*Blog Tour + Giveaway* The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields

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Title: The Bone Thief (The Bone Charmer #2)

Author: Breeana Shields

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: May 26th 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

“I was absolutely swept away by the world of The Bone Charmer.” – Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

 

A deft exploration of the weight of grief and cost of revenge, Breeana Shields’s Bone Charmer duology reaches its spine-tingling conclusion in this high-octane fantasy-thriller.

Saskia returns to Ivory Hall to train in bone magic, determined to stop Latham from gaining the power of all three Sights—past, present, and future. But danger lurks within the fortress’s marrow. Trials are underway for the apprentices, and the tasks feel specifically engineered to torment Saskia, which is exactly what Latham wants.

As she grows increasingly more suspicious, her thirst for revenge becomes all-consuming. Together with the friends she can trust and the boy she loved in another lifetime, Saskia traces clues from Latham’s past to determine what he’ll do next. Their search leads them across Kastelia and brings them to a workshop housing a vast collection of horrors, including the bones Latham stole from Gran, and the knowledge that the future isn’t all that’s in jeopardy—but the past as well.

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Author Information

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Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including The Bone Charmer, The Bone Thief, Poison’s Kiss, and Poison’s Cage.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives near Washington D.C. with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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My Review

This is a review of book two in The Bone Charmer duology. To read my review of the first book, click here

“I feel like a tree branch caught in the current—bobbing along on the swells of fate, powerless to change direction. Buy maybe it doesn’t have to be that way I need to take control. It’s time to become the river.”

At the end of The Bone Charmer, we saw Saskia’s two futures become one. Now, she returns to Ivory Hall to participate in The Bone Games, which is made to help test Saskia (but it turns out to seem like her own personal torture). She teams up with her friends and Bram, the boy she loves, to pass The Bone Games and defeat Lathan once and for all. But Saskia learns that it’s not just her future and her friends that are at stake – it’s also the past. As Latham works to gain the ability of all three Sights, Saskia works to stop him while also struggling with her grief and some of her past choices.

The Bone Thief is a brilliant sequel to The Bone Charmer, one filled with intense emotions and the struggle between what is right and what needs to be done. The characters really helped to enhance these emotions swirling throughout the book – some of the side characters even helped Saskia control said emotions. But the relationships Saskia builds with these characters were beautiful and just what she needed in this time of her life.

“I’ve tried to stem the tides of hatred that spills over my heart like poison…But in quiet moments—when I have too much time to think—my hart still feels dark with hate.”

Shields did an amazing job of portraying Saskia’s revenge. She wants revenge against Latham for everything he has done to her and her family, and she lets that revenge (and her grief) overpower everything else. She’s devastated at the past and present choices she has had to make. I could feel the emotions Saskia was fighting – her romantic feelings for Bram, her appetite for revenge, and her grief for losing her mother. Her emotions are so powerful and raw in this story, and it’s really what made her character growth so exceptional in this story.

The struggles Saskia faces with the second path she was on in the first book are still relevant in this book. Even though that path no longer exists, the feelings she experienced do, such as her love for Bram, who is a different Bram in her current path. It was interesting to see Saskia’s path grow from the first book and watch her make certain decisions that could potentially alter her past and future. She was, ultimately, a brilliant well-developed character.

“And so I focus on my anger instead. I let it fester and ooze. My father once said that anger was like paint on a wall—it might be the first thing you noticed, but it’s always just covering up something else. You can’t actually building anything from it.

But I think he’s wrong.

I think if the anger is big enough, maybe it could build a whole world. A different future.”

One of my favorite parts of this duology was the bone magic system. Saskia explores her bone magic further in The Bone Thief during The Bone Games and on her journey to take revenge. I love how Shields further explored the three Sights. She weaved this enchanting magic system into a beautiful and captivating world.

And the world building. I thought the world building in The Bone Charmer was phenomenal, but Shields developed the world further in The Bone Thief in such a brilliant way. The world is so well depicted and beautifully described. Shields brought this dazzling unique world to life; I felt like I was walking the halls with Saskia in Ivory Hall or assisting her on her many dangerous adventures. It was, overall, an enchanting world.

The Bone Thief had one of my favorite endings to a duology. It’s smart and equally fitting, and wonderfully ties up the duology. It’s a story about revenge, grief, love, and finding your true path in life. It’s a well-developed fantasy duology that I believe many fantasy readers will love.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Tour Schedule

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of THE BONE THIEF by Breeana Shields (US/CAN Only)

Starts: May 20th 2020

Ends: June 3rd 2020

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Interview with KayLynn Flanders, Author of Shielded

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Title: Shielded

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

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Author Information

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KayLynn Flanders is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in English Language and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. She lives in Utah with her family, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Her debut novel is Shielded. To learn more about KayLynn, go to kaylynnflanders.com or follow @kaylynnflanders on Twitter and Instagram.

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My Interview with KayLynn Flanders, author of Shielded

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog for this wonderful interview, KayLynn! And for anyone who is interested in more information about Shielded, check out my ARC review!

Congratulations on your debut book coming out this summer! What was your inspiration for Shielded?

Thank you! Shielded actually started from a dream. I won’t share spoilers, but there were people in trouble, and I woke up before they were safe. My heart was pounding so hard at the cliffhanger, and I needed to find a way for them to be safe so I could go back to sleep. So I came up with a solution, but the characters stayed with me. I let that idea grow over a few months, asking questions about who the characters were, why they were in danger, and how they got out of danger. The dream was wildly different than what my book ended up being (there were neon yellow tanks in the dream??), but the core emotion of that scene is one of the key parts of the book that hasn’t changed over the drafts.

Describe your book in 6 words or less.

Making choices. Finding your place.

What can you tell readers about your main character, Princess Jennesara?

She’s been keeping a secret for a long time from everyone but her brother. She doesn’t trust easily, but she’s got a strong sense of duty—for her brother (who’s the heir to the throne), and for her kingdom. That sense of duty wars with her desire for independence, and we get to see her struggle with that.

I love how unique the magic system is in How did the idea for that magic system come about?

Jenna’s magic was clear to me from the beginning, and I built the rest of the system around hers. I loved the idea of magic having consequences and opposites, of being almost a living thing on its own.

What was your favorite part of your writing process?

I love revising. I studied editing in college and have worked as a freelance editor for over ten years, so it’s not a huge surprise to me that I enjoy revising over drafting new words. Once the words are on the page, I love seeing them get better—communicating emotion and tying little plot pieces together. Shielded went through about twenty massive revisions!

What was the hardest part of your writing process?

Keeping the little subplot pieces tightly weaved throughout every chapter is hard for me. I forget things really fast (which can be good, but not always). I’m working on finding a way to keep track of the details so I don’t have to revise quite as much—unless everyone wants to wait three years for book two. 😀

If you could have Shielded adapted into anything (film, TV show, Broadway musical, dance, etc.), what would it be and why?

I would love to see the characters get to explore the world more in a TV series. Or, and this is a close second, I’d love an instrumental score to go along with it. Like a movie soundtrack, but for my book!

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Keep at it! Being an author takes a lot of patience and work. It takes loving your book enough to re-write it twenty times, and enough drive to keep trying when the odds are stacked against you. Learn all you can about writing and about the publishing industry, and go for it.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about your book?

I wrote Shielded because the world we live in is dark and messy, and I wanted a book that was hopeful. I wanted a hero who confronts hard situations and makes the best of them. So if you’re looking for a fun escape from the stress of the world, I hope you enjoy this adventurous fantasy with magic and friendship and a dash of love.

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*ARC Review* Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

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Title: Shielded

Author: KayLynn Flanders

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

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Preorder Today!

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Book Depository

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Author Information

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KayLynn Flanders is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in English Language and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. She lives in Utah with her family, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Her debut novel is Shielded. To learn more about KayLynn, go to kaylynnflanders.com or follow @kaylynnflanders on Twitter and Instagram.

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My Review

Shielded is a fast-paced, adventurous read with strong characterization and beautiful world building. This was a book I could not put down.

Shielded is one heck of a debut, and I say that in a really good way. I loved this story so much. The world is phenomenal, the magic is unique and interesting, and the characters and relationships are wonderfully constructed. Plus, I loved the epic journey Jennesara went on to get to her destination. The author’s writing is breathtaking and a breath of fresh air. I have nothing but absolute praise for this fantasy debut.

The character development for the main character is so well-crafted. Jennesara is easily a likeable and relatable character. She’s strong and puts her family and kingdom above anything else. Though she originally refuses the arranged marriage to a neighboring kingdom, she ends up accepting it when her father explains how it will help save her kingdom. She’s brave and skilled in sword fighting (I loved the intense fighting scenes), which comes in handy, especially as she finds herself in constant danger with unimaginable magical beings. She’s also been hiding a dangerous secret for almost her whole life, a secret that could turn the tides of the war, but also puts her and those she loves in the front lines of danger, which she is not willing to risk. Jennesara is easily the embodiment of what a true heroine should be.

