Blog Tour Review – Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Moulton

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Hello Lovelies! Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Allison Moulton  hosted by TLC Book Tours. This book was quite intriguing and I was pretty entertained till the last page. Don’t forget to check out the other tour stops.

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Publication: January 21, 2020

Publisher: Blink

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Mythology

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

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Magic and magical creatures. Immortal gods and goddesses. History and mythology. Strap in for this action-packed YA novel that takes place over the days leading up to World War II, when Ziva must rely on her wit and magic to outmaneuver Nazis and ancient Egyptian gods to prevent global destruction.

Ziva has one memory of her parents, made the day they abandoned her on the streets of New York City when she was three years old. They left her with only a memory and a promise that she had a great and terrible destiny.

Fifteen years later, Ziva discovers that destiny includes powers that she doesn’t understand and can barely control. Her magic attracts vicious, otherworldly monsters, and eventually compatriots to help her fight them. Sayer and Nasira know the secrets Ziva doesn’t; that Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty and in possession of ancient magic passed down from the time of the gods. They promise to teach Ziva to control her magic and to give her the family she’s always yearned for.

But trouble is brewing in the world around them; darkness is descending on Hitler’s Germany, threatening World War II. As the last heir of a revered Egyptian queen, Ziva is the only one with the power to prevent another costly global conflict. As Ziva navigates her newfound abilities and makes a connection with Anubis and other Egyptian gods, the Nazis are hunting for the ultimate weapon, and Ziva has caught their interest.

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Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Moulton is a unique and fun YA fantasy tale with an interesting mythological twist and I enjoyed reading it until the end.

I found the storyline of this novel intriguing and there are so many fascinating parts that I really loved. The Egyptian mythology and the WWII aspects are both quite interesting and while I’m not a huge fan of history, I surprisingly enjoyed this part.  I was also enamored with the world-building, all the details about the magical system and Egyptian gods, and the power Ziva possessed and how it all works. I think Moulton’s writing is easy to read and I had no major issues with it other than some conversations felt a bit awkward at times. While some parts were a bit slow and a little confusing at times for me, it didn’t really take away from the overall feel of the story. I think the plot is well-paced with a good mix of action, magic, friendship, betrayal, love, and twists and turns that had me captivated. While the romance didn’t really do it for me, I did feel a few swoons here and there. As for the ending, there’s is definitely a twist and it absolutely left me wanting more.

The characters are quite interesting and likable, but I didn’t connect with them as much as I thought I would. I enjoyed getting to know Ziva and watching her character grow over the course of the story, but there are some things about her that didn’t really sit well with me.

All in all, I felt like Moulton created a wonderful and unique fantasy tale that would appeal to plenty of readers. I think the writing is good, the world building is fantastic, and the overall storyline is intriguing and engaging enough. While the characters aren’t spectacular, they’re still likable and pretty interesting.  If you enjoy this type of books and want a fun adventure with a mix of mythology and magic, then you’ll probably be entertained with this book.

I received a free physical copy of this book from the author and publisher for participating in a blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours in exchange for fair and honest review. Thank you Blink, Courtney Moulton, and TLC Book tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Monday, January 20th: @thecityofdarkclockwork

Tuesday, January 21st: Hallie Reads

Wednesday, January 22nd: BookCrushin’ and @hokugirlreads

Thursday, January 23rd: Lori’s Reading Corner – excerpt

Friday, January 24th: Booked J

Monday, January 27th: Treestand Book Reviews

Tuesday, January 28th: @amanda.the.bookish

Wednesday, January 29th: Storied Adventures and @storied.adventures

Thursday, January 30th: Shelf-Rated and @shelfrated

Monday, February 3rd: Bookworm for Kids

Wednesday, February 5th: Write Read Life

Wednesday, February 5th: Girls in Books and @girlsinbooks

Thursday, February 6th: Living My Best Book Life and @livingmybestbooklife

Monday, February 10th: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween

Wednesday, February 19th: Sincerely Karen Jo

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Courtney Moulton was born in Texas and grew up in Michigan, where she spent a lifetime studying ancient civilizations and writing about magic and monsters. Her debut novel Angelfire was published when she was just 24 years old.

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies and have a wonderful day!!!

Take care and happy reading!!!

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ARC Review – From Breath and Ruin by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Published: March 19th 2019

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

Format: Kindle Edition 351 Pages

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In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five and bring the two fractured kingdoms together.
Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, and she finds out that nothing is at it seems.
There is a war surrounding her and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her as she trains.
For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.

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One thousand years ago, there was one realm of magic. The Maison Realm. It held five kingdoms with five kings or queens, who worked together to keep the Maison people safe and ensure the balance of magic. Over the last five hundred years following the Fall, the great war that began the fracture, many of the kingdoms’ inhabitants intermated, and the magics soon became tied to one another in pairs. Except for the Spirit Wielders. The two remaining kingdoms are now converging, and the veil between the two is fading. Only the human realm lies between the two, and no one there knows there is a war surrounding them.

Over time, certain children of the Fall began to leave their respective kingdoms to venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to wield the Elements of Five and bring the two fractured kingdoms together. For the realms are dying without their sister magics. And soon, there will be no more power left to rule the kingdoms, for there will be no more kingdoms left to rule.

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A fun fantasy story about magic, friendship, love and destiny

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From Breath and Ruin by Carrie Ann Ryan was a fun adventure story about magic, mystery, friendship, destiny, and romance.

I enjoyed the beginning chapters and was expecting plenty of action, drama, suspense, and romance. However, I found myself having a difficult time getting sucked into the story. After that intriguing start, I just felt like the chapters that should have been thrilling were dragged out and some dialogues were just kind of awkward. I thought it took to long to find what the characters were looking for and there wasn’t enough build-up for me. It just felt kind of flat. That being said, there were some good action and a little mystery so that was kind of fun. I also really enjoyed the last few chapters and the final battle scene. I think that’s part of why I bumped up my rating to 3. Cause those moments were so intense, exciting, and had me holding my breath. I really wish the story was like that the entire time.

Another issue I had was with the heroine. I just could not connect with Lyric and was for the most part annoyed with her personality. She had so many inner monologues and repeated so much of her nightmares, fears, and insecurities that it became too distracting for me. I did think she had potential and I liked that she was brave, cared deeply and was incredibly determined. BUT, her character development was a big letdown for me. I really hope she does a lot of growing up in the next installment cause she could be really great.

As for the other characters, well I guess you could say I liked them enough. Rhodes was the kind of hero who will do anything to protect the person he loves. Braelynn was the ultimate best friend and I loved that she was kind, courageous, and supported Lyric. Emory was spiteful and downright cruel sometimes, but she played her part so well. Easton was a nice surprise. There’s something about him that was so intriguing and charming. I have my own predictions about him and I really hope I’m right.

What made me really enjoy this book was the world-building and the magical system. Even though there were quite a few hiccups, I still thought it was incredibly creative. The concept about the five elements, the different kingdoms, the power, the ongoing war, the lost hero, and the soulmate bond were really fun and interesting to read about. I’m definitely curious to learn more about this world and hopefully get a better picture of how everything works.

Overall, I thought this book was a decent start for a fantasy series. Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected, I still had some fun. I laughed a few times and I really did think that magical system was fascinating. Will I continue with the series? Maybe…maybe not. It’s not on my priority or anything, but there are some things I would like to know.

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

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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