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  1. Night of the Dragon By Julie Kagawa - Blog Tour 

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    Join me in my journey as the final stop of Blog Tour for Night of the Dragon and hold onto your seats because it's a rollarcoaster of a ride!

    Book Blurb

    All is lost: In a desperate last-chance attempt to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon - and making the wish that will plunge the empire into darkness and destruction - Yumeko and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild cliffs of Iwagoto.

    But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome.

    And now there is another layer in the battle, a player who has been watching and waiting for the right moment, that no one even realised existed...until now.

    As darkness rises and chaos reigns, a fierce kitsune and her shadowy protector must face down the greatest evil of all in the epic conclusion to the Shadow of the Fox trilogy.

    My Review

    Night of the Dragon is the third and final part of the Shadow of the Fox trilogy and having recently read the first two books, I was ready to jump into this book headfirst and it didn’t disappoint!

    I had already fallen in love with the ‘unlikely team of heroes’ and this exciting YA Japanese fantasy, and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The second book ended with the Scrolls of a Thousand Prayers now in the hands of the Master of Demons! While our unlikely heroes are down (but not out), if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that as long as they still breathe, there’s still a chance to turn things around! Unfortunately, it’s not just the Master of Demons who stands in their way, - foes are fierce and there’s monsters, demons, gods, witches, shinobi warriors etc and some powerful secret enemies are waiting in the background too. Everything’s at stake because whoever holds the Scrolls of a Thousand Prayers can claim a wish from the great Kami Dragon, which could change the fate of the empire and cause death and devastation. This fateful journey is going to require everything from them, not just skill, power and magic, but a steely determination, faith in each other and at times unshakeable belief.

    Yumeko, half kitsune, half human has grown up having to hide her true nature and we get to see her magic blossom to the fullest. Samurai Kage Tatsumi character goes through some of the biggest of changes and though his POV in this story, it’s great to not only delve into his mind to see how these changes came about but also his internal struggles with Hakaimano. We also learn more about , how his fate intertwined with Yumeko. Okame was one of my favourite characters, he was tough on the outside but really had a heart of gold and was hilarious! Teamed up with Daisuke they made the sweetest pair.

    This story is complex, fast-paced (along with slower sweet moments) and so rich in Japanese mythology;- the descriptive world building, the forms and shapes and history of magic weave wonderfully around the characters. All the characters (from humans to yoki and kami) are fully developed and described so vividly that you can’t help but conjure them up in your head while reading. Julie really brought the battles - sword fighting, combat, physical and mental magic - to life.

    The book answered questions I’d had about the true nature of Yumeko and as well as finding out about her past, we even get a glimpse into what her future looks like. I loved this series and the final conclusion wrapped everything up perfectly up at the end - the questions I had and the mysterious pasts and links to different characters all came together.

    You can’t help but want everyone to survive and win and so it hurts (as it should) when blood gets spilled and when you sometimes have to say goodbye. The unlikeliest friendships and a mishmash of heroes became a formidable team! It was an exciting and emotional read and I was left feeling fulfilled but with a heavy heart.

    5 stars from me for this wonderful epic fantasy!

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    Thank you to Sian Baldwin at HQStories and Julie Kagawa for the ARC. I was #gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    Thank you to everyone who has stopped by – I hope you have enjoyed my review. Please check out the rest of this blog tour for more thoughts and reviews about this book!

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    About the Author

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    Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

    When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job. To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

    Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.

    Julie is the author of the bestselling Iron Fey series. The Iron Knight the fourth title in The Iron Fey series publishes in Jan 2012. The Immortal Rules, the first title in a brand new series publishes in May 2012.

    Visit Julie's Website 

    Follow Julie on Twitter  | Instagram

    More information and where to buy to buy this book

    Amazon | Waterstones

     

     

     

  2. Galaxy Bookmarks - Digital Download Freebie From Miss Bohemia

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    Hey bookworms and booklovers! I've been thinking of a way to share something nice in such worrying and uncertain times and I've come up with a way of sharing some bookish products virtually! I've selected my favourite galaxy and starry night bookmarks for you and best of all these bookish treats are free and available as a download file here.

    *You can use them as you wish e.g. print then at home and use them as bookmarks for your books, gift physical printed versions to friends, feature them in your bookstagram photos etc!

    **The only thing I ask is that you do not sell therm them in any shape or form nor make them available for digital download or share the digital files. Please always referring other booklovers to this blog post for the original files.

    Thank you to everyone who has stopped by :) If you do use them in your photos and/or on social media, I'd love to see them - feel free to add a comment below or you can tag me on Instagram at @Miss_Bohemia!

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    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Darren O'Sullivan's new 'gripping psychological thriller' 'Dark Corners'!

    Book blurb

    You thought you’d escaped your past

    It’s been twenty years since Neve’s best friend Chloe went missing. Neve has never recovered and promised herself she’d never go back to that place.

