2 Years of Agatha Christie: 20 Mini Book Reviews

Hullo, friends! I am ashamed to say it, but it’s been an awfully inactive year on here. With writing for grad school taking up a lot of my time during the past two years, I’ve felt pretty burnt out on writing. I’ve been starting to get back into the swing of things over this past month since graduation, especially as I’ve been doing more fun, non-school reading.

One author whose books I started reading (exactly 2 years ago today) is Agatha Christie. She’s been one of the authors that I’d been meaning to read for ages, and just somehow never got around to. Then Christie’s Death on the Nile was chosen as one of the books for a summer book club at my school the summer of 2020, and I thought, “Why not?”

Exactly two years later, I’ve read twenty Agatha Christie novels, with a stack of several more waiting to be read! Because I’ve enjoyed these books so much, I wanted to write mini reviews for each of them. Writing about what I’m reading seems like a great way to get back into the blogging routine–and maybe you’ll find something new to read along the way!

So, without further ado, here are 20 mini, spoiler-free reviews of the Agatha Christie books I’ve read over the past two years (in the order that I read them, not ranked by favorites)!

1. Death on the Nile

This was the first Agatha Christie novel I ever read, and I fell immediately in love. The plot is brilliant, Poirot is an adorable matchmaker, and it was a great introduction to Agatha Christie’s unique casts of characters. Additionally, the way Poirot unraveled the mystery had me on the edge of my seat.

Also, the book is much better than the recent movie. I might end up writing a whole post about that.

2. And Then There Were None

Probably one of the darkest Agatha Christie books, but also one of the most suspenseful (and one of my favorites)! The use of a nursery rhyme to foreshadow the deaths of the characters is creepy, but it also added a lot of suspense to the book.

3. Murder on the Orient Express

I have to admit that I watched Kenneth Branagh’s movie version before reading this book. Usually that leads to me liking the movie more, but in this case, the book actually made much more sense! Things were explained better, and other possibilities were eliminated more clearly.

4. The Mysterious Affair at Styles

This was the first Poirot book that I read that had Hastings in it, which was a fun introduction to his character. The story was intriguing, too, and I thought it was fascinating how parts of Poirot’s character made a difference in the story. I will say that I kind of forgot about it after reading other Christie stories, though.

5. The Secret Adversary

The first Tommy & Tuppence mystery! I had so much fun reading this story, and Tuppence was so funny. This book features more of Agatha Christie’s humor while also having plenty of suspense. I thought I guessed the ending, but I was wrong, too, which made it even better. While I like some of the later Tommy & Tuppence books better, this one was a really fun introduction to the characters.

6. The Man in the Brown Suit

To be honest, I kind of forgot about reading this book! I do remember that I really liked the romance subplot in this book, and that it was a really fun witness-on-the-run story. Not the most memorable Agatha Christie novel for me, but I do remember enjoying it!

7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I went into this knowing who the murderer was (thanks to an article I read for a research paper), and I still loved it! This is one of Christie’s more controversial works, as not everyone likes the big reveal, but I thought it worked really well. I’m not sure if my opinion would be different if I hadn’t already known the murderer going in, but I love the way that Christie plays around with genre expectations.

8. The Secret of Chimneys

In a lot of Agatha Christie’s books, she likes to pair together main characters. Out of all of the books on this list, this one might be one of my favorite under-rated Christie novels, and Anthony Cade might be my favorite Christie character of all time. I was laughing through this whole book at him, and just thinking about the book makes me want to reread it. Highly recommend!

9. Partners in Crime

The second Tommy and Tuppence mystery! This is technically a collection of short stories, but it’s all tied together under one main plot. I love Tommy and Tuppence’s relationship and interactions, and their married relationship is even better.

10. The Murder at the Vicarage

This was my first Miss Marple mystery, and it was one I had on my Kindle for a long time before reading it. It felt a bit slower-paced to me, and Miss Marple wasn’t as big a part of it as I was expecting, but I absolutely loved how she just easily solved the mystery through town gossip and being nosy.

11. N or M?

Tommy and Tuppence #3! Tuppence has all the sass still, and this is probably my favorite out of the series (so far). You gotta love how Tuppence insists on being involved, even when Tommy leaves without her. A really fun story, and another one I want to revisit!

12. Murder on the Links

This was a crazy one! Of all the things to happen in a Poirot story, the last thing I expected was for Hastings to fall in love. There were a lot of twists in this one, and it was interesting to see how Poirot handled his assistant being a little unreliable.

