Fantasy, Reviews

“Guardiões” Review

Olá Amigos!

Hoje trago a review/critica a um livro que li em conjunto (buddy reading) com a Faith_Strange. Um livro de fantasia que certamente vos irá deixar curiosos.

“Guardiões”, escrito pela Filipa Tadeu, é o primeiro livro de uma série de fantasia, publicado em April 2019 pela Chiado Editora.

Quero agradecer à Filipa Tadeu por me ter gentilmente fornecido o livro. Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

45445211Ter a sua vida virada do avesso nunca fizera parte dos planos de Chris.

Depois de se encontrar rodeada por um vasto e diferente círculo de amigos após se ter mudado para a Califórnia, as palavras Guardiões, Protegidos e Antigos acabaram por se tornar uma constante no seu dia-a-dia. Christina sempre estivera habituada à sua vida típica de adolescente, todavia tudo mudou após conhecer Noel. Misterioso, atraente e reservado salva-a e apresenta-a esta nova realidade onde nada é impossível. Entre conciliar a sua vida familiar com o ter de frequentar duas escolas e ainda permanecer sã, começa a pensar que esta não pode ficar ainda mais estranha. Até os sonhos começarem. No final, acaba por se aperceber que ainda pode haver muita coisa por descobrir sobre a sua vida e especialmente sobre si.

Descobertas, aventuras e mistérios rodeiam esta saga onde nem sempre, tudo é o que parece.

Purchase Links: Chiado Editora | Bertrand | Wook


Sobre a Autora

Filipa Tadeu

Filipa Tadeu nasceu em Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Sempre foi uma amante de livros de fantasia, o que a levou a optar por um curso relacionado com línguas e toda a produção dos mesmos. Frequentou a Universidade de Aveiro onde o seu gosto pela literatura veio a crescer e posteriormente, levou à redação e publicação do seu primeiro livro.

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Instagram


Minha Review

20200502_104736Fantasia sempre foi um dos géneros que mais me cativa. Talvez porque foi com esse género que me apaixonei pela escrita e me voltei a apaixonar por ler. Dito isto, quando vi o livro da Filipa Tadeu fiquei curiosa e adicionei à minha TBR. Assim que surgiu a oportunidade de o ler, entusiasmo e gratidão era o que sentia. E aqui estou eu, finalmente a fazer a review deste livro.

Neste primeiro livro seguimos a Chris e a sua jornada, descobrindo a verdade e da outra faceta do mundo real que afinal esconde fantasia. Gostei bastante dela, e da forma como a autora descreveu a personagem principal, assim como todas as outras personagens que tem um papel mais ou menos importante na história.

Com cada personagem que conhecemos, cada mistério revelado e cada pergunta que surgia, tudo nos levava a questionar o que se passava e o que viria na página ou capítulo seguinte. Esta curiosidade tornou a leitura viciante. E claro, sempre que parecia que viria daquele momento um cliché qualquer, a história reservava surpresas inimagináveis.

20200509_094338Ao longo da leitura fui comentando com uma amiga que estava a ler o livro em leitura conjunta/buddy reading comigo. Muitas teorias formamos, nenhuma delas irei referir nesta review pois não quero dar nenhum spoiler ou tingir as vossas experiências de leitura. No entanto, a partilha de opiniões com esta minha amiga, tornou a leitura ainda mais aliciante, pois tinha alguém com quem debater ideias e emoções.

A dado momento, a história da Chris e dos seus amigos parecia como que uma aventura numa montanha-russa. Entusiasmante, misteriosa, com alto e baixos a nível de ação e drama. Tudo o que tornou ainda mais emocionante a leitura.

A nível geral, gostei bastante da história. Já não me sentia habituada a ler um livro com um feeling de teenager, o que se tornou refrescante e divertido. E agora resta-me ficar à espera do próximo, pois com aquele final… quero imenso saber o que mais acontecerá!


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Josie James and the Velvet Knife” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a Children/Middle Grade book, the second novel in the Josie James Series by Lily Mae Walters. You may remember the name from my “Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer” review post.

“Josie James and the Velvet Knife”, written by Lily Mae Walters, published 2nd April 2019

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lily Mae Walters for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

JJ Velvet Knife Front Cover“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.

With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.

What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

This is the second book in the novel and since it is a series that has a continuity to it, I recommend you start with book one, just so you have the full experience of the story and characters.

