BLOG TOUR: Ember Queen (Book Review)

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Title: Ember Queen

Author: Laura Sebastian

Publisher: Delacorte BooksFor Young Readers

Edition: Hardcopy

Buy Links: AmazonBook DepositoryBarnes and Noble

 

 

 

 

 

synopsis

The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.

Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.

The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.

 

review

Huge thanks to Delacorte for sending me the three books and FFBC for allowing me to be part of this lovely tour. 

 

Just like the first time, Laura Sebastian didn’t disappoint us. Ember Queen is the final book that blew my mind. It is the the kind of final book that you will not feel sad that it is ending but rather happy with what happen.

Like the first two book, Ember Queen is mix of beautiful things. Things like love, epic battle fantasy and well written plot. I love how Laura came out with the idea of the ending. The ending make me have all the emotions. I like how she develop and planned the epic battle.

The characters are all well-loved. From the protagonist to the simple characters. Being the ugly characteristic of Theo, she evolve into a  butterfly where everything she do is well loved by everyone. She mature into a pretty piece in the story.

Maybe there is not much romance in the story as it is fantasy, but its okay. Its okay because the author focuses more on the story.

All I can say is this is the epic conclusion that all I’m asking for a series or trilogy. I hope I can see more of Laura Sebastian’s well written story.

Highly recommend the trilogy to everyone.

 

MY RATING:

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

5 stars

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

March 16th

March 17th

Inky Moments – Review + Favourite Quotes
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
L.M. Durand – Promotional Post

March 18th

Booked J – Review + Playlist
Discover Elysian – Review
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Playlist

March 19th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
BookCrushin – Promotional Post

March 20th

The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books and Zebras – Review
Bookablereads – Review
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes

March 21st

@the.magicalpages – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Bookish Dream – Review
Adventurous Bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes
moon & coffee – Review

March 22nd

Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
@onemused – Review
Annej reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
fairytalespines – Promotional Post

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win (1) copy of THE EMBER QUEEN by Laura Sebastian (US Only)

Starts: 16th March 2020

Ends: 30th March 2020

Click HERE to enter.

Blog Tour: The Opposite of Falling Apart

Title: The Opposite of Falling Apart

Author: Micah Good

Publisher: Wattpad Books

Buy Links: Amazon / Book Depository

 

 

 
synopsis

After losing his leg in a terrible car accident, Jonas Avery can’t wait to start over and go to college.

Brennan Davis would like nothing more than to stay home and go to school, so she can keep her anxiety in check.

When the two accidentally meet the summer before they move away, they’ll push each other to come to terms with what’s holding them back, even as they’re pulled closer to taking the biggest leap of all—falling in love.

The Opposite of Falling Apart has more than 2.1 million reads on Wattpad

 

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HUGE THANKS TO FFBC FOR INCLUDING ME TO THE BLOG TOUR OF THE OPPOSITE OF FALLING APART. 

 

An adorable, cute and slow-paced read. I’ll never regret reading The Opposite of Falling Apart. Even if the story is somehow slow, I really enjoy the content of the story. I love how the representation in the book is well written. It’s the kind of story where the reader can feel the emotions upon reading the story. I love how it teaches us not to give up no matter what or hindrance we may have in our life.

Plot-wise, the author explicitly wrote the story beautifully. The development of the two main characters are also lovable to the extent that you will feel them and see how their characteristics is being develop. There are scene that may be to obvious but its okay, as it made the story more unique and made it to be understood.

The author really did a great job. It teaches us to be strong, accept who we are and no matter what happen, we can always stand tall and continue to live our life to the fullest. It also teaches us about some health problems that others are experiencing.

All in all, I love the whole idea of the story and it is one  of the story that I’ll never forget.

 

FAVORITE QUOTES

“She looked so happy here, among the books, like she as in her element.”

“You don’t just stop reading a series in the middle.”

MY RATING: 

4 OUT OF 5 STAR

5 stars

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

February 25th

February 26th

Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post

February 27th

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
BookishOwl Reviews – Review + Playlist

February 28th

Nyctophile Nerd – Review
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookablereads – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 29th

Dazzled by Books – Guest Post
Happily, Hedy – Review
@baggin_48 – Review

March 1st

DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading – Review + Favourite Quotes

March 2nd

To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Interview

Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist

Blog Tour: The Seventh Sun

Title: The Seventh Sun

Author: Lani Forbes

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Buy Links: Barnes and NobleBook Depository

 

synopsis

 

Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he’s now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin’s efforts, the sun is fading–and the end of the world may be at hand.

