Blog Tour: Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake



Analiese Rising
by Brenda Drake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Entangled Teen


When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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About the Author

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, theWitch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at allexotic (much to her disappointment).

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Excerpt 1:

A faint white light flickers and fades.

“Come on, Marek. Quit messing around.”

A smell of sulfur wafts through the air.

The light nears and grows, forming into a body. Into a ghostly-looking man. Anger is set on his almost transparent face. The sockets where eyes should be are dark and empty.

I know his face. A face seemingly hanging loosely off sharp bones. A face I’ve seen in duplicate.

Deceducto, risorto, deceducto.

Isabella Favero’s experiment.

I scramble on my back up the stairs, make it halfway before I lose my footing, and slip back down. Pain sears my back.

“What do you want?” I try to yell, but it comes out more like a croak.

The ghostly figure moans and keeps moving toward me. Several similar lights begin to form behind him, and I want to close my eyes, but I’m not sure that will make them go away.

They move closer.

The others form faces, and there are so many of them. I recognize some of them from their headshots taped in Isabella’s record book.

The moaning grows louder, piercing. A chorus of pain. A chorus of sadness.

A chorus of hatred.

I slowly move back up the stairs, afraid to go fast. There are so many faces. Old and young. Men and women. Bile rises in the back of my throat when I spot a little girl in the mix.

“What do you want?” I’m sobbing, my words are wet, and there’s no air behind them.

The moaning turns to screeching.

“I’m not her,” I shout. “Isabella did this to you.”

They stop at the foot of the stairs. Faces turn up to me, watching me with hollow eyes. Expressionless faces. All their emotions are saved for the hideous moaning. It’s full of pain and anguish. Torture.

I can’t breathe.

Their second deaths flip through my mind, and I can’t stop it. Each the same. They wake up suddenly and look around dazed. I can see the mortuary. Other bodies on tables.

Confusion. Isabella says something, but I can’t understand her. It’s in Italian. She makes notes. Picks up a plastic bag, covers a man’s head with it, and suffocates him.

The lantern dims.

“No. Don’t go out,” I order it. “Please don’t go out.”

It flickers in response.

The images and moaning stop, and the whispers hiss around me.

Riser. Riser. Riser. Riser. Riser. Riser. Ri— I cover my ears.

Scratching noises come from behind the wall on either side of me. No matter how tight I cover my ears, I can still hear the hissing chants of the spirits and the frantic scraping of whatever is on the other side of the walls.

“No! Leave me alone!”

It’s like demons have control of my head. This isn’t real.

Something is making me see these things. Push it away. Stop it.

And the lantern goes a little dimmer.

“Marek!” Where the hell is he?

Something breaks through the wall on my left.

The flame puffs out.


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Blog Tour + Book review: Match me if you can by Tiana Smith (5 stars)

Match Me If You Can
Tiana Smith
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 8th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

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Author Bio:

Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Wild West of Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.

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Match me if you can by Tiana Smith

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars


(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Mia’s best friend Robyn is famous for her precise matchmaking skills, so when Homecoming comes around, Mia wants to get matched with Vince, the hot jock and golden boy of the school, but Robyn refuses, so she takes things into her own hands. Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t expect another rival vying for her heart, one that Robyn is sure that she is perfect with, the newspaper photographer, Logan. Mia has two weeks to fix everything or bid her perfect match goodbye forever.

This book was so cute, funny and fast-paced. It was heartbreaking to read, full of dramatic and ‘oh shoot’ moments that were happening throughout the book.

I loved that we had a love triangle, yet at the same time, it was easy to see who Mia was going to end up with although she is in denial. I wasn’t a fan of Robyn’s methods to get Mia to realise things since they did feel a little underhanded. I also did feel that if all the characters didn’t rely so much on Robyn’s matchmaking skills, they all would have been better off.

I’m glad that Elena and Mia work things out and are trying to make up, but honestly, I did think that Elena was too dramatic and childish for Mia, I honestly would have preferred for them to be acquaintances instead.

Reading this book was like running around a fair looking for a cotton candy on a stick, and once you had finally found it and bit into it, the sweetness was all worth it.

This was definitely a fun, heartbreaking and dramatic story that I finished in one shot and would definitely recommend this to all fans of contemporary readers!





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‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.


Genre: Cartoon, Comedy, Sci-fi, adventure

Number of seasons/episodes: 7 seasons (Last one underway) and around 6/13 episodes per season

Rating: 5 stars (If I could, I would give all the stars in the universe to this show)

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Anime Review: Tada-kun wa koi wo shinai / Tada never falls in love (3.5 stars)

Anime Review: Tada-kun wa koi wo shinai / Tada never falls in love 


Genre: Comedy, Romance

Number of episodes: 13 (Completed)

Rating: 3.5 stars


Mitsuyoshi meets Teresa while taking a photograph of cherry blossoms. She’s a foreigner who got separated from her travel companion and he brings her to his grandpa’s shop. They then discover that Teresa and her friend Alec are new transfer students at their school.

