Blog Tour (Book Review): A Wild Winter Swan – Gregory Maguire

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Today I am reviewing A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire as part of the Random Things Blog Tour, and you can find the rest of the schedule below. Please do check out the rest of the tour, and this fantastic book.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

Following her brother’s death and her mother’s emotional breakdown, Laura now lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in a lonely townhouse she shares with her old-world, strict, often querulous grandparents. But the arrangement may be temporary. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble at home and has been expelled from her high school for throwing a record album at a popular girl who bullied her. When Christmas is over and the new year begins, Laura may find herself at boarding school in Montreal.

Nearly unmoored from reality through her panic and submerged grief, Laura is startled when a handsome swan boy with only one wing lands on her roof. Hiding him from her ever-bickering grandparents, Laura tries to build the swan boy a wing so he can fly home. But the task is too difficult to accomplish herself. Little does Laura know that her struggle to find help for her new friend parallels that of her grandparents, who are desperate for a distant relative’s financial aid to save the family store.

As he explores themes of class, isolation, family, and the dangerous yearning to be saved by a power greater than ourselves, Gregory Maguire conjures a haunting, beautiful tale of magical realism that illuminates one young woman’s heartbreak and hope as she begins the inevitable journey to adulthood.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): The Ancient Ones (The Ancient Ones #1) – Cassandra L. Thompson

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Ancient Ones’ by Cassandra L. Thompson organised by Storytellers on Tour, this is the first book in The Ancient Gods trilogy and the second book in the series ‘Liminality’ is due for release on the 31st October!

I hope that you will check out the book and the author, and enjoy the rest of the tour with the schedule in the banner below or (HERE).

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

Book Summary:

Some things are not meant to die…

When David stumbles upon a tragic young woman in a sordid Limehouse pub, he has no idea she’d recognize him as the last vampyre alive, nor that she’d be the one to pull out his story. Yet as he recalls his life from the sweltering vineyards of Ancient Rome to the cold horrors of Medieval Romania – as well as his tumultuous past with the mad and mysterious Lucius – he realizes she is much more than what she seems.

Gothic horror and mythological fantasy blend seamlessly together in this thrilling adventure, breathing new life into vampire lore as it reveals its true origins. The Ancient Ones is a tale of myth, mayhem, and magic … with a dash of romance that bites.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Tarō – Blue Spruell, Miya Outlaw (Illustrator)

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A belated review for Tarō by Blue Spruell as part of the Loves Book Tour. I’ve always been interested in anything to do with Japan, and I love their folktales so I leapt at the chance to read this one.

Disclaimer – I received a copy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

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Book Summary:

Lost in the mists of Mount Fuji . . . but no one can escape destiny. . . .
Orphaned by a rival warlord and bewitched by a ghost, young Tarō must reclaim his birthright and find his destiny as the legendary boy samurai and hero of Japan.

Accompanied by Tanuki, his shape-shifting badger sidekick, Tarō embarks on a quest of self-discovery and revenge, falls for Kamehime, the teenage samurai daughter of a powerful warlord, and ultimately becomes embroiled in the political struggle for the imperial throne. Along the way, Tarō and his allies face fearsome yōkai, the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls of Japanese folklore.

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Book Spotlight: It Happened in Silence – Karla M. Jay

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Today I am delighted to be hosting a spotlight for ‘It Happened in Silence’ by Karla M. Jay a semi-finalist in BBNYA 2021.

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This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

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Book Review: Seraphina’s Lament (The Bloodlands #1) – Sarah Chorn

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For the first of two posts today I am delighted to be reviewing Seraphina’s Lament. As anyone who knows me will know, this is hands down my favourite book and I am horrified that I haven’t reviewed it fully before – I had done a brief review on goodreads (which seems to have been eaten by the recent chaos on there) which was mostly me flailing about this book, so it was past time to sit down and talk about a book that means a lot to me (note there is still flailing).

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Book Summary:

The world is dying.

The Sunset Lands are broken, torn apart by a war of ideology paid for with the lives of the peasants. Drought holds the east as famine ravages the farmlands. In the west, borders slam shut in the face of waves of refugees, dooming all of those trying to flee to slow starvation, or a future in forced labor camps. There is no salvation.

In the city of Lord’s Reach, Seraphina, a slave with unique talents, sets in motion a series of events that will change everything. In a fight for the soul of the nation, everyone is a player. But something ominous is calling people to Lord’s Reach and the very nature of magic itself is changing. Paths will converge, the battle for the Sunset Lands has shifted, and now humanity itself is at stake.

First, you must break before you can become.

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Book Blitz: Empire’s Legacy (The Complete Trilogy #1-3) – Marian L Thorpe

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Today is the Book Blitz for Empire’s Legacy by Marian L Thorpe organised by Storytellers on Tour, and my first post for this book. I’m currently a couple of hundred pages in and loving it, and I will be reviewing it here on the blog once I’m finished. For today though I am delighted to host a spotlight with an extract to whet your appetite for this book, especially as there is also a chance to win either a hardcover copy (US | CA | UK only) or ebook (International) of Empire’s Legacy for yourself, so please check out the giveaway at the end of the post.

Book Summary:

Lena is a skilled hunter, but beyond the need to kill for food, weapons are a man’s domain – until one day a soldier arrives in her village, pleading for fighters. Accepting his challenge, she steps into a new life, one of battle, intrigue and politics, where actions have deadly consequences. Her survival – and that of her country – depends on her prowess with knife and bow, her quick wit, and a journey into unimagined lands to confront a lost Empire of immense power.

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Mini Reviews

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For my first mini reviews of 2021, I’m catching up a few stragglers from last year as well as some early reads this year. There is a mixture of non-fiction, historical fiction and fantasy, as well as children’s, YA and Adult in the mix.

Mini reviews will differ slightly from the longer reviews in that they will only receive a rating badge, rather than featuring a quote and highlighted aspect badge, otherwise these posts would end up even longer than they already are.

“Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley for these in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.”

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Book Review: The Brass Queen – Elizabeth Chatsworth

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For the first post today, I am reviewing The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth, which was released on tuesday by Camcat Books.

Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Book Summary:

In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.

Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

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Blog Tour (Book Review): Alex Cohen Series Books 1-3 – Leopold Borstinski

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Today I am delighted to be helping to kick off the first day of the blog tour for the release of the box-set for the Alex Cohen Series books 1-3 by Leopold Borstinski organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I thoroughly enjoyed the second and third books in the series, and you will find those reviews below as well, and I was glad for the opportunity and motivation to go back and read the first book in the series in The Bowery Slugger. I hope that you will check out the author and this fantastic series, as well as the rest of the wonderful bloggers participating in this tour.

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