Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023 • Top Ten Tuesday (January 10 23)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by y The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten list is:

Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023

¿Which are your Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023?

Those are mine, this year we will have excellent books and I can’t wait to read those. 

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amélie Wen Zhao ∙ January 3rd 2023 

Once, Lan had a different name. Now she goes by the one the Elantian colonizers gave her when they invaded her kingdom, killed her mother, and outlawed her people’s magic. She spends her nights as a songgirl in Haak’gong, a city transformed by the conquerors, and her days scavenging for what she can find of the past. Anything to understand the strange mark burned into her arm by her mother in her last act before she died.

The mark is mysterious—an untranslatable Hin character—and no one but Lan can see it. Until the night a boy appears at her teahouse and saves her life.

Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson ∙ January 17

Elisabeth Scrivener is finally settling into her new life with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Now that their demon companion Silas has returned, so has scrutiny from nosy reporters hungry for gossip about the city’s most powerful sorcerer and the librarian who stole his heart. But something strange is afoot at Thorn Manor: the estate’s wards, which are meant to keep their home safe, are acting up and forcibly trapping the Manor’s occupants inside. Surely it must be a coincidence that this happened just as Nathaniel and Elisabeth started getting closer to one another…

El metal perdido / The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson  March 21 

For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set-with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders-since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner Wayne find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate-whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose-and Bilming is even more entangled.

A Girl Called Samso by Amy Harmon ∙ April 1

In 1760, Deborah Samson is born to Puritan parents in Plympton, Massachusetts. When her father abandons the family and her mother is unable to support them, Deborah is bound out as an indentured servant. From that moment on, she yearns for a life of liberation and adventure.

Twenty years later, as the American colonies begin to buckle in their battle for independence, Deborah, impassioned by the cause, disguises herself as a soldier and enlists in the Continental Army. Her impressive height and lanky build make her transformation a convincing one, and it isn’t long before she finds herself confronting the horrors of war head-on.

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez  April 11th 

Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.

Happy Place by Emily Henry April 25th 

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan May 2

As the son of Hades, Nico di Angelo has been through so much, from the premature deaths of his mother and sister, to being outed against his will, to losing his friend Jason during the trials of Apollo. But there is a ray of sunshine in his life–literally: his boyfriend, Will Solace, the son of Apollo. Together the two demigods can overcome any obstacle or foe. At least, that’s been the case so far . . .

Now Nico is being plagued by a voice calling out to him from Tartarus, the lowest part of the Underworld. He thinks he knows who it is: a reformed Titan named Bob whom Percy and Annabeth had to leave behind when they escaped Hades’s realm. Nico’s dreams and Rachel Dare’s latest prophecy leave little doubt in Nico’s mind that Bob is in some kind of trouble. Nico has to go on this quest, whether Mr. D and Chiron like it or not. And of course Will insists on coming with. But can a being made of light survive in the darkest part of the world? and what does the prophecy mean that Nico will have to “leave something of equal value behind?”

The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer May 30th 

Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling children’s author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winner’s life in this absorbing and whimsical novel.

Make a wish. . . .

Lucy Hart knows better than anyone what it’s like to grow up without parents who loved her. In a childhood marked by neglect and loneliness, Lucy found her solace in books, namely the Clock Island series by Jack Masterson. Now a twenty-six-year-old teacher’s aide, she is able to share her love of reading with bright, young students, especially seven-year-old Christopher Lamb, left orphaned after the tragic death of his parents. Lucy would give anything to adopt Christopher, but even the idea of becoming a family seems like an impossible dream without proper funds and stability. 

Crackle by Felicia Blaedel

-A small, windy island.

-Two feuding apple-orchard families.

-Smart, creative, quiet hero struggling to find peace with his past and childhood.

-Driven, kind, bubbly heroine making her dreams come true.

-Complicated logistics.

-Sweet and steamy.

-A dance studio.

-Two people with a special connection.

-Small-town shenanigans.

-A love story about feeling seen.

