A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians

Happy Friday to you!

I hope your week is overflowing with bookish delights.

 

 

  • Series: The Shadow Histories (1) (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Redhook (June 23, 2020)
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A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world.

It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos.

H. G. Parry, is the author of ,The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep.

 

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

A spellbinding tale of revolutions and magical realism set during the Age of Enlightenment.

An impressive, serious historical fantasy with aeaders of London, Paris, and the Caribbean.

This astonishing tale cleverly interweaves the turbulent events of the French Revolution and slave abolition. The author adds a wonderful twist, where magic is confined strictly to the aristocracy in the European countries. There is a breathtaking scope of political intrigue that had me glued to the pages. H. G. Parry lush writing  is reminiscent of classical English literature. Perfectly poised verbiage that inlines with this era of history.

The Magic is all that I hoped it would be, perfectly balanced with historical aspects of the storyline. All in all it’s a captivating magical, reimagining of key moments in European history. Where Imperialism and colonialism were in place and if you know your history they focus on the suppression of others.

H G Parry has created an exceptional book, that offers the reader a well researched historical tale with a captivating magic system. Let me say that I was impressed with the ingenious, meticulously researched historical facts that are woven into an epic fantasy world. The cliffhanger hanging ending will have you wanting more.

The well developed cast of characters include some notable historical figures such as William Pitt the Younger, William Wilberforce, Maximilien Robespierre, Camille Desmoulins, and Toussaint Louverture.

The reign of terror, French Revolution, The very effective, brutal slave revolution of the French colony of Saint Domingue, which is currently the sovereign state of Haiti.

The madness of King George of England, along with incredible magical realism.

This book has been my favorite so far this year.
I definitely recommend this to my friends and family .


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-Magic
-Vampires
-Necromancy
-France’s Robespierre is a necromancer
-Britain’s Prime Minister William Pitt is a mesmerist (among other things)
-Toussaint Louverture is a weak weather mage the focus in
-Fina, a slave in the French colony of Saint Domingue, who’s magical ability is a force to reckoned with.

 


“Its the ones we love that know the most dangerous ways to hurt us.”

“They were each vulnerable to the other. Perhaps there was a power in that.”

“He was right about one thing: the Revolution had made him, as a person, a husband and a writer. It had given his his language. The trouble was, it was a language far more permanent than Camille’s own convictions.”

 


 

 

THE CROW RIDER Book Tour + Review + Playlist

Hello Book Babes Welcome To My Stop On The Crow River Blog Tour.

I Am Featuring A Play List + Review

Giveaway

The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2)

by Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

A stunning conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people.

This next installment in this duology takes off immediately after Storm Crow ended.

Thia, and her magical storm crow Res, narrowly escape Illucia. Seeking alliances with other kingdoms Thia, gathers her friends in preparation for war against the Illucians and their Queen Razel.

Res exhibiting a vast incredible variety of powers, that are not normal in Storm Crows. This new development has come to a surprise to all. Thia will need to learn the actual extent, and degree of his Storm Crow abilities, to be able to properly train him. This will be critical to all when they are in thick of some dangerous battles.

Thia has to come to the extent of Res’s expanding abilities and train him in a way that which proves critical in upcoming battles. Impending war with Illucians and their notorious Queen inevitable, as she sought to destroy Thia’s kingdom and all their magical crows.

The second half of the book is were things really take off, as the authors seamless narration proves her captivating ability to draw the reader in.

The book multiple pacing is written in a way to me that adds tension that builds leading to some stellar battles scenes.

The book has just amount of Inter workings of political drama that wasn’t overly done or didn’t overshadowed the fantasy experience for reader in this novel, along with more adventure and light world building that continues. I am in mind to think that this book in the duology is definitely more character driven. Which I absolutely loved our main character here, Thia, and thought that she was an extremely well-written, realistic, believable and compassionate character. I was seeking the truth and wanting answers right along beside her.

The emotional and mental health battles that are depicted in the first book, Storm Crow, continues on this stunning second installment. Which makes for more of fleshed out three dimensional characters. As the struggles and ultimately growth of the main protagonist is notable. With that being said I personally loved Res, and his characters is fabulous written. HIs dramatics are enjoyable and adds delight to the reading experience.

An absorbing, and a highly compulsive binge read, with its action packed beginning to the satisfying ending, that tided up all the loose ends and made for a great stunning storyline.

Kalyn Josephson currently works as a Technical Writer in the tech industry, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. Though she grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology and a degree in English (Creative Writing). Currently, she lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay Area and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an ever tinier owl). THE STORM CROW is her debut novel.

