Blog Tour: The West Woods

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Title: The West Woods
Author: Suzy Vadori
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Rating: ★★

Synopsis:

Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.

Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for.  If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same. 

Review:

This is a great story. 

It is a unique plot. Though it follows a typical fantasy storyline by taking place at a boarding school with a mysterious background, it was unpredictable. 

I liked the way that Courtney changed throughout the book. The effects of her wish really change her thoughts and actions. 

I wished there was more about Courtney’s dad in this book. I also thought that her conversations with Cole seemed forced. Sometimes they were repetitive and didn’t move the story forward. This book is part of a series so maybe in previous book Courtney’s dad and Cole have bigger parts. 

Even though I haven’t read the other book, I still enjoyed this one. And it’s by a Canadian author which is awesome! I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for the other book in the series. 

Buy Links:

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/West-Woods-Fountain-Book-ebook/dp/B074V3B7G1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505703590&sr=8-1&keywords=vadorihttps://www.amazon.com/West-Woods-Fountain-Book-ebook/dp/B074V3B7G1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505703590&sr=8-1&keywords=vadori

Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/West-Woods-Fountain-Book-ebook/dp/B074V3B7G1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505703610&sr=8-1&keywords=vadori

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-west-woods-suzy-vadori/1126995781?ean=9781988361109

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-west-woods

About the Author:

Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Feature Orphaned Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Books that Feature Characters _________. I have decided to list books with characters who are orphans.

Here’s my list:

Harry Potter

 

Jane Eyre 

 

Great Expectations

 

Annie

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

 

Anne of Green Gables

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

Cinder

 

The Jungle Book

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

(All images taken from Goodreads)

Release Day Blitz: Savage

 

 

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for

Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway

presented by Month9Books!

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Happy Book Birthday, Nicole!

 

 

Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

 

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

 

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Book Blitz: Charm

I am so
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About The Book:

Title: CHARM
Author: J.A.
Armitage
Pub.
Date: 
September 26, 2017
Publisher: Amazon
Digital Services LLC
Pages: 291
Formats: eBook
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it: 
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You all
know the story of Cinderella… 
The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the
job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of
ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her
elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find
her a husband. The problem is, she doesn’t want to choose between a hundred
eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in
her own time. 

Cynder knows about the impending war between his people and those of his
masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him
with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch
supporter of his own royal family, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels
for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. 

Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling
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Excerpt:
 
My mother smiled. Her smile had a way of putting people at ease. I’d seen
her use it countless times on nervous subjects. That’s what made her a good
queen. She flicked her eyes towards my father who just nodded and then she
turned back to me. Reaching forward and taking my hand in hers she spoke softly
to me. Another trick of hers to keep me calm. I wondered briefly what exactly
she would need to keep me calm for.
You already know
The little voice was persistent.
“We cannot cancel the ball. Too much is at stake and, while it is
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father and I have talked extensively about this and we have decided that you
are to take Grace’s place.”
I opened my mouth in shock. We had only just begun the official mourning
for Grace and here they both were, asking me to take her place at some stupid
party.
“You mean dance with the men?”
“Not just dance with them. We need concrete ties. The country is in a period
of great instability and we need a leader to take our place when we are gone.
We need you to choose a husband.”
About J.A.:


Born in Leeds, I
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I climbed to
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me being a climbing frame for my two young children, working in a school, and
renovating my home.
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Review: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)


Title: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchased
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:

Cinder and her gang are back again in this third instalment of The Lunar Chronicles.

I love the way that Meyer works these fairytales into the setting of the book. For example, Wolf (from Little Red Riding Hood) is a street fighter. In this book, Cress (aka Rapunzel) has been imprisoned in a satellite her entire life, rather than in a tower. This works perfectly with this story, which has ventured out into space.

Cinder’s story continues to unfold in this story. I still find her part the most fascinating. Maybe that’s because she started the story so we know the most about her. I like the other characters too but they don’t feel as fleshed out as Cinder.

I love this series, and I wish it never had to end. My reviews for Cinder can be found here and Scarlet can be found here.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #5

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

Yesterday I finished New Boy. It’s a clever retelling of Othello, set in a schoolyard of eleven-year-olds in the 1970s.

What I’m currently reading:

Today I am reading The West Woods for a blog tour with YA Bound Blog Tours.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Carry Me Home, which is also for a blog tour.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Review: New Boy


Title: New Boy
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, a diplomat’s son, Osei Kokote, knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970’s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi, Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

Review:

This is a very clever retelling of Shakespeare’s classic play, Othello. 

What I love most about this story is that it can stand alone. It is not just an adaptation of Othello. If I didn’t know that this was a retelling before I read it, I would have thought it was a unique story. 

It is a realistic portrayal of schoolyard drama. The whole story takes place during one school day. A lot can change within a day for children, with relationships being made and broken, so I can see these things happening in real life. 

I also liked that the story gave different perspectives of the events. We get to see what Dee, Osei, Mimi, and Ian do and what they think. I love the way that Shakespeare’s characters have been translated into children. The dramatic characters have great personalities for emotional kids. 

I loved this story. I just wish I had read it sooner! It is one of my favourite Shakespeare retellings!