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*

The Seventh Sun Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Seventh Sun (The Age of the Seventh Sun #1) by Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: 18th February 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The sun of the Chicome people has been destroyed six times. First by water, then by storm, fire, famine, sickness, and beasts. After each apocalypse, the creator goddess allowed one of her divine children to sacrifice themselves to save civilization. The gods paid their blood as the price for the lives of the people, and the people owed them blood in return.

Molding the water into a transparent sphere, Mayana let it hover between her hands just for a moment, enjoying the light sparkling and reflecting off its shining surface.

Lani Forbes

Mayana is a noble descendant of the water goddess and can control water whenever her blood is spilled. She has always despised the brutal rituals of her people — especially sacrifices. She can’t even make it through a routine animal sacrifice without embarrassing her family. Prince Ahkin has always known he would be emperor, but he didn’t expect his father to die so suddenly. Now he must raise the sun in the sky each day and read the signs in the stars. But the stars now hint at impending chaos and the sun has begun setting earlier each evening. Ahkin fears he might not be strong enough to save his people from another apocalypse. And to add to his list of worries, he can’t truly become emperor until he selects a wife.

How could she have lefts him at such a critical time? He needed her comfort now more than ever. He needed someone to believe in him.

Lani Forbes

Mayana and six other noble daughters are sent to the palace to compete for Ahkin’s hand. She must prove she is a true daughter of water and face the others who have their own magical gifts from wielding the elements to the control of animals, plants and healing. And in a society centered on rigid rituals, Mayana must conceal her traitorous beliefs because if she doesn’t make Ahkin love her, she will become a ceremonial sacrifice to bless his marriage. But darker forces are at play and it won’t matter if Mayana loses if the world ends first…

His face suggested he had seen a night spirit. His fear seeped into her like something contagious and her heart began to race. Why was he staring at her like that?

Lani Forbes

Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Mayan people, The Seventh Sun brings to vivid life a world on the edge of apocalyptic disaster.

Review

Well, Lani Forbes is officially the queen of descriptions and making me hungry through those. Like holy wow! I was selected to post my favorite quotes for this book and I wound up going with the age old tactic of just selecting the ones at the beginning because they were all amazing. I mean, the imagery! I was transported to this lush fantastical story.

Atanzah, like all professional matchmakers, was an elderly woman, round and soft like a ripe mango.

Lani Forbes

The Seventh Sun is based off of Aztec, Mayan, and Incan civilizations, and while I was on one hand desperate to rewatch The Emperors New Groove while reading this, I was also relishing in the authors choice to also uphold some of the dark aspects of the cultures. I’m talking sacrifices and blood magic. YES PLEASE! Which leads me to Mayan, the hard core but soft core (that’s a phrase, right?) daughter of the Chicome family who will FIGHT her father and traditions to avoid completing any animal sacrifices. Plus she has amazing water magic that comes from blood letting, so that’s pretty amazing! Then there is Ahkin, the squishable logical prince and descendant of the sun god.

Would you see me die to uphold some ancient ritual?

Lani Forbes

So plot-wise imagine The Selection mixed with Aztec/Mayan/Incan mythology. It’s got that amazing (and sometimes fluffy) politically based arranged marriages as well as the darkly powerful magic system. Add in the chance of a new apocalypse and some The Hunger Games traits and you have The Seventh Sun. Seriously, this book captured me from the first word and just continued to get better and better!

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 California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also an award-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Blog Tour Schedule

February 12th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

February 13th

Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
Story-eyed Reviews – Review
Happily, Hedy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Fanna Wants The World To Read – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 14th

Artsy Draft – Guest Post
biblioxytocin – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Briefs – Review
Cluttered Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Popthebutterfly Reads – Review

February 15th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
@onemused – Review
Sohinee Reads & Reviews – Review
Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews – Review
Bookablereads – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 16th

NovelKnight – Guest Post
KookBookery – Review + Favourite Quotes
Whispers & Wonder – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 17th

bewitchingwords – Review + Playlist
L.M.Durand – Review
Shelf-Rated – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
mabookyard – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 18th

Bibliobibuli YA – Interview
The Reading Chemist – Review
Ya It’s Lit  – Review + Favourite Quotes
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review
Jheel – Review + Favourite Quotes

Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (2) signed hardcover of THE SEVENTH SUN by Lani Forbes, a Worry Doll, a button and a bookmark (US/CAN Only)

Starts: 12th February 2020
Ends: 26th February 2020

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Bookstagram Tour Schedule

February 12th

TUABFCThe FFBC Tours

February 13th

Belle’s Archive
Story-eyed Reviews
Happily, Hedy
Dazzled by Books

February 14th

Book Briefs
Popthebutterfly Reads

February 15th

Kait Plus Books
@onemused
Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews

February 16th

NovelKnight
Whispers & Wonder
Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Foals, Fiction & Filigree

February 17th

L.M.Durand
Shelf-Rated
The Reading Corner for All

February 18th

Ya It’s Lit
The Reading Chemist
Jheel

Bookstagram Giveaway

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🌼 b o o k t o u r & g i v e a w a y 🌼 Well, Lani Forbes is officially the queen of descriptions and making me hungry through those.  Like holy wow! I was selected to post my favorite quotes for this book and I wound up going with the age old tactic of just selecting the ones at the beginning because they were all amazing. I mean, the imagery! I was transported to this lush fantastical story. (Full review and additional giveaway entries on my blog, link in bio!) 🌼 QOTD | What lengths would you go to gain the throne and avoid being sacrificed? 🌼 GIVEAWAY We are giving away a THE SEVENTH SUN bundle including: a Signed hardcover of THE SEVENTH SUN by Lani Forbes, a Worry Doll, a Bookmark and a button (US/CAN Only). The giveaway will start on FEBRUARY 12th 2020 and will ‪finish on FEBRUARY 26th 2020 (00:00 GMT+1‬). ▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri ▪︎Follow the author @laniforbes ▪︎Follow the publishing house @blackstonepublishing ▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit) ▪︎Respond to the QOTD and tag @theffbc to make it clear you're entering! 🌼 Additional entries: ▪︎Tag a friend (each friend will be an extra entry). ▪︎Share on your stories about the giveaway (remember to tag me @whatmakespatri and @theffbc) ▪︎Follow @michellesulk & @artsyreadergirl ▪︎Follow any other FFBC team member participating in the tour (let us know on the comment section who did you follow). Check everyone's Instagram handles in my comments! 🌼 #yabooks #yalit #yabookstagram #yaitslit #bookbloggerslife #bookreviewer #epicfantasy #yafantasy #theffbc #bookreviewblog #booksharks #instabooklovers #yacommunity #hereforthebooks #bookstaunited #bookbloggersofig #readingislife #btabookfriends #bookphotography #bookstamisfits #bookishmerch #bookiehelper #bookishphotography #historicalfantasy #readersofinsta #bookblogger #theseventhsun #laniforbes #roaring20sdebut #blackstonepublishing

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For this particular giveaway, we have an exclusive Instagram. We are giving away a THE SEVENTH SUN bundle including: a Signed hardcover of THE SEVENTH SUN by Lani Forbes, a Worry Doll, a Bookmark and a button (US/CAN Only). The giveaway will start on FEBRUARY 12th 2020 and will finish on FEBRUARY 26th 2020 (00:00 GMT+1).

Entries for the giveaway:

On Insta:
▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri
▪︎Follow the author @laniforbes
▪︎Follow the publishing house @blackstonepublishing
▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit)
▪︎Respond to the QOTD and tag @theffbc to make it clear you’re entering!

Extra entries:
On Insta:
▪︎Tag a friend (each friend will be an extra entry).
▪︎Share on your stories about the giveaway (remember to tag me @whatmakespatri and @theffbc)
▪︎Follow @michellesulk & @artsyreadergirl
▪︎Follow any other FFBC team member participating in the tour (let us know on the comment section who did you follow). Check everyone’s Instagram handles on the tour schedule!

▪︎Giveaway ends on February 26th (00:00 GMT+1). 1 winner will be chosen on @theffbc.
▪︎Open to residents of US/CAN only

The winner will be announced after FEBRUARY 28TH 2020 on our Instagram stories. ONLY 1 WINNER. OPEN US/CAN ONLY. The winner will be contacted via Instagram.

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