Book Review Dragon Redeemer by Amy Bearce

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Four years have passed since a fairy swarm released the voice of prophecy in Nell Brennan. In that painful moment, a skilled warrior became a reluctant leader and defender of Aluvia’s magic. Now a new enemy threatens their still-fragile lands, one Nell feels powerless to stop even with help from the voice within her.

A mysterious dark alchemist from the Ice-Locked Lands is rising to power on the strength of his sword arm and an ice-breathing dragon obedient to his command. He promises unlimited magic to his followers and death to those who defy him. If he takes over the ports, his corrupt elixirs will disrupt the delicate balance of peace between Aluvia’s people and all magical creatures.

The voice of prophecy sends Nell and her friends to their enemy’s treacherous domain to find a sword of legend. Only the sword’s magic can prevent a return to a world of dying fairies and caged merfolk. But Nell’s up against the toughest foe she’s ever faced. In order to defeat him, she must master the unimaginable power of the sword―and the unwanted magic inside herself.

Jan’s Review

This is book three in the magical World of Aluvia.  I have loved every book in this series each one gets better and better.  You will not regret reading this stunning book series by Amy Bearce, from fairies, mermaids and now dragons.  All my fantasy dreams come true as i delve into each book and learn more and more about our wonderful character Nell and how she learns to balance the most of the time unwanted magic that she uses to defend all of Aluvia and it magic creatures.  The author way of weaving you into the story is outstanding.

 

ARC Book Review Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

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A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.

 

Jan’s Review

I really love retelling cause they usually take the original and put a delightful spin on it so when i got a copy of spindle fire as an arc from Misprint Arc Adoption i was really excited i not had to many retelling that i hated.  This one one was the exception i felt like the story dragged a bit and more of dark retelling of Sleeping beauty with the uniqueness of the two girls.  One is blind the other has no sense of touch and that is a result of being tithed to the fae.  I felt pretty confused most of the times as i read through the story.  It seemed liked we got the basics Aurora falls asleep after of course pricking her finger and then the rest of her kingdom starts to fall asleep.  Meanwhile we have the other character who has run away cause they want to send her off to a nunnery.  I felt myself to be bored as i read through the story and though this is a book one i really felt the whole story could of been told in one book i probably won’t continue the series.  I really wanted to love this story but it left me bored, uninterested and severely lacking in action.  I have yet to read a sleeping beauty retelling that i like maybe cause their not a whole of the original story to work with.

Book Blitz Deathbringer by Tamara Grantham

Deathbringer
Tamara Grantham
(Fairy World M.D., Olive Kennedy)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Some heroes are fated to save the world. Others are meant to destroy it…

Olive Kennedy is all about positive thinking. She’s been stuck on Earth for the past four months, waiting for the spring equinox to arrive so she can return to Fairy World — but she’s staying positive. She’s hopeful she’ll once again see her handsome Viking fiancé who’s waiting for her. She’s optimistic that her mission to reclaim the sword of Dracon — a sword of King Arthur fame and the only weapon capable of killing Theht — won’t result in death and destruction. And then there’s the small matter of an asteroid that’s been ripped out of its orbit and is hurtling toward Earth…no biggie.

One last thing — she’s fated to destroy the world. To stop that prophecy from being fulfilled, she may have to sacrifice the one person she loves the most.

Good thing she’s staying positive.

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EXCERPT:

I stood and crossed to my bedroom, then grabbed my backpack and slung it over my shoulder. After grabbing my temporary mirror case out of a drawer, I placed it on top of my dresser.

I wasn’t sure if I should cringe or laugh as I scanned my new mirror. I’d found it at the dollar store after a frustrating day of trying to create a new mirror box with no success. I’d bought it because it was absurd and to remind myself that it was temporary.

The plastic box was pink with the name BARBIE scrolled on the top. Inside was a foam liner that had once held five nail polish bottles. I’d cut the foam to make larger slots. Now, it held my five figurines that represented the races of Faythander: Dragon, elf, Wult, pixie, and goblin.

After unlocking the latch, I opened the lid. “You’re fabulous! Inside and out!” sang to me in a bubble-gum voice as I propped the lid open.

As I said, temporary solution. Extremely temporary. It had a mirror under the lid and was the perfect size for my figurines, so it worked. For now.

Scanning my figurines, I found the Wult and removed it from the foam, then propped it upright against the mirror. I needed to get to the Wultlands, and this would be the easiest way to do so.

I ignored the glittery scrolling along the edges of the mirror and focused on the glass. Taking a deep breath, I paused before touching my fingers to the mirror.

Months ago, the portals had started acting erratically. I’d thought the problem had been solved after we’d restored the fairies’ stone, but when I’d returned to Earth four months ago, the portal had almost torn me apart. I’d gotten several stitches in my abdomen because the crossing had been so violent. Since then, I hadn’t once been able to open a portal, but tonight, I had no choice. I needed to return to Faythander before the equinox, and I had one thing in my favor—I hadn’t tried opening a portal with my new Barbie box yet.

