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Blog Tour – The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White (Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for the second book Camelot Risings.

The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2) by Kiersten White

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: November 10, 2020

Synopsis:

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

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Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker award-winning author of the And I Darken trilogy, the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Slayer, The Guinevere Deception, and many other novels. Kiersten lives with her family in sunny San Diego, California, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows.

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I am a fan of the story of Camelot so when Kiersten White came out with The Guinevere Deception I was excited to see how she brings this legendary story to life. She did a great job with the first book and this second one.

I like that Sir Lancelot was change from being male to female because it gave the relationship between Guinevere and Lancelot stronger with their friendship and loce between them even though it is forbidden.

But I am still not sure about her ans Arthur’s relationship because I am not sure how I feel about Arthur. He just doesn’t give me the wow feeling like Lancelot and Mordred does. I am conflicted with my feelings about Lancelot and Mordred because I like him too. I think he genuinely loves Guinevere and is respectful of her wishes so I am hoping that I don’t hate him in the next book.

In this book we get the answers from the cliffhanger from the first book and we get to know more about who Guinevere is. Also, we see her grow slowly in this book even though she still trying learn more and be less naive about what is going on. Hopefully her growth continues in the next book.

Overall, I really love this book and can’t wait for the next book to answer another cliffhanger from this book.

Rating: 👸👸👸👸👸

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Giveaway (US Only):

Finished copy of The Camelot Betrayal. The giveaway ends on November 16th. Enter it here.

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Blog Tour – Born at Dawn by Christina Davis (Review & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Born at Dawn by Christina Davis hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I am happy that I was chosen to do the tour because I was looking forward to reading the book.

Born at Dawn

By Christina Davis

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: November 15, 2020

Synopsis: When a heist goes terribly wrong and the binding spell holding 17-year-old Neva’s powers at bay is shattered, the half-human thief knows she’s in trouble.

Neva has always hidden her Da’Valian heritage while working risky jobs to make a name for herself and serving at her family’s tavern, but she won’t be able to hide much longer. She can either risk the safety of those she cares about or seek out her mother’s people to gain control over her emerging powers.

The Da’Valia are beautiful, brutal creatures created by the god or war, and the austere Da’ Valian soldier Astiand reluctantly agrees to take Neva to his clan under his protection. She makes unexpected friends, including the handsome fighter Emiliand, and a new enemy in the clan’s ruthless leader.

Spying on her guardian, the sly heroine quickly discovers just how deep she has stumbled into a dangerous, developing clan feud.

Will she be able to embrace who she is in time to keep her loved ones safe?

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Christina Davis was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a California girl at heart. She spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals and embraced reading as an escape. After being home-schooled through high school, she graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University and attended NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute before embarking on a decade-long career in journalism. She enjoys chocolate, cosplay, coffee, and board games, but not necessarily in that order. She now lives in beautiful Monterey County with her husband and daughter.

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I enjoyed reading Born at Dawn, it is good YA fantasy. The has a magic system that is really good and the author done a good job with explaining it. It also has romance if you love triangles than you would definitely enjoy the ones in the book. I don’t mind having romance in fantasy but I am not a fan of a lot of it in the story, I think it takes away from the main focus of the story.

The author did a great with giving the backstory of the characters especially Neva, I enjoyed reading and learning about her and understanding about her more. The world building was done really well and enjoy how it was written.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and definitely looking forward to the next book to find out what happens next with Neva.

Rating: 💜💜💜💜

“The magic rebelled upon being forced back into the goblet, sending out a shock wave.”

“You are strong, powerful, and dangerous.”

“Something with the strength straight from the gods.”

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Blog Tour – Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore (Review & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittmore hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Thanks to the Netgalley and TBR and Beyond Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and share my review the book.

Winter, White and Wicked

By Shannon Dittemore

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published Date: October 13, 2020

Synopsis:

Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking YA fantasy about a rig driver’s journey to save her friend.

Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.

Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team – Hyla, a giant warrior woman and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone – Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.

But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter – or the future of the island that she calls home.

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Shannon Dittemore is a young adult author, conference speaker, and mentor. Her books include the Angel Eyes novels (Thomas Nelson Fiction) and the forthcoming Winter, White and Wicked, to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2020. Since 2013, Shannon had taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She writes weekly for Go Teen Writers, a blog recognized by Writer’s Digest three years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection. Shannon’s stories often feature strong female leads grappling with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. In many ways, she’s writing her own life story.

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I enjoyed this fast-paced fantasy about a girl named Sylvi who’s a rig driver. She is an independent and successful woman but she is also flawed. She is strong willed but she is selfish, bitter and lots of anger within her that can make you not really like her. You do see her grow throughout the book and at the end of the book you can see how much she grows.

Also we are introduced to other characters in the book and you get have some information and their histories about them. I thought it was nice to get their background and find out their stories throughout the book.

Overall, it was good fantasy book with lots of adventure and very fast-paced.

Rating: ❄❄❄❄

“Winter’s always talking.”

“I’m not entirely sure she was ever here.”

“Cause they’re ugly and mean and can’t find their way around a toothbush.”

“She’s a chill that clings to everything.”

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Blog Tour – I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan (Review & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to my stop for the blog tour for I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Another blog tour….I know I have been doing a lot of them lately but it is the best way for me to read some really awesome books. This book is an young adult mystery which I am a big fan of any mystery/thriller books so I was definitely happy when I got chosen to be part of this tour.

I Hope You’re Listening

By Tom Ryan

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Publishing Date: October 6, 2020

Synopsis:

EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.

In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.

At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.

When another little girl in town goes missing and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?

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About the Author

Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.

Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.

Find Him Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram |Goodreads | Facebook

Review

Rating: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧

I started to listening to podcast this year and I am loving them but I am looking for some true crime podcast and this book has made go on a search to find them. Honestly, I couldn’t out this book down, I had to because I had to wake up for work at 5 am but it was really good. The mystery of the story is done good, it kept you wondering what was going on and if the new case of disappearing of a little girl was connected to disappears of Sibby.

The development of the main character Dee and new girl in town Sarah was nice to see in the book, especially when you can tell they really cared for each other and Dee can be herself with Sarah.

The mystery and how it ended up wasn’t what I had thought would happened, it was definitely unexpected but it work perfectly with the story and I thought having a podcast part of the story was awesome. I hope that they end up doing the audiobook for this book because it would be awesome to hear like an actually podcast.

If you like mystery/true crimes and podcast, I would definitely recommend this book for you to read. I am going to look into more of Tom Ryan’s books, I really like his writing style and how the story came together.

Favorite Quotes

“I was lying awake in bed, wallowing in helplessness, when all of a sudden, something shifted. I’d had enough.”

“horror movie chime”

“This is the world, I think. This is the empty space of the world. No people, no structures. As many fences as they build, it all comes back to this empty, empty space.”

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Blog Tour – A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe (Review & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to be given the opportunity to read this book and give an honest review.

A Golden Fury

By Samantha Cohoe

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: October 13, 2020

Synopsis:

In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter.

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philospher’s Stone – whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold – but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

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About the Author

Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.

In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.

Find her here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Review

Rating: 📕📕📕📕

When I got the email about the book tour signup for A Golden Fury, I fell in love with the cover and then when I read what it was about I knew I needed to read it. I have always been fascinated with the Philosopher’s Stone and alchemist .

This book has everything a historical fiction should have with the setting of the verge of the French Revolution, the history, the complex main character and the story about the stone. It was slow in the beginning of the book but it did pick up during the book.

The author did a good job with building the characters, I enjoyed how Thea was already strong but became even more stronger throughout the book with her facing so many different obstacles on creating the stone and the betrayal of people she trusted and loved.

Overall, if you enjoyed Staking the Jack Ripper series, you will like this book, it has almost the same feel with the historical and characters.

Favorite Quotes

“Never pin your hopes on a man”

“The Stone chooses the last alchemist, but woe to whom it does not accept”

“I had been where he was and felt what he felt. If there was a hell, there could not be worse torments there than he now suffered. And he had done it for me, expecting nothing in return.”

“Power to do harm is still power, said my mother’s voice. That power in your hands becomes the power to do good. To do anything.”

