*First Line Friday 5/31/19* Before the Broken Star- Emily R. King

41082058A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.

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“A cacophony of ticktocking resounds through the otherwise hushed clockmaker’s shop, when I first came to live with Uncle Holden, the relentless ticking drove me mad.”

*Blog Tour + Review* The Beholder by Anna Bright

the beholderTitle: The Beholder (The Beholder #1)

Author: Anna Bright

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: June 4th 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Synopsis:

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository |  Indie Bound  |  Kobo  |  Google Books

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About the Author

anna brightI believe in woods, mountains, highways, cobblestones, roller coasters, dancing, concerts, cherry Pop Tarts, books, and magic.

When I’m not reading or writing on my couch, I’m dragging my husband off on an adventure, communing with Salem (my kitten/spiritual familiar), or causing trouble at One More Page Books, where I work.

Website  |  Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  | Tumblr

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Book Excerpt

https://aerbook.com/books/The_Beholder-217912.html?social=1&retail=1&emailcap=0

AND

https://www.epicreads.com/blog/sneak-peek-the-beholder/

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My review

“‘No one knows how many years he has, Seneschal-elect. Life is short and death is certain….So every moment I am aboveground and not below it, I want to feel the difference. We’ll all be in our graves soon enough.'”

In all honesty, The Beholder was different from what I was expecting. I was expecting a tad bit more action, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of adventure this story contained and Selah’s characterization. As the reader, I was swept away to far off lands and beautiful worlds and intriguing characters. I joined Selah on her adventure and I watched as she made countless mistakes and made strong relationships with her crew.

I loved how the author brought in fictional and real worlds and mixed them together. My favorite world so far is definitely Asgard (I’m a sucker for that world due to my love of Thor). I loved how Selah knew the tales from each world and yet learned so much on her journey about the world and herself. This was a great tale of self discovery mixed with beautiful world building and a bit of romance.

“‘Not everyone is fast. Not everyone is clever. I could only stay one step ahead of my enemy before my reinforcements arrived. But if you’re one step ahead of them, they still haven’t caught you.'”

I’m so used to reading about a female protagonist that is strong and brave and sassy. So, it came as a refreshing surprise to find out that Selah isn’t really a fierce warrior, but a soft and trusting protagonist. She’s brave in her own way, but she trusts easily and doesn’t exactly see things starting to unravel until they finally do. I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book and seeing her become less afraid of making mistakes. She has to venture out of her comfort zone and away from home. She’s meant to be the next ruler of her people, and she starts to learn what exactly that means on her journey.

Selah’s journey to find a suitor brings her into unique territory and company. She’s so far away from home and her family that she has to learn how to adjust in a world that is so unlike hers. But through these interactions, Selah finds herself and realizes that there may be something more going on behind the scenes than she anticipated.

“‘I mean you have the power to choose.'” Homer’s gray eyes drifted up to the heavens, over the stars hung brighter than jewels between gauzy clouds. ‘Set your course and trim your sails, Seneschal-elect. And whatever your heading, keep your eyes ahead'”

Anna Bright is a wonderful storyteller. I found the writing to be captivating and mesmerizing and it overall flowed nicely and kept a pretty even pace. I loved the history weaved into this tale and how she provided enough backstory to give the reader the perfect amount of information needed to understand the different places. Bright lays out this story to prepare for the sequel, which I hope is even more exciting and just as romantic (especially with my favorite suitor!).

All in all, I did enjoy The Beholder and it surprised me in ways I wasn’t anticipating. I am hoping for a tad bit more action in the sequel, but no matter what, I look forward to reading the next book! If you’re looking for a fantasy novel that has action and sword fighting and a strong female lead, this may not be the book for you. But don’t let that stop you from reading The Beholder! I recommend checking The Beholder out because I found it to be a refreshing read compared to all the fantasy books I’ve read recently (which all included a strong protagonist and a ton of action). The Beholder comes out June 4, 2019.

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Thank you, Fantastic Flying Book Club, for having us on this wonderful blog tour!

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*Blog Tour & Giveaway* Dark Shores- Danielle L. Jensen

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Click on the image above to find out more information about this book release.

01.JPGPrint Length: 364 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 125031772X
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 7, 2019)
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Language: English

High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, the first novel in a new YA fantasy series.

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.

A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.

A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET

Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.

A DANGEROUS QUEST

When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

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Praise for DARK SHORES

“Richly-woven, evocative, and absolutely impossible to put down―I was hooked from the first lines! Dark Shores has everything I look for in a fantasy novel: fresh, unique settings, a cast of complex and diverse characters, and an unflinching boldness with the nuanced world-building. I loved every word.” ―Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Timesbestselling author

“The book grabs readers from the beginning with its stellar worldbuilding and multidimensional characters, and the mythical elements are truly believable within the constructs of the story. The perspective shifts between the viewpoints of Teriana and Marcus from chapter to chapter, offering readers greater insights into each. …A gripping introduction to a new series.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“This is a lush, imaginative world, and as the focus shifts between Teriana and Marcus, it becomes clear that the readers are only getting a glimpse of its complicated history and mythology. …Their secrets don’t, of course, stop Teriana and Marcus from embarking on a steamy romance, and fans of Rutkoski’s sighworthy The Winner’s Kiss and the high-stakes sea adventure of Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King will want to know where Marcus and Teriana journey to next.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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My Review:

“Because bravery and willpower have their limits,” he said. “Fear does not. And there are worse things than pain.”

