Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

March 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

Another month is over and a new one begins…I didn’t do to bad in reading for March. I have been a lot of audiobooks because I decided to get back into cross stitching and it is nice to listen to a book while I am stitching.

March 2021 Books Read Wrap Up

I read 5 books this month, compare to February I did better at reading. Below are the books that I read this month.

The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis: I started this book at the end of February and finished it in March. It is a historical fiction/mystery where it has the three famous Bronte sisters solving crimes before they became legendary writers. This is the first book in the series and the sisters become involve in case of a missing wife and trying to figure out what happen to her. They also struggle with how women at the time were perceived by society on how they should be at home instead of trying to solving mystery. I enjoyed the book, you could tell the author did a lot of research on the sisters and intertwine a lot of it into the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: This is a YA Mystery, it follows three young adults who are cousins and they are requested to come work at their grandma’s resort who they have never met since their parents were disown before they were born for a reason that they didn’t know why. I enjoyed the book, I thought it was fast paced story and it has a lot of twist and turns that kept you wondering what is going and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. This was the first time I read the author books and I am definitely going to read her other books. Rating: 💚💚💚💚

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Middle Grade Paranormal series, I read this book for TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Group Read, we are reading each book in the series each month. The story follows Cassidy Blake who after an accident, she can see/feel ghosts and she has a best friend Jacob who is a ghost. Her parents are paranormal investigators who start a new reality tv show about hunting and investigating paranormal activity in famous places over the summer. Their first investigation is in Edinburgh, Scotland, this is where Cassidy finds out more about her gift and how she can use it. I don’t usually read middle grade books, but I pleasantly surprised how much I like this book. It was fast paced and kept you reading to find out what was going to happen to Cassidy and it has a spooky feeling to it that draws in. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: The book is based on the murders of Osage Indian Nation members back in 1920s. I read the book for TBR and Beyond Group Read and this is the only second non-fiction true crime that I have ever read. The book is based on the crimes committed against the Osage people and how the FBI after so many years finally solved the murders. I have really mix feelings about this book, I thought it was good and very informative. The author did his research and spoke to the Osage people to get the facts correct and not just going by the FBI reports. My mix feelings about the story is how hateful and privileged white people were and they didn’t think it was wronged that these crimes were being done against the Osage indigenous people. Unfortunately, crimes against indigenous people are still happening today and until actions are done to keep them safe, it will continue to happen. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another TBR and Beyond Group Read, this series is being read part of the Swoon group reads in the TBR and Beyond and we started with the first book in series FBAA. I didn’t know what to expect about this book and wasn’t expecting to like it. I was curious about it cause I was seeing a lot of people mentioning about it and I wanted to see what it was all about. I really really liked this book….it has vampires in it (I am a sucker (lol) for anything that has vampires in it). It does have some romance in it which didn’t bother me and didn’t distract from the story. The beginning was slow at first but it did build up throughout the book, the worldbuilding was done really good and the story itself was done nicely. I have to stay my favorite character as of right now is Hawke and I am interested to see what happens in the next two book in the series. We are reading the second one in April. Rating:❤❤❤❤❤

These are all of the books that I read in March…not bad…glad that I was able to read more than I thought I would. Hoping that I can keep the paced going in April.

Book Haul

Here are the books that I got in March.

Hope everyone had a good March in reading! Did you read anything of the books that I read in March? Which books did you read and which one was your favorite for the month? Did you get any books this month?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

February 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

The month of February is over…month is short and gone by fast. I was hoping to read more this month but I had allowed my mood to cause me to not want to really read much.

February 2021 Wrap Up

I only read 2 books this month and still not in the mood to read to many fantasy books.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: I loved this book…I was part of book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours in February. You can find my complete review here. This is the only fantasy book I read this month. Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce: They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams–their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte. The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she’d given up, what was taken from her, how she’d suffered, surely they’d understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That’s all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive. This was good book…I couldn’t put it down and the ending wasn’t what I expected to be. Rating: 💚💚💚💚💚

This is what I read this month…hoping March will be better.

Book Haul

Here are the books I got in February.

What books did you read this month and which ones were your favorite reads? Brought any books this month?

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Blog Book Tour – The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna (Review)

Welcome to my spot on the book tour for The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I received a copy of the book last year and I was excited to finally get a chance to read it.

Book Information:

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1)

By Namina Forna

Publishing Date: February 8, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity – and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki-near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city hold many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be-not even Deka herself.

Find the book here: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

About the Author:

Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the upcoming epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina has an MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. She works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads.

