adult sword and sorcery adventure, Slayer is an epic fantasy novel packed with plenty of action, twists, thrills, and magic. The first book in the Dragon Tamer series by USA TODAY bestselling authors Armitage and Culican, Slayer is sure to have readers begging for more.


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JA Culican bio:
J.A. Culican is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She lives in New Jersey with her husband of eleven years and their four young children.

           J.A. Culican’s inspiration to start writing came from her children and their love for all things magical. Bedtime stories turned to reality after her oldest daughter begged her for the book from which her stories of dragons came from. In turn, the series The Keeper of Dragons was born.


Born in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel.
Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.

Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.

            She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs. 
           Somehow she finds time to write.


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Review: Sand Runner by Vera Brook

Running Man meets the Hunger Games!

About the book:

Welcome to the No Limits Race.

In the near future, 16-year-old Kaiden Reed makes a bold and dangerous decision to enter the most brutal sports competition on the planet. One in which he will undergo a radical upgrade and become a new kind of athlete and a new kind of hero.

Part human. Part machine.

All Kai wants is a shot at a better life and to impress the girl of his dreams. But the stakes in the Race are higher, and the choices tougher, than Kai ever imagined. The physical challenges are just the beginning.

Ten days. Ten contenders. One winner.

Does Kai have what it takes to compete? How far will he go to win? And should he trust the person who recruited him in the first place – or is she using him to carry out a bold and dangerous agenda of her own?

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Review by Katy Haye:

I found another smasher in Vera Brook’s debut, Sand Runner. This was a very convincing, tremendously unsettling future world. It wasn’t over the top dystopian, which made it all the more realistic – I could quite see the western world reaching this point.

Kai was a fabulous hero, a little bit spikey and stubbornly determined to win The Race. I liked his emotional arc, too, which was satisfyingly different from what I’ve been reading recently.

The race sequences were fabulous – real heart-in-my-throat stuff. And the ending wasn’t what I’d assumed it was going to be, with a little twist that made it gloriously satisfying.

Sand Runner is out on June 2nd, and is available to pre-order for just .99. Grab your copy now!

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Sadly, she’s run out of planned books and is now scrambling around to find a “T” book. We all know what happened last time she didn’t have a book lined up, so check back next week to see what sort of chaos has been unleashed on her bookshelves!

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Discord “The Matrix meets Planet of the Apes” is currently available for just .99.

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Reviews: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

piranha stars blue 4

cover-for-everything-everythingA high-octane, emotional read

I’ve had this book for a while but put off reading it because I feared it might be too angsty for me. The premise of extremely ill girl and boy from violent/unhappy family didn’t sound like a fun read! But it is highly recommended, it is contemporary, they’re making a movie of it – so finally I decided to give it a try.

Everything Everything is funny and touching, and I particularly liked the quirky illustrations which give it an added dimension. There is a lot of high emotion, as I feared, but the characters are so interesting and appealing that you want to spend time with them. I was rooting for Maddy, wanting her to escape her gilded, sterile cage, but not sure how she could. You’ll need to read it to see if she does!

Some things are not great about the book. There are some aspects of the plot that don’t seem plausible, although perhaps social workers, etc, are different in the US to the UK. I also found that the conversations between Maddy and Olly were just too clever, too witty for them to seem like real teenagers. I know you have to exaggerate things in a book like this, but to me it seemed too much.

Overall, it is well-written and involving with an interesting premise. If you like a high-octane, emotional read, this is the book for you. And as an extra treat, the movie is also coming out this month (May 2017)!

Review by Gill-Marie Stewart

Gill-Marie writes YA mystery/romances as Gill-Marie Stewart. As Gilly Stewart she also writes women’s contemporary fiction. The first book in her YA series about George and Finn is Music and Lies (try the first chapter here).

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Review: Risuko by David Kudler

I didn’t want to leave this world!

About the book:

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.


Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

Cover of David Kudler's Risuko

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Review by Katy Haye:

Oh, this was utterly sumptuous. I loved it! Now, I’m not sure if it’s a fantasy world based on Japan or it’s a historical novel set in feudal medieval Japan, but either way it’s glorious.

Risuko means squirrel in Japanese, and is the nickname for the heroine, who has a remarkable talent for climbing. It’s this ability that brings her to the notice of a redoubtable patron and leads to her arrival at an unusual training school.

The world-building was flawless, the characters were complex and enticing and the plot, while slower-paced than my usual, frenetic reading fare, was fabulous and just right for the story. I fell in and didn’t want to ever climb out, frankly.

If you read and enjoyed Lian Hearn’s Across the Nightingale Floor series (I loved it), then try this. And in a similar vein, but with magic, try Megan Crewe’s A Mortal Song.

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Check back next week for a review of her “S” read: Sand Runner. When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Discord “The Matrix meets Planet of the Apes” is currently available.

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COVER REVEAL: Shattered Worlds

Trigger the klaxon and get out the confetti cannon! Piranha Katy Haye is part of the multi-author YA boxed set, Shattered Worlds. Featuring 23 stories which range across the fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, sci-fi and dystopian genres, this is sure to provide something for everyone.

The Paisley Piranhas are delighted to join in the cover reveal for this set featuring best-selling and award-winning authors, and a multitude of worlds we can’t wait to step into!

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Isn’t it gorgeous! The boxed set is ebook only, but I really wish there was a paperback so I could stroke it!!!

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Review: Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine

About the book:

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Cover of CJ Redwine's Shadow Queen

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Review by Katy Haye:

I don’t normally go for fairytale retellings. Nothing against them, they just rarely seem to appeal to me. However, the cover for Shadow Queen leapt out at me when I was passing Waterstones bookshop, and when I picked it up, the first few pages had me gripped.

I wanted to love the whole thing, but I’m really sorry to report it wasn’t nearly as gripping as I’d hoped. It was quite a long time between first noticing it and reading it in full, and maybe it got over-hyped in that time and I ended up with expectations that were too high for any book.

Because there’s nothing in particular I can point to as being “wrong” with it. Lorelai was a strong heroine; Kol was lovely. I didn’t like Leo’s arc, but I wasn’t supposed to. And there were some lovely touches – the enchanted apples were appallingly fabulous. I feel mean giving it 3 stars because really it’s worth 4. But my benchmark for a 4 is, Would I look out for something else by this writer? And I’m afraid I wouldn’t.

The best recommendation I can make: if you like fairytale retellings, or you like books with dragons, grab this one. If you’re indifferent towards either of those things, maybe give it a miss.

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Believe it or not, Shadow Queen was actually her “Q” book. Tune in next week to find out what she thought of her “R” read: Risuko by David Kudler.

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Discord “The Matrix meets Planet of the Apes” is currently available.

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