Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay

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Book: Private Lessons

 

Author: Cynthia Salaysay

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Diversity: Filipino American main character!

 

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Recommended Age: 18+ (sex and sexual content, statutory rape TW, underage drinking, death, child grooming, drug use, abuse: emotional mental verbal and psychological, racism, language, self-harm TW, depression, gaslighting, wanting to kill a character more than Umbridge)

 

Publisher: Candlewick Press

 

Pages: 320

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay’s father’s death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness — and her traditional Filipino mother’s prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul’s world and his way of digging into a composition’s emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paul’s approval, let alone his affection.

Author Cynthia Salaysay composes a moving, beautifully written portrait of rigorous perfectionism, sexual awakening, and the challenges of self-acceptance. Timely and vital, Private Lessons delves into a complicated student/teacher relationship, as well as class and cultural differences, with honesty and grace.

 

Review: This was a gorgeous book! The book does not shy from the tough points, where it shows our main character who is in love with this (for a lack of a better word) pedo who is abusing his authority to have sex with her (a minor, EW!). The book is expertly written, amazingly well detailed for world building, and the characters are engaging (and disgusting in Paul’s case). Sometimes when books say they are wrote for a certain thing (like feminism or otherwise) I find the book isn’t really embodying that movement. However, I feel like this book is a champion for the #metoo movement.

 

However, I felt like the book was a bit slower paced than what I usually preferred, but I think it’s intention. It makes you pause and forces you to hear Claire’s story, through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

Verdict: I recommend this as essential reading. It’s hard to read sometimes, but it’s essential to do so.

Beware the Violet – Maraki Oglou

Tour Schedule:May 25 – Paige @popthebutterflyMay 26 – JP @mr.pink.inkMay 27 – Stacie @borenbooksMay 28 – Nikki @thereadingrebelMay 29 – Jasmine @thefreckledmindSynopsis:Discovering supernatural creatures are real is one thing but learning I have powers and learning to use them is quite a feat. My name is Violet Webb. I live in a small town that nearly worships Halloween but I hate it. I can’t wait until I graduate and get as far as I can from that silliness. Everything changed when I followed the white rabbit. I ended up in a Realm full of vampires, fairies, witches and every creature possible. Oh, Did I mention Jacques? The hot shapeshifter with the French accent that makes me see rabbits everywhere? Now what? Some bloody lady of Fate gave me a prophecy to get home. The only problem is that I must defeat the darkness before it swallows both of our worlds. Can I go through without making the ultimate sacrifice?Bio:My name is Maria Vermisoglou and I’m an International Bestselling fantasy author who loves throwing her heroes into impossible situations. I draw inspiration from books, travels and…the ceiling. (So, blame the ceiling!) I started writing 4 years ago when an idea came to me. That idea started all… When I’m not writing, I love a good riding on the fantasy dragon but a book can also be exciting along with a cup of tea. I’m currently residing in Crete as a librarian, battling monsters and supernatural creatures from overcoming the world.

True Alpha and the Red Moon by L. Wolford Jr.

Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: True Alpha and the Red Moon

 

Author: L. Wolford Jr.

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: November 3, 2017

 

Genre: Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight violence and gore, prophecies)

 

Publisher: Indie Published

 

Pages: 119

 

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Synopsis: Born into violence, Tyler knew nothing of his birth. Kurt and Amelia raised Tyler as their own, keeping the circumstances of Tyler’s conception and birth a secret. After believing Kurt and Amelia were his real parents, once reaching the age of thirteen, Tyler felt he was different from other vampires and that something wasn’t right, which was later revealed as his past unraveled.
At Redwood, a school for vampires, witches, and wizards, Tyler’s best friends were Max, a vampire, and Emma, a witch, who’d both grown to care so much about Tyler as years went by. They were inseparable, but even they knew nothing of what Tyler really was.
Tyler soon found out how different he really was as secrets came from out the shadows and into the light, leaving Kurt and Amelia no choice but to tell Tyler about the dreadful day he was born. That’s when he hears about the prophecy foretelling that he could be the True Alpha, the true leader of worlds, the one who could unite every supernatural from not only their world but from different realms as well.
Now, tragedy leads Tyler on a journey to find out the truth, but first, he must learn to control his newfound gift.

 

Review: Overall, I thought this was a good book. The characters were engaging. The storyline was unique, albeit borrowed from Star Wars a bit. The book also did well to make the plot intriguing.

 

However, I do feel like the world building wasn’t as detailed as it could have been and that the pacing was too fast in my opinion. The book is also incredibly small and could have been expanded upon.

 

Verdict: it was a good book!

Carla by Michael Gryboski

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Carla

 

Author: Michael Gryboski

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

 

Genre: Thriller

 

Recommended Age: 17+ (death, violence, gore, terrorism)

 

Publisher: Indie Published

 

Pages: 211

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Carla al-Hassan lives in two worlds.

In one, she is known as a mild-mannered young woman who dropped out of college to work full time to pay for her grandfather’s medical bills.

In the other, she is a professional killer who does the will of a mysterious domestic terrorist group called the Cicero Organization.

For years, Carla maintained this delicate balance. But a jealous act of betrayal and an investigation by a determined lawyer
threaten this balance…and her life.

 

Review: I really liked this book overall. I liked the characters and I thought the characters and the plot were very well developed. The book was full of plot twists and it really kept you on your toes.

 

However, I think that the writing could have been a bit better and I felt it was a bit too short. Other than that, that was my only complaint!

 

Verdict: A great book!

Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

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Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Breath Like Water

Author: Anna Jarzab

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: bipolar disorder openly discussed!

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (verbal abuse, competitive swimming, mental health, language)

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 416

Amazon Link

Synopsis: Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost—and the beauty—of trying to achieve something extraordinary.

Review: This was such a sweet book! I really loved the character development, the story, and the world building. I never knew how competitive swimming could be, as I grew up in a rural school with no swimming teams. The characters were the lifeline of the story. They really made the story progress and enjoyable. The storyline was intriguing, and the detail the author incorporated was amazing.

The only issue I had with the book is that the pacing was slow in my opinion. I just wish it was a bit faster.

Verdict: It was a great read!

Breath Like Water

Anna Jarzab
On Sale Date: May 19, 2020
9781335050236, 133505023X
Hardcover
$18.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
Young Adult Fiction / Sports & Recreation / Water Sports
Ages 13 And Up
416 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK:
This beautifully lyrical contemporary novel features an elite teen swimmer with Olympic dreams, plagued by injury and startled by unexpected romance, who struggles to balance training with family and having a life. For fans of Sarah Dessen, Julie Murphy and Miranda Kenneally.

Susannah Ramos has always loved the water. A swimmer whose early talent made her a world champion, Susannah was poised for greatness in a sport that demands so much of its young. But an inexplicable slowdown has put her Olympic dream in jeopardy, and Susannah is fighting to keep her career afloat when two important people enter her life: a new coach with a revolutionary training strategy, and a charming fellow swimmer named Harry Matthews.

As Susannah begins her long and painful climb back to the top, her friendship with Harry blossoms into passionate and supportive love. But Harry is facing challenges of his own, and even as their bond draws them closer together, other forces work to tear them apart. As she struggles to balance her needs with those of the people who matter most to her, Susannah will learn the cost–and the beauty–of trying to achieve something extraordinary.

anna_jarzab_photo credit Marisa Emralino

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anna Jarzab is a Midwesterner turned New Yorker. She lives and works in New York City and is the author of such books as Red Dirt, All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, and the Many-Worlds series. Visit her online at annajarzab.com and on Twitter, @ajarzab.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound
Google Play
Apple Books

SOCIAL LINKS:
Instagram: @ajarzab
Twitter: @ajarzab
Author website: https://www.annajarzab.com/

The Bone Thief by Breeana Sheilds for Fantastic Flying Book Club

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Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: The Bone Thief

 

Author: Breeana Shields

 

Book Series: The Bone Charmer Book 2

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Publication Date: May 26, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, romance)

 

Publisher: Page Street Kids

 

Pages: 384

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: 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.

 

Review: I was really excited to read this book (because, I mean, I look at the cover it’s gorgeous!) Anyways, the book was a lot better fleshed out for the character development then the previous book and I was so happy for that! The pacing is great and the plot is still so intriguing! I also felt like the world building had gotten better!

 

However, I still felt like there could have been more for the world building and I feel like that romance lacked in this one. The romance was there, but it wasn’t doing it for me. It felt a lot more cliché and tropey than in the first one and I got tired of it fast.

 

Verdict: It’s a great story!

BOOK INFORMATION

The Bone Thief (The Bone Charmer #2)

by 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.

 

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51176642-the-bone-thief

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2vBIQ5A

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-bone-thief/id1477062066

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bone-thief-breeana-shields/1132911542?ean=9781624149306

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/author/Breeana-Shields

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-bone-thief-9

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Breeana_Shields_The_Bone_Thief?id=yoCoDwAAQBAJ

AUTHOR INFORMATION

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.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13582922.Breeana_Shields

Website: https://breeanashields.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BreeanaShields

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breeanashieldsauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breeanashields/

 

 

The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade




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Book: The Dark Awakening

 

Author: D.L. Blade

 

Book Series: Chosen Coven Book 1

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: March 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance)

 

Publisher: Fifth Element Publishing

 

Pages: 252

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Get ready for a new kind of witch—she’s about to save humanity.

Haunting secrets, witches, vampires, werewolves, love, betrayal, & twists you won’t see coming!

Mercy’s life has devolved into a string of bad events. A brutal beating that nearly stole her life, a dangerous stalker lurking in the shadows, and a car accident, where the man who rescued her disappears right before her eyes.

But this man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century. But Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him. He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s an ancient witch, vampires are real, and she’s destined to destroy them.

There’s also the troubling discovery that her blood is lusted after by the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader sets his eyes on her, and will stop at nothing until he takes Mercy as his own.

Mercy needs to fight. Fight for her life, fight to discover the truth, fight to remember who—or what—she really is before it’s too late.

 

Review: This was an ok book for the most part. The book had an interesting plot and the world building was well done. The book seemed very interesting from the get go and the plot was the reason I kept reading the book.

 

However, the romance and the characters felt really flat and uninteresting. The characters didn’t feel like they were anything more than the paper they were wrote on and nothing really made them stand out from one or the other. The book is also very slow paced.

 

Verdict: It was an ok read

 
About The Book:
Title: THE
DARK AWAKENING (Chosen Coven #1)
Author: D.L. Blade
Pub. Date: October
2, 2018
Publisher: Fifth
Element Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
eBook, audiobook
Pages: 456
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Get ready for a new kind of witch—she’s about to save humanity.



Haunting secrets, witches, vampires, werewolves, love, betrayal, & twists you won’t see coming!





Mercy’s life has devolved into a string of bad events. A brutal beating that nearly stole her life, a dangerous stalker lurking in the shadows, and a car accident, where the man who rescued her disappears right before her eyes.



But this man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century. But Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him. He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s an ancient witch, vampires are real, and she’s destined to destroy them.



There’s also the troubling discovery that her blood is lusted after by the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader sets his eyes on her, and will stop at nothing until he takes Mercy as his own.



Mercy needs to fight. Fight for her life, fight to discover the truth, fight to remember who—or what—she really is before it’s too late.


The Chosen Coven Trilogy – read in order



The Dark Awakening

The Dark Underworld

The Dark Deliverance

 
Book Trailer:
 
 
 
Excerpt:

Chapter 1
 
They were there
in the shadows again. This was the third time this week I had thought someone
was watching me. The last few weeks, I’d heard the rustling of leaves and the
crackling sound of old fallen branches beneath someone’s feet, or the hairs at
the back of my neck would stand straight because I knew someone stood silently
behind me.
 
Last night wasn’t
any different. I exited my car after an exhausting day at work and heard what
sounded like a low, deep exhale coming from the forest next to Lily’s house. I
swiftly turned around, fumbling with the flashlight on my phone, but when the
light pierced the darkness, the sound stopped.
Tonight, it was a
silhouette behind my aunt Lily’s fence in the backyard. It wasn’t someone walking
by with their dog or a neighbor taking out their trash. They were standing
there, staring, as I walked to the sink to rinse my dinner bowl. I wasn’t going
to tell her again. She’d just tell me what she’d told me last time I brought it
up. She’d say I was just seeing things and that it was normal to feel this way
after trauma.
 
“Your turn,
Mercy,” Lily said. Her voice pulled my gaze from the window.
 
“I’m coming,” I
said, taking one last glance toward the silhouette.
 
They were gone.
 
Maybe I am
imagining things.
 
Lily tucked her
short, brown strands behind her left ear and took a sip of her red wine,
gripping her glass firmly, while her index finger tapped gently and
rhythmically on the side of the slender wine glass.
 
Waiting patiently
for me to finish my turn were Shannon and Cami, my two best girlfriends, and my
ex-boyfriend, Riley. A brief glance at the clock told me we had been playing
for over three hours. My head fogged over, and my lower back ached from sitting
for so long.
 
I gripped the
dice in my hand before sitting back down and looked around the table. I
wondered what my friends would think if they only knew what was happening with
me. Would they respond like Lily had? Or would they believe me?
 
I had known Riley
since we were little kids, and I’d known Cami and Shannon since cheerleading
camp our freshmen year. I could trust them, right?
 
The truth was, a
small part of me still envied what my friends had, that I no longer did. At one
point, I had looked forward to dressing up for a night out, being the popular
girl at our school, and I held the confidence I needed to walk in with my head
held high as we crashed someone’s party. That wasn’t me anymore. I wasn’t
frumpy by any means. I was blessed with good genes. I had my mom’s long, dark
brown hair, emerald eyes, and a tall, slender figure. But now, I was happy in a
T-shirt and ripped jeans because I no longer cared what anyone thought. I was
now the shadow lurking behind my friends, and I was okay with that.
 
Shannon
straightened her back once I sat down and pulled her raven-black hair to the
side, wrapping it into a braid against her dark, olive skin, and batted her
fake lashes at us before stifling a yawn.
I stretched out
my legs, took a deep breath, and gave my cards a once-over. I just needed to roll
an eight.
 
Cami’s thick,
long locks fell over her face, and she let out an exhausted breath to blow it
away. “I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.” She grabbed her water, took a swig,
and glanced down at her phone, checking the time.
 
“I’ll drive your car,”
Shannon said, “my energy drink is doing its job keeping me alive right now.”
Riley flashed me
a handsome grin as I rolled the dice a few times in my palm.
 
As I went to toss
them, I hesitated. The tingling feeling in my fingertips had returned. It felt
like electricity vibrating violently under my fingernails. I had to pull my
hands close to my body to conceal it and shut it off. Something had been
happening to me, and it all started around the time I felt someone’s eyes on
the back of my head.
 
I glanced around
the table one last time, pulled myself together, and gently tossed the two
dice, so they didn’t roll off the table. One die landed right in front of me,
showing five red dots, and the other landed in front of Riley.
 
“It’s a three.”
Riley beamed.
 
An eight!
 
“Dang it!”
Shannon tossed the remaining cards onto the table. “Surprise, surprise. Mercy
wins again.”
 
I applauded
myself and moved my hips from side to side in a victory dance while I grabbed
the last Battle-Star, which would earn me the final, winning point. Once I
placed my Battle-Star down on the table, Riley grabbed my knee, and my leg
jerked to the side at his touch. I looked up at his boyish face as a small
crease formed in his brow. Thankfully, everyone else was so preoccupied with
cleaning up their game pieces, no one had noticed. I leaned in toward Riley.
“We need to talk.”
 
“I didn’t mean—”
 
“I know,” I
snapped. “We still need to talk.”
 
“Sorry.” His
voice cracked, and he lowered his head. This absolutely killed me. Riley was
the nicest guy I had ever known, and I was crushing his spirit.
 
What is wrong
with me?
 
Shannon looked
over at us. “Sorry for what?”
 
“Nothing,” I
responded before he could say anything.
 
He stood up from
the table and calmly walked out the backdoor. I hesitated, deciding not to
follow him.
 
I’ll give him
a minute.
 
Cami looked
around the room at everyone. “What’s with him?”
 
Lily, too, had
been watching the awkward encounter, and she stood. “Do you girls care for
anything else to eat?” She placed the lid on the game box and gestured toward
the pot of homemade chili she had cooked for us. This was her obvious attempt
to distract everyone from what had just happened.
 
“We’re good,
Lily. Thank you,” Cami responded for them both as she handed Shannon her keys.
Shannon gripped
the keys tight in her fist and turned to face me while pulling her purse over
her shoulder. “Are you joining us tomorrow?”
 
“Yeah. Just not
too early. I want to sleep in.” I sounded whinier than I meant to. Shannon
always scheduled our Thursday morning breakfast meetups for eight in the
morning since graduation.
 
“I really need to
go, guys. I have to put my mom to bed,” Cami said as she tapped her foot on the
tile floor of the entryway. Cami’s mom, Laurie, was an alcoholic. I honestly
couldn’t recall if I had ever seen her without a bottle of booze in her hand,
and she often drank herself into a senseless stupor.
 
“Where do you
guys want to meet?” I asked.
 
“Probably Tippy’s
Pancake House. It just opened last weekend,” Cami answered.
 
I looked at her
and tilted my head. “Tippy as in Ryan ‘Tippy’ Harrison?”
 
“Yeah, I guess he
figured out what he was going to do with all those royalty checks from that
song he wrote a few years back—open a pancake house. His grandma Joanne tracked
us down on Main last week and told us we had to go opening week to support him.
So, we’re going.”
 
“Well, good for
him. And, yes, that works,” I said.
 
Shannon glanced
over toward the window facing the backyard where Riley waited for me. “Call me
if you need me.” Shannon offered me an empty wish of good luck with a strained
smile and a shrug, as if to express how uncomfortable she knew the moment would
be for Riley and me.
 
“I’ll fill you in
at breakfast. Riley has a job working on Miss Darla’s car, so he won’t be
there.”
Cami moved past
Shannon to give me a warm hug, but I tensed. I always hid my discomfort when
someone touched me. Someday, I hoped I’d get better, but in this moment, I
wasn’t ready. After Cami released me, Shannon followed her lead and came in for
a hug. I took a deep breath in and counted to five in my head. As I slowly let
out my breath, she released me from the suffocating embrace. They walked toward
Cami’s car, and I sent them off with a wave.
 
Closing the door
behind them, I secured the bottom lock and strolled into the kitchen to see if
Lily needed help cleaning up. I knew she’d tell me not to bother, but I always
offered anyway.
 
“Do you need help
with anything?” I asked.
 
Turning to face
me, she said, “I’ve got this covered. Go see Riley. He’s been waiting, hun. You
can’t avoid him forever.”
 
She was right. I
was stalling. Riley had more patience with me than I ever could have with
anyone. I made him feel uncomfortable because he accidentally made me feel
uncomfortable, but still, he was willing to wait for me to lecture him about not
touching me.


 
While giving her
a forced smile and a nod, I moved toward the door that led to the backyard.
 
 
 
About D.L.:


D.L. Blade grew up in southern
California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014.
 
She always loved writing,
concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed
however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it.
 
In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide
variety of hobbies, including reading, and attending rock concerts. She also
enjoys visiting animal sanctuaries and pet shelters. She hopes one day she will
own enough land to start her own dog rescue.
 
In the future, D.L. hopes that she
can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring
them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination.

 
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will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.
 
 
 
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The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

Disclaimer: I bought this book a bit ago and read it for the tour of the second book! Support your authors!

 

Book: The Bone Charmer

 

Author: Breeana Shields

 

Book Series: The Bone Charmer Book 1

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: May 21, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (bones, violence, slight gore, some quantum leap stuff with alternate time lines)

 

Publisher: Page Street Kids

 

Pages: 400

 

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Synopsis: In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

 

Review: For the most part this book was pretty good. The characters were well developed personality wise and the pacing was excellent for the book. I was very invested in the plot of this book and while I’m not normally a fan of the love triangle, it was well done in this book.

 

However, I did think that the world building needed to be worked on and the writing needs to be more descriptive and not showy. I hope that in the second book, this is rectified.

 

Verdict: A great story, just needs worked on a bit more.

Cycles of the Phoenix: The Whole Interlaced Souls Series by Charlie Avinash Nicholas

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Cycles of the Phoenix: The Whole Interlaced Souls Series

Author: Charlie Avinash Nicholas

Book Series: Interlaced Souls Series

Rating: 1/5

Publication Date: May 4, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: Can’t recommend, DNF-ed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 306

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Synopsis: C.A. Nicholas’s magnum opus symphony is about to begin and he’s reserved a seat for you. So come on in and I’ll lead you to your place of honour as the house lights dim. Yes, your spot is beside the maestro as he teleports you and he through various worlds to befriend diverse souls who’ll reveal the beauty of your life through their stories.

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C.A. Nicholas’s Interlaced Souls Series has ended and he has collected it into one tome on your behalf. “Cycles of the Phoenix” consists of “Sanity’s War”, “Strange: And Other Accounts from the Taboo War”, and “Kaya: Where Have You Gone?”

Hope, love, and perseverance infuse this art piece; ready to embrace anyone who feels lonely and enchained within the essence of a starless and moonless night. However, not all of his stories of fantasy, humour, and horror within may have happily ever afters though take heart in knowing that there is a humanity enriching purpose to any of the possibly devastating conclusions.

Review: I had to unfortunately DNF this one as well. I felt like that the writing was really stiff and it threw off the whole vibe of the book. The book almost felt like it just threw things out there and didn’t really conclude them either.

Verdict: Not for me.

An American Weeia in Paris by Elle Boca Promo Tour

Parisians are delighted with the mysterious new superhero fighting crime and terrorists in the City of Light. The Weeia authorities, on the other hand, suspect that this superhero is one of their own, flamboyantly violating the first law of keeping their existence a secret from the humans. Danni is acting head of the Paris marshals office, but circumstances have left her alone and fighting to keep the top position against a politically connected upstart and his task force. Will she succeed at apprehending the rogue superhero without exposing the Weeia or losing her new promotion?

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Elle is the author of two urban fantasy series about superhumans called Weeia, the Unelmoija Series in Miami and the Marshals Series in Paris. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading. Elle makes her home with her king cat husband in South Florida.

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