Thoughts While Reading The Ikessar Falcon

Hello book nerds! It’s another tour stop day! Welcome to my stop on the The Ikessar Falcon Book Tour aka #DethroneTheDragonlord hosted by Caffeine Book Tours!

I have wanted to read The Wolf of Oren-Yaro for so long after hearing a lot of great things! When I found out that Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours is hosting a blog tour for the sequel The Ikessar Falcon, I knew I had to try and join! And well, here we are! I read the two books back-to-back, and let me tell you it was a ride.

Today though, it’s all about The Ikessar Falcon!

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Always Human: Review + Fave Quotes + 15 Thoughts While Reading

Hello book nerds! I’m back with another tour stop with Hear Our Voices Book Tours! This time it’s my tour stop for the Always Human Book Tour! Follow the tour and the other hosts, so you don’t miss any review, interview, and other creative content!

When I found out this book was for #ownvoices pansexual and queer WLW, I was immediately ecstatic! And then I also realized, it was a graphic novel. That’s even better! I knew then I was going to love this story, and let me tell you, I was right.

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Reasons Why You Should Read Cemetery Boys

Hello book nerds! Welcome to my stop on the Cemetery Boys Book Tour hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours! I am so excited for this tour stop because I get to rave about all the reasons why you should read this debut novel from Aiden Thomas!

Releasing in September 1st, Cemetery Boys is all kinds of amazing. I personally thought it was lush, well-crafted, and best of all, it will get you invested. You can see my full review here!

Today though, allow me to be more specific. Here are seven reasons why you should read Cemetery Boys!

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5 Reasons Why Forest of Souls Should Be Your Next Read [Blog Tour]

Hi book nerds! Welcome to my stop on the Forest of Souls Blog Tour hosted by The Royal Polar Bear! Thanks so much Raf for including me in this tour! Page Street Publishing also sent me a finished copy a while back, and I’m so thankful!

Forest of Souls is a real page-turner! A fast-paced, adventurous YA fantasy novel you shouldn’t miss! But those are not the only reasons why you should read this book. I’m listing down 5 reasons why Forest of Souls should be your next read!

It has a fantastic world-building

When I saw that this book featured a glossary, I just knew the world-building will be fantastic! There are three kingdoms, and different types of shamans, dragons and wyverns, old magic that runs deep, a dangerous forest that seems to be alive, and a magic system that is as interesting as it is mystifying.

It features a strong female main character

Sirscha is an orphan, and she uses this to motivate herself to become something more—specifically the queen’s next royal spy. She goes through a lot in the course of this book, but she stayed resilient and determined (especially if it involves Saengo!).

The fight scenes are awesome

The fight scenes, without a doubt, are exhilarating and heart-stopping. Sirscha is a fierce soldier/spy and she will not back down from a fight. You’ll see her battling assassins, royal guards, other shamans, and more.

The plot twists will shock you

The author knows how to add something new to the story to shock you, or to twist the events into something that will keep you turning the pages. The plot twists will glue your eyes to the book, I swear.

It’s the start of a trilogy

Forest of Souls is only the first book of a trilogy. This means there will be more adventures to take, more secrets to unveil, more plot to unravel! I’m personally excited for the sequel, and if you read this book, I know you will, too!


About the Forest of Souls

Title: Forest of Souls
Author: Lori M. Lee
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Release date: June 23, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
ISBN: 9978-1624149245
Goodreads synopsis:

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.


Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble Google Play | Book Depository

About the Author

Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won’t). She considers herself a unicorn aficianado, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

ARC Review: Woven in Moonlight [Blog Tour]

Title: Woven in Moonlight
Author: Isabel Ibañez
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, POC
Release date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781624148019
Goodreads synopsis:

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

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Hi book nerds! Welcome to my stop on the Woven in Moonlight Blog Tour hosted by The Royal Polar Bear Reads! Thanks so much Raf and Page Street Publishing for sending me a digital review copy!

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez is described as “A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.”  and to be honest, I have never come across such a perfect and accurate synopsis/description of a book. Everything is lush and gripping—from the writing style, to the characters, the immersive plot, and the incredible world-building. I absolutely loved it!

Great writing style

The writing style was great. I loved how the author narrated to the story from the littlest of details to the grander perspective. As a reader, I was shown a rich culture, a complex history of land and people, a harmful game of war and politics, a slow-burn romance, the process of learning to overcome judgment, and more. It was so good and I was hooked the moment I read the first page.

Remarkable characters

I loved the characters in this book! Ximena is a strong-willed character full of hope and heart, she’s also intelligent and brave. I loved reading the story through her perspective. I also found her very interesting, especially her struggle to be her true self. She’s a decoy, a stand-in, and as a result, she needs to act like the Condesa, think like the Condesa, not herself. I have to say, it was incredibly satisfying to see her finally show her true self.

Rumi is a charmer. He seems aloof at first, but we get to see more of him and know more of his agenda, is desires, and his loyalty as the story progresses.

The minor characters are memorable as well! There’s Juan Carlos, Tamaya, El Lobo, Catalina, Suyana, the priest, and even the woolly animals! For me, they helped build the story and it really wouldn’t be the same without them.

Immersive plot

Here’s what I really like about the plot of Woven in Moonlight: it’s entertaining, it’s compelling, and best of all, it’s cohesive—everything makes sense and the flow of the story was just smooth and well-written. There were some plot twists I didn’t see (but loved), and there were some that were just obvious (but I still loved!).

I also love how the story provokes an inner battle in choosing between right or wrong and knowing the different shades of morality when it comes to war and politics.

As for the romance, I loved it! It was not rushed, which is something I really appreciate when it comes to romantic pairings in books. And although the romance affected the plot, it’s not the main part of the story. It didn’t steal the show, nor did it become something that will badly impact the characters or the story.

Incredible world-building

The world-building in Woven in Moonlight is nothing but incredible. From the food, to the language, to the culture, to the politics and history, the author really managed to show the readers the bad, the good, and the beautiful sides of a Bolivian-inspired world.

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This book is one of a kind, indeed. Also, that cover is gorgeous! I definitely loved it even more when I found out that the author is also the cover artist! How awesome is that?! 5 stars for this wonderful book!

Woven in Moonlight Buy Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble Google Play | Book Depository

About the Author

ibanez author image Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at @IsabelWriter09.