Wednesday, July 22, 2020

#BookTour: Marrow Charm (The Gate Cycle, #1) by @Krazydiamond07 @AnAudiobookworm

Author: Kristin Jacques

Narrator: Amie Lyn Hornick

Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

Series: The Gate Cycle, Book 1

Publisher: The Parliament House

Released: June 12, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

"In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but they were already in our world, and they were hungry." (The Lost History, Library of Avergard) Azure "Azzy" Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above. Magic-borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities - a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken. People twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother Armin is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him, no matter what he becomes. The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the auction block of Avergard - a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world. And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.

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 Kristin Jacques is speculative fiction author and content creator from New England. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Wells College. Her contemporary fantasy Ragnarök Unwound was published with Sky Forest Press in January of 2019. Her award-winning dark fantasy Marrow Charm was released from Parliament House Press in October 2019. In November 2019, Marrow Charm won the Fantasy Fiction category at American Bookfest. In 2020, she signed a four-book deal with City Owl Press for the paranormal series Midnight Guardians. When not writing, she is juggling two rambunctious boys, spoiling her cats, and catching up on a massive TBR pile. She is currently working on projects full of magic, mystery, and delight.
Narrator Bio

Amie Lyn Hornick is a professional audiobook narrator and producer with a true passion for bringing stories to life through engaging and versatile presentations. After graduating from St. Lawrence University with double majors in English and Psychology, she spent the next few years working in marketing and graphic design. For the last two years, however, she has completely immersed herself in the audiobook industry and has loved every minute of it. Based in Upstate New York, Amie spends much of her free time playing far too many video games and exploring the Adirondacks with her husband and two incredibly cute rescue dogs (who don't quite understand why their mom spends most days speaking in weird voices).

In this story we learn about Azzy and her brother Armin and the plague that is enveloping their land.  Can Azzy help the apothecary find the cure and save everyone before it’s to late?  Can she do it alone?  This book really hooked me in from the first chapter.  I loved the world in this book and all the fantastical monsters that inhabit it.  I really enjoyed the world.  The author did an amazing job of hooking you in with the first chapter making you want more.  I also enjoyed how in the audio book version the narrator did an awesome job of trying to give a voice to each character.  I am so excited that their is as second book because I need to find out what happens next!  If you are looking for an awesome fantasy/dystopian book with giant creatures and mechanical monsters that want nothing more than to destroy you then this is the book for you!

  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kristin Jacques. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Top 10 List
Author Kristin Jacques' Top 10 Books You’ll Love to Read after Marrow Charm
  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor
  3. Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson
  4. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  5. The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso
  6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabhaa Tahir
  7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  8. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  9. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  10. Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw
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