WitchWar Tour

WitchWar Tour

Welcome to the WitchWar Blog Tour!

I am a huge fan of Emma Mills and the WitchBlood series so I am happy to be able to host a stop on the tour for WitchWar, the last book in the series!  Learn about the book and the author, read my review, and enter a giveaway!

You can read my review of this great book here!  The full tour schedule can be found on Emma’s site here.

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About the Book

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In the final book of the Witchblood series we find Jess and her friends ten years on, about to battle with enemies on all sides, as the supernatural world crashes into the human domain.

With everybody’s lives on the line Jess will need to work out who she can trust before a deadly witch hunt threatens to uncover them all. Death and love will once again consume her life, but only one side can win.divider

About the Author

EmmaMillsEmma Mills is a stay-at-home mum. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful of fish. Once her youngest child started school she began to write.

WitchBlood was published in January 2012, swiftly followed by WitchCraft and WitchLove. Emma published what she had intended to be the finale of the series, WitchHunt, a week after moving her family south to Somerset, in November 2013. A prequel to the series, WitchFire, followed in 2014.

However, after fans began asking for more, a plan began to develop. The Witchblood Series didn’t feel finished, so WitchWar was born. Emma says now that she has written WitchWar, she feels that the series is complete. WitchWar is set ten years after WitchHunt. It has everything you want from a supernatural final book: fear, heartbreak and resolution.

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Giveaway

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WitchWar

WitchWarWitchWar by Emma Mills
Series: WitchBlood #5
Published by Emma Mills on 2016-01-08
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 292
Source: author | eARC

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

In the final book of the Witchblood series we find Jess and her friends ten years on, about to battle with enemies on all sides, as the supernatural world crashes into the human domain.

With everybody’s lives on the line Jess will need to work out who she can trust before a deadly witch hunt threatens to uncover them all. Death and love will once again consume her life, but only one side can win.

My Review

I am an unabashed fan of Emma Mills and I can’t tell you how sad I am to see this series end!  But I also can wait to see what she comes out with next.  The characters in these books have been through so much and the reader feels like they have been right there with them!

In this last book, Jess and her friends are ten years in the future and they once again find themselves in the middle of an epic battle.  But this time, the stakes are even bigger.  This time, the supernatural world is no longer hidden and everyone is in danger, supernatural and human alike.

Ten years into the future finds Jess much more secure in her new life.  She is strong and confident, although still a baby by vampire standards.  She is different from the other vampires in existence and this gives her more power than most of the others.  This makes her valuable to the supernatural world, but it also makes her vulnerable.  I love that she stood more on her own in this book.  She is still with the yummy Daniel, but she has her own life and her own strength now.  I love how much her character has grown.  Now she is the problem solver, the one to go in and really save the day.

There was so much that was unexpected in this book and I really enjoyed that.  The twists and turns kept coming and took the story to places I wouldn’t have imagined!  This book, perhaps more than all of the others, really brings out the feels.  There are happy moments, scary moments, frustrating moments… and everything in between.  Love, love, love!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
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!

Stacey Donovan, author of Dive, Guest Post

Stacey Donovan, author of Dive, Guest PostDive by Stacey Donovan
Published by Open Road Media on 2015-09-01
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 228
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From the back cover...

The emptiness of suburban life seems fated to Virginia Dunn—commonly known as V. It’s spring, and the Dairy Barn, the stubborn bicuspids of her sister, the Neanderthal indifference of her brother, and her mother’s bottle of scotch remain the same. Then Lucky, beloved canine, ends up a bloody wreck from a hit-and-run, and life careens downhill. Lucky’s in a cast, V’s best friend begins avoiding her, her mother’s drinking worsens, but all else slips into the background when her father becomes fatally ill.
As V dives into the meaning of what is happening, she finds there are few answers. Life, if it was ever simple, is now a mystery. How can people she has known forever become sudden strangers? What is loss? Death? Love? Into this mystery walks Jane, and V soon realizes that she has become a stranger to herself as well—for following the captivating Jane are other questions that both arouse and disturb. The wrenching answers to these seem to break every rule, challenge all limitations, and introduce a new freedom.

Let the Wind In

by Stacey Donovan, author of Dive

When I was a teenager, traveling to the faraway places my favorite uncle went was not part of my experience. He sent postcards, always a thrill. From Europe he once wrote: Enjoy everything, even the unpleasant things. I loved him even more for sending such a sophisticated message. It made me feel special and that maybe I could learn special things about life. I must admit that it has been a challenge to enjoy unpleasant things, especially what hurts, or makes no sense, violence toward innocent creatures, wet feet in snow.

I was lucky to have parents who both read a lot of books, to discover the musty classics in the basement: the Greeks, Russians, French, Irish – and more. Upstairs the shelves held the contemporary stuff: espionage, romance, thriller, fantasy, crime, glorious trash fiction, literature whose words reeled through me. The uncle I mentioned, a writer, would send picture books a few times a year.

Those books – realities in my life – led the way to my own character development.

It has been a challenge to think of what is behind character development, and also about character inspiration, which I believe is different from development. Inspiration in regard to creating characters has come as a result of not only observation (an aspect of development) but as part of my search to understand life, what it is to be alive, and sometimes, to try to enjoy everything, even the unpleasant things.

In Dive, there is protagonist V’s younger sister. Her nickname is Baby Teeth, so named because her deciduous teeth stuck around long past the usual time. My own little sister experienced that, and I called her Baby Teeth for a while. I also rode her home from school on my bicycle handlebars and tried to protect her from some of the unpleasant things that had come my way before she showed up. What Baby Teeth the character does next is not what happened in real life.

As the story unfolds, Baby Teeth’s habit of appearing uninvited at neighbors’ houses escalates. It’s her way of trying to understand what’s happening in her own little world, to observe with surprise someone wearing slippers midday, another’s fondness for baloney sandwiches, to watch a spider intently spreading its web while BT pees in an unfamiliar bathroom. Baby Teeth (at the suggestion of someone else’s mother) would call home to say where she was and V usually traipsed over to collect her. They had many talks about cowbirds, buffaloes, how celery could be so long and was it really a vegetable, what it meant to let the wind in. Underneath Baby Teeth’s questions was her desire to understand more about the living in the world.

That was because her world now teemed with uncertainty. Why was her daddy in the hospital, who ran over their little dog and could just drive away after that, how come her mother sat in the blue chair all night, why did her older brother only grunt instead of talk to anyone these days.

The three siblings wrestled with uncertainty. They did not yet understand that change is the nature of life, that a parent can become fatally ill in an instant, that cruelty races down the road with no warning, that decisions no one anticipates insist to be made.

V’s own challenges develop through the story. Many firsts occur: love, death, betrayal (*no story spoilers here). Amid these experiences, poetry becomes an elemental part of her passion, and learning that life means you can find hope in pain and loss. V grasps onto words as she tries to make sense of life.

I did not write Dive yesterday – it was my first novel. With the opportunity to revisit it again, I realize now how much writing it meant so much to my own development as a person, and that inspiration has arisen out of uncertainty. It’s all about diving into life.

About Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan is a six-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, DIVE, will be reissued by Open Road Media in 2015. Donovan has edited or ghostwritten more than a dozen published books for her clients. Three became New York Times Bestsellers, and another was nominated for Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers. She is experienced in many genres: Contemporary; Young Adult; Erotica; Gay/Lesbian; Literary Fiction; Mystery; Psychological Thriller; Crime; Suspense; Women’s Fiction; Memoir; Creative Nonfiction.

Before Stacey Donovan became a professional editor more than 20 years ago, she worked in a literary agency where she learned how to say no more often than yes, and include reasons why. A stint in advertising followed, teaching her to tell it short and sweet, meet deadlines, and most important: Never give up.

Dive

DiveDive by Stacey Donovan
Published by Open Road Media on 2015-09-01
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 228
Source: publicist | eBook

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Buy/Shelve it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo| Shelfari | LibraryThing | BookLikes | Goodreads

FEMALE HEARTBREAKING TEARJERKER ya

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From the back cover...

