Review: Lupine by Hanleigh Bradley

They say I’m their princess! Who are they kidding? I’m just Silver Springs Resident Orphan.
Even in Silver Springs, a town full of paranormal abnormalities, Lupine, the town’s resident orphan has never felt like she belonged.
Overworked, stressed, hair flying everywhere, Lupine is constantly on the move working with the unique children in the Silver Spring’s Orphanage. The Silver Springs human population regularly grumble to her about their parenting challenges.
They have no idea! They should try being responsible for twenty or so paranormal children. The orphanage is pure mayhem. The witches are hiding Lupine’s keys, the half-angels keep levitating up to the roof and the shifters are running rogue.
When the mafia come to town, will she finally find her home among the wolves?
Lupine is a paranormal reverse harem romance. It’s part of the Silver Springs shared universe.
Scroll up to read this mafia royalty, reverse harem romance today.

I received a copy of Lupine for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.

Being my first Hanleigh Bradley book, I wasn’t sure what to expect writing style wise. I knew what the content would generally be. The main heroine will be named as the title of the book, there will be paranormal elements, and the romance is a reverse harem. For me, reverse harem is a hit or miss. Not that it’s bad, it isn’t, it just depends on the author’s delivery.

Hanleigh Bradley is a good delivery person. Her writing style is easy to get into and gave me enough about the world that makes me want to read other books in the series collection written by different authors. Her main character, Lupine is a wolf shifter and though I would have loved more of the furry side, she is a strong-willed heroine that had me flipping through the pages as quickly as I could. This book was easily a single sitting read.

Guilt free and filled with personal relationships: from working, family, and romance, this book was the piece of fluff and excitement I needed during this stressful time. I definitely recommend others to read Hanleigh Bradley if they just need a step back and some magic in their lives. And, I’m looking forward to reading more from this series.

Cover Reveal: Ruin by Rebecca L. Garcia

Only the beautiful can love, the graceful thrive, and the powerful reign… and I am none of those things Fated to be the ugly princess, I was locked away behind castle doors. My father reigned with immortal power, and brothers and sisters were adored and loved by our people, and the throne that was supposed to belong to me would go my brother instead.

I wanted it all…

I turned to a darker magic, one without limits that would set me free… but love had other plans. My powers demanded sacrifice, but little did I know the greatest would be my heart

Ruin releases August 25th

Blog Tour (Review): Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen

Series: The Bright Sessions (Book 2)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (September 29, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250297540
ISBN-13: 978-1250297549



Praise for A NEON DARKNESS

“X-Men by way of Salinger.” ―Mackenzi Lee, New York Timesbestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue



Praise for THE INFINITE NOISE



“Emotional and inventive, Lauren Shippen has written a queer love story for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider. The Infinite Noise managed to make me swoon even as it broke my heart. A thoughtful and tender exploration of mental health, it will make you want to go to therapy, whether you have superpowers or not.” ―Britta Lundin, Riverdale screenwriter and author of Ship It



“The Infinite Noise is a marvelous book about love, mental health, and connection. Lauren Shippen writes with a clean and honest warmth that is deeply refreshing, and her sharp representation of depression and anxiety rings true. Once I started reading The Infinite Noise, I couldn’t stop; now that I’ve read it, my life has become a matter of waiting to get my hands on whatever Shippen creates next.” ―Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award winning author of Magic for Liars



“Fans of the podcast will revel in this closer look at the lives of the characters, and readers new to the franchise will drop into this world without missing a beat. Give this to fans of the podcast, as well as readers who enjoy Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Rainbow Rowell’s work, and Welcome to Night Vale.” ―School Library Journal



“The author gives emotions form, texture, and color, taking readers along on Adam’s and Caleb’s journeys while remembering that a boyfriend is not an antidote to life’s supernatural―or mundane―problems…. A warm, satisfying love story with depth.” ―Kirkus Reviews



“Shippen does a superb job of handling a swirl of complex emotions, ranging from subtle to fiery as the boys struggle to complete each other and share their differences.” ―Booklist




The second Bright Sessions novel from creator Lauren Shippen that asks: “What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?”

Los Angeles, 2006. Eighteen-year-old Robert Gorham arrives in L.A. amid the desert heat and the soft buzz of neon. He came alone with one goal: he wants to see the ocean. And Robert always gets what he wants.

