The Sky Worshippers Tour – Review & Giveaway

About the Book

The Sky Worshipers by F.M. Deemyad
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
History Through Fiction LLC
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction

In the year 1398 A.D., Lady Goharshad and her husband, King Shahrokh, come across an ancient manuscript in the ruins of Karakorum, the Mongol capital. The manuscript chronicles the era of Mongol invasions with entries by three princesses from China, Persia, and Poland who are captured and brought to the Mongol court.

After being stolen from her family at the Tangut Emperor’s coronation, Princess Chaka, the Emperor’s youngest daughter is left with no choice but to marry Genghis Khan. Thus, the Tangut join Genghis as allies. She is the first to secretly chronicle the historical events of her time, and in doing so she has the help of an African eunuch by the name of Baako who brings her news from the war front.

Princess Reyhan is the witty granddaughter of the last Seljuk King in Persia. She is kidnapped by Ogodei, Genghis’s son and heir, who falls in love with her. The romance does not last long, however, since a Mongol beauty wins Ogodei’s heart, and Reyhan is sidelined. Reyhan continues the tradition of recording the events in secret, turning her entries into tales.

During the Mongol invasion of Poland and Hungary, Princess Krisztina, niece to Henry the Pious, is taken as a prisoner of war by the Mongols. Reyhan learns about Krisztina’s predicament through Baako and asks Hulagu, Genghis’s grandson, to help free her. Krisztina has a difficult time adjusting to life in Mongolia, and at one point she attempts to run away but is unsuccessful. When the child she is bearing is stillborn, the Mongol court shuns her. She is able to return to her homeland in old age but comes back to Karakorum and writes her final entry in the journal.

Through beautiful language and powerful storytelling, this fact-based historical novel lays bare the once far-reaching and uncompromising Mongol empire. It shows readers the hidden perspectives of the captive, conquered, and voiceless. It brings to light the tremendous but forgotten influence of Genghis Khan and his progeny, while asking readers to reconsider the destruction and suffering of the past on which the future is built.

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Praise for The Sky Worshippers

“The author’s in-depth research is evident throughout The Sky Worshippers. For readers who enjoy a lush blend of historical fact and fiction, this novel details the smells, sights, sounds of a pivotal era in time, uniquely told through the eyes of three captive princesses.”†- Gina Wilkinson author of When the Apricots Bloom

“F.M. Deemyad immerses the reader into the 13th Century world of Genghis Khan. It’s an unforgettable story of survival and strong women as we experience life through the eyes of the conquered-and the conquerors. In The Sky Worshipers, history comes vividly alive.”†- John DeDakis, Novelist, Writing Coach, and former Senior Copy Editor for CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”, http://www.JohnDeDakis.com

“In this stunning saga, F. M. Deemyad takes us on a thrilling journey as Genghis Khan and his sons sweep across Asia and Europe, worshiping the sky while they conquer one nation after another and capture women to enslave and marry. The women’s stories, rich with architectural, historical and cultural detail, hold an important message for all of us who have inherited privileges as the result of our ancestor’s atrocities. A great read and a phenomenal debut!”†- Raima Larter, Author of Fearless and Belle o’ the Waters

“The Sky Worshipers by F.M. Deemyad draws us into Genghis Khan’s conquests through the eyes of three women ripped from their homes and thrust into royal service. This lyrical novel is a vivid imagining of hearts and minds of women who left their marks on history, despite history’s failure to acknowledge their contributions. It allows us to connect with timeless striving for a world of compassion, equal opportunity, and celebration of diversity. A beautiful novel.”†- Lisa L. Leibow, J.D., Co-Founder, Board President, Chief Operating Officer, The Scheherazade Project

“An illuminating telling of Mongol conquest and the people who lived-and died-making decisions that shaped half the world. The broad strokes of time are revealed through the perspectives of single bristles of the brush. Cleverly imagined and carefully rendered, The Sky Worshipers is an engaging, personal look at one of history’s momentous eras.”†- Zach Powers, author of First Cosmic Velocity

Review

This was such an interesting and historical driven story. I’ve always found myself easily lured into stories that chronicle this time in history and this one was no different. And even without the history the story on its own is amazing and beautifully told.

