A Demon in Silver by R.S Ford Blog Tour

Hey guys so I have the honour of being part of the blog tour for A Demon in Silver by R.S Ford. This book looks amazing, I mean that cover! It also sounds amazing and it’s definitely high on my TBR.

I have an exclusive excerpt to share with you and I’m so excited to let you all read it. Details about the book first and then the excerpt is after.

Title – A Demon in Silver

Author – R.S Ford

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / 12th June 2018

Genre – Fantasy

Series – War of the Archons #1

Summary from Goodreads

A new stunning epic fantasy for readers of Brandon Sanderson, Michael J. Sullivan and Brian Staveley.

In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war.

When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power.

The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: all are searching for Livia and the power she wields.

But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places… and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.

Exclusive Excerpt

The oceans had barely ceased to boil, the mountains just risen to splay their jagged fingers to the sky, when the hundred tribes of men fell upon one another. They came from the skies on wings of threaded fury, crawled from the ground bringing all the darkness of the pit, dragged themselves from the sea with gnarled and barnacled hate. For ten thousand years did they do battle, until their blood and tears ran in an endless river. Until the names of the tribes and their wrathful kings were forgotten.
When the skies had turned a perpetual grey from the funeral pyres, and the ground was blackened with rot, did the elders meet on the Mountain of Gaiessa. For twenty days and nights did they parlay. Through blazing sun and freezing dark. In rain and hail and wind. But none would relent, for an accord had to be met lest the future of man be trapped in an endless cycle of woe.
And on that twentieth night did the elders settle on a pact: that they would harness all their sorcery and channel it to a single purpose. That they would take all the aspects of man that led him to war and seal them away so that there could be healing across all the nations of the world.
Every tribe gathered to erect the eleven dolmens. Men from all continents and across the churning seas. Each vast stone was the span of thirty horses and stood as tall as a mountain, yet by their colossal labours the great circle was finally erected.
And for a year and a day the elders of each tribe stood in vigil, imbuing their power into the stones, turning them into vessels that might hold every facet of man that had driven him to an everlasting state of conflict. Then did they fill the stones with all the elements of life. The flesh; fire, water, blood and bone. The desire; pride, lust, vengeance, honour, wrath. Then one vast stone they filled with wisdom and another with sin.
As the eleven dolmens began to consume these energies a twelfth grew at their centre. A stone of union. A stone of peace.
Across the lands and oceans an era of harmony settled. Suffering ended, subsumed by a period of culture and education. Vast cities were built and sciences developed. Knowledge and philosophy were spread across all nations during a time of peace.
But it was not to last.
As the elders had poured into the standing stones all the facets of man’s warlike nature, so had they stirred all his malice and spite and hate. And when the dolmen of peace had risen from the ground so another, darker obelisk had begun to grow beneath the earth. This malevolent seed hid itself away, watching, waiting. It grew, feeding, infecting the hearts of men, until it could wait no longer and after ten thousand years it emerged.
For the first time in an age, malcontent and discord were sown throughout the realms of men. Brother once more turned on brother as jealousy and avarice consumed harmony and charity.
The vast shrines created in a time of majesty were torn asunder, cities reduced to ash until no more monuments remained. Only the twelve dolmens stood as testament to an age where war was unknown. And so, the ravenous populace, twisted by a nameless evil, turned its attention to them.
A swarm of warped souls stormed the mountaintop on which stood the dolmens. Armies that had once battled one another united in their hatred of the ancient stones, bent on reducing them to rubble. One by one they were brought down, and as each toppled the power held within was unleashed once more. But as the aeons had passed this power had become quickened. Had become deified. And when it was released, each dolmen claimed a human avatar for its own – each taking one of those wicked children come to strike it down and making it one with its own purpose.
These children of Gaiessa vowed never again to be bound. Never would they be locked away from the worlds of men. And a game of supremacy began that would never end… and mankind would play as its pawns.

There you have it guys. I’m so excited for this series, it looks like an epic read and I will be reading it asap and reviewing it on here for you all.

Have an Epic Day !

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May Wrap Up 2018

Hey guys, can you believe it’s the end of May already. I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone. This year is simply flying by. So I read seven books this month which seems to be my average at the moment as out of five months I’ve read 7 books for three of them. Anyway onto the books.

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone illustrated version by J.K Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay. – 245 pages – 5 Stars.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated version by J.K Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay – 272 pages – 5 Stars.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated version by J.K Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay – 325 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Mermaid by Christina Henry – 324 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 438 pages – 5 Stars.
  • The Jewel by Amy Ewing- 373 pages – 4 Stars.
  • The Woods are Dark by Richard Leymon – 247 pages – 3 Stars.

There you go, my May wrap up. How did your May reading go?

The Mermaid by Christina Henry Review

Title – The Mermaid

Author – Christina Henry

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / June 2018

Genre – Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Pages – 324

Summary from Good Reads
Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.
P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.
Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

My Thoughts

Disclaimer: I received this book from Titan Books in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t influence my opinions and all my opinions and thoughts are my own.

5 out of 5 Stars

Wow where do I begin. Christina Henry has done it again. She is one of my favourite authors and her books never disappoint. Christina Henry has a gift for taking tales and adding her own dark twists to them that leave you incapable of putting the book down until you devour every word.

This is exactly what I did with this. Once I was right into it I devoured every single word until I finished the story. Everything about this was perfect, the writing, The plot, The characters and the setting.

The story was set in the 1800’s and it was a great setting and was so well written.

I loved Amelia’s character. She was head strong, had her own opinions and tended to say what was on her mind in such a self assured way which I adored. I was so invested in her character I felt everything she did, my heart broke when hers did.

I’m not going to say much on the plot so I don’t spoil the story. But Christina Henry has a way of writing the is simply exquisite and carefully ties the threads of the plot together.

I don’t think I can recommend this highly enough. This was just amazing and I think you should all go out and experience this for yourself.

I adored this and I can’t wait for Christina Henry to bring out more books.

The Hate U Give Review.

Title – The Hate U Give

Author – Angie Thomas

Publisher/Published – Walker Books/April 2017

Genre – Young Adult, Contemporary , Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Pages – 438

Summary from Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

So I read this in 3 sittings over 3 days and Wow. I finished this a couple of days ago and I’ve been think about what I want to say. If I’m really honest I don’t think I could describe just how much I loved this book and the message it portrayed. This blew me away and I would highly recommend that every body give this book a try because it is so powerful and shows a harsh reality. There were moments in this where I was actually crying. I’m not doing to say much more except give this book a try and see how it impacts you.

Quotes that impacted me.
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”
“I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”
“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

Inspired by Susan Schaefer Bernardo Blog Tour.

Inspired
by Susan Schaefer Bernardo
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy/Mythology
Release Date: May 2018
Inner Flower Child Books

Summary:

Rocket Malone is not thrilled with the direction her life is taking. Her mom has just remarried, and they are moving from their hip cottage in Venice Beach to her stepfather’s home in Hollywood. Her best friend, Gillian, has a new friend and a new boyfriend, and Rocket feels left behind. When she finds out that her mother is pregnant with twins, she is furious.

All of these problems are quickly overshadowed when Rocket discovers that she is descended from the Greek muses, and is therefore obligated to serve as an apprentice to the nine mythological sisters. Rocket sees herself as smart but not creative, and apprenticing to the muses does not come naturally to her. She tries to help several people, but just cannot find the right person to aid.

Along with the fun, intelligent story about Greek gods, muses, and other mythological figures, Inspired captures the trials and tribulations of discovering oneself while dealing with the challenges of middle school. Rocket does not want her life to change, but she must adapt, learning to share her mom and her best friend while finding new ways to create her own joy.

Rocket and her friends have some very serious problems. Rocket’s father committed suicide; her mother is in the midst of a high-risk pregnancy. Her friend Ryan lost his sister in a car accident and then was abandoned by his father; the home he shares with his mother is destroyed in a fire. These issues are thoughtfully addressed in the story as the adolescents learn not to blame themselves, to accept what is, and to help one another through the hardest parts.

Inspired is delightful, insightful, and charming as it encourages kids to face their obstacles and chase their own passions.

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Grab yourselves a copy of Inspired HERE!

About the Author

Hello! My name is Susan Schaefer Bernardo, and I’ve been writing poetry and stories since I could hold a crayon! I am a big believer in the power of creativity. The process of writing poetry or making art allows me to express and understand my emotions. Through our imagination, we find ways to move through painful experiences and transform them into something very beautiful and healing.

I wrote my first book Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs because I wanted to reassure my kids (and myself!) that we are always connected to the people we love. Writing my poem “Tonic Waters” helped me cope with grief over my mother-in-law’s death. I was so honored when “Tonic Waters” was published in an anthology and read aloud at the 2014 World Cancer Day Concert – because it meant my words might console others experiencing similar pain. I’m currently finishing my first YA novel for girls, and I’ve just finished collaborating on a wonderful new book to support children who have suffered a traumatic event.

I love to learn just as much as I love to teach, and I hold a B.A. in English (UCLA), M.A. in English Literature (Yale) and elementary/secondary teaching credentials (Pepperdine). I keep my inner flower child happy and inspired by sculpting, dancing, exploring tide pools, raising chickens in the city, traveling to cool new places (and attempting to speak the language, even if it’s just please and thank you), and taking long nature walks with my sons and our rescue terrier Poppy. I’m happiest when I’m barefoot and surrounded by beauty.

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April 2018 Wrap – Up

Hey guys, time for my April Wrap Up. So I had a bit of a reading slump this month and didn’t read as many books as I wanted too. April was not the month of loads of books for me and I think the slump played a big part in that but I am hopeful that May will be better. On to the books I read this month and the ratings I gave them.

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 4 Stars.
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – 3 Stars.
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – 5 Stars.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – 4 Stars.
  • The Piper by Danny Weston – 4 Stars.

So there is the 5 books I read in the month of April.

How did your reading month fair?