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Book Tour (Review + Giveaway(US/CAN)): The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

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Title: The Midnight Dance

Author: Nikki Katz

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Date Published: October 17th 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Goodreads Rating: 3.29

Synopsis:

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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Book Blog Tour(Review + Giveaway (US/CAN)): Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

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Title: Amid Stars and Darkness

Author: Chani Lynn Feener

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Date Published: July 18th 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Synopsis:

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

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Book Blog Tour (Review + INTL Giveaway): Black Dawn by Mallory McCarthy

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Title: Black Dawn

Author: Mallory McCarthy

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult

Publication Date: February 14th 2017

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Goodreads Rating: 3.79

Synopsis:

The end of an Empire. The rise of a Queen.”

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life that is until two mysterious, and dare I say handsome soldiers show up at her apartment doorstep and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Coming from the magical and ravaged world of Kiero, Emory is brought back not realizing that both men are darkly woven in her past. Discovering she is the

long lost heir to the Royal Line Emory is thrown into Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both lives clashing Emory uncovers hidden secrets from her past, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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Book Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway): Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron

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Title: Island of Exiles

Author: Erica Cameron

Date Published: February 14th 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.

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Book Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

 

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Title: The Delphi Effect

Author: Rysa Walker

Published Date: October 11th 2016

Publisher: Skyscape

Goodreads Rate: 4.28

Synopsis:

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

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Book Review: The Belgrave Legacy by Zara Hoffman

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Title: The Belgrave Legacy

Author: Zara Hoffman

Publish Date: October 31st 2016

Paperback, eBook 294 pages

Goodreads Rate: 3.29

Synopsis:

A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.

Fawn doesn’t believe in magic. But when she is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of an ancient feud, she must learn to control her powers.

Caleb is sick of Hell. But when a simple seduction becomes complicated by real feelings, he is forced to pick between keeping his past or fighting for his future.

Can this young witch navigate a dangerous world with the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her by her side?

The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance novel with a feminist twist. Filled with magic, witches, angels, demons, Zara Hoffman’s “coming of age” story will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

 


 

REVIEW

 

Thanks to the publisher who gave me the chance to review this book via Netgalley.

 

 

Honestly speaking I don’t know what to rate this book or how to review it. I don’t even know where to start. Maybe on first impression? Right.

 

First impression of this book is it will be a good book. It was good in the beginning while I’m still learning the characters and the flow of the story. It was smooth sailing and good. It wasn’t until around 20% of the book that I’m starting to get confused.

 

The story is way too fast. Everything in the book happened really really fast. That moment where the book was still introducing Fawn and Caleb and then the next minute they were teacher and student learning magic together and then another minute they were in love and then the next betrayal and Fawn is in hell and everything just keeps going messy? (I meant in the story) Like seriously. It was so fast that I thought I’m almost at the end but I was actually just in the middle of the first 50% of the book.

 

The narration is fine. I didn’t had a hard time imagining the story inside my head because it’s somehow a little detailed narration but not totally detailed. Although, there’s only one tiny problem. My English Professor once said that you cannot appreciate a song without its melody because the melody brings out the emotions and the feelings. That’s the case in Belgrave Legacy. It has lyrics and thoughts but it doesn’t have emotions. I didn’t feel a thing while reading this book. I didn’t even felt the love Fawn and Caleb have for each other. Even though Fawn was said to be mad towards the devil, I didn’t felt it that much. It was like I was just reading a textbook from our university –plain.

 

Not to mention the climax part of the story. Was that really how they fought their battle? From the book, it was described like it was the battle of the century, the chosen girl fighting the devil Lucifer. But why did it ended way too soon and way too easy? It’s like I’ve read the whole battle scene in less than a minute. Even with someone dying and then brought back from the dead right after, it’s still wasn’t enough for me to say that it was a good battle scene. And some of the parts where there are actually big things that got revealed, it feels like they just shrug it off easily. Like, how would you feel if you’ll know that your bestfriend is actually a siren who happens to be your twin brother’s soulmate? Shocking right? How about knowing that your ex-boyfriend is actually a wolf? More shocking right? But Fawn handled it way too easily. Sure she was shocked for like ten seconds and then wouldn’t think about again anymore. I’m not saying that she should really totally shocked but her reaction is somehow lacking for me. I think I’m not using the right words but I hope you all get my point.

 

And it looks like this book is a fanfiction of a certain series. The Supernatural series. Is it? I feel like it. Like, if Supernatural was put into books and change it into a romance story instead of brotherly love, this would be the outcome. Though instead of guns and holy waters this is spells and magic and witchcraft. I’m a fan of Supernatural so I couldn’t really help but to think that this was based on the series. Maybe if this was written before Supernatural, I would think otherwise.

 

I’m not saying that this is a bad book. It’s just plain and still needs improving but then who am I to say that, right? I’m just a reviewer and a book blogger not an editor or whatever. But that’s my review. Though if you’re a fan of the Supernatural series or just want to read some romance books which includes witches and angels, this is a perfect book for you.

 

Don’t let my review ruin your expectations towards the book. We all have different opinions towards same things so I say give this book a try. Maybe you will like it the way I didn’t much.


 

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About the Author…

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Zara Hoffman is a college student and YA author. She spends most of her time doing homework and writing new stories. When she isn’t wrapped up in projects, Zara can be found relaxing with friends and family, listening to music, reading and writing, or playing with her dog, Riley.
Connect with Zara online at her website, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Instagram.

 

 

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