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

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About the Book

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

“Tell me you feel nothing.”

— Lani Forbes

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

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

— Lani Forbes

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

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

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

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

— Lani Forbes

Review

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

Our blood. The blood of the gods.”

— Lani Forbes

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

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

— Lani Forbes

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

About the Author

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

Tour Schedule

February 10th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview + FPBC Instagram

February 11th

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

February 12th

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

February 13th

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

February 14th

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

February 15th

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

February 16th

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

Instagram Giveaway

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

Nemesis of the Swan Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Instagram Giveaway

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About the Book

Nemesis and the Swan
by Lindsay K. Bandy
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fiction, France

“But this is no place for sleeping. It’s a place for itching and stinking, waiting and remembering, hoping and praying.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.

“Was anyone in Paris sleeping that night?”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.

As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust. Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

“The child of murderers, liars, cheaters, lunatics, and thieves.
Unwanted, forgotten, and never good enough.
I belonged nowhere and to no one.
There was no way out.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Review

What’s the best type of historical fiction? A historical fiction set in France during the Revolution of course! This book is an easy to read amazing look into the time period. It truly just drew me in and I didn’t want to put the book down for a minute. The writing and the story are just so beautiful and engaging.

“I was walking in a dream – a good one, for once.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

This is one of those historical fiction stories that takes you back in time and plops you right into the middle of the streets. But it doesn’t fall into the trap of being a dry story or overly focusing on telling us the history. This is most definitely a story above all of that. And there are many tangled and shocking histories between the characters in these stories. I’d definitely say a lot of them fall into that morally grey category, so I of course took to them all immediately.

“I etch a line of my own: my first.”

Lindsay K. Bandy

Paris will always hold a special place in my heart with me, so I automatically HAVE to read anything set in this beautiful city. Even if it wasn’t necessarily so beautiful during the revolution and maybe a bit more bloody than anything. But I truly enjoyed this one!

About the Author

Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tour Schedule

October 20th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 21st

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
readerofthewrittenword – Review + Instagram
Book-Keeping – Review + Instagram

October 22nd

Bookish Looks – Guest Post + Instagram
@the.b00kreader – Review + Instagram

October 23rd

Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
The Reading Life – Spotlight

October 24th

Gwendalyn’s Anderson – Review + Playlist + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 25th

Two points of interest – Review + Instagram
Bumbleebeela – Review + Instagram
Finding My Faith, Holding onto Hope, and Living with Love – Review + Instagram

October 26th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Interview + Instagram
The Review Booth – Review + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

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God Storm Tour – Review & Favorite Quotes

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About the Book

God Storm (Shadow Frost #2)
by Coco Ma
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 20th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The only weapon I’ve become is my own.

Coco Ma

Everything has a price.

Let’s see how many more doves you’ll kill before bedtime.

Coco Ma

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost – forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin….

Yet it soon becomes clear that the shadows plaguing her kingdom are just the beginning. Another realm coexists with the mortal world – the beautiful, nightmarish Immortal Realm ruled by the wicked God of Shadow, King Eoin. When their paths entwine, Asterin realizes that Eoin possesses exactly what – and who – she seeks most. And the fates of all those that she holds dear – Orion, her missing Guardian; Luna, the friend she could not save; Harry, the demon who saved them all; and Quinlan, her beloved broken prince – ultimately rest in the god’s hands.

But in a world of magic, not everyone is always as they seem. When shocking discoveries threaten everything and everyone Asterin has sworn her life to protect, she won’t be the only person forced to make a choice…a choice that will change the mortal world forever.

And maybe even destroy it.

My life is yours. I vowed to protect your life with mine, and I will never forsake that promise.

Coco Ma

Review

Where do I even begin with this review? Because this book was just *muah* chefs kiss. It has delectable characters. Show stopping plot. And absolutely enthralling writing. So yeah, one could argue that I really really loved this book and I wouldn’t tell them they were wrong. I’d probably correct them and say that I’m actually obsessed with it.

