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The Echoed Realm by A. J. Vrana

Published: August 10, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Dark Fantasy-Horror

Pages: 444


CW: The book deals with themes of domestic violence, but there are no depictions of domestic violence

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Book Blurb

Miya’s world ended in Black Hollow.

It’s been three years since the Dreamwalker upended her life and left her with a heavy burden. A fledgling to the ethereal realm, Miya stumbles into the nightmares of those haunted by spectres. Little does she know, one of them is coming for her, clutching a dark secret abreast.

Kai has found a new purpose with his companion, but the price is his freedom. Bound and beholden to Miya, he struggles to adjust to his new role as her vanguard.

Meanwhile, Mason discovers he may be a pawn trapped in a web of schemes. Was his time in Black Hollow an accident, or was it only the beginning of some greater machination?

As Black Hollow’s bloody stain spreads beyond its wooded borders, Miya fights to evade a past she barely understands. The Dreamwalker’s legacy is a vise grip, and it isn’t letting go. Primordial horrors draw near, fables come alive, and long-buried histories rise from the grave, ready to hunt.

Sharpen your claws and bloody your teeth. There’s fear to be sown.

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Book Review: I read the first and second book back to back for this tour, which I am very happy I got to because after reading the ending to the first book, I wouldn’t be able to wait for the sequel because I would need to know what happens next.

This series, especially The Echoed Realm, was really amazing and different among the other books I have read. What A. J. Vrana has created feels different, not giving me the feel that I have read something like this before. The author brought in a creative world, as well as interesting characters.

While reading I didn’t dislike any of the characters. I did enjoy reading about them and wondering what was going to happen to them, including where they would end up in the end. I do wish we got to see more of certain characters, to see them interreacting more with the characters we know and love from the first book.

The writing was amazing. A. J. Vrana did a great job writing this book, including the first one. She draws you in within the first sentence of the book and keeps you hooked through out. I do think that the sequel went by quick with its pace. Which did work at times but sometimes it felt like the book could have slowed down at certain points. While that did take me out of the book a little bit, it still a great written book that will keep you reading.

The relationships in this book were done well. I enjoyed reading about Miya and Kai’s relationship, seeing that grow from the first book. It was also nice getting to see new relationships form and grow.

One other thing I enjoyed the most about this book, besides the stuff I had talked about above, was that this series is urban fantasy because there haven’t a lot out lately and getting to read this brought back that love of reading an urban fantasy. So thank you, A. J. Vrana.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, as well as the first book. My rating for this book is 4/5 stars. I would say that if you enjoy reading urban fantasy and want something new brought to that genre, then this series is for you. Just remember that there themes that are dark, so just make sure you are okay with that before reading.

I would like to mention that all the way at the bottom of this post is a giveaway that you can enter to win a poster of your choice and it’s international. I highly recommend entering for your chance to win a free poster with amazing art on it.

Have fun reading!!!

A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world.




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Book Reviews

A Torch Against The Night-Book Review (Spoilers)

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series: An Ember In The Ashes #2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.”-Summary from Goodreads

Review: When I heard there were going to be two more books in this series I was scared this was going to have the problem most second books have, but I was totally wrong. It’s a great second book.

Sabaa Tahir gives us a sequel that is even better than the first book. She knows how to write fantastic books, so I’m happy she is writing two more books in this series. She doesn’t disappoint ever.

For her characters, Sabaa is not scared of hurting or killing off her characters, which I like because that means anything can happen to the characters. Elias and Laia are so precious. I keep hoping they get a happy ending. When Elias got poisoned I thought he was going to die, but he didn’t, making me so happy. When the guy Laia slept with became a demon thing, my mouth dropped. Such a twist. This just helps that Elias and Laia  will be together now, hopefully until the end.

Now let’s talk about Helene. Her chapters gave me so many feels and became my favorite character. I want her to kill the commander chick, A.K.A. Elias’ mother, and Marcus just so she could be Empress. Nothing great was happening to her. Helene got humiliated, Marcus killed most of her family, and her youngest sister is married to Marcus. I just hope in the next book something good happens to her.

The story is still strong in this sequel. In my opinion, this book was better than the first book. It’s nice that one problem got solved, which was getting Laia’s brother out of prison, helping to get bigger problems continue on or rise. All I know is that this story is far from ending.

Overall, this is a perfect sequel to a great first book. I think anyone who has read An Ember In The Ashes needs to read this book. It’s totally worth it. You won’t be disappointed with this book.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

The Call-Book Review(Spoilers)

Author: Peadar O Guilin

Series: A Novel (hopefully there will be a sequel)

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call?”-Summary from Goodreads

Review: When I first got this book from BookCon, I knew only a little bit of what this book was about. Since it was coming out last month, I decided to read it last month and see how it was. And I’m very happy that I did. This book is so suspenseful and creepy from the beginning, making you read it to the end.

Also, it’s best if you don’t know much about this book when going into it. So go read it before reading more of this review.

Now you will see how creepy things can get right away. As well as how badly these fairies can be if they catch you. The whole call thing made me shudder and scared for my life because I know that I wouldn’t survive. Unless I had training just like the characters did in this book. Basically, kids at the age of ten go to these colleges that train them to survive the call. The problem is they can get called at any time, so whether you are trained or not it only matters if you get ready for it.