    But secrets can come back to haunt you

    When Neve receives news that her first boyfriend Jamie has gone missing, she’s forced to return. Jamie has vanished without a trace in a disappearance that echoes the events of all those years ago. Somebody is watching and will stop at nothing until the truth about what took place that night is revealed …

    My Review

    Neve Chambers lives in London and is the co-owner of a coffee shop called The Tea Tree. Although far away from the location of a tragic past event, Neve's memories still haunt her and spill over into her current life. Her fiance leaves and while she seeking solace in alcohol, it begins to affect her work and things come to a head when the cafe gets broken into. This is followed by the news that Neve's first boyfriend Jamie has gone missing and leads to Neve taking a trip back to her hometown (a small mining village) to help with the search. 

    The story jumps back and forth between dual timelines;- Summer 1998 (the year when Neve's best friend Chloe went missing) to the current time effortlessly. We follow Neve through thrilling real-time events alongside the background story before Chloe went missing.  We learn about the gang of teenage friends who Neve leaves behind and some aren't pleased to see her return. All have been affected by Chloe's disappearance in different ways. We also learn of the mysterious 'Drifter' who was hanging around at the time of Chloe's disappearance and is back sinisterly lurking in the shadows to greet Neve's arrival. Soon the original gang are all back together, all that's missing is Chloe and now Jamie, and you have to ask yourself, is Jamie's disappearance related to what happened in the past?

    The story starts off slow but the plot is well placed and before you know it, you're pulled into a dark and twisted tale which keeps your head spinning. Fully developed characters and strong descriptive writing really bring this sinister story and it's small mining village to life. I loved the flashbacks between past and present and how the parallels of the story unfolded - nothing was what it seemed! It was hard to put this book down and take a break from reading! 

    A 5 star read and a brilliant and gripping dark thriller!

    Thank you to Sian Baldwin at HQStories and Darren O'Sullivan for the ARC. I was #gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Blog Tour

    Thank you to everyone who has stopped by – I hope you have enjoyed my review.  Please check out the rest of this blog tour for more thoughts and reviews about this book!

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    More information and where to buy to buy this book

    Available from 2nd April

    Kindle 

    Paperback

    About the author

    Darren OSullivan
     
    Darren O'Sullivan is the author of #1 bestsellers, OUR LITTLE SECRET, CLOSE YOUR EYES and CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. 

    When Darren isn't writing, he is usually rolling around on the floor, pretending to be a pirate with his 4 year old.

    You can follow him on Twitter/instagram @Darrensully or on Facebook via his author page Darren O'Sullivan-author
  4. Today I’m taking part in the blog tour hosted by Love Books Groups for 'The Identity Thief' (The God Machine Book 1) by Alex Bryant

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    Book blurb

    A shapeshifting sorcerer called Cuttlefish unleashes a terrifying wave of magical carnage across London. A strange family known as the River People move into Cassandra Drake's neighbourhood. Are the two events connected?

    Spoiler alert: no

    My Review

    It's my stop over on the Blog Tour hosted by Love Books Tours for Alex Bryant's  new book The Identity Thief' which is a fantasy based book set in London where magic exists - but is forbidden 📚

    The story follows 12 year Cass and is told from her point of view as she gets pulled into a magical world and into the path of the dangerous Cuttlefish - a shapeshifting sorcerer 🔮 Cass just wants to fit in and get through secondary school, but life has other plans! Her interactions with others the arrival of 'River People', especially the son Hector, shows the complexities of being young, impressionable and also cruel at times.

    The story is fantasy based but also flows along as a crime drama, as we follow Cuttlefish's deadly adventures and the carnage he leaves in his wake to get what he wants. With a title like 'The Identity Thief' you might be able to guess the villain's main form of magic✨ How this falls into the plot and that way it's written was one of my favourite aspects of this story.

    I loved that this story was set in London and that magic (while forbidden) was also blended into each chapter and centred around Greek Mythology and wizardry.

    The other supporting characters add an additional layer to the story and the newspaper clippings on magic activity and other media reports scattered throughout the book provide a more immersive experience and oh did I mention that it's funny too! I adore the cover and I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next instalment!

    Thank you to Love Books Tour and Alex Bryant for the ARC. I was #gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Thank you to everyone who has stopped by – I hope you have enjoyed my review.  Please check out the rest of this blog tour for more thoughts and reviews about this book!

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    Trigger warnings

    The second page of the book includes a website link for trigger warnings https://www.alexbryantauthor.com/the-identity-thief-tw

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    About the Author

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    Alex has led a largely comfortable but unremarkable life in North London, and more recently Oxford. His main hobbies as a kid were reading and sulking. When he’s not writing, he’s performing with his improvised comedy troupe, Hivemind Improv. And when he is writing, he’s procrastinating.

    The first idea for The God Machine came when he was 19, shortly after falling off a horse. Or possibly shortly before - the exact chronology is lost to history. So is the horse’s name, in case you were wondering.

    More information and where to buy

    Amazon
    Paperback published 9th February 2020
    Kindle published 28th February