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WOW | Once & Future

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This week’s WOW pick is Once & Future, written by two authors who are both brand new to me. I chose this novel because I am a sucker for fairytale retellings and I have yet to encounter one based on King Arthur. Not only is this it, but it’s a gender reverse trope in which King Arthur is actually female! Plus just look at how gorgeous this cover it. It releases March 26, 2019 so mark your calendars! I’m sure this will definitely be a hit in the YA category for March.

———- Synopsis ———–

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

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Tour Stop | Smoke & Summons

 

 

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E Komo Mai (Welcome) to my tour stop for Charlie Holmberg’s newest YA Fantasy novel Smoke & Summons!

“He was protecting one of the most powerful blasphemes in existence.”

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*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Ms. Holmberg and Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to be a part of this tour.*

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I must say that this was a very unique YA Fantasy that will outshine a lot of popular themes out there because of its diversity that both terrifies you and yet keeps you intrigued.

Ms. Holmberg definitely set a challenge for herself in incorporating Sandis’ horrific story into the YA genre and making it appealing for its audience. It truly captivates your fear of the unknown with the Numina and the idea of the occult terrifies you to a point where you’ve become too fascinated with it to leave. The story, while slow and a bit confusing to start, boards the train halfway through and delivers you on a journey to see Sandis and Rone through to the very end. However, their actions leave your heart breaking for each – trying to find the silver lining of with each turn of the page. Kazen is a truly horrific villain and sets the tone of the story having you just as desperate as Sandis for escape and freedom.

Each character we meet here besides Sandis and Rone are so different yet their roles are intertwined with each other’s fate. While appearing young in age, both our MCs have experienced such tragedy and hardship that has matured them beyond their years. However, their youth and hope for freedom drive their decisions that unfortunately end in hurt for the both of them. For the first book in a series, their growth surpassed my expectations. I am amazed with the amount of emotions displayed by both and the detail in which they were written made me feel every single part of it too.

The idea of the Numina was fantastic – I’m still not sure if they’re a form of demons who have no lust for anything but destruction. But Ireth had me believing that not all bad things are bad. Simply misunderstood and fighting for the same freedoms we fight for ourselves. The author successfully portrays that those who abuse power create a stigma that takes a very long time for you to see past and to understand the truth is a very tough obstacle to beat.

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did and I cannot wait for the sequel!

“Was it so easy to make her happy, even after everything she’s endured?”

———– Book Info ———–

Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy #1)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Publisher: 47North

Release Date: February 1, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Synopsis:

A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series. As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon — a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal.

To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally. A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day — a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.

Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…

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“Like every fiber of your body is being torn apart. Like it’s burning up, but the fuel never runs out. Like you’re twisting into something else.”

———- Author Bio ———

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg 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. Her fantasy PaperMagician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, andThe Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for BestYoungAdult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney forSpeculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currentlylives with her family in Utah. Visit her atwww.charlienholmberg.com

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Review | Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times more, Kendall Ryan has quickly outshone many romances for me and has secured a spot as one of my favorite romance authors! She did not disappoint with her newest novel Boyfriend for Hire which is now available!

———- Review ———-

It’s been a LONG while since I’ve read a romance focused on the trope of a blind date. Usually those always end badly but Nic and Elle’s blind date was way too successful and in a very good way. I loved seeing this love story unfold and though the ending is very predictable, the journey Elle and Nic take towards that end goal is very unique, raw and full of life. Ms. Ryan’s spin on the dreaded dating scenario had sass, confidence and drama which lead to great character development and shows a level of maturity in them not seen in many people today.

I dreaded the moment Nic’s truth would be revealed to Elle and OF COURSE it’s done by the best friend who believes she’s protecting Elle when she’s really just destroying what her and Nic started. Granted it was bound to result in heartbreak, I’d prefer it to have come straight from Nic so there would be no misunderstandings. But I’m not the author and the story needed an obstacle so that was it. Brilliantly done because like Nic I wanted to kill Christine too LOL 😂!

All in all, another fantastic novel that has you believing that despite your past, love truly prevails if you take the risk to believe in it.

———- Book Info ———-

BOYFRIEND FOR HIRE

By Kendall Ryan 

Release Day – Feb 19th

I’m the guy you call when you need to impress your overbearing family, your boss, or your ex. Yeah, I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

I’m the guy who’ll make you feel beautiful, desired, and worshipped . . . all for a steep price. I’m hired to make you shine, and I always deliver.

I’ll be whatever you want me to be for one night—except my true self. This is just a job, a role I play to earn a paycheck.

But I’m not the guy who falls for a client. Not once in six years.

And then I meet Elle. Her friend has hired me to escort her to a wedding, but Elle doesn’t know we’re just pretending.

There’s a fire between us I never expected. A connection I haven’t felt in so long. One kiss, and I’m losing all control.

But what will happen when she finds out who I really am?

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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Top 10 | Books I Loved With Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

Playing catch up is no fun especially after celebrating all weekend for my birthday! Today’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt highlights those lesser known/favored/rated books and I’m so excited to share with you my choices! These are the most recent ones I’ve read with less than 2k ratings – I’m capping it at 5 because most of my reads exceed that!

  1. Wolf Tamer by Yumomori Wilson
    • A really sweet and endearing story on young love faced with tragedy and heartbreak that develops into a reverse harem with paranormal shifting wolves!
  2. Whispers of My Skin by Susana Mohel
    • This emotional and raw piece will have you tearing your soul apart only to have it put back together as these two individuals learn to love one another. It also has lots of Scarlett O’Hara and Gone with the Wind inspirations!
  3. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
    • The tragic story of the Romanovs and little Anastasia has a fantastic retelling here that ends with hope, love and forgiveness.
  4. Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan
    • If a blind date set-up looked anything like Nic please sign me up! This male escort trope was everything I wanted and more. Elle is a very lucky girl.
  5. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
    • I received an ARC in my December Fairyloot box and holy crap — this has become my FAVORITE read this year and one of my most highly anticipated YA novels! Full of magical crows and tackling huge mental issues like depression and grief, Kalyn definitely crafted what will be one of the greatest treasures we find this year.
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WOW | To Best the Boys


February 13, 2019


Hardcover, 352 pgs

Release Date: 3/5/19

I chose this because the ARC was AMAZING! My full review will be up soon but I am obsessed with mazes and the twist in this was a huge shocker! I loved the author’s spin on this and can’t wait for you guys to devour this as well! Here’s the synopsis to hold you over until I can post my review!

———– Synopsis ———-

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.

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Review | A Curse So Dark & Lonely

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Hardcover, 496 pgs

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Published by Bloomsbury YA

Let me start by saying this was NOT your typical retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it was none the less epic and magical!

This was my first novel by Brigid and her writing immediately transports you to this world where I myself was scared for the monster Rhen transforms into!

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— Characters —

Harper – I loved how independent and strong willed she is right off the bat. She was not your whimpering damsel in distress. She looks her enemies in the eyes and fiercely fights for what she believes in. I am proud that she is the way she is because I expect nothing less of a main character. I do feel she was a little immature in some ways especially when she constantly assumes things which leads to misunderstandings and makes her a fool when the truth comes to light. But as that’s all part of her growth, I can forgive her for that.

Rhen – your typical arrogant prince. I felt for him though. It seemed he has already given up all hope especially when he realizes Harper is not the typical girl with love in her eyes from first sight. Because he’s already given up, he refuses to open up his heart to her. But of course he’s our Beast so he can’t make it that easy for himself. That doesn’t diminish his character though. He struggles to conceive having a strong powerful female as his last hope to break the spell, but still manages to make us fall in love with him as learns from Harper to prove he cares about his people through actions rather than words. I did not like the version of him when this book ended. Maybe that’s due to the fact that I fell in love with Grey more than I did him, but his character was lamer than I expected. Yes the curse broke, but it seems like he didn’t retain any of his beastly qualities that make us fall in love with him. Yes he’s sweet and endearing but overwhelms us with how sweet and endearing he is. In fact, truth be told, he reminds me A LOT of Tamlin from the ACOTAR series. Broody and messed up prior to the curse ending. Curse breaks and now he’s too overbearing and overprotective.