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Reading Challenge 2023

Are you going to participate in a reading challenge? I found a couple that I would like to participate in.

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When Are You Reading?

The premise of the challenge is to read one book from each of twelve time periods. This year the periods are:

  • Pre 1200
  • 1300-1499
  • 1500-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

This looks fun, I love historical fiction and I already have a couple of books in mind to fill these categories, 1200 to 1500 I think are the most difficult categories and I like the challenge of finding something I like, also future, I’m usually not a fan of dystopias

Read Around the World

This is my annual personal challenge, every month I read a book where the story takes place in a country different from mine. My brother usually picks the country, It’s always a challenge because it never chooses popular countries. Every year I print and paint a map with the countries visited, it is a way of traveling and getting to know other cultures.

Favorite Books of 2022 • Top Ten Tuesday (January 3 23)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by y The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten list is:

Favorite Books of 2022 

How was your reading year 2022? Mine was pretty good, I discovered new authors and thanks to the audiobooks, I reread a lot. The following books were my favorites, I divided them into two parts, new readings and rereadings.


The Dovekeepers

In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. 

Small Favors

Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

Part of Your World

After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.

In the Beautiful Country

Anna can’t wait to move to the beautiful country—the Chinese name for America. Although she’s only ever known life in Taiwan, she can’t help but brag about the move to her family and friends.

But the beautiful country isn’t anything like Anna pictured. Her family can only afford a cramped apartment, she’s bullied at school, and she struggles to understand a new language. On top of that, the restaurant that her parents poured their savings into is barely staying afloat. The version of America that Anna is experiencing is nothing like her dreams. How will she be able to make the beautiful country her home?

Six Crimson Cranes

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

All The Wrong Shelves

Zander is making the right decisions to fight the indifference that has shaped his life. When one of those decisions leaves him temporarily homeless, he never expected to gain a new friend.

Nessa is real, she’s honest, and she believes in him. Zander longs to be authentic. He’s been pretending, playing a part, for as long as he can remember.

But Nessa is pretending, too. Pretending she isn’t exhausted, that the world isn’t too loud, and that she doesn’t have a book full of notes that might explain why she’s always been a little different.

As she’s learning to trust herself, she might even realise that she doesn’t need to hide who she is.

The Moorland Cottage

Maggie Browne, the daughter of a deceased clergyman, is encouraged to give up her own life and passions and devote herself to her brother Edward. Through the example and guidance of her mother—who dotes on Edward constantly—and her mentor, Mrs. Buxton, Maggie learns that self-sacrifice is the key to living a fulfilled life. 

Spells for Lost Things

Willow has never felt like she belonged anywhere and is convinced that the only way to find a true home is to travel the world. But her plans to act on her dream are put on hold when her aloof and often absent mother drags Willow to Salem, Massachusetts, to wrap up the affairs of an aunt Willow didn’t even know she had. An aunt who may or may not have been a witch.

Into the Heartless Wood

The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.

When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her, and every night her longing to become human deepens. But a shift in the stars foretells a dangerous curse, and Seren’s quest to become human will lead them into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king who is trying to stop her


The Nature of Witches

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

The First Girl Child

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Daughter of the Forest

Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives: they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift—by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. 

Amour Amour

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

The Poison Season • Review

  • Author: Mara Rutherford 
  • Title: The Poison Season
  • Saga: Standalone
  • Published: December 6th 2022 by Inkyard Press
  • Genre: Fantasy, young adult
  • Stars: 4 
  • Official Synopsis:  Leelo has spent her entire life on Endla, coexisting with the bloodthirsty Forest and respecting the poisonous lake that protects her island from outsiders who seek to destroy it. But as much as Leelo cares for her community, she struggles to accept that her younger brother will be exiled by his next birthday, unless he gains the magic of enchanted song so vital to Endla. When Leelo sees a young outsider on the verge of drowning in the lake, she knows exactly what she’s supposed to do. But in a moment that will change everything, Leelo betrays her family, her best friend, and Endla by making an unthinkable choice.


