Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by @JulieAReece with review and #giveaway #yalit #Fantasy @Month9Books @chapterxchapter

Welcome! After our spring break from blogging, we return with an exciting book tour. I LOVED the first book in The Artisans series and was stoked to be included in the tour for the second book. Here is our post complete with review and there's a tour-wide giveaway for everyone to enter. Have a great day and no matter what, get in some reading!
The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece 
YA fantasy
Paperback/eBook, 300 pages
Publication Date: May 3, 2016 
Publisher: Month9Books 

The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives...or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams? 

Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in. 

The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.
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Raven, Gideon and Cole are back! The trio from one of my favorite YA fantasy books of 2015  (my fangirl gushing review can be found HERE) have returned and I am thrilled to rejoin them as their adventures continue. 

Okay, let me first say that author Julie Reece has once again hit it out of the ballpark. Way out. We have not one but three narrators for this book and each voice is distinctively drawn. At the end of The Artisans Raven, Gideon and Cole have battled The Void and lived to tell about their harrowing experiences. But one has to worry and also wonder about the evil Void and the question of magic. Is it really gone? Our characters soon find out and lucky readers get to tag along as the mayhem continues. Gideon still broods, Raven is her cool self and Cole retains his swoonworthy-ness. 

Don't look for any secrets being revealed here. I'm not telling. I will tell you one thing: if you haven't The Artisans, grab a copy along with The Paladins, and put aside some free time to do nothing but read. The Southern Gothic setting of this series really helps increase the creep factor and the author's vivid and intensely visual imagination enables us to take this wild trip with a cast of lovable characters. Let the magic begin!

Thanks to Month9Books and publisher Georgia McBride for allowing me to feed my YA addiction. Please continue to satisfy readers needs for wildly imaginative, highly creative, and unbelievably distinctive titles. I know when a title is published by Month9Books I can prepare for a truly amazing reading experience.

Rating: 5 Loved it!!!
Cover comment: Perfectly paired with the first cover
Book source: I received a promotional copy in return for my honest opinion.

Book One
The Artisans (The Artisans #1) by Julie Reece 
YA fantasy
Paperback/eBook, 344 pages
Publication Date: May 12, 2015 
Publisher: Month9Books 

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?


About the author
Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece (INT). Contest ends May 20, 2016.
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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!! XOXO

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!! XOXO