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Ever the Brave: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

I am so
excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin
Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!


If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Erin Summerill, be sure
to check out all the details below.


This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin,
HMH, Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: EVER THE
BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin
Summerill
Pub.
Date: 
December 5, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books
for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover,
eBook
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Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only
wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the
King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much
she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are
those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a
way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be
lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as
Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.
 
 
 
 
About Book 1
Title: EVER THE
HUNTED
Author: Erin
Summerill
Pub.
Date: 
December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books
for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook,
audiobook
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her
dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father,
the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is
murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or
inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When
Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she
is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former
apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke
her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad
kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power
than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will
make her a daunting and dangerous force. 
Excerpt:
The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.
 
Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase
that smile. I slam the door.
 
“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against
the stone.
 
“I am.”
 
A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”
 
“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”
 
“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something
different form brown trousers.
 
“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust
on me and make me noble.”
 
Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.
 
“Stop it,” I snap.
 
She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That
grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.
 
The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from
her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be
free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how
to break the bond.
 
If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to
do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five
minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.
 
I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of
the bond. I have to.
Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”
 
I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and
shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly
clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads
from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of
ale.
 
I’ve felt this way before.
 
“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath
suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The
breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is
very wrong.
 
“The king.”
About Erin:

Erin Summerill was
born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in
Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin
graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had
aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher
than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional
photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of
shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally,
provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut
YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding,
she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could
be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Review: Daughters of the Storm

Title: Daughters of the Storm

Author: Kim Wilkins

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Lying in a magic-induced coma, the King of Thyrsland is on the brink of death: if his enemies knew, chaos would reign. In fear for his life and his kingdom, his five daughters set out on a perilous journey to try to save him, their only hope an aunt they have yet to meet, a shadowy practitioner of undermagic who lives on the wild northern borders.

No-one can stand before the fierce tattooed soldier and eldest daughter Bluebell, an army commander who is rumoured to be unkillable, but her sisters, the loyal and mystical Ash, beautiful but unhappily married Rose, pious Willow and uncertain Ivy all have their own secrets to keep from her — the kind of secrets that if revealed could bring disaster down upon not only them, but the entire kingdom.

Waiting in the wings is stepbrother Wylm whose dealings with Bluebell’s greatest enemy, Hakon the Raven King, would end Bluebell’s dreams of revenge on his mother and propel his own desperate grasp for power.

My Review:

Okay, so this book had some pretty nice betrayal, which was my favorite part. There are a lot of POV’s, especially because there are five sisters, and each one has their own stuff going on in the book. I liked that I could tell them apart—the warrior, the romantic, the seer, the flirt, and the crazy. Bluebell reminded of Xena, because she was the ultimate fighter. There were times when I wanted to disagree with her, for example the stuff with Rose, but I could always see from her POV that she makes the best decisions for her kingdom.

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Now even though there were five different sisters, I couldn’t really connect with most of them. I didn’t expect to either, but I did like Rose and her daughter Rowan. I actually preferred the “villain” Wylm the most. Also sweet Eni! I felt so bad for Eni, and you have to read the book to see why. Also Willow was just a big freak of nature!

The story itself was good, and I was glad to see the F bomb dropped instead of made up curse words. I just wanted to love the characters more, which I hope will happen in the second book. But regardless, the book was very much entertaining!

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Review: Hidden Hero

Title: Hidden Hero

Author: Amy Patrick

Date of Publication: November 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A hero can come from the unlikeliest of places…

After a year-long separation and a search across continents, Macy and Nic have found each other again. Now they must find her family—the birth mother who abandoned her at the hospital and fled back to her people’s secret sanctuary—if they are to beat the clock and save the human race from the onslaught of the coming Plague.
Alessia didn’t intend to activate the deadly virus, but after determining that Nic betrayed her, she’s almost glad she did. The only problem? She won’t be around to enjoy the aftermath—she’s being held captive on a remote, windswept island by a mysterious guy who’s completely immune to her Sway and won’t let her get close enough to use her deadly glamour on him.
Give in to the Glamour once more as the end of the human world looms, an ancient secret is unearthed, and a hidden hero emerges.

