Blog Tour, Reviews, The Fantastic Flying Book Club

Blog Tour (Review & Favorite Quotes) – Forgotten (House of Night Other World #3) By P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forgotten (House of Night Other World #3) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes. I love the House of Night series and I was very excited to be able to review and be part of the blog tour for Forgotten.

by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Release Date: October 29th 2019 

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Before he was freed by Neferet, Kalona was imprisoned within the earth for centuries because of the Darkness in his heart. But what happened to the Other World’s Kalona? It’s as though he’s been forgotten, or maybe he never existed at all … 

In the present, Other Neferet may have left her House of Night, but she has far from given up her goal of immortality and world domination. As she operates in secret to gain access to Old Magick, the new High Priestess, Anastasia Langford, works toward peace and acceptance for the vampyres of the Other World. But just as Other Kevin’s broken heart will take time to heal, peace in that world will also take time and work—and not all of the Other World vampyres want peace. After all, why should they return to being shunned by humans, especially when they’ve had a taste of how it feels to be in power? 

Meanwhile, Zoey is desperate to help rid the Other World of Neferet once and for all, and not knowing what’s going on over there is eating away at her. But, as the Nerd Herd warns, it’s far too dangerous to call on Old Magick time and again. As a distraction, she throws herself into her work and attempts to bring the humans and vampyres of Tulsa closer together with the first human-vampyre swim meet in history! It’s too bad that something always seems to go wrong whenever the stakes are high. 

What happens when worlds clash and powers that should be left alone are awakened? Can Other Kevin and his world heal from the wounds Neferet continues to inflict? Can Old Magick ever truly be harnessed and used for good? Or will Darkness extinguish Light and leave our heroes broken, hopeless, and as forgotten as Kalona of the Silver Wings? Don’t miss this second to last volume in the House of Night Other World saga!

Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, Bookdepository, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, Google Books


Review

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

First I would like to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Blackstone Publishing for selecting me to be part of this blog tour. I have been a fan of House of Night series since I discover them in 2011 and I was happy that P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast decided to do another set of books in HoN world with the Otherworld series.

The book begins with the story of the Other Erebus and Kalona, it shows how Kalona changes and makes a big sacrifice in the end in of his story. In the Otherworld, Other Kevin and Other Zoey with the Nerd Herd have defeated Other Neferet from her evil plans. Of course, they thought they defeated her but she does survive and comes up with another plan to become powerful. She aligns herself with the White Bull to achieve her plan of destruction and immortality. On the way, she enlist Other Lynette who is a human and becomes her handmaiden.

The book has a lot of plot twists and go into different directions which I thought was really good and kept me turning the pages. The book mainly focuses on Neferet and her handmaiden Lynette. It goes into how Neferet is trying to achieve her quest to become a real Goddess while keeping the Other Kevin and Stark off her tracks. We also see Zoey and the Nerd Herd back in the House of Night world setting and how they are dealing with trying to work with humans to allows fledglings to participate in other things outside of the school.

The book deals with grief and how it effects the persons afterward. It was nice to see Other Grandma Redbird and reading how she help Other Kevin and Stark on trying to move on from their lost and not be afraid to grieve and show it. I thought it was nice touch in the book because you really don’t see address often in books.

I really enjoy this book and I would recommend the Otherworld series to anyone who has read the HoN series. Definitely have to read those first before going into this series. It was so nice to see Zoey and Nerd Herd back again. I can’t wait for the fourth book to see what happens next.

Also I love this cover!!! It is gorgeous!


Favorite Quotes

“Joy isn’t easy or inherent. It is a choice, and not always an easy one – not at first.”

“No, my sweet boy. Do not hide your grief. There is no shame in showing your tears. Kevin, being a man means claiming all your power.”

“Well, yeah, but I was talking about hormones. There must be thousands of kids in there.”

Okay, novices. Watch how it’s done. She stood, cupped her hands around her mouth and expertly cheered, GO IN HARD! COME OUT WET! R-A-V-E-N-S! RAVENS! RAVENS! RAVENS!”

“Another win for me, she thought. And I will keep winning, especially now that I am allied with someone who understands what is most important in life – power – and the safety it affords. Choosing to follow this vampyre who will soon be immortal and rule the world was the smartest decision I ever made.”


About the Authors

PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. House of Night Other World, book 1, LOVED, releases July 11th. SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.

Kristin Cast is a #1 NY Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful HOUSE OF NIGHT series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal.

When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her French Bulldogs (Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier), and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on handstands, gardening, and taking her new puppy (Baloo) to puppy classes.
#HoNLoved releases July 11th.

