Blog Tour Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Smoke and Summons 
(Numina Trilogy #1)
Charlie N. Holmberg
Publisher: 47North
Release Date: February 
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy


A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series.

As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.

A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day—a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.

Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…


Jan’s Review

I truly loved this author Paper Magician series. So i of course had to sign up for this tour hosting her new book Smoke and Summons. I started it and instantly was sucked in to this story of unexpected circumstances that pulls our two main characters Rone and Sandis into a high energy thrill ride. This book has narrow escapes, slow romance, cliff hanger chapters and mysterious magic. I don’t want to give the story away so i won’t tell you what happens but i can guarantee once you start this one you won’t want to put it down tell the last page.

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU 
, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at


Give Away

Prize: Win a finished copy of SMOKE AND SUMMONS by Charlie N. Holmberg (US Only)

Start Date: 10th February 2019

End Date: 5th March 2019


Cover Reveal The Gimmal Ring by Karen Koski

She wants the ring and she wants it bad!
Book Details:
Title: The Gimmal Ring
Author: Karen Koski
Page Count: 124
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grade
Publisher: Mirror World Books
About The Gimmal Ring:
Gwendolyn Gimmal desperately wants an invitation to the mysterious Gimmal Gala where her family’s coveted ring is bestowed upon new inductees. It’s not that she particularly likes bling, but because she knows it will unlock exciting secrets and reveal what she believes will be her true life’s path. Her younger brother, Gage, also wants to attend the party, but mostly for the food.
After finding her way into the hidden gala, Gwen learns that The Gimmal Ring is not only a piece of jewellery, but also a secret society of people. Things go awry when their parents are kidnapped from the Gala and held for ransom. Gwen and her brother must solve the clues and find the hidden formula the kidnappers have demanded by midnight, or they will never see their family members again. 
Their newly discovered enhanced abilities, while fun, are not completely reliable. Cracking newspaper codes, deciphering invisible maps, and playing a high stakes game of Enigma Machine Twister, are just some of the challenges they must overcome if they are to succeed in time. The adventure starts when they flush themselves in The Tele-Potti, a teleporting commode, and it all goes down the drain from there.
Meet the Author:
Karen Koski writes stories set in magical Windsor and Essex County, Ontario where she was born and raised. Karen’s love of a good mystery inspired her to become a licensed Private Investigator. She is intrigued by anything that is not what it appears to be.
Karen resides in Windsor, Ontario with her husband, two daughters and a Moose.

Scales (Spirits of Chaos, #1) by Nicole Conway

When New York City faces the threat of an ancient evil, a teenage boy must use a magical bracelet to transform into a monster-slaying dragon superhero.

Koji Owens is the new kid … again. As the only son of an Air Force F-16 pilot, he’s learned to adapt and survive every time they move. It’s not easy starting over with new friends and schools every two years, but when the Owens family makes their final move to New York, Koji finally has hope for a normal high school life—that is, until he finds a strange bracelet in his locker.

Transformed into a storm-summoning dragon warrior, Koji finds himself caught up in a world of ancient powers, secret identities, and colossal monsters threatening to destroy his new home. But these awesome powers come with strings attached, and revealing his true identity could mean losing everything he loves. With his family and friends now in mortal danger and New York City in flames, Koji must find the courage to become the hero they need and face down an enemy hiding in plain sight.

A comic-obsessed teenage misfit embraces his inner hero in this action-packed adventure that will leave you ready to get your scales on.

Jan’s Review

I have read very few superhero books, to be honest, i read the ones that just recently came out that were done by major ya authors in the last few years. So my knowledge of this genre is limited to what been shown in movies. I do know this author though and she is very talented in the realm of dragons so when she told me she was mixing superheroes and dragons I was all for it.

I was not disappointed Scales is everything you want in a superhero story that you did not know you needed. You got a goofy nerd guy who is amazing and strong as a dragon, you got stuck up snobby rich girls who have evil parents, and then you got a mystery around magical totems. All of this while our characters are trying to save New York City from being destroyed without revealing their true selves.

Of course, a superhero can never keep their identity to themselves they got to have sidekicks to help them along the way. Their no shortage of that nor does our author reveal all of the superhero’s true identities in this first book. We are left with guessing but maybe being entirely in the loop as we come to the end of the first book.

I really liked the pacing of the story there was lots of action to be devoured, and plenty of character development so that you really felt you know these characters. I like that they are unique and not your typical white protagonist. This story also works out very well cause the author lives this story and can draw from her personal life to really make this story come to life.

