Monday 28 February 2022

Anne of West Philly by Ivy Noelle Weir - Book Tour & A Review

Hello everyone!!

Today I am really excited to share with you Anne of West Philly by Ivy Noelle Weir. It is a Middle Grade graphic novel that is a modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables. The illustrations are done by Myisha Haynes. The book will be published tomorrow March 1st

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My Review

This is the second book I read by Ivy Noelle Weir and I really enjoyed it. It is a modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables in a graphic novel form. 
This time Anne is in West Philadelphia where she finds new friends and a new family that she wasn't expecting. 
The art style is really beautiful and it matches really well with the story. I liked the turn the story took and I also enjoyed the character development. 

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book:

Anne of Green Gables with a twist: in this follow-up to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and The Secret Garden on 81st Street, this full-color graphic novel moves Anne Shirley to modern-day West Philadelphia, where where she finds new friends, new rivals, and a new family.

When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to foster a teenage girl for the first time, their lives are changed forever. Their redheaded foster daughter, Anne Shirley, is in search of an exciting life and has decided that West Philly is where she’s going to find it. Armed with a big personality and unstoppable creativity, Anne takes her new home by storm as she joins the robotics club, makes new friends in Diana and Gilbert, experiences first love, and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. But as Anne starts to get comfortable, she discovers one thing she wasn’t looking for: a family.

About the author:

Ivy Noelle Weir is a writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator of the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning graphic novel Archival Quality (Oni Press), the upcoming The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Little, Brown for Young Readers), and her writing has appeared in anthologies such as Princeless: Girls Rock (Action Lab Entertainment) and Dead Beats (A Wave Blue World). She lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and their two tiny, weird dogs.

You can find the rest of the tour schedule here.

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Saturday 26 February 2022

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier - A review


“We are not promised a long life, Cassia. Just a life. Take what happiness you can. Hold tight to it.”

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier is a standalone YA fantasy that was published in November 2021.

I read it as part of the Fairyloot monthly read along and I loved it. 
I didn't have high hopes for it but thankfully it surprised me and became a 5 star read for me. All the plot twists made it even more gripping and I kept turning the pages. 
I loved the characters and the writing style and I wish it had a sequel, so I could spend more time with the characters. I loved how the relationship between Cas and Lena evolved. It seemed natural and not rushed.

Rating: 5 Stars

About the book:

The past never forgets . . .

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer's apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

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Thursday 24 February 2022

Legacy by Jesikah Sundin - Book Tour

 "She is locked inside an experimental world.
He has never met the girl who haunts his dreams.
A chilling secret forever binds their lives together."

Legacy by Jesikah Sundin is an Eco-dystopia and the first book in The Biodome Chronicles. The book is already out and we  are celebrating the special anniversary hardcover edition of it! This edition includes :full color illustrations, full color map, gorgeous chapter headings, glossary and  a note from the author.

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Book 1 here
Book 2 here
Book 3 here

TITLE: Legacy
SERIES TITLE: The Biodome Chronicles, Book 1
RELEASE DATE: Already Released
GENRE: Eco-dystopia (Ecopunk / Greenpunk / Hopepunk)
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Underage drinking and use of drugs, lots of cursing, off-screen abuse

About the book: 

Willow Oak Watson has never met a stranger. Never known the open wide sky. Never seen modern technology. The experimental world she was born into is built on rules and traditions. Edicts no one has dared challenge —until her father’s shocking death places an invisible crown of power on her brother’s head. A coveted legacy that may be the very reason her father now lies dead. Unsure of who they can trust, her brother risks their family’s banishment in a hunt for answers. A bold decision that leads them to a hidden communications room and to Fillion Nichols, a young man with a chilling link to her family. A stranger Willow feels a bond with the moment they meet. A connection that has haunted his dreams for years.
Everything about Fillion bends her reality and screams danger. He is the complete opposite of all that she has ever known and from a world she fears. Yet he is the only one who can decode the many cryptic
secrets destroying her home. A necessity if her family is to survive.

Worlds collide in an unforgettable quest for truth, unfolding a story rich in mystery, betrayal, and love.
A salivating blend of MEDIEVAL meets THE NEAR FUTURE in this gritty young adult eco-dystopian tale, brimming with psychological thrills, strong nature and found family themes, and an angsty, enemies to lovers slow burn fated romance that forever alters the reality of two worlds.

Praise for the series: 

"A captivating YA hybrid of scifi and medieval fantasy, mystery, and romance, LEGACY opens The Biodome Chronicles series with divergent worlds on a carefully planned collision course."
— Chanticleer Book Reviews

"If you love enchanting, witty, well-drawn characters and beautiful worlds, there is no better author than Jesikah Sundin."
— Melanie Karsak, New York Times Bestselling author of The Celtic Blood series.

"LEGACY is truly a unique read—with deep, lifelike characters and a fascinating mystery element."
— Claire Luana, USA Today Bestselling author of the Moonburner Cycle series

Readers have compared Legacy to M. Night Shyamalan's The Village meets Blade Runner with an Anne of Green Gables twist.

There is a giveaway running until February 26th and you can learn more about it and also enter on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

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A Crown of the Gods by S. M. Gaither - Cover Reveal

 "The old gods are growing restless. An ancient evil is stirring. Can they stop the coming storm?"

A Crown of the Gods by S. M. Gaither is a NA Romantic Epic Fantasy and the fourth book in the Shadows and Crowns series. The book will be released on May 31st 2022

Purchase the Shadows and Crowns series here
Add the books to your Goodreads TBR:
1. The Song of the Marked here
2. A Twist of the Blade here
3. The Call of the Void here
4. A Crown of Gods here

You might have noticed that A Crown of the Gods looks a little different from previous books in the series—and that’s because the whole series is in the process of getting a brand new look! Visit @authorsmgaither’s feed for more information about the cover change.

Without further ado, here is the beautiful cover.

TITLE: A Crown of the Gods
SERIES TITLE: Shadows and Crowns Series, Book 4
GENRE: NA Romantic Epic Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: 05.31.22
TRIGGER WARNING: violence, death, main character struggles with anxiety/ptsd

About the book:  (From Book 1)

Mercenary Casia Greythorne cares about two things: Completing whatever her latest job is, and earning
enough coin to buy the expensive medicine that’s keeping her mentor alive. So when the king himself offers her a job, she can’t resist the massive reward he offers—even if it means working with Captain Elander, the arrogant, mysterious right-hand to that king.
Her partner may be infuriating, but at least their mission seems simple and quick enough: Investigate the origins of the strange plague that’s been ravaging their empire, help find a cure, and then call it a day. But in a land brimming with old magic and meddling gods, nothing is ever that simple, and nothing is ever what it seems. As the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together to protect their world whether they like it or not. Because one thing is clear:
Something ancient and evil is stirring in the shadows of that world.
And their empire will not survive its full unleashing.

If you enjoyed Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas and From Blood and Ash - Jennifer L. Armentrout, you will like this one too.

There is a giveaway running until March 2nd and you can learn more about it and also enter on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

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Wednesday 23 February 2022

Blind Bake by Denise Grover Swank - Book Tour


Blind Bake, an all-new slow burn romance mystery filled with chemistry and witty humor from New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank is live now!

The first book in a new humorous romance mystery series by Denise Grover Swank.


In the last few months, my life has gone to crap. My uncle died. I gave up my life to move back to my hometown to take care of my ailing aunt. And oh…I unwittingly drove a guy to his murder. Not exactly a stellar restart.

But things just keep getting worse, because the sexy-as-hell, yet stick-up-his-butt homicide detective in charge of solving the case thinks I had something to do with it, and he won't leave me alone.

