Friday, July 21, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Nevernight by Jay Kristoff + 50/50 Friday

 



On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff.  This is going to be my fourth book on my way to my first Bookish Bingo - I actually hosted a poll on Twitter to narrow it down to this one!  I actually don't know why I haven't already read this because it sounds like it'll be amazing.


Beginning:

People often shit themselves when they die.

56:

"Why do you call your horse Flowers?" Mia asked, as she and Tric prepared to climb.

"... What's wrong with Flowers?"

"Well, most men name their horses something a little more... manly, is all."

"Legend or Prince or suchlike."

"I met a horse named Thunderhoof once."  She raised a hand.  "Light's truth."

50/50 Friday: Most/ Least Favorite Character Name



Most - Adelina from The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu - Although Adelina is not a heroine, she still has one of the most beautiful names out there.  It's still one of my favorites.


Least - Renesmee from Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga #4) by Stephenie Meyer - Renée and Esmé are fine names on their own, so please just pick one.  And, what the heck was with that nightmare CGI baby in the movie?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Liebster Award, Pt. 11


Thanks very much for nominating me for The Liebster Award, Genni! I can't believe this is my 11th nomination...wow, thanks everyone!  If you haven't checked out Genni's blog @ Ready, Set, Read!, you're really missing out - you need to check out her little space on the internet.  This time I believe I'll just be sharing my answers to the questions that Genni has set to me. Let's get started:

1) What is your favorite book of the year so far?


A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab - A perfect series ender!

2) If you could un-read a book, what would it be?


Probably Fallen by Lauren Kate - and I only read the first couple of chapters!

3) If you could read a book again like it was the first time, what would it be?


The entire Harry Potter series - no doubt about it!

4) What advice would you give to a blogger who just started off?

Read what you enjoy and post about what you are interested in.

5) Shout out some of your favorite bloggers!

Tammy @ Book, Bones & Buffy
Emily @ Ink, Inc.
Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
Sam @ Tsundoku

6) Dream cast the book you answered for number 1!

This is so difficult!  Okay, how about this:


Lila - Brianna Hidebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead from Deadpool)


Kell - Cameron Monaghan (Jerome from Gotham)


Rhy - Avan Jogia (Beck from Victorious)


Alucard - Rahul Kohli (Ravi from iZombie)

7) What is your favorite classic or a classic that you want to read right away?

One of these days I will read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - I can't believe I've missed it!

8) What do you prefer: e-books, audiobooks, hardcover, or paperback?

Hardcover, but if only they weren't so expensive.

9) If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would it be?

J.K. Rowling - see answer to question 3!

10) What has been the best movie you have seen all year?


In the theater?  I loved having the opportunity to see both Wonder Woman and Baby Driver!  I highly recommend them!

11) And lastly (and possible most importantly).... dogs or cats?


Cats - just look how cute Finn is in this photo!


Again, thanks so much for the nomination, Genni!

Summer 2017 Comment Challenge August Sign-Up Post


The Comment Challenge, hosted by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna @ FLYLēF, is back for August!  This challenge is an fantastic way to connect with fellow book bloggers.  If you haven't already taken part, I highly recommend giving it a shot as it's a great way to make new blogging pals.  Through previous incarnations of this challenge last summer and winter, I've had the opportunity to get to know Ellen and Sierra @ Quest ReviewsMari @ Story and SomnomancyAnne @ Head Full of BooksLia @ Lost In A StoryBill @ BillbrarianLonna @ FLYLēFBalie @ Nerd in New York, and Rissi @ Finding Wonderland.  I plan on being ambitious by commenting 10+ times with my to be assigned partner - I can't wait to get to know you, whoever you are!  You can also tweet along on Twitter with the hashtag #Summer17CC.  It's been a wonderful Summer so far!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Strange Practice by Vivian Shawn (ARC) - Review


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I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Greta Helsing follows in her family's footsteps by inheriting an extremely specialized, and sometimes just plain freaky, medical practice. She's one of very few doctors to supernatural creatures and everything that goes bump in the night. Greta doesn't have magical powers herself, unless you count treating banshees for vocal strain, mummies from coming completely unraveled, and the like. It's fairly quiet and doesn't pay a lot, but she's been prepared for this all of her just supernatural-adjacent life. Then, a group of monks suddenly begins killing fellow Londoners - the living and the undead - and Greta has to put all of her not inconsiderable skills to the test if she wants to stop these deranged murderers, save her life, clients, and her medical practice.

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw is an incredibly promising beginning for a brand new urban fantasy series. I'm so glad that I got selected via NetGalley to review this novel. It has so much to love about it from a great central mystery, an intriguingly quirky cast of characters, a great monster lineup, and it's plenty creepy. Although some of the medical aspects comes across as a bit overly technical and clinical, the characters are what really make the story come to life. My favorites from the story are Ruthven and Fastitocolon (you can call him Fass). Ruthven is a vampire, of the classic draculine type, and a long time friend of Greta's and Fass has known her family for generations, he's definitely powerful but no one really wants to be the one to directly ask him what he is exactly - that would be rude. Another character that's really cool to see get a modern treatment is Francis Varney, aka the title character from the gothic penny dreadful Varney the Vampyre. And, yes, there is quite a difference between vampires and vampyres!

Overall, if you love dark urban fantasy, gothic horror, a solid mystery, and memorable characters, Vivian Shaw's newest novel, Strange Practice is a real treat. I'm dying to see what's next up in the Dr. Greta Helsing series. Do yourself a favorite and try your next favorite!



I read this ARC from July 2 - 12, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Music Monday: Favorite Disney Villain Songs, Pt. 1


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm sharing two of my favorite Disney villain songs - "Friends on the Other Side" from The Princess and the Frog (2009) & "Hellfire" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996).  "Friends on the Other Side" is easily my favorite song from The Princess and the Frog and - Keith David, as Dr. Facilier, has great voice.  As for "Hellfire", this is probably the darkest song of all Disney songs and it used to scare the crap out of me when I first saw it as a seven year old.  Also, this is the song that makes me think Disney would do a decent job with Les Miz.





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Funday: Summer Vacation, Book Haul, and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)


Happy Sunday everyone!  This weekend I thought I'd share some of my favorite photos that I took while on vacation during the first week of July (that's why I was a bit absent - I sure am glad I can schedule posts ahead!), books I picked up on my travels, and my thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)!  During my vacation I traveled from my home state of Ohio through Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.  Before this year, I had never been to Vermont and aside from fascinating sights and breathtaking scenery I was really interested in solving some mysteries involving family history in the state - I may do a post about this in the topic in the future because I've found out some some really cool things about one of my ancestors!  Anyway, I took a ton of pictures during that week, but the eight photos below are from my favorite places  that I had the opportunity to visit.


Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont - This monument commemorates the Revolutionary Battle of Bennington (August 16, 1777) which is considered to be a major turning point in the war.  Construction on the monument was completed in 1891 and it stands 306 feet and 4.5 inches - that would have been something to see back then!



View into Bennington from the Monument - From the monument you can even see Massachusetts and New York!  The white steeple of the church that you can see belongs to the Old First Church of Bennington.  


Robert Frost's Grave - The four time Pulitzer winner is buried in the Old Bennington Cemetery which is adjacent to the Old First Church of Bennington.  The librarian in me couldn't miss this!  Also check out that epigraph - "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."


Quechee Gorge, Quechee State Park in Quechee, Vermont - The Quechee Gorge (pronounced: Kwee-chee) is the deepest gorge in Vermont at 165 feet.  Some of the best views of the gorge can be be seen from the Rt. 4 bridge where it goes over the Ottauquechee River which is where my photo was taken.


Quechee Gorge, At River Level - At the state park there's a walking path to go down to the riverside and see the gorge close up.  One of the other visitors, a regular, said that the water level was actually quite a bit higher than usual due to all of the rainfall they've had lately.  See that stacked up pile of stones in the top left of my photo - yeah, with all the water rushing by like that now you wouldn't be able to stack them up without having your feet taken out from under you.


Portland Head Light in Portland, Maine- I've actually been hear before, but as I was going to be in that area on my route home I knew I needed to stop and take in the sights again!  Beautiful!



Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett. Pennsylvania - I have to admit that I just randomly stumbled upon this one on my way home through Pennsylvania - and it was one of the coolest things I had the opportunity to see this week.  This bridge was originally the longest and highest train viaduct in the world when it was built in 1882 (it was later rebuilt in 1900 with stronger materials) at 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long.  For perspective, the Statue of Liberty stands at 305 feet tall.  Anyway, back in 2003 a tornado tore down a portion of the bridge, and remaining section was redesigned and fortified as a pedestrian walkway and viewing platform.  Spectacular views all around!



Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, The View from the End of the Viewing Platform - You know that tornado I mentioned?  Well the wreckage and ruins of the other end of the bridge were never removed - and it looks just plain awesome that way!  See those two rows of concrete pillars going all the way to the other end of the photo - those are the concrete footers for the viaduct and they'd actually be over your head in height if you were standing down there beside one of them!

