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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


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 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


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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Giveaway Time!

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.

Wow! Be sure to enter via this Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win. Good luck!

Follow the Tour!

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


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


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.



Giveaway Time!

This tour features a giveaway. Enter to win a print copy of How the Light Gets In via this Rafflecopter giveaway. Open only to the U.S. and you must enter by August 15th. Good luck!

Follow the Tour!

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
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: Lock Every Door


Hello everyone! I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for this amazing book! Thank you so much to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for this opportunity!

About the Book

42368604Title: Lock Every Door

Author: Riley Sager

Publisher: Dutton Books

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Genre: Adult/Horror/Thriller

BlurbNo visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind. 

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

Review: Y’all, this book was so good! Even though I had other things that I needed to read, I didn’t want to put this one down!

I absolutely love books that are set in New York City. It’s my absolute favorite place in the world and yes, a lot of its history is pretty dark. I’m sure every building on every street has a story, something I’ve always wondered about, which is part of what made this book so good.

Let’s talk about our characters. I absolutely loved Jules. She is a great narrator and someone who is easy to relate to. How many of us have been at the end of our rope, looking for some sort of miracle to help us get through the week? I know I have. She’s a very strong person, surviving the deaths of her parents and the disappearance of her sister, and when Ingrid disappears, Jules is determined to find out what is going on. But the thing is, there are so many twists and turns, it’s easy to see how Jules could either be reading way to much into things, or have her suspicions completely confirmed.

The pacing of the story was great as well. It never dragged, always kept me wanting more. There is a pretty big twist towards the end that I was in no way expecting, which was great. You know who some of the villains have to be, but you definitely don’t realize just how bad some of the people are until the very end. They are complex and intricate and just great to read.

This book had all the things I love: set in the best city in the world, interesting characters, and a story that I couldn’t put down. If you like mysteries and thrillers, check this one out. One brief thing: one of the genres listed for this one is horror, but there isn’t anything to graphic. So if you like suspense-filled stories, but don’t like a lot of blood, you’re good to go with this one.

GoodReads rating: 5 stars. I loved it!

GoodReadsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


About the Author


Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer.

Now a full-time writer, Riley is the author of FINAL GIRLS, an international bestseller that has been published in 25 languages, and the New York Times bestseller THE LAST TIME I LIED. His latest book, LOCK EVERY DOOR, will be published in July.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Website | GoodReads | Twitter | Facebook

Giveaway Time!

This tour includes a generous giveaway. There are seven copies of Lock Every Door available to win! Just click on this Rafflecopter giveaway link to enter. Available in the U.S. only.

Tour Schedule

This is the last day of the tour, but be sure to check out these other stops for lots more fun!

July 8th

Devouring Books– Review
TBR and Beyond– Creative Post
Kat’s Books– Review

July 9th

Fictitiouswonderland– Bookstagram

July 10th

That Artsy Reader Girl– Creative Post
Never Too Many To Read– Creative Post
One More Chapter– Bookstagram

July 11th

Twilight Reader– Bookstagram
Story-eyed Reviews– Review & Favorite Quotes
Bookish Geek– Review
Bookish In Bed– Review

July 12th

Sometimes Leelynn Reads– Review/Playlist
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BLOG TOUR: Art of Death


Hello everyone! Today I am very excited to participate in the blog tour for Art of Death by Becca Vincenza, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! This was a super fun read, so please continue on to find out more!

About the Book

ArtTitleArt of Death

Author: Becca Vincenza

SeriesCurse Breakers Book #1

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Find It: GoodReads, Amazon

(At the time of posting, this was also available as a free read on Kindle Unlimited!)

Blurb: What if a single act of rebellion had the power to change your fate?

Rowan and Abel Hayes’ birth ended a centuries-old family curse, but being a curse breaker has its drawbacks. Now they live a life full of rules.

