BLOG TOUR: ACROSS THE DARKLING SEA

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Across the Darkling Sea by K. Ferrin. This Blog Tour is being coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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Across the Darkling Sea
by K. Ferrin
Publication date: November 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

 

 

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Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!

Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.

Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.

Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.

 

 

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REVIEW

 

With intriguing world building and fantastic characters, this short and sweet novel provided a sound basis for the continuation of this serial series. A wonderful concept that truly made for a magical read. Ling was an interesting and believable character who held my interest. The writing itself was easy to follow and engaging for me as a reader. The ending was abrupt and I can understand this from a serial point of view, but it just didn’t sit right with me. I am biting at the bit to continue this story and reengage with the characters that I am really enjoying.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.

Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at http://www.kferrin.com.

Author links:
http://www.kferrin.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ScrivK/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8334310.K_Ferrin

 

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Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34113134-across-the-darkling-sea

 

 

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MSL3Y1E
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/across-the-darkling-sea-k-ferrin/1125138760?ean=9780990489023
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/across-the-darkling-sea

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
$50 Amazon gift card + a signed copy of Across the Darkling Sea
2x signed copies of both Across the Darkling Sea and A Dying Land

 

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

 

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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SEPTEMBER TBR

 

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So… I just realised that I didn’t post my September TBR at the beginning of the month. Whoops! Well, here it is. Sorry it’s late.

 

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FANTASY NOVEL:

 

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY BY AMANDA FOODY

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CONTEMPORARY NOVEL:

 

DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS BY COURTNEY C. STEVENS

DRESS CODER

 

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NOVEL RELEASED IN 2017: 

 

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER BY LEIGH BARDUGO

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READERS CHOICE: 

 

CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER

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TBR JAR PICK: 

 

V IS FOR VIRGIN BY KELLY ORAM

V IS FOR VIRGIN

 

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ARC: 

 

TOP TEN BY KATIE COTUGNO

TOP TEN

 

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There you go. Sorry again that it’s late!

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: SUBMERGE

 

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Today I am a host of the Blog Tour for Submerge by Tobie Easton. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions.

 

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PUBLISHER: Month9Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 12th September 2017

 

PAGES: 300

 

 

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Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.

The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is a mermaid series that I can seriously get behind. I really enjoyed the new take on The Little Mermaid presented in book 1. Book 2 takes this to a whole new level, reaffirming my enjoyment and adoration of this series. Without spoiling the first book, Submerge starts where the first book ended and hooked me all over again with the mermaid mythology and the characters. It was riveting. This is a series I positively enjoy and love this different take on these sea creatures we all love.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

 

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Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33299927-submerge

 

 

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

  • One (1) winner will receive a Kindle Fire

 

 

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

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: EMERGE

 

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PUBLISHER: Month9Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 19th April 2016

 

PAGES: 300

 

 

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Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas. Now Lia lives in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions and attends high school with humans. To protect everyone around her, she must limit her contact with non-Mer. No exceptions. But when the new girl sets her sights on Lia’s crush, she will risk exposing her deadly secret to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is a magical retelling (kind-of) of The Little Mermaid. This book follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and has a new take on an old tale. There is so much mermaid mythology in this book and how it interweaves with the characters everyday lives is enchanting. The juxtaposition of normal everyday lives with the mermaid way of life was very interesting and not something I have ever read before.   Aurelia is a fascinating protagonist who is finding her legs and trying to make the right decisions, while not always doing so. I was entranced on this new take of the Little Mermaid and what it offers, not only for retellings, but for YA in general. There is some elements that are expected within the genre but overall it is a charming mermaid book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ROYALTY READATHON ROUND 2 TBR

 

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The Royalty Readathon Round 2 is starting tomorrow. I cannot wait as I am the host of this amazing readathon. Please visit the twitter page here and join in on this week of royal reading.

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

READ A BOOK WITH A HIDDEN ROYAL HERITAGE

READ A BOOK WITH A ROYAL TITLE (“QUEEN”, “KING”, “PRINCESS”, ETC)

READ A BOOK WITH A CROWN ON THE COVER

READ A FAIRYTALE RETELLING FEATURING YOUR FAVOURITE FAIRYTALE ROYAL

PURPLE IS THE COLOUR OF ROYALTY – READ A PURPLE BOOK

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

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Pigsty Princess by Nancy S. Brandt

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Queen Heir by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone

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Hunted by Megan Spooner

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Over Ruled by Brittney Joy

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That meets all the reading challenges. The following books are extra, just in case:

 

 

 

The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Mariott

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Royal Bastards by Andrew Schvarts

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

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A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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I’m really looking forward to round 2 and hoping to make this readathon bigger and better. There will be reading sprints on twitter so keep an eye out for those. Please join in on the fun. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to answer.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: ANN, NOT ANNIE

 

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman. this Blog Tour is being coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: MmHmm Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 22nd September 2017

 

PAGES: 256

 

 

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Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.

Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.

When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.

 

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This truly was a book of self-discovery and growing up. Ann is a character that makes decisions, whether they be good or bad that really affect the journey she is making as a person. She has some sad backstory that helps the reader empathise with her as a character. Some relevant issues were touched upon in the novel in a way that was very well done. I found that a lot of things were touched upon in this book that can lead to further examination of oneself and the people around you. It really is a book people should pick up, not only for enjoyment value (which is there) but for the message. Overall, a satisfying read with important issues discussed that will leave you thinking after closing the covers.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Sage Steadman was awarded a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. While pursuing her passion for writing, she worked as a licensed mental health therapist. She published her debut novel, “Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter,” in 2010 under her pen name, The Hippie, and since, re-released the second edition under her real name. The novel has been deemed an “idyllic” read, filled with love, humor, romance and heart. She is also the co-author of the gritty and inspiring historical fiction novel, “Upon Destiny’s Song,” alongside classical guitarist, Mike Ericksen, and has penned an article on teen cutting for Canadian Magazine, “Edmonton’s Child.” She has recently produced a stunning and thought-reflecting novella entitled, “The Waking Dream.” Sage is heralded as a talented writer who tackles her novels with a witty, raw and honest approach. She currently lives near Salt Lake City, Utah with family.

Author links:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7131473.Sage_Steadman
http://sagesteadman.com/

 

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Purchase:

On sale for $1.99 until release day!
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073PK6FDJ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

Copy of Ann, Not Annie (eBook or print ARC – winner’s choice)

 

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

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

 

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This weekly book meme officiated in November 2013 and is still going stong! Every week there is a topic and your list will be based off this topic. For further information check out the Goodreads Page.

The theme this week is:

 

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FAVOURITE FANCASTS

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

Feyre – Debrah Ann Woll

 

 

 

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 

Cinder – Chloe Bennett

 

 

 

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

 

Jane Grey – Karen Gillian

 

 

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

 

Cath and Wren – Jenna Louise Coleman

 

 

 

 

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

 

Layken – Lucy Hale

 

 

 

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What do you think of my fan casting? Who is your favourite fan cast? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: AUGUST 2017 THE YA CHRONICLES BOX

 

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The YA Chronicles is a monthly bookish subscription box that focuses on Young Adult Fiction based out of Australia. I have been subscribed to The YA Chronicles since February 2016 and have loved every box they have sent out. Each month there is a theme, the theme for August is:

 

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ELECTRIC STORIES

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This is what you see when the box is first opened.

 

IMG_0943The first item in the box is a Bath Potion from Bubble Butt Bath Products.

 

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The second item is a Night Court pouch created by Dorothy Reads.

 

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The third item in the box is this stunning wooden bookmark from Ink and Wonder.

 

IMG_0944The fourth item is this set of Pikachu pens. Truly electric.

 

For bonus items we have this bookmark.

 

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And this sampler of an upcoming book.

 

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The book in the August box was:

 

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THE UNDERCURRENT BY PAULA WESTON

 

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There is the spoiler card…

 

and the monthly bookmark with The YA Chronicles logo on them.

 

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That is it for this box. There were some really great items. I am in love with the bookmark and am very intrigued to try out the bath potion.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: UNTIL NICO

 

UNTIL NICO

 

PUBLISHER: Aurora Rose Reynolds

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2014

 

PAGES: 268

 

 

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Sophie Grates has never had it easy, but she’s finding her way through life one step and one day at a time. That is, Until Nico comes in and flips her world upside-down. He forces her to see you cannot live life from the outside looking in, and sometimes you have to step out onto the ledge so you can really enjoy the view.

Nico Mayson knew the moment he saw Sophie Grates that she was the one. His whole life, he has been judged by what’s on the outside, so finding a beautiful woman who sees the real him only makes his feelings that much stronger.

Nico knows the kind of man he is, and the things he is capable of, and he will do everything in his power to help Sophie fight her demons so they can have their happily ever after. Everything in life worth having is worth fighting for.

 

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Just when I don’t think this series can get any better, this book comes out of nowhere and hits me in the feels. Sophie and Nico are amazing together and talk about a meet cute! As always, the plot focuses mainly on the romance with family drama and a little suspense all thrown in.

I wasn’t sure about Nico from the cover but he is the very definition of “don’t judge a book by the cover”. These Mayson men are too good to be true. Sophie is sweet and good natured and a perfect match for Nico. These two together were perfection.

Another amazing book in the Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds. I almost cried when I thought that was the end of the series but there is a spin-off with the children all grown up… time to search out Book 1.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

 

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PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 26th September 2017

 

PAGES: 304

 

 

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Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel

 

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With a cover and blurb like that I just can’t resist.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati