The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

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I can’t believe it’s June already….we are halfway through the year! This year is going by so quickly. I’m already out on summer vacation, my baby is due in a few weeks and life is about to change big time! As for reading, this year so far has been a mixed bag of ups and downs. I’ve gone through periods where I love to read and actively make time for it, as well as times where I’m just not feeling anything that I pick up. Here’s hoping that the second half of the year is much more even. There are so many good books that I still want to read!


The Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018:

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It was very hard to narrow it down to one book because I’ve had some excellent 5-star reads so far this year. I settled on Amanda Lovelace’s poetry collection because it’s something that I’ve gone back to multiple times this year. It’s uplifting, heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful.

Your Favourite Sequel of the Year:

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Kat Ross is the most underrated fantasy writer out there. Her books deserve so much more love! Solis was the perfect follow-up to Nocturne. There was excellent character development, twists and turns…I won’t say anymore but you seriously need to read her books!

A New Release That You Haven’t Read But Really Want To:

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I adored The Bone Witch and its ending floored me. There was no closure whatsoever and I had more questions than I began with. That’s why I cannot for the life of me explain why I haven’t read this sequel yet.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year:

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I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book. The way The Dark Days Pact ended broke my heart into a million tiny little pieces. This book will probably break it again, but the pain will be more than worth it! Plus, the cover is perfect! ❤

Your Biggest Dissapointment:

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OK…before I start, I do want to say that I enjoyed reading this book. It was adorable and quirky, it wasn’t When Dimple Met Rishi (a book that I LOVED!). I guess I built it up too much in my head before reading? I don’t even know. But it did come across as predictable and a bit of a rehash of things that have been done before. I really need to write my review soon for it.

Biggest Surprise of the Year:

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This middle grade novel took me by surprise. It touches on some very important topics, is heartbreaking, uplifting and left me wanting to stand up and make a change. Since I finished reading it I’ve been recommending it to all of my friends. It has an important and powerful message that simply cannot be ignored.

Favourite New-to-You or Debut Author:

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Why did it take me so long to start this trilogy? Why?!?! It’s super adorable, fluffy and fun. Jenny Han really knows how to write a story that totally invests you in its characters. I’ve already read the sequel and just need to pick up a copy of the third book in the series. It’s been a while since I’ve been so excited about a trilogy!

Your Fictional Crush:

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I’ve been crushing on Darius, a magical daēva, since he was introduced in 2016’s The Midnight Sea. So, when Kat Ross announced that she was continuing the series that featured him I was beyond happy. Every time he appears on the page my heart skips a beat. ❤

New Favourite Character:

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Lara Jean is such a lovable protagonist…cute, quirky and full of flaws, she totally reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager. High school was such a confusing and fun time where everything little thing was blown out of proportion and revolved around friends and boys. I haven’t been this invested in a character in ages. I’m so glad that I finally gave this series a chance!

A Book That Made Your Cry:

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Amanda Lovelace did it again! This collection of poetry was amazingly well written and at times completely broke my heart into a million pieces. I’m always amazed at how much she can say when only using a limited number of words. I can’t properly describe how reading this collection made me feel.

A Book That Made You Happy:

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Jennifer E. Smith has this way of writing simple, emotional and thoughtful romantic contemporaries. I loved every second of this book! It was totally the perfect beach read.

Your Favourite Book-to-Movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year:

I honestly can’t think of a single book-to-movie adaptation that I saw or enjoyed. Hmmm…I usually don’t like them anyway. The book is always better! 🙂

The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year:

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Don’t purchase a digital version of this book. You need to experience the gorgeous illustrations in all of their glory with a physical version. They really bring the stories to life and make you feel as if the book actually came directly from Ravka.

What Are Some Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year:


This tag is quite old and people do it every year. I’m not going to tag anyone for that reason, but if you do decide to do it, please link back (or add your link below) to me so I can check out your answers. ❤

Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

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I saw this tag on Lia’s blog Lost in a Story and thought I’d do it too. This tag is about all the books that you’ll never read and the reasons why. So, here we go…


The Questions:

1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

I won’t be reading anymore of the Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I started ToG and initially loved it. The hype was spot on but then after the third book I felt like it was all just too much. I began to hate everything about the books…the characters, the dialogue, the direction the author was taking the story, etc. I only read the first book in the other series by Sarah J. Maas and also feel like it was overhyped.

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

A few years ago I read the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series and absolutely hated it. I picked it up after being caught up in the hype surrounding Frozen Tides, the fourth book in the series. The fact that I didn’t like it made me so sad. The plot sounded intriguing and I love fantasy, so what could go wrong? Ugh…nothing in the book worked for: the romance, the multiple POVs, the flow, the dialogue. I think it’s great that so many people enjoy the series but it’s just not for me.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Oh where do I even start? There are a bunch! Now, don’t get me wrong. I like a few of the books labeled as “classic” such as novels by Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, but others reads in English class kind of turned me off. Life is too short to struggle through reading something just because other people say it’s amazing. I want to read what interests me…period.

4. Any genres you never read?

I’ll pretty much try every genre once because you never know unless you try right? But I know for sure erotica is not for me. Same with horror. I’m such a big baby and my mind runs wild.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

There are a few books that were sent to me by the publisher or I won in a book box giveaway that I have no interest in reading anytime soon. It’s either the cover does nothing to excite me or the summary leaves me feeling nothing. I should probably donate them or host a giveaway. One day…


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Book Blitz: Birth of Chaos by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

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Release date: June 28th, 2018
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Genres: New-adult, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance

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A WISH FOR DESTRUCTION…
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A new wish is pushing the weary members of the Society to their breaking points. But as Jo’s complex relationship with their leader reveals dangerous truths about who she truly is, and was, her priorities quickly change. Now, she seeks to expose the enemy lurking in their midst, but it may already be too late to thwart an ancient goddess bent on stealing Jo’s power and destroying everything she loves.


Read the Rest of the Series:

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About the Authors:

Author-Photo-3-smElise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

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Lynn-Larsh-Author-Photo-smLynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.

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Book Blitz: Dark Water by J.A. Armitage 

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39343873Dark Water (Reverse Fairytales, #4) by J.A. Armitage 
Release date: June 19th, 2018
Genres: Young adult, fantasy
Format: eBook

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You think you know the story of The Little Mermaid…

A tragic accident on the eve of her eighteenth birthday leads Princess Erica to a chance encounter with a mysterious man on the beach. When he turns up at her birthday party and whisks her off her feet, she knows she has to find out everything about him, but why won’t he speak and where does he keep disappearing to?

Ari knows he’s crossed a line by mingling with the land humans, but how can he resist the beautiful princess whose life he saved? He must decide whether to stay on land and become like her, or continue to live without her in the depths of the ocean. Trapped in a centuries long battle between his kind and hers, his decision will rock both their kingdoms. With a sea witch that needs repaying and the small matter of Erica’s engagement to someone else, Ari knows the odds are stacked against him.


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About the Author:

JAJ.A. lives in a total fantasy world (because reality is boring right?). When she’s not writing all the crazy fun in her head, she can be found eating cake, designing pretty pictures and hanging upside down from the tallest climbing frame in the local playground while her children look on in embarrassment. She’s travelled the world working as everything from a banana picker in Australia to a Pantomime clown, has climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and the bottom of the Grand Canyon and once gave birth to a surrogate baby for a friend of hers.

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Review: My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley

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.

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Release date: May 8th, 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Middle grade, historical fiction
Format: eBook

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By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria’s childhood as you’ve never heard it before.

Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Her father is Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s mother, and he has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess that he calls the Kensington System. It governs Princess Victoria’s behavior and keeps her locked away from the world. Sir John says it’s for the princess’s safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it’s to keep her lonely and unhappy. Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the willful and passionate princess, Miss V has a decision to make: continue in silence or speak out. In an engaging, immersive tale, Lucy Worsley spins one of England’s best-known periods into a fresh and surprising story that will delight both young readers of historical fiction and fans of the television show featuring Victoria.

I love Lucy Worsely’s documentaries on British history. She’s such an engaging speaker and I devour them whenever I can find them online (I wish I lived in the UK so I could actually watch them when they air on TV). So, I jumped at the chance to review her middle grade novel My Name is Victoria when it was posted on NetGalley.

My Name is Victoria tells the story of a young Queen Victoria and what her life was like living in seclusion in Kensington Palace. The young princesses’ life is highly controlled by which makes her feel sad and lonely. Her life changes when she meets Miss V. Conroy, another girl around the same age as her. Things get off to a rocky start, but soon they are close and inseparable companions. While much of the book is historically accurate, it does deviate to a “what if” plot that allowed the author to take a different route and get creative. I thought it was interesting and it totally took me by surprise. I thought the book would be a straight up review of history due to the author’s academic background. I do have to say that I liked it! It kept things interesting!

What I enjoyed most about the book was seeing Victoria as a young girl. Every movie or TV show that I’ve seen has been based on her life once she’s ascended to the throne. At first I honestly had a difficult time imagining her as a young girl but it got easier as her story was unveiled. I totally felt for her, how could I not? I can’t imagine being so restricted, overly guarded and unhappy all of the time. I thought the story was well paced and interesting, although not much really happens. It’s just Victoria’s life and her budding friendship with Miss V. in the palace. So, while the setting doesn’t change a lot, the focus and drama of the book is created through the relationship between the two girls. I thought their friendship developed naturally. They initially weren’t sure what to do with each other, but as time went on, they became close as sisters…loyal and willing to put their own needs aside for each other.

