Angels & Magic
A Limited Edition Collection of Angel Fantasy Novels
Publication Date: June 6, 2018 Genres: Fantasy, Anthology
Hey fantasy avengers! Wow, I can't believe we've already made it through to the end of the book tour. Thanks so much to everyone who has come along with us on this epic journey :) For those of you who are just now visiting, there are plenty of lovely blogs you can hop. Just scroll down my blog to discover past tour digests. And remember, it's not too late to enter the giveaway for some fun, bookish prizes!
When I picked up this book, I thought it would be a typical fantasy book. I was wrong. Jennifer Silverwood has created a book that has familiar elements but incorporates other stories into hers.
Amie is a woman who has faced many tragedies. She lost her parents at eighteen and her saving grace has been her best friends who watch out for her. Soon, the friends cannot do anything to save her from the danger that awaits her on the other side of the "veil" where she discovers her true heritage.
I mentioned that this book incorporates elements that I wasn't expecting. Amie becomes a part of the Seelie and Unseelie world. She has magic that has been hidden from her. This is a book where she uncovers one piece at a time her past and her heritage. There are also ancient tales that become part of her story. I was happy and surprised to find Arthur and Merlin as part of her story. (I grew up loving that story.)
This book is full of intrigue, war between ancient legends, romance, and non-graphic violence. There are fade to black scenes of intimacy.
They tumbled to the bottom of the hill and her heart felt as if it beat in her stomach. Besides a few aches and bruises, she was fine. The sky was a soft shade of cerulean and the distant rush of water sang in her ears. The Brit’s chest heaved beneath her and his heart beat in time with hers as they caught their breath. His hands were still tightly pressed to her flesh, as if he was afraid to let go.
Heat built beneath her skin as she recovered her wits. She hadn’t been this close to a man before and she didn’t even know her Brit’s name. His strength was obvious behind the layers of clothes and Amie found she didn’t wish to move.
“Well,” the Brit began, “that could have been a lot worse.” He released his hold and helped her stand on shaky legs before dusting off the sleeves of his trench coat. Rain began to fall unexpectedly overhead. Amie took him in, from his wet, upright mud-flecked black hair and his amused expression.
“Are you crazy?” she snapped, “We almost died!” She hit his chest for emphasis.
“Fine way to thank me for saving your life again,” he quipped with no small dose of sarcasm.
“What did you expect me to say? Thank you so much for pulling me off that moving train. Now we’re stranded in the middle of God-knows-where. What am I supposed to do without my things? All I have is my…where is my bag?” Amie groaned as she paced a tight circle. Nothing but the hills above and forest behind them. The train continued further along up the hill, growing increasingly smaller and the reality of their situation filled her with wrath.
“If you would only stop raving at me a second I could explain,” he spat back.
“All my clothes—my letters—everything was on that train!”
He tucked his chin and she thought she saw pity in his eyes before he thumbed at the howling train. “Um, yeah, about that…”
An explosion ripped the words from his mouth and roared in her ears.
Why I Can't Wait to Finish It
Normally, when you sign up to review a book as part of a tour people expect you to do that *insert feigned shock and awe here* Unfortunately, my life has been far too insane for me to do that this time around. I did, however, get a chance to start this book and I can tell you that I have not wanted to put it down since I started it. In fact, it has been soooo wonderful that I would feel like I'm doing Silverwood a HUGE disservice by not telling you exactly how captivating these first pages have been. Here are my top three reasons.
1. Silverwood knows how to use her words and isn't afraid to do so! There is a plethora of captivating similes and metaphors. She doesn't only present her audience with a beautiful story, she tells it masterfully.
2. Amie is a wonderfully written character. She seems to go against the grain, yet everything she does is for a perfectly practical reason. Seriously, though, who wears BRIGHT YELLOW to a funeral? Amie. And with good reason.
3. The sense of suspense and mystery are so flipping overwhelming. I HAVE to know how this ends. I honestly don't think I'll feel complete until I know. Silverwood's story definitely weaves its way into the reader's brain and has every intention of staying there until completed. Say goodbye to sleep.
Despite the insanity that life has been, a more complete review of this novel will be on the blog later this month.
