A Raven’s Touch and a Raven’s Revenge by Linda Bloodworth

Bio

Linda Bloodworth is a writer from Toronto who often has to battle two cats and a dog to find a comfortable writing position. Through blood, sweat, and a few tears, Linda debuted A Raven’s Touch in 2015 and followed up with A Raven’s Revenge in 2019. Other than writing, Linda enjoys scary tales of the strange and unusual in book and movie form. Most often, Linda can be found binge-watching Sailor Moon ad nauseam. Tsuki ni kawatte, oshiokiyo!

 

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Email: lb.pa.team@gmail.com

 

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A Raven’s Revenge 

 

eBook ISBN

978-0-9949867-0-2

 

Book ISBN
978-0-99-49867-2-6

 

Page count

247

 

Blurb

Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned. Justice St. Michaels is on a mission from God to avenge her parents’ death, even if it means hunting Seliki to the depths of Hell. Justice and her powerful friends won’t back down until His will is done. Can an angel, witch, vampire and elf take on Hell and come out alive?

 

Warning: Not intended for audiences under 16, scenes of graphic violence, sexual situations, implications of child molestation (not shown). 

 

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Congratulations on your follow up novel, A Raven’s Revenge! What was your writing process like? Was it different this time around?

 

This time I really took my time to research Hell. If someone were to look up my search history they might be concerned. I looked up demon babies, what happens to suicides, various kinds of demons and much more. While I was writing the story I had a literal come to Jesus moment. I suppose one can’t write about angels and demons without letting the subject matter seep in. I lost track of how many times I was sidetracked, going down the rabbit hole to say, and it lead to deep conversations about why we’re here and where we’re going. 


After going through videos, blogs, and books, I found myself drawn to become more than spiritual. In April 2019, I was baptized and confirmed, so yeah, this time things were very different. I now have a very different outlook. 

 

The pace in A Raven’s Touch was nothing short of explosive. How does A Raven’s Revenge compare? 

I like to think that I took some time to perfect my craft. A Raven’s Revenge is ‘slower’, but at the same time the gang faces seriously scary challenges. There is some down time for them to think about what’s going on and what they have to do, but I think I finally got the balance down pat. 

 

Tom and Moira have some amazing chemistry. Would you consider a spin-off series with just them?

 

I wouldn’t say no to writing Tom and Moira their own stand alone. I do enjoy them. Maybe, and a BIG maybe, I’ll get around to giving them the spotlight they deserve. 

 

Becca’s story is rather controversial as there are hints of child molestation. What purpose does this serve for the plot?

 

Similar to Darien’s plight, I wanted to highlight issues that get swept under the rug in some families. When I look back on my own childhood, I had suspicions about situations. Now, as an adult, I feel regret that I didn’t put two and two together that a friend was most likely being abused. I stand against any type of abuse. If you see something, say something, the victim may not be able to express themselves.

 

What took so long between writing A Raven’s Touch and A Raven’s Revenge?

Life. I have a full time job and it does get in the way of writing. Half of A Raven’s Revenge was written in offline Google Docs on my phone chapter by chapter. That can take a while. 

 

What’s been your favorite part about writing your books so far?

Justice and Moira! I absolutely love these two. No matter what, Moira is there to throw down and back up Justice. Justice has matured and she’s truly becoming a hero stepping up to the scariest challenge. The love between the two of them is so fun to write. They’re in sync with each other and even though they’re growing up, they’re still each other’s number on priority. Who wouldn’t love a ride or die friend? 

 

A Raven’s Revenge places your characters in hell, what was the hardest part to write about their journey?

No character is safe in A Raven’s Revenge. It was very painful to write the scenes where the main characters are hurt. I honestly had to take a breather after what I did to Moira. Please don’t hate me. 

 

What can you tell us about the third book? 

The ending of A Raven’s Revenge sets the tone for A Raven’s Wrath. Our friends will have yet another challenge, this time in Acana. We can expect new heroes and new villains. The clash between good and evil has to stop in Acana or the whole world will perish. One of the new heroes is a character that I created based on a friend’s wife who passed away. This way, I can immortalize her forever. 

 

What are your thoughts when it comes to writing in another genre?

Sure, why not? Stories come to me no matter what genre it is. Already, I can’t really define what I do as I’m a mishmash of paranormal, fantasy, horror, and now Christian. In between waiting for edits and beat feedback I have started writing a time travel/dystopian story called The Time Runner. I’ve shown it to a few of my beta readers and they’ve really enjoyed the first few chapters. 

 

What’s your favorite way to write? 

To be honest, I’m lying flat on my stomach with my laptop in blissful silence. Since I have two cats and a dog they’re usually around and it’s not uncommon for one of them to be sitting on my legs or cuddled against me. 

 

What made you want to write?

It’s something that comes from inside that I grew up doing. I always assumed everyone wrote out the stories in their dreams. I get inspired from everything, be it a song lyric, something someone said, or a situation where my imagination goes wild. I play the ‘what if’ game a lot. What if it rained donuts? What if it was normal to have claws? You get the idea. That’s something that comes to me and I don’t ever want to shut it off, it’s who I am and how I’m made. 

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It’s been four long years since Linda Bloodworth released her first book, A Raven’s Touch. Today, she’s releasing the cover for her sequel, A Raven’s Revenge


Who should read this book:

A Raven’s Touch and A Raven’s Revenge are for those of you who love paranormal, fantasy, horror, with a splash of adventure.

What’s A Raven’s Touch about?
Justice St. Michaels has a secret. Not only is she the Heaven’s chosen one, but none of her friends are even human. Justice meets mysterious stranger, Darien Raventhorn who says she holds the key to his curse. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.

 

What’s A Raven’s Revenge about?

Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned. Justice St. Michaels is on a mission from God to avenge her parents’ death, even if it means hunting demon Seliki to the depths of Hell. Justice and her powerful friends won’t back down until His will is done. Can an angel, witch, vampire and elf take on Hell and come out alive?

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Snippet of A Raven’s Touch:

CHAPTER ONE

It started two days ago. Every night, I hoped to wake up in my bed. Instead, the sound of rushing water always caught my attention. Tiny droplets of mist kissed my skin. Pine needles pricked my bare feet as I shuffled along. This certainly wasn’t my bedroom. The ever-shifting twilight surrounded me. What was I doing in the Rouge Valley forest, again?

A streak of pain crackled through my body, and my head snapped forward. I let out a scream as my back burned like it was on fire. A flock of small birds took to the sky, causing the leaves to shudder. I hugged myself as if I could stop the throbbing. My entire body felt like a fresh wound. With tears in my eyes, I looked up to the Heavens for guidance, but the silence was deafening. To my left, little feet hopped through the bush. I could only imagine what I must have looked like, with long, black hair strung about my pale face, and the dark circles I’d had of late. I’d run away from me, too.

I staggered and wobbled my way to the closest tree, since my feet were half-asleep and not cooperating. The minute my back made contact with the rough bark, a fresh surge of pain bloomed, and I breathed fast and hard to stop myself from passing out.

“Please, just stop,” I begged through the tears.

For a blessed moment, the pain subsided. I let out a deep breath of gratitude. Slowly, something trickled down my back. That didn’t feel like sweat. My hand scrambled like a live wire to investigate. Immediately I felt my fingers become covered in blood, and the rich smell of copper flooded my senses. My fingers circled around to find two bone-hard lumps. Investigating further I felt around them, and I figured they were each the size of a split English muffin. Not too large, but definitely there. I was bleeding again.

“What the…?” I pushed myself off the tree, and my stomach churned from the wet-Velcro sound.

The sun was starting to peek through the tall pines. I was about half a mile from my house. I stepped away from the tree and bit back the urge to throw up. I didn’t even want to think about my blood- crusted back. I had to get home. Every bone in my body wanted to rest, but there was no way I was staying here. Thank goodness the county voted for street lamps, or I really would be lost. My shadow on the pavement stretched far and danced out to the next spotlight. The one-dimensional version of myself was footloose and fancy-free. What I wouldn’t give to not have dangerous night-walking spells.

Soon enough, I was walking up my driveway and heading for the side door. My hand wrapped around the handle, and I quietly pushed the door open. Living in the boonies, we’d never locked our doors, and at this point, I was grateful for small favors. I avoided the squeaking tiles and tiptoed up the stairs to my bedroom, then headed straight into my bathroom. I stripped off my clothes, leaving them like a breadcrumb trail to the shower. As I tried to remove my T-shirt, I winced; my back muscles hurt so bad I almost screamed out. Finally, I managed to shimmy the shirt over my head. The back was ripped and reeked of copper. Wrinkling my nose in disgust, I balled it up and tossed it in the garbage.

In the safety of my shower, I turned on the water and let it wash over me. Ever so gently, I touched my back and felt the broken skin where the two lumps protruded. What on earth could they be? My breath quickened and I started feeling lightheaded. Keep it together, Justice. I leaned my forehead against the tile and felt my face relax.

If I told my parents I’d been sleep walking again, they’d probably install a camera and an alarm system. There goes all my privacy. Maybe, if it got worse, I’d go see Moira’s mom. The cuts weren’t deep, but the flesh was tender. My tears mingled with the red water as I curled up in a ball. I winced. Even the water stung. My hand fumbled along the wall to find the soap. I lifted my face to channel the water out of my eyes. A tiny red river flowed down the drain.

It was too humid, and I was starting to prune. I turned off the water but remained crouched. The adrenaline leaving my body made me feel like a liquid pool of flesh, devoid of bone. As hard as I tried to remember, I had no idea what was happening to me, or how I got out to the river. Was this what it was like to survive a train wreck? 

Snippet of A Raven’s Revenge:

CHAPTER ONE

Justice

Something’s wrong.

I opened my eyes to pitch-black nothingness. Moving my shoulders, I felt the familiar weight of my backpack. At least that made it through, but where the heck was everyone? Was Hell supposed to be this dark? Sure, I didn’t expect a red, cloven-hoofed devil holding a pitchfork to greet me.

I reached out, hoping to find a clue as to where my friends were, but only felt air. I stretched my foot forward, then stopped. For all I knew, there could be a cliff right in front of me. Yes, I had a heart full of faith, but I wasn’t going to take stupid risks, especially not here.

A cold sweat ran down my spine; breath caught in my throat, heart pounding like crazy. Thudthudthudthud. I pressed a hand to my chest, somehow thinking it could force my heart to slow. Instead, heat flared on the back of my neck as electrifying panic spread through my body. Something about being surrounded by darkness triggered an alarm in my brain.

No. Not here. Not now.

Each gasp for air felt like a gulp of water as I drowned in anxiety.

It can’t end this way.

Falling to my knees, I closed my eyes. “Darien,” I croaked in between breaths, saying my friends’ names like a prayer. “Moira. Tom.

The second I saw their faces in my mind’s eye, my heart slowed, my anxiety subsiding. Exhaling slowly, I focused on them as if they were my lifeline.

Darien, with his playful smile and soulful grey eyes. I could get lost in them forever. Never did I imagine someone like him would love me, or vice versa. Who dates a vampire? He was a suave guy with a maturity beyond anyone I knew. The pebbles he’d throw at my window might as well have been him loudly declaring his love for the neighborhood to hear. The charming note he wrote me, how he leapt in front of me to take Seliki’s knives to the face, when he used his powers to deflect the sheriff… It all showed me he was in it for the long haul.

Even when I was a broken, sobbing mess after my parents died, he was there for me. Never once did he try to take advantage, even though he could have turned me into his slave. Instead, he gave me all the power, let me decide how far I wanted to go. Now he was in Hell because of it.

I clenched my fists in frustration. How could I do this to him? How could I drag my friends down with me?

Moira… My sweet, vivacious, spirited Moira, who stood by my side no matter what. Always ready to fight bullies, demons, whatever came our way. She saved me in more ways than I could count. Who needed a sister when I had a friend like her? Why she hid her magic, I’d never understand, but it came in handy. She was always ready to follow me. And now look where it got her.

Tom, a gentle giant with a huge heart. That little boy with sky-blue eyes and corn silk hair, who grew way past six feet tall. With a swoon-worthy smile, it was no wonder Moira fell for him like a stone. At least something good came out of my tragedy.

I stifled a sob when my thoughts settled on my parents. Seliki pushed them beyond their powers. To think their last thoughts were to protect me. I gritted my teeth. Never would I feel that helpless again. If Seliki wanted a battle, she had one coming.

Slowly, the heat left my body like a fleeting whisper. When I fluttered my wings, I barely heard them, the room (or wherever I was) … muffled the sound.

Where in hell am I

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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Author: Kiersten White

Book Series: Book One of the Camelot Rising Trilogy

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: LGBT inclusion and a possible non-binary character

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (TW for a small cutting scene (it’s with lips and a palm, not wrists), language, some sexual content)

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 352

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Synopsis: There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Review: I thought this was an absolutely amazing book! I loved all the references and call backs to the original King Arthur tale. I loved the world building and the writing style. I also loved how Kiersten White took something that would potentially harm readers (a blood sacrifice needed) and did it in a fashion I didn’t expect (cut her lip instead of the usual method people use). I thought that was very smart of her to do and it got the message across without harming as many readers as it could have. I also loved the LGBT inclusion and the inclusion of a character being non-binary or just more masculine in their sense than feminine. Not sure where in the spectrum they fall and I’m anxious to see where this character goes.

My only issue was that the beginning was so slow. It took a bit to get into but once I was into it I was INTO it.

Verdict: A great fantasy tale!

Charlie Hernandez and the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo for Rockstar Book Tours

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Author: Ryan Calejo

Book Series: Book Two of the Charlie Hernandez series

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

Publisher: Aladdin

Recommended Age: 10+ (little blood, some scary moments)

Synopsis: Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity.

Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.

But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.

Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries?

Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.

Review: I really really enjoyed this one! It was full of mystery and intrigue. The book was excellently written and the characters were very well developed. The plot was intriguing from start to finish and overall a greatly enjoyable read.

My only concern is that the length of the book is quite long for a middle grade book (not needlessly long, all of it was required for the plot), and the pacing can be slow at times. The fighting scenes are also a bit chaotic and a little hard to follow as well.

Verdict: I definitely recommend this one!
CHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE CASTLE OF BONES Digital Assets

About the Book:

Title: CHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE CASTLE OF BONES (Charlie Hernández #2)

Author: Ryan Calejo

Pub. Date: November 12, 2018

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 608

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

Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity.

Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.
But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.
Determined to save the queen and keep La Liga’s alliances intact, Charlie and his good friend Violet Rey embark on a perilous journey to track down her captors. As Charlie and Violet are drawn deeper into a world of monstruos and magia they are soon left with more questions than answers—like, why do they keep hearing rumors of dead men walking, and why is Charlie suddenly having visions of an ancient evil: a necromancer priest who’s been dead for more than five centuries?
Charlie’s abuela once told him that when dead men walk, the living run in fear. And Charlie’s about to learn the truth of that—the hard way.

About Book 1:

Title: CHARLIE HERNANDEZ AND THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS (Charlie Hernández #1)

Author: Ryan Calejo

Pub. Date: October 23, 2018

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 330

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

“This is a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan’s many series, particularly for those eager for mythologies beyond Greek and Roman stories.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A winner for all kids, but it will be especially beloved by Latinx and Hispanic families.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.

Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.

But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.

Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).

No pressure, muchacho.

About Ryan:

Ryan Calejo was born and raised in south Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami with a BA. He’s been invited to join both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He teaches swimming to elementary school students, chess to middle school students, and writing to high school students. Having been born into a family of immigrants and growing up in the so-called “Capital of Latin America,” Ryan knows the importance of diversity in our communities and is passionate about writing books that children of all ethnicities can relate to. His first novel was Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows.

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The Skin of Water: Defending the Dreamcatchers by Cristina Salat

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THE SKIN OF WATER: DEFENDING THE DREAMCATCHERS SYNOPSIS:

Lisel Martinez is not a rough-&-tumble girl, so what is someone more interested in poetry and plants on the mesas of New Mexico than in having a hot social life doing out on the night streets of San Francisco? Is there anything one contemporary pueblo teen who no longer has a home can do to keep herself safe in a place that feels anything but? Empowerment is just a word…until you live it. https://www.amazon.com/Skin-Water-Defending-Dreamcatchers/dp/1523793627

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

It has been said that those who choose islands, also choose the sea. Award-winning author Cristina Salat has spent a lifetime traveling between the worlds of writing/publishing, national forests, homeless shelters, movie sets, tropical islands, and her own imagination. When not immersing in ancient sacred sites on this beautiful planet, she presently makes her home on an active volcano and spends much time pondering, researching and writing about the state of the world towards helping it transform into one that is…kinder.

Her writing includes the ever-evolving ‘Gathering The Dreamcatchers’ companion novels: Living In Secret, The Skin of Water: Defending The Dreamcatchers, Esoterica, Paradise Found and the forthcoming Living In Light as well as the literary and screen novels: Alias Diamond Jones of the Ghostwriter series, Eleven-Eleven/Huck Finn: Girl Pirates Extraordinaire, W.A.R.P, Swimming Lessons, Like A Mother, and Irresistibly Yours. She is also the author of illustrated children’s books: Peanut’s Emergency, Step-Whales, Witzel’s Wish, Frogdemona: Precious Pest along with numerous Green Flame Omnimedia “Slims” (explorations of life’s defining moments in slender volumes) including: After Titanic, America The Beautiful, Summer Friends, Rabonchone, Going Home, Time of the Bear and Living In Hawaii: A Five Act Adventure (so far!)

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…like YOU! 🙂

November 2019 – Beacon Book Box

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    • Estimated Price: $21.00

Estimated Total of Box: $52.00

Verdict: Overall, I really liked this box! It was fun and it had really useful items in it. I love the coasters and the feather quill. The notepad will be good for grocery lists and the pouch good for bookmarks or other small items. The recipe card is also cute and I really wanted this book. The only item I was confused about was the bandana scarf. I… have a big head and won’t be able to fit that on me LOL. So this will go in the giveaway items box. Other than that, I loved this box!

Net Force Dark Web Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Author: Jerome PreislerRating: 2/5Publication Date: November 26, 2019Genre: Thriller (?)Recommended Age: 18+ (terrorism, cyber attacks, frightening things and slow pacing)Publisher: Hanover Square PressPages:704Amazon LinkSynopsis: The number one threat to our nation’s security is in cyberspace. The new US president wants to tackle the urgent problem head-on and launches a top secret line of defense: Net Force. But before the organization can be announced, the country is hit by an unprecedented, two-pronged terror attack.Not yet empowered by Congress nor embraced by a dubious intelligence community, still untested, unproven and officially unnamed, Net Force’s elite group of cyber experts and field operatives must lead the fight against the ongoing waves of hacks while tracking down the mastermind. Their failure could mean global catastrophe. Success may lead them to become the highest-level security agency in the United States.A story that seems ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, Net Force: Dark Web relaunches one of the most prescient thriller series at a time when cybersecurity is more vital than everReview: I thought the overall plot was really good and the writing was pretty good. However, unfortunately, that’s all I liked about this book.I thought the book was way way way to lengthy for what it should have been. The book had too much going on in my opinion. The book pacing was really slow too and I felt like I was running a marathon reading this. I felt mentally exhausted and I was so confused throughout the whole book. I really thing it should have been split up into multiple books or something because how it is isn’t working for me lol.Verdict: Not my cup of tea.

Flames of Ashes by Alicia Scarborough

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Tour schedule:
November 25 – Paige @popthebutterfly
November 26 – JP @mr.pink.ink
November 27 – Stacie @borenbooks
November 28 – Laura @laurathebookunicorn
November 29 – Candy @purpleshadowhunter
November 30 – CE @chelscey
December 1 – Jasmine @thefreckledmind
December 2 – Rosemarie @roselovestoread
December 3 – Kriz @bloommagic_
In a land that is now at peace was once at war.
Two creatures of legendary abilities fought one another…
Almost to the brink of extinction.
Causing devastation and havoc wherever they battled…
Until one day tragedy occurred…
Bringing forth destruction that would tear their home world asunder.
The world’s only hope is for these rivals to swallow their pride and to unite their powers to save their people.
Will the volkrogs and the phoenix be able to do it? Or will their differences be the end for all?
You’ll love this story because of the struggle and the twists.
Get it now.

November 2019 – Enchanted Fandom

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Rating: 5/5

Price: $39.99

Products: Full of wonderful indie/handmade items made by crafter’s who love the places where magic lies.

We believe that NO Fandom Should be Left Behind. So each month we pack our boxes filled with multiple Fandoms just for you.

Each Box features a different Fandom Theme from Pop-culture, Books, TV & Movies! We work with small shops to bring your favorite Fandom worlds to life!

Ships To: USA and international!

Contents: I got the November Shadow and Light box. Inside was:

  • Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson complete with signed bookplate and author letter
    • Estimated Price: $17.99
  • Sisters of Shadow and Light enamel pin by Iron and Ink Designs
    • Estimated Price: $10.00
  • Bear and the Nightingale Bookmark by Iron and Ink Designs
    • Estimated Price: $4.00
  • The Young Elites headband by @winnieswhimsy
    • Estimated Price: $8.00
  • Shadow and Bone rollerball perfume by @mcl
    • Estimated Price: $8.00
  • ACOTAR Hot Chocolate by @grimoiretea
    • Estimated Price: $7.00
  • Spoiler Card front art by @kimcarlika
    • Estimated Price: $2.00
  • House of Salt and Sorrow scarf character art by @dianadworak
    • Estimated Price: $10.00

Estimated Total of Box: $66.99

Verdict: I loved this box! This was one of the best book sub boxes I’ve received in a long time! Each item was amazingly well curated and crafted and I can’t wait to snuggle with them and read this book!

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

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Author: Renee Ahdieh

 

Book Series: The Beautiful Book 1

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Diversity: Bi-racial main character and lesbian scenes.

 

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual assault TW, cussing, rape mention TW)

 

Publisher: Putnam Books

 

Pages: 448

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

 

Review: Overall, I really liked this book. It was well written, there was a good mystery that kept me guessing, the vampires were not as in-your-face as they are in Twilight, and there was really good world building in this book.

 

The main downside of this book is that there aren’t a lot of vampirey things and the pacing is slow, BUT it’s the beginning of a series and this book did well to set the precedent for the rest of the series.

 

Verdict: Recommend if you love biting other people’s necks!