Jennesara isn’t the only character I loved. To be honest, I loved almost every character, even the villains (yes, you heard that, there’s multiple villains and it’s amazing and I’m here for it). I loved how the author included some chapters from the villains’ point of view; it allows the reader to see their backstory and understand why they’re the villains in this story. It also allowed the reader to see just how cruel each villain could be. Besides the villains, the side characters were amazing additions. I especially loved Chiara and Mari, sisters who would do anything to protect one another and Jennesara. It was beautiful watching all the relationships form.

And the romance is so swoon-worthy. It’s kind of (but not entirely) an insta-love story, but it works so well. It felt real and the attraction between Jennesara and her love interest was undeniable. I looked forward to every scene between the two characters; I could not get enough of them (and I’m beyond excited for more of them in book two!). It’s the romance like this in fantasy books that I look for – indisputable attraction, an instant yet fierce connection, and one worth protecting.

The world building absolutely blew me away. The world is magnificently crafted and beautifully described. Though this book was action-packed, the author took her time introducing the readers into new parts of the world, which I really liked. It wasn’t overwhelming at all and really molded well with the story. And the magic system was so unique. Not everyone is born with magic, mainly those part of the royal line and usually the first born. But what hooked me with the magic is how different it was from most magic systems. I loved the history of the magic and how, by the end of the book, it all came together. This book truly was a sensational read in every way.

Overall, Shielded is easily a favorite read of mine for 2020. It’s a strong and remarkable read, which left me feeling so much love for these characters and, of course, left me feeling in need of book two. If you are looking for an epic fantasy journey filled with intense action, believable characterization and strong relationship development, then definitely check out Shielded. 

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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*Blog Tour + Review* What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

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Title: What I Like About You

Author: Marissa Kanter

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Summary:

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

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Author Bio

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Marisa Kanter has worked in publicity for major publishers and covered YA books for MTV. Currently, she works in sales, on the distribution side of the publishing industry. She can often be found searching for the best iced chai in NYC, or reading on the 3 train. What I Like About You is her first novel. Follow her at marisakanter.com

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My Review

What I Like About You is charming and witty, filled with family love and love for the bookish community. It’s heartfelt and deeply relatable in many aspects. It’s one of those contemporary books that will stay in your head and heart for days and remind readers how important the bookish community really is. What I Like About You is, at heart, a book dedicated to teen book bloggers. Marisa Kanter has really brought a wonderful debut to the YA contemporary world.

Halle is a fun and well written character that will no doubt relate to every reader in some way. She’s brave and loving and strong, but she’s also a teenager with real struggles. Halle, at first, appears to be a normal teenager: dealing with school and family issues, trying to find balance in her life, and getting ready to apply to colleges. She also has to handle her grief over the loss of a beloved family member, her idol. But it turns out, she also runs a successful book blog under the name of Kels. Her online presence is different from her real life, daily presence. Kels has online friends she’s never met but they’re real connections, they’re her real friends. Kels speaks her mind, she’s not afraid to be herself. Halle is quiet, struggling daily with her grief and depression. But then there’s her online best friend, Nash. Nash is charming and downright adorable. He’s technically Kels’s best friend, but he proves to be the anchor Halle needs in her real life.

Halle is grappling for steady ground; everything she’s ever loved is piling up and threatening to overflow all at once. She wants to maintain this balance between her real life and online life; she doesn’t want her online book community to know what her real name is and who she’s related to. She’s struggling with the online book community and her growing friendships in real life. Halle wants to be on a panel at Bookcon and she wants to get into her dream college. And all that just builds up until it eventually starts to collapse around her. All her struggles and fears are real and relatable and valid. She reminded me of myself at times and the fears I faced (and still do). Halle is, in some way, the epitome of some of the struggles and anxiety that teens go through.

Halle’s fear of losing Nash as her best friend is what stops her every time from telling him the truth. She knows he’s in love with Kels, so how exactly do you tell someone that the person they’re in love with has been in front of them for weeks? Her fear leads to an increase in her anxiety and she’s no longer just battling with her real life and online identities, she’s now battling with keeping her anger and sadness and depression hidden in front of her Gramps and Nash. Everything Halle feels and struggles with can relate to each reader in some way, even the heartfelt romance.

The romance is, honestly, cute and fluffy. It had me swooning at times (I’m a sucker for romance!) and clutching the book to my chest. I was rooting for Halle and Nash the whole time. But, of course, I knew there was going to be a climatic downfall, and when that downfall came, it was sad and hard but still so relatable. All the little nodes to the plot really tied this book together well.

What really sold this story for me (besides everything I mentioned above) is the realness of each character. Each character played a role in the story that helped Halle get through her struggles and anxiety. Each friendship felt real and genuine. Throughout this book, I was reminded of my friendship with my closest friends, which led to a constant smile on my face during this book (of course, Halle and Nash also contributed). Everything just felt so real about this book and that made for an excellent contemporary romance story.

