Blog Tour Book Review: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon

RARBANNERRRKINDLETitle: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade/YA–  Fantasy
Length: 292 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 30, 2015
Publisher:  Chimera, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 5/5

Rags leads an idyllic life for a goblin child—he spends his days playing in the landfill with his gargoyle friend Ladin, going fishing with his father Hargo in the river, and developing his love of music. His parents love him intensely, and his mother Calin is fiercely protective of him. How could he ask for anything more as he lives an enchanted life on the reservation on the outskirts of the “civilized” world, surrounded by mystical creatures and magic? Little does Rags realize that he is not a goblin but instead a human who was abandoned shortly after his birth and left in the landfill to be raised by the goblins as a way to fulfill an ancient prophecy of good and evil, twin brothers separated at birth and reunited in the thirteenth year of their life, one to unleash an ancient evil, the other the only hope to stop it from happening. A powerful tale of magic, music, and danger, Rags and Ruins is sure to thrill readers of all ages with its mix of adventure, intrigue, and humor—and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to answer to a furious goblin mother.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rags and Ruins. I would like to thank the author Bob Dixon and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rags and Ruin is a fantasy novel about a young goblin and his wife who take in and raise an abandoned human baby as their own. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the child is one half of a prophecy that will end in the battle between good and evil.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fast read because of how it read – the pacing was great and the story itself was interesting. It captured my attention easily and was just a really good story. I loved the writing, I thought the writer did a fantastic job writing and editing this story which made it such a pleasure to read.

I liked the characters and the settings alot. I will probably never look at a landfill the same and will always wonder if there isn’t more than meets the eye in them…maybe a world of fantastical creatures that escapes human attention. I thought that concept was really clever and really enjoyable. The protagonist and antagonist are both very young throughout the story and it all comes to a head on their thirteenth birthday so I would classify this story as more of a middle grade story but it would still be super enjoyable to a young adult audience. As an adult of twenty nine years, I really enjoyed it so I think that everyone would find this story interesting, enjoyable and well worth a read. This is the first book in a series and I am super excited to continue it in the future and would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

If you are looking for a light, fun read be sure to check this one out! I also think it would be a great introduction to the fantasy genre for younger readers! I am planning on purchasing a paperback copy for my niece who is just now beginning to get comfortable with reading and fantasy is her genre of choice…I’m excited to see how she enjoys this story.

P.S. I absolutely love the cover too, it’s super cool!

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Bob Dixon is a a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest cartoon strip. Author of Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic and A Tough Call. He has created and written a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester’s Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. He has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. In addition, Bob is a certified special education teacher who works with children with intellectual delays and autism.

AUTHOR LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/bobdixonbooks
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792230.Bob_Dixon http://authorbobdixon.weebly.com/
AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016IPNB3S
AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016IPNB3S
BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rags-and-ruins-bob-dixon/1122782436;jsessionid=2357F7DE49BC13C2F1AB27F1C361187E.prodny_store01-2?ean=2940151014151
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/rags-and-ruins
GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Bob_Dixon_Rags_and_Ruins?id=DPe1CgAAQBAJ&hl=en
SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/584425
iBOOKS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rags-and-ruins/id1048789588?mt=11
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PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Rags-Ruins-Bob-Dixon/dp/1517597331/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444715669&sr=8-1&keywords=Rags+and+Ruins+paperback

 

 

Book Review: Scrap (The Grimmic Chronicles #1) by Emory Sharplin

17790521Title: Scrap (The Grimmic Chronicles #1) by Emory Sharplin
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher: River Grove Books
Page count: 343 pages
Format: Ebook ARC
Rating – 5/5!!

On the brutal streets of Hellip, a village in the vast empire of the cruel King Ibis, you either become good at running from the king’s Blackcoats or you die. This is the lesson that twelve-year-old Tucker Scrap, abandoned as an infant among the orphans of Hellip, learned early. Along with her friends Ash and Kally, Tucker spends her time keeping one step ahead of the unjust laws, stealing what she needs to survive, and pondering her own unknown origins—and those of the enchanted bracelet with which she was found.

