Thorn of the Night Blossoms Tour – Review

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About the Book

“Blistering action, compelling characters, and a host of clever mysteries.”
–Rob Hayes, SPFBO Winner and Finalist of Where Loyalties Lie and Never Die.

She’s the emperor’s deadliest assassin…
…who’s in love with her clan sister.

With a brewing insurrection threatening the realm, she must choose between love and duty.

Because when faced with a nascent rebellion, your decisions could save an empire.

Or topple it.

Review

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I just cannot say enough how much I loved this book/novella (whichever you prefer calling it). It’s everything I never knew I needed rolled into one amazing story. And it sets the scene perfect for what’s to come in the series, which I also cannot wait to read and continue. And since it was so short I was just left wanting more and more while also feeling satisfied with what the story entailed.

What I loved most about this one is all of the action jam packed into this tiny package. I mean, it felt like a full length book with everything that occurred. And the other aspect I loved the most is the Asian inspiration. I have a soft spot for anything Asian inspired and this fantasy combination was the perfect mixture for my tastes. And it wasn’t just the same old same old redone, it was a refreshing combination of new and old.

This book was just one of those things that is a joy to read. I instantly fell in love with the world throughout and knew that I would want to continue reading this series for a long time. So I’m just going to need everyone to check out this world so we can all gush about it.

About the Author

JC Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

*I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review*

The Fate of Crowns Tour – Review

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About the Book

Dark magic dwells in the thoughts we hide, waiting…

With my brother’s death came the crown and all the trappings that accompany it. Now, my father–the most dangerous man in Magaelor–seeks to control my future.

But fate has other plans.

Thrown into mer-filled waters, I’m dragged into the rival kingdom of Berovia. Surrounded by those who murdered my brother and wished my entire family dead, I must find my way back to my kingdom. There, a marriage between myself and the dark fae prince could bring peace to a century’s old division between the fae and sorcerers. But dark revelations and deadly lies threaten to destroy my destiny. I must make the choice between my duty, family, and heart before it’s too late.

Will I allow myself to become the Queen of everything? Or be reduced to a cautionary tale as the princess of nothing?

The Fate of Crowns is a YA epic fantasy adventure about a sheltered princess who travels between magical kingdoms, discovering a world different to what she’d believed.

Get book one now. The anticipated sequel, The Princess of Nothing, releases February 2nd 2021.

Review

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I feel like indie authors are killing the fantasy game. There have been just so many unique and well written ones that I’ve found ever since I started going that route and The Fate of Crowns is now a much beloved addition to that list. I just really dove into this book and didn’t want to put it down until I finished it. So, make sure you have a large chunk of time when you pick this one up!

Given that this was a fantasy book there were a lot of characters throughout the story. Some got a bit more depth and others were just briefly introduced, but the combination made it all flow together well. The one thing I would’ve liked a bit better was a bit more world building, but I know not everyone likes that so beggars can’t be choosers. But asides from that I loved the story and I appreciated that even though the pacing was quick there was still a solid plot.

This is one of those books that is going to easily appeal to many readers. And it’s also one of those books that will pull you in and leave you flipping the pages as fast as you can. So, don’t wait to snag this one up!

About the Book

Rebecca lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and son. Originally from England, you can find her drinking tea, writing new worlds, and designing covers. She writes young adult fantasy. She devoured every book she was given and fell in love with magical worlds, and when she got older, her imagination grew with her. She implements royalty into her books because she adores historical monarchies.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, you can find her traveling, and hosting book signings with Spellbinding Events.

The Fate of Crowns, Book one, releases January 5th 2021 with the following four books releasing between February and June.

*I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review*

Daughter of Dreams and Dread Review

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About the Book

When fate tears Estelle Verndari from an ordinary world, dreams become a sinister new reality. In Kiliac, different is dangerous. Different means magic, and magic is punishable by death.

Lost and alone in a forest of nightmares, Estelle is saved by Rose, a man with fire in his eyes and blood on his hands. But she must learn to survive this brutal new world if she ever hopes to make it home. As the forest becomes a sanctuary, Rose captures her heart, and Estelle discovers a secret magic in her soul—the ability to heal in a world full of ruin.

But an ancient power is calling her name. A tyrant king is drowning the forest in death, and taking up arms to defend it means giving up on finding her path home. If Estelle’s secret is uncovered, everything she’s grown to love will be destroyed.

Review

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Apparently night time reviews are my *thing* now. I think the shorter days have just completely thrown off my sense of time and being and I just keep losing my days. BUT ANYWAYS, this book deserves all of the love and then some. It’s just one of those books that takes you by surprise and makes you really fall for it. It has so many elements done so so well that it just all weaves together into an amazing story.

The friendships in this book is something special and the bond between these characters is really refreshing. This is a story more about these bonds than it is about a girl losing herself in love with a boy. And the character development is sublime and I wish more books had such growth in the characters. Plus this book gets dark. And you know that’s an instant win for me. I love me some dark and gritty themes because I always feel as if it makes the book more realistic in a sense.

This book is just such a joy to read and it’s incredibly fast paced. So grab your blankie and some hot cocoa, cuddle up, and be ready to be surprised by this delight of a book. And psssttttt, there’s animals for all my animal companion story lovers. You know that makes you want to read this even more *nudge, nudge, wink wink*!

About the Author

Clare Kae has always been a dreamer, finding her place in worlds and characters that seemed more real than what should have been expected. Though, when she’s not daydreaming about faraway worlds, she’s teaching primary school children in Australia.

Born and raised by a wonderful family, and lots of spotty dogs, Clare had innumerable opportunities to see the world and enjoy life the way she wanted to growing up – especially via endless amounts of tea and books. For that, she will be forever grateful. She now lives with her incredible fiance and two dogs – one spotty and one not. 

When daydreaming became something more, and words flowed out of her head like rivers, Daughter of Dreams and Dread was born. Now an indie author, Clare is a newbie to the journey, but an excited soul to say the least. 

*I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review*

Cracked Coffins ARC Tour – Review

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About the Book

**Cracked Coffins contains profanity, mature themes, sexual violence, and general violence. It is recommended for a mature 17+ audience.**

THE PAST HAS RISEN.

After Marianna Cortez overdoses on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, the strange circumstances surrounding her survival make her doubt that the normal life she desperately wants will ever be within reach. Yet, when Denendrius Sovetta steps out from the shadows of her past, he brings with him the hope that things could be different.

But Denendrius is a twisted vampire from Ancient Rome with a chaotic past of his own. Marianna can’t ignore the cracks in his sweet façade for long. As she discovers her connection to him, she learns more about his dark past and its influence on hers.

With his claims that they’re meant to be together and his brutal means to keep her from leaving him, Marianna seeks to find the truth and escape Denendrius’s grasp before her history has a chance to kill her future.

Review

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Have you ever had a book give you whiplash? Because I feel like this one did. Every time I started thinking to myself, “wait, maybe I was wrong!” I WAS PROVEN WRONG YET AGAIN! I went into this expecting a love story with vampires. And NOPE, it was not this! This was a heavy and graphic story about obsession and a really abusive relationship. And I couldn’t look away.

This is probably one of the most graphic books I’ve ever read. And that’s because it covered so many taboo topics. This is not the typical vampire story that I’ve come to know and expect. These vampires are mean and take pleasure in pain and are just as twisted as vampires are meant to be. Maybe even a little more. But I wouldn’t say that vampires were the main focus of this story. Having vampires was more of just a side note to all of the other dark and twisted topics (see the trigger warnings) riddled throughout.

This is not a book that you will be able to read in one sitting. I had to pace myself and take breaks from it. But even when I wasn’t actively reading it I was still thinking about it. Something about it stuck with me and made me want to read more even when I knew I needed a break. It’s a difficult story to get through and nothing is held back, but it’s still got that something that makes you finish.

About the Author

Beronika Keres is a fantasy, thriller, and horror writer. After deciding in the second grade that she was destined to be an author, she has spent her life honing her craft and pursuing her dream. Fueled by coffee, she can often be found chasing plot bunnies and writing books.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found spending time with her family and enjoying the forests, mountains, and lakes of where she resides in British Columbia, Canada.

*I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review*

Soul of the Crow ARC Tour – Review

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About the Book

Nevernight meets Reign of the Fallen in this dark saga where assassins wield not blades, but death itself.

When a mortal wants someone dead, they contract a Reaper of Veltuur, an individual born from the underrealm with fatal magic coursing through their veins.

Sinisa is one of them.

For three years, she’s slain her targets dutifully with the aid of her crow familiar. She only needs one more kill to ascend as a Shade, a coveted status of power. And when the King of Oakfall requests a Reaper to execute his daughter for an unforgivable crime, Sinisa is first to volunteer for the job.

It should be easy.

But when the Prince of Oakfall discovers his sister is in danger, he flees the palace with her. Sinisa is left with only two options: journey through the mortal realm to find and slay her mark, or face the consequences of returning to the underrealm empty-handed. It’s no choice at all. She has come too far and is too close to earning her title to let it be taken away from her now.

Besides, no one can outrun a Reaper of Veltuur.

Or can they…

Soul of the Crow is a dark high fantasy adventure with reapers/assassins, bandits, prophets, and enough death magic to keep the entire mortal realm quaking with fear. If you loved Throne of GlassDark MajiKing of ScarsThe Shadows Between Us, or books by Jenna Moreci, Jay Kristoff, Kel Carpenter, and Laura Thalassa, you will devour this epic, gothic saga.

Come. Walk through the forest of the underrealm and discover what’s lurking there in the shadows.

Review

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Ok, I had to admit that this story took me a little while to get into, but once I did oh mamma was it good! I mean, I am the queen of all things doom and gloom and dark and dead. So when yo give me a book with reapers and crows and just such twisted elements you know I’m going to salivate and contemplate numerous was to sell my soul to get my hands on it. But yeah, melodramatics aside this book was everything I could hope for and then some!

So yeah, did I mention that this book has reapers? Because it does. And the creation of these reapers is so interesting. The world is so unique and in this world killing any creature means a life sentence of a reaper, continuing to bring death with just a touch. And then there are crows. Gah I love crows. The crows in this one are the trusty (welllll, as trusty as a crow can be) sidekicks of the reapers, and they have some pretty cool powers of their own. But I think most shockingly my favorite character was the Prince. Can’t say that I’ve ever related to a prince so much but as soon as I met his awkward anxious self I immediately wanted to coddle him because I get it.

But that’s really as much as I want to get into the story plot wise because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything. Like I said before, this book took me a little bit to get into (and I mean literally about a chapter) because I just had to adjust to the writing style and should honestly probably stop picking up books and starting them at midnight, but it is SO worth sticking with it and devouring this amazing story! And, just a gentle PSA, there is a prequel story to this world and you best believe I’m off to skip away and read this next!

About the Author

JESSACA WILLIS is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the dark, the horrifying, and the paranormal.

She studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees, and incorporates themes from her education (family dynamics, mental health, oppression) into her writing.

Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to cosplay at conventions, play video games or read comics in her downtime, and to binge-watch the latest fantasy and sci-fi television series. Along with a bunch of other self-proclaimed nerds, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies.

Her debut series, The Awakened is an apocalyptic fantasy series about four people from across the world, trying to learn to live with their powers after society has collapsed.

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*I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review*