Blog Tour: Son of Shadow by John Lenahan

Hello, reader!

Today, it’s my pleasure to participate in the blog tour hosted by The Write Reads for a fantasy that mixes contemporary with Irish folklore. Son of Shadow by John Lenahan is the first book in a new series by the author of the Shadowmagic trilogy. I had a fun time with this one, though I kind of wish I had read the original trilogy first!

Before I get more into my review, let me thank Dave @ The Write Reads and all of the crew for giving me a spot on this tour! I also want to thank the publisher and author for sending me a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions contained within are my own.

Alright, now let’s get into it!


  • Title: Son of Shadow
  • Author: John Lenahan
  • Publication date: June 25th, 2022
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, blood, brief stay in a mental health facility

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A world of faeries, leprechauns and dragons – and magic fuelled by the blood of trees.

A mystery portal to the Real World.

And a pair of curious young adventurers who know they shouldn’t step through it…

Meet Fergal the Second, nicknamed ‘two’. Or ‘Doe’, in his own language. He can do magic. But, for the moment, he’s forgotten where he’s from. Or what’s happened to his blind friend Ruby.

He’s actually from Tir na Nog, the enchanted world of Shadowmagic, where a new generation of the royal House of Duir are cheeking their parents, preparing for adulthood and itching to see the Real World for themselves – whatever the peril.

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Blog Tour: The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

Hello, reader!

Today, it’s my stop on the book tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours for one of my most anticipated reads of 2022: The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna! After reading (and loving!) The Gilded Ones last year, I could not wait to get my hands on the latest installment in this lush world. Especially after what happened at the end of the first book!

Before I get into my post, however, let me take a moment to thank some people. First, thank you to the wonderful team at TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour. I was so excited when I got the email confirmation! Second, thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for providing me with a free e-ARC so that I could participate. It is, as always, very much appreciated. Rest assured that all opinions contained in my post are my own.

Also, I want to make sure y’all check out all the other incredible bloggers and bookstagrammers that have stops on this tour! There is a wide variety and, if you would like to follow along with the tour, you can find the schedule HERE.

Alright, now let’s get to my tour stop!


  • Title: The Merciless Ones
  • Author: Namina Forna
  • Series: The Gilded Ones #2
  • Publication date: May 31st, 2022
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Young 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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Fans of The Gilded Ones and Children of Blood and Bone will love the second book in an epic fantasy series about a girl who is the key to saving the empire–or its greatest threat.

It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Otereans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster.

But the real battle has only just begun and Deka must lead the charge. Deka is tasked with freeing the rest of the goddesses. Only as she begins to free them, she begins to see a strange symbol everywhere in places of worship and worn on armor. There’s something unnatural about that symbol; just looking at it makes Deka lose her senses. Even worse, it seems to repel her powers. She can’t command or communicate with the new deathshrieks. In fact, she can’t even understand them when they speak.

Deka knows freeing the goddesses is just the beginning. She can tell whatever dark force out is powerful and there is something sinister out there threatening the kingdom connected to that symbol–something merciless–that her army will need to stop before humanity crumbles. But Deka’s powers are only getting stronger…and her strongest weapon could be herself.

Content Warning: scenes of violence, including some graphic violence and description of sexual assault

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Sundays In Bed With… The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

It has been a lazy Sunday here and lazy Sundays are perfect for reading. What book have I been spending my day with this lovely Sunday? It’s the sequel to one of my favorite reads of last year and one of my most anticipated reads of 2022! I’ve been eager to read this book, so was very excited to be included in the TBR & Beyond Tours book tour for it.

Now, let me tell you more about this read that has re-captured my imagination!


My Sunday Read Is…

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

I’ve dived right back into the world that Namina Forna has created and it is just as captivating the second time around! It throws us right into the action, with Deka and crew dealing with the consequences of the end of book one, The Gilded Ones. There are strange things happening and I’m captivated by all that is going on! This is just as vivid and cinematic as the first one. I’m not sure how this is going to end but, if what I’ve read so far has been incredible!

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First Lines Friday #43

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

It’s the end of another work week, which means it’s time for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that I’ve been itching to read since it came out earlier this year. I recently picked it up from the library, which means I’m that much closer to actually reading it, haha. It’s one of my more anticipated reads for 2022!

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can make me even more excited to read it.


The Line(s):

“Children have always been drawn to the doors.

Scholars have recorded the adventures of the travelers, those whose lost and lonely yearnings were strong enough to attract the attention of something greater than themselves, for centuries.”


The Hints:

This is the newest book in a series.

The author has quite an extensive backlist of novels.

Think portal fantasy, but with a twist.


The Reveal:

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Blog Tour: Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick

Hello, reader!

I have a blog tour post for you today! This one is featuring a spooky middle grade horror novel that is filled with creepy-crawlies: Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick! I had a great time with this fast-paced read and I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

Before we get into my review, though, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads  and all the crew, the publisher, Farshore, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for my participation with this tour and an honest review. It is, as always, very much appreciated and all opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Alright, let’s get into it, shall we?


Book Details


  • Title: Dread Wood
  • Author: Jennifer Killick
  • Publication date: March 31st, 2022
  • Genre: Horror
  • Age group: Middle Grade
  • 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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Synopsis


Turn the lights on. Lock the door. Things are about to get SERIOUSLY SCARY!

The brand new must-read middle-grade novel from the author of super-spooky Crater Lake. Perfect for 9+ fans of R.L.Stine’s Goosebumps

It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary.

What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute . . .? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge . . .

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Blog Tour Spotlight: Princess Ever After by Connie Glynn

Hello, reader!

Remember my review last week for Undercover Princess? And how I said there would be more Rosewood Chronicles content coming soon? Well, here it is! Today, I have a spotlight for the fifth and last book in this YA fantasy series, Princess Ever After by Connie Glynn! Now, after loving the first book so much, I knew I was going to want to continue with the series. I also knew that there was no way I was going to read three other books before it was time for me to post this, so I opted for a spotlight instead. If you haven’t read any of the Rosewood Chronicles series, I would suggest checking out my earlier review instead.

Of course, I want to thank The Write Reads team and the publisher, Penguin, for giving me a spot on this tour. I always appreciate it!

Now, let’s get to the spotlight 👑


Book Details


  • Title: Princess Ever After
  • Author: Connie Glynn
  • Series: The Rosewood Chronicles #5
  • Publication date: February 17th, 2022
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Young Adult

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Blog Tour: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Hello, reader!

Back at you again with a fresh new The Write Reads blog tour! It should be very obvious that I just can’t say no to Dave @ The Write Reads at this point 😂 Honestly, though, when I heard the premise of this story, I couldn’t help but sign up. Today, I’m featuring a book all about rebellious princesses and striving to be the person you want to be in a world that would tear you down for it. It’s an incredible YA fantasy called Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn!

I’m excited to participating in this unique blog tour as this post is a lead up to another I’ll be making later that highlights the fifth book in the Rosewood Chronicles, Princess Ever After. Having never read any of this series, but want to join in on the tour, I signed up to give this book a read and I’m very glad that I did! Before we get into my review, though, I want to thank all the crew at The Write Reads, the publisher, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for my participation with this tour and an honest review. It is, as always, very much appreciated.

Alright, now let’s get to the tour stop post!


Book Details


  • Title: Undercover Princess
  • Author: Connie Glynn
  • Series: The Rosewood Chronicles #1
  • Publication date: November 2nd, 2017
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Young 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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Synopsis


When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.

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Blog Tour: Revenge of the Beast by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Hello, reader!

I have yet another exciting blog tour for you today! It’s my stop on the tour put on by The Write Reads for a middle grade sequel I have been dying to read.

Not literally, mind you. No matter what the Beast may prefer.

This is the tour for Revenge of the Beast by Jack Meggitt-Phillips! I had just as much fun with this book as I did with the first one. It was funny, touching, and, yes, ghastly, and I loved every moment of it.

