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Blog Tour – The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman (Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman hosted by Good Choice Reading. Thank you to the publisher and Good Choice Reading for selecting me to be part of the blog tour and read the second book in the series that I fell love with last year.

The Bone Carver
by Monique Snyman
Series: The Night Weaver Series #2
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Publication: October 20th, 2020

For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.

As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.

Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.

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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 editing.

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

I really like the first book, The Night Weaver and I was part of the blog tour when it came out. I was excited to see that Good Choice Reading was doing another tour for the second book of the series and be able to see what has happened this Rachel’s defeated the Night Weaver.

In this second book, we found Rachel going back to school after the summer fighting and defeating the Night Weaver. She is trying to get back to normal life with trying to continue with her goals and achieving them but it is causing Rachel a lot of stress of trying to achieve all of her goals in getting into a top-notch college. Of course, nothing can go back to normal and easy for Rachel.

While she was stressing out about school, she went into a restroom at the school that is rarely used and something doesn’t seem right when she is in there. While in there, she finds a carving of another student Mercia which is contorted in pain. This doesn’t seem right to Rachel so she goes in search what the craving means with the help with some of the characters from the first book and we get to know some new characters that we didn’t get much information from the first book.

Overall, it was nice to go back to the story and see what is happening. Snyman writing and building the story gives you detail of what is going on and the suspense throughout the book that wants you to keep reading to the end.

Rating: 💜💜💜💜1/2

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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.”

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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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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.”

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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 – Sisters of the Moon by Alexandrea Weis (Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my blog spot for Sisters of the Moon by Alexandrea Weis hosted by Good Choice Reading. Would like to thank the publisher and Good Choice Reading for the opportunity to read the book and give an honest review.

Sisters of the Moon

By Alexandrea Weis

Publishing Date: September 22, 2020

Synopsis:

A monstrous fate will turn a girl into a legend.

On an island in Lake Obersee, where The Sisters of St. Gertrude abide, a destitute Moor named Durra arrives. Sold for taxes, she and her two companions tend to the nuns and their collection of cats. At night, she combs the library for details on the order, the remote island, and the beasts howling outside her window.

But when a prank reveals the sisters’ gruesome secret, Durra is forced to accept a new fate. Bestowed an unearthly power, she must choose between life as a nun or living among the monsters beyond the convent walls.

Her path is about to change the tide in the ultimate war. The war between good and evil.

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About the Author

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight.

Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.

A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes mysteries, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, action, historical, and romance.

Alexandrea Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association.

Find Her Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Review

Rating: 🌚🌚🌚🌚🌚

If you are looking for a supernatural horror story than Sisters of the Moon is a perfect book especially with Halloween coming up this book would go nicely in October TBR.

Three women, Durra, Emily, and Leida are sold to pay others’ taxes and they are taken to a convent on Die Watcher Island. The convent is run by Mother Amelia and they follow the Order of Saint Gertrude. She is the matron saint of cats and protector of women.

The nuns and convent do not appear to be what the three women thought it is. They are told not to go out at night and not to listen to any howling they hear in the night. Durra is curious about what is going on in the convent and why they are so isolated. She is granted permission to read in library and there id where she research about the convent.

Sisters of the Moon is horror story on the surface but it is also a story about sisterhood and the empowerment of women.

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September 21st

Good Choice Reading | Promotional

September 22nd

Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books | Review

September 23rd

Ashley J Reads | Review

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September 24th

2 Girls & A Book | Review

September 25th

Movies, Shows, & Books | Review

Melissa’s Book Nook | Review

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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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Blog Tour – Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black (Review)

Welcome to my blog stop on the blog tour for Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I would like to thank TBR and Beyond Tours and the publisher the opportunity to read and give my honest review on the book. I was excited that I got pick for the tour because I really liked Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black and I was looking forward to her next book.

Chasing Starlight

By Teri Bailey Black

Publisher: Tor Teen

Published Date: August 11, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping ouy musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star – except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects on of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer – maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while on the set of a musical – and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and love the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?

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Review

Rating: 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬

Chasing Starlight is a fun read and the murder mystery part of the book was really good in the way that the plot twist kept you guessing who was the murderer. The setting of Golden Age of Hollywood was perfect for this book. The way Teri Bailey Black wrote the book you can picture all of the scenes in Old Hollywood time and see the characters come to life. That what I enjoyed reading her books because I can visualize everything by her words.