Here’s to hoping my luck improved, I thought. Then again, this was my luck we were talking about. Yeah, probably not.

Carefully, I placed my fingertips to the screen, inhaled a deep breath, and then conjured the word to open the portal.

Magic flowed from my heart, through my arms and hands, and into the mirror. Gold and amber swirls licked like fire over my skin as the magic interacted with the mirror, mingling with the blue glow coming from the plastic case.

The power grew inside me as the portal opened. Wind swirled around me until the room disappeared and I floated in a void. Voices came from somewhere. Soft whispers. Among them was a familiar one. The cold, detached voice of Theht.

I am here. I am waiting.

I’d gotten better at tuning her out, but being in a place like this, between worlds, made it almost impossible to keep her away.

Soon, we shall destroy the world together. Deathbringer.

The wind grew stronger and faster, wrapping around me, squeezing the air from my lungs. It compressed me until I couldn’t breathe. Pain coursed through my nerve endings as the pressure weighed me down. I felt as if I’d been buried under millions of tons of sand.

I cried out, but couldn’t hear my voice over the wind. Tears leaked from my eyes. I felt their warmth on my cheeks. In a desperate attempt to survive, I focused on the magic within me, unleashing every ounce, pouring it into the portal to keep it steady.

I thought for sure I was dead when I hit the ground. I landed awkwardly, my shoulder and hips taking the brunt of the impact. My mirror, on the other hand, made a graceful landing in a pile of leaves beside me.

I lay on the ground, panting for air, staring at the faded blue sky through the patchwork of branches with budding green shoots.

“Never again,” I muttered between gasps. Next time, I would find a Viking ship and cross through an underground ocean filled with man-eating sea-snakes before using a portal. “Never. Again.”

On the bright side, at least I’d finally made it back to Faythander. The $.99 investment into the Barbie mirror wasn’t such a bad buy after all.

 

Author Bio:

Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks, which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds, and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at http://www.TamaraGranthamBooks.com.

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Nered Blast and Giveaway The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

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It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

York The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery LILY’S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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Cover Reveal Twisted Fairy Tales Anthology

Title: Twisted Fairy Tales Anthology
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Alternate Endings Publications
Expected Release Date: May 1st, 2017
Blurb:
Be warned. This quest is not for the faint of heart. Turn back now if you doubt your conviction, for the journey is perilous and the beasts unforgiving.
Well then…if it is adventure that you seek the path lies ahead. Travel with us now down a dark and winding road. We’ll guide you through the Twisted Fairy Tale Forest where demons lurk and dark magic reigns. Steel your mind and guard your heart, brave one, for an ancient evil from a forgotten realm hides deep within the shadows. Fallen angels fly on dark wings. Creatures great and small stalk their prey from afar, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Fear not. There is goodness here for those who truly see. Heroes conquer and love prevails…but, not all is not as it seems and not every fairy tale has a happy ending.



The Twisted Fairy Tales Anthology is a collection of short stories written by a talented group of young authors. They have taken the world of classic fairy tales and tilted it on its axis to bring you some of the most imaginative, often terrifying, retellings you’ll ever read.
Contributing Authors: J.M. Bach, Alex Clark, Makayla Desmit, Lauren Frick, Alexander Hartman, Madeleine Harris, Faith Hays, Polaris Jimenez, Emily Lorenzen, and Grey Nebel.
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Blog Tour Uncharted by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred

Welcome to the book tour for Uncharted by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred.
Title: Uncharted
Author Name: Justine Alley Dowsett & Murandy Damodred
Page Count:  344 pgs.
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Historical, Comedy, Adventure, Swashbuckling, Polyamoury
Release Date: April 17, 2017
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About the Book:
Fated to be a Priestess of Saegard, Meredith dreams of leading a normal life with a family and a home of her own, something she’ll never have if she swears her life to the Order.  A chance encounter with a stranger in the sacred Celestial Chamber sends her previously well-ordered life into a tailspin of adventure and mayhem as she is blamed for the theft of a legendary artifact.
Now a fugitive, Meredith must join forces with Captain Reginald Lawrence, the son of the man who initially brought her to the Temple, and his enigmatic business partner, the charming yet at times infuriating, Grey Rhodes, to find the Celestial Bowl and clear her name. From the cosmopolitan capital of Saegard to the coast of Ismera and back again, Meredith’s journey will reveal the true nature of her past, present, and ultimately, her future.
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The door to her ‘room’ on The Clover was
just as she remembered it, although it seemed much smaller now that she was
older. No larger than a water closet, the addition on the backside of the
Captain’s Quarters that had been built for her was still there as though, after
all this time, it was waiting for her return.
Reaching for the small brass ring that
served as a handle, Meredith pulled the half-sized door open and was dismayed
to find that there was no way she’d fit inside the small space. It was filled
to the brim with all manner of junk. Tackle boxes, rope, a crate filled with
empty bottles, and a pile of soiled linen; her ‘bedroom’ had been repurposed
into the ship’s dumping ground.
This
is
my room. For
no reason that she could fully articulate, Meredith felt indignant. Even if it’s been more than ten years, it
was built for me and I’m taking it back!
The irrational desire to re-stake
her claim on something that hadn’t been hers for a decade took over and she
grabbed the nearest thing to her and turned with purpose, ready to hoist a
crate filled with empty liquor bottles over the railing and into the water
below.
“Whoa, hold on just a minute!” Captain
Laurent’s son grabbed hold of her arm before she could gain the height she
needed to throw the crate overboard.
His noble friend, minus his navy suit
jacket now, stood just behind him, almost as if staying out of her range. His
white shirt was nearly clean, though she could see where brownish grey stew coloured
the frills of his collar. Meredith felt only slightly guilty about her little
‘outburst’. He deserved it…he’s a jerk.
“No,” she stated, imploring him to listen,
“you destroyed my room and I’m taking it back. It’s the only home I ever really
had.”
“Your…room?” A light went on behind the
young Captain’s eyes. “That’s why it had a bed in there…I always thought it was
a dog house. Didn’t know why my dad would’ve wanted a dog aboard a ship, but he
was always doing all sorts of foolish things.”
“Like taking in strays?” Meredith demanded,
arching a brow disdainfully in his direction. “Is that what you’re implying?”
“Ah, no!” Reginald’s eyes went wide, his
hands going up in a defensive fashion. “No, of course not! My dad was always
winning strange sorts of stuff in poker tournaments. He was gambler.”
“Are you now implying that I was bought or
won in a card game, like some sort of…child slave?”
His eyes bugged even further out of his
head, if that was possible, and his cheeks flushed. “Ah…no…I mean…you weren’t,
were you?”
“Of course not!”
“So now that we’ve established that you
aren’t a stray dog or a child slave,” the noble interjected in a no-nonsense
tone of voice, his grey eyes dark, “do you mind telling us who you are and what
you’re doing here?”
Meredith fought the urge to laugh because
the bit of mushy carrot in his hair was so at odds with his expression.
“I am here because I need passage out of
Saegard. I fell in the water, got drenched, then walked here during the night.
I was cold, wet, and badly bruised…from my fall. No one was around on deck, so
I thought I would warm up inside. I took my clothes off to dry so I wouldn’t
catch a cold and I used the silks because they were all I could find. That’s
when I fell asleep. And I would have told you all of that, if you weren’t being
such a jerk!”
 
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Meet the Authors:
Justine Alley Dowsett
From obtaining her BA in Drama at the University of Windsor to becoming an entrepreneur in video game production and later, publishing, Justine Alley Dowsett’s unswerving ambition has always led her to pursue her dreams. She lives in Windsor, Ontario and dedicates her time to writing and publishing fiction novels. When not focusing on growing her business, she enjoys role-playing with friends and developing new ideas to write about.
Murandy Damodred
With a background in Drama and Communications from the University of Windsor, Murandy Damodred enjoys fantasy fiction with strong romantic subplots. She is an avid role-player and is happiest when living vicariously through her characters. Though she’d rather think of herself as the heroine of her next novel, in the real world she is an expert in sales and management living in Windsor, Ontario.
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ARC Book Review The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

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A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

Jan’s Review

Okay this review is going to be tough to write as i feel the book has been unjustly stalked on good reads and been given such bad publicity.  When i read the blurb for this one on the Around world arc tour site where i go t the book from to review i was really excited i am a huge fantasy buff and like stories that are different and bush the boundaries of what all ready been done in one fashion or another.

The black witch has racial tones to it, homo sexual innuendos and a white female who is of a royal blo0d line and has been taught all her life that her race is the “chosen” pure race.  Now you can not tell me that those themes are left out of many other well known fantasy books.  The author did a very good job of showing us the world that our main character is growing up in and her uncle did her great justice i fell by not really exposing her to the world cause i feel she never would of given the friendships she found in college a chance if she grown up like Fallon Bane did.

I really felt this book took an issues that is really hard core in our world and put in a fantasy realm and made us really look at how we as humans really do treat other races.  We do look down on co mingled, females doing things that only men should do or even in some ways force our children to find a man to establish their lives.  It scary but is it so wrong to discuss these things and if you read the whole book you see that the main character learns just like you hope she would that what she knows is not true.

I was expecting that Fallon who they paint as being the black witch was going to turn out to not be her but our main character would be.   She displayed through the whole book as having no magic but some thing is brewing in her body their i believe is magic their to be discovered but it be magic like no one in this world has seen and when that happens the destruction that the resistance does as the end of the book one i sure will pale in comparison.  This is a really well thought out thought provoking book so please do not let all the silly one stars let you shy away from giving this book a chance.   And i really hope that is gets published on time unlike another book which i read and loved and then saw torn to shreds to the point where the author is redoing the story.  Which i think is ridiculous.