|book review| blog tour w/ chinese-inspired world: thorn of the night blossoms by jc kang

Welcome to the #NightBlossomsTour!

Thank you Caffeine Book Tours and publisher for an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book!

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title: thorn of the night blossoms: a legends of tivara story
author: jc kang
series: scions of the black lotus
publisher: self-published
publication date: 13 november 2020 (first published 20 march 2019)
age group: adult
genres: fantasy, conspiracy
purchase: amazon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

She’s the emperor’s deadliest assassin… …who’s in love with her clan sister.

With a brewing insurrection threatening the realm, Jie must choose between love and duty.

Because when faced with a nascent rebellion, your decisions could save an empire.

Or topple it.

triggers: magically coerced sex, graphic combat with gore, sex work (portrayed in a positive light)

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|book review| blog tour + giveaway + free bookmarks: the hollow gods by a.j. vrana

Welcome to my second blog tour!

I received a digital copy of this book as part of the tour. Thank you MTMC Tours and Parliament House Press for the trust and opportunity! I finished this book last night, which means I made this post in a hurry. Still, I hope you will enjoy reading it!

Plus, there is a giveaway you can join and freebies you can take!

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title: the hollow gods
author: a.j. vrana
series: the chaos cycle duology #1
publisher: parliament house press
publication date: 28 july 2020
age group: new adult
genres: contemporary, fantasy
purchase: amazon | b&n | the chaos cycle website

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A perfect story for contemporary fantasy readers who love their narratives razor-sharp and their secrets dark and deadly.

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

And after losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

triggers: violence, death, sexism

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|book review| blog tour + giveaway: the puppetmaster’s apprentice by lisa deselm

Welcome to my stop for the #PuppetmasterTour!

As part of this tour, I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from Caffeine Book Tours and Page Street Publishing. To both of them, I am very thankful for making my first blog tour possible. And to you, my dear reader, a surprise awaits at the end of the this post.

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title: the puppetmaster’s apprentice
author: lisa deselm
publisher: page street publishing
publication date: 13 october 2020
age group: young adult
genre: fantasy
purchase: amazon | b&n | book depository | indiebound

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Listen well. Soon, the blue moon, the rarest of all moons will be on the rise. At its waxing offer up one of your creations and by moonlight they will be given breath. Choose wisely who to awaken.”

With her puppet-maker father imprisoned and the land of Tavia on the brink of war, Pirouette does not have a choice other than to follow the ruler’s whims. But when he discovers her secret – that she was once a puppet brought to life by the magic of the blue moon—he demands that Pirouette create an assassin out of wood and then make it come alive.

Fighting against forbidden magic and racing against the rise of the next blue moon, Pirouette cannot help but wonder, if she is making a masterpiece…or a monster. And if she is making a monster, what does that make her?

triggers: death, violence, sexism

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|wrap-up| #goodreadance september 2020 and give me something good october 2020!

First -ber month down, and three more to go! In this post, I will summarize everything that happened related to my blog last month. Personally, like always, I spent most of my time on Twitter, and some on TikTok, looking at hot bo– funny videos!

Also, I’m not as active as I used to be on bookstagram. I’m not sure if that’s going to change this month, however, I will do my best to post again. I just need some new ideas and I think Etsy’s going to help me a lot.

Now, let’s dive in!

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|book review| a book that spoke to my soul: starfish by akemi dawn bowman

Starfish is a story about family, love, and self-growth. We follow our protagonist, Kiko Himura, as she drove on a highway of emotions, then reached her destination of many realizations.

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author: akemi dawn bowman
publication: simon pulse [9-26-17]
format: paperback
genre: young adult, contemporary

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school in this debut novel. Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin. But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave. From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves. A William C. Morris Award Finalist; A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens of 2017; A Junior Library Guild Selection.

triggers: emotional abuse, reference to sexual abuse, suicide attempt, childhood trauma

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|book tag| my blog’s name in books

A very big thank you to Liza of The Inharmonious Heroine for tagging me! I had so much fun doing this, though it required more work than I expected (which is totally my fault, by the way, for being extra).

the rules

(1) spell out your blog’s name

(2) find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter of you blog’s name (note: you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodreads TBR)

(3) have fun!

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|book haul| ownvoices japanese lit, classics with magic rings

“I won’t buys books until December.” I promised to myself months ago. It aged well, like a rotten mess. However, I still find buying books very therapeutic. That feeling of excitement and ecstasy when I hold my copies will always be priceless.

An intense shout out to these local bookstores where I bought the books in this haul – The Bargain Reader, Fully Booked, yumi bookstore, and Gatic’s Bookshop. Thank you very much and more power!

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|book review| thoughts in mini: fairies, robots, mermaids

Welcome to a very new series I created! It’s called ‘thoughts in mini’, which is basically a book review, but in short form. Obviously, this is not an original idea, since a lot of blogger have already done this. However, it won’t kill me to give it a shot. Besides, there are just books that don’t require a lengthy review to fully share what I think about them.

In this post, I will review three short books, all e-ARCs. Thank you to Netgalley, Edelweiss, and publishers for providing us copies!

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