The Waking Forest 🖤 Review + Giveaway

I’m a part of another book’s blog tour! 🖤

I hadn’t heard of The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees, but the moment I read the synopsis, I knew this book would be a book for me.

I wasn’t disappointed, to say the least. 🖤🖤🖤

Check out this spellbinding book, and don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Pan’s Labyrinth meets The Hazel Wood in this novel about a girl with terrifying visions and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways.

 The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more–until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

 To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

 The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

About the Author

In between training in ballet and watching lots of Disney movies, Alyssa grew up writing stories starring her Beanie Babies. She earned a BA in English from Creighton University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Currently she works as an assistant librarian in youth services at an awesome public library. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and their two cats.

Check out Alyssa on her website or over on Goodreads, Twitter,  or Instagram!

Review

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book. This book was breathtaking. It was magical and dark and ethereal and spellbinding. It was three enchanting stories converging into one. Ugh. My heart aches in the best of ways. 🖤

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “I have many faces, and I want to wear them all.”

🖤 “I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think any of that is because of your magic. It sounds like anxiety. It sounds like you have panic attacks. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t make you weak or not able to handle things.”

🖤 “She could exist without him, dance on her own, quite well, in fact–but it was he who brought her back around to herself, somehow. Transformed her line into a circle.”

🖤 “The burning scream inside you hurts less when you keep moving, keep going, keep reaching, in whatever way you can.”

🖤 “He is a wish I want to come true again and again and again.”

🖤 “Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped in the eye of a storm…Like I’m the only quiet, still thing in a world that won’t stop spinning.”

🖤 “I don’t know much, but I do know this: I am an inhale. And he–he is an exhale. And we will always be together, each of us right behind the other, linked, until the very last breath.”

🖤 “I know this is terrifying for you…But it will end. All things end, eventually. Even the very best of stories. And the worst of them too.”

🖤 “Beauty is poison to monsters…They love beauty, covet it, but they can’t have it.”

🖤 “Some dreams are dangerous, the ones you try the hardest to forget. Because then they grow gaunt and bladed, and will come back clawing up your throat.”

🖤 “Because my name is cradled in your bones. Because your heart sounds the same as mine. Because a sky is just unremarkable darkness without the stars. It’s empty.”

🖤 “Sometimes secrets are secret for a reason, because to know them will hurt us more than to keep them hidden.”

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo | iBooks | IndieBound

GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees!

  • Start Date: March 30, 2019
  • End Date: March 36, 2019
  • US Only

BOOK TOUR

Check out the rest of the stops along this blog tour!

The Bone Witch Series 🖤 Review + Giveaway

So this post was supposed to be up 2 days ago. I got sick (again) and have been struggling with my mental health, but here it is. Finally. 👍🏻

Anyway, I was sent all three books in The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco in exchange for an honest review in collaboration with the Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I had been eyeing this series for a while, and I feel so lucky I was included on this blog tour. 🖤

Also, don’t miss the playlist I created and giveaway at the end of this post!

The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis

The Bone Witch

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2)

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

The Shadow Glass(The Bone Witch #3)

The dramatic finale to The Bone Witch series! Tea’s dark magic eats away at her, but she must save the one she loves most, even while her life—and the kingdoms—are on the brink of destruction.

In the Eight Kingdoms, none have greater strength or influence than the asha, who hold elemental magic. But only a bone witch has the power to raise the dead. Tea has used this dark magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass, to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world, threatens to consume her.

Tea’s heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. Her work with the monstrous azi, her thirst for retribution, her desire to unmask the Faceless—they all feed the darkrot that is gradually consuming her heartsglass. She is haunted by blackouts and strange visions, and when she wakes with blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience. Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 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.

Check out Rin on her website or over on Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram!

REVIEW

The Bone Witch
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Heart Forger
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Shadow Glass
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved so much about the series: the politics, the characters (particularly Tea, Kaled, Lihk, Khalad, Zoya, Shadi), the romances, the diversity, the magic. The story progressed over each book in the trilogy—told through two different timelines, the present and past—and each book was better than the last. 🖤

As a writer, I cannot begin to understand how Rin wrote this trilogy. The characters, the magic, the politics were all so complex and vital to the story. I’m amazed at how the character and world building served the plot progression. 

While this was a dramatic and action-filled story, I wasn’t as emotionally involved as I had hoped. I didn’t cry when important characters died, I rarely felt tense despite scenes of war, and it wasn’t until the final chapters of the third book that I shed a few tears. My only wish is that the emotion would have been cranked up throughout this series. If it had been, this series would have been 5 stars. 

I’m so happy that the Fantastic Flying Book Club included me on this blog tour so I could read this wonderful trilogy. 🖤🖤🖤

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “If there is one thing people desire more than a good story…it is when they speak their own.”

🖤 “Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves how bitterness tastes.”

🖤 “When people cut us, we are expected to do only two things: smile and bleed.”

🖤 “We can endure any amount of sadness, for the people we love.”

🖤 “People will never be what you make of them, but at least your own heart stays yours and true.”

🖤 “Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are, rather than in what they expect you to be.”

🖤 “It’s not such a bad thing, to feel powerless sometimes. It teaches us that some situations are inevitable and that we should spend what little time we have in the company of the people that matter most.”

🖤 “But fear is a powerful motivator.”

🖤 “But grief means you have loved. To love opens up the possibility for grief. There cannot be one without the other.”

🖤 “People need someone to hate. And it’s easier to see that in others than to find it in themselves.”

🖤 “Patience is the long pause between action and its consequences. Lengthier silences open you up to introspection, and I’ve known a lot of solitude.”

🖤 “I don’t chase after people who don’t feel the same way about me as I do about them.”

🖤 “And you’re an ugly old woman hiding her mediocrity in expensive clothes.”

🖤 “Lies are sweet to the palate, but the truth is often spat out, bitter and rancid.”

🖤 “People tend to believe those who are in charge, no matter how ridiculous or corrupt they may be.”

🖤 “Have you ever loved anyone so fiercely you were afraid it might shatter you? It was a blessing and a burden I carried.”

🖤 “It is never wrong to wish for more happiness.”

PLAYLIST

Check out the Spotify playlist I created inspired by The Shadow Glass! 👌🏻

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |Kobo | iBooks

GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of The Shadow Glass, an art print of Tea, signed bookplates, and stickers of Tea, Kalen, and Fox! Prizes pictured below!

  • Start Date: March 1, 2019
  • End Date: March 15, 2019

BOOK TOUR

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Cursed Rebel Book Blitz + Giveaway

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I’m a part of my first book blitz! 🖤

Here’s all the info for a new book release, Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch. Have you heard of this book? Do you plan on picking it up? Let me know in the comments!

Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch

Release Date: October 5, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance


Synopsis

My grandma always warned me never to trust a Faery. I never believed they were real…until I was kidnapped by one.

Finn is an obnoxious, mercurial Fae whose job it is to bring me to the King. He’s gorgeous, but in this world, the prettiest things are the deadliest.

But if I want to survive the Fae realm and find a way home, I’ll have to trust him…for now.

Excerpt

The faery girl looked up at me, her smile fading. She looked at her empty hand sadly, her thin brows drawing together, and for a second, I felt horrible for upsetting her. Then she raised  her eyes back to mine, and they were cold and grey.

Her mouth twisted into a snarl, baring rows of sharp, pointy teeth, and let out a shriek of  anger. “Nasty, mortal filth!” she screeched.

Horror skittered through my bones, and a scream caught in my throat as she lunged off the  ground at me. Her curled fingers, like claws, aimed for my eyes. I stumbled backward and  tripped over a rock, hitting the ground on my back hard enough to knock the breath out of me.

My chest spasmed as I tried to suck in air for a scream, and the faery girl leapt on me like a giant spider, wrapping her tiny hands around my throat.

Book Links

Goodreads | Amazon

About the Author

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H.G. Lynch is a paranormal romance author from Scotland. She is an avid reader and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat off her laptop. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.

Her books are dark paranormal romances.

GIVEAWAY

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  • ENDS: 10/10

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