The Secret of Dartwood Manor: Creative Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for The Secret of Dartwood Manor by N.A. Triptow hosted by MTMC Tours! On sale this week for $0.99!!

Title: The Secret of Dartwood Manor

Author: N.A. Triptow
Series: The Witchling Trilogy #1
Publisher: Wishing Well Publishing

Publication Date: January 18th, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Fantasy

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Blackwell’s 

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Witches. Ghosts. An ancient secret. Enter a world of myth and magic through this contemporary fantasy reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Sense and Sensibility.

The small New England town of Tarryville, Maine is steeped in history, having been settled by the Dartwood and Farris families who fled Salem during the witch trials. The Dartwood sisters, Eden, Mariah, and Melissa, unexpectedly return home after their parents are found murdered. Upon their arrival, the girls are plagued by dreams in which dark spectral beings haunt them. When the hellish creatures seem to be more than just nightmares, another mystery begins to unravel as they discover that the circumstances around the murder of their parents may be far more menacing than they appear. Frantic for answers, they must untangle the mystery of their parents’ murders and reconstruct the pieces of an ancient secret. With the help of the young assistant curator of their family museum, Baden Correia, and an estranged friend from their past, Evan Farris, the orphaned Dartwood sisters must uncover the truth before the darkness haunting their family descends upon them as well.

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And here’s a link to Wishing Well Publishing’s shop where you can find witchling and bookish swag The official shop of Wishing Well Publishing – Wishing Well Merch (wishing-well-merch.myshopify.com)

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The Secret of Dartwood Manor Playlist

A sneak peek into the atmospheric world of The Secret of Dartwood Manor. Check out the theme song for The Secret of Dartwood Manor by the brilliant Beckee Davis!

https://youtu.be/iVP2o4eVMjQ

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INTL Blog Tour Giveaway!

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This is open internationally & it ends on July 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

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Review

There’s always an expectation with retellings, especially of a beloved classic such as Sense and Sensibility, to be true to the original while still holding its own and bringing forth something new and unique.

The Secret of Dartwood Manor did just that. I loved the author’s take of The Dashwood Sisters, keeping true to their personalities and struggles through the Dartwood Sisters. But most of all, I absolutely loved the aesthetic of this world- magic and myth, ghosts, the Salem Witch trials, enchanting manors, and the museum of my dreams. A mystery that completely sucks you in, secrets and twists that will consume you, and captivating, descriptive writing that brought the story to life so vividly.

I am astounded and look forward to reading so much more N.A Triptow!

Tour Schedule:

July 12
Paper Fury
July 13
L.M. Durand’s Little Book Corner
The Beachy Reader
July 14
The Reader and the Chef
Elle Cheshire
July 15
Bookish Bellee
Subtle Bookish
July 16
The Loyal Book
I Dream In Books
July 17
The Ink Slinger
Ramblingmads
July 18
Shelves of Starlight
Broken Geek

About N.A. Triptow:


Author of young adult contemporary fantasy and retellings, from fairy tales to classics, N. A. Triptow graduated from The University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching with minors in History Teaching, Theatre, and British Studies. She teaches high school English and Film Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Strategic Communication and Advertising from Purdue University. In her free time, you can find her reading, watching and analyzing movies and television shows, attending the theatre, going on walks or hikes, and playing board or video games with family and friends. She lives in Utah.

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The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: Why You Should Read It

…listed in easy, short bullet points (like all the best things are).

Synopsis:

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

Rating: ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

Oh but be still my aching heart, we have found a new love.

This is one of those fantasy books that hit every single mark for me. Actually it might be the fantasy book that hit every single mark for me to utter perfection. It built and built- a burning fever within me that consumed me wholly. It is the most brilliant fantasy I’ve read this year. And that’s saying a lotttt considering I’ve had many great reads already.

I’ve decided rather than writing a rambling review that is probably not going to convey all that is this greatness of a novel, I will instead use the classic bullet point method to list them all that I loved.

