Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour – Smoke and Key Review and Favorite Quotes

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Fantasy Book Club. I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes today!

by Kelsey Sutton
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: April 2, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical, Fiction, Paranormal, Magic, Horror

Synopsis:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start; bodies that are burnt to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she becomes the next victim…

Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Book Depository, Kobo, Google Books

Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The book is about a young girl that had passed away and had fallen from grave to a world named Under. She does not her name or who she was in her past life and how she came to be decreased. The only thing that she had in possession when she fell was a key so she was named Key. Key met a young man named Smoke when she had fallen who help her around Under. She was introduce to other dead people in Under, whose names were possession that they had been buried with and fallen with. Their names were Journal, Ribbon, Doll, and Tintype and there were other dead who resided in Under. Majority of the dead were in some form decomposed states but Key was oddly preserved. Everyone who was there had no recollection of who they were before they had died.

Upon Key arrival, there started to be a series of murders among the dead. Yes, the dead can be killed via fire. When the first murdered happen, Key started to get memories back from her past life and she started to recognize some of the people who were in Under. This cause her dead life in jeopardy.

I found that I really enjoy the character of Key, she was portrayed really well and it was interesting to see how she reacted to the memories that she experiencing. It was nice to see how Smoke and Journal were connected to Key’s past and to be able to experience her relationship with Smoke. He was another character that was intriguing, I was left with wanting to know more about him.

The best part about this book is how the tension and mystery of the story was built throughout the book. I love books that have mystery and eeriness to them because I could imagine all of the characters in the book like I was watching a movie.

However, the one thing that I would have like to read more about was the magic that was mention. I felt like there wasn’t a backstory to how the magic really plan in the story, I would have like to have known more about it.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and love how unique the story was. I am big fan of dark fantasy and this book really gave me what I needed to get out of my reading slump. I am looking forward to reading more from Kelsey Sutton.

Favorite Quotes

“I’m drawn to him like stars to sky.”

“Just remember. You can’t kill what’s already dead.”

“I need not be full to be significant. I need not be whole to be beautiful.”

“No bits about how I was enchanted by the sound of your laugh or the secrets in your eyes. All I know is that I saw you and I had to know you.”

About the Author

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, napping with her rescue dogs, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at www.kelseysuttonbooks.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Reach her at: Website, Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookT

Tour Schedule

April 10th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

April 11th

TheSecret Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes

Some Books & Ramblings – Review

April 12th

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review

The Clever Reader – Promotional Post

April 13th

Confessions of a YA Reader – Review

A Dream Within A Dream – Review

The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 14th

The YA Obsessed – Review

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Review

Absolute Bookishness – Review

April 15th

Book Rambler Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

Young Adult Media Consumer – Review

Mahkjchi’s Not-so-secret Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 16th

Taking It One Book at a Time – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

Reads Like Supernovae – Review + Favourite Quotes


Book Swoon – Review

Giveaway

New Releases

ARC Review: When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

***e-ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Published Date: April 9, 2019
Rating: 5 out 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.


Review:

I was given the opportunity by the author and NetGalley to read and review When Summer Ends. Normally, I do not read a lot of contemporary books but reading the synopsis I thought and was hoping that I would like it. Honestly, I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the book but I was pleasantly surprised that I really love it and I adored this book! Jessica’s writing style is amazing and the story flows great between the two POVs.

I love Olivia and Aiden, their friendship/turn into a relationship was done nicely because the reader was able to see the way their relationship developed and them taking chances that they would have never have done before. The story did not shy away with showing the struggles that Aiden and Olivia had in their personal life and how it affected their relationship. The setting of the book was perfect, it brought back memories of when I was younger and had the time of my life during the summertime. When I reach the end of the story, I was sad that their story ended because I wanted to read more about Aiden and Olivia and found out what happen with them afterwards.

There were a couple of things that I would have wish to have seen in the book. I would have love to see more of Ellis and Emma, they both brought a lot to the story and I would like have known more about them.

I really loved this book and I need to pick up Love Songs & Other Lies and I can’t wait to see more beautiful written stories from Jessica.

If you love YA contemporary romance novels, then you need to go out buy When Summer Ends!

If you have read the book, what did you think?


About the Author:

Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.

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Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige E-Arc Review

Published Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: DC Ink

Stars: 4 out 5

Synopsis:


Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps ad a hero or villian, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?


Review:

***Recieved this e-Arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Growing up as kid, I knew about Aquaman but not mention about Mera, so I was interested in reading the graphic novel about her and Aquaman origins. I was excited to get the opportunity from the publisher to read and review the story.

First I have to say that the artwork in graphic novel was stunning. The look of pages made it easy to read and follow along with the story.

The graphic novel did give a good backstory of Mera and told her story on why she wanted to be seen as a strong warrior and independent person that would be worthy to rule the kingdom when the time came. She wanted to prove that she could and was as strong warrior like her mother was. Also she wanted to prove to her father that he could depend on her to take the lead and action when call upon and she didn’t need to depend upon anyone. Her character was intriguing, very immature and headstrong, but she also show a softer side who was concern on making the right decision.

I do have a couple complaints about the story.

First, there wasn’t any backstory on why the Xebel and Atlantis were at war with each other and there were the no explanation on why it all happened. It would have been nice to have brief backstory on why killing Authur was important.

Second, I did not enjoy the instalove. I don’t believe it was necessary for Mera and Authur to fall in love in such a short time period. I think the story could have just had them become friends who need to get to know and understand each before it led into instalove.

