Blog Tour| The Bone Thief Review

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Title: The Bone Thief(The Bone Charmer #2)
by Breeana Shields
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 26th 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


Synopsis:
“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.”–Kendare Blake,#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series.A deft exploration of the weight of grief and cost of revenge, Breeana Shields’s Bone Charmer duology reaches its spine-tingling conclusion in this high-octanefantasy-thriller.Saskia returns to Ivory Hall to train in bone magic, determined to stop Latham from gaining the power of all three Sights—past, present, and future. But danger lurks within the fortress’s marrow. Trials are underway for the apprentices, and the tasks feel specifically engineered to torment Saskia, which is exactly what Latham wants.As she grows increasingly more suspicious, her thirst for revenge becomes all-consuming. Together with the friends she can trust and the boy she loved in another lifetime, Saskia traces clues from Latham’s past to determine what he’ll do next.Their search leads them across Kastelia and brings them to a workshop housing avast collection of horrors, including the bones Latham stole from Gran, and theknowledge that the future isn’t all that’s in jeopardy—but the past as well.BOOKLINKS
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51176642-the-bone-thief
Amazon:https://amzn.to/2vBIQ5A
iTunes:https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-bone-thief/id1477062066
B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bone-thief-breeana-shields/1132911542?ean=9781624149306
Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Breeana-Shields
Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-bone-thief-9
Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Breeana_Shields_The_Bone_Thief?id=yoCoDwAAQBAJ

First things first, if you havent read book 1, The Bone Charmer, stop reading cuz ~spoilers~ and go read it! Then come back and reas this review!🤣

So I really liked The Bone Charmer and couldn’t wait to dive back into this world.

This was a great conclusion to the duology! I love the magic involved in it and the idea of bone magic is so cool. We get to see even more of the ins and outs of how bone magic works which I loved. The different timelines scheme of it can be confusing so make sure you’re paying attention! I think the author did a great job in laying everything out and building this world up. Saskia has many obstacles to overcome in this, including grief and revenge, as she works to uncover what Latham has in store for after murdering her mother. The character development is much more in depth in The Bone Thief (as it should be ) and we get even more twists this go around!

It was dark, it was gritty, it was action packed! This beautifully written fantasy is a series you should definitely check out.


AUTHOR INFORMATION

Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The BoneCharmer, The Bone Thief, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage.When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board gameswith herextremely competitive family. She lives near Washington D.C. with herhusband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.AUTHORLINKS
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13582922.Breeana_Shields
Website:https://breeanashields.com/
Twitter:https://twitter.com/BreeanaShields
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/breeanashieldsauthor
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/breeanashields/


TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/03/tour-schedule-bone-thief-bone-charmer-2.html


GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win a copy of THE BONE THIEF by Breeana Shields (US/CAN Only)
Starts: May 20th2020
Ends: June 3rd2020Click HERE to enter!Be sure to check out the giveaway over on instagram❤

Blog Tour| Awful Intentions Blitz + Review

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Title: Awful Intentions
Series: Celestial Bodies #2
Author: Elena Monroe
Genre: Mystery/Fantasy New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2020

Blurb
NYX

I didn’t
know I was so set on truths until I realized my whole life was a lie.

Beingbanished to Arcadia Prep.

banished to Arcadia Prep.

The myths
we though were just empty threats meant to iron out bad behavior.

All of itwas a neatly packaged lie.

was a neatly packaged lie.

Hell ragedin the pit of my stomach and now we were free to wreak havoc on humanity.

in the pit of my stomach and now we were free to wreak havoc on humanity.

LUNA

The truth
was simple: I was a good girl meant to heal the wounded and help uphold the
truth.

I’m the onewho tore the truth down.

who tore the truth down.

I stompedon it and set it on fire.

on it and set it on fire.

I dideverything that didn’t add up to the me I cultivated.

everything that didn’t add up to the me I cultivated.

I was aperfectly packaged lie.

perfectly packaged lie.

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited

After reading Awful Curse (#1 in the series) I was super excited to get to dive into Nyx and Lunas’ story and this delivered! Although I enjoyed the first books couple(Arianna and Bolton) , I reeeaaally enjoyed reading about Nyx and Luna! Their chemistry and tension was great and really got you invested in them! The plot was excellent at drawing you in and there was plenty of action in this. I am really excited to see what is coming next! If you enjoy books with mythology and astrology aspects be sure to pick up this series!

BLOG TOUR| Dark Skies Review + Giveaway

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Dark Skies book tour hosted by The FFBC! I hope you enjoy my review and if interested in a copy for yourself be sure to enter the giveaway!

Title: Dark Skies(Dark Shores #2)
by Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: May5th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis:

A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST

Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of themost powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to thefar side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where herburgeoning powers are sought by both sides.

A COMMANDER IN DISGRACE
Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under thedominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword tothe kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up ina web of political intrigue that will put his oath–and his heart–to the test.

A KINGDOM UNDER SIEGE
With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strikea bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended anddisastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyaltiesquestioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realizesweeps across the world.

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/41438058

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2yYHovx

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-skies-danielle-l-jensen/1133175502?ean=9781250317766

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/br/book/dark-skies/id1477845862

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Danielle-L-Jensen

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/dark-skies-3

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Danielle_L_Jensen_Dark_Shores?id=27ZrDwAAQBAJ


So I just want to start off by saying I read Dark Shores (book numero uno) and loved it! So I was very excited going into book 2. Although this is technically the second book in the series it can be read first as Dark Shores and Dark Skies take place at the same time just with different people.

Dark Skies follows Lydia and Killian as circumstances cause their two paths to crash together. We flip back and forth between the twos perspective so we get a good look into each one’s thoughts. Lydia goes through some exponential growth as her journey pulls her into a world full of magic and bloodshed. She was q great MC and I loved everytime it switched to her POV.

The pace was absolutely perfect in this! I was able to finish it in two days( would have been one if my 4 year old didnt require my constant services🤣❤) and I am so excited for the third and final installment. I did enjoy Dark Skies more so than Dark Shores. I really loved Lydia and Killians characters. The romance in this was way more easy to root for and we really get to dive more into all the fine details regarding the magic systems and the Gods and whatnot. And there was plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat!

I am giving this a 4 out of 5 stars!

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Danielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Trilogy (Angry Robot), theDark Shores series (Tor Teen), and The Bridge Kingdom series (AudibleOriginals). She lives inCalgary, Alberta with her family.

AUTHORLINKS
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091823.Danielle_L_Jensen

Website:http://www.danielleljensen.com/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/dljensen_

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/danielleljensen/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/authordanielleljensen/

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.ca/daniellelynnjen/


TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/04/tour-schedule-dark-skies-dark-shores-2.html

GIVEAWAY
Prize: Win (1) of (4) copies of DARK SKIES by Danielle L. Jensen (US Only)Starts: May 5th2020Ends: May 19th2020

Click here to enter!

Blog Tour|Elysium Girls Review + Giveaway

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Hello book world! Welcome to my stop on the Elysium Girls blog tour hosted by the FFBC! Today I am excited to share with you my review for Elysium Girls as well as some of my favorite quotes.


BOOK INFORMATION

Elysium Girls

byKate Pentecost

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: April 14th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches anda demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader ofElysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was akid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she’s aliar, she knows she’s a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn’t shake her confidence in her ability. Until aterrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa’s exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girlsheaded by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Google Books

If the cover doesn’t draw you into Elysium Girls, the synopsis definitely will. This is pitched as Mad Max meets Caraval and there’s witchy girl gangs and demons and metal horses and WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED.

I was immediately intrigued by the first chapter and from there it only got better! This was such a different mashup of topics and I really enjoyed the uniqueness. The Dust Bowl and Great Depression setting with a town that has been thrust into a ten year battle with Life and Deaths supernatural army. I thought the world building was superb and pretty well drawn out. Kate Pentecost has such a great way of shaping a world it was hard to not be drawn in!

Our MC is Sal who was set to take over as leader for their town but events unfold and she finds herself exiled out into the unforgiving desert with a demon who longs to be human. The only way for them to survive is to join up with a gang of witches. Sal was a pretty good main character. She was easy to connect with and I love a main character that grows and finds herself throughout the book. The witchy girl gang was amaaaazing and one of my fave parts. They were so diverse and fun and a terrific addition to the story.

