Tears of Frost – Blog Tour

 

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Synopsis:
The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.
Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.
As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.
Book Information:
Tears of Frost
(Heart of Thorns #2)
By 
Bree Barton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Purchase Links

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My Review

It’s not very often that a sequel manages to be so amazing in my opinion but ‘Tears of Frost’ is possibly greater than ‘Heart of Thorns’ the story line continues on from the amazing clash of events in book one and book two continues to rip your heart out and mash it in little pieces. Like most good authors and books tend to do.

Pilar is probably my ultimate favorite, she has so many layers, of course she’s not the only complex character in this amazing world but she is the one I also tend to relate to the most.

There are a few shocking revelations that will have you going ‘NO’ while reading, I feel I did this out loud at least 3-4x just to give you an indication, haha.

Quin probably has the biggest shift out of the characters, and he goes through SO MUCH.

The pacing is incredible, this felt like it was just two hundred pages instead of the 450+ and I got lost in the story.

The revelations, seriously, I cannot get over them. But more than anything, Bree has put so much heart in this book. You feel the emotions rattling you from the inside out as you realize just how much everyone in this book feels many have been taught to follow their heart or their instincts but what happens when that isn’t good enough for some? What happens when that leads some of our favorite characters astray?

If you’re looking to start a new series I would definitely recommend ‘Heart of Thorns’ and if you’ve read it, you’ll definitely want to be read to read ‘Tears of Frost’ as it hits shelves on November 5. I have to say it was a lot of fangirling in my notes, the awesome feminism and LGBTQ rep continues and impresses me once again. I love that the characters are simply who they are, Quin has had to deal with some coming to terms on his desires, but, the refreshing take that most are just as they are, that women can love women, that a person can love a man or a woman and it’s not even cause for the blink of an eye is great.

Again, so much heartache and yet there was this hint of hope, I have my fingers crossed for them all and cannot wait for book three. ….Is it out yet?

Thank you to TFFBC for the chance to participate in this tour and to Katherine Tegen Books for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

 

Favorite Quotes

_...survival did not come in a silken bonnet. Survival meant dirt and blood under your fingernails.

_The Prince didn't look pretty. He looked real._

_If a person wasn't in control of their lies, did it still count as lying__

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_It's remarkable how often the word 'civilize' has been used in place of 'oppress.'_

_Regret eroded you from the inside out, like a poison. Shame was a curved blade. It eviscerated you, scooped out all the parts you thought were worthy. Shame carved an empty space nothing could ever fill._

Bree’s Awesome Playlist

Gettin’ Frosty Spotify Playlist

 

 

About the Author

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Bree Barton is the author of Heart of Thorns (KT/HarperCollins 2018), the first in a series of fierce feminist fantasy novels. Her books have been published in seven countries and four languages. When she’s not crafting a story, Bree teaches dance and writing to teen girls. You can find her on Instagram @SpeakBreely. She lives in Los Angeles but dreams of the northern lights.

Author Links

GoodReads | Website | Youtube | Instagram

Giveaway

1st Prize: Win a TEARS OF FROST bundle: signed hardcover copies of HoT and ToF, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, HoT candle, ToF candle (US ONLY)

2nd Prize: Win a TEARS OF FROST goodies bundle: signed bookplate, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, and a customized poem in the style of the epigraph (INT)

Starts: October 30th, 2019

Ends: November 13th, 2019

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86419/

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Kaerou Time to Go Home Review

Thank you B. Jeanne Shibahara for sending this book to me! I am providing my honest review to you all on my blog in exchange!

GoodReads Blurb:

In Japan…everywhere…red strings tie all people we meet together. Some strings are weak. Some have tangles. Some strong.

Meryl—Vietnam War widow—misses her grown son, feels left out after her father’s recent marriage. A WWII Japanese flag falls into her hands. The gentle push of a love-struck professor starts her adventure—take the flag home. From the neon of Osaka, to the ancient capital Nara, to the forests of Akita, the trail follows a newspaper reporter, factory manager, ikebana teacher, a Matagi hunter and winds through Japanese culture, past and present. A story of shared humanity and love in the simplest things.

