The Opal Amulet Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Unlike regular dreams, which faded away as soon as she would wake, this one was always crisp as a fresh memory.

Victoria Drozda

The Opal Amulet (The Forbidden Gems of Regalia #1)
by Victoria Drozda
Publisher: BookBaby
Release Date: October 14th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

To begin this book, speak of what question you seek, and it will show you the answer.

Victoria Drozda

Fourteen year old Emberly Tollens doesn’t dream often but when she does its never a good sign, especially when its the same dream. Some nights she would dream of the sweet nothingness of time. Other nights the voices would get louder, the running faster, and the staff colder. Ice cold. But this is just the beginning of her problems.

Things get even stranger when she finds a dangerously beautiful opal necklace lying on the ground at school. Not strange at all. And definitely not strange when your once kind of nice teacher turns into a fire-breathing creature from the past, right?

Now with the help of her hazel eyed friend named Olive and a cute mysterious fire throwing boy. They’re going to discover that there’s a lot more going on than what they think.

That’s like Secret Keeping 101: make sure no one can over-hear you!

Victoria Drozda

Review

This was such a cute and fun book! There’s a lot of action, fun, and fantasy! And it’s just the middle school level book I wish was out there when I was just discovering these types of books. But I mean it’s still a great read for me now, so at least I didn’t miss out! Plus look at that gorgeous cover!

We’ll be two peas in a pod of craziness called life!

Victoria Drozda

This book splits between a few different perspectives, and while I don’t always love this I think it worked really well with this story! I enjoyed getting the various sides to the story and learning a bit more about each of the main characters. Plus there was a lot of action throughout the story to keep the story moving.

Well, at least if I die, I don’t have to take the test!

Victoria Drozda

Now, since this was a middle grade book I didn’t always connect with the characters but I still really enjoyed this book as a whole! It was a fun quick read that took me on a fantastical adventure. OH! And a special shout-out to the titles of the chapters! They were honestly the star of the show and always managed to make me giggle!

About the Author

Victoria Drozda started The Opal Amulet (book one to The Forbidden Gems of Regalia series) in the summer of 2016 before her freshman year of high school and later finished the book in 2020. She is an upcoming college student and enjoys spending her time reading, drawing, baking and of course writing. She currently resides in California and is eagerly working on the next book in the series.

Tour Schedule

October 8th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 9th

Blonde and Bookish – Official Book Playlist + Instagram
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf  – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Adventurous Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 10th

The Reading Life – Meet The Characters
Page by Paige Books – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 11th

Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
The Storybook Sisters – Review + Instagram

October 12th

Ya It’s Lit  – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
@the.b00kreader – Review + Instagram
Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Instagram

October 13th

The Review Booth – Review + Instagram
Yours A-fiction-ately – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Review + Instagram

October 14th

MaBookYard – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The Book Reader Club – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Finding Faith, Holding onto Hope, and Living with Love – Review + Favourite Quotes + Reaction from the author + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

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The Song of the Marked Review

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About the Book

An ancient evil is stirring. The old gods are growing restless. Can she stop the coming storm?

A Devastating Sickness

For decades, the Kethran Empire has been plagued by a strange illness that leaches the very life and soul from its victims.

The Girl Who Survived

Casia is one of the Fade-Marked—one of the few people who caught this sickness and lived. Why she lived is a mystery even to her and the outcast crew of mercenaries she calls her family. It also makes her an intriguing target for the young, enigmatic king-emperor, who claims he wants to work alongside her to find a cure.

Unfortunately, working alongside him also means working with the handsome but infuriating captain of one of the most prestigious branches of the Kethran Army.

A Soldier With No Past

This infuriating Captain Elander also has secrets: A past that Cas can’t seem to uncover, a powerful but strange brand of magic, and a deep distrust of the very monarch that he’s sworn to serve. She feels oddly drawn to him in spite of these things…

But can she really trust him?

The Fate of an Empire

As the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together to protect their world whether they trust one another or not. Because one thing is clear: Something ancient and evil is stirring in the shadows of Kethra.

And the empire will not survive its full unleashing.

But how can they save a world where nothing and no one is what they seem to be— including Cas herself?

Review

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Ok, so I haven’t read any books from the Serpents and Kings trilogy but holy heck, after reading this book (which is set in the same world) I have been MISSING OUT! I had really high expectations going into this book because, well, just look at this cover! And the synopsis is just just exciting! And I am here to say that after reading it I still think everyone and then some needs to read this book.

Ok, this book is thicc and I LOVE IT! I am such a sucker for extensive world building (as usual, here’s looking at you Tolkien for making me this way) and I just loved how I got to spend so much time in this world. And it’s the perfect combination of adventure and slower parts. I love books with a lot of action and I love books with a lot of descriptors. BUT, when I find a book that has TOO much of either I tend to get bored. And The Song of the Marked didn’t fall into that trap! It was just so well done and had an amazing cast of characters that I absolutely loved getting to know!

So, now that I’m done with book one I’m going to be wallowing and waiting for book two. I mean, it should take too long. Right? BUT, in the meantime I have a whole other trilogy to binge! But if you love fantasies and epicness and adventure and new worlds you definitely have to pick this one up! It’s the perfect stay up late and lose some sleep read!

About the Author

As a kid, S.M. Gaither spent way too much time playing video games like Final Fantasy and reading every book she could get her hands on instead of doing silly things like her assigned homework. As an adult…Well, not much has changed. Her goal is to write books that distract others from their life’s obligations, too, thus creating an army of fellow procrastinators over which she can reign supreme. These days, her personal ​favorite places to procrastinate are in the mountains near her North Carolina home, in the company of her husband, their daughter, and their very spoiled dog.

*I received an earc in exchange for an honest review!*

Ruled by Blood Review

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About the Book

Once upon a time, there was a princess with no notion of right and wrong, and a queen a thousand times more twisted.

In the realm of Tenebris, home to the unseelie folk, curses are served for breakfast with a side of betrayal.

Vlari was born a threat to Queen Morgana. She survived her wrath because she never stepped out of line.

Until one night. One man. One war.

Now that she’s unchained, Vlari’s consumed by a desire to drain the lives of all those around her. And yet her decisions shape the fate of the entire realm of the fae.

Sometimes the world needs a hero. In a land of shadows, it might just need a monster.

Ruled by Blood is a tale of magic, secrets, and schemes, perfect for fantasy readers who enjoy a dash of romance.

This version combines both parts: Wicked Court and Shadow Cursed.

Review

Eeeee! The fae are back! I LOVE a good fae book and this one was such a great addition to those reads. Set in a typical cruel and wild world of creatures and nature, Ruled by Blood brings us a delightful cast of dreadful characters. And on top of that there is A LOT that happens in this book! So be prepared for a whirlwind of emotions!

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This book does take a little bit of time to get into. There’s just so much to wrap your head around and that mixed with the ethereal writing just takes a hot minute to get used to. BUT, once you do adjust hold on tight because wow was this a thrilling story! There is just so much for you to devour within. But I think my favorite part of this book were all of the different types of fae that we got to meet along the way.

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This duology bound in one is such an amazing read though. It’s been a little bit since I’ve read a new fae book so I was super happy to get back into the mix of these delightfully terrible creatures. There’s something just so comforting being surrounded by a cast of characters that are perfectly imperfect.

About the Author

May Sage is a USA Today Bestselling romance writer dabbling in different genres.

When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her German Shepherd and her two Savannahs. She loves reading, ballet, running, and cake. Mostly, cake.

May Sage also writes longer fantasy romance novels as Alexi Blake.

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

Stealing Embers ARC Tour – Review

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About the Book

A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.

My name is Emberly, and everything I’ve ever been told is a lie.

Monsters don’t exist. Wrong.
The nightmarish spectrum world is just my imagination. Wrong.
In a few months, I’ll finally be free. Wrong.

It takes being dragged to a secret training academy in the mountains to unravel the truth. My captors–an elite race of angel-born warriors called Nephilim.

The deadliest of them all is an arrogant shape shifter, Steel. He’s gorgeous, lethal, hot-headed . . . and convinced I’ll be the death of them all.

Maybe he’s right. As soon as I show up, the monsters that have haunted me my entire life breach the academy walls. My only hope of saving my new friends is learning how to control my powers, but when a stunning betrayal hurts someone I care about, I have an impossible choice.

Stay and fight for a place to belong . . . or decide once and for all that I’m better off alone.

Enter the spectrum world, a realm in-between worlds where shadow beasts draw blood, reality is a maze of twisted lights and sounds, and life goals are whittled down to just one: survive.

Fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Cassandra Clare will love this Crescent City meets Crave mash up!

Review

So I’m writing this review SUPER sleep deprived because I just HAD to finish this book last night! Well, this morning! To say I was excited for this book is a bit of an understatement. I mean it was compared to two of my favorite authors, Cassandra Clare and Jennifer L. Armentrout! And, as you can see I obviously loved it since I chose to lose sleep because I couldn’t put it down.

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So what I loved about this book was just how unique it was! We have some creatures that we’re used to seeing but it is a brand new world! The spectrum realm is just so unique and I loved learning more about it along with Emberly. I also cannot wait to see how else it expands in the second book as we continue to learn more and more. Then there are the characters in this book, or maybe I just want to talk about our resident love-hate relationship between Steel and Emberly. PHEW! There was a LOT of steam between the two and I just adored the feistiness as they bantered back and forth.

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So, the one bad thing about this book is that I have to wait for the second one. Things went WILD at the end and I was just reading faster and faster all the while dreading that I was running out of pages. So yeah, I’m not ready to be done with these characters and I’m especially excited because we’re just on the cusp of having so many questions answered! So here I’ll be, twiddling my thumbs while I wait for book two.

Out of Context Quotes

So, as I was reading I kept highlighting (it’s a bad obsession) quotes. And after a while I realized that a LOT of these would be quite comical out of context, so I’m going to share my favorite ones with you:

Let me go, you overgrown turkey!

Julie Hall

Seriously, close your mouth, you look like a trout.

Julie Hall

If you don’t let me go I’m going to hunt you down and make sure you’re the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving meal!

Julie Hall

You want me to put what in where?

Julie Hall

I’m pretty sure Steel was walking funny for a full week after our fight. I look back on that week with fondness.

Julie Hall

A gargled cough comes from my left and I turn in time to watch mild dribble out of Greyson’s nose.

Julie Hall

Personally, I think it’s that sparkly vampire dude’s fault. That relationship was messed up.

Julie Hall

Shhhhh. Bring it down a notch, Cow Boy.

Julie Hall

Stop trying to regale her with your Twilight epiphanies. Nobody wants to hear them.

Julie Hall

Not only is he holding a feather, but he has some sort of magic orb or light ball wrapped in his coat.

Julie Hall

R.I.P. pink angora sweater. You were cute, and kept my books hidden from the Forsaken and most of Seraph Academy. Thank you for your service.

Julie Hall

Dude, there was this sparkly glitter bomb that flew through the air, peeing out sparkles or something. It was trippy.

Julie Hall

Wait, if you don’t have any . . . bits . . . then how do you go to the bathroom?

Julie Hall

Can you let go of my hair and my . . . Tinkle please.

Julie Hall

About the Author

Julie Hall is a USA Today bestselling, 11x award-winning author.

She writes YA paranormal / fantasy novels, loves doodles, and drinks Red Bull, but not necessarily in that order. Julie’s daughter says that her super power is sleeping all day and writing all night… and well, she wouldn’t be wrong.

Julie currently lives in Colorado with her four favorite people – her husband, daughter, and two fur babies.

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

Delicate Review

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About the Book

Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Girl in Pieces and Girl, Interrupted will love this Amazon bestseller.

Lydia Baker fights a war every day.

A war with herself.A war with food.

At 90 pounds she still feels fat. She still doesn’t feel like a size zero. Lydia can see things that no one else can see. When she looks in the mirror she can see the fat hanging off of her body. The treatment hasn’t helped her. No doctor has been able to give her a magic pill to cure her or to get rid of the thoughts in her head.

She was trapped inside her mind. Lydia doesn’t see food as food. She only sees the calories and the numbers. Counting and starving and purging is all that she does.

When she eats too much she cuts herself to let the pain leak out. Every day means fewer calories, but it also means another scar to help strengthen her determination and to harden her heart just a little more.

Lydia has to be the skinniest of them all, and she’ll hurt herself and her family any way possible to wear the skinny crown. The less she ate, the stronger she felt. The less she ate, the more she was in control. But Lydia was playing a dangerous game and risking it all to be thin, to be perfect.

Book Blurb: What I wanted to say in Group, what I want to say to Mom and Dad was that it was simple. I am not extraordinary, I am not special, my case, my illness is not something that is rare. It is common as I have learned from Group.

When I was growing up I was average, I played outside, I read books, and I wanted a pony even though I knew it wouldn’t fit in our apartment. I wore band –shirts and short-shorts, I munched on cookies and snacks whenever I wanted without any worry. I had expectations pushed on me, get straight A’s keep your room clean, study and you will achieve, and I did want to. I wanted to be great at something, anything.

How did I get here? It was any number of things, stress, my parents fighting, my personal failures, isolating, I don’t know. There is no one thing that I can point to, it’s all fuzzy. How do you explain how one minute you’re able to eat anything and everything you like and the next minute you’re doing crunches on an empty stomach because you haven’t eaten for three days until you suddenly did and then you shoved your fingers down your throat until it feels like your going to rip it out and you throw up so hard it feels like your eyeball is going to come out? Every time I meet with Megan, every time I see Dad or talk with Mom it’s that same question.

How did it start? How did it happen? How could this happen I pick at my sweater, I fiddle with my buttons, I chew on my lip and stay quiet. I have nothing to say. It took me months to realize when I was so hungry and hunched in on myself looking at the pasta boiling on the stove that once I had started, not just the starving but the purging I couldn’t stop. I had to keep going. If I didn’t it felt like the world might end as extreme as that sounds, I would rather starve, freeze, grow fur, suffer through headaches and gross mouth sores, and the awful pounding of my heart in my chest than eat.
I was hungry but I couldn’t eat.

A gritty provocative debut that explores the horrors of an eating disorder and self-harm, and the power of recovery. Gemma Donoghue has written a gritty, raw, and real portrait of one girl’s journey through mental illness and despair as she tried to put the pieces of herself back together.

Gemma Donoghue is the author of Talk, Good Enough, and Fragile.

Review

If you read a book by Gemma Donoghue she’s going to make you feel some things. Every book lays bare some very difficult topics that you don’t often see. And Delicate is no different, forcing us to take an up close look at what it is like to live with an eating disorder. At a time where we are constantly celebrating body positivity, I think that it is so important for stories and voices like these to be shared. Opening up that conversation and shedding light on what many go through.

I know it may sound weird of me to say, but I really appreciate seeing books about eating disorders. I think that this is a topic we swept under the rug so much, and even still do, that it became taboo to admit to suffering from an eating disorder yet almost celebrated to to have one. So I love seeing books that aren’t afraid to normalize the pain associated with eating disorders. I think we need to start having more honest conversations about what an eating disorder actually does to you physically and mentally. They aren’t something pretty and they are a daily struggle.

I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read from Donoghue, she has such an open and honest way of writing. Everything she writes is raw and honest, opening your eyes to things that society would rather you not see or talk about.

About the Author


Gemma Donoghue is a first-time self-publishing author, and a lover of anything that involves horror, mystery, and romance.

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

The Legend of Akikumo Tour – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

About the Book

Check out my stop on the blog tour for The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots!

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The Legend of Akikumo
by Dani Hoots
Genre: YA Japanese Fantasy
Release Date: September 15th 2020
FoxTales Press

Summary:

Ketsueki would give anything to find out why her mentor Akikumo, the last wolf in Japan, abandoned her. He left her with other kitsune at the Inari Shrine, but she doesn’t fit in. And now the other kitsune are bullying her and saying Akikumo is dead.

After causing trouble for the hundredth time, the Inari, instead of punishing her, has given Ketsueki a task: she must find out what happened to Akikumo. She quickly agrees, not realizing the delinquent son of the shrine’s head priest must accompany her.

Will Ketsueki be able to make peace with a human? Or will her years of resentment make this partnership impossible?


Review

So I was super excited for this book as soon as I saw the cover and noticed one of my favorite types of mythical, magical, fluffy creatures: kitsune! And that cover! Muah! Perfection! And if anyone knows me, they know I’m a sucker for a good cover. So two things for an instant win with me!

This book definitely reads like an anime, it’s quirky and wild and might not have that much story but is still highly enjoyable because of that. So if you love animes you’ll probably enjoy this book. But don’t go into it expecting something else, it’s just a fun story to read. I also feel as if this book is intended for younger YA audiences, as it’s a nice quick read that doesn’t go too in depth. The story is very interesting and I love the mythology explored, but I also wanted more. But then again I like my lengthy never ending books!

While some people might get disgruntled over some of the language used within (there are quite a few Japanese terms used), I found it kind of endearing. But maybe it’s my obsession with animes that made me not really notice it while reading. But if you’re not familiar with these terms, there is a glossary so don’t fret! Plus I think it just helps add to the quirkiness that I’ve come to expect with anything Japanese themed.

Excerpt

Excerpt

Chapter 1 

 

My seven tails dangled off the edge of the red torii, swishing back and forth, dancing to the warm summer breeze that flowed through the air. Inhaling deeply, I breathed in the sweet scent of the maple trees. I rubbed the deep blue magatama pendant I wore around my neck to pass the time as I awaited my next victim. My ears twitched at the footsteps coming up the path leading up the mountain. 
I cocked my head, my long black and red hair tossing to the side, to peer down at four teenagers giggling as they held two lanterns to light the way. It was well past midnight, so these couples were out on a dare. The warm summer nights caused many teens to come up from the city for what they called a “romantic challenge” among the serene landscape. There were rumors of ghosts playing tricks on this mountain. I had never seen a ghost here, but I had seen my fair share of terrified humans. 
This time it was two couples. Usually a larger group showed up, and they would take turns going up the mountain, seeing who would chicken out and come down first. It made no sense to me, but that didn’t matter—I enjoyed playing tricks on them either way. 
The couples parted ways at the fork, and I followed the boy and girl on the right first. I noted their clothes as human teens were always wearing similar outfits these days. They both wore a blue blazer, but the girl was wearing a green-and-blue plaid skirt while the boy wore blue pants. Both had a green piece of fabric around their necks, but they tied them differently. Why did so many teens want to match clothes? One of the other kitsune had explained it was what they wore to school every day, but I didn’t believe him. Then again, I didn’t care for human culture anyway. 
I hopped to the ground, landing silently on my geta, which took a lot of skill to do. Normally the wood hitting the concrete made a loud noise. It took me a few years to master, but it was useful, not only for scaring humans but to sneak past Ichika when she was looking for me. She didn’t care for my antics, and if it weren’t for the fact I was the last kitsune born in Japan, she would have kicked me out by now for quite a few different reasons. 
These humans weren’t patrons though—they wanted me to terrify them. 
I stayed in my natural form—half fox, half human—as it scared the teens the best. If I turned into a fox, they confused me with the other foxes that lived in the forest and would comment on how cute I was. Kids these days. And if I stayed as a human, they wouldn’t even care. But when I was half-and-half, they screamed and panicked as they realized the tales of old were true and that the monstrous kitsune exist. Then they would tell their friends, who would decide to go out on the dare days later. The cycle never ended, and I felt as if it were my duty to keep it going. 
The girl hung on to the boy’s arm as if scared for dear life, but it was an act. Taking in a deep breath, I noted no scent of fear was coming off either of them. This couple must not have believed the stories their friends had told them about this place. They were playing the part in order to hold on to one another. 
These two were in for an enormous surprise. 
As silent as an autumn breeze, I followed, watching as the girl kept clinging to the boy’s arm, giggling, blind to what was going on around her. 
“Don’t you think this place is spooky?” the girl asked. “I can’t believe Yuki-san was the one who came up with this dare.” 
“Don’t worry—you have nothing to fear with me here. I’ve been to this shrine many times, and it’s not scary.” 
The boy was full of himself. There were things to fear in these woods as I had lived here all my life. He lied or only visited in the daytime. During the day, the creatures of the shadows, us yokai, hid from humans. During the night, however, was a different story. 
They used to dread us, and I wasn’t sure if the modern ignorance or past fear was better. Now humans expanded, not caring if they were in the yokais’ territory, but at least we weren’t being persecuted any longer. 
I shook my head, pushing away those memories. Humans once hunted me, but now things had changed. I was the predator, and I could seek my revenge by scaring these kids. 
“Besides,” the boy kept talking. “Yuki-san just suggested this so she could hold on tight to Shigure-kun.” 
The girl laughed. “Well, I can’t say I blame her.” 
“What? You want to hang on to Shigure-kun as well?” 
“No, I meant so I could hang on to you.” 
I rolled my eyes. The scent of teenage pheromones filled my nose, making me want to vomit. They were way too lovey-dovey for me. I wanted to add a little excitement in their lives and get them to see each other’s true selves. 
