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.

Shadow Crusade Review

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About the Book

Centuries ago, against the will of the mages, the humans hunted and killed the Primordials.

All except one.

Now the creature has blighted the lands. It cast a spreading net of darkness over dozens of villages where now only demons can dwell. All of Arcathain is in danger unless the spread can be contained.

It’s up to the Shadow Crusade to slay the last Primordial, destroy the Shadowthorn, and return their homeland to the light of day.

And who better to carry the title of savior than the recently orphaned, vengeful, and reckless, Halira Devonshire?

Shadow Crusade is the first in a NA, gothic, epic fantasy series with badass demon huntresses, immortal creatures, epic world-building, and a budding romance. If you enjoyed books by Cassandra Clare, Jay Kristoff, Shannon Mayer, and KF Breene, then Shadow Crusade will keep you reading long into the night!

Review

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I was introduced to Jessaca Willis last year with her Reapers of Veltuur series and I absolutely fell in love with her dark style. So, as you could guess, I jumped at the chance to read this one. And it did not disappoint. There was just so much to love and just so many characters you couldn’t help but to love to hate.

So, like I said there are a lot of characters that you might not love so much, but… you know… still love. And that’s because these characters are beautifully morally grey and imperfectly perfect. Which you know I absolutely live for in books. And characters aside the plot is crazy so buckle up for some mysteries and twists and just a whole bunch of…. yeah, well, I’m not gonna actually tell you. So read it to find out.

But yeah, this was one heck of a read and I definitely might have found myself losing some sleep to binge it. So don’t start this one late at night if you aspire to go to sleep at some point in the night. But make sure you don’t miss out on this one! And also check out her other works while you’re at it.

About the Author

JESSACA WILLIS is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the dark, the horrifying, and the paranormal.

She studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees, and incorporates themes from her education (family dynamics, mental health, oppression) into her writing.

Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to cosplay at conventions, play video games or read comics in her downtime, and to binge-watch the latest fantasy and sci-fi television series. Along with a bunch of other self-proclaimed nerds, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies.

Her debut series, The Awakened is an apocalyptic fantasy series about four people from across the world, trying to learn to live with their powers after society has collapsed.

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House of Bastiion Review

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About the Book

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.

Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.

Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Lusica when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.

Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.  

Review

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Ok, for a while I was avoiding all court/political intrigue YA novels. Why? Because I over-read the heck out of them. BUT, I’m back and ready to devour this… genre?… again! I read a few last year and I’m thinking that this year my reading resolution needs to be to get these types of books back into rotation. And let me tell you, House of Bastiion was the PERFECT start to my 2021 reading resolution!

Now, you know I have to talk about it, but the worldbuilding in this books was just absolute perfection. I grew up on Tolkien and that of course led to my obsession with NEEDING to know everything about the worlds I’m reading about. So I appreciate how much we were expertly given so much information woven in with the story. And with a story with so much political intrigue you kind of need that worldbuilding for everything to make sense and fit together.

So yeah, in case you can’t tell: this book is good. And well worth the read. Like seriously, go read it. Binge it. Devour it. And take your mind off of all of the crazy things that seem to keep popping up.

About the Author

K.L. Kolarich is a debut New-Adult Fantasy Fiction author, based out of Nashville, TN. An individual plagued by sarcasm, conviction, and an ever-present distraction of fable and lore, K.L. Kolarich dreams in the day and writes through the night. With too many cats and not enough wine, Kolarich resides in the woods away from the noise, happily married.

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Running Beside the Alpha Review

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About the Book

My life has taught me to expect the unexpected.

A serial-killer rampaging through the New York Pack?

Sure. Why not?

But a serial killer who smells like me?

That’s a heck of a lot more than unexpected.

With the Alphas of All poking around and my own Alpha on a rampage to figure out who the murderer is, it becomes a race to see who finds the truth first.

I’ll find the killer.

Or the Alphas will find me.

Either way, it’s time to face the facts.

There’s a lot more to being “Wolfsbane” than suppressing my pack’s shifting.

