BLOG TOUR: Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett Review

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Publication date: June 4, 2019

I am so excited to be apart of the blog tour for Shadow & Flame!! Last year, Onyx and Ivory was one of my favorite books that I read so I am excited to help promote this series. Thank you so much to the author for allowing me to be apart of the Relay Riders and to the publisher for sending me a bound manuscript!

Tour schedule and giveaway below!

Synopsis:

From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.


Review:

I was fortunately given an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. SO, AS IT WILL ALWAYS BE, THIS REVIEW IS 100% MY HONEST OPINION.

I am so happy with this book. It ended the series in the best way possible in my eyes and made me fall in love with the characters all over again.

Kate is one of my favorite YA protagonists. She is strong, clever, and, unlike most YA female protagonists, she is NOT whiney! That is something I truly appreciate that Mindee did with her characters. She made them all very believable and raw.

The magic system in this book is something else that is very unique to me. Magic that only works in a certain part of the world, magic that only works during the day, magic that can control the elements and the mind….. AMAZING!

I am sad that this is the end of a series that I have come to love and adore.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars! Thank you Mindee for creating a world where I could escape my crazy life and dream of being a wilder.


Tour schedule:

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/04/tour-schedule-shadow-flame-rime.html

Giveaway:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86372/

**giveaway prize

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More information about the book:
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: June 4th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Book links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40042001-shadow-flameAmazon: https://amzn.to/2VqGEcb
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-flame-mindee-arnett/1129468426?ean=9780062652690#/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shadow-flame/id1378947310?mt=11
Book depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Shadow-Flame-Mindee-Arnett/9780062652690?ref=grid-view&qid=1556193448699&sr=1-1
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/es/en/audiobook/shadow-flame
Google Books: https://books.google.es/books/about/Shadow_Flame.html?id=XRC3uwEACAAJ&redir_esc=y
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Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Publication Date: April 2, 2019

I am so excited and honored to be apart of the blog tour for Wicked Saints! Thank you to the publisher and the author!

Synopsis:

When Nadya prays to the gods, they listen, and magic flows through her veins. For nearly a century the Kalyazi have been locked in a deadly holy war with Tranavian heretics, and her power is the only thing that is a match for the enemy’s blood magic. But when the Travanian High Prince, and his army invade the monastery she is hiding in, instead of saving her people, Nadya is forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, leaving it in flames behind her, and vengeance in her heart.

As night falls, she chooses to defy her gods and forge a dangerous alliance with a pair of refugees and their Tranavian blood mage leader, a beautiful, broken boy who deserted his homeland after witnessing his blood cult commit unthinkable monstrosities. The plan? Assassinate the king and stop the war.

But when they discover a nefarious conspiracy that goes beyond their two countries, everything Nadya believes is thrown into question, including her budding feelings for her new partner. Someone has been harvesting blood mages for a dark purpose, experimenting with combining Tranavian blood magic with the Kalyazi’s divine one. In order to save her people, Nadya must now decide whether to trust the High Prince – her country’s enemy – or the beautiful boy with powers that may ignite something far worse than the war they’re trying to end.  

Trigger warning: Self-harm. The author has been vocal about it, so just be aware and take care of yourselves!


Review:

I was fortunately given an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. SO, AS IT WILL ALWAYS BE, THIS REVIEW IS 100% MY HONEST OPINION.

I’ve got to be honest…… I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I LOVED IT. There’s gods, and human monsters, and magic, and badass women characters, and dark broody male characters that you can’t help but swoon over. So basically, it has everything for a great YA fantasy novel. There were some Throne of Glass vibes (sneaking into the castle and posing as someone else to assassinate the king) and I was TOTALLY living for it!!

Nadya slowly moved up to one of my top favorite YA female characters- probably number 4 or 5. There was so much character development. She starts out as a firm believer in her faith and learns what it is to question things outside of what she has been blindly taught. Personally, I was even switching between who I thought was right and who I thought was wrong in all of the debates between Malachiasz and Nadya. And normally I would be a little annoyed if this awareness was brought on because of a male character, but in this case I didn’t mind it. I adored Malachiasz and all his sinister ways. ALSO, if you shipped Alina and the Darkling from the Grisha trilogy (like me) then this book is for you my friend!!!!!

The world and the magic system is so unique! It’s a very dark book, probably one of the darkest that I have read! I thought that it was going to deter me early on, however I was pleasantly surprised at how much I soaked up the world.


Rating

Wicked Saints receives a 4 out of 5 stars from me!

**Thanks to Wednesday Books publishers for giving me this eARC via Netgalley 

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Review: Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

Pub Date: February 5, 2019

Synopsis 

An epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

“The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.”- via Goodreads

Review

I was fortunately given an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. SO, AS IT WILL ALWAYS BE, THIS REVIEW IS 100% MY HONEST OPINION.

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Review: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Synopsis:

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.


Review:

This is the third book in the Themis Files Series.

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Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Synopsis:

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.


Review:

I was luckily given an eARC of this book by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. So, as it will always be, this review is 100% my honest opinion. 

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Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

–via goodreads

Review

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