Blog Tour: Dawn and the Letters by Eliza Noel || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway!

About the Book-

Dawn Chandler is newly settled in Lone Pine, and she can’t wait for the family wedding. When she and her friend Moriah discover an old letter written during the Vietnam War, they hatch a plan for a grand wedding surprise. Forming the “Smokey’s Sleuths” group with their siblings, they intend to track down the letter’s author.

As plans move forward with festivities, Dawn tries to ignore Rochelle, the one girl determined to make her life miserable and ruin her friendships. But Smokey’s Sleuths soon discover that Rochelle is the one person who holds the clue they desperately need.

Will Smokey’s Sleuths be able to track down the letter’s author in time to pull off a wedding surprise, or will Dawn’s struggle to love her enemy keep them from their goal?

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My Review-

This was such a sweet middle grade story! Dawn and the Letters is the second book in Eliza Noel’s Dawn Chandler series, and it was so fun to read more about Dawn’s life! While it was helpful to have had read book 1, Dawn Chandler, it was definitely not necessary, and the story was fun either way.

Similar Reviews: Dawn Chandler (Dawn Chandler #1)

Like the previous book, this book was directed at kids between 8-12 years old, and the writing style and story line reflected such. The story was really sweet and I feel like I would have really enjoyed it when I was younger.

The message of this book was also really good: the primary theme was forgiveness, and it appeared frequently throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book, which gave it a fun twist. It reminded me of books like the Three Cousins Detective Club or the Cul-de-Sac Kids that I read when I was younger.

The characters were really fun to read: the sibling banter was very amusing and I enjoyed it a lot! I also love books set in a small town, so that was perfect in that regard too.

Overall, it was a very cute and fun read that I would definitely recommend to young readers!

My Rating-

5/5 for young readers, 4/5 for me personally

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

AuthorEliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.

When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.

You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on elizanoelauthor.blogspot.com or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.

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Giveaway-

To celebrate the release of Dawn and the Letters, Eliza is giving away a signed copy of the book!

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Blog Tour: To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #1) || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book: To Steal A Heart
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Comedic Historical Romance
Release Date: November, 2020

After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

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My Review-

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This was a really fun book! I’ve read a ton of Jen Turano’s work previously and I have enjoyed them all a lot. Turano’s characters are always so witty and fun, and it is just always a good time all around. I was really excited to see that there was another series from her coming and to meet the cast of new characters. As usual, it was humorous and bantery and all the characters were a lot of fun: I particularly enjoyed Gabriella’s friendship with the other girls who lived at the boardinghouse: they were all so unique! Like usual, it took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I started figuring out who was who, it all made sense.

This book was very similar to Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series, in that the characters were from a street thief background. As per typical Jen Turano style, the book was set in New York society in the late 1800s, with The Four Hundred featured, but with a twist of wacky events that just seem to happen that require a tiny bit of suspension of disbelief, such as things that could have happened, but just seemed to work out *just so*, or little character traits that probably couldn’t happen in real life but just did in the book (like a dog that only listens if one speaks in pirate).

I wasn’t a huge fan of either of the main characters, and there didn’t seem to be a ton of chemistry between them, but I enjoyed them plenty. The fact that they were childhood friends called back to the “Shadows Over England” series (is it a call back if it’s a reference to another series by another author?), and I do like that trope. I did enjoy one of the side characters, Daphne, though! (and little birdies tell me that the next book is about her which I’m super excited about!). The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency was SO MUCH FUN (think: women in the late 1800s forming a tiny little detective group) and I’m super excited to read more in the series because of it.

It felt like the storyline moved a little bit slowly in the beginning, but it definitely picked up as the book moved along. The wrapping up of the storyline was really interesting: I think it really added to the “suspension of disbelief” aspect of it, since it didn’t really feel like things should/could have happened the way they are.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and I’m really excited to see where the rest of this series goes!

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

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Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.

Giveaway-

To Steal a Heart Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the grand prize package of copy of To Steal a Heart, plus all three books in the American Heiresses series and a 30 second mystery kit!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Book Spotlight: Tales of the East by Faith Blum || plus exclusive Author Interview!

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with a super exciting blog post: I’m part of the release team for Faith Blum’s retelling collection, Tales of the East! I’ve reviewed a couple books of hers in the past on the blog, and this collection of novellas sounds super interesting! I’m excited to share the details of it with you all! Not only that, but Faith is doing an exclusive interview here, which I’m super excited about!

About the Book:

Five fairy tale retellings…

Go back in time to Old Testament times for imaginative retellings of Hansel and Gretl, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, The 12 Dancing Princesses, and Cinderella. Love Lifted Me is also a retelling of the Song of Solomon.

