Book Tour: Born at Dawn by Christina Davis – Review, Mood Board & Top 5 Reasons to Read It

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Born at Dawn by Christina Davis. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Meet Christina Davis

Christina Davis was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a California girl at heart. She spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals and embraced reading as an escape. After being home-schooled through high school, she graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University and attended NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute before embarking on a decade-long career in journalism. She enjoys chocolate, cosplay, coffee, and board games, but not necessarily in that order. She now lives in beautiful Monterey County with her husband and daughter. 

About Born at Dawn

Title: Born at Dawn
Series: Da’Valia Trilogy #1
Author: Christina Davis
Publisher: Indie
Publishing Date: November 15, 2020
Page Length: 304
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE: 8.21/10
Synopisis: When a heist goes terribly wrong and the binding spell holding 17-year-old Neva’s powers at bay is shattered, the half-human thief knows she’s in trouble. 

Neva has always hidden her Da’Valian heritage while working risky jobs to make a name for herself and serving at her family’s tavern, but she won’t be able to hide much longer. She can either risk the safety of those she cares about or seek out her mother’s people to gain control over her emerging powers. 

The Da’Valia are beautiful, brutal creatures created by the god of war, and the austere Da’Valian soldier Astiand reluctantly agrees to take Neva to his clan under his protection. She makes unexpected friends, including the handsome fighter Emiliand, and a new enemy in the clan’s ruthless leader. 

Spying on her guardian, the sly heroine quickly discovers just how deep she has stumbled into a dangerous, developing clan feud. 

Will she be able to embrace who she is in time to keep her loved ones safe? 

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My Thoughts

Wow did this book ever deliver! I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the description, but I am beyond happy with what I read!

Neva is a strong character that has a hidden powers/identity. She is strong willed, quick to learn, and has a tendency to be a sarcastic, smart-ass. I absolutely love her! Astiand is by far my favourite of the male characters! He is dark, brooding, and had a tendency to try to put Neva in her place! Emiliand, on the other had, understands Neva on a level that no one else seems to be able to. He is strong and seems sweet and charming, but he wasn’t my favourite. Honestly, I wanted less of Emilian and Adam (friend from home) and more time with Astiand! Neva and Astiand’s tension has a will they/wont they quality that I absolutely love and spend so much time screaming “just f*** already!!!!”

Davis’ writing was easy to read and provided a lot of atmosphere to the book. We felt everything that Neva felt and could hear/smell what she was hearing/smelling – although there is one scene that I would have loved to not have that experience lol. It was face-paced, but not overly so. At no point did I feel lost or confused. The magic system made sense and we learned along side Neva – instead of her knowing it all and us trying to catch up.

The journal entries took me a while to understand their importance and I think I may have liked them as being part of the story – reading along with Neva – instead of having them at the beginning of each chapter. There were points where I didn’t understand what they were referring to and why I would care. But once we got further into the story, more and more of the previous entries made sense.

This book was action packed and full of sexual tension (some I rooted for whole-heartedly). I highly recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy with a character with hidden history/power. Neva reminds me of a mix of characters – Nina, Mia, oh and I’m sure many other bad ass female characters that I can’t picture at the moment. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!!!

4 Stars

Mood Board

Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn

Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn by Christina Davis
Interesting Fire-based Magic System
Will they/wont they?!?!
Action Packed
Who do you trust?!?!
Supporting an Indie Author

Tour Schedule

Blog Schedule

November 9th
The Youngvamp’s Haven – Review
K. Ruth Reveals – Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn

November 10th
Luminosity Library – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn
Balancing Books and Beauties – Review & Favourite Quotes
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review & Favourite Quotes
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Mood Board

November 11th
Keep on Booking – Reivew & Favourite Quotes
Ashes of a Book Dragon – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Books Whisperer – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn

November 12th
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favourite Quotes
Justice For Readers – Review & Interview
Thorana Reads – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn
Stocked Up on Starbooks – Promo Post

November 13th
Wishful Endings – Review & Book Look
Fantastically Bookish – Review
The Book Moo – Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn

November 14th
dinipandareads – Review & Favourite Quotes
Storme Reads A Lot – Top 5 Reasons to Read Born at Dawn
OneReadingNurse – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Book Dutchesses – Review

November 15th
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review & Favourite Quotes
DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading – Review & Favourite Quotes
Rin’s Reads – Review & Interview

Instagram Schedule

November 9th
TBR and Beyond – Promo Post
K. Ruth Reveals – Blogger’s Choice
Hillsofbooks – Review

November 10th
Luminosity Library – Blogger’s Choice
Balancing Books and Beauties – Blogger’s Choice
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Blogger’s Choice
Young at Heart Reader – Blogger’s Choice
metalheadreader – Review

November 11th
Keep on Booking – Blogger’s Choice
Ashes of a Book Dragon – Blogger’s Choice
The Books Whisperer – Blogger’s Choice

November 12th
Jena Brown Writes – Blogger’s Choice
Justice For Readers – Blogger’s Choice
Thorana Reads – Blogger’s Choice
pagcturncr – Review

