BBNYA Spotlight: A Particular Friendship by Paul Van Der Spiegel


Hello, reader!

Today, I’m helping to kick off the spotlight tours for the semi-finalists of this year’s Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Awards (BBNYA)! I’m so excited to help shine a light on some fantastic indie books. In 2022, BBNYA is celebrating the 55 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. But perhaps you aren’t familiar with what BBNYA entails, so let me tell you a little about it!

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA website or take a peek over on Twitter (@BBNYA_Official). BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Now, let’s get to the first spotlight posts of many, this one featuring A Particular Friendship by Paul Van Der Spiegel!



  • Title: A Particular Friendship
  • Author: Paul Van Der Spiegel
  • Publication date: November 28th, 2021
  • Publisher: Perceptions Press
  • Length: 225 pages
  • Genre: LGBTQ+, Religion, General Fiction
  • Age group: New Adult

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BBNYA Spotlight: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

Hello, reader!

It’s another day of celebrating the wonderful semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021. The book I’ll be spotlighting today is the start of a series that features mystery and vampires: May Day by Josie Jaffrey! But before we get into the post, let’s talk more about this spotlight tour and BBNYA in general.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


Book Details


  • Title: May Day
  • Author: Josie Jaffrey
  • Publication date: July 9th, 2020
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Age group: New Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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BBNYA Spotlight: Genesis of Dragons by Charlotte Murphy

Hello, reader!

I have another BBNYA spotlight for another fantastic semi-finalist for you today! This book promises action, adventure, and dragons: Genesis of Dragons by Charlotte Murphy! But before we get into the post, let’s talk more about this spotlight tour and BBNYA in general.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


Book Details


  • Title: Genesis of Dragons
  • Author: Charlotte Murphy
  • Publication date: November 5th, 2020
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: New Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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Book Blogger Hop: Jul 10 – 16

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

This week’s prompt submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews.


Ohhh, I am a fan of this week’s question! I’m going to constrain myself to one per genre, otherwise we’d be here all night! I’m not entirely sure if New Adult and Young Adult are considered genres, but we’re gonna roll with it.

Romance

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m new to the romance genre, tbh, but I read this and instantly fell in love with it! The characters are wonderful, the romance is adorable, and the sexy scenes are pretty top notch. Of course, I am a newbie, so my taste in sexy scenes is perhaps not that developed. Still, this was such a beautiful story and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this “series”, Take a Hint, Dani Brown!

New Adult

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

So I’ve not read a ton of New Adult. Or, more accurately, I’m not sure what really counts as New Adult 😅 But this book was tagged as “new adult” 395 times on Goodreads and that’s enough for me! I absolutely adored this book, the first I had ever read by Naomi Novik. She has a way of weaving retellings that is just magical. Well, her writing in general is magical and I can’t wait to read A Deadly Education when it comes out!

Young Adult

SLAY by Brittney Morris

This is a fabulous contemporary YA about a young girl who creates a game specifically for Black gamers. It’s a safe space in an online community that can often be unwelcoming to non-white players and, honestly, I want SLAY to be a real game! It sounds like a ton of fun. That aside, the topics discussed in this book are very timely and the writer attacks them with such grace and beauty. This is a fantastic book and I need everyone to read it!

Fantasy

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Is anyone surprised that this is my fantasy rec? Anyone? It was almost my YA rec, but then I would have had to pick a different fantasy book that I currently love more than Raybearer and… yeah, no. This book has claimed my heart and I can. not. WAIT until it’s officially out in the world! I know I said I wouldn’t rest until everyone read SLAY and this is doubly true for this beautiful novel. It comes out in August and just… please read this!


What books would you recommend for these genres? Did you do your own BBH? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Blog Tour: Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski

Hello, reader!

Today, I am one of the stops on a blog tour for Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski! The tour is being put on by Storytellers on Tour, which is a blog and bookstagram tour company that focuses on indie published fantasy and sci-fi. Which I think is pretty awesome! To see all the other amazing blogs on this tour, check out the schedule here. It was a privilege to be able to participate in this tour! Thank you to Storytellers on Tour and the publisher for letting me come along for the ride.

But enough rambling about the tour… let’s talk about this book!

Synopsis

“A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

This is the story of a cursed princess,
A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.”

Book Details

  • Author: Brianna Sugalski
  • Publisher: The Parliament House
  • Series: Disenchanted #1
  • Publication date: March 10, 2020
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fantasy
  • Age group: Young adult/New adult
  • Content Warnings: Violence, attempted rape

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About the Author

With an education in Mass Communication—and an engrossment in all that is curious andbewitching—Brianna Sugalski is an author and blogger. Previously, she was a staff contributor forLifestyle & Fashion online magazine, Sarah Scoop, and also served as Copy Editor and Editor-In-Chief at her school publications.Brianna was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, but now travels the country every fewyears with her husband and children. She admires the luminaries of the Victorian Era; growing upreading period literature has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives thatreaders will hopefully enjoy.Ultimately, she aspires to make her own readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives and to helpthem discover the magical meaning of their own powers within.

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My Review

“My point is, if you cannot live with the shard of darkness that rests within you, then tell me, princess… How will you live with all of mine?”

I have to be honest. Even after reading the synopsis for this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love a dark fantasy, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a dark YA fantasy. It sounded intriguing, though, so I decided to give it a go.

Disenchanted is definitely not lacking in action! This was a fast-paced read, with the action starting from chapter one and keeping you in it’s grip until the very end. There was no point in this story that I felt like it was lagging or getting dull. I do enjoy a fantasy that can keep me interested throughout the entire story. This was expertly paced, which made it a very quick read.

I also enjoyed the development of both our main characters, Lilac and Garin. It was interesting to follow a heroine who wasn’t immediately a badass. Lilac is definitely fierce and bold when she is cornered, but you can tell she’s spent most of her life locked away in a castle. She makes some… dubious choices, but, you know what? It’s a little refreshing reading about a heroine that isn’t instantly perfect. Lilac is messy and has flaws and it makes her a nuanced character. I felt like I would have like to see her grow a little more throughout the book, but this is the first book of a series, so it kinda makes sense. Her arc is yet to be completed!

As for Garin, he was an interesting protagonist. Again, like Lilac, he has his issues and flaws that made him come alive on the page. He is kind of your typical, tortured bad boy, but there are little traits sprinkled into him that make him just that much more intriguing. I honestly wish we could have had more of his prospective in the story! Either way, I liked watching his development as I read this book.

The one thing I would say felt a little rushed to me was the romance. This is probably because I went into this expecting more fantasy than romance. The fantasy elements were fantastic, but the romance very quickly took over. It felt a little insta-lovey, which is not my favorite thing. Still, even with the insta-love, I thought the author did a beautiful job of twisting the heartstrings as we watched these two spiral towards one another.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the world-building. I loved all the myths and supernatural creatures that were woven throughout this book! And the creepy, atmospheric descriptions of the forest Brocèliande were just… *chef’s kiss* The author has a way with beautifully wrought descriptions. It was so easy to picture the forest in my mind’s eye. I felt the closeness of the witch’s hut. Strong descriptions are something I always appreciate in my fantasy reads! It makes it so easy to get lost in the story.

Final thoughts: This was a dark, atmospheric fantasy book that will have you captivated from page one. The characters are interesting to follow and I really enjoyed watching their development. I was a little thrown off with how much romance was in this book, but I still enjoyed my reading experience.

Star rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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