Monthly Wrap Up

September 2019 Wrap Up

My wrap up for the month September is going to be really short. I didn’t do much reading this month because of working a lot and not having much time to read this month. I was able to read three books this month but the ones I read were good ones.

Tiger Queen πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Godsgrave πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Realm of Knights πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Books I brought this month were a lot but not bad…it could have been really bad. Here are the books I got this month.

How was your reading month? How many did you read this month? Did you go over board with buying this month?

Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway) for Realm of Knight by Jennifer Anne Davis

Hello! Welcome to my spot on the Good Choice Reading blog tour for Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis. Happy Book Birthday!

By Jennifer Anne Davis

Publisher: Reign Publishing

Release Date: 10 Sept 2019

Synopsis:

Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.

In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So whe. RIED Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.

Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soliders to the border. Along the way, she discovers a coverg organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.

To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.

Find it here: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play

Review

Rating: πŸ›‘πŸ›‘πŸ›‘πŸ›‘πŸ›‘

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book but I am glad that decided to give it a try and read it. I started the book on Sunday and finished it Monday afternoon, it usually takes me a while to finish books because I am slow reader and depending how the book can hold my attention. This story did keep me wanting to continue to read it.

The story sort of reminded me of Mulan but then difference is that Reid is forced to play the role of man because of her father not having a son heir passed his title and lands to upon his death. If anyone would find out that Lord Reid is Lady Reid, her father will be charged with treason and everything would be strip from her family so she has to be careful to play her role well. But there are complications when the royal Princes come knocking at her father’s door for assistance and one of the Prince find out she is actually women. They recruit her to help the King and the kingdom to fight their enemies. She finds out that nothing seems to be what she was told.

Reid remind me of Arya from Game of Thrones because of the way she carry herself and the way she was dedicated in her family. The story was fast paced and easy read but I would have like more world building. The ending of the book wasn’t what I expect but it was definitely a nice surprise.

Overall, I really enjoy the book and I am dying to know what happens in the next book with Reid and the rest of players in series.

Tour Schedule

Week 1:

September 2

Good Choice Reading – Promo

2 Rs blog – Review

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

September 3

We All Make Mistakes in Books – Review

September 4

Book Briefs – Review

Maiden of the Page – Promo

September 5

Jrsbookreviews – Review

September 6

Bucherfansite – Bucherfee vom Bodensee – Promo

Reads All the Books – Review

Week 2

September 9

Good Choice Reading – Review

September 10

Movies, Shows, & Books – Promo

Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review

September 11

The Genre Minx Book Reviews – Promo

A Bookish Dream – Review

September 12

TMBA Corbett Tries to Write – Promo

September 13

Teatime and Books – Review

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Review

Giveaway

If you read Realm of Knights, let me know what you thought about.

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

Blog Tour (Giveaway) – Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan Review & Creative Post

First, I would like to wish Annie Sullivan a happy book birthday on release of Tiger Queen!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Fantasy Book Club.

By Annie Sullivan

Publisher: BLINK

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Synopsis:

From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will detour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her worldβ€”and heartβ€”upside down. Her future is now behind two doorsβ€”only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

Review

Rating: πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…

This story wasn’t what I was expecting, I was surprised to find the darker to be a little darker that I thought it would be but I like it. Since, I love A Touch of Gold by Annie I was hoping it would be in the same writing style and pace which it was.

The story is told by Kateri who is princess who lost her mother and sibling by murdered done by the Desert Boys at a young age. Her father not having male heir, needed to trained Kateri to fight for her place to lead the people of Achra. The way she would herself to be chosen by the Desert to the rightful leader of the kingdom was she had to go through trails to fight against male opponents who fight her to take her rightful place as leader. During all of this her people and kingdom is suffering for a drought and her father’s Had to restrict the water rations from his people.

Not only was Achra was suffering a drought, the king was fighting against the Desert Boys who were stealing from wells and supposedly draining them dry which cause the king to be stricter with the water rations which was causing more suffering for the people. Kateri had hatred for the Desert Boys because she was told by her father that they murdered her mother and her sibling which is something we find early in the story. Kateri disappoints her father after one of her matches because she gets weapon b the opponent even though she won the match, her father see it as weakeness against himself and his bloodline so he announced her next opponent and potential husband to be her trainer Rodric who is not a really nice person. I actually really dislike him and her father. So, Kateri seeks out the leader of the Desert Boys Cion to help trained to fight against Rodric. Without going into spoiler, basically Kateri finds out things are not what they seem in Achra and she has to figure out who she can really trust.