Overall, this book was a fun, quick read with a twist. I think this book is great for middle grade readers and especially those interested in historical fiction. I will definitely be picking up Worsely’s other books in the near future!


About the Author

for-front-page-229x309Lucy Worsley was born in Reading, studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, and received a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex. Since 2003, she has been the Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. She has written a non-fiction book for adults called Jane Austen at Home, and a novel for younger readers called My Name is Victoria. Her latest BBC series is Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera.

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Mini Review: Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

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.
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Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past by Vanita Oelschlager
Release date: April 1st, 2009
Publisher: Vanita Books
Genre: Poetry
Format: eBook

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Ivy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. “I stare out the window,” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.” But then Spring comes when “March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.” And Ivy’s “heart dances with daffodils.” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy’s eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

I really enjoyed reading Ivy in Bloom. I probably wouldn’t have requested it on NetGalley because it was listed as being for children (a category I never check) if I didn’t need a spring themed book for the Spring Fling read-a-thon. However, it surprised me and it’s further proof that I shouldn’t judge a book based on its listed age group. Teenagers and adults can most definitely appreciate this sweet little book as well.

Ivy in Bloom was an adorable illustrated children’s poetry book that used excerpts from famous poems to highlight aspects of spring. The drawings were fantastic! The poetry snippets could have been longer in my opinion, but since it’s for children, it’s perfect because it provides them with a snapshot of some classic poems by authors such as Emily Dickinson and E.E. Cummings. It acts as a good introduction to poetry for children and even older people who haven’t explored the genre before.

I think the book is perfect for people of all ages, but especially children 4 years old and up. The blending of images and parts of poems was wonderfully done. It made me smile and want to pick up the full length poems of the authors featured. I highly recommend it! 🙂


About the Author

vanita_meetvanita_largeVanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet. She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, LTD. into a successful investment management firm.

Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won’t go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this “elephant”, and to share some of the larger lessons about life they’ve learned through the disease.

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The ABC Book Challenge | “C”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to start it right away. Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series! 🙂


Memorable Titles That Start With “C”

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is without a doubt one of my favourite books EVER! It’s truly fantasy at its best…complex world building, diverse characters, political intrigue, slow burn romance. YOU REALLY NEED TO READ IT! Cold Summer by Gwen Cole was a fantastic debut. If you like stories involving time travel, World War II and romance than this book is most definitely for you! And…Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Oh my poor, poor heart. I just adore everything about this book that when I think about it my heart explodes. Everything she writes is pure gold!

Books Starting With “C” On My TBR

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson has been on my TBR for over a year now. I have a copy downloaded onto my Kindle, I’m just not sure why I haven’t started it yet. Chainbreaker by Tara Sim is also another book I was crazy looking forward to reading but haven’t started yet. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman is an older book that I think I simply forgot about. I loved its predecessor Prisoner of Night and Fog, but got caught up in my rediscovery of fantasy books and it got left behind. I have a lot of reading to do!


Which memorable books that start with an “C” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Book Blitz: Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury

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Release date: June 19th, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House
Genres: Young adult, fantasy, romance

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 A Legend, 

A Magical Shell 

A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More… 

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


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 “Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”

Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”

“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”

He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic to travel ashore to see him.”

Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brother’s voice as he recited the tale. A dreamy smile spread over her lips.

“I wonder how she met him,” she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and letting her lashes flutter shut.

“Likely the same way any merrow meets a human,” Javelin teased. “Shipwrecked during one of Poseidon’s storms. She should have drowned him immediately.”

“But she couldn’t!” Lena’s eyes pinged open. “For he was devilishly handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man she’d ever seen.”

“Devilish is right,” Javelin allowed. “Whether he was handsome or not, I’ll let your imagination decide.”

“Oh, he was.” Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—”

“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.”

“And they’d dance together,” she pressed on, giggling, “as only humans can do. They’d dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming songs into one another’s ears.”

“Until one night. . .” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.

“Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover. Greed.”

“Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of time.”

She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling it. And he knew.

“That night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to control the storms and seas.”

Lena leaned in.

“As she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her blue-scaled lips—cries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.”

“Don’t leave out the good parts,” Lena whispered. She knew her brother would skim over the romance just to annoy her.

Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. “The moon was high that night,” he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. “The land was illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queen’s new flesh was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods, but the queen didn’t see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.

“She sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for he’d discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him, kissing her deeply.”

Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.

“She was a fool,” he said.

“She was in love,” Lena amended.

“She was both,” he conceded. “And that foolish love consumed her. Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But that fateful eve, her beloved’s affection was not what it seemed. He’d seduced himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.”

Lena winced, for she knew what came next.

“He pressed his mouth against the queen’s skin, whispering sweet words, distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling, even as her eyes went wide with shock.”

Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging, horrified eyes going dim.

“The queen’s lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.

“With a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and all who dwell beneath the earth, in the ocean’s depths. Our people.” He glanced sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. “The merrows.”

“And the queen. . .” Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale would end.

“He left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by the waves.”

Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and romance, were worth the gruesome bits.

“What do you think it would be like, to walk?” she wondered aloud. “Would it be like having two tails?”

“I don’t know,” Javelin chuckled. “I suppose it might be.”

“Where do you think the shell is now?”

Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim, wooden railing he’d found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.

Lena smiled, realizing he’d made her a hunting spear.

“Poseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.”

“If you could go to the surface, would you?”

Javelin pinched his lips together and didn’t speak. It was a silent reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects they’d collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the king’s leniency had all but vanished in recent years.

Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.

“This is where we belong, Lena,” Javelin said softly, firmly.

“But how do you know?” She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other mysterious, unnamed things. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like, to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?”

“Not as much as you have, I can see.”

She groaned, and sank to her brother’s side, resting her head on his shoulder. “It can’t be as bad as everyone believes. Humans can’t all be the same. We’re not all the same,” she reasoned quietly.


About the Author:

ChantalAmazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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Any format of this book will qualify: eBook or paperback. It can be purchased at any retailer; Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Parliament House, etc. Receipts must be dated before June 24th.  You can also submit your receipt by emailing: cgauthorgiveaway@gmail.com.

 

Spring Fling Read-a-Thon: Wrap-Up!

December Wrap Up
Oh my gosh! I almost forgot to post my wrap-up for the Spring Fling Read-A-Thon. This read-a-thon began on May 15th and ended on June 15th. I had a lot of fun working on the various spring inspired prompts…and a lot of success as well! I ended up reading 7 out of the 10 books on my TBR, which is pretty awesome since I usually only read 3-4 books a months.

I will definitely participate in another read-a-thon by the lovely group of bloggers who hosted this one because it was very laid back. I didn’t feel pressured like I usually do during events like this and the prompts meant there was a nice variety of books to pick from. The TBR was limited to a specific type of book and I was able to mix in poetry, novellas and various genres.


The Prompts:

These were the prompts for the read-a-thon:

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What I Read:

What I Didn’t Read:

 


Did you participate in this read-a-thon? If so, how did you do? ❤

Blog Tour: Cinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Bought (Spotlight & Giveaway)

CINDERELLA'S INFERNO

Cinderella'sInferno coverCinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Boughan
Release date: May 28th, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Pages: 324
Genres: Young adult, fantasy

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It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?


Book Excerpt:

My father was right.

We needed to run.

“What is it?” is all I managed to breathe.

“This is the circle of gluttony and greed,” my father said, taking my hand and pulling me away from my sisters. This time, I did not resist. “What else could dwell here but the true green-eyed monster itself?”

Jealousy. We faced the incarnate form of jealousy made manifest by my stepsisters. They envied my ability to walk upon the earth, and they envied the power they thought could be gained by aligning themselves with mortal royalty. Victoria had, after all, tried to marry William.

“Let’s go,” I whispered. “I cannot fight this. I don’t know how.” The monster roared again, and I turned to flee—but in that moment, Hund launched himself toward the beast. “Hund! No!” I nearly pulled out of my father’s grasp. “Come back!”

“He’ll be fine,” my father said. “Watch.”

And I did, for as my canine companion leapt, he began to grow. And grow, and grow, new heads bursting from the sides of his neck, jaws widening until three mouths filled with sword-sharp teeth snarled before the heinous Jealousy. Hund’s fangs dripped yellow venom, and the claws on his enormous paws were at least as long as my brother was tall.

This was not Hund at all, this spirit I thought I had called to do my bidding. No, Charon had spoken the truth when he’d said I had tamed a guardian, though I had not fully understood. This monstrous ally, this hound who trotted by my side and risked his own body for my protection, I knew by his three heads. This was none other than Cerberus, the hound of Hades, guardian of the underworld.

And he had chosen to protect me.


About the Author:

FaithF.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.

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Giveaway:

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Follow the Tour:

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour organized by Rockstar Book Tours.

June 18th – Zach’s YA Reviews – Review
June 19th – Bluestocking Bookworm – Review
June 19th – A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt
June 20th – books are love – Review
June 20th- Here’s to Happy Endings – Excerpt
June 21st – Blushing Bibliophile – Review
June 21st – Two Chicks on Books – Interview
June 22nd – Bookroomreviews – Guest Post
June 22nd – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post