At a very young age, Robert discovered he had the unusual ability to make those close to him want whatever he wants. He wanted dessert instead of dinner? His mother served it. He wanted his Frisbee back? His father walked off the roof to bring it to him faster. He wanted to be alone? They both disappeared. Forever.

But things will be different in L.A. He meets a group of strange friends who could help him. Friends who can do things like produce flames without flint, conduct electricity with their hands, and see visions of the past. They call themselves Unusuals and finally, finally, Robert belongs.

When a tall figure, immune to their powers, discovers them, the first family that Robert has ever wanted is at risk of being destroyed. The only way to keep them
all together is to get his powers under control.

But control is a sacrifice he might not be willing to make.

A Neon Darkness is the origin story of Damien and the second stand-alone story
in the Bright Sessions Novels.

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MY REVIEW

I received this book for an honest review for the blog tour via Jean Book Nerd. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

This is my first Shippen book. I usually don’t read a “sequel” before reading the first book, but it being a standalone, an origin story, and not necessarily a sequel, I figured there was no harm in reading a little out of order. In a way, I kind of regret that.

I don’t regret it because it was hard to get into or to understand the characters. I feel it was more that I might have been missing something about the world that was established in Infinite Noise, the first book. That said, I wasn’t lost or confused. I just feel there might be something missing and perhaps that missing nugget of greatness is in the first book.

This isn’t to say that Neon Darkness is a bad book. The plot is a little slow moving, it isn’t until about 30% in that a plot starts to develop. However, the characters and their interaction makes up for that. Because, it didn’t take long to get to that 30%. This book is actually quite easily a single or maybe two sitting read.

Shippen’s writing style is fairly simple in that it is easy to read. The flow is very much like a conversation with other people. There is a division in narratives where we see the world through first person in our main character, but we also see the world in third person through the other characters. Sometimes, we are also given Robert’s past through flashbacks. Whereas in other books I might say this made the book cloudy and difficult to fully comprehend, I actually didn’t have a hard time following. I attribute this to the flowing ease of Shippen’s style that reminds me of both a fun television show and engaging time.

Robert as a character is multi-faceted. There are times I was wary about him and times I truly felt bad for him. He wasn’t my favorite, that honor was given to Indah and Neon, but there is a power about him that draws you in whether you like him or not. It excites me to see what he is like as Damien in Infinite Noise.

As for the other characters, I did mention earlier that Neon and Indah were my favorites. It’s true. Their dynamic and chemistry is well written and I loved their relationship, as complicated as it is. Their cautious acceptance of Robert is well done and kept me flipping pages to see what was going to happen next.

Stories about superhumans are few and far between. So to find one as engaging as Neon Darkness was a treat. I will definitely be getting Infinite Noise just to see Damien as other readers knew him before this book as well as just to see what golden nuggets I may have missed by reading the books “out of order”. This is a book I recommend for fans of grey characters, character studies, super powers, and LGBTQ+ positive representation. In such, Shippen is a reader to look into more for me.

Photo Content from Lauren Shippen
Lauren Shippen is a writer best known for her work in fiction podcasts. She was the creator and sole writer of the popular audio drama The Bright Sessions, which ran from 2015 to 2018. She went on to executive produce The AM Archives and co-produce the #1 podcast Passenger List, for which she received a BBC Audio Drama Award. Most recently, she wrote MARVELS, an audio adaptation of the popular comic. Her first novel, The Infinite Noise, was released through Tor Teen in September 2019.

Lauren was named one of Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 in Media and one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch. In 2019, she founded Atypical Artists, a company dedicated to audio storytelling. Shippen grew up in New York, where she spent most of her youth reading and going to Panic! at the Disco shows. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she does the same thing.

