Blog Tour: The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Hello, reader!

Back in July of 2019, my family and I had just moved cross-country to Massachusetts. We had moved into our apartment, but none of our stuff was there. We were sleeping on air mattresses and sitting in those cloth folding chairs that you can never get back into their flimsy, little holders. It was a stressful time, but I had something with me that first month that helped me relax. I had an ARC of Evan Winter’s The Rage of Dragons. I had won it in a giveaway hosted by Orbit on their Instagram, not knowing much about it beyond the fact that it was written by a Black man and it had dragons. So, when I picked up during that stressful first month in our new home, I don’t think I was fully prepared for the incredible story contained within those pages. I flew through that ARC and knew before I was even halfway through that I was going to give it five stars. I also knew that I would fight the demons of Ishihogo to get my hands on the sequel!

Fast forward to this past summer, when Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours put a call out to the bookish community for people would like to be part of #TheBurningTour for The Fires of Vengeance, the sequel I was so desperate to read. I don’t think I’ve ever filled out a form so fast! And you could have knocked me over with a feather when I was selected to be a part of the tour! So, before we get into the meat of this post, I wanted to take a moment to thank Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours and the publisher, Orbit, for this opportunity. There are also a lot of other incredible bookish content creators on this tour, as well, so click here to take a look at the schedule. Also, we might as well get some disclaimers out of the way.

First, as you’ve probably figured out, I did receive an ARC of The Fires of Vengeance from Caffeine Book Tours and Orbit in exchange for my participation in this promotional tour. Second, as this is a review for the second book in a series, there might be some slight spoilers for the content of the first book within my review. If you haven’t read The Rage of Dragons (um, why haven’t you?) and wish to, perhaps skip this post until you have. This review, however, will be spoiler free for The Fires of Vengeance. And, last, stick with me until after my review for information about an amazing giveaway 🎉🎉🎉

Alright, with all that said, let’s get to it!


Synopsis


“Desperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all-out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne and reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught.”

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Blog Tour: Frozen Rage by Steve McHugh

Hello, reader!

Look who’s back with another blog tour post! This time, I’m participating in a tour run by Storytellers on Tour, a company that focuses on indie published fantasy and science fiction novels. I always know I’m going to be exposed to something fun and interesting when I sign up for one of their tours! And this is definitely the case with the fantasy novella I’ll be talking about today.

First, I want to thank SOT and the author for sending me a copy of this book so that I could participate in this tour! The cover is just stunning 😍 And I also want to encourage you to check out the other amazing content creators that are participating. Click the banner below to find links:

Alright, now let’s talk about the book!


Synopsis


“The Realm of Dreich is a getaway for the rich and powerful, a medieval-inspired town in the middle of a vast frozen wilderness. Now it’s the site of a wedding, intended to join two feuding families who have spent centuries in an uneasy truce with each other.

When Tommy Carpenter asks his best friend, Nate Garrett, to help him with the security of the wedding, Nate reluctantly agrees, knowing that it will be a long weekend of work and, in all probability, treachery. It is only a matter of time before members of each family are found murdered and it is up to Nate and Tommy to find the killer before more bodies fall, potentially reigniting a war.”

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ARC Review: Crossings by Alex Landragin

Title: Crossings

Author: Alex Landragin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: July 28th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

A twisting tale that follows three seemingly very different people through seven generations and strange circumstances.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Perhaps there is a natural limit to remembering, beyond which it is simply impossible to bear the weight of all that remembrance.”


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ARC Review: The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker

Title: The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1)

Author: R.J. Barker

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Child sacrifice (off-page), gore, violence

Rating: ★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

The crew of the Tide Child, a black ship made of dragon bones and manned by convicted criminals, are sent on a dangerous mission to seek out the last known sea dragon to end a centuries-long war.

Favorite Quote

“We fight in the hope that others will not have to, and we fight to keep those we have come to care about safe. We fight even for those who do not deserve it. There is no honour or greatness in what we do, except among fools. I fight, in the end, because I have no other choice” – she held his gaze with hers – “and neither do you. So remember this, if you hear tales of bravery and greatness, they are nearly always told by people who have only watched battle from afar.”


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#5OnMyTBR – Sequels

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It has been a minute since I’ve done a #5OnMyTBR, hasn’t it? I blame the move and just being incredibly busy lately. I have today off, though, so before I go blog-hopping, I figured I would revisit one of my favorite bookish weekly memes.

This Monday, the theme of #5OnMyTBR is sequels! We’re talking about books in a series that we’ve been meaning to read but haven’t picked up yet. Of which I have… a lot 😅 But I’ve narrowed it down to the five that I most want to read. That being said, let’s get to it!


#1. The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

This one is, perhaps, my most anticipated sequel of 2020. I randomly picked up The Merciful Crow (the first book in this series) last year at the library. The premise sounded interesting and I liked the cover. It’s literally why I pick up most of the books that I read, lol. Anyways, I ended up falling in love with Fie and the world that Owen has created! Fie is sarcastic and tough and willing to fight for what she believes in. I can’t wait to continue her story!

Also, cause I’m nothing if not on-brand, it’s got a gorgeous cover 😍

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Blog Tour: Voice of War by Zack Argyle

Hello, reader!

Today, I’ll be bringing you another Storytellers on Tour blog tour post! This tour is featuring an adult fantasy that has a little bit of everything: intrigue, action, and the ever eternal struggle of good vs. evil. But I’m getting ahead of myself! First, I want to thank Storytellers on Tour and the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, it’s such a privilege that I can’t appreciate enough!

Of course, my blog is but one of many stops on this tour. Here is a banner with all the wonderful bloggers and bookstagammers that will be participating:

Click the banner to find links to all the stops on this tour or click here.

Now, let’s jump in!


Synopsis

“While preparing for the birth of his first child, Chrys Valerian is tasked with uncovering the group responsible for a series of missing threadweavers—those able to see and manipulate threadlight. With each failure, the dark voice in his head that began during the war grows louder, begging to be released.

Laurel lives in Zedalum, a secret city in the center of the Fairenwild. During her most recent messenger run, Laurel veered off course to explore the streets of Alchea. She never expected that her journey would end in chains.

When Chrys learns who is responsible for the missing threadweavers, they come for him and his family. He must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means trusting a strange girl or the dark voice in his mind”

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ARC Review: Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw

Title: Fire and Vengeance (Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery #3)

Author: Robert McCaw

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: September 1st, 2020 (though I believe the Kindle version was available May 26th!)

Source: Publisher (Oceanview Publishing)

Content/Trigger warnings: Suicide, gun violence, animal death

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

Chief Detective Koa Kane finds himself embroiled in a fight for justice after a volcanic vent destroys an elementary school, killing multiple children and teachers.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“[Koa] sensed a seething rage bubbling just below the surface underlining the community’s shared loss. People came to honor the dead, but Koa felt a powerful groundswell of outrage rising like a rogue wave directed at the officials who’d let this disaster happen.”


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Book Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Title: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Author: Grady Hendrix

Genre: Horror

Source: Borrowed (library)

CW: Violence, gore, suicide, child abuse

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

Patricia and the members of her book club find themselves in a fight for their neighborhood when they unwittingly invite a vampire to join.

Favorite Quote

“He thinks we’re what we look like on the outside: nice Southern ladies. Let me tell you something…there’s nothing nice about Southern ladies.”


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Blog Tour: Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another #TheWriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour! Today, I’m one of the stops on the tour for a time-travelling love story called Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton. I want to thank Dave @TheWriteReads, Rocky Mountain Press, and the author for sending me a free e-book in exchange for this honest review! I’m excited to give you my thoughts on this fast-paced tale.

That being said, let’s get to it!


Synopsis

The past isn’t over, it’s an opening. The future isn’t hidden, it’s a trap.
If she ever wants to see him again, she’ll have to take the risk.

Fall into this “Funny, Romantic & Harrowing” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review) dystopian love story and prepare to encounter a finicky time machine, a mysterious seashell, and a very clever dog (some sex, some swearing, some violence, but no vampires and absolutely NO ditzes!)

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present–and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives twenty years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured nineteen-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heart breaker, save the world or not.

This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it’s the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn’t have the proper footwear. It’s a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.”

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Blog Tour: The Faith Machine by Tone Milazzo

Hello, reader!

I once again have the honor of participating in a blog tour run by the lovely people behind Storytellers on Tour. The book I’ll be talking about today is a little different from the books I usually read. I mean, I read sci-fi, but this has the added twist of being a spy thriller, as well! When I read the synopsis for this novel, I just had to sign up and see what it was all about. So, thank you to Storytellers on Tour, Running Wild Press, and the author for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Of course, my blog is just one stop on this magical mystery tour! If you’d like check out the other wonderful bloggers/Bookstgrammers involved, you can find the schedule here. I’ll also be posting a graphic below.

With all that being said, let’s get to it!


Synopsis

“Welcome to the dangerous, clandestine world of ESPionage. Welcome to The Strip, where operatives on the fringe command teams of ‘Cards’: Agents cursed with subtle, specialized, and sometimes sloppy psychic powers. Dr Ken Park, Korean-American psychologist and spy, dares to lead six of these Cards. Together, they tackle esoteric threats the Department of Homeland Security cannot.

Park takes his team to Africa to retrieve the Faith Machine. Built by the Soviets to turn prayers into suffering, the psychotronic device fell into the hands of a demented warlord. Tragically, the mission fails and the madman slaughters hundreds of innocents while the machine burns.

They return to the States in disgrace, and into an ambush by the mysterious and brutal Casemen. Cut off from command and each other, the scattered agents rush to their safe house in the west. While spy agencies from around the world want retribution for the catastrophe in Africa. Park’s team outplays enemies left and right, while uncovering the true threat. There’s another Faith Machine, one destined to bring hell on earth.”

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