Scheme by Jennifer Sommersby

SCHEME

 

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About The Book:
Title: SCHEME (AVRA-K #2)
Author: Jennifer Sommersby
Pub. Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 456
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
The key to good is found in truth.
Genevieve may have left the circus behind in Oregon, but there is plenty of show still to come.
When she and Henry land in France, they are whisked away to Croix-Mare, the home of Henry’s
grandfather, Nutesh, where they will prepare for a journey they never could’ve imagined. Now
that they have all three AVRAKEDAVRA texts—Life, Death, and Memory—the books must be
destroyed in the Undoing.
However, it’s not as simple as taking the books to their birthplace in Babylon and setting them
alight. Genevieve and Henry must rely on unexpected allies as they embark on a harrowing
global search to acquire pieces necessary to complete the Undoing. They’re offered cover and
protection by La Vérité, the secret network of followers devoted to the message of the
AVRAKEDAVRA, who, not surprisingly, are found under the big top—because no one does
underground quite like the circus.
But loyalties among the magical community are fragile. Genevieve, still grieving the loss of her
mother, now struggles to control the new AVRAKEDAVRA-bestowed gifts, and with mounting
threats to her psyche and body, she clings mightily to the promise of a brighter future once this
is over—if they can survive it. And Henry, broken by his father’s treachery but entranced by the
heartwarming connection his family’s text has granted him, grapples with the fact that once
they succeed in destroying the books, he’ll lose the only family he has left.
Together, our two young heirs will learn that when hope has abandoned us, the overwhelming
love of friendship and family is all the magic we need.

About Book 1:
Title: SLEIGHT (AVRA-K #1)
Author: Jennifer Sommersby
Pub. Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 424
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
Delia smiles at the shadow only she sees—
Something slams into her. The lyra whirls like a half-dollar spinning on its edge.
My mother is thrown backward.
And she falls.
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players Company, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life
most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended
family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been
tortured by visions—but whose love Geni never questions. In a world of performers who
astonish and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange
. . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done
hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.
That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.
Still reeling from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players are also adjusting to the circus’s new
owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a
dark and dangerous history. And suddenly Geni is stumbling into a new reality of her own, her
life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to be able to see.
As the visions around her grow stronger, Geni isn’t sure who she can trust. Even worse, she’s
starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.

Praise for Sleight
“Jennifer Sommersby’s Sleight makes magic from an enthralling premise, wonderfully-drawn
characters, and beautiful words. It’s hard to avoid descriptors like entrancing, spell-binding and
mystical.” —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series

“Fantasy readers will fall in love with Sleight. Like a circus, it’s an intoxicating mix of beauty,
humor, magic, and danger that means the reader can’t bear to look away until the final page.”
—Eileen Cook, author of With Malice
“Startlingly imaginative and vividly realized.” —Ira Bloom, author of Hearts & Other Body Parts

 

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

 

Book: Scheme

 

Author: Jennifer Sommersby

 

Book Series: AVRA-K Book 2

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (some romance, death, violence)

 

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

 

Pages: 432

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: From Cirque Magnifique to Tanrilar Sirk,
From Europe to the sands of Babylon …

Continue the adventure with Genevieve, Henry, and Baby in the sequel to SLEIGHT.

 

Review: I thought this book did well to build on the first book. It further developed our main characters, the world building greatly expanded, and the book did well to introduce new characters and settings. I continued to love the writing and the plot was intriguing and fun!

 

However, the pacing was still slower than what I would like it to be and I felt that the book became more character centric than about the main issue at hand.

 

Verdict: I recommend this series!