2. Multiple povs (noted) that introduce us to perfect specimens of morally grey agendas that are just *chef’s kiss*.

1. Beautiful writing that is everything that makes reading great for me. Short, daunting sentences that piqued my interest with every turn of a page and kept me beyond invested.

3. Characters that are all just as enchanting as the next with gripping backstories that moved me in a way I didn’t know possible. I genuinely loved each and every one I didn’t know who to root for.

4. ENEMIES TO LOVERS DONE RIGHT- yes my one true love, enemies to lovers that is tension, tension, and more tension filled scenes, banterish convos that had me CRYING, not to mention THE KNIFE TO THE RIBS SCENE YES FOLKS HOLDING THE KNIFE TO SOMEPLACE ON THE OTHERS BODY plus A WATERFALL SCENE so you know it’s good — it’s sapphic and it’s glorious.

5. A horrible, ruthless, evil emperor who deserves all the death- rebels and magic, a mysterious forest , a rot that targets the underlings of the caste system.

6. Ancient magical stories based on Indian folklore *chefs kiss chefs kiss chefs kiss* and an age of flowers, phenomenal world building, empires, politics- all the things that make my soul SING.

7. So soooo much more with well fleshed out themes about women, power, political intrigue- all the best things.

8. Less I forget, a traitor prince- YES.

9. EPIC FANTASY I MEAN NEED I SAY MORE.

Gosh, I’m shaking just thinking about this perfect, fabulous book. It was a build up of characters, world building, magic that hit me right in my very core in the best possible way. It had me wholly immersed with every beginning and ending of a sentence. It consumed me so strongly and now- the long, agonizing wait for the sequel.

Thank you to the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Crimson Countess: Creative Blog Tour – Review + Aesthetics + GIVEAWAY

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for The Crimson Countess by Brynn Myers hosted by MTMC Tours! The Crimson Countess is an Adult Gothic Romance inspired by the tales of the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Báthory, and it will be republished on June 5, 2021 from Indigo Ink Publications.

Title: The Crimson Countess

Author: Brynn Myer
Publisher: Indigo Ink Publications

Publication Date: June 5th, 2021
Genres: Adult Gothic Romance

Purchase a copy: Amazon

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Synopsis:

Nola Blair is a free-spirited artist who’s been offered a hefty sum to create a unique piece for a party at Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It’s an assignment she declined––twice. However, at the behest of her sister and her best friend, she finally gave in, choosing her career over her annoyance with the misogynist ass trying to secure her services.

Erzsebet Bathory has been trapped for centuries and would do anything to escape, including using her own son, Paul, to do her bidding. Soon she’ll be free and take her place among the ferals as their queen.

Andrik Kane had no idea his life would change when he saved Nola from a band of rogue vampires. Charged with the hunting of ferals and their creators, one broken rule and the blood of a beautiful brunette in distress ends up giving him more than he ever bargained for.

One wants her blood, the other wants her to be his. Who will decide Nola’s fate?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

As someone who is exceedingly obsessed with Elizabeth Bathory, aka the Blood Countess, I went into The Crimson Countess with a certain expectation of a vibe that I wanted and it delivered. Dark, gothic, the vampire romance that I crave with the added intrigue and origin story of vampires that I absolutely LOVED! A riveting, fresh take on Erzsebet Bathory and her legacy, vampires and an exemplary romance perfect for lovers of the paranormal genre.

About Brynn Myers:

Brynn Myers is a paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover.

Brynn lives with her family in Central Florida.

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Giveaway

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This is open internationally & it ends on June 26th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

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Tour Schedule:

June 14 – The Reader and the Chef
June 15 – ShelfLove
June 16 – Bookish Bellee
June 17 – Paper Fury
June 18 – Ramblingmads
June 18 – Her Bookish Obsession
June 19 – MTMC Tours
June 19 – Elle cheshire
June 20 – Bibliosini
June 21 – Yours A-fiction-ately1
June 21 – Sprinkled With Words
June 22 – Vanilla Moon Books
June 23 – Brinn’s Books

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Thank you to the author and MTMC Tours for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

The Chosen and The Beautiful: Review

Synopsis:

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

Nghi Vo’s debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

There’s a certain expectation with a reimagining, especially of a classic that is well loved, to hold true to the awe and love for the original while also bringing forth something of an elaborate uniqueness that sets it apart from that original…. The Chosen and the Beautiful faaaaaar exceeded that expectation for me. I genuinely don’t think I took a single breath from the moment I started until the moment I finished in complete and utter wonderment.

