Among the Beasts and Briars Blog Tour with Terminal Tours: Review

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About the Book:

Title

Among the Beasts & Briars

ISBN

0062847368 (ISBN13: 9780062847362)

Edition Language

English

Author

Ashley Poston

Publisher

Harper Collins

Release Date

October 20, 2020

Pages

352

Genre

YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.Cover

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

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Review:

5

*Thank you so much to Balzer & Bray and Terminal Tours for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you also for the opportunity to be a part of the tour.*

Among the Beasts and Briars was the amazing fairytale story that was just what I needed! If you want a book that transports you too far off places, with magic and royalty, then this book might be for you too. I absolutely loved the setting of this lush and atmospheric world in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Aloriya was at peace without droughts, diseases, or famine for hundreds of years. The first king had made a bargain with the Lady of the Wilds. As the kingdom prospered, the forest began to grow dark and forbidding, and there was said to be a curse. Cerys, a gardener’s daughter, knows all too well, as she barely escaped the woods with her life when she was very young. The woods did claim her friends and her mother on that fateful day. She carries some of the curse of the wood in her blood, the magic, and she is reminded every day of what was lost. The only danger she currently faces, is a pesky little fox that is often found in the royal gardens and doesn’t leave her alone.

As the new queen of Alariya is crowned, things that have been long hidden in the woods begin to descend on the kingdom. Cerys is forced on the run with only the magic in her veins, the fox from the gardens, and a very unique and powerful bear. She must now search for the Lady of the Wilds to beg her for help to save all she holds dear. On her journey, things become very dark and dangerous and Cerys faces things only found in her worst nightmares. Will she have what it takes to survive?

I loved Cerys and Fox! They had such an amazing bond. Cerys is very loyal, but struggles with her self-worth as she’s “only a gardener’s daughter”. I loved watching how she came to realize she was so much more! Her thoughts and emotions were very relatable, and Poston portrayed them quite well. Fox has such a great sense of humor, he’s mischievous, and I love his banter with Cerys. I also love how Fox faces his own fears in this story.

Perfect for those who love fairytale and adventure stories with some twists and turns, I hope that you’ll pick this one up. It was the perfect escape for me, and luckily for you, it’s available now at all retailers!

About the Author:

Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies.

She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English, and went on to work at both Kodansha USA and Bloomsbury Publishing. But the dazzling bright lights of New York City couldn’t keep her away from old country roads, so she moved back home to pursue a full-time writing career.

Her books have been on the Indie Next List multiple times, and have been featured in Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, among others. She has also been a Goodreads Choice Finalist in 2017 for Geekerella, and a semi-finalist for The Princess and the Fangirl in 2019. She also has a critically-acclaimed space opera series, the Heart of Iron duology, which was named on 2019’s Rainbow List.

When not writing, she can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons and writing fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their username.author photo

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Website: http://www.ashposton.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashposton

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_ashposton/

A Golden Fury Blog Tour: Review

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About the Book:

Title: A Golden Fury

Author: Samantha Cohoe

Publisher: Wednesday Books 

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Pages: 352

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

Set in eighteenth century England, Samantha Cohoe’s debut novel, A GOLDEN FURY (Wednesday Books; October 13, 2020), follows a young alchemist as she tries to save the people she loves from the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone. The streets of London and Oxford come to life as this historical fantasy unravels. Weaving together an alluring story of magic and danger, Samantha’s debut has her heroine making messy decisions as she toes the line between good and evil while it becomes blurred.A Golden Fury_COVER

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

A GOLDEN FURY and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.

Review:

4

*I received an e-arc from Wednesday Books, St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour!*

A Golden Fury has an amazing setting, which starts out in beautiful 18th century France, and then moves to Oxford, England. Alchemy is such a fascinating subject (I haven’t read a book featuring it since I read the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead), so I was super excited when I found out that that’s what this book is about! I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s descriptive writing about the different experiments.

