Blog Tour: The Forest Beyond The Earth

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Hello readers! Welcome to my book blog, for today’s tour post upload. This time, it is for the YA post-Apocalyptic novel The Forest Beyond The Earth by Matthew S Cox. As always, this post will contain a full review as well as the chance to enter in a giveaway and purchase links so you can grab a copy of the book to read! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy reading this post!

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Book details:
The Forest Beyond the Earth
by Matthew S. Cox
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Under the watchful eye of the Mother Shrine, twelve-year-old Wisp ekes out a simple, but challenging life with Dad, foraging for food and losing herself in old books from the world that came before. She loves the Endless Forest ― except when the Tree Walkers come for her.

In ages past, the great rain of fire and ash destroyed the Earth, wiping out the ancients and everything they had made. Nature has reclaimed much since then, spreading out in a vast forest full of wonder and dread. Ever in fear of being taken away, she follows Dad’s rules without question while learning to survive off the land.

No longer a small child, she accompanies Dad on one of his treks, her first time more than a few steps away from the cabin. A day exploring with him is the happiest time of her life, but joy is short-lived.

A monster follows them home.

Safe in her Haven, she hides while Dad goes outside to confront the beast. She wakes alone the next morning, and waits. Alas, her hope of his return fades with the daylight. Desperate, she breaks his strictest rule and goes outside alone. Not far from the cabin, she discovers his rifle abandoned next to the monster’s strange footprints.

Afraid but determined, Wisp sets off on her own into the Endless Forest to find Dad ― before the Tree Walkers catch her.

 
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AUTHOR BIO:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

REVIEW: This YA Post-Apocalyptic novel follows a young girl, who is kept hidden away from the outside world other than the surrounding lands nearest her Haven which are known as the Endless Forest. I personally love reading and writing about settings of forests and woods, it really builds something extra onto the reading atmosphere. Now that the young girl (called Wisp) is twelve, she can have some extra freedom. But when that does happen, a scary monster follows them both back to the Haven. When the sun rises, Wisp discovers that her Dad hasn’t returned. The only way to find him, is to break all of the rules and forget being safe. She has to venture out, and use her Dad’s rifle to defend herself against the so-called Tree Walkers, enemies that could kill her.
This was an adventurous story as Wisp has to make some difficult decisions throughout the novel, as she tries desperately to find her Dad. The ending of the novel was what shocked me the most as a reader, a plot twist that I didn’t see coming at all! It was a visual journey, with the visual settings my favourite part of the experience. There is no romance in this novel which also made the plotline really refreshing. A good standalone read for readers who like to go on a journey.
Giveaway: Closing date for entries is May 31st 2018!

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $30 Amazon gift card + 2x signed copies of The Forest Beyond the Earth

For the chance to win the prizes listed above, head over to this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232444/ Entries are open internationally!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you to Xpresso and Matthew for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon!
Alice x
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Blog Tour: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog for today’s tour post, this time for the YA Suspense novel Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J Garcia. As always, this post will contain a full review of the book as well as purchase links and a giveaway opportunity. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy reading and don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for recent uploads!

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Book details:
Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
by R.J. Garcia
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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AUTHOR BIO:
R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!
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REVIEW: This was definitely a storyline that I found to be full of suspense. Scary, creepy with those scenes in particular a good read for around Halloween time. Told from two teen male POVs (which I found really refreshing), Tommy and his sister are sent to live with an Aunt and Grandparents who are completely new to them. This is after social services take them away from living with their Mum. In this new location, Tommy meets one of the local troublemakers called Finn, sadly for him, Finn lives with a Stepfather who doesn’t give him any form of acceptance and also works as the sheriff. Joining with more local teens, Tommy feels he has found new friends for the first time in a while. But, the struggles of adolescence as well as a case of kidnapping and an unsolved murder, turn their lives (and friendships) completely upside down.
This standalone novel was full of twists and turns, with interesting perspectives from the teens featured throughout the story. I liked the setting of a small town in Indiana and the chilly plotline of the unsolved murder. Personally, the two teen male POVs of Tommy and Finn were written really well, each chapter represents one of their perspectives. Dialogue kept the pacing fast and flowing well throughout. This is a story that I can definitely see readers over 15+ enjoying. I did read this in one sitting which I felt added to the intrigue and excitement.
Giveaway: Closing date for entries is May 17th 2018!

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • An eBook copy of Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

For the chance to win an eBook copy of the novel, head to this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232437/  This giveaway is open for international entries!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you to Xpresso and the author R.J Garcia for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you soon for a new upload!

