Blog Tour Review – The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz

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Hello bookish friends! Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I hope you get to meet Kalen, Cirrus and Luna, and fall in love with them as much as I did. Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour and join the giveaway at the end.

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The King’s Questioner
Nikki Katz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

From Nikki Katz, the author of The Midnight Dance , comes The King’s Questioner, an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.

Kalen is a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.

But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’s mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.

With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.

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A Thrilling Fantasy  with Plenty of Adventure, Magic & Mayhem, 

and A Sweet Romance 

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The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz is a thrilling YA fantasy story filled with adventure, magic, drama, and plenty of thrills that will keep readers enthralled until the very last page.

Kalen has a rare ability that allows him to access someone’s personal memories with a touch. His gift (or curse as he likes to call it) makes him a valuable asset to the king and the perfect questioner to prisoners of the crown. When Kalen discovers a secret that could either destroy or save the kingdom, he sets out on a mission to find the prince’s younger sister who was banished a long time ago. Will Kalen succeed in figuring out the truth about the princess and safely bring her home?

The premise for this book intrigued me from the very beginning and I’m happy to say that overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining YA fantasy tale. Even though the beginning chapters are a bit slow for me, there are elements of the story that I found interesting enough to keep me reading and I’m so happy I did. The story picks up quite nicely, the characters are absolutely adorable, and the storyline is thrilling, twisty, and just so much fun! I enjoyed the world-building, the magic, the drama, the suspense, the action, and the twists and surprises. I love the dynamic between Kalen, Luna and Cirrus and seeing them all grow to become better friends is so heartwarming. There’s even a little romance, but I won’t get into details and ruin the fun for you. It’s definitely cute and swoony and just enough to keep you wanting more. I have to say, there are a few minor flaws, some awkward scenes towards the end, and the conclusion just seemed a bit too rushed. However, those didn’t really take away much from the story and all in all, I truly had a great time reading this book and going on an epic adventure with Kalen, Luna, and Cirrus. Definitely going to miss those three and of course, Reign too.

With an engaging storyline, interesting and loveable characters you’ll root for with all your heart, and an exciting adventure you won’t want to end, The King’s Questioner is a must-read fantasy book that will surely thrill plenty of readers. Nikki Katz has created such a fun and fascinating tale filled with danger, action, secrets, magic, friendship, loyalty, and so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend you add this on your TBR!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for participating in a Book Blog Tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.

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January 13th
Kimber Li >> Top 10 List
It’s a Book Life >> Excerpt
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
On My Bookshelf >> Review

January 14th
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
Character Madness and Musings  >> Top 10 List
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Excerpt
Mythical Books >> Excerpt
Sincerely Karen Jo >> Review
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review

January 15th
Suzy’s Book Shelf  >> Excerpt
Jazzy Book Reviews  >> Excerpt
Angel Leya >> Excerpt
ACME Teen Books – Kids and YA Too! >> Review
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview

January 16th
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Guest post
So Many Books, So Little Time >> Review
Tien’s Blurb >> Review

January 17th
Cranky TBC >> Review
Moonlight Rendezvous >> Review
Treestand Book Reviews >> Review

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Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
Prize: Print copy of The King’s Questioner

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Ends January 23, 2020

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251233487/

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies! Hope you have a wonderful day and don’t forget to add this book on your TBR!

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Release Tour ARC Review – The Second We Met by Maya Hughes

 

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Happiest Book Birthday to THE SECOND WE MET by Maya Hughes, a fun and heart-melting enemies to lovers romance. I absolutely love this series and so excited for you to read Nix and Elle’s story.

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Series: Fulton U #2

Published: October 17, 2019

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Photo: Wander Aguiar

Format: Kindle Edition, 328 pages

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Dear Jerk Across the Street, sorry for accidentally walking in on you and catching an eyeful of your—equipment. And hard pass on the open invitation to join you in the shower “anytime”, A-hole.

That’s the note I should’ve written. Instead I sent a pleasant and apologetic version.

Had I known Phoenix “Nix” Russo would’ve been the neighbor from hell, I’d have told him right where he could shove my words.

Nix is the big man on campus with everyone lined up at his games to make sure he knows it. Sure, he’s got piercing blue eyes, abs that don’t quit and a smile that could set fire to a set of panties from a hundred yards away, but he’s also the biggest pain in my ass.

Dear Pink-Haired Menace, learn how to take a joke and stop being such a kill-joy…

Elle Masterson called the cops on one of my parties—again. My sweet talking usually gets me out of trouble, but this time it got me into a nice pair of silver handcuffs. Now I’m on a reputation rehab tour with a stop at a spring break community service project.

Guess who’s my new boss?

Now we’re shoulder to shoulder, sweaty, tired and…she’s not anything like I expected. There might just be a heart under that hardass exterior. She’s invading my dreams and I can’t shake the feeling she’s the key to unlocking a piece of me that I’ve hidden away.

It’s only a matter of time until she finds out why I’m really here.

Maybe I can break through her walls and into her heart before that happens…one screw at a time.

**The Second We Met is a standalone new adult romance**

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A must read heart-melting enemies to lovers story!
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I absolutely LOVE this story, this series, the charming Fulton U boys, and their fantastic leading ladies! Maya Hughes writes some of the best sports romance stories and I honestly cannot get enough. She stole my heart in Shameless King (The Kings of Rittenhouse #1) and ever since then, I’ve been utterly smitten with her writing and books. The Second We Met is no exception and I loved every single moment I spent with Elle, Nix, and pretty much everyone in this adorable, heartfelt, and fun romance novel.

I have a weakness for steamy, tension-filled, swoony, and touching romances that will give me all the feels I crave and more. This enemies to lovers story has all that and made my heart race, ache, melt, and swell with so much warmth and happiness. Maya’s stories are just so darn good and if you haven’t read any of them, then you need to pick one up right now! They’re always fun, addictive, entertaining, and filled with so many wonderful moments and emotions.

I adore Elle and Nix from the second they met and rooted for them the entire time. Elle is the kind of heroine I love. She’s caring, supportive, sassy, determined, and always speaks her mind no matter what. Of course she makes mistakes and finds reasons to put up her walls, but that’s what makes Elle relatable. As strong as she seems, Elle has insecurities and fears like everyone and trust issues when it comes to love. She’s tough and quite guarded with her emotions, but Elle definitely has a softer sweet side. She’s really close with her roommate and best friend Jules and that shows that Elle does trust people, maybe not easily or right away, but she does. And when she’s finally ready to open her heart and truly trust Nix… well it doesn’t get any better or sweeter than that.

Nix will make your heart melt over and over. Yes, he’s famous and a jock. He’s a football star, popular with the girls, handsome and so damy sexy. But, there is so much more to him than that. He’s honest to goodness such a genuine, kind, giving, patient, and wonderful guy. My heart hurt so much for him because his father keeps forcing him into something he no longer wants. Deep down all Nix wants is to forge his own path and do something he enjoys and loves. It takes him a long time, but he eventually finds the courage to fight for what he loves and I’m so glad he does. I don’t want to give too much away about him or the story. Falling in love with Nix is one of the best parts of this book and I don’t want to take that awesome experience away from you.

I think Elle and Nix fit so well together and I loved how everything turned out for them. They definitely have some of the most delicious sexual tension and swoons and I totally love their chemistry. There’s so many delightful and cute scenes that made me giddy, emotional moments that broke my heart a little, but also filled it with love, and some amazing steamy moments that had me glued to the pages. I loved the drama, the bantering, the arguments, the humor, and the way Nix finally wins over Elle’s heart. Their relationship definitely has some bumps along the way, but that’s what makes it seem so real and relatable and I truly loved it… tears and all.

The supporting characters are as adorable and fun as always if not more. I think the more you get to know Maya’s characters, the more you fall for them. It’s nice to see that Reece and Seph are still going strong. LJ and Marissa are both still in denial. They have been dancing around each other and I cannot wait to read their book. BUT, I’m absoltely more excited about Jules and Berk’s story. I love Jules already. I adore her quirks, can relate with her, and cannot wait to get to know her even more. I have a feeling Jules and Berk are going to have insane chemistry and I’m so ready for that!

A must read heart-melting enemies to lovers story, The Second We Met is full of laughs, swoons, bromance, amazing friendships, delicious treats, fun surprises, and so many wonderful feels. Maya Hughes always makes me fall in love with her stories and characters and I really hope she never stops writing these breathtaking romances that never fail to make my heart smile. I don’t think I can say much more than I already have, so if you love romance then you need to read this book, this series, and all the other lovely stories Maya has written.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thought, opinions, and swoons are my own.


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The adorkable math genius virgin, Persephone (“Seph”), was extremely sheltered, socially awkward, and inexperienced in many things. But, don’t let that fool you. Seph was a force to be reckoned with and surprised me in so many ways. She’s fierce, brave, spunky, and adventurous. With her list of firsts, she was determined to experience and do everything. And that’s where Reece comes in – the brooding handsome football star player who loved the game with all his heart that he wouldn’t let anything or anyone get in his way to playing pro. He was kind of a jerk at first, but let’s be real here… we all know that there’s a genuinely sweet, gentle, and caring side to him. And boy did he… I fell just as hard for him as Seph did. They meet by accident, which I thought was super funny and so darn cute, and that’s how their deliciously quirky, adorable, and fun story begins.

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Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.
I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies. Don’t forget to add this book on your TBR!!!!
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