The Inheritance Games Review

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About the Book

A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Review

Cinderella meets Knives Out?! YES PLEASE! I mean, Cinderella is and will always be a classic, but gimme those EXTRA high stakes! And alllll the action and puzzles! I’m just obsessed with everything about this! And yeah, reading it didn’t disappoint either! There was so much mystery and intensity throughout the book that it will leave you flipping the pages needing more!

So yeah, there’s a lot that happens in this book and it comes down to the mastermind of Tobias Hawthorne. What a legend of an old man and what a way to pass on your inheritance! I mean puzzles, clues, and mysteries that must be solved in order to earn the inheritance? Just genius. And the characters! YES! But I literally don’t want to give anything away, so just take my excitement for reason enough to read this book.

This is a high stakes rags to riches story that gives you everything you want! There’s action and mystery and a splendid cast of characters. I went into this with high hopes and it really blew all my expectations out of the water. It’s both a fun read and and exciting one that younger and older audiences alike will fall in love with.

About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a “practice book” and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She’ll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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

A Curse of Gold Tour – Review

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About the Book

Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance.

After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening to overthrow her as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.

As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.

Review

Greek gods and pirates?! *suddenly becomes gif of Hilary Duff singing “This is what dreams are made of”* While this book is the second in the series, it can be read as a standalone. BUT, I mean, it’s always better to read the first anyways! And that just means you get to buy even more books! Plus these books are fun! And we need fun right now!

Now, I’m ALWAYS happy to see some Greek representation in books (even if we tend to only come about when we’re talking about Greek gods, but at least it’s something!), but these books are definitely *loosly* based off of Greek mythos. It’s there, we’re told it’s there, but it’s the authors own take on it. So don’t go in expecting the full on hot mess that are the Greek gods. It’s more of a watered down younger version of them. BUT: it’s still there and I still thrive for that!

Like I said in the beginning, this is a really fun read. There is a lot of action and adventure and the characters are easy to follow. And right now with all of the stress of day to day life this is exactly what I need! I want to just be able to sit down with a book and not want to set it down because I’m enjoying the read.

About the Author

Author of TIGER QUEEN and A TOUCH OF GOLD. Finder of four-leaf clovers, + world traveler.

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

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

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Thorns Review

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About the Book

Book 2 of the Brambles Series.

Sidney’s dad is a dick. Well . . . actually, he’s an incubus with a foul temper, terrible fashion sense, and a god complex. Obsessed with turning Sidney into the perfect vessel for the Kent curse, he tampered with every aspect of her life. He thought he molded her destiny—she’d end the Kent curse on his terms by marrying the ghost he chose and dooming the other to oblivion. He had complete control. He was sure. He’d penned his fairytale and the ending was in the bag.

Too bad Sidney fought back. When faced with losing the ghost she cared for and the one she longed for, she chose herself. She chose her own life over theirs. That wasn’t the plan.

To continue his sick game, the incubus has turned the ghosts mortal, lengthened the timeline of the curse, and stolen away Sidney’s best friend, Aziah.

Sidney, along with her former ghosts and her Bastmau (feline protector), embarks on a quest to find Aziah, but the closer they get to the incubus, the more volatile Sidney becomes. Something is very wrong. . . .

Soon, Sidney’s faced with a new choice—a choice to change her life and her destiny. A choice to let herself lose control for the first time in her life. A choice that would make her truly powerful—the choice to explore her succubus side.

Along with the dark and charming Dorian, Sidney’s about to let loose, explore her sexuality, and totally lose control.

Hello, chaos.

Sleeping Beauty lore meets paranormal romance in this exciting sequel to Brambles that explores not only Sidney’s need for freedom, but her own sexuality as Sidney comes out as a bisexual character and a new, gorgeous, love interest is introduced.

Review

So, if you read my review of Brambles you’ll remember I said I was happy that I had this book ready to go for as soon as I finished the first. That’s because Thorns picked up right from where Brambles left off. So we get to start right in the middle of the action and it just kept going from there.

The other thing I promised to talk about in this review is my new favorite character: Rax. Thorax started off as just a cat in the first thing and showed himself to be a Bastmau by the end of the book. AND he also showed that he can talk! And he’s just as sassy and snarky as is expected. So not only are there two awesome “ghosts/”mortals, there’s also Rax to look forward to.