Thea Hope is the seventeen year old daughter of Marguerite Hope, a famous alchemist in France. Thea dreams about being out from under her mother’s shadow and becoming an alchemist with her own reputation. She and her mother have been working on the Philosopher’s Stone, whose properties can grant immortality and can turn metal into gold. Just as they have the promise of the stone and all that comes along with it, Marguerite descends into complete madness and destroys the stone. As Thea combs over her mother’s notes, she discovers that there’s a curse on the stone that causes anyone who tries to make it lose their sanity. As the threat of the French Revolution looms, Thea is sent to Oxford to keep her safe. She is sent to live with a father who she never knew about, and who didn’t know about her either. Her only consolation is that her friend Will is living in London, and she hopes she will be able to see him again.

As Thea comes to Oxford, she discovers that the alchemists there don’t believe her warning about the curse, and won’t stop until Thea gives them the knowledge they need to create the stone for themselves.

I thought that Thea was relatable as she wants to prove herself to her mother, her father, and to the world at large. She lives in a time period where women really had to fight to make their own way, as their dreams and goals were not taken seriously by society. Throughout Thea’s journey, she goes through so much, and I liked seeing her growth from the beginning to the end of the story.

I was somewhat disappointed in the ending, as from my understanding, this is a standalone. I felt as though there were some loose ends that needed to be tied up, as I was left wondering about the fates of certain characters. It would be great to have a sequel in the future!

If you like books with historical settings, alchemy and some surprises thrown in, I think you would enjoy this book.

About the Author:

Samantha Cohoe writes historically-inspired young adult fantasy. She was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She currently lives in Denver with her family and divides her time among teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs. A Golden Fury is her debut novel.Samantha Cohoe_Credit Alison McQuain of Alison McQuain Photography

 *A Nerd Daily YA Debut to Watch Out for in 2020*

“Sharply written with a crackling, compassionately determined heroine, A Golden Fury is a vivid ride through eighteenth century Europe with darkness and dread creeping at its corners. Utterly enchanting.”

– Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

“An engaging concoction of fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.” Booklist

“Cohoe situates the supernatural among the historical, referencing the French Revolution and the Enlightenment while…keeping a sense of urgency as Thea struggles with the magical, demonic pull of the Stone.”

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“The attention to detail in the story is excellent. Thea herself is a confident lead with a strong voice. A solid fantasy to

flesh out the world of alchemy that most readers know only from ‘Harry Potter.'” School Library Journal

“Cohoe transmutes the legend of the Philosopher’s Stone into a dark, intoxicating tale of ambition, obsession, and sacrifice. Prepare for a magic that will consume you.”

– Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

“Steeped in mystery and magic, Samantha Cohoe’s A Golden Fury immerses readers in beautifully rendered world where magic and science mix, and where the intoxication of power can be deadly. Whip-smart Thea is a heroine readers will root for.” – Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

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Dread the Harvest Moon Tour & Giveaway-My Top 5 Quotes From Fear the Drowning Deep

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About the Book:

Title: Dread the Harvest Moon

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Ivy Press

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Pages: 354

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Three tasks. Two worlds. One deadly queen.

Always follow the rules.

That’s what seventeen-year-old barmaid Liss Corkill does. She’s never cursed or kissed a boy, and until two years ago, when a mythical serpent kidnapped her, she was never late to anything. She knows that if she were like her free-spirited older sister Bridey who sailed to America just before the Great War, her mother would be devastated. Liss is determined to be what everyone expects, even if that means giving up her dreams.

Unless the faeries make you break them.

When Liss accidentally interferes in a fairy queen’s quest for true love, she’s pulled into the vast and dangerous world of Un-Mann, a magical realm as old as the Isle of Man itself. As punishment for her mistake, Liss must complete three tasks for the queen by the night of the Great Harvest Moonlight, the fairies’ biggest yearly celebration.

Or you find something worth dying for.

Liss’s attempts to complete her tasks are met with constant misfortune, as if someone doesn’t want her to win. But she has powerful friends: the town witch, Morag, and her sister’s best friend, Cat, who she’s secretly falling for as they hunt sea monsters by night to protect their home. Sensing a need for inspiration as the final gruesome task draws near, the queen marks Liss’s little sister for death unless Liss succeeds.

