Esperance Blog Tour

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Twelve strangers. Six marriages. One year in Esperance.

Amryn has many reasons to hate the empire. Her latest is her forced marriage to General Carver Vincetti, better known as the Butcher. If he learns even one of her secrets, he will kill her. And Amryn has many secrets. Not only is she an empath with forbidden magic, she’s also a newly recruited rebel intent on destroying the empire—starting at Esperance.

Carver knows the rebels have infiltrated the remote temple of Esperance. His job is to hunt them down before they can wreck the emperor’s new peace. Despite the demons that haunt him, Carver is intent on his mission—but he’s not prepared for Amryn. From her fiery red hair to her surprising wit, his new wife has captured his attention. The attraction that flares between them is undeniable. Now he just has to determine if she’s the enemy.

When the newly married couples become targets in a violent game, Esperance becomes more dangerous than anyone anticipated. Carver and Amryn are about to discover that no one is exactly who they appear to be—especially each other.

Esperance is book one in a New Adult fantasy romance series by Amazon bestselling author Heather Frost. If you love enemies-to-lovers romance, surprising twists, and an action-packed story you can’t put down, you’ll love Esperance!

Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon bestselling YA author who loves epic stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: http://www.HeatherFrost.com

Interview With Carter

Hello Carver, thanks for stopping by! Would you mind telling us a little about yourself?

Hello, I’m Carver Vincetti. I’m a general in the Craethen Empire’s military, and I’ve recently returned from the front in our war with Harvari. You may have heard that I was wounded, but I’m fine now. Completely. I’m ready to serve the emperor in this new capacity at Esperance.

That’s right—you’re about to get married to a stranger. Can you tell us a little about that?

Of course. The emperor decided that peace in the empire could be strengthened by arranging marriages between the eligible elite in all the kingdoms. Each kingdom offered a candidate, and the emperor paired everyone up. Now we’ve all come to the remote temple of Esperance to get married and live for a year, without distractions or outside biases.

And you really don’t know who you will be marrying? Even though you are a favorite of the emperor’s?

Well . . . can you keep a secret? The emperor learned that some rebels may have infiltrated the temple—they might even be some of the candidates that were sent here to be married. So, the emperor asked me to investigate everyone at Esperance, and make sure this venture succeeds. As part of that, I asked the emperor if I could marry Amryn Lukis. I’ve never met her, and I don’t know anything about her, but she’s from Ferradin, and that was one of the last kingdoms to be brought into the empire. There are some lingering anti-empire sentiments there, which means Amryn might very well be an enemy to watch.

“Keep your friends close but your enemies closer”, then?

Yeah, something like that.

How did you feel when you learned about your impending arranged marriage?

Honestly? I was a little wary. Hesitant, even. I always wanted to get married and have a family, but I’ve been fighting a war for years, and marriage has been the last thing on my mind. But I’m happy to serve the emperor however I can, so I will marry Amryn Lukis.

Where did you grow up?

In Westmont, near the coast. I may be biased, but I think it’s the most beautiful place in the empire.

You’re from a large family. Do you enjoy having so many siblings?

Saints, yes. I was lucky enough to grow up in a home filled with family, laughter, and love. I’m the oldest brother, though I do have an older sister. And I’m by far the favorite uncle to my niece and nephew, though some of my brothers might disagree.

Did you always want to be a general?

Going into the military was always my dream; it’s a family tradition that I’m very proud of. My father is High General of Craethen, and I’ve always admired him and wanted to be like him.

Who is your best friend?

Argent Vayne. He’s the future emperor, but he’ll always be the boy who told me it would be a great idea to jump off the royal stables roof when we were little. All jokes aside, I think he’ll make an incredible emperor one day, and I’m honored to have him as my friend.

What is most important to you?

My family. I would do anything for them.

What quality do you most value?

Loyalty.

If your mother had to describe you in three words, what would they be?