Running around the torii and through the woods, I stood behind the red lacquered wood a few meters in front of them. As they stepped closer, I let my tails appear from behind the torii. 
“What’s that?” the girl squeaked. 
I moved my tails back and forth. 
“I think it’s just a fox.” The boy shrugged. “They are active in these parts because of the Inari shrine.” 
“Is it going to hurt us?” 
“No. Foxes are harmless. We will scare it away.” 
I grinned. Although he acted fine, I smelled the tangy fear coming off his body. It tasted as tantalizing as cold sake on a warm summer night. 
I hid behind the torii and jumped up on top of it as the kids passed underneath me. They did not understand what horrors stood above them. Such naive creatures. 
Leaping forward, torii after torii, I peered down to find the couple starting to calm down. Now for the next part of my plan. 
Using my powers, I summoned a small kitsunebi to appear in the middle of the pathway. 
“Ara ma!” the girl screamed. “What is that light?” 
“It’s just a firefly.” 
“During this time of year? That’s not possible. It looks like… It looks like a blue flame!” 
“I… I don’t know.” 
“Maybe we should turn back…” 
The boy shook his head. “No. We are supposed to meet the others at the top of this mountain.” 
“Text them!” 
“But we will lose! It’s just an illusion. We should keep going.” 
That was my cue. I jumped down, igniting dozens of more little kitsunebi, giving a faint blue light around the couple and me. I smiled, exposing my fangs, and swayed my seven tails. 
The boy and girl screamed, and I wasn’t sure which one had a higher pitch. They both spun around and started running, no longer arm in arm. 
I, however, was much faster than them. 
I ran around and stood in front of them, laughing. Screams and cries filled the once silent air as the couple tried to figure out what to do next. They turned to run up the mountain, but I ran in front of them again. This time I surrounded them with my blue kitsunebi so they had nowhere else to go. 
They both stopped and fell to the cement, crying in each other’s arms. I raised my hand, creating a big kitsunebi. They shut their eyes as tight as possible. 
I disappeared, jumped up on the torii, and watched. 
It was a pleasant couple of moments until one of them opened an eye to see why I hadn’t killed them yet. Scared, they picked themselves up, looking for any sign of me. I gave none. Before anything else could happen, they ran down the mountain, tears still falling from their eyes and fear emanating from them like an aroma coming off a grill. I took a big whiff of it and licked my lips. This was the life. 
Now to terrorize the other two. 
“Tsuki Ketsueki!” I heard a voice call. 
Kuso. I was in trouble now. I straightened my red kimono and black obi and turned to find Yamato standing under the torii I was on, her nine orange tails swishing every which way. Her auburn hair was pulled back in a bun. To most it appeared as if she dyed it, but it was her natural color. She folded her arms and pursed her lips into a tight line. 
“Ichika-sama, what are you doing up?” I jumped to the ground as I gave her my most innocent smile. 
“Don’t even try, Tsuki-san. You are in a lot of trouble. What did I tell you about messing with our parishioners?” 
“But they aren’t parishioners—they are here on a dare.” 
“I don’t care. This is sacred land, and we must keep everyone on it safe no matter why they are here. Over a century has passed and you still haven’t learned that.” 
I bowed my head a little as my ears folded down. “I’m sorry, Ichika-sama. I wanted to give those kids a good story to tell their friends.” 
She sighed as she flipped open her black fan, which was decorated with gold butterflies that matched her formal kimono. She waved it at herself as the summer nights were rather warm this year and because it was the way she dealt with her pent-up rage against me. She stared me straight in the eyes with her own blue eyes. 
“I don’t know what to do with you, Tsuki-san. We took you in because Akikumo-sama was the one who brought you to us. But that was a long time ago, and you still don’t fit in. You are the last kitsune ever to be born. Why don’t you behave?” 
I said nothing as memories of Akikumo came back to me, causing tears to form in my eyes. I grabbed the magatama and closed my eyes for a moment. It had been over a century since I last saw him. He disappeared without a trace, and I still hadn’t forgiven him for that. 
“How about you go back to the shrine and get some sleep? Tomorrow I will have a lengthy conversation with Inari-sama. Then you and I will discuss what to do next.” 
Bowing, I did as she ordered and wondered what I would do without this place. I had never been on my own. I traveled with Akikumo for hundreds of years until he brought me to this place. What would I do if I had to leave? 


