WWW Wednesday

Hello, everyone! My goodness it’s been ages since I posted this meme. I’ve been so busy the past couple of months that I’ve not made time for my blog unless it’s a tour these days. I’m excited to share with you what I’ve been reading.

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading


I’m currently reading Genesis by Brendan Reichs. I was so lucky to meet him last week when he was here on tour. I am really enjoying this book! It’s definitely a bit darker than book one but in a good way! If you’re a lover of Sci-Fi than you’ll really enjoy this one!

Finished Reading

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I just finished reading Antipodes by Michele Bacon. This YA contemporary is a unique journey of self discovery. You can check out my review here for my four star review!

Reading Next


I’m feeling a Kasie West contemporary would be fun to read. I’m just not sure which one I want to read! Which one do you think I should read?

What are you currently reading? What’s up next on your  TBR list? 


Antipodes Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

If you’re looking for a coming of age YA Contemporary then Antipodes by Michele Bacon is the book for you. This journey to self discovery is one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. It will immerse you in the life of Erin, a seventeen year old girl who decides that the only way to escape her current life is to live it somewhere else, somewhere thousands of miles from her home town in a small town on the South Island of New Zealand.

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the Antipodes Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoy working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

April 3rd

Seattle Residents!! Secret Garden Books will be holding Michele Bacon’s launch party for Antipodes !! There will be cake!! Click here for more details!

About Antipodes

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By: Michele Bacon

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life on her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. Years ago, a mission sounded like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s itchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories at a time. As she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world, she finds that when life turns your world upside down and you’re far from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.

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Review & Favorite Quotes

4 Stars

“Always ask for what you want, and always do what makes you happy”

Erin is seventeen and hates her life. She’s just experienced the biggest social disaster of her life and she can’t figure out how to fix it. She’s lost her boyfriend, her swim team, and herself in the last few years. She’s not a very likable person in the first part of this book but once you start understanding her you start to realize the reasons why she’s so difficult to like as a character. She’s a bit entitled and has been given everything she’s ever wanted and you can definitely tell in the way she perceives things. Her mother wants her to experience something that will make her stand out on college applications so she suggests she does a study abroad. Erin picks the farthest place possible, Christchurch New Zealand. When she shows up there she is placed with a very modest host family and it’s quite an adjustment for her. All she could think about in the first few weeks was how much she wanted to go home but over time she meets some amazing people who show her the beauty New Zealand has to offer. I really enjoyed her character arc as this book progressed. It was definitely a journey to self discovery and getting back to yourself which I loved most about this book.

Erin’s host family was so much fun getting to  know. Her host mum, Felicity, never pressured Erin like she was used to which allowed Erin to really feel like she could make her own decisions and do the things she actually wanted to do. The high pressure life she’s been so used to starts to fall away and she’s able to see what life can really be like when you just sit back and enjoy yourself.

Favorite Quotes

“The flowers’ fragility and water’s fluidity minlged with mountains’ magnitude to create a scene of overwhelming beauty”

“She went willingly. Happily. Breathing and listening”

“New Zealand was changing her — or revealing parts of herself she didn’t know existed”

“She’d found true darkness. A thin sliver of moon lent no threat to the dark of night, and the stars went on forever”

About the Author

13659106_previewI was born in Trumbull County, the only square county in Ohio, where books were my favorite means of escaping an unhappy childhood. Writing was my transparent attempt to create the things I craved most: big happy families, international adventures, and unconditional friendship. From a young age, I was drawn to people’s stories, and I still want to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.

In middle school, I embraced my inner geek and wrote my first novel. In high school and college, short stories and still more novels. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with concentrations in critical theory and creative writing.

Full-time work sapped my creative brain for several years, and my professional life was one of reinvention. In state government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, I absorbed the lexicons of different professions. My last paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. That was 2011.

Since then, I have been writing and traveling (and, let’s be honest: chasing down small people who don’t like to wear clothes). I’ve traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries, always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. I recently spent a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I may have left my heart at Ilam School. Now that we’ve settled back in the States, I’m writing for young adults and children, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a fiend. (You’d thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it’s not. Something is different about kiwi butter.)

