Blog Tour: When Adam Met Evie by Giulia Skye Book Review

Title: When Adam Met Evie
Author: Giulia Skye
Publishing Date: February 7, 2020
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Synopsis:

When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.

Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.

He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?


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We meet Adam, but more commonly known as Michael Adams, as he drives through the roads of Australia. He is a renowed swimmer and Olympian, quite famous for his achievements and his very public (and very fake) wedding to a glamorous model, Saskia Williams. He went to Australia to escape his public life and to get his head straight, hence taking the name Adam. To mask the life he is running away from.

Evie Blake is taking a break from her life in London. She recently broke up with her long-time partner and found out that he is now living the life they planned out, a beautiful home, having kids, etc. Determined to be unfazed by it all, she sets out to Australia and experience the backpacking life and explore the wilderness. She meets Adam, a broke, quiet traveller, and they decide to travel to Darwin together while sharing costs and the adventure.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading When Adam Met Evie, as this book has so many elements I love. Romcoms are my absolute favorite, specially when the characters have a nice blend. Adam and Evie did not disappoint the slightest in this aspect. They were well balanced, and the jived well along the way. I enjoyed feeling like I was in the backseat of their drive and adventure.

Australia has recently become a dream destination of mine, and a prospect of a new home. And so, when I saw that the setting of this book was in my possible future home, I was absolutely thrilled. Though I have only been in Sydney, reading about the natures of Western Australia is such a delight. I can’t wait to have my own adventures there in the future.

Overall, Guilia Skye has written a romcom that has kept me on my kindle for most of the time that I should be working, which is a good thing. It’s given me the kind of valentines read that I’ve been long for, a good romantic comedy and an adventure. Aside from the travel and adventure narrative, it didn’t fail to cover sensitive topics such as divorce and honesty with your partner. If you’re looking for a quick escape and a backseat read when you’re on the road, then I highly suggest picking up this sweet novel.

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Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear.  When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series

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Blog Tour: Night Spinner by Addie Thorley Book Review + Favorite Quotes

Title: Night Spinner
Author: Addie Thorley
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publishing Date: February 11, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
Synopsis:

A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.


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I absolutely loved and enjoyed every minute of this book. Addie Thorley’s world building is so distinct, intricate and exquisite, I can feel myself walking down the street alongside Enebish. The author beautifully crafted a world full of culture, religion, practices and magical system. It is like a perfectly made souffle, made with careful hands, baked and has risen to perfection.

The complex characters and relationships are also wonderfully made. This book was said to be a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling, and there are similarities in the beginning but it takes on a flight of it’s own. Enebish is somehow like Quasimodo, in the aspect that she has physical deformities as punishment from her past actions that she didn’t have any much control of. Sometimes, I felt so much for her because we have all made mistakes, I have made a lot of them, in my short time in this world, but everyone deserves to be heard and be forgiven and have a second chance at life. I love Enebish’s character development and cannot wait for the next book!

And of course, my weakness in books are morally gray characters. Ghoa, at first I thought she was going to be the extremely good character from how she was so loyal to the King, and how she was the commander, but then she turned out to be one of the unexpected gray ones. Temujin is also one of the characters that intrigued me and I loved reading his thoughts and perspectives.

I’m so glad this book will have a sequel because that first one was so good I can’t wait for more!

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Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, a YA historical fantasy, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. Her forthcoming novel, Night Spinner, will be released on February 11, 2020.

She spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, Addie decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be found gallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider.

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Blog Tour: The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes Book Review + Favorite Quotes

Title: The Seventh Sun
Author: Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publishing Date: February 18, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:

The sun of the Chicome people has been destroyed six times. First by water, then by storm, fire, famine, sickness, and beasts. After each apocalypse, the creator goddess allowed one of her divine children to sacrifice themselves to save civilization. The gods paid their blood as the price for the lives of the people, and the people owed them blood in return.