Oh no. *Chuckles* Well, as a child, she probably would have labeled me as reckless, irreverent, and vexing. Today . . . well, she might actually say the same. But I’d like to think I’ve grown over the years. I calculate risks before I take them. I joke, but I can be serious. As for being vexing . . . I’m definitely still that.

My Review:

I will have a more detailed review later, but I can’t help but to tell you how much I loved this book. I knew going into it that I would love it though. This author is so talented. She has a way with words that just draw you in and keep you hooked. If you haven’t already read them, I’d also recommend her Fate of Eyrinthi series. It’s so beautiful. I can’t wait to read more of it. I’ve read all three and the two novellas. I’m not going to lie. This book is different than that series. That’s not a bad thing though. I loved it and can’t wait to read it again. I can’t wait to read more books in this series. I’ll be buying a physical copy when I can.

Sword & Sorcery Blog Tour

Sword and Sorcery: FrostfireEthan Avery

Stories By Storytellers
April 22, 2022

Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09T62HGFC 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60487465-frostfire 

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sword-and-sorcery-ethan-avery/1141054563?ean=9798985622829 

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If you could change your life by trusting in a stranger… would you?

Erevan has a problem. He grew up on the unforgiving streets of Bogudos and has the scars to prove it. His friend, however, is stuck in jail because of his mistake. But when a suspicious courier offers him a chance to fix things, should he lift his sword and journey across treacherous lands to aid her cause?

Meanwhile, Aireyal has been accepted into the wealthiest and most prestigious magical school in all the land. There’s just one problem. She can’t do magic. But that’s far from the only secret within the walls of Darr-Kamo. And what she discovers might just change the world.

Swordsman & Sorcerer
Scholar & Spiritualist

All four have enemies. And all four need help to get what they want. But help is never free.

Review Quotes and Praise

“An intricate and enjoyable adventure with a striking cast.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Avery’s buoyant, character-driven debut… brings a fresh class consciousness to high fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Reviews 

“The systems of magic are elaborate, immersive, and vibrant.” —Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Readers will find…thought-provoking insights about growth…and a vivid adventure.” —Midwest Book Review

“Exquisite Worldbuilding.” —Indies Today “A YA Fantasy that checks all the main boxes a fantasy lover would be thrilled to see in one book!” —Reedsy

Author Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/storiesbyethan 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EthanAvery

Website: http://www.storiesbyethan.com

My Review:

Title: Sword & Sorcery: Frostfire

Author: Ethan Avery

Release Date: April 22nd, 2022

Page Count: 436

Start Date: November 3rd, 2022

Finish Date: November 12th, 2022

I really enjoyed this book very much. From the cover, to the story, to the cute chapter graphics that started every chapter. It was an addicting read. It’s told in multiple points of view. I wanted to see them all succeed in their own way! I want to read more books by this author! Fully recommend this incredible book. It’s full of adventure, drama, chaos, and excitement!

The Immortal Sentinels Series Tour

 ★✩★ SERIES TOUR ★✩★

The Immortal Sentinels series 

Genre: Paranormal Romance | Forbidden Love | Forced Proximity

By Sasha Corvyn

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𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒍𝒔, 𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒗𝒂𝒎𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒔, 𝒇𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒍 𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒒𝒖𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒆.




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Blurb from The Oracle: The Beginning


There is a limit to loyalty.

Poseidon and Zeus have stood side by side for countless millennia, until war with Hades threatens to destroy their world.

His only salvation from this turmoil comes in his mission.

Find the Oracle.

His Oracle.

The only being in the world powerful enough to help him break free from Zeus.



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Sasha lives in Australia with her husband, two young children, and fur baby. From a young age, she devoured book after book, until she was driven to write her own stories. Paranormal Romance was the natural genre choice for her, creating worlds outside of reality. An avid gamer, she met her husband online and is currently living out her happily-ever-after.


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Climb Harder Blog Tour

Climb Harder

by Philip Barker

October 30 – November 02

YA, 386 pages.

