The Key to Fear Tour – Review & Giveaway

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Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour for The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast! The Key to Fear is the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy publishing on October 13, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing!

About the Book

Title: The Key to Fear
Author: Kristin Cast
Series: The Key #1
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publishing Date: October 13th, 2020
Genres: YA Dystopian

No touching today for a healthy tomorrow.

For fifty years, the Key Corporation has defended humanity against a deadly virus that spreads through touch. Lovers don’t kiss, or even hold hands. Personal boundaries are valued above all. Break the laws, and you’ll face execution.

Elodie, a talented young nurse, believes in the mission of the Key and has never questioned the laws that control her life. But Elodie is forced to break the rules when she sets out in search of a terminal patient who goes missing while under her care.

From the outside, it seems like Aiden was given everything he could want from the Key—a purpose, an education, and a future. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could tear the Key’s strict society apart.

When Elodie and Aiden’s lives collide, the fallout will be devastating. What do you do when the brutal system that once kept you safe hunts you down? Run.

Review

To come.

About the Author

Kristin is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who was born on an Air Force base in Japan and grew up in Oklahoma where she explored everything from tattoo modeling to broadcast journalism. After battling addiction, Kristin made her way to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Portland. She rediscovered her passion for storytelling in the stacks at dusty bookstores and in rickety chairs in old coffeehouses. For as long as she can remember, Kristin’s been telling stories. Thankfully, she’s been writing them down since 2005.

Mood Boards

Tour Schedule

October 12
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 13
@of.books.and.bone – Bookstagram

October 14
 @paperfury – Boostagram + Book Blog

October 15
@courtofbingereading – Bookstagram

October 16
@thereadingchemist – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 17
@theheartisabook – Bookstagram

October 18

@linathebookaddict – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 19
@ya.its.lit – Bookstagram + Book Blog

October 20
@theladysparks – Bookstagram

October 21
@thereadingcornerforall – Bookstagram + Book Blog

Giveaway

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Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account where you can enter the Instagram tour-wide giveaway for another chance to win a copy of The Key To Fear + signed bookplate! There will be two winners. (Make sure to also check #TheKeyToFearMTMC hashtag for more tour posts!)

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 Today is my stop in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for The Key To Fear by @kcastauthor! For fans of The Power and The Handmaid's Tale comes a YA Dystopian novel (first in a trilogy) set in a world where touching is forbidden, personal boundaries are valued above all, books are banned, and The Key governs to protect against a deadly virus. Out October 13th, 2020 from Blackstone Publishing! 🍁 Kristin Cast has been one of those authors that I have been following for so long I don’t even remember when I was first introduced to her! So I was beyond excited when I found out about this book because it seems so fresh and yet scarily appropriate for right now! 🍁 INTL TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY! Two readers will win a hardcover of The Key To Fear + a signed bookplate! 🍁 HOW TO ENTER – Like & leave a comment!  
- Follow me (ya.it’s.lit), @kcastauthor, @blackstonepublishing & @mtmctours! 🍁 ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: – Tag friends in different comments! – Share this post via stories tagging me, mtmctours & blackstone so we can see it!     – Visit the next tour stop: tomorrow’s host is @theladysparks! 🍁 Ends October 24th, 11:59 PM EST. Winner announced on MTMC Tours' account. (Not affiliated/endorsed by Instagram) 🍁 #TheKeytoFear #TheKeytoFearMTMC #mtmctours #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #readingtime #booknerd #bookreviewblog #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookrecommendation #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #fortheloveofreading #flickerwix #newreads #bookpic #booknook #bookgiveawat #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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The Phlebotomist Review

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About the Book

War brought the Harvest. Willa Mae Wallace is a reaper.

To support herself and her grandson Isaiah, Willa works for the blood contractor Patriot. Instituted to support the war effort, the mandatory draw (The Harvest) has led to a society segregated by blood type. Hoping to put an end to it all, Willa draws on her decades-old phlebotomy training to resurrect an obsolete collection technique, but instead uncovers an awful truth.

