Blog Tour Review – The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

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Hello bookish friends and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso hosted by Shealea @ CAFFEINE BOOK TOURS. Be sure the follow the rest of the tour and check out the other amazing tour hosts!

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A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

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The Wolf of Oren-yaro (2020)

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Publisher: Orbit Books

Publication date: 18 February 2020

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Format: Paperback 494 pages

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“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.

But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.

Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.

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A Gripping and Thrilling Fantasy Tale 

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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso is a lush, intricate, and gripping fantasy tale that kept me engrossed until the very end.

I really enjoyed exploring this fascinating fantasy world Villoso has created and found myself quite mesmerized at times. The different settings, the world-building, the history of the clans and different cultures, and all the wonderful details made me feel like I was right there with Queen Talyien. The pacing is good and the plot (even though it took me a few chapters to really get into it) is actually pretty amazing. It has action, adventure, mystery, suspense a little humor, some romance and heartbreak (but not too much) and plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and glued to the pages. I also really like the flashbacks and learning what happened in the past. By the halfway mark, I was definitely more excited and incredibly eager to see where the story would go and how it would all end.

I really liked the characters and thought they’re all quite interesting and likable in their own ways. I enjoyed following Talyien on her journey and seeing her determination and strength was quite inspiring. It was exciting to see her rise and overcome so many obstacles as she tries to save her kingdom. She’s complex, flawed, fierce, smart, and just the type of heroine who you’ll root for even though she’s made mistakes.  I don’t know much about King Rayyel to decide whether I like him or not, but by the end, I can say that I don’t despise him at all. There is so much more to his story and character development so hopefully the next book will be in his POV or at least some parts of it. Now, if there is one character that is just so charming and fun, that would be Khine. I absolutely adored him with all my heart and can say that he’s my favorite character. I really loved getting to know him and I enjoyed all the scenes with him so I really hope he gets his own POV too.

All in all, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso is an interesting and thrilling fantasy story with plenty of intrigue, action, mystery, betrayals, twists and turns. And with that ending, I’ll definitely be back for the sequel!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review and for participating in the blog tour hosted by CAFFEINE BOOK TOURS. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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K.S. Villoso was born in a dank hospital on an afternoon in Albay, Philippines, and things have generally been okay since then. After spending most of her childhood in a slum area in Taguig (where she dodged death-defying traffic, ate questionable food, and fell into open-pit sewers more often than one ought to), she and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where they spent the better part of two decades trying to chase the North American Dream. She is now living amidst the forest and mountains with her family, children, and dogs in Anmore, BC.

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Author Website —https://www.ksvilloso.com/

Goodreads — https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11740784.K_S_Villoso

Instagram — http://instagram.com/kayvilloso

Twitter — http://twitter.com/k_villoso 

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Blog Tour Review – The Wish and The Peacock by Wendy Swore

 

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Hello sweeties! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for The Wish and The Peacock by Wendy Swore. This was such a fun, adorable, charming, heartfelt, and beautiful children’s story about loss, family, friendship, hope, and realizing that home is wherever you go as long as you’re with the people you love.

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Published: February 4, 2020

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

ISBN: 9781629726083

Retail Price: $16.99  Page Count: Hardcover, 304

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Juvenile Fiction, Social Themes

Book Design: © Shadow Mountain

Cover Illustration: Brandon Dorman

Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith

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Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.

With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a “For Sale” sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts, and some city lady who’s scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.

But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige’s world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.

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The Wish and the Peacock by Wendy Swore is a fun and wonderful children’s story filled with farm animals, adventure, endearing friendships, and heartwarming moments. Swore masterfully creates a believable and relatable narrative that’s not only entertaining, but also beautifully touching in many ways.

Paige is dealing with her grief over losing her father. As she goes about taking care of her family farm like her dad used to do, Paige finds out that her mother and grandfather has agreed to sell their farm. She wants nothing more than to stay in the home where she grew up and keep the one connection she has with her father. When her younger brother, Scotty, finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is determined not only to protect the bird, but also their family farm, which she obviously loves with all her heart. With Scotty and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, by her side, Paige does everything she can to scare the real estate agent and every potential buyers and save her family farm.

This was such a charming and heartfelt story. I absolutely loved the farm setting and all the animals. It reminded me of all the good memories I have with my dad when I was a little girl visiting our province in the Philippines. I definitely felt a little sad since my dad has been gone for a few years, but just thinking about every moment we shared during those times also made me smile and warmed my heart. I love when books do that and surprisingly, this did that and so much more. For a children’s book, I wasn’t expecting to feel so much, but I did and it was just so lovely. I also really enjoyed the lighter side of the story. The scheming and playful pranks were fun to read about. There’s definitely plenty of humorous parts, light and sweet moments, a few heartbreaking scenes, and so many touching ones. I also love that I actually learned some interesting facts about animals and farming.

Paige is such a loveable and fascinating heroine. I adore her so much and the little tomboyish girl inside me definitely related with her. I loved her spunk, determination, and heart. I really enjoyed her character arc and watching her realize that moving on and changes does not mean forgetting or letting go… that home isn’t a place, but rather being with the people you love.

The side characters are amazing and likeable. I love Scotty with all my heart and just wanted to snuggle with him. His love for books and reading is so adorable. I also love Paige’s grandfather and her best friend, Mateo and Kimana, are awesome and very supportive. Overall, the cast is great and they all added intrigue and made the story interesting and engaging.

Wendy Swore managed to make me smile, laugh, and touch my heart in ways I didn’t expect. The Wish and the Peacock is definitely a beautiful feel good children’s story, but more than that, the themes and lessons learned is compelling, important and relatable. This lovely book is truly a delightful and precious read and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. I’m sure readers of all ages would find something to love about this and enjoy it just as much as I did.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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wendysworeWendy S. Swore and her family are farmers. She writes part-time, particularly in winter when her farming chores give her time to plant seeds in her imagination. She is a member of SCBWI. She was named the Idaho Farm Bureau District 1 Woman of the Year in 2018.

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