Option the Second

1. Immediate death.

Coco Ma

Can we just take a minute to discuss Coco Ma’s writing style? I know this is not necessarily about the book, but really it is. There are some books that I love because I fell in love with the worlds, and other books I love because they contain so many snarky characters for me to fawn over, but this book/series I love because of the writing. Every now and then I find an author that I immediately add to my favorites mental pile because the writing is so engrossing and meticulous and witty and I just salivate because it just lures me in and snares me.

Just because I’m not interested in sexual intimacy doesn’t mean I don’t understand what it means to love.

Coco Ma

I actually find it so funny that I have grown to love this series so much because for the longest time I deprived myself of anything that had the words princess/prince/king/queen. Shockingly horrifying I know, but before I did this I went over the deep end on a binge of epic proportions of court related books that it needed to be done. And I’m really glad I had that palette cleanser because I’ve been able to go back now and really select the ones that I know will blow me away, much like God Storm did.

About the Author

Coco Ma is a Canadian author and pianist. At the age of fifteen, she wrote the first book of the Shadow Frost Trilogy and hasn’t looked back since. After learning the piano during her childhood, she has performed on some of the world’s greatest concert stages and graduated with a precollege diploma in piano performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University.

At this point, she wishes she could mention having a dog or a small dragon, except pets (and happiness, apparently) are tragically prohibited at her dormitories. When she isn’t writing, practicing piano, or wreaking havoc, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.

Tour Schedule

October 14th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 15th

Bookish Looks – Promotional Post + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Instagram

October 16th

Mabookyard – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Life – Review + Mood Board
readingmypages – Promotional Post

October 17th

Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Books and Zebras – Review

October 18th

Ashton Reed – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

October 19th

Blonde And Bookish – Promotional Post
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board + Instagram

October 20th

Bumbleebeela – Promotional Post
Crazykidjournal – Review + Instagram
readerofthewrittenword – Review

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

The Cup and the Prince Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Cup and The Prince (Kingdom of Curses and Shadows #1)
by Day Leitao
Release Date: October 15th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Age: 15+

It was part dream and part agony as she contemplated her own human limitation.

Day Leitao

One prince wants her out. 

Another wants her as a pawn. 

Someone wants her dead. 

Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves. 

Oh, yes. My dream is to be a guy’s play thing.

Day Leitao

Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn’t attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place. 

Now she’s competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It’s her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course. 

But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she’s a fragile damsel who doesn’t belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he’s stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong. 

The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted. 

And then there’s someone trying to kill her. 

That’s too kind of you, and definitely not true.

Day Leitao

Disclaimer: Mentions of cheating, and alludes to virginity and sexual relationships. No steamy content.

Review

The Cup and the Prince is a fast paced read filled with morally grey characters. Plus it has an absolutely to die for cover! Every now and then I seem to crave a story about a sassy take no bull heroine that I can quickly devour, and this one fit that bill! AND because it’s on the shorter side, when I say I was able to devour it I mean that I was able to sit down and read it in one big binge.

The Blood Cup. That’s going to be my husband. No risk of breaking my heart.

Day Leitao

While I appreciated how short this book was, I also loathed it as well. I’m one for lengthy descriptions and epic world building, but that just couldn’t fit into this little start to the series (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge – make the second book longerrrrrr*). But that little personal frustration aside, I did really love how pretty much none of the characters were really “likeable.” I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved them. But they’re not all sunshine and rainbows. They’re raw and twisted and real. Which is probably one of my favorite ways for characters to be in a book.

‘Life is boring when you don’t fall in love, don’t you think?’

‘No. I have other exciting challenges.

Day Leitao

This one definitely reminded me of a combo of The Shadows Between Us (writing style wise) and Throne of Glass (MC/plot wise). It was a great start to a new series and I look forward to seeing where the author takes it and how the world and characters continue to develop. So I will definitely be impatiently waiting for the next installment.

About the Author

I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living in Canada for over 10 years now. I have some influence from Brazilian writers and Brazilian culture, but I also read popular books in English. I watched some Anime as a kid, my favorite being Yamato. I’m a longtime Star Wars fan and I’m active in the fandom podcasting at Lords of the Sith as Denise. 

I’ve always loved to write stories, and I like to always include romance, action and humor in my writing. I think stories can touch us deeply. I live in Montreal, Canada, with my son. 

My books include the Ya fantasy series Portals to Whyland, and the sci-fi standalones The Sphere of Infinity and Star Spark

Check out my blog for some news, updates, and nonsensical ramblings.

Tour Schedule

October 15th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

October 16th

Find your next reading – Guest Post
laurenj_22 – Review + Instagram
Queen of Books – Review + Playlist
The Reading Life – Review + Mood Board

October 17th

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Vighnesh’s Bookish World – Review + Favourite Quotes
Blonde and Bookish – Review
Read in the Clouds – Review

October 18th

Shelf-Rated – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
@the.b00kreader – Review + Instagram
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes

October 19th

Booklover.zzz – Guest Post
Rebireads – Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board + Instagram
Page by Paige Books – Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board + Instagram
The Storybook Sisters – Review
joanna.zoe – Review

October 20th

Nerdy Nurse Reads – Review + Instagram
Finding Faith, Holding onto Hope, and Living with Love – Review
Yours A-fiction-ately – Review + Favourite Quotes
Two Points of Interest – Review
Ashton Reads – Review + Instagram

October 21st

Bumbleebeela – Review + Dream Cast + Instagram
MaBookYard – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Books and Zebras – Review

Giveaway

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 The Cup and the Prince is a fast paced read filled with morally grey characters. Plus it has an absolutely to die for cover! Every now and then I seem to crave a story about a sassy take no bull heroine that I can quickly devour, and this one fit that bill! AND because it's on the shorter side, when I say I was able to devour it I mean that I was able to sit down and read it in one big binge. (Full review on my blog, link in bio!) 🍁 @flickerwix code: LIT10 🍁 Prize: Win a paperback copy of THE CUP AND THE PRINCE by Day Leitao (INT) 🍁 To ENTER -Follow @day_leitao_ya -Follow @favouritepagesclub -Follow @whatmakespatri & @michellesulk -Follow ME (@ya.its.lit)! -Comment below & mention @favouritepagesclub to let them know you’re entering! 🍁 Extra entries: -Share this giveaway on your IG story tagging @favouritepagesclub -Tag a friend (each friend = 1 extra entry) -Follow our team: @poisonbooknerd @bumbleebeela @ashton_reads @nerdynursereads @pagebypaigebooks @rebireads @the.b00kreader @shelfrated @laurenj_22 🍁 T&Cs & Disclaimers:
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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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Shadowspeak Trailer Reveal

About the Book

Shadowspeak
by Raven Eckman
Publisher: Fox Pointe Publishing
Release Date: January 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Once there was a girl who spoke to shadows…

Rune’s mother is uncaring and her brother is too young to protect her, so when Rune’s father sells her to the depraved city of Wraith at the young age of ten, no one stops him. His last words to her are of a debt he cannot pay. The shadows who’ve kept Rune company as long as she can remember seem to know what he speaks of and yet they keep their silence.

And so Rune grows up living in servitude to Wraith’s brothel and its manipulative mistress, Agata, all while having only the faintest recollections of her forgotten childhood. Years later when she finally escapes Wraith, a wild place wrapped up in hedonism and old world ritual, she vows to never return…

When a child prince is kidnapped by a masked killer in a neighboring kingdom, however, Rune no longer has a choice. Joined by Weylin, her old love and a fellow Wraith runaway, she returns to the accursed city and the shadows of her past.

Not all is as it seems as threads of memory begin to unravel, revealing old lies and dark secrets.

The debt of her past may be too high to pay.

The shadows are speaking.

Death is waiting.

About the Author

Raven is a freelance editor by night and fangirl at every other available opportunity.

She always knew books were her passion, well after her grandmother’s challenge to read a book a day, and obtained her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Arcadia University.

Over the past four years, she has worked with a range of authors, both self-published and traditionally published, on short stories and novels from horror to contemporary in YA and Adult fiction.

Currently, she’s drowning in her TBR list, drafting her second WIP, brainstorming a new project, and expanding her freelancing business—all while looking for more bookish things to get involved with.

Her debut novel, Shadowspeak, will be published by Fox Pointe Publishing, LLP, in January 2021.

She is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook when she remembers.

Kingdom of Ice and Bone Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Vengeance will find me.