If you were to ever read a Great Gatsby retelling (reimagining in this case) then let it be this one. While I thoroughly loved The Great Gatsby, in all honesty the ideologies that it represents are predominantly meant for the American people that ‘matter’, who at the time, meant white Americans (Tom and Daisy in this book are perfect representation of that). I’m sure for many of us, myself included, to truly connect with a classic such as The Great Gatsby in this time and age that it was written, is difficult because of the lack of inclusion and acknowledgement of the prejudice that was present in the 1920s. But that is different in this book. Vo flawlessly exposes so much of what was wrong of the time period and brings forth The Great Gatsby that should have been written with a very real look at racism, sexuality, mental health and so much more.

Not to mention the magical aspects of the novel which bring more depth not just to the the story but to the characters as well. I think what Fitzgerald originally created and symbolized with these characters is tenfold here given their uniqueness, especially with the twist at the end.

1000/10 would recommend and I can already tell I’ll be rereading this one again very soon!

Thank you to the publisher for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Half Sick of Shadows: Review

Synopsis:

The Lady of Shalott reclaims her story in this bold feminist reimagining of the Arthurian myth from the New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess. 

Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come–for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future.

On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends–countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic.

When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle.

As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change fate–and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Arthur is like a brother to me. Of course he matters,” he says, his voice low. A secret spoken in the dim woods, lost to the trees. “But you, Shalott . . . you’re the sun. Without you, nothing wakes. Nothing grows. It’s just darkness.”

And the award for the book I’ve highlight the most goes toooo *drum roll* 🥁 Half Sick of Shadows 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Euphoria. That is the feeling I get when I think back on the experience of reading this book.

Let’s just start with the first line:

I will die drowning; it has always been known.

Hook, line, and sinker *LOUD, aggressive clapping*

You know a fantasy book is about to be spectacular with an opening line like that, and spectacular ‘twas was.

What makes a fantasy book great? Technically I do not know but whatever formula it is this book did it correctly and then some.

If I were to pick a book that was the very definition of everything that I love about reading, the definition of the plethora of emotions that reading causes me, it would be this book. This is a tale told unlike any other I’ve read. Mesmerizing, enchanting, an Arthurian legend retelling that contains all the elements of a fantasy that I adore. And yet unlike anything I’ve read. Laura’s idea of retelling the Arthurian legend through the eyes of Elaine of Shalott as an oracle was the best thing to happen to the fantasy book world in ages.

I don’t think I could truly express just how much this books means to me, just how perfect it is for me. I read King Arthur retelling after King Arthur retelling but not a single one has buried itself into my heart like this one.

The story is told in past/present/future intervals that you sort of are thrown into blindly BUT it’s genius because it gives you a daunting sense of a foreshadowing doom that keeps you immersed into this world. It fills you with questions that leave you awake at 4 am anxiously biting your fingernails and wondering if sleep will ever come. It makes you think that the story of King Author and all who surround him could not have existed any other way. It consumes you and sets you aflame with the desire for this book to never end. My gosh, this is, and I say not lightly, my new favorite book of all time.

Also just please, I need Laura to write more retellings in this manner, no other retelling will ever be the same, no other possibility of a retelling will come close to the love I have for Half Sick of Shadows.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Road Trip: Review

Synopsis:

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

silver slip of a starlit girl

*holds hands together in doe eyed childhood bliss* YOOOO HOOOOO I HAVE A NEW OBSESSION

WHY WHY wHy WHYYYY is this all I can think about this past week??? Like Addie? Dylan? Yeah they literally are running through my mind rent freeeeee and I can’t say Im not elated about it.