13. Death in the Clouds

This mystery definitely kept me on my toes! I focused too much on one of Christie’s red herrings, but when I read the solution, everything made so much sense. I also missed one of the biggest hints that came from a change in Poirot’s usual behavior, but it was so fun to see how it all turned out.

14. Appointment with Death

There are not many times I would say that a murder was a good thing, but this book really sets up the idea that the world would be better off with Mrs. Boynton. For me, the murder was actually not the most interesting part of this book; instead, Mrs. Boynton’s manipulations and abuse of her family takes center stage. I will say that this book was a bit forgettable to me, and I wasn’t super excited by the solution, but it was a really interesting character study.

15. By the Pricking of My Thumbs

I hate to say it, but the fourth Tommy & Tuppence book is my least favorite Christie book so far (not that that’s saying much). The book was very slow-paced, with less interaction between Tommy and Tuppence than the other ones. The last quarter of the book was more interesting, but by that point, I had lost interest. It still had some crazy plot twists, but not a book I’d reread.

16. The ABC Murders

At first, I was confused by this story, since it seems like Christie spoils who the murderer is from the very beginning. While some of the twists here were a little hard to buy, the idea of the alphabetical-order serial killings kept me on my toes. Overall, this one stretched my suspension of disbelief to the limit, but it was still engaging and entertaining.

17. Funerals Are Fatal

This mystery set my head spinning! It was crazy from start to end, and I had no idea whodunnit or even what was actually going on. It seems like a lot of her other mysteries, but it’s hard to say what set it apart without spoiling anything. Still, it was fascinating to see how Christie really did foreshadow everything, and the solution was crazy!

18. Dumb Witness

This was such a fun read. It was fun to see how Poirot handled the case–and to see Hastings get humbled–but my favorite part was the dialogue Christie wrote for Bob, the dog. It was adorable and exactly how you would expect a dog to talk. I guessed the murderer correctly, but still had no idea how they did it!

19. The Hollow

The cast of characters in this Christie novel is so spectacularly unique! There really wasn’t much of Poirot in this book, but Henrietta, Gerda, and Midge were especially well-developed, and it was fascinating to see how Christie wrote their perspectives. I saw part of the ending coming, but not all of it, and I can definitely see the foreshadowing that Christie incorporated.

20. Peril at End House

I’m excited to say that I actually figured out a lot of the solution on this one! This story seems straightforward, but for such a short novel, there’s so much that happens. Maybe I’ve been reading too many Agatha Christie novels, or maybe this one is less subtle than some of her other novels, but I’m proud to say I figured out the main whodunnit (finally). A very fun story!


This turned out to be a much longer post than I was expecting! I’ve absolutely loved reading through some of Agatha Christie’s books, and I’m not even halfway through her novels. She incorporates humor really well, does amazing plot twists, and creates fun, quirky characters that make each story more interesting. I highly recommend you check out at least one of her books!

As a side note, virtually all of Christie’s novels are murder mysteries, and often several deaths are involved, some more gruesome than others. These were also written in the early 1900s (1910s-1940s) so there is discrimination and offensive language in some of these (although newer editions might have some of that edited out). She sometimes uses stereotypes, too, but typically in order to mislead the reader and upend expectations. Keep that in mind if you choose to read any of these!

Have you ever read an Agatha Christie book? What was your favorite? Do you like murder mysteries? Let me know in the comments below, and also let me know how you’re doing–I’ve missed talking to y’all!

Cover Reveal: Madness Solver in Wonderland by E.E. Rawls

Hullo, friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? My first year of grad school was hectic, and I’m still working on getting out of my school brain and into my summer brain! Look forward to some more posts and updates soon, but today, I’m excited to bring you the cover reveal for a new book by E.E. Rawls.

Without further ado, the cover!

Book Blurb:

Teenage Madnes Hatter wants more to life than what his island hometown has to offer—and he definitely doesn’t want a boring future in hat-making, like his parents. But he sure doesn’t expect a well-dressed cat named Cheshire to suddenly pop into his life and make everything worse—giving him the power of the Madness Solver and making him the guardian and peacekeeper between Wonderland and Earth.

What the heck? When he said he wanted more to life, this wasn’t what he meant! Now, he’s the only one who can see Wonderland creatures as they walk the streets, and when there’s trouble, it’s his job to solve it. His friends, Alice and Harrey, think he’s going crazy.