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Also enter a chance to win one finished copy of A Golden Fury. (US Only!) The giveaway ends on October 20th, link is below.

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Book Blitz – Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I am really excited about this book, I have enjoyed everything that Sarah has written.

Dread the Harvest Moon

By Sarah Glenn Marsh

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: October 13, 2020

Synopsis:

A companion novel to Fear the Drowning Deep, an NPR Great Read of 2016.

Three tasks. Two worlds. One deadly queen.

Always follow the rules.

That’s what seventeen-year-old barmaid Liss Corkill does. She’s never cursed or kissed a boy, and until two years ago, when a mythical serpent kidnapped her, she was never late to anything. She knows that if she were like her free-spirited older sister Bridey who sailed to America just before the Great War, her mother would be devastated. Liss is determined to be what everyone expects, even if that means giving up her dreams.

Unless the faeries make you break them.

When Liss accidentally interferes in a fairy queen’s quest for true love, she’s pulled into the vast and dangerous world of Un-Mann, a magical realm as mistake, Liss must completed three tasks for the queen by the night of the Great Harvest Moonlight, the fairies’s biggest yearly celebration.

Or you find something worth dying for.

Liss’s attempts to complete her tasks are met with constant misfortune, as if someone doesn’t want her to win. But she has powerful friends: the town witch, Morag, and her sister’s best friend Cat, who she’s secretly falling for as they hunt sea monsters by night to protect their home. Sensing a need for inspiration as the final gruesome task draws near, the queen marks Liss’s little sister for death unless Liss succeeds.

Her sister. Her town. Her dreams. If she can’t own who she is and make some new rules, Liss will lose it all.

About the Author

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.

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Can’t wait to read this book.

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Blog Tour – Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Review + Favorite Quotes + Giveaway)

Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited about letting you know a little bit about the book.

Forget This Ever Happened by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Mystery

Publishing Date: October 6, 2020

Synopsis:

Sometimes there’s a town called Indianola.

And sometimes there isn’t.

Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it’s run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.

Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly.

But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it… and if you stay, you have to live with it every day.

Because there’s a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town–the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire’s questions if she had any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape–she might never leave.

Featuring a mindbending plot, heartfelt queer romance, brilliant writing, and intricate worldbuilding, Forget This Ever Happened is a lush and thrilling genre-bender perfect for the Black Mirror generation.

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About the Author

Cassandra Rose Clarke’s work has placed in the Rhysling Awards and been nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Pushcart Prize, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. She grew up in south Texas and currently lives in Houston, where she writes and serves as the associate director for Writespace, a literacy arts nonprofit. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle. Her latest novel is Halo: Battle Born, out from Scholastic.

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Review

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Forget This Ever Happened is great for readers who enjoy YA mysteries and sci-fi combined together. I thought it was interesting the author had written the story in 1993, which (showing my age) was a couple years after I graduated from high school.

The book goes into the mystery behind the town and goes into the histories of the families in Indianola. This book was hard to put down with all of the background of the town and the supernatural element that is in the book, you don’t want to stop reading it. I thought the exploration of identity in the book was done well.

Overall, the book was good and unique story. It has the weirdness and mystery parts for a YA book and if you like books that have mystery, supernatural and sci-fi combined together then you will definitely enjoy Forget This Ever Happened.

Favorite Quotes

Here are some quotes that caught my attention while I was reading the book. I had a lot more but these caught my attention.

“It’s a little glimmer of light in today’s darkness.”

“The music is out in the wind and it’s inside her head.”

“She understands that the future and the past are part of the same line. They cannot be separated.”

“She understands nothing.”

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If you would like to enter into winning a finished copy of Forget This Ever Happened, enter the giveaway, the link is below. It ends on October 12th and US Only.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog tour stop and if you have read the book, please let me know in the comments what you thought about it.

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Blog Tour – Promo & Giveaway for The King’s 100 by Karin Biggs

Welcome to my spot on the blog tour The King’s 100 hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Today, I am posting promo spot with a giveaway.

The King’s 100

By Karin Biggs

Publishing Date: July 26, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister. Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro.Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all.