It’s no secret that one of my favorite settings is a creepy forest, and The Poison Season did not disappoint, not only has a forest but also a poisoned lake. Only with that, it’s a need to read it.


  • Dangerous forest and lake 
  • A small secret isolated village
  • Magic music
  • Family dynamic 
  • Dual POV

I like Leelo, she is compassionate, loves her family, and doesn’t quite belong, her village has hard rules to protect themselves and those rules do not allow his brother to continue living on the island, because he doesn’t have magic.

Jaren is brave and a little lost and he loves her sisters, family is important for both. 

Endla is a dangerous place, Jaren is in trouble and Leelo finds him. The writing is slow and addictive, you just want to know more about the island and if they were discovered. The romance, is sweet, first love and forbidden romance. 

It’s standalone, I think the ending was a bit rushed but Leelo’s story has closure and I like it. What I was missing was more about the forest, why it’s so bloodthirsty.

Overall was good, a slow-burn story with nice characters, interesting world-building and written style with a good mix between family, romance, and fantasy.

Strike the Zither • Review

  • Author: Joan He
  • Title: Strike the Zither
  • Saga: Yes, first book of a duology
  • Published: October 25th 2022 
  • Genre: Fantasy, retelling, historical fantasy, young adult
  • Stars: 4 
  • Official Synopsis:  The year is 414 of the Xin Dynasty, and chaos abounds. A puppet empress is on the throne. The realm has fractured into three factions and three warlordesses hoping to claim the continent for themselves. But Zephyr knows it’s no contest. Orphaned at a young age, Zephyr took control of her fate by becoming the best strategist of the land and serving under Xin Ren, a warlordess whose loyalty to the empress is double-edged—while Ren’s honor draws Zephyr to her cause, it also jeopardizes their survival in a war where one must betray or be betrayed. When Zephyr is forced to infiltrate an enemy camp to keep Ren’s followers from being slaughtered, she encounters the enigmatic Crow, an opposing strategist who is finally her match. But there are more enemies than one—and not all of them are human.


Strike the Zither is the first book of a duology, its fantasy retelling, inspired by the Chinese epic The 3 kingdoms.


  • Royal courts drama and politics 
  • Action, war, battles, and dangerous places 
  • Smart, brave, and gray characters
  • Found family and a little bit of romance 

Zephyr is a strategy, she is smart and loyal to her queen, she infiltrates the enemy realm, and she wants to know the enemy and find allies. I like her, Zephyr, at first she feels 

a little arrogant, but is because she knows what she wants and how to get it. 

The writing is fast pacing, immersive, a rollercoaster between epic battles and strategies, and the plot twist D: so good. It end in in cliffhanger (the author wanted to make a big book but was divided in two) so I can’t wait for the sequel. 

Bonus points:

The book has some character illustrations, they are beautiful and detailed, I hope in the second book we will have more, it was a lovely surprise. 

Mother of the River • Cover Reveal

Today Emily McPherson and Rockstar Book Tours are
revealing the cover for MOTHER OF THE RIVER the first book in her new YA
Fantasy series which releases March 7, 2023! Check out the awesome cover and
enter the giveaway!


On to the reveal!

About The Book:

Title: MOTHER OF THE RIVER (Protectors #1)

Author: Emily McPherson

Pub. Date: March 7, 2023

Publisher: Eyebright Books

Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo


Inspired by traditional Irish
Mythology, Mother of the River tells the story of a 17 year
old girl in search of her missing mother when she stumbles upon a forgotten

Ianthe was only six years old when her mother vanished and the strange statue
appeared in the river near her home. Now, eleven years later, the statue stands
as a memorial and a place where Ianthe often visits to tell her mother about
her life. But when an old acquaintance returns to town and suggests the statue
isn’t just a statue, the presence of a mythical creature comes into question,
and Ianthe begins to wonder what really happened all those years ago.