When an idea strikes, I scrawl sweeping plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest blank spot of paper. My current manuscript was born of those torn slips of paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and–once–that little paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it’s time to use it. My manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.

Outside of writing, I am a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. I also am a mentor at the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copy editor.

I live in Seattle with my partner and three growing children.

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Reclaiming Shilo Snow Blog Tour Review & Givaway

If you’re looking for a fun tech savvy YA Sci-Fi to read next than this is the book for you! Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber is the second installment to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow and it won’t disappoint! It picks up right where the first book left off but this time you get to explore Delon, the alien planet that’s sat within the Milky Way for the past 11 years.

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the Reclaiming Shilo Snow Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoy working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About: Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2)


By Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.

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The First Book in the Series

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.



4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book so much! I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi of any kind so I’ve made a point to really get into it more. I’m so glad that I took the opportunity to sign up for Evaporation of Sofi Snow because I really enjoy this duology! Book two was just as good as the first one and it was even better getting to learn more about the alien species that’s been inhabiting parts of Earth for the 11 years since their arrival.

Sofi is such a fun character. She doesn’t let anyone get in the way of what she wants and that is to find her brother. Throughout this book we learn more about her childhood through flashback memories that seem to happen at seemingly random times. She finds herself trying to navigate this alien planet and learns that there may not be a coincidence when it comes to her knowledge of the Delon technology, especially when she realizes she’s been there before. In this book Sofi finds herself, her strength, her abilities, and even comes to accept that her past does not determine her future. She overcomes the heartaches she faced when she was younger and sees that maybe her mother isn’t as cold and distant as she believed her to be.

Miguel is also faced with many challenges in this book. He’s trying to be there for Sofi in a way that he couldn’t be when it counted and their relationship grows because of it. He is also an advocate for the children who have been taken over the previous 18 months and fights hard to help Sofi not only find Shilo but also the missing children. His goal is to expose the Delon for their trafficking of these kids and the reasons behind why they are doing it. He is such a strong and stable character which helps bring balance to the characters in these books!

Inola! We get a third POV in this book and that is from Sofi and Shilo’s mom CEO Inola Snow. This is where we really get to see the politics behind the negotiations between the Delonese and humans. She is forced to play a dangerous game in order to keep her children alive but also keeping her role in the deal she made with the Delonese in regards to child testing. We also get to see her struggle between having given up so much, including her relationship with her children, to build a society between the Delonese and humans. Her selfish motivations that took place 11 years prior are catching up to her and all she’s left with is the possibility that it’s too late to rebuild the relationship with her children that has always been in the back of her mind. Is she too late to save them and all the others?

I really enjoyed the different areas that were explored in this book. It did get confusing at times but in the end everything came together. I’d definitely recommend this book to YA Sci-Fi lovers!


About the Author

MWeberMary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series. An avid school and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands and the ocean. She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, and GOODREADS.

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ARC Review: Lost Crow Conspiracy

We’re only a few weeks away from the release of the unique historical fantasy, Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves! If you love all those things than this is the book for you. It takes the folklore and fantasy to a whole new level in this second installment of the Blood Rose Rebellion Series.

About Lost Crow Conspiracy

lost crow.jpgTitle: Lost Crow Conspiracy

Author: Rosalyn Eves

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world.

Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, content and grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas’s blood sacrifice to the disarm the spell would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can’t solve everything on her own. Now there’s only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she’d never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.


5 Stars

“What you could be if you were not afraid…”

The politics in this second book are even more realistic with the time period than book one. Now that Anna’s just broken the binding, and has found herself trying to navigate the world around her after everything she’s known is gone, she’s decided to do whatever it takes to make sure that the choice she made to break the binding is worth it.

Eves does a wonderful job showing Anna’s struggle with where she stands in society.  Before Anna broke the binding she knew exactly where she stood, and that was on the outside as baron, one without magic. Anna’s character has so much growth in this second book, especially when it comes to inserting herself into the political sphere. She doesn’t know who to trust and who not to trust. She’s also dealing with the loss of Matyas and the fact that he is gone because of the choice she was forced to make. Because of the secrets she has to keep about the role she played in the bindings downfall, allies are few. When an someone comes into her life and wants to teach her how to embrace who she really is, she is determined to make sure that this time around she makes the right decisions, not only for herself but for those she loves and has lost.

We do get a second POV in this book and that is Matyas! He’s on a journey of his own to get back to the world outside of the binding. No one knows that he’s survived and even though its unclear what his role is he is determined to find a way back to Anna and his family. He meets some very unique and interesting characters who help him and hinder him. Matyas is probably my favorite character of this series, I mean he becomes known as the King of Crows, who wouldn’t fall in love with that! I can’t wait for you to get to know him in this book!

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Have you read Blood Rose Rebellion yet? What are some of your favorite YA Historical Fictions/Fantasies? 

TTT: All Time Favorite Book Quotes

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!! I haven’t done one of these posts in a while and I’m so excited about this one! I’ve been compiling my favorite book quotes for a huge tattoo idea so I can’t wait to share my favorites with you today!!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Click on the link to see what the upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topics will be!

What are some of your favorite quotes?

eARC Review: Tess of the Road

Happy Book Birthday to Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman!! This YA Fantasy has a wide range of characters and creatures that Tess will encounter on a journey down The Road.

Rachel Hartman will be here in SLC, UT at our beloved The King’s English Bookshop and I’ll be attending! Hope to see some of my awesome SLC, UT people there!

I received an eARC from Netgalley for an honest review. Due to time constraints I was not able to read this in time for release day so I offered it to one of my fantastic book club members, Marissa Shields, for an honest review in return. You can find her on Goodreads and on Twitter @marissashields !!

About Tess of the Road

Tess of the RoadIn the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.


Marissa’s Review

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman — 3.5 Stars

Tess Dombegh believes she was born bad. Growing up with half-dragon Saint Seraphina, and sweet, docile twin sister Jeanne, their pious and often cold mother has marked Tess as the trouble-maker. At seventeen, Tess has found herself ruined and without a future. She resigns herself to a life of discontent, ultimately rejecting any chance of her own happiness to tend to Jeanne’s. When Tess ruins Jeanne’s wedding through a series of bad decisions, her parents decide to send Tess to a nunnery to get her off their hands.

Tess, never one for following orders, disguises herself as a man and loses escapes to the roads of the Southlands. Along the way, she runs into an old Quigutl friend in search of a fabled World Serpent. Together they travel the road, where she learns what it means to be herself – scars and all.

At the beginning of the novel, Tess is a bitter, unlikeable character. She spends her time reveling in her misfortunes, lashes out at anyone who tries to help her, and placates her misery by drinking – getting so drunk that she ruins her sister’s wedding.

The reason for Tess’s anger unfolds as Tess walks The Road. If you manage swallow the bitter pill that is Tess Dombegh, you will discover a poignant story about the damage caused by forcing yourself to fit society’s mold, the shame women carry for the things that happen to them, the deep cuts that can heal, and the scars that cannot.

Tess of the Road takes place in the same world as Seraphina, and although the book makes plenty of references to Seraphina’s story, it is not necessary to read Seraphina prior to Tess of the Road.

Tess of the Road is filled with dragons, tales of World Serpents, the lizard creatures Quigutls, medieval nuns, priests, and monks, thieves and road-travelers, along with other colorful characters. Hartman takes care to flesh out Goredd, discussing at length Goredd’s history as well as the lore and language of the Quigutls.

The novel also deals heavily in coming of age and sexual themes. The themes of sexuality and sexual assault are not a tacky attempt at a plot-twist. Instead, it’s an examination of society’s shame culture and a push for female empowerment.

At its heart, Tess of the Road is a story about forging ahead when the whole world seems against you. Tess must learn to view the world with new eyes, and as she walks on, you might find yourself wanting to unfurl yourself right along with her.

Have you read any of Rachel Hartman’s other books? If so, which were your favorites? Do you have Tess of the Road in your TBR pile?

