Monday, July 25, 2022

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen Delacorte Press



I am so happy to be a part of this tour hosted by Tour The Page Tours and I really want to thank them for letting me be a part of it. Plus Delacorte Press and Gina Chen for gifting this book to read and review.  Look for my review and other links down below. 




TITLE: Violet Made of Thorns

AUTHOR: Gina Chen

PUB. DATE: July 26th, 2022

PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press

GENRE(S): Young Adult Fiction—Fantasy, Romance

TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Child Abuse, Emotional Manipulation, Violence, Death, Body Horror, Self-Harm, Racism

BUY LINK: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9780593427538

SYNOPSIS:

A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all.



Gina Chen spent most of her life thinking she hated writing, until she churned out a few hundred thousand words of fanfiction and decided that maybe she was a writer. Her stories lean toward the fantastic, featuring heroines, antiheroines, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake.

A self-taught artist with a degree in computer science, she generates creative nonsense in all forms of media and always has a project stewing. She has particular fondness for fairy tales, demon tales, romantic comedies, and quiz shows. Currently, she resides in Southern California, where the sunshine is as plentiful as its tea shops.




Review
I love this book, but it took me a few chapters to get used to Violet. After that, I was in love with her and Cyrus. I loved learning about the world and the people in it. I just wish the pacing was a little better and a little more connection between Violet and Cyrus. Though I loved the MC. I do have to say my all-time favorite character has to be Camilla. I also loved all the fairy tale vibes I got from this book. It had me crying and laughing, I really can't wait to read more from Gina Chen. I really want more from this world, truth be told I would love to be in that world.


Thank you Netgalley and Delacorte Press for letting me read and review this wonderful book.



GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Up for grabs we have ONE (1) finished copy of Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen. This giveaway will be available from July 24th to August 7th at 11:59 PM CST. Open to US residents only. No giveaway accounts allowed. To enter, click the (link/button) below!

Monday, July 18, 2022

FRACTURED PATH by J.C. Cervantes

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FRACTURED PATH by J.C. Cervantes Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: FRACTURED PATH (The Mirror #3)
Author: J.C. Cervantes
Pub. Date: July 19, 2022
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 384

Can dreams come true when you're living with a family curse?

1965—San Francisco, California

The 1960s are bursting with music and movement and love in San Francisco, perfect for a budding artist like Blake. Unfortunately, the art world is not welcoming to people of her gender or her multi-racial heritage, making it tough to land an internship that could put her on the map. That, plus the fact that Blake’s family has been notoriously riddled with bad luck, makes her feel like she can’t catch a break. Things only get worse when Blake starts to have ominous, confusing visions that grow stronger and more frequent, prompting Blake’s aunt and uncle to tell her about a long-lost family heirloom that could be the key to everything

Fueled by the ambiguous clues in her visions, Blake sets out on a journey through the city to retrieve her ancestors’ legendary mirror. But Blake is not the only one looking for it. Soon she must attempt to unleash her own dormant powers . . . or else risk all she holds dear.

Fractured Path is the third book in the YA fairy-tale quartet, following one family—and the curse that plagues it—over several generations.

Haven’t read the first 2 book in THE MIRROR QUARTET? Get them now!

About J. C. Cervantes:

J. C. Cervantes (www.jccervantes.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of The Storm Runner, which Booklist called "a rip-roaring adventure" in a starred review. Her first novel, Tortilla Sun, was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and was named to Bank Street's 2011 Best Book List. Jen grew up in San Diego and was fascinated by stories about Maya gods and magic. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter: @jencerv, and Instagram: #authorjcervantes.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of FRACTURED PATH, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

7/2/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

7/3/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

7/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

7/5/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

7/6/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

7/7/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

7/8/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

7/9/2022

The Moon Phoenix

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

7/10/2022

Stacialovestoread

Review/IG Post

7/11/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

7/12/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

7/13/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

7/14/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

7/15/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review/IG Post

7/16/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

7/17/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

7/18/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post

7/19/2022

The Chatty Bookworm

TikTok Review/IG Post

7/20/2022

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

7/21/2022

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

7/22/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

7/23/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

7/24/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

7/25/2022

hodophile_z

IG Review

7/26/2022

onemused

IG Review

7/27/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

7/28/2022

Books and Zebras

IG Review

7/29/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

7/30/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

Week Six:

7/31/2022

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post


Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Night Queen by Denise Daye

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE NIGHT QUEEN by Denise Daye Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: THE NIGHT QUEEN (Romantic Fairy Tales for Adults Book 1)

Author: Denise Daye

Pub. Date: July 26, 2022

Publisher: Timeless Papers

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 232

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Read the First Chapter of The Night Queen For FREE!

They call me the Night Queen, with a heart as dark as the night itself. And as such, I will rule my future kingdom. No light shall ever touch my broken heart again.

On her twentieth birthday, the beautiful but arrogant Princess Mina von Rhine crosses the point of no return. Unwilling to be married off to a warmongering Northerner, she defies her father, the powerful King of the Rhine, and ridicules all her potential suitors.

Furious at her appalling behavior, her father vows to give Mina's hand in marriage to the first unmarried man who walks through the palace gates—be it nobleman or beggar. And when an impoverished Northern soldier arrives at the castle the following day, the king stands by his word and offers Mina to him.

This ill-suggested match, however, might prove of use to Mina after all. The Northern soldier doesn’t seem too fond of the marriage himself, so Mina offers the handsome but insufferable warrior enormous riches if he helps her escape into the North.

But the dangerous journey through war-torn lands forces the princess to realize that if she can’t melt her frozen heart, marriage might be the least of her concerns.


From the author : This is a beautiful, dark, and romantic re-imagining of the long-forgotten German fairy tale 'King Thrushbeard' (first published by the beloved Brothers Grimm whose works include such classics as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel). If you’d love to read an adult version of a compelling old fairy tale and enjoy enemies to lovers romances with sizzling passion, then this book is a must-read for you.

 Excerpt:

“It’s nothing, barbarian,” I said in the arrogant and detached tone I often used with my servants.

His eyes widened. “What did you just call me?”

I lifted my chin. “You heard me just fine, barbarian.”

Alrick took a few large steps toward me. I stumbled backward; my back pressed against the cold stone wall.

“I have never come across a more arrogant, big-mouthed woman!” he growled, his face pinched in anger and frustration.

“Is that so?” I countered, crossing my arms. “Well, you wouldn’t know how to treat a woman if the instructions were tattooed on your forehead.” With another quick step, Alrick was towering in front of me.

“Stop pushing me!” he warned.

“No! Not when it comes to a barbaric man like you.”

Alrick grabbed both of my wrists and pinned me against the wall. His eyes flashed with firelight. I was breathing heavily now, his breath matching mine.

“What now, barbarian?” I narrowed my eyes at him. “Are you going to hit me? Is this how you handle your women in the North?”

His mouth widened in shock. “Hit you?”

His face was only inches away from mine. He was so close, I could feel his heart beating wildly against my chest.

“I bet violence is the only thing you barbarians know when it comes to women.” 

The anger in his eyes shifted to something else. Something I couldn’t quite make out. I didn’t think he would hit me. He was not that sort of man. I expected him to yell, insult me, fight back. But to my surprise, he did none of that. Instead, he grinned.

“I know plenty else about women,” he said in a seductive tone. His grip around my wrists loosened as he pressed himself even harder against me. “I know your bad temper does not cause your racing heart,” he said. “Or your red cheeks.”


About Denise Daye:

Denise is an Amazon best-selling author who graduated with a master’s in Social Work from an ivy league school, the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent many years of her life supporting families and individuals in need of assistance. She has always had a passion for reading and writing, especially steamy romance, but it wasn't until her own baby boy was born that Denise turned her passion into her profession. Whenever Denise is not typing away on one of her books, you can find her caring for her son (a.k.a. one of the toughest jobs in the world), binging Netflix with her beloved husband, or chasing after her puppy (who should technically be an adult dog by now). 

Join Denise’s newsletter for romantic FREE books and exclusive material: https://www.timelesspapers.com/newsletter.html

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/11/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

7/12/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post/IG Post

7/13/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

7/14/2022

The Reading Devil

Excerpt/IG Post

7/15/2022

The Reading Life

Review/IG Post

7/16/2022

What A Nerd Girl Says

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

7/17/2022

beersbooksandboos

Excerpt/IG Post

7/18/2022

hodophile_z

IG Review

7/19/2022

FictionalFey

IG Review

7/20/2022

Better_0ff_Read

IG Post

7/21/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

7/22/2022

@simplybeccamee

IG Review

7/23/2022

BookBriefs

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

7/24/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

7/25/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

7/26/2022

The Page Ladies @jacleomik33

IG Review

7/27/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

7/28/2022

@wraithreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

7/29/2022

The Chatty Bookworm

TikTok Review/IG Post

7/30/2022

Books and Kats

Excerpt

Week Four:

7/31/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

8/1/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

8/2/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

8/3/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

8/4/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

8/5/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

8/6/2022

More Books Please blog

Review

Week Five:

8/7/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

8/8/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

8/9/2022

Books and Zebras

IG Review


The Valkyrie's Daughter by Tiana Warner

 


I really want to thank Turn The Page for letting me be part of this book tour for The Valkyrie's Daughter by Tiana Warner. 


TITLE: The Valkyrie's Daughter AUTHOR: Tiana Warner RELEASE DATE: July 26th 2022 GENRES: Young Adult- Fantasy, Mythology, LGBTQ+

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Blurb

A thrilling, intricate, and romantic #OwnVoices LGBTQ fantasy that builds on Norse mythology into a beautiful story all its own. For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she's leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go. Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. As they cross the nine worlds, battling night elves, riding sea serpents, and hurtling into fire to learn the truth about Sigrid’s birthright, an unexpected but powerful bond forms. As her feelings for Mariam deepen into something fiery and undeniable, Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?




About the Author 
Tiana Warner is an LGBTQ+ author from British Columbia, Canada, best known for her critically acclaimed “Mermaids of Eriana Kwai” trilogy and its comic adaptation. Tiana is a lifelong horseback rider, a former programmer with a Computer Science degree, and an outdoor enthusiast who loves to explore nature with her musician boyfriend and their hyperactive rescue mutt, Joey. Find her online at tianawarner.com. 






Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen Delacorte Press

I am so happy to be a part of this tour hosted by Tour The Page Tours  and I really want to thank them for letting me be a part of it. Plus ...