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Blog Tour (Review): The Archer At Dawn by Swati Teerdhala

Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 2)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062869248
ISBN-13: 978-0062869241



Praise for THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT

“Thrilling, entertaining, and beautifully written, this is one adventure YA fans won’t want to miss.” —Buzzfeed

“[A] vibrantly imagined South Indian–inspired trilogy opener…Teerdhala adds plenty of surprises to her finely limned characters to produce a lush fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Teerdhala’s debut, immersed in Indian fantasy, features two compelling protagonists who must question their loyalties and decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for the chance at a new future. Fast-paced action and a budding romance between emotionally layered characters make this a promising start to a gripping new series.” —ALA Booklist

“[A] lush blend of folklore, fantasy, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Set in a fantastical South Asia, this combination of romance, action, and magic will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh. A strong choice for YA fantasy shelves.” —School Library Journal

“Cat-and-mouse maneuvering between assassin Esha and reluctant soldier Kunal will hold you in tantalizing suspense in this searing debut exploring love, loss, and destiny. The Tiger at Midnight is as alluring and fearless as its characters.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists’ beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.” —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

“Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death, and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses.” —Axie Oh, author of Rebel Seoul

Romantic intrigue and electric action fill the gripping sequel to The Tiger at Midnight, a world inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.

A stolen throne. A lost princess. A rescue mission to take back what’s theirs.

For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebels, the upcoming Sun Mela provides the perfect guise for infiltrating King Vardaan’s vicious court. Kunal returns to his role as dedicated soldier, while Esha uses her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to seek allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the throne.

But amidst the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel’s entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their countries and to each other.

Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives. In book two of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, a kingdom will fall, a new ruler will rise, and all will burn.

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MY REVIEW
I have received a copy of The Archer at Dawn for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
When it comes to mythology and fiction, we generally see the Greeks or Romans battling it out. Sometimes, we are even given a front seat into the Norse mythology. But, it isn’t often that we get to see an Indian mythology retelling. I hadn’t heard about this book series until I saw the blog tour sign up, but what grabbed me was the Indian mythology.
With what little experience I have with the mythos, I can say one thing: it is vibrant. The action and depth in storytelling make Indian mythology a presence on its own and I intend to dive deeper down. Swati Teerdhala’s works, A Tiger at Midnight and The Archer at Dawn, follow through with that vibrancy.
From the get-go, I love the amount of chemistry Kunal and Esha have. You feel the two of them and the other characters as their own entities. It is only made better with the crafting of Teerdhala’s writing. Both main leads are significantly different people, but how they work together is great and their banter is fun.
I cannot wait for the third book and to see what happens next. Teerdhala has a fan in me.
Photo Content from SwatiTeerdhala

Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.

 
       
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Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 2)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062869248
ISBN-13: 978-0062869241



Praise for THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT

“Thrilling, entertaining, and beautifully written, this is one adventure YA fans won’t want to miss.” —Buzzfeed

“[A] vibrantly imagined South Indian–inspired trilogy opener…Teerdhala adds plenty of surprises to her finely limned characters to produce a lush fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Teerdhala’s debut, immersed in Indian fantasy, features two compelling protagonists who must question their loyalties and decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for the chance at a new future. Fast-paced action and a budding romance between emotionally layered characters make this a promising start to a gripping new series.” —ALA Booklist

“[A] lush blend of folklore, fantasy, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Set in a fantastical South Asia, this combination of romance, action, and magic will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh. A strong choice for YA fantasy shelves.” —School Library Journal

“Cat-and-mouse maneuvering between assassin Esha and reluctant soldier Kunal will hold you in tantalizing suspense in this searing debut exploring love, loss, and destiny. The Tiger at Midnight is as alluring and fearless as its characters.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists’ beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.” —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

“Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death, and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses.” —Axie Oh, author of Rebel Seoul

Romantic intrigue and electric action fill the gripping sequel to The Tiger at Midnight, a world inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.

A stolen throne. A lost princess. A rescue mission to take back what’s theirs.

For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebels, the upcoming Sun Mela provides the perfect guise for infiltrating King Vardaan’s vicious court. Kunal returns to his role as dedicated soldier, while Esha uses her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to seek allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the throne.

But amidst the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel’s entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their countries and to each other.

Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives. In book two of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, a kingdom will fall, a new ruler will rise, and all will burn.

You can purchase The Archer at Dawn at the following Retailers:
       
Photo Content from SwatiTeerdhala

Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.

