The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots – Review & Blog Tour

An engaging Young Adult Japanese Fantasy.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Ketsueki would give anything to find out why her mentor Akikumo, the last wolf in Japan, abandoned her. He left her with other kitsune at the Inari Shrine, but she doesn’t fit in. And now the other kitsune are bullying her and saying Akikumo is dead.

After causing trouble for the hundredth time, the Inari, instead of punishing her, has given Ketsueki a task: she must find out what happened to Akikumo. She quickly agrees, not realizing the delinquent son of the shrine’s head priest must accompany her.

Will Ketsueki be able to make peace with a human? Or will her years of resentment make this partnership impossible?

The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots Review & Blog Tour
The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots Blog Tour

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short – Review & Blog Tour

A blend of magic, fantasy, and space travel with plenty of action and gore.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost and drawn into a web of dark pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set before him, and a chance to forge his own fate.

From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit. But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.

Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying blood lust, and destroy the very people he has sworn to save?

The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short review & blog tour
The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo – Review

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

As a child playing in the cellar of her house called the underhouse, Kira feels a vibration coming from a pair of huge stone eyelids. There she meets Angras, a strange boy possessing super-human abilities. He tells her he came through these eyelids. They soon strike up a friendship with each other. However, this is short-lived due to her grandfather’s death. Her mysterious father, livid at this incident, tells her Angras was just a dream.

But Kira knows deep down this is not the truth. She continues to have nightmares of the underhouse. Years later, she comes home to stay with her grandmother and returns to the underhouse where she finally goes through the Eyes to enter a strange new world full of magic and unusual creatures. There, she meets Angras as well. But he has grown into a brooding man, no longer the vivacious child of the past due to vicious darkness spreading over his world. Can Kira save Angras’ world and survive the discovery of who her father is. Read Death and The Underhouse by Christina Caniyo to find out.

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Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.

For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: occasionally, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead.

When Kai wakes up next to the lifeless body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience.

Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim. Can she trust Kai as their paths collide, or does he herald her demise?

After losing a young patient, crestfallen oncologist, Mason, embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.

A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana - Review & Book Cover
The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – Review & Blog Tour

A SWASHBUCKLING TALE INVOLVING PIRATES, SHIPS, ADVENTURES ON STORMY SEAS, FACING DANGEROUS BEASTS IN THE MERCILESS DESERT, AND MUCH MORE.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT:

Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

Summary copied from Goodreads

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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar Review & Blog Tour
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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall – Review & Blog Tour

A GREAT START TO A YA FANTASY SERIES

Welcome to my stop on the Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall.

The Write Reads Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
The Write Reads Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First, he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he will take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

To protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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