Three kings…

Trust and Obey is set during the end of King Saul’s life, Lo, How a Rose, Rock of Ages, and The Haven of Rest are set during King David’s reign, and Love Lifted Me is set as Solomon starts to take over for King David.

One volume

All five books are now in one volume for a limited time! Don’t miss out!

This is a limited time volume that will go out of stock at midnight, December 31, 202. Purchase now on Amazon*

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My Reviews-

While I haven’t read all of the books in the series, I was able to read and review two of the books in the series, Trust and Obey, which is book 1, and Rock of Ages, which is book 3. I enjoyed both of them and look forward to reading the rest from the collection!

Exclusive Author Interview-

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

My favorite part of the writing process is writing the first draft. I love working out what is going to happen in the story.

What are ways that you have learned to adapt to writing with a baby?

Write whenever there is a free moment. Usually this means after David goes to bed.

What is your ideal writing situation?

Right now after 7pm has been the best time of day to write. I like to make sure I have my water available and have some classical music or soundtracks going.

Do you prefer reading or writing and why?

That’s a tough one. Reading is obviously easier because the book is already written, but writing means creating new stories. I think it’s a tie.

I noticed that a lot of your books share titles with classic hymns. What was your inspiration for that?

When I was coming up with the title for my first book, I noticed that the hymn A Mighty Fortress was predominant in the novel, so I decided to go with that for the title. After which, I decided to make that as part of my brand

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Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #2 overall in Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Faith resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking, doing dishes, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband and son. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website: https://faithblum.com.


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Blog Tour: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway

About the Book-

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Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Historical, Regency Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…

Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

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My Review-

This was a fun book! I’d seen a lot of hype surrounding it in the past, but never got a chance to read it until recently. It has been a good long while since I actually read a regency novel, so I really enjoyed getting a peek into that world again. If I had to give a mashup for it, I would say that it reads like a mixture of Carrie Turansky and Roseanna M. White. The banter between the characters and love-to-hate aspect of the book were really fun to read.

The character in the book were so much fun to read: they each had distinct personalities and the banter between them was IMMACULATE. Lavina Ellison was so so much fun: she was a great musician, but could also hold her own in tasks that “normal women” didn’t do, at least at the time. I also really liked her devotion to the poor, especially where she didn’t go out with her friends, because she had already previously made arrangements to help out an impoverished friend.

The story itself I wasn’t a huge fan of: it’s very Regency/historical romance-y, which gets old pretty quickly. The storyline wasn’t anything very special: it was a hate-to-love, but you /know/ that love will happen, and the way it happened was pretty predictable, so it wasn’t that interesting in terms of the storyline. There was /a lot/ of attraction that happened between the two main characters, and they were pretty much pining for each other after the first quarter, and it never got resolved until the final couple chapters of the book.

To be honest, I liked the first quarter or so of the book much more than the rest of it: the first bit was really fun to read, and then the story just wound around and around in circles. A good chunk of the book was when Lavinia was sick at the earl’s mansion, and then an apparently large plot point was people insinuating that Lavinia and the earl hadn’t been proper happened several times, which was odd because it was established early on that there was a maid in the room all the time, so I am not quite certain why it was brought up so many times? Similar things happened all throughout the book, where plot points get simply beaten to death and the story just goes in circles.

The writing style also got a bit dense as the book wound on: there were a lot of details, and it definitely got wordy at times. The time that the book was set in was also suspiciously vague: it could have been set anywhere between the 1700s and the 1910s and I wouldn’t have really known. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, especially as the story line slogged on.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book to read, if you are a Christian fiction fan. I enjoyed it because of the heroine, the banter, and the beginning and end of the story, but overall, it is a dense book. I would not recommend it if you are looking for a light read, and I will not be reading the later books in the series.

My Rating-

2/5 for me personally, 4/5 for fans of Christian fiction

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

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Carolyn Miller lyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc. Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.

Giveaway

The Elusive Miss Elison Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon prize and a paperback copy of the book!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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Blog Tour: Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book-

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Title: Brought to Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2020

There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.

Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.

Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.

Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?

Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.

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My Review-

This was a really fun read! I like to read cozy mysteries to relax (is that paradoxical?) and this one was a good one that I really enjoyed!

Unlike a lot of bookshop focused cozy reads, the main character of this book is in her forties, and has been a professor for a while now. This kind of threw me off, because I’m not used to reading from that point of view, but I quickly got into it.The main characters are pretty standard for a mystery novel: the single but attractive book-focused woman, and the muscular, attractive detective assigned to her case. The story was also pretty standard but was still a really enjoyable read.

There were some things in the story that I particularly enjoyed: first off, the main character (Katrina) was best friends with a family that was involved in foster care. I really liked the look into the foster care system and the situations that arise as a result of fostering children: I thought it was a neat little spotlight! I also liked the different Christian components that are sprinkled throughout the book: Katrina is involved in the church, has friends in the mission field, and overall does more than the “average” Christian character who goes to church maybe once in the whole book. There is overall a lot of discussion about doing God’s will and being used by him, which I don’t see a ton of in books and really liked as well.

The murder story itself was pretty standard, and I actually feel like it was the weakest part of the storyline. I enjoyed the other bigger, “life” conversations (like marrying widowers, foster care, mission work, etc) more than the actual story plot. However, I do always enjoy a good murder mystery, and this was a fun one to read.

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.


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To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback of the book!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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Blog Tour: The Crownless King by Kara Linaburg

About the Book-

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Title: The Crownless King
Series: The Broken Prince #2
Author: Kara Linaburg
Genre: YA Fantasy
Editions: Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
Release Date: September 1, 2020

She won’t meet her worst enemy on the battlefield…

War is brewing and the kingdom of Sindaleer is torn as the Knights of Norcir draw the folk to their side. When Sabriel, a specially Gifted, pledges her blood to their cause, she is ready to give all to bring the peace her leader promises. She understands Tirich’s deep hatred toward the king, and has prepared for this moment all her life.But when her identity as a knight is discovered by the childhood friend who betrayed her years ago, Sabriel’s plans for justice come toppling down. Now distracted by what once was, Sabriel fights to hold onto what she’s believed to be true for so long.

Nick never forgot the red-headed lass of years past, but she’s not the friend he remembers. As enemies connected by their past take opposing sides on their country’s freedom, Nick refuses to believe what she’s become.

Voices warning Sabriel she’ll never succeed, and loyalties torn, she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. Tirich’s power is growing stronger, and she fears she was wrong about the good she once saw in him.

The concluding book following The Broken Prince, reminds us of the inner war we all face, and what it means to rise from the ashes when all hope feels lost.

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My Review-

Other books in this series: The Broken Prince by Kara Linaburg (The Broken Prince #1)

I have been friends with Kara for many years now (at least 5?) and I’ve loved seeing the process behind her books coming to life. This is the second book in what I believe to be a duology, and I really enjoyed it!

Overall, I liked The Crownless King better than The Broken Prince: I think there were less editing errors (typos, missing scenes, etc), which overall made it easier to read, but also the story flowed better and was structured better. Granted, I’m not a professional writer or work in the field, but it felt like the story was planned out better and was told more smoothly.

I loved seeing characters from The Broken Prince reappear: Milosh and Serena were the best, and I loved seeing their relationship grow  from book 1. I also really liked seeing the world from another perspective: that of Sabriel and Nick’s! They were also really sweet (and the ending was definitely not what I expected or wanted). I didn’t like their story quite as much as Milosh and Serena’s, but I definitely enjoyed it still.

The story was also AMAZING: there were so many plot points that came back in this book that tied back into topics that came up in book 1 that I didn’t expect but really enjoyed! It also made me think: there was a lot about “doing evil for the sake of good,” which is super relevant right now, as well as overall just a lot of thought-provoking insights. Sabriel is also meant to mirror something similar to anxiety & depression, which was also really well done, I think!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I loved seeing the growth that was exhibited by the author and the improvement in the writing! I also really loved seeing how well the two books tied together and themes that reappear.

My Rating-

4/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Kara Linaburg is most content sipping an iced chai while watching the sun set over the mountains of her home in West Virginia. When she’s not dreaming about her next adventure or being a mad scientist in the kitchen, you can find on http://www.thebeautifullybrokenblog.com where she strives for authenticity and beauty in a broken world. The Crownless King is her second novel.

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Book Review: The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Today I’m here with yet another Celebrate Lit blog tour, for Dani Pettrey’s book, The Crushing Depths! I reviewed the first book in the series, The Killing Tide, a couple months ago, and I’m excited to review this one too! Because this is a Celebrate Lit tour, there’s a giveaway associated with this post, so make sure to check it out!

About the Book-

Title: The Crushing Depths
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 30, 2020

They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth…
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer
wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

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My Review-

Previous books in this series:

I enjoyed this read! It wasn’t my favorite, but it met my expectations and was a fun book!

This is book 2 of a series, and like many Christian fiction series, the main characters are two that were introduced in book 1. The main characters in this one are Rissi and Mason, who were introduced in The Killing Tide (at least, I know Rissi was in it; I’m not sure about Mason). I really enjoyed their romance and getting reintroduced to each other: they were so sweet and it was so fun to read. Like the previous book, the two main characters already had a relationship, and they also . . . kissed a lot? Nothing /too/ visual, but definitely the hands-in-hair, back-against-the-wall, his-mouth-enveloped-her-mouth kind of kiss which . . . was kind of a lot? I didn’t mind it but I know a lot of people who read my reviews might, so I wanted to put that out there.