Grey – he was very pleasant surprise. I did not expect our serious and non-smiling guard to break down HIS barriers first rather than our other two MCs. It was surprising to see how easily it was for him to transition from guard to friend when it came to Harper and not so surprising to see him develop feelings for her. My heart shattered when he sacrifices those feelings in order to save his friend and to allow Harper her freedom knowing he will always lose in the end. His ability to sacrifice himself is the best aspect of this story. I am really really anxious to see how his journey develops in the sequel as this Grey I know is dead (his words not mine). Who will he become? Will he choose to follow and claim his birthright? Will he continue to sacrifice himself for others? Will he end up with Harper???

— Story —

This is the reason why I rated it a 4/5. I found too many similarities to other fantasies that are popular today and it took away from the uniqueness and originality of this retelling. Not to say I didn’t like it, but I couldn’t help but compare it to other books because of this fault.

I loved her version of the beast most of all. There was never just ONE – each season was different and all terrifying in their own way. I was surprised when our beast showed up this season and still retained some sense of familiarity with Harper. I was expecting him to just shred her to pieces like he did everyone else, but he became the biggest puppy as soon as he saw her. Not only was this monster terrifying – it was GORGEOUS…. when it wasn’t snapping and snarling 😛

The story itself is superb and very original. I did not expect it to be written and plotted so, but am glad we get to see each and every single character’s development and their importance in setting up the grounds for the sequel. I truly immersed myself in this world from page 1. Not once did I feel bored. It was a constant ride of excitement and magic that had me devouring sentence after sentence, trying to read between the lines for ANY sort of foreshadowing to see what happens next. I am happy to say I am still stumped – I have no idea what the author has in store for us next. But I do know it can only get better from here.

———- Synopsis ———-

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Top 10 Tuesday | Fave Couples in Books

Aloha! I was sooooo looking forward to this week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic because they’re are so many good couples!!! I know I haven’t read a lot of the popular books today BUT that just means I get to focus on the less known OTPs! So here they are!

