Blog Tour: Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman + #Giveaway


Welcome to the Blacksouls Blog Tour!  This marks one of several stops on the Fantastic Flying Book Club (FFBC) blog tour hosting Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman, the much-anticipated sequel to Blackhearts, an origins tale of Blackbeard the pirate.  Below you’ll find out more about the book and author, read my review, have a chance to enter a giveaway to win a copy of Blacksouls (Yay!..I mean, Arrr!), and visit other stops along the tour.  Ready?  Well, weigh anchor and get underway! Continue reading

Novella Review: Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

Faith and Moonlight

Faith and Moonlight (Echoes of the Ascended, #4) by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Published: December 15, 2015 by Gelineau & King
Series: Echoes of the Ascended
Other work(s): A Reaper of Stone (Echoes of the Ascended, #1), Rend the Dark (Echoes of the Ascended, #2), Best Left in the Shadows (Echoes of the Ascended, #3)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 104
Rating: 4.5/5, PG-13

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

Once again, we return to the realm of the Ascended, Aedaron, and meet two new characters: Roan and Kay. After a devastating fire consumes their orphanage, the two youths set out to establish a new, more stable future. By enrolling in the School of Faith, a place where aspirants attempt to become one of the Razors of legend, Roan and Kay hope to stake their claim in history.

But doing so proves Continue reading

Book Review: Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

Flight of Dreams

Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
Published: February 23, 2016 by Doubleday (first published February 16, 2016)
Series: N/A
Other work(s): The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress; Eye of the God
Genres: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 336
Rating: 3.5/5, R

On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world’s largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.

Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe and before them is looming disaster. But for the moment they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.

Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing till the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.

The Hindenburg. A flying marvel filled with luxury. Held aloft with hydrogen gas. Shrouded in mystery. Bursting with secrets. Flight of Dreams takes us back in time to the year 1937 and into the three and one-half days of its fateful flight that ended in flames. All the while spinning a tale of mystery and intrigue.

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Novella Review: Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

Best Left in the Shadows

Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Published: November 15, 2015 by Gelineau & King
Series: An Echo of the Ascended
Other work(s): A Reaper of Stone (An Echo of the Ascended, #1), Rend the Dark (An Echo of the Ascended, #2)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 80
Rating: 4.5/5, PG-13

A Highside girl. Beaten. Murdered. Her body found on a Lowside dock. A magistrate comes looking for answers. For justice.
Alys trades and sells secrets among the gangs and factions of Lowside. She is a daughter of the underworld. Bold. Cunning. Free. When an old lover asks for help, she agrees. For a price.
Together, they travel into the dark heart of the underworld in search of a killer.

With Best Left in the Shadows, we revisit the realm of the Ascended (namely,  Aedaron), where fantastical creatures are the norm.  Only this time, our journey focuses on Alys–a sharp-tongued, cutthroat and information broker with plenty of Continue reading

Book Review: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A. Dick

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A. Dick (aka Josephine Leslie)
Published: September 23, 2014 by Vintage
Other work(s): The Devil and Mrs. Devine, Light and Shade
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 192
Rating: 5/5, PG-13

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir follows the life and times of Mrs. Lucy Muir, a young widow and mother of two, in search of a life that is truly her own, away from the influence of her in-laws and others. Her search leads her to purchase the former house of Captain Daniel Gregg, who stills haunts its halls  (which Lucy is fully aware of when she decides to live there…interesting). Even with her new move, Lucy’s quest for independence (of thought and action) is not without challenge Continue reading

ARC Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Expected Publication: January 12, 2015 by Random House
Other work(s): N/A
Genres: Autobiography/Memoir
Pages: 256
Rating: 4/5, PG-13

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

An intensely thought-provoking, heart-rending memoir of another life ended too soon.

In When Breath Becomes Air, 36-year-old Paul Kalanithi, a budding neurosurgeon, eloquently reflects upon his life-long search for meaning and his attempts at a meaningful life, while facing a future made uncertain by terminal illness. Though lung cancer ultimately claimed his life, Kalanithi revealed that it did not claim his identity, his ambitions,… Continue reading

Book Review: The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press
Published: September 30, 2014 by Parkers Mill Publishing
Series: N/A
Other work(s): N/A
Genres: Fantasy, Childrens, Historical Fiction
Pages: 297
Rating: 4.5/5, PG

The König is a tyrant. His subjects are starving. And all-out war is fast approaching. Will a pair of young, courageous brothers save their kingdom?

When an emissary sent by the König himself stops by the remote mouse colony of Long Meadow, the peaceful life Sommer and Nesbit have shared is turned upside down—and the brothers are catapulted into separate death-defying adventures. Sommer, levelheaded and clever, is ordered to the palace to join the König’s illustrious Eagle Guard as it prepares to face a full-scale invasion by the nefarious Emperor Wolfsmilch and his army of a hundred thousand forest mice. Meanwhile, the small but spirited Nesbit is banished to the Forest of Lost Life for insulting the König, and must dodge hungry predators at every turn.

The brothers struggle to reunite and defy the oppressors who threaten everyone and everything they have ever known and loved. But time is quickly running out for both of them—and the fate of the kingdom hinges on one last, daring mission.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon is an action-packed adventure story for young readers and adults alike.

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon is an intriguing tale primarily surrounding the adventures and brave acts of two young mice, brothers Sommer and Nesbit of the Long Meadow colony. Through a series of unusual events, the brothers’ paths divide then, ultimately, merge as the secrets of their kingdom are slowly revealed.

Recruited to join the Eagle Guard, an elite force in the König’s army, Sommer faces a doomed mission–to retrieve the Sacred Goldenessen of Sun and Moon–and almost certain death. Meanwhile, having made an unfortunate remark about the König, Nesbit Continue reading