Find P.C. here: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Instagram

Find Kristin here: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Instagram


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

Tour Schedule


Prize: Win (1) of (2) HOUSE OF NIGHT OTHER WORLD bundles: a copy of LOVED, LOST and FORGOTTEN by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast and some swag (US Only)

Starts: 23rd October 2019

Ends: 6th November 2019

Giveaway

Don’t forget to hit the giveaway button above for chance to win a great prize and also check out my Instagram post for a chance to win an prizes there. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the other bloggers tour post!

Blog Tour, Good Choice Reading Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway) for The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman

Welcome to my blog spot for The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman hosted by Good Choice Reading.

By Monique Snyman

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

Release Date: October 15, 2019

SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN…

Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

Review

The story begins with an the mystery behind the abduction of children in a small town called Shadow Grove. Not only are children are missing, certain mothers start acting weird and something evil is plaguing the small town. The teens in the story are the only ones who are concern about the missing children especially the main character Rachel Cleary who wants to help get the children back.

This book is a mixture of dark fantasy, horror, mystery and faeries in it. It introduces two realms – where there is a creature that was let into the human realm called The Night Weaver which is really scary and she causing a lot of havoc on the small town.

I really enjoy this book…it started out with a mystery and scary parts to the stories and then it went into the fae realm which brought together on solving the mystery of how, why and what was taking the children. The plot is intriguing and the writing flows nicely. The characters were well developed and are easily connected to.

About the Author

Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words – be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in dark fantasy series for young adults.

Tour Schedule

Week 1:

October 14th

Good Choice Reading – Tour Kick-off and Author Interview

MoonShine Art Spot – Review

October 15th

Kelsey Ketch – Author Promotional

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Reviews

October 16th

FUONLYKNEW – Promotional

October 17th

MahkJchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review

October 18th

A Dream Within A Dream – Review2

Week 2

October 21st

Good Choice Reading – Review

October 22nd

She Dreams in Fiction – Promotional

October 23rd

Bucherfansite – Bucherfee vom Bodensee – Promotional

October 24th

Becky on Books – Promotional

October 25th

Movies, Shows, & Books – Review

GIVEAWAY

Blog Tour

Release Blast for The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman

THE NIGHT WEAVER
by Monique Snyman
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: October 15th



SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN …

Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Praise for The Night Weaver

“Stephen King’s It meets Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight in Snyman’s frightening story of horror and fantasy woven together to create a delectable tale of the macabre … romance and action. Snyman’s storytelling will have people lining up for the next book.” ~ School Library Journal


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Teaser

      Whispers
ride on the wind. Distant childlike voices, gleeful, as if they’re on a
playground, swirl around the crone. The soft voices become louder until it
sounds like the children are playing right beneath Rachel’s bedroom window. The
Black Annis’ cloak suddenly shoots open and spreads out farther. Impossibly, it
somehow fills Rachel’s entire line of vision, revealing a collection of
ghostlike faces stacked one upon the other and side by side. Chubby-cheeked
cherubs avert their hollow gazes to stare at the Black Annis, forced smiles
twisting their features horrendously. The cloak continues unfurling to the
sides and the tally keeps climbing as new faces appear. Even if Rachel wanted
to study each collected child, in search of the missing children of Shadow
Grove, there are simply too many to count.
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About the Author
Monique Snyman
Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.

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GIVEAWAY
– $20 Amazon Gift Card (Open INT)
– Bracelet + Keychain (US only)
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Blog Tour

Spotlight – Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Unfortunately, I didn’t post my spotlight yesterday for my blog tour spot due to an emergency with a family member. Today I am promoting Crier’s War by Nina Varela. I have heard great things about this book and I hoping that once my life settles down I will be able to read it. The blog tour was hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.

Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1)

by Nina Varela 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 1st 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT

Synopsis:

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

Find it here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Bookdepository, Kobo, GoogleBooks

About the Author:

Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays and short fiction. She was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood playing in the Eno River, building faerie houses from moss and bark, and running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her writing partner and their tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about hard-won love and young people toppling the monarchy/patriarchy/whatever-archy. On a related note, she’s queer. On a less related note, she has strong feelings about hushpuppies and loves a good jambalaya. CRIER’S WAR is her first novel. 

You can find Nina at any given coffee shop in the greater Los Angeles area, or at www.ninavarela.com.

Author Links: Goodreads, Website, Twitter, Instagram

Blog Tour Link:

Giveaway:

A friend of mine needs help raising money to stay out of homelessness, and I’m going to do a giveaway where you enter by donating $5 to her gofundme

The giveaway is here: https://twitter.com/ninavarelas/status/1179604419039481856

I have heard great things about Crier’s War and I am looking forward to read it. Have anyone read it? What did you think?

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: 🛡🛡🛡🛡🛡

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 world—and heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—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: 🐅🐅🐅🐅🐅

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!