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About the Author

Karin earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and served as an event planner for two Big 10 universities and various non-profits for over eight years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She enjoys chocolate-covered peanuts, uninterrupted sleep and singing with other people. Karin lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, cat and dog.

Find Her Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook

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Giveaway (US Only) Information:

Finished copy of The King’s 100.

Ends date: October 6, 2020

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Book Blitz for Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.

Maya and the Rising Dark

By Rena Barron

Publishing Date: September 22, 2020

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Synopsis:

In this highly anticipated contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Maya’s search for her missing father puts her at the center of a battle between our world, the Orishas, and the mysterious and sinister Dark world. Perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and The Serpent’s Secret.

Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. When Papa goes missing, Maya is thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father is the guardian of the veil between our world and the Dark—where an army led by the Lord of Shadows, the man from Maya’s nightmares, awaits. Now that the veil is failing, the Lord of Shadows is determined to destroy the human world and it’s up to Maya to stop him. She just hopes she can do it in time to attend Comic-Con before summer’s over.

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About the Author

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school.

From a very young age she loved reading stories where kids saved the world, tamed dragons, wielded magic, flew spaceships, became the chosen one. She desperately searched for characters in books who looked like her and was always disappointed to find none, which fueled her early interest in writing.

Before HarperTeen acquired her Young Adult Epic Fantasy, Kingdom of Souls, Rena spent 10 years in the query trends–writing across multiple genres and age groups in the pursuit of publication. In 2017, she entered Pitch Wars, a popular and highly sought-after online mentorship program that included an agent showcase round. Rena’s entry (then titled “The Last Witchdoctor”) received multiple offers of representation. She signed with Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary shortly after, and the manuscript went on to sell in a heated auction.

In addition to the Kingdom of Souls series, Rena also has written a middle grade epic fantasy titled Maya and The Rising Dark debuting in Spring 2020, pitched as Stranger Things meets Percy Jackson, that sold in a pre-empt to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. On a personal note, Rena loves all things science fiction and fantasy, ghosts, and superheroes. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French.

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Blog Tour – A Cursed of Gold by Annie Sullivan (Review & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to blog tour spot for A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Would like to thank the publisher and TBR and Beyond Tours for giving me the opportunity to review the second book of A Touch of Gold series.

A Curse of Gold

by Annie Sullivan

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Publishing Date: September 22, 2020

Synopsis:

Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. This highly anticipated sequel to Annie Sullivan’s enchanting A Touch of Gold, the story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, is the gripping crescendo to this sweeping fantasy adventure. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.

After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening her overthrow as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.

As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.

A Curse of Gold:

Is the highly-anticipated sequel to A Touch of Gold by author Annie Sullivan

Is an enchanting and captivating fantasy adventure/fairy tale retelling, perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Cinder

Is told from the perspective of Kora, King Midas’s daughter and a strong female protagonist

Features a beautifully decorated cover.

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About the Author

Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. She loves to hear from fans, and you can reach her via the contact form on this website or on Twitter and Instagram.

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Review

Rating: 👑👑👑👑

I was looking forward to the second book in the duology because I adore the characters from A Touch of Gold. It was nice to step back into the world of King Midas and Kora.

I enjoyed A Curse of Gold and seeing the return of my favorite characters from the first book and getting new characters like Triton, son of Poseidon (he became one of my favorites).

I thought Kora grew a lot in the first book but she definitely shows more growth in this book. She goes from being a Princess who is hidden away to becoming a strong leader who doesn’t shy away from accomplishing her mission to save her people and kingdom.

If you love adventure, pirates, monsters and romance then I recommend you pickup both A Touch of Gold and A Curse of Gold.

Favorite Quotes

“Wearing the crown instead of hiding my face is just one small step to show them I won’t be ghost in the shadows anymore – that my father and I are here to rule.”

“You’re a great leader. You’re willing to face down the Great Oracle for them.”

“There will always be threats, but you’re willing to face them. Don’t forget that. Everyone wants a leader who fights for them.”

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The winner will receive a finished copy of A Touch of Gold and Tiger Queen (Open to US and Canada ONLY)!

Giveaway end date: September 28th

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