Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords was written by Laura Ellen Anderson and first published in 2018. It’s a middle grade fantasy novel, set it a world populated by friendly monsters. The novel is the second book of the Amelia Fang series and carries on exactly where Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball (2017) left off. Due to this, I would recommend that you read these novels in sequence in order to have a full appreciation of what’s going on.

Now that they know that there is nothing to fear from the Creatures of the Light, Amelia and her friends prepare to travel to their strange lands in search of Fairyweather La Floofle, Prince Tangine’s long-lost mother. However, they know that they must travel in disguise. The Creatures of the Light are just as afraid of them and will certainly run away in fright if they see a vampire, a grim reaper and a rare breed of yeti wandering through the forest.

The Kingdom of the Light is like nothing that they have ever seen before. Creatures sleep at night, wells grant wishes and every meal is full of sugar. After befriending a leprechaun named McSparkle, they learn that Fairyweather isn’t the only missing creature. A number of others have also recently disappeared and the Unicorn Lords are blaming the Creatures of the Dark.

To get to the root of the problem, they travel to dazzling city of Glitteropolis where they uncover a shocking plot to spread fear across the lands. Can they possibly rescue Tangine’s mother without giving their identities away?



The Change 1-3

The Change is a series of loosely connected horror novellas that were written by Guy Adams and all published in 2017. They take place in a post-apocalyptic world where reality has been warped and impossible monsters now roam the streets. The series currently consists of six instalments: London: Orbital, New York: The Queen of Coney Island, Paris: A City of Fools, London: Dirt, New York: The River That Runs Both Ways and Tokyo: Noriko’s Story. For the purpose of this review, I’ll be looking at the first three novellas only.

Nobody who witnessed The Change lived to tell the tale. Those who saw the strange creatures appear in the sky died instantly, and anyone who watched the footage of the event on YouTube was sent irreparably insane. The only thing that the survivors know is that The Change affected everything. Reality was rocked by the event and the streets became filled with danger. In this new world, anything is possible and even the most innocent looking creature could hunger for human flesh.

In England, a young man awakes on the motorway to find that he has no memory of what had come before. His only clue is a journal written by a man named Howard. Assuming that this belongs to him, Howard began to travel towards London in the hope of finding out who he is. On the way, he meets a teenager named Hubcap and his biker friends at the Kingdom of Welcome Break. However, they soon find themselves hunted by a terrible monster made of flesh and metal.

In New York, Grace desperately tries to find passage to Riker’s Island in search of her missing brother. With the assistance of an insane priest who believes himself to be God, she seeks out the Queen of Coney Island – the only person with the power to grant her request. However, the Queen does not offer her services for free. In return, she wants to Grace to perform a simple task for her. However, in this strange new world, even the simplest of things can have deadly consequences.

In Paris, Loïc is forced to leave his subterranean home when his friend Adrien is kidnapped by the Impressionists – odd creatures made out of paint. He follows them to their lair in the Louvre where he discovers that they are subjecting people to a fate worse than death. As he tries to get Adrien to safety, he learns that the surface world is more dangerous than he could imagine. It’s not long until he finds himself fighting for his life at the foot of a sentient guillotine and desperately trying to escape from the revived Grand Guignol…


YA Shot 2018 Tour – Featuring Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Hi Everyone! Today, I’m happy to invite a couple of guests to Arkham Reviews in order to tell you a bit about YA Shot.

For those of you who are new to this blog, YA Shot is a one-day even that brings together a whole host of young adult and middle grade authors from the UK. It’s basically a massive celebration of that showcases the best of writing for young readers, promoting the joy of reading and inspiring a passion of writing.

This year’s YA Shot takes place on 14th April 2018 and is venue is the Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge Library and Uxbridge Waterstones. It features a programme of workshops, panels and book signings. If you’re interested, you should totally check out their website – – which has details about the events, the authors involved and where you can buy a ticket.

Two of the writers who are taking part in YA Shot this year are Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, who are the authors of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that I’ve spoken about each of these books – The Witch’s Kiss, The Witch’s Tears and The Witch’s Blood – over the last couple of months, so feel free to head over to those posts if you want to read more. This post is also part of the official book tour for The Witch’s Blood which was released last week. Check out the bottom of this post for more information about the other stops.

Please read on to learn a little more about these authors, and have a chance to win a copy of the The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy for yourself!


13 Minutes

13 Minutes was written by Sarah Pinborough and first published in 2016. It is a mystery novel that focuses on two teenagers investigating the events that lead up to a tragic accident. The novel is a stand-alone story, so you don’t have to have read any of the author’s other work to fully appreciate it.

