Pricked Release Blitz

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Do you love fairy tales and fun fantasy stories? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Pricked by Scott Mooney! I know I can’t wait to give this one a read!

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Blurb:
Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twenty something in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

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Author Bio:

Scott Mooney is a writer, improviser, and director from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Even before he could hold a pencil, he dictated stories to his parents. He currently lives in Chicago after time in New York, Los Angeles, England, and a dozen fantasy worlds of his own creation. His debut novel, Pricked, was written during his studies at Cornell University and Oxford University.

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Review of Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

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Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Review:

This was a fun, fast read! I’ve been hearing about this series for years and so I finally decided to give it a try. The world is really interesting and the characters are, for the most part, quite engaging. While there were a few things I wasn’t as fond of, overall I had a great time reading this!

I loved the world that Raasch created, although I wish there would have been a few more details. The idea of having different countries representing the different seasons was really cool. I’m hoping we learn more about this world in the next books!

The characters were all pretty well-developed and entertaining. I appreciated that they all had their own histories and personalities. I felt like I really knew them all. There were a few character interactions that I didn’t like as much (there is a small love triangle), but overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these characters.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book. It came with a lot of hype, and I’m always leery of books like that. But, I’m really glad I read Snow Like Ashes! If you like Young Adult fantasies with strong female leads, I would definitely recommend giving this a read!

Review of The Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

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Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Review:

This book surprised me quite a bit. I went in thinking I would love it. I mean, a strong female lead, story based around a fairytale/myth, a unique world…how could I not love it? But at first, I just couldn’t get into the story. I still wanted to finish the book, but I wasn’t dying to pick it up every spare second. It took me three chapters before something clicked. Then, to my surprise, I suddenly couldn’t put the book down. I devoured the rest and was so sad when I read the last page.

I mentioned before that this was a unique world. It was so interesting to read about a city who’s society is impacted so heavily on water, or lack there of. I had so much fun learning about the people and the history.

I think what hung me up at first was the characters. It was hard for me to really get a read on them at first. They were all interesting, but I just didn’t feel like I had any connection to them. But once I began to feel that connection, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen with them.

So, all in all, I’d recommend giving this one a read. It’s a somewhat short book, and a standalone! I had so much fun reading The Tiger Queen, and hopefully you will too!

Thank you to NetGalley and Blink for the chance to review this book.

Review of Timur’s Escape by Tabi Slick

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Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Probably

Review:

I’ve always had an interest in history, but I’ll admit that I don’t know very much about the Ottoman Empire. So it was a lot of fun to explore this world, even in a fictional setting! Overall, I enjoyed this book. The concept and world were really intriguing.

I had a bit of a hard time with the characters. It was difficult for me to really connect with them. I didn’t dislike them, in fact there were a lot of things I liked about each of them. There just wasn’t anything that really drew me to them. Admittedly, I often have a harder time with romance-heavy books, so that might have had something to do with my struggles.

Like I said before, however, the world Slick created was so well done! I loved how seamlessly she combined the history and fiction. It made the world feel so real. I feel like I could step right into this world and know exactly what to expect.

If you’re a fan of historical fantasies and paranormal books, I would definitely recommend giving this a read. I’m interested to see where Slick takes the story next!

Review of Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This book was so much fun! Kristoff and Kaufman have a gift for creating such unique and fleshed out characters that are way to easy to fall in love with. And Aurora Rising was no different. Even when I felt like the story went a little weird, I couldn’t stop reading because of these characters.

That being said, this book didn’t pack quite as big of a punch as I was hoping. It was a great read and really fun, but sometimes I felt like the plot was a little forced and harder to follow. I didn’t have that problem often, but there were a few times I struggled.

Like I said, the characters more than made up for any issues I had with the plot. And not just the main characters either (which were all so fantastic). I also loved getting to know all of the side characters and their worlds. The world – or, galaxy – Kristoff and Kaufman created is so vivid and vibrant that I feel like I could step right in.

Needless to say, I would highly recommend this book. While it wasn’t perfect, I think it is more than worth reading. I’m so excited to find out what happens next!

Imperium Academy by Rebecca Bosevski Release Blitz

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I’m a sucker for a good superhero story. Which makes me doubly excited to share this book with you all! It looks so great! Without further ado, here is some information on Imperium Academy.

Synopsis:

A genetic leap gave her powers, but before she can take up the cape, Ellen will have to brave Imperium Academy.

Ellen doesn’t remember much about her parents, they died when she was four. Raised by her aunt she’s envied for years the homo-magis children called on to be tested and subsequently enrolled in one of the five academy’s for heroes.

Ellen isn’t a homo-magis.

Or so she thought.

Her parents were two of the first Superheroes, their lives sacrificed to stop Novaside and save their only child.

Ecstatic, yet a little nervous to finally be a part of the world she’d dreamed of, Ellen is off to Imperium Academy.

But her classing doesn’t go as expected.

Instead of joining the ranks of the illustrious Star Heroes, Ellen is regulated to the role of Sidekick, after all, night vision is barely a superpower.

Many have begun to question the need for Sidekicks, some teachers even suggesting they would be better suited to other employment.

But with Novaside getting bolder, and her latest attack hitting too close to home, Ellen is determined to stay at the academy and prove them wrong.

After all, where better to learn to be a hero than a school full of supers?

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Author Bio:

Rebecca Bosevski is a speculative fiction author living on the east coast of Australia. Now that the Enchanting the Fey series is complete, Rebecca has plans to rapid release her Imperium Academy six book series over the next 18 months – that is if she can stop binge watching every Neflix movie made staring Noah Centineo. You can visit her at https://rebeccajaynebosevski.wixsite.com/author

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Excerpt:

Her classroom had seating for thirty-four students but a third of them sat empty now. It was an inevitable outcome. Of course they would leave—she would have. Had she had that option. Had she been born a magis instead of a regular plain old sapien.

Ellen propped her head on her hand, staring at the orange and red leaf flicking at the window pane as she tried to recall their names. The names of the ones now living the life she dreamed of.

When she started middle school, she made a point not to befriend the magis children. They would all be gone soon enough, once they received their green and gold technote inviting them to be tested.

And though she knew her invitation would never come, it did nothing to stay the dreams—each night she saw herself presenting to a Safe Haven Clinic to have her gene blocker reversed, freeing her enhancements from their suppression.

And each night a different gift emerged. Flight, strength, speed. Each gift, each power, as incredible as the last. Ellen dreamed of using her awakened enhancements to defeat the rebels in the streets of New State, New York, until her aunt would break through her illusions with a call for breakfast, sending the scent of bacon to awaken her mind.

For three years she watched the magis children while they prepared for what was to come, a future in the spotlight of the world. A future protecting the ones like her, the normals. The weak. The homo-sapiens. Even the class fives, the ones who would become sidekicks, didn’t come back.

Now, on her fourteenth birthday, Ellen found herself in her first week of high school, staring mindlessly at the empty chairs they would have occupied while her teacher regaled what was left of her students with a tale of heroes lost.

A rumble vibrated through the classroom floor, pulling Ellen from her daze. Her teacher’s monotonous voice was interrupted by the shrill siren of the city’s emergency system. Ellen’s heart raced as she pushed aside the notebook covering her desk’s inbuilt screen, just as the first image appeared.

Red bolded font scrolled beneath the alternating pictures and videos of the aftermath of another attack. The rebels had leveled a Safe Haven Clinic, the feed showed a dust cloud billowing through the streets filled with people stumbling from the darkness, hugging their bloodied arms against their chests as if that would keep them safe.

SEVENTEEN HOMO-SAPIENS CONFIRMED DEAD IN ANOTHER REBEL ATTACK … HOMO-MAGIS SILVERLIGHT FREES CHILD FROM DEBRIS … “THESE BRUTAL ATTACKS ON THE HELPLESS MUST BE STOPPED,” COMMANDER CUMMINGS SAYS DURING PRESS CONFERENCE …

 

Review of Claiming T-Mo by Eugen Bacon

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Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

Jekyll and Hyde is one of my favorite stories. So when I saw a science fiction fantasy with a character who has dueling personalities, I was so excited to check it out. And this really was an interesting book. While there were times when I started to lose connection to the story, overall I’m glad I gave this a read!

The whole concept of this book and the fact that it encompasses so many cultures and worlds was so great. I loved learning about all of the worlds and seeing how everything – and everyone – connected together. I would have liked to learn more about the cultures described, especially Grovea, I did appreciate getting a glimpse into these worlds.

Speaking of wanted more details, I also wish I could have understood the characters and their backstories a little better. I could have used a few more chapters about all of them and how they came to be where they were. But the book was relatively short for a science fiction/fantasy novel, so I understand that there wasn’t a whole lot of space to delve into details. That did make it difficult for me to really care about the characters, however.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It made me think, which is something I always look for in a book. While I wish I could have felt a little more connected to the characters, I still found plenty to keep me reading. I think this book is worth a read if you like magical realism and science fiction books.

Thank you to Meerkat Press for the chance to read this book!