A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms #1) by Sarah Kozloff

Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding, and all four books will be published within a month of each other, so you can binge your favorite new fantasy series.

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.

But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.

Jan’s Review

This is Epic Fantasy at it best, it nice and long so you have plenty of time to establish world building, the magical system, and the political intrigue that surrounds our princella in hiding. I was entranced from the first page tell heart stopping ending. I did get a bit bogged down while the war parts were thrown in but those parts are necessary for the whole scheme of this story to work.

If you watched the recent Witcher story then this has echoes of what plays out in that series. You have a Queen who daughter has a special magical ability, a mother who try’s to have her hidden, and a political war that is raging all over the country.

Their is an original magic system based on the elements, but the book is so well researched and well written that the magic aspect at least in this one plays a backdrop to the court politics.

This book is at times personal and other times harsh and brutal. This is a spot on debut and i can not wait for the next and since the marketing is doing one book a month over the next few months we won’t have to wait long.

Rising (After The Thaw #1) by Tamar Sloan and Heidi Catherine

Four tests. Seven days. Nine teens. 

Only the chosen shall breed.

Humans now live in a super greenhouse. Seas have risen. Oceans have acidified. And the fight for resources is deadly. To ensure nothing of this magnitude ever happens again, only those with enough intelligence and heart will earn the right to bear children and heal the earth. 

Nine teens must face the tests of the Proving to decide who will be Bound to this new order. Four of them will challenge the system in ways even they can’t imagine.

Nova. The gentle soul who has everything to lose.

Kian. The champion of this new world who’s determined to succeed. 

Dex. The one who’ll learn nothing is as it seems.

Wren. The rebel who wants nothing to do with any of it.

As the fight to breed becomes a fight to survive, rules are broken, and hearts are captured. This Proving won’t just decide the future of this new order, it will decide the future of humankind. 

Jan’s Review

After reading the prequel Burning, which is just enough to wet your appetite for this series, i was dying to get my hands on the first book in this thrill hunger games type dystopian series.

This book centers around children of main characters who are getting ready to take their tests to decided if they will be joining the ranks of bound or unbound. Bound are the ones deemed to mange everything in Askala. While the unbound are sterilized and basically do nothing to improve Askala.

Before the characters take the test a new character is introduced to the mix. Wren is a remnant tossing about in the ocean and if she can make it to shore then she can take part in the proving and become either an bound or unbound.

This book is about the next generation those who are going to take over for their parents. Those who have want their wholes to be bound and to spend the lives with those they feel they are destined to be with. Adding a remnant into the mix really throws the whole story on its head.

Will she be allowed to really take those tests? What if she passes and becomes bound? Not to mention what if she really cares about these people? Will she turn her back on them if someone from her life before makes it across the ocean? This story is a real nail biter and i can not wait to see what happens in the next book.

Blog Tour Child of Kitarra by Andrea Gibb

Print Length: 724 pages
Publication Date: November 30, 2018
Sold by:
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07K6XGLPF

A FANTASY NOVEL
Book one of the Sanarii Chronicles

In Kitarra, an old force is escaping and slowly destroying the Kitarrans. Once it is free, the old spirits will die and the magic of the world will unbalance, collapsing into darkness. But the knowledge to stop it has been lost, its secrets buried and stolen. A prophecy speaks of a child who will bring balance …

The last sanarii –

Eva, the last true sanarii, uses her forbidden magic despite the risks, not realizing she could irrevocably affect the destinies of Jullayans and Kitarrans alike. Yet caught in the machinations of the Guardians and their prophecy, can she protect those she loves from the menace of dark magic threatening not just Kitarra, but all who value goodness and light?

 


And her hero prince –

When Illiah learned he was not just a hero, he was also the lost prince. He came to court with one thing in mind: he sought to arm Jullayah against any further attacks from the monstrous invaders. And in a land where magic is forbidden, he has secrets to hide. But when he finds himself falling into the secrets of a woman unlike any other, he must choose to fight for her and risk everything … or lose her forever.

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What would you do if your child was fore told to be the savior of two races and taken from you to be raised by those you know very little bit about? I pretty sure you would do exactly as our main character Eva has done. Once betrothed to one prince that she did not love and then able to marry his twin who she adores and has a child of prophecy with. What unfolds in this story is a tale of heroics, love, and at the heart a child who is destined to save a dying race.

I have never read or heard anything about this book before picking up but i am a big fan of huge books. This one is over 700 pages and is the first in a series. I have no idea how many books will be in the series. I do know that the author does a fantastic job of laying out a heart wrenching tale. She establishes well the relationships between the various characters in the story. She does a fabulous job of describing the forest and the lands that are traveled by Eva as she journeys to reunite with her son and husband.

The tale is woven so that we get back story on characters and we begin to understand why the Kittarra are so desperate to have her son. The plots twists are well done and i felt the story was well paced there was no dragging and i am eager to see what happens in the following book.

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When not writing fantasy, Andrea Gibb can be found wandering in the forest with her dog, working on her barn-house or hanging out with her kids. She lives in the wild of Sumas Mountain, British Columbia with her husband, their two sons, and an assortment of furry creatures.

      
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Fire Dancer by Catherine Jones Payne

So You Think You Can Dance meets Storm Siren

Fire is a dangerous magic.

Sixteen-year-old Kyla is preparing for the test of her life: a high-stakes dance competition to win the role of principal dancer in the fire festival’s elite troupe. When she’s not sneaking off into the woods to practice forbidden magic, that is. Among her people, only the men are entrusted with the mysteries of magecraft. But Kyla’s been learning in secret for ten years, and she’s never backed down from a challenge.