You know, I’m always a sucker for a good female driven historical fiction. And The Sky Worshippers takes it a step further and covers a time that is rarely talked about in books (well, at least from a woman’s perspective). And the story in itself is just really amazing and engaging. There is a wide time period covered, but you don’t feel as if anything is lacking. The storytelling is beautiful and you really get drawn into the story. Well, not only the story but also the time period as the things you learned in history come to life.

I really enjoyed this one and hope to see more from Deemyad in the future. This was a beautifully written historical fiction and I found myself not wanting to put it down. Plus, like I said, it was a wonderfully woman centric story in a time period where women were easily forgotten.

About the Author

F.M. Deemyad was born in Kermanshah, Iran. She grew up in the capital, Tehran, attending bilingual schools run by Christian and Jewish minorities. Her father, born and raised in India, had come to Iran when he was in his late twenties. Being the son of a linguist who had taught English Literature in India for a number of years, he exposed the author in her preschool years to the English language, and she learned to love classic literature under her fatherís instructions. She received her Masterís degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2016. She currently resides with her husband in Maryland.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, March 2
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, March 3
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Thursday, March 4
Review at Girl Who Reads
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Friday, March 5
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Monday, March 8
Review at Reader Ceygo
Feature at I’m Into Books
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, March 9
Review at @the.b00kreader
Review at With A Book In Our Hands

Wednesday, March 10
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Thursday, March 11
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Friday, March 12
Review at Bibliostatic

Sunday, March 14
Interview at Reader Ceygo

Monday, March 15
Review at Books and Zebras
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, March 16
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, March 17
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Sky Worshipers! Two copies are up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on March 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

TITLE: The Thirteenth Fairy (Never After, #1)
AUTHOR: Melissa de la Cruz
PUBLISHER: Roaring Book Press
RELEASE DATE: December 1st, 2020
GENRE(S): Middle Grade Fiction–Fantasy

Real life and fairy tales collide in Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, book one in the new middle-grade Never After series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.

Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens.

Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress. She must be dreaming, or still reading a book. But Jack is insistent–he’s real, the stories are real, and Filomena must come with him at once!

Soon, Filomena is thrust into the world of evil fairies and beautiful princesses, sorcerers and slayers, where an evil queen drives her ruthless armies to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save herself and the kingdom of Westphalia, Filomena must find the truth behind the fairytales and set the world back to rights before the cycle of sleep and destruction begins once more.

Review

I have been a huge fan of Melissa de la Cruz for an incredibly long time, but when I picked this book up I realized that I have never actually read any of her middle grade books. And I’m glad it was this one that I picked up first because, well, fairies, but also it was incredibly funny and still felt like de la Cruz to me. Plus it has so many odes to classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes that I couldn’t help but fall in love with what I was reading.

There’s just so much to love with this one. We’ve got some diversity with our main characters, you’ll find yourself chuckling throughout, and there are classic story elements you know and love made fresh. Plus the overarching fairy tale this one is based off of is Sleeping Beauty. And if you know me you know that’s my favorite (naps, all I have to say). So I always get excited when I see a reworking of this story because it’s not the same “tale as old as time” as we much more frequently see in books.

But I am digressing with this review, so to wrap it up: there is plenty of adventure and fantasy throughout this one that you won’t be able to much else other than furiously flip through the pages. And it’s just a really well written and well done middle grade book that will have appeal for middle schoolers and adults alike.

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

Tour Schedule

March 1st

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post
The Writer’s Alley – Review

March 2nd

Leann Reads Books – Review & Author Interview
sparkfromtheinfinite – Review
Musing of Souls – Review

March 3rd

The Bookwyrm’s Den – Review
Books by Maeve – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review

March 4th

Book Butterfly in Dreamland – Review
Melancholic Blithe – Guest Post & Review
The Momma Spot – Review

March 5th

The Tattooed Librarian – Review
The Book Blog Around the Corner – Review

March 6th

WhimsicalyMe – Review
She Reads Again – Review

March 7th

The World of Celia McMahon – Review
WhimsicalBlessings – Review & Author Interview

Giveaway

Up for grabs, we have ONE (1) physical copy of The Thirteenth Fairy (Never After, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz. This giveaway will run from March 1st to March 8th at 11:59 PM CST and is open to US residents only.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Knights Ransom Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book



Publisher : 47North (January 26, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 431 pages
ISBN-10 : 154202529X
ISBN-13 : 978-1542025294

From Jeff Wheeler, the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain novels, comes an epic new series of warring kingdoms, deadly family rivalries, and fearless loyalty.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom.