Patriot will do anything to protect its secret. On the run and with nowhere else to turn, Willa seeks an alliance with Lock, a notorious blood-hacker who cheats the Harvest to support the children orphaned by it. But they soon find themselves in the grasp of a new type of evil.

Review

You guys, where do I even begin with this book? Like wow, it was the atmospheric dystopian sci-fi I didn’t know I needed in my life. And then add in the amazing female characters throughout and it’s truly just a drool worthy book. I mean, that cover should be reason enough to pick this book up, but the story was just so much more than I ever expected.

So, one of my goals this year was to read more sci-fi. It’s just one of those genres that seems to be hit or miss with catching my attention but I have been DETERMINED to love this genre. However, when I find sci-fi books that mix in a little bit of fantasy they become some of my favorite books ever. And then add in some dystopian, which seems to pair perfectly with sci-fi, and I’ll be obsessed. So, The Phlebotomist quickly caught more and more of my attention as it started to tick off more and more of my “what I like in sci-fi” boxes.

Now, this book is extremely atmospheric. So some things will become clearer the more you read and some of your questions may never be answered. But this is one of my favorite styles of writing. I love a book that leaves me reeling and thinking. One that might make a lightbulb go off in my mind weeks later. Because I think that’s what makes a book a lasting one!

About the Author

Chris lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and a fluctuating herd of animals resembling dogs (one is almost certainly a goat). He writes short stories and novels, “plays” the drums, and draws album covers for metal bands. As a lawyer, he goes after companies that poison people.

Chris’s short fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Metaphorosis, The Molotov Cocktail Magazine, Ghost Parachute, The Ginger Collect Magazine, Tales To Terrify, Trembling With Fear, Ellipsis Zine, Defenestration and others.

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Vagrant Summer Review

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About the Book

With solidarity and vigor against the rulers of Eden, thirteen-thousand young revolutionaries staged an uprising the likes of which had never been seen in history. Calling themselves the “Causes,” they seek truth, change, and transparency from their government; a powerful council known as the Fifteen.

Two months in, the Revolution eases into a temporary stalemate. Dartmouth–known as “Brigg” among his fellow Causes–continues to enjoy carefree time to himself. Using the Revolution to distance himself from his personal hardships has been working out for him.

His time traveling solo is soon cut short when he crosses paths with an endearing girl named Mika, who has been seeking help in locating her missing father. Unsuccessful thus far, she confides in Dartmouth when he offers to help.

As the two of them become a team, a chain of events is sparked into motion. With their choice, the balance of the Revolution shifts, diplomacy shrivels to chaos, allegiances are shattered, and the course of Eden’s history is affected in ways far beyond what they could ever imagine.

Review

Well this book is coming out at a perfect time! There are so many things in this story that can be related back to our current climate, which also makes the book that much more intense. But make sure that you plenty of time to read this, because you’re not going to want to put it down! There’s so much intensity and action that you’ll be wanting more and more.

This is a dark story that isn’t afraid to get deep and gritty. I mean, there’s a lot at stake, but I don’t want to say too much and give things away. But if you’re a fan of teenagers taking control and overthrowing a terrible dystopian-esque situation then you’re like this! And what I liked best about this book is that the characters aren’t your typical whiney ya type of teenager, they have a purpose and are willing to go to any length.

My only complain is more of just a personal preference. There wasn’t a lot of world building throughout the story, but instead it was used as a plot device to throw some epic curve balls at the end of the book. Now, I’m probably an anomaly in missing this aspect but that’s just because (as I’ve said many times) I grew up on Tolkien and love that aspect of long drivels of lore on the world. But anyways, this was still an amazing review and I cannot wait to see where this story leads!