 
        
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Blog Tour (Review): A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (June 2, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250315328
ISBN-13: 978-1250315328



Praise for A SONG BELOW WATER

“Morrow expertly and smartly explores race, bigotry, oppression, and injustice against a backdrop of ordinary life with a dose of the supernatural added to the mix. A Song Below Water is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike. ” ―Booklist, starred review

“Morrow has deftly woven a contemporary tale with mythical elements to take on the invisibility and marginalization of Black women, touching on issues such as misogynoir, body image, social justice, and generational trauma. Empowering and innovative. Morrow elevates mermaids and sirens to ­legitimate and compelling vanguards for social change.” ―School Library Journal

“A watery and melodic crossroads of the real and the mythic, A Song Below Water lures readers with its seductive and beautifully black siren song. An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” ―Dhonielle Clayton, New York Timesbestselling author of The Belles series

“I love this book so, so much! Bethany C. Morrow delivers a blistering modern classic with this gorgeous tale of friendship and power. A Song Below Water somehow manages to be intensely happy and sad at the same time and all in the balance of great, riveting storytelling. The best YA novel I’ve read all year.” ―Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

“Morrow masterfully blends the real lives of Black girls in contemporary Portland with a mythic world of sirens, gargoyles and other supernatural creatures to create a compelling coming-of-age story in which two sisters, bound by love and fate, find their voices and their power.” ―Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Award Winner, author of Trail of Lightning and Star Wars: Resistance Reborn

“Empowering and full of surprises, A Song Below Water reminds us how important it is to use our voices, even when we’re afraid. Morrow has created a world that’s both familiar and brimming with fantastical creatures, and the result is timely, necessary, and utterly captivating.” ―Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish

“A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren’s song, A Song Below Water is irresistibly compelling.” ―Heidi Heilig, award-winning author of The Girl from Everywhere

“The world is lush and intense, the voice intoxicating, and the message eternal. Morrow will have you under her spell from page one.” ―L.L. McKinney, author of the Nightmare-Verse series

“A compelling tale packed with endlessly inventive magical concepts, blazingly current social commentary, and heroines you’ll fall hopelessly in love with. I’m obsessed.” ―Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex series

“A Song Below Water is a lush, colorful, and deeply moving masterpiece about mythology, the sometimes masked evils of racism, and all the ways the world hurts black girls. An irresistible and perfectly bewitching read that I couldn’t put down!” ―Jay Coles, composer and author of Tyler Johnson Was Here

“A Song Below Water is a captivating tale about the magic of sisterhood and the importance of being seen for who you truly are.” ―Parker Peevyhouse, author of The Echo Room

“An exciting new contemporary fantasy. In this parallel world, black female empowerment is standing up for yourself and others while simultaneously navigating love, physical and emotional violence, and the responsibility of immense supernatural power.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of A Song Below Water from the publisher via Jean Book Nerd for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
So. This book. I’ll be honest here, it was a bit of a conflict for me. I wasn’t sure where it was going or how I was going to relate to the book. I am not a black female and I haven’t lived the struggles that can be associated with being one. However, I don’t think you need that for this book.
It took some sitting down for me to know what I wanted to focus on in this review. It’s the underlying message of voices needing to be heard. I feel that in a subconscious. I have that one desire: to be heard. And that very fear: to be silenced. This book is also about identity. Not the social identity that society gives you (both the bad and good), but the personal identity. The direct decision to be the type of person you want to be.
That isn’t to say there aren’t some other core issues in this book that are greatly directed to today and every day, there are. But, I believe this book is about finding who you want to be in a world that pushes and tells you different narratives.
The writing isn’t what I would put for older teen audiences. I feel this is more for the younger teen spectrum. But, it has a relevant message that everyone can relate to and hold in their hearts.
I do feel this book could have been longer and I felt that the two points of view were confusing at times. Not because of there being multiple viewpoints, but because I wasn’t sure how the two connected. They do because they are “sisters”, but their lives aren’t written in the same parallel that literature likes to make them. One character is finding her voice and identity through that. The other is finding a familial identity and  The concept of the work was strong and the lore was interesting. I wanted more of the world itself, to actually feel it.
All in all, I would read another book from Morrow and am excited to see what else she has in store for our bookshelves.
Photo Content from Bethany C. Morrow 

Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat splitting her time between Montreal, Quebec, and upstate New York – yet another foreign place. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology (but took notable detours in the Film and Theatre departments). Following undergrad, she studied Clinical Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work.

Though sociology and forensic psychology will always be among her passions, writing has been a lifelong endeavor. Whether in novels for the YA or adult market, novellas, short stories, stage plays, television pilots or short film scripts, Bethany’s speculative literary fiction uses a focus on character and language to engage with, comment on and investigate worlds not unlike our own.

 
       
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NERD BLAST: Deeplight by Francis Hardinge

Print Length: 432 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419743201
Publisher: Amulet Books (April 14, 2020)
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07WWHFFQL


Praise for DEEPLIGHT★“Equal parts dazzling fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, and tender coming-of-age tale.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★“Monsters and mortals collide in this fantasy adventure that explores the hypnotic allure of fear, the adamant grip of the past, and the redeeming power of stories.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Glorious thematic complexity inhabits a wildly inventive world, with the menacing roils of a dangerous sea threatening the archipelago and touches of steampunk rounding out the fantastical elements.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Chilling and provocative, this dark fantasy will appeal to thrill seekers and cerebral tweens.” —Booklist

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

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Frances Hardinge is the winner of the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win the major UK literary prize. Known for her beautiful use of language, Hardinge has written many critically acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, Gullstruck Island, Fly by Night, Verdigris Deep, and Fly Trap. She lives in England. Visit the author at franceshardinge.com.

      

 

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YouTube Notes: Different Fiction Formulas

In case you didn’t know, I have a YouTube channel. I am still trying to learn how to make videos and what kind of content I want to dive deep into, but currently, I am doing writing tips.

A part of this is because I love talking about writing and I feel I may have something to add on to all the other numerous YouTube authors out there. Another reason is that the other stuff I want to talk about will take some time.

That said, I wanted to be able to share my notes and outlines for the videos on here for viewers as well as for anyone who would like to have them but not watch the videos. Because that happens. I am very late in sharing my notes in my most recent video. For that, I am sorry. But, here they are!

 

DIFFERENT FICTION FORMULAS

  • “Shaking Up Formulas” Recap:
    • In my “Shaking Up Formulas” video, I defined what a fiction formula is and how you can shake it up to make your story stronger and uniquely yours. This video is on the specific formulas and how they are broken down. If anyone is interested in a more in-depth video addressing a specific formula, not just the generalizations, I will be happy to do that later on. Just comment below.
  • Different Genres Have Different Formulas
    • Each genre has its own formula. If you read the same genre and only that genre, you will begin to notice the trends, tropes, and eventually the genre’s formula. I tend to binge read a genre which then impacts my writing. My horror can end up looking like a YA fantasy or romance and then I’m either blocked or stuck rewriting everything. So, be careful if you binge read genres. Having a reading palette cleanser on hand helps.
  • Hero’s Journey
    • Quite possibly the oldest formula. It’s seen in folklore, film, television, plays, and novels. Most seen in fantasy novels, but it is possible to apply this formula to almost every written work.
    • It’s easily the number one formula taught and can be described in a video all on its own.
    • In its most basic formula, you have:
      • The hero or “chosen one” being thrust or deciding to join a quest.
      • The mentor dies
      • The hero goes into the underworld to undergo a self-discovery and more strength (sometimes a new mentor is given in this point)
      • The hero fights the big bad and everything is resolved.
    • Examples of a Hero’s Journey are:
      • Beowulf
      • Odyssey
      • Star Wars
      • Harry Potter
    • Romance
      • Quite possibly the most ridiculed formula. It is simple but effective. There is a reason why romance is one of the highest-grossing fiction out there and it isn’t just because of female readers.
      • Its formula is this:
        • Character A
        • Character B
        • Some kind of internal struggle and sometimes an outside force preventing a relationship.
        • Love is made
      • Examples of a Romance formula:
        • Jane Austen
        • Nora Roberts
        • Basically all romance authors
      • Urban Fantasy
        • Urban Fantasy is an umbrella genre with little pockets of other genres mixed in. You can find paranormal romance in this genre as well. For this video, I am addressing the more popular version of Urban Fantasy, the one with a mystery and protagonist solving the crime.
        • Its formula involves:
          • Basically, you can have your base formula and add fantasy elements.
          • Be sure to weave them in though!
        • Examples of Urban Fantasy:
          • Dresden Files
          • P. Sloan
          • Melissa Olson
          • Seanan McGuire
          • A ton of Urban Fantasy Indie authors
        • Mystery/Cozy Mystery
          • Mystery is another umbrella genre. In its most basic, you have a regular mystery, but there are of course the Urban Fantasy Mystery and a very common mystery genre, the Cozy Mystery.
          • Mystery’s most basic formula is this:
            • Victim
            • Crime
            • Perpetrator
            • Detective/PI/Agent/etc.- a professional crime solver
          • Cozy Mystery is a bit different. Where the main character and the motivation for solving the crime can be different. Here is its formula:
            • Victim
            • Crime
            • Perpetrator
            • Amateur Sleuth- oftentimes a baker, candy maker, librarian, bookstore owner, read a book once where it was a gamer
          • Examples of Mysteries:
            • James Patterson (author)
            • David Baldacci (author)
            • Sherlock Holmes
            • Wilkie Collins (author)
          • Examples of Cozy Mysteries:
            • The Cat Who books
            • Joanne Fluke
            • Krista Davis
          • Closing Statement:
            • You might have noticed how the last few formulas I addressed were of a similar vein with minor differences, this is because formulas can be mashed together and changed. Think of it like genetics. You have half of your mother’s DNA and half of your father’s, they, in turn, have half of each of their parents. A Fiction Formula is like the genome of your story. You can pull different genetic material from one genre to make a whole new and exciting story that is uniquely your own. This, and with what I touched on in “Shaking Formulas Up”, is what makes a story a good story.