June 23rd

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Emelie’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
BookCrushin – Review
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Adventures and Reading – Review

The Writer’s Alley – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

June 25th

Kait Plus Books– Interview
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist

The Reading Chemist – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 26th

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
dinipandareads – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Bibliophagist – Review
Bookablereads – Promotional Post

June 27th

A Gingerly Review – Guest Post

Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Little Mouse That Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review

June 28th

Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Playlist
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books and Zebras – Review
The Pages In-Between – Review + Favourite Quotes
Booked J – Review + Playlist

June 29th

Hooked on Bookz – Review + Favourite Quotes

Cover Reveal

 
 

Title: Things That Should Stay Buried

Author: Casey L. Bond

Genre: YA Epic Fantasy/Mythology

Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen

Cover & Trailer Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services

Publication Date: August 28th, 2020

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

 


Blurb: 

Some destinies are written in the stars. Others must be bought with blood…

The Zodia are real. Clawing their way from a long-forgotten tomb, they emerge, ravenous to claim everyone born under their star signs. Plotting to resurrect kingdoms no human knew existed, they are driven by a hunger for vengeance against the one who buried them: Aries.

 

Larken is a natural born sprinter, but even she can’t outrun the darkness closing in. A shelter-in-place order has been issued, causing widespread panic. Some brush the alarm off as a drill, until people begin to disappear… vanishing without a trace. Left with only one option, Larken’s brother does what he must to save her life… and calls forth Aries.

 

Considered a traitor by his own kind, only Aries has the power to stand against the Zodia. But he can’t do it alone. Mystically bonded to Larken, the pair must band together for the fight to come if either hope to make it out alive. Neither anticipated the passion that would ignite between them. Yet, in a world suddenly thrust into chaos, it may be the key to their survival.
The Zodia are out for blood with their attentions inexplicably focused on Larken. When long buried truths finally come to light, will their love be their salvation or their curse?

“A mesmerizing and haunting twist on a familiar tale you don’t want to miss. “ – Cameo Renae, USA Today bestselling author of the Hidden Wings Series

 

“Casey L. Bond reaches for the stars to bring us Things That Should Stay Buried. The Zodia are beautiful, dangerous and to die for.”- New York Times Bestselling Author Chanda Hahn

 


 
 

Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn’t tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he’s the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.
 
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at http://www.authorcaseybond.com.

 

 
 

REBEL SPY Blog Tour + Review

Today is the day,

I have a wonderful book that I am excited to

share with you. Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour of

Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi, which is being hosted by @FFBC !

@rossibooks. @delacortepress

Rebel Spy

by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: June 23rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

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A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355–a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War–perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and the novels of Julie Berry.
Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather–and she takes it.
Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty–but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true “355” and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.

CBEED1A0-5692-4B11-90C2-0713387D7BB0This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

“During the American Revolution, General George Washington employed a ring of spies in and around New York City, the headquarters for the British war effort in North America. These spies identified themselves in their letters by code numbers. One was known as “355,” which stood for “lady.” To date, her true identity remains unknown.”

A coming of age historical fiction that will catapult you back to the American Revolution era. Inspired by true “355” the author Veronica Rossi delivers a stellar Historical Ya Fiction, with atmospheric details and intrigue.

1776, living on Grand Bahama Island, fifteen year old Francisca Tasker has suffered the loss of her mother. Left in the care of her abusive alcoholic stepfather Sewel, who’s way of making a living is “wrecking” diving old shipwrecks looking for sunken spoils to capitalize on.

Taking things into her own hands when it becomes clear that her stepfather has matrimony on his mind with Frannie. She takes advantage of a once in lifetime chance when a storm leaves a devastating shipwreck in its wake. Leaving no survivors, The wreck provides the perfect opportunity for escape. Assuming the identity of a girl who closely resembles her own self, by the name of Emmeline Coates. Fannie escape is sealed when learning that the young woman has lost her entire family in the shipwreck, and the she will be put on the next ship bound for New York, where her new guardian is located.

The ship happens to full Loyalists, she has a chance meeting with a young man, Asa Lane who leaves a profound impact on young Frannie.  He is an American rebel, who stands for liberty, and complete American independence from the long reaching tyrant King of England.

Frannie’s new position as a highborn lady of society in New York, gives her the perfect vantage point for transferring intelligence. The constant balls and soirées gives the new Emmeline Coates an opportunity to mingle with the British soldiers milling around at the events she attends. This collection of information is then transferred to well developed network of spies working for George Washington.

Finding something more to life than the bonds placed on woman during this time in history. Frannie’s adventurous spirit leads her to a new direction one that might ultimately be her downfall..

The storyline is well paced with reveals that come at just the right time, the authors narration and the writing flows effortlessly and smoothly. Making this book a fast read one that I completely inhaled. A Ya historical fiction that I was captivated from the beginning all the way through until the very end. Great character development and the growth of the main POV is noticeable. The authors descriptive writing constructs a world with lifelike characters, all the while giving the reader front row seats throughout all the events in this compelling engaging book.

VERONICA ROSSI is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the UNDER THE NEVER SKY series. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, grew up in California, and graduated from UCLA. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, one of whom just surpassed her in height. Find her online at veronicarossi.com or on Twitter at @rossibooks.

June 23rd

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The Little Mouse That Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Tea.Books.Magic – Review
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Pages In-Between – Review
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

June 25th

Wishful Endings – Guest Post

Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Your Words My Ink – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lisa Loves Literature – Review
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Vee Reading – Review

June 26th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Sophie Reads YA – Review
Indie and Diverse – Review + Favourite Quotes
Pawsome Reads – Review
The Crazy Rich Bibliophile – Promotional Post

June 27th

Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Adventurous Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes
Volumes & Voyages – Review
My Bookish Escapades – Review + Favourite Quotes
Annej Reads – Promotional Post

June 28th

Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
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June 29th

The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes

100 Pages A Day – Review
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June 30th

A Gingerly Review – Guest Post

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The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts
by Jenetta James

Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance

A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never dreamt of living in a house as grand as Veronica Gardens, but the nanny’s quarters are a perfect fit for a young woman in need of a job. Wealthy financier James Cavendish and his twin girls quickly find her indispensable to their happiness, but Josie is still searching for her future.

Then the great house reveals the first of its secrets, and the tragedy and romance of one era are brought into sharp relief with another.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

About the Author

Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego.

She is the author of “Suddenly Mrs Darcy”, “The Elizabeth Papers” and “Lover’s Knot” as well as a contributor to The Quill Ink series of anthologies, “The Darcy Monologues”, “Dangerous to know”, “Rational Creatures” and “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl”.

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Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee Book + Review

Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1)

Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: June 23rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.
Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.
And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.
Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.
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FOREST OF SOULS + REVIEW

Happy Book Birthday 

Today I partnered with  @lorimlee82@pagestreetpublishing @pagestreetkids @ownvoices 

#ForestofSouls #LoriMLee #pagestreetya
#fantasy #asianfantasy #pagestreetkids, #newrelease, #Gwendalyn_Books_ 

Thank you for this gorgeous book!

The earth is black with last night’s rain—a perfect morning for shadows.”

– Lori M. Lee, Forest of Souls

Book 1 in the Shamanborn Series.

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

Illustration by Charlie Bowater.
Design by Laura Benton.



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Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Page Street Kids for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

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This comes with a high cost since Shamanborn have been outlawed because of ignorance and fear. Sirscha and Saengo, go deep into the Dead Wood t


Forest of Souls is an intense, dark, eerie chilling, and suspenseful Ya fantasy novel that immediately drew me in and held my interest right until that shocking and action-filled ending. This book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down. I raced through this one! #myownvoices


Forest of Souls is a mesmerizing dark YA fantasy filled magic inspired by Hmong shamanism. It follows Sirscha, an orphan, leading a meaningless life. Longing for something more, biding her time in the Queens army, accompanied by her best friend Saengo. On a routine journey operation, a fight breaks out between some Shamanborn. Saengo is dealt a mortal blow resulting in his death.


Sirscha takes things into her own hands and does the unthinkable, she accidentally brings her back to life. Not only Saengo is brought back from the dead, but now Sirscha now has the distinct glowing eyes of a Shamanborn.  This comes with a high cost since Shamanborn have been outlawed because of ignorance and fear. Sirscha and Saengo, go deep into the Dead Wood to locate the notorious Shamanborn, the Spider. She must learn to master her elemental powers and help the Spider King control the soul in the creepy Dead Wood. She finds a kindred Spirt with persecuted shamanborn. All the while more sinister forces are at play for Saengo and Sirscha

A dark ominous fantasy with strong themes of friendship and loyalty, along with political intrigue. A stunning path to discovery and acceptance, Sirscha  story coming of age is thought provoking and captivating. Incredible world building along with the friendship makes this book stand out above the rest. The ending was superb with a massive cliffhanger that immediately sets up for the next installment in this stunning series.

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This comes with a high cost since Shamanborn have been outlawed because of ignorance and fear. Sirscha and Saengo, go deep into the Dead Wood to locate the notorious Shamanborn, the Sremembered their shamanborn friends and relatives, but for everyone else? The ignorance bred fear.”


“The crush of so many expectations is matched only by the fear of not measuring up. I press my palms to my temples. Fear is not a wall. It is a whip at my back, driving me onward.”

Today I partnered with  @lorimlee82@pagestreetpublishing @pagestreetkids Tha

Thank you for this gorgeousbook!

Sisters Of Sword & Song Book Tour + Review + Giveaway

Hello Friends

Hope You Are Enjoying Your Weekend


I’m so excited because today is my stop in the SISTERS OF SWORD AND SONG with @theffbc! This new standalone by @beccajross is an exceptional Ya Fantasy Book

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Sisters of Sword and Song

by Rebecca Ross
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 23rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.
After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.
Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

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𝘼 𝙥𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙪𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙠𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙙.

𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙚.

𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙙.

𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠.

 

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross is a exceptional adventurous YA fantasy,

A must read with incredible world building and in-depth pantheon style ofmythological gods. Set in a vividly lush alternate Ancient Greek world. This Ya book will ultimately draw you in from the moment your eyes set upon the first page. The story focuses on two very different sisters, Evadne and Halcyon. The incredible sisterly bond between Halcyon and Evadne is true heart of this tale.

The tale opens up with Evadne, along with the rest of her family anxiously waiting the return of legendary warrior sister. This is to be her first scheduled visit home in eight years. Everything comes crashing down, when the night before Halcyon shows up and something is terrible wrong. With her Comander Lord Straton, hot on her heels, Halcyon is running for her very life.

When dire things come to light, that will ultimately have Halcyon accused and tried for the accidental murder of her shield mate, Evadne will stand up and shoulder some of the sentencing when she agrees to work for five years for Lord Straton, in exchange for her sister’s shorten her time. Even though the eldest warriors sister was destined for greatness and great things.

I found myself taken in by sister who longs for magic and finds herself a scribe to Comander Lord Straton, mage son. There is a slow burn romance that was done perfectly. The Magic system is done with care allowing the reader to be completely entranced. The authors seamless narration and amazing vibrant world building is one you won’t forget. The magic, and how it’s inherited manifestation in mages, and the artifacts that are circulated throughout the mortal world and uses sublime.

There is adventure and political intrigue, along with core values of good and evil. The mythology of the Gods and Goddess in this wonderful book is by far one my favorites to this date. The strength of the novel lies in the authors depiction of the sacrifice and strength of the force of sisterly bonds between the two main protagonist.

This book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down. I raced through this one! I have to say this book definitely stands above the rest, with its incredible writing and appealing characters, and lush atmospheric imagery.

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𝙏𝙤 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣
𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨

𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙜𝙤, 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙙𝙤𝙢 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙜𝙪𝙣, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙙𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙜𝙤𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙨. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙙, 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙚, 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙥𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙙𝙨. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙙, 𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙣. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙛𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙙𝙨. 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙖 𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙙𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙧, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨. 𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙗𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙗𝙗𝙮𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨, 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙜𝙖𝙥𝙨, 𝙩𝙧𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙫𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮.”

𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙙𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙜𝙤𝙙𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙢𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙙, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙡𝙚𝙛𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙙𝙤𝙢, 𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙫𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙩 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙡𝙚𝙛𝙩 𝙗𝙚𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙞𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝘾𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙚, 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙚 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝙎𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙧𝙖 𝙤𝙛 𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙜𝙪𝙣. 𝙏𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙 𝙖 𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙮 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘, 𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙤𝙣 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙙. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙟𝙤𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙈𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩. 𝙐𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙬, 𝙀𝙫𝙖𝙙𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙝.”

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, lively dog and endless piles of books. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from UGA. In the past she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college.

June 17th

June 18th

Pooled Ink – Guest Post
Books.Bags.Burgers – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sleepydoe Reads – Review
TheGeekishBrunette – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book-Keeping – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Dream Cast

June 19th

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Captivated Reading – Review
The Clever Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 20th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 21st

NovelKnight – Guest Post
The Bookish Ballad – Review + Favourite Quotes
L.M. Durand – Review
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 22nd

Hooked on Bookz – Review + Favourite Quotes
BiblioJoJo – Review
Kait Rose – Review + Favourite Quotes
Wishful Endings – Review
Port Jericho – Review

June 23rd

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

Jinxed Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes

 

The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth

Today is my stop on the The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth is captivating historical fiction

#HFVBTBlogTours #historicalfiction #Australia #bookboost RedDoor Press Alison Booth Author

The Philosopher’s Daughters
by Alison Booth

Publication Date: April 2, 2020
RedDoor Press
Paperback & eBook; 356 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage dispossession.

London in 1891: Harriet Cameron is a talented young artist whose mother died when she was barely five. She and her beloved sister Sarah were brought up by their father, radical thinker James Cameron. After adventurer Henry Vincent arrives on the scene, the sisters’ lives are changed forever. Sarah, the beauty of the family, marries Henry and embarks on a voyage to Australia. Harriet, intensely missing Sarah, must decide whether to help her father with his life’s work or devote herself to painting.

When James Cameron dies unexpectedly, Harriet is overwhelmed by grief. Seeking distraction, she follows Sarah to Australia, and afterwards into the Northern Territory outback, where she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.

Her rejuvenation begins with her friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her growing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand seeking revenge.

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Praise for The Philosopher’s Daughters

“A lyrical tale of wild, frontier Australia. Evocative, insightful, thought-provoking.” -Karen Viggers, author

?”Booth is superb at the small detail that creates a life, and the large one that gives it meaning.” –
Marion Halligan, author

“Delicately handled historical drama with a theme of finding self, both in relationships and art, backed by issues on race relations in Australia and women’s rights.” -Tom Flood, author and editor

About the Author

Alison Booth was born in Melbourne, brought up in Sydney and has worked in the UK and in Australia as a professor as well as a novelist. Her most recent novel, A Perfect Marriage, is in the genre of contemporary fiction, while her first three novels (Stillwater Creek, The Indigo Sky, and A Distant Land) are historical fiction spanning the decades 1950s through to the early 1970s. Alison’s work has been translated into French and has also been published by Reader’s Digest Select Editions in both Asia and Europe. Alison, who holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, is an active public speaker and has participated in many writers’ festivals and literary events.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 15
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 17
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Thursday, June 18
Guest Post at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, June 19
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, June 20
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, June 23
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Wednesday, June 24
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Friday, June 26
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Monday, June 29
Review at A Darn Good Read

Wednesday, July 1
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Friday, July 3
Feature at I’m All About Books

Monday, July 6
Review at Impressions In Ink

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Philosopher’s Daughters! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

The Philosopher’s Daughters

 

The Woman in the Green Dress Book Tour

The Woman in the Green Dress
by Tea Cooper

Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Thomas Nelson
Paperback, eBook, & AudioBook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 


A cursed opal, a gnarled family tree, and a sinister woman in a green dress emerge in the aftermath of World War I.

After a whirlwind romance, London teashop waitress Fleur Richards can’t wait for her new husband, Hugh, to return from the Great War. But when word of his death arrives on Armistice Day, Fleur learns he has left her a sizable family fortune. Refusing to accept the inheritance, she heads to his beloved home country of Australia in search of the relatives who deserve it more.

In spite of her reluctance, she soon finds herself the sole owner of a remote farm and a dilapidated curio shop full of long-forgotten artifacts, remarkable preserved creatures, and a mystery that began more than sixty-five years ago. With the help of Kip, a repatriated soldier dealing with the sobering aftereffects of war, Fleur finds herself unable to resist pulling on the threads of the past. What she finds is a shocking story surrounding an opal and a woman in a green dress. . . a story that, nevertheless, offers hope and healing for the future.

This romantic mystery from award-winning Australian novelist Tea Cooper will keep readers guessing until the astonishing conclusion.

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Praise

“Readers of Kate Morton and Beatriz Williams will be dazzled. The Woman in the Green Dress spins readers into an evocative world of mystery and romance in this deeply researched book by Tea Cooper. There is a Dickensian flair to Cooper’s carefully constructed world of lost inheritances and found treasures as two indomitable women stretched across centuries work to reconcile their pasts while reclaiming love, identity and belonging against two richly moving historical settings. As soon as you turn the last page you want to start again just to see how every last thread is sewn in anticipation of its thrilling conclusion. One of the most intelligent, visceral and vibrant historical reads I have had the privilege of visiting in an age.” —Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

“Refreshing and unique, The Woman in the Green Dress sweeps you across the wild lands of Australia in a thrilling whirl of mystery, romance, and danger. This magical tale weaves together two storylines with a heart-pounding finish that is drop-dead gorgeous.” —J’nell Ciesielski, author of The Socialite

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Australian historical fiction writer, Tea Cooper, has written an Incredible compelling historical fiction is set in two timelines. Meticulously executed, The Woman in the Green Dress is a stunning atmospheric novel that weaves historical facts with engaging fiction. Della and Fleur are the leading ladies in this storyline that takes the reader between 1919 at the end of the war and in 1853 in colonial New South Wales.

A mesmerizing story that keeps you guessing, as the plot line unfolds and all the pieces come together to solving of a sixty-six-year-old mystery.

This riveting story has all the perfect elements for a superb storyline with suspense greed and murder. A non stop read with all it’s twist will have glued to the pages, all the way through to the end climatic satisfying ending.

I was taken in by this wonderful mystery, the author gives a creative tale with scientific discovery, and lovely bit of romance.

#TheWomanintheGreenDress #historicalfiction #gwendalyn_books_

About the Author

Téa Cooper is an award-winning, bestselling author of Australian historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 16
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Wednesday, June 17
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Interview at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Thursday, June 18
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, June 19
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Saturday, June 20
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, June 22
Review at Captivated Pages
Review at Books and Backroads

Tuesday, June 23
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, June 24
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, June 26
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Saturday, June 27
Review at A Darn Good Read

Sunday, June 28
Review at Rejoice in Reading

Monday, June 29
Feature at I’m All About Books
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Tuesday, June 30
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 paperback copies of The Woman in the Green Dress! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Woman in the Green Dress

 

THE GLAMOURIST Book Tour + Review

I’d like to begin by thanking The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher for choosing me to be a part of this tour. Please check out the other stops along the tour for other reviews, playlists, and other fun posts about this book and the author, Luanne G. Smith.

