Tuesday, August 12

Blog Tour: If Ever I Would Leave You by Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman and Abigail Barnette + Giveaway

Hey sweeties. Today the If Ever I Would Leave You blog tour stops by. If you wish to follow the tour click here for all the tour stops. I really hope that you'll like getting to know this book better. If Ever I Would Leave You contains three Arthurian stories and all of them were pretty amazing, keep reading if you want to know more about this book. 

1. Albion's Circle: The Deepest Cut by Jessica Jarman

For nineteen years, Anna has been plagued by dreams of lives lived only in legend. Finally free from the family that believed her hopeless and worthless, she’s ready to start her life over—alone. 

When Anna meets an enigmatic stranger claiming to be the legendary wizard Merlin, she is forced to question the very reality she’s struggled to accept. With the mythic figures from her dreams intruding on her waking life, Anna learns that she’s been reborn to fight an ancient evil alongside King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. 

Caught in an ages old conflict, Anna is the key to stopping a dark magic that will destroy the world—and Merlin wants to make sure that this time, Anna isn’t alone. 

First, let me clarify that this story is not a standalone, actually it ends with a cliffhanger but it's still worth reading. Usually cliffhangers are a huge bummer for me and I did not like this one in particular but all considered I still loved this story. 

I really liked our main character Anna, who - unlike many other heroines - didn't always make the right decision. She wasn't perfect, she had many faults.

When Anna believed that something was true she didn't listen to anyone even when everyone was trying to convince her of that what she thought was bullshit. And yes in the end she was stupid for not even listening to the others who have clearly had more experience but this was the thing that made her the most human like in my eyes. 

I really liked the other characters too, especially Merlin with his caring nature (I want to have cool powers like his). Galahad was such a great friend and I felt so sorry for him, I hope there will be some action between him an Will in the next books.

All considered I loved this story and will definitely give a chance to the second part of it. 

2. Surfacing by Bronwyn Green 

A year after Tabby Nolan’s sister vanished from the Lake Michigan shore with her boyfriend, Liam, Tabby visits the spot where the two were last seen– and finds herself pulled into the crumbling world of Avalon. 

Since his disappearance, Liam has been trapped in the mythical land, with no link to the world he knew. Now, their shared memories of Tabby’s missing sister are all they can cling to as Avalon dies around them. 

But Tabby doesn’t want to be a replacement for her sister, and her growing attachment to Liam feels like a betrayal. As Avalon fades around them, Liam and Tabby must rely on each other– or be lost with the ancient kingdom forever. 

This was probably the story that I was most looking forward to and it did not disappoint me. I think the author made a good job of creating the atmosphere of Avalon, how things worked there were so simple still logical, in a way imaginary things can be logical. 

The characters were adorable. Tabby was such a cute and selfless girl who would have sacrificed everything for her sister, even if it meant her own death or broken heart. She grew up with parents who pretended like she doesn't exist while they adore her sister Samara. Funny thing is that she still loved Samara and was the only person who never gave up on her. 

I truly felt sorry for Liam, who just like Tabby was a pretty amazing protagonist. I'd have liked to read some more about his life before Tabby surfaced on the island but considering that this was only  short story, this would have been nearly impossible. 

I think this story with a few brush strokes would have filled out a whole book because it felt a bit unfinished for me. Anyways, it was pretty great.

3. A Choice Fit for a Queen by Abigail Barnette 

For perpetual overachiever Madison Lane, a summer studying Arthurian mythology in the Welsh countryside with professor Thomas Evans is a dream come true, and the adventure of a lifetime. 

Of course, the enormous crush Madison developed on the professor after a semester of his lectures at U of M has absolutely nothing to do with her desire to learn more about the enduring legend of Camelot. At least, that’s what she’s telling her parents. 

When Madison meets local hottie Rhys Crewe, sparks fly, throwing her plans for a wild fling with Professor Evans completely out of whack—as do her unexpectedly complicated feelings for Thomas. With tales of Arthur and Lancelot haunting her every waking moment, Madison has to make the most difficult choice of her life. 

A Choice Fit for a Queen was the story that I wasn't that interested in but I happened to like it just as much as the other two. Again I think that this story would have filled a whole book with more details and a little less insta-love.

Love triangles are a much hated subject for many, considering me but I think that they can be done right, rarely but still. Well, this was the one that was done right. I really liked that how Madison had to rethink her feelings and she wasn't afraid to ask help from an outsider. It helped too that there wasn't cheating. Madison wouldn't have done anything to hurt Thom (this spelling kills me) or Rhys for that matter. 

My problem was that I was rather told that Rhys is the better fit for Madison than showed. Seriously, it was obvious but it's not like I felt such a deep connection between those two because they met literary five times at the most. And then they were in love. 

I can see that the author didn't want to write an insta-love, it was told many times that Rhys is perfect for Madison and that they laughed at the same jokes and just simply fit together. But thanks to the shortness of the story their connection didn't come through, at least not to me. 

All in all I really liked these three stories. I couldn't choose a favorite if I tried because they were all great for different reasons. 

Buy this book on Amazon (it's really cheap and it totally worth a shot) and add it to your to read shelf on Goodreads 

About the authors:

Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she is a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.
When Jessica isn’t working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over her favorite shows or curling up with a good book. 

Bronwyn Green is an author, blogger and compulsive crafter. She lives Michigan with her husband, two sons and three somewhat psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found helping in her youngest son’s classroom or binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project.

Abigail Barnette (Jenny Trout) is a writer, blogger, and funny person. She has written award winning and bestselling erotic romance as Abigail Barnette. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to strangle her.

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I'm really thankful for the opportunity to read this book. Big thank you to the authors and to YA Bound Book Tours. 

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