Follow:
Browsing Category:

Blog Tour

    Now We Rise Blog Tour: The Pros and Cons of Being a Burner

    I am so thrilled to be a part of the Now We Rise Blog Tour for CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. It is such an amazing book and the start to a series I cannot wait to continue reading. At well over 500 pages, the story goes so fast you’ll wish there were many, many more pages so it doesn’t have to end… or that the wait for the next installment won’t feel so long.

    For my stop today I am writing about the pros and cons to being a Burner.

    I discovered my magic (per the graphic below) and as part of the Iná clan, I am a Maji of Fire – a Burner – so I thought I would write about some of the pros and cons to being a diviner and having this particular ability.

    If you want to discover your magic and share your results on social media be sure to tag #NowWeRise and #ChildrenOfBloodAndBone to be a part of the conversation.


    The Pros and Cons of Being a Burner

    While I’m sure there are many, many more positives and negatives to the ones I list below, here are just a few of the ones that stand out to me as being the most amazing and the most detrimental.

    Pro: Awesome white hair. As a Burner (or any Diviner) you get this very identifiable, but seriously awesome white hair.

    Con: Very identifiable awesome white hair. While the hair itself is awesome, it also serves to identify you as a Diviner. There’s no way to easily hide what you are with this very identifiable hair color. (This is a bad thing for many reasons – but for purposes of not being spoiler-y I will not say why.)

    Pro: Bada** ability. Who doesn’t love those heroes and villains that can make and/or control fire? It’s wicked cool. You’re playing with fire. Literally.

    Con: Bada** but temperamental ability. Things can go majorly wrong, very quickly when playing with fire. You can have the best of intentions when you start up that burn, but once things ignite, without the ability to douse the flames, things can get out of control fast.

    Pro: It makes you a warrior. Having the ability to torch things makes you a warrior. It puts you in the fight. It means that you are integral to the battle. You can fight for your people. You can save lives.

    Con: It makes you a warrior…even if you don’t want to be one. With this ability there is no sitting on the sidelines. You’re not a part of the second string when it comes to battle. With the ability to incinerate, you will always be in the thick of things.

    Pro: You can melt stuff, cook stuff, keep warm. Forget about having to find two sticks to rub together to keep warm. You can just set your hands ablaze and there will be heat. No canned beans or cold food, you can always have a hot meal. And the ability to melt things? No padlock can keep you out anymore.

    Con: An accidental melting, cooking, burning. How bummed would you be if you accidentally melted your favorite piece of jewelry? Or burned a favorite outfit, sofa, rug? A cold beverage isn’t quite the same if the ice is all melted. Unless you have absolute control over the magic, there is always the possibility of igniting, melting, or cooking something you didn’t mean to.

    Pro: You are a destroyer. It is a powerful ability. Fire destroys, and with the magic of fire at your disposal you are a destroyer. Pretty. Freaking. Awesome.

    Con: You are a destroyer. You’re not a healer. You can’t bring back someone from the dead. But you can destroy them and many others and with this ability you might just be asked to.

    So, it seems most of the pros are also cons, at least to me. But it’s still an awesome ability – and one that won’t make you go a little nuts like being a Connector (wouldn’t want to hear all those voices in my head), being a Healer (wouldn’t want a passive ability and miss out on being a part of the fight), or being a Reaper (while awesome, I would not want to mess around with the spirits of the dead).


    About CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Legacy of Orisha #1)
    Author: Tomi Adeyemi
    Release date: March 6, 2018
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
    Pages: 544
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    They killed my mother.
    They took our magic.
    They tried to bury us.

    Now we rise.

    Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

    But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

    Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

    Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | FIERCE READSGOODREADS


    About Tomi Adeyemi

    Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | MACMILLANGOODREADS

    Share

    THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller Blog Tour Review

    I am so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller. From the moment I first read this book’s description I couldn’t wait to meet Natalie and find out whether scientific method helped her with everything she was going through with her family.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this lovely and amazing book, which released last seek. So if you’d like to know what I though scroll down for my review.

    If you haven’t yet heard about THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS or its author, Tae Keller, information about both book and author are below along with places to find them online.


    About THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS

    Add to Goodreads

    Title: THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS
    Author: Tae Keller
    Release date: March 6, 2018
    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    How do you grow a miracle? For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific method. But Natalie’s botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that’s important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope.

    Eggs are breakable. Hope is not. Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. She’s going to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids—flowers that survive against impossible odds. The magical flowers are sure to inspire her mother to love life again. Because when parents are breakable, it’s up to kids to save them, right?

    An extraordinary debut about the coming-of-age moment when kids realize that parents are people, too, and that talking about problems is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light. The Fourteenth Goldfish meets The Thing About Jellyfish in THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS

    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS is a charming and delightful, emotional, meaningful, and thoroughly engaging read. It is full of hope and heartache and humor, clever footnotes, adorable illustrations, and a plethora of broken eggs.

    Ever since Natalie’s mom all but disappeared from her life, Natalie’s been looking for answers and for a way to fix things so that the mom she knew will return and replace the not-there version who spends most of her days in bed.

    Her new, overly enthusiastic science teacher’s suggestion that she participate in the local egg drop competition might not be such a bad one. It will give her just the opportunity she needs to help – that is, if she can win.

    Going it alone she doesn’t stand a chance, but with her best friend Twig and new friend Dari on her team, winning is a real possibility – even with drop ideas that contain glitter, marshmallows, and chocolate.

    Tae Keller created a sympathetic, relatable, likable, funny, flawed, and real character in Natalie. She put her character in a situation that forced her to grow up, to learn things she might not have wanted to learn, to adapt, to become more aware, more thoughtful, more understanding. But she didn’t make her go it alone.

    The author did an incredible job of keeping her story at just the right amounts of serious and fun. It is moving and heart-rending. But with a hashtag happy teacher, a friend who doesn’t know the meaning of a whisper, and a dad whose idea of fun is running errands, it is equally as lighthearted and hilarious as it is affecting.

    Aimed at a middle grade audience, THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS can be just as easily enjoyed by a young adult readership, as well as readers of most ages. It incorporates science in a way that is amusing and educational. It tackles emotionally tough issues. It introduces a bit of cultural diversity. It offers food for thought. It has some sweet and wonderful characters. And it is witty and smart and an amazingly great read.

    The Rating


    About Tae Keller

    Saavedra Photography

    TAE KELLER (@TaeKeller) grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she wrote stories, ate spam musubis, and participated in her school’s egg drop competition. (She did not win.) After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she moved to New York City to work in publishing, and now has a very stubborn Yorkie and a multitude of books as roommates. Visit her at TaeKeller.com and be sure to join her newsletter bit.ly/taekellernews.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS

    Share

    TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo Blog Tour Review

    I am so excited to be a stop on the TO KILL A KINGDOM Blog Tour. From the moment I saw the cover and the tagline I was intrigued.

    But when I read the description I knew Alexandra Christo’s TO KILL A KINGDOM was going to be one of those stories that I’d want to devour in a single sitting just to find out how everything ended – and it was. It was so completely unputdownable.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought, my review follows below. If you haven’t yet heard of this book, which comes out next week on March 6th, check out the bookish details below. And if you’d like to connect with the author on social media, links to places you can find her online follow at the end of the post.


    About TO KILL A KINGDOM

    Add to Goodreads

    Title: TO KILL A KINGDOM
    Author: Alexandra Christo
    Release date: March 6, 2018
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    Pages: 352
    Foramts: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

    The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS

    Note: This review is based on an ARC and eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    A multitude of battles and skirmishes, oceans of bloodthirsty creatures, a seemingly impossible quest, a golden prince, and a cold-hearted princess are just some of what make TO KILL A KINGDOM unputdownable. Powerful magic, vengeful and ruthless killers, deception, lies, betrayal, stolen hearts, and romance make it unforgettable.

    The Sea Queen’s mandate that every siren must add a heart to her collection only once a year, on her birthday, must be followed. Even by her daughter, Princess Lira. But when the chance to steal a prince’s heart a few weeks early presents itself, she can’t resist.

    She knew that breaking the rules might incite her mother’s wrath. But she never thought her actions would ultimately lead to the punishment her mother chose to inflict – one that turned her into her enemy, leaving her weak, vulnerable, and separated from her home.

    Determined to impress the Sea Queen and prove just how valuable and clever and brutal she could be, Lira set her sights on the heart of the Midasan prince, Prince Elian. Even in human form she would show her mother that she was the Prince’s Bane and had no shred of humanity that would render her unworthy of reigning when the queen stepped down.

    Prince Elian never wanted to take the throne and be forever trapped in Midas. He was only ever happy when at sea, hunting down the sirens that lured ships’ captains and crews to their deaths, and pursuing the siren known only as the Prince’s Bane.

    When he learned of an object that had the power to destroy the Sea Queen and every last siren, he would do whatever it took to find it. Even if it meant trusting in fairytales. Even if it mean entering a soul-crushing bargain. Even if it meant relying on someone he knew he should never trust.

    Alexandra Christo penned a most delightful, fierce, action-packed, vicious, captivating, and immensely entertaining tale. Her monsters are monstrous. Her heroes are deadly. Their adventures are enthralling. Their quest is formidable. The fights are savage. The romance is unlikely. The outcome is unpredictable.

    And with one enemy in the dark, another filled with uncertainty, and two kingdoms on the line, TO KILL A KINGDOM is guaranteed to be a gripping, thrilling, and all-consuming, tentacle-filled read.

    The Rating


    About Alexandra Christo

    Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).Alexandra is the author of To Kill a Kingdom.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTERESTMACMILLAN | GOODREADS

    Share

    THE TRAITOR’S GAME by Jennifer A. Nielsen Blog Tour Review

    I am super excited to be a part of THE TRAITOR’S GAME Blog Tour and to be sharing my review post on its release day.

    Yes, the wait is finally over for Jennifer A. Nielsen‘s THE TRAITOR’S GAME, so if you’ve been dying to read this first book in the new series you’ll be able to grab a copy today!

    If you haven’t yet heard of this new release – which is seriously, seriously, awesome – all sorts of info is below, along with a link to an excerpt. And if you’d like to join to conversation to talk about what you think about Kestra and Simon and all that happens, join the conversation on social media using #TheTraitorsGame.

    Of course if you want to know why it’s called THE TRAITOR’S GAME or discover the meaning behind the tagline – Motives Will Shift. Secrets Will Emerge. – you’ll have to dive in to find out.


    About THE TRAITOR’S GAME

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: THE TRAITOR’S GAME (The Traitor’s Game #1)
    Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
    Release date: February 27, 2018
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well—and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

    The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what—and who—it is they’re fighting for.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | SERIES WEBSITEGOODREADS

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC and ARC received by the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    THE TRAITOR’S GAME is instantly and completely riveting, immeasurably intriguing, and filled to the brim with action, deception, secrets, lies, betrayal, and heartbreak. The dual POV both reveals and teases. The world is elaborate and interesting and dangerous and thrilling. The characters are captivating, mysterious, challenging, defiant, and a bit untrustworthy. The story grips and twists and surprises and leads to a phenomenally astonishing ending that hints at just some of the amazingness to come in the sequel.

    Kestra knew the Dallisors had enemies. With her father willing to do Lord Endrick’s bidding, there were bound to be those who despised her family. She just never imagined how many or who she’d have to protect herself against. And she never thought a time would come when she could be coerced into helping them.