Link for the book on Amazon

Ashley Davies takes her first steps out of Abbeydale into the competition that will determine the rest of her life.

In the highly demanded sequel to 2021’s ‘Climb’, the stakes are raised and with it Ashley Davies begins to realise that sometimes following your dream can cost more than you ever thought you could give.

Philip Barker’s explosive sequel takes the trilogy to new, heartbreaking heights as Ashley discovers what it really means to call yourself a champion.


This is more than a coming-of-age story. It’s an overcoming story. A story of healing and growth. A contemporary, action-packed story that doesn’t stutter or stall. It’s a story of first loves and finding oneself amid the chaos of the world. In one word Climb is satisfying, and I recommend it to readers young and old. I give it 5 stars and look forward to the sequel.

Donna Sundblad about the first book in the series, Climb.

About the author

Young adult literary fiction author Philip Barker believes it is important to do something every day that scares you, even if it’s only a little bit; it means you are pushing yourself to experience new things. Through his writing, he aspires to provide his young readers a different perspective, to put emotions into words so that they can hopefully feel a way that they normally wouldn’t, or even wouldn’t want to.

Philip realized in high school that he wanted to be a writer when he discovered that books have the capacity to make him think outside of the established way that was taught to him growing up in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. He likes to ground his stories in reality and relate them to personal experiences. It is his opinion that life itself is amazing and story-worthy, and there are so many interesting people in the world, all things that he can harvest great writing from.

Philip believes a great story is one that has relatable and interesting characters. Everyone lives interesting lives, and getting to know people is the fun part, even with fictional characters. Having them leave their comfort zones becomes fascinating and often hilarious. To Philip, everyone has a story to tell, and he hopes his young readers learn from his own story that life is complicated and things occur that can often be out of their control. But how they overcome obstacles is what’s important and committing oneself to something with a goal and purpose, like rock climbing, can help ground you.

When he isn’t writing thought-provoking fiction stories for young adults, Philip enjoys rock climbing, gardening, and watching B Grade movies. His wife, siblings, mother, and father-in-law provided the positive support and courage for his book and in his life. He lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, NSW, Australia with his wife, two dachshunds, Alfie and George, and a rabbit named Abby. Climb is his debut novel.

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MY REVIEW:

Climb:

Title: Climb

Author: Philip Barker

Release Date: September 24th, 2021

Page Count: 246

Start Date: October 12th, 2022

Finish Date: October 21st, 2022

Review:

Story: This story follows a girl that really loves climbing. She gets in trouble because she decides to engage in a dangerous competition with somebody. It does get her into a team where she can compete legitimately and less dangerously. She’s afraid to tell her mother because she’s afraid her mother won’t allow her to do it.

Characters: This is a middle-grade book. A coming of age story if you will. All the characters in this book are written from a younger point of view. I really found it very refreshing compared to books I normally read.

Critiques: See narration.

Narration: This book is narrated by the author. It’s a decent narration. It just sounds a bit canned. There are also some places that I think that the edits weren’t fully removed from the audiobook. Again, I don’t think it’s horrible. It’s decent. It could use another editing run through though.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. The girl followed her passions. She worked hard to get where she wanted to be. She accepted responsibility when she was in the wrong. It was also very realistic. I loved the representation in this book.

Climb Harder:

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Frankie’s Wish Blog Tour

Frankie’s Wish: A Wander in the Wonder

by Once Upon a Dance

October 28-31

Chapter book, 43 pages.

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Once Upon a Dance donates all proceeds to charity.

A heartwarming story of gratitude.
An important reminder to enjoy the journey.

Travel to a mysterious island alongside Frankie to make a wish on a magic feather. The path to the hidden feather will only be revealed through patience, wits, and joy. But time is running out, and wishes are only granted on one special day.
Dance along with the creatures of the forest and a professional ballerina in this interactive story exploring movement and dance fundamentals with a powerful message about what’s important in life.

