*Saturday Spotlight* Songs From the Deep by Kelly Powell

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Title: Songs From the Deep

Author: Kelly Powell

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Page Count: 320 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical Fiction

Summary:

A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.

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 About the Author

Kelly Powell

Kelly Powell writes fantasy for young adults and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and book & media studies from the University of Toronto.

(Bio provided from author’s website and Photo provided from Goodreads)

*Saturday Spotlight* Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

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Title: Fireborne

Author: Rosaria Munda

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 15, 2019

Page Count: 448 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons

Summary:

Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that’s full of rivalry, romance… and dragons.

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

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 About the Author

Rosaria

Rosaria grew up in rural North Carolina, where she climbed trees, read Harry Potter fanfiction, and taught herself Latin. She studied political theory at Princeton and lives in Chicago with her husband and cat.

For book recs and updates, follow her on instagram: @rosariamunda

(Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Blog Tour + Giveaway* A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

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Title: A Treason of Thorns

Author: Laura E. Weymouth

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 10th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic always kept the countryside well. And as a child, this magic kept Violet happy, draping her in flowers while she slept, fashioning secret hiding places for her, and lighting fires on the coldest nights to keep her warm.

Everything shattered, though, when her father committed high treason trying to free Burleigh from the king’s oppressive control. He was killed, and Vi was forced into hiding.

When she’s given a chance to go back, she discovers Burleigh has run wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once enriched the surrounding countryside has turned dark and deadly, twisting lush blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops. Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.

Vi would do anything to help, and soon she finds herself walking the same deadly path as her father all those years before. Vi must decide how far she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys everything she’s ever known.

Content warnings are available via the author’s website.

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Author Information

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Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, an old soul of a dog, and an indeterminate number of chickens. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.

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My Review

“Whether I have the protection of a Caretaker’s key or not, I am Violet Helena Sterling. I was born to look after this land, and to care for Burleigh House. No matter the cost. No matter the risks involved.”

The plot is spellbinding and narrates a story I never knew I wanted to read. It’s a story that is deeply rooted within the pages and Violet’s life. It’s not just a story about saving a house, but also about finding your place in this world and rediscovering yourself.

Violet is a strong and brave protagonist, who believes her duty in life is to protect Burleigh and provide Burleigh with anything the House may need. She doesn’t believe her life is meant for anything else. But as she starts to clean up the mess that is Burleigh and reconnect with her best friend, she starts to understand that maybe, just maybe, her life can exist beyond Burleigh. That maybe her life can be her own and not shared with Burleigh. But how can Violet let go of her House and the love she has for it and her family name?

“A good Caretaker puts her House before king. Before country. Before family. Before her own life, even.”

Violet’s relationship with Burleigh is touching and moving; she treats the house as a loved one and vows to do anything to protect and restore Burleigh. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. Violet and Burleigh share a bond that not many Caretakers have shared with their Houses; Burleigh loves Violet in return and when she comes back, Burleigh shows her memories of the past. And in one of those memories, Violet understands what she needs to do: she needs to find Burleigh’s deed and unbind Burleigh from its contract with the devilish king. If she can free Burleigh, then the land and its people will prosper. But it isn’t as easy as it seems, and it could cost Violet her life.

Weymouth’s writing is mesmerizing and captivating; the scenes came to life and the characters were vivid pictures in my head, especially Burleigh. I could feel the anguish between Violet and Burleigh, and I could understand why Violet wanted to save her land and her House. Weymouth weaves a beautiful tale with beautiful writing that will easily make any reader feel a connection with these characters.

A Treason of Thorns isn’t just spellbinding; it’s gripping and magical. I loved the world building and character development throughout the book. I also liked seeing the struggles Violet goes through to try to restore her land; as the reader, I could tell she really wanted this, even after she discovered something else she wanted just as much. A Treason of Thorns is, overall, a beautifully written tale, one that I would easily recommend to anyone.