 

While I'm on vacation, I've always enjoyed going into local shops of all types and antique shops to see what I can scrounge up.  Of course, I always have my eyes out for books and I think I found some real winners this year:

Dragonwyck by Anya Seton - Ever see the 1946 movie of the same title starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price?  Well this 1944 novel is the story that inspired the film.

The Big Eye by Max Ehrlich - This 1949 sci-fi novel is set in 1960 and while everyone's worried about atomic war, they realize they have bigger problems - another planet is on collision course with Earth which will bring doom in two years time.  I watch a lot of classic sci-fi movies and this seems quite promising.

Bootleggers, Lobstermen, and Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments of the History of Hardscrabble New England by Matthew P. Mayo - This sounds like it's going to be a good collection of stories, plus I have to admit I have a hard time resisting a good list.

The Scalpel of Scotland yard: The Life of Sir Bernard Spilsbury by Douglas G. Browne and E.V. Tullett - Of all of these, I expect this is biography is going to easily be the most fascinating - as one of the best forensic pathologists in newly emerging field.


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Last Sunday, the last day vacation, I was able to see Spider-Man: Homecoming - I have to admit, I was really hyped up for it going in, especially after Tom Holland's turn in Captain America: Winter Soldier!  While this movie wasn't my favorite MCU film, it's still a lot of fun and it's quite funny to boot.  I loved the first two Tobey Maguire movies, and while Spider-Man 2 is still my favorite, I think Spider-Man: Homecoming is truly a breath of fresh air.  Aside from the awesome action scenes, stunts, and CGI, a lot of this comes down to Tom Holland's performance as Peter Parker and his alter ego - he's got the act down.  Plus, it's nice to see that the actor portraying the character is so much closer in age to a real high school student!  The real scene stealer of the movie though is Ned, Peter's school friend, played by Jacob Batalon - I'm really looking forward to seeing more from him in the future.  By the way, did you notice that Flash is played by Tony Revolori, aka Zero from The Grand Budapest Hotel?  Overall, if you're a fan of Spider-Man, you need to see Marvel's newest outing!



Next up: Dunkirk & Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!  Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Cold Summer by Gwen Cole + 50/50 Friday

 



On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads (and one of my most anticipated reads of the year), Cold Summer by Gwen Cole!  I can't resist a good time travel story, and I like the sound of present day and WWII as the primary settings.  Plus, look at that gorgeous cover!  Let's go!


Beginning:

For me, seasons don't exist.

Only I know what it feels like when summer turns to winter in an instant.  When one minute I'm in my bed and the next I'm up staring at snow-covered trees, wondering what year I'm in.

56:

I try to keep my hands from shaking.  They're fine right now.  They usually are when my mind is on the present - wherever I happen to be.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Book Trope


Favorite - The Chosen One, I'll admit that sometimes this can get old, but when this is done well or differently it can be my favorite.



Least Favorite - Instalove, you might be able to guess that if you've spent any time on my blog!

Thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!  Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mini Reviews: Unlocked, Want, Hunted, and Divine Intervention



Happy Thursday everyone!  Today, I'll be sharing some mini reviews of some of my recent reads - Unlocked by Margo Kelly, Want by Cindy Pon, Hunted by Meagan Spooner, and Divine Intervention (The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers #1) by Elyse Kishimoto.  Of these four, Unlocked and Want are my two favorites - both come highly recommend from me.  Here we go:



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I was lucky enough to win this from the author from Spring 2017 YASH!

Ever since Hannah went to the hypnotist's show at the fair with her friends, she's been losing her grip on reality and she is terrified. She doesn't know what's real anymore. Has she somehow inherited her father's schizophrenia, or did that hypnotist really do something to her that she can't shake. I haven't read many books featuring hypnosis, but this one is definitely worth trying. It absolutely sucked me in and hooked me right from the beginning. It's very a very intense thriller. The author really makes you question Hannah's world - she's definitely what you would call an unreliable narrator. Plug, aka Eugene, is also very interesting and he's interested in helping Hannah figure out what's going on whether it's the occult or someone gaslighting her. If you like a twisty, turning mystery that has you questioning everything, Unlocked by Margo Kelly is right for you. I will definitely be looking into this author's other work.


I read this novel from June 11 - 15, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Want by Cindy Pon is a diverse #OwnVoices YA sci-fi novel with an awesome cast and visually vivid world building for a near-future Taipei which is heavily polluted, economically and socially divided, and a totally corrupt dystopia. I've read a lot of YA dystopia and sometimes the genre can wear a bit thin, but Want has easily been my favorite dystopia of 2017. It has just about everything you could want in a story from heists, murder, explosions, kidnapping, hacking, rock climbing, gadgets and technology, tons of action, and just a dash of romance. I could totally see this tale as a movie, and I definitely need to see more of these characters!