Now, both Ash and Kally have vanished from the orphanage, perhaps headed for the faraway city where Ibis still rules. When a mysterious girl named Vivian arrives in Hellip with a strange invitation to Tucker, the leader of the orphans decides that this may be her opportunity to find her missing friends. But more than this: it may become an opportunity to recover her hidden inheritance, and to change the fate of an entire kingdom.

The introduction to a fantasy world rich with ancient magic, enigmatic gypsies, palace labyrinths, and deep woods haunted by strange and forbidding creatures, Emory Sharplin’s debut novel tells the story of Tucker Scrap: a bold, memorable heroine at the center of a centuries-old mystery, stepping into her destiny at last.

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Full disclosure, I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am really happy that I decided to request this galley because it was awesome, I loved it. It has been awhile since I stayed up with a book as late as I did with this one. I’m talking 4 am guys. I did not want to put this book down and I just had to see where the story was going and what was going to happen with the characters. This is book one of a series so after having read this book, I’m itching to read the next one. When, when when are we getting another book?!

There was a very interesting cast of characters that I can’t wait to learn more about and I am mostly looking forward to just seeing their interactions with each other. Especially with Napier, Colt, Kally and Tucker. I feel like there is going to be alot of drama there in book two, not to mention the drama with Tucker, Vivian, the rebellion and the King. When I started the book I thought it was going to be a much darker story than it turned out to be and I think I would have liked that but I still really loved the story and enjoyed it so much. It was very entertaining and fun to read. I definitely lost myself in this story and loved the writing style. I loved Tucker as our main character, she’s definitely tough and scrappy but also surprisingly feminine, I loved that balance. One of my most favorite aspects of the story are the gypsies and I am hoping that they play a larger role in book two, which I’m assuming they will because of what happened at end.

This was a great YA fantasy read and I cannot wait to continue this story. I give this story five stars and a recommend!

Blog Tour Book Review – Phoenica Rising: Keeper of Light (Book One) by Caroline Quigley

PRBANNERTitle: PhoePhoenicaKINDLEnica Rising: Keeper of Light (Book One) by Caroline Quigley
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher: Chimera (Ravenswood Publishing)
Page count: 278
Format: EPUB
Publication Date: May 10, 2015
Rating – 3/5

A Celtic, mystical, fantasy, adventure story.

Phoenica, a shy, sensitive, intuitive girl with a deep love of nature, moves to the West of Ireland and meets Bromia her estranged Grandmother.

With Bromia’s help she discovers the mystical City of Juna, located through the ancient Burren Mountains and learns that ‘Graydens’, energy stealers, have now taken over Juna and are stealing all of the natural light.

Once in Juna, Phoenica meets Ollen, a proud protector from the Tree Guardians, known as the Nash. Emie, the wild and fearless Silkie leader, Sianna her Guardian Angel and Keenan her true love from Miron, a technological futuristic City.

Phoenica must try to unlock the hidden secrets from her past which connect her to Juna and its people, and as the light keeper and warrior overcome the negative Graydens, so harmony can reign once more in Juna.

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TGIF everyone!!! Thank you for stopping by my post for the blog tour for Phoenica Rising: Keeper of Light (Book One)! Thank you to the author Caroline Quigley and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book for an honest review!

Phoenica Rising is the first book of what I think is a cute and interesting fantasy series. It is about a young girl whose twenty-first birthday is approaching. As her birthdays go by, she develops powers adding new ones each seven years. She soon comes to find that this isn’t the only strange thing in her world when her beloved grandma comes clean that she is actually from another land called Juna where the people are the people of light and possess healing powers. As Phoenica discovers her heritage so too does she discover the dark powers that threaten her people, as well as Earth and she also discovers her full potential.

This book was a very light read, definitely readable in one sitting. I thought that the story was interesting and simple. There were a few characters I liked but I would have liked to get a deeper feel into who they are although, since this is a series maybe I’ll get that in the next couple of books. I liked Phoenica but I didn’t really feel too connected with her and I felt like her character seemed much younger than twenty-one.

I think my favorite character in the story and one that I really want to learn more about is Keenan. His land and people just sound super interesting and I’m hoping to learn more about them in the next book which from the ending it sounds like they might play a bigger role in the next book. One thing I am also very interested in is learning more about the landscape of the Burren, Juna and Miron! These places seem really magical, lush and beautiful.

I ended up giving this book three stars because I definitely liked the story but I had character and world building problems. It really was almost at a four for me, I just would have liked more but there was enough to keep me interested in the story. I feel like this book is a good intro to fantasy for young teens wanting to venture into the fantasy genre and needing somewhere to start. I definitely want to see where the author is going to take the story and would like to read the second book in this series. I’ve heard wonderful things about her other works as well so I may be looking into those in the near future!

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CQCaroline is an Irish writer, a left hander and a twin (twin sister); she lives in the West of Ireland in the beautiful Burren region with her husband Eoghan and her two cats Parker and Harvey. Caroline is also a natural intuitive, holistic healer, with a strong connection to the Angelic realm, spiritual guides, ancestors and Mother Nature.

In the 1990’s, she studied acting and attended the Academy Drama School in London and the Lee Strasberg Studio, she studied film making at film base in the IFC, (Irish film centre) and directed a short film and several small documentaries in Dublin. Caroline ran her own theatre and film company Trapdoor Productions in Dublin, Ireland, in the late 1990’s.

After a significant personal healing she moved into the mind body and spirit field and studied spiritual and angel healing, holistic medicine, meditation and flower remedies, setting up as a private therapist, holistic practitioner, intuitive and angel healer, while also conducting workshops, seminars and classes.

In 2008 Caroline started writing and wrote An Angel Calling, her first book, a universal meditation and angel story book that was published in 2011, which has sold very well. She has also written two correspondence accredited diploma courses, Angel Healing and Celtic Angels, for the BSY College Group in the UK.

Caroline has written a book of adult fictional short stories called Eala’s Journey set in the West of Ireland and a young children’s picture book called Florie’s Angel.

Pheonica Rising (keeper of light) is Caroline’s first teen, young adult, fantasy, adventure novel, and is also part of a trilogy series. Phoenica Rising was inspired by the beautiful, magical, Burren landscape.

Caroline loves all that is mystical, inspirational, creative and positive, and is also a nature and animal lover.

Currently Available at:

PHOENICA RISING: KEEPER OF LIGHT

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Book Review: Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

namelessTitle: Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy) written by Mercedes M. Yardley
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Ragnarok Publications
Page count: 227
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Nook App) Rating – 4/5

 

Luna Masterson sees demons. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end. (Goodreads)

I received Nameless from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Nameless was definitely a different spin on a young adult fantasy than I have ever read so it was a great change of pace for me. It was very dark, a little gritty and sometimes downright spooky. Like most books there were small things about the main character and the story I could pick out that I didn’t like (like Luna falling in love with Reed so fast although I guess when you know you just really do know maybe?). For some reason that really bothered me. Otherwise I thought this book was great…it was a really interesting and fast paced read. I especially enjoyed the action scenes where Luna has to battle some of the demons she sees, let’s just say I really wouldn’t want to be her.

I really love Luna as a character. I feel like she’s a pretty strong female character (except for when it comes to Reed) and I love that she seems like more of a tragic hero. She’s definitely very flawed but has this amazing compassion and loyalty to her family, seems to draw strength from inside herself and just doesn’t give up no matter how hard the going gets…and for her it seems to be plenty hard. She also has this pretty awesome ability to see and interact with demons…which is kind of freaky but equally cool. It’s always interesting to think that there may be some sort of different plane of existence where beings of some kind are walking amongst us and other similar theories. I think this book did such a great job of making a world like that seem possible.

I would love to read more from this series and I am hoping that we get to learn more about Luna and her family background…maybe see if there is any particular reason that this ability seems to be genetic. I loved the ending to this book, although I was hoping that the book had a different ending for Reed…it really makes me think that there could be some sort of tragic romance brewing between Mouth and Luna. I’m very interested in continuing to read this trilogy…if you are a fan of paranormal fantasy I would definitely recommend this book!!

Lastly, how cool is the book cover? It’s definitely fitting and what I would imagine Luna looking like!

