Flying With Fire Mini Tour

Flying With Fire Mini Tour

Welcome to the Flying With Fire Mini Tour!

I am a diehard fan of Emma Mills so I am delighted to be a part of this mini tour!  I loved the book, a wonderful tie-in to her amazing Witchblood series.  So read on for a little bit about the book, about Emma, and to enter a fun giveaway!

You can read my 5-mug review of Flying With Fire here!

Tour Schedule

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About the Book

MillsFlyingWithFireNobody who enters Ravenwood school will ever be the same again.

Fifteen year old Brooke has been in care all her life. Now she finally has an adoptive family who don’t want to send her back to The Home; but their solution for her problems is much more dangerous.

A secret boarding school for possessed children. A boarding school where any unnatural behaviour will be stamped out. A boarding school with no escape; where witchcraft is punished and vampires are murdered in the sunlight.

Brooke is the only one with the power to escape the security wards, yet she must find a way to help them all before it is too late.

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About the Author

EmmaMillsEmma Mills is a stay-at-home mum, who after a recent move 200 miles south now lives in the beautiful county of Somerset, in the UK. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful of fish.

Emma grew up and later went to university to study English in the city of Manchester and for the first decade of her adult life lived in a small town on the edge of the Peak District. It was here, looking after her babies and compulsively reading YA fiction that the ideas for her debut novel, WitchBlood began to take root.

A UK literary agent was secured, however it soon became apparent that she had missed the paranormal popularity boat by about six months, as all the publishers lists were full. With the characters not taking ‘no’ for an answer Emma decided to join the huge ranks of indie authors out there and go it alone. WitchBlood was published in 2012, swiftly followed by WitchCraft and WitchLove. Emma finished the series and published the finale WitchHunt a week after moving her family south to Somerset, in November 2013.

Emma is now working on a new and exciting YA project. A three book series unlike her last, where all the characters are human, there are no vampires, no spell casting and no demons rising. A series that will rip your emotions to shreds and leave you breathless… hopefully!

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Flying With Fire

Flying With FireTitle: Flying With Fire
Author: Emma Mills
Genre(s): Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult
Pages: 292
Published by Emma Mills on 2014-07-17
Format: eARC
Source: author

FTC Disclosure: Regardless of how I received this book, this is an honest review based on my own opinions. Read my full disclosure here.

 
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From the back cover...

Nobody who enters Ravenwood school will ever be the same again.

Fifteen year old Brooke has been in care all her life. Now she finally has an adoptive family who don’t want to send her back to The Home; but their solution for her problems is much more dangerous. 

A secret boarding school for possessed children. A boarding school where any unnatural behaviour will be stamped out. A boarding school with no escape; where witchcraft is punished and vampires are murdered in the sunlight.

Brooke is the only one with the power to escape the security wards, yet she must find a way to help them all before it is too late.(

My Review

I love anything and everything Emma Mills writes and this latest book is NO EXCEPTION!  She creates believable worlds out of the unbelievable.  She creates characters that are rich and varied and always remind you of someone you know in your own life.  The story takes you in twists and turns and you never know where things are going to go!

This book is a loose tie-in to the amazing Witchblood series, tied in through Brittany, Jess’ witchy friend.  Although Brittany is not the main character, it tells of her time (prior to meeting Jess) at Ravenwood, a mysterious boarding school where nothing is as it seems.  This book centers around Brooke, a “troubled” girl who has been sent here and there to live with one foster family after another, eventually finding herself in Ravenwood.  It is here that she comes to realize that the world is not what she thought it was, and neither is she.  She also learns of the capacity for cruelty that exists in the name of righteousness.

The world of Ravenwood is very dark and very disturbing.  There were moments in which the school reminded me of those “scare them straight” schools/camps that exist.  It was terrifying and it makes you think about the level of cruelty that some people are capable of when faced with a fear of the unknown, of someone different from that which one considers to be acceptable.

Things to love…

  • The twists and turns.  I spent most of the book not knowing who was good and who was bad.  And, really, those lines are never made clear, illustrating the fact that we each have the capacity for both.
  • The dark tone.  The disturbing nature really added to the suspense of the story and I loved it!

My Recommendation

While you could read this as a standalone, it would really be better with the experience of the Witchblood series.  It is set before the time of the main series, but could be read at any point, in my opinion!

5Mugs

Rating Report
Plot
Characters
Writing
Pacing
Cover
Overall: 5

About Emma Mills

Emma Mills is a stay-at-home mum, who after a recent move 200 miles south now lives in the beautiful county of Somerset, in the UK. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful of fish.

Emma grew up and later went to university to study English in the city of Manchester and for the first decade of her adult life lived in a small town on the edge of the Peak District. It was here, looking after her babies and compulsively reading YA fiction that the ideas for her debut novel, WitchBlood began to take root.

A UK literary agent was secured, however it soon became apparent that she had missed the paranormal popularity boat by about six months, as all the publishers lists were full. With the characters not taking ‘no’ for an answer Emma decided to join the huge ranks of indie authors out there and go it alone. WitchBlood was published in 2012, swiftly followed by WitchCraft and WitchLove. Emma finished the series and published the finale WitchHunt a week after moving her family south to Somerset, in November 2013.

Emma is now working on a new and exciting YA project. A three book series unlike her last, where all the characters are human, there are no vampires, no spell casting and no demons rising. A series that will rip your emotions to shreds and leave you breathless… hopefully!

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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HugoAMatterof MercyHe’d lost way too much time.  Some of his nets were already under so much water that if they were fouled, he really couldn’t do anything about it now.

From A Matter of Mercy by Lynne Hugo, Kindle Location 623

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top ten characters i’d want on a deserted island with me

For their mad survival skills…

  1. Kaitlyn from the IFICS series by Julia Crane
  2. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

For their fearlessness…

  1. Eve 142 from Beyond New Eden by H.S. Stone
  2. Tressa from the Dragonlands series by Megg Jensen

For their ability to hold true to themselves…

  1. Cassie Dannacher from Mirror X by Karri Thompson
  2. Rhine from the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

For their brains…

  1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

For their company…

  1. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

Chrysoprase

ChrysopraseTitle: Chrysoprase
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Series: Chalcedony Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Carnelian
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, New Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 198
Published by Lexia Press on 2014-06-25
Format: eBook
Source: personal purchase

FTC Disclosure: Regardless of how I received this book, this is an honest review based on my own opinions. Read my full disclosure here.

 
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From the back cover...

Mari had her time in the past and is finally home. Unfortunately, she didn’t understand the goddess’ warning that traveling to the past would have consequences. She could never have imagined what they would be, but she quickly finds out that not everything is the way she left it. Now Mari must learn how to time travel if she wants to put her life back into the order it was before she went into the past to be with Seth. Mari soon discovers that time traveling isn’t as easy as she thought it, and the goddess refuses to help her learn. Mari must turn to an old friend, someone she never planned to see again, and get his help if she wants to right what she has changed. But even that might come with a price. 

Mari travels into the past again to find loved ones. Her journey brings more questions, and a few answers, to the puzzle that is her life. Mari can quickly see why her mother went to the future, and Mari needs to do the same as soon as she can to bring her loved ones back. The past is far more complicated, and dangerous than she ever imagined—particularly for Mari. She might just be the piece everyone is seeking in their own puzzles to control not only the past but the future, too.

My Review

Chrysoprase is the second novel in the Chalcedony Chronicles, a time travel saga that blends created time travel mythology with ancient history.  This book was definitely my favorite of the two written thus far.

The mythology is much more developed in this book with much more significance given to it.  There are a lot of twists and turns and unexpected moments in this book that truly change the course of the book.  There are characters from the first book that play much more important roles now, while others move to the background a little bit.

We learn a lot more about the past and the brothers’ connections to it, as well as some surprising information about Mari’s world, too.  In the end, she finds help in the last place she ever thought she would, although whether or not the help is true is a question that we just don’t have an answer to!

The one thing that truly bothers me with this book, however, still has to do with emphasis paid to certain parts of the plot.  There is a whole lot of action on Mari’s part without a lot of respect to the well-known fact that messing with the events of the past significantly affect the future.  There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of attention paid to that concept by Mari and her friends.  Nor do they seem to spend much time trying to understand what the goddess needs them to do, instead focusing on their own needs.  This is something that directly flies in the face of the goddess’ issues with children of time.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Things to love…

  • The blend of created mythology and ancient history.
  • The stronger emphasis placed on the sci-fi/time travel.

Things I wanted more/less of…

  • More understanding of what it is that they are supposed to be doing with the time travel.

My Recommendation

The story line of the overall series is much more developed in this book and I think the story will continue to grow!

Rating Report
Plot
Characters
Writing
Pacing
Cover
Overall: 4.3

About B. Kristin McMichael

Years ago while I was all alone on Saturday mornings, I decided to start writing again. I began by seeing if I could write a complete novel. So I sat down for a couple hours each Saturday of the month of April. I had written some short stories/novellas when I was in junior high and high school, but never a full length novel. After 150,000+ words in one month, I had a complete novel. It made me realize that maybe I could do the writing thing after all.

Five years, two kids, three cats, and a PhD later, I am still writing and have three completed manuscripts and twice as many started (a couple near finished). I try my best to find time each week to write, but now I find more and more that I need to spend time editing. To improve my writing I am back to reading lots and getting ideas and better understanding how to craft a story people will enjoy.

When I am not writing, I am normally working at my job as a scientist or playing with my two wonderful children. If I get any amount of free time I like to bake, garden, and sew (yes, I know- such a mom life, but I have liked to do those before I had children) I continue to enjoy writing and love the motivation my husband gives me to try to make it in the writing world. I may need a harder shell, but with his support, I just might be able to do this.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Carnelian

CarnelianTitle: Carnelian
Author: B. Kristin McMichael
Series: Chalcedony Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Chrysoprase
Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, New Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 237
Published by Lexia Press on 2014-02-01
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

FTC Disclosure: Regardless of how I received this book, this is an honest review based on my own opinions. Read my full disclosure here.

 
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From the back cover...

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually from the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.

My Review

Carnelian is the first in the new Chalcedony Chronicles, a new adult series that promises a bit of a sci-fi flavor in the form of time travel.  I have mixed opinions about this book, mostly about the level of emphasis paid to different aspects of the plot.

Mari is a college freshman, hours away from home and seeking some level of independence from her rather ordered life and overprotective family.  It is interesting that she almost comes off as socially awkward when she first arrives at school, a little over dramatic when it comes to friends and relationships.  The reality is that she is an attractive girl that isn’t socially awkward, but gun shy when it comes to guys, although she frequently came across as a bit arrogant in her early interactions with Seth.  The characters, all of them, are interesting and varied, all characters that were easy to relate to or to understand.

On her first day, she meets three brothers and it quickly becomes clear that they have secrets.  Seemingly against her will, she falls for one of the three guys and the love fest snowballs quickly.  For someone who argued against relationships as much as Mari did, she fell into it pretty easily, but I can live with that.

Most of the book felt like a contemporary, new adult romance, with little to do with the sci-fi/time travel aspect.  This is where the questions of emphasis come in.  There was a lot of attention paid to a collegiate competition that really had little to do with the story and didn’t really move it forward in any way.  On the flip side, the main thrust behind the brothers and the time travel was seemingly a big part of the main story line, yet it almost seemed as if it were brushed aside for less integral points. There were things that the main characters were supposed to be doing in order to save humanity, but there was far more attention paid to the romantic aspect.  The mythology behind the time travel had massive potential, mythology blended with ancient history in an interesting way.

Despite these issues, there was so much potential that I wanted to know more and kept turning the pages.  Regardless of my own personal issues, there was more than enough to the story to keep me interested..

Things to love…

  • The blend of created mythology and ancient history.
  • The light moments and the dark moments.

Things I wanted more/less of…

  • More emphasis on the sci-fi aspect.
  • More development of the main thrust of the story.

My Recommendation

Yes, I had issues, but I still recommend this book.  The writing style is good and the story has great bones.  I have already purchased (and read) the next book in the series!

Rating Report
Plot
Characters
Writing
Pacing
Cover
Overall: 3.8

About B. Kristin McMichael

Years ago while I was all alone on Saturday mornings, I decided to start writing again. I began by seeing if I could write a complete novel. So I sat down for a couple hours each Saturday of the month of April. I had written some short stories/novellas when I was in junior high and high school, but never a full length novel. After 150,000+ words in one month, I had a complete novel. It made me realize that maybe I could do the writing thing after all.

Five years, two kids, three cats, and a PhD later, I am still writing and have three completed manuscripts and twice as many started (a couple near finished). I try my best to find time each week to write, but now I find more and more that I need to spend time editing. To improve my writing I am back to reading lots and getting ideas and better understanding how to craft a story people will enjoy.

When I am not writing, I am normally working at my job as a scientist or playing with my two wonderful children. If I get any amount of free time I like to bake, garden, and sew (yes, I know- such a mom life, but I have liked to do those before I had children) I continue to enjoy writing and love the motivation my husband gives me to try to make it in the writing world. I may need a harder shell, but with his support, I just might be able to do this.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: