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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.

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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 HΓ‘lendi 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 HΓ‘lendi 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: πŸ‘ΈπŸ‘ΈπŸ‘ΈπŸ‘ΈπŸ‘Έ

*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

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Start date: August 3 rd, 2020

End date: August 9th, 2020

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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. 

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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

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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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Blog Tour: The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy (Favorite Quotes, Review & Giveaway)

Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club.

Book Information

The Redpoint Crux

By Morgan Shamy

Publisher: The Parliament House

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Synopsis:

Fans of The Phantom of the Opera and Black Swan will enjoy this thrilling debut.

When Megan Van Helsburg gets kicked off the U.S.A. Climbing Team, she has no choice but to return home and leave her climbing but to return home and leave her climbing career behind. With no coach, no money, and no prospects, she joins the corps de ballet determined to improve her strength and agility. But the ballet theater is in dire straits. Not only do a series of murders break loose, but the ballerinas are becoming deahtly thin and brain-dead. As Megan investigates, she meets Bellamy, a tortured young man who lives beneath the depths of the theater. Megan falls hard and fast for Bellamy, who becomes her mentor, but something is off about him.

It isn’t until the company announces they’re doing Giselle for the fall performance that Megan realizes the parallels between the ghost story and the lives around her. Megan must find a way to not only save her climbing career, but balance her feelings for Bellamy, and stop the murders and dying girls before she, too, is numbered among the dead.


Review

If you are looking for a complex eerie mystery story that gives you The Phantom of Opera vibes then this book is for you. I enjoy reading a good mystery book that has some romance intertwine in the storyline. The Redpoint Crux gives this to you and more.

The story was written well that you can see all of the characters come to life and the mystery part of the story keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. The romance was not overwhelming and it was done nicely where it kept you on the edge of your seat about these two complex people.

Rating: 🎼🎼🎼🎼1/2

Author Information

Morgan Shamy is an ex-ballerina turned YA writer. She is represent by Kelly Peterson of Rees Literary Agency.

Morgan has been immersed in the arts since the young age of 4, where she trained under the tutelage of Julie and Stacey Orlob. She performed various roles alongside a professional ballet company for over seven years, and has danced on prestigious stages like soloing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She has taught hundreds of girls in her fifteen years of teaching, where some of her students have received full-ride scholarships to schools like School of American Ballet, the Harid Conservatory, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, to name a few.

Morgan discovered writing when her three-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. It was through that experience which instilled the need to share art and magic with children through words on the page. Morgan currently lives with her X-Games gold-medalist husband and four children in the cold mountains of Alaska.

Favorite Quotes

“Jagged rocks. Waves crashing. Her blue scarf tumbling through the stormy skies and escaping toward the ocean. A younger boy leaping into the waves to retrieve it for her.”

Tick tock, goes the clock “

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Blog Tour – Girl With A Rose by Lesile Wolfe (Review & Giveaway)

Girl With a Rose
Tess Winnett Book 6
by Leslie Wolfe
Genre: Thriller, Crime Suspense
Her body is frozen, unable to move. Her eyes are locked on the blood leaving her body in a steady string of droplets, collecting in the bone ash porcelain bowl engraved with intricate gold leaves. Her parted lips let out a shriek that no one hears. He just smiles and wipes her tears with cold fingers.
β€œWow. I think I just fell head over heels in love with a fictional character. Tess Winnett is one of the smartest FBI agents and profilers I have come across yet and with analytical skills to rival Sherlock Holmes. Hats off to Leslie Wolfe for easily the best thriller I have read in this genre for many, many years!” – Manie Kilianon, five stars review on Amazon.
The girl: missing
After fifteen-year-old Kaylee disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is assigned to the case that falls outside of the normal purview of the FBI. With every lead she uncovers, more questions are posed with only one possible, terrifying answer: there are others like her who have vanished, never to be seen or heard from again.
Is there a pattern in these disappearances? What happened to the others who have vanished? Is there a connection, or is Tess chasing shadows?
The first twenty-four hours: critical
Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make, one that could save the life of a young girl: was Kaylee’s disappearance a singular event, or was she the latest victim of a serial killer no one knew existed?
The odds of finding the girl alive drop with every second passing by and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.
The best-selling author of Dawn Girl is back with another suspenseful, gripping crime thriller. If you’re a fan of David Baldacci, Melinda Leigh, and James Patterson, you will enjoy Leslie Wolfe’s enthralling police procedural that will keep you reading until the last page.
What Readers and Reviewers Are Saying About Leslie Wolfe
β€œWolfe’s strong female characters, who all appear to be flawed, never disappoint. ”
β€œThe action is immediate and nonstop, and just when you think you have it all figured out, Wolfe tosses in a twist so masterful that it’ll make your head spin. ”
β€œWow… Leslie Wolfe is an incredible story teller. Can’t wait for more of Agent Tess Winnett.”
β€œLeslie Wolfe has a wonderful ability to make you feel as if you were right there watching the events unfold in this fast paced and nail-biting thriller.”

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Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
A complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at http://wolfenovels.com/order.
Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.
$50 Amazon
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Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

This is the first time I read a book from Leslie Wolfe and I was surprised that I enjoy it. The story was spine chilling and I love novels that have a mystery/thriller in it and this book has it. I wish the novel was a little longer to see Tess Winnets in action.

I am definitely going to check out more of Leslie Wolfe other books especially the ones with Tess Winnets. If you like crime novels, this would be a novel for you.

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Blog Tour (Review and Favorite Quotes + Giveaway ) – The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I was interested in reading this book and I am glad that I was given an opportunity to read the ARC, be able to participate in the blog tour.

Book Information

The Degenerates

by J. Albert Mann
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 17, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Girl, Interrupted, this fiery historical novel follows four young women in the early 20th century whose lives intersect when they are locked up institutionalize them for life.

The Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded is not a happy place. The young women who are already there’s certainly don’t think so. Not Maxine, who is doing everything she can to protect her younger sister Rose in an institution wheee vicious attendants and bullying older girls treat them as the morons, imbeciles, and idiots the doctors have deemed them to be. Not Alice, either, who was left there when her brother couldn’t bring himself to support a sister with a club foot. And not London, who has just been dragged there from the best foster situation she’s ever had, thanks to one unexpected, life altering moment. Each girls is determined to change her date, no matter what it takes.

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Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Unfortunately, my e-book copy had formatting issues which I was only able to read some of the book and get to a couple of quotes. What I was able to read I thought the book was good and get an idea that I would have enjoyed it if my copy wasn’t messed up. I will definitely buying a copy when it comes out on Tuesday. What I read, I thought the author did a good job in writing and highlighting the darkest events that were happening to young girls in the 20th century.

Favorite Quotes

“The world is going to hell in a hand basket .”

“I will bet myself a nickel that this one finds her way out of here within the week.”


About the Author

J. Albert Mann is the author of six novels for children, with S&S Athenuem Books for Young Readers set to published her next work of historical fiction about the Eugenics Movement and the rise of institutionalism in the United States. She is also the author of short stories and poems for the children featured in Highlighs for Children, where she won the Hilghlights Fiction Award, as well as the Highlights Editors’ Choice Award. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is the Director of the WNDB Internship Grant Committee.

Jennifer is represented by Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

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Ends: 25 March 2020

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Blog Tour (Review and Favorite Quotes) – The Deep by Alma Katsu

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my blog stop for The Deep by Alma Katsu hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I was excited about this book because I have not read any books about the Titanic so I was really interested in this book.

Book Information

The Deep

by Alma Katsu
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction, Adult

Synopsis:

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognizes while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

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Review

Rating: β›΄β›΄β›΄β›΄β›΄

The story is told in multiple POV but the main story revolves around Annie Hebbley, she was a stewardess on the Titanic when it had sunk. She had survive and 4 years later she finds herself in the Britannic as a nurse during the WWI. The story goes between the events on the Titanic in flashbacks while Annie is working on Britannic which has been converted into a ship hospital that brings back memories of her time on the Titantic and meeting Mark Fletcher. Annie has connection and is pulled toward Mark and his daughter Ondine.

The story started out slow but it pickup in the second half of the book. The author introduce supporting characters who were real life passengers of the Titanic which made the storyline interesting. The book gives the readers in the first half background of Annie, Mark Fletcher and his wife and why they came to be on the Titantic.

I enjoyed the book with its historical story with paranormal mix into it. It kept the story going and I didn’t expect the story to end the way it did. I becams invested in the story and wanting to know what would happen to everyone on the Britannic.