    Simon took an oath to stand with those looking to take back the throne, those seeking to defeat Lord Endrick. The rage he felt toward Kestra Dallisor for her betrayal was just fuel on a fire already burning. He never imagined his allegiance would be questioned or that he’d be the one to question it. He never dreamed he might one day have to protect the person he hated most in the world.

    Jennifer Nielsen went so far above and beyond with this first book in her new series. Her world and characters stand out – corrupting magic, remarkable and deadly creatures and weapons, an alluring myth, exciting and treacherous and conniving friends and foes. The plot is electrifying and jam-packed with harrowing chases, lethal assaults, intricate plans, difficult choices, shaky alliances, unanticipated outcomes, devastating losses. The pace is fast, the writing suspenseful and engaging and detailed, and the ending worth every nail-biting moment leading up to it.

    If you like your heroines fierce, your heroes protective, their loyalties divided, their missions complex, their motivations hidden, their lives full of secrets, THE TRAITOR’S GAME is an absolute must.

    The Rating

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    The Trailer


    Praise

    About Jennifer A. Nielsen

    Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; the second book in the Horizon series, Deadzone; and Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines; and The Traitor’s Game, the first book in a series of the same name.

    Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

    Share

    A WRINKLE IN TIME Blog Tour: BECOMING MADELINE Review

    A WRINKLE IN TIME was one of my Top 10 favorite reads as a child – and remains an all time favorite read of mine. So when I was invited to be a part of the tour to help celebrate the upcoming release of the film – which I cannot wait to see! – of course I had to participate.

    And I was equal parts excited and anxious to read BECOMING MADELEINE, a biography about the author, written by her granddaughters. Excited because this would be the first book about Madeleine L’Engle I’d ever read and I’d finally get to know more about this author whose writing was such a huge part of my young life. Anxious because over the years many authors I’d worshipped had fallen from pedestals when I’d learned more about them and I didn’t want to learn that she’d despised her characters or wished she’d never created them at all.

    But I settled in to read with a cup of tea for comfort (just in case) and with reading glasses – that weren’t a necessity way back when I first read A WRINKLE IN TIME, A WIND IN THE DOOR or A SWIFTLY TILTING PLANET. And I completely fell in love with this book – though I wished I had a box of tissue as that epilogue had me in tears.

    If you’d like to know more about what I thought about this lovingly written “story,” my review follows below. If you’d like to visit the other stops on the tour, the schedule follows at the bottom of this post.

    And if you’d like to join the conversation on social media, be sure to tag #AWrinkleInTime.


    About BECOMING MADELEINE

    Add to Goodreads

    Title: BECOMING MADELEINE
    Authors: Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy
    Release date: February 6, 2018
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Pages: 176
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    This middle-grade biography explores the life and works of Madeleine L’Engle —written by her granddaughters.

    This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy. Using never-before-seen archival materials that include photographs, poems, letters, and journal entries from when Madeleine was a child until just after the publication of her classic, A Wrinkle in Time, her granddaughters weave together an in-depth and unique view of the famous writer. It is a story of overcoming obstacles—a lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing—and eventual triumph. Becoming Madeleine will speak not only to fans of the icon’s work, but also to anyone interested in writing.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLANGOODREADS

    Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished eCopy was purchased for my Kindle.


    The Review

    Filled with pictures and journal entries and correspondence to and from Madeleine L’Engle, BECOMING MADELEINE gives readers an intimate peek at this award-winning author’s life. It has just the right amount of depth to make the read substantial and interesting without being weighty, reveals more than enough about Madeleine to learn who she was at various points in her life, and includes a heartfelt and heartrending introduction and conclusion by the authors – Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy, L’Engle’s granddaughters.

    It is a captivating and delightful and inspirational read that shares pivotal moments in Madeleine’s life up to the moment when A WRINKLE IN TIME was accepted for publication. It tells of a girl who always had a passion for writing, who was determined and tenacious and ambitious, who was often socially awkward but who thrived nevertheless, who was confident yet shy, who was brave yet fearful, who was by no means perfect but who strived to be better, and who understood that who she was encompassed every version of herself.

