A Fractured Path spotlight

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FRACTURED PATH by J.C. Cervantes Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: FRACTURED PATH (The Mirror #3)

Author: J.C. Cervantes

Pub. Date: July 19, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N TBD, Bookshop.org

Can dreams come true when you’re living with a family curse?

1965—San Francisco, California

The 1960s are bursting with music and movement and love in San Francisco, perfect for a budding artist like Blake. Unfortunately, the art world is not welcoming to people of her gender or her multi-racial heritage, making it tough to land an internship that could put her on the map. That, plus the fact that Blake’s family has been notoriously riddled with bad luck, makes her feel like she can’t catch a break. Things only get worse when Blake starts to have ominous, confusing visions that grow stronger and more frequent, prompting Blake’s aunt and uncle to tell her about a long-lost family heirloom that could be the key to everything

Fueled by the ambiguous clues in her visions, Blake sets out on a journey through the city to retrieve her ancestors’ legendary mirror. But Blake is not the only one looking for it. Soon she must attempt to unleash her own dormant powers . . . or else risk all she holds dear.

Fractured Path is the third book in the YA fairy-tale quartet, following one family—and the curse that plagues it—over several generations.

Haven’t read the first 2 book in THE MIRROR QUARTET? Get them now!

 

 

 

About J. C. Cervantes:

J. C. Cervantes (www.jccervantes.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of The Storm Runner, which Booklist called “a rip-roaring adventure” in a starred review. Her first novel, Tortilla Sun, was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and was named to Bank Street’s 2011 Best Book List. Jen grew up in San Diego and was fascinated by stories about Maya gods and magic. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter: @jencerv, and Instagram: #authorjcervantes.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of FRACTURED PATH, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

7/2/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

7/3/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

7/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

7/5/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

7/6/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

7/7/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

7/8/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

7/9/2022

The Moon Phoenix

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

7/10/2022

Stacialovestoread

Review/IG Post

7/11/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

7/12/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

7/13/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

7/14/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

7/15/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog

Review/IG Post

7/16/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

7/17/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

7/18/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post

7/19/2022

The Chatty Bookworm

TikTok Review/IG Post

7/20/2022

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

7/21/2022

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

7/22/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

7/23/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

7/24/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

7/25/2022

hodophile_z

IG Review

7/26/2022

onemused

IG Review

7/27/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

7/28/2022

Books and Zebras

IG Review

7/29/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

7/30/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

Week Six:

7/31/2022

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post


Cake Eater by Allyson Dahlin

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

Book: Cake Eater

Author: Allyson Dahlin

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Asexual love interest, gay character, lesbian character

Recommended For…: young adult readers, retelling, Marie Antoinette, historical fiction, sci-fi, LGBT

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

Genre: YA historical fiction sci-fi retelling

Age Relevance: 15+ (alcohol consumption, romance, sexual content, animal violence, body image issues, pressuring for sex, vaping, gambling, panic attack, death, climate disaster, violence, gore, pregnancy)

Explanation of Above: There is some alcohol consumption shown and mentioned, along with vaping and gambling. There is some romance and some sexual content, but that is mostly fade to black with just a few mentions in non-descriptive terms in the book. There is also some pressuring for sex on both parties and a mention of teen pregnancy. There is some animal violence mentioned against some holo deer. Body image issues are shown and discussed in the book. There is a panic attack shown in the book. Climate change and crisis are mentioned and shown in the book. There is some violence mentioned and some gore with vomit shown.

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 448

Synopsis: She has a million followers on social media.

She uses her fashion-forward eye to pick the perfect angle and filter on every photo.

She’s iconic.

She’s a trend-setter.

She’s Marie Antoinette, the year is 3070, and she’s arrived in the Franc Kingdom to marry the prince, secure an alliance, and rake in likes from her fans.

Versailles is not the perfect palace Marie’s seen on The Apps. Her life is a maze of pointless rules, and the court watches her every move for mistakes. Her shy husband Louis is more interested in horses and computer-hacking than producing heirs. Versailles seems like a dream full of neon-lit statues, handsome android soldiers, and parties till dawn. Under the surface, it’s a creepy den of secrets: surveillance in Marie’s bedroom, censored news feeds, disappearing courtiers.

When Marie and Louis become king and queen long before they’re ready to rule, any efforts to aid their suffering subjects are stamped out by the mega-corporations of the First Estate. Between riots in Paris and image-wrecking social media firestorms, Marie can’t afford to lose her head. Using her social media savvy and Louis’ hacking knowledge, they try to fix their reputations and change their kingdom for the better, but the royals may find it’s already too late. They’re ruling over the end of an era.

Review: I really liked this book! At first it read like the Royal Diaries version of Marie Antoinette but soon it took on a life of its own. The book does good to talk about a lot of underlying issues, two of the most prominent are social media commentary and how information is presented to people. The book had a great conversation about capitalism and the elite on social media and how the AI/algorithm can keep them from seeing real issues. The book also did so good to talk about a similar issue in further detail, and that’s in how information is given. If you were paying attention to the media during 2020 and 2021, you saw a lot about how officials talked down COVID and how that caused people to stop taking it seriously (along with other issues, but the media played a huge role in COVID information distribution). The book has a ton of great quotes about information that is sent to coddle people and calling it “gentle information” which I really loved. I also loved how the book talked so well about how officials and media can be used to intentionally keep people ignorant because it’s easier to control those in power and those not when you keep them ignorant of important matters or of vital information. The book also discussed the power of influencing and how it can be used for good, but how it can also lead to misinformation being spread and how easy the public opinion can sway due to one bad video of you. The book is extremely well written and had amazing world building. I also thought the character development was good and the book was well paced. I really loved this futuristic take on Marie Antoinette and I hope the author does similar things with other historical figures. I, for one, would love to see Elizabeth I and Anastasia.

However, the book did have a lot of confusing moments because it doesn’t 100% line up with the original Marie Antoinette “tale”/life story, but once I got past those I thought the book was super well done.

Verdict: It was great! I recommend for history and sci-fi fans!