Favorite Quotes

“For a momeny, the falling feels like something else entirely – like a brief, wild glimpse of freedom.”

“But there is something in her that is hospitable to madness.”

“The call of the void.”

“Something terrifying, some buried, rotting truth that wiggles its way in the core of her, like maggots eating a carcass.”


About the Author

Alma Katsu is the author of The Hunger, a re-imagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist. The Hunger made NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was named one of the best novels of 2018 by the Observer, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books (and more), and was nominated for a Stoker and Locus Award for best horror novel.

The Taker, her debut novel, has been compared to the early works of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for combining historical, the supernatural, and fantasy into one story. The Taker was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by Booklist, was nominated for a Goodreads Readers Choice award, and has been published in over 10 languages. It is the first in an award-winning trilogy that includes The Reckoning and The Descent.

Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. In addition to her novels, she has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. She also is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for several US agencies and a think tank. She currently is a consultant on emerging technologies. Additional information can be found on Wikipedia and in this interview with Ozy.com.

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Blog Tour (Review & Favorite Quotes) – Malice by Pintip Dunn

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Malice by Pintip Dunn. The tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I am excited to share my review and favorites quotes for Malice.

Malice

By Pintip Dunn

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way – because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

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Review

Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

First, I would like to thank The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher for giving me an opportunity to read e-ARC of Malice and give an honest review in return.

The book started out a little slow but it did pick up speed later in the book and continue on fast paced afterwards. I thought the time-travel part of the book was interesting, the way the author wrote it was intriguing, it was a different way of approaching time-travel. The book has a lot in it, it has future apocalypse story line, adventure, romance, and time-travel.

The main character, Alice is a typical teenager who all of sudden start getting messages from her future self. The future Alice informs Alice that she has come to help stop the person who is the virus maker that wipes half of the country in the future. She tells her that the person who invents it is someone who is in the high school.

The process of how Alice’s was piecing together who was the inventor of the future virus was nice to see and you kept second-guessing yourself who it was and I was pretty shocked to find out who ended up being in the end. I like that present-time Alice decided to take a different direction on handling the virus maker because the way future Alice wanted her to do was in my opinion extreme and it would have morally affected Alice if she would have done it that way.

Overall, the writing style was done really well and Pintip pulls you in and makes you want to turn the page to see what happens next. It made me want to continue on to find what happens and if Alice listens to future self. Unfortunately, this is a standalone story, I was a little disappoint because I really wanted to know if what Alice did in the end actually work or not.


Favorite Quotes

“FLAMING MONKEYS. Can’t you see a girl is dying here? Go. Away.”

“Outside of your wildest dreams, that is.”

You’ll do much worse before you become me.”

“My loyalty to the future doesn’t extend to betraying my best friend. Sorry, not the slightest bit sorry.”

“I made a decision. I took an action. And the future will be forever changed because of it.”

“The truth is, if the future is right, if killing you is the only way to save all of those people, I would do it. No single life is enough to justify all that death. All that pain.

“My older self is jaded,” I hurry on. “She’s lost so much, she hurts so deeply, that she can’t see the only thing that might save our world. Hope.”

“It’s changing his relationship with that very same humanity.”

“One step, one kindness, one moment at a time.”

“Sometime, even soul mates won’t fit together if they meet at the wrong age.”


About the Author

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards, the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japaneses Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

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Starts: 4th February 2020

Ends: 18th February 2020

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January 2020 Wrap Up and February TBR

Hello! A little late in posting my monthly wrap up and TBR so I decided to do both in one blog post. My reading in January started out great, I read 6 books but I got burned out with reading so many fantasy books that I needed to take a break. My intention was to read a different genre to finish out strong in January but the last two weeks of the month I decided to watch Netflix series. Sometime you need to take a break from reading so much so that you won’t get into a reading slump.

Here are the books that I read in January and short reviews for each one.

