Fantasy Duologies

Under this header, you will find both Young Adult and Adult fantasy related duologies.

All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to so desperately love this book, but I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were good parts, but there were equally bad parts as well. I did love the concept of the storyline and the world-building of each island. But there was just something in the main character’s personality that threw me off. Amora is kind of…. bratty? Selfish? Entitled? I don’t know. Like, I understand her backstory and I know that she has been lied to her whole life, but her inner commentary made me want to bang my head against the wall….

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All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth, #2)All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I want to start off by saying that I really hate giving any books a low scoring because I thoroughly believe that they all deserve a chance or two. That being said, everything I’m about to say is completely my own opinion and I’m well aware that there are plenty of people that have absolutely loved this duology. Let’s get into it….

I… didn’t like it. I only read the second book because I was hoping that the story was going to improve, it didn’t. From the first book, I felt the main character, Amora, was beyond bratty and selfish, and well, she only seemed to get a whole lot worse in this sequel. On and on she went in her inner monologue about her blaming others for her problems… And even when she did actually take the blame, she took it really hard, which was weird and slightly disturbing (at least to me). The point is, I really wished there was more character development for Amora because it’s officially hard to love a series when you don’t like the main character…

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The Relic Spell by Jimena I. Novaro

The Relic Spell (The Phyrian War Chronicles, #1)The Relic Spell by Jimena I. Novaro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Relic Spell by Jimena Novaro is a beautifully created story with fantasy, magic casting, adventure, and supernaturals. The storyline is wonderfully written and set in the town of Port Monica (not a real location). There’s plenty of drama to satisfy anyone and dives into great detail about how the system works and spells. There’s a hint of detective hints with adventure throughout the storyline.

This book is quite LGBT and Queer friendly which is perfect for any reader! Highly recommend.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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The Warlock Snare (The Phyrian War Chronicles, #2)The Warlock Snare by Jimena I. Novaro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was incredibly looking forward to this sequel after reading “The Relic Spell”, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. There was interesting world-building, plenty of character development, lots of action and danger/drama to keep you engaged, and of course the relatable characters. The author really has a way with her writing style that just captures your interest from the first page and keeps you interested until the end!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


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House of Eclipses by Casey L. Bond

House of Eclipses (House of Eclipses, #1)House of Eclipses by Casey L. Bond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I love the most about Casey’s stories is that every single one of her books is completely original. Not only that, but each book of hers is vastly different from another one of her own. House of Eclipses, the first book of the duology is exactly that. We get magic, beautiful slow-burn romance/attraction, danger, adventure, gods/goddesses, mythical beings, and amazing world-building all wrapped up in this stunning novel. It’s no wonder that whenever she brings out a new release, that I automatically auto-buy anything she writes!

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House of Wolves (House of Eclipses, 2)House of Wolves by Casey L. Bond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly don’t know how Casey did it again. How is it that House of wolves, the second book of this duology turned out a million times better than the previous one when the first book was already amazing? Seriously? Originally, I actually strongly disliked Citali from House of Eclipses, but seeing her here in a new light, I think I might actually like her story more than the main characters. There’s something about her determination to protect her loved ones including her son, that just hits you powerfully. Seriously, great job again, Casey! I can’t wait to see more of your writing in future books!

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When Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond

When Wishes BleedWhen Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know a lot of reviews on here are saying that this book wasn’t that great, but I really loved this! The first thing that caught my interest was the fact that this was a ‘witchy’ story, which I LOVE. Then, I got pulled into Sable’s world and found myself loving it even more. I wasn’t expecting such a deep and thoroughly complex world that Casey created, but it was wonderfully written and kind of gave me strong Divergent mashed with Hunger Games vibes with the sectors. I really liked the characters… though if I had to complain about anything from this book it would be the insta-love between Sable and Prince Tauren. Don’t get me wrong, I love the two of them and their relationship, but I did wish for a slightly more slow love build-up. Overall, amazing read!

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The Omen of StonesThe Omen of Stones by Casey L. Bond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m just going to come out and say it, the second book was better than the first. That’s saying a lot because I really enjoyed the first book (When Wishes Bleed), but “The Omen of Stones” somehow managed to surpass that. Originally when I bought this book, I didn’t realize that it was part of a series (I thought it was standalone like the rest of Casey’s books). I was quite pleased to once again be. brought into the same world as Sable, and her now hand-fasted partner, Tauren, but now many years into the future with their son, River. I really liked River. I thought he was a handsome, gentlemanly, well-rounded, type of guy that always thought of people and their feelings, unlike many other males I’ve read in love-related stories. Omen, River’s soul-mated counterpart, was also a delight to read about and I quickly fell in love with her as well. I loved how even though this was in the same world as the previous book, Casey presents us with more wonderfully written descriptions of places that weren’t shown in the first book. The Wild is as amazingly complex as the rest of the kingdom. Overall, another really great read!