Even more concerning? It turns out the victim was one of the last people to see my mother alive before her unsolved murder eighteen years ago.


I left a big city police department for a fresh start in a smaller town. Less crime. Less murder. But three months later, I’ve been handed the murder investigation of the most hated man in town. The list of potential suspects is as long as Santa’s naughty list, but one name keeps popping up.

Maddie Baker.

She’s infuriating as hell, but is she a cold-blooded murderer? My instincts tell me no, yet I can’t exactly trust those. The last time I let myself presume someone was innocent, I ended up with a bullet wound and a broken heart.

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About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in her own mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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Gilded (Gilded #1) by Marissa Meyer - A review


"All magic comes at a price, but love was never part of the bargain . . ."

Gilded by Marissa Meyer is a YA Fantasy book that is also a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale. It is also the first book in the Gilded duology (I believe). The book was published in November 2021.

I read it as part of the #btww read along on Instagram  and I really enjoyed it. It was dark and also whimsical and atmospheric.
The main character wasn't my favourite but that didn't stop me from liking the book. I liked how Marissa Meyer told her version of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale including some extra tales such as the Erlking. Even though I knew the story I really enjoyed it and was really surprised at some points. 
One thing that I didn't like was that it got pretty slow at some point in the middle and I believe that it could have been a little bit shorter.
I will of course read the sequel, Cursed, which will come out later in 2022.

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book: 

Cursed by the god of lies, a miller's daughter has developed a talent for storytelling - but are all of her tales as false as they appear?

When one of Serilda's stories draws the attention of the devastating Erlking, she finds herself swept away into a world of enchantment, where ghouls prowl the earth, and ravens track her every move. The king locks Serilda in a castle dungeon and orders her to spin straw into gold, or be killed for lying. In despair, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious young man to her aid. And he agrees to help her, for a price. But love wasn't meant to be part of the bargain.

A compulsive read, and as bewitchingly good as you'd expect from a YA bestselling author. You will stay up all night reading this.

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Tuesday 22 February 2022

2022 New Releases Weekly - February 22nd

 Hello everyone!!

Well, it's time for this week's new releases post. This time we look at books published in the week of February 22nd. There are a lot of books that are in my most anticipated list, but as I said before this list is of course incomplete as it includes only books that I am interested in and the majority of them are in the Fantasy genre.

Let's start...

League of Liars by Astrid Scholte

In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder.

Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal--to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve to be punished as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he'll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he's a prosecutor. Then he'll finally be able to make sure justice is served.

But when he meets the three criminals he's supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They're teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder's new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension--where all magic comes from.

League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.

Genre: YA Fantasy Mystery
Publisher: Putnam

The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf #1) by Richard Swan

The Justice of Kings, the first in a new epic fantasy trilogy, follows the tale of Sir Konrad Vonvalt, an Emperor’s Justice – a detective, judge and executioner all in one. As he unravels a web of secrets and lies, Vonvalt discovers a plot that might destroy his order once and for all – and bring down the entire Empire. 

As an Emperor's Justice, Sir Konrad Vonvalt always has the last word. His duty is to uphold the law of the empire using whatever tools he has at his disposal: whether it's his blade, the arcane secrets passed down from Justice to Justice, or his wealth of knowledge of the laws of the empire. But usually his reputation as one of the most revered—and hated—Justices is enough to get most any job done. 

When Vonvalt investigates the murder of a noblewoman, he finds his authority being challenged like never before. As the simple case becomes more complex and convoluted, he begins to pull at the threads that unravel a conspiracy that could see an end to all Justices, and a beginning to lawless chaos across the empire. 

Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Only A Monster (Monsters #1) by Vanessa Len

It should have been the perfect summer. Sent to stay with her late mother’s eccentric family in London, sixteen-year-old Joan is determined to enjoy herself. She loves her nerdy job at the historic Holland House, and when her super cute co-worker Nick asks her on a date, it feels like everything is falling into place.

But she soon learns the truth. Her family aren’t just eccentric: they’re monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring them down.

As she battles Nick, Joan is forced to work with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates her own. She’ll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story . . .

. . . she is not the hero.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O'Neil

From debut author Carolyn Tara O'Neil comes a thrilling alternate history set during the Russian Revolution.

Russia, 1918: With the execution of Tsar Nicholas, the empire crumbles and Russia is on the edge of civil war—the poor are devouring the rich. Anna, a bourgeois girl, narrowly escaped the massacre of her entire family in Yekaterinburg. Desperate to get away from the Bolsheviks, she offers a peasant girl a diamond to take her as far south as possible—not realizing that the girl is a communist herself. With her brother in desperate need of a doctor, Evgenia accepts Anna's offer and suddenly finds herself on the wrong side of the war.

Anna is being hunted by the Bolsheviks, and now—regardless of her loyalties—Evgenia is too.

Daughters of a Dead Empire is a harrowing historical thriller about dangerous ideals, loyalty, and the price we pay for change. An imaginative retelling of the Anastasia story.

Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

A Legacy of Storms and Starlight by Victoria J. Price

The first book in a breathtaking new fantasy series, A Legacy of Storms and Starlight is a captivating and addictive read, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Danielle L. Jensen.

Zylah Renfall is certain of two things: she will forever be on the run for the murder of a prince, and she somehow used magic to escape her own hanging.

Aided by a mysterious and infuriating Fae, Zylah dreams of a fresh start and a chance to explore her newly discovered Fae heritage. But her dreams are short-lived as the king’s men still hunt for her head. When she learns of a Fae uprising uniting to overthrow the same king who wants her dead, Zylah seizes her opportunity.

Take down the king, secure her freedom.

With just three months to prepare, Zylah’s future hangs in the balance. Despite the allure of her Fae trainer and the ruthless attempts on their lives, failure is not an option. For as long as the king lives, the Fae remain in the shadows and Zylah will never be free.

Genre: YA Fantasy

And on February 25th...

Valor by Casey L. Bond

Dragon. Warrior. Woman.

To honor her brother’s dying plea, Vayl Halifex carries a message that might prevent war with the elves: the location of their captive princess. Fortune and circumstance align in her favor and Vayl’s life is forever changed when an opportunity arises that only she can seize. With the help of a matchmaker, she becomes the emperor’s newest concubine. The new role affords her unfettered access to the gilded mountain stronghold, where the princess is rumored to be hidden away.

But she won’t take this risk alone. Her brother’s best friend, dragon warrior Estin, calls on the small army of elven assassins he leads to use their magic and might to flank her for the fight to come. The band of dragons takes Vayl into their fold and trains her as best they can before she’s whisked away to the palace.

Unbeknownst to the warriors, a dreadful magic simmers in the gilded fortress. With those fiercely protective of the emperor closing in, and the dragon assassins disappearing one by one, Vayl’s chance at escape narrows to a sliver, along with her hope of finding the princess or fighting her way out of the palace. With her heart entwined with that of the dragon warrior she was never supposed to love, she begins to fear the price of her treachery will be her life… or his.

Mulan meets The Hundredth Queen in this romantic epic fantasy, perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass series and These Hollow Vows.

Genre: Fantasy

These are some of the new releases of this week.
Are you excited about them?
Do you have other ones on your radar that I should know of?

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Married by Sunday by Sarah Ready - Cover Reveal


Polar-opposites, insane chemistry, and a wedding to stop.
What could go wrong?

Married by Sunday, a wild, opposites attract, romantic comedy standalone in the Soul Mates in Romeo Romance Series from Sarah Ready is coming March 22nd, and we have the gorgeous cover!

Opposites clash in this wild, unpredictable rom com, where two strangers team up to stop a wedding at all costs.