Mayana is a noble descendant of the water goddess and can control water whenever her blood is spilled. She has always despised the brutal rituals of her people — especially sacrifices. She can’t even make it through a routine animal sacrifice without embarrassing her family. Prince Ahkin has always known he would be emperor, but he didn’t expect his father to die so suddenly. Now he must raise the sun in the sky each day and read the signs in the stars. But the stars now hint at impending chaos and the sun has begun setting earlier each evening. Ahkin fears he might not be strong enough to save his people from another apocalypse. And to add to his list of worries, he can’t truly become emperor until he selects a wife.

Mayana and six other noble daughters are sent to the palace to compete for Ahkin’s hand. She must prove she is a true daughter of water and face the others who have their own magical gifts from wielding the elements to the control of animals, plants and healing. And in a society centered on rigid rituals, Mayana must conceal her traitorous beliefs because if she doesn’t make Ahkin love her, she will become a ceremonial sacrifice to bless his marriage. But darker forces are at play and it won’t matter if Mayana loses if the world ends first…

Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Mayan people, The Seventh Sun brings to vivid life a world on the edge of apocalyptic disaster.


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Lani Forbes’ The Seventh Sun has caught my attention since early last year, and believe me, I have tried so hard to read this book in advance because I was desperate, I NEEDED TO READ THIS BOOK! ASAP! So, lo and behold, I am so happy to be part of The Seventh Sun blog tour by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! Many thanks, as always, to The FFBC team for arranging the tour, Blackstone Publishing for a copy of the arc, and Lani Forbes, for this wonderful book.

The young prince Ahkin wakes up, and gets declared that he has to step up to be a king shortly after his parents pass away. Overcome with grief but more so his duty to his people, he calls on to the other nations to send their female children that may be a potential wife and queen to the emperor-to-be. Aside from this, Ahkin maybe on the brink of another apocalypse as he notices that the sun is setting faster each day.

Mayana is the only daughter of Atl, she is compassionate and has a deep love for animals. Which poses a problem for his father and his siblings due to the sacrifices they make to appease the gods they worship. Having no choice in the matter, she gets sent to the capital of Chicome to be part of the bride search for the emperor-to-be. Mayana slowly realizes that once she gets to Chicome, there will be no turning back as the princesses who will not be chosen, will suffer a dark end.

OH MY GODS. This beautiful, rich, and majestic world that Lani Forbes created was just so breathtaking. I literally planted myself in a coffee shop, and was dragged home as I glued my eyes on this book. The rich world building and Lani Forbes’ descriptive writing got me so hooked I didn’t even notice the time pass by. Whenever the descriptions of the cities were told, I can literally imagine myself walking beside Mayana, experiencing it all.

The magic system was fantastic! Elemental magic that is manipulated by blood!! how wonderful. The structure and rules were clearly defined too. It very much reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender with a twist. And I thoroughly loved the aspect of their powers being inherited and given to them by the gods that they each worshiped.

The characters in the book were also very well written, although I would have wanted to get to know them better. Personally, I felt like we have not met Mayana enough and only know her on a certain level. Prince Ahkin was a well-developed character though, we were shown his grief, and the way he stepped up to fill in big shoes that he wasn’t ready for but had to be. I did love the fact that these characters were questioning moral norms about the customs that their civilization have lived with. Specially with Mayana disliking rituals and sacrifices because of her love and compassion for the creatures around her. I commend Lani Forbes on how she made Mayana with this characteristic with such resolve. Prince Ahkin’s character was my favorite though. He felt like he was not enough and wanted to fill in his father’s shoes at such a young age, he was persistent and he was noble, and just overall wonderful.

If you are in need of a book with vibrant and vivid worldbuilding, instant attractions, and protagonists who refuse to follow the norm, then I highly suggest getting Lani Forbes’ The Seventh Sun. It will not disappoint you.

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Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also an award-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Blog Tour: The Cottage in a Cornish Cove Book Review + Intl Tour Giveaway

Title: The Cottage in a Cornish Cove
Author: Cass Grafton
Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:

A heart-warming tale of discovering all you never wanted is exactly what you needed.

Orphaned as a baby and raised by indifferent relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the quaint village of Polkerran.

With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy. Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.

Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.

The stars are finally aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she finds herself living a dream that isn’t hers.

Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself and, when the testing moment comes, who will be there to hold her hand?

The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in an uplifting series of romances from Cass Grafton. Get to know the locals, wallow in the quaintness of Polkerran, and fall in love with romance all over again.


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 Anna wasn’t really sure how she fits in her world, with her roommates and her boyfriend. She needs a fresh start to her dull life. And so, when she hears that her aunt Meg passed away, not a relative by blood but by bond, and that she was bequeathed her home in Cornish Cove, she decided to call it quits with her boyfriend, pack up her bags, and head to the cottage near the sea.

She is excited to revisit the world she has forgotten, a place she hasn’t visited for over 18 years, to meet old acquaintances, and the boy who she had a secret crush on, Alex Tremayne. She is faced with how to maneuver her life in this small town and what is exactly in store for her there.

I really have not much qualms about this book. It was good but I was expecting a little more out of it. There were times when the pace was slow for my liking and would have preferred things to move along a little quicker but we do get a better grasp on each character, their quirks and charms, specially the mysterious writer, Oliver.

I really enjoyed these relationships that Anna formed and reforged when she moved to Cornish Cove, and loved how she grew from moving into an unknown place for herself. Aside from this, the way Cass Grafton described the cottage, the surroundings, and the small town was really charming and mystical that I wish to visit a place like that as well.

The Cottage in a Cornish Grove was a great read about found family, loss, and finding your place in the world.

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An avid bookworm since childhood, Cass Grafton writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.

She leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.

Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.

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Blog Tour: Below by Alexandria Warwick Book Review + Favorite Quotes and Tour Giveaway!

Title: Below (North #1)
Author: Alexandria Warwick
Publisher: Wolf Publishing
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:

From the author of The Demon Race comes a YA dark fantasy series inspired by Inuit mythology.

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face—yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal: find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.

With time slipping, Apaay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.

Yuki only plays the games she wins.


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As time goes by, I find myself looking for more diverse and interesting YA Fantasy books. Specially now that the internet makes it easy for authors to let their target audience know, here we are, we have what you want and are looking for. So, when I received The Fantastic Flying Book Club’s email about this blog tour and saw that this was inspired by Inuit Mythology, I knew I was on-board! And I was taken away by this frigid world of cold and frost.

We are met with Apaay, hunting for food in the early hours to feed her family. She went off without a word to her family because she had something to prove, as she always had for her whole life. Apaay wasn’t the best hunter like her father was, neither the best tracker, nor the prettiest girl in their village. She just wanted something to be proud of, and so she was determined to strike a seal for her family. But her excursion was interrupted when the Face Stealer – a demon that lurked in the places in-between – struck their village and took her sister’s face.

Determined to make her mark in their village, and desperate to get her sister back, she sets off into the unknown all by herself to find the Face Stealer’s lair and retriever her sister’s face. She journeyed up north and finds herself in a mysterious place, in the hands of a mysterious girl named Yuki. Apaay must play into Yuki’s games inside a magical labyrinth if she wants to succeed.

The world building that Alexandria Warwick did for this book was just absolutely wonderful. I’ve lived in a tropical country my whole life and have only ever experienced winter in certain countries, and not the kind where I can’t see anything else but white. But, with the way the author talked about the climate and conditions of the book, I felt like I was transported in the snowy mountains, probably wearing 12 layers of clothing to keep myself warm. The author’s atmospheric and lyrical prose was on point.

