Blog Tour Review – Bursts of Fire by Susan Frost

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Hello sweeties and Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest. This book tour is hosted by TLC Book Tours and today I have my review to share with you. Hope you enjoy reading and add this fun fantasy novel to your TBR.

Bursts of Fire begins an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption. In an empire where magic has become suspect, love and loyalty–for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country–are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be burned, what place can those below hope for, when the flames come for them?

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Published: August 6th 2019

Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

Format: Paperback, 394 pages

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Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

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To survive. To fight. To restore balance.

The Falkyn sisters bear a burden and a legacy. Their mother, the imperial magiel of the kingdom of Orumon, protects her people from the horrors of the afterlife by calling upon the Gods with a precious Prayer Stone. But war among the kingdoms has brought fire and destruction to their sheltered world. When a mad king’s desire to destroy the Prayer Stones shatters their family, the three girls are scattered to the wilderness, relying on their wits and powers they don’t yet master.

Assassin. Battle tactician. Magic wielder. Driven by different ambitions, Meg, Janat, and Rennika are destined to become all these and more. To reclaim their birth right, they must overcome doubtful loyalties within a rising rebellion; more, they must challenge a dogma-driven chancellor’s influence on the prince raised to inherit his father’s war: a prince struggling to unravel the mystery of his brother’s addiction to Heaven.

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A Unique and Imaginative Fantasy Story 

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Actual rating 3.75 rounded to 4

Unique and imaginative, Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest is an entertaining and riveting fantasy story.

This book is an interesting and fun read, but I did struggle with it in the beginning. That being said, once the story picks up, I found myself really intrigued by story and the characters. Meg, Janat, and Rennika are complex and fantastic heroines and I enjoyed seeing them grow and mature in their own ways. The world building is magnificent and so mesmeric. I love the different kingdoms, the magical aspects, the political parts, and everything else in between. The plot is slow at times, but still entertaining and engaging enough to keep me reading until the end. While there are certain aspects of this book that definitely could have been explained better or improved, I think Forest created a wonderful fantasy story that will have readers racing to the end to find out if the sisters can restore peace and balance to their world.

The characters are far from perfect, but they’re quite fascinating, likeable and realistic. Even though I never fully connected with the sisters, I enjoyed getting to know them and seeing each of them work through their own issues and problems. They definitely have some sibling rivalry and jealousy, but I love the bond the sisters share and how they come together to be there for each other.

Susan Forest has created a captivating fantasy adventure that burns into something quite amazing. This book is a story about power, loss, heartbreak, religious beliefs, loyalty, forgiveness, love and so much more. Even though not everything worked out for me, I enjoyed the majority of this novel and I think Forest’s imaginative storytelling is worth the read. I also love the emotional depth and how Forest tackles sensitive real life problems and issues. Bursts of Fire definitely has enough intrigue, action, and thrill that will appeal to plenty of readers and I’m excited to see what happens next.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the author and publisher via Netgalley for participating in a Blog Tour hosted by TLC Book Tours and in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Sunday, August 18th: @tlcbooktours – giveaway

Monday, August 19th: @novelgrounds

Monday, August 19th: @_ebl_inc_

Tuesday, August 20th: @bookishwinterwitch

Tuesday, August 20th: @hollieohs_bookreviews

Wednesday, August 21st: @thepagesinbetween

Thursday, August 22nd: @thewickedreader

Saturday, August 24th: @lovelyreadergirl

Sunday, August 25th: @bookclubwithbite

Monday, September 9th: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

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Review Tour

Monday, August 19th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, August 21st: What is That Book About – excerpt

Thursday, August 22nd: Reading Reality

Friday, August 23rd: Treestand Book Reviews

Monday, August 26th: @amanda.the.bookish and Amanda Bradburn

Tuesday, August 27th: Lori’s Reading Corner – author guest post

Tuesday, August 27th: A Dream Within a Dream

Wednesday, August 28th: @thebibliolife

Thursday, August 29th: @megabunnyreads

Monday, September 2nd: The Lit Bitch – excerpt

Tuesday, September 3rd: @onsamsbookshelf

Wednesday, September 4th: Cheryl’s Book Nook and @beastreader

Thursday, September 5th: Book by Book

Monday, September 9th: @bookishly_tiff

Tuesday, September 10th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Wednesday, September 11th @iam.caryn

