Sunday, October 23, 2016

Raven Song (Inoki's Game, #1) by I.A. Ashcroft


A century ago, the world burned. Even now, though rebuilt and defiant, civilization is still choking on the ashes.

Jackson, a smuggler, lives in the shadows, once a boy with no memory, no name, and no future. Ravens followed him, long-extinct birds only he could see, and nightmares flew in their wake. Once, Jackson thought himself to be one of the lucky few touched by magic, a candidate for the Order of Mages. He is a man now, and that dream has died. But, the ravens still follow. The nightmares still whisper in his ear.

Anna’s life was under the sun, her future bright, her scientific work promising. She knew nothing of The Bombings, the poisoned world, or the occult. One day, she went to work, and the next, she awoke in a box over a hundred years in the future, screaming, fighting to breathe, and looking up into the eyes of a smuggler. Anna fears she’s gone crazy, unable to fill the massive hole in her memories, and terrified of the strange abilities she now possesses.

The Coalition government has turned its watchful eyes towards them. The secret factions of the city move to collect them first. And, old gods stir in the darkness, shifting their pawns on the playing field.

If Anna and Jackson wish to stay free, they must learn what they are and why they exist.

Unfortunately, even if they do, it may be too late.

Raven Song is the first of a four book adult-oriented dystopian fantasy series, a story of intrigue, love, violence, and the old spirits in the shadows who wait for us to notice them again. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Charlie Human will enjoy this dark magic-laced tale rooted on the bones of what our world could become.

* * *
This is going to be a short review because there's not a ton to say (which isn't a bad thing). All in all, I enjoyed the world building in this book. The characters were also interesting enough to keep my attention once we got deeper into the story, however, I do feel like the beginning dragged a bit. It was hard to really care about the central plot because so much time in the first few chapters was spent on backstory for Jackson. Once Anna came into the picture things really picked up. Even though I felt the story took a while to really start going, this was a fast read all the way through. There were a lot of little mysteries and clues which were engaging and held my interest throughout. I would recommend reading this if you're into sci-fi, mystery, and made up worlds, as the one in this book was well done. I think a few scenes needed to be described in a bit more detail, for example one in the beginning where Agent Walker and them find mutilated bodies, but other parts were really well described. It's fast enough that you should give it a chance, and at only 290 pages, it won't be a waste of your time if you don't absolutely love it.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Subscription Box!

Hi guys,

Just thought I'd let you know that the Polyethnic is currently looking for reps for their upcoming Book Sub Box!!! The first box comes out in December and the theme is Meet the Greeks! My book, Unhinged, is going to be supplied in its new paperback form as the main book for that months box, so be sure to sign up! It's a great way to get a copy as well as a bunch of other great items!

The reps will receive the first box FREE of charge, so if you're interested head on over to instagram and check out @thepolyethnic for more details! :)

Also, don't forget to join the giveaway in the post below for some cool Unhinged swag! :) :) :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann Dempster


Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope…

If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith.

Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar.

Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind?

Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua's love could do more than break her heart.

It could kill her.

* * *
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Aubrey and Tessa, and quickly fell for Coy. The characters that were meant to be the "bad" guys felt legitimate, though I didn't really find a lot of redeeming qualities in Joshua and do wish there might have been a few more. Only because then I would have been torn between him and Coy and understood better why Aubrey was. The story flowed quickly, so it was a fast and enjoyable read the whole way through. I loved how easy it was to get sucked into, and understand, this world that Dempster created. The only problem I had with it as a whole is that in the end, I don't feel like the people who forced her onto that alter got what they deserved. I wish that in the epilogue when we're in Coy's POV and he's explaining the war, he mentioned that Charr also revealed to everyone that forcing Aubrey up there wouldn't have worked so they new they'd hunted her for nothing and in the end it was her choice. But, that's just me, and even though it annoys me (because I'm big on justice and karma) I can see why the author didn't bother with these details. It was an easy decision to give this book five stars, and I highly recommend it to people who are looking for a fresh and fun supernatural read!


Thursday, October 6, 2016


Don't forget, only 4 days left to enter the giveaway for Threatening Souls, which doesn't come out until October 31st!!!! Here's your chance to get a copy before anyone else :)

Details about the book two posts below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Night Circus By: Erin Morgenstern


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
* * *
There really isn't much that I can say about this book because I loved it so much. Everything about it. The only thing that I found tricky was keeping track of the ever changing dates that started each chapter and sometimes jumped around but...that's more of a me issue than anything. The romance was sweet and I liked that it took its time, and the Just wow. Every scene in the circus made me feel like I was actually there, experiencing it all. The smells, the sights, the tastes, every sense was covered. The characters were just as colorful as the settings, and while there were many, they each had their own distinct personality which made it easy to keep track of them. I definitely recommend this book. It's got everything. Action, romance, magic, suspense, and the uncanny ability to make you feel like a child again, wondered by the circus.

Don't forget to check out the giveaway in the post below!!!! :)

And follow @TempestChani on instagram for more books!

Threatening Souls Giveaway + Interview

Hi Guys,

It's been some time since we've hosted a giveaway here! The people over at The Polyethnic publishing are offering up (3) ebook copies of their upcoming book, Threatening souls, written by Nicole Lambert! This is a long one because there's also an interview, the giveaway is all the way at the bottom!! Here's the blurb, and link to the books page so you can add it:

The sacrifices, the drama, the horror within.

In the year of 1860, a curse was performed over the suburb of Roseway, Washington, which rests about twenty miles south of Seattle, that killed nearly every living resident. After coming back to Earth as spirits, they form a twisted plan that not only provides them with bodies of their own but also kills off all who venture into Roseway in the future.

Thirteen-year-old Rebekah Jensen has lived a fine life in Marywood, Florida with two best friends, a clique that strives to make her one of them, and a boyfriend who happened to be one of the most popular guys in her school. But all that is about to change when the date of her arrival to Roseway nears, when she starts to see things that she presumes are spirits—and she is sure that she had gone insane.

After moving to Roseway, she gets sucked into an illusion of the dead, coming to regard Roseway as some sort of cult in which they worship a mysterious being that is introduced to her as the Master. Within the months of enduring Roseway, she finds out more about herself and her purpose in the suburb. Teaming up with a friend, who has a dark secret, Rebekah must put an end to the curse before she ends up like the rest of the victims.

* * *
I've also got an interview with the author so that you can find out a bit more about this book and its author!!! :)
1.) How long have you been writing?

Honestly, it's rather hard to pinpoint exactly how long I have been writing for, since I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I want to say I've been writing seriously since I was eight years old, so about eleven years. However, writing has always been a hobby of mine and has been a part of me since birth.

2.) What gave you the idea for Threatening Souls?

There actually was a book, my first attempt at novel writing, that had a similar concept to Threatening Souls that I started writing when I was ten, that of the cursed town that the main character would be moving to. There were some major differences between the two books, however, but I guess you can say the concept for Threatening Souls came from that first novel. In all honesty, the idea for the novel just came to me, like a lot of my novel ideas had been. I have always had an infatuation with the paranormal and supernatural, and Threatening Souls, originally titled Sacrifices: The Curse of Roseway, was actually my tenth novel idea but the first novel I ever completed.

3.) Were any of these characters particularly difficult to write? Easy?

The most easy character for me to write would probably be Jamie only because I did know someone like her in the past, someone who was snobby and literally pretended to be my friend in order to get to my other friend. This person later on also tried to steal my only friend away from me and even resorted to physical violence in order to make that happen, and for her tenth birthday party, of which I was invited to as a last resort only because someone else couldn't come, her parents actually did rent out a hummer limo that drove everyone to this really expensive restaurant called Red Lobster and then later to Dairy Queen.

The most difficult characters for me to write, however, are also coincidentally the most interesting to me. The antagonists are among them because I love focusing on their drive and what made them the way they are. In other words, it is no secret that I tend to favor antagonists much more than I favor protagonists for that very reason. The only other character that was difficult for me to write, but was also equally interesting, was Andre because of her past situation and how much her past experiences had broke her.

4.) Who is your favorite character from this book?

My favorite character from the book would probably again be Andre for the above reasons to the point where I started writing a shorter series called Days of Darkness that is based off her experiences before she got involved with Roseway. In all honestly, because she is introduced late within Threatening Souls, the reader only knows the gist of what happened to her; however, the Days of Darkness series as well as the third Threatening Souls novel, Twisted Ignorance, explores her past on a deeper level.

5.) Without giving spoilers, was there any particular scene in this book harder to write than others?

The buildup and transition scenes were probably the hardest for me to write only because I am not the most patient person in the world, and therefore, I always found myself wanting to write the more exciting scenes as soon as possible because they were the most fun to write.

6.) What, besides writing, do you enjoy doing?

I also sing, and I am currently in one of the five choirs at my university called the University Singers. I also have a youtube channel (xXOnTheScene01Xx) where I occasionally post videos, such as song covers and whatever else I feel like making at the time. My favorite genre of music is probably rock and metal music, and it is because of bands like In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, and others that made me want to teach myself how to do growls and screamo, so I can also do that to a degree, though I don't do it often for the fear of ruining my voice. I also game whenever I can, and a few of my favorite games to play would probably be The Last of Us, Undertale, the Elder Scrolls franchise, and the Saints Row franchise. Sometimes, I also read, and I tend to read a lot of self-published novels from novelists such as Isabella Rogge, Corrie Fischer, Maya E.S. Bode, and Victoria Snow.

7.) Are you currently working on any other projects?

Besides making changes to and editing my other completed novels, such as Bleeding Misery, Twisted Ignorance, and Days of Darkness, I am also currently working on the fourth Threatening Souls novel, Immortal Injustice, and the second Days of Darkness novel, Days of Light.

8.) Is there anything else you would like us to know about Threatening Souls?

I started writing Threatening souls when I was twelve years old in July of 2009, and I finished the original first draft in May of 2010 when I was thirteen. Since then, the novel itself has gone through countless amounts of changes until I first self-published it on October 31, 2014 when I was seventeen. Also, there are a couple of things in Threatening Souls and other books in the series that allude to future plot lines within the series, but they all tend to tie into each other in some way.

Remember, this book comes out on October 31st (yes, Halloween)!!! It'll be available in most bookstores in paperback as well as online in ebook format!!!! This is also the first release by new publishing house, The Polyethnic, so be sure to show your support by picking up a copy :)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Book is Getting Published!!!

Some of you might already know about my book, Amid Stars and Darkness, getting picked up by Swoon Reads back in April (which I still can't believe!) and that it's due for publication on July 18, 2017.


The Polyethnic Publishing recently signed Unhinged! I'm excited that this book will finally be getting a further reach and that you'll all be able to pick it up at a store :) Amazingly enough, it looks like this will be published by the end of the year (yes, by the end of 2016) which would be so cool! I know this isn't technically a review, but I wanted to spread the word. For more information, please go check out my main blog, which you can get to by clicking the link at the left sidebar, and/or my instagram account:


This is my handle for most things, so you can also find me with it on Twitter and even Wattpad. :)

I finished The Night Circus yesterday so a review for that will be coming!!!