Nessa, the main character, was great. I was so happy she survived the call even thought her legs were bad, including killing Conor, who wanted to kill her. It had been nice to see her get a happy ending, as well as a happy life. Also, the cast of characters was very diverse in this book, which was a positive.

Another thing I liked was getting to read the chapters of them as they were trying to survive their call. You also get to know what happens to them and sometimes it wasn’t pretty.

The world the author created is really cool, but I do wish there was more showing of how it got to this point instead of just telling. Also, the whole ending felt rushed so I hope in the finished version it will be clearer and slowed down.

Overall, this book is worth the read if you can get your hands on it.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Queen Of Shadows-Book Review (Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.”-Summary from Goodreads

Review: Now I thought this book might not be that good since I have heard mixed reviews of this book. I was wrong. Queen of Shadows was actually pretty good.

A big positive of the book was the story arch, but a negative for focusing too much on a relationship, A.K.A Rowan and Aelin ship.

Here’s the thing, throughout this book I wasn’t swooning at some of the Rowan and Aelin parts because I thought there were more important things to do than walk around the city flirting. But, I will say I was so happy characters were going into relationships that would make them happy. It warmed my heart.

For the characters, I felt they did an 180 in how they were from before, which got me confused at first, but then I got use to it. I still love some of the characters, like Chaol.

Like usual, Sarah J. Maas can write an amazing story. No matter what, she can write very good stories that don’t feel like their dragging or just fall apart. I can’t wait to see how she ends this story. I have hope that it will be a great ending.

Also I need Empire of Storms so badly. I need to know what’s going to happen.

A big A+ for character development from the beginning to the end of this book. Alein finally became my favorite character again towards the end. I also thought a lot of the characters have grown and became who they were again, which made me happy.

That whole ending was like my favorite part. Sarah J. Maas knows how to write and ending that makes you want to read the next book, just to see what will happen to the characters and what will happen in the story.

Is Queen Of Shadows worth the read? Yes, it is.So go read it if you have read the other Throne Of Glass books.

Overall, I’m happy I finally got to read this book. I loved it more than I thought I would. Though I still would have liked it if the Rowan and Aelin relationship was happening on the side instead of begin part of the main plot(that’s how it felt to me). At this point I don’t care if they are end game, just so long as Aelin is happy. Anyways, I just can’t wait to see what happens in Empire of Storms.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Vicious-Book Review (Spoilers)

Authors: V.E. Schwab

Series: Vicious #1

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Victor and Eli were once friends at their university, but then something happens that tears apart their friendship, making them become enemies.

Review: This was my first V.E. Schwab book and I loved it so much.

The story was perfect. Every single scene had been written so beautifully.

I need to read another V.E. Schwab book, that’s what this book told me.

The characters were perfect. Victor became my favorite character right away. He was so likable, and I was rooting for him throughout the whole book. Mich and Sydney were the best, including worked well with Victor. Then we have Eli…Eli was so crazy. I think he started to lose it after what happened at their university. The fact he thought he was doing good because it was what God wanted him to do was crazy to read.

A big thing you will do while reading this book is wonder who is the hero and who is the villain. You do get to know who is who as you continue to read more of the book.

The ending made me cry. When Eli stabbed Victor, killing him, made me gasp because I thought Victor was going to be the one to live, but I was wrong. I was happy when Eli got taken to jail. Though it isn’t until the very end did I get so happy. Victor was brought back to life. He lives!

I can’t wait to see what book two brings. Hopefully, she does write it because I would read it.

Overall, V.E. Schwab wrote a great story and character. I’m excited to see where the rest of the story goes when it gets released.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

The Raven King-Book Review (Spoilers)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle #4

Rating:  4/5 Stars

Summary: “All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.” -Summary from Goodreads

Review: I don’t have any words for how I feel about this last book. Like I’m happy but also sad. I do have feelings towards this book, but they are mixed.

First, the positives.

It’s nice to see how solid this final book is. Sometimes it’s hard to find a book that has a solid ending like this one.

I loved that these characters had their final development. It was nice to see Gansy admit his relationship with Blue to Adam. I thought that was a good decision on his part. The fact Adam and Ronan became a couple made me so happy. Henry was a good I understand his purpose as I read more of the book, but he did feel like he was there to fill Noah’s spot.

Like usual, Maggie’s dialogue and writing were perfect. A good amount of the dialogue made me laugh out loud.

Now onto negatives.

The beginning of this book was so hard to get through. It was kind of boring. The next thing was the ending. Everything got wrapped up so fast. Next thing I knew everything was fine and Gansy was alive. So I just sat there confused because I never read about him coming back and that everything was okay. But, instead, we just jumped to the epilogue.

This next thing is not so much a negative but I would have like to have known. What happened to our side characters? I want to know what happened to the Gray Man, Maura, and everyone else. That’s what made the epilogue a bit upsetting for me. I would have liked some closure to know what good has happened to them. I guess that’s what fanfic is for.

Overall, it was a good final instalment, but wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be. It worth the read if you have yet to read it. It’s basically worth to read if you want to know what happens next.

Book Reviews

The Last Wish-Book Review

Author:Andrzej Sapkowski, Danusia Stok (Translator)

Series: The Witcher

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Summary: “Geralt de Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good…and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.” -Summary from Goodreads

Review:I need the other books set in this universe. I just loved this book so much.

This book is full of short stories that are kind of connected to each other.

What made this book for me was the world and the characters. I wish I picked up this sooner because it’s totally up my alley.

The writing was good. It reminded me of George R.R. Martin’s writing, which was why I found this book easy to read. So, if you don’t like his type of writing his type of writing then don’t read this book, but I still think you should give it a shot.

Geralt was his usual emotionless self, which I love. Dandelion was so funny. He makes everything better sometimes. Yennifer did nothing for me. All it did was make me not like her. When they were having sex in the rubble of the building they were in made me laugh and shake my head. I was very happy when she mentioned Triss though. She is my favorite female character in this series.

I love how many magical creatures are in this world. There are so many and there are some I have never heard of before.

I will say that this book and series isn’t for everyone. This is a good read for those who are a fan of the games will really enjoy, especially those who enjoy fantasy and magical creatures.

Also a big thing, there is the mentions of boobs and sex, so if you don’t like reading that stuff, then don’t read this book.

Overall, this book was such a good read that I need to read the rest of these books.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Fairest-Book Review

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles 3.5

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary: This book follows Levana as she rises to become Queen of Lunar and tries to do good, but sometimes what you think is good isn’t at all.

Review: I finally read this after so long.

Now I did like it. I like learning more about Levana and the evil things she did in the beginning that leads up to how she becomes at the beginning of Cinder. But, it was so boring in the beginning. Like I didn’t really care about her childish things. My favorite part was when I got to see what was going through her head as she was doing these terrible things. It’s always nice to read what a villain is actually thinking when they are doing things. It can show you just how evil or human they are, or even both.

Is this book worth the read? yes, if you want a quick read(it’s only 220 pages) or want another story set in the Lunar Chronicles world or want to learn more about Levana.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, but I wish there was more to it. It did make me want to reread this series, so that’s good.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Into The Forest-Book Review

Author: Freedom Matthews

Series: Curses of VIII 0.5

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “Before the Wilted Rose, the pirates who sailed upon it, or even a curse, there was a young faery who lived amongst the dense trees of the forest….a princess among a tribe of fantastical creatures.

On the day of Ravenzara’s coronation as leader of the fae, her sister bestowed upon her two things :-

A rose and a curse

“ No good shall come if you should give your heart away “

Perhaps she thought her sisters’ words were a warning, but when her beloved pirate beau, Gaspard, arrives injured along with his crew, the bitter phrase begins to sound a little more sinister.

Risking detection Ravenzara heals her love and his friends and banishes their enemy.

In turn, Gaspard begs Ravenzara to leave her kingdom and sail away to places unknown…

Conflicted, all Ravenzara knows is that she belongs with Gaspard, and only death will separate them.” -Summary from Goodreads

Review: This novella was good. It gave me the feeling of tension and wonder, which I believe will be the same feeling I get when I read the first book in this series. I liked how it was fantasy mixed with pirates. It’s a nice touch and makes me wonder how what happened in this novella will play into the first book of this series.

The characters were good, but I wish we had more time with them. I got to know some of the characters, though I wanted to know more about them. I would have liked to spend more time with them, but maybe I will a little bit more about them in Inherited because they might get mentioned.

While I know that this is a novella, I do wish that it was longer. Not only for the fact that I liked it, but because I felt like scenes went by too fast and I got kind of confused a bit.

Overall, I did like the novella. I like how it sets things up and the genre it is in. Also that mixture of fairies and pirates. I will definitely pick up Inherited.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

The Rose Society-Book Review

Author: Marie Lu

Book 2 in The Young Elites Trilogy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Since this is the second book in series I won’t be summarizing the book since it would have spoilers.



Be warned there are some spoilers in this review!



Review: First, I want to start by saying I don’t like that I have to wait until October to find out how this trilogy ends.

Anyways, if you have not read this book yet because you didn’t care for The Young Elites, then you still should read this book. It is so much better than The Young elites.

I need to say how much I love Adelia. She acts human in these books, which is nice to see. She doubts herself and does her best to think positive about herself, including what she was doing. I liked seeing that on the page because it made me feel how human she is. The rest of the characters have grown from book one and the new characters are likable. At first, I didn’t care for some of the new characters, but then they became my new favs.

The story keeps getting better. Everything in this book just tells you what is at stake. As well as what will be at stake in the third book.

I found the powers for each character to be really cool. They all felt unique and didn’t feel like their powers were the same or felt overpowered.

Towards the end of this book, you will know that it’s not a good thing to have these powers. That slowly they will kill them or make them go insane. Reading that part made me wonder what would Adelina do. With that info and that cliffhanger ending, I’m starting to question how many will die.

Overall, a nice sequel to a great first book. Can’t wait to see how it all ends.

Have fun reading!!!