Blog Tour and Giveaway! Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi Review + Fan Art

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop for the Beasts Made of Night tour. I’m absolutely ECSTATIC to have y’all here, because there’s a lot going on in this post. I will be raving about this book; I will be sharing stunning graphics about this book; I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY for THREE winners of this book. What’s not to love? Let’s get started!

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Blog Tour and Giveaway! Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao: Tour of the World

Hello everyone! I’m extremely happy to be the last stop for the blog tour of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao – a dark, vengeful fantasy that is as beautiful as it is deadly. In this tour stop, I’ll be taking you on a tour of the setting of the book. From the green landscapes to gleaming palace, Dao’s luscious writing makes every page a treat to read. The pictures I’ll be using are taken either by my father or me during our trips around the country, and I’ll be giving short descriptions at each stop. Ready for this?

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Author: Julie Dao
Series: Rise of the Empress #1
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Philomel Books
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.
Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.
Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.
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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns takes place in the continent of Feng Lu. Although the book is Chinese-inspired, the world itself houses many different groups of people and cultures. With that, this tour will follow the different locations that Xifeng travels to and parallels in China, as well as a little bit about the setting’s significance. Continue reading

Blog Tour: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy Phone Wallpapers + Giveaway!

Hello! I’m excited to be sharing phone wallpapers for this creativity blog tour of First We Were IV, a particularly thrilling Young Adult novel of four seniors who start their own secret society. But with secret societies come a darkness as well, as these characters will soon unveil in the story. With a tantalizing mystery, the love of friendship, and an exploration of the social dynamics between a community, First We Were IV will grip readers and not let go. Continue reading

SST: Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh Interview

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Hey everyone! This week I’m super duper luper excited to feature an interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh, the author of newly-published Fear the Drowning Deep, a historical YA with hints of mystery and intrigue as a part of SST, hosted by Nori at Read Write Love 28. We get to talk about romance in books (always a fave with me), a big creepy sea monster, and other fun things that you’ll discover in this story!

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SST | Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen: Can A Slave Save A Society?

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This week has a fantastic start-off with Becky Allen’s debut book, Bound by Blood and Sand! The blurb completely caught my attention – nothing like good social issues to create meaningful conflicts. I soon found myself entranced by the unique world and intriguing characters after picking it up. Suffice it to say, I’m super excited to be featuring it on the Sunday Street Team, hosted by Nori at Read Write Love 28!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Blog Tour | Wallpapers That Can Revive the Dead

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… Or at least, I wish that were the case. Welcome to my stop on this book’s blog tour, which is exciting because it comes out next week. Here you’ll find not one, not two, NOT FOUR, BUT S I X lovely wallpapers to choose from for this book! We have everything from skulls to serial killer notes to a pastel garden. You like your phone to be decorated with medical tools? We have that. You like your phone to be decorated with flowers? You’re in luck, because we have that as well.

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Blog Tour: Gifted by HA Swain Review + Giveaway!

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I’m absolutely delighted to feature this spectacular book on my blog for today! Gifted sends us to the near future, where Taylor Swift recently died while she was ~100 years old and the entertainment industry is DOMINATING. We get to explore what it really means to be “gifted,” and who exactly deserves the music that is made in the world. Because even though it seems like music is free, we see all these copyright laws surrounding it. This is all under an adventure with two characters that you can’t help but like.

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SST: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

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Welcome to the Sunday Street Team, hosted by Nori at Read Write Love28! I’m so excited to be featuring this gorgeous, enthralling book by an equally lovely author.

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Author: Emily Henry
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  Book Depository

Synopsis:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

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The premise of the book is quite simple, with the main character Nat having to save a boy, but the actual ideas behind it are far from it. In this book, we see the characters travel through time and space, all the while finding out who they really are. The events that happen are captured in a lush narrative that makes it hard for you to put down the book. There’s a wonderful mix between the self-discovery aspects of a contemporary read and the fantastical aspects of a science fiction. This all blends it into a highly unique and refreshing tale that’ll surely capture the hearts of readers.

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Blog Tour: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Welcome to this stop for the Passenger blog tour! My name is Aila, and I’ll be your guide for today. After all, you’re my passenger for this leg of the journey. 😉 It is with great pleasure to be featuring the amazing book Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, where music and time-travel weave a spell that will just mesmerize readers.

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Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Get it Here: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository

Synopsis:
passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

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Alexandra Bracken

I’m Alex. I write about telekinetic teens and floppy-haired wizards. I love Star Wars, classic rock, and 18th century gentlemen. When I’m not up at 4 AM writing, you can find me running around the DC area, where I now live and write full time.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram

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Throughout the book, Etta travels to many destinations and time periods. In this tour, we’ll be looking at the different places that she goes to, and I, your guide, will be providing some background information on these places, as well as fanmade art (by yours truly). The places our characters visit are truly amazing, and I absolutely cannot wait for you to read about them yourself!

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Destination 1:

Atlantic, 1776

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The first stop is on a boat heading from Nassau to New York City in 1776. You’ll have to read the book for yourself to know what’s happening to our characters!

What’s happening in the Atlantic during this time period?

  • It took people around seven weeks to get across the Atlantic Ocean, which does not include the periods during which ships were anchored.
  • Prior to becoming a British colony, Nassau served as the main base for several pirate captains, such as Blackbeard.
  • The British colonies imported 1.5 million slaves – more than three times the number of free immigrants across the Atlantic.

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Destination 2:

New York City, 1776

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The time travel aspect was so well-done in this book; the characters take into fact the clothes for the era they’re visiting and also keep journals to make sure they don’t meet themselves in different parts of time.

So what exactly took place in America in 1776?

  • Thomas Paine published the widespread Common Sense.
  • The Liberty Bell rang for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Women had no equal rights during the time and were kept in the household – most were discouraged to achieve in academics.

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Destination 3:

London, 1940

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Now at this point of the book, Nicholas and Etta are tasked by the Grand Master of the travelers to retrieve a special something. Their adventure is just beginning, ladies and gentlemen.

What was happening in London during this time period?

  • The Blitz hits London: it was a period of strategic bombing of the UK by Nazi Germany.
  • It is seen as a time of great community spirit, as Londoners were seen as calm in the face of danger sharing a positive spirit, courage, and a determination to succeed.
  • Londoners used air raid shelters called Anderson shelters to keep themselves safe during raids. They would also find shelter on platforms, tunnels, ticket halls, and staircases of the London Underground stations.

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Destination 4:

Angkor, 1685

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This was probably my favorite setting of them all! The more romantic readers like me will certainly enjoy the swoony moments that happen at this exotic destination. Although the romance happened quite quickly, I found it believable and felt so many touching moments between the characters throughout the book.

What’s so special about Cambodia?

  • Angkor has been one of the biggest cradles of civilization. A team of international researchers in 2007 used satellite photographs and other modern techniques to conclude that it was the largest pre-industrial city in the world with an urban sprawl of 1,150 square miles that probably supported up to a million people.
  • The ancient temple of Angkor Wat in the deep Cambodian jungle was discovered by French explorers in the 19th century.
  • Millions of tourists visit Cambodia each year; luckily, there are thousands of on-site workers working to conserve the awe-inspiring monuments. UNESCO has moved to protect the site since 1992.

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Destination 5:

Paris, 1880

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Throughout their adventures, Nicholas and Etta are getting chased or watched by certain people and travelers. The question is – can they hold them off long enough to get to their final destination?

What could you see people doing in France during this time?

  • Going to the opera, which was a favorite pastime, as the Opera House finished construction in this century.
  • Having a blast playing the game of tennis, which was also introduced in France.
  • Going shopping for long, flowing muslin dresses based on the classical designs of the Greeks and Romans for women, possibly.

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Destination 6:

Damascus, 1599

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The action is continuous throughout the book, and this destination does not disappoint. I love how Bracken paints the settings! You can really become immersed in the different environments as she effortlessly describes the fashion and lifestyles of each place.

What’s going on in Syria during this time?

  • In 1516, Syria was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and was under their rule until 1918.
  • Damascus became a huge port and acquired a holy character to Muslims, because of the spiritual force of the numerous passing pilgrims who passed through it on their pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • A revival of the arts was experienced during the time. Carpetmaking was huge and the tradition of Persian miniature painting in manuscripts became popular.

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And thus ends our journey for this post! The tour has concluded, my friends, but the story is ongoing. The fierce, courageous characters, dazzling settings and breathtaking plot will leave readers clamoring for more. Check out below for a giveaway of THREE finished copies of this adventure of a book!

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