Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Posted September 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

SST Blog tour: Mask of Shadows by Linsey MillerMask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 29th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: hardcover
Source: the publisher
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five-stars

I Needed to Win.They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I missed out on an amazing opportunity of interviewing Linsey first because of my own procrastination and then because of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been evacuated this week and just came home. When we got here we were shocked to find that our house came through with zero damage.

I want you to know that this was one of the few books that I’ve read this summer and it’s absolutely amazing. This is definitely not a book you want to miss.

About the Author:

A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in August 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.

Social Media:

Website: www.linseymiller.com
Tumblr: www.linseymiller.tumblr.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LinseyMiller
Instagram: www.instagram.com/linsey.miller/
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AuthorLinseyM/

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The Prize: 1 Copy of Mask Of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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five-stars

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Review: Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Posted February 13, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoThe Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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five-stars

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This story is told straight from the beginning with a narrator and then flash forward interludes between every chapter told from the point of view of a bard who is writing the story. Right from the beginning we know that something must happen because the Bard is interviewing a Dark Asha with some serious anger issues. I loved the flash forward perspective because it was done very well and it reminded me of another of my favorite books, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Bone Witch is told in much of the same way, but it evades some of Name of the Wind’s pitfalls. Tea is not a Mary-Sue who is already good at everything when the story begins, for one. She makes mistakes, causes problems and grows over the course of the story.

I found the concept of Asha very intriguing. Each Asha can draw a variety of runes, water, fire, wind, except Dark Asha. Dark Asha cannot use the typical runes. They are limited to drawing Dark runes. Asha can work in a variety of jobs. They are professional dancers, apothecaries and bodyguards. However they all start out working in a house and entertaining rich clients in the evening. An Asha can run around all day healing sick people and then is still expected to dress up and go to a fancy party in the evening. It seemed to me that Asha were like a combination of geisha and assassin.

Daeva, giant demons, come in many monstrous shapes and sizes. They wake up on a set schedule and terrorize towns. A Bone Witch, basically a necromancer, is also charged with rising and slaying the Daeva every so often to protect the world. Bone Witches, Dark Asha, may not be able to utilize all of the runes other Asha can, but they can definitely kick some ass.

This book does slow down at about 75% but I loved it regardless. I really enjoyed the way it was written, with the flash forwards and story within a story aspects. I loved the Daeva, the really dark subject matter and the eternal struggle between good and evil. This book is really unsettingly, which I loved. 

Bone Witch is going on my short list for my top 10 favorite books of 2017.

P.S. it took 200 pages of me waffling with the pronunciation for the author to confirm it. It’s TAY-uh, not Tee. You’re welcome.

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Rockstar ARC Review: Labyrinth Lost

Rockstar ARC Review: Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1 Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 6th 2016 Genres: folklore, Young Adult Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads “Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland… Praise for Labyrinth Lost: “Zoraida Cordova’s prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic.” -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight “Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix “A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very […]

Posted September 5, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
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Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 1st 2016 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past? On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind. As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother. When I read the description of the book, my reaction was “Ugh, why did I request this.” I couldnÂ’t remember why I had wanted to read it and nothing about the description spoke to me. If IÂ’m being honest, the synopsis made me feel actively turned off. I avoided picking this book up until the last possible moment before my review was due because I just didnÂ’t see myself liking it. This isnÂ’t the kind of book I usually pick for myself and I thought that at best I could expect to tolerate this story. With […]

Posted February 29, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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Interview with The Sister Pact Author, Stacie Ramy

Interview with The Sister Pact Author, Stacie Ramy

I was  happy to have the chance to review The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey. It’s a deep book that had me thinking on different levels. I’m thrilled to have the chance to share this interview with you today. Hearing from Stacie’s perspective have answered some questions about the book for me. What do you think? What was your inspiration for this book? I wanted to write about the sister relationship because siblings are the only ones who completely know each otherÂ’s story. And yet, even as much as you think you know, you really only know what they want to tell and show you. Allie is an artist and painting is a large part of this book. Are you an artist yourself? I am not an artist at all although I used to be really into photography when I was a teenager. I am envious of anyone who has the talent to work in the visual arts. I grew up near Washington, D.C. and used to drag my friends to  the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden whenever I could. I finally made it to MOMA a few years ago and was blown away. Did you do any research to write this story? IÂ’ve spent the last 26 years as a pediatric speech language pathologist and have taken many courses in mental health issues and pharmacology over the years. […]

Posted November 10, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 3rd 2015 Genres: Fiction, mystery, Sci Fi Pages: 336 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change historyÂ…or risk losing Lawrence forever. When I was reading this book, I kept thinking of the movie, The Lake House. They aren’t overly similar, expect they do share two features. Whey are both based at a vacation home on the water and they are both time travel books. Still, reading this book made me want to go rent and rewatch The Lake House. I only have a vague memory of it and a feeling that I liked it. This book had a similar feel even though the plot was very different. This was a extremely quick read. […]

Posted November 4, 2015 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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Review: The Sister Pact by Stacey Ramey

Review: The Sister Pact by Stacey Ramey

The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 3rd 2015 Pages: 320 Buy on Amazon A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide – and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why. Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief. But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie’s not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her. This book was a good read. I enjoyed it. It had some heavy themes though and that can be difficult to get right. Teen suicide is becoming an epidemic. This book is an important read because it shows how this tragedy affects those who are left behind. Five reasons I liked this book I liked that this book showed a realistic view of mental illness, without judgement. I liked that the characters in this book weren’t perfect. I’m a sucker for flawed characters. I liked the slow build of this novel. Things were […]

Posted November 3, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

ARC Review: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4th 2015 Pages: 320 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley, Free for Review Buy on Amazon ItÂ’s all RydenÂ’s fault. If he hadnÂ’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, heÂ’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And itÂ’s not like heÂ’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. SheÂ’s fun and energetic—and doesnÂ’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of MegÂ’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and RydenÂ’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he canÂ’t let go of the past? Sometimes, when I’m reading, I connect to a book on a very personal level. This book was one of those very personal reads for me. I don’t make a secret of it. I’m a cancer survivor and in March it will be 13 years. Now, at 20, I was a little […]

Posted August 4, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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