Natasha was dead for thirteen minutes when a passing dogwalker pulled her out of the river. Although she was quickly revived, her memories of the previous day were muddled and she could not recall why she had left her home and wandered into the woods at night. The only clue was a text message telling her to meet someone, yet Tasha has no idea who sent this message or where they expected her to meet them.

Becca was once Tasha’s best friend but over the last few years, the two of them grew apart. While Tasha was the most popular girl in school, Becca had embraced her individuality and moved away from the spotlight. However, as Tasha notices that her closest friends are acting strangely, she rekindles her old friendship to be able to talk to someone that she trusts.

The two girls slowly begin to grow suspicious that Tasha’s inner circle had something to do with her accident. As they investigate, it becomes clear that all of the girls have secrets that they do not want to come to light – ones that they may take extreme measures to protect. However, as Becca starts to put the pieces together, she soon comes to discover that the truth of what happened on that night is more disturbing than she could ever have imagined…



This review is brought to you as part of the Virtual Book Tour for Threadwalkers hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Threadwalkers was first published in 2017 and is Joanna Volavka’s debut novel. It is a science fiction story which focuses on a teenager whose life is literally unravelling before her very eyes. The book reads as though it is the first part of a series, though at the time of writing no further instalments have been announced.

When Miranda Woodward was a child, she found that she could hear voices that no one else could. When she tried to tell others about this, she found that only her father believed her and eventually seemed to lose this ability altogether. However, following her father’s death, Miranda found that she started to hear the voices again. At the same time, her life suddenly took a turn for the strange.

The changes were small at first. Her cat vanished and was replaced by another, and the date of her father’s death became ten years prior rather than a few months. Nobody else noticed these inconsistencies and Miranda started to feel as though she was losing her mind. However, things quickly became more serious. People that she knew for her entire life began to forget her name and her mother disappeared without a trace.

With nowhere else to turn, Miranda follows a clue left by her father to a man who calls himself the Tailor. Only he can explain what is happening to her and give her the training that she needs to put everything right. However, even he cannot answer the great mystery that plagues her. Why is it that her father entrusted her with a spool of golden thread that only she can see?


The Witch’s Blood

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalment of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels [here] and [here].

The Witch’s Blood was written by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr and is due for release later this month. It forms the final part of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy, focusing on Merry’s continuing mission to free her brother from the influence of an evil wizard. As this story carries on directly from where The Witch’s Kiss (2016) and The Witch’s Tears (2017) left off, I would recommend reading the novels in sequence to have a full grasp of what is going on.

Although the coven was against it, Merry refused to believe that Leo could be dead. Using forbidden blood magic, Merry and Finn followed Ronan through the intersection and found themselves in a strange world. Although it shares some similarities with the world of Jack’s stories, the land is filled with legendary beasts and Ronan’s army of mesmerised humans is slowly starting to seize control of everything.

With the help of this world’s Jack and Meredith, they begin a frantic hunt for Ronan. They know that their time is limited as the wizard is now completely unhinged. It can’t be long before he either turns on Leo or condemns him to a life as the new King of Hearts. However, Merry slowly starts to realise that their magic has taken a terrible toll on the world. Reality is slowly starting to warp, and their hasty spells can be the only cause.

The affects of their magic are also beginning to spread through Merry’s world. People are being attacked and killed by things that should not exist, and black holly bushes are beginning to sprout around the lake. If Merry can’t defeat Ronan soon, the boundary between the worlds will crumble. Yet the cost of repairing the damage could be more than she is prepared to pay…


Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis

Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis was written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi and first published in Japanese in 1991 as Pāfekuto Burū: Kanzen Hentai. It is a horror story that focuses on a young pop idol being stalked by a psychotic fan. The book was finally translated into English in 2018 and served as the inspiration for Satoshi Kon’s classic animated movie, Perfect Blue. The novel is followed by a spin-off anthology titled Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream which is due to be released in English later this year.

Mima Kirigoe has never been the most popular of pop idols in Japan, but she has still gained a small following of loyal fans. While she has never had much trouble with these, one has recently been causing her distress. Though largely harmless, he has been repeatedly calling her home and promising to “protect” her, and has recently been seen trying to gain access to her studio.

His persistence worries Mima a little, but she has bigger problems. Eri Ochiai – a new pop idol with a risqué image – has decided that Mima is her rival and has dedicated her life to ruining Mima’s career. Mima’s manager has decided that it’s time that she had a change of image to combat this and has suggested that she produce a photo book that presents her as being older and sexier. Mima really isn’t sure about this as she has built her career as being a traditional teen idol, yet as Eri ups her game she sees no choice but to take part.

However, this new sexy image for Mima drives her stalker over the edge. In a bid to save Mima by preserving her innocence, he sets out on a mission to kidnap his beloved idol. Is there any way that Mima can hope to survive when she does not even know what her stalker looks like?


