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

RELEASE DAY: Dark Hollow Lake Collection 1 by various authors (including me!)

Today is the day! It’s been a while since I posted something about my own writing, but rest assured I’ve been getting things out there. I’m just having trouble focusing and putting everything together in time.

Enough of that though! Today is the release day for Dark Hollow Lake Collection One! There is a second collection heading its way too, but in this one, yours truly is in it.

My novella is Knock Twice For Yes. It follows the story of a ghost hunting group hoping to make it big on television. After all, ghost hunting shows seem to be a hit right now. What is their awesome plan?

To go to Dark Hollow Lake, a tourist town with rumors of missing persons and cryptids. So the town has to have ghosts! What they didn’t expect was the dark in the town’s name is just a bit too accurate.

My book isn’t the only one in this collection and nine other authors are just as kickass (if not more). Check it out, read it, and post reviews. This is my first bigger project and I’m excited to see what people think!

💧Dark Hollow Lake Collection One💧

https://books2read.com/u/4XnB16

Releasing June 29th

Dark Hollow Lake isn’t your ordinary resort town. Beneath the murky waters and hidden within the mountainous forests, there are more secrets buried in Dark Hollow Lake than anyone has ever cared to uncover. Until Now….

Join Cruel Ink Publishing on a vacation to Dark Hollow Lake, Tennessee.
10 Authors. 10 thrilling novellas. All taking place in our not-so-quaint resort town.
Come for the ski slopes and beautiful lakeside cabins. Stay for the murder, mystery, and mayhem.

Included in Dark Hollow Lake: Collection One,
The Descent by William Joseph
Wolf Moon by Melinda Terranova
Deep Waters by Brigitte Ann Thomas
The Demon Rite by H.N. Donnelly
Knock Twice for Yes by Casia Courtier
Ossified Vestiges by Jennie L. Morris
Dance of the Morning Cloak by CJ Warrant
Iris Viola by Pasithea Chan
Killer at Dark Hollow Lake by K. Moore
The Legend of La Lechuza by Krystle Able

Don’t forget to join the Dark Hollow Lake Fan Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2424843297771236

Add Dark Hollow Lake to your Goodreads TBR!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53717563-dark-hollow-lake-collection-one

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.

You can purchase A Neon Darkness at the following Retailers:

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.

WEEK ONE – EXCERPTS & REVIEWS JUNE 15th MONDAY BookHounds YA EXCERPT JUNE 16th TUESDAY Kait Plus Books EXCERPT JUNE 17th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT JUNE 18th THURSDAY Insane About Books EXCERPT JUNE 19th FRIDAY TTC Books and More REVIEW
WEEK TWO – EXCERPTS & REVIEWS JUNE 22nd MONDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW JUNE 23rd TUESDAY Wishful Endings EXCERPT JUNE 24th WEDNESDAY Stephanie’s Life of Determination REVIEW JUNE 24th WEDNESDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon EXCERPT JUNE 25th THURSDAY KalishBookishRambles REVIEW JUNE 26th FRIDAY Author Kelly Riser REVIEW
*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Nerd Blast: Genes by Mary Ting





Series: International Sensory Assassin Network (Book 3)
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books; None edition (June 30, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1645480100
ISBN-13: 978-1645480105




Praise for ISAN Series

“A stunning sequel! Mary Ting takes us once again into the inventive world of ISAN–one of intrigue and betrayal–but this time, with deadly consequences. A must read!” —Jonas Saul, Bestselling Author of the Sarah Roberts Series 

“Captivating from the very beginning, this sci-fi novel explores issues of autonomy and survival in a world where there are few remaining citizens after meteors crashed into Earth… this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action. The fast-paced chapters will engage reluctant readers and fans of postapocalyptic scenarios.” —School Library Journal

“Addictive and impossible to put it down!” —Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author

ALLEGIANCES WILL BE TESTED.
IDENTITIES WILL BE REVEALED.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN—the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/iEWjpzVV7yg

As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base. A traitor within.

Now, Ava must make a dangerous decision, one that could risk their capture—or worse.