But when a problem arises with the portals linking Wonderland to Earth, an old mystery is brought to light—the case of the death of the previous Madness Solver. Will Madnes meet the same fate, with the guardian power sapping away at his life? Wonderland’s ruler, the Red King, has cast a dangerous spell, and an ancient evil is rising. Madnes may not have long to save his friends and both worlds before it’s too late…

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The Book Release Tour begins June 1st! If you would like to help promote this book on your social media or blog, please sign up HERE.

Author Bio:

The product of a traveling family, who even lived in Italy for 6 years, Rawls loves to explore the unknown, whether it be in a forest, inside a forgotten castle, or within the pages of a book. She runs on coffee, cuddly cats and the beauty of nature to keep the story wheels of her mind turning as she crafts tales that will both entertain and inspire, creating worlds one can explore and quickly become lost within. Beware, you might not find your way back out again. Visit her online at:

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Isn’t that cover gorgeous? I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read this book! Let me know in the comments how you’re doing; I’d love to get caught up with you guys!

Book Review: Come Marching Home by Hazel West

Hullo, friends! A few weeks ago, I brought you the cover reveal for Come Marching Home by Hazel West, and today I have the pleasure of reviewing that book! 

Photo description: Book cover of Come Marching Home – silhouette of a man and a dog in front of a snowy background

Synopsis

After being away for over a year, Alfonse Keller has returned from the trenches on Teuton’s western front, fighting in the war that’s broken out against the Steppes. He should feel relieved now that’s he’s back in his own village in the care of his brother Ernst, but he’s not. It seems like nothing has changed except for him, like he’s a traveler from a different world.

When Alfonse left to join the army, he was a natural magician making a name for himself, but after a tragic incident resulting in the death of his friend, and his own crippling injury, he no longer has the ability to use magic.

Suffering from constant nightmares and revisited trauma, Alfonse can’t get the trenches out of his head. Ernst tries to help, but he doesn’t really understand either. How can he, when Alfonse doesn’t really understand himself? He feels like a phantom, standing on the outskirts of a life he’ll never live again.

As Ernst tries to do everything he can for his brother, he can’t help but feel like Alfonse is slipping away, that maybe part of him never left the trenches at all. But how can he save his brother when Alf refuses to let anyone in?

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My Review

Man, this book was so good. Usually I’m not a huge fan of books based in war-time, but this book was absolutely beautiful. There were definitely a lot of tear-jerking moments, so when you read this… keep the tissues handy!

To start off with, Hazel does an amazing job developing these characters. I loved that the book focused on the relationship between Alfonse and Ernst. I love reading sibling relationships, and I feel like relationships between brothers aren’t highlighted as much as they could be. Hazel does a great job of developing Alf and Ernst individually while also portraying their relationship realistically. I was rooting for them the whole way!

Since the plot was focused more on the relationships between the characters, the pace was a little slow until the end. While I tend to prefer books with a faster pace, I think the steady pace of this book actually worked better with the message and the tone. 

And maaaan, the feels! My favorite part of this book is all of the awesome relationship-building, gonna-make-you-cry moments that hit you out of nowhere. There were definitely a few times I had to blink away tears. No spoilers, but that continues alllll the way to the end of the book. ❤

There is some minor cursing in this book, along with some references to multiple gods, although the details of their religion aren’t really touched on. This is also set during war-time, so there is a lot of violence and pain, so I would say this book is targeted more towards teenagers and older. 

Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes reading touching stories!

Have you read Come Marching Home? What did you think? If not, you should definitely go read it! 

Tattered Slippers: The Midnight Show by Sarah Pennington

Hello, everyone! Today I’m back with another book review as part of the Tattered Slippers release tour! Today I have the opportunity to review The Midnight Show by Sarah Pennington. Over the summer, I was able to read Sarah’s other two published books, Mechanical Heart and Blood in the Snow, and let me tell you, they are AMAZING! I certainly had high expectations for this book, and it did not disappoint.

But I’m getting ahead of myself! To the review!

Description

This mystery is the case of his dreams — and her nightmares.

By day, Dayo Temitrope is a swinging singer, an up-and-coming star with a shining career ahead of her. By night, she’s . . . well, she’s not sure, but whatever she does leaves her every morning with sore feet and worn-out shoes. And after six months, she’s had enough.

Enter Bastian Dennell, a private investigator just trying to get by. When Dayo hires him to find out where she goes at night, he’s sure it’s his big break: his chance to establish himself and get the funds to pay off his family’s debt. Plus, he gets to work with his favorite singer, even if she isn’t exactly what he expected. What could be better?

But first he has to solve the case — which means navigating a tangled web of strange dreams, fair folk schemes, and show business. It will take all Bastian’s wits, along with the shining talents of Dayo herself, to figure out the truth before the curtains close for good on Dayo’s career.

A jazz-age-inspired twist on the Twelve Dancing Princesses from the author of Blood in the Snow.

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Author Bio

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s Five Poisoned Apples contest. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list.

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My Review

Holy COW I loved this book!!! Where to start…

First off, the characters in this book were awesome! Dayo and Bastian were so well-developed, and I loved the interactions between them. They both have their own motivations, flaws, and strengths, and they really came to life. I also absolutely loved how their relationship shifted through the book, especially from working-relationship to friendship, and I absolutely ship them. 😀

And then there was the worldbuilding. Maybe I haven’t read enough books set in the Jazz Age, but this one was so fun! Everything, from the dialect used to the clothing descriptions to just the general liveliness, really came alive and was so easy to picture. One of my favorite aspects of Sarah’s books is the amount of detail she adds to her settings, and this one was wonderfully done.

And as a retelling, I absolutely loved the subtlety in this book! It’s very clearly a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but it also develops its own storyline that differentiates from the original (even just by changing the setting!). An issue I’ve had when reading other Twelve Dancing Princesses retellings is that they try to focus on all twelve princesses. That’s a lot of main characters to keep track of, especially for me and my short attention span! So I absolutely loved that this book really only focus on Dayo and a few of the other girls, and it was extremely well done.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, and I HIGHLY recommend it! Go read it! 😀

 

Tour Info

Check out this link to see the full schedule AND enter the Tattered Slippers giveaway! Make sure you check out all the other posts for this book (including the author’s post here) and check out the other retellings that were in this release.

 

Have you read The Midnight Show? If not, you totally should! I plan to be back on my normal schedule next week (hopefully), so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Forcefield (IDIA #3) Cover Reveal (Eek!)

Hello, friends!! Today’s post has been a long time coming, but I present to you… the cover reveal for IDIA book 3!

I am so excited to finally be sharing this with you guys! Plus, I also have the blurb to reveal! Without further ado, let’s show that cover!!

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Blurb

Albany and Brooklyn York are taking a much-deserved break from IDIA work and
visiting their grandfather’s farm. But even far from the city, they find that they can’t quite escape
their lives with IDIA—or FOE. When the twins find out that someone from FOE has set up shop
in their neighborhood, they decide they need to find out what’s going on with FOE, once and for
all. But when they learn of secrets that rock their world, will they still know who to trust?

Guys, I’m so excited about this! Are you excited about the release of book 3? Do you like the cover? Comment down below to let me know your thoughts, and what you’re most excited to see in Forcefield!

Writing About Writing: Worldbuilding (AKA Discussing Brandon Sanderson Books)

Hullo, my friends! As you may have noticed, it is not Tuesday, but since I’ve missed a few weeks of posting, I thought I owed you guys an extra post. That, plus I had some post inspiration this week, and I wanted to share some thoughts with you guys! I want to thank everyone who signed up for the cover reveal for Forcefield. If you haven’t gotten an e-mail from me with the post information, let me know, since I’ve been having some internet issues. If you didn’t sign up, and you’d still like to participate, the form is still open here, as long as you sign up before the reveal happens on August 4th. Now, on to the post!


I’ve been fortunate enough over the past year or so to read a LOT of Brandon Sanderson books. If you’re not familiar with his books, he writes fantasy books that are well-known for having a ton of foreshadowing and plot twists–and also for the in-depth worldbuilding in each book or series. I’ve gotten to read Elantris, the Mistborn series, and I’m currently making my way through his Stormlight Archives.

One other book of Sanderson’s that’s important to mention for this post is Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded, which is a collection of short stories and novellas, some of which are related to other books and series he’s written. It’s a little complicated, but the one I’ll be mentioning the most in this post is The Emperor’s Soul, which is a (mostly) standalone novella.

And, in fact, I was mostly inspired by Brandon Sanderson’s comments after the novella, where he discussed his inspiration for the story. The quote that really caught my attention was this: “You can’t always write what you know–not exactly what you know. You can, however, write what you see.” 

This quote came after Sanderson explained that he got the idea for the magic system in The Emperor’s Soul from a trip to Taiwan and the National Palace Museum. To simplify things a lot, he was inspired to make the magic system in this novella based on historical stamps he saw at the museum. Basically, he asked himself the question, “What if stamps could be used to rewrite the history of an object?” This led to the development of the magic system in this novella.