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Daughter of the Pirate Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I want to start off by saying that I love this author and have read more of her work. But, there was something about this one that I felt was rather lacking. Sure the adventure and confident lead female was intriguing (which I adored), but I felt that there could have been more. More romance or sexual tension. More drama and daring adventures with danger. Just more. Still, this was rather entertaining to read and I did enjoy reading it.

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Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though this short duology was entertaining and fun, there were still moments that I wished there was a bit more to the story. There were situations where I felt a bit disconnected from the characters because they felt so wish-washy all of a sudden in terms of moods. Though I enjoyed the dynamic between our couple, I wished there was a bit more pull and push type of sexual tension in their growing relationship. Some of it felt a bit rushed or not talked through fully in my opinion.

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Larkspur by V.M. Jaskiernia

Larkspur, or A Necromancer's Romance (Larkspur, #1)Larkspur, or A Necromancer’s Romance by V.M. Jaskiernia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had mixed feeling about this book. First off, I want to say that I’ve greatly enjoyed the storyline and characters. But when I was getting really invested, the book was already over. I know that this was a novella, and I completely understand that they tend to be shorter and more compact, which it was. But, oh man, did I wish this kept going for at least a few more chapters. I was just so invested so when it ended, I felt a bit cut off. That being said, this is a dark romance, with lots of morbid love triangle themes (I looooved), there’s plenty of magic and necromancy, and just an overall alluring plot.

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Delphinium, or A Necromancer's Home (Larkspur, #2)Delphinium, or A Necromancer’s Home by V.M. Jaskiernia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say, this book compared to the first book in this series, was much more enjoyable. Delphinium by V.M. Jaskiernia, is the second novella in the Larkspur series. Continuing with similar themes from the previous book, this was dark and magical and just the right amount of romance to keep me quite entertained. I’ve enjoyed reading about Elizabeth and Pierre and I wasn’t left danging as much, like Larspur.

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First Light by Berly Kelland

First Light: Call of the Forest Realm, Book 1First Light: Call of the Forest Realm, Book 1 by Beryl Kelland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First Light by Beryl Kelland is a very short (7 something chapter book), that does a pretty decent job of introducing the characters. The writing moves pretty fast, considering that it’s really short, but still somehow managed to put in enough descriptions to make everything make sense. I personally thought it was intriguing enough and I’m honestly really excited to see how this story continues to play out and expand.

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Daybreak: Call of the Forest Realm, Book IIDaybreak: Call of the Forest Realm, Book II by Beryl Kelland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say, Daybreak, the second book from the Call of the Forest Realm, is a lot better than the first book. Or at least I thought so. I was quite happy to see that the world-building that started in the first book expanded and became more detailed in this short book. It’s once again written as a fast-paced story, but not too much so that you get lost in between the words. I look forward to book three!

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The Spirit of Things by Ben McQueeney

The Spirit of Things (Beyond Horizon #1)The Spirit of Things by Ben McQueeney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time I’m reading something by this author, and I have to say that I quite enjoyed the writing style. I thought there were the perfect amount of world-building, very interesting and unique characters and it was easy to understand and follow along. The storyline was magical in every sense, being really creative and engaging. I really liked Fulco, and connected with him as a character. I would recommend this book to young readers interested in fantasty!


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The Whisper of Fire (Beyond Horizon #2)The Whisper of Fire by Ben McQueeney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After having the pleasure of reading the first book of the Beyond Horizon series: The Spirit of Things, this book was delightful. Ben McQueeney really dives well into more of Fulco’s character as he continues to grow and morph into his own person. The transition between the two books was really smooth, in my opinion, and doesn’t lose its engagement level with fillers, which is great.

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Life Bound by Aubrey Winters

Life Bound (The Shadow World #1)Life Bound by Aubrey Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok wow, this book cover is just so beautiful. It alone grabbed my interest even before I read the general summary. I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed when I got around to reading it. If you want downright sexy vampires turned into your personal bodyguard, this is a book for you. This book has the perfect blend of war, funny banter, enemies to lovers (but a beautiful slow burn), great dialogue, and of course amazing world-building. If you can get by the few small typo errors, this is definitely something you should check out.

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Honor Bound by C.J. Archer

Honor BoundHonor Bound by C.J. Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like paranormal victorian settings in a book, Honor Bound by C.J. Archer is definitely one to try out. It’s the first book of the duology, Witchblade Chronicles, and by far the ‘spiciest book this author has written (in my opinion). I thoroughly enjoyed the cute but serious banter between Isabel and Nicolas (husband and wife), after Isabel ran away from her husband due to issues. The romance was steamy in just the right enough without being overbearing and I loved the witchy-paranormal aspect that comes along with many of this author’s works.

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Kiss of AshKiss of Ash by C.J. Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know why I’m posting this review so late, but here is it. I LOOOOOVE this duology by CJ Archer! Seriously, out of all her books (which I have also loved and read too many times to be ok), this duology is my favorite. Now, being that this is the second novel, we follow the secondary characters from the first book and their romance. I love the Victorian setting. I love how the previous characters come back. I love the slow burn, and yet intrigue from first sight themes. Overall, I can’t recommend this duology enough!

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