You can purchase Genes at the following Retailers:  

Photo Credit: Michelle England Delavara

Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour (Review): The Second Star by Alma Alexander

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Crossroad Press (July 1, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1951510399
ISBN-13: 978-1951510398



Praise for THE SECOND STAR



“Like its cast of returned starfarers, this rich and continually surprising novel is many things at once: a religiously-inflected first contact story; an engaging psychological mystery; a glimpse of the future through the eyes of the past; and a moving tale about the difficulties of homecoming. I highly recommend it. ” —Matt Ruff, author of Set This House in order



“The Second Star is a grandly deep wallow in multiple personality disorder material. Dr. Stella Froud is wonderful as she studies six star-faring humans who come home fractured.” —Jennifer Stevenson, author of Walking on Sunshine

The Parada had been lost for almost two hundred years before they recovered the ship, drifting in stygian interstellar darkness, and brought her home again.

But that was not the miracle.

The miracle was that the crew was still alive.

That was also the problem.

Six crew members went out on the Parada, Earth’s first starship. All contact was lost, and the ship vanished for almost two centuries. When the Parada’s successor found the drifting ship and somehow managed to bring it home, the six crew members were not only still alive but barely older, due to the time dilation effects of near-FTL travel. Their return was a miracle – but it could not be revealed to the waiting world. The problem was, six individuals went out to the stars. More than seventy fractured personalities came back.

Psychologist Stella Froud and Jesuit Father Philip Carter were recruited as part of the team assembled to investigate the mystery, and to try and help the Parada’s crew understand their condition and possibly reverse it. What they discovered was a deepening mystery, and very soon they found themselves forced to take sides in a conflict that nobody could have possibly predicted. Their world would never be the same again.

You can purchase The Second Star at the following Retailers:

My Review

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

Oh man, talk about a beginning. The book is fairly long page wise, but the suspense makes it feel short. And it starts right from the beginning. Alma Alexander weaves a psychological thriller with a scifi backdrop about a ship coming back to Earth.

The strange things begin with how long its been out in space and it keeps going.

From the get go, I was glued to my seat, reading. I wanted to know what Froud learns and to see what is going on. I had my theories as to the truth, but I didn’t see the end coming the way it did.

I like Alexander’s writing style. It is evenly paced and the suspense is well written. I could feel it from the first chapter on and it only whet my curiosity. Weaving together medical terms into the story, the story itself wasn’t a difficult read. And to add, I loved the tiny world building details without going into heavy exposition on why some things are the way they are. She used the characters and their experiences as a way to show the world. Well done.

With all these scifi books I keep finding on my lap, I’m beginning to grow a better fondness for the genre as a whole. I’m just going to add this and Alma Alexander on the pro list. Guess it’s time to look into reading scifi more.

Guest Post From the Author

Ten Favorite Reads Ever

  1. Lord of the Rings (J R R Tokien)
  2. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
  3. Here Be Dragons/Falls the Shadow/The Reckoning (Sharon Penman)
  4. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  5. The first Amber quintet (Roger Zelazny)
  6. The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell)
  7. The Fool on the Hill/Set This House in Order (Matt Ruff)
  8. The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula le Guin)
  9. Shadow of the Moon (M M Kaye)
  10. The Merlin Trilogy (Mary Stewart)

Photo Content from Alma Alexander
Alma Alexander is an author whose books include the internationally acclaimed historical fantasy The Secrets of Jin-shei published in 13 language, and its follow-up, Embers of Heaven, set in a fantasy China.

VOYA suggested that her Worldweavers series (Gift of the Unmage, Spellspam, Cybermage, Dawn of Magic) might be just the thing “for readers suffering Harry Potter withdrawal.”

Another series, The Were Chronicles (Random, Wolf, Shifter), which dramatically changes the Were world, is about to be republished,

Other fantasies include her haunting and newly republished Midnight at Spanish Gardens, as well as Changer of Days, Wings of Fire, Empress, and a humorous science fiction novel, AbductiCon. She has edited two anthologies, River and Children of a Different Sky.

More on all her books – and links for buying them – can be found under the pull-down menu BOOKS at the top of the page.

Alma Alexander was born on the banks of the Danube in a country that no longer exists, grew up in Africa, and is married to an American she met online. She lives with him and two cats in the cedar woods of the U,S. Pacific Northwest.

JUNE 1st MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
JUNE 2nd TUESDAY BookHounds INTERVIEW
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
JUNE 4th THURSDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
JUNE 5th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books TENS LIST
JUNE 6th SATURDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
JUNE 6th SATURDAY Author Kelly Riser TENS LIST
JUNE 7th SUNDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
JUNE 7th SUNDAY TTC Books and More GUEST POST

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

You can purchaseThe Archer at Dawn at the following Retailers:
       
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.

 
       
WEEK ONE – REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
MAY 25th MONDAY Wishful Endings INTERVIEW
MAY 26th TUESDAY BookHounds YA INTERVIEW
MAY 26th TUESDAY Kait Plus Books INTERVIEW
MAY 27th WEDNESDAY JeanBookNerdINTERVIEW 
MAY 28th THURSDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
MAY 28th THURSDAY Bookish DreamREVIEW 
MAY 29th FRIDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW
MAY 29th FRIDAY Two Points of InterestREVIEW 
 
WEEK TWO – REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
JUNE 1st MONDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
JUNE 2nd TUESDAY BookishaesthaREVIEW 
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s BooksREVIEW 
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Port JerichoREVIEW 
JUNE 4th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW
JUNE 4th THURSDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW 
JUNE 5th FRIDAY Casia’s CornerREVIEW 
JUNE 5th FRIDAY FANFIADDICT REVIEW
 
*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

 

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.

 
        
WEEK ONE – REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
MAY 25th MONDAY Wishful Endings INTERVIEW
MAY 26th TUESDAY BookHounds YA INTERVIEW
MAY 26th TUESDAY Kait Plus Books INTERVIEW
MAY 27th WEDNESDAY JeanBookNerdINTERVIEW 
MAY 28th THURSDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
MAY 28th THURSDAY Bookish DreamREVIEW 
MAY 29th FRIDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW
MAY 29th FRIDAY Two Points of InterestREVIEW 
 
WEEK TWO – REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
JUNE 1st MONDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
JUNE 2nd TUESDAY BookishaesthaREVIEW 
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s BooksREVIEW 
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Port JerichoREVIEW 
JUNE 4th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW
JUNE 4th THURSDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW 
JUNE 5th FRIDAY Casia’s CornerREVIEW 
JUNE 5th FRIDAY FANFIADDICT REVIEW
 
*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

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.

You can purchaseA Song Below Water at the following Retailers:
       
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.

 
       
WEEK ONE
JUNE 1st MONDAY YaIt’s Lit REVIEW
JUNE 2nd TUESDAY BookHounds YA EXCERPT
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Casia’s CornerREVIEW 
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Sometimes Leelynn Reads REVIEW
JUNE 3rd WEDNESDAY Metaphors and MiscellaneaREVIEW 
JUNE 4th THURSDAY BookishaesthaREVIEW 
JUNE 5th FRIDAY Kait Plus Books EXCERPT
JUNE 5th FRIDAY J Long Books REVIEW
 
WEEK TWO
JUNE 8th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
JUNE 9th TUESDAY Life Within the PagesREVIEW 
JUNE 10th WEDNESDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW
JUNE 10th WEDNESDAY J.R.’s Book ReviewsREVIEW 
JUNE 11th THURSDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
JUNE 11th THURSDAY Emelies BooksREVIEW 
JUNE 12th FRIDAY Marshmallow PuddingREVIEW 
JUNE 12th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
JUNE 12th FRIDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon EXCERPT
 
*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Book Promotion (NEW RELEASE): Be Free by T.S. Woolard

Be Free
By TS Woolard

The Southern Tale Spinner is back with a cult unlike any other. Most who leave behind their lives and make a break for Green Bay Community in Green Bay, West Africa believed to be leaving behind a world riddled with ungodly temptations and sinful lusts. Upon committing to the sanctuary as a member, they swore off money, sex, and anything deemed unfit for members to participate in. They were fed and all had necessary jobs around the commune to make this little piece of paradise move through time in synchrony. Women were subservient to the men and were treated as such by all male members of the community. However, once you join, and no matter what you are told, you can never leave. Your freedom comes at a price and many are ready to make a deal with the devil. Join those at Green Bay Community to taste that luxury… and be free

You can find the book here: KINDLE US

 

 

 

Blog Tour (REVIEW): Avatars Inc: A Sci-fi Anthology edited by Ann Vandermeer




Published March 13th 2020 by XPRIZE

Avatars Inc
ISBN: 139781734336214
Edition Language: English
Praise for CURRENT FUTURES: A SCI-FI OCEAN ANTHOLOGY“Ann VanderMeer’s outstanding Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology, is a selection of stories about climate change and the future of our oceans, all by some of the best writers working today…on the XPRIZE’s website, it is as indispensable as anything on this list.” —Jonathan Strahan, Reviews Editor, Locus

“Ann VanderMeer’s Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology is a required-reading, online-only “sci-fi ocean anthology” sponsored by XPRIZE.” —Liza Goren Trombi, Editor-in-Chief, Locus

**In 2020 the most recent anthology from XPRIZE, Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology, was named to the Locus Recommended Reading list of 2019**

**4 Short stories from Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology were included in the Short Stories section of the Locus Recommended Reading List of 2019**

Mars 2080

While on a mission to mars in the year 2080, a young astronaut encounters a decommissioned robotic Avatar unit, partially buried in the Martian dust.

She poops open the cranial casing to find its central processing chip, still intact. She holds the chip up to her visual display unit to reveal its contents. Within moments, she is flooded with what-seem-to-be “memories” from the life of the avatar.

This is Avatar Inc’s 24th successful mission, as part of an overall campaign to physically retrieve, preserve and archive the memory cards from their most valuable robotic avatar unitis.

They searched the world, and deep into the solar system, to acquire the chips that contain avatar memories spanning the 21st century.

These are those memories.


CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
CREATOR: Eric Desatnik
SL Haung, Sarah Pinsker, JY Yang, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Jeffrey Ford, K Chess, Indrapamit Das, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Julianna Baggot, Ken Liu, Merc, Fenn Wolfmoor, Pat Cadigan, Tom Sweterlitsch, James S.A. Corey, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Johanna Sinisalo, Tade Thompson, Dr. Harry Kloor, Charles Yu, Aliette de Bodard, Julie Novàkovà, and Madeline Ashby

MY REVIEW

I received a copy from the publisher via Jean Book Nerd for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I’m not a big Sci-Fi fan. There have been some books I like, but most of the time it’s a hit or miss. I’m saying this because I feel I may not be the best judge for sci-fi fiction for this reason. That isn’t to say that I found this book boring. Actually, I found it refreshing.

Oftentimes, we see sci-fi as the destruction or inevitable end of mankind. There are cataclysmic natural disasters, governments taking over, or the idea that artificial intelligence will one day rule you. Rather bleak, right?

I like sci-fi that pokes fun, is an adventure story set so far in the future the humans in them would be the same as King Arthur with his knights, or the stories that are human first and technology second. Avatars Inc is the third one.

Comprised of many different stories, but each one important. I’ve seen humans struggle, persist, and love in this anthology. It isn’t bleak, it embraces all that makes humans human. There were some stories I devoured quickly and others I had to take a moment to mull through. But each one was unique and helped me see the world through the eyes of a machine.

The Avatars in this book are machines made for people to plug-in like a virtual reality system and explore the world. With it, a pregnant woman in labor can climb the mountains and preserve the environment or a paralyzed adult can visit a dying parent. It had me thinking about how it would be a great thing for people today to visit family during COVID-19.

There was a pause in that point in my reading. It was a bittersweet pause, filled with the pent-up anxiety being at home causes, but it didn’t take away from the book. If you love human stories but need a little extra, check out this anthology. If you like Sci-fi and are tired of the bleak messages, check out this anthology.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and am glad I said yes to reviewing it.

Final Rating: 3/5

Photo Content from AnnVanderMeer

Over a 30-year career, Ann VanderMeer has won numerous awards for her editing work, including the Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award. Whether as editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years or in her current role as an acquiring editor for Tor.com, Ann has built her reputation on acquiring fiction from diverse and interesting new talents. As co-founder of Cheeky Frawg Books, she has helped develop a wide-ranging line of mostly translated fiction. Featuring a who’s who of world literature, Ann VanderMeer’s anthologies include the critically acclaimed Best American Fantasy series, The Weird, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, and the forthcoming Big Book of SF (Vintage).

       
MAY 25th MONDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
MAY 26th TUESDAY A Dream Within A Dream SPOTLIGHT
MAY 27th WEDNESDAY Author Kelly Riser SPOTLIGHT
MAY 28th THURSDAY BookHoundsSPOTLIGHT 
MAY 28th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book DragonSPOTLIGHT 
MAY 29th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
MAY 30th SATURDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
MAY 31st SUNDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW
 
*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

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

OFFICIAL NERD BLAST FOR DEEPLIGHT BY FRANCES HARDINGE

This is a Nerd Blast, you will post the promotional info we provide you with, including the giveaway. No reviews required. Please mark your Calendar.

 

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?

You can purchase Deeplight at the following Retailers:

 

Photo Content from Frances Hardinge

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.

      

 

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js