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BLOG TOUR: Helix

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Helix by Mary Ting! This is a fast paced series, full of adventure and espionage. It’s a wild ride, that’s for sure! Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting!

First off, let’s take a look at the first book in this series: ISAN.

Book #1

ISANTitle: ISAN

Author: Mary Ting

Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction

Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #1

Published By: Vesuvian Books, May 1, 2018

Blurb: The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

Review: From the very beginning, I was already drawn into this world. I love a good dystopian tale and this definitely doesn’t disappoint. You are instantly curious about ISAN and what they do, other than bringing in troubled teens and training them to be government agents. And assassins. Like one does.

Ava is a great character and you just can’t help cheering for her. She is definitely a kick ass heroine, but she has a softer side as well. She cares about the members of her team (except for maybe Justine, because Justine is terrible), she cares about her instructors, but mostly, she wants to prove herself and her team to be the best. It makes it all the more difficult for her when the reality of what ISAN does comes crashing down.

And then there’s Rhett. We are still learning about Rhett in this book, but we get so much more from him in book #2. Which leads me to . . .

Book #2

HelixTitle: Helix

Author: Mary Ting

Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction

Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #2

Published By: Vesuvian Books, September 10, 2019

Find It: GoodReads, Website

BlurbAlliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.

Review: In this second book, we get to see things not just from Ava’s perspective, but also from Rhett’s. As such, we get to learn a lot more about him and the rebels. Second books in series are often tricky, since you have to answer some questions from book #1 (but not TOO many) while also setting up events for the next book, leading up to your grand finale. This book did all of those things and more.

Getting more of Rhett’s story really made the story world of this series even more rich and varied. I love that it is so complex and interesting. Not only do we have ISAN and the rebels, there are also counter insurgents who are fighting against both. The conspiracy is much more vast than we originally thought, stretching across the entire remnant of the country. It’s a whole bunch of twists and turns, which keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Oh, and some of these rebels – children as young as ten. And they are badasses! That’s what you get when you experiment on DNA, but there are also other reasons why some of these superpowers exists, some that we are still discovering.

Great story, great characters, great action and adventure – these books have it all. Definitely check them out!

About the Author

MaryInternational Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.

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September 9th
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
Ilovebooksandstuffblog >>Excerpt
Black Words-White Pages >> Review
Tess Burnside – Author >> Review

September 10th
Thoughts in Progress >> Excerpt
Am Kinda Busy Reading >> Review
Bookworm for Kids >> Review
Gizmos Reviews >> Review
Radioactive Book Reviews >> Review

September 11th
Read with Me >> Excerpt
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm >> Excerpt
Urban Fantasy Investigations >> Interview
What’s Beyond Forks? >> Review

September 12th
Star-Crossed Book Blog >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature  >> Interview
INSANE ABOUT BOOKS >> Review
Life With No Plot >> Review

September 13th
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
Books 4 Book Nerds >> Excerpt
Shock N’ Awe Book Blog >> Review
The Avid Reader >> Review

September 16th
Smada’s Book Smack >> Excerpt
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview
Cats Luv Coffee Book Reviews >> Excerpt

September 17th
Buried Under Books >> Review
The Book Bag >> Excerpt
Book Butterfly in Dreamland >> Review

September 18th
Trials and Tribulations of Writing Fiction >> Interview
Caitlin’s World >> Excerpt
Angel Leya >> Playlist
Forever the Wanderer >> Review
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Review

September 19th
Bookish Valhalla >> Review
Adventures in Writing >> Review
Tien’s Blurb >> Review
Character Madness and Musings >> Excerpt
On My Kindle Book Reviews >> Review

September 20th
Coffee, Dogs & Books >> Review
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The Cover Contessa >> Guest post
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COVER REVEAL: The Shrike & the Shadows

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Today, Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright, Parliament House Publishing, and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and the trailer for their YA Hansel & Gretel fairy tale retelling. Check out the awesome cover and enter the givaway!

The Shrike and the SHadows

Isn’t it gorgeous! I love the embroidery look of it!

About the Book

Title: The Shrike & the Shadows

Authors: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright

Pub. Date: March 3, 2020

Publisher: Parliament House Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodReads, Kobo

Blurb: Men have gone missing before.

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

About the Authors

chantalAmazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing.

Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today.

Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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amA.M. Wright is an Ohio native, perched on the shores of Lake Erie for as long as she can remember. She is a graduate of Walsh University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications, with two minors in Marketing and Writing. She has a passion for reading, writing, and drawing; and has a particularly strong love for shojo-manga and all genres of anime. When A.M. Wright isn’t focused on her day job, she is sorting through submissions, writing too many stories to keep track of, and playing video games with her fiance in a townhouse that’s just a fifteen minute drive from “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

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BLOG TOUR: Pharaoh’s Star by Olivia Hardy Ray

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Today, I am very happy to share a very mysterious, spooky read – Pharaoh’s Star by Olivia Hardy Ray. This had so many twists and turns! Thanks to RABT Book Tours for hosting and giving me a spot on the tour!

About the Book

PharaohsStar_1_BTitle: Pharaoh’s Star

Author: Olivia Hardy Ray

Genre: Mystery/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Publisher: Chattercreek

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Find it: Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks

Blurb: Nick and Jenna Dowling buy a second home in Upstate New York but this dream of a lifetime turns out to be anything but relaxing when a strange and mystical experience on a dark, forgotten back road leads Nick on a frantic search for answers about the reality of his identity. Frantic to explain his mysterious amnesia, Jenna Dowling calls upon a therapist for her husband, while Nick befriends an alien abduction expert. Each desperately searches for the truth, but in the end, it is not the truth that sets them free.

 

Review: This one is so difficult to classify, because I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. There were so many questions that you had to keep reading. Who is this man? Is he Nick Dowling? Is he Robbie Nichols? Is he Sanford Hinkley? Is he someone else entirely?

I enjoyed the setting of the Catskills mountains, especially the old road with the cabin at the end. You know that something has happened there, even if you never fully know all the details, and it sets an eerie tone that lasts throughout the book. It is a thriller in every sense of the word. At the same time, the story is extremely intimate. Nick is struggling to find his identity, since he doesn’t remember anything at all about his childhood, and is starting to believe that he may have been abducted by aliens and experimented on. Jenna, his wife, is a psychologist and very grounded in the real world. She has to deal with the fact that her husband may be having a complete breakdown, while at the same time wondering if she even knows him at all.

The plot twists keep you guessing all the way through the book right until the end, which is why it is so hard to put down. I needed to know the answers! It was an absolute roller coaster all the way through!

GoodReads rating: 4 stars

About the Author

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Olivia Hardy Ray is the pen name for Vera Jane Cook, who is the author of Dancing Backward in Paradise, 2007 winner of the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction and an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence, also in 2007. Dancing Backward in Paradise received a 5 Star Review from ForeWord Clarion. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater was a finalist for the ForeWord Clarion Book of the Year Award and the recipient of a five star review from ForeWord Clarion. Where the Wildflowers Grow was her third southern fiction novel and is receiving 5 star reviews from Amazon.com. Her latest southern fiction novel just released is Pleasant Day. Her woman’s fiction novel is Lies a River Deep and the soon to be released ‘Kismet’. Under her pen name she is also the author of Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem, and Pharaoh’s Star. The sequel to Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem is Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau. That novel will be released this summer. Jane, as she is called by friends and family, writes in the genres she loves: southern fiction, women’s fiction, mystery and fantasy paranormal fiction. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her spouse, her Basenji/Chihuahua mix, Roxie, her Dachshund, Karly, her Chihuahua, Peanut, and her two pussycats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie.

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BLOG TOUR: Altered

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Altered, a new fantasy series by Vicki Stiefel. This book was so much fun. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting!

About the Book

AlteredTitle: Altered

Author: Vicki Stiefel

Series: The Made Ones Saga #1

Publication Date: August 12, 2019

Genres: Adult Fantasy/Romance

Find it: GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks

Blurb: The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.

Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.

Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.

That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.

To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.

Review: This one was so much fun, you guys! I really enjoyed Kit as a character. She is spunky and daring and everything you could possibly want your heroine to be. Waking up in not only a new place, but also in a new body has to be disorienting. I think that was part of what made this book so good was that Stiefel doesn’t shy away from describing this. Kit has to struggle to adjust to this younger healthy body after living in one that had been so infirm. On top of that, she also has to find her place in this new world, which she does mostly with the help of Rafe. Their relationship is pretty tumultuous at first, as expected, but he’s also just so damn charming. I liked how organic their relationship felt.

The world building in this story is exceptional. I love how the different Clans operate, communing with not just their humans, but also their symbiotic animal partners. Paulo in particular was one of my favorite things in the story. Also, the mysterious Alchemics and their treacherous ways gave the whole story a menace and tension that really keeps the reader engaged. I was very interested in Calix, the spy in the Alchemics’ labs, and his mission to get information.

GoodReads rating: 4 stars. This book was a blast. Adventure, mystery, strange new worlds, and fun sexy times.

About the Author

Family 2018 Vicki Me Penny – Version 2Vicki’s fantasy romantic suspense series, The Afterworld Chronicles, launched with Chest of Bone, followed by Chest of Stone and Chest of Time. She is currently pounding the keys on her series’ fourth novel, Chest of Fire, and the first in a new series, The Made Ones Saga: Altered. Her mystery/thrillers include Body Parts, The Dead Stone, The Bone Man, and The Grief Shop, a Daphne du Maurier prize winner. All feature homicide counselor Tally Whyte. All are available as ebooks.

She co-wrote (with Lisa Souza) and photographed the 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters. With her late husband, William G. Tapply, she ran The Writers Studio workshops in creative fiction. Vicki taught fiction writing and modern media writing at Clark University. She loves both a well-crafted sentence and unlocking the doors of a student’s imagination.

She grew up in professional theater and planned to become an actress, with a bent for song and dance. She didn’t. Instead, she’s been a professional photographer, a high-school teacher, a hamburger slinger, a scuba-shop manager, and an editor.
She’s Blake’s and Ben’s mom, her favorite role of all. Her passions include scuba diving and fly fishing and knitting; photography and movies; vinho verde and bourbon (not together!); Maine lobster and chocolate (also not together!); and musical comedy scores, which she sing in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue; and a fascination with people in all walks of life. . .

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This tour features quite a generous giveaway, so be sure to enter. You can enter to win: a New Kindle Fire 7, a $25 gift card from Amazon, 2 Tibetan silver mistral charms, Eleutian earrings (sterling silver, 24k gold filled), 3 Altered ebooks (any format), 1 signed Altered paperback.

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Today is the last day of the tour, but be sure to check out these other stops for interviews, guest posts, excerpts and more!

August 12th
Stuck In Books >> Excerpt
Incidental Inspiration >> Review

August 13th
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading >> Review
Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance >> Review

August 14th
Abooktropolis >> Review
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt

August 15th
Urban Fantasy Investigations >> Interview
Adventures Thru Wonderland >> Review

August 16th
Jessica Belmont >> Review
The Avid Reader >> Review
The Nocturnal Fey >> Review

August 19th
Finding Magic In Books >> Review
Phannie the ginger bookworm >> Review

August 20th
JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder >> Excerpt
The Book Junkie Reads . . . >> Review

August 21st
Writing with Wolves >> Review
What Is That Book About >> Playlist

August 22nd
Books a Plenty Book Reviews >> Review
Cranky The Book Curmudgeon >> Review

August 23rd
Beckie Bookworm >> Review
Life With No Plot >> Review

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BLOG TOUR: Perfect Pitch

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Perfect Pitch by Alex Hayes, the second book in the Chameleon Effect series. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read this new exciting book!

First, let’s take a look at book #1 of this new series: Silken Scales

Book #1

Silken ScalesTitle: Silken Scales

Author: Alex Hayes

Series: Chameleon Effect #1

Publication Date: March 4, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Find It: GoodReads, Amazon

Blurb: Idris Williams’ life may seem perfect…

Sure, Idris has confidence and great looks, a famous father and a beautiful girlfriend. Life would be perfect if he could dodge the bullet his father has aimed at his head — following dear old Dad into motivational-speaking stardom. But there doesn’t seem to be a way out…

— Until Idris morphs into something green and scaly.

Cadi has finally found a safe and loving home. Then a malicious boy turns her whole world upside down. The next thing she knows, she’s wandering the streets on New Year’s Eve, alone.

— Until a crystal leads her to this lizard boy with a smart mouth and massive ego.

To change Idris back into his sexy human self, Cadi must reveal a secret she’s been holding close to her heart for as long as she can remember. A secret that will send them racing to close a wormhole ahead of a deadly army.

A secret that could change their worlds forever…

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, fast paced, and had characters that you could really relate to . . . even if they are secretly aliens from another planet.

Idris is a young man who is being pushed by his highly successful father into a future career that he doesn’t want (despite being really good at it). His father wants perfection, which is not a good thing once your skin starts turning into green scales.

Cadi is a foster kid who finally hit the jackpot with some wonderful foster parents. Too bad she feels like she has to hide the fact that she’s telekinetic.

This story is told from both of these characters in first person perspectives, alternating chapters. You know at some point they will have to come together and that somehow Idris’s green scales and Cadi’s crystal necklace that sank into her chest are connected, but it was done in a way that didn’t feel to predictable. It was a fun journey, putting the puzzle pieces together, and learning the bigger picture. And that bigger picture? Pretty darn epic. It was exciting from start to finish.

Book #2

Perfect PitchTitle: Perfect Pitch

Author: Alex Hayes

Series: Chameleon Effect #2

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Find It: GoodReads, Amazon

Blurb: All Dean wants is to escape…

But he can’t leave his younger brother, Ty, in the care of their alcoholic mother. And when their abusive father shows up, Dean has to get Ty out. Which means joining Shri — his best and only friend — in taking a job out of state and breaking the law by stealing his brother away.

Cadi’s life is almost back together after Dean blew it into a million pieces. She’s come to terms with her life as a shape-shifter — well, almost. She’s still trying to wrap her head around the fact that a vicious enemy is out to destroy the remnants of her people.

As if Cadi doesn’t have enough to deal with, Dean’s about to land on her front doorstep, forcing her to decide whether to let him into her secret world or  slam the door in his face.

The Chameleon Effect series, starring shape-shifter teens with extraordinary superpowers, is sure to appeal to Young Adult and New Adult readers who enjoy romance with a paranormal twist.

Review: I think what I liked best about this is that it really teaches you not to make assumptions about people. In the first book, Dean accidentally reveals Cadi’s secret about being telekinetic and it’s easy to think that he’s a jerk for doing so, especially when it brings complete upheaval to her life. But in this book, we see what Dean is really going through. The chapters alternate between his story and Cadi’s (although Idris isn’t too far behind), and it is a nice blend of the extraordinary (the battle between the Livrans and the Everetons) and the mundane (Dean’s fight to protect his little brother from their neglectful/abusive parents).

We also get to know Cadi’s friend Shri a lot more in this book. Shri is awesome. Full stop.

Cadi and Idris are taking their relationship and bond to the next level and it is beautiful to see. They have a mission now, and Cadi’s foster parents are helping them. Idris does have some issues with Dean, now that he is back in Cadi’s life, but they are understandable given Cadi’s mixed feelings towards him, especially with how they ended things.

I really liked this continuation of the story. This is probably a middle book of a trilogy (or at least I think it is), and sometimes middle books can get bogged down. This one didn’t. It continued to be fast paced and interesting throughout, bringing in enough new characters to keep things exciting, while still focusing on the original characters we’ve grown to love.

GoodReads rating: I gave both books 5 stars. They were both highly enjoyable.

Meet the Author

AlexAlex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.

Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.

Giveaway Time!

This tour features a giveaway. You can enter to win Ebook copies of both Silken Scales and Perfect Pitch, plus a $25 Amazon gift card. You can enter via this Rafflecopter giveaway.

Follow the Tour!

This is the last day of the tour, but do check out the other hosts to learn more about these wonderful books!

August 5th
The Avid Reader >> Interview
BookishRealmReviews >> Review
tfaulcbookreviews >>  Excerpt
Character Madness and Musings >> Interview
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review

August 6th
Lisa Loves Literature >> Excerpt
The Eclectic Review >> Review
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
diary of a wannabe writer >> Review
Books 4 Book Nerds >> Excerpt

August 7th
Brooke Blogs >> Excerpt
Reviews By Jaye >> Guest post
Bookworm for Kids >> Interview
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
Urban Fantasy Investigations >> Guest post
Jessica Belmont >> Review
Ilovebooksandstuffblog >> Excerpt

August 8th
Living in a Bookworld >> Excerpt
So Few Books  >> Interview
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
Sarah Says >> Review
A Dream Within A Dream >> Excerpt
Kelsey Covers Book >> Review

August 9th
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Sincerely Karen Jo >> Review
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview
Literary Flits >> Excerpt
Life With No Plot >> Review

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BLOG TOUR: How the Light Gets In

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! This book pulls all the heart strings and was so absolutely lovely. Let’s get into it, shall we?

About the Book

LightTitle: How the Light Gets In

Author: Katy Upperman

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Publication Date: August 6, 2019 – TODAY!! Happy book birthday!!

Find It: GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play

Blurb: Katy Upperman’s How the Light Gets In is a haunting YA novel about a teen coping with the loss of her sibling.

Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents once were.

When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.

But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?

Review: This book was so hauntingly tragic and beautiful. It fully encapsulates the feelings of loss and pain that come from losing a loved one, coupled with the guilt of wishing that last day had been different. Callie is a character that is hard to love, both within the book and as a reader. She’s sullen, withdrawn, and mean at times, although you know that it’s because she is hurting so much. Everything about the emotions felt so raw and real. I think that’s what drew me into this story, even though it’s not the usual type of thing that I read. You want to see if Callie can find healing. Katy Upperman makes you see past Callie’s behavior and want to see her come back to herself.

Now let’s talk about Tucker. Everyone should have someone like Tucker in their lives. He is battling his own demons, but he is also genuine and sincere. And really cute. I loved how he was always there for Callie, even at the beginning of their relationship when she was pushing him away. He gave her her space, let her set the tone, and was always there when she needed him. And he bought her a kitten! How can you not love a guy who buys you a kitten! Their relationship felt very natural and organic. I was so glad that they were able to find happiness with each other.

Also, everyone needs an eccentric Aunt Lucy who is fixing up a B&B. She was awesome and I adored her.

There is a paranormal element to this story, that of Callie’s sister, Chloe, appearing as a ghost. Chloe needs closure and Callie has to help her find it, even if it means losing her sister all over again. It was heartbreaking, but at the same time, helped both sisters heal and move on.

GoodReads rating: 5 stars. A beautiful read.

About the Author

KatyKaty Upperman is a wife, mama, author, reader, baker, and wanderer. She writes novels for teens and teens at heart. She’s a Washington State University alum (go Cougs!), a country music fanatic, and a makeup stockpiler. She loves the ocean, pedicures, sunshine, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, true crime documentaries, and Friday Night Lights.