Overall, I really enjoyed What I Like About You. It’s a cute and heartfelt story with memorable and relatable characters. It’s a love letter to the bookish community and because of that, because of these characters and what they represent, I’ll always support Marisa Kanter in her writing endeavors.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Blog Tour Schedule

Week 1
3/30/2020 Novel Novice
3/31/2020 Book Bratz
4/1/2020 The Novel Knight
4/2/2020 Book Princess Reviews
4/3/2020 eleven thirteen pm
Week 2
4/6/2020 Vicky Who Reads
4/7/2020 Pub Day (Marisa)
4/8/2020 Kayla Reads and Reviews
4/9/2020 The Heart of a Book Blogger
4/10/2020 Mary Had a Little Book Blog
Week 3
4/13/2020 Jen Ryland Reviews
4/14/2020 Love in Panels
4/15/2020 Forever and Everly
4/16/2020 I’m All Booked Up
4/17/2020 Awkwordly Emma
Week 4
4/20/2020 Rants & Raves of a Bibliophile
4/21/2020 Read By Tiffany
4/22/2020 A Court of Coffee and Books
4/23/2020 From the Library of Alexis
4/24/2020 Bookishly Jules
Week 5
4/27/2020 Lost in a Book
4/28/2020 Pages and Pugs
4/29/2020 Skye’s Scribblings
4/30/2020 Kait Plus Books
5/1/2020 We Live and Breathe Books

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Crave by Tracy Wolff

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Title: Crave

Author: Tracy Wolff

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Release Date: April 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Synopsis:

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

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Author Information

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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My Review

Crave is deliciously captivating and wholly enthralling; it’s a book I easily devoured, pun intended. It’s perfect for readers looking for the next epic love story. But take caution, because vampires are not the only creature that lurks in the night (and I’m not just talking about werewolves here).

I’ve been waiting for the next great YA vampire book, especially since vampires seem to be making a big comeback in the industry. And Crave is easily that book. There’s countless jam-packed action scenes and intriguing characters and, of course, a tall, dark, and mysterious vampire. But at the heart of this story is a love that will change the tides of the game, because there’s never a great vampire book without the whole world being at stake.

“‘I’ve got to say, if that’s the best you’ve got, I give you about an hour.’

I know I shouldn’t ask, but he looks so smug. I can’t help myself. ‘Before what?’

‘Before something eats you.'”

Grace, I found, was easily relatable and enjoyable as the main character. She felt real and her choices and actions defined the type of person she is: someone who protects those she loves. She’s snarky and sassy and is apt on putting certain people (*cough* Jaxon *cough*) in their place. Her character development was there in every chapter, especially the chapters where she was battling her grief. Her grief, her panic attacks, and her feelings were what made her feel so real to me; I’ve dealt with all of those and the author was spot on in describing what it all feels like. Grace was every bit the character I expected her to be, even when she was the damsel-in-distress.

“If this kiss is going to star a war, it may as well be worth it.”

And then there’s Jaxon. Jaxon was absolutely swoon-worthy and brooding in every way. He’s mysterious, moody, but yet sweet and protective. He’s afraid to get close to Grace because of the danger it would bring. But it’s difficult to run away from danger when it’s already afoot. He does everything in his power to protect Grace while keeping her at a distance. Readers may not see it at first (he does come off as a jerk, naturally), but his personality complements Grace’s and vice versa. These two characters are, in every sense, the next epic love story and I’m here for it all. Grace and Jaxon have both carved a spot in my heart.

“You wear indifference like a mask; you wield coldness like a weapon – not because you feel nothing but because you feel too much.”

Wolff’s writing provided this strong YA voice that many readers, myself included, could resonate with. Her writing and the tone of the story were spot on and worked well with the plot of the story. Which, I’ll add, is phenomenal. There’s so much going on with the plot that it made for one heck of an incredible story. It’s fast-paced and filled with plot twists I never saw coming. Crave is, all in all, a story perfect for paranormal readers and readers looking for a book with swoon-worthy characters.

The bad part about reading Crave? I have to wait until 2021 to read the sequel, which I absolutely need now. But like the saying goes: all good things come to those who wait.  And book two is definitely worth the wait.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of CRAVE by Tracy Wolff (US Only)

Starts: 7th April 2020

Ends: 21st April 2020

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost

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Title: Elysium Girls

Author: Kate Pentecost

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: April 14th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.

When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was a kid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she’s a liar, she knows she’s a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn’t shake her confidence in her ability. Until a terrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa’s exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.

Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girls headed by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.

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Author Information

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Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.

She holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem “Small Town Witches.”

Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats.

She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston (H-Town, Space City, etc.)

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My Review

“I had been chosen, after all, and despite my reputation, despite Mother Morevna, despite everyone, I was the Successor. And I was going to be ready for that role if it killed me.”

Elysium Girls is a wildly fun and magical adventure filled with dazzling prose and wicked gods. Dipped with rich world building and beautifully crafted characters, this is story readers will easily love. I could not put this book down; I loved the characters, the world, the unforgiving gods and the dangers hidden outside Elysium’s doors.

Everything about this book was breathtaking. The unique play on the Dust Bowl, the gods pitting humanity in an unearthly battle, and wickedly fearful creatures hidden in plain sight and in the shadows. I was blown away by this story and its fascinating world. It’s nothing like I expected it to be – it’s even better. Mixing witches, gods, and demons together during the Dust Bowl is fascinating and vividly imaginable – it truly makes for a great story.

One of the things about this book that blew me away was the author’s writing. The writing was beautiful, with luscious prose and captivating scenery. Pentecost brought this unique story to life with exquisite world building. Her writing was, all in all, phenomenal. Pentecost also does a wonderful job with the characters and character development. There’s multiple point of views, but that really provides an in-depth analysis of the two main characters and even the secondary characters, who turn out to play a major role in the story.

“If they catch me, he thought, they’re not going home without a nightmare.”

For those readers wondering, there’s very little romance in this story, not enough to make it a huge focal point. But, surprisingly, I thought it worked. I’m huge on having romance in fantasy books, and even though this book simmered low on romance, I felt it was the perfect amount for this story. Elysium Girls is more centered on magic and saving the world, that if romance played a bigger role, I believe it would have taken away from the overall story. In my opinion, this is easily a story one can get lost in without the need of romance.

Overall, this is a refreshing and strong debut, perfect for readers looking for a new fantasy standalone. It’s a story unlike most I’ve read, and it’s one that introduced me to a new voice in the YA world. And I have no doubt that I will be reading her next novel once it comes out.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Prize: Win a copy of ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost (US Only)

Starts: 8th April 2020

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

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Title: Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)

Author: by Kathryn Purdie

Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen

Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

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Book Author

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Kathryn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series. Her love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama. She also writes songs on her guitar for each of her stories and shares them on her website. Kathryn lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children.

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My Review

Holy wow, does Kathryn Purdie know how to write an amazing story! I was absolutely blown away by this beautiful tale and the fantastical elements. Purdie brought a magical world to life with captivating characters and a love you’re bound to root for.

Ailesse is such a great character – she’s strong and fierce and believes she knows what she wants. She’s ready to become the Bone Crier’s matriarch. But in order to become one, she must kill her one true love. And she’s prepared to…right? When lives become entwined and feelings intervene, Ailesse realizes she may not be fully prepared for the one ritual she’s been waiting for her whole life. And how, exactly, do you stop your destiny from going down that one single path? It’s not easy but Ailesse is one of those characters that I know would do anything to prevent a certain event from happening.

And her one true love, Bastien, is also strong but seeks revenge, not realizing that who he seeks revenge on has already started her ritual — and he’s now part of it. I have to say – Bastien is one of those swoon-worthy characters (even if he is driven by revenge). His growing relationship with Ailesse just had me so excited for their interactions. Both characters complement one another and as the reader, I could easily see why they were destined soul mates.

In all honesty, I found all the characters to be exceptionally written and described. Each had their own flaws which were well portrayed. And each character, especially Sabine, showed devotion and courage in everything they did. Sabine will do anything to protect Ailesse; her loyalty to her best friend is one reason I loved her character so much. She’s not afraid to fight for Ailesse; she wants her to be happy, even if it means changing her’s and Ailesse’s fates.

Outside of the characters, I felt the world building and writing was absolutely phenomenal. Purie has created a world that pulled me right in and didn’t let go until the last page. Her writing is truly what brought this story to life; Purdie is definitely an author bookworms should follow if they love out-of-this-world world building with lush writing and exceptional characters.

Overall, I’d have to say that this is going to be one of my top reads of 2020. Just the whole world and story and plot was mesmerizing and I found it difficult to put this book down. I highly recommend reading Bone Crier’s Moon, especially for those readers looking for a slow burn romance with a tantalizing plot. And needless to say, I cannot wait for the sequel!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Prize: Win (1) of (3) signed hardback copies of BONE CRIER’S MOON, a set of two character bookmarks, and an 11×17 poster of the book cover (US Only)

Starts: 4th March 2020

Ends: 18th March 2020

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