The Immortal City – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
In the heart of Venice, a woman is sacrificed to a forgotten god, sparking a mystery lost for thousands of years.

Dr. Penelope Bryne is ridiculed by the academic community for her quest to find the remnants of Atlantis, but when an ancient and mysterious script is found at a murder site, she flies to Venice determined to help the police before the killer strikes again.

Penelope has spent her entire life trying to ignore the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis, but when she meets the enigmatic Alexis Donato, everything she believes will be challenged. Little does she know, Alexis has spent the last three years doing his best to sabotage Penelope’s career so doesn’t learn the truth—Atlantis had seven magicians who survived, and who he has a duty to protect.

As Alexis draws her into the darkly, seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head if she is to find the answers she seeks.

With the new MOSE system due to come online, and Carnivale exploding around them, Penelope and Alexis will have to work together to stop the killer and prevent dark magic from pulling Venice into the sea.

 

My Review

Hey guys, hitting you up with another book review on this lovely Saturday. If lovely for you means, cold, slightly damp, and having cleaned up a spider graveyard in the bathtub of your new house.

Anywho!

I was lucky enough to get to do the cover reveal for this book and now here I am reviewing it as part of the blog tour.

The synopsis really had me with Venice, but then I saw Atlantis and it was like I was 9 again looking over maps wondering where Atlantis could have been. Shhh. I was a very curious child with a love of archaeology.

So right off the bat, I wanted to read this given the premise.

Well, there wasn’t as much Venice I would have liked but there was certainly cool dark magic and occult things going on so that placated me.

As far as Atlantis content goes, well, I think/hope there’s more of it to come, it is the first book afterall and this was setting up the world and plots and so on.

I loved the Magician characters I thought they were fun and mysterious and I just wanted to go hang out in their ‘crib’ and drink wine with them.

Unfortunately, I had little love for Penelope. I think she must have been so much younger than I would have thought. This reads more as YA, though Penelope herself is old enough/brilliant enough if she’s still a teen, to have her doctorate. I think the reason I didn’t like her is that I found the romance aspect for her rather dull, but, I did enjoy her hunger for knowledge and her curiosity. I love it when characters are as big as history lovers as I am, haha.

Another Character to enjoy is Marco the inspector, he is just the best in my opinion haha.

The magic was actually very neat, and the ties with Atlantis were something I can’t wait to learn/read more about in the next book.

I mean there is little to fault with the premise and ideas, I thought they were awesome, I just found it lacking with Penelope’s character growth/development so at times it made it hard for me to love it as much as I wanted to. Still a good start to a series, enjoyable to read, and I look forward to reading book 2!

Thank you to BHCPressBooks for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review

 

About the Author

Amy Kuivalainen is a Finnish-Australian writer that is obsessed with magical wardrobes, doors, auroras and burial mounds that might offer her a way into another realm. Until then, she will write about fairy tales, monsters, magic and mythology because that’s the next best thing. She is the author of The Firebird Fairytales Trilogy and The Blood Lake Chronicles series that mash up traditional tales and mythology in new and interesting ways.

Author Links

Website| Twitter | GoodReads

 

BEAutumn – Spell List

 

Hey everyone! Today’s BE Autumn prompt and featured image come to you from the awesome Lauren @ Northern Plunder. You can check out her cool spell list by clicking on her link!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt:

My second day hosting a prompt for #BEAutumn2019 brings you Spell List, also it’s my 4th post of Blogtober!

So what can you expect from today’s prompt? It’s time for you to get creative and share your spells! We’re all familiar with Book Spine Poetry by now. No? Stack up your books in an order that allows the titles to create a poem.

For this prompt we’re using horror or Halloween themed books (if possible) to line up and create Book Spine Spells!

So! Now, let’s get started! I’m so excited to see what poetry I can come up with.

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War Girls, We Hunt the Flame, Impossible Causes
The Girl in the Tower, Doing Time”

 

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The Deathless Girls, The White Light of Tomorrow
The Sea without a Shore”

 

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….Damn it, didn’t realize this one was blurry until I stuck it on here, well, pfffft. It’s staying.

Dark Shores, White Lies
The Secrets we Kept”

Are you all doing this? It was so much fun!!! I wish I had done this before!

Winter of the Witch – Blog Tour

 

 

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Synopsis:
One girl can make a difference…
Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.
Then a vegeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders.
But she may not be able to save them all.

Book Information:
Written by: Katherine Arden
Published by: Penguing, Random House
Published on: October 3, 2019
Format: Paperback, eBook, Audio

 

My Review

I don’t know if I just have an affinity for heartbreaking trilogies or what but they seem to be my lot in life.

This now includes the Winternight Trilogy.

Arden weaves you into the folklore and history of Russia with a fantasy twist on it that I think raises up the culture of Russia in a rather brilliant way.

This though is the conclusion of the trilogy so I recommend looking away if you have not read the other two yet.

In this book, we’ve started off in the aftermath of the fire that temporarily plagued Moscow, started and quelled by Vasya. She is caught in a terrifying situation afterwards but it leaves her with no choice but than to travel through Midnight to change the outcomes of Moscow and what its future would mean for those she cares for back in Rus’.

There’s more of the Winter King himself but I am happy to say that as Arden has masterfully done in the other two books, he is not the focus. This is about our ‘witch,’ Vasya and it is about the choices and paths she takes.

Arden has this ability that the moment you read page one you are utterly transported to Vasya’s world. You forget that you’re in the present and it’s like the reader is lost to the world as much as Vasya.

The characters are all complex and brilliant. None are strictly good or evil, and some just exist with no inclination to pick a side of good or evil.

Vasya faces more heartache and trial than ever before and with my whole heart, I was hoping for an ending fitting for her and her story. Arden clearly delivered on this, the ending was perfect for this trilogy.

The pacing is intense. There is not one moment where I felt like I wanted to put the book down and come up for air, especially the last 150 pages.

I’m actually finding it hard to put into words just how much this book and the trilogy in its entirety mean to me. If I could buy copies for everyone interested in this trilogy just to give them a chance to read it, I would.

The story is also one that you could easily reread because now you know what to look for in terms of how early on and brilliantly Arden set up everything for this epic conclusion.

She broke my heart and put it back together again then put that cycle on repeat for the whole of the book.

I felt despair, joy, love, and determination. It was as if I were there with Vasya.

The world-building of the realms of Midnight and Winter are amazing and breathtaking and I’m so glad we got to see the realm of Midnight in this book.

It’s brilliant, start to finish. I love it, completely and entirely.

Five cups of coffee from me for this and the entire trilogy. Thank you to Anne Cater and Penguin Random House for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion on the tour. [Sorry for a delay in posting today, it took me a while to work up the nerve to say goodbye to this book]

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death of animal(s), War/Violence, general heartache.

 

About the Author

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Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France.
Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature.
After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briancon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really you never know.
She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.

Author Links

Twitter | Website

 

The Rest of the Tour

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The Gilded King – Blog Tour

 

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Synopsis:
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.
Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.
But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.
Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.
One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Purchase Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK

[Psssst, atm it’s free to get!]

 

My Review

Yay for a cool vampire story, it’s so rare for me to really get to enjoy vampire stories these days. Not for a lack of cool vampire stories, but because it’s hard to sift through the endless options of vampire books.

Not to mention this is a post-apocalyptic setting where vampires rule, and, they’re old enough to make ‘Interview with the Vampire’ jokes.

I love how mysterious the backstory of the world is in this book. There are prequels, but I think they aren’t necessary to read as Jaffrey does a pretty good job of setting up the world on her own. The story switches between Cameron and Julia’s POVs which is fun because they’re doing two completely different things, so it’s not just rehashing what you just read, though sometimes I wanted to shake my fist at Jaffrey because she’d just leave you hanging some chapters. *Glares* I see what you did there, Author.

There are these really awesome and terrifying things called Weepers, I won’t say what they are exactly to avoid spoilers, but another cool take on a monster.

Because of the almost two different stories, I found myself so intrigued and always wanting to know more, but, Jaffrey is clever and you can see the threads of the stories are interwoven even if Cameron and Julia aren’t tied to each other, there are events that they’re both connected to.

There’s love but it’s not overwhelming and there’s a good cast of characters, and I hope we get to know more about them in the next book(s), not to mention the way it’s left off, you just want to immediately jump into book 2!

Well-paced, fun characters, m/m flirting to make you go ‘awwwwwww,’ cool vampires, and political intrigue, plotting, and shenanigans.

Bring on book 2!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to WriteReads and Josie Jaffrey for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review as part of the tour! Four cups of coffee from me!

About the Author

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I live in Oxford, UK, with my husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for me to wear black, which is largely why I gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, I still miss my old wardrobe.

Author Links

Website | Patreon | Twitter

 

The Tour

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The Christmas Holiday – Blog Tour

I know what you’re thinking guys, but hear me out. It sounded too adorable to NOT read and I promise to hold off on all other Christmas related things until at least Thanksgiving.

With that out of the way, let’s get this tour review started!

 

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Synopsis:
A charming Christmas story, with a European twist, of how love can surface in the unlikeliest of places. From an exciting new voice in festive fiction. 
Can a trip away lead you home? 
After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex- boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn’t going entirely to plan. 
Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he’s determined not to get close to anyone again – and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December. 
Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to escape Christmas together as friends in Provence. But can they avoid the magic of the season from changing things between them? 
And what happens if one of them starts to feel something more? 

Book Information:
Written by: Sophie Claire
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: October 3, 2019
Format: Paperback and eBook £8.99

 

My Review

 

If you think this sounds like an adorable Christmas read that’s perfect to get you festive and ready to watch the rota of Hallmark Christmas movies…you would be right. This is a cute romcom read that has everything you would expect from such a book. There’s Christmas, there’s love, dogs, a brooding handsome man, and a wonderfully quirky and adorable owner of a village shop.

Clair delivers on what you’d want if this is your sort of genre. For me, I find myself always enjoying festive and adorable reads, so, in my mind, it perfectly delivered on this and did not disappoint. It’s a sweet read that makes me anticipate the whole month of December.

There’s also learning to deal with loss, self-esteem issues, and did I mention the dog? I think Clair did a wonderful job forming this cosy world that you want to get lost in while drinking a cup of hot chocolate.

So, I give this three and a half cups of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.

If you’re already on the hunt for festive reads, make sure you add this one to your list!

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for an ARC of this in exchange for my honest review for part of the blog tour

 

About the Author

Sophie Claire, born to a French mother and Scottish father, grew up in Manchester where she still lives with her husband and two sons. She writes stories centred around sunny Provence, where she spent her summers as a child.

The Rest of the Tour

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Illumicrate September 2019 Unboxing!

 

Oh look…I’ve already gotten another book box.

I am now addicted, clearly, and I’m okay with this.

Also, I HAD to get this box when I realized what the book was, and I’m out to get about every edition I can get my hands on of this book as I love it that much.

 

Watch out because this unboxing means spoilers and if you don’t want any, then look awaaaaay.

 

 

First reaction: Gimme gimme gimme…*thanks postman and scurries to the living room with my prize*

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Theme: High Stakes

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 Oooh this is cool, now, I want to get to the thiiiiings

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SCARF. I have not read Carry On, but, I love this scarf so much I now need to read it

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*Screeches* I still need to read This Mortal Coil, but I’m super excited because I was just about to buy a lanyard.

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Another Ember in the Ashes themed item….perhaps this is a sign to read this as well

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IT’S KATNISS!!!! *Runs around holding up coin as if it is gold*

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LOOK AT THIS! [Good Omens] I LOVE STATIONARY

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THIS IS GORGEOUS I JUST WANT TO STARE AT IT ALL DAY
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*Strokes the cup* My Preciousssssss

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SNAKEY SNAKE. SNAKE O’ MY HEART

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You all have no idea how happy I was, I was dancing around like Rumplestiltskin while holding this beauty. The cover isn’t ‘special’ compared to the regular UK edition so I didn’t take a picture of that, but I decided it needed a budy photo with my Goldsboro edition…so….I give you this amazing little smol stack pic.

 

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There we go! My first Illumicrate unboxing!

[Just to let you all know, I’m DISO of the UK Arc of this, I loved this book so much and I don’t have much to trade but I have a couple of things, and I’m happy to buy someone an item off their book wishlist in exchange for this book!]

September Rewind

 

 

It’s that time of the month again where I watch Netflix as I struggle to list out the books I read. BUT this also means that tomorrow is October!!! Remember to click on the pics to be taken to either my review or the GoodReads page.

 

So this is new but, Currently Unrated:

[I have no idea what to do with this one, so, it’s remaining unrated for now.]

 

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[Rounded to Three cups for the blog tour, it’s more of a case of me just not being capable of enjoying ‘sappy’ romances]

 

[I’ve rounded this up to 3 on GoodReads, it’s got a really interesting plot but I felt like things needed to be fleshed out more, and sometimes the style seemed a bit immature, but, I think it shows a lot of promise as well and I liked the ending! I’ll be writing up a full review later. The author was nice enough to send me a copy, so thank you for that!]

 

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Total Count: 27

 

Still Currently Reading:

[I would have finished it if it were not for all the damn tours I signed up for, but I adore this book so far]

 

 

Favorite Posts from around the book blogger-verse

 

Kal @ Reader Voracious: 6 Books to Haunt You this Spooky Season

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: How We Manage School And Blogging (ft Jayati @ Its A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile)

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: Reality of Being a Book Blogger

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall: A BOOKWORM’S GUIDE TO REMOVING STUBBORN STICKERS

Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites: My Long-Term Relationship with Fanfiction

Lauren @ Northern Plunder: The Importance of an Author’s Online Presence | Guest Post by Bronwyn Eley

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Ultimate Guide To Stories That Have Bisexual Representation

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: BE Autumn Announcement

 

Patreon Shoutout Section

Thank you to Sam @ Fictionally Sam for being my first patreon!!! If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you should definitely check her out, she’s got great content and an amazing blog look.

 

What I’ve Posted

Charity Shop Finds!

The ‘Strong’ Female Character Archetype

I’m on Patreon!

Bookending Autumn Approaches!!

Cover Reveal: Windborn by Mary Fan

Favorite Thriller/Mystery Books: The First Half Of 2019

Tag Time: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Thriller Thursday

Spooky Reads and Recs

 

This month was pretty much a blur of Blog Tours, and as much as I absolutely adore books, I will from now on limit myself to no more than 10 blog tours a month starting in November. [There is 11 for October as I forgot about one I’d already signed up for yonks ago lol]

I didn’t get to go to the Jay Kristoff event in the end but I was so happy that I was able to give my ticket to someone who really wanted it. BUT I am going to see Leigh Bardugo four days before my birthday, YAY. AND the husband is coming with me!

Expect my first Illumicrate Unboxing probably tomorrow, so, be warned, spoilers will be there. Also, we may FINALLY be moving in October, it looks promising! This means I may be a bit absent in the community but I promise that I will be around as much as I can. Especially with BE Autumn! I can’t wait to do my hosted posts and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts.