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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?

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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.

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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 – 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.

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

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

Blazewrath Games

By Amparo Ortiz

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: October 6, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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

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

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

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

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#OwnVoices Reflection

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Quotes

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

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

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

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

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Book Blitz – Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I am really excited about this book, I have enjoyed everything that Sarah has written.

Dread the Harvest Moon

By Sarah Glenn Marsh

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: October 13, 2020

Synopsis:

A companion novel to Fear the Drowning Deep, an NPR Great Read of 2016.

Three tasks. Two worlds. One deadly queen.

Always follow the rules.

That’s what seventeen-year-old barmaid Liss Corkill does. She’s never cursed or kissed a boy, and until two years ago, when a mythical serpent kidnapped her, she was never late to anything. She knows that if she were like her free-spirited older sister Bridey who sailed to America just before the Great War, her mother would be devastated. Liss is determined to be what everyone expects, even if that means giving up her dreams.

Unless the faeries make you break them.

When Liss accidentally interferes in a fairy queen’s quest for true love, she’s pulled into the vast and dangerous world of Un-Mann, a magical realm as mistake, Liss must completed three tasks for the queen by the night of the Great Harvest Moonlight, the fairies’s biggest yearly celebration.

Or you find something worth dying for.

Liss’s attempts to complete her tasks are met with constant misfortune, as if someone doesn’t want her to win. But she has powerful friends: the town witch, Morag, and her sister’s best friend Cat, who she’s secretly falling for as they hunt sea monsters by night to protect their home. Sensing a need for inspiration as the final gruesome task draws near, the queen marks Liss’s little sister for death unless Liss succeeds.

Her sister. Her town. Her dreams. If she can’t own who she is and make some new rules, Liss will lose it all.

About the Author

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.

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Can’t wait to read this book.

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Blog Tour – Promo & Giveaway for The King’s 100 by Karin Biggs

Welcome to my spot on the blog tour The King’s 100 hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. Today, I am posting promo spot with a giveaway.

The King’s 100

By Karin Biggs

Publishing Date: July 26, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old princess, Piper Parish, is a disappointment to the citizens of Capalon, a STEM-structured kingdom where innovation is valued above all. Her older sister, the queen, views Piper’s tears during their parents’ funeral as a weakness, not to mention her strange affinity for singing. When Piper receives an anonymous note stating her mother is still alive and living in the enemy kingdom of Mondaria, Piper chooses to risk death and flees Capalon to prove once and for all that she’s not just the queen’s defective little sister. Posing as a Mondarian citizen named Paris Marigold, Piper bumps into a cute black-haired boy named Ari who encourages her to audition for the King’s 100, an esteemed performance court of singers, magicians, and drummers. Piper lands a spot as a singer and dives head-first into a world of glittering dresses, girl-code, sugar, blackmail, and physical contact-all while taking direction from an evil maestro.Under Mondarian law, Piper will be killed if her identity is revealed. But living a life without the freedom to love might actually be the most dangerous risk of all.

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About the Author

Karin earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and served as an event planner for two Big 10 universities and various non-profits for over eight years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She enjoys chocolate-covered peanuts, uninterrupted sleep and singing with other people. Karin lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, cat and dog.

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Finished copy of The King’s 100.

Ends date: October 6, 2020

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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 (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

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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?