Thursday, July 9, 2020

Xpresso Tour: The Order of the Key by Justine Manzano

The Order of the Key
Justine Manzano
Publication date: July 9th 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Jacklyn Madison never expected to be attacked by a beast on an evening snack run. Add a rescue mission enacted by a trained regiment of teenaged warriors, and her night officially becomes just like a scene from one of her beloved comic books. Turns out, her parents were once members of the Order of the Key, gifted humans that protect humanity from creatures spilling through inter-dimensional rifts. Unable to control her newfound abilities, Jacklyn and her family rejoin the Order.

After an attack on their headquarters leaves Jacklyn questioning their leadership, Kyp—the boy who led her initial rescue—reveals a darker secret. The Order’s leader may be corrupt, and Jacklyn’s questions could put her family in danger. Drawn into the search for proof, Jacklyn must use her guts and magical brawn to protect her family, her friends, and herself from the monsters spilling from rifts, and those hiding within the Order.

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I am excited to be part of this tour, and to have the chance to read this! I was excited to start reading The Order of the Keys, and while I ended to finding it a enjoyable, if somewhat simple read, I had hoped for a little more complexity. The story is good, and I liked the plot and concept, but execution is where it lost me at times. I never really connected with any of the character, and didn’t really feel anything for the story as I read, for much the same reason. I felt like the story was good, and enjoyed seeing what would happen, but needed more detail and fleshing out to really sell me as a story I can’t stop talking about, quite yet.

Still, overall it is a quick read, and I did enjoy it, so I’d be happy to read more if there was a continuation to the story.

If rated, I feel it would be a solid 3.5 stars, good story, but has potential to be even better.

Author Bio:

Justine Manzano is a YA author and editor living in Bronx, NY with her husband, son, and a cacophony of cats. Her novel, The Order of the Key will be available from Black Rose Writing in July 2020. She can normally be found at her website,,and she’s on all the usual social media haunts. If you’ve looked in all these places and can’t find her, she’s probably off reading fanfiction. She’ll be back soon.

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GCR Tour: Genes (ISAN book 3) by Mary Ting

Genes by Mary Ting
Series: Book 3 in the ISAN series.
Genre: YA dystopian/science fiction
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: June 30th, 2020
While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN—the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them.
As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base. A traitor within.
Now, Ava must make a dangerous decision, one that could risk their capture—or worse.
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“How about you keep me company while Rhett does his thing?” His eyes wandered the length of my body.

“How about I break your leg?” I offered a coy smile. 

Rhett waited silently—he knew better than to step in unless I needed help. 

I am not your toy.

“I really like her.” Eben gave a nervous laugh, then all playfulness vanished. “But seriously. Why are you here?”

 Rhett sized up at the men on either side of Eben. “I need a rock.” 

About the Author
 Mary is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.



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Thursday, July 2, 2020

#TBT Review: Kingdom of the Lizards by Katrina Kusa

35988431Kingdom of the Lizards by Katrina Kusa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When we grow up, we leave the world of magical creatures and mystical places behind. But when you’re young, magic is all around you. Whether it’s a special book, a tiny crown, or even the creatures in your favorite garden, magic and friendship can help you do anything.

Clara finds magic everywhere she looks, including the little lizard friends that she reads to whenever she can. When her friends are in trouble, she learns that love and kindness are much stronger than hate and heartlessness.

Clara learns that by working together, and having the support of her friends and family, she can make any wish come true. She can even turn a selfish bully into a sweet and gentle friend, ready to follow her on her next adventure.

Whether you’re young, or young at heart, still dreaming of your magical world, Kingdom of the Lizards will transport you to the wonderful days where you can relive your magic again and again.

What a beautiful story! When I started this book, I just thought it was about a girl who liked animals. Which it is, but it is so much more! This is a story about a little girl named Clara who enjoyed going to a special garden and reading to the lizards there. Then at her parent’s candy shop, we meet another child, one much different from the well-mannered Clara. Daniel is selfish and spoiled, demanding all the candy he can eat. We soon learn this his spoiled behavior also included capturing lizards to keep as this playthings. When he captures one of Clara’s friends, the whole town much pitch in to help out! But only Clara knows that the lizard is a very special lizard!

While I was told that Katrina Kusa was only 12 when she wrote this story, from reading it, I would not have guessed! Such a well told and interesting story! She did such a great job, and I loved reading this story. The art is also well done, and I love how it has an almost fairytale feel to it, that fits the story perfectly!

*I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way affects my review.*

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blog Tour: DawnKing (Tales of Faeraven #4)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours DawnKing (Tales of Faeraven #4) By Janalyn Voigt Fantasy, Christian Fantasy Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages February 1st 2020 by Pelican Book Group A prince marked for death, a princess without a kingdom, and a world at war. Unlikely travelers band together to accomplish the impossible—bring peace to their... Continue Reading →

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Audio Tour: Breakwater (The Mer Chronicles #2)

Author: Errin Stevens Narrator: Sean Posvistak Publisher: Errin Stevens Released: Jul. 17, 2017 Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 2 Length: 8 hours 39 minutes Genre: Romantic Fantasy The sirens of Griffins Bay are in trouble, and the recent slew of royal suicides looks to be the least of their worries. For one, unless a blood... Continue Reading →