I listened to this audiobook from June 13 - 18, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a good, but slow YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I liked our new Beauty, but unfortunately, it's missing that spark that kept me from being fully engrossed in this audiobook. The writing style is beautiful, but very little happens for the first thirty percent or so, and after that things still progress fairly slowly - I can understand coming to slowly see your captor differently but this just begins to drag a little too much for me. I have to admit, I listened to it at 2x speed since the narrators spoke too slowly for my tastes. I'd still prefer the Disney cartoon or the new live action movie with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.


I listened to this audiobook from June 21 - 22, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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A dining and social club for time travelers whose members start to go missing? As a fan of time travel, this short novel sounded exactly like something I'd love. Unfortunately, though, this turned out to be a read where I liked the central concept more than I liked the final product. It's been billed as a YA novel, but it reads much more like an MG book - I'm not sure if I missed Louisa's age, but she sounds like she must be somewhere in the 10-12 year old age range. As for the rest of the cast of time travelers, I had a really difficult time keeping them all straight in my mind - maybe that's because of the weird names, but it's more likely that everyone is rather flat and two dimensional. Plus, I had a hard time connecting to anyone at all. Overall, the first 40 or 50 pages (out of 200), when things are getting set up, are the most interesting, but the novel suffers from far too little world building and character development to truly hold my attention. You have to admit, though, it has an awesome cover.


I read this book from July 12 - 13, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Have you had the opportunity to read any of these books yet?  If so, what did you think of them?  Thanks for making it this far, and perhaps commenting down below.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes - Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway


I'm very excited to welcome everyone to my leg of the Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel, a guest post from the author herself on her playlist for the novel, an about the author, Cory Putnam Oakes, a giveaway, and the blog tour schedule.  I can't wait to read this novel because it sounds like it'll be amazing!  Thanks for visiting my stop on Witchtown blog tour!


Title: WITCHTOWN
Author: Cory Putman Oakes
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 320
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | TBD

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.
But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.
Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.
Secrets have their own power.

Guest Post from the Author - Cory's Playlist for Witchtown:


Ok, so I don’t actually listen to music when I write. I know some writers do but whenever I try it, I get too caught up in the lyrics to write my own words. However, I do spend a lot of time driving my kids around town (to school, friends, activities, etc) and when I do (and when I can get them to take a break from the Moana soundtrack), I like to listen to certain songs that help me think about certain characters or storylines that I’m writing. Here are the some of the songs I used while writing Witchtown. It’s weird because these aren’t even songs I necessary like (although some of them I love!) – they just got me in the right headspace to think about particular parts of the book. I hope they do the same for you! Enjoy!!

General Witchtown Theme Music – Radioactive (Imagine Dragons); I Put A Spell On You (Annie Lennox); Superstition (Stevie Wonder); Silence (Delerium & Sarah McLachlan)

Macie – Name (Goo Goo Dolls); You Found Me (The Fray); Smooth Criminal (Alien Ant Farm)

Macie and Aubra – According to You (Orianthi)

Macie and Talya – What’s a Girl to Do (Bat for Lashes), I Love It (Icona Pop)

Macie and Kellen – Breathe (Vitamin String Quartet Version); Everything You Want (Vertical Horizon)

Macie and Rafe – Daniel (Bat for Lashes); Unchained Melody (Glee Cast Version)

Kellen and the Kids – Learning to Fly (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)


Bradley’s Theme – Light My Fire (The Doors), Burn Baby Burn (Charm City Devils)

Thanks very much for going me on my blog today, Cory! I love the mix of music here!


About Cory:



Sometime around sixth grade, Cory was forced to face the sad truth that being a heroine in a Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle book was not, in fact, a valid future career choice. But since she thought it might be almost as much fun to grow up to be Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, or Madeleine L’Engle, she decided to do just that. She’s still working on it.

Cory’s path to being an author did not go in a straight line. There was the whole “maybe-I’ll-be-a-psychologist” thing (just on the side, until the writing took off) which led her to UCLA and an eventual B.A. in Psychology. Then there was the “maybe-I’ll-be-a-lawyer” thing (just on the side, until the writing took off) which led her to Cornell Law School, a J.D., and a year of working as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. There was also a brief “maybe-I’ll-teach-law” phase (just on the . . . well, you know) where she taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University.

But the writing thing was a bug that she just couldn’t shake, and she officially made her sixth grade dream come true in 2011, with her debut young adult novel, THE VEIL. Cory’s debut middle grade, DINOSAUR BOY, came out from Sourcebooks in February of 2015 and it’s sequel, DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, launched in February 2016. Cory’s next young adult novel, WITCHTOWN, will come out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers on July 18, 2017.

Cory lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Mark (who, luckily for all concerned, decided to stick with the whole “maybe-I’ll-be-a-lawyer” thing), their two kids, and their pets. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her family. She is proud to be represented by Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency. Photo by Sam Bond Photography
Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a hardcover of WITCHTOWN! US Only.


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Tour Schedule

Week One:
7/10/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles- Interview
7/11/2017- Book BriefsReview
7/12/2017- Always MeGuest Post
7/13/2017- The Blonde BookwormReview
7/14/2017- YA and WineInterview

Week Two:
7/17/2017- Savings in SecondsReview
7/18/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
7/19/2017- Eli to the nthReview
7/20/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview
7/21/2017- YA Book MadnessInterview


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova - Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway


I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of The Dragons of Nova (The Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!  I absolutely loved book one in the series, The Alchemists of Loom, and I was lucky enough to have a review stop on the Rockstar Book Tour for that novel.  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this sequel, praise for book one, an exclusive excerpt, an about the author, Elise Kova, a giveaway, and the blog tour schedule.  I can't wait to read this novel!  Thanks for visiting my stop on The Dragons of Nova blog tour!



Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2)
Author: Elise Kova
Pub. Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 488
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDiBooksGoodreads

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

Praise For THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM:

“A heart-stopping adventure! Elise Kova reaches new heights with this fast-paced triumph of steampunk, fantasy, and a touch of romance. The Alchemists of Loom is a must-read!”
– DANIELLE L. JENSEN, USA Today bestselling author of the Malediction Trilogy

 “Prepare to have your mind blown. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM is the perfect mashup of genres, with a killer heroine, fiery romance, and friendships that run as deep as blood.”
– LINDSAY CUMMINGS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zenith and The Murder Complex

“A new favorite. Kova has created a world of contrasts that I can assure you, is like none you have read before.”
– MEG MCGORRY, N3rdbomber

“Reading THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM was like curling up with a favorite fantasy classic. Yet what truly transported me was the brilliant twists and layers that make this story totally unique, totally fresh.”
– SUSAN DENNARD, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series

“The Alchemists of Loom is bloody, epic, and brimming with violence. Elise Kova gives fantasy, and steampunk fans, two whole new worlds to delight over as new characters strike out in an adventure sure to leave readers reeling for more. The cast of characters takes readers into a darker realm where no one is pure, everyone has an agenda, and, sometimes, the best friends one can have can be formed between enemies”
– RACHEL E. CARTER, bestselling author of The Black Mage

Excerpt:

“I stand for Cvareh’Ryu.” Arianna jumped to her feet. 

“What are you doing?” Cvareh hissed.

“Saving your life.” 

“This isn’t done.” He grabbed her arm, trying to pull her back down. “Dragons don’t stand for their Ryu or Oji.” 

Arianna leaned forward, meeting him halfway. Her mouth found his ear as she spoke “Good thing I’m not a Dragon, then.” 

“Who are you?” The King’s voice echoed across the silence. 

She turned to address the man who gave face to all her nightmares, the formless evil who stood atop Loom like it was a tailless scorpion beneath his boot. She had watched him all day, studied him in every way she knew how. All evidence pointed to a singular truth: The Dragon King was nothing more than a man. 

And men could be killed. Men could be pinned down and ripped apart and tortured until they begged for release—release that would never be given to them. 

“Ari Xin’Anh Bek,” she recited. 

His head turned, looking to Petra. Arianna followed his stare as well, catching Cain’s eyes. They were as round as saucers and sparking with anger. She gave him a toothy grin. The man still thought she couldn’t speak Royuk. Well, now he knew. Petra glanced at her from the corners of her eyes but said nothing. 

Ari’s play had worked. Petra couldn’t speak against her without calling their whole facade into question. She couldn’t give Ari any more care than she would any other Dragon. She had to ignore the fact that Arianna was the Fenthri who held the design of the Philosopher’s Box in her mind. Cvareh could not stand when someone had stood for him. And that meant she was about to head into the pit. 

“Very well, Ari Xin’Anh Bek. You fight with both your life and title as well as that of Cvareh Xin’Ryu.”


About Elise:


Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).



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Week One:
7/3/2017- Quite The Novel Idea- Interview
7/4/2017- Once Upon A TwilightReview
7/5/2017- Wishful EndingsGuest Post
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