November 13th
Wishful Endings – Blogger’s Choice
Fantastically Bookish – Blogger’s Choice
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promo

November 14th
dinipandareads – Blogger’s Choice
OneReadingNurse – Blogger’s Choice
The Book Dutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
Lacy / lacyduckie – Review

November 15th
Mixed_matched_socks – Review
simplybeccamee – Review
Blonde and Bookish – Review

Review: The Dilemma by B A Paris

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Title: The Dilemma
Author: B A Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date:
June 30, 2020
Page Length: 342
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Age Range: Adult
CAWPILE Rating: 7.79/10
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

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Thoughts

Content Warning: death of a loved one, grief, terminal illness (not in great detail and a side character), infidelity (cheating)

I have only read one other book by B A Paris and had assumed this would be more of the same – a domestic thriller, but that was not the case. The Dilemma was not what I had expected at all. The Dilemma was more of a domestic suspense then anything. At no point was I concerned for anyone’s life or felt that “at the end of my seat” feeling. Through most of the story I was pretty sure – and it was basically known by the main character throughout most of the story – what had happened. We were merely there to experience the stress of knowing and not sharing that knowledge.

This by no means that this was a bad book! In fact, I really enjoyed it. It has been a while since I’ve read a book like there – where the main stress is trying to find out things for sure and being along for the ride while the main character debates on what’s the best course of action.

The characters were written realistically, and I felt the actions were realistic in the situation as well. The mystery of the second main character was interesting, and really the only part where you were trying to guess who the culprit was. I admit I had suspected a few people for that one. The secondary characters were interesting and reacted to the two main character’s actions realistically. I know I’m saying “realistically” a lot, but there are so many mystery/suspense/thrillers/horrors where the characters do things that only serve the plot and never seem like something a real person would do.

Paris’ writing was enticing and had me devouring the story quickly. Just like the other book I read of her’s, Behind Closed Doors, I completed it in one sitting. Although I didn’t find it to have any big mystery, I still had to find out what happened with the family and how everything was resolved.

If you liked Paris’ writing in the past then I highly recommend this one, just bare in mind that the story is nothing like the others (or at least nothing like Behind Closed Doors). If you want an entertaining book that you can finish quickly because of it, then I highly recommend this one.

Book Tour: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe – Review, Mood Board & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for A Golden Fury by Samantah Cohoe. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. It’s been a while since I’ve read an atmospheric historical fiction with fantastical elements and I couldn’t wait to read it once I heard about this tour. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to enter the giveaway and see the schedule for the rest of the tour.

Meet Samantha Cohoe

Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her. 

In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs. 

About A Golden Fury

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Title: A Golden Fury
Author: Samantha Cohoe
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publishing Date: October 13, 2020
Page Length: 352
Genre: Historical, Fantasy
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE: 7.86/10
Synopsis: In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter. 

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness. 

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists. 

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die. 

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Content Warning: self harm, death, murder, talks of torture, mental health/madness, parental mental abuse

My Thoughts

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Wednesday Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I am so glad I was able to read this book. I haven’t read many books that deal with alchemy and even fewer taking place in a historical setting (18th century). It was hard to believe this was a debut novel. I found Cohoe’s writing to be engaging and I wasn’t able to put the book down until I was finished.

I found Thea to be a really well written and interesting character. She was smart and witty – definitely different from women of her time period. She wanted to make a name for herself in her profession, alchemy, but was also aware of some of the limitations of being a women in that field. Even when she trailed from this sense, how she acted with her love interest still made sense. She was a self-sacrificing character that would do anything in her power to help those she found kinship with. It was interesting that she trusted so few males in her field, but one character she was more than willing to share information with – despite his lack of trustworthiness.

Cohoe’s other characters were interesting as well. While I was reading the story, everyone’s actions made perfect sense. They all had their reasons for doing what they were doing. However, looking back, the two male “love interests” did some acts where t didn’t line up exactly (although there were moments where I wasn’t even sure if that was their purpose – love or friendship).

This book had a lot of self-sacrificing, both by the main character and others, but there was also a lot of selfishness. It seemed like everyone had selfish reasons for doing something – although the main character didn’t have many, and if she did she didn’t always act on them. The characters felt realistic, but still served a purpose in the end.

The plot was interesting and had constant twists and turns. There were many points where I wasn’t sure where the story was going – or at least how it would get there. Everything did end up wrapping up nicely, and relatively neatly, not fully what I was hoping for – but still not unsatisfying. The weakest point of the book – which still wasn’t truly a weakness – was the logic. There were just points in the story where it felt like Cohoe wanted the book to go to this point, but wasn’t fully 100% sure on how to get there. Sometimes the route to getting to that point didn’t fully make sense to me. But really, that is a minor nitpicky point on my part. While reading it, everything made sense and I wasn’t questioning anything – it wasn’t until writing this review that I realized there were point where things didn’t add up entirely (and honestly, that may be because some time has passed between reading and writing this review).

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book and will be keeping an eye out for more that Cohoe writes. I loved the alchemy element in the story and the strongly written characters.

Mood Board

Giveaway

One finished copy of A Golden Fury. US only! This giveaway ends on October 20th

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Book Tour Schedule

Blog Schedule

October 13th
TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
The Clever Reader – Review
TLC Book Nook – Review, Playlist & Favourite Quotes
Bookishfairytail – Review & Favourite Quotes
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review & Favourite Quotes

October 14th
Kait Plus Books – Top Ten
Justice For Readers – Review & Playlist
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favourite Quotes
Belle’s Archive – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Wayfaring Bibliomaniac – Review
The Journeying Bibliophile – Review

October 15th
The Writer’s Alley – Review & Dreamcast
Starlight Reads – Review, Playlist & Mood Board
Grownup Fangirl – Promotional Post & Mood Board
Your Words My Ink – Review & Favourite Quotes
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Favourite Quotes
Metaphors and Miscellanea– Review

October 16th
Lady Readsalot – Review
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Basement Bookcase – Review, Favourite Quotes & Interview
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review & Favourite Quotes
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review & Favourite Quotes

October 17th
This Belle Reads Too – Review, Favourite Quotes & Mood Board
Dinipandareads – Review & Favourite Quotes
Her Book Thoughts – Review & Playlist
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Playlist
Stocked Up on Starbooks – Review

October 18th
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review & Interview
Young at Heart Reader – Review
Laura’s Bookish Corner – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
Book Briefs – Review

October 19th
Fangirl.bookgram – Review
Mel and her Books – Review
Tea.Books.Magic – Review
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promotional Post
One More Chapter – Review
Maisie Rose Reads – Review & Favourite Quotes

Instagram Schedule

October 13th
TBR and Beyond (Blogger’s choice)
The Clever Reader (Blogger’s choice)
TLC Book Nook (Blogger’s choice)
Bookishfairytail (Blogger’s choice)
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books (Blogger’s choice)
gingerly_reading (Review)
thespookybookworm (Promo Post)

October 14th
Kait Plus Books (Blogger’s choice)
Justice For Readers (Blogger’s choice)
Jena Brown Writes (Blogger’s choice)
Belle’s Archive (Blogger’s choice)
The Wayfaring Bibliomaniac (Blogger’s choice)
Mixed_Matched_Socks (Review)

October 15th
The Writer’s Alley (Blogger’s choice)
Starlight Reads (Blogger’s choice)
Grownup Fangirl (Blogger’s choice)
Your Words My Ink (Blogger’s choice)
Moonlight Rendezvous (Blogger’s choice)
Metaphors and Miscellanea (Blogger’s choice)
bigborrowedbooks (Review & Favourite Quotes)

October 16th
Gwendalyn’s Books (Blogger’s choice)
Basement Bookcase (Blogger’s choice)
Sometimes Leelynn Reads (Blogger’s choice)
Lauren’s Boookshelf (Blogger’s choice)
mysterious_bookshack (Review)
sophiesreadingcorner (Interview)

October 17th
dinipandareads (Blogger’s choice)
Her Book Thoughts (Blogger’s choice)
Popthebutterfly Reads (Blogger’s choice)
The Book Dutchesses (Blogger’s choice)
colbywilkens (Review)
thelindenbookie (Review & Playlist)

October 18th
A Court of Coffee and Books (Blogger’s choice)
Young at Heart Reader (Blogger’s choice)
laura’s bookish corner (Blogger’s choice)
Book Briefs (Blogger’s choice)
Simplybeccamee (Review)
shelflifechronicles (Review)

October 19th
Mel and her Books (Blogger’s choice)
Fangirl.bookgram (Blogger’s choice)
Tea.Books.Magic (Blogger’s choice)
One More Chapter (Blogger’s choice)
Maisie Rose Reads (Blogger’s choice)
kathreadsya (Review)

Book Tour: Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Haley Krischer

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Haley Krischer. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. This book deals with some triggering topics, but I’m so glad I read it. See my review and top 5 reasons to read this book further down in the post, along with giveaway for USA/Canada.

Meet Haley Krischer

Hayley Krischer has been an award-winning journalist for over 20+ years. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times, where she has covered feminist roller skaters, Instagram obsessed moms, profiled Gabrielle Union, Tatum O’Neal, and S.E. Hinton. She has also written for many publications about women and teenage girls including Marie Claire, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Lenny Letter, and the Hairpin. Her YA debut, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ALI GREENLEAF will be released in fall 2020 from Razorbill. Hayley received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. Her first newspaper job was as an editorial assistant at the Boston Globe. She reads tarot cards. 

About Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

Title: Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Author: Haley Krischer
Publisher: Razorbill
Publishing Date: October 6, 2020
Page Length: 320
Genre: Contemporary
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE:  8.36/10
Synopisis: Ali Greenleaf and Blythe Jensen couldn’t be more different. Ali is sweet, bitingly funny, and just a little naive. Blythe is beautiful, terrifying, and the most popular girl in school. They’ve never even talked to each other, until a party when Ali decides she’ll finally make her move on Sean Nessel, her longtime crush, and the soccer team’s superstar. But Sean pushes Ali farther than she wants to go. When she resists–he rapes her. 

Blythe sees Ali when she runs from the party, everyone sees her. And Blythe knows something happened with Sean, she knows how he treats girls. Even so, she’s his best friend, his confidant. When he begs her to help him, she can’t resist. 

So Blythe befriends Ali in her attempt to make things right with Sean, bringing Ali into a circle of ruthless popular girls, and sharing her own dark secrets. Despite the betrayal at the heart of their relationship, they see each other, in a way no one ever has before. 

In her searing, empowering debut novel, Hayley Krischer tells the story of what happened that night, and how it shaped Ali and Blythe forever. Both girls are survivors in their own ways, and while their experiences are different, and their friendship might not be built to last, it’s one that helps each of them find a way forward on their own terms. 

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Content WarningIntense scenes depicting sexual assault and drug abuse, Reference to an eating disorder, Mental illness, Trauma, PTSD, Bullying, Victim blaming. 

Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

My Thoughts

Wow! This book! I am so glad that I read this one. This topic needs to be talked about! We need to have books that explore sexual assault and not just fade to black. This book, although uncomfortable to read at times because of the content, handled everything so well. There were moments where I felt so overwhelmed by Ali’s experiences that I had to stop reading, but I always wanted to read more.

Ali was written so realistically. Everything she did seemed so realistic and logical in the circumstances that it felt like this really happened. It’s hard to talk about this book without looking back on my own experiences and how I reacted. Although my own experiences were not the same as Ali’s, I felt that, in some cases, we reacted fairly similarly. To read a book that represented me in some where, a way that I have never seen in a book before, was overwhelming at times. There were moments where I was crying alongside Ali.

I wasn’t expecting to have the perspective from Blythe as well. I’m glad we did. We got to see just how manipulative Sean was to everyone in his world. It helped us see Ali’s world a little better and get a better understanding of what Blythe was going through. If we had only experienced this book from Ali’s perspective, we would not have been able to gain the empathy towards Blythe and her actions would always seem negative. I felt, although Blythe’s actions were horrible, I could see why she was doing what she did. There were “reasonings” behind them. I do not believe her actions were right or moral by any means, but she is an imperfect character that helps make this story even more believable.

As for the other supporting characters, I HATED the majority of them. Again, this seemed to be done on purpose. We got to see Ali’s support system and just how they interreacted with her and her distancing. We also got to see just how the popular kids acted in this situation. They are all horrible people – the ones from Blythe’s life (well almost all). We got to see just how toxic her friendships were.

The overall story arc was well written and followed a logical chain of events. Without going into spoilers, it felt very much like how one would experience this type of trauma, but still managed to explore it more. It felt more in depth than I had experienced in a book before. No fade to black; no tiptoeing around the idea of it. We get to see how this rape affected Ali and those around her and Sean.

I just wanted to mention that I do read books that could possibly trigger me – I don’t know why, but I always want to see how others react to a similar situation; to see another perspective and attempt to… I don’t know feel closure by seeing how things could turn out because I will never get that kind of closure. I know many cannot read books with this topic because it is too trigger and a toxic for their own health and I respect that. I understand and respect that. I do, however, believe that this is an important book to read and I am so glad that I was able to.

Giveaway

Finished copy of Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf. The giveaway ends on October 13th

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Tour Schedule

Blog Schedule

October 6th
TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
Justice For Readers – Review, & Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
The Story Addict – Review

October 7th
Reading On A Star – Interview
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile – Review & Favourite Quotes
Young at Heart Reader – Review, & Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

October 8th
The Fangirling Editor – Review, Playlist, Favorite Quotes, Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promotional Post
The Book Dutchesses – Review

October 9th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
Amberinoface – Review
Rajiv’s Reviews – Review
Lavish Literature – Review

October 10th
The Baroness of Books – Review & Playlist
The Writer’s Alley – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Stocked Up on Starbooks – Promotional Post

October 11th
Stuck in the Stacks – Review & Interview
The Tattooed Librarian – Review, Favorite Quotes & Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Mad’s Books – Review & Favourite Quotes

October 12th
Lost Girl In Bookland – Review
The Fine Art of Reading – Review
Balancing Books and Beauties – Review & Favourite Quotes

Instagram Schedule

October 6th
TBR and Beyond (Blogger’s choice)
Justice For Readers (Blogger’s choice)
The Story Addict (Blogger’s choice)
The Fine Art of Reading (Blogger’s choice)

October 7th
Reading On A Star (Blogger’s choice)
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile (blogger’s choice)
Young at Heart Reader (Blogger’s choice)
Currently Reading With Coffee (Review & Favourite Quotes)

October 8th
The Fangirling Editor (Blogger’s choice)
Fangirl Pixie Blog (Blogger’s choice)
The Book Dutchesses (blogger’s choice)

October 9th
Rajiv’s Reviews (Blogger’s choice)
Lavish Literature (Blogger’s choice)
Ry’s Reading Corner (Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf)

October 10th
The Writer’s Alley (Blogger’s choice)
Adrianna.reads (Review & Favourite Quotes)

October 11th
Stuck in the Stacks (Blogger’s choice)
The Tattooed Librarian (Blogger’s choice)
Blonde and Bookish (Review)

October 12th
Lost Girl In Bookland (Blogger’s choice)
Balancing Books and Beauties (Blogger’s choice)

Book Tour: A Curse of Gold (A Touch of Gold #2) by Annie Sullivan – Review & Mood Board

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan. I loved A Touch of Gold when I first read it (and my reread). When I found out we got this tour, I knew I wanted to read the conclusion to this series. Don’t forget to check out the Book Tour Schedule at the bottom, along with a giveaway.

