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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.

Find Shannon here: Website | Twitter | Instagram |Goodreads | Facebook

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.”

Checkout the rest of the bloggers on the tour and the Instagram tour at the below link:

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Also you have chance to win a finished copy of I Hope You’re Listening. This is giveaway is US only and ends on October 20th. You can enter at the below link:

GIVEAWAY

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Blog Tour – Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz (#OwnVoices Reflection & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to stop for the blog tour for Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours.

Blazewrath Games

By Amparo Ortiz

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: October 6, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.

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Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology PUERTO RICO STRONG (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical. Her debut novel, BLAZEWRATH GAMES, hits shelves on October 6, 2020 from Page Street Kids.

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#OwnVoices Reflection

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

I have never done an ownvoice reflection before for a book tour so this a little different for me and somewhat difficult for me to come with what I wanted to type about. When I saw that Hear Our Voices has a blog tour for a young adult fantasy book written by a Puerto Rican author which included a story with Puerto Rico, I was excited and wanted to support the author and the book.

I am a 48 years old Puerto Rican women who loves to read YA books and I had always wished that when I was growing up there were books that were written by authors who were the same nationality and who had characters in their books that look like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t find those books growing up but it so refreshing to see more and more Latino and Latina getting the opportunities to be able to tell stories that are reflected of who they are and show the younger generation that they can find a book which will have character or story that they can relate too.

I was not born in Puerto Rico and I do know how it feels when you thought of not being Puerto Rican enough because you spent most of your life in the mainland so I was able to understand how Lana felt in the book for being push aside from it and dealing with racism because of my skin toned.

Not only do I wish that this book was written when I was growing up but I wish it was around when my son who is 21 years old was growing. I think he would have benefited with seeing a characters that were like him because he is biracial and had dealt with discrimination most of his young life.

If you are Latina/Latino and want to see yourself in a book, I would encourage you to pick up Blazewrath Games and the plus it has dragons (which are awesome)!

Favorite Quotes

“Dragon are better company than people. Not that I hate people. Some are okay. People can’t fly, though.”

“Puerto Rico made me who I am but Blazewrath is the reason I was born.”

“I need to get out of this place drenched in nightmares. Deep down, I know it’s useless. Tomorrow I won’t just belong to the monsters. I will become one of them.”

“I once told you to believe in the world that’s coming. That was a mistake. The world I wanted to live was filled with anger, but your heart and your courage gave me hope.”

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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.”

Check out the rest of the book tour at the link below:

Tour Schedule

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

GIVEAWAY

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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.

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

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.”

Come check out the rest of tour, link below.

Tour Schedule

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.