I truly think Beth O’ Leary has a talent. The way she flawlessly weaves and puts together each sentence and chapter is a talent. The way she effortlessly pulls so much emotion for readers is a talent.

The Road Trip is the first book that I’ve read by Beth and I now need every single one of her books stat because I am floored with how amazing it was.

First off, just the concept of this novel. Being stuck in a car with your ex when things didn’t end on the best of terms while also getting then and now DUAL timelines was interesting to say the least. To see the dynamics of the relationship as it first developed (and then failed) and now in the present just made it all the more moving and impactful.

She writes things like this “This summer’s when you wake up, isn’t it, and you’re only just getting started. You’re just beginning to play around, and he’s nearly ready to give up and settle down and say, This is who I am, I’m done.” which makes this a coming of age story but a realistic one that delves into topics such as toxic relationships/friendships and the way they can negatively impact someone’s life. I find this incredibly interesting and majorly important and was so glad to see portrayed here. The fact that it’s a relationship that can’t exactly be cut off all the way too (specifically talking about Dylan and Marcus’ friendship here) makes it all the more prominent. Seeing Dylan make the decision to get help for himself and Marcus, seeing Addie struggle with the aftermath of her and Dylan’s relationship and then proceed to come to terms with it all to have to go through it again at a time where they’re both older and wiser is so very necessary.

I feel like in relationships, it’s important to get individual help and grow individually before you can fully give yourself to the other person and that was accurately shown in Addie and Dylan’s relationship and I really enjoyed seeing it. It’s a second chance romance/ a coming of age self discovery/ and the true definition of right person wrong time type of novel but one that’s done really really well.

I loved it. I loved seeing Addie and Dylan, and all the other characters that I just love dearly, both in the past and present. I loved their development, their journeys together and individually. The writing. The story. Just everything.

If you are a fan of romance, contemporary fiction, stories with character development, mental health development, stories that are real, or even romcom movies then this is a stable book and one you definitely need to read.

Also small suggestion: do listen to Taylor Swift on repeat while reading this (especially champagne problems) makes the experience of reading Addie and Dylan’s story all the more consuming.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the earc in exchange of an honest review.

The Prison Healer: Review

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

From bestselling author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, and Sabaa Tahir.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

So again another ‘me gushing barely coherent’ review because I LOVED THIS.

…..*crickets*……. *SCREECHING*

I AM SCREAMING AND HAVE BEEN SCREAMING FOR THE TWO DAYS SINCE IVE FINISHED THIS.

My gosh was this brilliant. EPIC. FANTASTIC.

This started off with me instantly knowing I was going to love it. It was just classic YA fantasy with a terrible prison, a challenging ordeal, rebels and rebellion, really cool elemental magic, royalty pretty much everything that makes me fall instantaneously in love with a book.

And then it had a twist. Then another one. AND THEN THE MOTHER TWISTS OF ALL TWISTS THAT IS CAUSING ALL THE SCREAMING.

The funny thing is, I thought I had it all figured it out, I was getting ready to huff and puff that while I love the wholesome, classic fantasy vibe that we were getting, It was very predictable. BUT IT WASN’T and all I can say is when an author can have my heart pumping and me jittery, anxiously NEEDING the sequel with an urgent ferocity at 4 am than you bet your favorite plot twist that book is getting five stars and making it onto my all time favorites list.

I highly, HIGHLY enjoyed this one. I loved it from the get go, I loved how mesmerizing the world was, how interesting the concept and world history is. There wasn’t a single moment where I wasn’t entranced. There was a point where I felt like Kiva kept repeating herself and some things got repetitive but it all worked out because I see now I was being diverted in preparation for the shock factor that was that ending. Lynette Noni is just… chef’s kiss. That’s what she is. She played us and did it so well that I just… *SCREAMS*

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early copy in exchange of an honest review.

House of Hollow: Review

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats. 

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind. 

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children. 

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Review:

Another jumbled ‘review’ that technically doesn’t even make sense. But I feel like that’s the sign of a good book, when it’s hard to properly express how good it was.

Anyways.

As a warning, don’t read this book when it’s dark. Don’t read this book while you’re home alone. Now that that’s out of the way:

Easily one of the best books of 2021. This was unlike anything I’ve ever read. This was horrid, eerie, creepy, mysterious, a bit chaotic, grotesque even and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy every second of it.

You know that feeling when you’re full of adrenaline, completely consumed by a book because it’s so good you literally can’t stop reading. This was it. It was very fast paced and had a haunting mystery that made you keep going regardless of time or place. Catch me holding my phone up, reading while my dentist tries to get access to my teeth.

The visuals, the descriptions were flawless. The story in itself is one of nightmares but one I, oddly enough, wish I could live in. It was creepy no doubt about it but it has its appeal. It was enchanting, in a dark twisted sense.

And it has a hell of a plot twist that I never saw coming. It’s just one those books that stays with you long after finishing, keeps you up daily obsessively thinking about.

As a side note, I want to put out there that I would like a sequel or even a novella because I need more. Especially with the way this ended.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tell Me My Name: Review

Synopsis:

We Were Liars meets Speak in this haunting, mesmerizing psychological thriller–a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby–that will linger long after the final line

On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting–for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they’re together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can’t fathom. And soon, it’s clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern’s cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood–about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila–twists and bends into something new. And Fern won’t emerge the same person she was.

An enthralling, mind-altering psychological thriller, Tell Me My Name is about the cost of being a girl in a world that takes so much, and the enormity of what is regained when we take it back.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

I sat down and wrote this ‘review’ at 1am shortly after finishing Tell Me My Name and have thought about rewriting it more coherently… but then I decided the frenzied nature of it was the best way to describe this book in a sense.

And so…

This was a mind twist. It kind of feels like running through a labyrinth. Right when you think you have it all figured out, more twists and turns abrupt out of nowhere and you’re left anxiously racing towards an unknown end.

It was consuming to say the least. I don’t think I took a single breath from the moment I started until I finished and even after finishing I still don’t think I did take a single breath. It was a rollercoaster ride and it was glorious. So very rarely does a book imprint itself into my mind the way that Tell Me My Name has. So very rarely does a book have me so emotional I can’t even remember how to function.

I am a mess. Emotional. Distraught. A bit rattled. This book is powerful. There’s so much to unfold, so much to explore. It is the most memorable book I will probably ever read and the most unique.

I can’t accurately or even begin to sum up this book but there’s a section in the authors note that explains this book far better than I could ever articulate and here it is:

“My original intention was to follow The Great Gatsby’s story line pretty closely, while expanding its themes based on our evolution as a country and culture in the hundred years since its publication: How have the shadows of the American Dream darkened even further since then? What happens when we look at it through the eyes of young women rather than men—when we add climate change, the further consolidation of wealth and power, white supremacy, the corporatization of politics and media, the commodification of young women’s bodies?”

Thank you to the publisher for providing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Of Silver and Shadow: Review

Synopsis:

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review:

I’m not even going to pretend that I didn’t add a new book boyfriend to my never ending list…. ok two, I added two. But honestly, you can’t blame me, Kellen and Darek made my heart spiral all out of sorts.

The fact that this is a stand-alone saddens me immensely. I need more of this world, these brilliant characters, this magic system and beautiful writing. (Pretty please. Even just a novella or two.)

There are certain components of a novel that instantly hook me. Things like ‘rebellion’, ‘corrupt royals’, ‘forbidden magic’, ‘forbidden love’, ‘hate to love’, ‘political intrigue’ you get the idea. All of these excite me and bring me immense joy andddd Of Silver and Shadow had all of these and so much more and I loved every single minute of it.

It was wonderfully written, engaging, captivating and such a phenomenal fantasy. My only complaint is that it ended too fast for my tastes but given that it’s a stand-alone it’s to be expected. I really wish this was a duology at the very least or hope to see more books in this world (spin-off/prequel I’m not picky).

I highly recommend this if you’re a fan of YA fantasy in general and to fans of the Throne of Glass/ Red Queen series.