Blog Tour: The Blood Race by Kate Emmons!!! || Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Hey guys! Remember last week when I said it was a good week for books? Well, today, I’m bringing you all, THE BLOOD RACE BY KATE EMMONS! *confetti*

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I first heard about The Blood Race after following the author’s sister, Abbiee on her endeavors on the internet (blogging, writing, musics, ALL THE AESTHETICS serIOUSLY GO CHECK HER OUT). I got to read an ARC of it, and iT IS SO GOOD!

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He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…

Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.

As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

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There’s also a TRAILER for this book! IT’S AMAZING GO CHECK IT OUT

About the AuthorAuthor

When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons lives in the often-snowy hills of rugged Vermont with her husband and dog named Rocket.

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter || Blog || YouTube

Review

OH. MY. WORD. I haven’t really considered myself a sci-fi or dystopian reader until recently, but I’m so glad I discovered that I liked both before reading The Blood Race!

Imagine The Raven Boys meets A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver while being both secular and Christian at the same time. Like, all the good parts of those books together.

While that ^ sounds like it gives you a general idea of what The Blood Race is about, (lol not really), it’s SO DIFFERENT. The Blood Race is different from all the other books, and the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS.

They are both so well defined yet complex yet broken. They each had a past story, and they had a story to tell. They each had a power, and that was what drew them together. They were so beautiful and I loved them all so much.

Not only the characters, but the world itself was so wonderfully built. The world-building was so detailed and vivid, and while it was tricky to understand what all it entailed (as is the case with many alternate universe books that have world building), it was all so beautifully described and the end result was stunning.

The plot had so many loops and swirls that it was impossible to tell what was coming next. There were so many tropes that didn’t show up, unlike so many of other YA fiction books (there. is. no. romance. #WHAT) There were so many hidden meaning behind each of the small things in the book that clearly meant so much.

(small disclaimer: there is use of s**t and an instance of when the f word was about to be said, as a part of character development)

You may like this book if:

  • You like fantasy/sci-fi/thriller/suspense, or any of the above
  • You like well developed YA fiction
  • You like stories with meaning and motifs behind everything
  • You like great worldbuilding stories and/or beautiful lovable characters

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway!!

This is actually THE FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER ON MY BLOG!!

With that, I also don’t really know how to set up giveaways…but rafflecopter seems like a good choice. 🙂 (I also can’t figure out how to embed the giveaway into the post, like the Blogger folks, so you’ll have to click the link. yes, I know, it’s a pain)

The giveaway runs from today (August 7th, 2017) until next Sunday (August 13th, 2017) at midnight. (tweeting everyday gives you more chances!!)

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That’s it! Go check out some other stops on the blog tour here:

Loud and Clear || Totally Graced || Abbiee || Plottinger Twist || Silver Mess || A Heart Redeemed | Quills in the Inkwell

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Blog Tour: Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire!! || Review

Hey guys! It’s a busy week in the book world! I’m going to be part of TWO blog tours for brand new books this week that I’m super excited about! Today, I’m part of the Andora’s Folly blog tour by the lovely Abigayle Claire!

About the Book

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

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(There is also a giveaway for Andora’s Folly Abi is currently running on her blog: find it here!)

About the Author

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Abigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com … when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads || Pinterest || YouTube || Google Plus

My Review

The only exposure I’ve had with Pandora’s Box is in first or second grade, when I did the unit on Ancient Greeks and did Greek Mythology. (was that just me?) Not only haven’t I read the story in literally ten years, I remember HATING the story.

As a result, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to get from Andora’s Folly, which is a Pandora’s Box retelling. Basically, it is a Greek mythology retelling set in a fantasy world, which I thought was super unique!

The “retelling” feel wasn’t very obvious: it was the kind where you finished the book and went “ohhhhh it WAS A RETELLING!!!”which is always the kind of retelling I like! 🙂

This was a novella, which meant that it was on the short side: 100 pages or so, but the characters were all very well developed and the storyline was complete, which can’t be said for many other novellas.

The storyline overall kept twisting, and had me on my toes the whole time. The romance stuff (what fairytale isn’t complete without a sweet romance?) was super sweet, but also completely clean at the same time.

Overall, it’s a short, sweet, but well written book! Definitely go check it out if:
A) you like fantasy tales
B) you like Greek Mythology
C) you like novellas that are well developed

Blog Tour

SAT, JULY 29: Madison Guy // Spotlight || Maddy // Interview
SUN, JULY 30: Emily Mundell // Review || Faith Potts // Review
MON, JULY 31: Hanne T // Review || Victoria Lynn // Spotlight + Interview + Review
TUES, AUG 1: Ashley // Spotlight + Review || Faith Thompson // Spotlight + Review
WED, AUG 2: Mikayla // Review || Soleil // Spotlight || Ivy Rose // Spotlight + Review
THURS, AUG 3: Ashley Bogner // Review || Savannah Grace // Spotlight + Interview
FRI, AUG 4: Lisa // Interview || Abigail McKenna // Review
SAT, AUG 5: Grace Anne // Review || Zane Jones // Interview

(I have done my best to link the blogs who are also part of the blog tour, in the hope that y’all are going to go check them out! There is some awesome stuff on their blogs!)

A huge thank you to Abigayle Claire for providing me with a free ebook copy of this book for my review! I was not required to leave a positive review.

 

 

Blog Tour: The Sorceress and the Squid by Emily Mundell! || Spotlight

Hey y’all! I’m back today with…yet another blog tour*! Today, I’m featuring The Sorceress and the Squid by Emily Mundell! I’m going to be spotlighting her book, which includes what her book’s about and a little bit about the authoress herself!

*because y’all obviously don’t read the title of what I post -_-

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In the magical land of Perth, divisions between the Old Kingdom and the New have waged for centuries. The humans have long harbored a mistrust of the spell-casting Fae and vice versa. In the midst of this conflict, Estrella the Sorceress lays waste to the Training Academy for Human Warriors, making an enemy in the soldier, Jalen. During their standoff, Jalen is turned into a squid and Estrella, unable to restore him to his original form, takes pity on him and travels west across the Sea to bring him to the Wizard in hope he can be saved. But is there more to the unrest in Perth than meets the eye?

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About the Author:

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Emily Mundell is a 19 year old author, artist, horsewoman and lover of the wonders of the wide world. She hails from the Great White North of Canada and has spent her life growing up in the heart of rural Alberta in a close-knit farming community – though she has often entertained fantasies of inhabiting the Shire.

Writing is her true passion – though horses and art take a close second. With fantasy as her primary genre, Emily has been writing stories since the tender age of eight when she finished her first “book.” She is currently working to complete her Creative Writing Certificate through the University of Calgary. An avid bookworm, true country-mouse, and unconventional tree-climber, Emily can usually be found on a horse, working on one of her half-dozen projects, chasing a loose cow, or being swept off her feet by the man she calls her own personal “hobbit.”

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || GoodReads

Blog Tour Schedule:

June 19th – Hanne T, Spotlight (that’s me!)
June 20th – Jem Jones, Review/Character Interview
June 21st – Liv Fisher, Spotlight
June 22nd – Anna, Interview
June 23rd – Lisa, Interview
June 24th – Karyssa Norton, Interview

Blog Tour: The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero!! || Spotlight, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!

uh…so I HAD THIS BLOGPOST WRITTEN FOR *WEEKS* AND SOMEHOW IT GOT DELETED. MY WORD.

Anyhow, I’m here today with a super exciting post! This post is part of the blog tour for Amanda‘s newly released book, The Secret Slipper!

In this post, y’all are gonna get a book spotlight, my review of the ARC, and a giveaway at the end! Amanda put together an extremely comprehensive blog tour, so this post may get a bit lengthy…hold tight! There’s a giveaway at the end. 🙂

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Book Spotlight:

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Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

About the Author-

AuthorAmanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda

amandaterobooks@gmail.com || Website || Facebook || Instagram || Pinterest || Blog ||Goodreads || Amazon

Purchase Links-

Purchase Link

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R5859Y

Get “Befriending the Beast” (the previous book in the series)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L2IDEUQ

My Review:

I don’t really consider myself a fantasy lover. As in, if having to choose between fantasy and historical, I’d pick historical, nearly every time. However, I was excited to read Amanda’s The Secret Slipper because they’re fairytale retellings that don’t seem like retellings.

The Secret Slipper IS a Cinderella retelling, but it’s not one of those where, halfway through the first page, you go “oh…not this again.” Instead, it’s one of those where, two chapters from the end, you suddenly go, “Oh! This is a Cinderella-based story!” So for that, I was grateful, because fairy tale retellings often become very similar.

I also really liked how, while the Cinderella theme was woven throughout the story, not many of the actual Cinderella story aspects are woven in. For instance, there is no prince, no ball, no glass slipper, no evil stepmother, and the list goes on.

The Gospel was also clearly presented, both straightforwardly and allegorically. I also really liked that, because SO MUCH Christian fiction has about two mentions of God in all of 300 pages, and don’t live up to the “Christian fiction” name.

As for the story itself, I would have liked a bit more development of the characters throughout the novella. I understand that it was a novella, so I’m cutting it a bit of slack here, but there were SO MANY good characters in the story, and I would have LOVED some more character development.

Aside from that, the story was so beautifully clean. There was no romance, much less anything other than that. And that was just SO refreshing.

My Rating-

9/10

Giveaway:

And now for the part everyone is looking for…the giveaway!

Giveaway

U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/483ac2ab21/?

International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/483ac2ab22/?

The Giveaway Is Now Closed.

Blog Tour:

May 25, 2017

Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway

Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight

Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway

Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview

May 26

Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview

Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review

Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

May 27

Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway

Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway

May 29

Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview

Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review

Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview

Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

May 30

Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway

Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath | Review

Judith @ JudithWNicholson | Interview

May 31

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory | Spotlight, Review

Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae | Spotlight, Review

Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

June 1

Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews | Review

Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog | Spotlight, Review

Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

June 2

Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight

Janell @ Views from the Window Friend | Review

Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ | Spotlight, Review, Interview

June 3

Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews | Spotlight

Faith @ Chosen Vessels | Review

Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway

Book Review: The Princess and I by Rebekah Eddy

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Megan is content with her life, despite her parents’ death and her brother Malcolm’s job that keeps him busy at the King’s castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine’s lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.
However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God’s amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

My Review-

Whoo, my third post about this book! (Cover Reveal here and Blog Tour post here) Today’s post is the review of The Princess and I! It was intended to be posted with the blog tour, but I hadn’t finished it yet, so here’s my review!


Okay. I’m not a fan of fantasy (like I covered in (this review), but nevertheless, I read a whole bunch of fantasy. This book was awesome!

So…it *was* pretty cliche. However, it was also not. Think of plots twists on every fairy tale ever and then combine them all. Okay, maybe not *quite* that epic, but it comes pretty darn close.

There  were a bunch of points that were pretty out-of-the-ordinary, and I appreciated them. For instance, the main character (pov) was not the average princess silk-dresses and afternoon-tea type, and *lots of spoilers*

The epilogue was also pretty awesome; I had felt like the book was finished, but I really liked how all the characters were resolved and I found out what happened after the story was finished.

The romance throughout the book was very minimum, and it was very deftly woven, so I didn’t feel like was reading romance. Not to mention that it was clean.

Overall, it was a great princess book!!

My Rating-

8/10

Now, after I’ve talked about this book for so long, here’s the link to purchase!

The Princess and I

Go check it out!

Blog Tour: The Princess and I by Rebekah Eddy!! || RELEASE DAY *insert more exclamation marks*

Hey guys! Remember a couple weeks ago, when I posted Cover Reveal: The Princess and I!!?

Well, today is RELEASE DAY!!

To celebrate, here is a general overview of the book, as well as an author interview! (A book review is coming out soon as well!!

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So….let’s start off with the beautiful cover, in case you forgot.

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Synopsis

Megan is content with her life, despite her parents’ death and her brother Malcolm’s job that keeps him busy at the King’s castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine’s lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.
However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God’s amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

Interview

(so um…I was only allowed 5 questions? So like, y’all have to check out the other interviews to find out other things? Like Rebekah didn’t make stalking The Princess and I easy? Like what is this world?)

Me: What inspired you to write The Princess and I? Did you have any particular stories that you pulled from?
Rebekah: My love of all things Medieval. I’ve always loved the old fairy tales with princes and princesses, kings and queens, and knights and ladies. There wasn’t any story in particular that I pulled from, but I did draw a lot from the old stories in general as well as Medieval history. 🙂

Me: What were some of the challenges you faced while writing? What got you through them?
Rebekah: I see what you’re doing…you’re sneaking extra questions in, aren’t you? 😛 Well, I’ll let it go THIS time.
Ahem.
Some of the challenges I faced while writing included technical issues, writer’s block, procrastination (hey, it happens to the best of us ;), and lack of inspiration. What got me through them? Well, having a dad that computers love helped for the technical stuff. For the writer’s block I worked on another story briefly and talked to myself in the shower until I came up with a new scene. ;P When I procrastinated, well, that was my own fault and I just had to make myself sit down behind my computer and WRITE. The lack of inspiration caused me to take a step back and take a break for a couple days while I listened to music, scrolled through Pinterest, and read some books. And BOOM I was inspired again. 😉

Me: Is there a section that you’re particularly fond of? Can you share? 🙂
Rebekah: Well, so the scene that’s my FAVORITE contains the biggest plot spoiler in the entire book. So, no, I can’t share that one with you. 😉 I really loved the whole ending of my book too…but again, spoilers. Guess you’ll just have to buy my book. 😛

Me: What’s your favorite/ideal writing setting? Any drinks/food/people/music that you need?
Rebekah: A quiet, sunlit room, sitting in the corner of our couch, on my bed, or at my desk. A mug of something hot nearby, and maybe some fruit or crackers on a plate. Preferably no people (I’m very social, so having people nearby would seriously distract me) and no internet access (because…procrastination. ‘Nough said.) I’d definitely have music going as long as it doesn’t have and singing in it. Preferably movie soundtrack.

About the Authorauthor-rebekah-eddy

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

Contact

Blog link: http://4rmeddy.blogspot.com/
Google+ link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101959924522864159924
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14228138.Rebekah_Eddy
Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/4rmeddy/


So, there’s that! Go check out Rebekah’s blog (up above) for the rest of the blog tour/release day party stuffs, and look for a review for The Princess and I coming soon!