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Blog Tour|Book Review|The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy


The Rise of the Dawnstar
Farah Oomerbhoy
(The Avalonia Chronicles #2)
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

4.5/5

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

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The Rise of the Dawnstar is the second novel in the Avalonia Chronicles Series by Farah Oomerbhoy. And just like the first novel, the second book also has a gorgeous cover. It’s stunning!!!

I do have to mention that the writing improved a lot. I remember the first book felt rushed. It usually happens like this. New authors improve a lot after each book they write. 🙂

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Tour Blog|Book Review|The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz


The Midnight Dance
Nikki Katz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 17th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

4.5/5

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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I received an eARC copy via NetGalley from Xpressobookreviews in exchange for an honest review.

Mild spoilers ahead!

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Blog Tour||Monsters & Angels by Anne Marie Andrus


Monsters & Angels
Anne Marie Andrus
Publication date: October 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
438 pages

Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.

Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.

Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.

Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.

In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

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Book Review||Her: A Novel (Episode 1/3) by Shelby Lamb


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Her: A Novel
Episode 1/3
by Shelby Lamb
Romance, Adult Fiction, Mystery
Kindle Edition, 50 pages
Published September 1st, 2017
5/5

Tinsley had always been a free spirit, until one side of her face and body got badly disfigured in an accident that killed her best friend. She has always blamed herself for Becky’s death, as she had been the one behind the wheel. Now twenty-five, she’s down and out, most of her past friends are married or engaged, and she hardly leaves the house.

Then everything changes when she meets Jax.

Jax is sexy, tall, dark and handsome, and a dream all wrapped in one. He fills her with more hope than she’d ever imagined. But Tinsley is not used to feeling so close to someone and she’s going to need all of Becky’s help to be true to her heart.

Luckily, Becky is all around. She’s in the trees, the grass, the earth. Becky is the only outside love Tinsley’s ever known, and she’s saying it’s time to discover something new.

But can and should Tinsley really let go of her? 

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Blog Tour|| Spring by Lele Iturrioz


Spring
Lele Iturrioz
(Seasons Within #2)
Published by Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 1st, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Gaia finally knows who she is and what she’s meant to do. It’s only been a few weeks since the earth element woke in her. Now that she’s embracing her role as Mother Nature, she must journey with her group of power-wielding friends in a race against time to get back home before Azazel reaches them.

With the awakening of a brand new element, her true past with Edan, a dangerous decision that could change the very essence of who she is, and a traitor among her group, the broken road back to Terra will be a test of strength.

After all, even if Gaia doesn’t know it, war is closer than she thinks.

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Guys!! The second novel in the Seasons Within it’s finally here! Spring is the squeal to Seasons Within (Seasons Within #1) by Lele IturriozYou can read my 4-star-rating review here:

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By the way, the first novel is only 99 cents on Amazon, so if you want to discover new YA fantasy series, get your copy now!

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Book Review|| One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn


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One for Sorrow
by Mary Downing Hahn

304 pages
Published July 18th, 2017 by Clarion Books
ARC, NetGalley
Paranormal, Ghosts, Historical Fiction, Tweens

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Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.
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*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
plot
The story is mostly about Annie and Elsie. Elsie comes back from the dead and starts tormenting Annie and the girls who wronged her. To say that nobody believes Annie about Elsie’s ghosts it’s an understatement. 
The novel is not scary in a gory, horror way. However, it does has a creepy feeling to it. I was involved with Annie’s situation; I couldn’t wait to see what happens to her and if she’ll be alright.
The book also has a historical subplot to it. It is set in 1918, right before the Great War ended. It touches subjects such as war politics, and how the German living in USA were ostracized and treated with malice. Moreover, the novel also describes vividly how the influenza epidemic affected people’s lives, and how it left behind it a lot of victims. As the author mentioned at the end of the book, some parts of the story are based on her mother’s experience with influenza, wakes, and funerals. Maybe that’s why it feels so realistic.
The plot itself it’s fast-paced and filled with action. There is no dull moment in this book, and it’s a very fast read! 
characters
Great and complex characterization! Each character has a unique personality,  a distinctive voice, and at least one major flaw. In other words, the characters are very realistic. They sound and act like real girls.
Having said that, the characters themselves are not very nice. Not even the heroine or the victim turned villain.  Oh, no.
Annie and her group of friends are bullies. They mock and terrorize Elsie most of the time. Even though Annie and Jane feel some remorse, the peer pressure it’s too strong.
However, Elsie is no angel either. She is mean, clingy, manipulative, and vindictive. 
If you like reading only about pleasant characters, this book it’s not for you – especially if you expect the main character to be relatable and good. Don’t get me wrong, Annie has good traits; after all, she is just a little girl. However, the way she thinks of Elsie it’s not very innocent.
Personally, I do not have a problem with the characters. I actually enjoyed the fact that the characters are not perfect or goody two shoes. A lot of children are like that – some grow out of it, some not.
final-thoughts
In short, One for Sorrow is a fast paced, entertaining novel. The characters are well developed, the setting and world building are intriguing, and the plot is unique.
I would’ve like to know a little bit more about Elsie; to know her background. Was her home life really that bad, or was she exaggerating? I’m confused because Elsie is not the most honest character.  
I wished the book was a little bit longer, mostly because I enjoyed it so much :D. 
recommand
Yes!!! Definitely! The book is a sure page turner, and it reads really fast. I think people who love reading about ghosts and creepy situations will definitely enjoy this novel! 
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Book Review| The New Irish Table -Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs by Leslie Conron Carola


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The New Irish Table
Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs
by Leslie Conron Carola

ARC, NetGalley
Non-Fiction, Food, Cookbook, Cuisine, Culture
240 pages
Published February 7th, 2017 by Imagine
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Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes.
An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef’s restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland’s renowned cheeses.
Starred-studded contributors include Kevin Dundon (host of PBS’s Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Table), Darina Allen (founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School), and Neven Maguire (celebrity chef and TV personality).
Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.

 

Another great cookbook, but this time about Irish cuisine.  There is also some information about Ireland, and its food traditions. Moreover, the book has plenty of great pictures.

The book contains recipes from all over Ireland, and there is something for everyone. As the blurb says, the recipes are provided by professional chefs.  It was a pleasure to read this book, and I discovered new recipes.

As with all cookbooks, I recommend this book as a hardcover or paperback, and not as an e-book. It is easier to read it in print.

I recommend this book to all food lover, as well as to people who are interested in Ireland as a country.

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