Blog Tour Book Review – Kingdom Come by Mark Collington

KINGDOM COMETitle: Kingdom Come by Mark Collington
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Noir Suspense
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 540
Format: Epub
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Rating – 5/5

In the distant future, the world has been reconstructed into the Realms, controlled by a mysterious unseen entity called Kingdom. Jasper Montague-Smythe, a private detective in the 1930s L.A. Realm, is struggling with a stack of clients and a growing caseload. As he juggles disappearances, blackmail, kidnapping, and murder, he also finds himself custodian of a woman who doesn’t belong in his Realm. Drugged and confused, she needs his help. Can he afford to take the time? Can he really afford not to?

Yet an even larger problem looms: Kingdom’s Enforcers have started disappearing. Now it’s fallen to Jasper to find the cause and stop it before it’s too late.

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Happy Monday!! Welcome to my blog and to my stop on the tour for Kingdom Come. Thank you to the author Mark Collington and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

If someone told me a year ago how much I would enjoy detective fiction, I wouldn’t have believed them. The more I do read, I start to realize how much I enjoy it and the detective character.

Not only did this book have a great main character who is a private investigator and an enforcer but it took place in this interesting timeframe where the world as we know it now is very very different. The world is separated into different realms like the modern realm, the medieval realm and the story starts in 1930s LA which in my mind made this like a noire film. It’s definitely the impression I got right off the bat.

I love the main character Jasper. He was definitely my kind of guy and perfect for the type of character I like to see in a detective sort of role: noble, witty with a bit of cunning, smart and not entirely perfect. For me he has earned a place in my heart alongside Sherlock and Dresden. I kept trying to put a face to him and for some reason I kept thinking Bradley Cooper or (this isn’t a real person) but Bigley from the video game The Wolf Among Us who is the Sheriff of the Fables.

I enjoyed this book very much. I thought it was fun to read and the awesome world building makes it easy to imagine. It was dark and gritty, suspenseful and dangerous.  This book always has a dangerous air, especially when strange, suspect things really start happening! I got lost in the story as soon as I read the first paragraph, I didn’t want to put it down. This book was like candy to me, so suspenseful and entertaining enough to keep me at the edge of my seat. It was awesome to have an entertaining read like this since I’ve been reading books with super heavy subjects lately. I’m so glad I read this one. Five stars from me!

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Mark Collington was born in the south-east of England in the early 90s. At the age of ten he moved to Mid-Wales, and started writing a novel for the first time at 14. He graduated from Bangor University with a Bachelors degree in English with Creative Writing. He is currently studying for an MA at SUNY at Albany in upstate New York.

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Blog Tour Book Review – The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly

The Boy Who Loved RainTitle: The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Page count: 320
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Rating – 5/5

They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. They’re wrong.

David Dryden, pastor of a high-profile church in London, is admired for his emphasis on the Christian family.

But all is not well in his own family. He and his wife, Fiona, have been glossing over his son Colom’s erratic behavior. Then, when a commitment to die is discovered in Colom’s room after the suicide of a school friend, David finds himself out of his depth–and Fiona, in panic, takes Colom and flees.

A wonderful, intelligent, and searching novel about the toxic nature of secrets, and the possibility of starting again.

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Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Boy Who Loved Rain. Thank you to TLC book tours and the author Gerard Kelly for the opportunity to read this book for review.

The Boy Who Loved Rain was nothing like I expected it to be, which actually turned out to be a really good thing. At first inspection of the novel – the description and the cover I thought I was in for a light, straightforward read that I would enjoy escaping into for a few hours. My experience with this book was actually quite different and because of it I am giving this book a full five stars.

It is about a family of three struggling with deep buried issues that come to light throughout the story. We are confronted with a myriad of issues such as marriage issues, suicide, and long buried family secrets that I won’t give away in this post.

When I first started reading this book my impression was much the same and I felt that it began a little slow but soon I found myself unable to put it down. It was easy for me to empathize with its various characters, characters whose thoughts and actions were all very complicated and full, they were very full characters which was a beautiful thing in this story.

It was an enticingly complicated story from which I peeled layer after layer before exposing it’s bare bones. It’s beautiful and tragic, hard to read at times and at others light. The things we find out in this story were entirely surprising to me and hard to handle when we get to know the characters and understand their struggles but it’s also easy to connect behavioral patterns with problems they have faced or are facing. It’s definitely easy to get emotionally invested in this book and I can almost guarantee that you will. This book took a little bit to actually get into. It’s one of those books that builds up and then really socks it to you. It will stay with me for awhile.