 

NERD BLAST: The Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest

Series: The Black Witch Chronicles (Book 3)
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Inkyard Press (June 9, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1335015299
ISBN-13: 978-1335015297

Praise for THE BLACK WITCH Chronicles “I absolutely loved The Black Witch and will have a very hard time waiting for the second book! Maximum suspense, unusual magic–a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!” ―Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author on The Black Witch

“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own. A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Black Witch

“Fans of Harry Potter and Tamora Pierce will gobble down the 600-plus pages and demand the sequel.” ―Booklist, starred review on The Black Witch

“…fans will be delighted and begging for the next title-and the cliff-hanger ending promises us there will be one.” ―Booklist on The Iron Flower

OFFICIAL NERD BLAST FOR THE SHADOW WAND BY LAURIE FOREST

 

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Elloren Gardner hides the most powerful secret in all of Erthia – she is the Black Witch of Prophecy, and destined to triumph…or be used as the ultimate weapon of destruction.


Separated from everyone she loves, isolated and hunted, Elloren must turn to the last person she can trust, her fastmate, Commander Lukas Grey. With the Mage forces of Gardneria poised to conquer all of Erthia, Elloren has no choice but to ally with Lukas and combine their power to keep herself out of the hands of the Gardnerian leader Marcus Vogel…the holder of the all-consuming Shadow Wand.
With just weeks to train to become a warrior, and no control over her magic, Elloren finds unexpected allies among those under orders to kill her. It’s time to step up. To fight back. And to forge onward through the most devastating loss yet.

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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles – OUT NOW) & Wandfasted (Book 0.5, The Black Witch Chronicles Prequel) are her first published novels. Coming in 2018 are Light Mage (Book 1.5, The Black Witch Chronicles) & The Iron Flower(Book 2.0, The Black Witch Chronicles). She is currently ensconced in the woods, hard at work on The Shadow Dryad (Book 3.0, The Black Witch Chronicles).

        

 

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): Now Then and Every When by Rysa Walker

Print Length: 503 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612189199
Publisher: 47North (April 1, 2020)
Publication Date: April 1, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English

Praise for NOW, THEN AND EVERYWHEN

“Walker (the CHRONOS Files series) opens the CHRONOS Origins series with this ambitious time-travel adventure…a twisty narrative that expertly blends the past and the future. Fans of intelligent time-travel stories will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Walker’s (Courier to the Stars, 2019, etc.) CHRONOS Files series will enjoy seeing the pieces of that mythology falling into place here, but new readers can easily jump in to this origin story with no prior knowledge. An enjoyable, mind-bending time-travel adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

From the bestselling author of the Chronos series comes a page-turning novel of time travel, fast-paced action, and history-changing events.

When two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline?

In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline to find millions of lives erased—and only the people inside her house realize anything has changed.

In 2304 CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs while he’s in 1965, and suddenly the history he sees isn’t the history he knows.

As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of Now Then and Every When for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
I fell in love with Rysa Walker’s work back when I read Timebound. That book had three huge things I am interested in: Cults, H. H. Holmes, and Time Travel. In short, it was crazy for me not to dive-in. But, this review is about Now Then and Every When.
Now Then and Every When is the origin story of Chronos, a group of time travelers called Historians. But, here’s the kicker, it’s the origin story of the time travel group after the events in the Chronos Files trilogy. So, if you’re thinking this is a prequel, it kind of isn’t because this isn’t the Chronos before the crazy that begins in Timebound but yet it is because you meet younger versions of the Historians. So, it’s what could be seen as a sequel, prequel, and companion story (companion because same universe and main characters from previous series are minor characters in this series).
As if that isn’t confusing enough, you also have it in multiple POVs. There are chapters that are newspaper articles (Walker gives credit to them and explains which were adapted for the story in an afterward), Kate (our MC in the Chronos File trilogy), Madi, and a Historian named Tyson. Each POV brings together the events of the past, present, and future to culminate in a rich sci-fi/fantasy.
What I love about time travel are the different threads and connections. As a reader, you find yourself questioning what has happened, what is real, and how they all connect later. Time travel books can be easy or difficult to form. You have the linear time travel where the concept is a character time travels, changes some things, but the timeline and historical events aren’t changed too much by this. You have the curved where the historical timeline is still intact, but the characters’ life in that time travel adventure are turned topsy-turvy. And then you have a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff.
Rysa Walker’s work is the latter. To say she doesn’t do her homework and craft an in-depth world is incorrect. She puts in details that you don’t realize until you read the book a second or third time. Her characters are well thought out. I would have a coffee with these people! Hands down, she is my number one author I recommend when it comes to time travel books and I am here for all (not just her time travel stuff either, Delphi trilogy is amazing too).
If you want a carefully crafted and inventive adventure that makes you see history in a different way, check out this book. And no, you don’t technically need to read the Chronos Files first, but I still highly recommend them.
Final Rating: 4/5
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RYSA WALKER is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The CHRONOS Files has sold nearly half a million copies since 2013 and has been translated into fourteen languages.

In addition to speculative fiction, she occasionally writes mysteries as C. Rysa Walker.

Rysa currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, two youngest sons, and a hyperactive golden retriever. When not working on the next installment in her CHRONOS Files universe, she watches shows where travelers boldly go to galaxies far away, or reads about magical creatures and superheroes from alternate timelines. She has neither the time nor the patience for reality TV.

If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back into the writing cave.

 
       
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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

Print Length: 404 pages
Publisher: 47North (March 1, 2020)
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07RJQPB63

Praise for THE KILLING FOG
“Wheeler (Broken Veil) opens the Grave Kingdom series with this winding tale of valor and sacrifice, set in a realm where using magic summons a heavy fog that kills every living thing it touches. [T]he threat of the fog looming in the background adds atmosphere and tension…This excellent introduction to the prolific Wheeler’s work will appeal to fans of Asian-influenced fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly

The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s battle with infinite evil begins.

Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.

Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.

Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of The Killing Fog for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Ever since I can remember, it has been a father/daughter thing to watch poorly written monster movies and Asian fighting movies. I have a deep love for Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and others I can’t remember off the top of my head. So, when The Killing Fog crossed my inbox, I was both excited and intrigued. What is this Eastern fantasy? Is it like Across the Nightingale Floor?

No. It is something more. From the moment I started reading, I was pulled into my dad’s living room, watching an Asian fighting epic of a heroine thrust into battle that she never intended.

Jeff Wheeler’s writing is well done, pulling you into the world. I found myself enthralled with not only our lead, Bingmei, but with the supporting cast. The world building is ancient, magical, and holds something that is Eastern in inspiration, but possibly more than that.

For the fantasy fan, this is definitely a book to read. I now want to read more from Jeff Wheeler.

Final Rating: 4/5

Photo Content from Jeff Wheeler

Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. His books have been on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 5 times (for The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and Prism Cloud) and have sold more than 4 million copies. His novels have also been published or will be published in many languages: Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and German.
He is also the founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction (www.deepmagic.co), a quarterly e-zine featuring amazing short stories, novellas, and sample chapters.
You can usually find Jeff at Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con or at writers conferences.
He welcomes hearing from readers: jgwheels /at/ gmail dot com
If you are interested in purchasing signed copies of his books for friends, family, or your own collection, please e-mail: WOJWbooks /at/ gmail dot com

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