I think the description of the fighting scenes and the world building was done well in the book. Overall, it was good story and honestly I did not realize it was retelling because I never read The Lady, or the Tiger short story.

Tour Schedule

About the Author

Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels. She loves fairy tales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva)

Find her here: Website, Twitter

Creative Post

Giveaway

Prize: Tiger Queen poster and signed bookplate (US Only)

Starts: 4 Sept 2019

End: 13 Sept 2019

Blog Tour, Monthly TBR, New Releases

September 2019 TBR

For the month of September TBR, I am going to not have set TBR this month because I am not sure how much reading I will be able to do due to September is a really busy month at work but I do have several ARCs I have to read for blog tours. The following are some books that I want to read this month aside from the ARCs.

  • Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan (FFBC Blog Tour)
  • Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis (Good Choice Reading Blog Tour)
  • #murdertrending and #murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil (TBR and Beyond Group Read)
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (Dragon & Tea Book Club Buddy Read)
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela (FFBC Blog Tour)

I definitely need the ARCs read for the blog tours and I really wanting to read Capturing the Devil, it is my most anticipated release for September.

Do you have any of these on your TBR this month?

Happy reading!

Monthly Wrap Up

August Wrap Up

I am late in posting my August Wrap Up! It was my birthday weekend (Aug 29 is day I was born) so took a couple of days to watch Season 2 and Season 3 of Stranger Things with hubby and then we headed to opening day of Ohio Renaissance Festival. I was a little busy this Labor Day weekend 😊. Below are the books I read this month, I didn’t read as many as I was hoping too but I did read the ones I wantee too.

I did buy a lot of books in August (22) and it not going to be better for September either.

Truly Devious: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Final Girls: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Grimoire Noir: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Dare You to Lie (re-read): πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Don’t Say a Word (ARC): πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Have you read any of these books? What did you read in August and which one was your favorite?

Blog Tour, Reviews, TBR and Beyond Blog Tour

Blog Tour + Giveaway for Don’t Say A Word by Amber Lynn Natusch

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Don’t Say a Word (Hometown Antihero #2) by Amber Lynn Natusch. The tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond.

I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes!

Side note: You will need to read Dare You to Lie first because the story line starts in the first one.

By Amber Lynn Natusch
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Synopsis:

Kylene Danners’ ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville – the kind Ky can’t walk away from.

When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school – as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways – runaways that didn’t really run away at all.

Because dead girls can’t run.

And they don’t say a word.

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

Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, underage prostitution and violence

My review is non-spoiler for both books but I have to say that if you like first book then you will love this second one. If you haven’t pick up the first one, then you need to go out and get it because if you are fan of Veronica Mars than this series is for you.

Don’t Say a Word pick up where Dare You To Lie left off, we find Kylene dealing with the aftermath of events that happen in the first book. She is still trying to find the evidence to free her dad from prison but Ky gets a phone call from girl who is really scared about missing girls and she doesn’t trust the police or FBI to help. The girl will only work with Ky which causes Ky to ask Dawson for help on trying to find out what happen to the girls and try to get the girl “Jane” out before something happens to her. The only way Dawson can help Kylene is by going undercover at her school as her ex-boyfriend from Columbus which doesn’t suit well with Ky’s other ex-boyfriend AJ.

Seeing all of the relationship developments between Dawson and Kylene was fun to read because they have certain kind of chemistry and sexual tension between them. Ky and Dawson make a really good team, even though they do a lot of bantering with each other they don’t lose focus on the case and how important it is to solve it.

I really love this series and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery, thrillers and Veronica Mars than this book is for you.

Favorite Quotes

Call me babe again and I’ll bury your balls somewhere deep inside your abdomen”

“This bitch had bark and bite”

“I can’t tell if that was an act of kindness or aggression”

“You’re like a mythical creature…a unicorn”

“What I learned – or confirmed – is that there is no way to leave this hell

About the Author

Amber Lynn Natusch is the author of the bestselling Caged series for adults. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and is still deeply attached to her Canadian roots. She loves to dance and practice Muay Thai – but spends most of her time running a chiropractic practice with her husband, raising two young children, and attempting to write she can lock herself in the bathroom for ten minutes of peace. Dare You to Lie is her debut YA novel with Tor Teen.