And I’m pretty sure it starts with my freakishly red hair.

Review

Sigh, another late review and post. I miss the days of being able to post on my “schedule” but things have been so chaotic on my end and I am all sorts of out of whack because of that. BUT, I’m getting this up because holy heck I need to just get my thoughts in order from this whirlwind of a book.

I think it is safe to say that I enjoyed this book a little more than the first. Which, if I’m being honest, is actually rare for me to say. I often find that when I REALLY enjoy the first book in the series the next one just doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. But, Running Beside the Alpha was the gift that kept on giving. And that ending is something that I won’t be recovering from until I get my grubby little hands on the third book.

But yeah, this series is a set of easy and enjoyable reads that you will find yourself needing to binge. And like I already mentioned I need the next book, so as you can see they hook you! So, here’s to me getting this review out because man oh man I had so much to say but also didn’t want to ruing anything. And lets also hope that I finally get some time to sit down and write out all of the reviews floating around in my brain, because I’d like to get them out to you!

About the Author

Author of books. Wrangler of children. Buyer of Chinese food. Designer of art. Lover of life.

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Current Release: RUNNING FROM THE WOLVES (Wolfsbane Book 1)
Currently Working On: RUNNING BESIDE THE ALPHA (WOLFSBANE BOOK 2)

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Spellbreaker Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book


ISBN-10 : 1542020093
ISBN-13 : 978-1542020091
Publisher : 47North (November 1, 2020)
Paperback : 303 pages

A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

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Praise for Spellbreaker

“…romantic and electrifying…the fast-paced plot and fully realized world will have readers eager for the next installment. Fans of Victorian-influenced fantasy won’t want to put this down.” —Publishers Weekly

“Those who enjoy gentle romance, cozy mysteries, or Victorian fantasy will love this first half of a duology. The cliffhanger ending will keep readers breathless waiting for the second half.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Powerful magic, indulgent Victoriana, and a slow-burn romance make this genre-bending romp utterly delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews

Review

What a magical and ethereal read! Plus, I mean I’m a sucker for fantasies set in the Victorian era. It always seems to add that extra little something to make the stories feel more fantastical. And this one is just a wild and fun ride filled with danger, twists and turns, and a great set of characters!

This book is just a pure delight. It’s a fantasy story without getting too bogged down with the fantasy elements. But there is still enough world building for the magic system to make sense and work with the story. Plus I loved the characters were such a delight! I just loved the relationships between them all and how much they really made me love them.

Holmberg has such a distinct way of writing and I look forward to continuing to see what she puts out next. Plus Spellbreaker is the first in a new duology so I at least have the second book to look forward to! And you know how much I love duologies! There’s just something so loveable about a series wrapped up into two well developed books. But anyways, I look forward to hearing what you guys think about this one as well!

About the Author

Photo Content from Charlie N. Holmberg

Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE – REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
NOVEMBER 16th MONDAY Kait Plus Books INTERVIEW 
NOVEMBER 17th TUESDAY BookHounds GUEST POST
NOVEMBER 18th WEDNESDAY A Court of Coffee and Books EXCERPT
NOVEMBER 18th WEDNESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
NOVEMBER 19th THURSDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
NOVEMBER 19th THURSDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW 
NOVEMBER 20th FRIDAY Author Kelly Risser EXCERPT 
NOVEMBER 20th FRIDAY Skye’s Scribblings GUEST POST

WEEK TWO – REVIEWS
NOVEMBER 23rd MONDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
NOVEMBER 23rd MONDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW
NOVEMBER 24th TUESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW 
NOVEMBER 25th WEDNESDAY Wishful Endings REVIEW
NOVEMBER 25th WEDNESDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW 
NOVEMBER 26th THURSDAY Kalisbookishrambles REVIEW 
NOVEMBER 26th THURSDAY PopTheButterfly Reads REVIEW
NOVEMBER 27th FRIDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW 
NOVEMBER 27th FRIDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW

Giveaway

2 Winners will receive a Copy of SPELLBREAKER by Charlie N. Holmberg.
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

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