Blog Tour| To Kill A Curse Review + Giveaway

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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share this fun Fantasy Romance with you all today! Be sure to keep reading for my thoughts and a giveaway! Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for including me on this blog tour!

Title: TO KILL A CURSE (A Lingering Sea Novel Book 1)

Author: Jennifer Jenkins

Pub. Date: October 24, 2019

Publisher: Flying Unicorn Press

Paperback, eBook

Pages: 350

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

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Synopsis: Would you touch the one you loved, even if it might kill them?
Antonio, a merchant sailor, has no idea how dangerous Fina Perona is when he rescues her from drowning in the middle of the Lingering Sea. His ship is headed to the home Fina just abandoned, carrying desperately needed payment for her father’s prized wine stores. Pirates attack, and as Antonio and Fina escape the clutches of slavery, she steals back her family’s small fortune from the pirate captain’s quarters. Fina doesn’t need Antonio’s protection, she’s more dangerous than he could ever be, but she needs his experience as a navigator and agrees to give him a cut of the payment in exchange for his help. Returning the money is the only way Fina knows how to atone for inadvertently killing her own brother, but what she doesn’t realize is, before Antonio was a sailor, he was a thief.
While threats of curses, witches, bandits, pirates, and traitors are all very real, Fina and Antonio are the most dangerous players in this story of true love and betrayal. Will they become each other’s demise or salvation as they set out to find redemption and to kill a curse?


“Beware the touch of the snake! Her skin is poison, and she carries misfortune wherever she goes!”

Fina Perona is a walking curse. Those who touch her skin have terrible luck, sometimes lethal, befall them. Since getting cursed, Fina has pushed everyone away for their own safety. Soon she becomes too dangerous for even her own village so she decides to steal a boat and leave the only home she’s ever known. But a terrible storm crashes her little boat and she is saved from the wreckage by a mysterious stranger and a crew on a merchant ship, with her family’s payment and means of survival aboard. As has been since getting cursed, terrible misfortune comes upon her rescuers and they find themselves captured by pirates who are in search of the large chest with her familys money inside. When the pirate captain learns of Fina’s curse, he sees it as a terrible weapon that he wants for himself.

“True, she might not know the world outside of her village very well, but she wasn’t a child. And no matter how good he was with his lock picks or his fancy knowledge of the stars, she would always be the more dangerous of the pair. He just didn’t know it.”

Already planning an escape, Antonio, Fina’s mysterious rescuer, comes to her aide, and together the two are able to flee from the pirates along with the chest of money. Together, they embark on a great journey of adventures, self-discovery, and even though Fina has been pushing people away her whole life, she finds that Antonio is somehow slipping past all her defenses.

“Antonio. A magician of many talents.”

This was an intriguing read. It was a bit slow for the first portion of it but after their escape from the pirates the speed picked up a bit and I found myself invested in the two’s story. Told from the point of view of Fina, and the point of view of Antonio through journal entries, it goes back and forth between the two. Antonio was a very closed off person to Fina but through his journal entries we get to see the happenings in his head. They both have their secrets and hold them close to their hearts which is a bit painful to watch at times cuz all I could think at certain points was dang if they would just tell each other what’s up some of these issues could have gotten resolved much quicker. But alas, they do not. I had a bit of a hard time feeling a connection between the two, it seemed a bit forced at times. I did enjoy the ending and felt it wrapped up nicely. Some points in the plot seemed a little rushed and I wish there could have been more interactions between Fina, Antonio, and the pirate captain. Recommended for fans of high seas adventures, curses that kill, and opposites attract romance. I give this 3 out of 5 stars.

3 stasr

Jennifer-bw-300x200.jpgWith her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta . . . until the writing began. In addition to her Lingering Sea series, Jennifer is the author of the bestselling Nameless trilogy and Teen Writer’s Guide: Your Road Map to Writing (releasing March 2020). She is a co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, and divides her time between reading, taking spontaneous trips, researching random events from the past, and fostering her adrenaline junkie addictions. Learn more at www.authorjenniferjenkins.com

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/21/2019

A Bookish Dream

Review

10/21/2019

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

10/22/2019

Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Review

10/22/2019

Good Choice Reading

Excerpt

10/23/2019

Book-Keeping

Review

10/23/2019

That Georgia Gypsy

Guest Post

10/24/2019

Sifa Elizabeth Reads

Review

10/24/2019

Books & Other Pursuits

Guest Post

10/25/2019

Shelf-Rated

Review

Week Two:

10/25/2019

BookHounds

Excerpt

10/28/2019

Cover to Cover Book Blog

Review

10/28/2019

K.L Novitzke – Author

Excerpt

10/29/2019

Moonlight Rendezvous

Review

10/29/2019

Cuz I’m a Nerd

Guest Post

10/30/2019

Lilly’s Book World

Review

10/30/2019

Ravenousreader

Excerpt

10/31/2019

Don’t Judge, Read

Guest Post

10/31/2019

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

11/1/2019

Life of Female Bibliophile

Review

11/1/2019

Treestand Book Reviews

Review

ARC Review | Cupids Match

Review, Uncategorized

Title:  Cupids Match

Author: Lauren Palphreyman

Genre: YA, Romance

Publisher: Wattpad Books

Release Date: October 1st. 2019

Series: Cupids Match #1


Synopsis: He’s mythologically hot, a little bit wicked, and almost 100% immortal. And he’ll hit you right in the heart . . .
“Miss Black, we have a big problem.”

Lila Black doesn’t believe in matchmaking, let alone soul mates. So then why is she constantly being hassled by the Cupids Matchmaking Service? But this gilded, cherub-bedecked dating agency isn’t exactly what it seems . . . and it’s about to turn Lila’s entire world upside down.

It turns out that Cupids Matchmaking is the real deal. As in, it’s run by actual cupids—who don’t look at all like they do in the paintings—and they have a serious problem with Lila’s “match.” Because this guy shouldn’t be in the system. He shouldn’t have a match. And while he’s irresistibly hot, he’s also incredibly dangerous. Because Lila’s true love match is Cupid. The original bad boy of love. And he wants her.

Now Lila’s once-normal teenaged world has exploded into a mythological nightmare overrun by crime-lord sirens, wrathful cupid hit men, magic arrows that cause no end of trouble, and a mischievous, not-so-angelic love god she can’t seem to stop herself from falling for . . .


My thoughts

When Lila won’t stop being pestered by Cupid’s Matchmaking Service she decides to take it upon herself to go directly to their office and let them know she does not want to receive emails and letters from them anymore. But when the receptionist takes a look at one of the letters she was sent, Lila finds herself being called down into one of the many offices to talk with someone higher up. Someone who is claiming to be a cupid and that Lila has been matched with the original, Cupid himself. Lila learns that a cupid is not allowed to be matched and her being the match for Cupid is very dangerous.

Warned to stay away from Cupid, Lila is sure that it will be no problem. But the next day at school, there’s a new guy. And his name is Cupid. And Lila realizes that avoiding her match might be easier said than done.

“Cupids cannot be matched. And we can’t watch over you forever.”

Cupids Match was a pretty easy read for me. It was full of lots of Greek Mythology references which was entertaining to read. However, I did have some problems with it. All the relationships seemed a bit forced (ahem, whats up with the whole Cal thing??) and I found it hard to connect to some of the characters. I also wish that Cupid and Lila’s whole relationship hadn’t been dragged out for so long. This was a very fun, unique take on the myth of Cupid I just wish that some tediously dragged out scenes were cut a bit shorter. I enjoyed the humorous narration of this and even laughed out loud a few times. Hopefully book two answers the questions that book one left me with. I am giving this 3 out of 5 stars.

3 stasr

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Review|I Owe You One

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Title: I Owe You One

Author: Sophia Kinsella

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Dial Press

Release Date: Feb 05, 2019


Synopsis: Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?


My thoughts

Fixie has always been the fixer in her family- hence the nickname, Fixie. When her lifetime crush comes back into her life, Fixie is drawn immediately right back into his arms. Jobless, homeless, and hopeless, Ryan is the ultimate fixer upper and Fixie can’t help but try to work her magic on him. When a chance encounter with a big-shot business investor, Seb, lands her an IOU, Fixie takes it upon herself to see if that IOU would extend as far as a job for Ryan. When Seb agrees to hire Ryan, Fixie gives him an IOU for the huge favor he did her, and so ensues the ever-growing chemistry and IOU’s between the two.

“I just can’t help fixing things. It’s my flaw. It’s who I am.”