Her sister. Her town. Her dreams. If she can’t own who she is and make some new rules, Liss will lose it all.SarahGlennMarsh_DreadTheHarvestMoon_1800x2700

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-Signed Bookplate
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-4×6 art print
-Short story taking place between the two books (emailed to you)

PRAISE FOR FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP

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Publisher: Sky Pony

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, and Ebook

ISBN-13: 9781510703483

Page Count: 312

“Haunting—gripping—beautiful. So powerful!” —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper trilogy

Fear the Drowning Deep is gorgeous. Lyrical. Atmospheric. Magical. Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut is perfect for anyone who’s ever looked out at the sea with awe, and wondered what kind of creatures lurk in the deepest places. Utterly haunting.” —Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and My Lady Jane

“Beautifully-written with mysteries and love lurking within the pages as dangerously as an ancient evil waits in the drowning deeps of Sarah’s unique setting on the Isle of Man. Don’t miss this one!” —Martina Boone, author of Compulsion and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy

“Readers will be swept away by Bridey’s love story, every bit as thrilling and mysterious as the Isle of Man’s deep, dark sea.” —Tricia Rayburn, author of the Siren trilogy

“Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut is a captivating tale of love and loss, fear and doubt, monsters of the sea and inside ourselves, and the strength it takes to endure and conquer them all. Hauntingly written with a richly developed setting of the Isle of Man in the early 1900s, you can smell the salt of the sea with every page you hungrily turn.” —Lori Goldstein, author of Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn

“Fans of folklore-influenced YA will find this to be a satisfying use of familiar material.” NPR

“[A]tmospheric historical fantasy . . . evocative setting, memorable characters, and use of obscure folkloric elements all contribute to the novel’s strong sense of place.” Publishers Weekly

“[T]his watery take on “Beauty and the Beast” will be catnip to paranormal-romance readers.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author:

Sarah Glenn Marsh is an author of young adult novels including the Reign of the Fallen series and Fear the Drowning Deep, as well as children’s picture books like A Campfire Tail, Ninita’s Big World (an Amazon Best Book of 2019), Alice Across America, and many more. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish.sarahmarsh

When she’s not writing, she’s often found in the pottery studio, volunteering her time to sighthound rescue, raising awareness about Type 1 diabetes, or engaged in nerdy pursuits from video games to tabletop adventures. You can visit her online at www.sarahglennmarsh.com, and follow her on Twitter @SG_Marsh.

For more information about Sarah Glenn Marsh:

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Giveaway Details: 1 Winner in the USA will receive a signed copies of FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP and DREAD THE HARVEST MOON.

Tour Schedule:

October 5th The Clockwork Bibliophile
October 6th It Starts at Midnight
October 7th The Quirky Book Nerd
October 8th Ashleigh’s Bookshelf
October 9th Book Crushin’ & Booknerd Becky

October 12th Chasing Faerytales
October 13th Lace and Dagger Books
October 14th Flyleaf Chronicles
October 15th Sometimes Leelyn Reads
October 16th YA Book Central 

Thorn Review

About the Book:

Title: Thorn

Author: Intisar Khanani 

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: March 24, 2020

Pages: 512

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.



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Review:

5

I became very interested in this book when I saw the beautiful cover and learned that it’s a goose girl retelling! I love fairytales and retellings, so I figured this book would be up my alley. It definitely exceeded my expectations! I absolutely felt as though I were living in a fairytale reading this book. I loved the atmosphere and the language and the imagery so much. The author tackles some tough subjects in this book, and I think she did so in a compassionate way.

I adored Alyrra and became very invested in her journey. She’s a Princess who’s poorly treated by her family and her people and betrothed to a Prince in another land. On her journey to the Prince’s homeland, she is robbed of her identity and role as a princess from a mysterious and fearsome sorceress. Alyrra decides to take this opportunity and become a goose girl to escape the palace life. She soon learns that Prince Kestrin and his kingdom aren’t at all what they seem, and she knows she can’t stay a goose girl forever. She must decide who exactly she is and what she believes in.

I think if you like fantasy, fairytales, and retellings you would enjoy this one! I am so excited for Theft of Sunlight, the companion novel that is releasing in March of 2021. I will be doing a buddy read of the e-arc in November.

About the Author:

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.