Find her here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

I have taken off of reading fantasy books because I was getting burned out on the YA fantasy being written with the same theme and it was getting a little too boring for me so I was a little worried that The Gilded Ones would be the same. I am glad to say that it isn’t, I really loved this book. It was refreshing to read a story that had diverse strong female characters.

The story is high fantasy but it does have a lot of topics which deals with racism, misogyny, inequality, abuse, feminism which has diverse empowering characters. The main character Deka is put through hell when it is discovered that she is a demon that was heartbreaking and was hard to read at times. But with everything she went through, we see her grow into a strong female.

Forna did a great job with developing the world and showcasing all of the characters in the story. Even though there were a lot of cringeworthy parts of the story, it is something that was necessary for the story because it shows how these female characters were treated by their male counterparts and how they became stronger to get passed those misogyny beliefs.

The best part of the book for me was friendships between Deka and her bloodsisters. Their friendship deveolped to be strong and they had each other backs. It was refreshing to see it a YA fantasy because they weren’t there to compete with each other but to be there to uplift each other.

I really loved this book and I am looking forward for the next book in The Deathless series.

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Also please check the below virtual tour schedule for The Gilded Ones.

Tuesday, February 9th at 9pm ET/6pm PT

Launch Event

Featuring Actress and Comedian Kym Whitley

Mysterious Galaxy

Located in San Diego, CA / Event vua Crowdcast

Friday, February 12th at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

African Mythology Smackdown

Featuring Authors Jordan Ifueko and Rosanne Brown

Charis Boiks and More

Located in Decatur, GA / Event via Crowdcast

Monday, February 15th, at 7pm ET/4pm PT

Slumber Party

Featuring Authors Dhonielle Clayton, Kim Johnson, and Christina Hammonds Reed

Books & Books

Located in Coral Gables, FL / Event via Crowdcast

Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm ET/4pm PT

YA Author AMA

Featuring Author Stephanie Garber

Brookline Booksmith

Located in Brookline, MA / Event via Zoom

Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm ET/4pm PT

Celebrating YA Black Voices & Activism

Featuring Authors Renee Watson, Frederick Joseph, and Maika & Maritza Moulite

Barnes & Noble

Located Nationally / Event via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

Penguin Teen Canada Zoom Trivia Night

Featuring Authors Amanda Joy and Frederick Joseph

Indigo

Located in Canada/ Event via Zoom

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Blog Tour – Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado (#OwnVoices Reflection & Favorite Quotes)

Welcome to stop for the blog tour Fat Chance, Charlie Vega hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours. I was excited to see they were doing another book tour for Puerto Rican’s author because I don’t see them often. I don’t usually read contemporary books but this interested me and I wanted to read what it was about and I am glad I did.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

By: Crystal Maldonado

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Genre: YA Fiction

Synopsis:

Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometime have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom, Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with a cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing — he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now official a MESS.

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

Find the book here: Goodreads |Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop.org

Crystal Maldonado is a young adult author with a lot of feelings. Her debut novel, FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE Vega (Holiday House), will be released on Feb. 2, 2021.

By day, she is a social media manager working in higher ed, and by night, a writer who loves Beyonce, shopping, the internet, and being extra. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Find her here: Twitter | Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Growing up as brown, glass wearing girl, I would have loved to have a book that the main character represented me in the story. I was not fat growing up but I did relate to how Charlie felt when her mom would nag her about her weight and make comments that were hurtful. My grandma (loved her) would always make comments about my weight and about how big my butt and hips were which she would always say that I needed to try harder to lose more weight. She didn’t just do it to me, she would do it to her daughters, cousins and she even did it to my 5 years son at the time. That is when I finally told her that she needed to keep her remarks to herself and that she needed to look in mirror when remarking on anyone being fat. It is the reason why my mom had ED growing up because her mom (grandma) would make those comments to her constantly and it is the reason why my mom didn’t do it to me and my sister growing up.

One of the other areas that I related to Charlie when it came to her self-esteem, even though I was not overweight I still struggle with how my appearance was and how kids would bully me because I was brown, had glasses, didn’t dress well and was a complete nerdy tomboy growing up. I was a really introvert person who would shy away from people because I didn’t want see them pass judgement about me without even getting to know me first. Middle Grade was the worse but when I went to Catholic high school where we all had to wear uniforms and I was finally attending a school where my cousin/best friend was going too, I started to feel a lot more confident about myself and started to realize that I didn’t need to be just like everyone. I started to realize that being different is ok and being unique was great and I kept that mindset as an adult.

I did have a great relationships with my cousins compare to Charlie, I always looking forward to getting together and having parties with them. It was the highlights of growing up for me and especially look forward to summers because we always had my family gatherings. Also, I miss my mom’s making Puerto Rican food and me eating it. It is something that regret that I never learn her recipes.