Nathaniel Barry is monochromatic, meticulous, and uptight. Izzy Harris is wild, unpredictable, and free-spirited. Nathaniel has a trendy apartment, a successful career, and a girlfriend he’s about to propose to. Izzy has no home, no career, and nobody special to hold her down.

They’re polar-opposites in every way.

So when they sit next to each other on the train to Romeo, New York they clash from the very start. Naturally, Nathaniel decides he wants nothing to do with Izzy. And Izzy...well, she has a different opinion.

No matter how much Nathaniel protests, Izzy knows it was fate that brought them together. Nathaniel’s girlfriend just ran off to marry another man, and Izzy swears she’ll help Nathaniel win her back. They have three days to stop the ill-advised wedding. It should be easy. It should be simple. But when two polar opposites team-up to stop a wedding, there’s only one guarantee – that nothing will go as planned.

Married by Sunday is Book 5 in Sarah Ready’s Soul Mates in Romeo Romance Series.

Pre-order your copy today!

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About Sarah Ready
Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. She loves to write fast-paced, emotionally compelling romances about quirky, smart women and the men who love them.

Before writing romance full-time Sarah had lots of fun teaching at an Ivy League. Then she realized she could have even more fun writing romance. Her favorite things after writing are adventuring and travel. You’ll frequently find her using her degree at a dino dig site, crawling into a cave, snorkeling, or on horseback riding through the jungle – all fodder for her next book. She’s lived in Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and NYC. She currently lives in the Caribbean with her water-obsessed pup and her awesome family.
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What Lies Beyond the Veil by Harper L. Woods - Book Tour


What Lies Beyond the Veil, the first must-read book in the dark fantasy Of Flesh & Bone Series from USA Today bestselling author Adelaide Forrest writing as Harper L. Woods is available now

Once, we’d worshipped them as Gods.

For nearly 400 years, the Veil has protected us from the Fae of Alfheimr. In their absence, our lives have shifted from decadence and sin to survival and virtue under the guidance of the New Gods. I’ve spent my entire life tending to the gardens next to the boundary between our worlds, drawn to the shimmering magic like a moth to the flame.

Then, we died on their swords.

All of that changes the day the Veil shatters, unleashing the fae upon our world once again. The magic of faerie marks those of us they mean to take, but the Mist Guard protecting Nothrek will kill us all before they let the fae have us. There’s no choice but to flee everything I’ve ever known, not if I want to live to see my twenty-first birthday as a free woman.

Now, they’ll claim what’s theirs.

But before they capture me, Caelum saves me from the Wild Hunt. Fae-marked and on the run, he is able to fight back in ways I only dream of. From tentative alliance to all-consuming passion, our bond strengthens as the fae close in and evil lurks ever nearer. With my life on the line, he is everything I shouldn’t dare to want and a distraction I can’t afford. I can’t seem to stay away, not even with something greater on the line.

My heart.

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Adelaide Forrest is a USA Today & Amazon Top 40 Bestselling author of dark and gritty romance, such as the Bellandi Crime Syndicate and Beauty in Lies series. Adelaide fell in love with books at a young age and quickly discovered her love for writing soon after. She wrote short stories and then delved into full-length fiction at ten-years-old. Since then, she's created over 350 book ideas and hoarded them over the years. 
​When she isn’t writing, she can be found spending time with her two young children, dog, and cat. She enjoys traveling, chocolate, chai tea, and most importantly, being with her family. 

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Saturday 19 February 2022

Angels of Ashes and Ivory by Raye Wagner - Book Tour

 "Angels sharpening their blades. A mortal world plagued by demons. And one young woman is torn between them".

Angels of Ashes and Ivory by Raye Wagner is  an upper YA epic fantasy romance and it is already out. 