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Arcanum by M.C. Moulton

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Title: Arcanum written by M.C. Moulton
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press (an imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 216
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Nook App)
Rating – 4/5

Between fighting a race of magic-wielding winged monsters, scaling Krakens, blinding Cyclops, running from Sirens, and being abducted by pirates it’s all Arc Arcanum can do to keep his head on straight; literally. After losing the only home he’s ever known, and with nowhere else to turn, Arc enlists with the Human Liberation Front to help fight against a ruthless species known as the Winged Ones and stop them from unleashing a world-wide human holocaust. He quickly finds that he may have bitten off more than he can chew when he’s tasked (completely by accident) with escorting humanity’s last hope, a red-eyed android named Celeste, across the sea to one of the few remaining human safe havens. To make matters worse he’s accompanied by two fellow cadets: the feisty vixen Rose and the polyamorous playboy Prince, both of whom seem entirely set on making sure nothing goes as planned. It’s a magical journey that proves blood isn’t the only bond that makes a family. (Goodreads)


Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Arcanum. Thank you to M.C. Moulton and GMTA Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book!

Arcanum is a fantasy novel that deals with a group of unlikely friends from very different backgrounds that are soldiers in an army brought together to defend the human race from the wingers, a flying foe that can wield powerful magic on the battlefield. When the three friends discover Celeste, a beautiful silver haired girl beneath their military compound they find out that she may very well be the last hope for humanity…and it is thrust upon their young shoulders to see her to safety.

I really liked this book, I thought it was well-written and the world building was great although sometimes it was hard for me to gauge a timeframe from the things the characters say. I thought the premise of the story was great, it was definitely one of those books where the characters embark on this really important journey and are racing against the clock with the fate of humanity resting upon their shoulders. I love books like that. Arcanum definitely did not disappoint. It was fast paced, super fun and filled with a wonderful amount of humor and action. Our characters meet other interesting characters along the way like a band of pirates and encounter many different trials like a murderous nymph and a terrifying kraken. All of these things and much more make for a wonderfully entertaining story. I gave Arcanum a four star rating since I did have a few  really slight problems with the world building but overall Arcanum was awesome!

I love this book cover by the way, I couldn’t help but picture this as an anime film in my head when I was reading it which just added to the fun I had reading this novel. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

As an added bonus I am giving away 20 free copies of this book to the first 20 people who comment on this blog post with their email.

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M. C. Moulton is currently living in Kansas and trying desperately not to be swept away by a tornado to a magical land of munchkins. In his off time he’s lazily at work on the Arcanum sequels or playing way too many video games. Oh yeah and he’s awesome.

Visit the Author’s Website : http://www.arcanumbook.com/. On this site you will also find links to where you can purchase the book!

 

Blog Tour Book Review: The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

The Shadow SoulTitle: The Shadow Soul (A Dance of Dragons, #1) written by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: Fantasy
Self Published
Page count: 231
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface using Freda App)
Release Date: 02/20/14
Rating – 5/5!!

GAME OF THRONES meets GRACELING in a new fantasy series by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis.

Jinji has been haunted by the death of her twin brother for ten years. Now, on the dawn of her joining, the nightmare that claimed him has returned for her.

Prince Whylrhen is determined to prevent the past from repeating itself. His kingdom is expecting a new heir, and he will stop at nothing to keep the child safe.

Though they’ve never met, the two share a deep secret—magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Whylrhen can pull burning flames into his flesh. But neither of them knows what they are truly capable of until a chance encounter brings them together. For their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time—an age of myth that is about to be reborn…

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As an avid reader of fantasy titles and a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I was super excited to read this book when I saw that it was reviewed as a “Game of Thrones meets Graceling” in the Goodreads description above. I have never read Graceling although I plan to but I have heard that it’s a great book as well. I’m always pretty sold on anything fantasy and anything with magic or dragons in it so I was happy to sit down and dig into this book.

I really enjoyed this story. I don’t know what it is but I love reading fantasy books with female protagonists although this one switches between a female and a male perspective in which I extremely enjoyed both.

The story opens with Jinij, our female protagonist getting ready for her wedding day although the day turns out to end in a vastly different way than she ever could imagine. She is the last of her people which gives her story and perspective this really sad, desperate element with a lot of internal and external struggle which makes her a really interesting character. For most of this book she is also hiding under the guise of being a male which also lends a pretty interesting twist to the story. When she meets Rhen it is pretty obvious that someway, somehow he will end up being a love interest but not a lot of that is explored in this story although it is hinted at here and there so I am extremely curious and excited for the next book to see what goes on with that aspect of the story. I also love Rhen’s character and how he doesn’t have the attitude or arrogance that one would typically experience when dealing with a character that is a royal. Both of their powers are really interesting and it seems like as the story continues we are going to encounter a lot more people with powers and like we will learn a lot more of why these people are special and why the shadow is interested in them…and maybe if each is a dragon soul!

I am also very curious about the dragons, which weren’t really a huge part of this first book so I’m hoping that they will be a much larger aspect of the next books to come because it seems like this series is going to treat dragons in a whole different way than I have seen before. It’s always wonderful to see authors play with such staples of the fantasy genre and see what they can do differentlyhe S with them.

Aside from this story being interesting and fantastic, I thought the writing was superb. I always think it’s commendable when I don’t encounter mistakes in a final product and I found none!! <applause>!! The writing was detailed and the story was fresh! I always know world building is done right when I feel like I have physically visited the places and seen the people discussed in books and I definitely feel this way about the setting of this book. Well done!

Overall I gave this book a full five out of five rating, I thought this was a fantastic first book in a series. I’m excited to see where this series is going to go, there is definitely a lot of room to build out the series and I think the author is going to do some really interesting stuff with this story. The next book in this series comes out this year so I will be looking forward to that for sure and it is on my TBR list! Fantasy fans will not want to miss this book…it’s definitely YA but I think that it would be a fun read for mature fantasy readers as well! Who doesn’t love an entertaining fantasy read?

Also, a huge thanks to Kaitlyn Davis and YA Bound Book Tours for allowing me to read and review this awesome book!

About the Author

kaitlyn davisI’ve always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series — and no, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season… even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.

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Cover Reveal: The Dark King by C.J. Abedi

Hello everyone!! Today I am excited to be participating in the cover reveal for The Dark King written by C.J. Abedi and published by Diversion Books!  Thank you to both C.J. Abedi and Diversion for allowing me to be part of this reveal and the wonder that is the Fae series. The Dark King is the second book in a trilogy – you may or may not remember my review of the first book Fae but you can find it here: My Review of Fae by C.J. Abedi. I loved the book and am excited that the second book will be released on May 6, 2014 on ebook and paperback ( so be excited people!!). Also, I’d like to congratulate the authors because it was just announced that Ridley Scott has purchased the film rights to this trilogy!!! SUPER exciting news!! You can read more about that here: Fae movie. Without further ado, I present to you the beautiful cover and synopsis of The Dark King!

The Dark King (Medium)Darkness descends over Roanoke Island in the sequel to the young adult bestseller, FAE.

Devilyn Reilly has crossed over to the sinister world of The Dark Fae, reigning over the realm as its King.  He is to fulfill a prophecy–to unite the Light and Dark Fae once and for all, but those who love him now fear that he will never be the same again, that he can no longer be trusted, that every trace of the Light he once had is gone forever.

Caroline Ellis, the final heir of the Light Fae, must learn to survive without the protection of her one true love.  She must come to embrace her own strength to evade those in the Dark court who seek her destruction—for the power is within Caroline to use Light to change Fate itself…

Caroline and Devilyn’s chemistry is undeniable. Their destiny together inevitable if only they have the will to overcome The Darkness and The Fates.

THE DARK KING, the second installment of the stunning Fae trilogy propels readers into the mystical and magical world of the Light and Dark Fae, where star-crossed love ignites a battle between two powerful kingdoms, one that can consume everything that stands in its path.

AHHH! So if you haven’t read Fae, you should definitely consider picking it up before the second one comes out. If you have read it and remember where the book ended I’m sure you are as excited as I am to pick up where we left off!! Happy reading everyone!!