  1. Feyre & Rhysand (ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas)
    • If this isn’t obvious, I don’t know what it. They are the ultimate goal and the sacrifices they make not only for themselves but for those they love is just remarkable and something you really don’t see now a days in *real* life. That said, they are my ultimate goal in striving to be just as strong and powerful as they are in supporting one another through everything. I also loved how they are NOT perfect and that they bicker and poke fun at each other. That is how true love reigns and that is why there are #1 😀
  2. Jude & Cardan (The Cruel Prince by Holly Black)
    • Oh my goodness you guys. This couple will literally kill you. I can never tell whether they like each other or not, but you can definitely sense the chemistry between them. In fact, I often feel as if I’m only 2 feet away watching the snaps of lightning crackle around them. I finished TWK a few months ago (I was lucky enough to get an ARC) and FML… it ripped my soul to pieces and it’s still not glued back together.. I need Queen of Nothing now!
  3. Ren & Kelsey (The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck)
    • Ren is the sexiest tiger I know (besides his brother Kishan) – I had a very hard time choosing which one to pick for Kelsey and was so heartbroken in the end for Kishan! Their relationship truly went on one of the best adventures I have ever read and I continue to reread this series time and time again.
  4. Reed & Ella (The Paper Princess by Erin Watt)
    • This couple was fiery and explosive! I really hope this series gets turned into a TV show because hot damn I could not put these books down! Reed and Ella’s love story was so deserving of their HEA and it was utter perfection. I need more Royals!!
  5. Rinoa & Squall (Final Fantasy 8)
    • This isn’t book related (it’s a video game) but I have truly fell in love with Rinoa & Squall’s love story and I strongly believe it was because of their story that made me love Final Fantasy forever. Squall is the strong, silent type who pretends indifference when it comes to Rinoa but when her life becomes forfeit to the evil sorceress he will moves mountains for her. Sigh… I want a Squall.
  6. Belle & the Beast
    • There’s a reason this is my all time favorite fairytale and I think that most of my fave OTPs are based on this romance. Belle and the Beast truly learn to love one another for who they are and I find that most couples struggle with that. Again, being the *perfect type* is NOT key in a relationship. Rather you find perfection in their flaws and weaknesses and you grow stronger as a couple for helping each other through that. That’s what happens in this love story and I see why it’s a very popular trope for romances.
  7. America & Prince Maxon (The Selection Series by Keira Cass)
    • Anytime a commoner shows someone in the *upper* class how to forego all rules and regulations and just follow your heart is a definite romance pick for me. America was hilarious at first, not allowing her own heart to get involved and never giving Maxon the time of day. But it was swoon worthy seeing the both of them fall for each other before they even realized it themselves.
  8. Grey & Harper (A Curse So Dark & Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer)
    • I know I know… it’s not the actual couple of ACSDaL. But honestly, I think this is just like ACOTAR and that Harper will actually end up with the other guy . Which would be SO MUCH BETTER! Sorry Rhen lovers.. he’s just not the perfect fit for her. Whereas Grey is it! I mean you could tell from the moment he first broke down HIS barriers around her that they are just meant to be. He actually reminds me a lot of Rhysand and how he sacrifices for Feyre, Grey sacrifices for Harper.
  9. Nolan & Mackenzie (Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White)
    • Nolan makes me wish to repeat high school drama just for the sake of having a guy like him always there protecting me. He really had the soul of a gentlemen in him without all the immaturity of adolescence and it truly made me have the biggest book boyfriend crush while reading this.
  10. Christian & Ana (50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
    • Minus all the BDSM, I loved the romance and struggle these two went through. Their character developments remain to be one of the most profound in my history of reading and it just amazes me how Twilight was the inspiration for this (I hated Twilight).
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Feature Friday | The Truth About Cowboys

Hello!!!! Today I get to share with you the cover reveal for The Truth About Cowboys! It’s been a while since I read a steamy Western romance and I’m so excited for this!

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About The Truth About Cowboys:

I had my life figured out.

Engaged to a successful man.

About to make partner at my firm.

Bought a high-rise apartment in downtown Denver.

And then, poof, it’s all gone. Now, like in some cheesy romantic comedy, my car has broken down in the pouring rain on my way to “find myself” in The Middle of Nowhere, Texas. Cue hot guy coming to my rescue and changing my tire. This is the part where we flirt and have a meet-cute, right? That’s how it works in romance novels, and I should know—after all, I’m coming to Texas to write my own cowboy romance. But nope. This sexy cowboy lights into me about not being prepared for the country roads and how inappropriate my high-heeled boots are.

Little did I know, Michael Montgomery would tilt my world into a new dimension with his sinful smirk and his bad attitude. Every time I turn around, he’s there to reluctantly save the day. And every time, I think there may be something to that spark we ignite. But there’s a reason the majority of country songs are about broken hearts. The closer I get to this man, the closer I get to learning the truth about cowboys. 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43593386-the-truth-about-cowboys

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Cowboys-Renee-Jones-ebook/dp/B07MYX888W/

Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-truth-about-cowboys.html

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with. In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa’s other bestselling series include: DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES. She is presently working on her LILAH LOVE series to be published with Amazon Publishing/Montlake Romance. Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at http://www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

 

Website: http://www.lisareneejones.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LisaReneeJones

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Tour Stop | Silver Hollow

Aloha and welcome to my tour stop for Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood! This book was hands down fantastic and I can’t wait for more! You can follow the full tour schedule here! I have included my review below AND there’s a giveaway!!