Frankie’s Wish is ideal for children 4-7. It features Frankie (no pronouns), Auntie Duke (she), a dinosaur, a gorilla, and an eagle. Major themes include gratitude, asking for help, friendship, self-affirmation, and believing in yourself. Dance-It-Out!s are above level (language-wise) as they’re intended to be initially enjoyed with a caregiver or teacher. (~700+Lexile)

Ballerina Konora joins the pages with photos and suggestions for movement exploration. Three books in one: readers can enjoy the story, act out the tale in their own way, or try Konora’s suggested activities, designed by an award-winning ballet teacher to develop body awareness and movement knowledge.

Concepts and Movements in this Story:

  • Bridge Pose (*4-5s may need help with this movement)
  • Twirling
  • Squatting/Waddling
  • Balancing on One Leg
  • Jumping
  • Stretching
  • Reaching
  • Swaying
  • Upper Body/Head/Forearm/Shoulder Isolation
  • Moving with Resistance
  • Centering/Breath
  • Small Motor Skills (Rotating, Writing, Counting, Closing into Fist, Opening Palm, etc)
  • Quality of Movement (Calm/Wild, Powerful, Joyful, etc.)
  • Showing Emotion (Surprise, Excitement, Fear, Interest, etc.)
  • Shapes (Twisted, Wide, Tall, etc.)
  • Concert of Left/Right
  • Self Affirmation and Gratitude

This movement journey is ideal for dance, creative movement, physical education, homeschool, kindergarten, first-grade, or second-grade activities. The Dance-It-Out! series features diverse characters, and books make a great gift for boys or girls interested in dance, ballet, gymnastics, or yoga, or reluctant readers who enjoy getting up and moving.


"This is a delightful book for readers who appreciate both an uplifting story and the invitation to interact with it using both their bodies and their minds."

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)


About the authors

Once Upon a Dance is an award-winning mother-daughter collaboration.

Ballerina Konora climbed the ballet ladder to pro, and she’s thrilled to be living her dreams dancing with Ballet Idaho. Along the way, she danced iconic roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella.

Teacher Terrel taught dance for decades and was honored by her City Council for “embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community” for her work with young dancers. She’s breathed ballet from every angle and worked in early childhood education, for non-profits supporting kids, and as a university English teacher as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Once Upon a Dance 2021/2022 Awards: Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Family Choice Award, Royal Dragonfly First Place, PenCraft Award First Place, Firebird First Place, Pinnacle: Best Book Juvenile Fiction, Independent Press Award Winner, International Impact Book Award Winner, Outstanding Creator Awards Winner, Readers Favorite Certified Great Read, Indie’s Today 5-Star Recommended, The Wishing Shelf 5-Star, Literary Titan 5-Star Award.

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am in love with this story and the idea behind it. The story itself is beautiful. The artwork is beautiful. The story is so inspirational. They then went to the next level. They made it even greater by including interactive dances the reader can do while reading the story. I wish that I had a job in the library reading just so I can watch this book come to life. I want to pick up copies for all my loved ones with children. Fully recommend!

