*Blog Tour + Giveaway* The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Court of Miracles

Title: The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1)

Author: Kester Grant

Publisher: Knopf Children’s

Release Date: June 2nd 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

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Author Information

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Kester Grant is a British-Mauritian writer of color. She was born in London, grew up between the UK, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the tropical island paradise of Mauritius.  As a wanton nomad she and her husband are unsure which country they currently reside in but they can generally be found surrounded by their fiendish pack of cats and dogs.

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Review

At first, it seemed like a weird combination to say this book is like Les Misérables meets Six of Crows. But surprisingly, it works really well. This was such a fun, adventurous, and fast-paced young adult fantasy novel by a new and promising author. The Court of Miracles is a beautifully written and empowering story that is a perfect blend of history and fantasy.

“You must make your enemies your allies. And if you can’t do that, then destroy them.”

The characters are so well developed and easily relatable. Nina is such a strong and wickedly kickbutt heroine. I loved how she was portrayed and how her bond with her sisters was the most important thing to her. Her relationship with her sister, Ettie, was moving and so realistic. She would do absolutely anything for her younger sister, and that says a lot about the type of character she is in this brutal world. Nina’s relationships with Ettie and her friends are constantly tested, so it goes to show just how strong she really is.

But the story isn’t just about Nina’s bond with her younger sister. It’s also filled with shocking betrayals. Nina thought she knew who she could trust but she quickly realizes that she can trust no one but herself in her cruel world.

“To be a girl in this city is to be weak. It is to call evil things down upon you. And the City is not kind to weak things.”

I was obsessed with the world building. It’s enchanting, a charmingly vibrant world that’s filled with just as much darkness as there is light. The magic aspect fits so well into this world; I enjoyed how the magic was separated into factions and how it molded into the law of the world. Just every aspect of this world and its contenders (because in a way, this world is either be the hunter or be hunted) is hauntingly beautiful. The world building was everything I hoped for and more.

“Sometimes we must pay a terrible price to protect the things we love.”

The story itself is filled with breathtaking and riveting moments, moments that I was remembering days after reading this story. Grant’s writing is superb and truly grasps the reader’s attention. She’s created a story filled to the brim with betrayal and surprising twists. The Court of Miracles is a wholly new and fascinating world steaming with historical flavors, and Grant does a phenomenal job combining two different genres. She brings to the table a strong and compelling story, one that I really hope many young adult fantasy readers choose to read.

Overall, I was blown away by this fantasy debut and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next. The Court of Miracles is filled with adventure, shocking deception, strong relationships, sisterly bond, and so much more. I highly recommend this fantasy story to all readers!

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Tour Schedule

Check out the amazing bloggers on this tour!

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant (US Only)

Starts: June 2nd 2020

Ends: June 16th 2020

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

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*First Line Friday 6/5/20* Lightbringer (Empirium #3)- Claire Legrand

36253143. sy475 The incredible conclusion to the trilogy that started with the instant New York Times bestsellers Furyborn and Kingsbane!

In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.

Praise for Furyborn:
A BuzzFeed Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Bustle Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
“A must-read.” —Refinery29
“A series to watch.” —Paste magazine
“Visionary.” —Bustle magazine
“One of the biggest new YA fantasies.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Empowering.” —BuzzFeed

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“A Beast and a Liar

Simon crouched near the ice-frosted rock, knife in hand, lips chapped with cold, feet scabbed and callused in his worn boots, and watched with hungry eyes as the hare approached.”

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WWW Wednesday 6-3-20

It’s that time of the week. WWW Wednesday! What does that mean you ask? It’s the 3 www’s What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish and what you plan to read next?

1. What I’m currently reading is

Serpent and dove is my current read. Which is a book I loved last year and re reading again just to try to stick to things I know will put me in a good mood. And first half great fantasy aspect and when that lulls that’s when the romance starts and the transition to back to high action scenes. Suggest it a mil times over.

2. What I recently finished

This guess count as “finish” this book was a DNF at 60% I wasn’t feeling the chemistry or romance of the 2 main characters so why drag myself thru a sad book and drag my mood down and why I don’t do sad books much. So I’ll just spark note this. 2/5 if I had finished the book.

3. What I plan to read next?

This will be my next read since I need more romance just not if I tried to read this before or not. I know in my mixed moods when I’m a slump I have picked it up to try so guess I’ll wait and see. 🤷‍♂️.

My other I will read that’s on my phone and always always looking for new rom coms to read so I’m super excited for this? Have you read any of these books?!?

JBN Storytellers Box Unboxing- Last Girls Edition

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Today we’re going to share a special unboxing with you. Jean from Jean Book Nerd sent me (Stacy) the Last Girls edition Storytellers box and we’re going to share what was inside. It’s an amazing box featuring one of my favorite reads of 2020 and I hope you enjoy it!

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Boxes

Book

The box included the book, Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky, a signed bookplate, and a letter from the author.

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shirt

A shirt that came in a special edition Last Girls gift bag

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Balm

A sticker, a survivalist dog tag keychain that was inside the special gift box, and Last Girls lip balm. The lip balm has to be the most unique item that ever came in a book box.

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Tote

A coaster, and my favorite item in book boxes… a beautiful blue tote bag.

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All

This was everything that came inside the Storytellers box. Everything was wrapped and handed with a lot of love and care. These boxes are the best ones that I’ve seen out in the book community. Thank you, Jean, for sending this amazing box my way!! ♥

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the goodies this box contained. If you’re interested in a box, click on the image below to order one.

Happy Reading!!

Sheryll

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*Nerd Blast & Giveaway* We Are Power- Todd Hasak-Lowy

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*Click on the banner above to find out more information about this release.*

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SYNOPSIS

 

50159736. sx318 sy475 A stirring look at nonviolent activism, from American suffragists to Civil Rights to the Climate Change Movement

We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements as well as people such as Gandhi, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Václav Havel, this book discusses the components of nonviolent resistance. It answers the question “Why nonviolence?” by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds. The book includes endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.

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Praise for WE ARE POWER

“Nonviolence may have been the greatest invention of the twentieth century, more important than nuclear fission or genetic coding. It offers us the chance to build a working twenty-first century, and since young people will have to lead that fight, this book is a crucial gift!” —Bill McKibben, climate activist and author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“I’m so glad this book exists! From the opening pages where we meet Gandhi, to the closing with Greta Thunburg, and in between with Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Vaclav Havel, Ceasar Chavez, and others, it is beautifully written, informative, and so moving. Readers young and older will be inspired to rise up peacefully, to act, to change the world–to save the world.” —Deborah Heiligman, author of Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of ‘The Children’

**STARRED REVIEW**
“Hasak-Lowy’s writing gives life to both the people and issues involved, taking time to explain historical backgrounds and the ways the lessons from one movement affected future ones.” —Booklist  

 
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“Highly recommended for its outstanding treatment of the history of social justice. A good resource for student activists.” —School Library Journal**STARRED REVIEW**
“There has never been a time when a book is more relevant than this one.” —School Library Connection“A striking and very timely conclusion highlights teenage Greta Thunberg’s bold challenge to fight global climate change.” —Publishers Weekly

“This excellent, timely overview will open eyes and deserves a wide readership.” —Kirkus

“. . .Readers will gain new appreciation for how nonviolent methods, often inspired by other movements for justice, led to victories.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books  

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Giveaway

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

– 5 Winners will receive a Copy of WE ARE POWER by Todd Hasak-Lowy.

ENDS: JUNE 22, 2020
Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Todd Hasak-LowyI started writing fiction for adults, but now I write for younger readers, too. I’ve published two books for adults: a short story collection, THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR (2005), and the novel CAPTIVES (2008). My first book for your younger readers, a middle grade novel called 33 MINUTES, was published in 2013. In 2015 I published a young adult novel, ME BEING ME IS EXACTLY AS INSANE AS YOU BEING YOU. That same year, a narrative memoir for ages 10 and up that I co-wrote with and about Holocaust survivor Michael Gruenbaum called SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN came out. In early 2018 a young person’s history of the women’s suffrage movement, ROSES & RADICALS, which I co-wrote with Susan Zimet, was published. My latest book, WE ARE POWER: HOW NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM CHANGES THE WORLD, is coming out in April, 2020. In addition to writing, I teach literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and translate Hebrew literature into English. I live in Evanston, Illinois (just outside Chicago), with my wife, two daughters, a dog, and two cats.

 
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WEBSITE: https://www.toddhasaklowy.com/
TWITTER: 
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/198639.Todd_Hasak_Lowy
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https://www.instagram.com/wearepower_book/

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Thank you, Jean, and Todd Hasak-Lowy, for allowing us to share information about this new title.

If you want to learn more about this title and other upcoming titles, please click on the button below.

Happy Reading!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 6/1/20

Happy Monday and welcome to June.

I’m not sure what happened to May but it’s behind us now and hopefully, June will be a better month for all of us.

This week I’m going to read a book that I’ve owned for quite some time, a book that my husband purchased from a thrift store months and months ago, a book that I’ve received from Waterstones, and a book that the publisher sent me.

What are you reading?

I hope everyone has a great week and stay safe!

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Truly Madly Royally- Debbie Rigaud

41473901. sy475 Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

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Horrorstör- Grady Hendrix

13129925Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.

Designed by Andie Reid, cover photography by Christine Ferrara.

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Conversations With Friends- Sally Rooney

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Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

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Today Tonight Tomorrow- Rachel Lynn Solomon

52766407. sx318 sy475 The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

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*First Line Friday 5/29/20* Today Tonight Tomorrow- Rachel Lynn Solomon

52766407. sx318 sy475 The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

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“Good Morning! This is a friendly reminder that you have three (3) hours and counting before suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of your future valedictorian. Bring tissues. I know you’re a crier.”