Kingdom of Essence by Holly Karlsson – Review | Blog Tour

Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kingdom of Essence by Holly Karlsson hosted by MTMC Tours. Kingdom of Essence is the first book in a New Adult Fantasy Adventure series and it was released in Audiobook on May 20th, 2022.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Elitsa Serlov only cares about two things — earning enough money to start a new life and finding the rogue mage who murdered her mother. But years without leads have left her jaded, and she won’t let anyone — friend or foe — get in her way.

In Casekraia, anyone can use magic if they’re desperate enough to rent relics from the Tower, a corrupt guild of mages more concerned with their own wealth than the welfare of the people. Elitsa has spent the last three years as a reclamation agent for the Guild, hunting down her own people for precious coin and the hope of uncovering what happened to her mother.

Just one week before her contract with the Tower is set to expire, Elitsa is coerced into a dangerous conspiracy by a gang of rebellious thieves. With her loyalty to the Tower in question, Elitsa must decide between her quest for revenge and charting a new course for her life.

Kingdom of Essence by Holly Karlsson - Review | Blog Tour
Kingdom of Essence by Holly Karlsson – Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Mayan Shadows: The Crystals of Ahrum by Craig A. Hart and S. J. Varengo – Review

Maxwell Barnes #1

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

A motley crew of characters, consisting of an archaeologist, Max, his best friend, Axel, a young Mayan sporting a skateboard, Bembe, and Isabel, a Spanish beauty, is out to find the lost Crystal of Ahrum. It is rumored to possess the capability of restoring the long-lost Mayan Empire. However, an evil, delusional man, Estrada, desperately seeks the crystal too for his nefarious ends. Will Max and Company succeed in their endeavor? Read Mayan Shadows: The Crystals of Ahrum by Craig A. Hart and S. J. Varengo to find out.

Mayan Shadows: The Crystals of Ahrum by Craig A. Hart and S. J. Varengo - Review
Mayan Shadows: The Crystals of Ahrum by Craig A. Hart and S. J. Varengo – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Blood Beast Mutations by Carl John Lee – Spotlight

Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight series.

This week’s book under spotlight is The Blood Beast Mutations by Carl John Lee.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

The world is on its knees.
A deadly pandemic throttles the globe. Democracy has crumbled. Armed gangs of militant protestors stalk the streets. Amidst this waking nightmare, a new horror develops.
The virus is mutating.

Dan Lewis’s wife is sick. When he receives a call from the hospital, he’s prepared for the worst.
Or so he thought.
Because that call plunges Dan into an unending spiral of insanity and depravity. Now, he must fight his way through the battle-scarred streets of New York City to find his wife, unprepared for what awaits him out there…in the shadows.

Grim and terrifying, but laced with gallows humor and surprising heart, THE BLOOD BEAST MUTATIONS is an all-too-relatable story of courage and gruesome horror.

The Blood Beast Mutations by Carl John Lee - Spotlight
The Blood Beast Mutations by Carl John Lee – Spotlight
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Books with Fish on the cover: 10 Spectacular Middle grade books

If you have been following my blog, you would know I adore browsing books with beautiful covers. Yes! I am guilty of judging a book by its cover. For this post, I stumbled upon books that have fish on their cover.

While curating this list, I observed many of these books catered to the middle-grade audience, fiction and non-fiction alike. Many of the books listed below (except the first one, which is a horror book) feature children as protagonists and feature themes of dealing with grief, coming of age, and being curious about the world. However, this list cannot be strictly relegated to the middle-grade audience only. There is no reason why these books won’t win the hearts of my adult readers as well.

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Books with Fish on the cover
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Six Rooms by Gemma Amor – Spotlight

Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight series.

This week’s book under spotlight is Six Rooms by Gemma Amor.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Welcome, all, to the Sunshire Chateau: Lestershire’s premier tourist attraction. It sits high on a hill overlooking town, shrouded by tall trees and rumors of murder, scandal and intrigue. Tickets are hard to come by, so hold yours close, else the Tour Guide may not let you in. And that would be a pity, for there are so many things to see within these walls–history, glamor, and riches beyond your wildest imagination. Just remember the following rules: don’t wander off alone, don’t be rude to the Guide, and don’t, whatever you do, touch the valuables.

Because the ghosts don’t like it when you touch their things.

Six Rooms by Gemma Amor - Spotlight
Six Rooms by Gemma Amor – Spotlight
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Cliff Diver by Carmen Amato – Review

Emilia Cruz Mysteries #1

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Acapulco’s first female police detective dives into an ocean of secrets, lies, and murder when she investigates her own lieutenant’s death.

In this explosive start to the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco, Emilia beat the odds to become the resort city’s first female police detective. But she’s living in a pressure cooker. Other detectives are scheming to push her out and the police department is riddled with corruption and drug cartel influence.

When the lieutenant is murdered, Emilia is assigned to lead the investigation. Soon the man’s sordid sex life, money laundering, and involvement in a kidnapping double-cross combine to create an ugly mess no one wants exposed. The high profile murder case could wreck Emilia’s career. When another detective–Emilia’s worst enemy in the squadroom–emerges as the prime suspect, keeping her job might be the least of her worries.

Cliff Diver by Carmen Amato – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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