When the Argentine family finally rules, Ransom must make his own way in the world. Opportunities open and shut before him as he journeys along the path to knighthood, blind to a shadowy conspiracy of jealousy and revenge. Securing his place will not be easy, nor will winning the affection of Lady Claire de Murrow, a fiery young heiress from an unpredictably mad kingdom.

Ransom interrupts an abduction plot targeting the Queen of Ceredigion and earns a position in service to her son, the firstborn of the new Argentine dynasty. But conflict and treachery threaten the family, and Ransom must also come to understand and hone his burgeoning powers—abilities that involve more than his mastery with a blade and that make him as much a target as his lord.

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Praise for Knight’s Ransom

“Jeff Wheeler has always been one of our more dependable storytellers. Knight’s Ransom adds to his reputation. A fine page-turner.” —Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author.

“With this superlative epic fantasy…Wheeler does an expert job of reintroducing his fantasy world through the eyes of sympathetic characters that fans and new readers alike will root for. This is sure to be a hit.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Wheeler] adds elements of Arthurian legend to the start of the First Argentines series…along with splendid palace intrigues and battles.” —Booklist (starred review)

Review

This is my second book by Wheeler and I was so excited to dive back into his writing. Especially with an epic fantasy like this book. And ooo boy was it beyond amazing. And now I know that I need to go back and read all of the other books from this world. Which, I’m not mad about because I’ll take fantasy gladly any day.

But where do I begin. I think with the characters. I adored the characters in this book and how they grew and developed throughout it. And there is a lot of time spent developing the characters, which I really love when a fantasy book does that. I feel like sometimes fantasies get so focused on the plot that the characters fall to the wayside, or vice versa really, and this one felt like a nice sorta in-between with a little more focus on the characters but still a solid plot. And you know a solid plot is a must after reading a synopsis like this. Which I guess leads me to the pacing of this book. A lot happens in this one within a short span of time and I couldn’t get enough of it!

So this is one that you should definitely check out. Nudge nudge, wink wink. But seriously, there’s a lot to offer in this book and it really delivers exceptionally well throughout. And I truly look forward to seeing what Wheeler comes up with next as well as exploring some of his older works that are already waiting for me to binge.

About the Author

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Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. His books have been on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 5 times (for The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and Prism Cloud) and have sold more than 4 million copies. His novels have also been published or will be published in many languages: Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and German.

He is also the founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction (www.deepmagic.co), a quarterly e-zine featuring amazing short stories, novellas, and sample chapters.

You can usually find Jeff at Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con or at writers conferences.

He welcomes hearing from readers: jgwheels /at/ gmail dot com

If you are interested in purchasing signed copies of his books for friends, family, or your own collection, please e-mail: WOJWbooks /at/ gmail dot com

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE
FEBRUARY 22nd MONDAY JeanBookNerd PODCAST
FEBRUARY 23rd TUESDAY BookHounds INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 24th WEDNESDAY TMBA Corbett Tries to Write EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 25th THURSDAY Lady Hawkeye EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 26th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 26th FRIDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon EXCERPT

WEEK TWO
MARCH 1st MONDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
MARCH 2nd TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
MARCH 2nd TUESDAY Ms. Cat’s Honest World REVIEW
MARCH 3rd WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
MARCH 4th THURSDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW
MARCH 4th THURSDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
MARCH 5th FRIDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW

Giveaway

10 Winners will receive a Copy of KNIGHT’S RANSOM by Jeff Wheeler.
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


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Kidnap on the California Comet Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Book Title: Kidnap on the California Comet (Adventures on Trains #2)
Authors: M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 23, 2021
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Adventure

In this second book of the middle-grade Adventures on Trains series, amateur sleuth Hal Beck travels to the U.S. with his uncle to ride a famous train–the California Comet–and stumbles on a new mystery to solve, in M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman’s Kidnap on the California Comet…

After his adventure on the Highland Falcon, amateur sleuth Hal Beck is excited to embark on another journey with his journalist uncle. This time, they’re set to ride the historic California Comet from Chicago to San Francisco.

Hal mostly keeps to himself on the trip, feeling homesick and out of place in America. But he soon finds himself drawn into another mystery when the young daughter of a billionaire tech entrepreneur goes missing!

Along with new friends–spunky 13-year-old Mason and his younger sister, Hadley–Hal races against the clock to find the missing girl before the California Comet reaches its final destination.

Review

This series is just shaping out to be lots of fun and lots adventure. The perfect combination for middle grade books! And really any “grade” book for that matter. But the characters, the atmosphere, and the plot all come together to create a story that will leave you turning the pages as fast as you can.

It takes a certain style of writing to make a middle grade book have that extra…. oomph… to make all levels of readers enjoy it. You know what I mean? And these two authors certainly did that. I just found myself thoroughly enjoying the story as I read it and could picture any number of people picking the book up and doing just the same. And the characters in this book are just what really make the story. You can’t help but find yourself falling into their antics and adventures and really caring about what happens next.

All in all I am really much more in love with this series than I expected to be and I can’t wait to find out what comes next. I can only imagine how much growth we’re going to see as the books progress. And again, give this series a try because you might find yourself enjoying it even more than you expected. Even as an (ew) adult.

About the Authors

M. G. Leonard is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Beetle Boy books. She works as a freelance digital media producer for clients such as the National Theatre and Harry Potter West End. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons, all of whom are crazy about trains. She is the co-author of the Adventures on Trains series.

Sam Sedgman is a novelist, playwright, and award-winning digital producer. He works as a digital project manager for the National Theatre, where he also hosts and co-produces their podcast. He grew up with a railway line at the bottom of his garden and has been fascinated by trains ever since. He is the co-author of the Adventures on Trains series.

Tour Schedule

February 22

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post/Author Interview
Jypsylynn – Book Review

February 23

The Book View – Book Review
TheReadingRoom444 – Book Review

February 24

Ruby Reads and Reviews – Book Review
The Bookwyrm’s Den – Book Review, Favorite Quotes

February 25

Leann Reads Books – Author Interview
Pop Read’s Reviews – Spotlight
The Momma Spot – Book Review

February 26

Kait Plus Books – Guest Post
Belle’s Archive – Book Review

February 27

DJ Reads Books – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Whimsical Blessings – Author Interview

February 28

Ya Its Lit – Book Review
Magicallykatie – Book Review, Favorite Quotes
Trapped Inside Stories – Author Interview

Giveaway

The prize is one (1) set of finished copies of The Highland Falcon Thief and Kidnap on the California Comet. The giveaway will run Monday, February 22, 2021 – Monday, March 1, 2021. There will be 1 winner, and it is open USA only. 

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In Light of the Summit

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About the Book

The much-anticipated sequel to IN SIGHT OF THE MOUNTAIN!

After Anna Gallagher’s first climb on Mt. Rainier, she faces a new challenge—enduring the ridicule and threats that come with breaking tradition. In 1890, being a young female mountaineer makes polite society uncomfortable, even angry. But despite the threats and inherent risk, she still has plans for another climb, even if it jeopardizes her family bookstore, and puts her in more danger than she ever imagined.

Emily Watson has always been close with the Gallagher family. As a young girl she dreamed of a wealthy husband, a fine house, and a future in Seattle society and now she finally has it. Her desires couldn’t be more different than Anna’s, but she’s confronted with her own invisible mountain to climb when she’s suddenly poverty-stricken. She must decide what matters most, and whether true love is worth waiting for.

IN LIGHT OF THE SUMMIT is a captivating story of ambition, heartbreak, and redemption. It’s a tale of two childhood friends navigating womanhood in the late 19th century, with as much grace as they can muster, while still figuring out how to be true to themselves.

Praise for In Light of the Summit

Turn of the century social conventions come in conflict with a determined young woman’s desire to climb Mt. Ranier in Washington State. Anna must make a choice, to be true to herself or “know one’s place” and conform to avoid conflict within her family and society at large. Author, Jamie McGillen, explores this and other social injustices historically imposed on women, many that still resonate a century and a half later – mountains yet to climb.” — San Francisco Book Review

“In Light of the Summit by Jamie McGillen is a charming sequel to her first novel, In Sight of the Mountain. McGillen’s love for her home state and Mt. Rainier shines through her writing. Her description is vivid and beautiful. Readers will be inspired to climb the mountain themselves. She brings Mt. Rainier and the Pacific Northwest climate to life. Anna is a strong and determined female character, and her husband Ben is always supportive. Their love is believable and sweet. This book is filled with adventure and romance and danger. The mystery is well-plotted, with several great twists. If you are looking for a good, clean novel to curl up in front of a cozy fire with, you can’t go wrong with this one.” — Heather Stockard, Readers’ Favorite (5 Star Review)

Review

You know, I really enjoy books like this. They’re soothing to read yet feature such powerhouse and inspiring women. It’s just a really nice combination that draws you wholly into the story. Plus the backdrop to this series is amazing and beautiful.