The Extinction Trials

The Extinction Trials was first published in 2017 and is S.M. Wilson’s debut novel. It is a dystopian science fiction story, set in an overpopulated world where humans live alongside dinosaurs. The book is the first part of a planned series and its sequel – Exile – is expected to be released in June of this year.

The continent of Earthasia is in trouble. Its overpopulation is starting to hit critical levels and there is nowhere near enough food, shelter or healthcare to go around. With deadly illnesses beginning to spread, the ruling class of Stipulators begins to turn their attention to the neighbouring continent of Piloria. This place is a paradise of untapped resources and exotic plants but there is one problem. Piloria is overrun with man-eating dinosaurs and every expedition there ends badly.

When the Stipulators announce a trial to decide who is worthy of taking their next expedition, Stormchaser Knux only really takes part for the increased food rations. However, as she starts to do well in the contest, she grows curious to visit Piloria to see if the dinosaurs really are mindless monsters. Lincoln Kreft has a far more serious reason for wanting to take part. Survivors are granted top-class healthcare which is the only thing that can save his sister from the plague.

However, the expedition this time is more dangerous than ever before. The Stipulators need a sample of DNA from the deadliest species of dinosaurs – velociraptors, pterodactyls and tyrannosaurs – and the only way to get this is to steal dinosaur eggs. The person to deliver the most eggs will reap huge rewards for themselves; the rest will be lucky to leave with their lives…


The Witch’s Tears

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for The Witch’s Kiss. You can read my review of this novel [here].

The Witch’s Tears was written by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr and first published in 2017. It focuses on the continuing adventures of a teenage witch, as she struggles to overcome the death of someone she cared about and learn how to control her powers. The novel follows on shortly after its prequel – The Witch’s Kiss (2016) – left off, and so you really do need to read the novels in sequence to fully appreciate them. The final instalment of the trilogy, The Witch’s Blood, is due for release next month.

Merry still has nightmares about the battle beneath the lake and the terrible sacrifice that she was forced to make. She had believed that everything would get better after Gwydion was destroyed, but that has not happened. She still struggles to perform even the simplest of spells and is growing increasingly isolated by the Coven, many of whom view her as a freak and a danger to them all. Worse still Leo has begun to isolate himself following Dan’s death, straining his friendship with Merry.

When Leo is savagely attacked by a former friend, he is fortunately saved by a mysterious wanderer named Ronan. When Ronan reveals himself to be a wizard, Merry is instantly suspicious of him. Her Gran has always told her the wizards are not to be trusted and her experiences with Gwydion seem to have proven that. However, Ronan makes Leo the happiest he has been in a long time and so Merry agrees not to tell their mother about him.

However, something sinister is targeting members of the magical community. Someone is viciously killing powerful witches, with no seeming motivation or pattern to their attacks. Soon after, Merry’s Gran vanishes from her home and Merry fears the worse. The Coven take this opportunity to block Merry out altogether, refusing to allow her to help in the search. As the Coven show up no leads with their traditional magic, Merry realises that she has no choice but to use forbidden spells to help search for her Gran’s location. However, in doing so she risks her life and those of everyone that she holds dear…



Pinnacle was first published in 2018 and is Lynn Veevers’s debut novel. It is a paranormal romance that focuses on a magically gifted teenager who is targeted by a terrible monster. The book forms the first part of The Core series, though at the time of writing no future instalments have been announced.

Following the brutal murder of both of her parents, Kaya is forced to relocate to Oklahoma to live with her Aunt Di. However, it does not take her long to turn her life around. She falls in love with the handsome Kenneth and, following their first kiss, discovers that she possesses powerful magical abilities. As her parents belonged to different tribes, she manages to spark a wide variety of powers that range from telekinesis to animal transformation.

When she reveals her powers to Kenneth, he is equally thrilled. It turns out that Kenneth belongs to a family of Natural Lycans – people who can transform into a specific totem animal. As Lycans mate for life, Kenneth is starting to feel as though Kaya is his one and only. Naturally, Kaya finds this thrilling. She can’t believe that her first love has turned out to be her soulmate and she devotes herself into learning all that she can about his pack.

However, Kaya does not realise that she is in grave danger. As her powers grow, her magical core becomes more powerful. This unbridled energy acts as a beacon, attracting Afflicted Lycans – monsters who have been transformed forcibly into Lycans – who wish to feed off her. As the Afflicted Lycans possess an ability that nullifies magic powers, Kaya must rely on the protection of Kenneth and his family as they track down the alpha of the Afflicted pack and destroy her. Only then will Kaya be safe. More

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