Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Black Dawn Blog Tour - Promo



Title: BLACK DAWN
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.


Some things are better left in the shadows.

Week One:
2/6/2017- Literary Meanderings - Interview
2/6/2017- Literary DustReview

2/7/2017- Daniel RidingExcerpt
2/7/2017- Bibliobibuli YAReview

2/8/2017- Books,Dreams,Life- Interview
2/8/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview

2/9/2017- Don't Judge, ReadGuest Post
2/9/2017- Book BriefsReview

2/10/2017- Kayl's Krazy ObsessionExcerpt
2/10/2017- Taking It One Book at a TimeReview

Week Two:
2/13/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
2/13/2017- YA and WineReview

2/14/2017- Margie's Must ReadsExcerpt
2/14/2017- Lost in Ever AfterPromo

2/15/2017- The Autumn BookshelfInterview
2/15/2017- FiktshunReview

2/16/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
2/16/2017- Mundie MomsReview

2/17/2017- Captivated ReadingExcerpt
2/17/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview


About the Author
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.  
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Monday, 13 February 2017

Island of Exiles Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway



Title: Island of Exiles 
Series: The Ryogan Chronicles #1
Author: Erica Cameron
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: February 14th, 2017
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In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.
On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.
To say that Erica's new book is amazing, is putting it lightly.

I fell in love with her words when I received an arc of her first book, Sing Sweet Nightingale back in 2014; and every time I keep wanting more. Erica has a way with storytelling that I wish more people had the experience of reading. In Island of Exiles she has a way of educating the reader about cultures, how weather patterns work and how to live in the dessert. Now I'm not saying that I'd rely on it as a survival guide because this world is completely fictitious.

As I was writing this review, I was debating on what I wanted to showcase first; the characters or the story. So, I decided on the plot. When a synopsis that involves death is included, sometimes the death has already occurred, to which we then get some background history as to when leads to what happened. What I learned after starting the book, is a sister whose protecting and preparing her younger brother. This just shows the strong bond the siblings have for each other. Which in the story, is odd for the world we're in. This is what drives Khya to learn more, question authority and trust those outside her circle. This story shows us that the adults may feel they're protecting their family, clan or country; but how they're going about it may not always be the best option. Following authority blindly is how history repeats itself.

There's a couple of things I wanted to point out that I loved about this fantasy book. Not all the characters are straight when it comes to their romantic orientation. Readers need to find pieces of themselves in a book; whether its on a sexuality level, hobby level, emotional level etc. Readers will connect and want more if they can identify with aspects of the book. Before I go any further, I want to thank Erica for having Khya have her period in the book. If there's ever something that is crucial when creating female main characters, it's ensuring they have the same bodily functions as other females. I'll be happy when we get to a day where we don't have to point it out in fantasy novels. Another thing that she normalized is the characters having sex. I don't care if you're in a real world or not, teens are horny and have sex. It's a thing that happens! Another thing that I'll love when I don't have to make the shocked face when it's brought up.

Before I forget, I wanted to mention that there's a beautiful dancing scene and I can't stop thinking about it!

This book, along with Erica's other stories need to be shared with more readers. She's the amazing hole in the wall breakfast restaurant that I'd always go back for more. Keep breaking down those literature walls and I'll keep shouting out praise.


About the Author
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon d├ęcor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.


Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.
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Friday, 13 January 2017

The Alchemists of Loom Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway



Title: THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM
Author: Elise Kova
Pub. Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Pages: 380
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.


He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom. 
Steampunk, dragons and adventure. Oh my!

Elise Kova nails it out of the park with a strong start to her second series. The story starts off with an intense opening scene where Ari is living up to her reputation of the "White Wraith". This intense opener grabbed me and I loved it.

I want to talk about using multiple points of view in books. Now this story has a few and they're all unique to the character we're reading from. They bring out the individuals personalities that make them stand out. We have moments of snark, lust and longing. The problems of not remembering what happens when isn't a problem, as their stories are continuously woven together.

One thing that makes Elise's novels stand out is the scenery. The crispness of the color, the buildings and character descriptions are one of the things that make me keep wanting more. This with well rounded characters that have a rich, deep personalities encompasses the beautiful novel.

Many times when we hear steampunk technology being used, we picture the Victorian Era of history. Well, there's no history involved and the technology is magical, literally too. Magic in entwined into the rich story and world.

The world isn't ready for what Ari is going to do to their bookshelves, but it's safe to say, that it'll blow your mind.

Ari, Florence, Cvareh and Leona are waiting for you.


Check out the extensive world Elise has created and join The Guild Games

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/2/2017- Beyond the Book ReviewsInterview
1/3/2017- Emily Reads EverythingReview
1/4/2017- Once Upon A TwilightExcerpt
1/5/2017- NovelKnightReview
1/6/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
1/9/2017- Zach's YA ReviewsReview
1/10/2017- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
1/11/2017- Always MeReview
1/12/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview
1/13/2017- Lost in Ever AfterReview

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, International.


3 winner will receive THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM Swag Packs, International.

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Library and I

Image result for hogwarts library

Ah, the library. Where any book lover can go and feel right at home. The library and I have had a healthy relationship throughout my life, until this year. This year the library took over my reading life. While I'm so happy about all the adventures we went on, the truth is that I have a shit ton of books in my own personal library that I need to read. Also, like any other book person, you can't stop buying books, so while it's great that I've read as much as I have; I just have nothing to show for it. 

So, I've decided to not take out any library books until June. The fact is that I am in school right now anyway, so it's taking me a lot longer of a time to read a book due to having less free time. Now I am letting myself take out graphic novels, due to the time I need to read one and the fact that they're fun quick adventures. Now I might extend the time that I take from the library, but right now I need to read my own precious. If I ever feel myself wanting to get a library book, I just tell myself that the books will still be there.



Are there any habits that you have that you've been recently aware of? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Musical Monday #27



With all the stupid bullshit that 2016 has brought to the world, there's one thing we need to remember and that is love. Through all the crap life throws at us, and no matter how healthy or unhealthy our responses are, there is always love. Should you ever want to talk, please know I am here for you. I love all my readers and I want you to know that I love you.
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