Like animation style and music very upbeat, everything was very lighthearted.

I like that Teresa is very pure and embraces Mitsuyoshi’s friends’ weirdness. Mitsuyoshi always places other before him and rarely voices his own emotions. So when Kaoru confronted him on that whil he was crying, I was in tears too. Kaoru is such a flirty character, but he does have some redeeming qualities such as being funny and very supportive of Mitsuyoshi.

I was so glad that there was a nice ending! I loved the way the story unfolded and the weird but funny characters. It was definitely a good lighthearted anime.

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

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Book review: Reality Gold by Tiffany Brookes (4 stars)

Reality Gold by Tiffany Brookes

Genre: YA, Romance, Adventure

Rating: 4 stars


(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

After a horrible cyber-bullying case, Riley is sure she has hit rock bottom. When the opportunity to take part in a game show arises, she leaps at the chance to fix her social standing and prove her worth. In a matter of days, she finds herself on Black Rock island, pitted against 19 other teenagers to win a Survivor style game.

As the story progressed, I like that Riley was an observer and determined to find the treasure while being an unintentional manipulator. I love that she definitely thinks things through before acting.

I’ve never been a big fan of Survivor (The TV series) since there was so much betrayal and drama, this book is similar to it, but I absolutely LOVED this book! There were so many twists and turns and betrayals, as a reader I was also confused as to what was happening, in a good way of course.

The story was very unexpected, but really thrilling and fun at the same time. I think this book works really well as a standalone novel, but I definitely would want to read more if there were other books.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Anime Review: Wotaku ni koi wa muzukashi/ Love is hard for an Otaku (5 stars)

Anime Review: Wotaku ni koi wa muzukashi/ Love is hard for an Otaku (5 stars)

“If we dated, I would help you grind for materials or levels whenever you wanted.

(Low-key swooning over this otaku pick up line)


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Josei

Number of episodes: 11 (Completed)

Rating: 5 stars


Narumi is an office lady and is an hardcore Otaku, but she tries to keep her secret of being an Otaku under wraps. At her new job, she meets her childhood friend Hirotaka who knows about her Otaku obsession. Hirotaka suggests that he and Narumi date since the both of them are otakus.

Music very light and I really like the animation style of this anime. I found this anime pretty funny as well, with it’s well-timed comedy. I love the way they reference games and certain animes such as Touken Ranbu and The Ancient magnus bride as easter eggs inside the anime!

Hirotaka and Narumi are so cute together OMG, all the couples are so cute in this anime. Hanako and Tarou are so cute too, although they always end up bickering. THIS IS SO CUTE I’M DYING, I’m not sure why I took so long to watch this anime, because it’s really good!

Hanako is the famous cosplayer Hana who usually dresses up as male characters and Narumi draws Doujinshi. Because Hirotaka is so emotionless, it makes the romance scenes even more swoon-worthy and funny.

I felt that the anime was too short, but I really enjoyed this one as a Josei rom-com! It’s really good and I hope that there will be a season 2 ASAP!

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

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Book review: Empress Unveiled by Jenna Morland (3 stars)

(I received a free eARC from Oftomes publishing in exchange for an honest review)

“I’m not trying to be good at dying, Tyler. I’m trying to minimise the damage I’m leaving behind.”


Empress Unveiled by Jenna Morland

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 3 stars


(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Swayzi has an unknown illness and is dying. But then she meets her cure, Daylan. The fate of a magical world is in her hands, and will be saved if she leaves with Daylan. But her love for Tyler is holding her back.

Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle. I actually preferred Daylan, but it was obvious that Swayzi was in love with Tyler. But I feel that Tyler only confessed when she was better and I felt that it was ill-timed.

I enjoyed the story progression, but was not a fan of the insta-love between the characters. I did feel that the world building was okay, but it was more on the vague side. I did feel that the pacing of the book was pretty messy and didn’t feel that the book was very memorable, not to mention I wasn’t a fan of the characters.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Book review: Bring me their hearts (Bring me their hearts #1) by Sara Wolf (4 stars)

“What’s worse, Reginall – to be a monster, or to makes monsters?”


Bring me their hearts (Bring me their hearts #1) by Sara Wolf

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars


(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Zera is a heartless and she serves the witch Nightsinger. When Nightsinger offers Zera a deal, Prince Lucien’s heart in exchange for her own, she leaps at the opportunity. But as their two stories intertwine, they both find something more unexpected and challenging in the midst.

I heard a ton of good things about this book and was surprised that I actually really enjoyed this book as well.

Imagine To kill a kingdom merged with The Selection.

The ending of this book had me wanting to read the next one immediately! I really like the characters, the deep world building and like the dark and gritty writing style of this book! I could definitely see why a ton of others who read it loved the book. I would definitely read the 2nd book and would recommend this to all fans of fantasy novels.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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