This book is great and I would definitely recommend it brown girls that are struggling with their weight, their self-esteem and struggling with their relationship with their parents to pick up this book because it will give the encouragement to not only be yourself but to accept yourself for being who you are met to be.

I really loved Charlie Vega and the rest of characters but I didn’t really care much for her mom because she reminded me to much of how my grandma would make comments about weight, it brought back some memories that I had forgotten about.

I am looking forward to seeing what other books that Crystal Maldonado brings to us.

“I’ve seen what’s it like to be a true outcast, and I just don’t want to give anyone ammunition to make that my reality, so I only let them know a perfectly controlled version of me and my life.”

“What I mean is a book specifically about a fat Puerto Rican girl with glasses. I’ve never once read a story about one, and something about that has always made me feel devastatingly alone.”

“I think about my body, about all of its imperfections, and I don’t necessarily see beauty. Yet. But I’m working on it.”

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

January 2021 – End of Month Reading & Book Haul

Happy Belated New Year! I am back from taking a break before the New Year, I was going to post a wrap up for 2020 and 2021 goals but my grandmother passed the week of Christmas and I needed to take a break. But I am back and hoping to be more active with my blog this year compare to last year. I decided not to really setup many reading goals or blog goals for 2021 because I never met them but I am going to try to read 100 books this year for Goodreads challenge, I did go over the 50 books goal in 2020. I am hoping to at least get to 100 books and so far I am doing pretty good with reading.

January 2021 End of Month Reading

I read 5 books in January 2021, which is pretty good and if I can at least keep reading at least five books each month, I think I will be able to meet my 100 reading goal.

One by One by Ruth Ware: This book was for TBR and Beyond Book Club December group discussion that I was the lead for it. I was hoping that I would like this book because I do enjoy reading mystery/thriller books but I really didn’t like it. I would have DNF if I was leading the discussion for the group. I ended up staying up until 1:00 am just to get it finished because if I had put the book down, I wouldn’t have pick it back up. I know a lot of people enjoy her books but I don’t think her writing style is for me. Rating: 💙💙

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson: The book is the 3rd book in the Truly Devious series and I really loved this book and series. I was introduce to the series by one of Admin/friend in TBR and Beyond Book Club (Samm) and the series doesn’t disappoint. If you enjoy YA Mystery books, then I would recommend picking up this series. It delivers on the mystery and the way Stevie (main character) solves both crimes in two different time period. I am looking forward to the next book in the series called The Box in the Woods coming out 25 May 2021. Rating: 💚💚💚💚💚

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco: I finally decided to pick up the last book in Stalking Jack the Ripper series that follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell trying to solve crimes. The series is YA historical fiction and each book introduces true crime serial killers at that time in history. I was sad to see the series ended because I really do love Audrey Rose and Thomas and reading about their adventure. I hope that Kerri would some day revisit Audrey Rose and Thomas or gives us a book with Thomas’ sister and her lover (I think that would be an interesting book). Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco: Other another Kerri’s book, this is her new series which is YA Historical Fiction about twin witches and the Princes of Hell. This book is for TBR & Beyond Book Club January Group Read. I really loved this book…I couldn’t put it down if it wasn’t for work I would have had read it in one sitting. The book starts out slow but it does pick up and it keeps going and guessing on who killed Emilia’s sister and the other witches. We get introduce to some of the Princes of Hell and Wrath is the one that Emilia summons to find out who murdered her sister.

You can see the chemistry between Emilia and Wrath even though both of them fight it tooth and nail. The other Princes were intriguing too but Wrath definitely keeps staying in your mind the whole time you are reading the book even when he is not in the scene.

Overall, I loved this first book in the series and I can’t wait for the second one, Kingdom of the Cursed comes out later this year. I need to know what happened with Emilia and Wrath. Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado: I will be posting my review which is part of Hear Our Voices blog tour next week – come back to find out what I thought about the book.

So, those are the books I read in January. Notice that I only had one YA Fantasy book that I read, that is due to be being a little burn out with YA Fantasy books and I am trying to read more mystery/thriller and books with supernatural beings in them.

Book Haul

Here are the books I got in January.

What books did you read this month and which ones were your favorite reads? Brought any books this month?

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Blog Tour – The Bitterwine Oath by Hannah West (Review & Mood Board)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Bitterwine Oath by Hannah West hosted by TBA and Beyond Tours. Thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours and publisher for the opportunity to the read. I didn’t know about this book until the tour sign up was sent out and I thought it would be a book I would like to read and I was definitely not wrong.

The Bitterwine Oath

By Hannah West

Published Date: December 1, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Synopsis: Every fifty years, a cult claims twelve men to murder in a small Texas town. Can one girl end the cycle of violence – and save the boy who broke her heart?

San Solano, Texas is a quaint town known for its charm, hospitality, and history of murder. Twice now, twelve men have been brutally killed, and no one knows who did it. A shadowy witch? A copy-cat killer? Or a man-hating murderess? Eighteen-year-old Natalie Colter is sure that the rumors about her great-great-grandmother’s cult of wronged women are just gossip, but that doesn’t stop the true crime writers and dark tourism bloggers from capitalizing on the town’s reputation. It’s an urban legend that’s hard to ignore, and it gets harder when Nat learns that the sisterhood is real, and magical. And they want her to join.

The more Nat learns of the Wardens’ supernatural history, the more she wonders about the real culprits behind the town’s ritualistic murders. Are the Wardens protecting San Solano from even darker forces? As the anniversary of the murders draws near, the town grows restless. Residents start getting “claimed” as this year’s planned victims, including Levi Langford, the boy whose kiss haunted Nat for a year.

Nat knows that no one is safe. Can she and the sisterhood stop the true evil from claiming their town?

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Hannah West is the author of young adult books including The Nissera Chronicles series and The Bitterwine Oath. ​She’s been writing fantasy since kindergarten, when she penned her first tale about a princess who ran away and lived at the top of a flagpole with two loaves of bread. But it wasn’t until she studied abroad in Orléans, France during college that the premise for her first novel materialized. The fairy tale castles, the snowy winter days, and a Disney princess pencil that arrived in a care package from her parents provided the inspiration that allowed her to wrangle all her untold and unfinished stories into a novel. 

Hannah currently lives in the Dallas area with her husband and their two rambunctious rescue dogs. 

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Rating: 💜💜💜💜

The story started out at a slow pace in the beginning of the book but then it pick up speed after 100 pages. The slow paced didn’t bother me because West took time with introducing the characters and background between the two events that happen in different times that help understand what was happened.

The main character Natalie is learning about how her great-great grandmother is connected to murders that happened 100 years ago and trying to find out what and why the murders are happening again to find a way to stop them.

I really like this book especially the way West execution the world building with different genres mix together in the story where you get paranormal (ghosts), witches and horror in one story was done well. She created characters that you wanted to know more about and trying to figure out what they were hiding. The magic system and emphasis on the female friendship was done really well and how important the friendship were for the community.

Overall, it was good book to read and the way it ended makes me think that we might get another book to find out what is going on with Natalie and the small town of San Solano, TX.

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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?

Find it here: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

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.

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

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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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?

Find the book here: Amazon | Goodreads

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.

Find her here: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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 – Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher (Review)

Welcome to my blog stop for Lies Like Posion by Chelsea Pitcher hosted by The Book Terminal Tours.

Lies Like Poison

By Chelsea Pitcher

Expected publication: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

ISBN – 1534470956

Synopsis: Poppy, Lily, and Belladonna would do anything to protect their best friend, Raven. So when they discovered he was suffering abuse at the hands of his stepmother, they came up with a lethal plan: petals of poppy, belladonna, and lily in her evening tea so she’d never be able to hurt Raven again. But someone got cold feet, the plot faded to a secret of the past, and the group fell apart.

Three years later, on the eve of Raven’s seventeenth birthday, his stepmother turns up dead. But it’s only belladonna found in her tea, it’s only Belladonna who’s carted off to jail. Desperate for help, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends to prove her innocence. They answer the call, but no one is prepared for what comes next.

Now, everyone has something to lose and something equally dangerous to hide. And when the tangled web of secrets and betrayal is finally unwound, what lies at its heart will change the group forever.

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Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She is the author of THE S-WORD, THE LAST CHANGELING & THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN.

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I want to thank NetGalley and The Book Terminal Tours the opportunity to read the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really like this book, I am a big fan of thriller/mystery books and I have been trying to find more YA books in the genre and Lies Like Poison hit the mark. The story is based on the mystery of who murdered and four best friend trying to help their friend who is being accused of committing the murdered. This book not is a mystery book, but deals with mental health and queer characters which you see them overcome what everyone else in their town and life expects them to be. What I like the most was that the author gave each of them a chance to tell their story in the book. It wasn’t just stated that they were queer but gave us a information on each one of them.

In the beginning of the book, you do question who actually killed the stepmother because everyone have different stories on where they were and the truth. The story had a lot of twist and turns which kept you reading on finding out who killed the stepmother. I was totally shocked on who actually did the murdered and it wasn’t who I thought it would be.

If you are looking for a YA thriller/mystery book with LBGTQ representation then I would definitely recommend this book.

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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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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