A Song for the Road Review

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About the Book

An outcast in her tight-knit community, Larkspur endures her poor health with help neither from her family nor her fickle sweetheart. At a yearly moon festival she beseeches the spirits for better luck…but they lead her to a foundling elf child she did not want and a quest she did not ask for.

Yet she and the mute spryte form a bond over their shared struggles. When danger arrives at their cottage, Larkspur sets out with the girl she’s named Gentian from the country of her homefolk into the land of songs and tales itself.

Through leagues of treacherous border woods lies miraculous Beledan, where the dwarf chieftains quarrel amongst themselves and, far to the north, the mysterious elves marshal for war…

Review

Phew! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a review for a book not on a tour! But it’s just been so chaotic on my end that I literally haven’t had much time to read. PLUS I had to pack up my books because of some home renovations (good lord do I not want to ever move now, haha!). And on top of all of that I decided to go a little crazy and take my booksta in an entirely new direction. But I’m back now and I’m so happy that my first post back with my new and (maybe) improved self is about A Song for the Road. Because, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been sharing the heck out of this book and now I also get to gush about just how much I loved it.

There’s something that I really love about this style of fantasy and Labadie always manages to make me fall in love with her characters and worlds. Her writing is just so elegant and beautiful that I get transported into the story. And everything is just so well done. There is excellent world building, character development, and the plot is just amazing. And there’s something about it that feels so nostalgic while also being fresh and entirely new.

I wish there were more stories like this out there, but then again I also don’t because then I’d probably feel overwhelmed and underwhelmed by everything. As it is, stories like A Song for the Road really get to shine and stand out when I read them. And I hope that more and more people find this treasure of a book!

About the Author

Catherine Labadie lives in the mountains of the picturesque Carolinas with her husband and her dogs Fannie, Heidi, and Zoey. She’s written and self-published five novels: four new adult fantasy books and one young adult dystopian.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Tour – Review & Release Blitz

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About the Book

“My newest obsession!”

—Laura Thalassa, author of The Four Horsemen

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, the second book in the thrilling and captivating A Blood and Ash Series by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, is available now.

Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?

A Betrayal…


Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice….

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

From Blood and Ash

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Review

OH. MY. GODS. WHAT?! WHATTTT?!!!!!!! WHAT DID I JUST READ?! WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?! I NEED MORE! Seriously though, as soon as I finished this book I reread the last chapter at least 10 times. Then immediately started rereading the series. But yeah, it’s been a couple of weeks (I needed to settle down a little bit before I wrote my review) and I’m still thinking about this book daily for an obscenely large amount of time. Like, I would say it is a problem but I’m seriously too in love with it to even care or believe that it is actually a problem bordering on obsession.

But honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this review. There’s just so much I want to talk about but I also don’t want to risk spoiling ANYTHING because the whole book will have you reeling and DYING to find out what happens next. And that ending. That ending destroyed me. I literally screamed like some prehistoric creature and *carefully* threw my Kindle before quickly picking it back up and rereading the last chapter far too many times expecting a different outcome each time only to receive none (while also desperately trying to pick apart the meaning of each and every sentence in it). So yeah, this book is just next level stuff. Like my mind still cannot comprehend just how amazing and utterly mind blowing it was. And while I thought From Blood and Ash was absolute perfection, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire literally takes it to the next level and just demolishes all of the competition.

I do believe and can firmly state that A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire further solidified the Blood and Ash series as my favorite Armentrout series, and that is saying a LOT. I mean, the Lux series will forever be my favorite series for nostalgia reasons since it was my first introduction to Armentrout (and I have reread it multiple times each year since then), but Blood and Ash swiftly stole my heart for plot and hardcore story reasons. They’re everything I never knew I needed from Armentrout and then some. This series honestly reminds me of a combination of some of my favorite epic fantasies, i.e. The Witcher and Game of Thrones with a little bit of Throne of Glass, but still maintain that very distinct charm that is in every Armentrout book. And they’re just done in such a perfect manner that my only complaint is that this series is not finished and a little piece of my soul left my body when I realized that I needed to wait for book three instead of getting all the answers I so desperately need. But also, you really shouldn’t wait to read these books because they do not deserve to be slept on and while waiting you can just obsessively reread them like me!

