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The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones is perfect for fans of old school fantasy, bad ass female main characters and an intricate elemental magical system. Thank you to TBR and beyond tours for having me on this tour and make sure to check all the other fantastic stops on the way! The main character Mer is a water diviner and the last of her kind and in a world where magic is rare of course the wrong people want to control her powers. but she’s willing to sacrifice it all to make sure that doesn’t happen. Mer as an MC is courageous, she is a lovable character and no spoilers but – she has a dog. The world building in this was done really well and at no point does it feel like information is just being dumped on the reader.

A person with a knife was one thing. A person with a knife and a cause could topple kingdoms.

If you’re like me and get the craving for a really good Stand alone fantasy make sure to get yourself a copy of The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones!

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Synopsis:

A magical, ethereal fantasy from Indie Bound bestselling author Emily Lloyd-Jones. Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both. The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing…but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms. The Drowned Woods—set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—is part heist novel, part dark fairy tale.

About The Author:

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. She has a BA in English from Western Oregon University and a MA in publishing from Rosemont College. She currently resides in Northern California, where she enjoys wandering in redwood forests. Her young adult novels include Illusive, Deceptive, The Hearts We Sold, The Bone Houses, and the forth coming The Drowned Woods. Her debut middle grade, Unseen Magic, will release in 2022.

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These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

Another super fun read for TBR and Beyond Tours! If you’re looking for creepy gothic haunted house vibe during the summer – look no farther! These Fleeting Shadows just released today! so make sure to add it to your tbr – but don’t just leave it on your never ending tbr stack this is one you want to read asap.

These Fleeting Shadows starts with Helen Vaughn who has no idea why her and her mother up and left their ancestral home Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven’t kept in contact with any extended family since. I’ll make sure to add the full synopsis below but mysterious past, spooky gothic setting and a bunch of unanswered questions?? Whats not to love.

As the story plays out the atmosphere is sure to pull you in but its all the twists and turns you’ll stay for. I don’t want to give too much away because I feel like part of the allure of this book is going in expecting while knowing nothing but these fleeting shadows gives you a good mix of gothic spookygore and romance – which is a very interesting combo. Over all this book gets a 4 stars from me and I recommend it to all my spooky lovers.

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Content Warning: Harm to children/death of children–non-graphic and not on the page, but prevalent in backstory & plot, Death & dying, Body horror (surreal, not gory), Violence (against MC &others), Alcoholism (not a main character), Discussion of a lobotomy performed in the 1800s

About the Author:

Kate Alice Marshall is the author of young adult and middle grade novels, including I AM STILL ALIVE,RULES FOR VANISHING, and THIRTEENS.She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, two dogs named Vonnegut and Octavia, and two kids.They all conspire to keep her on her toes.

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The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner

Thanks so much to MTMC Tours for sending me a copy of The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner! For fans of Percy Jackson & Sky in the Deep this is an epic story about two outcast who will go from enemies to lovers along the way. The Valkyrie’s Daughter is now available so make sure to check out Entangled Teen’s website!

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Synopsis:

From the time she was born, Sigrid has only ever been ordinary. Being paired at birth with a plain horse―instead of the powerful winged mare of a valkyrie―meant there would be no warrior path for her. No riding the skies, no glory among the nine worlds. Just the simple, unremarkable life of a stable hand.

Everything changes when a terrible enemy ambushes Vanaheim and Sigrid sees a vision of herself atop a mythical stallion, leading the valkyries into a harrowing battle. Finally, she can grab her future with her own two hands and become the hero of her own story…if she dares.

But her destiny is tied up with Mariam, a fallen valkyrie who’s allied herself with the very enemy Sigrid is trying to stop.

Now Sigrid has left ordinary behind as she begins a journey with the beautiful―if treacherous―valkyrie, each step bringing her closer to answers…and to awakened feelings for Mariam.

Only, the life Sigrid has escaped may have been paradise compared to the one she’s racing toward. Because her destination is the realm of the dead: the gates of Hel.

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Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

| unapologetically vicious & delightfully dark |

That’s pretty much how I would describe Violet made of Thorns and its main character. Thanks so much to TBR and Beyond for having me on todays tour stop for this book, make sure to check out the rest of the tour! If you’re a fan of dark but subtle fairytale retellings with a sprinkle of spice this book is for you. The push and pull between our MC and love interest definitely makes this book all the more fun without even having to mention the magic, the court machinations and the secrets each character holds.

I rarely ask for dual POV but in this books case I wish I would have been able to get a glimpse into every characters head, I was so curious the entire time! This story is a very fast paced ‘give me the next chapter’ type of story and every chapter delivered someone even better than the last. I do feel like having a morally gray main character really added to this story I can’t imagine our MC Violet being motivated by doing good and this story gripping me as much as it did.

First the Briars and then come the beasts & blood. The magic in this world really caught my attention it felt like the author put together all the twisted parts of Cinderella, sleeping beauty and beauty and the beast all in one.

Overall I give Violet Made of Thorns 4 stars and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this world. I was surprised to find out it wasn’t a standalone because the ending did feel tied together for Violet but regardless if the next MC is her or someone else within this story (maybe some Dante snippets??) I will definitely be reading the next one.

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen is out now so make sure to add it to your Goodreads and you can get your own copy at any of these stores: Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | Indie Bound | Amazon

Synopsis:

A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove.

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all

About The Author:

Gina Chen tells stories about fantastic worlds featuring heroines, antiheroines, and the kind of cleverness that brings trouble in its wake. A self-taught artist with a degree in computer science, she generates creative nonsense in all forms of media and always has a project stewing. Violet Made of Thorns is her debut fantasy novel. For more info, visit actualgina.com and follow @actualgina on Twitter and Instagram. Goodreads | Tumblr

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Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond tours for having me on this tour for Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty. Below you can find the synopsis, content warnings & links to purchase the book and of course more about the authr!

Synopsis:

In this medieval YA fantasy thriller, an orphan with a secret, magical sight gets caught between a mysterious genius and the serial killer he’s hunting. Rising above the city of Collis is the holy Sanctum. And watching over its spires is Catrin, an orphan girl with unique skills—for she alone can spot the building’s flaws in construction before they turn deadly. But when Catrin witnesses a murderer escaping the scene of his crime, she’s pulled into the web of a dangerous man who will definitely strike again. Assigned to capture the culprit is the mysterious, brilliant, and enigmatic Simon, whose insights into the mind of a killer are frighteningly accurate. As the grisly crimes continue, Catrin finds herself caught between murderer and detective while hiding her own secret—a supernatural sight granted by the moon, destined to make her an outcast, and the only thing that might save her and those she loves from becoming the next victims…

Content Warning: graphic death, violence, incest, talk of mental illness.

Make sure to add the books on GoodReads , and the book is now available at the following retailers: Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound | & Amazon.

About the author :

Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor but won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering(Astronautics) and German, then served in the fleet as a weapons officer on a combat destroyer and later as an instructor the Center for Naval Leadership.

After a few years as a stay-at-home mother and navy wife with a casual family blog, Erin upped her game and started writing her first novel in the spring of 2014. She is now the author of the Traitor’s Circle Trilogy published by Imprint, Macmillan and in several foreign languages. She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Erin has taught classes at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk and has also served on the advisory board of Hampton Roads Writers. Author Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook

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Summers Edge by Dana Mele

Summers Edge was made for lovers of I know what you did last summer, Haunting of hill house and dare I say it felt like there was a sprinkle of American Horror Story. The book follows a group of friends a year after the tragic events of a summer gone wrong. I’ll make sure to include the synopsis below but after one of their friends -Emily- dies in a fire within the cabin the friends were staying in nothing is the same again.

The Story follows Chelsea who is haunted by ghostly visions and seems to be the only one filled with guilt over the loss of their friend. The question is – was what happened to Emily an accident or murder? This book has the perfect blend of creepy and atmospheric you would want in a spooky summer read. When I say I want to read a thriller I want the elements within Summers Edge.

