Book Reviews

Hope Between the Pages by Pepper D. Basham

Hope Between the PagesTitle: Hope Between the Pages
Author: Pepper D. Basham
Rating: ★★★★

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.

I received this novel from NetGalley and Barbour Fiction in exchange for an honest review.

Hope Between the Pages is the second novel in The Doors to the Past series. Just like in the first novel, the story follows two women over a century apart: Sadie, a young servant girl who works in the Biltmore library during WW1, and Clara, her great-granddaughter who runs the bookstore that Sadie started. The stories collide when a neighboring store offers to buy Blackwell’s bookstore and the deed is unable to be found. Delving back into family history, Clara embarks on a journey to save the bookshop and find out more about her mysterious great-grandmother’s love life.

Basham seamlessly intertwines the lives of Sadie and Clara, while infusing readers with clues to uncovering Sadie’s mysterious love life. Unlike the last novel, the women are related instead of the men. I love discovering the similarities between the two women and how love stumbles upon them. 

Hope Between the Pages is a story of two women who find themselves finding love in the most unlikely of places (and people!) and circumstances. Basham expertly weaves together the past and the present in a story of love, adversity, and good surpassing evil.

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The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman

The Lady in ResidenceTitle: The Lady in Residence
Author: Allison Pittman
Rating: ★★★★★

Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel?

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again.

In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?

I received this novel from NetGalley and Barbour Fiction in exchange for an honest review.

The Lady in Residencec is the start to collaboration of the present and the past in The Doors to the Past series. I don’t know if it was divine intervention or just perfect time, but I started reading this while watching Alias Grace on Netflix. The story follows two women over a century apart: Hedda Krause, a young widow staying at the Menger Hotel, and Dini Blackstone, a magician who gives ghost tours. The stories collide when Quinn Carmichael, a descendent of the detective in charge of the case of Hedda Krause’s robbed room, embarks on one of Dini’s ghost tours.

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story?! Or an unsolved case?! Pittman seamlessly intertwines the lives of Hedda (1915) and Dini (2017), while walking readers through the solving of the mystery. The chapters alternate between Hedda and Dini. As the story advances, the reader starts to see similarities between Hedda and Dini. Both girls are slowly falling in love…and with men who happen to be related! While the case was never solved, Dini and Quinn believe with her knowledge of Hedda’s novel and his family heirlooms, they can solve the case of who Sallie, the ghost, really is, and why she stole Hedda’s jewelry from her late husband.

The Lady in Residence is a story of two women who find themselves finding more than they ever wished and coming to terms with the truth of Sallie. Pittman expertly weaves together the past and the present in a story of love, mystery, and the paranormal.

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Written in Starlight (Woven in Moonlight, #2) by Isabel Ibanez

Written in StarlightTitle: Written in Starlight (Woven in Moonlight, #2)
Author: Isabel Ibanez
Rating: ★★★

An adventerous South American Tomb Raider! This hotly anticipated companion to Woven in Moonlight follows an outcast Condesa, as she braves the jungle to forge an alliance with the lost city of gold.

If the jungle wants you, it will have you…

Catalina Quiroga is a Condesa without a country. She’s lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Banished to the perilous Yanu Jungle, Catalina knows her chances of survival are slim, but that won’t stop her from trying to escape. It’s her duty to reclaim the throne.

When Manuel, the son of her former general, rescues Catalina from a jaguar, a plan forms. Deep in the jungle, the city of gold is hidden, home to the fierce Illari people, who she could strike an alliance with.

But the elusive Illari are fighting a battle of their own—a mysterious blight is corrupting the jungle, laying waste to everything they hold dear. As a seer, Catalina should be able to help, but her ability to read the future in the stars is as feeble as her survival instincts. While searching for the Illari, Catalina must reckon with her duty and her heart to find her true calling, which could be the key to stopping the corruption before it destroys the jungle completely.

I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Written in Starlight is the continuation of the fantasy series Woven in Moonlight. This was definitely different than most other series. In this novel, we follow Catalina instead of Ximena, who took us on her journey in the last book. I’m not entirely sure if I believe that this novel was necessary to the storyline overall until the very last few chapters. I missed Ximena’s viewpoint.