The only bad thing about finishing Thorns is that I now have to wait for the next book in the series. The third book, Thicket, will be coming out July 20 so I don’t have TOO long to wait but I will be impatiently waiting for it. This series has just drawn me in and I am fully invested in where everything is going to go. Also, check below to learn more about Thicket, or at least just to ogle the gorgeous cover for it.

Thicket – Brambles Book 3

Sidney died.
The end?
Oh, but this is a fairy tale, and the heroine can’t really die . . . can she?

Having been brought back to life by the Golden Dawn Coven, Sidney has vowed to turn from her succubus ways and end her incubus father, freeing herself to finally end the curse on her own terms. It would be so much easier, though, if her demonic side wasn’t constantly trying to make her kiss everyone. Along with the two ghosts from the curse, a beautiful pink-haired witch is after Sidney’s heart.

But things are changing . . . the coven has informed Sidney that because of her role in the curse (the fact that she’s a Wilkins woman born to end the curse), she’s going to become an Apt—a messenger of the gods imbued with godly powers. She’ll be godly, if she can defeat her demon side. This would be great news if it wasn’t tied to a ghastly vision of her own death at the hand of the incubus. Here’s hoping that visions can be wrong. . . .

In order to take hold of her destiny, Sidney is charged with exploring the Thicket—an otherworldly holding place for Reginald and Dorian, the ghosts attached to the curse. Because of her death (and subsequent raising), she’s able to explore the Thicket as long as either Reginald or Dorian go with her. For as the Golden Dawn Coven warns: she could go crazy or get lost in the Thicket if she’s not careful. It’s a chance that Sidney has to take as the witches’ visions have shown that the Thicket holds the answer—not only to ending Sidney’s incubus father, but maybe even to ending the curse without one of the ghosts having to die. It’s a chance for Sidney to finally live her own life—not one of ghosts and magic and curses. It’s a chance she has to take.

Along with her human friends, talking Bastmau (feline familiar), Reginald, and Dorian, Sidney is off to find the answers she needs to end her father and the curse before time runs out.

Thicket is the fast-paced, heart-pounding ending to the Brambles Series, sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Are you ready for the end?

Be sure to check out Brambles Series Book 1, Brambles & Brambles Series Book 2, Thorns!

About the Author

A little about me: I’m an author, lover of creepy-cute things (you know sparkly skulls and black unicorns and candles that melt and show skeletons), and an all around weirdo. I’m the happiest when playing with my kitties or exploring a haunted cemetery. I love YA books. If I could, I would live in one. Just not The Hunger Games. I want to live!! 

I’ve just finished the Brambles Series and am working on a dystopian series that will release late 2020/early 2021. It’s super dark and I’m super excited.

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

Brambles Review

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About the Book

Nineteen-year-old Sidney Philips lives in the shadow of her grandmother, a wealthy socialite with towering expectations and a controlling hand. She’s expected to either find a respectable career and marry well, or to simply marry well. Believing she has no choice, Sidney walks the path laid out for her—that is until a destined meeting with a terrifying ghost turns her world upside down. All at once, Sidney is at the center of a curse that has nothing (and everything) to do with her. She’s faced with a terrible choice, and no matter what she chooses, someone will suffer.

Brambles is a coming-of-age story that’s a mash-up of paranormal romance and Sleeping Beauty lore; a delicious blend of drama, action, and humor perfect for both YA and NA (New Adult) readers.

The Brambles Series has the romance of Vampire Diaries and the humor of Gilmore Girls. The heroine of this tale, Sidney Philips, is a sarcastic young adult with a fiery wit and a semi-serious mocha obsession.

Do you want to hear a ghost story?

Review

What do you get when you combine The Vampire Diaries, Sleeping Beauty, and ghosts? Brambles. And, just as a side note, those are three of my favorite things. So, as you can probably guess, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s just one of those highly enjoyable books that you can read rain or shine, slump or no slump. It’ll just pull you in and make you want to find out what’s going to happen.

So, did I mention there are ghosts in this story? Because there are two very important very British very victorian ghosts in this story. Just saying. They kind of steal the show and I looked forward to some ghostly scenes throughout the book. I also love that the females run the show in this book, from Sidney’s crotchety old (and very wealthy) grandmother who’s a rich boss to Sidney taking control of her own life and decisions.

One thing I must say is make sure you have book two ready when you start this! You’ll thank me because the ending of Brambles just warrants you to immediately continue the story. Like, wow, what a cliff hanger! And towards the end I found a new favorite character that I wasn’t expecting to love, but more details on that coming in my review of book two. So, in conclusion, keep an eye out tomorrow for my review on book two in the Brambles Series: Thorns.

About the Author

A little about me: I’m an author, lover of creepy-cute things (you know sparkly skulls and black unicorns and candles that melt and show skeletons), and an all around weirdo. I’m the happiest when playing with my kitties or exploring a haunted cemetery. I love YA books. If I could, I would live in one. Just not The Hunger Games. I want to live!! 

I’ve just finished the Brambles Series and am working on a dystopian series that will release late 2020/early 2021. It’s super dark and I’m super excited.

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

Jo & Laurie Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Jo & Laurie
by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 2nd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings

‘What it’s like to be tormented by having a writer of books in your family. What it’s like to be tortured by having a scamp in your tutelage.’

‘Well, that surely took hours.’

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Bestselling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz bring us a romantic retelling of Little Women starring Jo March and her best friend, the boy next door, Theodore “Laurie” Laurence.

Remember who you are. She would not let herself be pampered

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

1869, Concord, Massachusetts: After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book of scribbles has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her dear friend Laurie for a week of inspiration—museums, operas, and even a once-in-a-lifetime reading by Charles Dickens himself!

But Laurie has romance on his mind, and despite her growing feelings, Jo’s desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal and sends the poor boy off to college heartbroken. When Laurie returns to Concord with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart’s desire or lose the love of her life forever?

Everything past was prologue, including the fact that both of them had loved, and been rejected by, other people. Only the future mattered now.

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Review

Perhaps one of the most known (and argued about) “romances” is the one between Jo March and Theodore Laurence. Growing up I was obsessed with Little Women and because of the chemistry between Christian Bale and Winona Ryder I thought that Jo and Laurie had to be endgame and refused to believe anything else, even if the book said so. HOWEVER, when I went to see the new Little Women film, and promptly reread the novel afterwards, I found myself rethinking my resolute belief that Jo and Laurie should be together. However, regardless of my currently wavering beliefs in this timeless love triangle, you best believe I was beyond excited when I found out about this book. For Jo & Laurie poses the question of: what would happen if these two star-crossed lovers actually did end up together?

What was happening was alternately dull and frightening.

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Ok, so I realize that this book is going to be VERY dividing. I can understand why some people would be upset about this retelling, since Jo was meant to be an independent woman, but I was still overly excited for this book and am just taking it as an exciting “what if” instead of a slight on an epic work of literature. But I most definitely thought of the Winona and Christian Jo and Laurie while reading this book.

This family.

Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

This book was like a walk down memory lane (even though I just reread Little Women this year). It was such an endearing take on beloved characters and I truly enjoyed reading the reimagined version of such a well known and discussed story. And that’s what this story was, it was about the characters and their relationships. But it is important to remember that while these are the characters we know and love, they’re also the authors’ take on these beloved characters. So they are both the same and different and new. So go into this book expecting a new story that reminisces the original.

About the Authors

She is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

She is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling

Margaret Stohl is a #1 New York Times bestselling nerd, world-builder, video game creator, comic book writer and festival founder.

As an award-winning young adult author, she has been published in fifty countries and thirty-two languages and has sold more than ten million books worldwide. Beautiful Creatures debuted as the Amazon #1 Teen book of the year; seven of Margaret’s books have reached bestseller lists around the world.

She has published fifteen novels and graphic novels, as well as contributed to several games and countless comics since her debut. Her last book, Cats Vs Robots: This is War, was a family affair, illustrated by her child, the artist Kay Peterson, and co-written with her husband, Lewis Peterson. It also starred three of her family’s five cats.

After Beautiful Creatures was released as a feature film from Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment, Margaret began working with Marvel on her bestselling Black Widow: Forever Red duology; in 2017 she began writing the ongoing Mighty Captain Marvel comic, followed by the acclaimed Life of Captain Marvel miniseries, where she established a new origin story for Carol Danvers in preparation for the theatrical debut of Brie Larson as “Captain Marvel” for the MCU. 

When not roaming the halls of Seattle game developer Bungie – where she oversees the creation of new global IPs – Margaret can often be seen at a Comicon or at one of the teen and youth book festivals she co-founded, YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), the largest in the country. Wherever she goes, you can find out more about her (and invariably her cats) at @mstohl on twitter or margaret_stohl on instagram or margaret_stohl on snapchat or at mstohl.com.

Excerpt

Before You Begin . . .