Meeting Annie Sullivan

Picture of Annie Sullivan

Annie Sullivan is the author of the young adult novels A Touch of Gold, Tiger Queen, and A Curse of Gold. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Senior Copywriter at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. She loves to hear from fans, and you can reach her via the contact form on this website or on Twitter and Instagram. 

About A Curse of Gold

Title: A Cure of Gold
Series: A Touch of GOld
Author: Annie Sullivan
Publisher: Blink
Publishing Date: September 22, 2020
Page Length: 352
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE:  6/10
Synopisis: Curses and queens. Pirates and kings. Gods and magic. This highly anticipated sequel to Annie Sullivan’s enchanting A Touch of Gold, the story of the daughter King Midas turned to gold, is the gripping crescendo to this sweeping fantasy adventure. The final saga of a cursed queen, a vengeful Greek god, and a dazzling kingdom in the balance. 

After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Kora’s people openly turn against her, threatening her overthrow as heir to the throne—a cursed queen who has angered Dionysus. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract. 

As bold and brave as ever, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, the very person who is trying to kill her, on the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. Kora has no other choice. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen. 

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My Thoughts

When I first picked up A Curse of Gold, it jumped right into action. It starts a few months after A Touch of Gold and we see just what all our main characters have been up to. All of our favourites return in this book and we get a couple of new ones. Some of the characters grow, while I found others reverted back to supporting characters and most actions that they took supported the plot moving forward.

Annie’s writing was easy to read and, with it being so fast paced and action packed, it moved rather quickly. A lot of the action was back-to-back and left little time for the reader to breath. Once a problem was solved, we would quickly move on to the next – whether that being a high-stakes puzzle or a fight between main characters and enemies.

I must say there are a lot more mythical elements within A Curse of Gold in comparison to A Touch of Gold and I was very happy with that. I love Greek mythology and anytime more components can get added into a mythical retelling the happier I am.

The duology concluded nicely, with everything being resolved and everyone getting what they want. Lots of happy endings all around for the most part. There was a moment where I felt like a character was done wrong, but other than that, I was happy with how everything ended.

If you read A Touch of Gold and wanted a little more of Kora, Royce, Hettie and Rhat then I say give this a go. If you’re into high, non-stop action then I high suggestion this one (just obviously read book 1 first). I am glad I was able to finish this series

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Giveaway

One winner will receive a finished copy of A Touch of Gold and Tiger Queen. US/CAN only. The giveaway ends on September 28th. 

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TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
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September 22nd
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promo Post
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Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review & Favourite Quotes
A Bella Fairytale – Review

September 23rd
Quills and Stardust – Interview
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September 24th
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard
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September 25th
Reading On A Star – Interview
The Writer’s Alley – Review & Dreamcast
One More Chapter – Review

September 26th
Confession of a YA Reader – Review & Favourite Quotes
Sophie’s Reading Corner – Promo Post
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And On She Reads – Review

September 27th
Second Hand Pages – Interview
Laura’s Bookish Corner – Review & Moodboard
Barbs Book Club – Review

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Simplybeccamee (Review)
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Quills and Stardust (Promo Post)
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Review: A Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold #1) by Annie Sullivan *Reread*

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Title: A Touch of Gold
Series: A Touch of Gold #1
Author: Annie Sullivan
Publisher: Blink
Release Date:
August 14, 2020
Page Length: 313
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE Rating: 8.29/10
Goodreads Synopsis: King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost? 

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Thoughts

I decided to reread A Touch of Gold because I started the eARC of A Curse of Gold and realized I didn’t remember as much detail as I originally thought. If you’re curious, check out my original review first. So what did I think after my reread.

Honestly, I didn’t love it as much. Originally, I had rated it 5 stars (although I was rating differently then). Normally I would say that’s because I’ve already read it an the “mystery” is gone – I already know what’s happening – but in this case I really didn’t. I think mainly the reason is because I’ve changed how I rate. I no longer rate the second I’ve finished the book (which usually causes a much higher rating when I love them), plus breaking the rating down into CAWPILE I think allows me to be more aware of my thoughts of the book. I do want to say I don’t disagree with all my original thoughts, but now have minor changes in opinions that means I can’t give it 5 stars.

Ok, nitty gritty of it.

Honestly, I still really love this book. Annie’s writing is so accessible and easy to get into. Once I picked it up I really didn’t want to put the book down. There were slower moments that I didn’t necessarily like, but they were few and far between.

The characters were well written and everyone played their part. I felt Kora and Hattie grew the most and we just learned more about Aris and Royce. Some of the other side characters were entertaining when on screen, but no one I was really dying to learn more about.

There were moments that seemed less than logical – just in comparison to other moments. There would be times were it felt like they were forever getting somewhere, but then the next thing we knew it travelling became fast. Don’t get me wrong, majority of the book was logical, but with the lower score I felt there could have been more. The main point that was bothering me about the logic was the time period. It had creatures and myths of Greece, but the writing and atmosphere of everything felt London (Victorian maybe?).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and easy to pick up and read. I think if you liked Daughter of a Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller then I think you’d like A Touch of Gold (although no where near the sexual tension). I now can’t wait to pick up A Curse of Gold!

Book Tour: The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen – Review

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen. The moment I saw the cover for this book I knew I had to read it – such a cute, fun looking cover. I’ve shared my thoughts of the book below, along with a mood board. Don’t forget to check out the Book Tour Schedule at the bottom, along with giveaway options!

Meet Dani Jansen

Dani Jansen is a teacher and writer who lives in Montreal. She should probably be embarrassed to admit that she has performed as part of her school’s Glee Club for eight years. She should probably also be ashamed to tell people that she named her cats after punctuation symbols (Ampersand and Em-Dash, in case you’re curious). 

About The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

Title: The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life
Author: Dani Jansen
Publisher: Second Story Press
Publishing Date: September 22, 2020
Page Length: 304
Genre: Contemporary
Age Range: YA
Rep: Queer, Gay, Lesbian, Pansexual
CAWPILE:  6.71/10
Synopisis: Alison Green, desperate valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying Yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte. Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as “Ye Olde Shakespearean Disaster.” Alison must cope with the misadventures that befall the play if she’s going to survive the year. She’ll also have to grapple with what it means to be “out” and what she might be willing to give up for love. 

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My Thoughts

Content/Trigger Warnings: Anxiety, racism, toxic masculinity, internalized homophobia, cultural insensitivity (from the teacher)

This book made me so happy (despite the triggers mentioned above). It was so positive the entire time. I actually thought Dani handled a lot of the above mentioned triggers really well and addressed them in the book. People were called out to their insensitivities and incorrect responses.

Alison (Al) was an A Typical student who also happened to be a perfectionist. This caused her a lot of stress and anxiety – I really felt for her. I found that a lot of her actions are similar to how I handle things (not always the healthiest). But I also found that she grew during this story arc. She learned from her mistakes and learned a lot, which I loved seeing her go through it.

Al’s friends and family were by far the best. Actually, the entire supporting characters were absolutely amazing. They were written realistically and I could picture each of these characters in high school (and could even pinpoint those characters in my own high school experience). Even some of the side characters had their own growth and I loved that we got to see that.

Dani’s writing style is approachable and enjoyable. I found it easy to read and was able to finish it in two sittings. I started and before I knew it I was well over halfway through the book – if I hadn’t needed to get up and work the next day I would have likely finished it that night. I was really happy with how Dani approached character’s being outted. One character was not out yet and had confided in Dani. When it the situation was asked about later by friends, she was decent enough not to blab to the friend. She recognized that it wasn’t her information to tell. I don’t remember the last book I read that respected a person’s choice to disclosing their sexuality – I’ve found most YA books tend to use forced outting as the tension point. Actually, looking back on the book, Dani did an amazing job at handling different states of being out and how it is viewed and different states of acceptance.

Despite my positive reviews, I still felt I wanted a little more. This was a light, fluffy read that had some harder topics within it, but still handed in a lighter/positive manner. I really enjoyed the book and I would highly recommend it, but the lightness of the book made it a 3 star for me. If you like the theater I think you would really enjoy this book. If you like LGBT to be in your YA then you’ll love this book.

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Giveaway

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TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
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September 8th
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile – Review
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Colleen Is Booked – Review & Creative Post

September 9th
Nikkie Reads – Review
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September 10th
Yna the Mood Reader – Review & Favourite Quotes
Rambling Mads – Review
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Wonder Struck – Review

September 11th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
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September 12th
Dini Panda Reads – Review
Reading On A Star – Review
Stocked Up on Starbooks – Review & Playlist
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard

September 13th
Reading Robyn – Review
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September 14th
Mel And Her Books – Review
The Clever Reader – Review
Belle’s Archive – Review & Interview

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September 8th
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September 10th
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Book Tour: Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black – Review

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I am super excited to share my review of Chasing Starlight. Don’t forget to check out the Book Tour Schedule at the bottom to find other reviews and creative content created by other bloggers.

Meet Teri Bailey Black

Teri Bailey Black grew up near the beach in southern California in a large, quirky family with no television or junk food, but an abundance of books and art supplies. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She makes an amazing chocolate cherry cake—frequently. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California. 

Website: https://www.teribaileyblack.com/ 

About Chasing Starlight

Title: Chasing Starlight
Author: Teri Bailey Black
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publishing Date: August 11, 2020
Page Length: 336
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE:  7.86/10
Synopisis: Movies, mansions, and murder in the Golden Age of Hollywood! Teri Bailey Black’s Chasing Starlight is a historical mystery from the award-winning author of the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. 