Jill Criswell

Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga #2)
by Jill Criswell
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: September 22nd 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

I am a wreck, I am drowning, I need to be saved from myself.

Jill Criswell

Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.

Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon s army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she s become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.

Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.

When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected Iseneld, the warlord s homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.

Death’s second lesson was about many things. Patience. Desire.

Jill Criswell

Review

Even though this is the second book in the series it didn’t leave out the action! Starting off where the first book ends we’re tossed right back into the thrill of everything going on. And as always, it’s still a brutal world in these pages. So, be prepared and grab yourself a bunch of caffeine because you won’t want to put this one down!

I wanted to stop him. To show him I could. To touch the man who thought himself untouchable.

Jill Criswell

I love how different and unique this world is. And even when we get backstories and world building the adventure continues to build. And the characters! Phew! I love me some morally grey characters and we have plenty in this story! Even the bad guy has me going, wellllllll, I mean *shrugs*. So be prepared for some more darker themes and all the fun that goes along with that!

This is the war. It is where we make our stand. Where we end his reign.

Jill Criswell

So, be prepared for this book. If you’re just as invested in these characters as I am you just need to be ready. And that’s all I’m going to say on that. But wow, I kind of need the next book ASAP but you know, I GUESS I’ll wait. It’s fine. Everything’s fine.

About the Author

Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).

Tour Schedule

September 22nd

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

September 23rd

Booklover.zzz – Meet The Characters + Instagram
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Instagram
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

September 24th

Bookish Looks – Guest Post + Instagram
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

September 25th

Day Leitao – Story Behind The Cover
Books and Zebras – Review + Instagram
Shelf-Rated – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Bibliomanaic Aza – Review + Instagram

September 26th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Character Interview
Yours A-fiction-ately – Review + Favourite Quotes
My Bookish Escapades – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

September 27th

onemused – Review + Instagram
Starlight Reads – Review + Instagram
Nomadic Worlds – Review

September 28th

Shelf Life Chronicles – Video Interview + Instagram
Crazykidjournal – Review + Instagram
Crate Chronicles – Review + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

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

Lifeline to Marionette Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Don’t give them a reason to say anything more; that’s all you can do.

Jennifer Waitte

Lifeline to Marionette
by Jennifer Waitte
Publisher: Madim Larcy Literary
Release Date: September 22nd 2020
Genre: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

She felt herself fading away.

Jennifer Waitte

A lonely childhood, a haunted past, a secret, and a life controlled by others–she is a woman at the end of her rope, without hope.

Alaina Michelle Sekovich is the daughter of Europe’s most famous living composer. Once his prodigy, they are now estranged. To the world, she is Michelle Seko, a multimedia star and valuable asset of the film and fashion industries.

Michelle was a gifted yet troubled child who sought only to see the suffocating world of her father’s overbearing tutelage. She thought she could change her life by becoming someone else. But when her world becomes herself looking back at her and the face that is her own is a monster she does not know, she finds there is no place she can go, nowhere she can hide, because what she wants to escape from most is the one thing she can never be truly free of–herself.

Lifeline to Marionette is a story about what life under a microscope can do to the soul. It is a story about a young woman whose every move is determined by the people who control her. Their strings are fine but unbreakable, and they pull her painfully in opposing directions until she can no longer bear their tension.

Lifeline to Marionette begins where Michelle’s life is nearest its end. It is a story of exploitation, greed, death, drugs, and secrecy, of familial bonds and human frailty. It is a story about cutting strings and accepting the fall.

And what had he done? Not enough. Not nearly enough.

Jennifer Waitte

Review

This is one of those books that I probably would’ve passed over for a long time and then kicked myself for doing so. So I’m extremely happy I had the chance to be on this tour and read this soulfully dreary yet beautiful book! A close look at the stress and strain that stardom can bring and the spiral that accompanies the slow descent.

There are two intentions written into music. How it should sound and how it should feel.

Jennifer Waitte

This is a poignant book that shares a deep look into the psyche of a person trying and failing to thrive in life. This book is definitely more focused on the characters versus the plot. And that’s what a story like this needs to do. These are stories that give us a glimpse into someone in an ethereal and thought provoking manner.

She started to waver and her hands floated up, like the hands of a marionette being pulled by their strings.

Jennifer Waitte

This is one of those books that will leave you reeling and then haunt you long after you read it. It will leave you questioning how someone got to that point and how your life might have been different given different circumstances. This cast of characters will stay with you for a long time. Overall, Lifeline to Marionette is a thought provoking and haunting story that will take you back to the simplicity of looking at the person more than the adventure.

About the Author

Jennifer Waitte is an award-winning journalist, editor and author. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

For 15 years, Waitte worked as a writer and editor for numerous lifestyle, equine and equestrian sporting magazines. She has won many awards for her writing, editing and editorial direction.

Waitte is an avid equestrian. She competes in the sport of long-distance horse racing and dressage. She lives in Napa, California, with her husband Barry. They own Tamber Bey Vineyards, a boutique winery located in Napa Valley.

Tour Schedule

September 22nd

Momfluenster by Kari Meek – Review
Books and Zebras – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

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

The Hive Queen Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Hive Queen (The Bond Trilogy, #2)
by Robin Kirk
Publisher: Blue Crow Books
Release Date: September 1st 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, SciFi

It’s for her daughter, we’ll say. For the future. For love.

Robin Kirk

In the second book in the INDIE-award-winning Bond Trilogy, warrior Fir leads his brothers on a quest for salvation that will threaten everything he holds dear.

As you know, I love surprises.

Robin Kirk

After the battle that toppled the Weave, warrior Fir leads his brothers east to escape servitude, or worse—death at the hands of rival warriors. They search for the fabled Master of Men who promises freedom for men in the Weave. But their quest leads them to a foe more dangerous than they could have imagined.

When the beautiful Hive Queen, Odide, bespells Fir, he’s compelled to betray his brothers—and risks dooming them all to an unspeakable fate. To survive, Fir must choose between his loyalty to his brothers, his allegiance to the Queen, and his love for Dinitra.

But salvation is not what it seems. When the worlds of the Hive and the Master collide, it triggers a devastating betrayal that leaves Fir with an impossible choice: can he sacrifice his brothers for the love he thought he could never have?

We’re going to find this Master, find a home, no matter what stands in our way.

Robin Kirk

Review

This series is one of those series that’s got a little bit of everything and is still expertly done. ANDDDDD, THERE’S A MAP! You know it’s an automatic win for me when there’s a map in a book. Plus this map is so cool. I’m not going to spoil it though, so you just need to get these books so you can see it. But anyways, I also really loved the switch in perspective in The Hive Queen over to Fir. I think it really added even more depth to the series.

I vow: not one brother more will die because of me.

Robin Kirk

The second book takes us on an even grander adventure than the first. And the world building stands up as well. Much like the first book, Kirk takes what we know of this world, flips it on its head, and takes us even deeper than ever imaginable. Yet through all of this world building the story doesn’t slow down in the slightest. There’s just action followed by more action and topped with a dash more action.

For us, there’s no going back.

Robin Kirk

The writing style of this book is so unique and I’m not quite sure how to describe it. In a sense it’s very bare, but not in a way that makes you feel as if you are missing out on anything. It almost has a sort of ephemeral quality, which pairs really nicely with the story and the concept of the world.

About the Author

Kirk is the author of The Bond, the first in a fantasy trilogy published by Blue Crow Publishing. Foreward Reviews awarded The Bond its Bronze award for best YA in 2018. Book II, The Hive Queen, is due out in August 2020. Kirk’s other books include More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (PublicAffairs) and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (University of Massachusetts Press). She coedits the The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University) and is an editor of Duke University Press’s World Readers series.

Kirk is a Faculty Co-Director of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region’s past of slavery, segregation and continuing economic inequality. An author and human rights advocate, Kirk is a lecturer in Duke’s Department of Cultural Anthropology.

More of Kirk’s work is available on her Scribd site. Kirk can be reached at robinkirk.com, through her Facebook Page or on Twitter at @robinkirk.

Tour Schedule

September 1st

What Makes Patri – Main Interview

September 2nd

Book-Keeping – Review + Instagram

September 3rd

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

September 4th

Booktales and Donuts – Review + Mood Board + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

September 5th

Books and Zebras – Review
Joanna Wang – Review + Mood Board

September 6th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Interview + Instagram
Yours A-fiction-ately – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

September 7th

MaBookYard – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
TiJah Writes Erotica – Review + Favourite Quotes

Instagram Giveaway

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 This series is one of those series that's got a little bit of everything and is still expertly done. ANDDDDD, THERE'S A MAP! You know it's an automatic win for me when there's a map in a book. Plus this map is so cool. I'm not going to spoil it though, so you just need to get these books so you can see it. But anyways, I also really loved the switch in perspective in The Hive Queen over to Fir. I think it really added even more depth to the series. (Full review on my blog, link in bio!) 🍁 In the second book in the INDIE-award-winning Bond Trilogy, warrior Fir leads his brothers on a quest for salvation that will threaten everything he holds dear. 🍁 Prize: Win a copy of THE BOND & THE HIVE QUEEN by Robin Kirk (US Only) 🍁 Mandatory entries: -Follow @robinakirk, @favouritepagesclub, @whatmakespatri, & @michellesulk -Follow ME (@ya.its.lit) -Comment & tag @favouritepagescluub to let them know you’re entering! 🍁 Extra entries: -Share this giveaway on your IG story tagging @favouritepagesclub -Tag a friend (each friend = 1 extra entry) -Follow our team: @hollymbryan @booktales_and_donuts @willowwritesandreads @jypsylynn @joanna.zoe @gotgratitude5 @yoursafictionately @mabookyard 🍁 T&Cs & Disclaimers:
▪︎Giveaway ends on September 15th (00:00 GMT+1). 1 winner will be chosen on @favouritepagesclub ▪︎Open US only ▪︎This sweepstakes is not sponsored by Instagram 🍁 #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #yafantasy #FPBCTheHiveQueen #bookreviewblog #thehivequeen #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #hereforthebooks #robinkirk #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #fortheloveofreading #bookphotography #newreads #bookishmerch #bookpic #bookishphotography #thebondtrilogy #favouritepagesbookclub #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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Entwined Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Entwined
by A.J. Rosen
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Release Date: August 25th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Was everyone I cared for doomed to die?

A.J. Rosen

Sometimes love gets a bit twisted.

Avery Montgomery doesn’t even know if she wants a soul mate.

As a member of the Hellenicus—a race founded in antiquity and descended directly from the Greek gods—Avery’s attending her first Gathering where she’ll gain the ability to entwine her thoughts with her destined soul mate and be tied to them forever.

But all is not as it seems at the Royal Court. There are severe and strange looks from the elders, whisperings from the ancient Dodona tree, and encounters with spirits who seem to know Avery better than she knows herself.

The last thing I wanted was trouble – not on an empty stomach.

A.J. Rosen

Throughout these whirlwind events at Court, Avery finds herself torn between her feelings for the wise and protective Vladimir and the passionate, fun-loving Adrian. Unwilling to surrender her independence or to betray her heart, Avery must decide once and for all if she’ll give in to her desires and risk the wrath of the Gods.

Because who are you if your destiny lies with another person?

After all, I had other things I needed to focus on. Things like figuring out ways to escape my destiny.

A.J. Rosen

Review

EEEEEE!!!!!! WE HAVE ANOTHER STORY ABOUT GREEKS! MY PEOPLE! Anyways, I LOVE finding stories about Greek gods and goddesses and their descendants! It always feels like a little bit of home (you know, even though I’ve never been to Greece. Thanks COVID for ruining that trip!). But ever since I was a little kid I was obsessed with learning about Greek mythology and obviously that obsession has carried on through to my adulthood. And Entwined was everything I could have asked for wrapped in an absolutely to die for cover!

Letting out a long sigh of relief, my rebel alter ego took over – time for a self-guided tour of the court.

A.J. Rosen

This books was just such a delightful and easy to read story. It kind of took me back to the “olden” (or as I like to call it, golden) days of YA where the stories were just good stories and nothing was too forced. I dunno, maybe I’m just stuck in the past but I love just being able to pick up a book and enjoy it because it’s just a darn good story. But also, I think I’ve been EXTRA about this because my brain has shut off from all the stress this year and I just need some good ole relaxation when I read. Plus, it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve found a book about soulmates and honestly I’ve missed this trope. Yeah, it’s cheesy, but that’s the whole point! I mean, who doesn’t fantasize about finding your one true match (or as I like to refer to it as: food and dogs).

