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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Iudicium by TC Orton

I’m excited to share something a little different today! I totally stepped out of my comfort zone and had a blast with this interactive fantasy novel, Iudicium by TC Orton. This was fun, although it definitely has dark potential but I hope you’ll check out my review and there’s a great giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK



Length: 61,000 words



Each Path Choice: 30-40k words



Blurb


After being incarcerated at a prison that leans over the edge of the world, Fayt must do whatever it takes to escape (or simply survive) the horrors that await him. You will take control of Fayt and guide him on his path, but be careful, for not everyone posing as an ally will lead you down the road to freedom.

Note: This is an interactive story, and it is important that you keep a record of your choices close by.

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4 Stars

Ok, I have to say that this was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, but oh what a fun ride! This is the first time I’ve experienced an interactive story but I think TC Orton has created something fun! The imagery in this story is fantastic and really made it an experience. I also had a great time trying to make decisions for Fayt, what it would mean for his journey. This story can go dark but it can also be sweet, it all depends on the path you choose.

While this was a first for me, I don’t think it will be my last. I really enjoyed the fantasy, the characters and the twists. I have to admit that I few times I was worried about where my decisions would take me, but in my end, I was happy! Now we’ll see if I go back and mix things up for Fayt! This was an interesting and fun read and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out more from TC Orton!

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Author Bio


Born January 6th 1993, T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.

T. C. has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TcOrtonBooks

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New release with excerpt and GIVEAWAY: The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon

Oooooh I am so excited this book is live! I am reading it now and let me tell you, it is AMAZING so far! I feel like I am being consumed by this story in the best possible way! Check out the excerpt and don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post!

Happy Reading!

~Jenn

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The Bird and The Sword

By Amy Harmon

 Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Release Date: May 11, 2016

Cover design by: Hang Le

 

About The Bird and The Sword

 Swallow, daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heaven or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky.

            My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

             But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a little bird?

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29008738-the-bird-and-the-sword

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bird-Sword-Amy-Harmon ebook/dp/B01FIT5ITU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1463010077&sr=1-1

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About Amy Harmon:

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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in twelve countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written ten novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Bird and The Sword will be released in the spring of 2016. She will release From Sand and Ash in October of 2016, via Lake Union Publishing.

 

Find Amy online: Website | Facebook |Twitter |Instagram |Goodreads

 

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Excerpt:

 

He waited for me to continue, but I was holding myself tightly, refusing to think at all, so I wouldn’t share more than I wanted to.

            “They would have killed us. All of us. You saved so many.”

            “I killed so many.” My voice snapped back at him, lashing out like a snake. He left his bed and came toward me. I turned and braced myself for his touch, but he stopped before he reached me.

            “Yes. You did. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” His tone was frank. Admiring. I wanted to scream. My fingers curled into fists at my sides.

            “I am not a sword.”

            “What?” he asked, surprise coloring the word.

            “I am not a sword!”

            I squeezed my eyes shut against the hot tears that rose immediately. I didn’t want to share any of this with him. But my thoughts were unruly, and he was listening intently.

            “I am not a weapon. I don’t want to be a weapon!”

            “You are what you are. I am what I am. It matters little what we want.”

            “I am not a weapon.” The words were a cry, mournful and resistant. I felt him draw closer, but still he didn’t touch me, and for that I was grateful. If he touched me I would break down.

            “I never wanted to be king. But it is what I am. It matters little what we want,” he repeated. I turned and stared up into his face, filled with an anguish that wouldn’t abate.

            “You’re wrong. It is the thing that matters most.”

            “Why?” he murmured, his eyes intense.

            “Because without desire, there is only duty.” My lips trembled, and I bit down on them, bidding them to be still.

            He pressed a thumb against my mouth, freeing my lower lip from the grip of my teeth. “Do you desire me?”

            I jerked, resisting the coiled need that suddenly sprang from my belly and filled my chest. His eyes flared and his breath caught, and I wondered what I’d given away. I could only guess. I stepped around him, but he caught me up, lifting me off the ground, one arm beneath my hips, one braced around my back. He walked back to the thick furs where he slept and laid me down on them.

            “This is not my duty. Or my desire.”

            “It is both,” he responded, his arrogance setting my teeth on edge.

 

 

 

Spotlight: Drawn by Marie Lamba. #giveaway

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I came across this amazing book a couple years ago (LONG before I even knew that you could leave reviews on books that you liked!!), and from the start, I fell in love with this world that I SO wished I lived in.  I’ve read it 4 or 5 times since then, and each time, I fall in love even more. I was checking my Goodreads the other day, and I realized that for some strange reason, I had never gone back and left a review. Well, I had to rectify that mistake, because this book deserves to be shouted about from the rooftops!

Below, you’ll find my review, and you can also read an excerpt from Drawn here. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a paperback of this awesome book!!

Enjoy!!

~Wendy

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About:

She’s the artist that finds him in her drawings. He’s the medieval ghost that conquers her heart. And their time is running out.

Michelle De Freccio moves to England seeking a normal life, but someone starts appearing in her sketches. Then he grabs her at the castle, his pale green eyes full of longing. She’s immediately drawn to him, but is Christopher Newman real? She’s either losing it, or channeling a hot ghost from the 1400′s. History calls him a murderer. Her heart tells her other truths. Now Michelle faces endless dangers…and a timeless love.

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My thoughts:

This is seriously the most underrated book that I have ever read. Every time I read it, I always wonder why it isn’t a much bigger deal. It’s one of those books that is just meant to be a hit. And a movie… It should definitely be a movie. Someone needs to get on that ASAP!! 😉

The author’s imagination and plotting skills are phenomenal. I think this is the 4th or 5th time I have read Drawn, and each time, the second I start that first paragraph, I am a captive in her perfect, imaginary world, and I never want to leave. I would gladly live in any world her imagination came up with!! It’s almost depressing when the book ends. You know that quote by Thomas Helm, “My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.”? That pretty much sums up my experience with Drawn. EVERY. Single. Time.

Giveaway:

Just leave a comment on this blog post to win a paperback of Drawn. Any comment will do. LOL…you can even tell me how fabulous my hair looks today. (It turned out really cute, but since I haven’t left the house all day, it’s going to waste!!)

Giveaway ends: 7-27-15 at 12 am PDT

About the author:

362654Marie is author of hilarious and moving YA novels including WHAT I MEANT… (Random House) and OVER MY HEAD. Marie’s newest novel DRAWN is about a teen artist who falls for a medieval ghost with a sketchy past. Her debut picture book GREEN, GREEN, about community gardening, comes out through Farrar Straus Giroux in 2017. She has a short story in the anthology LIAR LIAR, and an essay in the anthology CALL ME OKAASAN: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering. Marie is also an Associate Literary Agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in NYC.

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