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Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Author
4/5: Charlotte is hilarious – and Rav is awesome. A fun, thrilling read about magic gone awry. Can’t wait to read more of this series. Trigger warning: steamy scene, summoning spell, scary witches.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Modern Magic (Modern Magic #0.5)

4/5: Charlotte is hilarious – and Rav is awesome. A fun, thrilling read about magic gone awry. Can’t wait to read more of this series. Trigger warning: steamy scene, summoning spell, scary witches.

4/5: Love the cover! A real page-turner that I couldn’t put down. The imagery, the symbolism and the echoes of what the world could so easily turn into made this a thrilling read (that I probably shouldn’t have read before bedtime…). Brilliantly crafted. I would have liked to read more than just three interlinking stories, though. Trigger warning: violence, gore, death, allusions to rape, murder *I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of A Thousand Fiendish Angels

4/5: Love the cover! A real page-turner that I couldn’t put down. The imagery, the symbolism and the echoes of what the world could so easily turn into made this a thrilling read (that I probably shouldn’t have read before bedtime…). Brilliantly crafted. I would have liked to read more than just three interlinking stories, though. Trigger warning: violence, gore, death, allusions to rape, murder *I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.

5/5: Asking “Why?” is such an important step in writing a book as well as giving yourself permission to do it. In this book, Alexa takes one through the various stages of overcoming the barriers in your way to write that book simmering inside you. Exercises, testimonials and no-excuses advice makes this an excellent resource. “Your story is needed too. There is someone who needs the skills and lessons you can teach, the resources you can provide. Believe it and Just Write It!” This message…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Ditch the Fear and Just Write It!

5/5: Asking “Why?” is such an important step in writing a book as well as giving yourself permission to do it. In this book, Alexa takes one through the various stages of overcoming the barriers in your way to write that book simmering inside you. Exercises, testimonials and no-excuses advice makes this an excellent resource. “Your story is needed too. There is someone who needs the skills and lessons you can teach, the resources you can provide. Believe it and Just Write It!” This message…

2/5: The story has the vibe of a dark Grimm fairytale. It also has an interesting premise. But the typography and overuse of regional dialect snapped me out of the story too often (the first should never be noticed and the second should never be overwhelming.) I liked the idea of the tunnels and Mist – and especially the library. Brent… I had trouble bonding with him. Sure, he’s a storyteller (which is great), but I just didn’t like him. Which, of course, made reading the book difficult. The

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Mist Keeper's Apprentice

2/5: The story has the vibe of a dark Grimm fairytale. It also has an interesting premise. But the typography and overuse of regional dialect snapped me out of the story too often (the first should never be noticed and the second should never be overwhelming.) I liked the idea of the tunnels and Mist – and especially the library. Brent… I had trouble bonding with him. Sure, he’s a storyteller (which is great), but I just didn’t like him. Which, of course, made reading the book difficult. The

4/5: Dahlia’s anger keeps her alive through each horrible Seeking – and when this one goes horribly wrong, it is what keeps those dear to her alive, too. Her girlfriend and the two little boys do their part to keep her human. The Gray People are fascinating and terrifying. Mother is going to haunt my nightmares… Some stuff in the timeline doesn’t completely make sense (e.g. “last night” referring to before the Seeking happened, yet she’d spent that night hiding yet again) which could be…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Seeking

4/5: Dahlia’s anger keeps her alive through each horrible Seeking – and when this one goes horribly wrong, it is what keeps those dear to her alive, too. Her girlfriend and the two little boys do their part to keep her human. The Gray People are fascinating and terrifying. Mother is going to haunt my nightmares… Some stuff in the timeline doesn’t completely make sense (e.g. “last night” referring to before the Seeking happened, yet she’d spent that night hiding yet again) which could be…

4/5: A thrilling tale of love, deception, magic and a yearning for logic. I enjoyed the “Beauty and the Beast” elements of the story as well as the incredible worldbuilding. I like the way the Fae Courts, the differences between seelie and unseelie, and the Treaty were described. Evelyn is fiery and an easy to relate to character. Foxglove is adorable and Lorelei is fierce. A fun New Adult book with a twist ending. Can’t wait to start reading book 2. Trigger warning: violence, gore, sex, que

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of To Carve a Fae Heart (The Fair Isle Trilogy, #1)

4/5: A thrilling tale of love, deception, magic and a yearning for logic. I enjoyed the “Beauty and the Beast” elements of the story as well as the incredible worldbuilding. I like the way the Fae Courts, the differences between seelie and unseelie, and the Treaty were described. Evelyn is fiery and an easy to relate to character. Foxglove is adorable and Lorelei is fierce. A fun New Adult book with a twist ending. Can’t wait to start reading book 2. Trigger warning: violence, gore, sex, que

5/5: This one picks up where the first book stopped. More challenges come Evelyn’s way and she has to conquer her own fears, confront the truth about how the world really works (unseelie fae can be good and humans can be monsters) and learn who she truly is. Loads of action, magic, romance and twists makes this sequel as spellbinding as the first book in this trilogy. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Lunar Court and its queen as much as I did the Autumn Court. Foxglove and Lorelei remain my…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of To Wear a Fae Crown (The Fair Isle Trilogy, #2)

