BLOG TOUR: RISE OF THE SEA WITCH

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Createspace

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th April 2017

 

PAGES: 210

 

 

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Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege. Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point. Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A retelling of The Little Mermaid from the point-of-view of Ursula. I loved this. Villain stories are amazing when done right and I loved how this one turned out. From the very first line, taking the iconic song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and twisting it slightly to create a whole new meaning.

The book follows Vanessa (Ursula) and the events that led her to become the Sea Witch, she just could not catch a break. The empathy I felt for Vanessa through this book was perfection. A truly well-done villain origin story has me empathising with the villain and their circumstances. This is exactly what I felt for Vanessa through the book.

Overall, my love of The Little Mermaid led me to adore this book and the backstory of an otherwise despicable character.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

Author links:
http://staceyrourke.com/
https://www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5309409.Stacey_Rourke

 

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LINKS:

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34602513-rise-of-the-sea-witch

 

Purchase:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Sea-Witch-Stacey-Rourke/dp/1545445435/

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

$20 Amazon gift card + signed copy of Rise of the Sea Witch

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: BOSSMAN

 

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PUBLISHER: Everafter Romance

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 18th July 2016

 

PAGES: 326

 

 

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The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people? Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A book that takes many different New Adult romance tropes and does them so well I was left in stitches at times. From the very beginning with the terrible date which turned into a quasi-pretend relationship with funny moments as the night was salvaged.

When Chase turns out to be Reece’s new boss this hilarity continues. With fun banter and tonnes of chemistry I was just waiting for the relationship to develop into something more as they were stuck working together.

Told from dual points-of-view, this book is full of banter, hilarity and sexy times that makes this a great office romance.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: MAY 2017 OWLCRATE

 

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My unboxing of the May 2017 Owlcrate box is up a little late but I really enjoyed opening it and can’t wait to share what is inside. Owlcrate is a U.S Bookish Subscription box that features a book and 3-5 bookish items a month all surrounding a common theme. The theme for the May 2017 box was:

 

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COMIC EXPLOSION

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When the box is first opened, this is what you see.

 

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The first item in the box was a Full Sized Funko Pop! Figurine. There were seven different figurines sent out and I got Harley Quinn.

 

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The second item is a multicoloured pen with some cool superhero sound effects.

 

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The third item is a zipper pull designed by Owlcrate with sound effects…

 

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The fourth item is a Wonder Woman themed candle which smells amazing. This candle is from Dio Candle Company.

 

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The fifth item are these coffee candies.

 

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The sixth and final item in the box is a sampler to the comic Afar by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton.

 

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It’s now time for the book of the month…

 

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Starting this month, Owlcrate are including Exclusive Covers of their featured books.

 

 

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The book for the May 2017 box was Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

 

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There was a letter from the author…

 

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And a signed book plate.

 

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The author also included a art print which she drew herself related to the book.

 

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Each month there are these amazing Spoilers Cards.

 

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This months one was particularly good. I loved the artwork.

 

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At the bottom of the box is a sneak peak at the next months box.

 

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And a supplier reveal.

 

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I loved the comic theme and am looking forward to reading the book. The candle, zipper pull and figurine were particular favourites of mine. What was your favourite item from the box? Let me know in the comments.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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I really need to get to this book.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

COVER CHARACTERISTIC

 

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It is Sunday again and that means it’s time for another Cover Characteristic meme post. This meme was created by Sugar and Snark. Every week a characteristic is chosen and we post 5 book covers with that weeks characteristic on it.

 

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SWAMP

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5. Mossflower by Brian Jacques

4. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

3. Swamp: Louisiana 1851 by Kathleen Duey and Karen A. Bale

2. Bedtime at the Swamp by Kristyn Crow

 

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And, my favourite cover was:

 

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THE WEREWOLF OF FEVER SWAMP BY R.L. STINE

 

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What do you think of this weeks covers?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: GETTING LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN

 

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PUBLISHER: Entangled: Embrace

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 28th April 2015

 

PAGES: 270

 

 

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What’s your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she’s played it “safe” quite enough, thank you. So she creates a “College Bucket List”?with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex…

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla’s transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he’s not careful, he’ll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7…

 

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A New Adult novel with the friends to lovers trope done well. A sweet book with serious moments and moments that were just plain cute.  Lyla and Beck were great friends and the development of their relationship to lovers was slow and I really enjoyed the supportive relationship these two had. Lyla was cute and nerdy with her cat memes and her chemistry jokes. These two were just the best to read about. For fans of The Deal by Elle Kennedy, this is a college based romance with a truly supportive relationship.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SEARCHING SATURDAY

 

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Searching Saturday is a new weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books! The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new to you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This weeks topic is: Covers with Veggies / Plants / Green stuff

 

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Origin by Jessica Khoury
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Size Matters by Alison Bliss

SIZE MATTERS

 

 

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

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What is a favourite cover of your with nature on it? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

FIRST LINES FRIDAYS

 

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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…

Finally… reveal the book!

 

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“This isn’t funny!” her father yelled.

No it wasn’t, Kylie Galen thought as she leaned into the refrigerator to find something to drink. In fact, it was so not funny she wished she could crawl in beside the mustard and moody hot dogs, shut the door, and not hear the angry voices spewing from the living room.

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The book this first line is from is:

 

 

BORN AT MIDNIGHT BY C.C. HUNTER

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One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

COVER LUST FRIDAY

 

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Cover Lust Friday is a meme I have recently come across and it looked really fun. Cover Lust Friday is a weekly meme that’s all about covers. Alice from Alice Reeds is the host of this meme.

Pick a cover that stands out to you , add your reason why you’ve chosen that particular one or what you like about it. Let’s have fun and share some gorgeous covers.

 

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THE COVER: 

 

MECHANICA

 

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THE REASON: 

 

Not only is the colour scheme of this cover beautiful but the imagery is stunning too. I love the purple atmosphere with the silhouette of the city and the girl. The typography of the title is amazing.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati