ARC Review: White Fox by Sara Faring

Title: White Fox

Author: Sara Faring

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Talks of suicide, emotional abuse, alcohol, alcoholism, death

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Ten years after their famous mother mysteriously went missing in the woods outside their island home, Manon and Tai are lured back with the promise of a script that supposedly holds clues to what happened all those years ago.

Favorite Quote

“I guess grief is like that: the banshee patiently waiting in the many-halled house of your mind, so quiet in certain moments, until you turn a corner and see how it takes up rooms and rooms, cracking their floors and windows with its volume, its weight.”

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Blog Tour: Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another blog tour with one of my favorite blog tour companies: The Write Reads! This time, I’ll be reviewing a book that is not in my usual wheelhouse. It’s a contemporary YA romance written by one of the more well-known writers of that genre. It’s called Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli and, I have to say, it caught me by surprise!

Before I continue on, though, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation with this tour and an honest review. It is, as always, very much appreciated.

And now, let’s get to the main event!


Synopsis


From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and theatre.

[PRINCIPAL CAST LIST]

Kate Garfield
Anderson Walker

Best friends, and contrary to popular belief, not co-dependent. Examples:

Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient.
Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment.
Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script.

Enter Stage Left: Matt Olsson

He is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship…”

Book Details


  • Author: Becky Albertalli
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication date: April 22nd, 2021
  • Genre: Contemporary/Romance
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: To see a full list of this books possible content and trigger warnings, check out it’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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ARC Review: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Title: Black Sun

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: To see a list of possible content and trigger warnings for this book, visit its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is approaching and four fates will collide under the dark sky of a total eclipse.

Favorite Quote

“I am the only storm that matters now, and there is no shelter from what I bring.”


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First Lines Friday #9

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve arrived at another Friday and I, for one, am super excited! This probably has a lot to do with the fact that, as of 3:30 pm EST, I will be on vacation! I’m looking forward to a week of relaxation and hanging out with the family. Before I go into full relaxation-mode, though, it’s time for First Lines Friday. Today’s selection is something I recently picked up to try and tackle my Netgalley backlist. I’m loving it so far and I think the opening lines will definitely capture your attention! Let’s see if you can guess what book I’m talking about from just a few lines and a couple of hints.


The Line(s):

“Today he would become a god. His mother had told him so.
‘Drink this,’ she said, handing him a cup. The cup was long and thin and filled with a pale creamy liquid. When he sniffed it, he smelled the orange flowers that grew in looping tendrils outside his window, the ones with the honey centers. But he also smelled the earthy sweetness of the bell-shaped flowers she cultivated in her courtyard garden, the one he was never allowed to play in. And he knew there were thinks he could not smell in the drink, secret things, things that came from the bag his mother wore around her neck, that whitened the tips of her fingers and his own tongue.”


The Hints:

This is an adult fantasy that features multiple POVs.

The color of the cover and part of the title share a name.

The author has previously written both young adult and middle grade novels.


The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.”


As I mentioned, I’ve already started reading this book in an effort to knock some novels off of my Netgalley backlist. I’m so glad I requested it because I’m absolutely loving this story! There are certain POVs I prefer more than others (Xiala has my whole heart) but this has been thoroughly enjoyable, so far, and I can’t wait to continue!

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Blog Tour: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

Hello, reader!

It’s my stop today for the blog tour of the winner of BBNYA 2020! We’ve finally gotten around to the book that nabbed the number one spot: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King. As a panelist, I never got a chance to read the excerpt or the full book during the judging, so I snagged a chance to be a part of the tour! I had to know what everyone was raving about. The FOMO was real, y’all!

But, before I get to the tour post, what is BBNYA? BBNYA (Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award) is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering. 

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.  I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition organized by the @The_WriteReads tours team. I want to thank them so much for sending me a free copy of the e-book so I could participate in the awards! All opinions are my own, unbiased, and completely honest.

Now, let’s get to the post!


Synopsis


“John Carver has three rules: Don’t drink in the daytime, don’t gamble when the luck has gone, and don’t talk to the dead people who come to visit.

It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.

Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.”

Book Details


  • Author: Graham Austin-King
  • Publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
  • Publication date: November 30th, 2018
  • Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Military Thriller
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: To see a full list of this books possible content and trigger warnings, check out it’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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ARC Review: Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Title: Fireborne

Author: Rosaria Munda

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, war, fire, gore

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Annie and Lee are both orphans growing up in a country rebuilding itself after a bloody revolution who are both rising stars in the new regimes dragonriding corps, but must face issues from their past to be able to move forward.

Favorite Quote

“They watch us kneel, they see the back of our heads, and they think we’ve given in. They don’t realize you can think from your knees just as well as from your feet.”

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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag

Hello, reader!

As you may or may not know, I’m currently tackling re-reading (or, in the case of the last book, reading for the first time) the Lord of the Rings trilogy. My history with these books is… not great, lol. Though I love the tale of Frodo and company, I always found Tolkien’s habit of going off into long, rambling tangents to be a tough slog. I made it a few chapters into The Two Towers before I completely gave up 😅 But this time, I’m determined to get through them. This time I have two things going for me: I’m listening to the audiobook as opposed to reading it physically and I’m buddy reading it with a bunch of the Write Reads gang! It’s already helping because my rating for The Fellowship of the Ring, which we just finished last month, jumped from one star to four. There’s just something about listening to this book makes it so much easier to get lost in the world.

