#TheWriteReads #BlogTour: The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

An adult literary alternative history novel perfect for fans of commedia dell’arte

Thank you so much to The Write Reads, Rebellion Publishing, and Tom Beckerlegge for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Tom Beckerlegge grew up in the northwest of England in a house filled with books. Writing as Tom Becker, he won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut novel; The Carnival of Ash is his first adult book. He lives in Enfield with his wife and young son.

Review (First Impressions)

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Premise

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…

Initial Thoughts (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m doing something a bit different and posting some initial thoughts/impressions for a tour book rather than a full review because I’m around 60% through this novel and think that I’ll actually restart it from the beginning now that I have a better idea of how to read it.

Depending on where you look up information about The Carnival of Ash, you’ll get different impressions of what the novel is exactly. Goodreads and several blurbs available online (such as via Amazon and Simon and Schuster) have this tagged as an adult fantasy novel, but in reality it’s more of a literary historical fiction book with some fantasy elements. As many of my fellow reviewers have pointed out, the genre that best encapsulates what The Carnival of Ash is would probably be commedia dell’arte. It reminded me a lot of The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros.

The writing of this book is beautiful, and the overall plot is one that could be read as several short stories that intertwine with each other, rather than one singular plot. As you make your way through the novel, you’ll get to meet several characters, all with different (often over-the-top) personalities and dramatized story arcs. Depending on how good you are with keeping up with people’s names, I might suggest that you keep a handy character/plot guide next to you as you read for easy reference. I’m extremely bad at remembering which character is who so it’s always useful for me to have something like that, especially for 600 page novels like this one.

The tour has over a week left! If you’d like to follow along with the rest you can find the tour schedule here.


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Book Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A feminist retelling/remix of Sleeping Beauty that captured my heart.

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (from Goodreads)

It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.

Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

Review (No Spoilers)

I read this book as part of Trope-ical Readathon and I was definitely not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. A Spindle Splintered is a novella that is a multi-dimensional feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I’ve actually never watched Sleeping Beauty and I always get a bit confused between how the basic story premise differs from Snow White. A girl goes to sleep because of a curse and is woken up by a prince’s kiss. That’s the same for both right?

The thing that A Spindle Splintered did so well was that it incorporated several different versions of what Sleeping Beauty‘s tale might look like, all while actively pushing back against the fact that at it’s center, Sleeping Beauty is basically the tale of sexual assault. After all, a sleeping person is not actually capable of giving consent.

On top of that, the book also does an amazing job at portraying a healthy relationship. The main characters in A Spindle Splintered are basically constantly flirting between platonic and a romantic relationships. There’s even a kind of complete-circuit love triangle thing going on at certain points that I was actually enjoying quite a bit despite hating the love triangle trope. There was absolutely no way I was going to get upset at all these women caring about each other so wholesomely. These characters managed to be relatable and realistic while also being unfailingly supportive of one another. It was incredible to witness.

A Spindle Splintered is the first book in Alix E. Harrow’s Fractured Fables series, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.


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#TheWriteReads #BBNYA #BlogTour Review: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The adult fantasy/romance that my adult self was looking for.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Josie Jaffrey for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre- and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.

She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England. 

Review (No Spoilers)

I was so excited to get a chance to read May Day because I missed the first tour that TheWriteReads hosted for it. I’m not sure why I didn’t sign up the first time around because this novel was perfect for my vampire-obsessed self.

My obsession with vampires probably started when I was in middle school and my sister introduced me to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Following that, I read and watched many vampire stories including Angel, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, Being Human, and Dracula. I was always a sucker for a good vampire romance. On top of that, I also grew up watching and reading many detective/police/mysteries. So when I saw that May Day is not only a story about vampires but a story about vampire detectives, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy.