His heart was human now, through and through. And humanity, true humanity, he realized, was sacrifice.

I found this to be an overall very enjoyable historical/ dystopian/ fantasy read! I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.


Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghostsand rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing iscompletely as it seemsShe holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont Collegeof Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem “SmallTown Witches.”Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 inprint and audio formats.She is obsessed with the Romantic Poetsand can be identified by the enormoustattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston (H-Town, SpaceCity, etc.)

AUTHORLINKS

Website:https://www.katepentecost.com/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17712741.Kate_Pentecost

Twitter:https://twitter.com/Pentecostelle

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/katepentecost/

TOUR SCHEDULE:

http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/03/tour-schedule-elysium-girls-by-kate.html


GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win a copy of ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost (US Only)

Starts: 8thApril 2020

Ends: 22ndApril 2020

Click HERE to enter!

Blog tour| Crave Review + Giveaway + Favorite Quotes

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Hi everyone! And welcome to my spot on the Crave blog tour hosted by The FFBC!

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Crave

by Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Release Date: April 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads |Amazon|B&N | iTunes|Kobo| Google Books:

My thoughts

A Vampire Novel A Day Keeps The Doctor Away. Or something like that.

This was a pretty enjoyable read! I’ve been in a total vampire story mood lately and this hit the spot! The story follows Grace, as her whole life gets upended and she is sent to the middle of nowhere Alaska to live with her uncle and her cousin, Macy. It just so happens her uncle is the headmaster of a prestigious boarding school. So prestigious in fact, there’s like no information on the internet about it. Grace takes it all in stride though, as there is no other choice but to do just that. But upon her arrival she is greeted with a not so welcome party, in that of Jaxon Vegas. His cold greeting to her ends with a grim warning that she does not belong there and basically she will not survive if she stays. I’d be like aight I’m out peace, but our girl Grace just sorta shrugs it off.

I will start off by saying I really loved the chapter headings. They were funny and catchy and I was eager to see each one. This is minor thing I know but hey, it’s the little things. Okay now moving on I will start with the characters. Macy is definitely up there with my favorites. She was funny, understanding, and just an all around cool chick. Our MC, Grace was just alright. I felt her naivety and oblivious-ness to be rather annoying at times and I was like girlfriend, open your eyes something is clearly different her. I don’t know. I mean I guess I wouldn’t want to believe something supernatural was going on at first either. Besides her naivety, she was pretty funny and sarcastic and I loved her inner dialogue.  Jaxon was a very mysterious, interesting character that I wish we could have gotten a bit more insight to. Also, I just am not the biggest fan of insta-love type deals. Ah I’m sorry okay! I really do try to like it, it just grates on my nerves. This luckily wasn’t a shoved in your face insta-love and it did drag out a bit. So maybe insta-love isn’t the correct term. Hmmm how about eventual love. Delayed love?  Eh no that’s not right either. Whatever, you get the picture.

Besides the few issues I had, I really did find the overall story and plot to be very entertaining. There was a wide variety of supernatural themes, not just vampires! Dragon Shifters! Witches! OOOohhhh very fun! I loved all the twists, even if some were predictable. Our villian was truly a villian and even though I did guess who it would be I still felt a bit of shock that I was actually right! This story kept me hooked and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. And that cliff hanger-whoo boy gimme gimme gimme book 2! I am giving this a  3.75 out of 5 stars. I was so close to 4 but just wasn’t quite there all the way.

3.75

Favorite Quotes

“Okay, kid. Here goes nothing!” Philip tells me. Which, by the way, definitely makes the top five things you don’t ever want to hear your pilot say while you’re still in the air.”

“One glance and I know this dark boy with the closed-off eyes and the fuck-you attitude isn’t the hero anyone’s story. Least of all mine.”

“My brain is imploding. I can feel it actually turnings to mush and folding in on itself under the weight of all this new information. I mean who needs LSD when you go to Monster High?”

” But I’ve learned enough about Jaxon to know that he will always cast himself in the most awful light. That he will always choose to see himself as the villain, even if he’s the victim. Especially if he’s the victim.”