    BECOMING MADELEINE’s authors have penned a loving and respectful and incredibly endearing telling of the story of Madeleine’s life. They left in many of the hardships the author faced as a child, young, and not-so-young, adult. They shared her mistakes, her successes, her failures, her disappointments, her setbacks. They showed her journey as a writer – from poet, to novelist, to playwright, to published author – as well as the side trips that took her away from and brought her back to writing. And they allowed a glimpse into some of the more personal aspects of her and her family’s life.

    Madeleine L’Engle’s biography can be enjoyed by readers of many ages. It is a quick read, that flows beautifully, even interspersed with images and other lovely distractions. It has more of a story-like quality than that of a typical biography, allowing readers to easily connect with and become charmed by Madeleine. It promises a happy ending, just like Madeline L’Engle wanted for her stories – although its epilogue, divulging just how cherished L’Engle was by her granddaughters, will tug on the heartstrings.

    Whether a new or lifelong fan of author Madeleine L’Engle, BECOMING MADELEINE is a must, must, must.

    The Rating


    About the Authors

    Charlotte Jones Voiklis is Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter and executor of her estate. She has written a biography, Becoming Madeleine, for middle grade readers with her sister, Léna Roy, coming out in February 2018. She wrote the afterword to the 50th Anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time, has also written and spoken of her grandmother’s work to a variety of audiences. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, Charlotte’s work experience includes teaching, fundraising, communications, and grant making. She is also a volunteer mediator in the New York City court system.

    MADELEINE L’ENGLE’S WEBSITE | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS

    Léna Roy published her first novel, Edges (FSG), in late 2010. She is the Regional Manager for Writopia Lab in Westchester and Connecticut, and her writing was featured in the essay collection for middle school kids and their teachers Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Essays to Devour: Your Favorite Authors Take on the Dreaded Essay Assignment. She lives in New York.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOOGLE+GOODREADS


    The Tour Schedule
    Share

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway

    As a huge fan of Author Amanda Hocking, I was thrilled to learn of her new book BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART and am stoked to be a part of the tour!

    I also happen to love Norse mythology and think Valkyries are seriously awesome, so I couldn’t wait to read this first book in Amanda Hocking’s Valkyrie duology. And it was amazing. One of my favorites by the author. And I’m so glad the second book’s release isn’t too far away, because that ending…

    So if you’d like to know what I think, my review follows below. I’m also sharing an excerpt from Chapter One if you want to meet Malin and get a peek into this incredible new world of mortals and immortals.

    And if you’re in the U.S. and would like the chance to win a copy, check out the Rafflecopter below for details and to enter.


    About BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART

    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART (Valkyrie #1)
    Author: Amanda Hocking
    Release date: January 2, 2018
    Publisher: Wednesday Books (Macmillan)
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description

    When the fate of the world is at stake
    Loyalties will be tested

    Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

    As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNESINDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLION | POWELL’S | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS

    Note: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished copy was purchased for my Kindle.


    The Review

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART draws you in from its very first sentence and will keep you riveted until the story’s end. With an original and exciting world of mortals, immortals, and those somewhere in between, an interesting take on Norse myth, a fierce, flawed but immensely likable heroine, a dangerous pursuit, a question of fate versus free will, and an ending that will leave you desperately wishing for book two, it is a lightning-fast read that promises to be unputdownable.

    Malin knew that the life of a Valkyrie wasn’t an easy one. Returning immortals to the underworld was challenging more often than not and even dangerous on occasion. It was also a lonely existence – the job didn’t allow for much time for friends, being hated or feared by immortals meant there weren’t many options for friends even if there was time, and not being able to fall in love made for a lot of empty and pointless relationships.

    But still she couldn’t imagine becoming anything but a Valkyrie. It was in her blood. It was her destiny. She never felt more alive than when she was wielding her sword and sending the chosen immortal back to where they belonged.