Check out Amber on her various platforms: Website, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram

Check out all of the rest of the blog tour for this awesome book!

Tour Schedule

August 23rd

TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post

August 24th

BluePixieoftheGalaxy’s Bookblog – Review

August 25th

TBR and Beyond – Review

The Book Dutchesses – Review + Favorites Quotes

August 26th

Confession of a YA Reader – Review + Favorite Quotes

Bookishly Slytherclaw – Review + Favorite Quotes

August 27th

Functionally Fictional – Review + Favorite Quotes

August 28th

Mahkjchi’s Not-so-Secret Books – Review + Favorite Quotes

Read Love Blog – Review + Favorite Quotes

Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Interview

August 29th

Laura Bookish Corner – Review + Dreamcast

The Wayfaring Bibliomaniac – Review

August 30th

Young at Heart Reader – Review

Mel and her Books – Review

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review

Giveaway

Get a chance to win a physical copy of Don’t Say a Word ARC (US and Canada Only)

Starts: August 23, 2019

Ends: August 31, 2018

Giveaway Link

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the other bloggers tour post!

Book Tag

The Summer Bucket List Tag

Seriously can’t believe that it is already July and summer is flying by fast!

This is my first tag on my blog and I am excited to do it. I was tagged by Felicia from Bookishlyslytherclaw for The Summer Bucket List Tag. Thank you for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator (Read By Tiffany) in your post.
  • Feel free to use my (Tiffany’s) grahpics in your post or create your own.
  • Since I am new at doing a tag, I am not going to tag anyone but if you would like to join in on the fun, please tag yourself and let me know.

This third book in Stalking Jack Ripper series is all on water. Audrey and Thomas are crossing the sea to New York City to assist the local authorities on murder investigation. The ship entertainment for the week long voyage is a carnival which I thought was cool. This was one of my favorites out of the series because it kept me guessing at every turn and it introduced us to some fascinating characters. I am looking forward to fourth and last book in series.

I am not big reader of romance books. The closest “fiery romance” books that I have would probably be the Dark Hunter series. I read this a long time ago, I love it because it combined some romantic relationships storyline with supernatural beings.

This book is a retelling of King Midas involving his daughter Kora and her journey to save journey to save her father and her kingdom but a journey to find out who she is and become the person she was met to be. I am looking forward to next book in the series to find out what happens to Kora.

This book is amazing, it is my favorite book of 2019 (so far). Everything about the story left starstuck, shocked, frustrated and screaming at the end of the book. It is so damn good! I am wishing 2020 comes soon so I can read the next book.

This book was one of my top five books new releases in 2018. It didn’t take me long to read this book. I didn’t want to put it down even to sleep because it kept my attention and I wanting to know what was going to happen next. I am excited to see what happens to Lei and Wren in the next book releasing this year. Hoping my heart doesn’t get broken.

Like I said before I don’t read a lot romance or contemporary books. I got an opportunity to be part of the Street Team for this book and I have to say that I really love this book. It’s a story about two people who are both facing their own personal problems that are thrown into working together for the summer. Eventually their friendship becomes more than what they both were looking for. It is a sweet and fun book.

This book for was insightful, raw, heartbreaking and breathtaking. It was refreshing to see how John Green wrote story about these two teenagers who are dealing with life or death situation called cancer and show them trying to live their lives to the fullest for the short time they might have. It made me appreciate everything around me and take the time to slow down to enjoy life.

This book has a girl named Harper who has cerebal palsy that is taken to another world where there is a prince who cursed. It is retelling of Beauty and the Beast but with a lot of twists that separate it from the original fairytale. Even though Harper has cerebal palsy, she doesn’t allow it to stop her from doing things that a normal person can do and she fight through all obstacles that are thrown at her. It was nice to see a disabled character who was woman and was strong.

This is the only book that I remembered that had some food in it. The main character Lady Sherlock really enjoys eating food. When she isn’t teying

This book has a lot of comparison to the issues we are having in our world right. By reading this story it made me realize and inspired me to stop complaining about what our government is trying to do but to take action by contacting and supporting my local ACLU office to get information on how I can help to stop the injustice happening.

This was a lot of fun to do.