High seas adventures is something that I have never read before, so this was a new venture for me. And wow! This was everything that I hoped it would be and so much more.

The Eastern landmass of Reath and the Western part have zero communication with each other. The rule has always been that the East must never meet the West. They have always believed that there was no way to transport there but the Maarin people know the truth.

Teriana is second in command to the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. She knows the deep dark secrets of the Dark Shores but she’s not allowed to tell, until she tells her best friend, Lydia about it. Lydia is going to be forced to marry, Cassius and she thought this would save her from the life she is about to be forced into.

Cassius gets word of the secrets that were passed between Teriana and Lydia and his men overtake the Quincense. Threatening everything Teriana has ever loved and believed in, she spills everything but not before she has the word of the safety of those she’s always loved. Now, Teriana must show Marcus and his legions how to make it safely to the Dark Shores.

Marcus and Teriana both have plans up their sleeves and they must make it there alive for their plans to work. But we know that things never go as planned. With more secrets to be kept and battles to be fought, will they make it to the dark shore? Or will the monsters of the deep leave them at the bottom of the ocean?

This was an epic book. There was never a dull moment and this kept me intrigued from the start. I lost major sleep because I needed to know how this ended. I must obtain book two immediately.

Marcus and Teriana were two characters that worked well together. They were both no nonsense and spoke their minds. They were quite the match for each other. That’s exactly what this book needed. Plus Teriana was a complete badass. We need more books with tough female leads.

Dark Shores was that high fantasy I needed to bring that genre back into my life. If you need a push in that direction, you should read this book. Hell, don’t let anything hold you back from reading this!! I can’t wait to see where she takes this series but all I know is that it’s going to be amazing.

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Giveaway:

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

–  5 Winners will receive a Copy of DARK SHORES by Danielle L. Jensen.

Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle L. Jensen.jpgDanielle L. Jensen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malediction Novels: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress, Warrior Witch, and The Broken Ones, as well as The Bridge Kingdom (Audible Originals). Her latest novel, Dark Shores, will be released by Tor Teen in May of 2019. She lives with her family in Calgary, Alberta.

PHOTO CREDIT: KATHERINE CALNAN PHOTOGRAPHY 

WEBSITE: https://danielleljensen.com/

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Thank you Jean, Tor Teen, and Danielle Jensen for allowing us to be a part of this blog tour. Click on the button below to find out more about this release and other upcoming releases.

Happy Reading!

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Blog Tour Schedule:

WEEK ONE
MAY 27th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
MAY 28th TUESDAY Bibliobibuli YA INTERVIEW
MAY 29th WEDNESDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
MAY 29th WEDNESDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT
MAY 30th THURSDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
MAY 30th THURSDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
MAY 31st FRIDAY A Bookish Dream REVIEW
MAY 31st FRIDAY Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews REVIEW & GUEST POST
WEEK TWO
JUNE 3rd MONDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & INTERVIEW
JUNE 3rd MONDAY Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW
JUNE 4th TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
JUNE 4th TUESDAY Random Bookish Banter REVIEW
JUNE 5th WEDNESDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
JUNE 6th THURSDAY Wishful Endings REVIEW
JUNE 7th FRIDAY My Bookish Escapades REVIEW & EXCERPT
JUNE 7th FRIDAY Lauren’s Bookshelf REVIEW
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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 5/26/19

Happy Memorial Day!

This week I’m going to read a book for a blog tour that is this Wednesday and then somethings I’ve had in my book closet.

What are you reading?

Dark Shores- Danielle L. Jensen

41555964High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.

A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON

Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.

A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET

Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.

A DANGEROUS QUEST

When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

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Rule- Ellen Goodlett

37946451Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.

Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.

Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.

When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.

Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.

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Wild and Crooked- Leah Thomas

36120308Critically-acclaimed author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a long-ago crime, in a compelling novel about breaking free from the past.

In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro’s citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.

Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he’s either known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself.

When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families’ pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?

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All We Could Have Been T.E. Carter

39073348Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.

Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she’s related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?

This is a powerful look at the assumptions we make about people. Lexie’s emotional journey to separate her brother’s horrific act from herself is stunning and heartbreaking. This is Lexie’s story and journey—not her brother’s—and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

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*Saturday Spotlight* All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

AOUWWTitle: All of Us With Wings

Author: Michelle Ruiz Keil

Publisher: Soho Press

Release Date: June 18, 2019

Page Count: 360 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Summary:

Michelle Ruiz Keil’s YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then one day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family in one of the city’s storybook Victorians. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess and quickly finds her place in their household, which is relaxed and happy despite the band’s larger-than-life fame.

But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence. She would do anything to preserve her new life, but with the creatures determined to exact vengeance on those who’ve hurt her, no one is safe—not the family she’s chosen, nor the one she left behind.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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 About the Author

Michelle

Michelle Ruiz Keil is a Latinx novelist and playwright with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. She teaches writing with a focus on fairytale, divination, and archetype and curates All Kinds of Fur: A Fairytale Reading Series and Salon in Portland, Oregon. She has been a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Lit Camp. Her published short fiction can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue, and she has a forthcoming theater piece in collaboration with Shaking The Tree Theater. All of Us with Wings is her first novel. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*First Line Friday 5/24/19* We Hunt the Flame- Hafsah Faizal

36492488Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

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“People lived because she killed.”

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