Reading this will feel like a blur in the best way since you won’t be able to put this book down until you know just what happened last summer at the cabin. I’m giving Summers Edge 4 stars and I’m so glad Turn the Pages Tours included me on the tour for Summers Edge by Dana Mele!

Synopsis:

I Know What You Did Last Summer meets  The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer.

Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside.

A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here.

As old betrayals rise to the surface, Chelsea and her friends have one night to unravel a mystery spanning three summers before a killer among them exacts their revenge.

About the author:

Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer based in the Catskills. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dana holds degrees in theatre, education, and law. Dana’s debut, PEOPLE LIKE US, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. A second YA thriller, SUMMER’S EDGE, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in Spring 2022, followed by TRAGIC, a graphic novel retelling of Hamlet from Legendary Comics. Author Website IG

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Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin

Happy First day of the TBR and Beyond Tour for Primal animals! Thanks to much to TBR and Beyond for having me on this tour, as a lover of books with spooky girl vibes I’m super excited to dive into this book. Make sure to check the tour schedule for reviews on this book!

Synopsis:

Protect the girls

Arlee Gold is anxious about spending the summer at the college prep Camp Rockaway—the same camp her mother attended year sago, which her mother insists will help give Arlee a “fresh start” and will “change her life.” Little does Arlee know that, once she steps foot on the manicured grounds, this will prove to be true in horrifying ways. Even though the girls in her cabin are awesome—and she’s developing a major crush on thegirl who sleeps in the bunk above her—the other campers seem to be wary of Arlee, unwilling to talk to her or be near her, which only ramps up her paranoia. When she’s tapped to join a strange secret society, Arlee thinks this will be her shot at fitting in…until her new “sisters” ask her to do the unthinkable, putting her life, and the life of her new crush, in perilous danger

Content Warning: Blood, gore, mentions of Sexual harassment/assault

For lowers of Wilder Girls, House of Hollow, the Grace Year and What Big Teeth, Primal Animals comes out May 24th and can be preordered from Barnes & Noble, Indigo, IndieBound, Book depository, and Amazon. Make sure to add this to your goodreads as well!

About the Author :

Julia Lynn Rubin lives the writer’s life in Brooklyn, where she finished an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School in 2017. For three years she served as a writing mentor for Girls Write Now, New York City’s premiere writing program for high school girls, and she continues to facilitate pre K literacy programs throughout Brooklyn at libraries and family shelters.

Julia has been writing books, poems, and stories since first grade, and loves reading about everything from film analysis (she’s a film nerd) to psychology and philosophy. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as the North American Review, Sierra Nevada Review, and The Lascaux Review, and she has written for a variety of online publications Including BuzzFeed, The Content Strategist , Fatherly and Wetpaint Entertainment.

Julia is passionate about realism and diversity in teen literature. She hopes to one day own a French bulldog, pug, Boston terrier, or perhaps a mix of all three. She loves indie films, drag shows, and spending as much time as possible at the beach. She is represented by Lauren Spieller or Triada US Literary Agency .

Author links – Website, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook.

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The Blood Trials By N.E. Davenport

Firstly thanks so much to Turn The Pages tours for having me on this tour for The Blood Trials by N.E Davenport! You can find the rest of the tour here. The Blood Trials is a fast-paced, action-packed blend of Fantasy and Science Fiction that’s gonna keep you turning the pages one after the other.

Synopsis:

It’s all about blood.

The blood spilled between the Republic of Mareen and the armies of the Blood Emperor long ago. The blood gifts of Mareen’s deadliest enemies. The blood that runs through the elite War Houses of Mareen, the rulers of the Tribunal dedicated to keeping the republic alive.

The blood of the former Legatus, Verne Amari, murdered.

For his granddaughter, Ikenna, the only thing steady in her life was the man who had saved Mareen. The man who had trained her in secret, not just in martial skills, but in harnessing the blood gift that coursed through her.

Who trained her to keep that a secret.

But now there are too many secrets, and with her grandfather assassinated, Ikenna knows two things: that only someone on the Tribunal could have ordered his death, and that only a Praetorian Guard could have carried out that order.