5/5: This one picks up where the first book stopped. More challenges come Evelyn’s way and she has to conquer her own fears, confront the truth about how the world really works (unseelie fae can be good and humans can be monsters) and learn who she truly is. Loads of action, magic, romance and twists makes this sequel as spellbinding as the first book in this trilogy. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Lunar Court and its queen as much as I did the Autumn Court. Foxglove and Lorelei remain my…

4/5: Why are all the guys sexy – and hot for the MC? Unrealistic, even in fantasy – but oh-so-fanciful! The swearing does get a little old, real fast. The scenes from the guys’ POV could’ve been from Tansy’s (and probably more powerful if it were from her POV). Fast-paced and easy to read, though. Well-plotted, excellent worldbuilding and exciting twists and turns (which eventually explains the attraction the guys have towards Tansy and how she feels about them). The magic, the hidden…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Bloodfire Academy (Cursed Magic, #1)

4/5: Why are all the guys sexy – and hot for the MC? Unrealistic, even in fantasy – but oh-so-fanciful! The swearing does get a little old, real fast. The scenes from the guys’ POV could’ve been from Tansy’s (and probably more powerful if it were from her POV). Fast-paced and easy to read, though. Well-plotted, excellent worldbuilding and exciting twists and turns (which eventually explains the attraction the guys have towards Tansy and how she feels about them). The magic, the hidden…

4/5: Vivid descriptions. Lots of action. The Fair Realm is an interesting combination of Elementals and Solitaries. I enjoyed the descriptions of barghests and the banshee – dark and horrific as it might be. Awesome worldbuilding and unexpected twists. I especially liked the tapestries and the family who owns them. The mystery of time differences between Realms is intriguing. And the White Hart… can’t wait to find out who it really is. A thrilling read. Waiting for book 2! Trigger warning…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Fair Queen

4/5: Vivid descriptions. Lots of action. The Fair Realm is an interesting combination of Elementals and Solitaries. I enjoyed the descriptions of barghests and the banshee – dark and horrific as it might be. Awesome worldbuilding and unexpected twists. I especially liked the tapestries and the family who owns them. The mystery of time differences between Realms is intriguing. And the White Hart… can’t wait to find out who it really is. A thrilling read. Waiting for book 2! Trigger warning…

4/5: This book is a gem. Every author at the beginning of their journey should read this one. And if you’re at the marketing/publishing point of your career, this book will help you to achieve your goals. I love the title “Write with Fey”. Not only is it a play on the author’s surname, but it also means to write with magic. (And I’m not being fanciful: she actually mentions it in the book.) There are great tips under “save your work”. I especially found the “paste your passwords” section…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Write with Fey

4/5: This book is a gem. Every author at the beginning of their journey should read this one. And if you’re at the marketing/publishing point of your career, this book will help you to achieve your goals. I love the title “Write with Fey”. Not only is it a play on the author’s surname, but it also means to write with magic. (And I’m not being fanciful: she actually mentions it in the book.) There are great tips under “save your work”. I especially found the “paste your passwords” section…

5/5: Where has this book been my entire career? It’ that good. Everything you need to know about creating memorable characters who don’t act like this lovely being surrounded by idiots (unless that’s what you’re going for). There are do’s and don’ts, exercises and tips on being a better writer. An excellent resource that should be in every writer’s library.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Nail Your Novel

5/5: Where has this book been my entire career? It’ that good. Everything you need to know about creating memorable characters who don’t act like this lovely being surrounded by idiots (unless that’s what you’re going for). There are do’s and don’ts, exercises and tips on being a better writer. An excellent resource that should be in every writer’s library.

4/5: Tris, Tobias and a few others leave the city – they need to know what is outside. They learn that nothing is as they were taught, but they also learn how broken the world outside is as well. What I didn’t like about the book is that we switch between the point of view of Tobias and Tris without Tobias having a distinct voice: despite his name appearing at the start of the chapter and it obviously plays off from his POV, there’s nothing that separates his thoughts and feelings from the…

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

4/5: Tris, Tobias and a few others leave the city – they need to know what is outside. They learn that nothing is as they were taught, but they also learn how broken the world outside is as well. What I didn’t like about the book is that we switch between the point of view of Tobias and Tris without Tobias having a distinct voice: despite his name appearing at the start of the chapter and it obviously plays off from his POV, there’s nothing that separates his thoughts and feelings from the…

4/5: An interesting introduction to the various types of spells that exist. A good addition to any author’s library who writes about witches.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells

4/5: An interesting introduction to the various types of spells that exist. A good addition to any author’s library who writes about witches.

4/5: If you’re going to write about witches, you need this book in your arsenal. A great overview of witches over time.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca

4/5: If you’re going to write about witches, you need this book in your arsenal. A great overview of witches over time.

4/5: A great tool to have when you need to switch things up a little in your descriptions. A must-have in the writer’s library.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of Master Lists for Writers

4/5: A great tool to have when you need to switch things up a little in your descriptions. A must-have in the writer’s library.

5/5: An excellent overview with various references for everything Celtic. A must-have for authors infusing their stories with Celtic faeries and folklore.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren's review of The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore

5/5: An excellent overview with various references for everything Celtic. A must-have for authors infusing their stories with Celtic faeries and folklore.