    She never questioned her orders. She never wondered how her assignments were chosen. She never hesitated to do her job and keep the balance. Not until things start to go wrong and she discovers that the person she trusts most has been keeping a dark secret that could change everything she believes in.

    Amanda Hocking created a world that is imaginative, dark and dangerous, and utterly fascinating – where mortals and immortals live side-by-side, in a fragile balance enforced by the Valkyries. She chose a setting for the bulk of her story that is gritty and decaying and seedy and a little bit sexy. She introduced a wide variety of beings from Norse – and other – mythology and folklore.  And she gave readers characters who are captivating and intriguing and unusual and appealing.

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART has action and romance and mystery and suspense. It has drama and heartbreak and humor and intrigue. It has heat. It has adventure. It has battles aplenty. And it has one adorable wolpertinger named Bowie. All of which make for an absolutely gripping and wildly entertaining must-read.

    The Rating


    About Amanda Hocking

    Photo credit: Mariah Paaverud with Chimera Photography

    Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | BLOG |TUMBLR | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | PINTERESTGOODREADS


    The Excerpt

    Download (PDF, 64KB)


    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher…

    A finished paperback copy of BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART – to ONE (1) winner – US only

    • Prizing provided by the publisher.
    • Giveaway is US only.
    • Must be 13 or older to enter.
    • Giveaway ends January 9th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and contacted by email.
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    A Few Other Stops on the Tour
    Share

    Top 10 of 2017: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018


    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    And thank you to everyone who participated, followed along, or shared their favorite reads in the comments on each of the hosts’ blogs and instagrams. Here’s to a great reading year. The books coming out in 2018 are going to be awesome!

    As mentioned previously…

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I hosted Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader hosted Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway is at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway is at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Books I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2018

    Okay, so for today’s list I have so many books I can’t wait to read that are coming out in 2018. (And one that I had on last year’s list that had a bit of a delay but now has an official release date.) So there is an honorable mentions list, because I just couldn’t stop at 10, especially since most of my top anticipated reads are continuations of series and there are quite a few standalones and new series that I’m excited about.

    #1

    THE DARK CALLING (The Arcana Chronicles #5) by Kresley Cole


    #2

    THE DARKEST LEGACY (The Darkest Minds #4) By Alexandra Bracken


    #3

    THE TRAITOR’S RUIN (The Traitor’s Circle #2) by Erin Beatty


    #4

    BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART (Valkyrie #1) by Amanda Hocking


    #5

    UNEARTHED (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


    #6

    NIGHTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #3) by Elly Blake


    #7

    99 LIES (100 Hours #2) by Rachel Vincent


    #8

    DEFY THE WORLDS (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray


    #9

    GENESIS (Project Nemesis #2) by Brendan Reichs


    #10

    LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves


    Honorable Mentions

    I have so many books I’m excited for in 2018 that I couldn’t stop at listing just the 10 above. And while this honorable mentions list doesn’t include every book I can’t wait to read, it does include just 10 more of them that I would have included above if “10” wasn’t quite so specific a number.

    And I also can’t wait to hear more about Marie Rutkoski’s upcoming series, the first book rumored to be slated for release this year.


    Link up

    Leave a link to your Books You’re Most Looking Forward to in 2018 posts in the Linky List below…



    Share

Graphics

All content - except for guest posts and guest reviews - has been written by me and can not be copied or used without permission. All graphics and images used on my site – aside from book covers used for purposes of discussion – have either been given to me by authors, publishers or bloggers for guest posts, blog tours, interviews or promotion, have been sourced, have been designed by me or have been purchased for my exclusive use. Aside from images with a “grab code” beneath, no images can be used or displayed without permission.

FTC

All reviews on this website are unbiased and reviewers are in no way compensated for their reviews by the author, publisher, or any other agencies. While some reviews may be based on receipt of ARC copies of an authors work, a fair and impartial review is always given by the reviewer. Most of the reviews, however, are based upon books purchased after publication date.