Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Broken Wish (The Mirror #1) by Julie C. Dao

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BROKEN WISH by Julie C. Dao Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: BROKEN WISH

Author: Julie C. Dao

Pub. Date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 320

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Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She's heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow.

But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it's too late.

The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.

Broken Wish is the perfect dark Disney fairytale.” – The Disney Blog

Julie C. Dao sets the bar high with Broken Wish, a stunning and skillful introduction to the world of The Mirror, Disney's new fractured fairy-tale series written by four different authors that follows a family curse through the ages.” - Medium

Fairy tales were literally the foundation of how I started writing my first full-length novel at the age of eight. So, it felt like coming full circle when Disney asked me to write the first book in this series, and I had a blast incorporating classic fairy tale themes with my own twist. Hanau, Germany is none other than the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, and as a lover of dark fairy tales, I felt that there was no setting more perfect for me to explore. My book takes place during a time when rural villages would still have clung to superstition and prejudice, and that gave me an excellent springboard for this book about a woman who has never quite fit in and longs for love and friendship.” - Julie C. Dao on Broken Wish in Publishers Weekly

 

My Review:

4 Out OF 5 Stars

Genre: Fairytale, Heart-Wrenching, Historical, Supernatural, Teen, Witches--

Broken Wish spans the lives of a mother and daughter and the unforeseen consequences of choices. Agnes longs to have a child and when her new friend says she can help she is excited by the opportunity- except that her new friend is called a witch by the townspeople and her husband fears the scorn of those people if Agnes continues her friendship. Fast-forward 16 years, Agnes' daughter Elva has been told to keep her powers a secret for fear of being scorned by the townspeople. But Elva longs to know more about what she is capable of, especially when she has had a vision of danger, so she goes on a quest to find a witch...

To be completely honest, while I appreciate the plot and the magic of the story, I found this book to be really sad (I guess as all real fairytales were, with a lesson to be learned). All acts have consequences and fate will find you no matter how you try to hide. There were so many moments that I wanted to intervene (particularly with ALL of Agnes' choices) and shake sense into the character, but alas without bad choices we would not get the magic of fairytales and lessons.

While this story wrapped up completely, this is the first book in a series where each book is written by a different author about different characters and I am interested to see where this series will go next.

Broken Wish was basically a love letter to all the fairytales out there. This story took bits and pieces from so many well loved and know stories to create something so unique and wonderful, something that felt like it belonged among the classic tales itself while still being unique. I also loved how the author occasionally mentioned the Grimm brothers and their quest to write the real tales in this book, adding a layer or reality to what would otherwise be a fantasy. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the magic of fairytales as well as the idea that you better be careful what you wish for.

 

About Julie:

Julie C. Dao is the author of the acclaimed Rise of the Empress duology, including Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, as well as the follow-up novel Song of the Crimson Flower. A proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, she now lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes. Photo Credit: Melody Marshall

 

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Giveaway Details:

 

3 winners will receive a finished copy of BROKEN WISH, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2020

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

10/2/2020

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

 

Week Two:

10/5/2020

Seeing Double In Neverland

Review

10/6/2020

Novel Novice

Excerpt

10/7/2020

The Book Nut : A Book Lovers Guide

Review

10/8/2020

Nays Pink Bookshelf

Review

10/9/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

 

Week Three:

10/12/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Review

10/13/2020

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

10/14/2020

Smada's Book Smack

Review

10/15/2020

Book Briefs

Review

10/16/2020

The Mind of a Book Dragon

Review

 

Week Four:

10/19/2020

Do You Dog-ear?

Review

10/20/2020

popthebutterfly

Review

10/21/2020

oddandbookish

Review

10/22/2020

Fictitious.fox

Review

10/23/2020

Momfluenster

Review

 

Week Five:

10/26/2020

What A Nerd Girl Says

Excerpt

10/27/2020

onemused

Review

10/28/2020

Gimme The Scoop Reviews

Review

10/29/2020

A Backwards Story

Review

10/30/2020

linathebookaddict

Review


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Quasi Redux (Angelbound Origins #8) by Christina Bauer

 

Quasi Redux
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins, #8)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 29th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

“Myla is a magnificent heroine, fierce and outspoken, hilarious and mischievous … And did I mention that her demon tail is sentient? Best. Sidekick. Ever.” – The Nocturnal Library

Myla Lewis has her life back. Wife. Mother. Queen. Great Scala. Queen of the Thrax. Yay! Then one day, Myla runs across a supernatural waterfall that makes her igni screech like crazy. Our heroine speaks the fateful words, “Some days, I wish I weren’t the Great Scala.”

The waterfall grants her wish.