A big interesting factor of Below is the Inuit Mythology inspiration, and I must confess that I am not an expert on this prior to reading the book but that was a very intriguing reason why I read it. And once again, the author didn’t skimp out. The Inuits are indigenous people from Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. They are the ones who make their homes in the arctic parts of these countries and have distinct cultures and way of life. One of my favorite aspects of Below that was inspired was the Inuit way is how they name their family. It wasn’t just picking it out from a list, there was a proper tradition and ritual to selecting their name which was very interesting and distinct. Aside from that, Alexandria Warwick took the time to explain how rich the world is as well with the 4 distinct villages in the book, which is somewhat mirroring the Inuit villages that are still present currently. It was a fantastic experience on how broad the world of the North is.

Now let me tell you about Apaay. She was the character that I had disliked at first, but then she crawled her way to my soul and held on tight. During the beginning, she seemed selfish and cruel to me. Apaay wanted to prove something to the village, to her family, to the point where she made choices that ultimately led to disaster. And then, we see her make this selfless decision to journey to a place that she didn’t know, what existed there, and what sort of danger was she really putting herself into. We see her love for her family shining above anything else and her resilience, putting everything on the line to save her sister. She was physically, emotionally, and mentally broken inside the labyrinth but she never gave up. And even if she did get to a point where she let her doubts get her, Apaay had a self realization that, she was enough. She didn’t need anyone else’s validation that she was strong, courageous, resourceful, and resilient.

The Face Stealer and Yuki were also formidable characters in the story. The Face Stealer was very mysterious, there wasn’t really much that was divulged about him. The same goes for Yuki. Which I would have wanted a little more of, Alexandria Warwick gave enough crumbs for me to eat up, and I hope that there will be more in the succeeding books. I just felt like there could have been more to their motivations, their history and background. Otherwise, very great villains. Also!!! I’ve been watching Avatar and I can attest to Alexandria being a huge fan, the Face Stealer was in one of the episodes! I absolutely loved that.

Overall, Below is such a great set up for what is going to be a dark, cold, and enchanted world. It is about finding real friendship in the darkest places, a deep love for family, and self acceptance that you are enough. There was humor, and struggle, and wonder between the pages that made me cry. And dare I say, my best read of January 2020.

Special thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me on the tour, Wolf Publishing for a copy of the arc, and Alexandria Warwick for the wonderful book.

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Blog Tour: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez Book Review + Favorite Quotes

Title: Woven in Moonlight
Author: Isabel Ibanez
Publisher: Page Street Books
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place. She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.


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I’ve seen Woven In Moonlight plenty on bookstagram, specially with my Filipinx friends who are also in a blog tour to review this beautiful book. The cover is really captivating and the blurb is very intriguing enough that I was also excited to get my head inside this world. And so, I am eternally thankful to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for this blog tour, to Page Street Publishing for a copy of the book, and Isabel Ibanez for this fantastic book!

Woven in Moonlight is an impressive debut novel by Isabel Ibanez, rich with Bolivian cultural influences and history, the story was very stimulating and intriguing. We are immediately thrown in a world that is suffering from a civil war, the land of Inkasisa was claimed by King Atoc, the ruler of the Llacsans, and declared himself King. Meanwhile, Ximena Rojas is faced with several problems, including the dilemma of how to feed her people, the Illustrians, who were once the occupants of the capital and the ruler of the country. At the same time, she is plagued with the guilt of trying to appease her people, when she isn’t even the real Condesa, that in turn gives her doubt about ruling the Illustrians.

Despite the problem of famine and the second thoughts of ruling, King Atoc sends a message to the Illustrians, calling upon the Condesa to be his wife. Ximena bravely agrees to go to La Ciudad Blanca, and attempt to overthrow King Atoc from the inside, the rightfully have the real Condesa, Catalina, on the throne. She finds herself out of allies in the belly of the beast, and her cold heart is slowly thawing as she learns about her enemy, she realizes there is more to what she knows about her sworn enemies.

One of my favorite parts of this standalone novel is the world building. Isabel Ibanez does a great job of depicting the circumstances and rich culture of Inkasisa. Personal favorite are the food descriptions, they made my mouth water and curious about Bolivian cuisine. The magic system was also great, albeit needing an expanded explanation on how the people harness the power and the stakes of using them. Using the power of the sun and moon god, with each person having a different specific talent was splendid, but there was no further explanation on why and how.

The pacing was a hit and a miss for me. There were times where it was building up quite well, but there were also moments that made me go, “wait what?? that’s it??” and these topics and things should have been explained more or expanded. One example is the Estrella, which is a powerful weapon that summons ghosts that can fight for you (I thought of this like the Army of the Dead from Lord of the Rings). There was so much struggle around it, but there was no clear definition of it, how they are summoned, to what extent can the Estrella destroy, etc.

Character development was also a driving factor on how much I enjoyed Woven in the Moonlight. In the beginning, Ximena loathed all the Llacsans, she hated them, generalized, and believed that they should not be the rulers of their country. But the more she was around them, the more she realized who her enemy really is, and how the people around her was the same as she is. This gave a very human element to the main character, that we are teachable and that empathy is such a big factor in our lives.

Woven in Moonlight encased so much in the novel, I wholeheartedly love the book, but there were things that could have been more. A better motivation for the real Catalina, a more detailed explanation on El Lobo and why he became a vigilante, and oh that ending. THAT. ENDING. More more more, por favor! I want more because this book is magical, and beautiful, and deserves to be a duology or a trilogy, in my opinion.

Overall, I absolutely love Woven in Moonlight. The lesson of the book that things may not always be what it seems, is very important. Social conditioning is very real, and each one of use have pre-conceived notions about everything because of how we were raised, our society, and where we live. Woven in Moonlight reminds us that we should remain open-minded and aware, that we should have open hearts and ears to certain things or facts that we know of, because as always, there are 3 sides to a story, mine, yours, and the truth.

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Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at @IsabelWriter09.

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Blog Tour: The Cure by Patricia Ann Bowen Book Review

Title: The Cure
Author: Patricia Ann Bowen
Publishing Date: May 22, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction, Magical Realism
Synopsis:

TWO PEOPLE HARBORING SECRETS…

A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.

Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?

Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?


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Paige Bergeron is at a loss. She was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. And Peter Lee, a doctor and researcher, arrives on her doorstep claiming that he has The Cure. A treatment to completely cure her from sickness. At the same time, he claims that he is from the future, and least to say, Paige is extremely skeptic about everything.

After much convincing, Paige believes in Peter, and he administers her with The Cure, and upon seeing the effects herself, she agrees to conduct a study for him and find patients who are also suffering the incurable disease and see how the drug works.

First of all, as someone who lost her grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease, I had a sort of attachment to this book. Because it is hard, and messy, and it gets worse. I had the experience of visiting my grandfather in my dad’s hometown a couple of times before he passed away, and each moment, each start of a conversation, I had to introduce myself to him, remind him who I was in his life. Or he would ask me what grade I’m in, if I’m a friend of his sister. It’s really sad, and difficult.

The Cure ponders the thought of, what if Alzheimer’s is curable? How will it change people? What are the repercussions of the drug and is it moral for consumption?

One of the things that surprised me about this book is the time travel aspect. I didn’t see that one coming, but it was a welcomed aspect of the book. It gave more mystery to the novel. Although there wasn’t really much time travelling that occurred, and I really wished there was a more elaborate explanation and instances of it happening, I enjoyed it.

The relationships in the book were also really enjoyable. One of the repercussions of taking The Cure was that the person cannot tell a lie, he or she will always find themselves telling the truth. And because of this, Paige finds herself struggling with her relationships, she discovers feelings that she never knew she had from her closest friends and colleagues, and that goes the same to the other parties involved in her life. They see the sides of Paige that they don’t know of.

Honestly speaking, it was a good book. I would have rated it a 4 if there was more depth and explanations in between the paragraphs. The Cure was too straightforward for my liking, but if you’re looking for a fast read that will push your truths to the limits, then I highly suggest giving this one a try.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.

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