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Silver Hollow 
by Jennifer Silverwood 
(Borderlands Saga #1) 
Publication date: May 31st 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fairy Tales,Fantasy
Synopsis:

“I shouldn’t have to tell you this isn’t a fairy story…”

After her parents’ car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**

Purchase:

———- Review ———-

This was more than just your standard fairytale. I absolutely adored how this was crafted and the writing was so lyrical and magical it immediately transported me from page one.

Amie – gosh my heart bled for her and all she went through. I’m not going to spoil the story but trust me when I say that this fantasy is raw to the core and is so believable you would think its not a fiction. The emotions Ms. Silverwood pulls out of you are like pieces of your soul that she finds and in which you never thought was there. I loved the transitions between fantasy and reality and because they were so perfectly blended, I honestly couldn’t put this down.

Ms. Silverwood has everything in here – drama, mystique, romance – AND MORE! I cannot believe that this was published over 6 years ago! Where was I when this released?!? If you are a sucker for fantasy, pick this up today!

———- Author Bio ———–

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series–Heaven’s Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga–and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She released her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.
Author links: 

———- GIVEAWAY ———

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

  • A signed hardback copy of Silver Hollow + swag and a free coupon for Blackbriar Cove when it comes out
  • An ebook copy of any of Jennifer’s books of your choice + a $10 Amazon gift card
Link: 
Ends Feb 14! Good luck!
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Tour Stop | Warrior Maiden

Happy Saturday!!! Today I’m participating with Fantastic Flying Book Club in promoting Melanie Dickerson’s newest novel Warrior Maiden! Full review and giveaway details below!

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The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim #9)

by Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings, Christian Fiction

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.

Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret?

Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster . . . or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen—and usually does.

When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40590283-the-warrior-maiden

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———- Review ———–

So… I rated this a 3-star because it was very hard for me to get into this.

Religion, more specifically Christianity, is a HUGE influence here. While I have no objections to it, it was such a primary focus that it took away from the history and the retelling. Some of the dialogue revolving around the religion was too simple and too unrealistic. For example, Mulan forgave waaaaay too easily. I know a lot of Christians praise forgiveness and encourage others to do so, but for an 18-year old to just simply accept what is with no hint of anger was just too easy of an answer for me. She’s young and still her in adolescence so where’s all the hormones that would affect her choices? Another example would be when Wolfgang discovers she’s a girl – he BARELY had a reaction to it and brushed it off as easily as if it were dust. Which part of me does appreciate because it empowers gender equality BUT for a story based on a time period where gender equality was not a forefront presence, there should have been more argumentative consequences.

As I was reading, how the story progresses made every character more childish and immature than what I wanted them to be – especially Mulan. Her development didn’t move at all through the entire story. I felt like she was stagnant and didn’t grow as much as a MC is supposed to grow. In retrospect, the Disney movie shows more growth than this did. Their love was an insta-love: they barely knew each other (less than a week if I recall) and once it was discovered she was a girl and among dying circumstances, they profess their love. Not really believable. Mulan also continues to have the need to always be the sacrificial lamb and doesn’t learn to accept help when she needs it. Part of this is due to her stubborn nature which finally shows a hint of its colors when Andrei locks her in the room, but when she brings it up to Wolf, she retracts into this submissive weak girl that I didn’t like. It was like she was only a strong female warrior when the armor was on, but once she changed into a dress she withered and became a simpering princess.

The pacing of the story was also a bit slow. I really liked the dialogue but the plot just didn’t work for me and it was due to the unrealistic religious aspects and the immaturity and lack of development of these characters. Maybe it’s just me but this wasn’t my cup of tea ☹️

————- Fave Quotes ————

From now on, we’re no longer brothers. We are enemies.

But she was not a wilting flower. She had proven herself capable.

———- Author Bio ———-

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing’s Best award, and her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

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