*Saturday Spotlight* Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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Title: Crown of Coral and Pearl

Author: Mara Rutherford

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Page Count: 432 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

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 About the Author

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Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. Her debut YA fantasy, CORAL AND PEARL, will release from Harlequin Teen in Fall 2019. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Arc review* American royals by Katharine McGee

Ahh nothing like a day off from work and just sitting around reading. But to get started I got this book at bea. I was unsure if should read it since I didn’t like the thousandths floor but I give many chances in other worlds to see if can like them. Plus the synopsis sounds good on this book which is what if president Washington wasn’t made a president but made a king, then go thru the generations so it follows his great great something grand children one who will become the queen.

Thru this book is multi POV like that was in the thousandths floor. Which are for this book princess Beatrice heir to become queen, princess Samantha or easier sam, Nina who is sams best friend and Daphne.

With the multi POV of views unsure would grasp the story since so many plots going on but it wasn’t that bad Katharine makes the writing easy enough to follow. Unlike in T1kF was jumping between characters fast so wasn’t grasping the story and was extra gossipey from get go. And this book has the gossip to it but done much better way so not over the board with it so good mix of the story plot and gossip combined made for a great story hard to do the 2 together.

Characters: the characters in this were great and besides most rich they seemed pretty down to earth. Katherine the perfect one who can’t do no wrong and always maintaing perfect image and always looking for ways to change things for the better. Not sure if I liked her best or what not. But her story arc is cute one I feel like and just always cheering her on even monarch world is so nice.

Sam: the crazy one of the family with her twin brother. She had a ok story at parts just always wanting what Beatrice has not realizing why she wants it but out of all the people I felt she had the best change and will have greatest impact in book 2 more over Beatrice. And like all the characters minus one you wish them for the best. And loved her friendship with Nina they go hand in hand well.

Nina: one of first people who isn’t rich or royal like all the rest of the group in this book but refreshing to see since she is one of the few who can live a normal life and be friends and such with the Washington’s. She was my fav character thru most of the book just at the end I think she could of faught little more for what she believed in but I think the character in book 2 with biggest change.

Daphne: she played the villain and she played it well. Cunning while being so sweet. Even though she is bad person still liked her a bit. And also the character in book 2 will go thru a change I’m sure.

But yea the story was nice mix of the drama and all these love ships which like said the whole story actually felt real besides also being in modern day so easily one of my more fav contemporarys this year and worth a pre order and super stoked for book 2 since hoping my ships can get together even one who will not be named get there’s 5/5 stars

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

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*Review* Enchant- Micalea Smeltzer

35412486. sy475 Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.

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My Review:

“You know how you girls have loads of book boyfriends? Well, I have my book girlfriends.
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Laugh all you want but a real man likes to read.”

I’ve had this arc sitting on my bookshelf for years and I’ve thought about reading it a few times but decided against it. There is seriously something wrong with me because this was epic as hell. I was captivated from page one and now I’m desperate for book two. This was my very first experience with paranormal romance from Micalea and it certainly won’t be my last.

Mara’s adult life is just beginning. She’s graduating and turning eighteen soon. Life hasn’t always been perfect but life never is. She’s lost her Mom at a very young age and it’s just been her and her Dad. But things are about to change.

The night of graduation, Mara attends a party with her very best friend. Things go from fun to devastating as her friend appears covered in blood and is freaking out. As they rush home, Mara finds a stranger in her house demanding that they leave now and that there’s no time to explain.

She notices this strange man from dreams and from catching glimpses of him around. She relents and off they go. He tells her things that she didn’t know existed but she knows for sure that she’s in danger and he’s there to protect her at all costs.

Mara learns that she’s an enchanter and Theodore is her protector. The Iniquitious is after her and they want blood. Theo is taking her to a safe house to protect her and so she can learn to use her abilities to the full extent. But sometimes secrets are closer to home than you think.

Enchant was magical, captivating, and exhilarating. It was a thrill ride that wouldn’t let you go. I honestly couldn’t stop reading this, I was/am addicted to Mara’s story. Mara and Theo are two characters that you won’t ever forget and you’ll be desperate to read more about them. And don’t even get me started on how swoony Theo is.

I’m just speechless at how breathtaking this is. Don’t hesitate to pick this up as I did. Make sure you have the second book available after reading this because you’ll be losing your mind from that ending.

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*Mini Review* A Curse So Dark and Lonely- Brigid Kemmerer

43204703. sy475 Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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My 100 words or less review:

 

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

This is the best and most unique Beauty and the Beast retelling that I have ever read. Wow!

Nothing about this was ordinary. It was one of those books that held me with every page and I couldn’t stop reading. It was an instant love from the first sentence and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.

Don’t hesitate picking up this book like I did. You won’t be lead astray.

 

*Blog Tour- Review + Giveaway* When Summer Ends- Jessica Pennington

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When Summer EndsHardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (April 9, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250187338
ISBN-13: 978-1250187338

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

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Praise for WHEN SUMMER ENDS

“Bringing the small-town Michigan setting evocatively to the forefront, Pennington’s sophomore novel captures the pleasures of new love.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Praise for LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES 

“A captivating read and a great pick for fans of Morgan Matson and Emery Lord!” ―RT Book Reviews

“Filled with lyrics, love, and late nights, Pennington’s debut novel will appeal to romance fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti.” ―School Library Journal

“Pennington’s debut is a light road-tripping romance about redemption and the love of music.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Reading Cam & Vee’s past and present romance reminds me of This is Us! This is going on my keeper shelf.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after.” ―Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

“Boys in bands, second chance romance, and pitch-perfect chemistry. Love Songs & Other Lies hits all the right notes!” ―Gina Ciocca, author of Last Year’s Mistake

“Fun and full of heart, with a hero who stole my heart!” ―Katie McGarry, author of Pushing the Limits  

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My Review:

Olivia is living her best life and thinks that she has it all figured out. In her eyes, this is absolute perfection. It’s almost Summer and she is with the love of her life and best friend, Zander. Until her estranged Mother enters her life again and her boyfriend Zander breaks her heart. She now believes that fate isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes fate can be a cruel mistress.

Aiden is an all-star pitcher on the High School baseball team. But he abruptly quits the team after being beaned with a baseball. He can’t tell his team that he is losing his vision. So, he ignores his team and tries to enjoy his stress-free summer.

Olivia needs something to occupy her time, so she doesn’t wallow away in misery. She decides to get a job for the summer. She gets a job at the River Depot and works side-by-side with Aiden. They decide to spend their Summer together and live their best lives by chance. A flip of a coin is all it takes for them to move onto being more than just friends.

Is this just a summer fling? Or can summer love weather the storm?

When Summer Ends was really adorable. You’ll fall in love with this mesmerizing journey of love and self-discovery. Let’s not forget that Aiden is relationship goals! This is the perfect summer read and it will make you want to live your best life possible. I highly recommend this.

Would you live your life by the flip of a coin?

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Giveaway:

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

– 10 Winners will receive a Copy of WHEN SUMMER ENDS by Jessica Pennington.

Click on the image below to enter. Good Luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.
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Thank you, Jean, Jessica Pennington, and Tor Teen for allowing us to be a part of this amazing tour. To find out more about this tour and upcoming books, please click on the button below. Happy Reading!

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Tour Schedule:

WEEK ONE
JULY 22nd MONDAY JeanBookNerd GUEST POST
JULY 22nd MONDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
JULY 23rd TUESDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
JULY 23rd TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
JULY 24th WEDNESDAY Kait Plus Books EXCERPT
JULY 24th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
JULY 25th THURSDAY Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW
JULY 25th THURSDAY Bookish Kali REVIEW
JULY 26th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
JULY 26th FRIDAY A Bella Fairy Tale REVIEWWEEK TWO
JULY 29th MONDAY Twirling Book Princess EXCERPT
JULY 29th MONDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
JULY 30th TUESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
JULY 30th TUESDAY Pages and Pugs REVIEW
JULY 31st WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
JULY 31st WEDNESDAY A Bookish Dream SPOTLIGHT
AUGUST 1st THURSDAY Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW
AUGUST 1st THURSDAY Starlight Reads REVIEW
AUGUST 1st THURSDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT
AUGUST 2nd FRIDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
AUGUST 2nd FRIDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW

*Saturday Spotlight* House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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Title: House of Salt and Sorrows

Author: Erin A. Craig

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Page Count: 416 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Summary:

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

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 About the Author

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Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories.

After getting her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, in Theatre Design and Production, she stage managed tragic operas with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky.

An avid reader, a decent quilter, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in Memphis, TN with her husband and daughter.

She is represented by Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)