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Susan Forest is an award-winning author and editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has published over 25 short stories in Canadian and international publications. Bursts of Fire, the first in her seven-book series Addicted to Heaven, is not only a tale of rollicking adventure, but also an opportunity-one she appreciates-for an examination of the complex world of addictions. Susan loves to travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

 

 

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Website (Author) | Website (Series)

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Thanks for stopping by and reading. Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour.

sincerelykjologo

Blog Tour – ARC Review for No Place Like Here by Christina June

blogtourHello loves and welcome to my Blog Tour stop for No Place Like Here by Christina June hosted by TLC Tours. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an adorable and lovely story.

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Published: May 21, 2019 by Blink

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings

Format: Ebook, Paperback 272 pages

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Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

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From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel.

Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for “exhaustion,” her life is turned upside down.

The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed “indoor girl,” not even Ash’s habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope.

With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad’s marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.

Fans looking for clean teen fiction, with elements of drama, romance, friendship, and an unflinching look into navigating and improving even the most difficult parent-teen relationships need look no further.

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Wonderfully Touched My Heart

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I think this story is simply beautiful. No Place Like Here by Christina June is a delightfully entertaining, fascinating, and riveting story that wonderfully touched my heart.

I haven’t read any books by June before, but that’s definitely something I’m going to change ASAP. This book is light, warm, and fluffy, but also really emotional in the loveliest way. I truly had an amazing time reading this book and cannot wait for you to meet Ashlyn, follow her on a life-changing journey, smile and swoon, and feel empowered.

This book is a gem! June blends adventure, friendship, drama, romance, forgiveness, and love in perfect harmony. I really enjoyed her writing style and felt this sense of wonder throughout the entire time I was reading. The storyline is charming, engaging, surprising, and so full of heart. It’s also a bit quirky, quite hilarious at times, whimsical in some ways, and even heartbreaking, but so genuine, real and incredibly moving. It definitely has all the best FEELS and I loved it!

I liked Ashlyn and her character development. She’s smart, hard-working, funny, and kind. She has a good heart and I rooted so hard for her. I thought Hannah is awesome. She’s actually my favorite and I just loved her personality. She can be blunt, but I admired her honesty. I adored Baxter so much. He’s encouraging, supportive, and really sweet. I was really hoping for more swoons, but I definitely enjoyed the cute and heartwarming moments he shared with Ashlyn.

I loved so many things about this story. I thought the setting is beautiful, the characters are likable and relatable, the plot is exciting with plenty of fun bread crumbs, the romance is sweet, and the overall message is important and inspiring. I loved the bond that blossoms between Ashlyn and Hannah, the friendship that forms between Baxter and Ashlyn, and the family relationships that are slowly healing. This is such a beautifully heartfelt story and an absolute joy to read.

No Place Like Here is utterly precious and unforgettable. I loved the story, the writing, the lessons, and the all the wonderful feels. I honestly can’t recommend it enough and I really hope you grab a copy of this charming book!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughs and opinions are my own. divider4

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Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become—whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal—the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Monday, May 20th: Bookworm for Kids

Wednesday, May 22nd: @createexploreread

Thursday, May 23rd: @the_readers_nook

Thursday, May 23rd: ReadWonder

Tuesday, May 28th: @thegraduatedbookworm

Tuesday, May 28th: @booksandjil

Wednesday, May 29th: Amy’s Book-et List

Thursday, May 30th: Becca Leighanne

Monday, June 3rd: Teachers Who Read

Tuesday, June 4th: @_ebl_inc_

Wednesday, June 5th: The Book Return

Thursday, June 6th: @lovelyreadergirl

Sunday, June 9th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Monday, June 10th: Run Wright

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Thanks for stopping by bookish friends. Hope you have a fantastic Sunday!!!

sincerelykjologo