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TITLE: Angels of Ashes & Ivory
RELEASE DATE: 02.17.22
GENRE: Upper YA Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance,
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Human trafficking and abuse

About the book:

Raised as an orphan in Midri, Sanaa wants only one thing: Freedom outside the walls of Vice District. When she’s caught by the dreaded poachers and sold at auction, she’ll do anything to escape the fate before her. Anything.
Rynk has battled his way to the top of angel hierarchy, but he longs for his fated mate. Instead, the Council sends him to Midri to recover a lost token of the Celestials—the sacred relic he lost as a child. Rynk must seize this one chance for redemption if he ever hopes of finding her—his Beloved. In the demon-infested world of Midri, Rynk stumbles across a young woman on death’s door. With a single touch, three things become crystal clear to the blind warrior:
1. She is his Beloved.
2. She’s human.
3. She rejects their fated bond.

With demons closing in, Sanaa and Rynk are running out of time. If they don’t overcome the bruises of thei rpasts, thousands will die.
Reluctant allies.
A thrilling discovery.
A daring plan.

Because it’s not just their hearts at risk— Sanaa’s entire world will be destroyed if the two can’t find a way to accomplish the impossible… Before the angels burn Midri to ash.

Angels of Ashes and Ivory is filled with plot twists, slow build romance, and the age-old battle of good vs bad. This coming of age novel is set in a fantasy world on the brink of apocalypse. Due to thematic elements of human trafficking and abuse, Angels of Ashes and Ivory may not be suitable for readers under15.

Praise for the book:

"A fierce, loving, and dangerous Sanna risks herself in the banter-packed world of Midri. Angles of Ashes & Ivory ensures an emotional roller-coaster as we sympathize with their lives. It's an enticing read with battle, romance, friendship, and trauma that keeps one hooked. Wagner stitched the world perfectly as I kept on turning the pages. I am so excited to read more from Raye Wagner!"
-- @ sanvi.bhaisare

If you enjoyed reading Sarah KL Wilson, Heart of Shadow/Fly with the Arrow (dark fantasy), Frost Kay, The Twisted Kingdoms series, Elise Kova, A Deal with the Elf King (except less “spice”)
Tricia Levenseller, The Shadows Between Us, Adrienne Young, Fable, you will like this one too.

There is a giveaway running until February 23rd and you can learn more about it and also enter on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

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Friday 18 February 2022

Footsteps Into The Unfamiliar by Kate Haley - Book Tour


Hello everyone!!

Today I am really excited to share with you Footsteps Into The Unfamiliar by Kate Haley. It a YA fantasy and a collection of short stories. It is self-published and already out.

Get Footsteps into the unfamiliar (for free) here.

About the book:

A collection of high fantasy short stories set before and during The War of the North Saga.

From an age where clashing gods reshaped the land with fire, to a time when new wars threatened all of existence, these collected works explore the world of the War of the North Saga through conflicts recent and ancient. Heroes are born, villains are shaped, and the age of gods and men builds. Here, the Great War begins…

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Thursday 17 February 2022

Fated to Burn by Emmie Hamilton - Book Tour

Hello everyone!! 

Today I am really excited to share with you Fated To Burn by Emmie Hamilton. It is a NA fantasy  and the second book in The Destined series. The book is already out!

Purchase Fated to Burn here

Title: Fated to Burn
Author: Emmie Hamilton
Publisher: Innulum Press
Release Date: Nov 23, 2021
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, Paperback,

Synopsis of the book: 

Their paths were Chosen.
Nellie Glazer, a rare shapeshifter banned from the human realm, does not know true fear until she finds herself standing in the middle of the clan she was once forced out of. Demands for her death multiply, and Nellie must comet o terms with more than one ghost from her past, each of which has the power to undo her.

The Fates are watching.
Faria Agostonna, Queen of Anestra, has been forced to abandon one realm in favor of another to find her stolen child. But as she is thrown into the human realm without access to her magic, she soon discovers the danger she  left behind is nothing in comparison to what awaits her. Now, Faria must press through the fog of her grief and choose her course wisely, for each path set before her will drastically change the fate of the people she left behind.