Check out the full tour schedule here!

Giveaway

For information on the giveaway, visit my Instagram page later today for your change to win copies of both books and more!

The Glamourist (The Vine Witch Series #2)

by Luanne G. Smith
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: June 9th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
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A spellbinding novel of bloodlines, self-discovery, and redemption by the author of the Washington Post bestseller The Vine Witch.
Abandoned as a child in turn-of-the-century Paris, Yvette Lenoir has longed to uncover the secrets of her magical heritage and tap her suppressed powers. But what brave and resourceful Yvette has done to survive the streets has made her a fugitive. With a price on her head, she clings to a memento from her past—what she believes to be a grimoire inherited from the mother she never knew. To unlock the secrets of her past, Yvette trusts in one woman to help solve the arcane riddles among its charmed pages.
Elena Boureanu is the vine witch of Château Renard, noted for its renowned wines. Even as she struggles with her own bloodline—and its poisonous threat to her future—Elena can’t ignore a friend on the run. Joined by a cunning thief, the proprietor of an enchanted-curio shop, and a bewitching black cat, Elena and Yvette are determined to decode Yvette’s mysterious keepsake. But what restless magic will be unleashed? And what are Yvette and Elena willing to risk to become the witches they were destined to be?
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The Glamourist

Vine Witch #2)

by Luanne G. Smith

Out Now from 47North

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Luanne G. Smith has done it once again in the, The Glamourist, book two in The Vine Witch Series. This book is next installment, and you won’t be disappointed.

An absolutely spellbinding historical fiction seeped in magical realism. A captivating impressive storyline of self discovery.

Glamourist, by Luanne G. Smith is a magical infused historical fiction. This enchanting book superbly picks up right after the events following The Vine Witch.

Though this book can be easily read as a standalone, I’d definitely would recommend reading the first book in the series, The Vine Witch.

Yvette Lenoir has been transformed and whisked away by a desert sorceress, Jinni named Sidara. She finds herself wish bond and back in the enthralling city of lights, Paris. A city where the the young witch is known as criminal with a hefty price on her head. Seeking to find answers to her heritage, and unlocking keys to her past. Yvette was abandoned by her mother at a young age and placed into the care of a mere mortal. She has always felt inept with her magic, and with out proper training she is unable to fully use her powers.

Elena Boureanu, is a revered vine witch at Château Renard. Recently engaged to the present owner of the Vineyard, Jean-Paul. Elena and her fiancé are now in Paris to address changes to her witch status by witch board. Who have revoked her registration from Vine Witch to Poison Witch. Seeking her own answers to her parents and lineage she crosses paths with her recently acquired friend Yvette Lenoir.

Luanne G. Smith has created an compelling narrative, and the atmospheric storyline catapults you into the 20th century Paris. Resonant with imagery period details, along with a quick, brisk pace. A thrilling read that captures your full attention from start to finish by this immensely talented author.

I really enjoyed the strength of both leading females character. Their development and growth a long with the fleshed out side characters should be noted. The ominous presence, and the delightful black cat, along with the impressive magic system made far an absorbing and highly compulsive read.

This stunning book of witches and thrilling magic will delight and captures you with its engaging suspense. I’m really excited for the next installment which gives the desert sorceress, a Jinni named Sidara her own story.

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Luanne G. Smith is the author of THE VINE WITCH, a fantasy novel about witches, wine, and revenge set in early 20th century France, and the forthcoming second book in the series, THE GLAMOURIST. She’s lucky enough to live in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, a glass of wine at the end of the day, and finding the magic in everyday life.

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Allisa White’s Book Blog– Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads– Review + Playlist
A Bookish Dream– Review
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf– Review.+ Playlist

June 11th

Kait Plus Books– Interview
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Wishful Endings– Review
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June 12th

The Shelf Life Chronicles– Review
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The Clever Reader– Interview
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TERRAFRMER Official Book Tour

Print Length: 348 pages
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
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Language: English
ASIN: B084Z551M6


Praise for TERRAFORMER“I was rooting for Astra and entranced by the seamlessly crafted world of TERRAFORMER! Colleen Houck gives you a chilling glimpse into what can happen when technology and nature collide.” —Kimberly Derting, author of award-winning young adult novels The Body Finder, The Pledge, and The Taking“A richly imaginative page-turner!” —Melissa Landers, bestselling author of Blastaway, the Alienated trilogy and the Starlight duology

A new dystopian sci-fi YA series from the New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck

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NOTE: NO RESCUE ATTEMPTS WILL BE MADE

In the future, a terraforming ship lands on a perfectly green planet.
Two perfect young men, one a budding colony leader, the other an engineer, compete for the affection of one perfect young woman training as a botanist.
The only problem?
She’s not perfect.
Astra has a secret.
A big one.
And someone or some thing just maybe trying to kill her for it

   

Deadly toxins can be hidden inside the most beautiful flowers.