May Day follows the story of a queer female vampire detective named Jack Valentine (amazing name btw). Jack and her colleagues are investigating the murder of a human that appears to be supernatural in origin. Instead of having a straightforward investigation however, what Jack gets is a twist and tangle of dark secrets, hidden societies, and dangerous men.

I enjoyed reading this novel a lot, even despite the inclusion of the despised love triangle trope that always manages to pop up in vampire fantasies. The pacing and plot keep you hooked until the very end and the world that Josie Jaffrey has built is well-thought out and interesting. She also did a great job in making the characters relatable and realistic, despite their undead and otherworldly nature. I’m excited to see where this story takes us, especially since the temperature on the hate-to-love romance brewing in this novel seems to slowly be edging its way towards flaming hot.

This tour includes reviews of both book 1 (May Day) and book 2 (Judgement Day) in the Seekers series, so be sure to keep an eye out for all of the amazing reviews being shared! If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.


I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official. 

The sign-ups are now open for BBNYA 2022 for authors and panelists. 

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#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Review: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A cute fantastical story, full of great character dynamics and mysteriously magical plots

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Penguin for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Connie Glynn has always loved writing and wrote her first story when she was six, with her mum at a typewriter acting as her scribe. She had a love for performing stories from a young age and attended Guildhall drama classes as a teenager. This passion for stories has never left her, and Connie recently finished a degree in film theory. It was at university that Connie started her hugely successful YouTube channel Noodlerella (named after her favourite food and favourite Disney princess). After five years of publicly documenting her life and hobbies to an audience of 900,000 subscribers on YouTube, Connie closed the book on the Noodlerella project in a bid for more privacy and to pursue her original passions in the performing arts. Connie now writes music and fiction full- time. Follow Connie on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr @ConnieGlynn

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.

Review (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog where today is day 2 of back-to-back blog tour posts! Today’s review is for Undercover Princess, book 1 in The Rosewood Chronicles.

Undercover Princess is a bit of a difficult book to describe. It is kind of an upper middle grade or lower young adult book, and though it is classified as fantasy, I have a hard time giving it that label. The book barely has any fantasy elements in it other than the fact that there’s nobility involved. There are a few instances of possibly-magical influences affecting the plot, but these are never explicitly verified. I can only imagine that the series will get more fantastical as the books progress.

The other thing that makes this a hard book to describe is the fact that it’s supposed to take place during modern times (there’s mentions of cell phones, video games, etc.) but it feels very historical. The characters are forced to give up their cell phones once the term starts, so a majority of the book seems like it takes place in the past rather than in current day. I’m not sure why there was a choice to make this a contemporary rather than a historical fantasy because I think it might have worked better in historical contexts.

I think this book will definitely appeal to a lot of younger teens, especially those around the main character’s ages (14 years old). It has a lot of cute elements and a variety of character dynamics that anyone would enjoy. Lottie and Ellie, in particular, have the most amazing friendship and the addition of Jamie to make it a trio only served to make their interactions even better. There were a few times I was confused by the writing: the aforementioned note about the historical-ness of it, as well as a strange repetition of the word “anti-thesis” that bothered me considering this is a middle grade/lower YA and that’s not a word I hear a lot. Perhaps it’s used more in the UK?

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to young teens who love royalty and fairytales as well as any adults who are interested! This book tour involves posts for both book 1 (Undercover Princess) and the new release of book 5 (Princess Ever After), so be sure to check out the other posts. If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


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#TheWriteReads #BlogTour Review: Blood of the Lost Kingdom by Kristin Ward

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another suspenseful installment full of descriptive and atmospheric writing.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Kristin Ward for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Kristin Ward is an award-winning young adult author living in Connecticut. A science and math teacher for over twenty years, she infuses her geeky passions into stories that meld realism and fantasy. Kristin embraces her inner nerd regularly, often quoting 80s movies while expecting those around her to chime in with appropriate rejoinders. As a nature freak, she can be found wandering the woods – she may be lost, so please stop and ask if you see her – or chilling in her yard with all manner of furry and feathered friends. Often referred to as a unicorn by colleagues who remain in awe of her ability to create or find various and sundry things in mere moments. In reality, the horn was removed years ago, leaving only a mild imprint that can be seen if she tilts her head just right. A lifelong lover of books and writing, she dreamed of becoming an author for thirty years before publishing her award-winning debut in 2018. Her first novel, After the Green Withered, is one of many things you should probably read.