Review: Frostblood

I bought this book early last year in hopes of reading it in time for the release of Fireblood but as you all know it doesn’t always go as planned. I’m a huge mood reader and once I started my blog and picked up tours this book fell by the wayside. I am so glad I finally got to reading this fantastic YA Fantasy Frostblood by Elly Blake. This fast paced action packed read was worth the wait!

About Frostblood

Frostblood.jpgSeventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating – yet irresistible – Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her – and from the icy young man she has come to love.


My Review

5 Stars

“Ruthlessness is not power. Tyranny is not strength.”

This YA Fantasy world is so cool. I love the history behind the Frostbloods vs the Firebloods. The world building was really well done in many aspects. Not only do we get to see the small winter village where Ruby grows up but an abbey in the mountains and a massive ice castle that houses some of the most powerful Frostbloods. Oh…and we can’t forget the icy cell of the prison where Ruby was left to wither away until one day a monk and his hooded accomplice help her escape.

Ruby is such a dynamic MC. I love that no matter what she’s faced with she comes out even stronger than when she went in. She’s also one of the wittiest characters in YA. She is definitely not afraid to tell you exactly what she thinks of you, no holds barred. I enjoyed the banter she had with each of the characters and her unwavering persistence to find out the truth behind her rescue. She struggles with the role she’s supposed to play in the king’s downfall and is placed in situations that are meant to test her resolve. Blake did a wonderful job of showing Ruby’s strengths and weaknesses throughout this book. I enjoyed every minute of it!

Arcus…oh Arcus. He’s so mysterious for most of the book and the tension that builds between him and Ruby throughout the first half is so intense. I love how much he challenges Ruby in so many ways and even though you question his motives you can’t help but be drawn to him. Those eyes…let’s just say I may or may not have a huge crush on Arcus after reading this book!

If you’re looking for a fast paced YA fantasy than this book is definitely for you!

Have you read Frostblood and Fireblood yet? 

Release Day! Fire and Bone

Happy Book Birthday to Fire and Bone by Rachel A. marks! I received a physical ARC copy of this YA Urban Fantasy by Skyscape and want to give them a big shoutout for sharing this ARC with me!

Due to scheduling I wasn’t able to read it in time for release day so one of my amazing YA and Wine book club member, Katherine, who I know loves Urban Fantasy, offered to read and review it for me on her blog SMADA’s Book Smack! Make sure to stop over there for her review, an excerpt, and a Giveway of Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks!

About Fire and Bone

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“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”

In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party — one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted — especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.


Katherine’s Review

4 Stars.5/5

“Sage is most interested in getting a shower and finding a safe space to spend the night for her and her friend Ziggy, so in an uncharacteristic act, she agrees to go to a Halloween party if it means being safe for a night. But after falling asleep in a strange bed, Sage wakes up and realizes that something is not right. A drink made by a friend ends up taking away all her worries- that is until she ends up draining the life from the guy she was dancing with, a guy who was not human at all. But, Sage might not be human herself, and the world she is thrust into may be more dangerous than even her… and everything may burn.

It’s like I won a weekend at a five-star resort. With deadly creatures and mayhem, but still…It’s pretty close.

I am always looking for new urban fantasy books to escape into and I was excited when Fire and Bone crossed my radar- I loved the cover with the bright color choices as well as the synopsis caught my attention. I was going to read this, it was only a matter of when- luckily my friend Sarah over at the Clever Reader website offered me a copy to review. Well, I am so glad that I could read this right now, especially since I am on an urban fantasy kick- and keep in mind that I read a LOT of Urban Fantasy (it’s my favorite!). I was really happy with what I discovered beneath the gorgeous cover of Fire and Bone- an equally developed, complicated and unique world unlike anything I have delved into before. The book was roughly 450 pages but only cover a few days time, so the pages were so full of action, descriptions of the world and magical creatures (from vampires, pixies, ghouls, selkies, Demigods, Goddesses, wraiths, druids…) that sprung from Danu the goddess, mythology and legends that the world builds on, as well as fleshed out characters. There is a little bit of something for everyone wrapped up in this book.

