Double ARC Review | A Curse of Ash and Embers & A Curse of Roses

 🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day by the hand of the most incredible readings.❤️ Today I’m more than happy to bring you a double review of two great books that I’ve read this month, and that I also have the pleasure to say have been ARCs, so THANK YOU SO MUCH to Edelweiss+ & NetGalley for the opportunity to read them. Before starting I want to say THANK YOU my loves for all the support that you have been giving me in my posts, little by little I’m catching up, so I promise you that if you’ve commented on my blog at some point, I will be checking your blog soon and anyway I’m determined to visit as many book bloggers as I can, so don’t worry, I’ll end up visiting you, because you deserve the love, and you’re wonderful. I also want to remind you that I’m working on a project where I’m making a list here on my blog with as many book bloggers as I can, so if you want to participate then write to me in THIS POST or wherever place you want, and I will add you. 😍
Now, going back to today’s post, I have two very magical books to share with you, I’ve enjoyed both very much and although I don’t think they’re perfect, I believe that the failures are really superficial and don’t overshadow these great stories about curses and folklore. On the one hand, we have
A Curse of Ash and Embers (Tales of the Blackbone Witches # 1) by Jo Spurrier, a highly atmospheric book made to devour quickly, it’s a super interesting story with great female power behind & on the other hand, we have A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha which is a story that also revolves around a curse where our main character turns everything she eats into flowers and although it sounds almost poetic, it has been a nightmare for her, so she’ll undertake a journey to find a solution, highly based in Portuguese myths and I’ve loved that.
I hope you enjoy the post and decide to add these books to your TBR! Now, without further ado, let’s get started.
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Double ARC Review | Shifting Shadows (Narun, #2) & War of the Twin Swords

 🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day by the hand of the most incredible readings. ❤️ Today I’m more than happy to bring you a double review of two great books that I’ve read this month, and that I also have the pleasure to say have been ARCs. Before starting as I always like to do, I want to thank both authors for contacting me to review their books, it’s a great honor for me. This time I come with an action-packed short book highly based on the story of King Arthur, but with its own original touches as well and very powerful female leaders & on the other hand, I bring a sequel to a super addictive urban fantasy that combines very well elements of fantasy with contemporary touches and a good atmosphere. 👏🏻 
You’ll see that my reviews aren’t as extensive as always, it’s because I haven’t had much time this month, I promise that it will be like that again next month, but for now, I focus on the most important details and don’t worry because I don’t leave anything out of my reviews and I still share with you all my thoughts, the good ones, and the not so good ones. 🥰 
So without further ado, I hope you enjoy it, you know that I adore sharing my thoughts with you 😊 & LET’S GET STARTED!
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Double ARC Review | A Wind From the Rift & The Shadowverse: Vengeance

 🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day by the hand of the most incredible readings ❤️ Today I’m more than happy to bring you a double review of two incredible sequels that I’ve read this month, and that I also have the pleasure to say have been ARCs. Before starting I want to thank the author & the publisher with my heart who have contacted me to read their works, it has been a pleasure to do so. I’ll be bringing you this type of shorter reviews this month since, as you know, I’m writing a lot this month (NaNoWriMo) so I don’t have time to elaborate as much as always, even so, don’t get me wrong, I touch on all the important points in these reviews and I haven’t left anything to say, I’m just trying to get more to the point and quickly touch on the points that I clearly liked as well as those that I didn’t and so hopefully you can choose one to add to your TBR. 🥰 
This time I have a high fantasy sequel with a dark tone that has surprised me & another sequel about superheroes more focused on the sci-fi side, super light, and fun to read. 👏🏻
So without further ado, I hope you enjoy it, you know that I adore sharing my thoughts with you 😊 & LET’S GET STARTED!
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Book Review | Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

By: V.E. Schwab

TitleVicious

Series: Villains #1

Pages: 366

PublishedSeptember 24th, 2013

By: Tor Books

Genre: Adult – Paranormal – Sci Fi

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A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
 

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Book Review | The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

TitleThe Year of the Witching

By: Alexis Henderson

SeriesNO

Pages: 368

PublishedJuly 21st, 2020

By: Ace

Genre: YA – Horror – Fantasy – Historical Fiction

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A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

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Book Review | Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

TitleRules for Vanishing

By: Kate Alice Marshall

SeriesNO

Pages: 416

PublishedSeptember 24th, 2019

By: Viking Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA – Horror – Mystery/Thriller- Paranormal (LGBT+)

Buy it: Book Depository


In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
 

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Book Review | Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

TitleMexican Gothic

By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

SeriesNO

Pages: 301

PublishedJune 30th, 2020

By: Del Rey

Genre: Adult – Gothic Horror – Historcal Fiction – Mystery

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An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

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Book Review | Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Schwab

TitleTunnel of Bones

By: Victoria Schwab

Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Pages: 304

PublishedSeptember 3rd, 2019

By: Scholastic Press

Genre: Middle Grade | Paranormal | Horror

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Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

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Double ARC Review | Chosen Ones & Shadow Unbound ⚡️

⚡️ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day ❤️, (Is this Sofi uploading post on a Saturday? YEESSS, let’s enjoy this rare moment  😅) today I bring you a double book review of my ARCs, as you know this month I’m trying to catch up as much as possible with my ARCs, for which I’m more than grateful and this time it’s all about these two! One of these readings is one that I expected a little more of and ended up disappointed…. incredible idea … poor execution  😞 & the other is a sequel with which I had a lot of fun, superpowers, and an INCREDIBLE writing style, in fact, I even liked it more than the first book, which is great! 😍 Super excited to tell you all my thoughts about both books, so I hope you enjoy it, and as you know, I LOVE knowing what you think so let me know everything in the comments! LOVE YOU ⚡️ 

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Blog Tour | Promises Forged (Venators #2) by Devri Walls

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Title: Promises Forged

By: Devri Walls

Series: Venators #2

Pages: 428

Published: April 30th, 2019

By:  Brown Books Publishing Group

Genre: YA | Urban Fantasy 

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Synopsis


It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.
While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey falls into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.

It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen’s territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed and Grey along with her by the dangers of Eon.

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