#CoverReveal : When the Roses Die by Sheritha Singh @evernightpub #WhentheRosesDie #Fantasy

Hello readers! I’m happy to share cover for When the Roses Die by Sheritha Singh.  It’s an interracial fantasy YA romance with a beauty/beast flare releasing today. Check out interesting synopsis and beautiful cover in this post.

When the Roses Die by Sheritha Singh
Publisher : Evernight Publishing
Genre : fantasy / YA romance

Synopsis:

Why must fairy tale romances be so complicated?

When sixteen-year-old Sana learns her crush is a shape-shifting beast in hiding, and she’s a descendant of the Coven that can either save or destroy him, she’s forced to make a choice that will determine their
future—if she accepts her destiny.



With the coven on their trail, Sana and Kiaan escape to the Underworld where they must destroy the Blederz and save the surviving Dark Beings from the coven’s reign of terror. But when the roses in Silver Moon valley start dying out, Kiaan’s beast may just not survive.

Books Links : Evernight Teen | Amazon


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#bookreveal #promo : Everything I Do by M.C. Frank @mcfrank_author

Hello Readers! Today I’m happy to spread the word about new Robin Hood novel, Everything I Do by M.C. Frank. Please check out the book details and beautiful book trailer in this post.

Book Details

Everything I Do by M.C. Frank (Outlaws #1)
Publication Date:
April 17th 2019
Genre: Fairy Tale / Retelling / Historical Fiction / Romance

This Robin Hood book will steal your heart.

Robin Hood, hidden deep in the Sherwood Forest, is fighting to restore the land to its rightful king, surrounded by his faithful friends, green leaves and clear skies. He is also fighting to keep himself and his company alive, but that comes second. Burdened with secrets, betrayal and an incredible responsibility, this is what keeps him awake at nights: Survivor’s guilt. The girl he was in love with as a lad died saving his life five years ago. Robin has exhausted himself looking for her with no hope of finding her alive, when he meets a slender youth who surprises him with his courage and skill with the bow and arrow. Little knowing that both their lives will be irrevocably changed.

In the grand castle in Nottinghamshire lives an unhappy and tortured lady, forced to obey the wishes of a tyrannical Sheriff and his ruthless assassin, Guy of Gisborne. They have trained her for years, with one purpose in mind only: she is to be disguised as a boy, and sent to the forest to assassinate Robin Hood. On their orders, she pretends to sneak out to the forest in danger of her life, to come to the aid of the outlaws. When, in reality, it is she who will destroy them.

Then, Robin and the “boy” meet. Two worlds collide, resulting in unimaginable danger and intense romance. Maybe, just maybe, they can be each other’s salvation. But will they survive the unimaginable truth when the past comes back to haunt them both? In honor of the girl who saved his life, Robin has vowed never to hurt a woman. So it’s only a woman who can kill him. But what if his assassin falls in love with him? What if she’s never stopped loving him, not for a single moment?

Filled with adventure, intrigue and wild romance, this is a Robin Hood story unlike any you have ever read before!

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About Author

Learn more about author and her New Adult, Young Adult, scifi, Greek mythology and historical novels at mcfrankauthor.com

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The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Read Date: December 8th 2018
Genre: Fantasy / Retelling / YA / Romance
Pages: 359

Stars: 5/5

5 star

Synopsis

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.


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The star Touched Queen was mythical fantasy romance, an Indian retelling of Hades and Persephone, a story of Maya and Amar full of mysteries, love and betrayal, death and reincarnation, (and as blurb says) fate and fortune, passion and power.

charactersMaya – it took some time for me getting to know her. She was a kind of character whom you won’t like instantly, ask patience, and will grow on you by the end of the book. Yeah, she was complex, but I like her will to live to escape from the evil harem wives and gilded cages of her father’s kingdom that wanted her dead. She was smart, had conscience and political mind. Her ability to play with riddle was most amusing. I was glad she got a chance to run away but her nativity led her to believe lies and deception and had to go through the guilt trip. Her development was slow but the way she handled everything in second part was brilliant. I loved the way she learned from her mistakes and clung to hope. She was true hero of the book.

Amar – As soon as he came into story, I loved him. Everything about him was enticing. His kingdom, his secretes, his love and trust.. Oh, I so badly wished to grab that hood and uncover his face and look at those warm yet powerful eyes just like Maya. He was heart throbbing king who will drag the reader into his mesmerizing words. I admired him for his ways of showing his love for Maya. Who doesn’t like when a boy twist stars together and says, ‘A constellations to wear in your hair’!

Ever heard someone say they liked pishacha, a flesh eating demon? Well, I did in this book. Kamala was creepy and disgusting pishacha in form of horse, a dead without soul, but she made book even more interesting. She was funny, made me smile and I liked the way she helped Maya in second part.

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The book was first person narrative with beautiful flowery descriptive writing, mesmerizing first lines, and gripping end paragraph of each chapters. The beginning of the book was tense gave the overview of kingdom of Bharat, Maya’s father- the Raja, cunning harem wives and Maya’s curse and her worst horoscope. It intrigued me to know more about Maya’s story- where her horoscope would lead, if she would be saved from hellish treatment of harem wives and whether her horoscope would come true or was that just rumors.

As the story progressed it took the readers from the garden and sanctum of Bharat to the lands of Otherworld and enchanting palace of Akaran with thousands door and full of secrets. I was eager to find out who Amar was, what he was hiding, what the voices in the hall were and what its intentions was. All these mysteries were enchanting enough to entangle me with the story. I loved the book more and more as the secrets were unraveled.

World building, tales and mysteries were the heart of the book. Akaran, kingdom between human world and Otherworld, a difficult task of balancing the borders of otherworld and human world, of deciding fate of people, that chapter describing the throne room and tapestry of fate was mind-blowing and that’s just the small part there was more. I even loved the story of antagonist and how antagonist turned from good to bad and mother Dhina’s repentance. . Everything was perfectly balanced and beautifully written.

Book gave a different perspective on fate, death, darkness and deeper insight on love- importance of patience, trust and being equal in relationship. It was about believing in love, power within yourself, hope, and finding love again.

Climax and end was exciting and I loved the way things settled at the end. I can’t wait to read next book in series.

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Overall, it was magical, enchanting, beautiful tale with descriptive flowery writing and unique world building. I recommend it to YA fantasy lover.


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Author: Roshani Chokshi 

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com


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Salt for Air by M.C. Frank

Expected publication Date: October 23rd 2018
Read Date: October 16th 2018
Genre: Retelling / Urban Fantasy / Greek mythology
Pages: 223

Stars: 4/5

4 star

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Greek mythology meets The Little Mermaid in this delicious fantasy novel about a quiet, nerdy girl who meets a mer prince in her bathroom. Perfect for fans of The Heroes of Olympus and the Lux series.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie dreams of mermen. She writes fanfiction about them and spends time in underwater kingdoms in her imagination, trying to escape the sad reality: she is an orphan. And not only that, but she’s bullied every day at school -she’s a nerd, she hates sports, she loves books and she used to be overweight. What’s not to bully?

One day, the bullies go too far. They try to drown her, but at the last minute an otherworldly creature shows up in the water. He keeps her breathing and tells her to live: “How will you be able to save anyone if you can’t even save yourself?”

She thinks it was a dream, but the emerald-eyed merman boy who rescued her appears in her school the next day. Is he really the exiled prince of an ancient kingdom that’s on the brink of utter destruction? And is he asking her to save him? Or is something far more sinister and deadly lurking in the water that surrounds her little Greek town?

When myth and reality collide, can love save their lives?


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Salt for Air was mixture of urban fantasy, Greek mythology and Little Mermaid retelling that revolved around not-so-exciting Ellie’s real life and her exciting action packed fanfic world that drastically turned into real life fairy tale. The book features loss, sadness, surviving the world of bullies, betrayal, love, and finding your inner truer and stronger self.

“This is a story of sadness. Of death, of loss and of going slightly mad because of them. Also, of girls’ bathrooms. There’s going to be a lot of that. So be prepared.”

This lines from the book are epic and it tells exactly what you should expect from the book.

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The narrator and protagonist of the book, Ellie, was orphan, Nerdy, blogger who wrote fanfiction stories. Her life has been tough. She was that girl whom no one would care about at school, no one will sit with or study with her, or even look at her without bulling and name calling. I was surprised there weren’t any good kids who try to stand up for her or even talk to her. Moreover she lost her dad to cancer, only person who cared about her. She was quite lonely and no one to help her or to share her life problems. But books saved her and gave something to live for.  As author said in book ‘something we all can relate to’. Her life was sad and filled with fear but her voice was most powerful in the book. She had that self-respect, will and determination in her that I loved to see in book when I was least expecting it. Her development was slow but effective and I loved the way she turned out at the end.

Ky was the emerald eye toilet savior, a merman and exiled prince. I also liked to call him fish boy and there was something fishy about him. I didn’t buy his confession so early and his intentions were selfish. But as I read more about him, he kind of grew on me and I started to like his all faults and imperfection just as Ellie did. His development and emotions were gradual and beautifully narrated. It was freaking awesome to meet this swoon worthy fish boy. I loved those two fierce sidekicks- Ky’s sister, Lorelei, and Maia.

 

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This is my fifth book by M.C. Frank. All her books are in different genre yet there was this familiar voice and style of author that I have come to love. Her creativity in designing meaningful and colorful covers and coming up with whole new world with each book is noteworthy. Even though the setting of the book was same as her ‘Lose Me’ contemporary novel, (which gave amazing description of Greece and Greek culture) author maintained the charisma of the setting in this book as well, with some more details and its beautiful beaches.

Book started with main character Ellie being bullied in girl’s bathroom and saved by emerald eye Ky resembling the character of her fanfic story. I was intrigued to know more about this gorgeous emerald eye boy and world of Ellie. Her unique voice was the first reason that tempted me to read this book.

Character descriptions were fun to read. It was catchy and grabbed the attention. It was mesmerizing to read characters’ story. Relationship between Ellie and Ky was hate/love kind but it was unpredictable because of Ky’s act. I loved to read growing friendship between female characters, it had that hopeful warm feeling but there was twist in that as well. Author played with emotions creatively in this book.

The world of merpeople was most fascinating part of the book. The explanation of travel between worlds, how they are different from mermaid stories and how it was related to Greek mythology was depicted nicely. Though the Greek myth in book was lesser than I expected, also less descriptive, I like the way author connected it with the world in the book.

What I loved most in the book, those chapters from Ellie’s blog on ‘Rule for surviving Bullies’. If I have to describe this book in one word I would call it emotive. It touched the heart with its deep message of fighting against bullies, what real bullies are, how to survive them and how the war against evil can be won and how you can find your own worth, your own space and world. It was inspiring and motivating to see Ellie and Ky growing in this book that can reach to the soul of all readers.

I enjoyed all twist and turns and suspense created by uncertainty of characters’ intentions and what Ellie would decide to do when the time comes. Climax was surprising and poignant. Both Ky and Ellie’s emotions were heart wrenching, it literally made me cry. Battle near the end was okay. End was good unlike what I have expected but I was happy to read it. It was not cliffhanger but there is certainty of next book in the series that I would love to read.

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At some places it got little confusing. Things happening so suddenly and without any explanation readers are directed to the next scene and then revelation of that suddenness comes later in the book.  It can put readers off the track and because of that pace was on and off. Second the last battle scene was bit rushed. I didn’t get what just happened, maybe explanation is saved for second book but I was like ‘How that can happen’!

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Overall, it was captivating, emotional with wonderful narration and strong plot that retelling and fantasy lovers would love to read.


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Author: M.C. Frank

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*** Note: Many thanks to author for providing me e-ARC, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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Salt for Air by M.C. Frank