Woven in Moonlight leaves off with Catalina being betrayed by her best friend Ximena. While both wanted the removal of Atoc, Ximena wanted the best person for the job, which she thought to be Princess Tamaya. After refusing to submit to Tamaya, Catalina is sent to fare in the middle of the jungle. If she can make it out alive, she is absolved of all. The problem is making it out alive, among the deadly beasts and plants, and who knows what else.

Shortly after entering the forest, Catalina runs into someone we have all been curious about: Manuel. Where are all of these girls finding these selfless men and where do I get one?! Manuel is finally ready to return home only to be forced on another journey to find the illusive Illari.

Proving their truest hearts and tackling many obstacles, the Condessa and Manuel prove not only their physical strength, but their mental, as well. Not to mention, some low-key flirting. The growth of Catalina is apparent. The physical and emotional struggles that both Manuel and Catalina face is real and not forced. While predictable, Written in Starlight is a pleasant read for those who want to adventure into the unknown while getting a little into the “feels”. 

Anyone else wonder why the King wasn’t saved?

Readers do not have to read Woven in Moonlight, however, it is recommended if you are an order person like myself. 

Written in Starlight is a story of one girl who finds herself, can admit when she is wrong, and will do what is best for those around her. Ibanez brings readers a story of adventure, love, and the lasting ties of friendship.

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Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2) by Kelly Coon

Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2)Title: Warmaidens (Gravemaidens, #2)
Author: Kelly Coon
Rating: ★★★★

Warmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.

Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Warmaidens is the continuation of the fantasy duology Gravemaidens. Readers left off with a crazy ending, so of course there was only more action to come!

After Kammani took the place of her father as the healer for the King and her sister was chosen to be one of the three sacred maidens, Kammani does everything in her power to save the King so that her sister will not have to face the sacred maiden fate: death. After faking their deaths with the death of the King, they now must escape discovery of the new lugal. But of course, they cannot stay undiscovered for long.

Warmaidens was the perfect blend of character growth and action. Nanaea was by far the most annoying character for me in the first installment. But oh my gosh! I see so much growth for her and how mature she has become. I just love it! The action is constant and keeps readers on the edge of their seats. There are some tough events, and the reader can feel the emotion that the characters are feeling. This was a really balanced novel between the character development and strengthening of the plot.

Let’s be real…the person who stole the show is Dagan, but maybe I am biased. He is such a nice guy that any girl would be lucky to have him. However, he acts like a puppy around Kammani and would do anything for her, yet she is confused on whether or not she wants to marry him. Come on! Girls only wish to have a guy like that.

Probably one of my most loved and appreciated experiences in novels are stories within stories. For example, the Three Brothers in Harry Potter. Warmaidens shared that, as well, with the Boatman. I absolutely adored the story and it fits in perfectly with the rest of the novel.

Warmaidens is a story of the power of friendship, sisterhood, love, and the power of good over evil. Coons brings readers a story of a protagonist who defied all odds for the protection of her family. 

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The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2) by Kiersten White

The Camelot BetrayalTitle: The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Rating: ★★★★

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

The Camelot Betrayal is the continuation of the fantasy retelling of King Arthur. In a world where kingdom comes before love and magic is forbidden, readers continue on Guinevere’s journey of magic, friendship, love, fealty to the kingdom, and self-discovery.

In the second installment, White brings readers into the complicated and confusing head of Guinevere. After being betrayed by a love, learning how to wield powers for the good of the kingdom (the same powers that could put her in jeopardy of being found out), and blaming herself for the wickedness that plagues the land, Guinevere has more going on than she can handle. We discover the inner workings of our protagonist in a real way: both her strengths and her weaknesses.

While I enjoyed the character building, I felt that the story lacked a little action. Typical for most trilogies, I wanted to be “wowed” and felt a little disappointed. This felt like an entirely different plot line and, I believe, could’ve been emitted from the story entirely without losing any substance. My only objection is that I enjoyed learning more about the relationship between Guinevere and Mordred.

The Camelot Betrayal is a story of the power of friendship, loyalty, and how our own minds can betray us. White brings readers a story of a protagonist who questions herself: her decisions, her friends, and even those closest to her heart; a protagonist who has flaws but is loved despite them, will do anything for the people she loves, and most importantly, who learns from her mistakes.

