Saturday, July 20, 2019

ARC Review: Taken by the Phantom: (Phantom of the Academy #1)

ARC Review

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Taken by the Phantom: Phantom of the Academy

(Phantom of the Academy #1)

I’ve never felt at home at Juilliard. My stagefright always makes me choke when I’m under the spotlight, something my classmates enjoy watching. But when I’m dragged into a new world—where singing is more than a talent, it’s magic—I can’t hide my voice anymore. This new power is tempting, but terrifying forces swirl around the kingdom of Cantus.

Missing girls, rivals at my new academy, Rebels, demons slaying people in the street—and it all leads back to him.

The mysterious, powerful Phantom, who lurks beneath the school and demands he be my teacher—demands which soon grow into something deeper, darker. But if I want to survive this place, or have any hope of going home, I may have no choice but to give in to him… and all he desires.

Author’s Note: Taken by the Phantom is the first book in a Magic Academy Romance series that will set your heart–and other parts of you–on fire. Mind the cliff, but book 2 is already out.

REVIEW: Read on KU
Hauntingly Alluring

I’ve long been a fan of POTO and while I’ve read many retelling and adaptations of other classics, I’ve not read and Phantom retelling before. This not only changed that, but now I can’t wait to read more!

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Blog Tour: Should I Go to College? What about Student Loan Debt?


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Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: March 14th, 2019

If you’re a high school student, chances are you’ve been thinking about where you will go to college. Or if you will go to college at all.
I’ve been there. And as a former teacher, I’ve seen thousands of students there, too. So I wrote this book to help you.
This book offers sound advice about deciding whether or not you want to go to college, and, if you decide to go, how you can save time and money along the way.

“This is the book about college I wish I had read when I was younger.” – My 30-year-old self

•Describes what college is
•Promotes thoughtful self-reflection
•Outlines your options post-high school
•Offers tragically hilarious truths about teaching
•Reaffirms the code of personal responsibility
•Likens student loans to dragons that need to be slain


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I AM JUST GOING TO SAY IT, LIKE ALL THE other people I admire, even though I know some people are not going to like it: Not everyone is cut out for college.

Repeat: Not everyone is cut out for college.


And that’s okay. It’s really okay. You can be a happy, successful person and not go to college. You can make a lot of money and never need to go to college. You still have worth as a person, you can still get job training, and you can still learn a craft or skill or art or anything. There isn’t some sacred part of life you’re missing out on by not attending college.

Even so, there seems to be no end of people who will convince you that college is necessary. Parents, guardians, teachers, other students, salespeople, politicians,—all of these people sit on an imaginary jury of sorts, and they are all giving you the same verdict: “GO TO COLLEGE!”

SIDE NOTE: Please don’t consider that subliminal messaging.

But — but! — all of these people are not you. You are in the best position to decide if college is something you want to pursue.

Your peers include many people who simply go to college because it’s the “thing to do.” Taxes are the “thing to do.” College is optional, and it is your choice.

Your parents love you (I assume) and your teachers want to guide you (I assume), so it can be hard to find yourself at odds with others over the issue of your future. Others, like the politicians and the marketing companies, see you as a profit.

There are several reasons that there’s so much debt in America; it’s not just because a lot of people wanted to go to school and then the economy dropped. Many of the college recruiters who call you and the pretty brochures they send you are there to make you want to go to college. It works because there are a lot of legitimate reasons to go. But going to college might still not be the best option for you, and you have to be willing to stand up to any number of people who disagree with you, including salespeople. Many people who have student loan debt are people who wanted to change career fields, wanted higher pay, or wanted to look for better jobs and opportunities. These are the people who look at those brochures and take these calls with an end in mind. When you are not sure of what you want to be when you grow up, it can be easy to be swayed by the honeyed words of a salesperson who is paid on commission.

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Such a simple topic, but one that absolutely needs to be talked about and presented to anyone considering college as an option, or even those who aren’t but are just looking at ‘all-the-options.’

This is a quick read, but one that people can easily read a little at a time, or over and over, depending on how well it fits their needs. Being a quick read, it would also be something to share with friends, expecially if it were high-school students, or recent grads that are trying to understand their next step.

About the Author

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at


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Charity Blog Tour Schedule

July 15th

Reads & Reels (Spotlight)

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Spotlight)

July 16th

B is for Book Review (Spotlight)

Breakeven Books (Spotlight)

Reviews and Promos by Nyx (Spotlight)

July 17th

Kim Knight (Interview)

July 18th

I Smell Sheep (Spotlight)

I’m All About the Books (Spotlight)

Tsarina Press (Spotlight)

July 19th

Jessica Belmont (Spotlight)

Adventure Thru Wonderland (Review)

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Blog Tour: Changeling (The Oddmire #1)

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Author: William Ritter

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Release Date: July 16th from Algonquin Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis: Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are.

**I was invited by the publisher to participate in this blog tour and received a free digital download for review on this tour! All thoughts and opinions are my own and no quotations will be used in this review**

I enjoyed Ritter’s Jackaby series so I was excited to hear about this new series for middle grade. I was ecstatic to be asked by the publisher to take part in this tour, and couldn’t wait to start reading! I was well pleased, I loved how much fun I had reading this book, and loved the themes of family, finding one’s self, and friendship.

This book is about two twin boys Tinn and Cole who grow up together, but from the start, we learn that something is different about one of them, and that they aren’t twins at all! In fact, only one was born to their household, the other showing up and being adopted when the mother finds not one, but two boys in her son’s room! Things continue to take a rather mysterious and magical turn as the boys learn that not only are the differences becoming harder to ignore, but that the Wild Wood is loosing it’s magic! They decide to set out and find a lot on interesting characters as they journey to the Wild Wood!

I really enjoyed the humor in this story, and how it seems completely natural to be something boys their age might say or think, and yet it isn’t over-the-top or ever annoying to older readers (20’s aren’t old, but definitely not middle-grade age! 😀 ) I loved the strong message of love and how despite the challenges they face the boys never fail to have the strong bond of brothers who love each other. We also get to see how their mother, Annie, sees both boys as her own and how she never abandons the other boy for one second.

I loved reading this, and if anything, my only complaint might be that I don’t already have the next book in hand! I couldn’t put this one down, and I loved the gradual build to the…surprise end, but before I had even reached the end, I knew I was going to be left with a desire to knows what happens in the next book!


William Ritter is an Oregon educator and author of the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and the indomitable husband of the Queen of the Deep Dark. The Oddmire is Ritter’s first series for middle grade readers. Visit him online at and find him on Twitter: @Willothewords.

The Oddmire – Prologue Excerpt



Thursday, July 18, 2019

ARC Review: Fierce Pride (Episode Eight)

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Fierce Pride: Episode Eight

When a surprise enemy returns as a potential ally will the new queen of the Pantheran people do what needs to be done?

My sister is full of sh*t. She has to be. She says I need her to return a great power to the people, but she’s lied before. She’s killed before and she’s done so savagely to get what she wants in the end. I can’t trust her, but that may not matter.

Without her, the world as we know it may soon cease to exist.

Fierce Pride 8 is book eight of twelve. Expect a new installment every two weeks!

I was so excited to read this in advance, and I can already tell, something big is about to happen! Well, really quite a few ‘big’ things happen in this one, and I was so excited to see how Shanora (and the author) handled them. Victoria Smith has a unique way of writing, and I love her characters and the lore in this series! I really enjoyed seeing Shanora dealing with her sister’s unannounced visit, and also that she is learning to trust and listen to her ‘guys’ more.