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Tracy Wolff author photo, credit Mayra K CalderónNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

AUTHOR LINKS

WebsiteGoodreads |Twitter |Facebook |Instagram

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/03/tour-schedule-crave-by-tracy-wolff.html

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win a copy of CRAVE by Tracy Wolff (US Only)

Starts: 7th April 2020

Ends: 21st April 2020

Click HERE to enter!

Be sure to check out my instagram for another chance to win!

 

Blog Tour | “5 Things I Didn’t Know About Being A Published Author” Guest Post by E. Latimer

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Witches of Ash and Ruin blog tour hosted by The FFBC! Today I’m so excited to be having a guest post by author E. Latimer on “5 things you didn’t know about being a published author” Keep reading for the behind the scenes life of the published life and then an amazing giveaway!

5 THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BEING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR

S 1) Waiting is everything.

I absolutely underestimated the amount of waiting that being an author would require. I think I pictured furiously typing away at my laptop, and then looking at the bookshelves proudly as my book was displayed. It just sort of clicked from one picture to the next in my mind, like a slideshow. There was no long, drawn out period of agonized waiting in between.

But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that publishing moves like a herd of turtles stampeding through molasses. First you wait while your book is on submission with publishing houses, then for your contract to come through, then another few months until you can announce. Then you wait two years for the book to come out. Repeat.

And that’s not counting all the waiting you do while people are reading your manuscript. Beta readers, your agent, that reviewer you really hope will love you. That author you hope will blurb you. It never really ends.

2) The bar can always be raised.

Before I was published, I got into this terrible habit of dreaming about life “after I get published”. Things along the lines of, “I’ll be truly happy when I get published” and “I’ll be more confident when I get published” and, “my hair will be super shiny and fall in perfect Disney princess waves at all times after I get published”.

Spoiler, none of that happens. I’m more satisfied, yes. And I’m even a little more sure of myself. I confidently write in “author” at the doctor’s office when they make me fill out the forms. I no longer flinch when I’m at a wedding and someone asks, “So what do you do?” But the problem is, once you reach the bar you’ve set for yourself, you tend to reach up and give it a little nudge. You know, just push that sucker up a little higher.

Maybe I won’t be truly happy until I sell the next book. Maybe my hair won’t be super shiny until I hit the NYT bestseller list (I hear that’s a common side effect).

Eventually I learned to catch myself thinking like this and now I attempt to put a stop to it. To coach myself to savour every milestone I reach, and to look back on the journey once in a while, to see how far I’ve come. It’s good to be driven, but it’s also good to celebrate your achievements.

3) Seeing your book on the shelf never gets old

I knew seeing my published book on the shelf for the first time would be exciting, but I didn’t know I would tear up the very first time in the middle of Indigo Books. I also didn’t know the feeling would never fully go away.

With Witches of Ash and Ruin out on the shelves now, I have two books out, and it never fails to make some kind of impact when I see them out in the wild. Sometimes I’m just wandering the bookstore and it almost takes me by surprise, other times I’m honing in on the “L” section like my cat going for that slice of cheese on the coffee table.

Either way, seeing my book there always feels a little surreal.

4) Imposter syndrome doesn’t go away

Maybe this is a symptom of above, but the same way I can never fully believe I made it onto shelves, wow, I also regularly wonder if at some point the people at the bookstore will realize I’m a total imposter and throw my books out.

Or that my publisher will wake up one morning and think, “Wait, why did we publish this person?” and the jig will finally be up.

Every time I’m in front of an audience, or on a panel, I wonder if I really have any right to be here. The first time a reader came up to me and said I was her favourite author I was completely stunned. My friend later told me that I just stared at her like a deer in the headlights. It was like my brain just stalled out, I couldn’t process it. Thankfully the poor kid’s mom had the presence of mind to ask for a photo, and my brain coughed back to life and I became a functioning human being again.

5) Each book is different, and it never stops being exciting.

The same way that seeing my book on the shelf never gets old, the writing process doesn’t seem to either. I don’t even know how many books I’ve written by now (many of them will never see the light of day) and every time I start another one, the process seems completely new. In a way, it’s a bit scary, I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. But it’s also exciting, because I never know what’s going to happen. If this book will be even more fun than the last one, if it will be even better. If the writing process is going to transcend every experience I’ve had up until then.

I thought things would be scarier when I got published, like maybe I’d be writing for other people instead of myself after that, but thankfully at this point that hasn’t happened. I still write for myself. I still write the story I want to tell and the one I’d want to read if I could pick anything in the world off the shelf.

I hope it keeps being that way no matter how much I publish. That no matter how many books I have on the shelf, the writing process will stay fresh and exciting. That I’ll always be eager to discover new worlds, and the potential the blank page has.

E. Latimer is a fantasy writer from Victoria, BC. Her middle grade novel,The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray was published by Tundra Books, and was recently nominated for the Red Maple Fiction Award.In her spare time, she writes books, makes silly vlogs with theWord Nerdsaboutwriting, and reads excessively.Her latest novel,Witches of Ash and Ruin, will be released Spring/Summer 2020from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

AUTHORLINKS

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About Witches of ash and ruin

Title:Witches of Ash and Ruin

by E. Latimer

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Queer

Synopsis: Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash ofwitches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy andA DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; theaftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the returnof her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really mattersto her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that arecomplicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic,arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at oddswith the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their covenleader.And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the bloodsymbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has longgone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods,andDayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stopthe Butcher, one of them will be next.With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping,mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutalmythology set against a backdrop ofcontemporary Ireland that’s impossible to put down.

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42773037-witches-of-ash-and-ruin

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2Tunj6P

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/witches-of-ash-and-ruin-e-latimer/1132410677?ean=9781368052252#/

iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781368054317?mt=11

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Witches-of-Ash-and-Ruin-E-Latimer/9781368052252

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/witches-of-ash-and-ruin-2

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/E_Latimer_Witches_of_Ash_and_Ruin?id=AQAAAEAsPW99UM


TOUR SCHEDULE

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops by clicking here!

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win (1) copy of WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN by E. Latimer (US Only)

Starts: 16th March 2020

Ends: 30thMarch 2020

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Blog Tour| Salty Bitter Sweet Review

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SYNOPSIS: A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped … especially when the chances of things heating up with an intriguing boy and becoming a food star in the kitchen are both on the chopping block.

Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.

The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?

Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.

How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?


When Isas grandmother passes away, her family goes to ruins. Add on top of that her parents divorce, Isa knows her life will never be as it once was. Going to live with her father and his new wife in Grance, the only upside to this turn of events is being a mere distance from a world renowned chefs kitchen. Hoping to piece back the pieces of her old life, Isa is anxious to excel in the lucrative international apprenticeship she was able to obtain in hopes of getting an internship with the renowned chef. But still dealing with grief of losing both her abuela and her parents divorce, Isa is finding it much harder to do than she originally thought.

Overall I did enjoy Salty Bitter Sweet. It was a sweet coming of age story. Isa had great growth as the story progressed and I loved all the FOOD in this. Mmm it made me so hungry. The slow burn romance was fun I just wish the love interest would have been someone other than her new stepmoms step son. This story touches on dealing with grief, the trials and tribulations of growing up, and family. While I found the first bit of the book hard to fully get into, I really started to get into it around the halfway mark. This was a quick read that gave me all the feels. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars

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Mayra Cuevas is the author of the YA romcom SALTY, BITTER, SWEET (Blink/HarperCollins), to release on March 3, 2020.

She is also an accomplished writer and TV producer for CNN Worldwide.

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Thursday, March 5th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

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Friday, March 27th: Run Wright

AUDIOBOOK TOUR| Nite Fire: Flash Point Review + Character Interview+ Giveaway

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Audiobook Blog Tour: Nite Fire by C.L. Schneider

Author: C.L. Schneider

Narrator: Cassandra King

Length: 15 hours 51 minutes

Series: Nite Fire, Book 1

Publisher: C.L. Schneider

Released: Nov. 30, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

Slated for execution, shape-shifting assassin Dahlia Nite flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race, burying the truth that could destroy them all.
But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. When Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.
Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again: home.
Flash Point is the first audiobook in the Nite Fire series.

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C.L. Schneider is an award-winning author of immersive fantasy fiction, including The Crown of Stones Trilogy and the Nite Fire Series. Born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river, she penned her first novel at age sixteen on a typewriter in her parent’s living room. She currently resides in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley with her husband and two sons.
To learn more about C.L. Schneider, and the worlds she creates, visit clschneiderauthor.com where you can read reviews and excerpts, subscribe to her newsletter, and join her Street Team. An active part of the indie author online community, you can often find her on social media, chatting about the daily ups and downs of a writer’s life.

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Narrator Bio

Cassandra is a professional actor from New York. She works with a private acting trainer and has been making her way into the voice over world. Becoming an audiobook narrator was a great way to combine her desire to act and her passion for literature. She is currently working on book 2 of the Nite Fire series entitled ‘Chain Reaction’ as well as a Warhammer 30k fan film called ‘Death of Hope’. In addition to reading and acting, Cassandra also enjoys anime, sports, cooking, and traveling.

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This is my first novel I’ve read by CL SCHNEIDER but certainly wont be my last. I was completely drawn in from the first chapter! The main protagonist of Nite Fire is a strong, badass female dragon shifter. Dahlia was once living in her magical realm of Drimera, but when events lead to her being sentenced to execution, she must flee to the human realm. And there she lives for 100 years bouncing around from town to town disposing of creatures from her world that threaten the humans. She is currently working alongside the police as an arson investigator, assisting them with jobs trying to keep her world apart from the human world. Soon though, her city is under attack from one of her kind. And as she struggles to uncover what is happening , she realizes she may just have to return home.

Nite Fire is basically an urban fantasy mixed with murder mystery and I absolutely loved it. It was full of twists and turns and the plot was dark and gritty and DRAGONS. I loved Dalia and her character overall and really enjoyed all the side characters. The character development was well fleshed out and it was easy to connect with the. With action abound, I was on the edge of my seat the whole story eagerly waiting to find out what was going to happen next.