This book was hard to define in simple terms, I did really enjoy it, especially at around page 25 I think something just really really clicked for me. There were elements here that I typically enjoy in a book, the history of things, the going back and forward of thinking of the past and progressing in the present, these are always huuuuuge pluses for me.

This story is more than just about Meryl, and in fact, the quote at the top of the blurb is my favorite in the book and is said by my favorite character, Ms. Kawanishi. The landscapes that Shibahara describe are utterly beautiful and it makes you want to go hop on a plane and go explore Japan. There’s an ample cast of characters and they’re all a variety of personalities.

Shibahara not only does a great job describing gorgeous locations, she also has a rather poetic or lyrical style! It actually took me a little while to get into it but it’s something I enjoyed after adapting to it [Note, probably about 25 is when I got used to the rhythm of it.]

The book is about finding love and about letting go of those we love as well. Meryl is delivering a flag to a man’s family who never thought they would get him home again, but she’s bringing them a beautiful chance while also dealing with the fact that despite her love for her husband she couldn’t condone everything he did and it makes her connect with the man she’s bringing home and his family. An unknowing level where thoughts are shared between her and the family as they have to face the brutality of what war cost in a time of peace.

There were some small issues, I wasn’t sure I always appreciated some of the stereotypes of some of the characters, or always completely enjoyed Meryl but as I said my favorite character was Ms. Kawanishi anyway, and I really thought this book was just a very lush one in its details of Japan and elsewhere. I would definitely recommend to those who like Eat, Pray, LoveUnder the Tuscan Sun, or The Sandalwood Tree. Not to mention the covers both front and back are absolutely lovely as you can tell from the featured image, front on the left, back on the right.

I enjoyed this and I foresee myself reading it again in the next couple of years and I am already planning on sending it to my sister who I think will really enjoy it too. [But her own copy damn it cause she doesn’t understand what the word borrow means] This go around I didn’t want to put a rating, I want you all to read the review and decide for yourself if you’d like to give it a read and if you want to discuss it more with me feel free to reach out to me!

The City of Veils eARC Review


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Release Date: April 16, 2019

GoodReads Blurb: For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night – at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.

I really enjoyed the humor of this story and also, please, like I wasn’t going to read a book about a Princess Vigilante kicking ass and taking names and throwing the court into shock. Pfffft. This had my name all over it.

But honestly, I loved Brynna just being, well, Brynna. She’s rough around the edges and always wanting to push for action, she makes mistakes and keeps trying so, and so stubborn. So. Stubborn. Almost feel bad for Felix for having to watch over her, almost. It’s his own fault he’s stuck with her. 😉

I don’ want to give too much away but the reason Brynna doesn’t act as much like a Princess (and I mean attitude and manners, not Batman-ing it at night) is that her past led her down a different path.

Brynna comes to this line in the sand and though she doesn’t feel she gets a choice on whether to cross the line or not, she always makes a choice she thinks is right -for better or worse and damn the consequences!-.

Thrust into the role of to-be Queen, Brynna agonizes over the thought of no longer masquerading at night as the defender of her city, but she has those in her corner to help her along the way.

So what does a soon to be Queen really want? To take down the biggest organized crime leader in the city. No biggie.

Brynna is also juggling learning how to deal with the council, not pushing allies away, and oh yea, possibly being poisoned by maybe an ally or someone in close contact in the castle.

The ending had me like:

Like possibly even exactly like that, I mean I always have snacks.

Pros:
– HUMOR
– Felix
– Brynna has the best Sister-in-law ever. Ever. I love her, she’s a nugget.
– In this world there is no prejudice against sexuality, so Brynna gets to meet her Uncle and his husband and there’s not an eye to bat at it in the city.
– She’s basically Batman. But you know, slightly cooler because she’s also a Princess. [But I guess if you gave me Bruce Wayne in a tiara I’d be equally satisfied.]
– The Council exists. So this Princes doesn’t just get to do whatever sh wants, there are people she’s forced to listen to and who can override her, I like it because it feels a bit more true to life like that.
– Sleazy Crime Lord
– Cool but probably evil lady in the woods who I will not talk about more to avoid spoilers.
– Well placed drama
– You could get this feeling shit was going to hit the fan and you may have had an inkling but man when it hit, it hit.

Cons:
– I felt like sometimes the characters were smothering Brynna for no reason, but I don’t know if that’s an actual con or me wanting to protect my little Vigilante Princess and beat up the others.
– Sometimes the pacing felt off as I wasn’t sure how much time had passed, so it caused a little confusion on my end. But! This could just be me!
– Brynna, hold thy tongue. [Okay not an actual con, but I am allowed to complain about my fave princess of the month aren’t I?!]

[***I was given this digital copy by the Author, and freely, in exchange, I have given my honest review!***]

BRING ON BOOK 2

About the Author: 

S. Usher Evans

“I’ve always known S. Usher-Evans is an author to watch.” – Deirdre Riordan Hall, author of Sugar and Pearl

S. Usher Evans was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. After a decade of fighting bureaucratic battles as an IT consultant in Washington, DC, she suffered a massive quarter-life-crisis. She decided fighting dragons was more fun than writing policy, so she moved back to Pensacola to write books full-time. She currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit, and frequently can be found plotting on the beach.

Work Evans is the author of four five series and one standalone.

The Razia Series is a space opera comprised of four novels Double Life (2014), Alliances (2015), Conviction (2015), and Fusion (2016). Also in 2015, Evans published a standalone fantasy novel Empath. Evans’ fantasy romance series, The Madion War trilogy, started as a successful Kickstarter for The Island (2016), followed by successful releases of The Chasm (2016), and The Union (February 2017). Evans’ young adult series, The Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, is her first young adult effort, with Spells and Sorcery (2016) and Magic and Mayhem (April 2017) releasing to high praise. The final two books, Dawn and Devilry (October 2018) and Illusion and Indemnity (January 2019) are forthcoming. Finally, the newest addition to Evans’ lineup is an adult urban fantasy, Demon Spring. Resurgence (February 2018), Revival (May 2018), and Redemption (August 2018) are forthcoming.

S. Usher Evans 2018 Media Kit Interview and Story Ideas Evans gave the commencement address at George Mason University in 2007, so she’s no stranger to public speaking or media engagement. To wit, she’s been asked to sit on many panels at the various comic book and literary conventions she’s attended since 2014. She has been interviewed by local video and print news, as well as various podcasts and YouTube shows.

In addition to speaking on topics related to writing, self-publishing, realistic characters (of the female and not-female variety), an interview with Evans offers numerous angles and story opportunities including:
• The quarter-life-crisis: How Evans went from a US Department of Defense consultant to a freelance writer
• The writing business: Evans started Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing in 2014 utilizing her experience as a project manager and web developer
• Building an author platform: With a background in strategic communications and a brief stint at the BBC, Evans can speak to using a variety of marketing and promotion activities to build a viable platform
• Mental Health: Evans’ book Empath is an allegory to her struggles with anxiety and depression. She can speak to writing the book and how it helped her come to terms with her mental illness. Evans also will talk about how great the city of Pensacola, FL is to anyone who’ll sit still long enough.

GoodReads Tag

Hey all, another tag is coming your way, I’m just too tired after like a concert and weird chest injury, I’m just ready to sleep my life away but first, I was tagged by the amazingly awesome Isabelle @ Bookwyrmbites. She got it from Lindsay @ Singer of Stories.

So here we go!

 

WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

That would be the last book I finished reading, GhondathaI really try to keep up with my GR on what I’m reading and what I’ve finished, it helps me so much when I go to look at what I’ve done for the month lol.

 

WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS “TBR”?

That would be Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson. Joanne Harris rated it and I’m in love with one of her books, so I figured, if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. It hasn’t come out yet but you can bet I’ll be watching for it! It’s also set in Reykjavik which I always find to be beautiful, so, I’m already a sucker for the setting.

 

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

I’m getting my NetGalley list under control currently, and I’ve already started my next read but haven’t been able to go full throttle if you know what I mean, just read the first couple of chapters, I start the real reading tonight and that’s The Fever King by Victoria Lee. [Thanks for the rec, Kal- The Fever King Review]

I can honestly say that even though I’ve only read 2 chapters in, it’s already sucked me in which is impressive. It’s like Descendant of the Crane all over again lol.

I also have two other goals for this week, so, we’ll see lol. I was hoping to have this read done by tomorrow, but, shit happens.

 

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Can we not just have half ratings as well? Is that too much to ask? I liked Isabelle’s response with having a Highly Rec, and so on. I don’t mind the stars, I just hate it because not all my 3 stars are the same, like a mystery 3 star holds a different weight than a poetry 3 star and so on.

 

ARE YOU DOING THE 2019 READING CHALLENGE?

Yaaaaaaaas.

I already beat my challenge. I have exceeded my own expectations. Whoops. [That never happens]

 

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

No. My want to read is just like ‘oh I may someday get to this before I die’ I tend to keep my wishlist separate on Amazon. They are the ones that I know I’ll definitely get.

 

WHICH BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON BUYING NEXT?

I’ve been doing a lot of preorders lately, well, I say a lot, but more than usual as I try not to buy books but I’ve been going wild these past few months and really need to slow my roll. That being said, the next preorder coming out is Descendant of the Crane, and I am very very very very excited about it.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES? SHARE A FEW!

Yes. I actually have to laugh because half of them were just accidental highlights of random crap but I do have real highlights and quotes!

Each of our careful footsteps tapped home the message that we had come to a lawless place of death, a place where the hopeful invention of fearful man that I clutched in my hand would likely prove a feeble defense, and where the answers to greater mysteries than those we’d spent the last dozen weeks trying to unravel would be made plain with brutal finality.”
– Caleb Carr, The Alienist

Yes, it’s a lie, but the media repeated it, and a lie repeated becomes perception, and perception is reality. Perception is also very hard to change.”
– A.G. Riddle, The Atlantis Plague, Book 2

But loving lets you look, and look, and look again. You notice the back of a hand, the turn of a head, the way of a walk. When you first love, you look blind and you see it all as the glorious, beloved whole, or a beautiful sum of beautiful parts. But when you see the one you love as pieces, as whys—why he walks like this, why he closes his eyes like that—you can love those parts, too, and it’s a love at once more complicated and more complete. ”
– Ally Condie, Crossed, Matched #2

It’s sweet to sacrifice for one we love—it’s sweet to have someone to sacrifice for,”
– L.M. Montgomery, Chronicles of Avonlea

I detest poor people,” thought Amory suddenly. “I hate them for being poor. Poverty may have been beautiful once, but it’s rotten now. It’s the ugliest thing in the world. It’s essentially cleaner to be corrupt and rich than it is to be innocent and poor.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Her heart is played like well-worn strings; in her eyes, the sadness sings— of one who was destined for better things.”
– Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? SHARE A FEW!

Hmmm. Okay, let’s see, I’ll go for like 4

  1. L.M. Montgomery
  2. J.K. Rowling
  3. Agatha Christie
  4. Philip Pullman
  5. Tamora Pierce

(Ahhh Isabelle we both have excellent taste! Tamora Pierce Rules)

 

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Yes! I’m not always active in them, but I usually keep up with their current reads if they have them, well, okay I try. Here are all the groups I’m in.

– GoodReads Feedback [This one is great if you want to know what’s up when something on GR isn’t acting as it should]
– Booksirens Book Reviewers [I don’t do anything with this one but ‘eeeeey it’s there]
– Harry Potter Fan Club [Uh, I guess I forgot about this one, it’s not very active or what I expected but not a bad group!]
– Around the World in 80 Books [Okay I want to be more active in this one but it’s hard to get the books for it, but it’s pretty awesome anyway]
– Juliet’s Library Book Club [I’m still on the waiting list for the book from last month from this group, but it’s got some great picks!]
– Agatha Christie Lovers [Are we even surprised? They’re reading Murder on the Orient Express right now so I skipped ahead and read next month’s book since I didn’t want to reread the current pick yet.]
– 2019 Reading Challenges [This group is amazing, different reading challenges divided by monthly, quarterly, yearly, I’m doing three yearly challenges, the GR challenge itself, clear the shelves and reading prolific works by an author!]

 

Who Do I tag?

You. All of you. Please, take this tag, hoard it, use it, and if you want to be tagged in this post properly, let me know!