In terms of the actual suspense plot line, I liked it a lot better than in The Killing Tide: the scenario seemed a lot more believable, and the amount of people involved seemed adequate for the situation (whereas in the other book, it felt like 7-10 people solving a case of that magnitude was a little unrealistic, and for me it required a bit of suspension of disbelief). I enjoyed watching people from various fields working together to solve the case, and my favorite was probably Austin, the lawyer! She was just . . . REALLY COOL.

Speaking of the characters, though, I feel like the characters were . . . really boring? I finally understood them a little better (in The Killing Tide it felt like the whole time I was trying to piece together who each of the characters were and what they did, because there are so many of them!), but as I got to know them, I realized that they . . . really didn’t have any personality traits? Their only distinctive feature seemed to be their position at work, and nothing much aside from that. Even the main characters, Rissi and Mason, seemed really two-dimensional and simple (and the rest of the characters even more so).

trigger warning: child abuse, an allusion to sexual assault

I really enjoyed Rissi and Mason’s backstories though! I wish we could’ve heard more about it, especially since it’s such an heavy and deep topic that has a lot that can be discussed. Instead, most of the discussion just skirted around the topics that could’ve actually been really nice to have unpacked.

Overall, I thought this book was really fun! I enjoyed reading it, and while I got confused by the characters a lot, the storyline was really fun! Will I be reading it again? No, probably not. Will I be reading the next book in the series? Yes! At this point I’m too invested to back out. It wasn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy it.

My Rating-

6/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Dani Pettrey

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today). She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com

Giveaway-

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To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a necklace, tumbler and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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Book Review: Dust by Kara Swanson || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with Celebrate Lit to present to you one of the most gorgeous books I’ve seen this year: Dust by Kara Swanson! I knew I needed to read it as soon as I saw the cover, and I’m super excited to be sharing my thoughts with you on it today! Not only that, because this is a Celebrate Lit blog tour, there is a giveaway at the end of this post, so make sure to check that out!

About the Book-

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Title: Dust
Authors: Kara Swanson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 21, 2020

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London…and a boy who shouldn’t exist. Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins. The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

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My Review-

First of all, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT COVER!!! Dust has possibly one of the prettiest cover I’ve seen all year! It’s so so bookstagrammable and I’m VERY tempted to buy a hardcover for the sake of . . . owning it? #bookstagramproblems

This was suuuuuch a fun story! I was never really into Peter Pan (I haven’t really read any books or watched any movies about him, that I know of? I just have Peter Pan knowledge via osmosis, lol), so although some of the finer points aren’t as vivid in my mind, it was still a really fun Peter Pan retelling. According to the book, this story happened about 60-70 years after the “original Peter Pan,” which I really like. It’s set in the same “world,” though the story happens in London (on Earth), which makes the suspension of disbelief easier, at least for me anyways.

In regards to the storyline itself, I found it a bit slow? The story is very much character driven, and while the book spans the course of a couple months (I think), there are pretty large time jumps and most of the plot happens during the course of a few days. I am definitely a lot more of a plot than characters reader, but I did enjoy how the story was told.

With that being said, I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the characters? Like obviously I was rooting for the protagonists: Claire and Peter, but I wasn’t a huge fan of them? I think my favorite character from the book was Tiger Lily: she was just a good kindhearted soul! I felt for Claire, but didn’t really relate to her a ton, and Peter wasn’t strictly meant to be liked, so there’s also that. The side characters were really interesting though!

In terms of ~book content~, there is no talks about God: it was not mentioned whatsoever, which isn’t a huge factor in how I feel about it, but might be interesting to some people. There is one kiss, not very detailed but the ~feelings~ were described. And language wise, it was super clean, which I did like. There were also some mildly gruesome “effects of magic” that were included, like being burned, that were described.

Trigger warning: suicide and self harm

The story ended in a cliff hanger, which isn’t my favorite, but at least there’s a sequel coming out soonish (<1 year!), so I guess we’ll just have to wait for that.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was a lovely fantasy + magicky + just a light feelings book, and it was a fun read! It wasn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy it and will be reading the next book in the series!

My Rating-

6-7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

Author

As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. The award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See, Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. Kara chats about coffee, fairy tales and bookish things online (@karaswansonauthor) and at karaswanson.com

Giveaway-

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kara is giving away the grand prize package of a Dust-themed bundle that includes a signed hardcover, bookmarks, character cards, Peter + Claire art print, and an exclusive Dust pin!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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