Her Majesty’s Royal Coven

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven is an amazing book by Juno Dawson and is part of a trilogy. The second and third books are not out yet. This book has four main protagonists (all of whom are witches). Their names are Niamh, Leonie, Elle and Helena. Helena is the high Priestess of HMRC (Her Majesty’s Royal Coven). It is one of the first Coven created and it was created by Anne Boleyn (the second wife of Henry VIII). Leonie created a rival Coven called Diaspora and her aim was to create a more inclusive Coven which has more diversity. Niamh is a vet and she uses her abilities to give animals peaceful deaths. Although Elle is from a powerful line of witches she has chosen to live as a mundane (human) housewife.

Helena always puts the Coven first and wants to make sure that the Coven is protected. When a very powerful, young warlock (a male witch) comes along, who has the power to threaten the HMRC, Helena gets worried. She gets Niamh, who is a powerful adept (someone who has multiple powers), to try and read the Warlocks mind as he isn’t cooperating with anyone. She quickly realises that he is just frightened so Niamh brings him to her house to try and get to know him better. As Niamh gets to know the warlock, she realises that he is not the threat everyone thinks that he is.

In this book, Juno Dawson explores the ideas of power and gender in this amazing book. I rated it 4 stars and would recommend it to people over the age of 13.

You’d Be Home Now

You’d be home now is an incredible book by Kathleen Glasgow. The protagonist is a girl called Emory who has felt invisible all her life. She’s always looking after her older brother, Joey (who has an opioid addiction), and her sister is the perfect, popular girl who she’s always in the shadow of.

Suddenly everything changes for Emmy when her and her brother get in a car accident which kills Candy Mont Clair and reveals Joey’s addiction. Joey is sent to rehab and Emmy has to deal with four months where her sister leaves, her Dad is never home and her already paranoid mum gets even more paranoid. Before she knows it, Emmy’s junior year is starting and her and her brother are going back to school. But the accident is not forgotten. Candy’s friend, who has still not forgiven Emmy or Joey, starts blaming them for what happened when they had nothing to do with Candy’s death. Emmy starts to make friends with Liza, (her old friend), Jeremy (the younger brother of Joey’s friend Luther) and Daniel, (a guy from her English class) and starts to wonder whether she is limited to only being what other people think of her. Does she have to constantly be the good girl? Does she have to constantly make sure her brother stays out of trouble?

This book was amazing and I would rate it 5 stars. I would recommend it for people 13+ as it deals with heavy subjects such as drug use and addiction but I think that it is also a really important book to read. Hope you enjoy it!

The Night Diary

The Night Diary is set in India in 1947 when Britain split from India. The protagonist is a 12 year old girl called Nisha who’s mum died in childbirth. Her Mum is Muslim and her Dad is Hindu. Nisha lives with her twin brother, Amil, her dad, her grandma and Kazi who cooks meals for them.

Soon into the book, the family find out about Britain splitting from India and that they’ll have to leave from Pakistan to go to India. Unfortunately this meant that Kazi couldn’t go with them as he is Muslim so he had to stay in Pakistan.

At the beginning of the book, Nisha starts to notice the changes which happens after Britain split with India. When Nisha and her family decide that it is safer to walk to India than to take the train. They decide to stop halfway at Nisha’s mums brothers house. This is the house that Nisha’s mum grew up in, so she’s very excited to see it.

This book is amazing and would highly recommend to readers 10+.

Everless

Everless is a book by Sarah Holland. This book is part of a duology, the first book being Everless and the second book being Evermore. The protagonist is a girl called Jules. she lives in a Dystopian world where blood is money. The more blood money (as they call it in Everless) you have the more power you have, this can lead to people who are poorer dying earlier than expected as eventually, all of there blood would be extracted.

The book opens to Jules hunting for food so that she can sell it and her Dad doesn’t have to pay as much of his blood. She goes to the butcher stall where we meet her friend Amma, where she sells what she hunted for an hour coin. Amma tells Jules that she is leaving to work at Everless (the palace where the Princes Roan and Liam live). Amma’s excited as she’ll get paid a year coin for a month of work. Jules is happy for Amma, but she starts to remember her past.

When Jules was younger, she lived at Everless, her dad was a blacksmith. She grew up with the princes and was good friends with them. She would make up games to play with Liam and Roan. Everything was great until one day. Jules was playing near a fire with the princes when suddenly, Liam pushed roan into the fire. Luckily, Jules was quick and saved him, but Jules and her father had to leave because her father was worried about what Liam would do to her because of what she had seen.

After she left the butchers, she rushed home to help her dad pay rent for the month. When she got there, she realised that her dad had to pay double rent as he hadn’t paid the month before, Jules was worried because she knew her dad didn’t have a lot of time left in him, so she told the Collector (the person who collects the blood) that she’s going to work at Everless, and they’ll pay double what they owe the collector and two months in advance. The collector agrees but Jules’s father isn’t so sure.

In the middle of the night, she leaves for Everless. She learns about the Alchemist and the Sorceress (who made the blood stones) and starts to learn things about the monarchy and secrets from her past.

Everless is an amazing book which I would highly recommend.

Scythe

Would you want to live in a world where scientists have conquered death? Well, that’s the world which Citra and Rowan live in. The only way you can die in this world is at the hands of a Scythe, who are the only people who can kill or ‘glean’ as the Scythe’s prefer to call it. Everyone thinks that it is necessary, but that doesn’t stop them from living in fear from the Scythes.

Citra and Rowan both live totally separate lives, but that all changes when a random person invites both Citra and Rowan to an opera. The mystical person turns out to be a Scythe called Scythe Faraday. The reason he invited them to the opera is to ask them to become apprentice Scythes. Citra and Rowan both think that they want nothing to do with Scythes, but they both accept and have to say good bye to their old life and hello to a new life.

Citra and Rowan start to learn the tips and tricks of being a Scythe, but at the first conclave (one of the tests to become a scythe) Citra and Rowan find out that whoever became a Scythe the other would have to glean the other. After that, everything changed…

Scythe is the first book in a trio and would rate it 5 stars. It is by Neal Shusterman and would recommend it for ages 13+ as there are some dark themes in it. If you choose to read this, I hope you enjoy it!