https://www.kristinwardauthor.com/
Social Media & Other links: https://bit.ly/KWardAuthor

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Mysterious. Hidden. Sacred. Erabel is the beating heart of Dorcha Wood. And its heir has come home.

Fleeing the man who betrayed her, Fiadh returns to her beloved forest, into its heart, to discover her people. And herself. With the aid of Veren, an Aos Sí warrior, she explores her birthright, a world safeguarded from the corruption of mankind. There, she learns the history of a mighty race and the vastness of the power coursing through her blood. 

But beyond Erabel’s boundaries, men are flocking, rallying to an evil lord who covets the strength flowing in Fiadh’s veins. They have their eyes fixed on the lost kingdom of the Aos Sí, and it’s only a matter of time before they breach those borders and come for Fiadh and all who protect her. 

All around her, the world is closing in, as some plot in shadows, and others in the stark light of day.

Review (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m reviewing Blood of the Lost Kingdom which is a sequal to The Girl of Dorcha Wood. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on the first book, click here.

This book was just as dark as the first. There was no shortage of depictions of violence, death, and grief. Definitely check out the trigger/content warnings above (some provided directly from the author!) if you’re worried about it.

Blood of the Lost Kingdom picks up very shortly after the events of The Girl of Dorcha Wood. We follow several stories involving Fiadh, Gideon, Haegna/Darragh, and a few more. In fact, my main qualm with reading the book was that there were so many stories to follow that I kept getting confused with names and storylines (😅). I would definitely recommend keeping track of the characters one way or another, especially considering that some of the chapter sections take place in the past with characters that reappear in the present.

By far, my favorite character in this book was Dasha, who I assume is the animal depicted on the front cover. She doesn’t have any dialogue, but she was such a hoot (pun intended)! I’m definitely a huge sucker for animal companions in books.

Once again, Kristin Ward did a great job writing a book that is atmospheric and makes you feel like you are physically there, experiencing everything first-hand. The plot is more complex than the first, and does a solid job preparing readers for the next installment. If you’re a fan of historical fantasy, especially one inspired by Irish folklore, definitely give this series a try.

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


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#TheWriteReads #BBNYA #BlogTour Review: Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key by Estelle Grace Tudor

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A fun MG fantasy that you’re sure to enjoy

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Estelle Grace Tudor for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

When not searching the backs of wardrobes for Narnia, the bottom of the garden for fairies or exploring yet another Castle, Estelle can be found with her nose in a book or a pen in her hand.

Having previously worked at Cardiff Castle, she now writes full time while looking after her four children.

She lives on the beautiful South Wales coast with her husband, children and crazy dog.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

One tiny discovery can have enormous consequences…

Almost 10-year-old Octavia Bloom is looking for adventure, but when it comes it’s in the shape of a tiny fairy door.

Dragging her reluctant sister and cousins into the mystery, Octavia discovers her family are hiding not ONE but TWO life-changing secrets.

Why is her mother searching for an elusive flower? And does she have what it takes to reunite her fractured family?

Octavia’s certain the answers lie behind the fairy door, if only she could just find the key…

Bravery, secrets & magic intertwine in this fantastical adventure

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m not much of an MG reader, but I’ve very much been trying to change that. Over the past year or so, I’ve been reading a lot more MG novels, mostly fantasy for some reason, so Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key really fit in with the rest of my recent reads.