The story that we now think of as Little Women was originally published as two separate volumes written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868 and 1869.

In those pages, Jo March—one of young adult literature’s most beloved writers and sisters—writes and publishes the story of her life with her family at Orchard House.

Our own reimagined story takes place between the two volumes, after the success of the first, as Jo struggles to write the second.

Just as we expect “Lu” did.

—MS & MdlC

Prologue

Little Women

The Offices of Roberts Brothers, Publishers and Bookbinders

Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts

1868

“Little Women? That’s the title?” The author looked concerned. Above her light brown eyes and beneath her threadbare linen cap, the chestnut curls that framed her face were shaking. Miss Josephine March was all of seventeen years old, and though her girlish curves were slight, her spirit was immense.

There was nothing little about her, or her characters.

Or so she had thought.

The book in question—a volume of domestic stories, loosely inspired by her own family—was one she hadn’t wanted to write, had in fact steadfastly refused to write, until her editor had offered a notably unrefusable royalty, instead of the usual piffling advance. Only then had she dashed off a dozen chapters in a fit of pique. To her dismay, he’d loved them, and she’d had no choice but to finish the final chapters, which she’d come to deliver now.

And lo—insult beyond injury—it would be called Little Women.

“Isn’t it perfect?” Mr. Thomas Niles beamed at her over his spectacles. Her editor at Boston’s (moderately) respected and (moderately) solvent Roberts Brothers Press, Niles felt he had developed some (moderate) expertise in the publishing industry. His authors, at times, disagreed.

This was one of those times.

“Far from it!” Jo drew a worn cambric handkerchief square from her pinafore pocket and dabbed dramatically at the corner of her left eye, although both author and editor knew there was no actual tear to be wiped away.

Only fury, and there’s not a cambric square big enough in the world for that—

“It’s dismissive!” Jo seethed. “It’s pap!”

“Oh?” Niles pushed his spectacles back up the bridge of his bulbous red nose. “How so?”

“It’s . . . trite!” Jo dropped the handkerchief upon the bundled pages in front of her. They were tied with string, the requested final chapters, as painstakingly inked as the others before them. Her hands hovered, as always, just above the parcel; it was never easy, letting go of the fruit of so many stolen hours in her damp writing garret under the attic eaves, where she’d burnt her last saved stumps of candle-wax—as well as her fingers—and ruined her eyes in the service of one of these so-called little stories. The nerve!

Niles sighed.

“Trivial!” Jo huffed.

“When you say trivial,” Niles began, “do you mean—?”

“For starters, that’s not a title, it’s a literal restatement of the very essence of the plot,” Jo interrupted.

He eyed the parcel hungrily. “Yes, and I’m told it’s charming.

Jo’s head-shake was very nearly violent. “It’s not charming. I’m not charming.” After making a living writing her customary blood-and-thunder tales—or so she thought of them—this business of feminine tradition and treacle was all very unfamiliar. To be fair, with the exception of her sisters, Jo knew and liked hardly any girls at all.

“You’re very charming, Miss March. Nearly as charming as your book,” Niles said, looking amused. “And a tribute to little women everywhere.” He pulled a tin from his outer vest pocket. “Peppermint?”

Buying time with sweets, again. Niles offered them up only when he found himself in a tough conversational crossroads, Jo knew.

So that’s it, then.

There really is no changing the title.

“Thank you, no.” Jo looked out the window as a horse and carriage clattered up Washington Street, spraying mud in every direction, including onto the glass of the (moderately) well-kept Roberts Brothers offices. She tried not to wring her hands in despair and failed. “I suppose it is what it is. Perhaps it doesn’t matter what you call it. I dashed the thing off in weeks, and for what?”

“Money,” Niles said. “The almighty dollar. Which you happen to need, not unlike the rest of us. Speaking of earning your wage, are those the chapters you owe me?” He reached for the bundled pages between them.

“It’s not about earning my wages,” Jo said, tightening her grip on the manuscript. “Not just about that.” She’d written it on assignment, because Niles was experimenting beyond the standard Continental Gothic that came flowing from Jo’s pen so easily.

And, yes, because of the money.

The result was a collection of domestic moments, sure, but it had surprised even her; it wasn’t just feminine drivel, even if the title might perhaps now doom it to be. She hadn’t expected it to come as quickly as it had, or as pleasantly. Not that she would admit that to her editor. “Money’s not a reason. Not a proper one, anyway.” Even if we are poor as rats.