The story alternates narration between Sage and Faelan, the person assigned to train and protect Sage while she transitions to her new life. I really enjoyed how Rachel was able to give them very different personalities and voices throughout the boom. Sage is cynical and wary of accepting help due to her past, knows nothing about this world she apparently belongs to, and is basically a pawn who is bumbling her way to understanding. But yet, inside her she has the fire and heat that could make people bow down to her, so we will have to see how she wants to play her cards. Faelan on the other hand is centuries old, stoic, controlled and uncompromising- basically an incredibly attractive badass who marches to his own strict code. Sage and Faelan butt heads left and right, yet it makes me wonder if the sparks (ha, a Sage related pun!) are a sign of what is building between the two of them.Occasionally, we were able to see through another characters eyes, such as the mysterious Kieran, who I thought was a great, complicated character and I kind of rooted for him- but I usually like the bad guys and he basically killed Sage within the first 30% of the book, but nobody is perfect. And my favorite character is Aelin (who is actually a side character), the Druid who appears to be a flighty, superficial, self-centered character but really has depth and heart and a really entertaining personality that made me laugh with her over the top antics. She is totally underrated in their world and I hope she gets a chance to show what she is capable of later.

This was my first book by Rachel A. Marks but it won’t be my last- I can’t wait to read the Dark Cycle series while I am waiting for the next installment of Sage’s story- because let me tell you, this was just the beginning and the ending of the book caused just as many questions as it answered. Sage is just learning who she is and what she is capable of, as well as the underlying darkness that is motivating the plans against her (ok, I will admit that the twists that happened right at the ending filled me with rage that I can’t pick up the next book right this minute, but I will try to cope and fill the hole in my heart that waiting for more Demigod mayhem caused- yes I am overly dramatic). Overall I really enjoyed this story and all the twists and turns the plot took as well as the dynamics between the characters. I highly recommend this YA- Urban fantasy crossover for anyone looking for something different.”

What are some of your favorite YA Urban Fantasies? 

Author Interview: The Sweetest Kind of Fate

First off, I love these covers and second I love what a unique concept these books have. It was a joy reading Crystal’s answers to the interview questions I provided. If you like YA Fantasy/Romances than this is the read for you!

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the The Sweetest Kind of Fate Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoy working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About: The Sweetest Kind of Fate

book cover(Windy City Magic #2)

by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy


GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber!

Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her arch nemesis, Ivy, comes asking for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris’s eyes, there doesn’t seem to be a problem—Iris has clearly found her match.

It seems happily ever after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it’s up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day.

While Iris is willing to put everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core.

Because the Fates are never wrong—right?

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The First Book in the Series

The Best Kind of Magic

by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy


Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

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What gave you the idea to write about someone who can see “true love”?

When I first had the idea of a magical matchmaker, I was experiencing some romantic road bumps of my own. Anyone who’s been through heart break knows how overwhelming it can be, and I kept saying things like, «I just want to know what the future holds!» so dreaming up a character who could actually see that was a bit of wish fulfillment.

What kind of research did you do in regards to Wicca?

I spent a lot of time reading about the rituals and beliefs pertaining to Wicca. Amber is not as involved in the practice as others in her community, but I wanted her to have a working understanding of that world.

Was it harder writing book two?

I wouldn’t necessarily say it was harder, but it was definitely different. I wrote The Best Kind of Magic over a much longer period, and though I hoped it would one day reach publication, I was writing it more for myself at the time. The Sweetest Kind of Fate had the pressure of deadlines, which was new for me, but right from the start I had a clear vision of where I wanted the story to go. Since Amber’s voice rings so true for me, it all flowed nicely.

What are you currently working on? (If you’re allowed to tell us!)

I am always scribbling down new story ideas. I carry notebooks around with me to capture opening lines or bits of dialogue that come my way. I do have a couple things in the works… 😉 Are there other genre’s you’d love to write in the future?

I feel I will always write stories that have some sort of magical twist, whether the characters themselves have a mystical trait or if the plot lends itself to an unconventional format. When I read stories, I want to be taken out of the everyday, and I hope my writing reflects that kind of journey.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve been on a really amazing reading streak: I recently finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, and Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. I’m about to reread Ready Player One—one of my favorites—in anticipation of the upcoming movie.

About the Author

With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

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