There were so many elements to this book that wove together so perfectly into one story, but I don’t want to get too much into the plot because the events are a direct follow up to the first book in the series. But the characters and setting have such amazing backgrounds and backdrops that you’ll find yourself flipping as fast as you can through this book.

The last nice, but also sad, thing about this book is that it isn’t terribly long. So if you’re like me you’ll be able to stay up late and devour this one in one go. But don’t worry, the book isn’t so short that it makes you feel as if the story got lost along the way.

About the Author

Jamie McGillen lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier, and no matter how many times she moves away, it draws her home. Everything about large evergreen trees delights her, except how poky they are, and the sap. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous literary journals, and she teaches English Composition at Highline College.

Tour Schedule

Feb. 16th – PNWX Bibliophile https://instagram.com/pnwxbibliophile

Feb. 19th -Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

Feb. 20th – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Feb. 24th  – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

Feb. 26th – Ya It’s Lit https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

March 2nd –  Idaho Girl Reads https://instagram.com/idahogirlreads

March 10th – Love My Books 2020 https://instagram.com/lovemybooks2020

March 12th – Joannas Bookshelf https://instagram.com/joannasbookshelf

March 16th – The Mary Reader https://instagram.com/themaryreader 

March 17th – Marilyn Goncalves https://instagram.com/marilynjgon 

March 19th – Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

March 22nd – Books Cats Travel Food https://instagram.com/books.cats.travel.food

March 30th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

March 30th – Amy Lynn Lifestyle https://instagram.com/amylynnlifestyle

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A History of What Comes Next Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book


Publisher : Tor (February 2, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250262062
ISBN-13 : 978-1250262066
Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel weaves a scfi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence in A History of What Comes Next.

Always run, never fight.
Preserve the knowledge.
Survive at all costs.
Take them to the stars.

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.

But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.

A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them..

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Praise for A History of What Comes Next

“[This series] is filled with virtually limitless narrative possibilities.” ―Kirkus

“An extraordinary twist on the space race and a paean to what smart, strong women can accomplish. I’m always over the moon for Neuvel’s stories!” ―Delilah Dawson

Sylvain Neuvel proves once again he deserves the title of the hottest new SF writer of the 21st century ― and this time he does it by looking back at the storied development of rocketry in the 20th. Clever and compelling, with a succession of kick-ass heroines propelling events along via mayhem and murder behind the scenes, A History of What Comes Next blasts off on page one and will keep you enthralled until the end. ―Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of The Oppenheimer Alternative

“A highly crafted and unique look at the space race, through the eyes of those who exist only to ensure its success… Neuvel’s intriguing first-contact story is set through centuries of manipulation and pursuit. It’s a promising start to what looks to be a dark and exciting trilogy.” ―Library Journal

“The balance of wry narration, wired action, and delicate worldbuilding make for deeply gratifying reading. Fans of alternate history and intelligent sci-fi will love this.” ―Publishers Weekly starred review.

Review

This book is oddly niche, but that’s what makes it work. You know? It’s just so out there but also so grounded that everything, no matter how convoluted it may seem, comes together into one soundly cohesive book. It’s got that historical background that’s bound to intrigue mixed in with sci-fi elements that just work together given the subject manner. And aliens. You know I like aliens.

Now, did I mention that this book has history? Yeah, well it does, and I am digging the historical fiction/science fiction combination. Call it my nerd side, but I really have a soft spot for historical fiction and learning something as I read. And you can really tell that this one was well researched even if there are elements to it that clearly fall into more of a space opera/sci-fi zone. I mean, A History of What Comes Next is largely about the alien race Kibsu.

I really found this to be an interesting foray into a sort of what if type of situation with our not so distant past. History could have been much different, and you never know, maybe there are some alien races changing our history as we are living it.

About the Author

Photo Credit: James Andrew Rosen

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course). His debut, Sleeping Giants, was described by NPR as “one of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory.”

