Book Giveaway: Crush the King

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of Crush the King by Jennifer Estep for one lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: Onward: Quests of Yore

Courtesy of Disney Press, I have a copy of Onward: Quests of Yore by Rob Renzetti for one lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: A Queen in Hiding

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff for one lucky winner!

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A Longer Fall – Fantasy Book Review

A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris

Synopsis:
In this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.

Review:
After another job goes bad, Lizbeth ends up in a dangerous, backward town called Sally. With only the help of an old flame, Lizbeth needs to figure out who her employer was so she can get paid. And find out where the missing box is now.

This sequel is another fun and exciting installment in the Gunnie Rose series. Lizbeth is a self-sufficient woman who can hold her own, who acts much older than her age. Though she starts to let her walls down. This story is full of mystery and suspense, with a bit of romance and drama as well. And there is a thrilling showdown with several surprises along the way. It’s dark and gritty – a fantasy western that really works. It’s very different from the rest of Harris’ series. I love the characters, and can’t wait for the next in the series.

Received in January

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu-Ray:
Terminator: Dark Fate 4K Blu-Ray
Gemini Man 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman
Stars Beyond by S. K. Dunstall

Amazon / 47North:
Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock

Del Rey:
A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne

Disney Hyperion:
Straight On Till Morning: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
UnTwisted by Elise Allen
Wanda Seasongood and the Mostly True Secret by Susan Lurie
Lady and the Tramp: How Lady Met Tramp by Elle Stephens
Lady and the Tramp: Puppy Love! by Elle Stephens
Lady and the Tramp Live Action Junior Novel by Elizabeth Rudnick
Kazu Jones and the Comic Book Criminal by Shauna Holyoak
Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
War and Speech by Don Zolidis

Saga Press:
A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
Gravity of a Distant Sun by R. E. Stearns
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Scholastic:
A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig
The Loop by Benjamin Oliver
Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older

Subterranean Press:
The Darkling Halls of Ivy by Lawrence Block

Tor:
A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff
The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson
Finna by Nino Cipri

Tor Teen:
Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse

All the Stars and Teeth – Book Review

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Synopsis:
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

Review:
Amora starts out in the story naive and entitled. But when she has to prove her worthiness to rule, it goes terribly wrong. And Amora flees with a pirate to the open seas. Along their journey to discovery and helping her people, Amora grows. She becomes more likable and matures. And she shows her true colors in the big showdown.

All the Stars and Teeth is first in a duology. The story starts with fun characters and an exciting example of the magical power that these people have. It’s a fascinating world, but we learn more about it as we go without the dreaded info-dump. There is plenty of action and adventure with a bit of romance. And as Bastians’ secrets are revealed, there are plenty of surprises along the way. And I appreciate that the main antagonist is complicated and is a bit sympathetic when it comes to his people. The suspense culminates to an exciting finale. And thankfully, this story doesn’t have a major cliffhanger, which I appreciate. But there is plenty of story left that I look forward to in the sequel.

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