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[BLOG TOUR] Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

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Welcome to my stop on the Foul is Fair book tour! Thank you to Wednesday Books for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Foul is Fair

Title: FOUL IS FAIR
Author: Hannah Capin
Pub. Date: February 18, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, TBD, Google Books, Wednesday Books

Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.


REVIEW

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”

Foul is Fair is a retelling of Macbeth cast in a current light. These girls are more ruthless than The Plastics from Mean Girls and quite close to the psycho Ramsay Bolton. I’m all about justice, however, these girls are out for blood…literally!

Jade (formerly Elle), Jenny, Summer, and Mads are close friends in their own “coven” (American Horror Story vibes). Bent on dethroning the current “fuckboy” king Duncan, these witches will go to any lengths to get they retribution they think they deserve. After being roofied and raped, Elle disguises herself as Jade and attends the school where the assailants attend. Slowly, the boys are picked off one by one.

What didn’t work for me was all of the crude language. The beginning of the novel, it seemed like every other word was a cuss word, which is a big turnoff for me in general. I found a lot of the story, while entertaining, to be unbelievable. Jade’s fingerprints are on everything and it seems like there was nothing done to cover that up. Where is everyone’s parents?! And how can you just sign up at a new school without any proof of your identification?!

The sharp, compulsive character of Jade was pleasurable to say the least. She is one girl who I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. She had her mission and didn’t let up, so that aspect I admire. However, I feel for Mack…poor guy.

Foul is Fair is a present-day retelling of Macbeth, but crazier in character, way more violent, and full of the most vengeful people you’ll ever meet!

★★★


Hannah CapinABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.

Follow Emma:
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EARLY PRAISE

“Fierce, vicious, and electric. If books had teeth, Foul Is Fair would have fangs. Capin’s language glitterdark and her writing cuts deep. Revenge is a dish best served by this deliciously unapologetic coven.”

– Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To

 

“Capin’s writing will seduce you with its beauty and then, when you least suspect it, slice you to the bone—just like Foul is Fair’s captivating, vicious, entirely unforgettable heroine, Jade.”

– Layne Fargo, author of Temper and co-host of Unlikeable Female Characters Podcast

 

“Vicious and beautifully brutal, Foul is Fair gives a sword to every girl who has ever been a victim and makes them a warrior. This book is pulls no punches and will make anyone think twice before uttering the phrase ‘just a girl’. An unapologetic feminist battle-cry that leaves you breathless and thirsting for vengeance.”

– Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me

 

Foul is Fair delivers the story of a girl who snatches control back from a world that stole it away, through whatever means necessary. Hannah Capin deftly combines stunningly lyrical prose with the raw power of engulfing fury, sending a message written in blood. In a world where too many are forced into silence, this book roars back.”

– S. Gonzales, author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated

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Across the Broken Stars by Jed Herne

Across the Broken Stars

Title: Across the Broken Stars
Author: Jed Herne
Rating: ★★★★

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“5/5. If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.” – Reedsy Discovery Featured Review.

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim …

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

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REVIEW

Angel novels have been rampant in the last ten years, especially with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters. Mentioning stars, I was interested to see how angels would be incorporated into space and how the magic system worked.

I loved the message woven throughout the plot: no matter what wrong you have done in the past, there is still time to right your future. Leon is an angel in hiding, an older man who lost his lover and best friend because of cowardice. In order to fit into the modern angel-free world, he cut off the very thing that made him special: his wings. Used to keeping to himself, a young lady, Elena, asks him to embark on a journey with her to find the lost land of angels. The farther they get along into their journey, the more courage and connection Leon finds himself feeling towards his kind.

I absolutely loved the aspect of riddles and logic. It was so fun to try to figure out how the characters would get past certain obstacles with this history the author provided throughout the novel. It is no wonder how Leon and Elena became so close in such great accomplishments. While most of the novel was predictable, I believe that was partially the intention…mostly because the ending threw me for a ride I wasn’t expecting.

My only suggestions would be to provide readers with a map of the world, elongate some of the high-stress situations, and a little less predictability.

Across the Broken Stars is a fast-paced story of friendship, redemption, betrayal, and hope. This is the perfect read for someone who loves adventure, unique world-building, and the old 90’s show The Hidden Temple.

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jed Herne

Jed Herne is a fantasy and sci-fi author from Perth, Western Australia. His short stories have been published in The Arcanist, Scarlet Leaf Review, and more. Fires of the Dead is his debut fantasy novella.

