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.

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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

Review| A Pack Of Blood and Lies

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Title: A Pack of Blood and Lies

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Teen and YA

Release Date: April 30th, 2019

Publisher: Twig Publishing

Series: The Boulder Wolves #1


Synopsis: “The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.

Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?

When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him.

Except Ness.

Thus begins a treacherous game.

The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.”


My thoughts

“I lost both my parents and was forced to come back to this hellhole where people look down on me because I wasn’t born with the right blend of chromosomes. What exactly do you think you can do that will hurt me, huh?”

When Ness is forced to return to the pack that turned their backs on her and her mom years prior, she is not happy at all. Forced out of the pack for simply being a girl, she never wanted to see these people again. But news of her moms death reaches her long forgotten family and Ness reluctantly agrees to return with them to Boulder, Colorado. Eagerly counting down the days until she can once again leave, an unexpected opportunity falls in her lap.

“My mother had raised me to go after what I wanted. And what I wanted was to stop another Kolane from being in a position of power. I held on to that as I readied to fight for my beliefs.”

With the Boulders pack leaders dead, a new pack leader must be chosen. But no one is going to go for it except Liam Kolane, son of the previous leader. The thought of another Kolane as leader makes Ness furious.  Not one to back down from a challenge, Ness leaps at the chance to prove to those Boulder boys that she’s got what it takes, even being a girl.

“My heart hardened to steel. My resolve too.”

This was a pretty good werewolf shifter book that made me realize just how much I missed werewolf shifter books. Ness was a tough as nails main character who was sick of being told she was less of a person for simply being born a girl. This book had moments where the flow was so smooth and seamless and then other parts where I was like um, ok let’s get this moving along. I enjoyed the chemistry between Ness and Liam(can you say ENEMIES TO LOVERS YEEHAW) however, like previously mentioned, the will they, won’t they, just lasted too dang long. JUST KISS ALREADY GEEZ.

Besides the middle finger to toxic masculinity, this book was also full of mystery and some crazy twists that will leave you going whaaaaaaaaaat (as well as twist that I guessed miles away) I give this 3.75 out of 5 stars. Soooo close to being 4 stars for me but just didn’t quite make it. That being said I do still want to continue Ness’s story, especially with that ending! I sense a possible love triangle coming up?!

3.75

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

ARC Review| War by Laura Thalassa

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Title: War

Author: Laura Thalassa

Series: The Four Horsemen Book #2

Genre: NA/Romance/ Fantasy

Release Date: July 11th, 2019


Synopsis:They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

The day Jerusalem falls, Miriam Elmahdy knows her life is over. Houses are burning, the streets run red with blood, and a traitorous army is massacring every last resident. There is no surviving this, especially not once Miriam catches the eye of War himself. But when the massive and terrifying horseman corners Miriam, he calls her his wife, and instead of killing her, he takes her back to his camp.

Now Miriam faces a terrifying future, one where she watches her world burn town by town, and the one man responsible for it all is her seemingly indestructible “husband”. But there’s another side to him, one that’s gentle and loving and dead set on winning her over, and she might not be strong enough to resist.

However, if there’s one thing Miriam has learned, it’s that love and war cannot coexist. And so she must make the ultimate choice: surrender to War and watch humankind fall, or sacrifice everything and stop him.”

My thoughts

” When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it ,it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. “
Revelation 6:3-4 NASB

A decade after Pestilence’s last ride, War has arrived. When Miriam comes face to face with him as he takes the city of Jerusalem, instead of killing her, he instead captures her and starts calling her his wife. Completely baffled by this turn of events Miriam finds herself in a terrible predicament, with a front row view of the death and destruction that follows in War’s path, and the alarming realization that despite War’s nature, there could possibly be more to him.

“War thinks humans are the scourge of the earth, but is there anything so powerful as the way we love?”

Book number two of the Four Horsemen did NOT disappoint. Although I felt that this story was slightly rushed at certain points, I completely loved it still! I’m rating 4.5 stars. War was very tough, dangerous, and stubborn but also had a sweet and caring side that was so fun to see emerge as the story went on! Miriam was very stubborn as well and a certified badass with her bow and arrow skills and just all around toughness. They were perfect for each other!

❤”For your soft heart.”😭

Laura once again created a beautifully intricate post-apocalyptic world that I dove right into and did not want to end. This was a huge book but honestly, it didnt feel like it and I wanted MORE😭🤣. I absolutely can’t wait for Famine!

  • Many thanks to Laura for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.