That’s what Astra Meador’s famous biophysicist mother taught her.

As her mother’s apprentice, Astra has developed skills in botany, chemistry, medicine, and, most importantly, in keeping secrets.

In fact keeping Astra’s secret was the reason her family decided to leave the Earth and join a terraforming mission to colonize a distant planet called Crillain IV. But when Astra wakes early from hypersleep, she discovers that her mother never made it onboard, her father died in transit and his body has been ejected from the ship, and she suspects that she’s not the only one awake.

When the ship finally lands and she’s reunited with her brother, Nash, Astra hopes to settle into a new life, especially when she meets the charming young engineer, Jax, and is recruited by the mission commander to train alongside his handsome son to be a future leader of the small colony.

Then Astra learns that she’s not the only one with a dark secret.

As both young men contend for her affection, Astra searches for answers, trying to determine who to trust. But with theft and murder occurring in the colony along with the sudden disappearance of her beloved brother, Astra can’t listen to the whisperings of her heart, especially when someone or something else on the planet is whispering to her mind even louder.

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A Song Below Water

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Today I have Book Review
And A Giveaway

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Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (June 2, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250315328
ISBN-13: 978-1250315328



Praise for A SONG BELOW WATER

“Morrow expertly and smartly explores race, bigotry, oppression, and injustice against a backdrop of ordinary life with a dose of the supernatural added to the mix. A Song Below Water is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike. ” ―Booklist, starred review

“Morrow has deftly woven a contemporary tale with mythical elements to take on the invisibility and marginalization of Black women, touching on issues such as misogynoir, body image, social justice, and generational trauma. Empowering and innovative. Morrow elevates mermaids and sirens to ­legitimate and compelling vanguards for social change.” ―School Library Journal

“A watery and melodic crossroads of the real and the mythic, A Song Below Water lures readers with its seductive and beautifully black siren song. An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” ―Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series

“I love this book so, so much! Bethany C. Morrow delivers a blistering modern classic with this gorgeous tale of friendship and power. A Song Below Water somehow manages to be intensely happy and sad at the same time and all in the balance of great, riveting storytelling. The best YA novel I’ve read all year.” ―Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

“Morrow masterfully blends the real lives of Black girls in contemporary Portland with a mythic world of sirens, gargoyles and other supernatural creatures to create a compelling coming-of-age story in which two sisters, bound by love and fate, find their voices and their power.” ―Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Award Winner, author of Trail of Lightning and Star Wars: Resistance Reborn

“Empowering and full of surprises, A Song Below Water reminds us how important it is to use our voices, even when we’re afraid. Morrow has created a world that’s both familiar and brimming with fantastical creatures, and the result is timely, necessary, and utterly captivating.” ―Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish

“A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren’s song, A Song Below Water is irresistibly compelling.” ―Heidi Heilig, award-winning author of The Girl from Everywhere

“The world is lush and intense, the voice intoxicating, and the message eternal. Morrow will have you under her spell from page one.” ―L.L. McKinney, author of the Nightmare-Verse series

“A compelling tale packed with endlessly inventive magical concepts, blazingly current social commentary, and heroines you’ll fall hopelessly in love with. I’m obsessed.” ―Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex series

“A Song Below Water is a lush, colorful, and deeply moving masterpiece about mythology, the sometimes masked evils of racism, and all the ways the world hurts black girls. An irresistible and perfectly bewitching read that I couldn’t put down!” ―Jay Coles, composer and author of Tyler Johnson Was Here

“A Song Below Water is a captivating tale about the magic of sisterhood and the importance of being seen for who you truly are.” ―Parker Peevyhouse, author of The Echo Room

“An exciting new contemporary fantasy. In this parallel world, black female empowerment is standing up for yourself and others while simultaneously navigating love, physical and emotional violence, and the responsibility of immense supernatural power.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

You can purchaseA Song Below Water at the following Retailers:
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An intriguing urban fantasy that weaves social injustice with mythology.

A slow building paced book,  set in Portland Oregon, the narration is told from between two POVs, Tavia and Effie’s. The author includes sever key elements of racism, misogyny, and modern social injustice. A clever premise, interesting world building. I did struggle somewhat with execution of the book, but overall it was a solid read. Urban Fantasy is a bit tricky for me personally. Fans of this style of writing will be captivated and love mythology and vibrant main characters. The dialogue was spot between the two friends and I really enjoyed this and thought their friendship was wonderful.

Song Below Water is a deftly weaves coming of age struggles that deals with some tough issues, racism, prejudice, and broken family dynamics.

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Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat splitting her time between Montreal, Quebec, and upstate New York – yet another foreign place. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology (but took notable detours in the Film and Theatre departments). Following undergrad, she studied Clinical Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work.

Though sociology and forensic psychology will always be among her passions, writing has been a lifelong endeavor. Whether in novels for the YA or adult market, novellas, short stories, stage plays, television pilots or short film scripts, Bethany’s speculative literary fiction uses a focus on character and language to engage with, comment on and investigate worlds not unlike our own.

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The Kinder Poison Book Tour + Review + Giveaway

Hello Bookish Friends Today I have a Fabulous Ya Fantasy

 

The Kinder Poison (The Kinder Poison #1)

by Natalie Mae
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: June 16th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, this enthralling fantasy adventure follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.
Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.
All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.
With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.
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” All good stories start with bad decisions. Kinder Poison

Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae is an exceptionally written YA Fantasy,

This book will grip from the very first page, to the dramatic shocking ending.

Zohra is a lowly Whisperer able to communicate with animals, living in a land where magic and the ones born to it are supreme. Her best friend Hen hatch a plan that if all goes well she will be able to accompany her friend and be a spectator in a deadly competition. When things go wrong, and Zohra miscalculates the outcome of using her mothers name. She is thrown into an epic survival adventure of a lifetime. When she is forced to join the race as the unwilling sacrifice. She will need use all her wits just to stay alive.

The god-king, the Mestrah is very ill and has invoked a deadly competition called The Crossing to choose between out of his three offspring who will ascend his throne.

Magnificent book with rich detailed world building, and a stellar magical system that will appease hard core fantasy lovers. You are thrown right into a beautiful, vivid and established world with fully fleshed out characters, with betrayal, sibling rivalries. This book was so entertaining and extremely hard for me to put down. I raced through this edge of your seat thrill ride of a book. Political intrigue, and most powerful and esteemed lord over the lesser.

I absolutely loved the narration and writing as it flows seamlessly. Zohra character is incredible her snarky vibrant personality is one you can relate to. All of the other characters were three dimensional and well fleshed out. The storyline pace was brisk and vividly rendered. You find yourself completely immersed in this world all the way through the stellar ending that will make you crave the upcoming sequel.

NaTaLiE MaE is an ex-programmer, dessert enthusiast, and author of young adult novels. She has also been a freelance editor and Pitch Wars mentor, and feels it notable to mention she once held a job where she had to feed spiders.

She now writes full-time at home with a bag of dark chocolates in one hand and a leopard cat on her lap. She is most definitely not checking Instagram right now.

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A Royal Kiss Blog Tour + Review

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A Royal Kiss & Tell

London, Julia 

FICTION/Romance/Historical/Victorian 

Mass Market | HQN Books | A Royal Wedding #2

On Sale: 5/19/2020 

9781335136978

$7.99

$10.99 CAN

SUMMARY:

Every prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…

Every young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand—except one. Handsome roué Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember Caroline’s name, and the insult is not to be tolerated. So Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure Leo never again forgets: sees that scandalous morsels about his reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.

Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it is ruining him. More important, it jeopardizes his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of British government. Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…
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 This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Royal Kiss and Tell is the story of Caroline and Leopold who we met in the first of this series, The Princess Plan.{ The Princess Plan }

Julia London’s -A Royal Wedding Series-

The story begins where book one, A Princess Plan leaves set in Victorian times, London delightful series is set in the authors fictional country of Alucia .

Lady Caroline Lady Caroline Hawke is beautiful, is an overindulged breathtaking beautiful woman. At opening of the book she is attending the wedding celebration of her very dear friend, Eliza Tricklebank. Who is marring a prince Sebastian, who happens to be in line to thrown.

She is completely happy for her friend but finds herself drawn to another prince, Prince Leopold. He is non other than Sebastian’s brother, Leopold the second son of the King of Alucia. Being the second in line always tends to make anyone have a little chip on their shoulder. Living the drunkenly rakish lifestyle that only a spare royal prince could possibly lead. Tall, swoon worthy handsome. Extremely cocky and arrogant, He he sees lady Caroline as a vain and brash woman.

Lady Caroline, is not all what she seems to be, but she is definitely headstrong and demanding.

A delightful an entertaining lovely romance, with a great cast of characters. I really enjoyed the enemies to lovers trope and all the wit full banter between the the main protagonist. There is a little mystery along with some serious twists that makes the book really intriguing.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Julia London is a NYT, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub’s Best Historical Novel.

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A Royal Kiss & Tell

London, Julia 

FICTION/Romance/Historical/Victorian 

Mass Market | HQN Books | A Royal Wedding #2

On Sale: 5/19/2020 

9781335136978

$7.99

$10.99 CAN