I am eager to read the next one and see what else our goofy Koji can get up to in the rest of the Spirit of Chaos series. Time to get your scales on and pick this one up.

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards. 

Jan’s Review

This is a great set up to a series. I really enjoyed how Han and Raisa stories entwined together. I thought the addition of street gangs was unique to the story. I read this after i read the majority of the books in the Shattered Realm series as those are based in the same world. I felt like i was welcoming new characters and that i was able to really enjoy it as another part of that world.

The unique concept of wizard power being connected through the queens of the kingdom really made this story unique. I also think the twist at the end really surprised me, ya think i would of figured it out but i did not. Their are lots of little twists and turns and this book one is very much a set up for the series. It takes a long time to get to the meat at the end of the story but it really works out well for this book. I am throughly ready to pick up book two and continue on this adventure.

Ruin of Stars (Masked of Shadows 2) by Linsey Millar

As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and, most importantly, the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down-which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner and that the queen may have ulterior motives. And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be ignore.

Jan’s Review

This is the sequel to Mask of Shadows and picks up right where the first book ends so it be good idea to read them together in one go. I think the addition of gender fluidity in this book as well as the PTSD were well represented. The main focus of the story is on Sal and the need to get revenge and if that made them a bad person. Sal PTSD is running high through out the story.

Book two focuses a lot more on diversity representation and their a lot more magic and time with various characters then we saw in the first book. The balance of action and romance was well done and i did not feel like it was lacking in world building. The time line i felt could of been more strong. In all this was a like-able duloag.

Vortex Visions (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1) by Elise Kova

A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have. 

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

Jan’s Review

Vortex Visions is the epic spin-off we all been waiting for since we last laid eyes on the Air Awakens series. If your new to this author and the world of Solaris you can dive in with Vortex Visions and not feel like your missing anything. Though it does and should make you curious enough to go back and read the original Air Awaken series.

Vi is the daughter of well-loved Vhalla and Aldrick who is eluded to throughout the book but we never actually see them, as well as her twin brother. We know she is kept in the north as a political pawn and is suppose to have already returned home to her family in the south. She expected to be a fire bearer but just like her well-known mother, nothing about Vi works out the way anyone plans it to. Her magic is new and different which is so great as this book expands what we already have discovered in the original series. We have Fire bearers, wind walkers, water bearers and groundbreakers. Now that is expanded to Light Spinners.

I think the mysterious Taavin is going to be one that we come to love and adore as much as the old characters that show up in this one. As he is the catalyst that sets Vi off on an adventure like no other. This adventure really helps Vi magic to develop beyond what anyone ever expected.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and though there is some heartache toward the end of the book nothing is definite and we can hold out some hope yet that things will turn out ok. Elise has done a fantastic job and me eager to see where the rest of the story is going.

Mist, Metal and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare

Worlds collide in this thrilling sequel to the epic, imaginative, acclaimed fantasy Ink, Iron, and Glass.

In an alternate 19th-century Italy, Elsa has an incredible gift: she can craft new worlds with precise lines of the script written in books. But political extremists have stolen the most dangerous book ever scribed―one that can rewrite the Earth itself. 

Now Elsa must track down the friend who betrayed her and recover the book before its destructive power is unleashed. Can she handle the secrets she’ll uncover along the way―including the ones hiding in her own heart?

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.

Jan’s Review

This is the sequel to the amazing debut Ink, Iron, and Glass. This series reminds me a lot of the Map Makers series. I find the concept of being able to create worlds out of words is an amazing concept with so much potential. This series does not let you down with its excitement, danger, and plot twists. I love Elsa and what she stands for in using and preserving her gift to create worlds.

The ending of the first book was so heart wrenching I just had to get my hands on the second book. What we think we know just is not always the case and we discover that in book two. I love the fact that their no time missing between the books and it picks up right where we left off in book one.

This book has two storylines flowing altogether, we have Elsa trying to save Leo. We have Casa the house which has gone insane. Casa the house going all protective on everyone was great as it totally something you can see happening.

With the Leo end of the story, we get a lot more in-depth on his character and the whole backstory of his family. How cruel and insane his dad is and what depths his brother will go to be loyal to him. Then their a very interesting twist towards the end that really changes up the whole dynamics. There a lot of nice scenes with steampunk themes and their plenty of world book fun to be had. This is a great series and I highly recommend you check it out. This book is due out February 19, 2019.