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Bridge 108 Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book


Print Length: 195 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542006082
Publisher: 47North (February 18, 2020)
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07PLHGMQN



From the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author, a dystopian novel of oppression set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life, a finalist for the Kitschies award and Philip K. Dick Award.

Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself.

After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey—to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined.

Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

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Praise for Bridge 108


“Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with hopeful messages will be gratified by this topical tale of human resourcefulness in the face of climate disaster.” —Publishers Weekly

A dystopian novel set in the climate-ravaged Europe of A Calculated Life. Told through multiple voices against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day.

Review

Bridge 108 is a sharp and witty new dystopian story. Imagine The Giver mixed with The Outsiders and you have this new story. As I was reading this I was instantly reminded of the classic ya stories. The story is easy to read without being dull. The undertones of what it means to live in a post apocalyptic world add a layer to the decisions made by the characters.

This is a book that finally made me rejoice from seeing multiple perspectives. Primarily this story is an account of Caleb and how he finds his way after being thrust into this new life. The multiple perspectives give us a chance to see into Calebs mind and how he has survived this long even though he is only twelve years old. But they also allow us to glimpse into the minds of the adults in Caleb’s life and how their thoughts and actions differ from what Caleb believes. It is a true case of utilizing unreliable narrators against one another to unfold the true story.

The writing both gives away a lot of information as well as withholds a lot from the reader. We are given tidbits and snippets of information on what happened to the world from the eyes of the characters memories. This unreliability of “memory diving” helps to darken the tone of the book. We are not sure of exactly what happened to make the world this way. We are not sure of the validity of the information from the characters. But what we do know is that every person is in survival mode, which means that no one can be trusted.

The characters were all very interesting to me. I like the juxtaposition between the mind of a child and the mind of the adults in this new and terrible world. The characters are dealing with the rippling shocks of wildfires, climate change, and forced migration from “the fire.” One part of society is functioning on chips that extinguish any chance of addiction and other undesirable qualities. Our characters live on the other side of humanity. The humans that still have their “spark,” but are also desperately trying to survive amidst a society of hive minded individuals.

About the Author

Photo Content from Anne Charnock

Anne Charnock‘s latest novel, DREAMS BEFORE THE START OF TIME, is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was shortlisted for the BSFA 2017 Best Novel Award. Her novella THE ENCLAVE has won the BSFA 2017 Best Short Fiction Award. This novella is written in the same world as her debut novel, A CALCULATED LIFE, which was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and The Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards.

SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND, her second novel, was named by The Guardian as one of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015

Anne Charnock’s journalism has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied Environmental Sciences, and at The Manchester School of Art, England where she gained a Masters in Fine Art.

As a foreign correspondent, she travelled widely in Africa, the Middle East and India and spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.

Tour Schedule

FEBRUARY 17th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 18th TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW
FEBRUARY 19th WEDNESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 21st FRIDAY Insane About Books REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 22nd SATURDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
FEBRUARY 22nd SATURDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW
FEBRUARY 23rd SUNDAY BookHounds EXCERPT

Giveaway

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
–  5 Winners will receive a Copy of BRIDGE 108 by Anne Charnock

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Spellhacker Tour – Review, Creative, & Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the bookstagram & creative blog tour for SPELLHACKER by M.K. England hosted by MTMC Tours! Packed with high-stakes action, humor, and hijinks, this genre-bending YA fantasy from the author of The Disasters is about a heist gone wrong in a futuristic world with hi-tech magic. Published on January 21st, 2020 from HarperTeen! Check below my tour stop and make sure to visit all the bookstagram & creative stops for a chance to win the two international giveaways!

About the Book

Title: Spellhacker
Author: M.K. England
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: January 21st, 2020
Genres: YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
ISBN: 0062657704
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Packed with high-stakes action, humor, and hijinks, this genre-bending YA fantasy from the author of The Disasters is perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Amie Kaufman.

In Kyrkarta, magic—better known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.

Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever. But when their plan (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world. No pressure.

With a diverse cast, infinite wit, and a fresh take on magic, Spellhacker will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to explosive finish.

Review

Wow, what an amazingly fun and fast paced read! Spellhacker is such a unique and interesting read. This was one of those books where as soon as I started it I knew it would be an “easy” read. Now, I say easy in that it is one of those reads where it’s purely just an enjoyment to read. The writing is quirky, the characters are diverse and unique, and the premise is amazing.

So, for starters the magic in this books is really interesting. It is known as maz and can be wielded by some on their own and others through the use of technology. It was once basically a natural resource, but a plague from the maz following an earthquake allowed for a company to take it over and sell it for exorbitant amounts of money.

As you can probably tell by now, this book is a dystopian read. But it is a combo dystopian, sci-fi, and fantasy read. I don’t know, it’s hard to describe because the book feels like it is something new.

I’ve also got to point out that the representation in this book is amazing! The characters have flaws that make them into who they are. It has a queer non-binary romance. Plus it involves heists, which are always an amazing plot choice! So, I definitely recommend you check it out if you are looking for something utterly unique with primarily sapphic representation!

Creative

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About the Author

M.K. England is an author and YA librarian who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls small town rural Virginia home. When she’s not writing or librarianing, MK can be found drowning in fandom, rolling dice at the Dungeons & Dragons table, digging in the garden, or feeding her video game addiction. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in her presence. You’ll regret it. She is also the author of THE DISASTERS.

Giveaway

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Instagram Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account where ONE winner will win: A hardcover copy of Spellhacker + all of the preorder goodies (bookmark, postcard, sticker & signed bookplate). Open INTL!

(And don’t miss out the rest of the tour stops to get more chances to win!!!)

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🌼 g i v e a w a y 🌼 Welcome to my stop in the bookstagram & creative tour for Spellhacker by @m.k.england! Packed with high-stakes action, humor, and hijinks, this genre-bending YA fantasy from the author of The Disasters is about a heist gone wrong in a futuristic world with hi-tech magic. Out now from @epicreads! 🌼 Wow, what an amazingly fun and fast paced read! Spellhacker is such a unique and interesting read. This was one of those books where as soon as I started it I knew it would be an "easy" read. Now, I say easy in that it is one of those reads where it's purely just an enjoyment to read. The writing is quirky, the characters are diverse and unique, and the premise is amazing. (full review and giveaway on my blog, link in bio!) 🌼 INTL Tour-Wide Giveaway: During this tour, you can win a copy of Spellhacker from Book Depository + all of the preorder goodies: bookmark, postcard, sticker & signed bookplate! 🌼 How to enter: – Like this photo – Follow me, @m.k.england and @epicreads! – Leave a comment (so we can track your entry!) 🌼 Extra entries: – Tag friends who might want to enter in a DIFFERENT comment! (Up to 3 comments) – Follow @mtmctours and say if you do. – Visit the next tour stop to get more entries! Tomorrow’s host is @b.b.lynnreads 🌼 Rules: ‪Ends February 8th at 11:59pm EST. Not affiliated nor endorsed by Instagram.‬ 🌼 #spellhacker #mkengland #spellhackermtmc #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #yafantasy #bookreviewblog #booksharks #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #btabookfriends #bookstamisfits #mtmctours #bookiehelper #bookishphotography #bookstagramfeatures #yasciencefiction #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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Tour Schedule

January 27
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Blog

January 28
@timeladyjess – Bookstagram

January 29
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Blog

January 30
@bookwnoname – Bookstagram

January 31
@borgprincess – Bookstagram + Blog

February 1
@AlltheBooksandChocolate – Bookstagram

February 2
@ya.its.lit – Bookstagram + Blog

February 3
@b.b.lynnreads – Bookstagram

February 4
@ernest.bookingway – Bookstagram + Blog

February 5
@ly_brary – Bookstagram

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