Review || Fire Lines


Title: Fire Lines
Author: Cara Thurlbourn
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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To kick off this book review, here’s a short disclaimer: I received a digital Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of Fire Lines as part of my participation in a blog tour hosted by A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. This, however, neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review in any way.

For seventeen years, Émi, as well as the entire citizenry of Nhatu, was taught that the high walls isolating their city from the rest of the world were built to protect them against the armies of Mahg, a power-hungry wielder of black magick. Beyond the walls lay barren wastelands and unsightly ruins of the three other cities, which were completely destroyed by Mahg’s wrath.

Supposedly.

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Review || Heart of Mist


Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a digital Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book from the author herself. Many, many thanks to Helen Scheuerer for the incredible opportunity! She’s an absolute blessing.

Heart of Mist is a fast-paced fantasy epic that’s set in a magical realm (where magic is forbidden!) composed of four continents: Ellest, Battalon, Havennesse, and Qatrola. Their borders are shrouded in a deadly mist, which threatens to kill more and more civilians as it continues to consume lands while gradually inching towards the kingdoms.

The story largely follows the struggles of Bleak, an orphaned gutter rat from the coastal village of Angove. Cursed with magical abilities that plague her everyday life, she desperately scours the kingdoms for a cure and self-medicates with alcohol. In her fruitless search for healing, she finds something else entirely: trouble. As well as an inevitable battle of power and politics she wants no part in.

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Review || Omari and the People (+ GIVEAWAY)


Title: Omari and the People
Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Copy: Audiobook (11 hrs and 17 mins – unabridged)
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Before anything else, I received an audio copy of this book, which was sponsored by the author and narrator, as part of my participation in the blog tour hosted by The Audiobookworm. To win an audiobook copy of Omari and the People (gifted via Audible) for yourself, enter my giveaway!

Omari and the People is a wonderfully written, epic adventure centered on a notorious, thrill-seeking thief named—as the title suggests—Omari. After unintentionally burning down an entire city, Omari, in an effort to redeem himself, deceives the displaced people into believing in the existence of a safe haven which only he can show them. From there, the readers are taken on a captivatingly narrated, arduous journey and personally, the more I travelled alongside Omari (so to speak), the more compassionate I felt for his character and his attempt at repentance for all he’s done in the past.

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Review || Through the Veil


Title: Through the Veil
Author: Colleen Halverson
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Colleen Halverson and Entangled Publishing!

Colleen Halverson’s debut novel, Through the Veil was recently published last February. In this book, we are introduced to Elizabeth Tanner. Broke and drowning in student loans, all Elizabeth wants is to finish her thesis on The Book of Arranmore, an ancient manuscript that holds the secrets of the Fae world, and to succeed in earning a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. However, it is not that simple, especially when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is actually half-Fae. All of a sudden, this college student with a penchant for Irish literature and culture finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

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Tour stop || The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native; however, she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.

MORE ABOUT THE TOUR

The Lunam Ceremony blog tour started last May 23rd and will finish its run on the 27th. This is being hosted by the lovely Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!

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Mini Reviews || Batch 5

Hi! This is my fifth batch of mini reviews. I honestly did not expect that I’d be doing these frequently as I prefer writing reviews that are more comprehensive and in depth. But I’m doing what I can.

This batch is sort of different from the rest. I’ll be reviewing the following books:

  • Gyre by Jessica Gunn
  • Angelborn by L. Penelope
  • Sapient Salvation: The Selection by Jayne Faith
  • Every Beat by Samantha Rey

Now, what makes this batch different? The answer: what makes these books different from what I’ve read so far. Okay, hold on, that sounded pretty vague.

What I mean is I’ve decided to add another element in my mini reviews. Specifically, from this point onward, I’ll be dedicating a portion of my review to discuss what makes the book different or what makes it stand out. This is to make up for the book review’s lack of detail. I’m hoping that doing this will not only produce better quality reviews but also push me to be more observant and more susceptible to noticing specifics when reading novels. All right, here we go!



Title: Angelborn
Author: L. Penelope
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Copy: Digital
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Official synopsis:

Maia

It’s hard to be normal when you see the dead everywhere. So I gave up. I just focus on staying out of their way. But the guy haunting my roommate is different. He’s impossible to ignore, and now other people can see him too.

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Review || Gifted Thief


Title: Gifted Thief
Author: Helen Harper
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Copy: Digital
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Official synopsis:

Orphan. Runaway. Thief. Since the moment I was ripped from my mother’s womb, I’ve been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don’t want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I’ve never looked back. I don’t need a Clan. I’ve got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could. Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I’m going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it’s just as well I have sense of humour. I think I’m going to need it.

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