It seemed, in that moment, that he, more than anyone else in the world, truly knew me. Inside and out. No matter how many walls I had built to prevent that from happening.

A.J. Rosen

But yeah, this was an addicting, fun, and amazing book! I love when I can honestly say I picked up a book, refused to put it down, and ruined my life some more by refusing to sleep because I HAD to finish it. So yeah, I really enjoyed this one and it’s just one of those really enjoyable stories. And shout out to Wattpad, because they have been KILLING it with their books lately!

About the Author

• undying love for pizza and desserts #dontjudge • love everything Greek Myths • I read ALL Wattpad message I receive • basically all around noob author who wants to inspire and help new writers, and dreams to get her books published • writing is my way of escaping & coping with reality • spending most of my free time sitting on my bed wearing XL T-shirt + pyjama pants and crafting fantasy + mystery stories while fantasizing about Christian Bale saving me instead of Gotham ✌🏻• I love playing games (esp. those that have dragons in it) • I’m not gay/bisexual/straight. I am human. Most of the time. • Jungkook is my undone •

Tour Schedule

August 19th

What Makes Patri – Main Interview + Instagram

August 20th

Inktalkswithmaria – Review + InstagramTrapped Inside Stories – Spotlight + Instagram

August 21st

Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + InstagramStuck in the Stacks – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist

August 22nd

Bee’s Reads – Review + InstagramReading Under the Covers – Review

August 23rd

Booklover.zzz – Guest PostYours A-fiction-ately – Review + Favourite Quotes + InstagramJoanna.zoe – Review

August 24th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review + Favourite Quotes + Interview + InstagramTiJah Writes Erotica – Review + Favourite Quotes

August 25th

Ya it’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + InstagramBumbleebeela – Review

Instagram Giveaway

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🍁 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🍁 EEEEEE!!!!!! WE HAVE ANOTHER STORY ABOUT GREEKS! MY PEOPLE! Anyways, I LOVE finding stories about Greek gods and goddesses and their descendants! It always feels like a little bit of home (you know, even though I've never been to Greece. Thanks COVID for ruining that trip!). But ever since I was a little kid I was obsessed with learning about Greek mythology and obviously that obsession has carried on through to my adulthood. And Entwined was everything I could have asked for wrapped in an absolutely to die for cover! (Full review on my blog, link in bio!) 🍁 Avery Montgomery doesn’t even know if she wants a soul mate. 🍁 Because who are you if your destiny lies with another person? 🍁 GIVEAWAY Win 1 of 3 copies of ENTWINED by A.J. Rosen (US/CAN Only) 🍁 To Enter: -Follow @agatharoza & @wattpadbooks -Follow @favouritepagesclub -Follow @whatmakespatri & @michellesulk -Follow ME (@ya.its.lit) -Comment below and tag @favouritepagesclub to let them know you’re entering! 🍁 Extra entries: -Share this giveaway on your IG story tagging @favouritepagesclub -Tag a friend (each friend = 1 extra entry) -Follow the other tour hosts: -@the_mysterious_bookstagram -@trappedinsidestories -@willowwritesandreads -@stuck.in.the.stacks -@bees__reads -@booklover.zzz -@yoursafictionately -@joanna.zoe -@gotgratitude5 -@bumbleebeela 🍁 T&Cs & Disclaimers:
▪︎Giveaway ends on September 1st (00:00 GMT+1). 1 winner will be chosen on @favouritepagesclub. ▪︎Open US/CAN ONLY ▪︎This sweepstakes is not sponsored by Instagram. 🍁 #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #yareads #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #bookstagram #yafantasy #entwined #bookreviewblog #ajrosen #instabooklovers #yacommunity #bookishlove #fablebands #fpbcentwined #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #fortheloveofreading #favouritepagesbookclub #newreads #bookishmerch #bookpic #bookishphotography #readgushcommunity #wattpadbooks #bookaesthetic #readersofinsta #bookblogger

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