Blog Tour: To Break A Covenant // Reasons why you should read this book + Reactions

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the To Break A Covenant Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours! A big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book!

Title: To Break A Covenant

Author: Alison Ames

Release Date: September 21st, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Horror

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Content Warning: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal),claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent death (mentioned),parental conflict (being afraid of a parent), mention of alcohol/drinking, mention of self-harm, mention of divorce, mental illness (perceived/actual), mention of child death/killing, mention of suicide, drowning, paranormal activity.

Debut voice Alison Ames delivers with a chilling, feminist thriller, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls.

Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.

Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.

One: Creepy and Unsettling atmosphere

This was my first time reading a YA book in the genre of Horror. I have never read any books or watched anything that has a horror element to it. I decided to take a risk on this book because once I read the synopsis I was hooked. Let me say that I was not disappointed.

From page one, you get this creepy and unsettling atmosphere from the town of Moon Basin. From the strange occurrences of pets disappearing, ghost shows showing up every few years, and stories of the mine that lingers near old town.

It creates a nail-biting, dark atmosphere making you want to get away from them as soon as possible. You get submerged in the town of Moon Basin, and in a way, that narration draws you towards it.

Two: Genuine Friendships and Unique Personalities

Books sometimes lack friendships that readers can fall in love with, and sometimes characters can fall flat in those situations. But in this book, It wasn’t a problem. All of the girls in the group had their personalities and quirks that made them who they were.


They had a ride-and-die friendship, where nothing could tear them apart. When things started to get rough, they never abandoned one another. In the end, they came back together. It was absolutely enjoyable to read, and what friendships should be like.

Three: Ghost Hunters and Interviews

Within each chapter, there would be interviews between Ghost Hunters from various shows and the residents of Moon Basin. This was such a clever way for the author to add more world-building to the town of Moon Basin avoiding the dreaded info-dumping that occurs in many books.

Through these interviews, we were able to see how other residents viewed these paranormal experiences and how they affected their day-to-day lives. We saw how these experiences didn’t just affect residents of Moon Basin, but the ghost hunters as well.

It showed how many residents had no idea what was going on; they were in fear of their lives. Many tried to cope with the activity, but it was hard to once the darkness got ahold of you.

Four: LGBTQ+ Representation

I’m not going to go into too much detail because I may spoil it, but there is LGBTQ+ representation in this book! This is always great to see because people can feel represented in literature and be recognized.

The author does a fantastic job of not letting this overtake the story but to help to advance the characters’ arc and the overall storytelling. Sometimes having the romance aspect take over the story can lead to a slow-moving plot, but this did not occur here!

Five: The mysteries surrounding Moon Basin

Writing a good book that readers will enjoy is a hard task. But one of the things I’ve noticed is that readers like to be kept on the edge of their seats and spawn a slew of theories of what will happen next.

I questioned why these abnormal occurrences were happening in Moon Basin and what they were fueled by. Even when I finished the book, I still had more questions that I wanted to be answered. What makes a good book is when the author leaves lingering thoughts in your brain. It gets you talking about a book and sharing it with others.

One: A cemetery is an interesting place to make a friend but now it makes sense now why they meet there

Two: The basin is creeping me out. I wonder why people disappear when they leave town. Also, why do all the pets die when they leave their owner’s houses?

Three: Blood on Clem, Piper’s father is acting weird, and strange sensations when you enter the mine, BIG RED FLAG!

Four: I like how almost each chapter has an interview from the ghost shows. It adds more perspectives of others from around town about the strange happenings occurring

Five: I like how Clem believes in the paranormal activity and Nina doesn’t. It makes for an interesting dynamic in their friendship

Six: That’s sweet how they became blood sisters. Except when they had to cut into their hands. A bit dangerous, if you ask me.

Seven: It’s almost like Piper’s dad is becoming the mine and the state of their house is…not good

Eight: That was so horrifying. I would have screamed bloody murder and ran out of there if I was able to

Nine: Do NOT split up. Number one movie in a horror movie. Everyone always breaks it.