About the Author

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was an Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over a hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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The Memory of Souls Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book


Series: A Chorus of Dragons (3) (Book 3)
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (August 25, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250175577
ISBN-13: 978-1250175571


WHAT IF YOU’RE THE ONE WHO HAS TO DIE?

Now that the city of Atrine has been destroyed and Relos Var’s plan to free the dark god Vol Karoth has been revealed—the end of the world is closer than ever.

To buy time for humanity, Kihrin, Janel, and Thurvishar must convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual that will strip the vané of their immortality—a ritual that certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the ones bringing the news.

Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to Vol Karoth is steadily growing in strength. How can Kihrin hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?


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Praise for The Memory of Souls


“Lyons has cleverly taken the epic fantasy tropes of prophecy and lineage and stood them on their heads, all while delving deep into her multidimensional characters and spinning great battles with high body counts.” ―Booklist, starred review

Praise for The Ruin of Kings

“[A] jaw-dropping, action-packed story of betrayal, greed, and grand-scale conspiracy . . . Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further.” ―Kirkus, starred review

“Rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it.” ―Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

“It was one hell of a ride. I gobbled it up and was hungry for more.” ―Glen Cook, author of The Black Company

“The Ruin of Kings is a fascinating story about a compellingly conflicted young hero in an intriguingly complex world.” ―L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Recluse series

“A thriller plot of revenge and loyalty with a get-under-your-skin and keep-you-reading-all-night mystery at its heart. I loved it.”―John Gwynne, author of Malice

“The Ruin of Kings revs up with the glitz of a high-speed, multi-level video game, with extreme magic and a teen hero with angst.” ―Janny Wurts, author of The Curse of the Mistwraith

Review

These are just perfect books for all the fantasy lovers out there! They’re wild and out there and sometimes confusing, but all roll into one giant amazing story. Because these books are thicc, just like any superb fantasy book should be. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a big book! But the stories warrant all that extra text and time to really portray what Lyons is going for!

One thing I love about epic fantasies is the world building, and while these books do an excellent job at that it is perhaps the character building that shines even more. These characters are whip smart and there are so many differences between them all. Which leads to some really unique individuals and relationships. And since reincarnation is involved Lyons has made it so that gender is and can be extremely fluid in this series, which to me is something that is much needed in the fantasy realm.

The Memory of Souls is the third book in the A Chorus of Dragons series, but it won’t be the last! So, don’t worry, the story shall continue and we will get to dive back into this realm in the not so distant future. Because there’s so much left to tell and so many different storylines to dive into. And because of how every other book in this series is, you know there will be a lot of craziness to look forward to!

About the Author

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Jenn Lyons lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three cats, and a lot of opinions on anything from the Sumerian creation myths to the correct way to make a martini. At various points in her life, she has wanted to be an archaeologist, anthropologist, architect, diamond cutter, fashion illustrator, graphic designer, or Batman. Turning from such obvious trades, she is now a video game producer by day, and spends her evenings writing science fiction and fantasy. When not writing, she can be founding debating the Oxford comma and Joss Whedon’s oeuvre at various local coffee shops.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE – REVIEW & INTERVIEWS
AUGUST 24th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
AUGUST 25th TUESDAY Kait Plus Books EXCERPT
AUGUST 26th WEDNESDAY Port Jericho REVIEW
AUGUST 26th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
AUGUST 27th THURSDAY Rajiv’s Reviews REVIEW
AUGUST 28th FRIDAY BookHounds INTERVIEW
AUGUST 28th FRIDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT


WEEK TWO – REVIEWS
AUGUST 31st MONDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
SEPTEMBER 1st TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
SEPTEMBER 1st TUESDAY PopTheButterfly Reads REVIEW
SEPTEMBER 2nd WEDNESDAY Sometimes Leelynn Reads REVIEW
SEPTEMBER 3rd THURSDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW
SEPTEMBER 3rd THURSDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
SEPTEMBER 4th FRIDAY Al Alalhambra REVIEW

Giveaway

– 3 Winners will receive the Set of 3 Books (A Chorus of Dragons Series) by Jenn Lyons.
-Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


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