That been said, we follow Josie, as she goes on yet another quest. Side by side, we go with her on a new adventure that brings questions, riddles, mystery and interesting moments that I could see my younger cousins loving if they read this books with me.

With fun characters, magic and exciting action moments, this is the kind of book that can get the reader involved. Since it’s a children’s book, aimed to 8 to 12 year old, the fact that it was magical, fun and visual, was perfect.

Honestly, anyone can read the book and just have a good time in this fictional world, going back in time and being a kid and going on an adventure.

Overall, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. It was a good sequel to the story, and it was as intriguing and fun. And I’m to going to give any spoilers, but I may have enjoyed the plot a little bit more in this book, especially since the story keeps moving through uncovering mysteries and I get to reconnect more with the characters.

If the synopsis spark your attention or if you think your children are going to like it, start with book one “Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer”, get to know the main character, this 13 year old girl, and join her in all the various journeys and quests she ended up in, through a magical world.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, New Releases, Reviews

“Magical Intelligence” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. Like I said in a previous post, I have two reviews for you today. The first one was a contemporary romance and now I bring you a fantasy novel.

Magical Intelligence“, written by M.K. Wiseman, is a fantasy novel, the first in a series, that will be published on 5th May 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M.K. Wiseman for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Magical Intelligence


Synopsis

Magical Intelligence CoverWhen you are a member of Britain’s first team of wizard spies, every mission might be your last. But as the dawning of the 20th century draws ever nearer, magic grows weak. Violectric Dampening, the clash of man-made electricity with the Gifts of magekind, threatens M.I.’s existence. And if that isn’t enough, they’ve now been discharged from their own government. Obsolete. Distrusted.

And now hunted by one of their own.

Myra Wetherby has always feared her so-called fits, strange visions of people and places that she cannot explain. It is the emotional manipulation, however, a strange empathic connection to those around her, which threatens her very sanity. A danger to her family, Myra runs away, falling straight into the hands of the newly ousted Magical Intelligence team. Who just so happen to need an ability like hers.

Which makes Myra one of them . . . whether she likes it or not.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Potential Trigger Warnings – violence; thematically addresses a character’s personal anxiety and fears as pertaining to their mental health; includes an enemy’s mental manipulation which leads to a death by suicide.


About the Author

M K Wiseman Author PhotoM. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

This is the first book I have ever read by this author, and since I love fantasy, and this is the first novel in a brand new series, I had to jump in and give it a go. Plus, the synopsis was very intriguing to me.

As we follow Myra’s journey in this novel and get to uncover all the interesting aspect about the world, we are taken to a world that isn’t exactly ours, but still has some elements of connection, and I do enjoy a book that in a fantasy world that is kind of our own reality but has some magical elements to it, that we don’t quite have.

P1070790I loved the concept of this story and how the magic worked because I always find the intricacy of a fantasy world so fascinating. Plus… it’s not just magic… it has spies! To be honest, when I read the synopsis and saw that word, I wasn’t entirely sure what to think, but the more I tried to come up with possibilities, the more intrigued I was.

It’s just the beginning of a series and there was a lot that I’m still uncertain and curious about. One of the things I’m interested in seeing more is the characters development, especially Myra’s. There are questions to be answers, mysteries to be revealed, and more to learn about the characters and the world.

Overall, I found that it was a different story and I liked it. I will keep my eyes open for the next books in the series so I can keep going because I am curious about what will happen next.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews

“Daylight’s Deadly Kiss” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this past few days. It’s been raining here in my hometown, so Nala (cat) and I have been saying in bed and not even venturing going to other rooms in the house. Plus I have been writing a lot.

Today, though, I had to go get some gorceries and now that I’m back, I wanted to share a review with you all.

Daylight’s Deadly Kiss, written by Jay Raven, this is the second book in the Blood Riders series, a paranormal novel, a dark fantasy vampire book with a gothic horror feel, published on 3rd April 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jay Raven for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Daylights Deadly Kiss


Synopsis

50544617. sy475 In 19th century Europe the most deadly vampire-killing weapon ever devised is up for grabs – and both the Undead and the living will stop at nothing to possess it…   

It’s a legend, a fairy story parents tell frightened children to make them sleep. Basium Lucis – Daylight’s Kiss – the fabled compound that recreates sunlight in a bottle, and incinerates bloodsucking monsters on contact.