 

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Check out these other stops on the tour:

August 5th
Across the Bookiverse >> Interview
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Kelsey Covers Books >> Review
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog >> Review
Gwendalyn_books_ >> Review

August 6th
Bookworm for Kids >> Review
So Few Books >> Interview
The Avid Reader >> Excerpt
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review
Shalini’s Books & Reviews >> Review
Life With No Plot >> Review

August 7th
Abooktropolis >> Review
GRACED WITH BOOKS >> Excerpt
diary of a wannabe writer >> Review
Moonlight Rendezvous >> Review

August 8th
Book Slaying >> Review
Life of a Simple Reader >> Review
Young Adult Media Consumer >> Review
Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt

August 9th
Firstbooklove >> Review
The Eclectic Review >> Review
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Review
The Moon Who Listens >> Guest post

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BLOG TOUR: Stranger Rituals

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Hello everyone! Welcome to this stop on the blog tour for Stranger Rituals by Kali Rose Schmidt, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. This book was a dark whirlwind of a fantasy – let’s check it out!

About the Book

Stranger Rituals - eBook smallTitle: Stranger Rituals

Author: Kali Rose Schmidt

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

Genres: Fantasy/New Adult

Find It: GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks

Blurb: A fighter with a venomous grudge.

A monster with an immortal curse.

A girl with a terrible gift.

All three out for blood in a land torn apart by harsh gods and holy wars. Each entwined with the other, on their own quests for vengeance, and yet held together by strange links to sinister pasts. As their fates unravel, a dangerous romance blooms, and violent darkness beckons.

At turns both darkly humorous and utterly morbid, STRANGER RITUALS is the startling first novel in Kali Rose Schmidt’s dark new series.

Review: This is one of the more interesting blog tours I’ve been on!

I really enjoy fantasy and this book did not disappoint. A rich story world, complex characters, mystery, magic, twists and turns – this book had all of that and more.

Let’s start with our main character, Scarko. She has a rare form of magic, different from the others in the Order she belongs to. She also has to drink blood, which first made me think she was a vampire, but the story never refers to her as such other than the blood. Her magic is also made from blood, so there are some bits of the story that are a little gory. Much of the story revolves around Vojtech, who is the leader of their people, and also a large being with horns on his head. Scarko is very loyal to him, and doesn’t question when he asks her to go on a quest to kill a street fighter deep within enemy territory.

That fighter is a young man named Zephir, who is very complicated and tricky. He was a mystery the entire time and it was so fun to try and figure out where his loyalties lie (and I’m still not sure). There is also Rhodri, who was my favorite character, another being with horns on his head like Vojtech. The next book in this series will hopefully address more of his story, because I want to know more!

There’s a holy war brewing and Scarko needs to figure out where she fits into everything that is about to happen. No one is who they seem to be, and that’s what makes it so much fun.

GoodReads rating: 4 stars

About the Author

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Kali Rose Schmidt is an author, mother, and villain lover. She likes bloody tales of monsters, yoga with the lights off, and anything that goes bump in the night.

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Giveaway Time!

This tour offers a giveaway – one signed copy of Stranger Rituals, plus a $10 Amazon giftcard! You can enter via this Rafflecopter Giveaway link. Good luck!

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July 15th
I Smell Sheep >> Guest post
Life With No Plot >> Review
Urban Fantasy Investigations >> Interview

July 16th
A Dream Within A Dream >> Excerpt
Jessica Belmont >> Review
Finding Magic In Books >> Review

July 17th
Adventures in Writing >> Guest post
Abooktropolis >> Review
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
So Many Books, So Little Time >> Review

July 18th
The Avid Reader  >> Interview
Smada’s Book Smack >> Guest post
Inspired Chaos >> Review
The Laughing Listener >> Review

July 19th
Discover Elysian >> Review
The Magic Of Wor(l)ds >> Interview
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review

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