I really wanted to love this book as a whole but sadly I only really enjoyed bits and pieces. Fixie was annoying as a main character in general. And her family is atrocious! Luckily, we did get to see some exceptional growth in all the characters but unfortunately, it did not come until the very end of the book. In the meantime I had to endure the repetitive inner monologue of Fixie, constantly(CONSTANTLY) letting everyone walk all over and put her down. Like come on Fixie, I know they’re family but that doesn’t give them the right to treat you like poo!

“Family is it, Fixie. Family is what drive us. Family is everything. Family loyalty is basically our religion.”

Argh. Luckily, we got the bit of romance with the handsome Seb. The romance with Ryan, thankfully, is brief as he is also garbage. Seb and Fixie had fun banter and chemistry and I liked their relationship. He helped her learn she could stand on her own and that her opinions mattered. Yay Seb! Their back and forth IOU’s were fun and I loved the ending!

So with that, I give this a 3 out of 5 stars.

3 stasr

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Review

Title: Black Dawn

Author: Mallory McCartney

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Series: Black Dawn Book #1


Synopsis: “The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen.

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.”


My thoughts

I enjoyed the premise of this book and the cover of it is so pretty! I just wish it could have been a bit longer to better explain certain aspects. This is a very intricate world that I feel requires a touch more explaining. It is the first in the series so perhaps the next book will have more information. We are immediately dropped into this world and there are a lot of POV shifts that at times make it a tad bit difficult to follow and connect to what’s happening.  There is plenty of action, some romance, and fun fantasy that make it fairly enjoyable read despite the confusion I felt at times. Overall, I liked the book and will be looking out for the next in the series.

3 stasr

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*


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Review: Blind The Eyes

Review

Blind the Eyes by K.A. Wiggins is a YA/Fantasy novel and the first in the Thread of Dreams series.

Synopsis: In a world where hope kills and dreams are deadly, obedience is the only way to survive. But when one girl learns her society’s absolute control and guarantee of safety are both illusions, she risks her hard-won status, her home and her life to rebel and expose its lies.

When haunted teen Cole discovers the state’s guarantee of safety from the nightmarish Mara in exchange for obedience is a fraud, she realizes hers isn’t the only life at stake. Cole needs allies to help her escape execution by nightmare and expose the lies. Now, with a ghost at her back, enforcers in pursuit, and a charismatic rebel leader gaslighting her, Cole must figure out who to trust to bring down the state and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive.

A YA dark fantasy about identity, trauma & taking back your choices. Ghosts and world-monsters in post-eco-disaster Vancouver.

My thoughts

I really wanted to like this book! I thought the cover was awesome and the plot summary seemed very intriguing-however, I just could not get into this book. I found myself getting confused as to what was happening more often than not and had to go back and re-read portions to try and figure out what was going on. Along with the very complicated story line, I also had a strong disliking towards the main character, Cole.  The authors writing style is very visual and different, I loved that she created such a unique world. I feel I would’ve enjoyed this more if it wasn’t so confusing so with that I’ve rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

3 stasr

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: The Pageant by Leigh Walker

Review

The Pageant by Leigh Walker is YA, Paranormal, Romance and the first in The Vampire Royal series.

After the wars, the world as Gwyn knows it has completely flipped. Once rich and well-off, Gwyn and her family are now barely getting by and find themselves selling their more expensive items to afford the basics. A mysterious family is now ruling over the lands. Rumored to be vampires, Gwyn doesn’t know what to believe just that she must do whatever it takes to care for her family. When a pageant is announced and Gwyn is amongst the handpicked to be a contestant, she has no choice but to participate. The prize? A marriage to the handsome, mysterious prince of the royal family. Thrust into a competition she’s not even sure she even wants to win, Gwyn must learn how to survive this new world and how to survive her fellow competitors.

My thoughts

The Pageant was a quick, easy read that I finished in one sitting. Some characters I liked (hello, Dallas) and unfortunately some I did not like as much (Gwyn, honey, please, please, please stop with your impulsive nonsense). While I found the plot to be exciting, I feel like the author could have done a lot more with this. It felt a bit rushed in parts and I wish we could have gotten a bit more details. I rated this 3 stars because I didn’t love it nor hate it. I will be reading the next book in the series because with that ending, how could I not?

3 stasr

*I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*