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#ShadowShifts blog tour: Tissa tells her story!

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Hello fellow book lovers! I’m so excited to be a part of the Shadow Shifts blog tour.
Reason 1: This will be my very first time hosting a blog tour (YAY!)
Reason 2: It’s a blog tour for a fantasy series (I  ❤ Fantasy)

Priya from writerly yours (do check out her blog guys) made it possible for me to be a part of this awesome tour!
So thank you for this opportunity, Priya 🙂
Now let us begin right away…
First things first. Let me introduce you guys to the author of this series.
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She’s a  reader, writer, editor, explorer, dreamer… JENNIFER BOGART!
She is having a love affair with words.
Author of three women’s fiction novels (Newvember, Reflections, and Money, Masks & Madness), two romantic short stories (Under the Stars and Seven Seconds), one serialized novel (Sunny with a Twist of Olive), and one YA fantasy (Liminal Lights published by Morning Rain Publishing), she can’t stop writing any more than she can stop breathing.
You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog

Moving on to the series now. Let me give you a blurb of the very first book in the series so that you’ve a fair idea of the storyline.
Liminal Lights – Book 1 of Liminal Lights Trilogy

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Faerie magic is real.

Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.

Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.

The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.
This is the first book of a trilogy.

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As you have a fair idea of what series is about, we’ll move on to the newly released second book!

Shadow shifts – Book 2 of Liminal Lights Trilogy

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When Bean fails to secure Nadia’s human magic, she puts her entire race at risk. Liminals fade as fast as Shadow-monsters emerge, creating a disturbing imbalance between light and dark. Liminals aren’t the only creatures affected by things that go bump in the night…

Knowing the ravenous appetites of the Shadow-monsters will grow out of control, Bean, Tissa, Pritt, and Ping are forced to deal directly with the dire situation. Armed with the ancient secrets of their people, they band together to destroy their enemies and return balance to their magical realm.

The existence of all things Liminal depends on their success.

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Book three, Subliminal Souls, will be released in winter 2017!

Now wouldn’t you want to read a few words from the author herself? Yes?
Here is J.M Bogart taking charge of matters now..


I’m turning the writing-reins over to Tissa, a Liminal character, who has a lot to say, but never enough time to say it. As a supporting character, her page-time is limited, but her message is vital to the books. As Bean’s younger sister, she hasn’t had responsibility looming over head for decades. Her energy is sweet, vivacious, and extremely curious. This kind of energy is hard to contain, so it’s time to give her center stage.

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Wow. Just… wow. I can’t believe I’ve been invited to blog about the Liminal Series. I mean, I only just learned how to read and write this year! This is incredible!

Where should I start? What do you want to know? Oh—I’ve got it! I’ll start at the beginning, since that’s where stories are supposed to start. Ever since I was a Seedling, I idolized Bean. Not only is she my big sister, she’s also my mentor, and the only mother-figure I ever knew. It’s sad, when you think about it, that she set aside her Seedling ways to help raise me before she was done growing herself. Then again, I think Bean was born responsible and ready to take on the world. She’s such a know-it-all sometimes, but hey… aren’t all older siblings?

Living in her shadow—excuse the pun—isn’t always easy. She is smarter, more intuitive, and so studious all the time. I’m not saying she is perfect; Bean makes her fair share of mistakes, but there is always something about her that is… well… reliable, constant. I’m nothing like her, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be like her when I grow… if I grow up…

The Shadow-monsters are coming out of hiding. They’re bold enough to travel by day and have learned how to reap magic from pretty much anything or anyone. Wherever they go, they leave behind a trail of darkness that’s stark and depressing. I don’t want to live in a world where the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night are stronger than the protection of the light. Unfortunately, it’s a reality I have to face everyday.

As this drama unfolds, Bean isn’t always handling it so well. She’s had so many opportunities to take charge, but she’s floundering, and I’m worried. So, to help her out, I’ve been collecting Liminal Lore. You see, we’re not careful about recording our history—we’ve never seen the point—but in trying to move forward, we’ve had to uncover the past. Lucky for me, an eccentric old Liminal named Blink has been keeping track of things in his own way. His preferred method of record-keeping is by drawing pictures, which makes piece things together difficult, but I think I have discovered a few things that might be helpful.