Intisar’s current projects include the re-release of her debut, Thorn, from HarperTeen (2020) and her indie epic fantasy series, The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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Catalyst (Pandemonium Book 2) Review

About the Book:

Title: Catalyst 

Author: Willow Anderson

Publisher: Willow Anderson

Release Date: October 1, 2020

Pages: 455

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

To win your life, are you willing to risk your heart?

With Pandemonium’s chaos fractured, Lace Ashburn and the rightful Ringmaster, set out to find the silver card holding the other half of magic. After months of searching, all hope is lost as the tent continues to fade and the show begins to die. When a mysterious woman appears claiming to know the location of the card, Lace reluctantly travels to Dryston, the country responsible for her parents’ deaths. But soon, the truth begins to unravel, and things are not as they seem.

Lost in betrayal by those around her, Lace is thrust into a deadly game of revenge. Working with the man she hoped to never see again, they must navigate the twisted mind of Dryston’s wicked princess while Lace struggles to keep her heart from completely splitting in two. Together, they fight through the competition to not only save Pandemonium, but also their lives.

Three mysterious cards. Two devastating betrayals. One dangerous game.
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Review:

5

*I received an e-arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Wow! I absolutely loved the first book, Pandemonium, and I am happy to report that Catalyst did not disappoint. It was more dark and dangerous, but just as magical! I found myself not wanting to stop reading, because I had to find out what happened next.

Pandemonium’s chaos is fractured, and Lace and the rightful Ringmaster set out to find the silver card holding the other half of magic. They have been searching for months, and the magic is fading, and all seem to be giving up hope. A mysterious woman appears claiming to know where the card is located, and Lace reluctantly follows her to Dryston, the place responsible for the deaths of her parents. The truth begins to come out, and all is not as it seems.

Lace is lost in betrayals and must play a deadly game of revenge. She is thrust into working with someone she hoped she would never see again. While Lace’s heart feels as though it’s being ripped apart, she must play the game to save Pandemonium and to save their lives.

I was happy to see Lace’s growth in this book. She goes through so much in the first book, but she faces many challenges in this book as well, and continues to shine. I am glad she made choices for herself.

If you like carnivals, magic, romance, and mystery you will enjoy this book. I don’t want to say much more, as I don’t want to spoil anything, but I really hope that people consider reading this amazing series. Be prepared to hold onto your seat, as Willow definitely delivers! I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Lace’s journey.

About the Author:

Willow Anderson was born and raised in west Texas where she learned early on to gaze at the stars and dream. She knew her life would eventually lead her to picking up a pen and letting her creativity flow. After leaving childhood behind, Willow found she was ready to explore away from the desert and left her small town behind. Soon after, she earned her RN initials behind her name but continued to do what she loved – writing. It wasn’t long until she met her current husband and brought him into her life for good. Now she travels wherever the Army takes her. Though she still keeps hold of her colorful imagination, she now has two teenagers and a pre-teen to help her imagination continue to thrive.
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Hot British Boyfriend Review

About the Book:

Title: Hot British Boyfriend

Author: Kristy Boyce

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Pages: 336

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Synopsis:

After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.

When Ellie meets Will, a gorgeous and charming Brit, she vows to avoid making the same mistakes as she did with the last guy she liked. Which is why she strikes up a bargain with Dev, an overachieving classmate who she’s never clicked with, but who does seem to know a lot about the things Will is interested in—if he helps her win over her crush, then she’ll help him win over his.

But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.

Review:

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This was such an adorable, fluffy story! I truly enjoyed this book. Travel, England, tea and scones, fairy gardens, shopping, and hot British boys? Yes, please!

Ellie has an awful public rejection by the boy she’s been crushing on, and it gets posted to Instagram for the whole world to see. She feels utterly humiliated, and doesn’t know how she’s going to face everyone at school. She finds out that there’s a last minute opening in her high school’s study abroad program, and she and her mom figure out a way to make it happen. Ellie heads to England and stays at a gorgeous English Manor that’s been turned into a school. It’s what she and her Mom always dreamed about as Austen fans, being able to see England. She soon discovers that her classmates are all there to take honors courses and and beef up their college applications. She is hoping to salvage her reputation and build up her confidence again. She befriends a small group of students that includes Sage, Dev, and Huan. They have some classes together and study together, eat together, and do some traveling together.

Elle meets Will at an outdoor market not long after their arrival in England, and he’s a gorgeous and charming guy who she’s immediately drawn to. She vows that she’s not going to make the same mistakes with a guy again, and enlists the help of Dev. He seems to know a lot about the things that Will is interested in, and he agrees to help her, and in return she agrees to help him win over his crush.

Ellie gets swept up in the romance, and gets to see some beautiful places in England along the way. As the story progresses, she begins to wonder if this relationship is the answer to all of her problems, and if this perfect boyfriend really is the perfect boy for her?

If you like rom coms, travel, and all things British, I think you will want to pick this one up.

About the Author:

Kristy Boyce lives in Columbus, OH and teaches psychology as a senior lecturer at The Ohio State University.

When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she’s usually writing, reading, putting together fairy gardens, or watching happy reality TV (The Great British Bake-Off and So You Think You Can Dance are perennial favorites).

Kristy is the social media coordinator for Central and Southern Ohio SCBWI.

Make Up Break Up Review

About the Book:

Title: Make Up Break Up

Author: Lily Menon

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Pages: 336

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC 9781250761996investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?
 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley, the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Sandhya Menon is now writing adult romance under Lily Menon. Her debut adult contemporary romance was so hard to put down, and I just wanted to keep on reading. Can we say hot, but I’m not talking about the weather?! There’s such a romantic spark between the two main characters, there’s witty banter, and there’s overall fun! Just like all of Menon’s books, I got that warm, fuzzy feeling I needed.

Annika Dev is a hopeless romantic and the CEO of her own app, Make Up, that she hopes will help people to find their happily ever after. She started the company with her best friend, June. Hudson Craft, has an app called Break Up, and it’s known as the “Uber for breakups” and is the exact opposite of what Annika is trying to achieve with her app. Hudson just so happens to move into the office next door to Annika’s. What also complicates things is that they have a past history, as Annika and Hudson had a summer fling in Vegas. The two begin to prank each other and bring on the competition. Things really heat up as they compete for the EPIC investment pitch contest, which Annika is desperate to win as her business is having some financial difficulties. Despite the two clashing constantly, Annika finds herself drawn to Hudson. As she gets to spend time with him, she finds that there may be more to him than his shallow public personality. She begins to wonder if she could have been completely wrong about him.

If you enjoy a good contemporary romance, then this book will be right up your alley. Lily Menon really knows how to write chemistry, and some of the scenes were absolutely smoking! This book is releasing in February, right before Valentine’s Day, so add it to your TBR now.

About the Author:

This is Lily Menon’s debut adult contemporary romance, which releases in February 2021.

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Pandemonium Review

About the Book:

Title: Pandemonium

Author: Willow Anderson

Publisher: Self Published 

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Pages: 360

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Lace Ashburn was only twelve years old when she witnessed a murder behind Pandemonium’s grandeur – a strange, magical traveling show where admittance is hard to gain. With a dead Ringmaster and his murderer in jail, Pandemonium packed up and fled in the middle of the night, remaining missing for five years.

When Lace’s older brother steps up to take the throne of Falhaven, he announces not only the return of Pandemonium but an arranged marriage for her with their neighboring country’s prince. With less than a week to discover a way to keep her freedom from her fiancé, Lace finds her way 51vo4hf4l6L._SY445_QL70_ML2_back into the heart of Pandemonium.

With a new Ringmaster heading Pandemonium, Lace is pulled into a competition run by the strange show with an invaluable prize at the end should she win. Paired together with a mysterious partner, Lace fights through the contest to keep not only her independence but her heart safe.

Come one, come all, to the show that will enthrall…welcome to Pandemonium where in order to win, you must lose it all.

 

Review:

5

I am so glad that I came across this book on bookstagram! I was initially attracted to the cover, and then I read the synopsis and became intrigued. I picked up a copy on Amazon, and I have no regrets. This book was amazing! It was super hard to put down, and I just wanted to keep reading. If you are a fan of Caraval, The Night Circus, or Forest of Stars, I think you will definitely enjoy this debut. I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the beautiful descriptive writing from Willow. The outfits that Lace wore sound to die for, and the places she visits are just magical.