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE
FEBRUARY 15th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 16th TUESDAY BookHounds EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 17th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
FEBRUARY18th THURSDAY Casia’s Corner EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 19th FRIDAY Lady Haweye EXCERPT

WEEK TWO
FEBRUARY 22nd MONDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
FEBRUARY 23rd TUESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
FEBRUARY 24th WEDNESDAY Kait Plus Books REVIEW
FEBRUARY 25th THURSDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
FEBRUARY 26th FRIDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW

Giveaway

3 Winners will receive a Copy A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT by Sylvain Neuvel.
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Curse of the Divine Tour – Review

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About the Book

Book 2 of Ink in the Blood
Publication Date: February 9th, 2020
Publisher: HMH Books

Return to the world of inklings, tattoo magic, and evil deities as Celia uncovers the secrets of the ink in order to stop Diavala once and for all. This eagerly anticipated sequel to Ink in the Blood is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints.

Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using ink magic to destroy the corrupt religion of Profeta that tormented her for a decade. But winning came with a cost. Now Celia is plagued with guilt over her role in the death of her best friend. When she discovers that Diavala is still very much alive and threatening Griffin, the now-infamous plague doctor, Celia is desperate not to lose another person she loves to the deity’s wrath.

The key to destroying Diavala may lie with Halycon Ronnea, the only other person to have faced Diavala and survived. But Halcyon is dangerous and has secrets of his own, ones that involve the ink that Celia has come to hate. Forced to choose between the ink and Diavala, Celia will do whatever it takes to save Griffin—even if it means making a deal with the devil himself.

Review

You know, I was extremely eager to read this series for the interesting magic system alone. Well, that and the covers. I loveeeee the covers. And I have to delightedly say that these books have no disappointed! I find that a lot of the time I’m swayed into books and get overly excited and then they just don’t live up to that excitement. So, in sense, I get even more excited when books actually do what I wanted them to! So on that note, psst, go read these.

While I really loved the second book in this duology I have to admit that it took me a smidge to get back into. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s been a while since I’ve been in this world or if it just had a slower start than the first book, but once I did get fully invested I fell just as much in love with it as I had while reading the first book. There was also so much more that this book was able to bring since we are already familiar with the world and magic system. And you know I love when books get a chance to expand on what we already know.

This series was honestly one of my biggest highlights recently. I think I’ve just been hitting so many slumps lately that when I find a book that really hits all of the marks I get that much more excited. But then again I also REALLY always love duologies. So I guess it just had that right combination to make me fall in love.

About the Author

Kim Smejkal writes dark fantasy for young adults and not-so-young adults, always with a touch of magic. Her debut novel, INK IN THE BLOOD, released from HMH in early 2020, and the sequel, CURSE OF THE DIVINE, will release on Feb. 9, 2021.

When she’s not writing, she’s homeschooling her kids, tutoring other people’s kids, and voraciously hoarding any precious alone time. Though she grew up on the Canadian prairies, she now lives with her family on beautiful, muse-satiating Vancouver Island. She is represented by Daniel Lazar of Writers House.

Tour Schedule

Feb 15th

The Baroness of Books – Welcome Post
Day Leitao – Spotlight Post
Geekiemind – Review

Feb 16th

The Clever Reader – Guest Post
Pop Reads Reviews – Review

Feb 17th

Musings of Souls – Review, Interview
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

Feb 18th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Avni Reads – Review

Feb 19th

Ya It’s Lit – Review

Instagram Tour Schedule

Feb 15th

@book_baroness – Welcome Post
@chroniclesofkayy
@the_reading_prince

Feb 16th

@thecleverreader
@_popreads_

Feb 17th

@yourlocalbookreader
@a_bookish_dream

Feb 18th

@onemused
@avnireads

Feb 19th

@ya.its.lit
@bargain.and.books
@rampant_reading

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

The Jade Bones Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Jade Bones (The Age of the Seventh Sun #2)
by Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: February 16th 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

“Tell me you feel nothing.”

— Lani Forbes

Cast into the underworld after an act of shattering betrayal, Mayana and Ahkin must overcome unimaginable odds if they are to return home and reclaim the throne of the Chicome. A river of blood and demons disguised as children are only two of the challenges standing in their way. Fortunately, they are not unequipped. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Prince Ahkin wields the power of the sun itself. Ometeotl, the Mother goddess, provides them with other gifts—and an ominous warning that one of them may not survive. But can the goddess be trusted?