I just need to find the right time to share everything with Bean, but she is overwhelmed with all that’s happening. Just the ideaof needing to protect the magic in humans as well as our energy stores is terrifying. Life used to be so simple… but I guess, over time, everything has to change. Unfortunately, I have a really bad feeling that there will never be a good time to tell her all that I’ve discovered.

Of course, there’s always the chance that Bean will figure things out for herself and not need my help. Regardless, I’m keeping a record of all that I’ve learned so that we’ll always have it, because you just never know…


Wasn’t reading through a character fun?
Well, it certainly was for me 🙂
Thank you for taking the time out and writing for my blog, Jennifer!

And now for the fun part, THE GIVEAWAY 🎉

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Click on this link to enter!

We’ve come to the end of this guest post now. Thank you all for reading it till the end.
If you missed the blog tour, you can check out writerly yours for full details regarding the tour.

 

 

Until next time,
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Book review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

BlurbEleanor & Park on Goodreads

My rating: 4/5

Review:

I am trying so hard to make this a non-spoiler review guys but there are just too many emotions attached to this book that I would like to share with you all. Aah well, this is still going to be a non-spoiler review! 😂

If you have read my review on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell you would know that I wasn’t a huge fan of that book. So after that, I kind of went with zero expectations into this one and I don’t know what I feel about it!

The story begins in a school bus. Park sitting at his usual seat, minding his own business not bothered by anything that’s happening around him.And then, Eleanor enters the bus. New girl alert. She’s making heads turn & for all the wrong reasons. Her hair is a big, red fuzz of mess and her outfit is.. well.. a mess too. Now obviously no one is going to offer the weird, new girl the seat next to them, are they?
Park is silently hoping that she wouldn’t come up and sit next to him but of course she does. And that’s where it all begins…

Ah, young love ❤ I love love love how Rainbow Rowell made Eleanor & Park fall slowly in love with each other. I thought that it was completely okay for Park to go from how he initially thought about her (not good thoughts guys) to how he found her hands to be ‘incredibly soft’ 😀 Because that’s what love does right? It makes you see the person in a completely different light!
I know many people wouldn’t agree with me or this book on this point but really, that’s how love works.
Also, I LOVED the alternate POV format of the book. It was fast paced, kept the story running & I never caught myself thinking “What might the other character be thinking right now, at this very moment?” cause it was already given in the next para 😀

Now for the characters:
Park is my absolute favorite. He’s quirky, smart and loyal. He is the sweet guy you’d fall in love with when you actually get to know him. He isn’t super handsome but he’ll swoon you off your feet with his quirky antics. I love how he shared his comics with Eleanor & mixed up a tapes for her just so she could listen to the songs she wanted to (I mean, how cute is that now?)
Eleanor was okay. I love how she didn’t care about what anyone thought about her. I know deep down she did but still, she never showed she gave a shit about anyone. And the way she managed all of her issues back at home, that was impressive. She stood up for herself, for what’s right & I love that about her. Also, she answered Park’s “I love you” with “I know”(Star wars fans, you know what I am talking about 😉) I laughed a little too hard at that.
I’m not going any deep into the characters or the story now.

The reason why I don’t know how I exactly feel about this book is because even though I completely fell in love with the characters & could relate to them and their feelings, I couldn’t attach myself to the story-line. As the book was nearing it’s end, I kept wondering why Eleanor did what she was doing. It didn’t have to end this way. It just didn’t. The ending just put me off. No spoilers. You’ll have to read the book to get what I am talking about. Okay nobody dies. In case you were wondering.
I demand a sequel for this book Rainbow!!

Meanwhile, here’s a cute fan-art I found on google. Just so you know how Eleanor & Park look like…

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Until next time,
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Book review: Aristotle & Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

BlurbAristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe on Goodreads

My rating: 5/5

Review:

I have read 6 books so far and have reviewed none after ‘Gone girl’. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading any of those books or anything, I was just being plain lazy; But this book compelled me to write a review on it as I couldn’t stop recommending it enough to every person I met. Okay, maybe not ‘everyone’. But to every person I discuss books with.
This book was pure perfection!

It doesn’t have magic or any magical creatures. It isn’t a heart wrenching love story. It isn’t set in a dystopian era or a fancy world.  Heck, it doesn’t have much of a plot either!
It’s the story of two friends aged 15 (at the beginning of the book) going through teen hood together & how each of them discover things about themselves and the world around them. The book follows Ari’s (short for Aristotle) perspective on everything about the universe around him (Self-explanatory book title, Duh!)
Why is this book so close to my heart you ask?
Well do you know when you’re so happy that you feel so warm & get a fuzzy feeling  all over your body & mind?
This book brings all those feelings to you.

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He’s one of the many reasons why I like this book so much. I fell in love with this character so hard.
He’s just a normal 15 year old boy. Okay not completely normal. He’s a little aloof, unsocial & angry (mostly at himself). He doesn’t have many friends & he’s okay with that.  And the friends that he does have, well, let’s just say he’s not too fond of them. He doesn’t mind the solitude though. He constantly keeps thinking. His mind is almost never at peace. I felt like I could personally resonate with his thoughts and character as a whole.
And then one fine day, enters Dante.
Dante is like a splash of color in Ari’s dull black and white life. He’s extremely sweet, witty and most of all, full of life. He gets along with people easily & they find him just as agreeable.
Ari & Dante are as different as chalk and cheese but something between them clicks & they start hanging out together, enjoying each other’s company.
This was different for Ari. Ari never liked anyone’s company & Dante had changed that about him.

The writing style is simple yet so poetic & powerful. The author hardly uses any fancy words but he still manages to captivate the reader’s mind & fills it with innumerable thoughts. It’s such an easy & enjoyable read that you just wouldn’t want to put it down! I absolutely loved the writing style. Each character has its own charm. You fall in love with each one of them slowly but surely. The themes followed in this book are family and friendship. It also focuses on the transition of Ari & Dante from the early teens to the beginning of adulthood. I loved it so much that the I didn’t want it to end 😀
The ending seems a little rushed but it sure doesn’t disappoint. So all is well that ends well I guess 🙂

I would recommend this book to anyone who would want to read a book & at the end be like:

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Book review: Gone girl by Gillian Flynn

Blurb:  Gone girl on Goodreads

My rating: 4.5/5

Review:

This book was something else! As in ‘I’ve never read anything like this‘ something else!!

When you start reading it, you get an idea of the two main characters of this story. Nick and Amy Dunne.’Happily’ married for 5 years now. A posh couple from New York city who has just moved to a small town in Missouri. The story begins on the day of their 5th wedding anniversary. The start is slow-paced. Nick goes on talking about the relationship he once used to share with his wife Amy and how it is now, the traditions they follow on their anniversary each year, about his sister, his career.. So on and so forth. The action begins once we realize that Amy has actually gone missing and she’s nowhere to be found. The police is called and the investigation begins.

As the story proceeds, we, as the readers, begin to understand that Nick has been lying about a few things to the police without them suspecting any of it. And once we get to part of Amy’s diary entries, we form an image of Nick being the reason for his wife’s sudden disappearance. But we still aren’t sure of it.

This book plays with your mind! It divides your mind in two parts. One which knows that Nick is the villain here. I mean, of course the husband did it. It’s not like they were madly in love. It’s not like Nick was ever the perfect husband to Amy.
But then there’s another part that wants you to believe that Nick is being framed and that he has nothing to do with whatever is happening with him or Amy. Nick is just as clueless about all that is happening as we are! But you just don’t have enough proof yet as everything is working against his favor.

The author keeps shifting between the wife and husband and it becomes difficult for the reader to root for either of them. The reader knows that each of them is hiding something and that’s what keeps the story moving. You just don’t know who’s lying and who is not! Once the investigation begins, the story moves forward in such a fast pace that you cannot keep the book down at all. And if you do, it will keep you guessing.
I was so tempted to take a look at the last few pages to see who’s alive and who’s not and just what becomes of Nick and Amy Dunne! But I’m glad I did not and I would advice you against it too. The ending had me like ‘WHOA! I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING
If you have enough patience, this will be one of the most satisfying reads for you.

This book will really make you think a hundred times if you ever plan on getting married. Don’t want to end up with a creepy, secret psychopath now, do we? 😀
That’s all I am going to say about ‘Gone girl’ as I really don’t want to include any spoilers in this review.

P.S : I won’t recommend this book for people who are not into creepy, dark themes in a book.