It's the official release day of Silver Hollow! More about that at this link. Back to book tour updates, today I wanted to share another digest, before we conclude in the next two days. Tomorrow is chalk-full of fun blogs to hop. So before we begin the farewell portion of our tour, I hope y'all will take a gander at the lovely blogs featured below:
The train jolted, nearly throwing her off balance. Amie scrambled to her feet and ran for her compartment. She banged her fingers trying to slide the door shut. Fear would win over logic this time, it seemed. She was half embarrassed with herself for freaking out. But her voice betrayed her terror as she leaned her forehead against her compartment door and said, “Come on…get a grip!”
“Actually, you might want to duck,” a familiar voice called from over her shoulder.
Amie pivoted round so quickly she had to shove aside her unruly curls. “You!”
“Aye, me,” he replied from her former seat.
“How the hell did you get in here? Who are you anyway and just how long have you been stalking me?” The questions came barreling past her lips while her eyes remained fixed on his and all she could think was the way he cried her name when the knife entered her belly.
Why did you call me Nimue? The question was on the tip of her tongue when he stood, suddenly alert and concerned.
“Clearly we have a sizzling conversation ahead of us. Now you really should duck, lass,” he said, his black eyes darting to the doors and back to her.
“What do you mean…” Amie sputtered when he threw himself flat against the narrow space between the seats.
He lifted his head and groaned with exasperation, “What do you think I just said? Are you truly that daft?” He then threw his arm over her head and yelled, “DUCK!”
She did not remember tripping, but her feet flew up behind her, nonetheless. And she landed in an ungraceful heap on top of the strange man the same time the world exploded with sound. A rain of bullets showered overhead and poked noisy holes out the window. Amie threw her hands over her head and an embarrassing shriek escaped her.
Silver Hollow is a little different from my normal go to genre. However, it is a perfect reminder why I should do that more often. I thought it was pretty good. I liked Amie from the start and was fascinated with her story. She experiences horror and tragedy and then a twist I did not expect it all. I give Silver Hollow four stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy paranormal romances. Such a beautiful and magical tale. I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Silver Hollow is the first book in the Borderlands Saga by Jennifer Silverwood. This is certainly an interesting & magical little world. I enjoyed Amie as a character, and it was just as much of an adventure for me as it was for her as she figures out her heritage and who she really is. As the reader, you'll figure it out long before she does, but it's still fun. There are many secrets. You'll meet several characters through this story, but be careful who you trust! *wink* I'm excited about this series, and I'm already looking forward to the next book!Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood was kindly provided to me by Prism Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
Six years ago, I published the original version of Silver Hollow, as a stand-alone novel. Today I'm releasing a newly expanded and revised edition. It's the same premise but barely the same book. I decided to re-write because I wanted to finally write the sequel, Blackbriar Cove. It's not often to see the landscape of the online world shift from year to year (sometimes from month to month). So it makes me happy whenever I get to partner up with authors and bloggers I've known from the beginning of my career. Tome Tender is one of those Indie institutions, to me. They have been reading and reviewing and sharing the bookish love for years now. Seriously, if you look at their Goodreads shelves, prepare to be amazed. When I was preparing for my release week, I reached out to some original bloggers who had read and reviewed the first Silver Hollow. I thought it would be fun to share reviews from people who had experienced both incarnations. Tome Tender replied immediately, made room in their schedule and offered to give an honest review. I am so happy to discover how much she enjoyed it! Check out Diane's 5 Star review by clicking on the link below:
Tome Tender: Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood (Borderlands ...: Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood My rating: 5 stars Series: Borderlands Saga - Book 1 Publisher: SilverWoodSketches; 3 ed...
Hey fantasy avengers! I hope y'll have been following along with the tour! I've loved meeting and greeting the following lovely bloggers and I hope you'll take a moment of your time to see what we shared and talked about below:
For Silver Hollow, I wanted to give my characters a little extra meaning and give some hints as to their true nature. After all, you’ll soon discover that everything in Silver Hollow is only the surface above hidden layers.
(Due to the location of Silver Hollow in the Borderlands, most of the names below are taken from Scotch-Irish/Celtic origin, while a few below are old Germanic)
Emrys- Welsh form of Ambrose, who was a Romano-British military leader they later based the character of Merlin from.
Morcant- Morcant is my nod to a modernized Morgan le Fay. Her updated name is derived from Old Welsh, a form of “Morgan.”Elisedd- Celtic for “kind.” (Her last name, Underhill, was my direct nod to Tolkien)Slaine- Scottish in origin, typically a feminine name meaning “good health.”