Now, having just finished the first book, I thought it would be the perfect time to do The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles, who has an incredible bookish blog! If you’re a fan of fantasy, you can’t go wrong checking out her posts and giving her a follow. Also, her blog is just so pretty 😍 This tag originated at Unputdownable Books and Fi found it on FMN’s top 100 book tags list.

Now, let’s get to the tag!


The Fellowship:

Gandalf – A book that taught you something

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

Though this entire series is focused on magic and the doings of magical beings, I’ve really been enjoying how much focus is on the police work and the history of the different communities in and around London. I’ve learned a lot about the city through this book and the author is so detailed about different sections of the city that I feel like I’m there! I’m also a fan of true crime, so I love learning about the workings of the Met.


Frodo – A book that left a mark on you

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Look, ever since I finished this book last year, I have not been able to shut up about it. I’m sure y’all are tired of hearing me talk about this by now 😂 If that’s not leaving a mark, I don’t know what is! I adore this book so much that I’ve already re-read, which is very rare for me. I’m planning on re-reading it again this year before I pick up the sequel! This is a stunning, young adult fantasy that has incredible world-building, fantastic characters, and will just settle in your heart in the best of ways.


Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting

Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

I read this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads last year. I had been hearing nothing but fantastic things about it from a lot of bloggers. It’s a fantasy that involved bonding with magical creatures, as well! The premise had me hooked and, then, I actually picked it up. I’ve never read a book over 300 pages faster! I tore through this story in one day and had a bit of a book hangover once I finally emerged from its pages. This was incredible and, even better, it’s just the first book in a series!


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March 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Now that we’re in the middle of our first week of April, I figured it was time to do my wrap up for March! I’m also trying to be more punctual with my wrap ups than I was in 2020, lol. March was quite the reading month for me, what with buddy reads and participating in the Trope-ical Readathon. I read the most I have all year and I thoroughly enjoyed most of what I read! I also realized that I am super behind on my non-blog tour reviews 😅

But let’s not focus on that right now! Let’s talk about what I read in the month of March.


Books Read


Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

Book: Ranger’s Oath by Blake Arthur Peel

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: This was one of my blog tour books for the month of March. I ended up enjoying this one, though it could be a bit info-dumpy. The characters were interesting and the world was easy to get lost in, so it made for a quick read! You can read my full thoughts here!


Book: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: This book made me realize that I don’t dislike all werewolf stories. This was so good and not at all what I was expecting! For the Trope-ical Readathon, I was on Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller and this was one of the choices for the team book. I’m so glad it was because I probably would never have picked it up otherwise! I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.


Book: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: I’ve finally decided to give the Lord of the Rings trilogy another go with a little prodding from some of the Write Reads gang. I… was not a fan when I first tried these books, to state it mildly. However, I’m going the audiobook route this time and, I have to say, I’m absolutely loving the experience! It helps to have friends to talk to about the story as we go 💕

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Blog Tour: Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss

Hello, reader!

Look at me posting three days in a row. And with three blog tours no less! I will admit that I’m most excited about this one as I’ll be talking about my favorite book I read as a BBNYA panelist in 2020. It’s a superhero story that focuses on a supervillain who isn’t all he seems to be. I’m talking about Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss! Spoiler alert: I loved this book and I’m so excited that it won second place in last year’s BBNYA competition!

But, before I get to the tour post, what is BBNYA? BBNYA (Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award) is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering. 

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.  I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition organized by the @The_WriteReads tours team. I want to thank them so much for sending me a free copy of the e-book so I could participate in the awards! All opinions are my own, unbiased, and completely honest.

Alright, let’s dive in!


Synopsis


“Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid’s endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain’s powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinous that even he is taken aback.

Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll…but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.

In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world’s protection.

Winner of the “Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Horror” category in the 2018 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize, and IndieBRAG medallion honoree”

Book Details


  • Author: David H. Reiss
  • Series: The Chronicles of Fid #1
  • Publication date: April 3rd, 2018
  • Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Superhero violence, blood, child death, gore

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Blog Tour: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a blog tour for a YA thriller that might seem familiar if you’ve been around my blog. I did a first impressions for What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson a couple weeks ago. Now, having finished the book, I’m here to bring you my full thoughts! Let me just say, if you like your YA on the darker side, you should definitely stick around to learn more about this one.

Before we jump in, though, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, the publisher, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation with this tour. It’s very much appreciated.

Alright, let’s get to it!


Synopsis


When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?

Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.

So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.

Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.

Looking back, I think I did . . .

Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.

Beautifully written and superbly constructed, Anderson pulls you onto a chilling footpath of love and loss and keeps you there until you’ve read every last word’ Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey

Book Details


  • Author: What Beauty There Is
  • Series: What Beauty There Is #1
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication date: April 8th, 2021
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Please check out the page for this book on BookTriggerWarnings.com to see a full list of content and trigger warnings.

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