Overall, I gave the graphic novel 4 out 5 stars.

If you read the graphic novel, what did you think of it? What did you like or dislike about it?

Blog Tour

Blog Tour for When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

Book Aesthetic & Giveaway: When Summer Ends

WSE Blog Tour Banner

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my stop on the second day of the When Summer Ends blog tour! I am excited to be able to participate in When Summer End blog tour and being part of the street team. It is giving me the opportunity to share my excitement over this great book. Honestly, I am not a reader of contemporary books but this book and Jessica’s writing made me rethink my opinion on contemporaries. I gave When Summer Ends a 5-star rating!

This book is full of adventure, writing, art, making changes, and friendship becoming love. The novel is told in two POV (Olivia and Aiden), I created an aesthetic inspired by Olivia and Aiden.

Checkout my review here: Goodreads

About the Book:

when summer ends cover

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Published By: Tor Teen/Macmillan

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, Book Depository

Synopsis:

Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends. Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decided to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

About the Author

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Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten – when she sought publication for her poem about a tree – Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.

Reach her at: Website, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Spotify

Giveaway Time!

Two winners will receive finished copies of When Summer Ends (signed by Jessica with swag included)

Enter Here: Giveaway!

When Summer Ends Blog Tour Schedule

April 1st

The Heart of a Book Blogger – Interview

Mel and Her Books – Review

April 2nd

The Candid Cover – Review

Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Aesthetic

April 3rd

Book Crushin’ – Creative Post

Buried in a Bookshelf – Video Interview

April 4th

Laura’s Bookish Corner – Dream Cast

Blunt Book Blog – Review

April 5th

Confession of a YA Reader – Interview

Lala’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

April 6th

Ashleigh’s Bookshelf – Review

April 7th

The YA Book Traveler – Aesthetic

April 8th

The Clever Reader – Favorite Quotes

TBR and Beyond – Interview

April 9th

Smada’s Book Smack – Playlist

Belle’s Archive – Review

April 10th

Andi’s ABC – Guest Post

Travel, Books, and More…Oh My! – Dream Cast

April 11th

Book Loaner – Review

April 12th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Interview

Bookishly Slytherclaw – Review

Please check out the rest of the blog tour and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly TBR

April 2019 TBR

Hello Everyone!

It is April and below is my TBR for the month. I am hoping to read most of these books and if not then I will roll over the ones that I did not finish into May TBR. I am doing several challenges this month. I am doing Reading Rivalry challenge, the theme for April is Jokesters & Tricksters! Sounds like lots fun, should check out the Reading Rivalry Facebook group if you are interested in fun reading challenges!

Another reading challenge I am doing is Dark Fantasy Match game by TBR & Beyond Book Club (check link if you want to join in the fun).

This month’s game is different. You MUST pick TWO cards to make a match (any two cards) and find a book with BOTH those themes in them and, of course, read the book. That will give you a match! I am excited for this challenge, I love dark fantasy books and I know this will definitely get me out of my reading slump. TBETTDark Fantasy Challenge

My April TBR cart for both challenges!

What is on your TBR for the month? Are you reading any good dark fantasy that you would recommend?

Happy reading!

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March 2019 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello! Well it has been awhile since I posted on here…sorry life sort of gotten in the way of me blogging regularly. But I am going to do better in posting and have setup a schedule to make sure I meet my posting goals.

March Reading Wrap-Up

For the last two months, I have been in a reading slump. In February, I only read 2 books and then this month I read 4 books. I am hoping that April will be a better reading month.

But my readinf slump didn’t stop me from buying books. My March book haul. Sort went a little crazy with buying last month…I guess I was making up for not buying a lot in February. I blame Book Outlet and B&N for having good sales.

Did you meet your March reading goals? How do you get out of a reading slump? Did you buy any books in March? Which ones did you get?

JoAnne

Monthly TBR

February 2019 TBR

It’s a new month, means gathering up books for TBR for February and putting them into my TBR cart. Unfortunately, I did not meet my reading goal for January but I am going to try to do better this month .

This month I decided to participate in some reading challenges with my participating in the group reads in TBR and Beyond Book Club.

Challenges I am doing this month are:

The first challenge is from Reading Rivalry called Iconic Couples (this is the first time I am doing this challenge). The following are the criteria for the challenge:

  • Author Highlight (Colleen Hoover, Jay Kristoff, Sabaa Tahir)
  • Love Triangle
  • Book that you think should be a movie
  • Book featuring a person of color
  • A Satire
  • A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
  • A Red/Pink spine
  • A book inspired by Asian mythology, legend, or folklore
  • A book you wouldn’t normally pickup

A book set in High School

I have chosen the books for this challenge and they are on my cart.

The second challenge is from TBR and Beyond Book Club is the monthly challenge called When Royalty Comes To Play. February - When Royalty Comes To Play

I chosen two ropes this time around, I chose the Snow Queen and Faerie Queen.

The books I chosen for Snow Queen rope:

And the books I chosen for Faerie Queen rope:

Also, I had one of the admins from TBR and Beyond Book Club to pick out two books to be included into my February TBR. I am going to be reading following:

The TBR and Beyond Group reads that I am participating in this month are The Gilded Wolves and White Stag.

That is it! I am hoping that I will get all of these read this month, majority of them are being used in both challenges this month so I should be able to get some of the completed.

Are any of these books on your February TBR? Are you doing any reading challenges to help reach your reading goal for the month? I would love to hear what your reading plans are for this month.

JoAnne