As danger ignites, Kyla must maintain a tight control on her magic. For more than her ambition is in peril. She must stay a step ahead of her enemies—a backstabbing dancer, a repressive council, and a crazed arsonist. If she can’t withstand the inferno, the people she loves most will die.

Fire Dancer is the heart-pounding first novel in a trilogy of YA elemental fantasy books. If you like fierce girl power, slow-burn romance, and harrowing danger, you’ll love Catherine Jones Payne’s fire world.

Plunge into a page-turning adventure perfect for fans of A.L. Knorr, Mary Weber, and Cassandra Clare.

Jan’s Review

I was a tad hesitant going into this novel thinking it might just be a mediocre kind of read. Boy was I happily wrong. This unique story of a clan that has the use of fire magic is an epic page turner. At the heart of the story we have Kyla who has been preparing her whole life to step into the coveted Phoenix position in the fire festival elite troupe. Along the way she has made friends and possibly fell in love with an outsider, learned fire magic that is forbidden for females to learn, and she may just be accused of being an arsonist burning up the local town. Their a lots of twist and turns on how everything plays out and I got down to the last 20 percent i like their no way they can tie all this up. So check out my handy goodreads app and thank goodness their more story a book two coming out later on in 2020.

Though their no major romance in this book one you can totally tell that one is brewing underneath all the tension and stress. Not to mention the upheaval the plot twist is going to wreck in how the clan operates. Our characters develop quite a bit in this first book and are no way the same by the end of this novel. I can’t wait to see what up next in book two.

Release Week Blitz Scavenge The Stars by Tara Sim

I am so
excited that SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim is available now and
that I get to share the news!

If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jewels Arthur, be sure to
check out all the details below.

This blitz
also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Disney
Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in
the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The
Book:

Title: SCAVENGE
THE STARS (Scavenge the Stars #1)

Author: Tara
Sim

Pub.
Date:
 January 7, 2020

Publisher: Disney
Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover,
eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

When Amaya
rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have
earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive
for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new
identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of
Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole
the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of
deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to
bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she
realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped
retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in
an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and
Leigh Bardugo.

Excerpt:

Revenge. It
was a simple word when spoken out loud, but it was so much bigger, like the
hidden city under the atoll. It was a word of fire and blood, of a knife’s
whisper and the priming of a pistol.

It was a
word that consumed her, filled her entire being until she knew that she could
no longer be Silverfish. Silverfish’s will was to survive, to simply make it to
the next day, and hopefully the day after that. But that was no longer her
will.

Now it was
revenge.

Captain
Zharo. Kamon Mercado. Moray.

They would
all pay.

About Tara:
Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS
(Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all
things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.

When she’s not writing about mischievous boys
in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and
occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is
half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.

Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at
Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of SCAVENGE THE STARS,
US only.

Giveaway ends February 14th at midnight EST.

A Tale of Magic… (A Tale of Magic #1) by Chris Colfer

A new series set in the Land of Stories universe from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Chris Colfer, perfect for new and old fans!

Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for great things–that is, if she can survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom. Her only escape are books, but since it’s illegal for women to read in her country, she has to find creative ways of acquiring them. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and allows her to sneak a few titles home when no one is looking. But one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever. 

Magic is despised and outlawed throughout the world–Brystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bring–but her curiosity gets the best of her. By reading some of the text aloud, strange phenomena begin to occur and Brystal discovers she is capable of magic! And the more she practices it, the harder it becomes to hide. 

After being caught and convicted, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry. The woman takes Brystal to her Academy of Magic and teaches her to become a fairy. While Brystal studies magic and befriends the other students, Madame Weatherberry is suddenly called away on suspicious matters. When she doesn’t return, Brystal and her friends work together to find and save their instructor. Along the way, the students discover Madame Weatherberry’s true intentions for the academy are not what they seem, and they come face to face with a sinister plot that puts the fate of the world, and the fate of magic itself, in grave danger…

Jan’s Review

Are you a land of stories fan? I sure am i read the land of stories series with my son and we devoured them. Even though i am way beyond the age that this series is recommend for i throughly enjoy it. Chris Colfer for me is ranked right along side my love for Harry Potter. Each story and series is enthralling, adventurous and keeps me throughly entertained to the last page.

This series is set as in the same universe as land of stories but you don’t need to read them first to enjoy them. Though you might have a bit more of a thrill if you do as you feel like you have the inside secrets that someone who not familiar with the series dosen’t have.

I loved Brystal she reminds me a lot of myself wanting to devour books and her job at the library cleaning sign me up. Though i not sure how much cleaning I would do in a library. The other characters are all just as enjoyable and sure everyone who picks up this book will find one to identify with. The plot twist at the end i sort of guessed ahead of time but not all of it so i was still pleasantly impressed with it. This is a page turner and I implore you to (if not for yourself for that book loving kid your life) pick this one up.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi

Source: Yakima Valley Library (Hardback)

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. 

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Jan’s Review

“Even when we crash, we intertwine so goes the relationship between Inan and Zélie in this very fast paced moving story. The story is laid out in 3 points of views Inan, Zélie and Amari.

Magic has returned but unintended consequences have happened as a result. Not only did the Magi have access to magic but those nobles with magic ancestry as well. Now Zelle is struggling to save Orïsha while the enemy (namely her mother and brother) holds just as much power as she does. The book is well paced out and hardly lets you breath for an instant as we progress through the story. The chapters are nice and short and each one moves along to the next seamlessly.

You would think with all the turmoil that is unfolding that would leave little room for love no a romance does brew. Though the cost of it becomes far deeper and heart breaking then i think these characters expected. Then just as you get the final pages and you think all is looking up a plot twist comes and leaves us hanging.

I was in udder shock, my heart rate was up, parts of this book made me scream and cry. This is an amazing story that I not sure where it going with the third book but i will be checking it out.