With her best friend Fintan by her side, Ianthe searches for a lost legend and
discovers fantastical dangers, family secrets, and the magic of Ireland. But
finding the myth may not be enough to mend the past. And finding the truth just
may threaten her future.

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know
where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far- Irish

Book Teaser Trailer:

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Mother of the River, chapter two excerpt

Ianthe slid a cup and scone to her side of the small table
and slathered butter onto the bread while Dubheasa eyed her carefully.

“Well then,” Dubheasa said, thankfully moving on to a new
topic, “when did we last see each other, dear? Do you remember?”

“Um.” Ianthe paused to take a bite of her scone. “Two summers
ago, I think.”

“And has much changed since then?” Dubheasa asked, stirring
cream into her tea.

“Besides growing a bit taller, nothing at all.”

“Well, I’m glad to see you’re still here.”

“Why wouldn’t I be here?”

Dubheasa sipped her tea and waited for Ianthe to come to some
sort of conclusion, but Ianthe stared back, lost as ever.

“Well, the Scréch Sídhe, of course,” Dubheasa finally said.

Ianthe couldn’t help but subtly roll her eyes, feeling a sliver
of annoyance in her gut.

“Oh, right. Of course,” she said flatly. “How could I

“You still don’t believe in the Sídhe, do you?” Dubheasa
asked, though she already knew the answer.

“No, I must admit. I don’t.”

“If you don’t mind me asking, why is that?”

“You told me the Scréch Sídhe would come for me after my
mother disappeared, but it’s been eleven years. Do you really believe a magical
faerie would need this much time to find a person?”

Dubheasa continued to sip her tea with squinted eyes before
offering another question.

“Then how do you think your mother turned to stone?”

“Oh, this again?” Ianthe said, reminding herself a bit of her
dad. “My mother didn’t turn to stone.”

“I’ve seen her, Ianthe. I know she stands in the river.”

“I’ve told you,” Ianthe said, dropping her hands to the table
and rattling the teacups. “My father had that statue made in remembrance
of her. It’s not actually her.”

“And yet, he never visits her to remember her.”

“N—no, you’ve got it wrong, Dubheasa. My mother disappeared.”

“And disappearing into thin air is a more acceptable
explanation for you?” Dubheasa asked, studying Ianthe’s face.

“Certainly more acceptable than ‘cursed by a faerie’,” she
said in a failed whisper.


About Emily McPherson:

McPherson is an author for young adult readers with several fantasy projects in
the works. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, she strives to normalize
seeing characters of the rainbow on the page without harmful stereotypes. She
is an Irish dancer with a slight obsession with mythological creatures. She
lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and – the real mythological
creatures – her two rescue pugs.

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1 winner
will receive a $10 Amazon GC, International.

November 1st, midnight EST.
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Gleanings • Book Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the GLEANINGS by Neal Shusterman Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book:

Title: GLEANINGS: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman

Pub. Date: November 8, 2022

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 432

Find it:GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD,

The New York Times bestselling Arc of the Scythe series continues with thrilling stories that span the timeline. Storylines continue. Origin stories are revealed. And new Scythes emerge!

There are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.

Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman—returns to the world throughout the timeline of the Arc of a Scythe series. Discover secrets and histories of characters you’ve followed for three volumes and meet new heroes, new foes, and some figures in between.

Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.

Haven’t started the Arc of a Scythe series? Start your journey now!


Gleanings is a collection of 13 stories from the Scythedom. Some stories are prequels, others co-occur with the trilogy timeline, and others are sequels.

All the stories are different, they show us the good and the bad of Scythedom. I love the concept of new settings and perspectives, also the new characters: scythe or human, and the return of characters that we already know.

If you are a fan of the saga and want a little more, you have to read this anthology, some stories disturbed me, others that I loved, some are creepy, others have adventure and others have social comments, but they all have in common that they expand the world and make you think.

About Neal Shusterman:

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves. Visit Neal at and 

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Neal Shusterman , american writer of young-adult fiction

Giveaway Details: 

1 winner will receive a finished copy of GLEANINGS, US Only.

End November 8th, midnight EST.

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Week One:

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Drawing Outside the Lines: A Julia Morgan Novel • Review

  • Author: Susan Austin
  • Title: Drawing Outside the Lines: A Julia Morgan Novel
  • Saga: No
  • Published: October 18, 2022
  • Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction,
  • Stars: 4 
  • Official Synopsis: 
    Meet the brilliant, fearless, and ambitious Julia Morgan. In 1883, eleven-year-old Julia visits the amazing new Brooklyn Bridge—an experience that ignites within her a small but persistent flame. Someday, she decides, she too will build an astounding structure. 


Drawing Outside the Lines is a fictionalized biography of Julia Morgan, she was an American architect, and she was a very private person, there is not much information about her childhood, so the author was inspired by letters or memoirs.

Julia grew up at the end of the Victorian era when skyscrapers were beginning to revolutionize the world; Since she was a child, she showed talent in drawing and mathematics, which led her to study civil engineering at the university, being the only woman in her class.

Julia was a pioneer, I think that thanks to women like her, today we can enjoy an education. She was highly intelligent, leading to hostile and misogynistic comments, not only from her peers but also from her professors who did not believe that a woman could (or should) be an engineer. Luckily, she not only had talent, but also support and a lot of perseverance, which led her to become the first woman to be admitted to the Paris School of Fine Arts and the first female architect in California.

It is a short and easy read, and the style is very middle-grade, which makes it perfect for many girls to read and be inspired.

The Lord of Night • Book Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE LORDS OF NIGHT by J.C. Cervantes Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book:

Title: THE LORDS OF NIGHT (A Shadow Bruja Novel Book 1)

Author: J.C. Cervantes

Pub. Date: October 4, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J. C. Cervantes’s exciting new spin-off from the best-selling STORM RUNNER trilogy.

«This duology opener is accessible to readers who are new to this world. An engrossing, god-filled delight.»–Kirkus Reviews

Fourteen-year-old Renata Santiago is the most powerful godborn of them all, a bruja with a unique combination of DNA. The Mexica blood from her dad’s side gives her the ability to manipulate shadows. Her mom Pacific, a Maya goddess, gifted her a magical rope that controls time, and Ren recently used it to save a few gods from getting stuck forever in 1987. She brought them back to the present, but her BFF Ah Puch, the once fearsome god of death, darkness, and destruction, is now a teenager with no divine powers.

Ren is also a girl with ordinary hopes and dreams. She wishes, for example, that her blog about alien sightings would garner more respect. She’s always been absolutely convinced that there’s a connection between aliens and the Maya civilization. Plenty of online haters feel differently, and they call her a fake, a liar, and a loser.

When Ren receives an email about an alien sighting in Kansas, she thinks it may support her theory. She also suspects that the cinco–five renegade godborns–are up to no good. Soon she finds herself embroiled in a quest to prevent the troublemakers from awakening the nine Aztec Lords of Night. Problem is, none of Ren’s friends are available to help her hunt down the cinco and the dangerous gods they are resurrecting. Ren has no choice but to team up with two strangers recruited by Ah Puch: Edison, a teen hybrid demon, and Montero, an eleven-year-old Aztec hunter. Succeeding in this quest will prove that Ren is no fake, liar, or loser. But it isn’t just another challenge. It could well be an impossible one that leaves Ren questioning her very existence.

Anyone who enjoys fast-paced myth-based adventures will be swept up in this one featuring Maya and Mexica gods and their magical offspring.


This a tour stop organized by Rockstarbooktours, I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Lord of Night is a spin-off of The Storm Runner, some things are mentioned from the previous saga, so I recommend reading it first if you want all the facts; although it is not strictly necessary.

Ren Santiago is a witty character, brave and strong, she lives with her grandfather, spends time with her friends, and investigates aliens in her free time, she looks like a normal pre-teen, but she is not, she is a shadow witch and very powerful.

Love the new characters, when Ren can’t contact his friends (from the previous saga) two new companions join her: Edison (half-demon, and all his knowledge about humans is from the 80s and 90s movies) and Monty a kid warrior Aztec who wants to uphold her family lineage.

It’s a fast-read story, full of action and adventure, I loved that it intertwines Mayan and Aztec myths, it ends with a cliffhanger so I can’t wait for the next one.

Thank you Rockstar Book Tours and, Disney Books and J.C. Cervantes for the early copy.

About J. C. Cervantes:

J.C. is a New York Times best-selling author of books for children and young adults. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, as well as Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including the New Mexico Book Award, the Zia Book Award, and most recently the 2021 New Mexico Land of Enchantment Readers’ Choice Award.

She currently resides in the Land of Enchantment with her family, three spoiled dogs, and a lifetime collection of books. But she keeps part of her heart in Southern California, where she was born and raised. When she isn’t writing she is haunting bookstores and searching for magic in all corners of the world.

Her work is represented by Holly Root at Root Literary.

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The Witch Hunt • Book Tour

  • Author: Sasha Peyton Smith
  • Title: The Witch Hunt 
  • Saga: Yes, The Witch Haven #2
  • Published:  October 11, 2022
  • Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
  • Stars: 4 
  • Official Synopsis:  The lush and pulse-pounding sequel to theNew York TimesbestsellingThe Witch HavenfollowsFrancesand her fellow witches to the streets of Paris where family secrets, lost loves, anddangerous magic await.Months after the devastating battle between the Sons of St. Druon and the witches of Haxahaven,Frances has built a quiet, safe life for herself, teaching young witches and tending the garden withinthe walls of Haxahaven Academy. But one thing nags; her magic has begun to act strangely. When anopportunity to visit Paris arises, Frances jumps at the chance to go, longing for adventure andseeking answers about her own power. Once she and her classmates Maxine and Lena reach the vibrant streets of France, Frances learnsthat the spell she used to speak to her dead brother has had terrible consequences—the veilbetween the living and the dead has been torn by her recklessness, and a group of magicians areusing the rift for their own gain at a horrifying cost. To right this wrong, and save lives and her own magical powers, Frances must hunt down answers inthe parlors of Parisian secret societies, the halls of the Louvre, and the tunnels of the catacombs. Heronly choice is to team up with the person she swore she’d never trust again, risking further betrayaland her own life in the process.


This a tour stop organized by tbrandbeyondtours, I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Witch hunt is the sequel to The Witch Haven; The story begins shortly after the end of the first book, Frances now is teaching young witches, her powers are erratic because of what happened in the previous book, she has a quiet life when she has the opportunity to travel to Paris with her friends. It was supposed to be a fun trip and ended up being a source of mystery and adventure. In Paris, the veil has been lifted, and strange things are happening.

Frances is always fun to read, she is a morally gray character, and she doesn’t always make the best decisions but you can understand why and she has good intentions. 

My favorites are the friends, Maxine and Lena, they are loyal and brave, they always support and listen to Frances and even though they are smarter than her, they have good ideas. They always make me laugh, they are witty and fun young witches. Oliver is so sweet and I think he deserved better, I like him, he is not scared by the dark side of Frances. And Finn is always interesting to read, he is a very magnetic villain.

The story is medium pacing, the prose lyrical and the setting is gorgeous, Paris 1913, is a beautiful city, with a lot of mystery and secrets. I enjoy walking through the alleys and raiding museums at night.  

Overall, Although the first part is my favorite, it is a good sequel, The setting and friendship was my favorite part; I would have liked a little more growth in Frances, but it’s okay, her mistakes make her human. I will be waiting for what the author publishes, she had lovely prose. 

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About the Author:

Sasha Peyton Smith is the NewYork Times best selling author of The Witch Haven and The WitchHunt. She’s passionate about well-curated road trip playlists, soup recipes, and stories aboutcomplicated girls. Originally from Utah, she now lives in Washington D.C. with her partner andcollection of porcelain hands

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