For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor’s death may mean that she is next. Prince Ahkin must be married before he can ascend the throne, and Mayana is one of six noble daughters presented to him as a possible wife. Those who are not chosen will be sacrificed to the gods.

Only one girl can become Ahkin’s bride. Mayana and Ahkin feel an immediate connection, but the gods themselves may be against them. Both recognize that the ancient rites of blood that keep the gods appeased may be harming the Chicome more than they help. As a bloodred comet and the fading sun bring a growing sense of dread, only two young people may hope to change their world.

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

 

review

Hello and Welcome to The Seventh Sun Blog Tour. Huge thanks to the publisher and FFBC for organizing this lovely tour.

I just wanna share you a very wonderful and gorgeous map that you can find when you buy a copy of The Seventh Sun.

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Isn’t it beautiful? Then, what are you waiting for? You can now purchase The Seventh Sun. It is out now and you can buy it on different bookstores near you.

 

Wanna know more and read different reviews about the book? Here’s the blog tour schedule you can visit and find wonderful reviews from different wonderful bloggers.

 

MY RATING:

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

5 stars

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

February 12th

February 13th

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

February 14th

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

February 15th

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

February 16th

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

February 17th

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

February 18th

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

 

GIVEAWAY:

WANNA WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK? CLICK HERE.

 

 

BLOG TOUR: What I Want You to See

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Title: What I Want You to See

Author: Catherine Linka

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: February 4th 2020

Buy Links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

 

synopsis

Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.

But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.

Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.

Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?

Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.

 

review

 

Written in an intricate manner, What I Want You to See is definitely one of the book the book community will surely love.

Based on the cover, looks can be deceiving in a way you will think that is it just one of the many other feel good contemporary. But no, What I Want You to See is much more different than that. It is the kind of story where you the reader can learn how complex life is. How sometimes things don’t happen the way we want it to be.

As a person who doesn’t have the talent and interest in arts, I find it difficult to cope up with the story at first. But with how good the author is, I’m mesmerized and encourage to study and search the beauty of arts. It helps me open my eyes that art is not just a boring thing but an interesting beauty.

When regards to the characters. I didn’t find it hard to sympathized and realized that not everyone have the capacity and privilege. It made me appreciate how amazing life is and be contented of who and what we are and have. With Sabine’s portrayal, it shows how some people can learn how  to be strong when encountering difficult things.

I would really wish that this book or story can be developed into something. I want everyone to know and experience the love, affection and realizations that I gain from reading What I Want You to See. To everyone, I want you to read WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE.

 

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/tour-schedule-what-i-want-you-to-see-by.html

 

January 29th

January 30th

Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
Devourbookswithdana – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Nomadic Worlds – Review
Life With No Plot – Review

January 31st

To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Interview
Bookish Geek – Review + Favourite Quotes
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Heart’s Content – Review
What Irin Reads – Review

February 1st

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sincerely Karen Jo – Review
Bookablereads – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 2nd

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Are You My Book? – Review
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 3rd

The Reading Life – Interview

Yna the Mood Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Sohinee Reads & Reviews – Review
Twilight Reader – Review
A Dream Within A Dream – Promotional Post

February 4th

Kait Plus Books – Guest Post

GIVEAWAY

Wanna win a copy of WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE? Then, click right HERE

 

 

BLOG TOUR: A Thousand Fires

A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price

Title: A Thousand Fires

Author: Shannon Fires

Publisher: Tor Teen

Edition: eARC

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

 

 

synopsis

 

10 Years. 3 Gangs. 1 Girl’s Epic Quest…

Valerie Simons knows the city’s gang wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his death—a death she feels responsible for.

But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.