In addition to writing, he hosts the Novel Analyst podcast. Each episode, he deconstructs a book to help you become a better writer. On his YouTube channel (Jed Herne – Write), he posts new writing advice videos every weekday.

If you prefer listening to watching, you can hear the same daily writing advice and more writing-related goodness on his other podcast, The Jed Herne Audio Experience.

Outside of writing and reading, he loves board games, indoor soccer, and talking about himself in third person.

To stay updated with his writing, learn more about him, and to read a bunch of his free fantasy & sci-fi stories, join his email newsletter at:

https://jedherne.com/club/

Purchase Across the Broken Stars here.

 

 

Connect with him – he loves hearing from you!

Website: JedHerne.com
Twitter: @JedHerne
Facebook: facebook.com/jedhernewriter/
YouTube: Jed Herne – Writer
The Novel Analyst Podcast: 
novelanalyst.com (or just search on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.)
The Jed Herne Audio Experience: anchor.fm/jedherne (or just search on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.)

Email: jed.herne1@gmail.com

Email is the single best way to contact him. He reads and responds to every email from his wonderful readers, because he loves us!

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See my review for his novella Fires of the Dead here.
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[BLOG TOUR] Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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Welcome to my stop on the Tweet Cute book tour! Thank you to Wednesday Books for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: TWEET CUTE
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Pub. Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, TBD, Google Books, Macmillan

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


REVIEW

Tweet Cute is a light-hearted romance novel featuring an enemies-to-lovers couple, a Twitter competition, and grilled cheese.

Initially, this reminded me of A Cinderella Story, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. We have a “diner girl” who is kind of a nobody. A school dating chat app exists where students don’t know who they’re conversing with until a certain random time in the future. However, Pepper doesn’t know that the boy she is chatting with is also her arch-nemesis and the one she has been in the Twitter war with. Jack, brother to the “popular kid” in school happens to be the guy who created the app and has been tweeting Pepper back.

Tweet Cute is a fast-paced, witty, sarcastic, and “cheesy” enemies-to-lovers story that is perfect for readers looking for a light read.

★★★


Emma LordABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Emma Lord is a digital media editor and writer living in New York City, where she spends whatever time she isn’t writing either running or belting show tunes in community theater. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in psychology and a minor in how to tilt your computer screen so nobody will notice you updating your fan fiction from the back row. She was raised on glitter, grilled cheese, and a whole lot of love. Her sun sign is Hufflepuff, but she is a Gryffindor rising. TWEET CUTE is her debut novel. You can find her geeking out online at @dilemmalord on Twitter.

Follow Emma:
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EARLY PRAISE

Tweet Cute delivers in every possible way: a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance, a whip-smart plotline, and endearingly real characters. I devoured it.”

– Francesca Zappia, author of Eliza and Her Monsters

 

“Sweet and fun! An adorable debut that updates a classic romantic trope with a buzzy twist.”

– Jenn Bennett, author of Alex, Approximately and Serious Moonlight

 


“A witty rom-com reinvention for the Twitter age, Tweet Cute pairs delicious online rivalry with deeply relatable insights on family pressure and growing up. This fresh, funny read had us hitting ‘favorite’ from page one.”

– Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours and If I’m Being Honest

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[BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY] The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi

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Welcome to my stop on the Weight of a Soul book tour! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Weight of a Soul

Title: WEIGHT OF A SOUL
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Pub. Date: December 3, 2019
Publisher: Flux
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, TBD, Google Books

When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?


REVIEW

The Weight of a Soul is a re-telling of Norse mythologyI always find it fascinating to learn about mythology, so this was right up my alley.

Lena finds her younger sister, Fressa, dead after her father brings the news that Amal, Fressa’s lover and Lena’s best friend, was betrothed to Lena many, many years ago. However, Amal and Fressa were engaged and waiting for Chief Fredrick, Lena and Fressa’s father, to arrive back from looting to gain his approval.

I honestly cannot understand how some people could not enjoy this novel. From the very first moment, Tammi reels you in on a journey about perseverance and the lengths someone will go to for the people s/he loves. The descriptions of the gods, the realistic reactions to tragedies, and family expectations are only a small piece of the skillfully-created novel.

I love you entirely, Lena. Not as I loved your sister, but as I love you.

The ending was absolutely fantastic. While I had an inkling about the result from the very beginning, The Weight of a Soul still left me grasping for more at the end. Anyone else hoping the green-eyed wink is a promise of good things to come? Let’s say…a sequel? I’m hoping Tammi can delve into the consequences of Lena’s actions and highlight the grief seen in the novel a bit more.

I will not be scared off from my destiny.

The Weight of a Soul is a story of sisterly love, the heart-wrenching selflessness of a sister, and perseverance all in exchange for the equal “weight of a soul”.

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Tammi was born in California and grew up in Florida, but is currently double-majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism as an undergraduate at Mercer University in Georgia. When she’s not writing, you can probably find Elizabeth at work for her university’s newspaper and literary magazine. Her other interests include traveling, caffeinated beverages, and mythology. You can find Elizabeth online on Tumblr at (annabethisterrified), Twitter at (@ElizabethTammi), Instagram at (elizabeth_tammi), and at elizabethtammi.com.

Follow Elizabeth:
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GIVEAWAY

Win (1) of (5) finished copies of THE WEIGHT OF A SOUL by Elizabeth Tammi (INT)

Starts: December 3, 2019
Ends: December 17, 2019

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December 5th

L.M. Durand – Review
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December 6th

Moonlight Rendezvous  – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Donnie Darko Girl – Review
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December 7th

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December 9th

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[BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY] Coral by Sara Ella

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Welcome to my stop on the Coral book tour! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Coral

Title: CORAL
Author: Sara Ella
Pub. Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Mermaids, Fairy Tales
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, iTunes, TBD, Kobo, Google Books

Multiple award-winning young adult author Sara Ella reimagines The Little Mermaid in a powerful and unexpected way.
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Coral has always been different, standing out from her stoic sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease. Said to be carried by humans, the Disease imposes emotions on its victims, causing them to commit unspeakable acts. The growing illness inside her, while terrifying, fascinates her very core. Where others see danger, Coral sees life. Could it be the colorless merfolk who are truly ill?
Above the sea, seventeen-year-old Brooke Jordan has nothing left to give. A homeless girl abandoned and forgotten, the only thing Brooke can rely on is the ocean. Her aching feet find refuge within the cool and comforting waves, while her broken heart grows harder with each passing day. When Brooke’s and Coral’s worlds collide, everything alters in an instant. From learning to stand alone, to discovering the strength it takes to rely on another, the girls find that living requires taking that first painful breath. Each must make sacrifices, and when it comes to finding true love? Let’s just say the boys in their lives must learn to swim if they’re ever going to survive the storms.
Battling the odds against them, the girls will do whatever it takes to survive. But what must end for love and life to finally begin?
Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, this modern-day story explores mental health from several perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.

REVIEW

Coral is a re-telling of one of our favorite stories, The Little Mermaid. However, Coral dives deeper (haha get it?) into the tough topic of mental health. While there is some influence from the classic, Coral is a story of its own. Exploring the topic of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations/actions, we turn to Coral, Brooke, and Hope to further explain the happenings that led them to where they are today.

Please read the author’s trigger warnings before reading the novel.

True love makes life, even a broken one, worth fighting for.

Coral is a relatable character who experiences things all of us do everyday…heartbreak, isolation, and love. Through her stories and the others experienced in this novel, we learn that we are never truly not alone, even when we may feel like it.

Light always awaited her on the other end.

Ella impressed me with her ability to “mask” but highlight mental health in today’s society through a fairy tale re-telling. It is a story of finding peace, love, and unity in a world where we might not always be perceived in a positive light.

I am not nothing and neither are you.

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney castle. Today, she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings. Oh, and her husband is definitely more swoon-worthy than any Prince Charming.
Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and multiple awards, but none as rewarding as the love and support she receives from her readers every day. Her new story CORAL, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID, releases in the fall of 2019.
When she’s not on deadline, Sara Ella can most often be found fangirling on Twitter, Instagram, or her YouTube channel. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, and she has a serious condition known as “Coffee Snob-itis.” She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”

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GIVEAWAY

Win (1) of (4) finished copies of CORAL by Sara Ella (US Only)

Starts: November 15, 2019
Ends:November 28, 2019

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