Book Tour: The Dragon’s Promise (Six Crimson Cranes #2) by Elizabeth Lim | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Dragon’s Promise (Six Crimson Cranes #2) by Elizabeth Lim. I read Six Crimson Cranes when it first came out and really enjoyed it! I definitely want to reread it before diving back into the finally of this duology! You can find out more about the book below and the schedule has links to other content creators, so you can find out how other’s are feeling about the continuation of Princess Shiori’s story.

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Book Tour: Belladonna (Belladonna #1) by Adalyn Grace | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Belladonna (Belladonna #1) by Adalyn Grace. I’ve decided this book was made for me! The synopsis, the cover, the naked book – it’s all just to die for! But to see what other’s thought after reading, be sure to see the tour schedule with links to other content creators. And keep an eye out for my review of this, because it is in the Fall TBR!

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Book Tour: Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty. The cover and title have everything I could every ask for – the foliage growing on/in/around girl covers have been calling to me lately! It’s definitely fitting the dark theme I’ve been drawn to the last few months too! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

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Recommendations: Nine 2022 LGBTQIA+ Reads

I find myself wanting to make recommendations lists from time to time, but don’t always have a specific post or reason in mind. With that thought in mind, I’d thought from time to time I’d do random recommendations. These recommendations could fit a theme of the month or genre’s I’ve been gravitating towards. This is only my second one, first one was Five Adult RomComs all the way back in February (but I think I have another one coming a lot sooner!).

I’ve read so many amazing LGBTQIA+ books this year already that I wanted to share some. I decided to be super specific this time a pick only 2022 releases! I may have to do a Part 2 near the end of the year the way things are going because I had originally planned only 5 but couldn’t cute enough lol! So without further adieu, let’s get into it!

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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.

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