About the Author

Dani Hoots is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story. She has a B.S. in Anthropology, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, a Certificate in Novel Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Herbal Science from Bastyr University.

Currently she is working on a YA urban fantasy series called Daughter of Hades, a YA urban fantasy series called The Wonderland Chronicles, a historic fantasy vampire series called A World of Vampires, and a YA sci-fi series called Sanshlian Series. She has also started up an indie publishing company called FoxTales Press. She also works with Anthill Studios in creating comics through Antik Comics.

Her hobbies include reading, watching anime, cooking, studying different languages, wire walking, hula hoop, and working with plants. She is also an herbalist and sells her concoctions on FoxCraft Apothecary. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and visits Seattle often.

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

Fragile Review

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About the Book

Thirteen Reasons Why meets One of Us is Lying, Fragile in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies and secrets a group of teens tell about a deadly night.

Two best friends.

An unforgivable secret.

Katherine and Carol are best friends, competitors in a deadly competition to see who will be the skinniest.

Until Carol commits suicide.

The case is closed. Carol killed herself. Her parents know she did it. The police know she did it. Everyone at school knows she did it.

But knowing Carol, and how strange their small town is, Katherine isn’t so sure that’s what happened. Moving on isn’t easy. Before she died, Carol had called Katherine. Katherine’s world has started to unravel, as she after her parents’ divorce and her grandmother tried to file for custody of her when she was at her lowest weight. as she loses control of her eating disorder and listens to the messages her friend had left her. And tries to understand the secrets that she’s unearthed. Whatever happened to Carol isn’t over. Some of the kids at school know more about what happened than they’re saying. And somehow…Carol is at the center of all of it.

Everyone has secrets. How far will they go to protect them?

Donoghue has created an intriguing character study into the minds of people who make difficult, unimaginable choices. A dark, gritty read from a talented new author.

Review

Gemma Donoghue is killing it with these gritty and dark contemporaries! I love contemporaries that aren’t afraid to hit upon the dark and deep topics and really open up a conversation. And Fragile definitely goes there, so make sure you go into this one expecting to feel some things.

This is my third Donoghue book and I can honestly say that each one has made me go, “this one’s my new favorite!” They’re all just so brutally honest and contain such uniquely powerful stories. And Fragile is no different. This story revolves around Katherine and her struggles with an eating disorder. As well as secrets. You’ll find yourself flipping through the pages needing to find out what happens next.

This book dives deep into issues such as eating disorders, trauma, death, as well as the secrets that those we think we are close to keep from us. It is both a harrowing story as well as an insightful one.

About the Author

Gemma Donoghue is a first-time self-publishing author, and a lover of anything that involves horror, mystery, and romance.

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

Good Enough Review

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About the Book

Ten facts about myself.

1. My name is Simon Baker.
2. I’m seventeen years old.
3. I have two sisters. Jessica, who’s fourteen and Bailey who’s twelve.
4. My parents aren’t divorced, they’re still together.
5. We live in a nice two-story house in a nice neighborhood.
6. My parents don’t do drugs, they don’t even drink that often, and neither do I.
7. My parents have never hit us, they’ve never kept us locked up in the basement or kicked us out of the house.
8. No one has ever touched me in the wrong place.
9. I’ve been to parties and I’ve been in a few fights but never over anything serious.
10. I didn’t try to kill myself.

Except that Simon wakes up to find that his parents have had him committed to Palmdale Psychiatric Hospital after a failed suicide attempt. Simon wasn’t normal and he knew it. He was struggling after losing his best -and only- friend, with being an outcast at school. He tries his best to pretend that everything is okay, but there is still a part of him that he would always keep locked away from everyone else.

Here, Simon meets the other patients and is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety and depression. His healing process has just begun when he meets Oliver, another patient, who changes his life.

Review

This book is just right up my alley. It talks about all of those things that are oh so commonly swept under the rug and puts them right out in the open. There’s a lot of difficult topics covered around a cast of amazing characters. And it’s one that once I started reading I couldn’t stop.

I am a huge fan of books that talk about and have mental health representation. And with a setting in a psychiatric ward the author is able to cover so many different things that people go through. But the best part of this story was how well each of the characters were developed throughout the book.

This book will draw you in and make you need to uncover all of the secrets within. There is a mystery aspect to this book and with each chapter you learn a little more. So make sure you’re wide awake (my personal mistake) and have plenty of time to devour this one! Because you won’t want to stop reading it until it’s over!

About the Author


Gemma Donoghue is a first-time self-publishing author, and a lover of anything that involves horror, mystery, and romance.

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

Let’s Get Physical Tour – Review

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Today we have the blog tour for Let’s Get Physical by Cassie Cross! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

About the Book

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Title: Let’s Get Physical

Author: Cassie Cross

Series: Love Is…

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Let’s Get Physical:

Corinna McKnight is a chronically single girl in need of toned abs and a hot date for a wedding that her highly successful, deliriously happy lifelong frenemy will be attending. The wedding is only six weeks away and she doesn’t have much time to make it look like she has her life together. Luckily, her best friend’s boyfriend owns the hottest gym in town and sets her up with Noah, the best personal trainer he has on staff. Noah Cutter is at a pretty good place in his life. He has a job and he loves working for his best friend, Hunter. Noah is in high demand, mostly for his talent, but sometimes for his body and Hunter has one very firm rule: no fooling around with the clients. It’s an easy rule to follow until he meets Corinna, who makes him want more out of life and leaves him straddling the line between breaking a promise and betraying his heart. Let’s Get Physical is the standalone second book in the Love Is…series! Available now twitter

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Review

Eek! This book was just too cute! I read it in one sitting and just couldn’t get over all of the d’awww inducing scenes! I am now fully a part of the novella length contemporary romance team! I also desperately need to check out all of the other books in this series ASAP! The only bad thing about this book is that I read it while hungry and my sweet toothed self is still dying for a cupcake (or donut really)!

While I’m usually in the give me a hefty tome of a book camp, lately I haven’t really been able to focus on reading all that much. So adding in a shorter novel like this was just the pick me up that I needed! Plus this was just such an adorable story regardless! I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers but I may now be a sucker for forbidden romances as well! I mean, dang, who wouldn’t be if it meant you got to sneak around with a smexy personal trainer?!

The characters were all really likable as well! Since this was a shorter story there was no opportunity for any groan inducing *drama* to be added. Which I really appreciated! I got to read the story for what it was without feeling like I’m taking a bunch of side quests while the MCs struggle to overcome their differences and whatnot! So I definitely recommend this book if you’re needing a little bit of a pick me up! Just be warned, there are many detailed descriptions of scrumptious cupcakes and cakes.

About the Author

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About Cassie:

Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80’s sitcoms.

Connect with Cassie:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrossWrites Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassiecrosswrites/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cassiecrosswrites

Why Physical Copies?

Physical copies of books have always been something I prefer. I used to read ebooks back in the day, but as I’ve aged I have found that I just cannot read ebooks. I always wind up with a migraine whenever I try to read an ebook.

Does anyone else have this issue?

The fact that I’ve given up on ebooks is unfortunate on a multitude of levels: my house has stacks of books everywhere (although, I don’t really see this as a problem), I don’t get the sweet deals on physical books like ebooks have, and as a reviewer I cannot always get physical arcs and have to politely decline e-arc offers.

Stacks on Stacks

Is my house becoming overrun with piles and stacks of books? Yes, yes it is. This is both a blessing and a curse. I have at least one bookcase in every room, but this isn’t enough anymore and I have pretty much run out of room. So, now I’m struggling with figuring out how to rearrange my shelves or where I might add in an additional shelf. I’ve been in a house rearranging mood so I have some new spots available in some of my rooms. But even if I have stacks of books everywhere I am happy, I’ve always wanted my own personal library and it is shaping up to be a wonderful collection!

Book Deals

Ebooks always seem to have some sort of deal going on. Amazon always seems to have bestsellers listed between $1-$2. But physical books cost most to produce. Between the paper for the book, the covers, the printing, and marketing for the book it ratchets up the cost. Being broke 24/7 I have learned how to find books at a cheaper cost. First and foremost: see if you have a local used bookstore. This not only supports a local business, but I always seem to find new releases that have obviously never been read. For books that I’m not too concerned with how perfect of condition they are in I generally buy a used one on Amazon. These copies typically go for around $5 (once you’ve added in shipping costs). Finally, I have learned to stalk and love Book Outlet. Here you can find amazing deals on books that publishers had an overstock of. I must warn you, they don’t have the best customer service. But out of all of the books I have ordered only one came in damaged condition (a torn dust jacket) and even though they never responded to my ticket about it, I really can’t complain because I get such good deals!

Reviews

As a Reviewer it can be difficult to not read ebooks. I would be able to read and review a lot more books if I read ebooks, as publishers only have a limited amount to share of physical arcs (advanced reader copies). This has just made me understand that I will not be able to review every book I want. But I’m ok with that, there aren’t enough minutes in a day to do that. It has also led me to being careful about which books I select to request and to be thankful for when I do receive one in the mail.