The story follows Lace Ashburn, who is only twelve years old when she witnesses a murder at the Pandemonium magical traveling show. The Ringmaster is killed and the killer imprisoned, so the show packed up and disappeared for five years.

Lace’s brother Robert steps up to take the throne of Falhaven (oh yeah, Lace is a princess!) and announces the return of the show and the betrothal of Lace to their neighboring country’s prince. With only a week of freedom from her betrothed, Lace finds her way back to Pandemonium. There’s now a new Ringmaster and Lace is pulled into a competition with a prize at the end that she is desperate to win. She is paired with a mysterious partner for the competition, and she finds herself torn between her political duties, and her want for freedom. Lace is lucky to have her little sister Victoria, and friend Lucille at the palace, as things become quite sinister.

A book that is filled with mystery, mayhem, and magic, this is a debut that you won’t want to miss! It is available now, and the sequel Catalyst is forthcoming.

About the Author:

Willow Anderson was born and raised in west Texas where she learned early on to gaze at the stars and dream. She knew her life would eventually lead her to picking up a pen and letting her creativity flow. After leaving childhood behind, Willow found she was ready to explore away from the desert and left her small town behind. Soon after, she earned her RN initials behind her name but continued to do what she loved – writing. It wasn’t long until she met her current husband and brought him into her life for good. Now she travels wherever the Army takes her. Though she still keeps hold of her colorful imagination, she now has two teenagers and a pre-teen to help her imagination continue to thrive.
Willow is the author of the upcoming Pandemonium series that is available exclusively on Amazon. She writes YA fantasy and sometimes dabbles in the romance world.81Su3EkqjML._SY600_

Language of Thorns Review

About the Book:

Title: Language of Thorns

Author: Leigh Bardugo 

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Pages: 281

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.51Jy6-ypOrL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Review:

4

 

A beautiful collection of six dark and twisty fairytales that are loosely based on classics, from Leigh Bardugo! I was very pleased with this collection and with the stunning illustrations found inside. Fans of the Grishaverse books and Six of Crows duology will want to pick this one up, as there are mentions of this amazing world throughout these tales. 

I think the Witch of Duva and When Water Sang Fire were probably my favorites. The Witch of Duva was a twist on Hansel and Gretel and When Water Sang Fire was a twist on the Little Mermaid.

If you like hauntingly beautiful stories and are a Leigh Bardugo fan, I definitely recommend you add this to your TBR. 

 

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

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Rent a Boyfriend Review

About the Book:

Title: Rent a Boyfriend

Author: Gloria Chao

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: November 10, 2020

Pages: 320

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Synopsis:

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.51to-IXA-pL
When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an e-arc from Netgalley and Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review*

After reading and loving American Panda, I knew I wanted to read this one. I’m so glad I did, as it was so cute! It was the perfect blend of a rom com and a story that dealt with family struggles. Gloria just has this great writing style that makes it work.

Chloe’s traditional Taiwanese parents are pressuring her to marry Hongbo, who is quite wealthy and well known in their tight knit community. After a disastrous “date” with Hongbo, where he took her to a strip club, Chloe gets quite desperate. She feels that the only way out of marrying Hongbo is to hire a fake boyfriend from Rent for Your ‘Rents.

Drew has a passion for art, and unfortunately his parents disown him after he drops out of college to pursue his dreams. He works for Rent for Your ‘Rents to pay the bills as he’s supporting himself completely. Thankfully for him, learning the protocols for work come naturally to him. For this job, he just needs to convince Chloe’s parents that he’s right for her, and he’s golden.

Chloe and Drew start to fall for each other, but Drew is quite different than Andrew, the character he has been portraying to her parents. As they fall for each other, the lies to Chloe’s parents keep on coming, and things get pretty complicated. Will Chloe be able to figure things out after the mess that’s been created?

I adored these characters, and they definitely made an impression on me. If you enjoy rom coms and fake dating, I definitely think you’ll enjoy this one!

About the Author:

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American PandaOur Wayward Fate, and the upcoming Rent a Boyfriend. When she’s not writing, you can find her with her husband on the curling ice or hiking the Indiana Dunes. After a brief detour as a dentist, she is now grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths.

Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at GloriaChao.Wordpress.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram @GloriacChao.Gloria-Chao-Author-Photo_web