The Sky Weaver – Blog Tour

 

 

Hey all, bringing you a pretty awesome book review today, not the review really, the book itself. I mean let’s face it, I just fangirl screech incoherently but this book definitely deserves that sort of reaction.

Thanks to Gollancz for the chance to take part in this tour, gifting me the book in exchange for my honest review.

 

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)

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GoodReads:
Lavish, romantic and magical, The Sky Weaver is a new standalone story set in the world of The Last Namsara – one that fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black and Laini Taylor will flock to. . .
At the end of one world, there always lies another.
Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard-helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation.
Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as The Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman ability to move between worlds.
When one can roam from dimension to dimension, can one ever be home? Can love and loyalty truly exist?
Then Safire and Eris-sworn enemies-find themselves on a common mission: to find Asha, the last Namsara.
From the port city of Darmoor to the fabled faraway Sky Isles, their search and their stories become threaded ever more tightly together as they discover the uncertain fate they’re hurtling towards may just be a shared one. In this world, and the next.

 

My Review

I have yet to read ‘The Caged Queen’ but the great thing about these books is you can read them in any order really and they work as well on their own as they do as a series.

I completely loooooved ‘The Last Namsara.’ Seriously, Ciccarelli has such a great and well defined style and voice that I couldn’t help but fall in love.

The magic of style from the first book continues in ‘The Last Sky Weaver.’

Safire is a strong presence in the other books and this doesn’t change as the focus shifts to her and her new found ‘thorn in her side,’ Eris.

Eris is a skilled thief,m and what makes her even better is that she’s a pirate thief, and let me tell you, she is a great character.

The chemistry and interaction between Safire is really well done, you don’t feel like they’re forced together and their interactions are a natural development from how they’ve met to how they keep getting put together.

Ciccarelli also does an outstanding job with weaving in the other characters, they fit right in with the story and don’t detract the focus from the plot, rather they do a brilliant job in aiding it along.

I ended up being fascinated by the story of Eris, and to find out the story of the Sky Weaver. Everything was so beautifully done and it was a great love story in the end, actually it had more than one love story in it and they all fit together perfectly.

There’s also the story of Leandra, Crow, and Skye, and how their story brought along the one we discover in this book. We also get to explore the Isles and see more of the world that has been built.

Another key point, world building is on point n this novel just as it was in the first for me. And the best part is that because she’d done such a great job in the beginning with world building, we get to see more of the lore and characters, and this book focuses so much on emotions. Which is really wonderful.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book, and it was a great addition to the Namsara series.

If you’re looking for a fxf love story that continues the beauty of the Ciccarelli has built, then I recommend this book, or if you’re looking for just a great fantasy book in general.

Five huge cups of coffee from me.

 

 

About the Author

GoodReads:
Kristen Ciccarelli is the internationally bestselling author of the Iskari series. Her first book, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s children and YA chart, was one of Indigo’s Best Book for Teens in 2017, and has been translated into 12 languages. Before writing books for a living, she worked as an artisanal baker, an indie bookseller, and a ceramic artist. These days she resides in a blustery seaside cove with her blacksmith and her rescue dog. She likes her coffee dark, her weather broody, and her house warmed by a wood fire.

Author Links

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube

 

The Rest of the Tour

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An Anniversary in Books

 

 

So you’ve all heard me gush about my husband plenty of times, well, this is just another one of those times, but again, it will also involve books.

On Saturday was our two year wedding anniversary, and this time we didn’t exchange books but we did start out with books and always constantly gift each other books when we do have the chance haha.

You see…

Dun dun dun, my husband proposed to me by putting a ring at the back of ‘The Little Prince’ he knew it’s one of my favorite books and decided it was the perfect thing to use in proposing to me, on my birthday.

We then later went out to my local comic con, where I used my birthday money to have Billy Piper sign my Dr Who book, and for nearly every holiday afterwards we’ve gifted each other books.

It’s not because we love books more than other people, or that we’re a better couple because we enjoy books, it’s just because we use books to connect. Everyone connects differently and we all have books, movies, songs, something that when we love it a lot we want to share it with the people we love.