Vampire hunter Anton Yoska doesn’t believe in its existence or the whispered rumours of its creation by Leonardo Da Vinci 250 years before.

But when a mysterious Hungarian arts dealer claims to have uncovered the long-lost formula, Anton’s cynicism is shaken to the core as he is tasked to procure the pyrotechnic marvel for the Vatican’s centuries-old battle with the vampire sect known as the Brethren.

In a desperate race to beat nosferatu forces intent on destroying the wonder weapon, and cold-blooded gangsters who desire the Alchemist’s most prized invention for their own aggrandisement and riches, Anton is caught in a maelstrom of double dealing and lies..

Traps loom at every turn, and nothing is what it appears, but acquiring the Basium Lucis is the least of the his problems  – for the ferocious Modjeski vampire family want retribution for his slaughter of their clan chief a year before. And old flame and rival slayer, Nadia, has her own devious plans to thwart Anton’s quest.

As time runs out and predators circle, the beleaguered hunter realises he’s been tricked into a suicide mission. But Anton Yoska won’t go down without a fight – and he doesn’t care who he takes to Hell with him.

Purchase Links: Amazon USAmazon UK


Author Bio

Jay Raven PhotoJay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at http://www.jayraven.com

Social Media Links – Facebook  | Twitter | Website


My Review

First of all, I would like to say that I have read the first book and loved it, so when I saw the opportunity to read and review this book, I was very excited. I love vampire stories, I’m currently working on one, if that’s any clue of my love for this topic.

P1070737It always amazes me the amount of versions that exist around the story of vampires, from the POV of the vampires itself, or the one that hunt them, it all brings diversity and a new take on the legend.

With book one, Crimson Siege, I loved how Jay Raven took the them and made it his own, and with this novel, he continues to go deeper into the world he created, taking us with him. And we, once again, follow Anton Yoska, a vampire hunter.

I will try to now say much since I don’t want to give any spoilers, plus I recommend you all to read book one and them book two, so you can fully understand the main character and his background story.

I loved the new element added to this world, with the Daylight’s Kiss, and Leonard Da Vinci’s formula. That just made the story richer in my opinion. And since Anton is the one procuring it, it got me so curious about that would happen next. Because, let’s be honest, it’s a century old battle between vampires and the Vatican, both parts want to have it. One to destroy it, the other to use it. Anything can happen and I loved that.

Overall, I loved that this book was as awesome as the first one. It had it’s fair amount of excitement, action, horror, vampires, and a war that come with lies and uncertainty. Like I said previously, I do recommend you to read the previous novel, that why you can understand the character’s background and why certain things happen.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“Esme’s Wish” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s a lovely Tuesday here in my hometown and I have a review of another Middle Grade Fantasy book to share with you all.

Esme’s Wish“, written by Elizabeth Foster, is a Fantasy novel part of the Esme Series, published on October 30th 2017 by Odyssey Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Elizabeth Foster for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Esmes Wish


Synopsis

Esme's Wish cover[2]A warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery, magic, and mythology, and prose that ‘flows like water.’ Prepare to fall in love with Esperance!

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. 

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series.  My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.

Social media links: Website |Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This novel is the first book in a series and I do love fantasy novels, and this one was quite amazing and since it is the introduction of a magical world, it always leaves me curious.

As we follow Esme on her quest to discover some answers, we are taken to Aeolia, an enchanted world. That’s where things get interesting and we get to learn about the magical element in this story.

P1070727I loved Esme, she came across as a complex character and that made her real to me, because we are all a mix os emotions and attitudes. She is very resilient it seems and that is a good thing, especially with all the truth being uncover.

I love the interactions between the characters and how the relationships developed at the same time the characters grown. It’s always a good thing to have some dynamic in a story that is as fantastic as the plot and all the ups and downs, and action moments.

The descriptions of the world and scenery around the characters was beautifully written and it made it a visual journey as well, which is something I always love in books. I enjoy when I’m taken on a adventure and I can close my eyes and see the world that has been described to me. And in this story, I felt like I was there, along side the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed it a lot and I’m very curious about the second book in this series just to see what Esme is going to do next. Plus, with such a good balance between the magical element, the plot, the mysteries and the wonderful group of characters, I can imagine the wonders the second book will have, because this one was fun and had a WOW factor.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win 3 x pairs of e-books Esme’s Wish & Esme’s Gift Click Here.

(Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“The Healing Stone” Review

Hello Friends!

Here is the second review of the day, another fantasy book, but this one is a middle grade book. If the series and the author sparks your memory, it’s because I read the previous two novels in the series and have posted my review for them on the blog. You can check them out here: “The Age of Akra” Review AND “The City of Souls” Review

The Healing Stone“, written by Vacen Taylor, is the third book in the Starchild Series, a fantasy novel published on April 10th 2015.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Vacen Taylor for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Healing Stone


Synopsis

The Healing Stone - 9781922200204-FrontA riveting ice adventure full of incredible challenges, bravery and friendship.

When they escape the attacking forces, Mai, Akra, Kalin know they must find a way to purge the evil of the dark peddle that has consumed Long.  But as the news of the Underworld king spreads, gloom and fear begin to sweep over the lands.

The children must face a dangerous adventure across the ice to reach the healing stone. Once they reach the stone they must face the truth.

Have they made the journey in time to save Long ⸺ or is he lost to the Underworld forever?

Purchase Links: Odyssey Books |Amazon US |Amazon UK


About the Author

Vacen Taylor is a children’s author with a portfolio of screenwriting and stage play achievements.  A selection of her poetry has been published in Art and Literature Journals. One of her plays was selected to be part of the Playwrights Program 2017 and then directed and performed as a performance reading at HOTA (previously the Gold Coast Arts Centre).

Her feature film script received a special commendation for Best Unproduced Screenplay titled Grandfathers at the British Independent Film Festival in 2018.  The logline can be found under Special Commendations for Unproduced Screenplays here.

Her TV pilot for a series (teleplay) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in Los Angeles, CA. This pilot was listed in the top 50 for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2018.

She presented the first mental health panel at OZ Comic-Con in 2017. This panel was a fantastic opportunity to discuss openly and honestly about artists and their mental health to help support wellbeing, foster connectivity and provide a culture of support.

In 2018 she presented the panel, ‘An artist’s guide to creative happiness: How to strengthen your creative performance’ at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane. Her panels are extraordinary opportunities to explore ideas with people who are currently working in the industry. She aims to discuss subjects like individualism, the community, mental health, wellbeing, happiness, creativity, co-creating and self-awareness which often leads to interesting questions from the audience.

What else does she do? Vacen is also a creative workshop facilitator and proficient in, teaching, speaking and concept creation. Guest Speaker. Workshop Presenter. Creative Panel Facilitator. Mentor. Support Worker. Counsellor. Social Welfare Advocate.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Quora | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

I have read the previous novels in this series and before I enter in my review I have to say that I do recommend you to read them in order, just so you can experience the series to the fullest.

In “The Healing Stone” we follow Mai, Akra and Kalin as they go on yet another journey, the adventure continues and many things keep happening, because they are a lot of obstacles and challenges to stop evil.

P1070728This story keeps getting better and better, visual, action and fantasy in a world that is amazing. The pace kept things interesting with the world building, the questions that get answered, the dangers, the characters that keep developing.

It’s a Middle Grade fantasy novel, but I can see anyone reading this series, and with this third book, things are still as exciting as with the beginning of the story. That means the author is doing a brilliant job with her storytelling.

Overall, I won’t give any spoiler so I don’t mess up anyone’s experience of this adventure, but I have to say, I’m curious to know what else our friends are going to do in the next book. Each quest so far has been entertaining and I enjoyed going on this journey with the characters.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win all 4 books of the Starchild Series by Vacen Taylor CLICK HERE

(Open International)

Starchild - Giveaway Prize

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

 

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“Tooth and Blade” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Monday! I have two reviews to share with you guys today and the first one is of a three novellas in one book, which I always love because I get to read more in the series.

Tooth and Blade, written by Julian Barr, is a compilation of the first 3 novellas of the Tooth and Blade series in one book which can be read a a standalone, a Historical Fantasy book, published on 1st March 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Julian Barr for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tooth And Blade


Synopsis

Tooth_and_Blade_KindleParts 1-3 of the legendary TOOTH AND BLADE series together for the first time!

Two worlds. One destiny.

Dóta has dwelled sixteen years among the trolls. She knows nothing but the darkness of her family’s cave. Her mother says humans are beasts who would slay them all. Yet the gods of Asgard whisper in the night: Dóta is a child of men, a monster unto monsters.

To discover her human side, Dóta must take up her bone knife and step into the light above. Secrets await her in the human realm—beauty, terror, the love of a princess.

Soon Dóta must choose between her clan and humankind, or both worlds will be devoured in fire and war.

A monster sheds no tears.

Norse mythology meets historical fantasy in TOOTH AND BLADE. Step into a realm of haunted meres, iron and magic.

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Author Bio

Julian Barr first fell in love with all things ancient and magical in childhood, when he staged his own version of I, Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called ‘sir,’ and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published scholarly research on Roman medicine and the gastronomic habits of Centaurs, but prefers to think of himself as an itinerant bard. He is also the author of the Ashes of Olympus trilogy.

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My Review

This is the first story I’m reading written by Julian Barr and I do love that he compiled the novellas all in one book because I just kept reading one after the other with no worries, just has I would read a big book.

Now, we are taken to a world with a set of rules and we follow Dóta in her journey to discover herself and her human side. That’s something we can relate at one point in our lives, we end up trying to figure out who we are as people, our likes and dislikes, our goals, our place in the world. And I kind of could relate to Dóta in that aspect, although her journey is different.

As we read the book we get to learn about the world and the characters, it’s a place of myths and magic, with adventure and everything that entails, from action scenes to drama. Each page, each moment, brought some new information as well as questions, and it grabbed my attention to learn more.

The characters were interesting and the interaction were realistic in some ways, with the old world vibe. Dóta was such an intriguing character from the very beginning and she goes on her adventure through the new world, we go right along side her.

Life is full of ups and downs, full of moments of obstacles, of uncovering secrets, of fighting for our goals, and in a way, this story had that, which made me enjoy the story and be excited to read the next page just to see if I was right, if I was going to learn more, what the characters would do… basically what was going to happen in the next scene.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book with the three novellas in it. It was engaging and it left me wondering about humankind and our nature, as well as what this world had to offer, at each page I read. I do hope the author goes back to the world and take us back to it to follow other character, because it was an interesting take in the Nordic mythology and magic in a fantasy novel.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews, Uncategorized

“A Noble’s Path” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I said in a previous post with the review for book one, I’m joining a blog tour for this book, so here is my review. Hope you find this book interesting.

A Noble’s Path“, written by I. L. Cruz, is the second book in the Enchanted Isles Series, a Fantasy novel published on January 31st 2020 by Bosky Flame Press.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Rachel Poli and I. L. Cruz. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

50730711. sx318 Divided loyalties test Inez Garza.

The infamous incident at the Academy of Natural Studies has forced her to work for the King’s Men while continuing to serve the hidden market.

Supporting Birthright furthers the cause of Magical Return, but the cost may be the fall of the royal house and losing Zavier forever.

And the strongest pull of all is her growing and erratic magic, which demands everything and offers only destruction in return.

Inez must decide where her loyalties lie—saving Canto or saving herself.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


About the Author

I.L. Cruz decided to make writing her full-time career during the economic downturn in 2008. Since then she’s used her BA in International Relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue. When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much sci-fi and reads until her eyes cross. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Blog


My Review

If you follow my reviews you know I have read the first book in this series, and I have to say that I jumped immediately to “A Noble’s Path”, since I already had it and my mind was in that world. Best thing I did…

We keep following the main character, Inez, in this novel and I liked that the obstacle keep appearing (that’s life for you!), making things hard and leading the characters to choose their path, to choose their new action and response.

With each choice we make we are learning, no matter if we have magic or not, it’s all the same, but imagine we did have magic… there would be an extra thing to take in count when choosing. And seeing Inez having to deal with all of that was quite interesting. I can’t imagine being in her position, despite that, I still felt empathy for her.

Inez, despite her magic, has emotions, wants and needs, and definitely fears. And I could relate to that. She did develop as a character because of the circumstances she was in, and her relationships developed as well, which is to be expected.

Overall, it was one of those books I have quite enjoyed reading. It kind of took me back to my teenager self, when I was reading this kind of fantasy related to magic and fantasy worlds, and I loved that. I will keep an eye out for more books written by I.L. Cruz, and if you enjoy fantasy, you may want to check this book out.


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Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“A Smuggler’s Path” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well and ready for the review I’m sharing with you guys today. This is book is part of a series, I will be a part of the blog tour for book two this weekend and I wanted to share my review of book one first. And here I am!

