High School Queens by Zachary Ryan Book Review

High School Queens tour banner

High School Queens - Zachary Ryan

High School Queens
by Zachary Ryan
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/LGBT
Release Date: March 21st 2019
Kingston Publishing

Summary:

They all thought they did a masterful job of keeping their secrets close to their chest. These stupid fools thought they were the high court of this kingdom, but they had no clue who was really pulling the strings. You might wonder to yourself, who would be that heartless to make them backstab their friends, expose other’s secrets, and lose their morals? You don’t need to know who I am, but you better remember my name, The Marked Queen. Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villain whose one goal is to ruin each of their lives. They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they’ll be the next victim on Marked Day. They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the rich spoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principle, the straight vlogger, and the girl who isn’t her dad’s punching bag.What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time for prom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep up their personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity. Sex, Lies, and High School Queens explores the major theme of self-acceptance. Can they learn to accept all their flaws or pray victim to The Marked Queen? Each chapter continues to fill your sweet tooth until the climactic moment at the prom where you get to have that final bite of the bitch cake you’ve been dying to consume.

 

Add to Goodreads

 

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

My Review

High School Queens has plenty of drama and suspense! There were a lot of twist and turns, which I adore! I really enjoyed the writing! The characters are well written and interesting. I really enjoyed all the secrets and suspense and I can’t wait to read the second book!

About the Author:

Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status—and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused.

After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.

Social Media Links:

Instagram handle: Zacharyryanbooks

Facebook page: zacharyryanbooks

 

 

 

Blog Tour Organized By:

YA Bound Book Tours

How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

TOUR BANNER(16)

BOOK COVER(4)

How the Light Gets In

by Katy Upperman

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: August 6th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Since her sister’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up. Her grades have plummeted, she’s quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.

When she returns to her aunt’s run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe’s death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations. She doesn’t expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.

But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie’s nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she’s being haunted. Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it’s too late?

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads

Amazon

B&N

iTunes

Book Depository

Kobo

Google Books

My Review

This was my first time reading a book by Katy Upperman. I have heard of her books and I was excited to read this one! I read the synopsis and I told myself I need to add this book to my tbr. I’m happy to report that I immensely enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read other books by her. This book has a bit of everything I love about a book. There is a mystery, romance and paranormal. The writing is beautiful. All the characters are so well written. This book made me feel all the emotions!

My Favorite Quotes

Chole was moring bedhead, races in the pool, petty arguments, and relentless laughter.

Instead of traveling through grieve, I’ve become it.

” Tucker asked about you. He was bummed when I told him you were sick. I swear, if that kid had a tail it would’ve been tucked between his legs.”

AUTHOR INFORMATION

author(5)

Katy’s debut novel, Kissing Max Holden, was published August 1, 2017, and her sophomore effort, The Impossibility of Us, released July 31, 2018. Her third novel, How the Light Gets In, will be out August 6, 2019. All three books are with Swoon Reads/Macmillan. She’s represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Agency.

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14776974.Katy_Upperman

Website: https://katyupperman.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katyupperman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katyuppermanwriter/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/katyupperman/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katyupperman/

Tumblr: https://katyupperman.tumblr.com/

TOUR SCHEDULE

Please include this link on all your posts:

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/07/tour-schedule-how-light-gets-in-by-katy.html

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win (1) copy of HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Katy Upperman and some swag (INT)

Starts: August 12th 2019

Finishes: August 26th 2019

Embed Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell Book Blitz

Beasts of the Frozen Sun
Jill Criswell
(Frozen Sun Saga #1)
Publication date: August 6th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.

As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

EXCERPT:

Something made me stop.

There, sitting atop my father’s black warhorse, was a Westlander unlike any other. Long ashen hair trailed behind him. He was bare chested, as if he didn’t fear the threat of blades on his skin, and he radiated a sleek, savage sort of beauty.

His gaze locked on me.

Beautiful. Savage.

The Savage prodded his mount. Leaning to one side, he brought his axe crashing down into the Sons of Stone who ran at him, wielding his weapon like an extension of himself. My clan’s warriors fell. Blood splashed in waves across his skin.

His eyes never left mine. My limbs were heavy as boulders, stiff as plaster.