Lie To Me by Kaitlin Ward – The book was good and it was nice to see the main character figuring out her sexuality. Representation of mental illness and depression was addressed in the book. The only thing I wish there was more on mystery/thriller portion of the story play out better and less concentration on the romance between Amelia and Liam. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw – I enjoy the book, it had magic, adventure and some spooky moments in it but the only thing I did not enjoy is the pace and the predictable behind the twist in the book which I figure out in the middle of the story. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes – I love any stories about Alice in Wonderland so I was really excited that a friend suggested for me to pick Queen of Hearts up. I found the series on Book Outlet which I couldn’t resist in getting. I found the retelling to be good and I thought it focus on the political aspect of Wonderland more than other retelling I have read. The book does focus on the darkness and brutality of Wonderland. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the book was that it was really slow and it took awhile to get interesting but other than that I really liked it and planning to read the rest of the series. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I decided for 2020 to complete reading the Shadowhunter series this year. I am working on the Infernal Devices series and I really like this series so far. I enjoy the The Mortal Instrument series, I didn’t know about the order of reading the Shadowhunter series per Cassandra Clare but hasn’t made a big difference for me. When Jem and Tessa was introduce in TMI series, I was hoping we would get separate series about them. I really like this first book of the series, getting to read about how Jem, Tessa, and Will met and how Tessa find out who truly is and her struggle on accepting it. It was refreshing to see the development of the relationship and friendship were in the book. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao – This was good start to fantasy series and debut novel for Amelie. I enjoy learning about the different affinities and how they use them. The world building was done well and the writing style was good. The two different POV between the two characters were nice to read and getting their background on how they came to be in the present time. It took me awhile to get the book finished because I was burning out on fantasy at the time and I need a break before I gave up on the book. I am glad that I did take a break from reading it because I came back with refresh brain and was able to enjoy the book more. I looking forward to next book in the series. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and more authors – I used the audiobook for the book and I like that the book had different narrators which was nice to have. I was excited to read about Simon to see him go through the academy to become shadowhunter and slowly regaining his memories of his friends. My favorite characters from the Mortal Instruments series are Simon and Magnus so I was happy to have book concrerating on Simon. Rating: πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

For the challenges I was participating in January, I was able to get four books read for the TBR and Beyond Menagerie Boardgame.

My January book haul…

My January reading month was pretty good and hoping I have a better February month.

My February TBR…I am hoping to read 7 books this month because I know I won’t be able to get them all read.

How was everyone reading in January? What did you buy in January? What is on your February TBR?

JoAnne

Blog Tour, Reviews, The Fantastic Flying Book Club

Blog Tour – E-Arc Review & Favorite Quotes for Below by Alexandria Warwick

Welcome to my stop on Below (North #1) Blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Would like to thank FFBC and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review and give my favorite quotes from the book.

Below (North #1)

By Alexandria Warwick

Publisher: Wolf Publishing

Release Date: 4 February 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

From the author of The Demon Race comes a YA dark fantasy series inspired by Inuit mythology.

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth – nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face – yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal; find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.

With time slipping. Appay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.

Yuki only plays the games she wins.

Find It Here: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Excerpt of Chapter 1


Author

Alexandria Warwick is the #1 fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. She is the author of The Demon Race and the upcoming North series.

Find Alexandria Here: Goodreads | Website | Instagram


Review

Rating: ❄❄❄❄❄

I received an e-ARC in exhange for an honest review by The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher.

I like that the book was inspired by the Innuit mythology and it was made me want to read it because you don’t see a lot of books that have the mythology in it.

The setting of the book was perfect for the telling of Apaay’s struggles and trials to get her sister’s Eska face back. Apaay found her identity and self-worth in this story with the measage that she is enough and finding herself throughout the story.

Below reminded me of a story about girl who would anything for her family and friends to protect them. Apaay is a relateable character to anyone who is trying to find their place in the world and struggling on finding out their true identity is.

I enjoy this story and I am looking forward to next character in it.


Favorite Quotes

“Apaay held herself absolutely still. She was night, and snow, and hard, glinting ice.”

“Apaay did not see the land as something to divide and distribute. She saw it as something whole.”

“Fear could weaken, or it could make one feel powerful and alive.”

She was Apaay. She was enough.”


Check out the rest of the blog tour by clicking the below link.

Tour Schedule


Click the below link to enter into the giveaway.

Prize #1: Win (1) signed paperback copy of BELOW by Alexandria Warwick (US Only)

Prize #2: Win (1) e-copy of BELOW by Alexandria Warwick (INT)

Starts: 29th January 2020

Ends: 12th February 2020

Giveaway

Have you had a chance to read Below? What did you think of it?