Destiny is calling.
Hunter d’Valero, Val Prince and Protector of the Agostonna Royal Bloodline, narrowly survives a deadly attack before he discovers he is bound to Anestra, unable to save those he loves most. As control over his inner darkness slips, he must fight to master it before the fatal consequences are more than Anestra can handle.

The stakes are higher.
The odds are impossible.
Will they survive, or are they fated to burn?

About the author

Emmie Hamilton is a writer, mother, and amateur candle maker.
Her favorite pastime is creating worlds others wish they were born into. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and has been previously published by Pure Slush Press and various non-fiction outlets.

Fated to Burn is the sequel to her debut novel, Chosen to Fall.

You can connect with her on Instagram @authoremmiehamilton or visit her website for the latest
publication information.


You can find the link to the tour schedule here

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Wednesday 16 February 2022

Flame & Crystal Thorns by Kay L. Moody - Cover Reveal


"She vowed she'd never return to Faerie...
But vows were made to be broken."

Flame & Crystal Thorns by Kay L. Moody is a YA Fantasy Romance book and the first in the Fae & Crystal Thorns series. The book will be published on May 10th.

Keep in mind that there is a special preorder price of .99! This will go up after release day, so now is the time to grab it!

Preorder Flame & Crystal Thorns here
Add Flame & Crystal Thorns to your Goodreads TBR here

Without further ado, here is the beautiful cover...

RELEASE DATE: 05.10.22
TITLE: Flame & Crystal Thorns
SERIES TITLE: Fae And Crystal Thorns, Book 1
GENRE: YA Fantasy, Fantasy Romance

Here is the beautiful naked cover .

About the book: 

As a human girl, Chloe’s natural resistance to iron is the only thing that can save her older sister and all of Faerie from a bloodthirsty group of mortals. But Chloe knows the dangers of Faerie all too well. She’d rather become her town apothecary, stay safe, and settle down with a nice, mortal young man.
When it becomes clear Chloe is their only chance, she nervously heads to Faerie. It’s just as mystical and as lethal as she remembers. She’s given a special magic that has never been allowed to mortals before. It doesn’t help that she has to touch the irritatingly handsome fae, Quintus, to use it.
Even worse, the bloodthirsty mortals are more powerful than anyone expected. To fuel them, they have weapons, flames, and revenge. They won’t stop until they control every court in Faerie.
With the weight of the conflict on her shoulders, Chloe realizes the nasty mortals could defeat even her…if they find out her darkest secret. She could lose her sister, her family in the mortal realm, but even worse, she might be losing her heart.

If you like the rich world building of Throne of Glass, the enemies to lovers romance of Once Upon a Broken Heart, and the mythical creatures and twisty plot of The Cruel Prince, then you’ll devour Kay L. Moody’s breathtaking new young adult epic fantasy series.

There is a giveaway running until February 22nd and you can learn more about it and also enter on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

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Saturday 12 February 2022

The Pariah ( Covenant of Steel #1) by Anthony Ryan - A Review


“All ambition is folly when it fails to be matched by reason.”

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan is an adult epic fantasy book that is the first in the Covenant of Steel trilogy. The book was published on February 2022 in the UK .

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Pariah was different from what I usually read and I really liked it.
We follow Alwyn Scribe and learn his adventures through his POV as he is narrating his story much later in time. 
I enjoyed the writing style and kind of medieval setting of the story. It is not action-packed but slow-paced and it reads like a historical fiction at times. Its main themes are religion, justice and freedom. 
Our main character Alwyn is one you will definitely like and root for. He is smart and efficient. I enjoyed the side characters as well. 
I would loved it more if it had more fantasy elements but I believe this will happen in the next books of the trilogy.  

The second book The Martyr comes out later this year.

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book:

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path - one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier's life in the king's army.