Ten: Maybe each of their experiences in the cave had to do with them personally? Maybe it’s based on their fears or beliefs? Like how Lisey is known for her crows.

Eleven: About to eat tater tots and blow up the mine to get rid of the evil in Moon Basin. Sign me up!

Twelve: The hallucinations with the dead deer standing up was disgusting. I would have the EXACT same reaction as Clem.

Thirteen: I’ve been waiting for this moment since the beginning. It finally happened!

Fourteen: No it can’t be. She really can’t be….I don’t want even to say it.

Fifteen: The ending was simple and concise. But I still have so many questions that need to be answered. I guess I’ll never know….It was probably the author’s intention to keep us guessing till the very end.

Alison Ames is a writer based in Colorado. Her debut novel To Break A Covenant will be published in fall 2021.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the TBR and Beyond blog tour for To Break A Covenant! You can check the schedule down below! There are some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on here that you should check out!

Tour Schedule

September 20th
lousbookstuff – Review & Favourite Quotes
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review
I Dream in Books – Review & TikTok

September 21st
Pages & Plot – Promo Post
Emelie’s Books – Review & Mood Board
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
The Book Wiccan – Review & Favourite Quotes

September 22nd
Stuck in Fiction – Promo Post
JD’s Book Journal – Review & Favourite Quotes
Bibliosini – Review & Favourite Quotes
Paperbacks and Planners – Review & Mood Board

September 23rd
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread & Promo
Althea Is Reading – Review & Mood Board
Books and Babble – Review & Playlist

September 24th
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
A Book & Chai – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
The Broke Book Blog – Review, Playlist & TikTok

September 25th
Nine Bookish Lives – Review
Forthenovellovers – Review
Inking & Thinking – Top 5 Reasons to Read To Break a Covenant & 15 Reactions While Reading to Break a Covenant
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

September 26th
Reading Stewardess – Review & Mood Board
Read With Holy – Review
Justice For Readers – Review & Mood Board

Instagram Schedule

September 20th
shereadytoread – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read To Break a Covenant
rampant_reading – Blogger’s Choice
idreaminbooks – Blogger’s Choice

September 21st
tbrandbeyond – Promo Post
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice
thebookwiccan – Blogger’s Choice

September 22nd
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
readbycait – Review
bibliosini – Blogger’s Choice
planners.and.paperbacks – Blogger’s Choice

September 23rd
wild.legends – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read To Break a Covenant

September 24th
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
thereadingowlvina – Review
stuck.in.the.stacks -Blogger’s Choice
thebrokebookblog – Blogger’s Choice

September 25th
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
fangirlpixiebooks – Promo
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

September 26th
skygoddess1 – Blogger’s Choice
thelindenbookie – Review
justiceforreaders – Blogger’s Choice

What are your thoughts on To Break A Covenant? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Book Tour: The Bones of Ruin // Review

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on The Bones of Ruin Blog Tour hosted by Turn the Pages Tours! A big thank you to Turn the Pages Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book!

Title: The Bones of Ruin

Author: Sarah Raughley

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: September

Genre: Young Adult Fiction –> Historical, Fantasy

Buy Link: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781534453562

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives… and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return, he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Welcome back to another review! Today’s review will be on The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley! When I saw Turn the Pages Tour post the signup for this tour, I just knew that I wanted to be a part of it! Now let’s get into it!

The Bones of Ruin takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with a Victorian London setting. Fierce competition with supernatural kids, hidden secrets, and a society full of influential people.
Even though this book takes place in Victorian London, full of dark magic and secrets, the author isn’t afraid to show that it’s not so great for our black main character, Iris, or any person of color.

She isn’t afraid to tackle deep subjects such as racism, sexism, and much more. Raughley tied these things seamlessly into the story and made it present enough that it stuck out in your mind.

My body is my own. My heart is my own. My fate is my own

– The Bones of Ruin, Sarah Raughley

Iris was a compelling character to follow in this story. She remembers almost nothing of her past life and spends the book trying to unravel all of the secrets. At first, she is hesitant to find out the truth, but when she thrusts herself into a competition forced to trying to put the puzzle together.

Iris almost seems like this untouchable character, since you know, she can’t die. But the author doesn’t allow this to be the case. Due to this little detail, it turns the tension down a lot. You never expect Iris to die, and you’ll know she’ll survive in every single fighting scenario. Raughley pushes Iris into extreme situations displaying her vulnerability. But Iris tends to lean towards the mary sue character type despite these advancements.

The puzzle is put together, piece by piece. Tension rises as the mystery slowly unravels. Here and there, misleading clues take us off track. By the end, all comes to light. A brilliant mystery crafted with such elegance that you don’t realize how much time has passed.

I won’t let you people take anymore away from me!

– The Bones of Ruin, Sarah Raughley

The romance was a bit questionable in this book. I know a bunch of readers tends to dislike love triangles. This book does not only contain a love triangle but a love square. The first time I’ve ever seen a love square, but I don’t know if I’m a fan of it. Out of all of the potential love interests, there was only one that I could see working out. Iris and this particular love interest had chemistry, and you could see they had a bond with one another.

The squad surrounding Iris was a definite hit from the countless times they planned together and save each other from near-death (except Iris). The constant bickering between them had me cracking up at times. Some of the characters did feel undeveloped at times, so I wish more time was spend on getting to know them more besides Iris all the time. But Iris isn’t the only one to contain superpowers but all of them. But they don’t know how they got them.

“What?” Max and Jinn both said at the same time but for different reasons.

Max seemed to perk up at the sound of his name even if he hadn’t heard the context while Jinn responded to Iris’s offhand remark with an awkwardly stiff expression.

– The Bones of Ruin, Sarah Raughley

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! Though some flaws held it back, some elements such as a puzzle needing to be solved, an interesting main character, and a setting that help to enhance the story.

A big thank you to Turn the Pages Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book! Quotes are taken from an unfinished version and may be different when the book is published.

Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).

She is represented by The Bradford Literary Agency.

So far, you can also find her on Twitter, where work ethic goes to die.

Up for grabs will be TWO (1) finished copies of The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley. This giveaway will be open to U.S. residents only and will run from August 29th to September 13th at 11:59 PM CST. Two winners will be chosen. To enter, click the link below!

Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d49/?

Tour Schedule

Be sure to check out the rest of the The Bones of Ruin Tour held by Turn the Pages Tours! You can check the schedule down below! There are some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on here that you should check out!

August 29th

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post
The Reading Chemist – Review

August 30th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review
Curls, Pops & Spines – Review

September 1st

The Bookwyrm’s Den – Review
Whimsical Dragonette – Review

September 2nd

Kayla’s Book Nook – Review
Library of a Book Witch – Review

September 3rd

A Book & Chai – Review
Brinns Books – Review
Brownish Bookish – Review

September 4th

The Offbeat Human – Review
Inking & Thinking – Review
DJREADSBOOKS – Spotlight

September 5th

Belle’s Archive – Spotlight
Starlight Reads – Review

September 6th

Radusreads – Review
The Litt Librarian – Review

September 7th

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review
TheReadingCornerforAll – Review

September 8th

Justice for Readers – Review
Melancholic Blithe – Review

September 9th

JD’s Book Journal – Review
Balancing Books & Beauties – Review

September 10th

The Reader’s Game – Review
The Ink Slinger – Review
For the Love of Fictional Worlds – Review

September 11th

A Bolt Out of the Book – Review
Book Briefs – Review

September 12th

Reading Stewardess – Review
The Momma Spot – Review
The Fictional Journal – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review

Instagram Tour

September 7th

@turnthepagetours
@yourlocalbookreader
@currant7_recommends

September 8th

@delightful.reading
@onemused

September 9th

@bookish.heidi
@booksenvogue
@tinybooknest

September 10th

@nerdysuperbree
@books_and_dice

September 11th

@avnireads
@thebrillianceofbookshelves

September 12th

@simplybeccamee
@tattooedtreereads

September 13th

@thedevourerofwords
@thenerdynook
@jypsylynn

September 14th

@a_bookish_dream
@abronxlatinareads
@hardcoverhaven

September 15th

@celiamcmahonreads
@cocoawithbooks
@lazyfeline89

September 16th

@brinnsbooks
@her.bookish.diaries
@whimsicalblessingsblog

September 17th

@belleeeey_
@theenchantedshelf
@popthebutterfly

What are your thoughts on The Bones of Ruin? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

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Blog Tour: Before We Were Blue // Reasons Why You Should Read this book + Reactions

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the Before We Were Blue Blog Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours! A big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book!

Title: Before We Were Blue

Author: E.J. Schwartz

Publisher: North Star Editions

Release Date: September 14th, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Content Warnings: Eating disorder recovery

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Get healthy on their own—or stay sick together?

At Recovery and Relief, a treatment center for girls with eating disorders, the first thing Shoshana Winnick does is attach herself to vibrant but troubled Rowan Parish. Shoshana—a cheerleader on a hit reality TV show—was admitted for starving herself to ensure her growth spurt didn’t ruin her infamous tumbling skills. Rowan, on the other hand, has known anorexia her entire life, thanks to her mother’s “chew and spit” guidance. Through the drudgery and drama of treatment life, Shoshana and Rowan develop a fierce intimacy—and for Rowan, a budding infatuation, that neither girl expects.

As “Gray Girls,” patients in the center’s Gray plan, Shoshana and Rowan are constantly under the nurses’ watchful eyes. They dream of being Blue, when they will enjoy more freedom and the knowledge that their days at the center are numbered. But going home means separating and returning to all the challenges they left behind. The closer Shoshana and Rowan become, the more they cling to each other—and their destructive patterns. Ultimately, the girls will have to choose: their recovery or their relationship.

One: The Girl’s Healing Journey

Throughout this book, We see Rowan and Shoshana’s journey as they go through the healing process. It’s beautifully shown portraying the Ups and downs of their healing and that it’s not that easy.

It takes time to get healthy, and through this book, we see how each of them takes their approach towards healing. Neither of them went through a fast healing process and didn’t just suddenly just better. The characters had to decide for themselves if they were willing to improve.

Two: The Brilliant Portrayal of Eating Disorder

Schwartz did a fantastic job of portraying eating disorders and the struggles it takes to get better. I have never had an eating disorder, so I can’t speak to the accuracy there, but after doing some research, this book follows many of the guidelines outlined by professionals.

The setting of this book mainly takes place eating disorder treatment center, and it was eye-opening to see what the treatment style was like for those suffering from eating disorders. We got to see the ups and downs of eating disorders all happening in the treatment center.

Three: The Writing Style

The writing style was very different from other books I have read in the past. Shoshana’s chapters weren’t anything new, but Rowan’s were fresh and original.

Rowan’s chapters were letters composed to Shoshana. From this type of writing, we got to see how Rowan viewed the world and how she viewed her relationship with Shoshana. We got to jump into Rowan’s head and get a sense of where her feelings came from. We saw her pains, struggles, and jealousy. I found it to be an original concept executed well.

Four: The Cheerleading and Reality TV Subplot

One of our main characters, Shoshana, is a cast member on a reality cheerleading competition show. Within the main story, we get interjects of the reality TV Subplot through. It added more depth to Shoshana’s character allowing us to see her life outside the treatment facility.

We were able to the harsh realities of being in the spotlight and what comes along. We were able to see that it’s a lot of pressure when you have a perfectionist coach, a massive amount of adoring fans, and having to be perfect every time you are on camera.

Five: The Asexual Representation

If you don’t know this, Asexual Representation in YA is very rare. It’s almost like a rare action card that is super hard to find, and you have to buy many packages till you find it.

Of course, this shouldn’t be the case because YA books should have all types of representation. Readers should be able to see themselves represented in books.

I’m not going to say which character because that would be a huge spoiler, but I love how we got to see the character research different sexualities within the asexual spectrum. Readers can connect to this because many YA readers, typically in the ranges of 12-18 are still exploring their sexualities and finding out who they are.

One: The eating disorder rep is so portrayed brilliantly and written with no glamour, which I admire!

Two: When Shoshana said Rowan was a morning person, I was like, “Me too, girl!” And all the ways Rowan tried to wake her up had me cracking up.

Three: I like how Rowan’s chapters are like writing to Shoshana, it’s a different format from what I usually read, and it gives insightful information into Rowan’s view of the world.

Four: Shoshana’s cheerleading coach seems terrifying, and I would not mess with her.

Five: Why did the nurse have blood on her hands?!? That’s a bit concerning…

Six: I’m curious to find out more about the blues and the differences between the grays.

Seven: Rowan and Shoshana have been through so much. I wish I could hug them and help them get better.

Eight: I hate how the Cheerleading reality people are already sucking her back into the show. Give her a break, please!

Nine: I loved how they compared the cheerleading show to Dance Moms. Honestly, It’s a pretty great comparison to make

Ten: That was such a good moment. I’m glad that we get to see her true colors

Eleven: The cheerleading coaches are so brutal. Like you don’t have to be that extreme, and the moves they do seem very dangerous

Twelve: We have an Asexual rep in this book, and I’m so glad! There is rarely any Asexual rep in YA books, so I’m glad to see it represented

Thirteen: That must have been so scary to witness, and I’m happy she’s okay now.

Fourteen: What does the crew expect when you give a camera to teenagers?!? Did they think they would answer the questions?!?

Fifteen: I started getting teary-eyed at the end. This rarely happens.

A quick notice: There are subtle anti-Semitic phrases in this book. The author is Jewish, and I am not, so I don’t feel it’s my place to say anything.

E.J. Schwartz is a writer who loves cozy sweaters, skincare, and a24 films. In high school, she was a competitive gymnast and briefly on an all-star cheer team that was eighth in the world. Now that she no longer flips on a daily basis, she writes a lot about people who do. 

After graduating from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in creative writing and a minor in publishing, E.J. went on to get her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. There, she spent her time teaching, volunteering, roller skating, and learning how to grow plants. Her published work can be found in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, Threadcount, JMWW, Ghost Parachute, and Necessary Fiction, among others.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the TBR and Beyond blog tour for Before We Were Blue! You can check the schedule down below! There are some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on here that you should check out!

Tour Schedule

August 30th
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
BookMeSomeTime – Review
Jessicareadstoomuch – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue

August 31st
GivernyReads – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
Reading with Teresa – Review

September 1st
Nine Bookish Lives – Promo Post
Simply It’s Blue – Review & Mood Board

September 2nd
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Written Journey – Review & Playlist

September 3rd
Inking & Thinking – Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue & 15 Reactions While Reading Before We Were Blue
Rajiv’s Reviews – Review

September 4th
The Human Curveball – Review
The Lady with Books – Review & Playlist

September 5th
Stuck in Fiction – Promo Post
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
Books With Michelle – Review & Favourite Quotes

Instagram Schedule

August 30th
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
bookmesometime – Blogger’s Choice
itsjessica.readstoomuch – Blogger’s Choice

August 31st
giverny.reads – Blogger’s Choice
readresa – Blogger’s Choice

September 1st
tbrandbeyond – Promo Post
jypsylynn – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

September 2nd
chaibooksandthemoon – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread
thewrittenjourney_ – Blogger’s Choice

September 3rd
hoardingBooks.herdingCats – Review & Favourite Quotes
tinybooknest – Mood Board & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
rajivsreviews – Blogger’s Choice

September 4th
wild.legends – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
theladywithbooks_ – Blogger’s Choice

September 5th
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
stuck.in.the.stacks – Blogger’s Choice
bookswithmichelle – Blogger’s Choice

What are your thoughts on Before We Were Blue? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!