Blog Tour Book Review + Giveaway: Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5)

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Tor Teen
So, some life stuff happened and I’m only 1/2 way through this book!  So I’m giving you my initial thoughts for this blog tour and 2 giveaways!!  One for a signed UK mass market paperback (US only unless you pay for shipping!) and one for a sea fox taro card designed by myself and signed by Susan Dennard (INT since it’s flat)!

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Book Review: Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
A cute MG that features a brave princess, her best friend/maid servant, and a snarky unicorn. I hope they change the cover to match the unicorn’s description though as he is described as a blue unicorn with gold horn and white mane/tail. The cover has it backwards! I don’t think that adults or teens would find as much enjoyment in this tale, but there are good lessons such as believing in yourself, looking past appearances, working through problems, and even tackling xenophobia and compromise. Definitely a title to recommend and shelve in school libraries.


Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother–and their kingdom.

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate’s ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.

But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants–and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.

Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Flatiron Books
 This was an incredibly told, well-written, spooky dark, original fairy tale that was absolutely sucked me in and wouldn’t let go!  Yeah, so I ended up loving this book as it hits on a large chunk of the reasons I love to read fantasy.  I really don’t want to give away any of the fun twists and turns, but I will say that this is a bit of a meta story with tales being told and lived within the overall narrative.
The only part I didn’t care for was the male companion to the main character.  I didn’t feel like he really added that much.  Maybe I missed something.  But I’m pretty sure many readers will ship them, and I won’t begrudge them that.  I just personally didn’t care for him.
Having listened to this as an audiobook, I wanted to quickly comment on the lovely narrator, Rebecca Soler.  You might recognize her for narrating The Lunar Chronicles, which is how I found her.  Rebecca is one of my favorite narrators and her reading just enhanced my experience with this book.
One last statement: Normally, I love long series featuring favorite characters, and while I wouldn’t mind seeing where this story continues, I’d also be ok with it as a stand alone.  Not sure what it’s planned for, but either way I loved this book!


Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Blog Tour: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet + Giveaway

Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #3)

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

The Kingmaker Chronicles, #3

Publication date: January 2, 2018

 The riveting conclusion to The Kingmaker Chronicles!

My thoughts:

This was a great ending to the trilogy!  I’m going to be super vague about everything because this is definitely a series I recommend reading in order, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers.  To that end, you should know that we spend a lot of time in Cat’s head.  Like A LOT.  To the point that I felt like she was overthinking things, and in slowed the pace way down.

That was the only complaint I had about this book though, honestly.  There were less steamy moments, but no less action and tense scenes.  In fact, I was frequently worrying about favorite characters fast approaching death!  I loved that Cat and Griffin came to terms about certain aspects of their relationship.  And I loved how much more we learned about Cat.  Amanda is truly wonderful at weaving characters I can get behind.

I hope we get more from this universe in the future!  I’d love to see more books written about other side characters 🙂



Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I’d still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible.

True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn’t just an abstract concept; it’s me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I’m an idea in human form.

I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips.

The only thing ever stopping me has been me.

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USA Today bestselling author AMANDA BOUCHET grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first at Bowdoin College and then at Bowling Green State University. She moved to Paris, France, in 2001 and has been there ever since. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children, who will soon be correcting her French. Connect with her at

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)

Hardcover, 160 pages
Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by
As expected, I loved this installment just as much as much as the previous two!  This story picks up shortly after the end of Every Heart a Doorway and gives us several new characters to fall in love with as well as checking up on others from the first book.  I really enjoyed the mix of fresh and loved character development.  We were even treated to more diverse characters such as a Muslim baker and a bigger girl happy with her appearance.
I can’t wait for more of these books to follow!  Seanan confirmed that there are plans to continue the series for another couple of books at least.  And hopefully more.  As long as they keep selling, they will keep coming.  I wholeheartedly support this trend and will do my best to make sure that the publisher knows we want more!


Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.