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine's rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

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Friday 11 February 2022

Shadow Kissed by Rebecca L. Garcia - Cover reveal

 "Some fates belong to the shadows..."

Today I am really excited to share with you the cover for Shadow Kissed by Rebecca L. Garcia. It is a NA Fantasy Romance and the first book in the  Marked by Blood series. The book will be released on April 15th.

Purchase the book here
Add the book to your Goodreads TBR here

Without further ado, here is the beautiful cover...

RELEASE DATE: 04.15.22
TITLE: Shadow Kissed
SERIES TITLE: Marked By Blood, Book 1
GENRE: NA Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Enemies-to-lovers

About the book:

Olivia knows everyone at the guild is on high alert, but no one will tell her why. She’s certain th edeath of her boyfriend is behind it, but the truth is far worse. Darkness has come to the mortal kingdom. When the guild protecting them is attacked by vampires, Olivia is swept away from th esafety of her home when her mom and best friend are taken.
Before she can get away, she’s captured by a vampire, Sebastian, who insists he’s protecting her. But when she’s taken to the City of Nightmares, the most dangerous place in the vampire kingdom she realizes she’s been made prisoner.
As she fights to survive in a world where mortals are nothing more than things to be fed on or traded, Olivia must use her wits and place her trust in the handsome, but deadly Sebastian, if she’s going to figure out a way to save her loved ones.
However, some of the world's most vicious vampires want her dead. Others want her for themselves. When the truth comes out, Olivia realizes the ones she loves have been shielding her from a fate worse than death. Can she escape the clutches of her bloody destiny, or will she succumb to the shadows?

If you like  A Dance With the Fae Prince by Elise Kova and Ember Of Night by Molly E. Lee, you will enjoy this one too.

There is a giveaway running until February 17th and you can learn more about it and also enter on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

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Thursday 10 February 2022

Daughter of no worlds by Carissa Broadbent - Book Tour


"A former slave fighting for justice. A reclusive warrior who no longer believes it exists. And a dark magic that will entangle their fates."

Daughter of no world by Carissa Broadbent is a YA Romantic Fantasy /  Epic Fantasy book that is the first book in The War of Lost Hearts series.

To celebrate the third and final book in the series, Mother of Death and Dawn, that is being released today (February 10th), there is a sale on the first book. For 0.99 $ you will get Daughter of no worlds! The sale is from February 6th -12th!

Purchase The War of Lost Hearts here
Add the books to your Goodreads TBR:
Book 1 Daughter of no worlds here
Book 2 Children of fallen gods here
Book 3Mother of death and dawn here

TITLE: Daughter of No Worlds
SERIES TITLE: The War of Lost Hearts, Book 1
RELEASE DATE: Already Released
GENRE: YA Romantic Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Slavery, Discussion of Rape and Assult (off screen reference), Abuse

About the book:

Ripped from a forgotten homeland as a child, Tisaanah learned how to survive with nothing but a sharp wit and a touch of magic. But the night she tries to buy her freedom, she barely escapes with her life. Desperate to save the best friend she left behind, Tisaanah journeys to the Orders, the most powerful organizations of magic Wielders in the world. But to join their ranks, she must complete an apprenticeship with Maxantarius Farlione, a handsome and reclusive fire wielder who despises the Orders. 
The Orders’ intentions are cryptic, and Tisaanah must prove herself under the threat of looming war. But even more dangerous are her growing feelings for Maxantarius. The bloody past he wants to forget may be the key to her future… or the downfall of them both. But Tisaanah will stop at nothing to save those she abandoned. Even if it means gambling in the Orders’ deadly games. Even if it means sacrificing her heart. Even if it means wielding death itself.

Fans of romantic high fantasy like Sarah J. Maas and Miranda Honfleur will devour this tale of dark magic, passionate romance, vengeance, and redemption.

There is a giveaway running until February 12th and you can learn more about it and also enter on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

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