Alice x

Blog Tour: ISAN

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Hello readers! It’s Alice, and I’m back with a new tour post, this time for the YA Dystopian novel ISAN by Mary Ting. ISAN is the first book in a brand new series which I’m really excited to be promoting on my blog! As always, this tour post will contain more details about the book such as purchase links, a full review and a giveaway opportunity. Thanks for sticking by and enjoy reading this post!

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Book details:
ISAN
by Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.

SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her “better.” To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

“Captivating from the very beginning…this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of actions.” –School Library Journal
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AUTHOR BIO:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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REVIEW:Set in a divided United States, the main character Ava ends up in a detention for juvenile until one day, she is offered the chance to take a serum that will ultimately change who she is and give her a boost of powers. The catch is that by taking the serum, she must join a program known as ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network). On missions to kidnap, kill and seek targets. On one of these missions, she meets Rhett who she knows from her past. He is part of a different gang and so, take her hostage. During this time, all the secrets start to unravel, leaving Ava with trust issues for everyone she knows and loves.

This YA Dystopian I really enjoyed, starting straight away with tension and heart-racing action. Each chapter contained plot twists and turns at every corner that kept me wanting to read on till the final page. The pacing at times was a little slow, but picked up towards the end with Ava and Rhett’s interactions. The ending is a cliffhanger which I was a little sad by, however, due to the writing style which I really liked as well as a range of characters, I will be picking up the next book to see where Ava’s adventures take her next!

GIVEAWAY: For the chance to win a signed copy of ISAN as well as a bookish swag pack, head over to this link now to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/48cd2c9a135/ This giveaway is open to International entries!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you Xpresso and the author Mary for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon with a new post!
Alice x

Blog Tour: Cascading Petals

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog, for today’s blog tour post for the novel Cascading Petals by Jane C Brady, this is a YA Contemporary Romance. As always, there will be a full review, details about the book including purchase links, as well as a giveaway opportunity for the chance to win some cool prizes. Thanks for sticking by and enjoy reading this post!

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Book details:
Cascading Petals
by Jane C. Brady
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Despite the years of bullying in school, Jewel Hart has remained sweet and kind. She has it all—a great life, a great family, and beauty—but she has never been able to obtain the one thing she wants—to belong.

When Jewel meets Kaiden Carter, a good-looking, charming new student at York Mills High, things start to look up. On the surface, he is perfect, but Jewel can’t shake the feeling that everything is not as it seems.

When the devastation of the rising suicides in her school hits too close to home and drives Jewel into a deep despair, she clings to Kaiden’s strength to find her way back. Through the pain and fear surrounding her, she finds hope and the will to go on. But just as she picks herself up, tragedy strikes again, threatening to steal her last glimmer of hope. How will she go on? Can she ever find her place in the world?

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AUTHOR BIO:
Jane lives life to the full because she doesn’t want to wake up twenty years from now regretting all the things she didn’t do. She’s an avid traveler who also loves throwing elaborate dinner parties where she wows her guests with gourmet meals. Jane has a passion for writing, interior design, history, movies, board games, and fitness. In her quest  for an exciting life, however, she now draws the line at zip-lining, which she experienced in Costa Rica. Never again!

Jane comes from a family of six sisters and lived in a Tennessee plantation house for several years while growing up. She now lives in Western Canada but dreams of owning a vacation home in South Carolina. She lives with her husband (her high school sweetheart), two teenagers, and two dogs. When she grows up, she’d like to be her brilliant sixteen-year-old daughter (minus the mood swings).

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REVIEW:Cascading Petals was an emotional read, following the life of a young girl called Jewel Hart. During her school days, she has been a victim of horrific bullying that has resulted in anxiety and upset, not having any friends to spend time with. As she starts her final year in High School, she meets a new student Kaiden Carter, they grow close despite fellow students at the school earning Kaiden about Jewel with untrue rumours. Across the news, the numbers of teens taking their own life have increased. After feeling depressed, Jewel has Kaiden to stay close to until a horrible tragedy occurs, shattering both of their worlds.

There are multiple POVs and sometimes, it was a little bit confusing to track whose perspective it was. The Contemporary romance was not insta-love, the high school setting realistic. There was one character in particular (a teacher) who was extremely unprofessional but you heard the story from all sides. The dialogue kept the story flowing well, I did struggle a little with character connection but the bullying I can personally relate to since I was bullied a lot during my high school years. The last couple of chapters really hit me, I can’t spoil the story since I don’t write spoiler reviews but what I will say is that Cascading Petals does give you, as the reader, the emotional impact. I would read more books by this author!

Giveaway: This closes for entries on May 24th 2018!
Tour-wide giveaway (UK/CAN/US)
  • A Kindle Fire HD 32 g + a signed copy of Cascading Petal

For the chance to win the prize mentioned above, all you need to do is head to this link and enter!: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232436/ This giveaway is open to residents who live in the UK, US or Canada!

That concludes this post, a big thank you to Xpresso and Jane for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon for a new post!

Alice x

Blog Tour: Nowhere Else But Here

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Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog, for today’s blog tour post. This post is for the YA Contemporary novel Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton. I will be sharing my review for the novel as well as purchase links and the blurb for everyone to read and enjoy! If you liked this post, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by tapping the subscribe button on screen. Follow me on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3) for daily updates and all things books!

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“He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo.
And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her?

If Rose lets him in, she’ll be going against everything she holds true. It’s reckless, risky – and definitely not in the rulebook. But Theo makes Rose long to break the rules After a whirlwind week of brat-pack movies, midnight snacks and non-stop chat, where do Rose and Theo go from here?

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39676516-nowhere-else-but-here?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nowhere-Else-Here-Rachel-Cotton/dp/1785301632/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525502383&sr=1-1&keywords=9781785301636

REVIEW:

This is Rachel’s debut novel, when I used to be active on Wattpad a few years ago, I used to see her Wattpad works trending on the charts. To see one of her stories in physical copies, I was literally so thrilled! Nowhere Else But Here was a good YA Contemporary that follows Rose, a girl in high school, part of a search for a fellow classmate called Theo who is missing from his home. Suddenly, Theo shows up outside her door, with hidden secrets regarding why he ran off. The problem is, he’s too scared to go home and so, needs somewhere to stay. Rose has to lie to her parents, older brother and friends about this development. When suspicions start to arise, a chance at discovering happiness could vanish in an instant.

There are mentions of domestic abuse, a couple of paragraphs where Rose has an anxiety attack (personally, I can relate to the anxiety attacks), however, the pacing flowed well for me. I liked the second half of the book as the characters started to interact more. The first half was Rose and Theo together, at Rose’s house hiding away. There were a lot of revealed secrets that I tried to keep track of. But overall, I did enjoy this one. I’m really excited to see what book Rachel comes out with next, definitely go and grab your copy readers!

Overall: Good dialogue, emotional story, Rose and Theo’s interactions kept me reading until the final page.

That concludes this blog tour post! A big thank you to Rachel and the team at Ink Road Books for letting me be a part of the tour. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

Blog Tour: Magnetic

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Hello all! Welcome back to my blog for the novel Magnetic written by Carissa Miller, a YA novel that is inspired by true events. This post will include a full spoiler-free review as well as a giveaway opportunity and more details about where to purchase a copy. Enjoy reading!

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Book details:
Magnetic
by Carissa Miller
Publication date: September 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:

When Elle Christiansen’s rebellion leads to her father’s expulsion from a parsonage in small-town Ohio, the forlorn pair is forced to move to Oklahoma to live with an aunt neither of them has ever met. Here she encounters her aunt’s neighbor—Maverick Mason, the quietly confident son of a wealthy oil tycoon who infuriates her as much as he inexplicably draws her in…

Maverick slowly gains Elle’s trust and coaxes her out from the seemingly impenetrable walls of self-protection she erected around her heart when her mother was murdered. He convinces Elle to confide the secrets of her tortured past: that she saw her mother’s murder before it took place, and she was the one who found her, bleeding to death at the end of a lonely dirt road. Together the unlikely pair begins to unlock the secrets of not only Elle’s sordid past, but her mother’s and grandmother’s as well, to uncover decades of greed, corporate corruption, lies, and murder. Quickly, the sobering realization hits: if they do not solve her mother’s murder, Elle will undoubtedly suffer the same fate. As she continues her journey toward truth alongside the boy she is magnetically drawn to in a way both frightening and uncontrollable, Elle finds the road she is most afraid of going down—that one lane dirt road where her mother was murdered—just might be the only place she can truly find redemption.

Magnetic tells of the enduring pain of living with unsolved violent crime. Inspired by debut author Carissa Miller’s true-life events, it’s a haunting account of a young girl’s struggle in the aftermath of shattering loss. With an unravelling love story, puzzling mystery, unexpected twists and turns, and a gripping pace that will keep you turning pages, our heroine takes you on her journey as she learns one of life’s great lessons: facing your fears instead of running from them, is the only way to truly find freedom.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Carissa Miller writes a lifestyle and design blog called CC and Mike, where she and her husband blog about their experiences designing, building, and flipping houses in the Midwest. She was inspired to write her debut novel–Magnetic—because of her firsthand experience living with the trauma of an unsolved violent crime, her mother’s attempted murder. When she’s not writing, blogging, or designing, Carissa loves Oklahoma summers on the lake with her husband and three children, going to Oklahoma State sporting events and cheering on the Cowboys, and traveling cross country with her family in the RV she and her husband renovated. Carissa laughs loudly, loves with her whole heart, tells it how it is to a fault, and enjoys living life to the fullest, every moment of every day.

You can follow along with Carissa and her family on Instagram – ccandmikecreative, Facebook – CC and Mike, Pinterest – CC and Mike, Twitter, or by subscribing to their blog – http://www.ccandmike.com/.

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REVIEW: Magnetic was a novel I read in a single sitting and one that even to this moment, as I type my thoughts up, that I’m still trying to digest fully what happened throughout with the mysteries and scary nightmares that the main character Elle experiences. Even though the genre above is listed contemporary, I would also add mystery/thriller to that list, since it was definitely a thrilling read that kept me eager to read up to the last page. Elle moves to Oklahoma with her Dad and moves in with a mysterious aunt who has hidden secrets of her own. Soon, Elle meets other young teens and attends the prep school where her Dad has a new job as a teacher. The romance for me did feel a little bit insta-love, however, the suspense from the nightmares and family secrets finally unlocked were the parts I enjoyed the most. Also, being inspired from true events, it made me feel more interested as a reader, wanting to know more about past experiences and trying a new book by a new author!
GIVEAWAY: Closing date for entries is 10th May 2018
For the chance to win a $25 Amazon giftcard, to spend on whatever you want (books, games, dvds), then head over to the giveaway link. This giveaway is open for international entries!: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232411
That concludes this tour post, a big thanks to the team at Xpresso and the author Carissa for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. Have a great day and see you all with a new post soon!
Alice x

Blog Tour: Sons of Gods

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It’s blog tour day once again! Welcome back to my blog for the promotional tour post for Sons of Gods by Arthur J Gonzalez. This is a YA Mythology novel that I was kindly sent for review via Xpresso Tours, as always, my post will contain more details about the novel with purchase links, a quick-fire review (always spoiler-free) and a giveaway opportunity. So, let’s get started!

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Book details:
Sons of Gods
by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Long ago, the wrath of the three God brothers marked the onset of the Great War. The other Gods watched in horror, until they, too, were forced to take sides. Their beloved Mt Olympus collapsed, ruin was brought to all Divine, and the Age of Darkness gripped the world in its clutches. But a group of Gods was wise, and before their impending deaths, they had crafted a pact, committing to one day rebuilding the Territories – the Heavens, Seas, and the Underworld. It would usher in the world they protected and honored out from its darkness. And from it would rise the new Greats: the Sons of Gods.

Cienzo has always had an affliction for metal and fire; never did he anticipate it would one day translate to wielding dormant powers. It is during a journey to fulfill a promise to his dying sister, that he is plunged into a dark and magical world, and where great responsibility is bestowed upon him.

Is he worthy of assuming the throne of the Territories? Can shattering steel and splitting fire change his mind?

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AUTHOR BIO:
Arthur J. Gonzalez is a Young Adult author of the Photo Traveler series. Originally born in Miami, FL, you can now find him living on the West side in Los Angeles. If he’s not drinking coffee or playing with his adorable Schnoodle, Sookie, then he’s probably enjoying a nap. Also, he forgets the lyrics to nearly every song.
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REVIEWS: Readers, I have a huge secret that I would like to share… I have quite a strong interest for mythology so when the chance came to sign-up for the promotional blog tour for a new YA novel that was mythology featured, I leapt at the chance! The battles between Gods have forced new plans to be drawn up in order to protect their world. The main character Cienzo has a mission to complete which is, to save his sister who is rapidly dying. To accomplish this, he must leave his surroundings behind and face the threats of violence along the way. The main strength for Sons of Gods was definitely the dialogue, it kept the pacing strong throughout. When it came to the violence, some of the descriptions were a little gory at times, however, it made for an interesting plot and gave me a good mythology fix!
Giveaway: Closing Date for Entries is April 26th 2018!
To be in with the chance of winning a £25 Amazon voucher to spend on whatever you like, head over to this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232398/
That concludes this tour post, a massive thank you to the team at Xpresso and the author Arthur for letting me be a part of the promotional tour. See you all soon!
Alice x