Stribog’s Travel Guide for the Penniless Adventurer by Bogdan Balostin

stribog's travel guide the penniless adventurer

Tour Schedule:
September 30 – Paige @popthebutterfly

October 1 – JP @mr.pink.ink

October 2 – Stacie @borenbooks

October 3 – Becca @ernest.bookingway

October 4 – Jenny @ganshi_

An average guy sets out to save his crush but he gets lost and a dragon eats him.

A spectacular story of unrequited love and travel in a land of “hell, no!” and “you’ve got to be kidding me”. Punctuated with travel tips and witty remarks that nobody asked for.

What do you mean this is spoiler? I’m building hype here. Don’t you want to know what happens next?

Let’s be honest here.
I hate long descriptions
You hate long descriptions. You’re probably wondering about the story, not about what I’m promising the story is about.
So go check it out. It’s worth it.

The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Disclaimer: I bought my own copy times 3 and had a Netgalley arc. Yay me! All opinions are my own.

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (some violence, some gore, some slight sexual content, romance, and death of young girls)

 

Publisher: Delacorte

 

Synopsis: 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.
Review: Oh my god, this book was AMAZING. The story and writing just drew me in immediately. The writing was almost poetic in how it told the story. The characters were all well developed and kudos to the author for making each girl have a distinct personality. The book was also dark and mysterious and it was a great read overall!

 

However, I do have some lingering questions about the book that I feel should be addressed. Sequel? Side-story?

 

Verdict: One of the best books of 2019!

Toyko Green by C.D. Wight


Disclaimer: I received this copy from NetGalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: April 18, 2019

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 18+ (technology and destruction)

Publisher: Indie published

Synopsis: In 2048, AI specialist Tomo is about to lose his job in Silicon Valley, as U.S. unemployment soars past thirty percent. He’s a terrible team player, and his ass-kissing skills are sub-par. While Tomo’s got talents for making robots act more human, the job makes him feel more like a machine. 
When his hometown in Japan is destroyed by a tsunami, Tomo has the reason he needs to take a break. 
But in Tokyo, Tomo overhears something impossible to ignore: a care-giving bot is pressuring his grandmother to sell her condo and move into an old folks’ home. Elderly neighbors complain their bots sing the same tune. 
Tomo breaches the veil of customer service at the care-giving company, revealing a yakuza scheme that amounts to genocide. Tomo now has an opportunity to put his talents to better use—with help from an upbeat slacker and a rogue AI. 
TOKYO GREEN (91,000 words) is a stand-alone SF novel that explores not only the dangers of technology, but also the ability of technology to thrust humanity deeper into nature, making the future a worthwhile destination for all.

Review: I thought if you like dystopian sci-fi this was a good book for you. The writing is solid and the characters are well developed. The story is interesting and the worldbuilding is really good.

However, the pacing kills it for me and I just struggled through this book. I might be in a mood, but it was just not for me.

Verdict: A decent book.

City of Beasts by Corrie Wang

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher but I also bought my own copy early thanks to @decaturbookfest. Thanks! All options are my own!

Author: Corrie Wang

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence and slight gore, some romance)

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Freeform

Synopsis: “If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don’t hesitate. Kill it.”

For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. Glori Rhodes is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood’s abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she was seven. She has never questioned the separation of the sexes or the rules that keep her post-nuclear hometown safe. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child and can’t help wondering: What really is the difference between us and them?

When her brother, at the age of five, is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable – covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back. What’s meant to be a smash-and-grab job quickly becomes the adventure of a lifetime as the fees team up with a fast-talking, T-shirt cannon wielding beast named Sway, and Glori starts to see that there’s more to males, and her own history, than she’s been taught. Glori, Sway, and a motley cohort of friends will go to the ends of the earth to find her little brother. And maybe save their divided world while they’re at it.

Review: I loved this amazing book! I loved the commentary on gender and I thought the story did well to convey that lesson to teens. The book has great world building and amazing character development.

My only issue was that I felt the story was slow in pace in a couple of places. That’s it. This is a really good book!

Verdict: A must read!

CITY OF BEASTS ASSETS

About the Book:

Title: CITY OF BEASTS

Author: Corrie Wang

Pub. Date: September 17, 2018

Publisher: Freeform

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 384

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

“If you see a beast, and you have the shot, don’t hesitate. Kill it.”

For seventeen years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. Glori Rhodes is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood’s abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she was seven. She has never questioned the separation of the sexes or the rules that keep her post-nuclear hometown safe. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child and can’t help wondering: What really is the difference between us and them?

When her brother, at the age of five, is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable – covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back. What’s meant to be a smash-and-grab job quickly becomes the adventure of a lifetime as the fees team up with a fast-talking, T-shirt cannon wielding beast named Sway, and Glori starts to see that there’s more to males, and her own history, than she’s been taught. Glori, Sway, and a motley cohort of friends will go to the ends of the earth to find her little brother. And maybe save their divided world while they’re at it.

About Corrie:

Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, recycling, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side.
Writing to fix things that make her angry and explore things that frighten her, Corrie’s novels are about girls unapologetically conquering scenarios they should have little control over. Tired of seeing women and girls lose in this culture – spoiler – they never do in her stories.

Her debut novel, The Takedown was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by the New York Public Library and a 2018 YALSA selection for Best Fiction for Young Adults. City of Beasts is her second novel.

Seeing, as Corrie wrote an entire novel about the freakiness and perils of socializing too much on the internets her existence there is haphazard at best. Now, more than ever, she feels it is time for everyone to look up. (Also stand up, step up, and eat up.
Woot!) That being said, you may follow her poor photography skillz on INSTAGRAM.
AND P.S. Wang rhymes with ‘song’ y’all.

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Each signed pre-order copy of City of Beats will come with:

  • 1 set of 5 Battle Cards featuring different mercenaries
  • A special paperclip necklace made by Mouse which makes you a part of the City of Beast family
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    • 1st prize is a Jackrabbit Filly t-shirt/patch/ $10 gift card
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
9/2/2019- Country Road ReviewsExcerpt
9/3/2019- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
9/4/2019- Character Madness and MusingsExcerpt
9/5/2019- Shelf-RatedReview
9/6/2019- BookHounds YAReview

Week Two:
9/9/2019- Lifestyle of MeReview
9/10/2019- Daily WaffleExcerpt
9/11/2019- A Dream Within A DreamReview
9/12/2019- Life of a Simple ReaderExcerpt
9/13/2019- Here’s to Happy EndingsReview

Week Three:
9/16/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview
9/17/2019- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling ReviewsExcerpt
9/18/2019- Wishful EndingsExcerpt
9/19/2019- Book-KeepingReview
9/20/2019- Jade Writes BooksReview

Week Four:
9/23/2019- Eli to the nthReview
9/24/2019- two points of interestReview
9/25/2019- The Layaway DragonReview
9/26/2019- Smada’s Book SmackReview
9/27/2019- PopTheButterfly ReadsReview

Week Five:
9/30/2019- lori’s house of reviewsReview

When Heroes Rise by Trever Bierschbach

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Experience tales of sacrifice, bravery, and honor throughout the ages of the mystical world of Thelos. From primitive elven clans to savage wasteland wanderers, When Heroes Rise will take you on new adventures across a world unlike any you’ve seen before. You’ll explore this world through the eyes of those who struggle every day to survive it, and protect those they love. Heroes from all walks of life, and some who are not even people, will show how far one can go for loyalty, love, and honor. Their pain and sacrifice lay the groundwork for future tales yet untold, but coming soon. This collection of shorts features stories from the early life of Snowdove, an elven woman who will face adversity and trauma before leaving her people to find her place in the world. You will witness pure love in the only story set on Earth, as an old man bargains with death for the chance to say goodbye. And five tales of Thelos’ distant future after the world is destroyed by the folly of man, and people must scrape out a life in the Wasteland left behind.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Disclaimer: I bought my own copy. Yay me! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Cursebreakers Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, suicide/self harm TW)

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Synopsis: Fall in love, break the curse.

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.
Review: Holy cow this was an amazing adventure! I loved the writing, it just flowed so beautifully, and the world building. The characters were well developed and the story was interesting through the whole thing. The book almost doesn’t read as a retelling and I think that’s it’s biggest strength.

The only downside was I have to wait until January 2020 for book 2….

Verdict: Best book of 2019 for me!

Embers of Liberty by Trever Bierschbach

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Synopsis:
John Evermann’s world never changes. He goes to the same assigned job every day. He lives in the same house his family was placed in years ago. He picks up their weekly rations on Friday, and watches the same federally approved news broadcasts every night after dinner. Everything is as it is dictated to be, from the number on the back of his work jacket to the permanent curfew that keeps everyone safely in doors. Everyone has what they need to survive, and everyone contributes. It’s a perfect life, for some. It’s not enough for John and his friends. America is torn apart from civil war after the rise of a tyrannical President. The Republic of Texas lies to the west, a shining beacon of freedom. When the most radical authoritarian policies are passed some states followed Texas into secession, clinging to the legacy of the Founders. That is where John looked for the future of his family and the friends who came to rely on him. A land of choice and liberty. A place where his children can grow up to be who they want, not who they’re told. They just have to get there.

Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga

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

Author: Lindsey Duga

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Recommended Age: 15+ (“in a world of pure imagination”)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Synopsis: Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.

Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.

But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony’s dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it’s literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past…and discovers her mother didn’t leave to start a new life somewhere. She’s trapped in the hidden world within the valley.

Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love.

Review: I thought this book was cute and very well written. The story was intriguing and the world building was very well done. I also felt the pacing was even as well.

I did feel that the story was a bit hard to get into though and the characters didn’t really speak to me. The book was hard for me to get into but that’s probably just my mood at the moment.

Verdict: A decent fantasy and a gorgeous story.

BOOK INFORMATION

Glow of the Fireflies

by Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Release Date: October 1st 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.

Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.

But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony’s dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it’s literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past…and discovers her mother didn’t leave to start a new life somewhere. She’s trapped in the hidden world within the valley.

Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43256810-glow-of-the-fireflies

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

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/glow-of-the-fireflies-lindsey-duga/1130016370?ean=9781640637313

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Glow-of-the-Fireflies-Lindsey-Duga/9781640637313

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/glow-of-the-fireflies/id1468918599

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ph/en/ebook/glow-of-the-fireflies

Google Books: https://books.google.fr/books/about/Glow_of_the_Fireflies.html?id=EcmnvwEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15853318.Lindsey_Duga

Website: https://lindseyduga.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyDuga

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

 

 

Starfish by Lisa Becker

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Tour Schedule:

September 23 – Paige @popthebutterfly

September 24 – JP @mr.pink.ink

September 25 – Stacie @borenbooks

September 26 – Becca @ernest.bookingway

September 27 – Nikki @thereadingrebel

September 28 – Jasmine @thefreckledmind

September 29 – Madhumita @mabookyard

About StarfishAmbitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines.But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music and hogging the bed.

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley, but then bought my own copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book Series: Dance of Thieves Book 1

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

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

 

Publisher: Henry Holt And Co.

 

Synopsis: A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

 

Review: I thought this book was well done the second time I read it. The worldbuilding is great, the writing is amazing, the characters were well developed.

 

However, I feel my issue with the book is that the romance takes the forefront of the novel throughout most of it and I’m not liking that nowadays. I feel that’s what you get with Mary Pearson so if you like that then this author is for you!

 

Verdict: It’s an excellent continuation of the Remnant Chronicles.