-EDITORIAL REVIEWS-

“Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves.” –Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats

“A Thousand Fires pulls you in close and shows you the essence of what it means to keep fighting. Shannon Price is one to watch.” –Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance.” –Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

“Fast-paced… Vivid descriptions and intricate details bring San Francisco to life … A promising debut.” –Kirkus

 

review

 

I will be honest, I didn’t quite expect that I will not like A Thousand Fires. I don’t know if I’m the problem or the book. I can’t distinguish if the reading slump I’m right now is the reason. Or I’m still can’t recover from the huge book hangover that the last series I’ve read gave me.

I did enjoy the first quarter of the book, but as I proceed in reading, I find it difficult to understand what is happening. I have lots of questions that keep on coming like who is this character again and the likes.

With this, I don’t understand what the story and character are all about. I tried everything, but I can say that the story is not for me as of the moment.

On the positive side, I can say that I found the writing style unique in the first part. I can say that it is the kind of story with a fresh start that lets the readers not be overwhelmed. It is with the ease that readers can say that they will enjoy and grasp the story fully at their own pace.

If I set aside the negative things about the book, I can say that A Thousand Fires is the book I can enjoy and give a chance to re-read it for the second time around.

 

MY RATING: 

3.5 STARS

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For more info and reviews, you can check the schedule for the A Thousand Fires Blog Tour

A Thousand Fires Blog Tour Schedule

 

BLOG TOUR: The Dragon Warrior

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Title: The Dragon Warrior

Author: Katie Zhao

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Kids

Edition: ARC

Pages: 330 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

 

 

 

synopsis

As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret.

Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon–and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year.

With Alex and other unlikely allies at her side, Faryn sets off on a daring quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require more sacrifices than she first realized . . . What will Faryn be willing to give up to claim her destiny?

Inspired by Chinese mythology, this richly woven contemporary middle-grade fantasy, full of humor, magic, and heart, will appeal to readers who love Roshani Chokshi and Sayantani DasGupta.

 

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review

 

Being used to reading Greek Mythology, I was hesitant at first to read The Dragon Warrior as it talks about Chinese Mythology. But later on, I found myself loving Chinese Mythology as well as I love Greek Mythology.

If you’re familiar with Rick Riordan’s famous The Lightning Thief, you’ll find that The Dragon Warrior has some similarities with it. Despite having similarities, The Dragon Warrior has its uniqueness and distinction that everyone will surely love.

After reading the first chapter, I found myself putting the book down not because I didn’t like it, but loving it that I immediately made an IG story predicting it was a five star read with just the first chapter. Oh my goodness, Katie Zhao, the author itself notice it and post it on her own IG story.

Regardless of the things that I’ve shared, I can totally say that The Dragon Warrior is a fast-paced story packed with adventure-driven story. It has a total package where you can find and learn great things about family and friendship.

Definitely looking forward to the next book to find more about Faryn and Ren’s next adventure. And to find more answers about the hanging revelation and questions that we encountered in the end.

 

MY RATING:

4.5 out of 5 stars

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Blog Tour: The Orchid Throne (Book Review + Excerpt)

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Title: The Orchid Throne

Author: Jeffe Kennedy

Publisher: St. Martin’s

Edition: eARC

Buy Links: Macmillan

 

 

Hello and welcome to my stop for the The Orchid Throne Blog Tour. Today, I’m glad to share to all of you my review and an excerpt that will surely encourage you to pick and read The Orchid Throne. I would be happy also for you to see the photo that I’ve taken with The Orchid Throne. 

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Excerpt from The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy

“Arise, Your Highness. The realm awaits the sun of Your presence.”

The ritual words cut through the thick smoke of the nightmare, bringing me awake with a start. A bad omen that I hadn’t come out of the dreams on my own—and a sign that gave the images the power to linger in my mind, stains refusing to be scrubbed clean.

The wolf fought its chains, howling in hoarse rage, shedding fire and ash.

The sea churned, bloodred and crimson dark, bones tossed in the waves, white as foam.

The tower fell into a pile of golden rubble, then to fine sand, the grains sliding against one another with soul-grinding whispered screams.

I loathe dreaming, where I have even less control than in the waking world. Calanthe Herself sings sweetly to me of the seas, the plants, and the creatures that walk Her soil. But outside our fragile island, the abandoned lands beyond cry like frightened children in the night. I can’t help them. It’s all I can do to protect Calanthe, and most days I despair of being able to do even that.