The narrator for the audiobook version of Nite fire was Cassandra king and holy cow was it fun listening to! She did so great narrating and I love all the different voices characters were given. This was such an entertaining story all around and I can’t wait to dive into the next book!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.L. Schneider. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Dahlia Nite, Protagonist of Nite Fire: Flash Point
  • You weren’t born on our world. Tell us about Drimera and your life there.
    • Drimera is ruled by the powerful dragon-queen Naalish. Though, she’s more of a tyrant than a queen. Below her are lesser dragon kings, each in charge of their own tribes. Laws are enforced by the Guild, a military style organization that sticks its nose in whatever business Naalish decides is hers. My kind, lyrriken, we do all the heavy lifting and all the dirty work. We’re born from the mating of a male dragon in human form and a human female. We can’t reproduce ourselves. When we try, a mutation occurs. And the creature we give birth to… It isn’t worth the risk. Our existence is entirely dependent on the dragons, and they make sure we know it. Which makes us born beholden and willing to serve. Free will is not a concept on my world.
    • The Guild chose me for their ranks when I was young. They educated and trained me. I worked hard for years to earn my place among them. Eventually, I gained command of my own squad, and the queen’s favor. Back then, it was all I’d ever wanted.
  • What do you miss the most about your home world?
    • The sense of belonging, the camaraderie that existed between lyrriken—especially between those of us with in the Guild. Aside from living, working, and training together, many of us grew up together. Our connections weren’t built on friendship or love. Most lyrriken find such emotions cumbersome and pointless. Our solidarity was based more on mutual respect, commonalities, instinct, and shared experiences. We had the same goals and hopes, the same love for our home, and the same desire to please our queen. Except, none of it was real. My entire upbringing was fabricated and manipulated. We were brainwashed, tortured, abused. And we asked for more because we believed we had the greatest purpose of all: to serve those who gave us life.
    • So, if you take away all that bullshit, what I miss most is the smell of the air. And the twin moons. With all my travels to other worlds, I’ve never seen their like. All I had to do was look up at the sky, and know I was home.
  • A lyrriken is half human and half dragon. Of all three species, which do you feel the closest to?
    • Humans. Though, if you’d told me a hundred years ago that would be my answer, I would have laughed at you. Fifty years ago, even twenty, I’m not sure I could have answered it at all. I was a fugitive when I left Drimera. My early years here consisted of one long blur of running. Then it was decades of investigations, fake IDs, cover-ups, shitty motels, truck stops, and dive bars. I struggled with things like connections and trust. I still do. But it’s different now. I’ve found something here in Sentinel City. For the first time, I’ve let myself form real connections. And they’ve rooted themselves deeper than I could have ever predicted.
    • It scares me, sometimes. That I have something to lose now. I have a life. It’s not one you would consider normal. I’m never going to have that. I’m not a 9-5, white-picket-fence kind of girl. I’m still investigating monster sightings and covering them up, but I work as a consultant for the SCPD now. I have a job, an apartment. I have friends who care about me.
    • It’s my version of a normal life. And I’ll do anything to protect it.
  • Lyrriken have special abilities, powers one might would consider “superhuman”. What gifts did you inherit from your dragon father? Which is most important to your survival?
    • All lyrriken are born with rapid healing, longevity, strength, heightened senses, and the ability to shift between our scaled lyrriken forms and human. We also have offensive powers such as: the generation and manipulation of fire, water, air, land, and a talent for crafting illusions. In rare cases, other psychic abilities can manifest.
    • I’m one of those rare cases. Aside from being able to produce and wield fire, I’m also empathic. Though fire is my go-to weapon in a fight, my empathic ability is directly related to my survival on this world. It’s allowed me to understand and experience the emotions of others on a level that’s foreign to other lyrriken. I can read, see, and experience only the negative (things like grief, regret, loneliness, fear, anger).
    • Humans are inherently emotional creatures. While I’ve come to know them well, they still manage to surprise me. And if a species can thrive this much, carrying around the weight of so much trauma, they’re worth my protection and respect. Neither of which I would feel so deeply if not for my empathic ability.
  • If you had to choose one of your forms for all eternity, which would you pick?
    • Damn. You don’t pull any punches, do you? The closest I’ve come to happiness is here in this place, in my human form, with these people. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be lyrriken. No matter how comfortable I’ve grown with my human half, no matter how much they’ve come to feel like home, I will never be one of them. I was born scaled. I don’t think I could live without that part of me.
  • Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?
    • I’ve never had time for hobbies. Though my self-appointed sidekick, Casey Evans, has recently turned me onto the art of binge-watching. Does that count?
    • Fun is tracking down a mystery. Solving a case. Knowing you’ve saved lives. Maybe you see that as more rewarding than fun, but every mystery is its own roller coaster. And solving it comes with an adrenaline rush bigger than any ride in the amusement park.
  • Do you have a role model?
    • Not anymore. There was a time when I worshipped Queen Naalish. She was everything to me. She was everything I wanted to be. Until I realized she was a calculating, cold-hearted, manipulative bitch. That about did it for me and hero worship. But there are human traits I’ve come to admire and aspire to. My partner, Detective Alex Creed has a sense of morality and justice that just won’t quit. The energy and eagerness that Casey Evans brings to every situation, no matter how dark and dangerous it is; I wish I could see the world the way he does. I wish I could see myself the way he does.
  • What do you consider your greatest strength? What’s your greatest weakness?
    • I have the same answer for both those questions: I don’t give up. Depending on the circumstances, that’s a strength. Other times, not so much.
  • Do you have any quirks or bad habits?
    • Hmmm…maybe a few. Tequila, whiskey, beer, coffee, junk food, energy drinks—those things will kill you. I’m hard as hell on clothes and quick with a punch. I drive too fast. I curse like a ship-full of drunken sailors. Creed will tell you I crack bad jokes at highly inappropriate times. But I mostly do it to piss him off.
  • If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, what would you do in the time you had left?
    • Well, I wouldn’t tell anyone my time was up. Being empathic, I deal with enough negative emotions on a daily basis. Processing someone else’s grief over my impending death—no thanks. I’ll pass.
    • As far as what I’d do with the time… I’d grab an extra-large coffee and walk the streets of Sentinel City a while. Alone. At night. Just soaking it all up one last time. Then I’d grab the few friends I’ve made here and bring them to my favorite bar: Nadine’s. The place itself is nothing special. Just a dark, dingy, little jazz club. But the tequila is top shelf. And the ice cream is to die for. Okay, maybe the bad jokes aren’t just for Creed.

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Blog Tour| Wild, Wild Rake Review + Giveaway

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Title: Wild, Wild Rake
Authot: Janna Macgregor
Genre: Historical Romance
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Publisher: St Martin’s Press


Synopsis: Wild, Wild Rake, the next sweeping, emotional, witty, and sharp romance in the Cavensham Heiresses series from beloved author Janna MacGregor.

Her first marriage was an epic fail.

Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it’s a blessing when she’s widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She’s lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry?that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town.

Can he convince her to take another chance at happily ever after?

Devan Farris–charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon’s son’s guardian–is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn’t have to meddle in her affairs; he’s not one to trod on a woman’s independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she’ll have nothing to do with a vicar with a wild reputation–even though he’s never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside–a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can he prove that he wants to love and care for her. . .until death do they part?

This was a fun and sweet historical romance!

The story begins with our main character, Avalon who is trapped in a marriage with Richard, a man whom her parents picked for her to marry and who is an absolute garbage person of a man. When he meets his demise, Avalon is free to raise their son on her own and doing what she pleases. But then Devan Farris is sent to keep an eye on her and her son. Not quite wanting to do just that, Devan reluctantly agrees to and tutor her son and perhaps do some digging on Avalon, or as he likes to call her, Ms Warlock. But the longer he’s their the more sparks fly and the harder it becomes for them to fight their feelings for each other.

Ah. Don’t mind me I’m just over here swooning. I loved this romance! Devan and Avalon were so perfect for each other! They start out as enemies and their banter is so. fun. Enemies to lovers is one of those tropes that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of🤷‍♀️ Avalon and Devan each go through a pretty big growth as the story goes on and I was here for it, particularly Devans growth. Although the beginning was slow the pace really started to pick up and pull you in after a few chapters in. I found myself grinning like a fool by the end.


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Blog Tour| The Insurrection Review

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About The Insurrection

Hardcover:320 pages Publisher:Permuted Press (February 18, 2020)


SYNOPSIS: They are protected by lies. He is armed with the truth. Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America. Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bureau, which never expected them to survive the expedition, will do everything in their power to prevent New America’s darkest secrets from getting out. Drayden’s only hope is the insurrection led by ally Kim Craig. The David versus Goliath battle between good and evil, between truth and lies, will push Drayden to his breaking point and require bravery, self-acceptance, and above all, belief in himself. Backed by the will of the citizens, he’ll need to engineer an ingenious strategy to defeat the all-powerful authoritarians. The question is, will it be enough? Social Media Please use the hashtag #theinsurrection and #theinitiationseries, and tag @tlcbooktours and @realchrisbabu.

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About Chris Babu

Chris Babu is a lifelong math and science geek, with a math degree from MIT. For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street. Now he writes full-time, indulging his love of young adult books. He splits his time between New York City and the east end of Long Island, where he lives with his wife Michelle, daughter Lily, and Great Dane Buddy. He’s the author of The Initiation and The Expedition, and can be found at chrisbabu.com. Connect with Chris on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The Insurrection is the third and final book in The Initation series. Since it’s a continuation of a series I will try to leave my review spoiler free.

I love a good dystopian book and this series was amazing! This takes place in a futuristic New America where our main characters are fighting against corrupt government. This picks up right where book 2 left off which was great. I hate when theres like weird time jumps in between books. I feel like there’s not much else I can say about the plot that won’t spoil things though🤔🤔 the characters go through some crazy growth throughout the series with the best definitely being in this book, it’s amazing. I loved the high suspense of the plot and all the action that’s packed into this. It was a fast moving story and I found myself staying up far too late reading it.

This story had me eagerly tearing through anxious to get to the end. Soooo good and a great conclusion to the series! I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

*Review copy received in exchange for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to TLC book tours for including me on the tour!