Isle of Blood and Stone Blog Tour: Top 10 Favorite Quotes & ARC Review — A Dazzling Historical Fantasy that Fuels the Adventurer Inside You

Hi guys! I hope you are having a marvelous first week of April! Today I am on the blog tour for one of my most anticipated YA releases of the Spring, Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier, and it did not disappoint! This book releases this Tuesday, April 10th, and you do NOT want to miss this epic fantasy adventure!

Isle of Blood and Stone Blog Tour


About the BookIsle of Blood and Stone

Title: Isle of Blood and Stone

Author: Makiia Lucier

Publisher: HMH

Release Date: April 10th, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Ulises asked, “How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers.”

Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. “It’s bound to be a goose chase. You know that?”

“Or a treasure hunt,” Ulises countered, “and you’ve always been good at those.”

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

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4 Stars

Disclaimer: Thanks so much to HMH for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

I love adventure novels. They take you on wild quests into some of the most dangerous places as the protagonists search for something they long for, only to face evil along the way. A great adventure novel sucks you into the heart of the story, making you forget about your surroundings and feel danger and death lurking around the corner, all while you are on the edge of your seat. Isle of Blood and Stone can be placed into that group. Lucier’s latest novel combines the thrill of exploration with a fantasy world that is full of magic, betrayal, love, and mapmaking. As Elias, Ulises, and Mercedes solve the mystery of what happened to his father and two half-brothers, readers are left guessing until the last page.

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Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour: Top Ten Quotes from Stalking Jack the Ripper + Giveaway

Hi guys! Today I am on a 5-day weekend because of parent-teacher conferences and Labor Day, so it’s going to be a break full of catching up on a bunch of stuff including studying, extarcurriculars, and reading! Today I am so glad to be a part of the Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour, and I have a physical ARC (yes, I have an actual physical ARC!) at home I’m so excited to dig in soon! To help you convince you to get both Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula, I am doing my Top 10 Favorite Quotes from Stalking Jack the Ripper!

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Title: Hunting Prince Dracula 33784373(Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Pub. Date: September 19th, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 448

Synopsis: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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Also, Kerri is hosting a pre-order giveaway where if you send her proof of purchase, you can get a Stalking Jack the Ripper novella that is set in Thomas’s point of view! You do not want to miss Meeting Thomas Cresswell! Check out the details here!

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Weekly Quote-Flection #1

Hello! Today I am starting a new blog post that is exclusive ONLY to LILbooKlovers (or so I think)!

As a book blogger, I want to inspire people, but not just book-related things. I believe books have the power to CHANGE you. Have you read a book that has gotten you through a rough time or changed your perception of the world? This year, I’ve encountered so many of those books. Inside those books are quotes that stick with you for a while, and I want to share these quotes with you! I will not only list the quote, but I’ll give a little reflection, something to ponder about. One quote has the potential to help your life, and that’s why I want to start these quote-flections. I want to inspire others to become better people, and this is how I could do that through my blog! I hope that you will take the time to read this quote and reflection (a few thoughts and questions) and ponder or meditate on how you can apply it to your life!

So here’s the first ever quote-flection from Configured by Jenetta Penner (and there will be a review of it later this week)!


“Avlyn, this world is both beautiful and broken. Make more beautiful moments than broken ones.”

– Jenetta Penner, Configured

As you know, this world isn’t perfect. There are both good things and bad things, but it is OUR choice whether or not to make our lives good or bad. Our future mostly depends on our decisions, and they have the potential to also change other people’s lives. Choosing to smile at a fellow co-worker may brighten up his day and help him cope with depression. Choosing to get irritated at said co-worker could anger him and cause him to have a bad day. These little things- they may not seem great to us- seem the world to others. Doing small acts of charity is making beautiful moments. It makes not only us happy but others happy.

But it’s not just others’ lives that are affected. Our lives are too included. We are a product of our choices, and we have the power to change the world… even if it’s just a little at a time. Each decision you make has the potential to increase the beauty of the world or its brokenness. A beautiful moment does not have to literally be beautiful; it’s just got to make life better for you, make life more fun, make life worth living. How can you turn a dull and boring moment? By adding love into what you are doing. That’s the way to create as many beautiful moments as possible!

Questions

  • Are you making more beautiful moments? Or are you making more broken ones? How can you bring more beauty, more joy, and more happiness in both your and others’ lives?
  • Is there something in your life that you can make more beautiful?
  • Are your choices and actions upon others making their lives beautiful or broken?

Well, I hope you took enjoyed this weekly quote-flection! I will do more in the future, and I do hope that these will help you live a better life! Thanks so much for reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester