BLOG TOUR: The Crow Rider (Promotional Post)

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Title: The Crow Rider

Author: Kalyn Josephson

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Edition: ARC

Book Links: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes and Noble

 

 

 

 

synopsis

Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

 

EXCERPT

The ocean had always reminded me of the sky.
Both were vast, ancient domains that we could never hope to control, and each time
we entered them, we placed our lives in the hands of something that could crush us.
Something about that thrilled me.
I stood at the bow of the Aizel dressed in my flying leathers and a thick green cloak
the ship’s captain, Samra, had reluctantly lent me. Salt air nipped at my face, the wind
running long fingers through my curls and lifting them to dance like ribbons.

A shadow rippled across the water ahead of the ship. I lifted a hand, feeling the brush
of feathers a moment before Resyries landed on the railing before me. Wings outstretched against the wind, the crow balanced effortlessly, the gossamer shine of his dark feathers blending into the blue predawn light. The connection between us thrummed with quiet contentment, something neither of us had had much of in recent days.

After our flight from Illucia, we’d headed to the Ambriel Islands but had decided to
skirt around them rather than make land, since the islands were likely full of Illucian soldiers searching for us. Their queen was not going to let me escape so easily. Not when I was the only one who could hatch the crow eggs she’d stolen from Rhodaire. Not to mention I was technically still betrothed to her son.

I winced at the thought of Ericen. Unexpectedly, we’d become friends during my time
in Illucia. The fingerless leather gloves I wore each day had been a present from him, a
symbol of strength when I’d needed it most. But the prince was loyal to his kingdom.

Loyal to his mother.
“I have to let him go, Res,” I said into the wind. So why couldn’t I?

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

June 23rd
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

June 24th
Emelie’s Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Adventures and Reading – Review
The Writer’s Alley – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

June 25th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
Library of a Book Witch – Review
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Write, Read, Repeat – Review

June 26th
L.M. Durand – Guest Post
The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review
dinipandareads – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Bibliophagist – Review
Bookablereads – Promotional Post

June 27th
A Gingerly Review – Guest Post
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books Over Everything – Review
The Little Mouse That Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

June 28th
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review + Playlist
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books and Zebras – Review
The Pages In-Between – Review + Favourite Quotes
Booked J – Review + Playlist

June 29th
Hooked on Bookz – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lily’s Latest Reads – Review
Bookgirl Reviews – Review + Favourite Quotes
Adele Is Reading – Review + Favourite Quotes

June 30th
Wishful Endings – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
dmcireads – Review
Sarah’s Book Life – Review + Favourite Quotes
Crazykidjournal – Review

 

INSTAGRAM SCHEDULE

June 23rd
TUABFC
The FFBC Tours

June 24th
Emelie’s Books
Adventures and Reading
The Writer’s Alley

June 25th
Kait Plus Books
Library of a Book Witch
Lauren’s Boookshelf
Write, Read, Repeat

June 26th
L.M. Durand
The Shelf Life Chronicles
The Bibliophagist
Bookablereads

June 27th
A Gingerly Review
Confessions of a YA Reader
Books Over Everything

June 28th
Gwendalyn’s Books
Foals, Fiction & Filigree
Books and Zebras
The Pages In-Between
Booked J

June 29th
Hooked on Bookz
A Court of Coffee and Books
Lily’s Latest Reads
Bookgirl Reviews

June 30th
Wishful Endings
The Reading Corner for All
dmcireads
Sarah’s Book Life
Crazykidjournal

 

All The Things We Never Know (Book Review)

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Author: Liara Tamani

Publisher: June 9th 2020 by Greenwillow Books

Edition: eARC

Buy Links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

 

 

synopsis

From the moment Carli and Rex first locked eyes on a Texas high school basketball court, they both knew it was destiny. But can you truly love someone else if you don’t love yourself? Acclaimed author Liara Tamani’s luminous second novel explores love, family, heartbreak, betrayal, and the power of healing, in gorgeous prose that will appeal to readers of Nicola Yoon and Jacqueline Woodson.

A glance was all it took. That kind of connection, the immediate and raw understanding of another person, just doesn’t come along very often. And as rising stars on their Texas high schools’ respective basketball teams, destined for bright futures in college and beyond, it seems like a match made in heaven. But Carli and Rex have secrets. As do their families.

Liara Tamani, the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, follows two Black teenagers as they discover how first love, heartbreak, betrayal, and family can shape you—for better or for worse. A novel full of pain, joy, healing, and hope for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jenny Han.

 

review

Huge thanks to Harper Collins International for sending me an eARC through Edelweiss.

I love how the author describes basketball in the story. It makes the reader learn about the beauty of the said sports.

One thing I don’t like in the story is the plot line. It has insta-love or what we call love at first sight.

I’m not against instant love but the way their relation and meaning of instant love is mehhhhhh. Who in their right mind that when they saw the person for the first time in just like two to five seconds can say that they are in love with them. That they stalk the people and immediately know all the things about the person.

The story is kinda creepy for me. I don’t like the idea of it. If I’m the girl in the story, I would go to the police and sue the guy.

Because of the relationship of the main characters, I decided to DNF it and it don’t spark a joy to me and I feel like wasting my time reading it.

 

MY RATING:

2 OUT OF 5 STARS

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (Book Review)

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Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam/G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Edition: paperback

Pages: 313 pages

Buy Links: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository

 

 

synopsis

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister

 

review

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House International for sending me the book along with some music-theme goodies. Reviews are on my own. 

I haven’t moved on yet with The Wildcard, yet here we are again with Marie Lu’s new book, The Kingdom of Back. What makes the book unique is that it’s over a decade in the making, and it is a standalone book rather than a trilogy she had before.

I don’t know anything about Mozart before, aside from being a famous musician. But after reading the book, I’ve learned more about him and that he had a sister who is equally talented as him.

I’m not into musical instruments, that’s why I found it difficult for me to follow some musical terms in the book. However, with the author’s level of writing skill, it made me appreciate and learn to study music.

Nowadays, we already have gender equality that what men can do, women can also do that, and vice versa. But in the story, we see that they are kind of against gender equality, that when a woman does something supposedly only the man does it, they kind of judge you. They will tell that you shouldn’t do that or stop doing that because of society wants.

Even if the story has a short-paced plot, we can see and enjoy how enchanting the world-building is. This book has one of the most intricate storylines and topics that I ever read. I wouldn’t ask why because that’s how the author writes stories, it is one of the reasons why they love her books.

I’m satisfied that the book is standalone, but I wish that Marie Lu comes up with a continuation of a book with Mozart’s perspective.

I enjoyed reading The Kingdom of Back and highly recommend it with people who love historical fiction.

MY RATING:

3.75 OUT OF 5 STARS

5 stars

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

 

review

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: 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.

 

The Dragon Republic ( ARC Review)

Title: The Dragon Republic

Author: R.F. Kuang

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Edition: ARC

Pages: 654 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

 

 

synopsis

The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.

The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.

 

 

review

 

I received an ARC in exchange of review from Natasha of Harper Voyager UK. With this, my review and opinions are purely on my own.

 

Bolder. Fiercer. Stronger. And more determine. That is just the words to describe Fang Runin or Rin as we know after the ending of the epic and debut novel The Poppy War.

The Dragon Republic started with Rin as the new commander of the Cike planning and vivaciously organizing a way to kill the Empress. With the help of a new ally, Moag, Rin together with the Cike got stronger and have more resources to kill the Empress. But not as what they plan, an unexpected event happens that resulted two members of the Cake to leave, and learning that Moag is not an ally after all. With this, Rin and the rest of the Cike got to see an old friend, whom they thought died the last Poppy War. With this, they also met Nezha’s father and new characters that will help them eliminate the Empress.

With the help of their new allies, Rin successfully learn new things that she didn’t know she was capable of. She also learns to control her addiction to opium. Everything goes according to plan until Rin got to understand, and learn things that everything she knew was all a lie and she was used by the people whom she trusted.

Just like the Poppy War, Kuang didn’t disappoint in giving her fans a book that gives them a roller coaster ride. She still writes beautifully in terms of plot writing and strategic military scenes. Even if it’s a 654 pages book, you won’t find it irritating but hoping that the book will have more pages.

You will not like what happens in the end but later on, realize that Kuang did it for the Dragon Republic and the next book to be enticing and for fans to thirst more of what will happen next.

To those who will read the Dragon Republic, here’s an advice, get ready to cry and smile and get mad for the things that happen in Rin and the Cike’s life.

 

MY RATING:

5 out  of 5 stars

5 stars

 

Thanks for reading and checking my review. You can also check my review of first book, The Poppy War.

 

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (ARC Review)

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Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Edition: ARC

Pages: 324 pages

Buy Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

 

 

 

synopsis

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

 

review

Thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC for review. With this, my review and opinion are on my own.

They said that Sky in the Deep is better than The Girl the Sea Gave Back. And some said The Girl the Sea Gave Back is better than Sky in the Deep. For me, who hasn’t read Sky in the Deep can say that maybe they are right, that is it better.

Despite being a fast-paced read, I find The Girl the Sea Gave Back a little bland. For fantasy, the plot makes the reader confused with the use of flashbacks. Flashbacks are okay to understand the past of the characters and to know about the plotline. But I find it unnecessary as the flashbacks are in the wrong chapters. Instead of knowing what will happen next, flashbacks that don’t have connections were on the present plot.

Upon reading the book, you can also predict what will happen next. There are also lots of characters and terms that don’t have an explanation. Because of it, this makes the story difficult to grasp. It also lacks a connection with the two main characters. It made the reader understand if they are romantically.

They said that it is a standalone, but I hope that they will release another book as there a lot of unanswered questions about it. The ending doesn’t justify the plot and the characters’ situation.

I don’t find The Girl the Sea Gave Back to be a good read, but for those people whos into Vikings, I highly recommend it.

My rating is three out of five stars, but with the fast-paced style of it, I’m giving it a four out of five stars.

MY RATING:
4 out of five stars

5 stars