A Smuggler’s Path“, written by I. L. Cruz, is the first book in the Enchanted Isles Series, a Fantasy novel published on July 24th 2018 by Bosky Flame Press.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Rachel Poli and I. L. Cruz. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

40731775. sy475 In Canto, magic is a commodity, outlawed by the elites after losing a devastating war and brokered by smugglers on the hidden market. But some know it’s more—a weapon for change.

Inez Garza moves through two worlds. She’s a member of the noble class who works as a magical arms dealer—a fact either group would gladly use against her. Neither know her true purpose—funding Birthright, an underground group determined to return magic to all at any cost.

But the discovery of a powerful relic from before the Rending threatens her delicate balance.

Inez’s inherent magic, which lies dormant in all the Canti, has been awakened. Now the Duchess’s daughter, radical and smuggler must assume another forbidden title—mage, a capital crime. This will bring her to the attention of factions at home—fanatical rebels bent on revolution, a royal family determined to avoid another magical war, her mercenary colleagues at the hidden market willing to sell her abilities to the highest bidder—and in Mythos, victors of the war and architects of the Rending.

Evasion has become Inez’s specialty, but even she isn’t skilled enough to hide from everyone—and deny the powers drawing her down a new path.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble


About the Author

I.L. Cruz decided to make writing her full-time career during the economic downturn in 2008. Since then she’s used her BA in International Relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue. When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much sci-fi and reads until her eyes cross. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Blog


My Review

Fantasy novels… My comfort zone. I have been reading fantasy books since I was a little girl and I still love to read a book in that genre, especially when it’s a new-to-me author and series. This is book one in a series and with that comes lots of questions combined with the introduction of the world and characters.

“A Smuggler’s Path” is the kind of book I gravitate towards, it’s a fantasy novel, the start of a series and the opening to a new world. In it we follow Inez Garza, “a member of the noble class who works as a magical arms dealer“, that’s what the synopsis says, but of course there is a lot more to learn in the book/series.

Inez was quite an interesting character, being the beginning, I was still curious to see what else would happen to her, what kind of development she would had in book two. She felt real and in a fantasy world, that is definitely not ours, it’s always good to have that “real” and “true” feeling when reading a book, especially when we are talking about the characters, because connection is important.

Overall, I liked it and had fun while learning about the world building and what made this book unique. Finding out about the characters, the society, the magic/fantasy element, is important and the plot made me curious with each page I read, just as much as getting to know the people and world in this series.

Do I recommend the book? Just as with other books, if the synopsis and genre intrigues you, then I do recommend it. Plus, since it’s a series, you always have another book to read after you finish this one, and are still wondering about certain things in the story. That’s what I did and it was a good adventure.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“Cloth of Grace” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all having a good Monday so far. Today I bring you two reviews, so stay tune for the next one, meanwhile enjoy this one.

Cloth of Grace“, written by Rachel J. Bonner, is the forth book in the Choices and Consequences series, a paranormal romance, coming of age, post-apocalyptic novel, published on 29th February 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel J. Bonner for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Cloth of Grace


Synopsis

Cloth of Grace final frontWhen the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?

Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows, but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?

Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns, some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere.

Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leonie with the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indigo


About Author

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


My Review

I have been following this series since the beginning and it’s always so amazing to read a new book in a series, because sometimes it’s like we never left that world, no matter how many months of even years there was between reading the books. And it was like that with each novel in this series.

P1070703I loved the characters, with the passing of time and storyline we get more information on them, we see the development as the story progressed. I always thought it was quite an unique story and in part it was thanks to the brilliant main characters. I still think that way.

I can’t believe we are at the end of this series. The ups and downs, the rollercoaster of emotions, the twists and turns, the mysteries and the obstacles… I felt like I was part of the story, part of their family, and it was just as amazing as the previous ones.

During these four books we have followed the lives of Leonie and Perry, quite an interesting pair, that let me go on this adventure with them. I felt empathy for them, a connection based on understanding. This novel may be the last in the series, but their story and their sacrifices will live on, and I will definitely reread all the books again in the future.

Overall, everything I have said in previous reviews of the three other novels still stands. I do recommend the series, but please read it in order so you can fully experience the storytelling and understand the characters’ choices, the world, the revelations and the fantasy element. I’m very curious to see what the author will come up with next.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win a complete, signed Choices and Consequences series and matching bookmarks Click Here.

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess