Book Tour: Soul of the Deep (Skin of the Sea #2) by Natasha Bowen | Author Interview

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Soul of the Deep (Skin of the Sea #2) by Natasha Bowen. I absolutely loved Skin of the Sea, it was in my top 10 of 2021, so I was beyond ecstatic when I was lucky enough to get an interview with Natasha Bowen! You can find it just before the tour schedule near the end of the post.

Thank you Natasha Bowen for taking the time to answer my questions.

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Book Tour: Beguiled by Cyla Panin | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Beguiled by Cyla Panin. This is Cyla’s sophomore novel and it’s another one I’m dying to pick up. I absolutely love this cover and it’s telling me I need to read it this fall lol. If you’re wanting to find out other’s thoughts, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for the tour schedule and links to other content creators’ reviews.

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Book Tour: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I’ve read The Bone Houses a few years back, still need to read The Hearts We Sold, and I found it enjoyable. Emily does a great job at creating atmosphere – I always loved her locations. So I was very excited to find out about The Drowned Woods, which just sounds right up my alley – retelling, magic, oh and set in the same world as The Bone Houses!

I wont be getting to this until next month at the earliest, so to find out what other’s think you can scroll to the bottom for the Tour Schedule with links to other content creator’s pages.

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Book Tour: Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe. I absolutely loved the Eva Evergreen book (still need to read the second), and had to check out Abe’s new book inside that same world! Then found out it was also inspired by the Japanese version of Cinderalla, which just further sold it to me. For reviews and other thoughts, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

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Book Tour: Wind Daughter (Echo North #2) by Joanna Ruth Meyer | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Wind Daughter (Echo North #2) by Joanna Ruth Meyer. This companion novel sounds really good and has been compared to the Winternight Trilogy. Find out what others have thought by following the links below in the tour schedule.

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Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Title: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
Author: Axie Oh
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 22nd, 2022
Page Length: 336
Genre: Fantasy Romance | Retelling
Age Range: YA
Rep: AAPI (Korean)
Rating: 4.25⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

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Review: A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

36575823Title: A Touch of Gold
Author: Annie Sullivan
Series: Touch of Gold (Book 1)
Release Date: August 14th, 2018, Blink
Page Length: 313
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Age Range: YA
Rating: 5/5
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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Let me start off first by saying this is a gorgeous cover!  This alone made me want to pick it up.  Then I was told it was a King Midas retelling – intrigued I haven’t read one of those yet.  Lastly, I heard there were pirates.  Then I just had to pick it up! I had to know how a King Midas retelling became a pirate story.  Lucky for me I wasn’t disappointed.

Now let me just say this, I have never read the story of King Midas, but I knew the basics – everything he touched turned to gold.  So I do not have the context necessarily of how closely A Touch of Gold follows the story of King Midas.  However, I do not feel that this affected my enjoyment of the book.

Without going into spoilers, I will attempt to tell you how much I enjoyed this book and why.  It will be hard because I want to share so much about this book, but I want you to go experience the book yourself!

First, the characters.  I LOVED Kora and her cousin Hettie.  Kora is such a beautiful character with such love for her family.  Hettie is your typical “spoiled” girl who loves to be waited on and loves to eat all things fancy.  Duke Aris Wystlinos is Kora’s most recent suitor.  I found myself not trusting him throughout this book – he just seemed too understanding and put together.  When Kora leaves to track the treasure, you met an interesting bunch of characters.  You will meet twins, Phipps and Thipps, who I found to be the sweetest and funniest characters in this book.  Brus is an untrusting sailor who is extremely superstitious – of course that means I don’t like him.  The captain of the ship, Royce, was so standoffish that I wasn’t sure what to make of him, but suspected he would play a larger part in Kora’s story.  Another character I will mention is Rhat, who seems to be Royce’s first mate.  When we first meet Rhat, I found him adorable – and there is no rhyme or reason for it.  I just decided he was sweet and smitten.

Annie has a way of writing a story that makes you fall in love!  I loved her characters and I felt invested in the adventure.  I found myself laughing and crying and swearing at different points throughout the story.  I can picture the ship and, with the descriptiveness of Annie’s writing, I was able to experience Kora’s connection to the gold treasures.

Looking back, I cannot think of a part of the book that I disliked.  Annie writes beautifully and I fell in love with the characters.  I wanted adventure and she delivered.  If I was to complain about anything it would be the fact that there wasn’t more.  But really is that a complaint?  There will be another book filled with more adventures – I am assuming because I refuse to read the synopsis of Book 2 – this series is an auto-buy for me so does it really matter?

Needless to say, I highly recommend reading this!  It surpassed my expectations.  If you do get a chance to read this November 23/24th, we will be discussing it over on the TBR and Beyond Facebook Group.  Annie has already done her live chat there, but you are still able to view the video – she is too sweet and funny.