I loved all of the characters in the books but my favorite would be Kate because you could see she was struggling with her past but she wouldn’t let it stop her from finding out who was the murderer. You could see that Kate was growing throughout the book and trying to overcame her fears at the end.

I was surprised to find out who the murderer was at the end of the book. Definitely didn’t think it was that person who did it but thinking back it did make sense that they were the one.

Definitely would recommend Chasing Starlight if you like historical fiction based in the Old Hollywood time period and like murder mysteries.

Honestly, I can’t wait to see what Teri Bailey Black writes next.

About the Author

Teri Bailey Black grew up near the beach in southern California in a large quirky family with no television or junk food, but an abundance of books and art supplies. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She makes an amazing chocolate cherry cake – frequently. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County.

Find the Author Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Blog tour (Review + Favorite Quotes) of Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Welcome to my blog spot for Shielded by KayLynn Flanders hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I want to thank TBR and Beyond Tours and the author for the opportunity to review and share my favorite quotes from the book.

Book Information

Shielded
by KayLynn Flanders
by Delacorte Press
Publishing date: July 21st, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

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Review

Rating: 👸👸👸👸👸

*Spoiler free*

This book was good from the start to the end. I wasn’t sure about the story because I thought Jenna would turned out to be a Princess who would be selfish and not want to help save her kingdom until forced to do so. I was pleasantly surprised that Jenna was selfless Princess who wanted to help save the entire kingdom and was willing to do what her father’s has ask her (after being explained why).

I enjoy majority of the book, it was slow in the beginning but I thought the author was giving us glimpses of who Jenna was and how much she loved her family and the kingdom. It showed how much she was loyal and understood how important her brothel to Prince Enzo was to fight the evil that was trying to destroy the kingdom.

The way Flanders wrote the story kept you guessing who was the one trying to destroy the kingdom. I enjoyed how the romance between Jenna and Enzo was done and it didn’t take over the main storyline. The introduction of Turia’s family especially Enzo’s sisters was really nice especially the friendship they developed between them and Jenna.

I loved Jenna, she was a strong and skilled warrior who do anything to defeat the evil to prevent the kingdom she lives in.

Favorite Quotes

“The same magic used to gain power over others and cause suffering can be used wisely with good intentions and a pure heart.”

“My purpose was to be traded for something more useful than I could be on my own.”

“It is pur legacy to survive and protect.”

About Author

KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over twelve years. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy, will be published by Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) July 21, 2020. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Check out the rest of the bloggers on the tour. Below is the link.

Tour Schedule

Enter the Giveaway:

Prize: One Finished Copy of Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (US only)

Start date: August 3 rd, 2020

End date: August 9th, 2020

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Thanks for stopping and if you read Shielded what did you think?

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Blog Tour (Review + Favorite Quotes) A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

Welcome to my spot in the blog tour for A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to read this book because I love any books about witches. I would like to thank TBR and Beyond Tours and the author Sasha Laurens for the opportunity to review the book.

By Sasha Laurens

Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing date: July 28th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 

Synopsis:

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.

When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?

Set in the atmospheric wilds of California’s northern coast, Sasha Laurens’s thrilling debut novel is about the complications of friendship, how to take back power, and how to embrace the darkness that lives within us all. 

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon| B&N | Bookdepository

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you like reading about friendships, dark magic, demons, curses, and kidnapped boyfriends then this book is for you. The book is about best friends who find a book of dark magic and a boy who comes between them until they have to find him and figure out what evil is taking other teens.

This book help me out of my reading slump that I have been in for the last couple months. The author’s writing style kept me wanting more and turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.

Out of the three girls, I really liked and was my favorite was Alexa. She was a very interesting character and I wanted to more of her in the book. My least favorite was Liss, she was really selfish and self-centered. She was always playing the victim and everything had to be about herself.

Overall, I really enjoyed and loved this book, I’m glad that I was chosen to read this debut YA fantasy-thriller. I am looking forward to more from Sasha.

Favorite Quotes

It was too much – too much power, more than she was built for, and if she couldn’t contain it -“

I just like it, you know? It’s like it helps you forget, for a while.”

But the world is a tangled knot. How do we untangled it.”

About the Author

SASHA LAURENS grew up in Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. After studying creative writing and literature at Columbia University, she lived in New York for years and, at various times, in Russia. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science. 

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

Tour Schedule

Prize: Finished Copy of A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens (US/Canada Only)

Start date: July 28th, 2020

End date: August 3rd, 2020

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