 

 

Jenn
About Jennifer:
Really, though, who am I? How about a list? We Virgos tend to like lists:
 Writer, copy/line editor (www.plumfieldediting.com)
 I reside in the Great White North, though the webbed feet prove that I originate from
Portland, Oregon. Last U.S. address was Los Angeles. No, I do not miss the traffic.
(Although Vancouver is #2 in North America for Worst Traffic Ever.) I do miss California’s
awesome beaches.
 I write under the pen name Eliza Gordon for non-YA titles — romantic comedies and
Happily Ever Afters. (These books are NOT for kids. Mature themes, adult language,
super-inappropriate jokes that will make you giggle. Well, I hope.)
 Member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
 Member of the eight-person fiction cohort of the 2007 Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser
University
 Studied copy and substantive editing (2005-06) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
As a writer, I have worked with and studied the practices of some of the best editors in
the publishing industry. #luckyJenn
 Studied English, political science, and criminology via Washington State University
  I’m called Mom by three brilliant babies.
 I will never join the PTA or PAC, so please, don’t ask. I also don’t do candle, jewelry, or
clothing parties. Thanks, though. I’m sure the finger sandwiches are delicious.
 I used to do all of my first-draft writing in the car, at night, in the parking lot of my
favorite coffee shop. These days I write where it’s quietest — home, or my local coffee
shop.
 I buy a lot of books. A LOT. No, seriously. I have a problem.
 I am a soundtrack/movie score JUNKIE. Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat and Sonya
Belousova and the Greyson-William brothers and Ramin Djawadi … and HARRY ESCOTT.

*swoon* He followed me back on Twitter and I almost died. Almost. If you ever need
movie score recommendations, I AM YOUR PERSON.
 I am obsessed with elephants and otters. I’d like to smooch one of each someday.
 Cat person. The household is ruled by an overweight tuxedo cat named Nuit and her
very energetic little sister, Rosie Cotton (named after Samwise Gamgee’s wife from Lord
of the Rings).
 I love coffee, Shakespeare (!!!), Joan of Arc, most things pastry, MOVIES (oh man I love
movies so much), the Golden Rule, and bloody good writing.
 I am Team Superman all the way. I wear the same outfit every day: a Superman T-shirt
and jeans, and I have a very cool Superman tattoo inspired by the artwork of comic book
artist Jim Lee.
 I adore Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit — and I ship Kili + Tauriel forever, and I don’t
care if Tauriel wasn’t in original Hobbit story. <3 #Aragon #Thorin #Kili #Fili
 I now have five tattoos, including the Dwarvish script from Kili’s rune stone
(from Desolation of Smaug). I waited until my 30s to get my first tattoo, just to be sure I
wouldn’t regret it.
 Muses help me write — I have many. I love movie stars!
 I hate thunderstorms, paperwork, people lacking humility, lazy writers with a sense of
entitlement, and going to the dentist. Oh, and bad drivers. THE BAD DRIVERS TURN ME
INTO A RAGE STORM OF CALAMITOUS DOOM.

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Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

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

Book: Shadow Frost

Author: Coco Ma

Book Series: Shadow Frost Book 1

Rating: 1/5

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, did not finish

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Pages: 400

Amazon Link

Synopsis: IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

Review: I had to DNF this book unfortunately. The book was really slow to get through and some of the scenes were just painful to read through. The writing wasn’t well done, it felt clunky and hard to follow, and the multiple POVs confused me. I was also confused by the world building overall.

Verdict: It wasn’t for me.

Street by William Lewis

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

 

Book: STREET

 

Author: William Lewis

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: August 23, 2019

 

Genre: YA Sports?

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (cars, action, running away, and growing up)

 

Publisher: Amazon

 

Pages: 278

 

Amazon Link

 

Synopsis: Written by a former street racer, Street is the tale of a seventeen year old runaway who tries his hand at professional street racing.

Loaded with driving action, high performance cars, and racing techniques inspired by true events, Street is the kind of automotive adventure normally told over drinks between car guys, instead of in print.

 

Review: Overall, this book was pretty good. There was a good amount of action and if you’re a car person this book is definitely for you. I liked the pacing, it was fast, and I liked how the book was presented.

 

However, I felt like the execution was a bit wonky. The writing wasn’t the best in my opinion, but it did feel very conversation like, so it was easy to read and follow along, especially if you’re not a car person. I also felt like the book could have better developed characters. The main character was great, but everyone else felt a bit underdeveloped.

 

Verdict: It was good!