Thorn by Intisar Khanani Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

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Thorn

by Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: March 24th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tales

Synopsis:

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

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My Review

This was an interesting and dark retelling of Goose Girl. The writing is beautiful. I like the fact that Alyrra isn’t a perfect character. She has insecurities and she grows throughout the book. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. I really enjoyed it and I think if you love retellings you need to pick this one up!

 

My Favorite Quotes

You have something of justice and mercy in you.

It is rare for someone who wants power to truly deserve it.

You care for thornbushes where you once cared for jewels.

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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar’s debut novel, Thorn, was picked up by HarperTeen and will be re-released in Winter 2020. In the meantime, she’s hard at work on the remaining books of The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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On March 24th Thorn will be releasing from Hot Key (UK) and HarperTeen (US/CA)! To celebrate, I’m offering some amazing Thorn goodies to everyone who …

  • pre-orders/orders a copy of Thorn before March 31st at 23.59.
  • OR requests it from their library (library hold / suggested purchase) before March 31st at 23.59.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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Physical goodies (US/UK):

  • A Thorn Bookmark
  • A set of Chibi Stickers featuring Thorn characters
  • A Signed Bookplate

PLUS Digital goodies (worldwide):

  • A PDF of Brambles – a Thorn prequel short story so you can jump into Alyrra’s world now!
  • A PDF of The (Annotated) Goose Girl – the original fairytale with annotations from yours truly in the margin
  • A coloring page of three Thorn-themed bookmarks

All you need to do to enter is send a proof of purchase (or screenshot of your library hold), your name and address to khananipreorder@gmail.com. T&Cs apply!

UK entrants: Hot Key Books rocks and can mail you physical goodies as well as the digital. Check it out here: http://hotkeybooks.com/thorn-pre-order/

Non-US/UK entrants: I really, really wanted to offer you the physical goodies, but postage is a bear. If you would like to cover the cost of an international stamp ($1.20), I can absolutely mail you the goodies as well. E-mail in your proof/screenshot for your digital goodies, and I’ll link you up so you can do that.

Original link: http://booksbyintisar.com/thorn-pre-order/

The universal book link for purchasing Thorn is: www.books2read.com/thorn

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1st Prize: Win a book of your choice from Bookdepository (INT*)

2nd Prize: Win a THORN swag pack (stickers, bookmark, and a signed bookplate) [INT]

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Coral by Sara Ella Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

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Coral

by Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: November 12th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Mermaids, Fairy Tales

 

Synopsis:

 

Multiple award-winning young adult author Sara Ella reimagines The Little Mermaid in a powerful and unexpected way.

 

Sixteen-year-old mermaid Coral has always been different, standing out from her stoic sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease. Said to be carried by humans, the Disease imposes emotions on its victims, causing them to commit unspeakable acts. The growing illness inside her, while terrifying, fascinates her very core. Where others see danger, Coral sees life. Could it be the colorless merfolk who are truly ill?

 

Above the sea, seventeen-year-old Brooke Jordan has nothing left to give. A homeless girl abandoned and forgotten, the only thing Brooke can rely on is the ocean. Her aching feet find refuge within the cool and comforting waves, while her broken heart grows harder with each passing day. When Brooke’s and Coral’s worlds collide, everything alters in an instant. From learning to stand alone, to discovering the strength it takes to rely on another, the girls find that living requires taking that first painful breath. Each must make sacrifices, and when it comes to finding true love? Let’s just say the boys in their lives must learn to swim if they’re ever going to survive the storms.

 

Battling the odds against them, the girls will do whatever it takes to survive. But what must end for love and life to finally begin?

 

Taking a new twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, this modern-day story explores mental health from several perspectives, questioning what it means to be human in a world where humanity often seems lost.

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My Review

Coral was an interesting twist on The Little Mermaid. This book  is a beautiful, emotional read. That being said there are a lot of trigger warnings for this book.  I thought the author did a great job dealing with all the heavy topics in this book. The characters are all so well written. The writing is beautiful.  It was hard to read at times but so inspiring and hopeful too.

Favorite Quotes

Hope. A foolish girl’s dream. Time. An unavoidable monster.

” If you say you’re okay, than you are. If you voice you are fine, what’s to stop you from being so?”

Light always awaited her on the other end.

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Once upon a time, Sara Ella dreamed she would marry a prince and live in a Disney castle. Today, she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses, raising her little prince to be a king, and conquering realms of her own imaginings. Oh, and her husband is definitely more swoon-worthy than any Prince Charming.

 

Sara’s UNBLEMISHED trilogy has received high praise and multiple awards, but none as rewarding as the love and support she receives from her readers every day. Her new story CORAL, a reimagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID, releases in the fall of 2019.

 

When she’s not on deadline, Sara Ella can most often be found fangirling on Twitter, Instagram, or her YouTube channel. She may or may not be obsessed with #Bookstagram, and she has a serious condition known as “Coffee Snob-itis.” She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away.”

 

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The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

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The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1)

by Rin Chupeco

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 15th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

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My Review & Favorite Quotes

The Never Tilting world is a unique and epic fantasy! I loved the writing style! I also liked that it’s told from multiple points of view. All the characters are well written. I also really enjoyed all the mythology. I also really loved the magic system! I really enjoyed The Never Tilting world and I can’t wait to read more!

Quotes

We stared at each other; a girl cloaked in a skin of ice, facing down the shadow of a great and terrible beauty.

“And they will love me for it.”

“You’re truly going to kill me one of these days.” she finally whispered.”

AUTHOR INFORMATION

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Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website; https://www.rinchupeco.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7055613.Rin_Chupeco

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rinchupeco

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rinchupeco/

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

TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/09/tour-schedule-never-tilting-world-never.html

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Before I Disappear Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

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Before I Disappear

by Danielle Stinson

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: July 23, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she’s finally found it in a town where nobody knows them.

But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.

Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill.

To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he’ll be gone forever.

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I read the synopsis of Before I disappear and as soon as I read the part about the town disappearing along with everyone in it I knew it was my kind of book. I love a read that has mystery involved. I loved the writing and the creepy vibe of this book. All the characters are well written. I really enjoyed it!

Favorite Quotes

Most people walk through life missing the best parts.

Once Upon a Time, it read the words and the words were magic. They belonged to her and she belonged to me.

“Creepy cave to wait for the end times?”Blaine sighs, draws his knees up o his chin. “My dad  would’ve so loved this.”

Without the dark, there are no stars, Rosie.

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Blog tour schedule link: https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/07/tour-schedule-before-i-disappear-by.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stories were a central part of Danielle Stinson’s childhood. Growing up in a military family meant frequent moves across the US and abroad. She spent many summers in her room surrounded by unpacked boxes and stacks of library books. She currently lives with her husband and four boys in Virginia, where she writes fiction for young adults. Before I Disappear is her debut novel.

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1 copy of Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson

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The Storm Crow Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

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The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1)

by Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: SourcebooksFire
Release Date: July 9th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38330596-the-storm-crow

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My Review

When I read the synopsis for The Storm Crow I was intrigued.   I really loved the writing! I thought the characters were well written.  I think the giant crows was a very unique idea. I enjoyed this book but I do wish there was a little more world building. I was very excited about the crows but they kinda got pushed aside. I’m hoping book 2 will have more about them. Overall, this was a quick, interesting read.

My Favorite Quotes

“Be careful. You’re dangerously close to sounding like this girl I used to know. Tongue as sharp as a crow’s talons, menace to authorities everywhere, about this tall.”

I’d pushed unwaveringly, and when I had met a wall. I’d shattered it.

They were like wolves looking for a weak spot, their postures rigid in preparation to strike and scramble up the ranks.

His eyes, normally bright as the sun on the ocean, looked dull. Like something was missing.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Kalyn

Kalyn Josephson is a Technical Writer in Silicon Valley, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA, but now lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an even tinier owl). When not writing YA Fantasy, she loves baking, reading, playing sports, and watching too many movies.

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Website: https://kalynjosephson.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17673530.Kalyn_Josephson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kalynjosephson

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

TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/05/tour-schedule-storm-crow-storm-crow-1.html

 

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win a finished hard copy of THE STORM CROW by Kalyn Josephson (INT) or a signed finished copy of THE CROW STORM by Kalyn Josephson (US Only)

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