Wednesday, April 21, 2021

eARC #Review: Yesterday or Long Ago by Jenni Sauer #IndieAuthor #Scifiretelling #YoLA

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Yesterday or Long Ago

by Jenni Sauer (Goodreads Author) 4.56  ·   Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  9 reviews“They’d write about her in books she’d never be allowed to read.”

Rinity Garrick isn’t allowed in the Liosi Royal Library, but that hasn’t stopped her from sneaking in every chance she gets. It’s there she meets Tov, the Librarian whose brown eyes are easier to get lost in than the stories she loves.

Things get complicated, however, when Rinity discovers the Librarian is actually the Crown Prince. And his friend, Royal Advisor Gibbs, never seems to be far from the Prince— and seems to have taken an interest in Rinity’s best friend.

Amya Cole knows better than to set her sights too high— a merchant’s son is all she needs to be provided for and still be useful. But the Royal Advisor quickly becomes an unexpected development in those plans.

When a mysterious man offers Rinity the opportunity to become the girl the Prince thinks she is, she must decide how far she’s willing to go for the answers she wants. Will the girls find their happy ending or bring Liosa down with them as they try to find it?

It’s Aladdin meets Pride and Prejudice in this romantic comedy about finding the love you deserve in the most unexpected places.

*I received an early ecopy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

I found this to be such a fun read, and one that makes for a great light read. This book serves find as a stand alone, but also shared some characters with Rook Di Goo, author Jenni Sauer’s earlier book. I enjoyed meeting Gibbs and Tov in Rook Di Goo, and loved getting to meet the new characters in YoLA as well. I admired Rinity and Amya’s friendship, and really liked getting to see how that played into the plot and the twists and surprises that they discover and face along the way! I also enjoyed meeting their family briefly, and especially favored Amys’s brother, Bender. Although his role in YoLA is very brief, he was an instant favorite of mine, and one I hope to see more of at some point!

I enjoyed Rinity and Tov together, and after meeting him in RDG, it made sense for him for fall fast and hard for Rinity, but still felt like things were a bit rushed, especially at the beginning. I still thought they were cute together, and loved some of the conversations and events that happen later in the story that contributed to their character growth. Tov is such a sweet character, and so accepting and forgiving of his friends, I loved seeing more of him in this book, and seeing more of his he views his role as Prince, and his feelings about ruling and the kingdom he is soon to rule over.

I will admit thought, I loved Gibbs and Amya’s meeting and how their friendship develops and grows into something more, despite their initial reactions. Gibbs took some time to really grow on my in Rook Di Goo, but by the end I adored his friendship with the cast of the Aderyn. I was excited to see that Gibbs friendship with Tov is more apparent as this takes place after RDG, and I felt seeing that continuation added a deeper connection to the story. This trait also shows in how at first he is reluctant speak with Amya, which is a part of what makes Gibbs such a special friend, that he doesn’t trust easy, but is loyal to the end to the few he does come to care for.

This was a quick read, and I loved the bits of both a gender-bent Aladdin, and P&P woven throughout without giving anything away or making the story too predictable. It was fun seeing the subtle references, and brought a smile to my face as I discovered them!

I also loved how the story ends and seeing things unfold as the characters attempt to find answers, and would love to see more of these relationships and friendships in a later story, like how we see Tov and Gibbs’ friendship from RDG here, which I loved!

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“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” – April 19

“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date. The folks at Teacher Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given #IMWAYR a new lens by focusing on books for kids & teens. Check out their blogs to see what they’re reading!

***What I Read Last Week***

Yesterday or Long Ago
  • Beta read Perception (A Bridge of Starlight) by Angie Grigaliuas
  • Yesterday or Long Ago (eARC) by Jenni Sauer

I can’t share a blurb or cover for this one (as I doesn’t have either yet, or at least not publicly) I can say that I’ve read (and immensely enjoyed!) both the Alpha and Beta versions of this one, and am so glad I did. I loved seeing a story unfold, and it’s a special honor and treat to get to see a story you love develop and grow into it’s finished form!

This book follows a few of the characters we briefly meet in the first two installments of The Purification Era series, and I loved getting to see some of the characters and the setting before the TPE series begins as this one occurs 12 years before, and also loved seeing more of the characters that will take up larger roles in TPE later on as well.

I also read Yesterday or Long Ago by Jenni Sauer. In it we see Prince Tov and Royal Advisor Gibbs from Rook Di Goo, along with a whole new cast of characters from Liosi, their home planet. This is a quick read, and also works well as a stand alone. I loved meeting the new characters, and really enjoyed both Tov and Gibbs friendship, along with the close bond of Rinity and Amya. I will say, I was slightly surprised that Amya’s brother, Bender, became an instant favorite of mine despite his brief role in the story, and I’m excited to see more of him, and hopefully the others as well, in later stories!

–What I’m Reading This Week–

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  • Servant, Mercenary, Brother: A Collection of Dresden Jakobs Vignettes Vol. I by Selina R. Gonzalez
  • Golgotha (Remnant Trilogy 1) by Angela R. Watts
  • Emperor’s Heir by Annie Douglas Lima

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Prism Tour: WoE Is Us By D.K. Doulos #yabooks #scifi #christianfiction #yadystopian

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

WoE Is Us
By D.K. Doulos
Christian Dystopian, YA, Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 30, 2021 by Ambassador International

Lyrian Wallace was only ten years old when the Malevolence struck on October 10, 2056. She thought the next decade had numbed her to the grief, the death, the bots, and the daily struggle for survival. She lost her parents when they became Sleepers, but like everyone else, she had pieced together a new family. Lyrian was almost content when the Alliance began taking them . . .

The world always took things away from her. She could only live for today and never dared to hope for any heaven. But when her circumstances change, Lyrian must choose how she might live for both this life and the next.

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I love a good dystopian read, and tend to gravitate to Christian reads when possible. That said, admittedly not all books are equal, so I went into this one ‘blind’ knowing next to nothing about it.

As it has at times in the past, that really paid off with WoE Is Us! I got to fully enjoy the mystery and ‘not so distant’ future in this alternate timeline where we are subjected to mind control injections, secret schemes, hacking skills, and a story that really has a little of everything! This is a ‘clean’ read as far as dystopian go, and is great for fans of that Divergent or The Elite Trials feel!
About the Author

D.K. Doulos has written stories most of his life and is thankful he can use his talent in service to God. When he’s not writing, he enjoys going camping, impersonating a grill master, and watching college football. Between epic cross-country family road trips, he lives in Texas with his wife and four children. Find out more about D.K. on his website (

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive (US only):
– A leather satchel (sized to carry a tablet, iPad, or Kindle) that’s similar to the one carried by the book’s main character
– Bluebonnet scratch-made soap, inspired by the book’s Texas setting
– Fredericksburg Juicy Peach scented wax melts, inspired by the book’s Texas setting
– A $25 Amazon gift card

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