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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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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 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: 💜💜💜💜

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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Starts: 11 March 2020

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: ⛴⛴⛴⛴⛴

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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Prize: Win a finished copy of THE DEEP by Alma Katsu (US Only)

Starts: 10th March 2020

Ends: 24th March 2020

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