Toxic Effects Blog Tour

Toxic Effects (The Memory Thieves Book 2)
367 Pages
Blackstone Publishing
September 20, 2022
Book Links:
BlackstoneBarnes & Noble, and Amazon
Book trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FnAWUsX6VzI
Book one Adverse Effects
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52534773-adverse-effects
Don’t forget to be afraid
Neuropsychiatrist Cristina Silva cannot escape her past. The voice in her head of her former identity won’t let her. Cristina also can’t quite manage to force herself to forget the ex-boyfriend she dumped: handsome police detective Gary Wilson.
Soon after beginning her new job at the Longwood Memory Center, Cristina receives a startling phone call from her contact at the FBI: an assassin is crisscrossing the country, killing anyone connected to the now-defunct pharmaceutical company ReMind—people like Cristina. The shadowy criminal enterprise Zero Dark is back.
Indeed, an assassin is tracking Cristina, a literal femme fatale known as Dama Branca. Like Cristina, DB’s memory was robbed by Zero Dark. Transfixed by the brilliant doctor, DB’s unsure what’s preventing her from killing Cristina. DB has memory glitches and longs to interpret them. Whether or not these have to do with Cristina, she doesn’t know, but she senses their fates are entwined—with any luck, not fatally.
Danger lurks in the shadows. Cristina’s spurned lover, Wilson, is investigating the suspicious deaths of local teens, convinced they’re not accidents. Before their bewildering ends, all the victims exhibit bizarre behavior, and there are now terrified whispers among their friends of a hooded boogeyman called Sack Man. One exceptional young man, Reggie Horne, is clearly in the middle of this bedlam. Wilson vows to prevent Sack Man from claiming Reggie as his next casualty.
And when Cristina’s in danger, Wilson is never far away. Just as it becomes apparent their two stories are entangled, the peril shoots sky-high. With at least one killer in their wake, they must quickly determine what’s real and what’s not. Unlocking Cristina’s memories could save many lives—her own included.

Author Links:
https://www.authorjoelshulkin.com/linktree/

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PRAISE FOR TOXIC EFFECTS:
 
“Shulkin’s smart, page-turner Toxic Effects redefines crossed, crisscrossed, and double-crossed. A really great read.”
                -Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepless City

“A wicked smart medical thriller.” 
                -Dea Poirier, bestselling author of Next Girl to Die and Find Me in the Dark

“This was my first medical thriller and I couldn’t put it down. Joel seamlessly integrates more twists and turns than a Formula One Race. Highly recommend”
               – Brian Cuban, Bestselling author of The Addicted Lawyer and The Ambulance Chaser

MY REVIEW:

This book is all over the place. I’m blown away by it. It starts out very intensely. We see two people get killed! I’ll leave it at that. I do have to say that I haven’t read the first book yet. This book seemed to stand on its own for me, but I do plan to go back and read the first book anyway. I really love the writing style of this author. The author really knows how to pull the attention of the reader and keep it until the very end. I definitely recommend this book. I’ll have a more detailed review in another blog.

Inhuman Acts Blog Tour

Inhuman Acts

Brooke French

Black Rose Writing
September 29, 2022

Book Links

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61183772-inhuman-acts

A deadly, incurable disease creeps silent through Chattanooga. And its victims aren’t random. When inexplicable human rabies cases appear in Tennessee, disease ecologist Letty Duquesne jumps at the chance to trace the virus back to its source. But the closer Letty gets to finding the outbreak’s origin, the further someone will go to stop her. With an unwanted promotion threatening to take Letty far from the fieldwork she loves, this outbreak feels like her last chance to make a difference. It’s not something she can ignore, especially now. The spillover of zoonotic diseases to the human population is on the rise and violent animal attacks—like the one that killed her sister—are becoming all too common. Something in nature has gone very wrong. Local authorities would rather she go home, but Letty can track a source animal like no one else. With the help of disgraced detective Andrew Marsh, Letty follows the virus’s epidemiological trail. But her every move is watched. And the source animal is closer than she thinks. Inhuman Acts is a pulse-pounding thriller. Gripping and intricately paced, Brooke L. French’s debut novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Author Links

https://brookelfrench.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22450534.Brooke_L_French

https://www.facebook.com/brooke.l.french

https://www.instagram.com/brookelewisfrench/

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was so amazing! I really wasn’t expecting half of the things that popped up! I also really LOVE that my hometown (Marietta) was referenced in the book! That is so rare! I won’t say too much because I don’t want to give too many spoilers. But I really wasn’t expecting the ending at all. I was expecting something else entirely! I’ll have a more detailed review of this in a separate post! I need somebody to read this and contact me so we can talk about it! And oh my! The cover!!!!

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When I Say Jump Book Tour

 ★✩★ BOOK TOUR ★✩★

When I Say Jump

Brothers of Extinction

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By PS Sutton

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Blurb:

His family came from the old world in Italy. Grapes were in their blood. They moved to California, bought a vineyard and winery, and made it a success.

Their son was hot blooded who went after everything he desired with a fever. When anyone told him no or stood in his way, his blood boiled and his teeth ground.

Angelo was a shifter. When he would shift, people took notice. When he said jump, they not only jumped but they ran.


About PS Sutton

I love to read! Paranormal romance, murder/mystery, sci-fi and really, any book with romance and a happy ending are my favorite. I am particularly fond of vampire and shifter stories.

Currently, I live in the Midwest with my husband and my seven-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever. I am a 69-year-old grandmother of six, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a wife to the same man for 46 years.

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Hag of the Hills Blog Tour

Hag of the Hills
J.T.T. Ryder
286 Pages
The National Library of Norway
February 25, 2022
“Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”

Brennus is destined from birth to become a warrior, despite his farmer’s life. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he now has the opportunity to avenge those who he loved.

Brennus must survive endless hordes of invading Hillmen and magic-wielding sidhe, aided by only a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword.

Failure means his family and clan go unavenged. Victory will bring glory to Brennus and his ancestors.

Hag of the Hills is a heroic fantasy novel set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.
Book Links:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60231302-hag-of-the-hills?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=riOItk55lH&rank=1
https://www.amazon.com/Hag-Hills-Bronze-Cycles-Duology/dp/8269279110/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3JNBZPOKZXO8X&keywords=hag+of+the+hills&qid=1665076040&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIwLjM1IiwicXNhIjoiMC4wMCIsInFzcCI6IjAuMDAifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=ha+of+the+hills%2Caps%2C197&sr=8-1
Book 2 is out now, see the duo here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09XHYDQF5
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Author Links:
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Review:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I didn’t hate this book. I didn’t really love it either. I found most parts of this book really inspirational and uplifting. It’s like no matter what happened, they were able to rise up and overcome it. There were parts that I also found really disturbing. I was almost as disturbed by those parts as I was the entire Lord of the Rings book. Luckily, it wasn’t quite that bad. I did like the book. I wouldn’t ever read it again, but I do recommend it.

Tell Me a Story, Babushka Blog Tour

Tell me a story, Babushka

by Carola Schmidt

Picture book, 24 pages, new release (Fall 2022)

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When a little girl asks her Baba to tell her a story about a princess and a monster what she hears is so much more―the true tale of her grandmother’s escape from a prisoner of war camp in Siberia to freedom, all with the help of a secret message hidden in a nesting doll. The perfect happily ever after!

About Carola Schmidt

Carola Schmidt lives in Curitiba, Brazil. Called Carolina at birth, she was nicknamed Carola by her Baba (grandmother) Amelia who emigrated to Brazil from Ukraine. Wanting to know more about her grandmother’s homeland, Carola traveled to present-day Ukraine. She returned understanding that our memories are like a favorite blanket creating a cozy feeling of belonging. It was in Ukraine where she decided to write this story―a tale of how she imagined her missing family history and their escape from a difficult time long ago. Today, Carola writes children’s books and works as a pediatric oncology pharmacist, helping children going through cancer treatments.

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The illustrations are done by Academy of Fine Arts of Florence graduate Anita Barghigiani. https://instagram.com/anita.barghigiani/

My Review:

Title: Tell Me A Story, Babushka

Author: Carola Schmidt

Release Date: October 1st, 2022

Page Count: 24

Start Date: October 21st, 2022

Finish Date: October 21st, 2022

Review:

This is a children’s book. My review will be shorter than my normal reviews. I do want to say I really enjoyed this story very much. I feel like I learned so much while reading it. I wish the story could have been a bit longer. It did feel a bit rushed. It was beautiful though. I’m so glad that I had the chance to read this. The artwork is inspiring as well. It’s just so detailed. So complex. There aren’t enough words to describe the beauty of the artwork.