A moment later, Myla is back at Purgatory High. No husband. No child. No powers beyond her old quasi days. And without Myla around as the Great Scala, all quasis now live under Armageddon’s rule. That sucks. Hard. So Myla sneaks into Antrum—she simply must find Lincoln and figure this out. Once she arrives, two problems arise.

First, her husband doesn’t know her. At all.

Second, Lincoln is married to someone else.

Fuuuuuuu…

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Angels, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense--

Keep in mind that if you are not familiar (like really super familiar, also know as you read all the previous books in order) then I very much do not recommend jumping in here. Quasi Redux basically throws the reader (and you know, the main characters) right into the action with tons of danger- and a scary megaladon encounter- and absolutely no backstory.

I will read anything that deals with Myla and Lincoln and this super intricate angel/demon supernatural world but I was a little hesitant to start this book because the synopsis sounded a little sad and after having read Thrax and experiencing the heart break that was the Lincon/Myla situation there, I didn't know if I was up for more heartbreak. But since I had to know what would happen, I of course had to pick Quasi Redux up. I was so surprised (in the best of ways) to find that this was sorta, kinda a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I am such a sucker for fairytale retellings and Beauty and the Beast is hands down my favorite, and having Myla and Lincoln inserted into this storyline (with of course all the action, danger, fighting and sarcasm provided by Myla- she is not the sweet soft spoken Beauty of the fairytale and I love that about her.

Overall this was another solid installment in the Angelbound series that I am so glad I did not miss. Who would have thought that prehistoric sharks, fairytales, forced marriage, prison escapes, magical yard sales, The Great Scala action figured and lawn ornaments and curses would all mesh so well into a fast paced, entertaining story that I could not put down. I really like how the author has the ability to keep this storyline fresh, always a pleasant surprise that keeps me guessing and completely engaged. I am so here for the Myla/Lincoln HEA.

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: All This Time by Mikki Daughtry & Rachael Lippincott

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ALL THIS TIME by Mikki Daughtry & Rachael Lippincott Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Title: ALL THIS TIME
Authors: Mikki Daughtry & Rachael Lippincott
Pub. Date: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 336

From the team behind #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance that asks: Can you find true love after losing everything?

Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling.

As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.

And he’s right.

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Teen--

On the night of his High School graduation, Kyle thinks he has his whole life planned out perfectly- that is until one ugly truth is revealed and everything spirals out of control. Now, after having survived  a deadly accident, Kyle is not sure how to move on or even if he deserves to. When he makes a new friend in Marley who is dealing with her own grief, Kyle feels like he has someone who understands him, and can maybe help him heal.

Keep in mind that this was a cute fast read, it just doesn't have the same emotional upheaval that I experienced and expected from the author's first book, Five Feet Apart. That being said, this story is about grief and loss but it didn't make me sad of want to sob (like the previous book did), instead this was more a hopeful story about healing and redemption. BUT the real heart (pun intended) of the story was the epic romance that crosses all kinds of boundaries and expectations, a true love that not everyone can have and it may melt your heart. Let's just say that Kyle really is the best kind of hopeless romantic and he is relationship goals.

I was going to give the book a solid 4 but then there was this super surprising twist I never saw coming and I loved the direction the story took which instantly bumped my review up to 4.5 stars, but that is all you get out of me to avoid any spoilers. Overall this was a really charming YA romance full of feels and insightful personal growth as well as the best HEA.

About Mikki Daughtry:


Mikki Daughtry graduated from Brenau University, where she studied theatre arts. She is a screenwriter and novelist living in Los Angeles and is one of the authors of the New York Times #1 bestseller Five Feet Apart. When she’s not writing, she is watching old black and white movies, listening to Doris Day on repeat, or reading ancient Greek plays. The classics. Always.








About Rachael Lippincott:

Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.

Her debut novel, FIVE FEET APART, is a #1 NYT Bestseller.









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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
9/7/2020
Spotlight
9/7/2020
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9/8/2020
Spotlight
9/8/2020
Spotlight
9/9/2020
Spotlight
9/9/2020
Review
9/10/2020
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9/10/2020
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9/11/2020
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9/11/2020
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Week Two:
9/14/2020
Spotlight
9/14/2020
Review
9/15/2020
Review
9/15/2020
Review
9/16/2020
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9/16/2020
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9/17/2020
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9/17/2020
Spotlight
9/18/2020
Review
9/18/2020
Review

Week Three:
9/21/2020
Review
9/21/2020
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9/22/2020
Review
9/22/2020
Review
9/23/2020
Review
9/23/2020
Spotlight
9/24/2020
Review
9/24/2020
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9/25/2020
Review
9/25/2020
Spotlight

Week Four:
9/28/2020
Review
9/28/2020
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9/29/2020
Review
9/29/2020
Review
9/30/2020
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9/30/2020
Review
10/1/2020
Review
10/1/2020
Review
10/2/2020
Review
10/2/2020
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