Sure we share music with each other, and movies too, but those are things we regularly partake in together, so having something like books where we both have a very set and different style, it’s really fun. I get to know more about my husband and be surprised by my husband with each book I get him or find out he wants/has read at some point.

And I think he feels the same.

We started with books, and I hope that we’ll continue to share in them together. Blogging has also connected me to other people through books, and it’s another way for me to share and love books, and it’s fantastic.

I think there’s nothing better than being able to share things you love, and to have people in my life that I can send a book to, that I can talk about books with, in my home and outside of it, well it makes me really lucky.

Is there someone you connect with, with books or anything else?

I hope to hear from you all in the comments.

Died and Gone to Devon – Blog Tour

 

 

Died and Gone to Devon

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GoodReads:
X marks the spot for murder…
In the seaside town of Temple Regis, seagulls are wheeling overhead and the holidays are getting close. And then the body of political candidate Odile Clifford is discovered on the balcony of the lighthouse.
Fearless Riviera Express reporter Judy Dimont goes in search of the killer – but who is it? And where will they strike next?
What’s more, Judy’s position as chief reporter is under threat when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true.
Life is busier than ever for Devon’s most famous detective. Can Judy solve the mystery – and protect her position as Temple Regis’s best reporter – before the murderer strikes again?

 

My Review

‘Died and Gone to Devon’ was a cute book a ‘cozy’ murder mystery with a very neat protagonist.

Though I did enjoy reading this, it unfortunately wasn’t for the mystery of it. The murder mystery was lacking for me, it felt as if this were more of a journalist who was living in a quirky town with an enjoyable cast of characters, but, for nearly the first half of the book there was nothing really to do with the mystery part other than an occasional mention.

The buildup was unsatisfying as a mystery, but, I did enjoy learning about the town and the crew of the ‘Riviera.’

Judy is a fun character and overall I would say this was still an enjoyable read and I thought the writing style was the definition of cozy. So, I gave this three stars, but, again, not for it fitting its genre.

One thing I really appreciated in the end was the way the time realistically lapsed, Judy didn’t solve this in two days, it took months for everything to come together and the way it all did mesh was clever and it really was a nice way to end it all.

Overall, it was a three cups of coffee read for me, and I do look forward to hopefully reading the others at some point in this series! [Though this could easily be read as a standalone as I read it]

Thanks so much to BloggerHQ and Harper Collins for a chance to read and review this honestly as part of the tour.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Coral – Blog Tour Spotlight

 

Bringing you the spotlight on ‘Coral’ today! Thanks TFFBC for a chance to take part in promoting this book!

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Synopsis:
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.
Book Information:
Title: Coral
By: Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: November 12th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Mermaids, Fairy Tales

Purchase Links

GoodReads | Amazon | BookDepo | Barnes&Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Books

 

About the Author

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.

Author Links

Website | GoodReads | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest

 

The Rest of the Tour

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November 12th

November 13th

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
YA/NA Book Divas – Review
The Reading Life – Promotional Post

November 14th

Bookish Looks – Guest Post
Wishful Endings – Review
Adventurous Bookworm– Review + Favourite Quotes
The Caffeinated Reader – Review + Playlist
TheBookNerdDiaries – Promotional Post

November 15th

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
Hauntedbybooks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Synopses by Sarge – Review
The Boozy Reader – Review

November 16th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Morgan Vega – Review + Favourite Quotes
Dazzled by Books – Review
Amy’s Booket List – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

November 17th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review  + Favourite Quotes
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

November 18th

That Georgia Gypsy – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Dream Cast
Biblioxytocin – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lori’s Bookshelf Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Promotional Post

WWW Wednesday

It’s time for the WWW Wednesday meme brought to you all by Taking on a World of Words

 

What Are You Currently Reading?

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)

GoodReads:
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta’s death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world’s leading geneticist, and humanity’s best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole’s genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world’s genetic tech. But it’s too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

To Say I’m enjoying this, would be an understatement! I’m LOVING it so far, and now that I finished reading my last blog tour book for the week, I can really focus on it. HOLY COW THE CREATIVITY IN THIS ASTOUNDING. This read was brought to you by Kal lol.

 

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

Died and Gone to Devon

GoodReads:
X marks the spot for murder…
In the seaside town of Temple Regis, seagulls are wheeling overhead and the holidays are getting close. And then the body of political candidate Odile Clifford is discovered on the balcony of the lighthouse.
Fearless Riviera Express reporter Judy Dimont goes in search of the killer – but who is it? And where will they strike next?
What’s more, Judy’s position as chief reporter is under threat when her editor takes on hot-shot journalist David Renishaw, whose work is just too good to be true.
Life is busier than ever for Devon’s most famous detective. Can Judy solve the mystery – and protect her position as Temple Regis’s best reporter – before the murderer strikes again?

I’ll be doing a review of this on Friday, so, keep an eye out for it!

 

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

GoodReads:
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

 

Also these two as eARCs to tackle for NetGalley!

 

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1) Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)

Reader Voracious: Bookish Readers Choice 2019

 

Heyyyy so, nominations are open. Kal is amazing and has gotten down so many awesome categories and let’s face it…these nominations are pretty much needed.

Why?

Well, I love GR, seriously, I think it’s something I use daily and really enjoy using it but there were som failings, to say the least, with the voting for the Readers Choice Awards. I’m pretty sure all the books were super hyped and popular already, all well known authors practically, and a bit disappointing especially with the YA choices. There were so many amazing and diverse books to come out this year and they kinda seemed to have been ignored, I don’t want to sound preach-y but why were there pretty much just white writers for the nominations?

Yes, those books were good, no denying it, but, so were the others I read such as ‘Kingdom of Souls,’ ‘Girls of Storm and Shadow,’ ‘Descendant of the Crane,’ you following me here?

I just wanted to see more books, so, Kal has been the hero we all needed and allowed us to have more of a say in our reader choice awards.

 

Remember, these are open until November 30, and you have a chance to put the books down that you want, not just choose from a list. And you can fill out all of it or just the parts you feel like, it’s up to you but you’re actually given choices and it’s awesome.

So, go look at this really helpful and informative post if you’re wanting to do this and go forth and have your voice heard!

I went crazy with it myself lol.

Kim, Leon, and The Sky Path to Africa – Blog Tour

 

 

Kim Leon Cover

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GoodReads:
Kim and Leon live on a farm in Suffolk, England. Kim is a schoolboy and Leon is his pet donkey. A rainy day encounter leads them on an adventure far away in Africa. Along the way there are dangers, and fears about who can be trusted. There is also the threatening presence of a slave ship, looming in the bay. This book comes with tasks of writing, acting and drawing. This is a simplified version of the original book. It suits especially ESL pupils.

My Review

I would like to start off saying that I do think this book is an excellent teaching tool, the tasks and the style it’s written in can be exceedingly beneficial for students, especially ESL students.

The writing is also not just what’s used in a good teaching tool but it’s also whimsical and entertaining for the children. And I find this is just as important when you’re looking for a book for students.

I really enjoyed the whimsy and magic in it, but it was a bit of a sharp turn for me while reading to go from that whimsy to 1702 slave trading. I think I didn’t rate this higher because I wasn’t sure of the approach to slave trading int hat time period, it’s a rather sensitive subject and I’m not sure what is the right way to do it, but I do think Allen did a pretty good job handling it.

If only there had been more Leon in the story! However, our magical donkey has a certain purpose and Kim was there to learn things on his own. I thought Kim was a really well written character and I enjoyed reading about him.

Overall a really useful teaching tool and a fun read. It wasn’t bogged down with too much terminology and was the perfect use of language for ESL kids.

Three large cups of coffee from me!

Thank you to Anne and the author for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour.

 

About the Author

Barnaby Allen Author Pic

Barnaby Allen was born in Suva Fiji, as his father was working there for the British Crown.  He was introduced to literature by his mother, who liked to recite poetry and had a gift of telling engaging stories. As an adult Barnaby Allen worked in education in several countries mostly teaching English. He loved travel, classical music, discussions, current affairs, Pacific affairs, family, good food and board games. Barnaby’s children also had the benefit of Barnaby telling stories to them and making the characters come alive with acting out different roles.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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