“Many people—most—seem to think otherwise,” Niles said, yanking his handkerchief from his pocket and mopping his brow, which was beginning to perspire as they argued. He was never without a handkerchief; decades of sobbing authors, Jo suspected, had trained him thus.

“Not all people,” she sniffed.

“Certainly my investors do. You aren’t the only family with war debts, you know.”

Jo had no answer for that, for he was right. She supposed she would never be considered a real writer now, never be taken seriously by the public. Never invited to lecture at the Athenaeum with Ralph and Henry and . . . Who was that other chap? Perhaps this was what happened to feminine scribblers who aspired above their little place in the Concord world.

Strike another blow to the weaker sex—and all that rot.

“Charming,” she sighed.

“Ideally, you’ve written equally charming last chapters as well.” Niles eyed the stack hopefully. “Seeing as my typesetters have very nearly caught up with you.”

Jo snorted, which was a good indication of her feelings concerning the process that put her words on the page. Lottie Roberts, who manned the letterpress, had once changed “Christopher Columbus!”—Jo’s most oft-uttered oath—to “My Heavens!” and Jo had never forgiven her. This was, truthfully, not an isolated event; “Blazes!” had been mysteriously printed as “How sad!”—“Hell” as “The Down Below”—“Blow me down!” as “No!”—and “A French pox upon you, Adventuress!” had been eliminated altogether.

“Your typesetters go too far.” She glared, repeating the warning not to change a word of her text for the twentieth time.

“Yes, well.” He snapped shut his peppermint tin. “When women of polite society are allowed to speak like common sailors, you are welcome to terminate their employment yourself, Miss March.”

“And I look forward to the day, sir.” Jo pursed her lips.

“I am confident you shall meet it.” Niles smiled. For despite all indications to the contrary, the two were fond friends. Niles reminded Jo of her father, who had left Concord years earlier to join the Union army as a chaplain. Mr. March had come home only once in all that time—when the Union prevailed and the war was won, three years ago. Shortly thereafter, he’d left once more to volunteer in the Reconstruction efforts in the South, helping to build schools and churches for previously enslaved people. And though his letters usually came frequently, the March women felt his absence keenly.

But Jo still had Niles, and if they fought, they fought well, each considering the other the more harmless version of their species. (The dollar a story Niles paid to run Jo’s wild romantic adventures didn’t hurt, either. Neither did the fact that subscriptions to his circular, The Tall Taler, had gone up by forty-three since engaging her. Forty-three!)

“Call it what you will. No one will read it, anyway.” Jo tapped her fingers along the brown-paper-wrapped parcel. “I don’t know why you believed you could sell it.”

“Perhaps.” Niles nodded.

“I should have used a different name instead of my own,” she sighed. “Eustacia. Thomasina.”

“Possibly.” He nodded again. “Eustacia Emerson is lovely. I’m quite partial to Thomasina Thoreau, but Hildegarde Hawthorne could also do just fine.” He winked.

Hawthorne. That was his name, the other Athenaeum chap!

“Fine.” She picked at the string about the parcel. “Take my daft little book of scribbles and do with it as you will.”

“I’ve seen dafter. Trust me.”

“Trust you? You have no sense of anything, least of all publishing! Why, you couldn’t sell Romeo and Juliet if I wrote it for you.”

“Admittedly a bit somber for my taste—I do prefer a happy ending to my sensation stories. So do our Tall Taler readers. Why couldn’t Romeo have married Juliet and settled down in a nice Tuscan villa? A sequel by any other name . . .”

The author bit her lip; it kept her from responding in a discourteous manner.

“Now give it here,” the editor said, sliding his fingers impatiently across the blotter atop his desk and taking the manuscript from her hands.

“Take it.” She scowled.

Manuscript obtained, Niles traded his peppermints for the bottle of peppermint schnapps he kept in the bottom of his drawer for special occasions.

“A toast!” he offered, pouring two thimblefuls into two cups.

Jo grudgingly accepted.

“To our Little Women!” her publisher cried. “And to the bright future of Jo March, Thomas Niles, and Roberts Brothers! May 1868 prove to be a banner year for us all!”

Jo clinked her glass against his. It seemed rude otherwise. With a final sigh and a shake of her curls, the author drank to her defeat. The editor drank to her success.

Little Women it was.

Excerpted from Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz. Copyright © 2020 by Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Original link: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/594970/jo-and-laurie-by-margaret-stohl-and-melissa-de-la-cruz/

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Tour Schedule

May 27th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

May 28th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Belle’s Archive – Review
Adventurous Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Clever Reader – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 29th

A Gingerly Review – Review
Happily, Hedy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Colbywilkens – Review
justicereads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books Over Everything – Review

May 30th

L.M. Durand – Interview
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Emelie’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Jill’s Book Blog – Review

May 31st

The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Briefs – Review
Kayla Reads and Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes
ReadwithMiki – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Heidi Reads… – Review

June 1st

Biblioxytocin – Review + Favourite Quotes
@onemused – Review
Ohana Cascadia – Review + Favourite Quotes
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review
Paperbacks and Pen – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 2nd

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Odd and Bookish – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Eating Between the Lines – Review

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Palace of Silver Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Palace of Silver (The Nissera Chronicles #3)
by Hannah West
Publisher: Holiday House
Release Date: April 28th 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

I would need wit and caution.

Or powerful friends.

Hannah West

Return to the land of Nissera, home to spectacular magic. An uneasy peace reigns now that Valory has vanquished the Moth King and settled into her rightful place as queen of Calgoran. New leaders Glisette and Kadri hope to usher the neighboring kingdoms into an era of healing and prosperity. All should be well.

But there’s a fourth queen in charge: Ambrosine, banished overseas to Perispos. Driven by vanity, she vows to become the most powerful and beautiful ruler in the world, even if it means oppressing the mortal kingdom she is meant to protect. Meanwhile a dangerous uprising led by elicromancer-hating rebels gains momentum. Rot spreads through the Forest of the West Fringe. Valory goes missing. Facing enemies on all sides, Glisette and Kadri must reckon with the role of magic. How far will they go to defend their power—and can they build an uprising of their own?

They hadn’t demanded an answer from me yet, but the weight of their request made me drop back onto the mattress.

Hannah West

West intertwines homages to Snow White and Bluebeard with her imaginative magical setting for an exhilarating installment in the acclaimed Nissera Chronicles. Stunning hardcover edition includes a two-page map and family tree.

The mirror burst into shards. The laughter stopped.

Hannah West

Review

While I’ve been enjoying reading new and different genres, it’s always like a sense of relief when I go back and read something in the fantasy realm. It’s just such a comforting genre for me and will always feel like home. This series was also just plain amazing and I loved all of the Snow White elements in this book!

Your first execution. How does it feel?

I feel . . . riveted.

Hannah West

I really liked the way this retelling was done because it wasn’t just a direct modernized retelling, but it also wasn’t so vague that you would never be able to tell it was a retelling unless otherwise told. That was very wordy, but I think you get my point! Overall I really enjoyed how this series moved along and how the stories flowed and meshed together.

There my composure went again. Thankfully, neither man seemed to care.

Hannah West

This was a new series for me and I got really excited when I saw the blog tour sign-ups! I mean, what’s better than being handed an excuse for buying and binging more books! It was one of those series where I knew as soon as I saw the cover that I would love it. I mean, I did read the synopsis and think, “heck yes!” but the covers are just so beautiful for me not to mention!

About the Author

I’m the author of young adult books including The Nissera Chronicles series and The Bitterwine Oath. ​I’ve been writing fantasy since kindergarten, when I penned my first tale about a princess who ran away and lived at the top of a flagpole with two loaves of bread. But it wasn’t until I studied abroad in Orléans, France during college that the premise for my first novel materialized. The fairy tale castles, the snowy winter days, and a Disney princess pencil that arrived in a care package from my parents provided the inspiration that allowed me to wrangle all my untold and unfinished stories into a novel.

I currently live in the Dallas area with my husband and our two rambunctious rescue dogs.

Tour Schedule

April 22nd

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

April 23rd

Captivated Reading – Official Book Playlist
Library of a Book Witch – Review

April 24th

L.M.Durand – Meet The Characters
Ya It’s Lit  – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 25th

Kait Plus Books – Official Dream Cast
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist

April 26th

Precious books world – Mood Board
J.R.’s Book Reviews – Review
Bookishaestha – Review + Dream Cast

April 27th

The Reading Life – Deleted Scenes
& She Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Dream Within A Dream – Review

April 28th

Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookishly Nerdy – Review
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes

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April 23rd

Library of a Book Witch

April 24th

L.M.Durand
Ya It’s Lit

April 25th

Kait Plus Books
Sometimes Leelynn Reads

April 26th

J.R.’s Book Reviews
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April 27th

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April 28th

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Bookishly Nerdy
The Reading Corner for All

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Magic by Midnight Tour – Review, Creative, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Title: Magic by Midnight
Series: The Librarian’s Chronicles #1
Author: Allison Bass
Publishing Date: July 1st, 2019
Genres: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Felicity, a young librarian, is certain her only adventures will come in the form of the books she reads. When her uncle reveals that the palace librarians have the secret gift of interpreting fairy tales, stories that control the fate of the kingdom, she is thrust into a new world of magic. Between rescuing Cinderella, charming a prince, and battling an evil force trying to sabotage the fairy tale, Felicity realizes orchestrating a happily ever after ending is going to take all of her wits.

However, it’s her heart that is put to the real test. She finds herself having to choose between her own happy ending or protecting the fairy tale she’s been tasked with completing. After the clock strikes midnight, Felicity discovers her world will change forever and some fates are stronger than magic.

Review

What do librarians and magic have in common with me? An easy hook to make me NEED it. Magic by Midnight was just such a delightful read that gave me both of those aspects and then some! Plus it has the whole fairy tale aspect! And while I say I’m a snob regarding fairy tale retellings, I generally wind up liking the ones I pick up. I was especially happy since this wasn’t another Beauty and the Beast retelling, but the featured fairy tale was Cinderella.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy book, which is a shock since it’s my favorite genre, so I was really excited to pick up this one for my stop on the tour! And it was the perfect book for my cravings because it had all of my favorite fantastical elements! Plus it was just such a fun read, which is another really important thing for me right now. I have been needing things that just take my mind off of everything.

I also really loved all of the characters. They were all so quirky and snarky and unique and cinnamon-bun-y. But even the side characters tried to steal the show. Which, I love when I can love side characters! Everything just came together wonderfully and it was such a fun read!

About the Author

Allison grew up a voracious reader who daydreamed about stories filled with romance, adventure, and magic. One day, she decided to put those stories on paper. Her debut novel Magic by Midnight is the result. Like any 21st century fairy tale heroine, she met her own prince via the Internet. They do not live in a castle, but they have a beagle who acts like a court jester. When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she enjoys finding new stories for her personal library.

Tour Schedule

April 13
@thereaderandthechef – Bookstagram + Blog

April 14
@storybookend – Bookstagram

April 15
@paperfury – Bookstagram + Blog

April 16
@old.enough.for.fairytales – Bookstagram

April 17
@l.m.durand – Bookstagram + Blog

April 18
@bibliophilic_ferret – Bookstagram

April 19
@myhoneyreads – Bookstagram + Blog

April 20
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April 21
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April 22
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The Winter Duke Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Winter Duke
by Claire Eliza Bartlett 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Queer, Magic, Retellings, Romance

My favorite tutor said that other people’s siblings were noisy, argumentative talltales. My siblings tried to murder one another.

Claire Eliza Bartlett

An enchanted tale of intrigue where a duke’s daughter is the only survivor of a magical curse.

When Ekata’s brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above with her murderous family. Not her books or science experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness.

I had to go Below.

Claire Eliza Bartlett

In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield it.

Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger.

He stormed out, slamming the door behind him. We all jumped. I resisted the urge to giggle in hysterical relief.

Claire Eliza Bartlett

Review

I always say I am not a fan of retellings, yet I often find myself drawn to them. And, surprise surprise, enjoying them! What I’ve come to realize is that I really like retellings that are more Eastern European based. You know, the dark, dreary, and cold ones. So, of course I absolutely loved The Winter Duke!

But not this night. Tonight we had a strict no-murder policy.

Claire Eliza Bartlett

Let me just say that Barlett writes so gorgeously. I was just sucked in immediately and I was loving every moment of my read. This is definitely an atmospheric read, so everything is very visceral in it’s descriptions. But because of this a lot of stuff is left not fully described. Yet, it worked in this story! I feel like this helped certain important elements remain at the forefront while the writing style made up for why some other elements were only partially developed.

I preferred the study of bones and trees and the denizens. Below to the study of politics.

Claire Eliza Bartlett

Now, the other amazing part of this book is that it is gay. We’ve got an amazing queer mc romance and there was nothing strange about it. Oftentimes when you have LGBTQ+ representation in this setting there are some sort of hurdles the MCs need to overcome, but not in this world. In this book there were no gender norms and people were free to be who they were. I am definitely looking forward to reading some more Bartlett (I’m already eyeing The Good Girls).

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About the Author

I am a writer and tour guide in Copenhagen, Denmark. Though I originally come from Colorado, I left the US when I was eighteen and I haven’t lived there since.

More permanent stops on my travels have included Switzerland, Wales and Denmark. The arrival of a Danish husband has somewhat cemented my living situation, but I get my travel in smaller doses these days.

I like to write fantasy, mostly, though I dabble in soft sci-fi. My short stories are more adult, my novels more YA.

I’ve studied history, archaeology, and writing. I like to take my inspiration from historical events, and the more unknown and inspiring the event, the better.

I am represented by Kurestin Armada of P.S. Literary.

To keep up with what strange things I’m researching and writing, you can sign up for my newsletter here. I send out a short newsletter once a month.

Tour Schedule

March 3rd

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post + Instagram

March 4th

L.M. Durand – Guest Post + Instagram
Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
Utopia State of Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes
Libri Draconis – Review + Instagram
The Everlasting Library – Review + Favourite Quotes

March 5th

Bibliobibuli YA – Interview
Whispers & Wonder – Review + Instagram
The.magicalpages – Review + Favourite Quotes
Caitsbooks – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
@onemused – Review

March 6th

NovelKnight – Guest Post + Instagram
Booked J – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
The Reading Chemist – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review
The art of living – Review

March 7th

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
@womanon – Review
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Inky Moments – Review + Dream Cast
Magical Reads – Review + Playlist

March 8th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist
Ink & Myths – Review + Favourite Quotes
Morgan Vega – Review + Favourite Quotes
Enthralled Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes

March 9th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
Frayed Books – Review
Your Words My Ink – Review + Dream Cast
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

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Mermaid Moon Review

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About the Book

An award-winning author tells of a mermaid who leaves the sea in search of her landish mother in a captivating tale spun with beautiful prose, lush descriptions, empathy, and keen wit.

Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm.
It is the way of the world.
Come close and tell us your dreams.

Sanna is a mermaid — but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna’s people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever.

From the author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book The Kingdom of Little Wounds comes a gorgeously told tale of belonging, sacrifice, fear, hope, and mortality.

Review

One of my goals this year was to read more books based on the sea/ocean. It’s funny that I avoid these stories because I was always a swimmer and a water baby. BUT there’s something about that vast expanse of water (and maybe some trauma from reading Moby Dick at too young an age) that gets my heart pumping for all the wrong reasons. HOWEVER, I aspire to get over this! So, I of course immediately wanted to read Mermaid Moon when I saw it. I mean, just look at that STUNNING cover!

Let me start off by talking about the writing. Oh the glorious and lyrical writing. I love when a book just kind of sucks me into a hole and tells me a story, which is exactly what Mermaid Moon did. It’s kind of genius in a way, and is oh so effective when narrating a fairy-tale inspired story.

Which leads me to the merfolk. They have all the bad boss women and I loved the matriarchal society they dwelled in. It was also so interesting to see Cokal’s take on merfolk and learn so much about them. This book definitely follows some of the traditional aspects of fairy tales, and I really appreciate that. In a time where retellings are almost over saturating the market I seem to find that the ones that stick closer to their dark and mysterious counterparts are the ones that stand out the most for me.

About the Author

Susann Cokal is the author of two books for young adults and two for regular adults. Her third novel, The Kingdom of Little Wounds, won several national awards, including a Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association.

Susann grew up with a roomful of books and Barbies, with whom she acted out elaborate stories. She comes from a Danish family whose traditions have worked their way into her novels. Mermaid Moon takes place in the far northern reaches of civilization, in a Middle Ages in which traces of Viking magic remain. The Kingdom of Little Wounds is set in a watery, witchy, mermaidy kingdom in Scandinavia, 1572. The tale of plotting between three outcasts–a seamstress, a slave, and a mad queen–involves mysterious illness, a conniving count, and plenty of court secrets.

Susann studied medieval history, art history, and literature in Poitiers, France, which gave her the origins and inspiration for Mirabilis, wherein a wet nurse is suspected of working miracles.

She is also the author of numerous short stories, essays, and articles about contemporary literature and pop culture–from supermodels to zoos, gynecology to the concepts of the sublime and horror–and she has been a frequent reviewer for the Sunday New York Times Book Review.

She now lives in Richmond, Virginia, with a lot of cats, a dog, a spouse, and some peacocks that supposedly belong to a neighbor.

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