A voice called my name. Rhys rushed toward me, sword in hand. His eyes darted from me to the Savage, trying to reach me first.

The horse was coming. My legs wouldn’t move.

The Savage veered at the last second, passing between Rhys and me, so close his calf brushed my arm, and I shivered. He circled his horse back in our direction, and Rhys grabbed me, yanking me forward. The warhorse’s hooves pounded, nearly on top of us. We only made it a few steps before Rhys stumbled and choked, eyes widening. His hand slipped from my arm. His sword fell into the grass.

A battle-axe was buried between his shoulders.

My scream was the raw, wrenching keen of an animal. I caught Rhys as he collapsed, lowering him to the ground. I looked around wildly, calling for Father and Garreth.

The Savage leaped off his horse.

“Stay away!” I let go of Rhys and picked up his sword.

With a swift kick, the Savage knocked the weapon from my grip. I drew the dagger, and he slapped it away too. He pulled me to him, smelling my hair, running his fingers through it. I hammered my fists against him, but it did nothing. This close, I saw every detail of his face, his body. I absorbed them through a haze of shock.

Older than Garreth, younger than Father. Tall, muscled, with thick hair hanging down his back in braided ropes of silvery-white. Eyes a shade of greenish-gold, like a cat’s. Black ink crawling across one entire side of his body: up his stomach, chest, and neck, then back down the length of his arm to his fingertips, coiling along one jaw and cheek, to his forehead, disappearing into his scalp. Knotted patterns, with intricately etched claws and tails and reptilian heads interwoven between the twisted links.

If the other Westlanders were frost giants, he was a leviathan; if they were beasts, he was their king.

I struggled feebly, my palms smacking his chest. Anguish had torn my mind wide open, left my abilities untethered; my consciousness plunged into the depths of his soul. Except what I dove into was nothing. Colorless, shapeless, void of sensation. The space was starkly, infinitely empty. A barren abyss.

The Savage had no soul.

I pulled my hands free, snapping back into my body as the Savage grasped my chin. “What you see, soul-reader?” The words sounded cumbersome to his mouth. He took hold of my wrist, bending it to expose the scar of flame Reyker had marked me with, laughing like my scar was a joke meant to offend him. “He is here.”

The Savage thrust one of his hands into my hair, holding my head still, and the other tightened around my waist, crushing me against him. He pulled a delicate knife from his belt, pushing my hair back and sliding the stiletto behind my ear. The blade bit into my flesh in short, deep cuts. He was carving me. Marking me, just as Reyker had, only this felt far more violent. I whimpered as blood dripped down my neck. “Mine,” he said.

A threat and a promise.

 

Author Bio:

Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

 

GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

Looking Foward August 2019

Another month means more things to look forward to! Here’s hoping that August is full of good things this month! I’m already looking forward to Fall. I know it is still Summer but Fall is my favorite season. Let’s get started!

Movies

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Game of Cat and Mouse  August 4th 9pm

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: An Inheritance to Die for August 11th 9pm

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A very Foul Play  August 18th 9pm

Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End  August 25th 9pm

Music

Love Taylor Swift August 23

Books

A Dress for the Wicked

Goodreads

Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch, #2)

Goodreads

Crown of Coral and Pearl

Goodreads

Swipe Right for Murder

Goodreads

Here There Are Monsters

Goodreads

Ever Alice

Goodreads

All the Bad Apples

Goodreads

The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling

Goodreads

What are you looking forward to this month?

July Wrap Up and August TBR

Happy August everyone! July just seemed to fly by. I really don’t know where the time went. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump in July. Hopefully, I’ll leave the slump in July. I did read five books this month that I enjoyed.

Before I Disappear

My Review

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1)

My Review

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

I still need to write a review for this one! It is a new favorite though!

Kristy's Great Idea (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1)

I grew up reading the Babysitter’s Club books and I saw my library had the graphic novels so I checked them out.

Mooncakes

I loved this graphic novel and I need to write a review for it soon!

Now on to the books I plan on reading in August!

How the Light Gets In

All the Bad Apples

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

This is a reread for me.

What Red Was

To Drink Coffee with a Ghost

The Truth About Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #2)

Mary Anne Saves the Day (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #3)

Claudia and Mean Janine (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #4)

What books are you planning on reading in August?

 

The Prince’s Prisoner By Klarissa King Book Blitz

The Prince’s Prisoner
Klarissa King
(Feared Fables #2)
Publication date: February 15th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling

A dark fae prince. A stolen human girl.

And an unwanted marriage.

Not all beasts can be redeemed…

Callie doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Too bad they believe in her.

The fae whisk Callie and her friend off to be prisoners of an eternal dance. But Callie is stolen again.

Maybe the eternal dance wasn’t so bad after all…

A lethal fae has taken her as his unwilling bride, and she has to balance between life and death in his castle, while finding a way out of the dangerous fae realm. Only, she’s playing games with the Prince of War.

The Prince learns just how far Callie will go to save her friend from a lifetime of torture—and just what she will do to save herself from his clutches.

Callie must escape the wicked prince before she turns from prisoner to prey. But as the prince himself tells her, ‘Sacrifice is no noble thing in the fae realm.

Everything in the fae realm comes at a price…

The Prince’s Prisoner is a Dark Fae Retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast, and is the second book in the anthology series, Feared Fables. Can be read as a stand-alone. Please be aware of themes.

Goodreads / Amazon

EXCERPT:

His eyes touched to hers in the reflection of the mirror.

As he slipped off his shoulder pads, he said, “You should not have touched them.”

Callie shoved forward, away from the arch. Her feet slapped against the floor. “What do you want from me? We made a deal, but I’m still trapped.”

Rain removed metal chains from his torso. He kept his back to her, but his eyes followed her in the mirror.

“I want to go home,” she said. “Tell me how to do that—”

The chains crashed to the dressing table.

Callie flinched, and suspected that he’d meant to throw them down hard.

The danger clutching to his words when he spoke confirmed it. “This is your home now.” He turned to face her and leaned back against the table. “We had a deal. It is final.”

“But—” Callie blinked at him, her brows knitting together. “I promised you something in return for helping me. You haven’t set me free yet.”

“I released you from the dance,” he said. “And while you rested, I took your part in the bargain.”

Thoughts of the shared bed sprung to Callie’s mind. A twist of bile coiled in her belly. “What do you mean you took my part?” she whispered, horror wiping her face clean.

Rain’s eyes flashed with outrage. His chin raised, and he looked down his nose at her.

“It is not what you accuse,” he said darkly. “I made you my wife.”

Callie choked on a gasp. “You—you did what?”

Rain’s face remained impassive. “I married you. That was the price of your freedom from the eternal dance.”

You married me?” shrieked Callie.

Rain folded his arms over his chest. His biceps pressed against the thin black leather of his armour.

Callie’s hands furled into fists.

“You don’t know me! You don’t love me!” Her fingernails cut into her palms. “Are you insane?”

Rain pushed himself from the dressing table and moved toward her.

Callie recoiled and stumbled back.

He might have strolled, but there was a lazy danger in the way he moved, like a tired beast, ready to attack at any moment.

She only stopped backing away from him when she connected with the wall.

He followed, caging her between the wall and his body, his eyes fuelled by a silent fury.

 

Author Bio:

When not writing, Klarissa can be found in bed poring over a great new release, or reluctantly walking her demanding dogs who pretty much run the house.

She is the writer, Isla Jones. Isla uses the pen-name Klarissa for fantasy, while using Isla Jones for her darker, grittier horror works to help separate the styles and genres for her readers.

To contact Klarissa King, find her here: https://www.facebook.com/Klarissa-King-1005484536303985/?modal=admin_todo_tour

For Isla Jones’ author page, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Isla-Jones/e/B07856GGDF

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

 

GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

Kingdom of Thorns & Dreams Cover Reveal

Kingdom of Thorns & Dreams Boxed Set
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult

Sleeping Beauty, but not how you remember it…

Sleeping Beauty, but not how you remember it

One kiss.

That’s all. Just one kiss and the curse will be broken.

But is love’s true kiss a myth and will it be strong enough to break the curse that’s held her in its grasp for a century?

The compelling tale of a young princess fated to sleep forever and the prince destined to save her retold in this spellbinding collection by USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors.

One click now for your happily ever after.

One click now for your happily ever after.

Pre-order

 

 

XBTBanner1