I loved the writing  and also the quotes about rain that began every chapter. The use of the omniscient perspective was genius for this type of story.

This is a good book to curl up with on a rainy day or to read when you want to read a book with substance!

You can purchase this book at Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble and add it to your TBR list on  Goodreads.

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About the AuthorGerard Kelly

Gerard Kelly is a well-known speaker and author of fourteen books. He and his wife live and work in France and co-founded the Blessed Network, a movement of young leaders committed to God’s mission on mainland Europe.

Visit his website at http://gerardkelly.org/

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Blog Tour Book Review – A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor

A Memory of VioletsTitle: A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Page count: 386
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Rating – 5/5

In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s flower girls—orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive.

Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie—a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.images

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers. I’d like to give a big thank you to Hazel Gaynor and TLC Book tours for letting me have the chance to read and review this wonderful book for the tour!

This is a historical fiction story about two sisters that get separated, but find their way back to each other through twists of fate. It’s also a story about a young woman finding herself and a purpose by coming to terms with her past and taking control of her future.

Wow, I absolutely loved this book (and the beautiful book cover). Once I started reading it I could not put it down. There are so many things I love about it. I love the themes of perseverance and love so strong it even reaches across realms. This story was absolutely breath taking and beautiful. I found myself in tears while reading it. It was also interesting to read about the Flower Sellers, I had not previously heard of them so I liked learning about them and I loved that flowers played such a prominent part in the story from the naming of the Flower Houses to the names of some of the characters. The story itself is separated into sections of flowers, each with their own meanings that exemplify each section which I loved. I also loved that the language used in the writing is different depending upon the perspective of each chapter, I absolutely love when Historical Fiction novels are written this way, it makes the story more authentic and easier to imagine. It makes the characters more robust and real. At first it was hard for me to read Florrie’s style of speaking but when I started to get really into the story it just became second nature.

The romance subplot was very subtle and beautiful, it didn’t take away from the story of the sisters at all but was very sweet and just the right amount of romance for this book. There was also a supernatural element in this book that really surprised me and it actually had me in tears. This story was poignant and gripping…I highly recommend it. It is a real page turner indeed! It was at times moving, heartwarming and also heartbreaking!

You can purchase this book at  Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble. Be sure to add it to your TBR List on Goodreads !

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Hazel Gaynor is an author and freelance writer living in Ireland.

Her debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME (William Morrow/HarperCollins) was a USA Today and New York Times bestseller. Her second novel A MEMORY OF VIOLETS will be published in February 2015.

Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and was recently named as one of U.S. Library Journal’s Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015.

Hazel also writes a popular guest blog ‘Carry on Writing’ for national Irish writing website writing.ie. She also writes feature articles for the site and has interviewed authors such as Philippa Gregory, John Boyne, and Sebastian Faulks.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel has lived in Ireland for the past twelve years with her husband and two young children.

Hazel is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management, New York.

You can find her via her website, and she’s also on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Review – Shattered by the Wars: But Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai

18818459Title: Shattered by the Wars: But Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Inspiring Voices
Page count: 233
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Rating – 5/5

I hate war. War kills. War maims. War orphans. And it leaves a deep scar not only on the land, that will take years to heal, but also in the hearts of those who are affected by the war. I am one of those who carry a deep emotional wound to this day, more than sixty years later.

During World War II, under Japan, my father was imprisoned because he was a Christian minister wh I hate war. War kills. War maims. War orphans. And it leaves a deep scar not only on the land, that will take years to heal, but also in the hearts of those who are affected by the war. I am one of those who carry a deep emotional wound to this day, more than sixty years later.

During World War II, under Japan, my father was imprisoned because he was a Christian minister who refused to bow down to the picture of the Japanese emperor. My elder brother volunteered to join the Japanese military in the hope of having his father released from the prison. He left home as a vibrant, fifteen-year-old boy and returned home as a worn-out, injured, eighteen-year-old man after the war; he died a year later. During the Korean War, two North Korean officers came to my house and took my father away because he was a Christian minister. He never returned.

“Shattered by the Wars” is a story of love, sacrifice, faith, and suffering, all wrapped in one package. The heroine in the story is my mother, as seen by her youngest son. Mother prayed without ceasing. Through her unceasing prayers, she was able to walk through the dark tunnel of trials and tribulations and lead us onward with love and grace and absolute faith in God.

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In 2014 I had the pleasure of reading Blossoms and Bayonets as part of a blog tour which was based on the life of Hi-Dong Chai. I now have had the pleasure and honor of receiving an autographed copy of Shattered by The Wars: But Sustained by Love, a memoir written by Hi-Dong Chai. You can view my review of Blossoms and Bayonets here (click link), a book that really touched my heart. This book was no different. I want to take a moment to thank Hi-Dong Chai for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to read this work of his life.

Over the years I’ve come to find that I have fallen completely in love with reading memoirs and with each one I read it becomes even more so apparent than before. Shattered by the Wars was a touching and heartbreaking glimpse into the life of a young boy growing into a young man in the midst of war which has profound and devastating affects on his childhood and life. Once again reading about Hi Dong Chai’s life and experiences growing up during a time of war has affected my heart. I found myself sometimes smiling but I mostly found myself crying when I read this.

I also learned a lot from this book. I found key pieces of wisdom scattered throughout its pages, both from the reflections of the author as he writes about his life and what he has learned from it, but also from the voice of his mother speaking through him as well. I really love how this book reflects the tenderness of the love between a mother and a son as well as the tenderness of familial bonds. Being a fur mommy myself I cried so much when I read about his having to say goodbye to Kwidong, I can only imagine how much that hurt.

This is a beautiful book, a beautiful and tragic account of a life that has experienced many things that most of us can’t even imagine. I feel so honored to have read this and having read Blossoms and Bayonets, I felt a strong connection to the people in this book. This is a must read.

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Hi Dong ChaiAbout the Author
A native of Seoul, Korea, Hi-Dong Chai was a boy during WWII and the Korean War. At the age 16, he came to the United States where he received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, worked for IBM, came up with many inventions, published extensively in his field, and later taught as a Professor at San Jose State University.
But he never forgot those early war years. After retiring in 2002,he decided to spend the rest of his years as a writer to share his thoughts, feelings and life experiences with the world. My Truest Hope was published in the 2012 August issue of the Guideposts magazine. Other articles appeared on the Writers Talk, Monthly Newsletter of the South Bay Writers Club. Also Blossoms and Bayonets coauthored with Jana McBurney-Lin was e-published on Kindle, Smashwords.com and Barnes and Noble in October, 2012; Jana has turned the life of his family under Japan during World War II into a historical novel. In January, 2013, he e-published a short love story, Cindy and a Korean Boy. In May, 2013, he e-published Shattered by the Wars, the story of his family during WWII under Japan and during the Korean War.The paper-back version of Shattered by the Wars was published in November, 2013. Since its publication, it has received wonderful reviews. It came in as a finalist in 2014 Eric Hoffer Award, 2013 Autumn House Publishing and Hippo Campus Magazine writing contests.

More of his writings can be found in www.hidongchai.com.

You can also purchase this book at Amazon and add it to your TBR list on Goodreads !

Blog Tour Book Review – The Forgetting Place: A Novel by John Burley

The Forgetting PlaceTitle: The Forgetting Place: A Novel by John Burley
Genre: Fiction/Thriller
Publisher: William Marrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Page count: 341
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Rating – 5/5

A female psychiatrist at a state mental hospital finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy in this dark and twisting tale of psychological suspense from the author of The Absence of Mercy

Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a prison, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation.

When Dr. Lise Shields arrived at the correctional psychiatric facility five years ago, she was warned that many of its patients-committed by Maryland’s judicial system for perpetrating heinous crimes-would never leave.

But what happens when a place like Menaker is corrupted, when it becomes a tool to silence the innocent, conceal an injustice, contain a secret? Why is it that the newest patient does not seem to belong there, that the hospital administrator has fallen silent, and that Lise is being watched by two men with seemingly lethal intent? The answers are closer than she realizes and could cost her everything she holds dear.

In this chilling follow-up to The Absence of Mercy, author John Burley—a master at medical and psychological detail—showcases the many ways in which the dangers of the outside world pale in comparison to the horrors of the human mind. (Goodreads)

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Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Forgetting Place: A Novel. Thank you to both TLC Book Tours and John Burley for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

When I read the description for this book I was instantly excited to have a chance to read it since I’m not well read in the genre of psychological thrillers. I really enjoyed this book, I gave it a full five star rating. It is about Lise, a psychiatrist at a mental institution in Maryland who takes on a mysterious patient. While trying to forge a relationship with her patient and dig into his past she ends up uncovering secrets that reveal she is connected to him in a way she would never have expected.

The amount of detail in this book is awesome. When I first started reading it, I thought the story was uncovering rather slowly but taken as a whole I think it actually has the perfect pacing and detail for a story of it’s magnitude. It was absolutely essential for us to understand the full extent of the background of the story and it’s characters for it all to come crashing beautifully together towards the end of the book in ways I couldn’t have guessed. It was so good! I was surprised at where this story went and was at the edge of my seat for most of it. If you read this book, you won’t want to put it down!!

If you like psychological thrillers I would recommend this book to you, it’s a pretty fast read. You can purchase this book at :  Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble and be sure to add it to your TBR list on  Goodreads.

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John BurleyAbout the Author

John Burley grew up in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay. He worked as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter before attending medical school in Chicago and completing an emergency medicine residency program at University of Maryland Medical Center and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. His debut novel, THE ABSENCE OF MERCY, received the National Black Ribbon Award in recognition of an author who brings a fresh, new voice to suspense writing. His second novel, THE FORGETTING PLACE, is scheduled for release on February 10, 2015.

John continues to serve as an emergency department physician in northern California. He is hard at work on his next project.

You can connect with the author at his website, and  also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review – The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek

The Grown UpsTitle: The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: William Marrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Page count: 357
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating – 4/5

From the author of The Summer We Fell Apart, an evocative and emotionally resonant coming-of-age novel involving three friends that explores what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and how difficult it is to do both together

The summer he’s fifteen, Sam enjoys, for a few secret months, the unexpected attention of Suzie Epstein. For reasons Sam doesn’t entirely understand, he and Suzie keep their budding relationship hidden from their close knit group of friends. But as the summer ends, Sam’s world unexpectedly shatters twice: Suzie’s parents are moving to a new city to save their marriage, and his own mother has suddenly left the house, leaving Sam’s father alone to raise two sons.

Watching as her parents’ marital troubles escalate, Suzie takes on the responsibility of raising her two younger brothers and plans an early escape to college and independence. Though she thinks of Sam, she deeply misses her closest friend Bella, but makes no attempt to reconnect, embarrassed by the destructive wake of her parents as they left the only place Suzie called home. Years later, a chance meeting with Sam’s older brother will reunite her with both Sam and Bella – and force her to confront her past and her friends.

After losing Suzie, Bella finds her first real love in Sam. But Sam’s inability to commit to her or even his own future eventually drives them apart. In contrast, Bella’s old friend Suzie—and Sam’s older brother, Michael—seem to have worked it all out, leaving Bella to wonder where she went wrong.

Spanning over a decade, told in alternating voices, The Grown Ups explores the indelible bonds between friends and family and the challenges that threaten to divide them. (Goodreads)

imagesGood morning everyone and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek. Thank you to the author and TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity read and review this book! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

The Grown Ups: A Novel is an interesting story that is told from multiple perspectives and follows the lives of a group of friends throughout the years, from their childhood and well into their adult lives. I am a huge fan of books told from multiple perspectives so it was a treat to read this book, this made the story feel well rounded to me. I loved this book and thought it was interesting to be able to see the experiences of one group of people at different points in their lives. The narrative takes us from the naiveté and carelessness of childhood to the seriousness and pains of growing into adults and reconciling with the hurts of the past.

I really liked the romances (some big and some small but all significant) that take place throughout the story. It made me reflect on my life and the characters in my group of friends and how we fit together, each of us having gone through our unique set of experiences and problems. It also made me reflect on how who we become is often a reflection of our parents as well. I love books like this that are written in such a way that they make us reflect on our lives. A beautiful story with a universal and wonderful cast of characters!

Add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads and purchase at  Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble .

imagesRobin AntalekAbout the Author

Robin Antalek is the author of The Summer We Fell Apart (HarperCollins 2010) which was chosen as a Target Breakout Book. The Summer We Fell Apart was also published in Turkey by Artemis Yayinlari. Her non-fiction work has been published at The Weeklings, The Nervous Breakdown and collected in The Beautiful Anthology, Writing off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema, and The Weeklings: Revolution #1 Selected Essays 2012-1013. Her short fiction has appeared in 52 Stories, Five Chapters, Sun Dog, The Southeast Review and Literary Mama among others.  Robin has received three honorable mentions in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters and New Fiction Writer’s contests as well as an honorable mention for the Tobias Wolf Fiction Award.

You can find and follow her on her website and her Facebook page.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

WildaloneTitle: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy
Publisher: William Marrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Page count: 374
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Rating – 4/5

 In this darkly imaginative debut novel full of myth, magic, romance, and mystery, a Princeton freshman is drawn into a love triangle with two enigmatic brothers, and discovers terrifying secrets about her family and herself—a bewitching blend of Twilight, The Secret History, Jane Eyre, and A Discovery of Witches.

Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life—including an enigmatic young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.

In this shadow world that seems to mimic Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the samodivi or “wildalones”—forest witches who beguile and entrap men—Thea will discover a family secret bound to transform her forever . . . if she can accept that dead doesn’t always mean gone, and love doesn’t always distinguish between the two.

Mesmerizing and addictive, Wildalone is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastic. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, and Stephenie Meyer. (Goodreads)

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Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wildalone! Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Krassi Zourkova for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book for the tour!

Wildalone was a very unique read and I rather enjoyed reading it. It is about a young, gifted pianist who leaves her native country of Bulgaria to attend university at Princeton. This all sounds normal but it is far from it! She has unearthed secrets from her families past that ultimately drive her to America and Princeton. But what she finds awaiting her there is not only a whirlwind, complicated romance but also, the secrets of her family tragedy and heartache whose foundations lie in Greek mythology. Fascinating right?

This was definitely a unique story and didn’t end up going at all where I thought it would. I love how the narrative is propelled by these tragic myths and I loved travelling with Thea as she connects all the different facets of her experiences and the myths together to create the story of what happened to her family. That was definitely my favorite piece of this story.

I was, however, not really a fan of the romance between Rhys and Thea. I do think that there were some great moments there but I just didn’t like Rhys at all. He was so possessive and that just didn’t jive well with me. I did, however love the Jake romance angle. I was rooting for Jake the whole time and I just felt like they were just so passionate about each other…I felt like their connection was special…the Thea and Jake scenes were awesome but I did feel bad that they all got caught up in this terrible love triangle, although it really wasn’t a triangle at all now was it? The romance between Rhys and Thea reminded me a lot of the Twilight romance between Edward and Bella. Edward sometimes comes off as possessive and Bella just plays into that and lets him and that’s exactly what Thea did and that just annoyed me a little but that’s really the only thing about this book that I didn’t love.

Also, I have to mention that the writing was extremely beautiful and I commend the author for her superb storytelling and writing skills. The language was beautiful and the book is full of some of the most beautiful sentences I have ever read. Sometimes I would get to a passage that was just so beautiful that I had to write it down and save it. Do you ever find those sentences in books that just squeeze your heart and leave you breathless? I felt that quite a bit in this book. I will also say that this book kept me up ALL NIGHT. I was literally up until 5 o’clock in the morning reading this book because I couldn’t put it down. I love books like that, don’t you?

I wanted to share a few quotes from this book that I absolutely loved, so I hope you enjoy these as much as I did because WOW they are beautiful.

Something about his voice got to me. I wanted to keep hearing its sound. Warm. Quiet. Disarming like the sound of a piano when your fingers are barely pressing the key.” (38)

Hushed, delicate sounds filled the room with a haunting fragility I had never heard in music. Each tone drifted up and died in the air almost instantly, leaving behind a silence that made one’s heart fold in on itself with aching.” (91)

“I had imagined it so many times, but he erased everything. No one had kissed me before him. No one had touched me, or looked at me, or known that I existed. I began and ended there. He found me. Tasted me. Lost himself in me, as if I was the universe.”(279)

Swoon. Beautiful right? That’s only a taste!

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 star rating which means that overall,  I loved it. I feel like this book fits comfortably into a few genres so I would recommend it to anyone wanting a good mystery, fantasy or romance…I also think elements of this story can be classified under supernatural and historical fiction! When I first read the synopsis, I leapt at the chance to be a part of the blog tour because it sounded so intriguing and I hope you feel the same way. If you decide to pick this book, please stop by and let me know what you thought of it!

Have a great Monday everyone and thank you for spending time with me! You can purchase a copy of Wildalone at Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble. Also be sure to add it to your TBR list at Goodreads.

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A natural born storyteller, Krassi Zourkova grew up in Bulgaria and moved to the US to study art history at Princeton. After college, she graduated from Harvard Law School and has been practicing finance law in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles where she currently lives. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, and her essay, Book Collecting in the Absence of Books, about compiling a personal library under Communist censorship, won first prize in essay contests at Princeton and Harvard. Krassi is an accomplished musician and was inspired by her love of Chopin and her national folklore for Wildalone.

You can connect with her via @zourkova on Twitter!

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