“At least as much at peace as was possible sleeping behind a pile of bones on the outskirts of the City of the Dead.”

— Lani Forbes

Back in the lands above, Mayana’s best friend, Yemania, has survived the empress selection ritual—but her next challenge may be more than she can bear. The new empress of the Chicome Empire demands she become High Healer. Yemania has no interest in serving in the palace; she wants to use her healing ability to help the common people. More than that, her heart is no longer her own. She has met an enchanting stranger—Ochix, one of the feared Miquitz people who are ancient enemies of the Chicome.

As Mayana and Ahkin move ever closer to confronting the lords of the dead, Yemania and Ochix must hide their forbidden romance or face the wrath of both their empires. Meanwhile, the new empress has made a dangerous alliance that might destroy everything they hold dear.

Four young people risk their lives to save the world from a looming apocalypse in this captivating sequel to The Seventh Sun. Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones is a compelling and romantic adventure that builds to a heart-stopping climax.

“Without another word, she turned and marched straight into the dark interior of the mountain without him.”

— Lani Forbes

Review

Have you ever had a book that surprisingly stuck with you? Like you read it, fell in love, but then continued to think about it when you didn’t think you would? Well that was what happened after I read The Seventh Sun last year. So, to say I’ve been waiting for this book for a while is a bit of an understatement. I just HAD to know what happened next in this world and I just wanted to dive right back into the rich magic and culture.

Our blood. The blood of the gods.”

— Lani Forbes

And one thing that I am so happy for is that this book didn’t disappoint. So often we see second books fall into the sophmore slump, but The Jade Bones just expertly expanded on the first book while still holding what I fell in love with from the first. Plus we get some new characters, a boatload of character development, and (gasp) my favorite: epic world building. Things just start coming together in this book, you know?

“The empire needs you. It can survive without me.”

— Lani Forbes

Now, I sped read this book so make sure you have some time set aside for this one. I mean, I sped read it because I missed a tour stop (I hate life, my calendar decided to delete my day for this tour, why is February turning out like this?) BUT I also would have sped read it even if I wasn’t a failure and late. It was just that good and I continue to look forward to seeing what Forbes produces next.

About the Author

Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer (which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books). A former teacher turned trauma counselor, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. She helps others process anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD, both in her stories and in real life. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tour Schedule

February 10th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview + FPBC Instagram

February 11th

Justice For Readers – Review + Playlist + Mood Board + InstagramCrossroad Reviews – Review + Instagram
onemused – Spotlight + Instagram

February 12th

@wrinkled.pages – Review + InstagramJrsbookreviews – Review + Instagram
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The Reading Life – Spotlight
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

February 13th

@the.b00kreader – Review + Insatgram
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Mood Board + Instagram
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
@our.bookish.reads – Review + Instagram

February 14th

Ceres Books World – Review + Instagram
Mabookyard _ Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Instagram
Living in a Bookworld – Spotlight
@afantaseaofbooks – Review + Instagram

February 15th

Read ‘n’ Dazzled – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Butterfly in Dreamland – Review + Instagram
An Island Girl’s Book Club – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Spotlight + Instagram

February 16th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The world of celia mcmahon – Review + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
ebook addicts – Review

Instagram Giveaway

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Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Book Title: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found
Author: Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Magic has all but disappeared in Brooklyn, but one tenacious young magician is determined to bring it back in this exciting middle grade mystery.

Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn–the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston’s father was King Preston, one of the world’s greatest magicians. Until one trick went wrong and he disappeared. Now that Kingston is back in Echo City, he’s determined to find his father. Somehow, though, when his father disappeared, he took all of Echo City’s magic with him. Now Echo City–a ghost of its past–is living up to its name. With no magic left, the magicians have packed up and left town and those who’ve stayed behind don’t look too kindly on any who reminds them of what they once had. When Kingston finds a magic box his father left behind as a clue, Kingston knows there’s more to his father’s disappearance than meets the eye. He’ll have to keep it a secret–that is, until he can restore magic to Echo City. With his cousin Veronica and childhood friend Too Tall Eddie, Kingston works to solve the clues, but one wrong move and his father might not be the only one who goes missing.

Review

I mean, a book about magicians is bound to be good. And make it a middle grade book and you know it’ll be a hit! But what I really like is that there is diversity in this middle grade story. Plus there’s so much adventure and fun found within these pages. And it’s really just an enjoyable story.

It seems like I’m in a middle grade mood lately and I’m really happy I’ve been checking out some of these books recently because I’ve come to the realization that it has been a LONG time since I’ve kept up to date with middle grade books. Which is a shame because some of the most popular books out there are middle grade. And I mean, I feel this is when a love for reading really flourishes, so good books are bound to come. And Kingston is such an excellent addition to this list of good middle grade books. There were just so many elements to it that really amplified the importance and quality of the story.

I really enjoyed this one and look forward to seeing what this collection of authors comes up with next. This was such a magical read but there was also so much more to it. I can see many people falling in love with this one and think it’d be quite popular amongst all of the middle schoolers.

About the Authors

Rucker Moses is the pen name of Craig S. Phillips and Harold Hayes Jr. They both hail from Atlanta and started telling stories together at the University of Georgia. Together, they’ve been nominated for three Emmys for writing in a children’s program and have written for TV shows based on books by R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike. They also make virtual reality experiences and own a production company named SunnyBoy Entertainment. In no particular order, their favorite things to write about are ninjas, magic, space, and abandoned amusement parks. When not doing all that, they are hanging with their wonderful families at home in Los Angeles.

Theo Gangi is a novelist and writing teacher based in Brooklyn. He’s written several acclaimed novels and short stories, and he’s worked on shows for Netflix. He writes far-out adventures that happen right next door. He directs the MFA program at St. Francis College and lives with his wife, young son, and their dog. Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found is his first book for young readers.

Tour Schedule

February 15

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post/Author Interview

February 16

Ya Its Lit – Book Review
Belle’s Archive – Spotlight

February 17

The Book View – Author Interview

February 18

Leann Reads Books – Book Review
Nat Reviews Books – Book Review

February 19

Kait Plus Books – Author Interview

February 20

Reading Stewardess – Book Review

February 21

Whimsical Blessings – Author Interview

BOOKSTAGRAM TOUR

February 15

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome/Blogger’s Choice
Midnightbooklover – Book Review

February 16

Ya.its.lit – Blogger’s Choice
Belleeeey_ – Blogger’s Choice

February 17

Books_and_Dice – Blogger’s Choice
TheBookViewBlog – Blogger’s Choice

February 18

Leannreadsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
Natreviewsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
Technicolorybooks – Blogger’s Choice

February 19

DJReadsBooks – Book Review
Kait Plus Books – Blogger’s Choice

February 20

Skygoddess1 – Blogger’s Choice
Mellasmusings – Book Review

February 21

Whimsicalblessingsblog – Blogger’s Choice
Turn the Page Tours – Closing/Blogger’s Choice

Giveaway

Enter to win one (1) finished copy of Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Monday, February 15, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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The World Between Blinks Review

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About the Book

Discover a magical world where lost things are found.

Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family legend.

This summer, with the whole family reuniting for one last vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are in for a legendary trip of their own.

Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse—then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place where all kinds of lost things (and people!) end up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history—plus a few they thought were only myths.

But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s return journey doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world for good.

Review

Isn’t this book just so cute?! And then add in these amazing authors and I knew before even picking it up I was in for a treat. But let me tell you, the story doesn’t disappoint either. I always find that I either really appreciate middle grade books or I’ve just gotten far too old to get into it. And this was one of those that anyone of any age can pick up and fall in love with. It’s just so cleverly written and a wonderful story.

There’s just so much to unpack with this story because there’s so many elements that were woven into the story. There are the unique fantasy elements found within but there are also some darker deeper elements mixed in with the story. We get to dive into grief and how children deal with losing someone close to them, something many of us have to deal with at such a young age.

Overall this is such a wonderful story that anyone can relate to. The world is unique and the concepts are fresh. Plus adding in dealing with loss just makes this such a more meaningful and touching book.

About the Authors

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

You can sign up for her newsletter to see what she’s working on, hear when she releases a new book, and be automatically entered for giveaways: www.eepurl.com/6Ya8j

Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina, with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy writing and spending time with her husband and wolf dog. She is the author of Invictus, the Wolf By Wolf duology, The Walled City, and the All That Glows Series.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!*