Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 230ish

Expected Publication May 30th 2017 by Fathom Ink Press

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A red tide is rising.

Jade, a seventeen-year-old mermaid in the underwater city of Thessalonike, finds her world upended when her fiancé murders a naiad. As tensions surge between the mer and the naiads, Jade must navigate murky waters, negotiating her responsibilities as the daughter of one of the king’s most trusted advisors and her budding friendship with a naiad. But as she tries to fight the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers that danger lurks in every canal. If she fails to mend the divisions between their worlds, the upwelling of hate will threaten to rip apart everything she loves.


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In Calabria Peter S. Beagle

Genre: Fantasy, Magical realism

Pages: 176

Published February 14th 2017 by Tachyon Publications

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From the acclaimed author of The Last Unicorn comes a new, exquisitely-told unicorn fable for the modern age.

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy’s scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.


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Booktube: Golden Review & Rap!

For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram,  I wrote [Ha, loosely ‘wrote’] a rap about this book, Golden. I also included a short review.


Here is my full review on Golden if you’re wanting to read a more in-depth version. Also, some fantastic links to check out?

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Savvy Readers: Why are Reviews important?

This particular segment is for readers as well as reviewers. Before I reviewed books for authors and publisher I read just like anyone else did. I went to the store or I browsed my kindle and I selected a book I wanted to read. What drew me in?

  • The Cover
  • The Synopsis
  • The REVIEWS 

A cover is something we know not to trust because it often misleads as to what is inside the book. Still, we find ourselves tricked, drawn in and sometimes disappointed. A synopsis can tell us what to expect with a general idea of the book, but reviews? Those are quite frankly invaluable to not only consumers but authors as well. Read More

Book Trailer: The Unforgiven by A. Katie Rose

As part of the book tour hosted by Sylv’s Book Tours, this is the trailer for The Unforgiven by A Katie Rose.

The world building sounds pretty epic! So if you’re a fantasy buff like me, check it out!

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Guest Post: A. Katie Rose

Thank you A. Katie Rose for sharing and contributing to Book Savvy Reviews! Read about this Author’s journey as a professional writer and about The Unforgiven.

A Professional Writer

Is that what I am? I received a discounted rate from Poets and Writers Magazine because I’m a professional writer. I never thought of it that way until I got their invitation. Though “In a Wolf’s Eyes” was published last year, and the second of the series, “Catch a Wolf” came out a few weeks ago, I haven’t quit my day job yet. I’ve wanted to be a writer since junior high school. In the nineties, I tried publishing the earlier version of what I later called “In a Wolf’s Eyes”. Of course, it wasn’t published and when I reread it now, I know why. It’s crap.

My personal writing journey truly took off more than five years ago. Though I re-started “In a Wolf’s Eyes” in 1998, I didn’t write on it for years, as I was newly divorced, making a living, doing what newly divorced people do: meet other divorced people. Over time, I left Colorado and moved to Texas, working and spending time with a new man. My book hadn’t been touched for I don’t know how many years. I don’t honestly remember. In the spring of 2008, nursing a shattered heart with time on my hands, I thought to myself, “Why am I not finishing that book?” Read More

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

A debut regency romance novel about revenge and a curse by Janna MacGregor.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Regency Romance

Pages: 368 pages

Published May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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A man of honor, Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, will not rest until he exacts revenge on the man who destroyed his family. Just one more piece must fall into place for him to succeed he needs to convince his enemy s fiancee, the tragically beautiful Lady Claire Cavensham, to marry him instead.

Lady Claire s curse has always left her one misstep away from social ruin her past three engagements have gone awry, and now her fourth is headed in the same direction. . .until Alex, a man she barely even knows, shocks the ton and Claire by announcing their engagement. What begins as a sham turns into something deeper, and more passionate, than either Claire or Alex could have imagined. But when their secrets are revealed, will the truth behind their union scandalize them both or is their love strong enough to break the curse and lead them toward their happily ever after?


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