Blog Tour & Review: Night of the Dragon

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Night of the DragonAuthor: Julie Kagawa
Series: Shadow of the Fox #3
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Released: March 31st, 2020
Received: Review Request
Warnings: Graphic injuries, character death
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Night of the Dragon in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Night of the Dragon is the third, and final, novel in Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox Trilogy. That means that everything is about to come to a head in the most dramatic and emotional of ways possible.

Last we saw, Yumeko was forced to give up the part of the sacred scroll she was protecting. A scroll that she had successfully kept safe for two entire novels. Now, she, alongside the rest of her companions, is determined to get it back. More than that, they’re going to stop the Master of Demons from summoning the Great Kami dragon – something that would surely alter the world they all know for the worse.

 

“’I trust you,’ Yumeko said very quietly. ‘Even if you’re not the same, I saw your soul that night. I know you won’t betray us.’”

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Blog Tour & Review: The Darkness We Hide

The Darkness We HideAuthor: Debra Webb
Series: The Undertaker’s Daughter #3
Publisher: MIRA
Released: March 31st, 2020
Received: Review Request
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Darkness We Hide in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Darkness We Hide is the third (and final) novel in Debra Webb’s The Undertaker’s Daughter series, a thriller and mystery series of epic proportions. As the pull quote says, some secrets really are worth dying for.

Doctor Rowan Dupont has been through a lot the last ten months. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. She’s lost family members and loved ones, has been haunted by the ghosts of what has been done, and it is all far from over.

Julian Addington is still on the loose. As long as that serial killer is free, Rowan will never be able to let her guard down. She’ll never stop looking over her shoulders. Or take the time to truly enjoy being with Billy Brannigan.

Luckily, Rowan is made of sterner stuff. She’s investigated plenty of mysterious deaths in the past, and is prepared for the worst. She also determined to bring Julian’s reign of terror to an end – before he can take anything (or anyone) else from her.

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Review: The World at Night by Babak Tafreshi

The World at NightThe World at Night by Babak Tafreshi: Spectacular photographs of the night sky
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Released: November 19th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of The World at Night through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The World at Night is a stunning look at the night sky. It’s so easy to take our nightly view for granted, and that is something that Babak Tafreshi wanted to change with writing this book. This novel features over two hundred photographs from all over the world, all featuring the stunning night sky from different vantage points.

Honestly, I’m overwhelmed by how much of an undertaking The World at Night must have been. Tafreshi somehow managed to get forty (more than) different artists together for this collection. And then they created additional commentary, insights, and other helpful information to accompany each and every piece.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about The World at Night. It was wildly informative, while also being striking. This is a book you’re going to want on your shelf, as it’s relaxing to read, but also ready to fill you up with anything you’ve ever wanted to know about our beautiful night sky.

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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2, Grishaverse #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Released: June 4th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Siege and Storm is the second novel in Leigh Bardugo’s groundbreaking Shadow and Bone Trilogy. It’s also the second novel in her extended universe known as the Grishaverse. No matter how you look at it, this is not a novel you want to miss out on. I’m honestly still kicking myself for taking this long to get around to reading the series.

Ravak is a country torn apart by war, greed, and the Shadow Fold. This is the same world that contains Grishas – people who can do extraordinary magic. Or in the case of the Darkling; horrible feats of power.

Alina and Mal may have escaped significant danger on that dreadful day, but now they’ve found themselves on the run. And worst of all, the Darkling is alive and is undoubtedly seeking to take Alina back. But they have more allies than they’re aware of; granted each and every person they come across is bound to have their own goals as well. But any port in the storm.

 

“He didn’t understand. The dreams were the only place it was safe to use her power now, and she longed for them.”

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Review: Tales From Behind the Window

Tales From Behind the Window

Author: Edanur Kuntman
Publisher: Europe Comics
Released: August 21st, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Tales From behind the Window through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tales From Behind the Window is the true story of three women from Turkey, and the systematic male dominance they’ve experienced on a daily basis throughout their lives. Edanur Kuntman wrote and illustrated this novel as a way to honor and showcase everything her grandmother went through. And it’s a beautiful tribute, as well as being a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.

From now on, when I think of a graphic novel that carried with it some serious weight and impact, I’m going to think of Tales From Behind the Window. One of the reasons it was so powerful is the fact that it is all based on true stories. It certainly increased the emotional intensity of it all – tenfold.

I honestly can’t encourage everyone enough to go ahead and give Tales From Behind the Window a read. It’s worth it – trust me. It may break you just a little bit, but the end result is something utterly empowering and beautiful.

What Edanur Kuntman created here was truly beautiful. Not only the story itself, but the message and the artwork as well. Everything about this piece was lovely and memorable.

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Review: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and TeethAuthor: Adalyn Grace
Series: All the Stars and Teeth #1
Publisher: Imprint
Released: February 4th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Slavery, ownership, magical bonds, abuse
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of All the Stars and Teeth through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

All the Stars and Teeth is the first novel in a series of the same name by Adalyn Grace. This is a fantasy series that blends magic and waters, royalty and legend.

Amora was born, bred, and raised to rule the kingdom of Visidia. Even if that meant she would never be able to travel the seas like she so desperately craved, she knew this was the job she was made for.

But on the day of her coronation, something goes amiss. Her magic is not as under control as she believed, and it just cost her everything. Or did it? On the run, Amora learns there’s a lot happening in her kingdom that she never knew about. Facts that will change – or ruin – the kingdom as she knows it.

 

“The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more than what you can see.”

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Review: Knights of Macragge by Nick Kyme

Knights of Macragge by Nick KymeAuthor: Nick Kyme
Series: Warhammer 40,000
Publisher: Black Library
Released: January 21st, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Knights of Macragge through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Knights of Macragge is one of several new novels to hit the streets from the world of Warhammer 40,000. This is a dramatic and action filled novel, one who will show you the Ultramarines and everything they’re capable of.

There was a time when Captain Sicarius, Master of the Watch, was lost in the Warp. This is the story of what happened to him – and his men – during that time. It’s an epic saga depicting battles against the warp and other eternal enemies of the crusade.

Knights of Macragge is perfect for anybody looking for an Ultramarine battlefest. It’s also perfect for fans of Sicarius in particular, as his story is a leading focal point (obviously).

 

“Hold on, Praxor. We are almost to you. Sicarius has driven them back. The Master of the Watch has rallied the field.”

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Review: Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing by Flora Weycott

Inspired Artist

Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing: Learn to draw more than 100 everyday items, from food to fashion
Author: Flora Weycott
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Released: October 1st, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing is a helpful guide book for any new artists, or artists hoping to advance their drawing techniques. Written by Flora Weycott, this book does exactly what it promises. It gives the readers a foundation in which they can then go ahead and drawing anything they so desire.

This book is part of a series, known as the Inspired Artist. So if you’re interested or enjoyed this one, do be sure to check out the rest as well! They’re perfect for hobbyists and artists alike, regardless of skill level.

Not only is this guide extremely informative, but Flora Weycott’s artistic style is simply endearing. Her whimsical nature shines through in this guide, giving off a soothing feel while being simply adorable. It’s no surprise that others would want to learn the methods behind her artwork.

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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneAuthor: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1, Grishaverse #1
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Released: June 5th, 2012
Received: Own
Warnings: Animal death
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Shadow and Bone is the first novel in a trilogy of the same name by Leigh Bardugo. It’s also the first novel in Bardugo’s groundbreaking larger world, known as the Grishaverse. And I’ve taken entirely too long to get around to reading it. But I’m about to make up for lost time here.

Ravka has been torn apart by war and the Shadow Fold – a tear of darkness across the land that contains within it deadly beasts and monsters. This is the world that Alina and Mal were born into. Raised as orphans, the two of them end up joining the war effort. Only their entire lives are changed thanks to one catastrophic event.

When their regiment took them into the Shadow Fold (yes, the Shadow Fold) they were unsurprisingly set upon by monsters. But this action did result in one surprise – the revelation of Alina’s suppressed power.

 

“’I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,’ he said. ‘You and I are going to change the world.’”

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Review: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 9: “Okay”

The Wicked + The Divine Vol 9Author: Kieron Gillen
Artists: Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: October 8th, 2019
Received: Own
Issues: The Wicked + The Divine 40-45
Rating: Kitty Rating

It’s here. The final volume of the Wicked + the Divine. I’m not going to lie – I let this volume sit on my table for a week before I got brave enough to actually pick it up and read it. But can you blame me? We all knew that this was going to be an emotional – yet revealing – conclusion to the series.

The final volume has been titled The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 9: Okay which is more than a little bit alarming. That one word carries with it a lot of weight and raises even more questions for us desperate fans.

The Wicked + the Divine is set in a world where gods are real, but can only appear for a set period of time, and follow strict rules. That summary really doesn’t do the series justice, however. What follows is a chaotic tale, as our dynamic leading characters (gods and goddesses alike) try to solve the mystery of Ananke, and hopefully save their lives in the process.

This is without a doubt, one of the most character driven series I’ve been reading as of late. I’ve come to love the twisted and warped characters of this series. And I’m already sad to have to say goodbye to them all.

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