Monday, May 28, 2018

DAGGER'S SLEEP AND DISSOCIATE BLOG TOUR // book reviews + giveaways!


Hey, friends! Today is a very special day because this is the first blog tour I have ever participated in. And not only that, but it's a joint tour for the upcoming releases of two stupendous books by two stupendous authors: Dagger's Sleep by Tricia Mingerink and Dissociate (Allegiance #3) by Sarah Addison-Fox!

I was thrilled to be able to read these books, and I'm excited to review them here on the blog today! So let's leap into it, shall we?

EEEEEEEP. << That is how I feel right now. ^_^


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~ABOUT DAGGER'S SLEEP~


A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.
High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.
A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?
One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand sacrifices neither of them could imagine.
Dagger’s Sleep is available for preorder on Amazon Kindle.



~MY REVIEW~


This is the best Sleeping Beauty retelling I have ever read. It has everything that makes a good retelling, plus so much more.

To be honest, as I started Dagger’s Sleep, I wasn't expecting to get my socks knocked off. I fully expected it to be good, but I wasn't sure it would be amazing.

Boy, was I in for a delightful surprise.

The first half of the book was REALLY good! The characters, the intrigue of the storyline, the beautiful and engaging writing style… Pretty much every aspect of the novel had me hooked. But from the 50% mark and onwards, that “really-good-ness” became UTTERLY BREATHTAKING AMAZINGNESS.

Wow, wow, wow. By the last page my heart felt battered by such emotion and epic-ness and… eeeeeep! I am honestly a major fangirl.


~ 5 TOP FAVORITES~


- Rosanna. This princess broke a lot of YA princess cliches I hadn't even truly realized were such big cliches. O_O It was suuuper nice and actually felt more realistic. And I just loved Rosanna - she was a strong but very likeable heroine. <3

- Prince Alexander. He had issues, but he was still a cinnamon roll. And his character arc… perfection.

- Daemyn Rand. A wonderful blend of mysteriousness, quietness, and overall INTRIGUINGNESS. (I don't think that's a word, but who cares? xD) As the story progressed, he only became more and more brilliantly complex.

- The romance. Slow-burning and tension-filled. Yes, yes, yesssss.

- The allegorical aspect of it. It was tastefully and beautifully done, subtle and epic like Narnia. The most epic part of the whole book, if you ask me.


~5/5 stars~

Yes, it was that good. It really was.




~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn't writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.






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~ABOUT DISSOCIATE~





Freedom begins with finding the truth.
Amidst the turmoil caused by Smyth’s arrest, Celeste is stuck in limbo, stripped of her citizenship, with no choice but to flee to a peaceful Kyraenean hideaway with the tumultuous Amaya Mason.
When bounty hunters threaten the local orphanage, Celeste and Amaya must work together and fight. Even if it means risking what they cherish the most.
His plans in tatters, his career in jeopardy, Mick Haynes is forced to leave Kyraenea with the enigmatic Torrance Kyle, the agent he still can’t trust.
Torrance is good at lying, and even better at hiding his pain, but is he strong enough to deal with the consequences of betraying his own father?
Can Celeste accept the truth, accept her place in the Haynes family or will lies chain her to the past and destroy her chance at a new life?

Dissociate is available for sale on Amazon here. The first two books in the series Disowned and Dissemble are also available on Amazon.



~MY REVIEW~

The Allegiance series has so far been a wild ride of action, heartbreak, and romance. Dissociate is no exception. Throughout the book, I was pretty much either fangirl-giggling uncontrollably or taking deep breaths to calm the painful ache of emotion in my chest.

These characters, tho. <3 They are the highlight of this series and the lifebreath of this book. I’m telling ya, character-driven stories are the ones I fall in love with. The Haynes family, the Kyle family, and all their darling friends are like one big, happy, broken family that I feel a part of somehow. They squeeeeeeze my heart.

~5 TOP FAVORITES~

- Celeste. Her arc for each book has just been so well-done. She’s changed A LOT since the beginning of Disowned, and I especially loved how Etra touched her life in this one. <3

- Torrance Kyle. Okay, so this guy has problems. I won't deny that he grated on my nerves a few times, and outright scared me at others. But at the same time he’s complex. Deep. Broken. Somehow you just have to root for him with every fiber of your being, you know??

- Mick. The precious boy is learning and growing. :’) I love him. Especially him + Celeste, not going to lie. Which leads me to...

- The romance. Swoon-worthy and wonderful, both Torraya and Mickeste. Like I said earlier, they had me giggling at times and aching at others.

- The twists and turns. The plot perhaps wasn’t as solid as Dissemble’s, but there were an abundance of excellent twists and jerks in the storyline nevertheless that had me on the edge of my seat. O_o It also had its very stabby moments, so points for that!

I can't wait for the next book, eeeeeeek! (For some reason I used to think it was a trilogy, but I recently realized I was wrong. No idea why I came to that assumption, but hey... I ain't complainin'. xD)

~4.5/5 stars~
CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK FOUR!!



~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~


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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series',  she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.


You can connect with her on her website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


~GIVEAWAYS~

Yep, that's right! Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink have set up some paperback giveaways!

Sarah Addison-Fox is giving away a paperback set of the first three books in the Allegiance Series. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace ships. The books may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

If the embedded Rafflecopter thingamabob below doesn't show up for you, HERE is the link.


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Tricia Mingerink is also giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep! The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

Again, if the thingie below decides it doesn't want to display, follow THIS LINK.




This is the last day of the blog tour, but be sure to check out the past tour stops. There are other reviews and some fun author interviews!



Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday – May 22
Laura Grace – Author Interview
Reading Anyone – Book Review
Jaye L Knight – Book Spotlight
Quirky Faith – Book Reviews and Author Interview

Wednesday – May 23
Allyson Kennedy – Author Interview
Sam H. – Book Review
Addyson Huneke - Book Review and Author Interview
Ivie Brooks - Book Reviews

Thursday – May 24
Shantelle Mary - Book Review and Book Spotlight
Brie Donning - Book Review and Multi-Character Interview
Blooming with Books - Book Review and Author Interview
Julian Daventry - Book Review and Author Interview

Friday – May 25
Faith Thompson - Book Reviews and Author Interview
Hannah Gaudette - Author Interview
CM Williams - Book Review
Chloe Parker - Book Reviews

Saturday – May 26
JM Christian - Book Review and Multi-Character Interview
Abigail McKenna - Book Reviews
Liv Fisher - Author Interview
Book Wolf - Book Reviews and Author Interview
Liz Koetsier – Book Spotlight

Monday – May 28
Jessica Dowell - Book Review and Author Interview
Lila Kims - Book Reviews
Marie Elrich - Book Reviews
Faith Potts - Book Review and Book Spotlight

Facebook Festival begins 5PM EST May 24th through 9PM EST May 25th with special guest Serena Chase


A big thank you to Tricia and Sarah for allowing me to read their AMAZING books and feature them here on my blog! :)))

The Lord's Truly,

8 comments:

  1. AWESOME REVIEWS!!!

    This was such a fun experience, reading these two books. I loved them both!

    Great job! <3

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    1. Thanks!!!

      SAME. I'm so glad I could read them! I love them tooooo. <3

      Thanks again, girl! <3

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  2. I love your reviews!!!!!!

    Also, wasn’t Daemyn epic? ;)

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    1. Yay, thank youuuuu!!!!!

      He. Was. Totally. Epic. O_O

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  3. Oooh, books. Books with princes and twist of the normal thing. I'm going to have to check this out.

    *double take* Wait, did you say the character was a cinnamon roll??? And had a character arc. I love him already. <3

    Awesome post as usual!! (and I shall get back to commenting, sorry about that... :| )

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    1. Yes! Check it out! I think there's a good chance you would like it. :D

      Some readers have found him annoying (and he may have been a teensy bit annoying to me at times), but he is still a cinnamon roll. <3

      Thank you, friend!! (And it's absolutely no problem! Commenting is sooo not an obligation. :D)

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    1. They ARE so good! You should read them! :D

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