Of all of the recent MG fantasy novels that I’ve read, however, Octavia Bloom was probably the one with the best/most detailed world-building. We follow the story of a young 10 year old girl named Octavia as she, her sister, and her cousins, discover a hidden magical world in their house and decide to explore it. Soon after, they learn that their abilities to traverse this new dimension could be the key to breaking their family’s curse.

Not only was the plot of the story unique and a lot of fun, but it was also full of great moral lessons, wonderful family dynamics, and a bunch of super cute creatures 😍. You can’t help but root for Octavia as she and her family work together to complete their quest. There was also a healthy dose of hilarity included that provided me with many much needed laughs.

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!


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#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Review: Revenge of the Beast by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A great follow-up to the first novel, with just as much humor

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Jack Meggitt-Phillips for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Jack Meggitt-Phillips is an author, scriptwriter, and playwright whose work has been performed at The Roundhouse and featured on Radio 4. He is scriptwriter and presenter of The History of Advertising podcast. In his mind, Jack is an enormously talented ballroom dancer, however his enthusiasm far surpasses his actual talent. Jack lives in north London where he spends most of his time drinking peculiar teas and reading P.G. Wodehouse novels.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Lemony Snicket meets Roald Dahl in this riotously funny, deliciously macabre, and highly illustrated sequel to The Beast and the Bethany in which Bethany and Ebenezer try to turn over a new leaf, only to have someone—or something—thwart them at every turn.

Once upon a very badly behaved time, 511-year-old Ebenezer kept a beast in his attic. He would feed the beast all manner of objects and creatures and in return the beast would vomit him up expensive presents. But then the Bethany arrived.

Now notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new feathery friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to de-beast their lives and Do Good. But Bethany finds that being a former prankster makes it hard to get taken on for voluntary work. And Ebenezer secretly misses the beast’s vomity gifts. And neither of them are all that sure what “good people” do anyway.

Then there’s Claudette, who’s not been feeling herself recently. Has she eaten something that has disagreed with her?

Review (No Spoilers)

Hello again everybody! If you were paying attention to my blog this week, you’ve already seen that TheWriteReads is hosting a blog tour for Revenge of the Beast by Jack Meggitt-Phillips. Today is my spot on the tour and I’ll be presenting you with what I thought.

If you haven’t already read my review of the first book in the series, The Beast and the Bethany, you can do so here. Revenge of the Beast takes up shortly after the events of The Beast and the Bethany and follows Ebenezer and Bethany has they struggle with figuring out what it means to be Good. Not only that, but also have to deal with the fact that their friend Claudette has begun acting strange and a new bully has shown up to take Bethany’s old role at the Orphanage.

The plot of this book was very solid, and as usual, Jack Meggitt-Phillips provided plenty of laughs along the way. As I was reading, I could definitely picture a younger version of me reading this book and thoroughly enjoying it. I was a huge fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was in middle school, and this book definitely gives off those same vibes. The ending leaves off with a bit of a cliffhanger, so you can bet that basically everyone on this tour is excited to read the next installment!

On that note, however, I do want to provide a bit of a warning in regards to the material (much like I would for A Series of Unfortunate Events), particularly when it comes to the character of Gloria. Gloria is the new bully at the orphanage and her entire storyline is pretty darn tragic. Not only does she physically and emotionally bully the kids (and adults!) to an alarming rate, but she also has absolutely horrible parents. In fact, her backstory is that her parents abandoned her at the orphanage because they just didn’t like her. Her parents are even featured multiple times in the book, continuously reiterating their hatred for their daughter to the public. As an adult, this storyline was particularly troubling to read, but I could only imagine how damaging this might be for a kid who has parental abandonment/neglect issues. I would probably recommend giving this book a bit of a skim before giving it to a child, just to be safe.

All in all, Revenge of the Beast was another fun read from Meggitt-Phillips and a great addition to The Beast and the Bethany franchise. If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


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Blog Tour Spotlight: The Nine by C.G. Harris

Today I’m bringing attention to the book The Nine by C.G. Harris. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Gabe is recruited to join the most dangerous organization the world has never heard about.
As a double agent he has to fight within their ranks to stop them, all with no training, no experience and no support. If he’s caught, they will tear him apart. But that’s not the real twist.

Gabe is dead, he lives in Hell and Judas Iscariot just became his new boss.
Judas assigns Gabe a beautiful new partner with plans to sow a disease that could wipe out the modern world. Without revealing his true identity, he must find a way to deal with insect wielding super agents, firestorms, and worst of all, the nauseating envisage travel to get Topside to save the earth.

If you enjoy the Dresden Files snark and Sandman Slim grit, the THE NINE, book one in the Judas Files urban fantasy series, should be the next book added to your bookshelf.

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

C.G. Harris is an award winning science-fiction and fantasy author from Colorado who draws inspiration from favorites, Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey and Brandon Sanderson. For nearly a decade, Harris has escaped the humdrum of the real world by creating fictional characters and made-up realities. When not writing, Harris spends time collecting the illusive arcade token, from the golden age when Dig Dug and Frogger were king. Harris knows the value of such a collection will only be seen in the confused faces of those family members left behind long after C.G. Harris is gone. 

C.G. Harris is the combined persona of writers Kerrie Flanagan and Chuck Harrelson.

Author Website: https://www.cgharris.net/

What readers have to say

If you like a fast-paced urban fantasy with lots of action and peril with kickass characters then I would suggest you pick this up.

I’m a Voracious Reader

Filled with sarcastic and irreverent humor, The Nine is a fascinating re-imagining of hell.

Scintilla.info

The world-building is amazing and so imaginative, it pulls the story together nicely to create this dark terrifying world. It’s hard not to get immersed into the dangerous world of The Nine and not love it!

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Blog Tour Spotlight: The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies

Today I’m bringing attention to the book The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! You can follow along with the tour using the schedule here.

Premise

When the saints fail, the sinners step up.

Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime, demanding worship and tribute from their mortal subjects. Kayl lost her faith in them long ago, and now seeks to protect vulnerable and downtrodden mortals from their gods’ whims. But when Kayl discovers powers that she didn’t know she had—and destroys a mortal’s soul by accident—she becomes Chime’s most wanted.

Quen’s job was to pursue sinners, until the visions started. Haunted by foreboding images of his beloved city’s destruction, Quen hunts soul-sucking creatures made of aether who prey on its citizens—and Kayl is his number one target.

To ensure Chime’s future, Kayl and Quen must discover the truth of Kayl’s divine abilities before the gods take matters into their own hands.

For a city that bows to cruel gods, it’ll take godless heathens to save it.

The Thirteenth Hour is the first book in The Cruel Gods series—a gaslamp fantasy featuring magical portals, gothic cosmic deities, quaint Britishisms, and steampunk vibes. This is an adult book containing strong language and mature themes that some readers may find disturbing. For a full list of content warnings, visit Trudie Skies’s website

Cover artist: James T. Egan of Bookfly Design https://www.bookflydesign.com/

About the Author

Trudie Skies has been living inside fantasy worlds ever since she discovered that reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Through the magic of books, she wishes to share these worlds of hope and heroes with other weary souls. Living in North East England, Trudie spends most of her free time daydreaming about clouds, devouring whatever fantasy books or video games she can get her hands on, and chasing after her troublesome dogs, who would like to reassure you they are very good boys.

Her debut YA fantasy series, Sand Dancer, was published through Uproar Books. Trudie is now writing adult gaslamp fantasy with her new series, The Cruel Gods.

Author’s Website and Social Media Links

What readers have to say

Trudie Skies has created an intricate world. It may appear complex but the way Trudie has introduced the world to the reader is wonderful and fits seamlessly into the novel.

Hayley’s Book Room

It probably won’t surprise you that I’m giving The Thirteenth Hour five stars. No, wait six stars. Seven stars? All the stars! Trudie is getting them all.