When Rowan breaks a rule, she sets a powerful chain of events into motion that she never could’ve imagined. Abel is kidnapped, and it’s up to Rowan to save her twin. Can she rely on the aid of an old friend who once betrayed her? Or will new enemies prove too strong for her to handle?

Review: Okay, first of all, this book is so much fun! I really enjoy these modern urban fantasy stories that take something mystical and magical and plop them into familiar settings and circumstances. If done right, it makes the story so much more believable and rich. And this story was done very, very right. Of course there are large necromancer families living in Alaska and Seattle! Why not? And werewolves! And vampires! Will-o-the-wisps! Gargoyles! Nymphs!

A very interesting magic setting, focusing mostly on death magic since the main character and her family practice it. Rowan is a fun character – a bit headstrong and stubborn, but hey, if my family was keeping secrets from me and had made all these deals about my life without telling me about them, I’d be a bit miffed too. I love how she is the youngest of all these big, burly brothers, but still manages to hold her own. I also really enjoyed the relationship between her and her twin brother, Abel, as well as their friendship with Indigo, a member of the werewolf clan that has allied itself to their family.

There is a lot more to learn and a LOT of things set up for the next book in the series, and I am very anxious to learn more. Especially about a certain something (no spoilers) that happened to Rowan’s body while she was captured (although if you read the preface at the very beginning, you probably have an idea of what happened). I’m sure that will have ramifications down the road.

Final thoughts on this one: this is a fun, fast paced read that anyone who loves a good urban fantasy story will enjoy. GoodReads rating: 4 stars.

About the Author


Becca Vincenza lives in *wonderful* Michigan. For a passion of all things paranormal and adventure, she writes both in Urban Fantasy worlds, and Paranormal Romance. When she isn’t writing, she is reading and vice versa.

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Enter the Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon giftcard, plus a signed copy of Art of Death!  Be sure to enter via this Rafflecopter giveaway link. This one is international, so be sure to enter! Good luck!

Follow the Tour!

May 20th
Lost In A Book
I Smell Sheep
Book reviews and recommendations
2 Girls and a book

May 21st
Book Briefs
Cats Luv Coffee Book Reviews
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼

May 22nd
Taking It One Book at a Time
Midwest Romantic
Life With No Plot

May 23rd
Sassy Southern Book Blog
Reviews by Leeve
Jessica Rachow
Book Addict

May 24th
Birdie’s Bibliotheca
My Life Loves and Passion
Incidental Inspiration
Casia’s Corner
Book Butterfly in Dreamland

May 25th
Good Books & Tasty Morsels 
Cranky TBC
Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Tyto Forest
Jazzy Book Reviews



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BLOG TOUR: The Bone Charmer


I’m very excited to share this book with everyone. Check out this blog tour for The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields, hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club!

About the Book

TheBoneCharmer_Cover (1)TitleThe Bone Charmer

Author: Breeana Shields

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

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Blurb: In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

Review: Oh oh oh oh, I really really liked this one! I was really excited to read it as soon as I saw that gorgeous cover, but let’s dive into what really works with this story.

First off, the world building was excellent. I really felt immersed into this place and its customs and beliefs. The way that bone magic works is very interesting and something I would love to learn more about. We get to see some of the training that goes into being able to work with the bones – and there are several different kinds of bone magic, including healing, seeing the past, present or future, controlling animals, etc. – but because of the way that Saskia evolves, her training ends up being highly unorthodox in both of her realities. In the next book (oh, please let there be a next book!), I think we will see even more of this.

Speaking of those two realities, I absolutely loved how they both mirrored each other, but were also distinctly different. It was enthralling to see how they were going to eventually connect at the end.

Basically, I loved everything about this book. I loved the twists and turns (of which there were many), I loved the characters, and I just adored the world. As I said before, I really hope that there is a second book in the works. The ending definitely sets things up that way and I want to see what happens next.

GoodReads rating: 5 stars all the way. This was awesome.

About the Author


Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including THE BONE CHARMER, POISON’S KISS, and POISON’S CAGE. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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