Still, with no one else to hear them, they call to me in chaotic images, the nightmares dashing me from one dark scenario to the next. No matter how the dreams plague me, I usually wake when the light of the rising sun reddens my eyelids. I keep my eyes closed, pretending to anyone who checks on me that I’m still asleep. Pulling the pieces of my composure together, I listen to the morning song of Calanthe. The birds sitting high in the canopy to catch the first warming rays of the sun show me the sky. The fish swimming in the sea speak of clean water and plentiful food. Even the trees, the flowers, the small insects in the soil all hum to me of their lives.

All reassure me of the balance, that Calanthe, at least, is peaceful and vital.

Only I and the land I’m tied to exist in that time after sleep and before true waking, in what I call the dreamthink, an almost enchanted bubble where I belong entirely to Calanthe. The emperor does not own me. The crying lands he’s orphaned are silent. My ladies have not yet woken me to wrenching reality and the trials of the day ahead.

Dreams always seem to me a terrible price to pay for the succor of sleep. Neither my naturalists nor my physicians seem to be able to explain the purpose of such dreams. And of course, Anure killed all the wizards, so I have none to tell me if magic can answer those nighttime screams. So without answers, and like the exorbitant tithes I’m forced to send to the emperor, I do pay the price, and nightly. The dreamthink is my reward, my time with Calanthe. A gift arising from waking Ejarat of the earth welcoming the return of Her husband, Sawehl of the sun. In the dreamthink, in Calanthe’s sweet communion, I can believe the old gods are with us still, that they haven’t abandoned us. That I have reason to hope.

“Euthalia, wake up. We’re ready,” Tertulyn whispered in my ear. My first lady-in-waiting, doing her duty as always. She couldn’t know she’d woken me from the nightmare instead of the dreamthink. Or that starting my day this way meant it would be certainly cursed.

No one believes in omens or curses anymore. Or hope, for that matter. In this, too, I am alone.

Euthalia is a mouthful, but no one calls me that except for Tertulyn so it doesn’t matter. Only Emperor Anure has the rank to address me by my given name, and I avoid conversation with His Imperial Nastiness to the best of my ability. Tertulyn has called me by my name since we were children, but only when no one can overhear, as etiquette demands.

 

A PRISONER OF FATE

As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people

free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…

A PRINCE AMONG MEN

Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls?

 

Huge thanks to Miss Natalie of St. Martins Press for inviting me to join the blog tour for The Orchid Throne.

The Orchid Throne is a fast-paced story that enables the reader to captivate the beauty of a slow burn romance. It is the kind of story that has a low impact in the beginning. But venturing through the rest of the story, you will find yourself engaging your time reading it.

Reading the book, you will find yourself reading a contemporary rather than a fantasy. Fear not as it doesn’t affect the story but makes it more unique and a one of a kind story.

One aspect of the story that made it written beautifully is the characters. It is a two perspective point of view that makes you know who’s who. You can distinguish who is doing his POV even without the name at the beginning. With the personality of the character, you’re aware that he is the one who’s having the POV.

The characters’ relationship is the one that hooked me. I love it specifically Con and his companionship. They act like they are family despite having no blood relationship. Every time it’s Con’s POV, I don’t find any dull moments. I always look forward to his part. Lia’s part is also good but not as Con’s.

Funny how in the end, I found that the big event that I’m looking forward to didn’t happen. But still, find it hilarious as an unexpected “BIG EVENT” happen between the two main characters.

There are things in the story that didn’t give answers, nonetheless, it’s okay as it makes the reader thirst and look forward to the upcoming book. And find out what will happen next to Lia and Con’s story.

MY RATING:

4 OUT OF 5 STARS

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ABOUT  THE AUTHOR

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JEFFE KENNEDY is an award-winning, bestselling author who writes fantasy, fantasy romance, and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large.

Her most recent works include Prisoner of the Crown and the upcoming Exile of the Seas, from her high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles of Dasnaria, in the same world as her award-winning fantasy series The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms. She is a hybrid author, and also self-publishes a fantasy series, Sorcerous Moons. Her books have won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015, been named Best Book of June 2014, and won RWA’s prestigious RITA® Award.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and on Twitter @jeffekennedy.