Book Spotlight: The Seeking Serum by Frank L. Cole

The Seeking Serum (Potion Masters, #3)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Shadow Mountain

Book three of the Potion Masters series is here!  I haven’t had a chance to read this series, but the covers are quite magnificent, and they sound intriguing.  This post is part of a blog tour that the publisher, Shadow Mountain, contacted me about.  I knew my January was going to be particularly full of review reads, so I committed to a spotlight post instead of a review.  Check out the summary below and let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series yet!

Summary:

Mezzarix has stolen the Vessel, the source of power for all potion masters, and is preparing to launch his final attack on the potion-making community—which includes his own family.

Gordy and his family have gone into hiding, but when his mom uncovers some new information, she takes Gordy into the underground network known as the Swigs, a haven for renegade potion masters and black-market potions, to secure support in the fight against Mezzarix. But when Scourges, rebel potion makers acting on orders from Mezzarix, attack the Swigs, Gordy barely escapes with his life and is forced to leave his family behind.

As the fight intensifies between B.R.E.W. and the Scourges, it falls to Gordy and his friends—Max, Sasha, and Adilene—to locate Mezzarix’s hidden headquarters, retrieve the Vessel, save the world, and unite the potion-making community.

The world of Potion Masters is full of fantasy and adventure as Gordy and his friends learn the power of friendship and loyalty, and to trust in their own individual talents.

 

Blog Tour: The Remnants: A Post-Apocalyptic Picaresque by Robert Peterson

Today, I once again bring to you a fun new book as a spotlight on the blog tour for Robert Peterson’s The Remnants: A Post-Apocalyptic Picaresque.  Which sounds like another great read for the season if you’re looking for something a bit more sci-fi.  Check out all the great info down below!

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Saturday Spotlight: Pivot by L.C. Barlow

This week I have a bit something different for you.  I’m participating in a blog tour put together by Meg Eden.  If you’re looking for a creepy fall/Halloween read, why not give Pivot a try?  I haven’t read it personally, but it looks really interesting.  And totally matches the season!  I’m hoping to read it before we move into winter.  Also, check out the next post in the tour, Tehben, tomorrow for a giveaway!  Everyone loves a good giveaway, right?  Continue reading to learn more about the author and book!

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Description: L.C. Barlow’s paranormal horror novel PIVOT (74,000 words) follows Jack Harper, adopted daughter of a cult leader and an assassin, who breaks free from her intended role in life, after receiving an incredible power from a supernatural creature in the basement of her father’s home. Fans of Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will love this story of a killer turned rescuer, who escapes her harrowing environment and liberates others along the way… including those Cyrus has already killed. Publisher’s Weekly says: “Barlow’s gorgeous writing will easily propel readers through the rest of the series.”

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Blog Tour: Master of the Phantom Isle by Brandon Mull

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Master of the Phantom Isle (Dragonwatch, #3)

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Brandon Mull has a delightfully wicked way of wrapping up a story by introducing what the next story arc is going to be or where it will happen.  Then follows it up with a book that picks up right where the previous one left off.  This is great!  For anyone who has all the books and binge them one after the other.  But incredibly frustrating for those of us who read them before the next book releases!!

That being said, this third installment is marvelous!  We learn more about what happened to Seth at the end of book two as well as Bracken’s whereabouts.  Kendra does a fantastic job of coping with the loss of her brother while trying to maintain her responsibilities.  We get to see Warren and Vanessa again.  And my favorite, the Fairy Queen, makes an appearance 🙂

If I say too much more, I’ll give away spoilers for either this book or the previous ones.  Hopefully you’ve already read them, but here are links to my reviews if you want to check those out.

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Summary:

Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth has lost all memory of his past—his relationships, his experiences, and who he really is. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the dark unicorn, who takes him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Under Realm. Though Seth is not formally a prisoner, Ronodin wants to use him and his shadow charmer powers for his own dark ends.

Kendra is frantic to find her missing brother, but the quest will take her and her companions, including Warren, Tanu, and Vanessa, far from Wyrmroost to Crescent Lagoon—a recently fallen dragon sanctuary made up of many islands and underwater domains. Its caretaker has regained a foothold on one of the islands. If Kendra and her friends can save that sanctuary, they might uncover the answers they need to rescue Seth.

With each sanctuary the dragons overthrow, Celebrant, the Dragon King, comes closer to the dawn of a new Age of Dragons. With the forces of darkness on the march, can Kendra and her allies gather enough power to win the epic dragon war?

Nerd Girl Books Blog Tour: Book Review of Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan + Giveaway!

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Hello again!  As promised, here is my review of Mary Fan’s Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon.  And our tour is almost at an end!  Check out the graphic at the very bottom of this post to see what other posts you may have missed earlier this month.  And if you didn’t check my interview about inspiration with Mary Fan and Deborah Schaumberg, click here to go read it!  Also, also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already (link in my previous post)!

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Spotlight Tour + Book Review: Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer, #1)

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Today I’m participating in the blog spotlight tour for Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau, which releases in just 5 days from Sourcebooks Casablanca!  I was drawn in by the cover, which isn’t unusual for me.  Those swirly cool colors and mesmerizing tiger eyes really got my attention.  But also, Sourcebooks Casablanca published a recent favorite series from Amanda Bouchet and I was ready to dive into their newest fantasy romance.  And I’m so glad that I did!

Comparing this to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Assassin’s Creed is pretty accurate.  Other spot-on comparisons would be Pokemon or even Throne of Glass.  Assassins and magical animals are some of my favorite tropes and together they work surprisingly well.

The beginning of this debut is a bit slow and muddled.  I don’t think the author was able to define the world’s rules early on to establish whether this was a pure fantasy setting, urban fantasy, or historical fantasy.  I did occasionally find myself questioning what was going on based on my assumptions about what kind of setting it was.  Luckily, that didn’t deter me from becoming engrossed in the characters and the beasts as they stole the show.  There was enough mystery and promise of information that I finished this book in just a few days.  I think if you can get past the bumpy world building, you’ll find a fun, fast-paced read that will leave you begging for the next book.

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Blog Tour Spotlight: The Transparency Tonic by Frank Cole

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When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for The Transparency Tonic by Frank L. Cole, I volunteered to host a spotlight as I haven’t had a chance to read book 1.  This series does sound quite fascinating, and I’m hoping to pick it up someday.  Check out the summary below and see what you think!

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 16th 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Summary:

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.

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Have you read the first one?  What do you think of the description? Share in the comments.

Blog Tour: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull – Book Review

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You may remember that back in March 2017 I posted about the newest installment of one of my favorite series, Fablehaven.  Dragonwatch is a follow-up to the five book series that I read as a young person around the time of Harry Potter.  Brandon Mull has not lost his touch with writing a story that can capture any reader’s attention.  This is one of my favorite worlds to visit and share with others, so here’s my review of book 2!

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