1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star―except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability. 

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer―maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues. 

Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical―and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight? 

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My Thoughts

Trigger Warning: murder, kidnapping (past event), death of a parent, anxiety (multiple forms)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I haven’t read Teri’s other book, Girl at the Grave, so I wasn’t sure if her writing style was for me – but I have heard great things about her writing so I couldn’t resist trying Chasing Starlight. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.,

Teri’s writing is easy to read and engaging. At no point did I feel like she over described a scene or fashion, nor did she leave everything to my imagination. I felt like I was Kate – although every once and a while I would forget it was the 1930s, but that’s more because it’s not an era I’m use to reading.

Kate is an interesting character. She suspects everyone, and yet no one. She is conflicted due to events in her past and that is something she struggles with during the entire book. I felt like she grew during this short time in this book and it felt realistic. There was no magic button that she hit and solved everything, but took logical paths based on information she’s given. The rest of the cast was interesting and added some dimension to the story. Teri wrote the cast as suspicious, interesting, and realistic. I didn’t find anyone character annoying or unnecessary.

Although I was able to guess the twist, I wasn’t able to predict how we got there. I found this to be a cute, cozy mystery that was fun to breeze through. I loved how the story intertwined with Kate’s past. I didn’t like, however, how she was pushing others to go outside of their comfort zones (their trigger for anxiety), without considering how that person felt. She is always hyper aware of what causes her stress because of her past trauma, but not how others may have been affected by their past. This is one minor nitpick for me though.

I easily binged through this and now can’t wait to pick up more from Teri. If you’re wanting to pick up a cozy mystery this Fall, then I highly suggest this one!

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TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
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September 9th
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September 10th
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September 11th
Awesome Reads – Review & Favourite Quotes
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September 12th
Pinkmads Picks – Review
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September 13th
Confession of a YA Reader – Review
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September 14th
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Favourite Quotes
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September 9th
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Review: Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered, #3) by Tessa BaileyTitle: Tools of Engagement
Series: Hot & Hammered #3
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon
Release Date:
September 22, 2020
Page Length: 368
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult
CAWPILE Rating: 9.07/10
Goodreads Synopsis: In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house… and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!


Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.

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My Thoughts

This is the third in the Hot & Hammered series.  I was hesitant to start this series as I haven’t read many smut romances.  In fact, I only started reading them this year and I’ve binged this series over two months!  When I first saw this eARC pop up on Edelweiss, I knew I had to have it and was ecstatic when I got approved!

Now that being said, this is the first of the novels to tackle the hate to love trope – my favourite trope!  Did it disappoint? Hell no!  I loved the banter between Bethany and Wes!  They give as good as they get and, ugh, I just love it.  Now, I don’t know if I will be able to gush about this without ending up in some form of spoiler territory.  If you don’t want to be spoiled, jump right now to the last paragraph!

What I wasn’t expecting was the depth!  Bethany is so put together in the other two books that I didn’t expect to see how much she doubts herself on a daily basis.  Honestly, it was… not nice, but relatable to see it.  There were so many times that Bethany would describe her insecurities and I would just be thinking “yes, girl! I hear you!”.  She would voice so many thoughts I’ve had/have almost constantly.  I don’t think I look or seem as put together as Bethany, but it was nice to see a crack in the perfection.

I also wasn’t expecting the amount of depth we got from Wes either! He wasn’t just another cocky man with possessive traits.  He was complex, more complex than Travis or Dominic (in my opinion).  We find out that he was in foster care and bounced around many homes – which is one reason he doesn’t want a true relationship.  He has only let one person get close enough to him to depend on him before moving to Port Jefferson, NY., his sister.  He battles with his idea of attachment and commitment, but with how strong he is for Bethany, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you didn’t get his perspective.

The added reality TV competition element, although interesting, felt a little unnecessary.  Mostly because I then wanted to be bouncing back and forth between the two houses – like it would be on an actual reality TV show.  How it was though, was fine.  Honestly, the entire flipping of the house was barely visited.  I would have liked a little more of it, more of Wes helping/showing Bethany how to do some construction – or even her surprising him with already being able to do it.  As it was, it was more trickled in.  But I guess if we had had more of it, this book would have been longer than any of the previous books, and others may not find it as interesting as I do lol.

I was also surprised with how little Georgie and Rosie were in the story.  This may have been to illustrate just how isolated Bethany really is from others and how much she tries to tackle on her own (to maintain her perfection image).  I was also surprised at how much I didn’t necessarily miss them.

Now for the smut… well it was good once it got started.  I don’t know if it was my imagination, but this one seemed to be lacking the smut department for the first half of the book.  Don’t get me wrong there was sexual tension to spare in that part, but I remember the other two having way more smut content.  Once we got it though, dang was it good – at least for a newby at smut.

Alright… I think that’s all the spoilers for now… you can come back – those who skipped to the end.

Overall, this was a great entry to the Hot & Hammered series.  It makes me want more for the series – although I believe this was the last – and I definitely need to start into Tessa’s backlist.  Tessa didn’t let me down with her hate to love romance and the added depth to the character’s story.  Highly recommend.

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Book Tour: Ironspark by C M McGuire Review

I’m so excited to be part of the tour for Ironspark, hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. Be sure to check out the Tour schedule at the bottom for other creator’s reviews and content.

Meet C M McGuire

When C.M. McGuire, author of Ironspark, was a child, she drove her family crazy with her nonstop stories. Lucky for them, she eventually learned to write and gave their ears a rest. This love of stories led her to college where she pursued history (semi-nonfictional storytelling), anthropology (where stories come from) and theater (attention-seeking storytelling). When she isn’t writing, she’s painting, crocheting, gardening, baking, and teaching the next generation to love stories as much as she does. 

Website: http://seeemmcguire.weebly.com/

About Ironspark

Title: Ironspark
Author: C M McGuire
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publishing Date: August 25, 2020
Page Length: 336
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE: 6.43/10
Synopisis: A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark. 

For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use. 

Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae. 

But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity. 

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Thoughts

Trigger Warnings: loss of a parent (talked about – not death), panic & anxiety attacks, parent with schizophrenia/hallucinations, hospitals, bullying, house fires/loss of property

Thank you to C M McGuire and Swoon Reads for an advanced copy of Ironspark in exchange for an honest review.

When I first found out that this book was about a friend group that hunted Fae, I knew I had to read it.

McGuire wrote Fae in a way that I considered to be a more traditional style of fae. There is a Fae court and a hierarchy within it – in addition to good and bad. The Fae she decided to include in this contemporary world were well picked. Most felt familiar, but with some differences in appearance.

When we met all the characters, I couldn’t help but think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but obviously with Fae instead of vampires). They reminded me of a less experienced version, one that was still figuring out the rules and their role. Bryn felt stubborn and determined, but still relatively unaware of everything overall. I felt that her two friends were more willing to accept magical beings than what I would believe to be realistic and rather quickly for one of them. I found it odd with just how quickly they wanted to join up with Bryn’s cause and endanger themselves for her. There were also times that lines were crossed, but people were easily forgiven. I was also disappointed with how little involved the one character was in the overall fight.

I did find the twists rather interesting; however, one twist I found happened so late that I now suspect that this isn’t a standalone like I had originally thought (although I can find nothing to confirm this new thought). It felt like the beginning of the book was evenly paced, but then next thing I knew there were less than 50 pages left and it didn’t feel like we were heading towards a clean wrap-up.

Despite wanting a little more, I did enjoy McGuire’s writing style and I hope to read more from her. Overall, I enjoyed Ironspark and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about friend groups fighting against magical creatures. If you enjoyed Buffy and want something with a similar feel, then I suggest you give this a try. I do hope that there is another book so I’m given more of a conclusion that I was hoping for.

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September 1st
TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
The Reading Fairy – Interview
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favourite Quotes
We Have No Apologies – Review

September 2nd
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review
The Rush of a Book – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Book Dutchesses – Review & Favourite Quotes

September 3rd
Quills and Stardust – Review & Interview
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard
Belle’s Archive – Review & Favourite Quotes
Pop The Butterfly Reads – Review

September 4th
The Writer’s Alley – Review & Favourite Quotes
Thousands of Pages – Review, Favourite Quotes & Moodboard
One More Chapter – Review
Her Book Thoughts – Review & Playlist

September 5th
Stocked Up on Starbooks – Review & Moodboard
Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile – Review & Favourite Quotes
Bri’s Book Nook – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Heart of a Book Blogger – Interview

September 6th
Reader of Honoku – Review & Favourite Quotes
Aelin’s Kingdom – Review & Favourite Quotes
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review & Playlist
Bookishfairytail – Review, Favourite Quotes & Interview

September 7th
Storme Reads A Lot – Review & Favourite Quotes
Spilled Ink – Promo Post
Fangirl.Bookgram – Review
The Reading Faery – Review & Interview

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Jena Brown Writes (blogger’s choice)
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September 2nd
Metaphors and Miscellanea (blogger’s choice)
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Unconventional Quirky Bibliophile (blogger’s choice)
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The Heart of a Book Blogger (blogger’s choice)
Moonlight Rendezvous (Review & Favourite Quotes)
The Book Dutchesses (blogger’s choice)

September 3rd
Storme Reads A Lot (blogger’s choice)
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Sassenach the Book Wizard (Review)
Bookishfairytail (blogger’s choice)
Belle’s Archive (blogger’s choice)
Big Borrowed Books (Review)
Pop The Butterfly Reads (blogger’s choice)
Young at Heart Reader (blogger’s choice)

September 4th
Spilled Ink (blogger’s choice)
Fangirl.Bookgram (blogger’s choice)
Shelf Blame (Review)
One More Chapter (blogger’s choice)
The Writer’s Alley (blogger’s choice)
Thousands of Pages (blogger’s choice)
The Reading Faery (blogger’s choice)
Fangirl Pixie Blog (blogger’s choice)

Have you read Ironspark? What did you think? What fae do you want character art for? I’d love one for the Shadelings! Let me know in the comment section below.