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Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A Marks

Posted April 6, 2018 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Fire and Bone by Rachel A MarksFire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks
Series: Otherborn #1
Published by Skyscape on February 20th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 414
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
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In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out whom to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

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

This book was an interesting take on the fae. Sage learns she is fae and then everything happens very fast. They have a presentation ceremony to show her off to the community the first night adn then she has only three days to decide which God’s faction that she wants to join. I really loved the flashbacks. Sage has a connection to a family member in the past. It reminded me a little of Wintersong. There are definite evil goblin king vibes. A beautiful girl, trapped into marriage with a monster. Then, against all odds, they fall in love. This love story, told in flashbacks, was my favorite part of the whole book.

I also really enjoyed the different kids of fae. There were different houses, who followed different Gods. Each house had it’s own sets of magical strengths and affinities. I wanted to learn more about what Gods each house followed and why and what their power types were.

I wasn’t crazy about the magical hierarchy. Some magical creatures, like nixies, were thought of as lesser than the children of Gods and Goddesses. When one of these lesser fae were injured or died, it was thought of as no great loss.

All in all, this book surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I’m going to keep an eye out for the sequel. I want to find out more about the historical connection Sage has and how that is affecting her now.

About the Author

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory.

Check out more about her on her webpage: www.RachelAnneMarks.com


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SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Posted April 1, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway, interview / 2 Comments

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne YoungSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24th 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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  1.     Who is your favorite character in Sky in The Deep? Least favorite?

My favorite character is Eelyn for sure. I am so inspired by her! I don’t know if I have a least favorite character.

  1.       What is your favorite book and tv show at the moment?

I just finished The Cruel Prince and I am still reeling from it. As for TV, my favorite right now is The Looming Tower.

  1.       What inspired the design of the cover? It looks amazing!

I was so nervous about the cover. But the designer and my team at Wednesday Books were like, “just trust us” so I did. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It is so perfect for this story.

  1.       Have you watched the show Vikings?

Yes, I love that show! And Lagertha was a major inspiration for Eelyn.

  1.       Can you tell us about your writing process?

I am an incredibly obsessive writer. When I’m drafting, the story takes over my life completely. But when I get to the other side, it is always worth it.

  1.       What is your favorite scene in Sky in The Deep?

I think the scene that inspired the title is my favorite, where Eelyn and Fiske are on the frozen lake and she is for the first time really confronting the change in her heart and in her mind. It’s a really powerful moment and it was thrilling to write.

  1.       Do you like audio books, physical books, or e-books better? And why?

I will always love physical books best because there’s nothing like turning pages and smelling the paper and ink. But the past year, most of the books I’ve read have been audio just for convenience’s sake. I’m picky about narrators so it’s hit or miss.

  1.   Any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t give up. It sounds so cliché, but the moment you give up, you are letting go of all that could be. I’m convinced that 80% of getting published is just about persistence.


About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.



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FFBC Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

FFBC Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco Series: The Bone Witch #2 Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 20th 2018 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge… No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love. But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die… War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe. 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.Oh my gosh! The Bone Witch was one of my favorite reads last year. I loved the flash forward style, ALL of the Asha and Tea, the unreliable narrator. The Heart Forger has cemented it. […]

Posted March 25, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment

SST Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

SST Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith Published by Roaring Brook Press on October 6th 2015 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence. Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighboring kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage. A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her. I really enjoyed this book. When it comes to fantasy, I’m a sucker for a unique and interesting culture and this book has it in spades. I absolutely loved the religion! This world’s ‘God’ is called The Dreamer and he watches over them in their dreams. Dreams […]

Posted October 25, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Awesome Indies: Empath by S. Usher Evans

Awesome Indies: Empath by S. Usher Evans

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m so excited to have S. Usher Evans here today to talk about how she finally started writing her ideas down. She also talks about Razia, which is her series about a space pirate. Since she didn’t mention it, I also want to make sure you know about Empath, a fantasy novel. S. Usher Evans Thanks so much to Emily for letting me hang out today! I’m so excited to talk about something that I’ve been wrestling with for a few weeks now – the idea of finally putting pen to paper when you’ve been dreaming about it for decades. My true “novel writing” career began around aged eleven, thanks to some awful middle school bullying and such, I began to disappear into my headspace as a coping mechanism. During the three years at Gulf Breeze Middle, I wrote something like ten different series, all terrible and 90% dialogue. But those characters stuck with me and became my closest friends. Razia, my space opera series, was the last kid to the party, showing up in 2001. I probably wrote and rewrote Double Life eight or nine times between 2001 until 2007, when I graduated college and became an “Adult.” Even though I stuck all my creative stuff on the back burner, sometimes I’d listen to songs that would kickstart the […]

Posted October 23, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 2 Comments

Review: Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Review: Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis

Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis Published by Clean Teen Publishing on August 25. 2015 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Buy on Amazon Jennifer Anne Davis’s best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after. Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—sheÂ’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand. Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move. Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, […]

Posted October 13, 2015 by Emily in Review / 5 Comments

Arc Review: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Arc Review: Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Never Never by Brianna Shrum Published by Spencer Hill Press on October 5, 2015 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by childrenÂ’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isnÂ’t about Peter Pan; itÂ’s about the boy whose life he stole. ItÂ’s about a man in a world that hates men. ItÂ’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one. The most important thing you can ask yourself before reading this book is, “Do I like Peter Pan?” Brianna Shrum does a terrific job of following the plot […]

Posted October 5, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Queen of Shadows is finally here!

Queen of Shadows is finally here!

I am one of three people on twitter who isn’t caught up enough to read Queen of Shadows today. I know. I know. I’m really hurting right now. PLEASE DON’T SPOIL ME! Despite that, I have read Throne of Glass and Assassin’s Blade and I’m reading Crown of Midnight right now. I am loving this series and I’m so glad that I don’t have to wait to read the next one when I finish Heir of Fire! There are some perks to discovering a series late! If you have no idea what series I’m talking about you are in luck! Today I’m part of a release blitz that is giving away the first 3 books  in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if youÂ’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. This is your chance to celebrate the hugely anticipated release of the fifth volume of this series by winning the first three! Plus, if you are caught up but your pre-order hasn’t arrived yet, you can read the first 5 chapters here for free!! Scroll down and check that out!  Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS Author: Sarah J. Maas Pub. Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Pages: 656 Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads   Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.   Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 4 Comments

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

ARC Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey Series: Hunter #1 Published by Disney Electronic Content on September 1st 2015 Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Young Adult Pages: 254 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Goodreads Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks. Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes. With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic […]

Posted September 1, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Awakened by Patricia Vanasse and Giveaway!

I’m very excited to bring you this review today. I was happy to be able to read both Resilient, the first book in this series as well as Awakened, the second book. I really enjoyed Resilient so I knew I would like Awakened as well. Title:  Awakened Author: Patricia Vanasse Genre: YA Sci fi Dystopian Format: Ebook 266 pages Publishing Information: 7/13/15 Pants On Fire Press Source: Free for review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The AgencyÂ’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel.  Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not […]

Posted July 21, 2015 by Emily in Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 2 Comments