Blog Tour: The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Thank you so much to Inkyard Press for having me as a part of their blog tour for The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa! I haven’t read any of her other books and even though I knew this was the beginning of a spin off series from her earlier books, I figured that I would read it anyway and if I liked it, then I’d give the earlier books a chance… well it looks like my TBR just got longer because I’m definitely about to read all of the other books set in this world! It’s got everything I love in it- how the heck have I not already read them???

The Iron Raven 4/5 Stars

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ARC Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for letting me read the Gilded Ones early! I was one of those super lucky people who requested my e-ARC on NetGalley a few weeks before the original release date for this book, so I was approved before the book was removed from the catalogue and I’m so happy I was! It was amazing! Like man y’all, if this isn’t on your TBR, make sure you add it now. 

The Gilded Ones 5/5 Stars

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Blog Tour: Soul of Cinder by Bree Barton

Thank you so much to Terminal Tours for having me as a part of their tour for Soul of Cinder (and to Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen books for sending me an e-ARC of Soul of Cinder and digital copies of Heart of Thorns and Tears of Frost since I hadn’t read them before). Today’s the last day of the tour, so make sure you check out everyone else on the tour by clicking the link above! This book was intense and built upon so much of the foundation laid in books one and two and I for sure enjoyed reading it. It was a great ending to this trilogy.

Exciting news! Terminal Tours is also having both a US and an International giveaway associated with this tour!

The US Giveaway:

3 lucky winners will receive a signed hardcover copy of Soul of Cinder by Bree Barton and additional goodies such as a candle, a bookmark, etc. Must have a valid US mailing address to enter the giveaway and must enter through the Google Form to be considered. One entry per email address.

International Giveaway:

We are also giving away a customized writing or poem from Bree Bartonon any topic of your choice! The prize will be delivered digitally to anyone outside of the US. Only one entry per email address. All participants must enter through the Google Form to be considered.

Soul of Cinder 4/5 Stars

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Blog Tour: Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me as a part of their Cast In Firelight tour (and for Delacorte and Netgalley for making it happen)! Make sure you check out the rest of the tour by following that link so you can see everyone else’s great posts! Also! even better! With this amazing tour, there’s a giveaway for a finished final copy of the book, so make sure you go enter that (unfortunately, this giveaway is US only, so to my international readers, I’m sorry about that).

I really enjoyed this book- it was such a fun, easy fantasy read and it had so much great Indian-ness in it, which I loved. My stop on the tour features both a review and my top five reasons to read Cast in Firelight, so I’ll do my review first and the reasons second!

Cast in Firelight 4/5 Stars

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Audiobook ARC Review: The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

Thank you so much to Macmillan Audio and Netgalley for letting me listen to the audiobook version of The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo (narrated by Ben Barnes and Lauren Fortgang) early! The print version of the book came out back in October I think, but the audiobook came out today and I really enjoyed learning about all of the saints and how they came to be saints/those they helped! This review is going to be a little different from my normal reviews (format wise) in that my whole review is going to be in this paragraph and then you’ll get my rating and the summary from Goodreads- I figured I should give y’all a heads up since it’s a little different from my normal. Initially, when I heard about The Lives of Saints, I didn’t think I was going to read it, because I didn’t think it was that important in my Grishaverse journey, but I’m really glad I listened to the audiobook version of it. Not only did I get acquainted with Ben Barnes’ voice (oh I am so excited to see him in the show!), but I also really appreciated hearing about where the saints came from and I feel like it really added to their characters, especially since we see them so much in King of Scars. The Lives of Saints is a quick, fun audiobook (it was less than 2 hours for me since I listened to it at 1.5x speed) and I definitely recommend it!

The Lives of Saints 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is a magical keepsake from the Grishaverse.

These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.

4 Reasons Why Lightbringer Was Not the Book for Me

Oh man y’all, I’m so sad. I went in to my Lightbringer read with such high hopes because I freaking LOVED Furyborn. It was such a great book and there was so much promise there for the rest of the trilogy to be incredible and for it to become one of my favorites, but Kingsbane dashed those hopes. BUT lots of trilogies suffer from second book syndrome, so I thought maybe, just maybe Lightbringer would be able to bring back everything I loved about Furyborn, but unfortunately, after finishing it last night, I have to say that I just think that this whole trilogy is not for me. *Caveat here! I saw so many people on Goodreads raving about Lightbringer, so if you haven’t read it yet, don’t take my opinions as your own- go ahead and read it! You may love it and think I’m a complete idiot, which is totally fine*

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ARC Review: The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

Happy release week to The Camelot Betrayal, the second book in the Camelot Rising series by Kiersten White! This book came out on Tuesday and I’m super thankful to Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press and Netgalley for letting me read an ARC of this book! I love everything about Arthurian mythology, and I enjoyed book one in this series, so I was super excited about book two- and let’s be real, it was even better than book one was!

The Camelot Betrayal 4/5 Stars

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