Friday, October 16, 2020

Blog Tour: "A Golden Fury" by Samantha Cohoe + Giveaway!

Hello everyone! Today I am super excited to be bringing you along on my stop for the A Golden Fury tour! A Golden Fury is a book that I have been looking forward to for over a year now and I am so grateful to have been on this tour so I can share it with you all. There are a ton of awesome bits in this stop, including my review, a list of my favorite quotes, and a giveaway so let's go ahead and just dive right in! 

In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter.

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 13, 2020

First, I want to say a big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours as well as Wednesday Books for having me on this tour and providing me with a free copy of A Golden Fury. This is a book that had been on my radar for over a year and I'd been dying to read it since I first saw it floating around all the way back in 2019. I was thrilled to finally have this book in my hands.

From the very first page, I knew I was going to like Thea as a main character. I really liked her character voice and how strong and passionate she was. She was a very interesting character to read about throughout the entire book and I was really invested in her journey.

This book isn't super explosive or large. I quite liked how it was contained to a very small portion of the world rather than being a story about "I have to do this in order save the world." While the stakes are high for our individual characters, this was a refreshingly contained.  

The plot was a bit slow at times, but other times moved quickly. I thought the events of the book were really easy to follow and I was very invested. I wasn't ever really shocked or surprised, but that's okay. At this point in my life, I'm very stressed and busy so having that didn't jerk me around and wasn't hard to follow was a breath of fresh air. This is also a standalone book, so knowing that the entire story was going to be wrapped up in one fell swoop was also a nice change of pace for me.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was fun and magical and I'm glad that I got the chance to read it. It's such a good, solid YA fantasy and I think that a lot of YA readers will enjoy it!

4 // 5 stars

“The mind has power over the body that no one fully understands.”

"Some debts cannot be paid by anyone but the debtor."

“Never pin your hopes on a man”

"If we all remembered death and judgement were coming, we’d be more careful how we live"

Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.

In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for being part of the tour. Great review, glad you enjoyed the book.

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