But, before I get to post, I have to say my thanks! First, thank you to Dave @ The Write Reads and all the incredible people working behind the scenes for allowing me to be a part of this tour. Second, thank you to the publisher, Farshore, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation in this tour and an honest review. It is always appreciated!

So, let’s get into it, shall we?


Book Details


  • Title: Revenge of the Beast
  • Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
  • Illustrations: Isabelle Follath
  • Publication date: September 30th, 2021
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Middle Grade
  • 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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Synopsis


Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated sequel to The Beast and the Bethany in which Bethany and Ebenezer try to turn over a new leaf, only to have someone—or something—thwart them at every turn.

Once upon a very badly behaved time, 511-year-old Ebenezer kept a beast in his attic. He would feed the beast all manner of objects and creatures and in return the beast would vomit him up expensive presents. But then the Bethany arrived.

Now notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new feathery friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to de-beast their lives and Do Good. But Bethany finds that being a former prankster makes it hard to get taken on for voluntary work. And Ebenezer secretly misses the beast’s vomity gifts. And neither of them are all that sure what “good people” do anyway.

Then there’s Claudette, who’s not been feeling herself recently. Has she eaten something that has disagreed with her?

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Blog Tour: The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies

Hello, reader!

Today on the blog, it’s my stop on the blog tour run by The Write Reads for a fantastic gaslamp fantasy that absolutely captured my imagination: The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies! This book is filled with gods, mortals, and cHAoS. It’s ambitious, fast-paced, and dark and I loved it!

But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Before I get further into this post, I want to thank a few people. First, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads and all the incredible people working behind the scenes for allowing me to be a part of this tour! I would also like to thank the author, Trudie Skies, for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for my participation with this tour and an honest review. It was very much appreciated.

Alright, let’s get into the post!


Book Details


  • Title: The Thirteenth Hour
  • Author: Trudie Skies
  • Publication date: October 13th, 2021
  • Genre: Fantasy/Gaslamp Fantasy
  • Age group: 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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Synopsis


When the saints fail, the sinners step up.

Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime, demanding worship and tribute from their mortal subjects. Kayl lost her faith in them long ago, and now seeks to protect vulnerable and downtrodden mortals from their gods’ whims. But when Kayl discovers powers that she didn’t know she had—and destroys a mortal’s soul by accident—she becomes Chime’s most wanted.

Quen’s job was to pursue sinners, until the visions started. Haunted by foreboding images of his beloved city’s destruction, Quen hunts soul-sucking creatures made of aether who prey on its citizens—and Kayl is his number one target.

To ensure Chime’s future, Kayl and Quen must discover the truth of Kayl’s divine abilities before the gods take matters into their own hands.

For a city that bows to cruel gods, it’ll take godless heathens to save it.

The Thirteenth Hour is the first book in The Cruel Gods series—a gaslamp fantasy featuring magical portals, gothic cosmic deities, quaint Britishisms, and steampunk vibes. This is an adult book containing strong language and mature themes that some readers may find disturbing. For a full list of content warnings, visit Trudie Skies’s website.

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First Lines Friday #31

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 (I cheat a little bit here 😉)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of another week and that means it’s time for First Lines Friday! I would be more hyped about the end of the work week, but I’m actually working this weekend. So, to get me in a better mood, I figured I would feature a book that I’ve started reading recently and has me wanting to read nothing else!

I know the first few lines captured my interest, but let’s see if they can entice you, as well.


The Line(s):

“Time had run away from me again, but I couldn’t afford to let it escape, not today. It chastised me like an unruly student with every tick and tock. Even as a child, I could never be constrained by time, could never obey its laws or heed its lessons. Time had finally grown impatient with my attempts to catch up.”


The Hints:

This is a recently published fantasy that is the first in a series.

The world contained in this story is centered around a myriad of gods.

And the mortals are as varied as the gods that rule over them!


The Reveal:

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