My Review:

This has been such a fun series! This book was just as good as the rest. This time around we get a couple of other POV’s which are Alessia and Wes, along with Nic and Macy who were the main characters in the other two books. I hate to say it, but I loved Alessia and Wes more than Nic and Macy! But don’t worry Nic and Macy are still awesome!

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Amy Patrick is great at writing swoon, and there was some excellent swoon! The Elf thing is obviously cool, but add in some nymphs and witches, and it creates a whole awesome new ballgame!

There were some pretty stressful parts in this book that kept me on my toes, but it was all worth it in the end. The ending was absolutely perfect!

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Review: The Demon in the Wood

Title: The Demon in the Wood

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Date of Publication: June 17th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:
Before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy of extraordinary power. Get a look into the past that forged a brutal and brilliant leader.

My Review:

So of course I love all the Grisha books from Bardugo. But, the one thing I have never understood is why so many people are obsessed with the Darkling. He’s a cool character with interesting magic and all, but he’s seriously not that awesome. I mean, Nikolai is, and will always be my number one from that series. And the sky has answered my prayers since he will be getting his own book soon.

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I was hoping from this prequel, I would maybe become more of a Darkling fan. Unfortunately, I did not. However, he is still a great character, and Bardugo’s writing is fantastic as usual. I did like seeing a little thirteen year old Darkling and his crazy mother. This was a great read for anyone who loves the series and wants to see a little glimpse of the past.

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Review: Whichwood

Title: Whichwood

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Date of Publication: November 14th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

My Review:

So, for the most part I loathe middle grade books. I find them not gritty enough. I don’t mind younger children picture books though, and of course YA, but there is just something about middle grade that is a big NO! However, I loved Mafi’s other book Furthermore which was middle grade. I just have to say Shatter Me is my favorite series ever.

Anyway, I know people have said this book is dark, but I feel it’s perfect for the junior high age. What I really liked here was Mafi’s fantastic writing and originality. I mean, a girl that washes dead corpses for a living? Amazing!

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Laylee has had a rough life, and I think it was great to depict that because there are so many kids out there that don’t have a perfect upbringing who may relate to Laylee. Mafi also brings back Alice and Oliver from Furthermore, and dear God please let Mafi write a YA book or NA book on these characters grown up.

The book has more like a narration vibe, so if you don’t like that, you may not like this duology. But I was simply captivated by the world!

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Review: Library of Souls

Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: September 22nd, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

My Review:

So, this time around, I had a very important question that I never thought about until this book. So, the invisible boy: was he born invisible?? Since he doesn’t go back and forth between human and invisible, because that would have been a very strange birth for his mother.

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Anyway, I really liked Emma and Jacob’s bond in this one, but I still had to try and ignore the fact that he’s sixteen, and she’s technically an old woman in a young girl’s body.  Besides the romance, there was plenty of action and interesting reveals, throughout that kept me engrossed.

I wish every book had photographs mixed in with a novel because they are so cool! Overall, a great ending to this fun series!

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Review: Hollow City

Title: Hollow City

Author: Ransom Riggs

Date of Publication: February 24th,  2015

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Goodreads Summary:

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is a fun and interesting series! I liked it just as much as the first one. Again, I like that Jacob actually feels like a teenager, and he isn’t a douche bag like a lot of YA books like to make the guys. He has a sweet personality.

I felt the book stayed pretty fast paced, and there were a lot of great characters! I really liked the way Riggs described the oddities scene because I am big on oddities! The photos within the book were just as awesome as they were in book one!

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I still find it odd that all these little children are actually really old in kid’s bodies, so it still weirds me out with the romance. The ending of the book was not what I was expecting, and I’m ready for the next book!

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