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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl Between Two Worlds by K.M. Levis

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About the Book:

The day after Karina’s sixteenth birthday, supernatural things start to happen around her and she has no idea why. Her mother, who disappeared soon after they migrated from the Philippines to America, speaks to her in prophetic dreams. Stranger still is the old man who turns up at her house one day and claims to be her grandfather, even though Karina’s mother had told her he died a long time ago.

Karina discovers that her mother is an engkanto princess who ran away from Engkantasia. Karina is now of age to take the throne and must do so to prevent a war between Engkantasia and the human world. She must learn to control her powers and fight a range of weird creatures trying to kill her and her family. To make matters worse, she finally meets a boy she likes and there’s something about him she can’t quite figure out.

ISBN: 9789712733604

Publisher: Anvil Publishing

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My Thoughts:

  • First Impressions

The first few chapters already made me think that it is gonna be a unique book. Not just because it is written by a Filipina, but also because it talked about Philippine myths which we often see in young adult fantasy fiction. I also thought that the start of each chapter (news articles, journal entries) are cool and made me understand things more.

  • Likes

Firstly, I like how simple but hooking the writing style is. It has the characteristic that always gets me focused on a book: chapter cliffhangers that would make me want to read further. When I was reading it, I didn’t notice the time passing by. It is just so interesting to read something that has both the perspectives of a human and a mythical creature. Of course, what’s a book I love without it being FAST PACED? Yasss, this book is definitely fast paced!!!

The story was developed exactly the way I wanted it to be. BUT IT ENDED REALLY UNEXPECTEDLY!!! Man, that ending just got me shouting “WHAAAAAT??!??!?!?! WHY??!?!??!!!”

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Speaking of development, I ABSOLUTEFREAKINGLY LOVE HOW KARINA WAS ABLE TO FIND HER PURPOSE IN LIFE even at a young age. She was so brave to take the risks and leave her teenage life and do her responsibilities. She is an inspiration, young people, she truly is.

This is the book that made me remember the saying, “Maturity does not come with age, but rather it comes with the acceptance of responsibility.” Ever since her mother disappeared, she has been the one of full responsibility in their house wherein her dad was the only other person in there. She was the one who decides what to eat, what to buy for grocery, and other “adult” stuff that a teenager girl like her was not supposed to be worrying about. Take note: she was only around 13 years old when her mother disappeared and she started being the decision-maker in her family.

I can totally see the similarity of this situation in the real-life situation of some families wherein a child has to act as a parent just to make the family stick together and for them to be able to survive.

  • Dislike

I was just a bit disappointed with how the romance in the story has built up. I am really hoping for a Karina-Mark love story, eh? Also, it was not quite explained enough how Karina and Jason had feelings for each other…

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My Rating:

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author:

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Born in the Philippines and based in Sydney, Australia, Kristyn Maslog-Levis has been working as a journalist both internationally and locally for over 13 years. Her work has been published in various publications, including The New York Times and Al Jazeera. She’s also an award winning photographer and an avid mummy blogger. In 2011, Kristyn self-published her first children’s picture book based on a story her mother used to tell them when they were kids. In 2013, Kristyn self-published her second children’s picture book based on their life as little kids in the Philippines.

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TRAILER REVEAL: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia | YA Bound Book Tours

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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?

Genre: YA Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

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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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BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk | PRH International

29736467About the Book:

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

ISBN: 9780525578284

Publisher: Delacorte Press

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EXCERPT: Curses and Ash by Tiffany Daune | Xpresso Book Tours

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Discover the spellbinding sequel to Coral & Bone…

A demented twin sister, a demon hijacking her powers, and a mysterious journal filled with more questions than answers—Halen needs her Guardian Dax more than ever. But if she confides in Dax, she fears he will never forgive her, not after all he sacrificed to help her vanquish Asair. Halen drowned Asair in a tornado of wings—at least, she thought she killed him. Why then does his mocking voice snake through her thoughts, enticing her to surrender her power? Maybe she screwed up—big time—but she will never allow Asair to control her magick. And when Etils’ fires threaten the Earth, suspicions surrounding Asair’s death rise, igniting restlessness within the realms. Her life in balance, Halen must race time, purge the demon’s soul before flames consume the Earth or the Tari strike first.

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Excerpt:

Prologue

“WHEN THE TIME comes, promise not to kill me.” Galadia rested her head in the crook of Tarius’ neck.

He inhaled her sweet salty scent, taking in each breath as if it where his last. “You will have to leave before the change.”

She propped up on her elbows, meeting his gaze. “I am jesting. I know you could ever harm me.”

“But the beast I will become might.” He brushed her soft cheek, wishing for another way.

“Let us try again then. We must convince heaven’s council we need to be together.” Her tone grew determined.

The hope in her eyes cut deep like dragon talons in the flesh of prey. “We have tried. You are to be the mother of Elosia and I the father of Etlis. We cannot change destiny.”

“But we can fight it. Visit me on the shore each night when the moon is high above the water. Earth can still be our home.” Her mouth turned with a smile.

He loved that smile; the mischievous grin that often led to trouble. He would do anything for that smile.

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On the winter’s full moon, Tarius stood by the shore as he had every night since he had kissed Galadia goodbye and still, season after season, year after year, she never showed. The waves lapped his hooves and he wished for a body with gills and fins to bring him closer to her.

“I have lost her,” he said to his trusted advisor, Nora.

“She does not love you anymore.” She stroked his fur, running her hand along his antlers. “You need to let her go.”

“But what if something is wrong? Maybe she cannot surface.” He had to believe Galadia still loved him, otherwise, what was the point of going on? A life without her was not worth living.

“Her people come to shore. The Elosians mate with the humans.” Nora faced him, her eyes dark as the churning sea. “There is nothing keeping Galadia from here.”

“Bring me an Elosian, then. We will find a way to Galadia.” He struck his hoof against the sand and lightening flashed in the sky; a warning to tame his frustration.

“We have tried that before. They die before we get answers. They cannot breathe long enough to withstand interrogation.”

“Then bring me a siren.” The sky trembled with thunder at his suggestion.

Nora’s lips parted, her tongue on her teeth, and he knew she would advise against it. The sirens were wild and filled with dark magick. Yet, he had witnessed miracles in the presence of these magnificent creatures. Sirens very existence defied the heavens, planting jealousy in his soul—they were free, while he remained tethered to his realm. “If I can tame one, perhaps find a way to shackle their magick, then I can send a message to Galadia.”

“It is too dangerous. Even the Elosians have abandoned the sirens.”

“I need to know why she hasn’t come.” His voice came out wounded, as it always did when he spoke of Galadia.

“I will do as you ask, but when she does not return, promise you will let her go.” Her mouth broke with a soft smile. “There are others who love you—others waiting for your heart.”

He knew she yearned for his love just as he longed to witness Galadia surface in the sea. Nora stood by the shore of his heart waiting to be swept away in his love. Why did she not see, he could never love another? But he needed this favor, and if Galadia returned, then he would never have to break his promise. “I will let her go, if she does not come. I give you my word.”

Nora bowed with quick nod. She spread her arms by her sides and the wind whipped around her, picking up her hair, spinning it around her as she transformed to the raven he trusted. She flew toward the trees lining the shore, disappearing into the thick of the forest. Had he known his most trusted advisor would betray him, that everything he created, every tear, every smile would be lost in that one promise—he would have drowned the wretched raven in the sea that day.

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About the Author:

TiffanyTiffany Daune writes stories about magic, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Coral and Bone (The Siren Chronicles Book One) for which she also recieved a Watty Award in the category of Trailblazers. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.

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COVER REVEAL: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope | Xpresso Tours

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2. Stargaze (his idea)

3. Prank someone (her idea)

4. Go on a date (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.

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COVER REVEAL: Dwarves of Calcus (Fairy Tale Galaxy Chronicles #3) by Katie Hamstead | YA Bound Book Tours

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When she was thirteen, Snow Sabbia crash landed on the dwarves’ home planet of Calcus. After fleeing from her step-mother’s huntsman, seven brother dwarves took her in to hide and protect her. She has hidden for years on the peaceful planet, tinkering with old automobiles and pushing papers in the mine office.
Then, Timothy White shows up.
The shy, nervous, nerdy heir captivates Snow before she even knows who he is, and quickly she falls in love. But his high profile in society draws unwanted attention from her vengeful stepmother, who wants Snow dead.
Geneva believed Snow died years earlier and she had consumed her innocent heart. With her late husband’s wealth, Snow’s inheritance, in tow, she married a young lord, Conrad. Both are using each other–Geneva for his title and to have a child, Conrad for her money and beauty. But when Conrad lays eyes on his boyhood rival’s lovely fiance, Snow, his overwhelming desire for her reveals the truth to Geneva, that Snow lives.
Desperate to hold onto her wealth and power, Geneva seeks to kill Snow properly this time. Snow has the power to wield the one thing that can destroy her, so she cannot let the girl claim possession of the family heirloom, the Nevollo Sword.
Snow soon learns her step-mother knows she is alive. But she is a pacifist, so she must outwit Geneva and remain hidden… until Geneva, disguised as a child, presents her with an apple.

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Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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UNBOXING: The Candle Lit Shelf’s Infernal Romance Candle Box

Hey, avid readers! I am very excited to write my first review for a candle box! I’ve already reviewed book subscription boxes before, but I haven’t reviewed a candle box yet. So, here it is!

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