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    This story keeps your attention from the start to the finish. A riveting plot.
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    One of the best YA Fantasy I have read!!!

    A Bond of Venom and Magic is one of the best YA Fantasy debuts I have read, like ever. It's bewitching, I fell in love with all the characters from the very beginning. It is very easy to relate with the characters and understand them. For a first book, this is a very impressive masterpiece. Things I loved about A Bond of Venom and Magic : -The Magic(Obviously). I was very very impressed by the portrayal of magic in this book, the words flow in a way that not only arrests your attention but is also very vivid. It feeds your imagination and this already makes this a 5 star book to me. -Originality. I have to give Karen Tomlinson a loud kudos for her awesome ideas that make up ABOVAM. This book stands out, it is literally incomparable to others in its genre. Diamond's story is one interesting story that I can verify is different from anything else you might have read in a better way. -World. The world in ABOVAM is fascinating, really. That is the best word to describe it, Rhodenia, Avalonia and simply everywhere else in the book is just fascinating. -Adventures. Diamond is a girl whose life never ceases to amuse me. From running from flesh eating monsters, being stuck in the forest with a handsome Prince, being attacked by a fierce dragon to being a magical vessel that could be used to resurrect an evil god, I am never short of behind entertained. Adventure fans would love ABOVAM immensely. -A Fierce Heroine. I absolutely adored Diamond. She is not just strong but witty. Admittedly, there are times she is not at her best (In the presence of the Fae Queen) but she is badass when it matters. I am also glad she did not let the scorn aimed at half bloods (Half Fae and Half Human) destroy her spirit. Karen Tomlinson has created a heroine that is lovable and likeable despite her flaws. Diamond's most enviable trait is not letting men walk over her albeit her weird relationship with Hugo. -The Characters. Hugo is a main character that I can gladly admit is not perfect, but that is precisely what I love about him. He is not always the white knight in shining armour but he is really protective of Diamond. His feeling for her are quite strong and very obvious to anyone who used to know him. He has many dark secrets and power but that does not hide the fact that underneath it all, there is a good, strong, loyal and lovable man. While he makes some epically stupid mistakes, you will still be rooting for him because you just can't help it. Prince Jack Oden is simply a hero. He is all about protecting Diamond and caring for her and that makes him one of my favorite characters. He is not only strong and good but when he wants something he goes after it (i.e Diamond). He was always there for her till the end of ABOVAM and that makes him a notable character. His moments with Diamond in the forest when they were stuck for weeks were also cute. The Fae Queen of Avalonia. Yes she is sort of the villain but she deserves a mention because she is a very very good villain. Not only is she a formidable opponent, she isn't as stupid as most villain in YA books these days. Her magic is quite strong and she has a twisted evil mind to back it up. She may not be the main villain but she is definitely not to be underestimated. -The Fae. The version of Fae in this series is quite different from what is usually seen. I am pleased to see that new ideas are still surfacing. -Monsters. YAY!!! Monsters!! Those who have read my previous reviews know how much I love monsters in a book. The uglier, fiercer and bigger they are the better. ABOVAM is full of monsters. Flesh eating carnivores called Seekers, Wolfmen, Shape Shifters, Dust Devils, Dragons and Wraiths. I just can't help but be insanely obsessed with this book. -Plot. The storyline is fantastic and never bores me. All through the book is a thrilling ride that leaves one wanting more. -Finally, The ROMANCE!!. Watching (Yup it's like a movie to me) Hugo and Diamond fall in love with each other is something I wouldn't want to miss for anything. Despite the Nexus bond, it is glaringly clear that they have developed strong feelings for each other. This is not a bubblegum love but an all consuming love that leaves everyone else in the dust and the two characters in their own little world. It was a blast to see it happen. What I didn't like: - I wish Diamond used her magic more or at least controlled it to a certain extent but I understand that is to come in later books in the series. -The fact that I can't get book 2 right now. I need it like AIR!!!!.
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    The Queen’s a Snake

    Diamond is half-human/half-fae. She is looked down on for it. Saved by Hugo, she's pulled into his world that's ruled by an evil queen. Diamond will have to fight against the queen and Wraith Lord and hope she survives. Nail-biting action. Loved it.

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