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Giveaway

Prize: Win signed copies of Laura E. Weymouth’s books: THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS and A TREASON OF THORNS (US/CAN only)

Starts: 10th September 2019

Ends: 24th September 2019

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*Saturday Spotlight* Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

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Title: Shadow Frost

Author: Coco Ma

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Page Count: 400 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

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 About the Author

Coco Ma

Coco Ma is a Canadian author and pianist. She wrote her first novel, Shadow Frost, at the age of 15, and since she began playing the piano at the age of five and a half, she has also performed on some of the world’s greatest concert stages and graduated with a pre-college diploma in piano performance from The Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University. When she isn’t practicing piano, writing, or studying, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.

Follow Coco on Twitter @shadowfrost2019 and Instagram @CakeForCoco or visit her website at Coco-Ma.com! (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Saturday Spotlight* Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Page Count: 528 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

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Preorder Giveaway

Kat has an amazing preorder giveaway going on, so check it out here!

Everyone who preorders Wicked Fox will receive 3 beautiful character cards in the mail from Kat. The artwork is gorgeous! This preorder giveaway is open until August 27, 2019. There will be one grand prize winner, who will win everything pictured below.

Does this preorder giveaway accept library requests? Yes! 

Is this preorder international: Yes!

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 About the Author

Shelby

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat.

Shelby’s favorite books include A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Her debut novel, SERPENT & DOVE, will release from Harper Teen in Fall 2019, with a sequel to come the following year. She is represented by Sarah Landis of Sterling Lord Literistic. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Blog Tour + Giveaway*: Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy

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Title: Announcing Trouble

Author: Amy Fellner Dominy

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)

Release Date: August 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis:

I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.

When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.

But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.

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Author Information

AUTHOR

Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy’s novels include The Fall of Grace; Die for You; A Matter of Heart; Audition & Subtraction; OyMG and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them. To learn more, visit http://www.amydominy.com or find her on Facebook at amyfellnerdominyauthor and Instagram at @amydominy.

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Q&A with Amy Fellner Dominy

Thank you so much for joining us, Amy! It was a pleasure interviewing you!

  1. Announcing Trouble is your latest book, which I cannot wait to read! What was your inspiration behind Announcing Trouble?
    It was summer and in my house that means baseball was on the TV. My husband is a huge fan and my son played baseball through college so I’ve been to a ton of games. I liked the idea of writing about a ballplayer, but I wanted to do something different than other books I’d read. That’s when I got the idea about sports broadcasting. Josie and Mai appeared in my writer brain—I have no idea where they came from—and I think Garrett was living somewhere in my heart just waiting for a chance to be my book boyfriend.
  2. Announcing Trouble appears to be a more light-hearted contemporary compared to your previous YA books. Was the writing process any different for this book?
    It’s definitely more light-hearted and that’s for a reason. When I started this book, I was in a blue mood and I wanted to cheer myself up. I just felt in my heart that it was time to write something full of fun and romance and happily-ever-afters. Writing a book that was everything I love to read made the process a lot of fun. It definitely helped get me back to a happier place.
  3. What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
    There are a few things that spring to mind.
    The first hint of an idea. The characters peeking out to say hello. The lure of a shiny new thing and the possibility of what might unfold. I love when I’m struggling over a scene and suddenly the solution hits me. I love when I get to that point in a novel and I know I’m going to reach “THE END.” (Not every novel that I start is one that I finish.) And I love when the book finally comes out and even though I shouldn’t, I read reviews and it’s an amazing feeling when someone you’ve never met tells you they love your characters as much as you do.
  4. If you could have your book made into anything (Broadway musical, TV show, movie, ballet dance, soap opera, etc.), which would you choose and why?
    TV show would be awesome. Because then the story could continue and grow. I’d love to see what happens with my characters down the road!
  5. What is a quirky or unique habit you have?
    I talk out loud when I write. I think because the story plays like a movie in my head and I’m almost dictating the soundtrack to my fingers—if that doesn’t sound too weird. I know I should work from home, but I still go to coffee shops a lot. I figure I’m no louder than two people having a conversation at another table, right? And so far, no one has questioned what I’m doing.
  6. There’s a ton of aspiring authors out there. What advice would you give them?
    Stick to the three Ps: Perspiration. Persistence. Patience. There are no short cuts. You have to do the work, you have to stick with it, and you have to give yourself time to learn the craft. But if you do, the publishing world is a big one and there is room for you!

Thanks so much for hosting me here! If readers want more updates along with excerpts and giveaways, I’ve just launched a monthly newsletter. Sign up for it HERE.

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GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win an ebook of ANNOUNCING TROUBLE by Amy Fellner Dominy (INT)

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

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Title: The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1)

Author: Margaret Owens

Publisher: Henry Holt

Release Date: July 30th 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

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Author Information

Margaret Owen

Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.

She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.)

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My Review

“Fie remembered the first time she’d held Phoenix fire. She hadn’t wanted to burn the world down; she’d wanted the world to know she could.”

The Merciful Crow is one of those YA dark fantasy books that you will remember. This book brings the fantasy genre to new heights, with incredible world building and memorable characters and with a romance that sparks right off the page. The Merciful Crow is easily one of my top reads of 2019.

Fie is part of the lowest caste in her world, known as Crow. She is a Crow-witch in training, someone with the ability to use magic of the other castes from their teeth. This world is built on a caste system, with each caste level named after a type of bird. The teeth from each caste give Fie the ability to use different types of magic. The higher caste levels have a birthright (which Crow does not) and everyone treats the Crows as if they’re not humans and don’t deserve to breathe the same air as them. The whole caste system was intriguing and it was sad, yet eye-opening, to see how Crows are treated.

Fie is thrown together with a prince and his attractive Hawk bodyguard when her father can no longer oversee the Oath sworn with the Phoenix prince. Now on the run from Vultures and others wanting to kill them, Fie must safely guide the prince to his allies. And on this journey, she starts to figure out exactly who she wants to be and what it means to be a Crow Chief and to follow your destiny.

“Look after your own. Crows had one rule. And she had to be a Crow Chief.”

Fie is an overall relatable character. One of the best things about The Merciful Crow is how Fie is captured between the words of the story. She’s just like anyone else in the world: she has wants that she can’t put before her own family because they don’t necessarily do anything for the needs of her crew. She’s also fiercely loyal to her family. My favorite thing about Fie, though, was her boldness. She easily speaks her mind and, though she is quite stubborn, her boldness creates a fun experience for the reader.

And then there’s the secondary characters, who Margaret Owen brings to life through the pages and gives all the characters the scenes they need for the readers to understand just who each character is and what their need in the story is. And that romance…WOAH. Margaret Owen sure knows how to write a blossoming romance. It was passionate and slow-burning and everything I look for in a romance. It’s honestly one of the best romances I’ve read in a while.

“I can do something better with my life than die.”

Margaret Owen is a talented storyteller who easily weaves together beautiful descriptive scenes and wholly original characters. The writing is different and unique from most YA fantasy books I’ve read, but I loved that. The writing has its own voice and, dang, is that voice captivating. I could not put this book down and when I had to, I could not get the story out of my head. And I’m not fully prepared to wait for the sequel because July 2020 is far away and my heart needs the sequel now.

The Merciful Crow captured my attention from the first line and refused to let go. It’s honestly difficult to put my love for this book into words because I don’t quite know the right words to say to do this book justice. The Merciful Crow was just so unique and fantastical and an overall mesmerizing story. It’s complex and engrossing and a fast-paced read. I will forever recommend this book.

If you’re looking for a dark and enthralling fantasy with captivating characters and solid writing and world building, then I highly recommend The Merciful Crow.

My overall review: 5 out of 5 stars

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Tour Schedule

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a final copy of The Merciful Crow + a book-themed make-up bag (US/CAN Only)

Starts: July 30th 2019

Ends: August 13th 2019

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