Bent on revenge as much as discovering the truth, Ikenna pledges herself to the Praetorian Trials–a brutal initiation that only a quarter of the aspirants survive. She subjects herself to the racism directed against her half-Khanaian heritage and the misogyny of a society that cherishes progeny over prodigy, all while hiding a power that–if found out–would subject her to execution…or worse. Ikenna is willing to risk it all because she needs to find out who murdered her grandfather…and then she needs to kill them.

Mareen has been at peace for a long time…

Ikenna joining the Praetorians is about to change all that.

Magic and technology converge in the first part of this stunning debut duology, where loyalty to oneself–and one’s blood–is more important than anything.

The Blood Trails by N.E. Davenport is out now and can be purchased from Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Book Depository and Amazon.

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This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me on this tour for This Rebel Heart and a happy Pub day to this book as well!! This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke is out now so make sure to get yourself a copy! Barnes and Noble, Indigo, Amazon, IndieBound and Book Depository and You can also add it to your goodreads here.

Synopsis:

A tale set amid the 1956 Hungarian revolution in post-WWII Communist Budapest. In the middle of Budapest, there is a river. Csilla knows the river is magic. During WWII, the river kept her family safe when they needed it most–safe from the Holocaust. But that was before the Communists seized power. Before her parents were murdered by the Soviet police. Before Csilla knew things about her father’s legacy that she wishes she could forget. Now Csilla keeps her head down, planning her escape from this country that has never loved her the way she loves it. But her carefully laid plans fall to pieces when her parents are unexpectedly, publicly exonerated. As the protests in other countries spur talk of a larger revolution in Hungary, Csilla must decide if she believes in the promise and magic of her deeply flawed country enough to risk her life to help save it, or if she should let it burn to the ground

Reviews describe this book as absolutely gorgeous and devastating, and Stunning.
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About the author:

Katherine Locke (they/them) lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes. They are the author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and 2018 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, as well as The Spy with the Red Balloon, and the forth coming This Rebel Heart(April 2022). They are the co-editor and contributor to This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them and Us, which had three starred reviews and made Kirkus Review’s Best Middle Grade of 2021 list, as well as It’s A Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes and other Jewish Stories. They also contributed to Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens and Out Now: Queer We Go Again. They are the author of picture books Bedtime for Superheroes, What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns, and the forth coming Being Friends with Dragons (February2022).They can be found online at KatherineLockeBooks.com and @bibliogato on Twitter and Instagram. Goodreads | Facebook |

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A Magic Steeped In Poison by Judy I. Lin

A Magic Steeped in Poison can be described as magical, enchanting, wonderful and whimsical. The story follows Ning who is competing to try and save her sisters from an illness she feels is her own fault. A Magic Steeped in Poison immediately grabbed my attention and my heart! Being the eldest sister in my house I immediately connected with Ning because I would do the same thing in her place. And the story very rapidly pulls you in! When I started it I blinked and then suddenly was 100 pages in.

Don’t be deceived, my mother once told me. The stars are not as peaceful as they appear. The astronomers are tasked with deciphering their celestial travels, prophecies that predict the rise and ruin of great families and kingdoms. They burn with as much ferocity as our sun.

Everything in this story from world building, to characters to writing style screams ‘top favorite book’ to me. Judy I. Lin’s writing in this book gave me such a sense of adventure but also really makes the reader feel immersed in this story – it was so hard for me to pull myself away that I read this in one sitting! This is a book you have to read for yourself to full experience but believe me when I say it is delightfully enchanting. 5 Stars!

Human hands make mistakes Ning, but they are the hands the gods gave us. We use them to make amends, to do good things.

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin comes out March 29th and can be purchased anywhere books are sold – Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Book Depository, Indigo, IndieBound. Make sure to add it to your Goodreads as well! I’ll add the synopsis below as well. Happy reading!

Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

About the Author –

Judy I. Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now works as an occupational therapist, and still spends her nights dreaming up imaginary worlds of her own. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband and daughter. A Magic Steeped in Poison is her debut novel. Website Twitter Instagram Goodreads

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