The Best Of: Kindle Unlimited Reads #1

I have always been one of those people who swore they would never get a Kindle because I love physical books too much. Well I am a massive hypocrite, as I am studying in Brighton I now have to get various trains back home to Birmingham. I was tired of breaking my back carrying, let’s be honest, more books than I needed. From here I decided that it would be so much easier to get a Kindle. 

When I first purchased my Kindle I got a month free of Kindle Unlimited, something of which I thought I would only keep for that one month. Oh boy was I wrong. I have been using the service on and off for just over a year now (I work part-time and attend uni full time so I don’t use it when extremely busy!). One thing I will say about it is because it costs £8.99 a month it is only really worth it if you know you will have a lot of time to read and that you are going to get your money’s worth. 

So without further ado here are my Kindle Unlimited recommendations:

Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova

Air Awakens was the first book that I downloaded, and I love it so much that I am planning to buy it in print. I have recently done a little review of this series which you can find HERE

The story follows a young library apprentice called Vhalla Yarl, who saves the life of the crown prince, Aldrik Solaris. During this, she awakens a power deep inside herself, a power that no one has wielded for a long time. Deep in war, the Solaris empire sees Vhalla as a weapon against their enemies and seek to use her to win the war. 

I loved these books mostly for providing a take on magic which was new to me. 

Shadowspell Academy (The Culling Trials #1) by K.F Breene

If you are looking for somewhat of a quick read then this series is definitely for you. I breezed through these books and if I’m being honest that’s probably why I liked them. The series takes place at a magic academy that chooses its prospective students. Receiving a mysterious letter in the mail, Wild must take a risk and pretend to be her brother to save him from the dangers of the academy. Alongside her ‘crew’ she must face a series of trials to see if she is a fit for the academy, all whilst pretending to be a boy. 

One negative that I have about this series was that the ending seemed far too abrupt. I was not expecting the story to end where it did and I really hope that K.F Breene is writing a second series following new adventures with Wild and her crew.

Full of twists, turns and moments of comic relief, The Culling Trials series is perfect for any reader who loves a quick but suspense-filled read. 

Voice of Power (The Spoken Mage #1) by Melanie Cellier 

This series was definitely one that I picked up because of its name. I was instantly intrigued by what was meant by ‘spoken mage’ as surely all magic users use words in some form. However, this was made very clear to me why it was named this after learning about how magic works in this world. With only the mage born being able to read and write, as this is where their power comes from, the world is split into lower and higher regions. 

Elena, a non-mage born, is shocked to find that she harnesses some type of power when dealing with a confrontation outside her parents’ shop. After this, she is approached by magic enforcers who question her and her parents on her lineage to find out where this power comes from. From here she is taken to The Royal Academy to assess her powers further so she is not a danger to society. 

With an interesting take on magic and little to no romance in the first book, Spoken Mage was an easy and exciting read. 

Hex on The Beach (Magic and Mixology #1) by Gina LaManna 

This series is the only one in this post that I have not yet finished however so far I am really enjoying it. I’m actually not sure whether this is YA or not, the content would leave me to believe it could be, Goodreads only has it down as Mystery. 

The series follows a supposedly normal woman Lily who works in marketing. However, this status of normal does not last long when a big presentation goes horribly wrong and she was subsequently fired. Going to a bar to drown her sorrows in alcohol, Lily comes across two rather peculiar older women. These women are not only witches but Lily’s aunts who have come to take her to ‘The Isle’; a mysterious place that is known by many but has never been found. 

I LOVE the idea of magical cocktails and found the parts of the story that talked about the ingredients and what they can be used for really interesting. This was something I found to be similar to The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward, another series that I really liked. 

It has actually been a while since I have picked up this series and have only read four out of the six books so I definitely need to keep going with it. The plot has really started to pick up and at this point, you really start to understand how life on the Isle runs and how each character fits into the bigger picture. 

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