The emptiness of suburban life seems fated to Virginia Dunn—commonly known as V. It’s spring, and the Dairy Barn, the stubborn bicuspids of her sister, the Neanderthal indifference of her brother, and her mother’s bottle of scotch remain the same. Then Lucky, beloved canine, ends up a bloody wreck from a hit-and-run, and life careens downhill. Lucky’s in a cast, V’s best friend begins avoiding her, her mother’s drinking worsens, but all else slips into the background when her father becomes fatally ill.
As V dives into the meaning of what is happening, she finds there are few answers. Life, if it was ever simple, is now a mystery. How can people she has known forever become sudden strangers? What is loss? Death? Love? Into this mystery walks Jane, and V soon realizes that she has become a stranger to herself as well—for following the captivating Jane are other questions that both arouse and disturb. The wrenching answers to these seem to break every rule, challenge all limitations, and introduce a new freedom.

My Review

Dive is a truly poignant book about love and loss, friendship and family.  The story revolves around Virginia, a 15yo girl who is going through one of the worst times of her life.  And because personal tragedy is never enough, just about everything around her seems to be rising against her. Isn’t that the way it always seems to be in life?  This truly is what made the book so relevant to me as a reader, a person has been through their own fair share of loss and personal tragedy.  Perhaps because of that, I read this a little differently.  For me, it was the feeling of not being alone.

This is a book that is extremely character-driven.  We spend the book inside the head of Virginia, feeling her confusion, her pain, and even her moments of joy and happiness.  Through her we get to know her parents, her siblings, and her friends.  And every one of them is a very different person.  Her mother is a bit of a drinker and that is getting worse by the day, putting Virginia in positions she should never have to be in at her age.  Her father seems to be a bit on the oblivious even before he becomes so sick.  Her brother Edward (and I love the random use of rude takes on his name throughout the book) is pretty apathetic most of the time.  But it is her little sister, Baby Teeth, that shines.  She is smart and quirky and, in some ways, the true heart of the book.  Virginia is understandably overwhelmed and I think she spends much of her time a bit emotionally.  And if all of her family problems aren’t enough, her dog is run over and her best friend starts being unreasonably mean and avoiding her, just when Virginia needs her the most.  But then there is Jane, who unwittingly becomes Virginia’s anchor.

At the center of the story is Virginia’s fear and sadness.  It is overwhelming and pervasive, just as it is in real life.  She is barraged with so many things, each one of them enough to take her down by itself.  But she is dealing with all of it all at the same time all by herself.  There were moments that this was not an easy read because of the depth of the emotions, but it is a powerful read.  It is also a read with unexpectedly funny moments and moments of happiness and joy.  It is a book that truly gives you the feels!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: 4.4

About Stacey Donovan

Stacey Donovan is a six-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, DIVE, will be reissued by Open Road Media in 2015. Donovan has edited or ghostwritten more than a dozen published books for her clients. Three became New York Times Bestsellers, and another was nominated for Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers. She is experienced in many genres: Contemporary; Young Adult; Erotica; Gay/Lesbian; Literary Fiction; Mystery; Psychological Thriller; Crime; Suspense; Women’s Fiction; Memoir; Creative Nonfiction.

Before Stacey Donovan became a professional editor more than 20 years ago, she worked in a literary agency where she learned how to say no more often than yes, and include reasons why. A stint in advertising followed, teaching her to tell it short and sweet, meet deadlines, and most important: Never give up.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

WitchWar Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal

Welcome to the cover reveal for the upcoming new novel in the amazing Witchblood series by Emma Mills!  This will be a supernatural YA novel!

Expected Publication:  8 January 2016

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About the Author

Emma Mills

Emma Mills is a stay-at-home mum. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful of fish. Once her youngest child started school she began to write.

WitchBlood was published in January 2012, swiftly followed by WitchCraft and WitchLove. Emma published what she had intended to be the finale of the series, WitchHunt, a week after moving her family south to Somerset, in November 2013. A prequel to the series, WitchFire, followed in 2014.

However, after fans began asking for more, a plan began to develop. The Witchblood Series didn’t feel finished, so WitchWar was born. Emma says now that she has written WitchWar, she feels that the series is complete. WitchWar is set ten years after WitchHunt. It has everything you want from a supernatural final book: fear, heartbreak and resolution. WitchWar will be published on the 8th of January 2016.

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