Cracked Coffins ARC Tour – Review

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About the Book

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

THE PAST HAS RISEN.

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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

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

Hemlock Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Every five hundred years humanity bears a child who has unlimited power over life and death.

And now she’s a teenager.
Rook Dagger spent the first fifteen years of her life safely tucked away in a beautiful cottage on the lake, enjoying home-cooked meals and homeschooling far away from the rest of the world.
But her power couldn’t be hidden forever.
The time has come for her to be enrolled in Hemlock Academy, a centuries-old institution designed to cultivate and create the greatest necromancers in the world.
The children who attend will one day be placed among the seven kingdoms of magic, serving Kings and country for as long as they’re needed.
To harness the power surging through her veins, Rook will need guidance in the art of giving of life… and taking it away.
This power makes her unique.
Dangerous.
Different.
Her abilities could make her an unstoppable force of nature, if she wasn’t hung up on a boy.
G Gianni–a beautiful distraction with pouty lips, pale skin, and a sharp tongue.
His attention consumes her. His scent entices her. His words infuriate her.
She loves to hate him.
He hates to love her.
And together? Well, together, they could destroy the world.

Review

This book gave me all the dark ephemeral fantastical feels. Yeah, I’m feeling the descriptors right now. I love a solid character that has some awesome necromancer(y?) powers. I dunno, maybe I’m morbid, but being able to raise the dead is just really intriguing! There’s just something so inherently wrong about it that I love the question of, but is it right? Plus you could do a lot of damage with an army of the living dead. But anyways, I’m getting off track! Hemlock takes all the fun of magic schooling and makes it dark and twisted!

There’s something so campy and nostalgic about books set in magic schools. It’s probably because of the time I grew up, but I always enjoy a good read with this setting. Plus there’s always going to be a lot of DRAMA when you put a ton of teenagers together. And isn’t some good drama what you live for in life? Because it’s definitely what I live for, especially when I can sit on the sidelines, eat some popcorn, and read about it. And this book definitely had that throughout, so buckle up.

Given the gorgeous cover I expected this book to be on the upper age range of YA, but it’s actually on the lower. And I’m definitely not mad about that! I feel as if this particular area is often overlooked and I think a cover like this might bring some attention to the fact that YA doesn’t automatically mean 17/18 year olds. So in a sense this was actually kind of a refreshing chance to get away from what I always see and read about slightly younger characters.

About the Author

*Voted OUAB Author of the Year of 2018*

Rue Volley is a USA Today Bestselling Author and award-winning screenwriter who is best known for creating compelling storylines with a multitude of twists and turns that leave her readers virtually speechless.

She specializes in paranormal romances that include otherworldly characters who, regardless of their supernatural abilities, feel oddly familiar, or in other words, human. This, coupled with her easy reading style, wicked sense of humor, and excellent world building skills, has garnered her a fiercely loyal fan base over the past decade who support her regardless of what genre she chooses to write in.

Some of her best works include 13 Ways to Midnight, Hellhound, The Devil’s Gate, and A Vampires Tale of Blood and Light. All of which utilize her skill at piecing together compelling dramas that highlight her love for vampires, witches, angels, and demons across many genres including young adult, new adult, urban fantasy, and erotic romance.

Rue Volley’s work seems to be synonymous with one phrase in the publishing world.
Thoroughly addictive.

She is accredited with two award-winning screenplays for film, Hellhound (original script, 2014) and Awakening (contributing screenwriter, 2015). IMDb: imdb.com/name/nm7043310/

Rue is represented by Gladys Gonzales Atwell, Publicist, and Sarah Davis Brandon, Publisher.
Business inquiries, please contact ruevolley@gmail.com

Instagram Giveaway

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 To harness the power surging through her veins, Rook will need guidance in the art of giving of life… and taking it away. 🍁 This book gave me all the dark ephemeral fantastical feels. Yeah, I'm feeling the descriptors right now. I love a solid character that has some awesome necromancer(y?) powers. I dunno, maybe I'm morbid, but being able to raise the dead is just really intriguing! There's just something so inherently wrong about it that I love the question of, but is it right? Plus you could do a lot of damage with an army of the living dead. But anyways, I'm getting off track! Hemlock takes all the fun of magic schooling and makes it dark and twisted! (Full review on my blog, link in bio!) 🍁 QOTD What would you do if you had power over death? 🍁 Fifteen-year-old Rook Dagger’s power over death emerged when she was just a child. Now enrolled at the Hemlock Academy of the Dark Arts, she wants nothing more than to escape her troubled home life, and excel, but a boy who never follows any of the rules has other plans. 🍁 ENTER TO WIN AN ECOPY TODAY -Must be following me (@ya.its.lit), @RueVolley, & @TheNextStepPR 
-Comment Below or answer the QOTD
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🍁 BONUS ENTRIES: – We would love to see this in your story and tag @RueVolley and @TheNextStepPR – In the IG search bar, look up #TNSBookstagram & enter all the participant's posts over the next WEEK 🍁 THE FINE PRINT PLEASE READ – Open internationally & US – Giveaway ends on SEPTEMBER 7 – This giveaway is not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with Instagram – Must be 14+ or have parental permission – No Spam or Giveaway accounts – Must follow all hosts above – Must be a public account – Do not follow to unfollow later, we will not tolerate these actions and you will be X from all future giveaways with @TheNextStepPR 🍁 #RueVolley #Necromancer #PNR #SuspenseNovel #MysteryBooks #MysterySchool #EnemiesToMore #TNSBookstagramTour #TheNextStepPR #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookreviewer #yafantasy #bookreviewblog #yacommunity #hereforthebooks #readingislife #fortheloveofreading #bookphotography #newreads #bookishmerch #bookpic #bookishphoto

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Twin Daggers Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Blink (August 25, 2020)

Aissa’s life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, a magical people most believe to be extinct. And they’re on a mission for revenge. 

This action and adventure spy thriller—a fantasy spin on “Romeo and Juliet” from New York Times bestselling author MarcyKate Connolly—is perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Elly Blake and is about to become your new obsession!

By day, Aissa and Zandra play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find and kidnap the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless—a person born without a working heart who survives via a mechanical replacement—and has been hidden since birth.

Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she’s never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties and missions … and risking everything by trusting her sworn enemies.

Review

The way to pull me into a retelling is to take something classic and make it fantasy. I’ll be immediately intrigued and much less skeptical than I am when I see another fairy tale retelling. And that’s just was Twin Daggers does, it’s an amazing Romeo & Juliette retelling with a fantasy twist. And there’s even kind of a twist on the fantasy element because there’s also spies and it’s kind of an awesome thriller. So yeah, this book has a lot going for it and Connolly handled all of these elements so well!

I love when fantasy books get a slightly futuristic take. It’s kind of my cheating way to add in some sci-fi to my reading since it’s a way to guarantee that I’ll enjoy it (you know, because sci-fi isn’t my favorite genre). And even with all of these twists that I keep mentioning there was one (utmost important) traditional fantasy element that remained: world building. I know some people find world building boring, but for me it’s the most important part of a story! Yeah you can go into a book with non-stop action but without the world building that’s all you get out of it, some action. I, on the other hand, crave the knowledge of what the world I’m reading about is like so that I can not only understand everything that’s talked about but also gain some insights into why the characters are like they are and even perhaps why they take the actions they take. So, long rant short, I really liked that I saw some nice world building throughout this story and it is really one that I think benefitted from the extra details.

But yeah, asides from my salivation over seeing some epic world building, this was a solid story. The characters had such interesting motivation and the magic system was quite unique. Plus, since this is a retelling you still get a sense of familiarity while reading even if some elements are new and surprising.

About the Author

MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times Bestselling children’s book author and nonprofit marketing professional living in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. She can be lured out from her writing cave with the promise of caffeine and new books. Twin Daggers is her debut young adult novel, and she’s also the author of several middle grade fantasy novels including Monstrous and Ravenous, and the Shadow Weaver series.

Tour Schedule

Monday, August 24th: @theshybooks

Tuesday, August 25th: Moonlight Rendezvous and @moonlight_rendezvous

Wednesday, August 26th: Hallie Reads and @h.szott

Thursday, August 27th: Storied Adventures and @storied.adventures

Friday, August 28th: @fearyourex

Monday, August 31st: @hooked.by.books

Wednesday, September 2nd: YA It’s Lit and @ya.its.lit

Wednesday, September 2nd: @thereadingroom444

Thursday, September 3rd: @amanda.the.bookish

Monday, September 7th: Living My Best Book Life and @livingmybestbooklife

Wednesday, September 9th: @a_bookish_dream

Thursday, September 10th: @ifcatscouldread

Monday, September 14th: @the.magicalpages

Wednesday, September 16th: @bookswithmeg

Instagram Giveaway

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 The way to pull me into a retelling is to take something classic and make it fantasy. I'll be immediately intrigued and much less skeptical than I am when I see another fairy tale retelling. And that's just was Twin Daggers does, it's an amazing Romeo & Juliette retelling with a fantasy twist. And there's even kind of a twist on the fantasy element because there's also spies and it's kind of an awesome thriller. So yeah, this book has a lot going for it and Connolly handled all of these elements so well! (Full review on my blog, link in bio!) 🍁 QOTD Would you be a Capulet or a Montague? 🍁 By day, Aissa and Zandria play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless, and kidnap her. Born without a working heart, the Heartless survive with a mechanical replacement. 🍁 Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she's never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties–and missions–and deciding whether or not it's worth risking everything on getting help from her sworn enemies. 🍁 Win a copy of Twin Daggers! 🍁 To Enter: -Follow ME @ya.its.lit -Answer the QOTD and comment DONE to let me know you’re entering! 🍁 Extra Entries: -Tag some friends! (Each tag is 1 extra entry) 🍁 ▪︎Open US only ▪︎This sweepstakes is not sponsored by Instagram 🍁 #TwinDaggers #YAfantasy #youngadult #tlcbooktours #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #yafantasy #booknerd #bookreviewblog #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #fortheloveofreading #bookphotography #newreads #bookishmerch #bookpic #bookishphotography #bookaesthetic

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