Recently, I’ve been working on an idea for a fantasy story (which I won’t be starting any time soon), and I’ve found myself looking closer at Sanderson’s worldbuilding techniques since I keep being blown away by them. A lot of worldbuilding in his stories seem to be answers to “What if?” questions. One of the most memorable bits of worldbuilding for me is a group of people in The Stormlight Archives whose eyebrows never stop growing. This tiny aspect of the larger worldbuilding just asks: “What if people had eyebrows that never stopped growing, just like hair?” That question adds a distinctive feature to a people group and helps the world feel more developed and diverse. Asking these questions develops a vibrant story world that feels deep and realistic–as realistic as a fantasy story can feel, that is!

So ask those crazy what-if questions! Maybe you’ll find a story there.


This turned out to be more of a ramble than a cohesive post, but I hope you found something helpful here! Have you read any of Brandon Sanderson’s books? What books have impressed you with their worldbuilding? Let me know in the comments below!

An Update For You!

Hullo, my friends! I hope you are all doing well during this crazy time! Today I bring you the update post I talked about in my last post. I wanted to let you guys know a little bit of what’s going on and what my plans are for blogging and writing.

  • Writing: I’ll admit, writing has fallen a bit to the side in the past year or so. While finishing up my last year of college, most of my writing time was spent on my thesis. Currently, I plan on writing IDIA 3, and then switching over to work on one of my other writing projects (I haven’t decided which one yet!). I’ve set a goal of reaching 15,000 words on IDIA 3 by the end of May, which should be a pretty attainable goal, and hopefully, I’ll be able to start looking for beta readers and sharing snippets soon!
  • Blogging: In case you hadn’t noticed… I’ve been very bad at keeping up with the blogging side of things! One of my goals for the rest of the month is to set up a blogging schedule and prewriting some posts. My current plan is to post something every Tuesday–and I’m telling you all that so that you can bug me about it when I forget! 😀 I’m hoping that having a set schedule will help me to post more regularly, and if I have to adjust that later, I can do so. I mostly want to have a set schedule to encourage me to post more often.
  • Reading: If there’s one thing that I have kept up with, it’s been reading! My original reading goal for this year was 20 books, but I’ve already increased that to 26, because I’ve read more books than I thought I would. At this point, I’ve read 17 books, so I may end up increasing my goal again. Many of the books I’ve read have been rereads, but I’ve also been reading through a lot of Brandon Sanderson’s books. His books are amazing, and he even has a series of writing class videos on his YouTube channel, which you should definitely check out if you’re a writer.

So that’s the first post of (hopefully) many more! What are your thoughts on blogging schedules? Are you excited about IDIA 3? Comment below your thoughts, and let me know if there are any blog posts or series you’d like to see me do!

Blog Tour: Winter’s Spell by Claire M. Banschbach

Hullo, friends! I’m back again with another blog tour post, this one for Winter’s Spell by Claire M. Banschbach. So here’s some information about the book!

This is the third book in Claire’s Faeries of Myrnius series, and you can find book 1 and book 2 by clicking on those links! The series is best enjoyed in order.

Synopsis:

A half-breed faery. A war-weary princess. A quest to free three kingdoms from the deadly winter spell. 

Constantly doubted by her ocean faery kindred, Tonya Freyr-dottir only wants to untangle the dormant ice and water magic within her. Then a strange attack makes her unleash a fierce winter on the land and sea. And she has no idea how to stop it.

Princess Diane serves faithfully at her brother’s side, trying to restore their kingdom of Myrnius after the devastating Dark War. Now with brutal winter wreaking havoc, everything they have worked for might be lost to famine and destruction.

Desperate to help, Tonya travels to the far north to unlock her magic, aided by Diane, as well as two land faeries: Dorian, a reckless healer and August, a mischievous warrior. But the north brings fresh dangers, unearths old wounds, and offers more questions than answers.

With doom threatening human and faery alike, Tonya must find a way to trust her new friends and release her magic before all fall to the fury of winter’s spell.

Available for pre-order now! Releases on 4/23!

Pre-order link – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086SFRMN8/

Add to Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52914656-winter-spell

 

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Author Bio:

Claire M. Banschbach is a native Texan and would make an excellent hobbit if she wasn’t so tall. She’s an overall dork, pizza addict, and fangirl. When not writing fantasy stories packed full of adventure and snark, she works as a pediatric Physical Therapist where she happily embraces the fact that she never actually has to grow up.

She writes New Adult/Adult fantasy as C.M. Banschbach.

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Preorder Info and Link!

Pre-order goodies include a character art postcard of four characters from Winter Spell done by @h.s.j._williams, a series bookmark, and northern lights sticker! Submit receipt to campitorpress@gmail.com

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Pre-order packets will also be available to those who buy the book in ebook or paperback up to 5/7 and submit receipt to campitorpress@gmail.com

Pre-order link – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086SFRMN8/

 

Giveaway:

Rafflecopter link for giveaway including Ebooks and swag pack!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d11da96b8/?

 

Schedule:

Monday 4/20:

Abigail Leskey – book spotlight – makerofrunevests.tumblr.com

Rachael Ritchey – book review – rachaelritchey.com

MH Elrich – author interview – www.mhelrich.com

 

Tuesday 4/21:

Rachael Ritchey – author interview – rachaelritchey.com

E Paige Burkes – book spotlight – www.epaigeburks.com

Kelsey Bryant – book spotlight – https://kelseysnotebookblog.blogspot.com/

Claire B – Winter Spell as gifs – www.clairembanschbach.com

 

Wednesday 4/22:

E Rawls – book spotlight – https://rawlse.wordpress.com/

Hazel West – character interview/book spotlight – hazelwest.blogspot.com

MH Elrich – character interview – Diane – www.mhelrich.com

Claire B – meet the characters! – www.clairembanschbach.com

 

Thursday 4/23 – RELEASE DAY!

CB Cook – book spotlight – Theworldofthewriter.wordpress.com

Marlene Simonette – book spotlight – https://marlenesimonetteauthor.blogspot.com

Claire B – Release Day! – www.clairembanschbach.com

IG LIVE Q&A WITH HAZEL WEST – 7:30 PM CST on @cmbanschbach

 

Friday 4/24

Marlene Simonette – author interview – https://marlenesimonetteauthor.blogspot.com

Deborah O’Carroll – book review – https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/

Claire B – tour wrapup – www.clairembanschbach.com

 

 

Cover Reveal: Underground by Ashley Bogner

Hey guys! I’m so excited today to bring you the cover reveal for a book I’ve long been awaiting: Underground, book 2 in the Reintegration Trilogy! I reviewed the first book, Reintegration, a while back, and I really enjoyed it. Then I found out that Ashley Bogner was having the cover reveal for book 2… and here we are!

First, a little about the book:

Underground (Reintegration 2) by Ashley Bogner

Release Date:
August 24, 2019

Summary:
Katherine Holliday has left behind her life in the Federation. She is ready to start a new one with Matthew and the Intolerants. But it isn’t long before the Underground leaders send her on a mission that takes her back to the Federation. Katherine finds herself in City 1, with the help of new and unexpected allies, in an attempt to locate information that could help the Underground escape the Council’s battle plan called Project Endgame.

But the Federation has changed and the Council is more desperate than ever. While back in the Federation, Katherine uncovers a tangled web of deception and manipulation. Haynes isn’t the only one with secrets, and the question of who to trust becomes harder to answer.

And here’s the cover…

Guys, you will not believe how excited I am about this book! Finally, here’s a little bit about the author. Be sure to check out the first book, Reintegration, too!

Ashley Bogner is a nerdy author who lives in Utah with her nerdy theologian husband who may possibly own more books than she does. She is a homeschool graduate who wrote her first “novel” when she was in fifth grade (which was really a thirty-page story about talking cats she is grateful no one will ever read). It’s a rare occasion when she isn’t writing—she works as a technical writer at her day job and writes novels in her spare time.

In 2017, she published her debut novel, Reintegration, a dystopian novel for teens. The sequel, Underground, is scheduled for release later in 2019. Ashley writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that explore themes of sacrifice, redemption, and hope. Ashley may or may not be the stereotypical author who loves fancy coffee drinks, chocolate, and lengthy chats about her favorite books.

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Let’s talk! Have you read Reintegration? If not, do you plan to now? What do you think of the cover? Comment below with your thoughts! 

Twinepathy and the TCK Reader’s Choice Awards

Hullo, friends! How is your February going so far? A lot of us are back at school now and struggling through the craziness. Don’t worry, you can make it!

I have a quick update to share with you guys. Twinepathy is up for an award in the YA/Middle Grade category in the TCK Reader’s Choice awards! A couple of you have already voted on there, and thank you so much for your support. If you’ve got a minute, would you mind heading over there and voting? The young adult section is section 12 out of the 16, and I would really appreciate your vote!

How’s your 2019 going so far? Did you get a chance to vote? I’d love to talk to you!