Narratess

The Thirteenth Hour is a fabulously original character-driven fantasy, with an intriguing plot and wonderfully unique world-building. I recommend it to any fans of fantasy with a gaslamp/steampunk feel. I am thoroughly looking forward to revisiting these characters in the next episode in this series!

Sue’s Musing

The Thirteenth Hour is one of many books that remind you to appreciate our self-publishing friends. It is an admirable addition to self-pub fantasy and a fantastic addition to the steampunk sub-genre (which definitely needs the love). Skies definitely set up the foundations for a universe vast and complex enough to span multiple series.

Geek Declassified

When I was not reading The Thirteenth Hour by Trudie Skies, I was daydreaming about it and for a little while, putting together a playlist. Friends, you can call me ‘obsessed’.

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#TheWriteReads #BlogTour Review: The Girl of Dorcha Wood by Kristin Ward

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Intriguing, complex, and suspenseful.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Kristin Ward for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Kristin Ward is an award-winning young adult author living in Connecticut. A science and math teacher for over twenty years, she infuses her geeky passions into stories that meld realism and fantasy. Kristin embraces her inner nerd regularly, often quoting 80s movies while expecting those around her to chime in with appropriate rejoinders. As a nature freak, she can be found wandering the woods – she may be lost, so please stop and ask if you see her – or chilling in her yard with all manner of furry and feathered friends. Often referred to as a unicorn by colleagues who remain in awe of her ability to create or find various and sundry things in mere moments. In reality, the horn was removed years ago, leaving only a mild imprint that can be seen if she tilts her head just right. A lifelong lover of books and writing, she dreamed of becoming an author for thirty years before publishing her award-winning debut in 2018. Her first novel, After the Green Withered, is one of many things you should probably read.

https://www.kristinwardauthor.com/
Social Media & Other links: https://bit.ly/KWardAuthor

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Treacherous. Evil. Dark. Dorcha Wood is all of these. And none of them.

The people of Felmore talk of Dorcha Wood in whispers, if they speak of it at all, fearing the wrath of the Cù-Sìth should their words be carried on the wind. Those murdering beasts still roam the darkness of the forest, the last remnants of the cursed Aos Sí—a race of elves long since vanished from the world. 

But to seventeen-year-old Fiadh, it is home. A haven. A forest whose secrets become known only when it chooses to reveal them. Her life is one of balance until the outside world shatters it. 

From the moment Fiadh set eyes on Gideon, the peaceful rhythm of her life was lost. As a new path unfolds, Fiadh confronts the reality of old hatreds, the consequences of things hidden, and the truth of who she really is. 

Review (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog! I somehow committed to three blog tours in a row, so today is round two of tour reviews.

I read The Girl of Dorcha Wood over the course of a day, partially because it was short and entertaining enough to do so, and partially because I procrastinated (oops!). Dorcha Wood follows the story of a young woman named Fiadh (I honestly how to pronounce this) as she struggles to understand who she is. Forced to flee from her home after tragedy strikes, Fiadh decides to take sanctuary in the home of Gideon, a man she recently saved from the brink of death.

The book itself is less than 300 pages and follows Gideon and Fiadh as they make their journal through Dorcha Wood towards Gideon’s castle. Usually I’m not a fan of books where the entire thing covers a singular journey, but I was actually pretty hooked on this one. Kristin Ward did an excellent job in world-building, using many Irish legends and folklore as inspiration. The writing is detailed and descriptive, giving the readers a good mental image of every scene as it happens. There is a theme of violence that pervades throughout the book, so definitely be warned if things like death (human and animal), gore, and murder bother you.

The Girl of Dorcha Wood is the beginning of a new historical fantasy series. My copy of the book even contained a sneak peek of the next book in the series, Blood of the Lost Kingdom. Definitely give this book and series a look if you’re into historical fantasy novels. If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


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