September 27, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Forest of Souls Blog Tour Stop: Tag You’re It! Forest of Souls Shaman Book Tag

Welcome to my blog tour stop on the Hear Our Voices Blog Tour for Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee, in which I am tagged by Leelynn at Sometimes Leelynn Reads, with her original Forest of Souls tag. And I challenge myself to complete a tag before Captain America: Civil War ends.

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

Welcome to my blog tour stop on the Hear Our Voices Blog Tour for Forest of Souls by Lori. M. Lee. Forest of Souls releases on June 23rd. If you have been hiding under a rock then here is a summary:

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

Forest of Souls By Lori M. Lee

I was thrilled to be accepted onto the blog tour for Forest of Souls that Leelynn tagged me in her original tag for the book. For those of you who haven’t read this book yet, this tag is focusing on the shamans of the Nuvalyn Empire. And that’s all I’m going to say on that. Now, on to the rules of the tag because there are always rules involved in tags.

Forest of Souls Tag Rules:

                                                                                                                                     Graphic from Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads


  • Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post.
  • Link to the original creator: Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads! Please note that she used the artwork/graphics if you end up using them.
  • Answer the questions to the best of your ability. No wrong answers here!
  • Check out Hear Our Voices on Twitter, Instagram and WordPress.
  • Tag some people you think would would have fun doing this tag.
  • Read Forest of Souls when it comes out on June 23rd!
  • Copy-paste the rules and prompts.


Graphic from Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads

I can sit here and stare at this screen or watch Captain America: Civil War and not beat my own deadline. I could do that. So I’m just going to narrow my own playing field. I’m going to narrow it down like this- From this year…  YA: 1. Adult: 1. To be honest, even narrowing it down like this, it was hard. Adult wise, I went with the guilty pleasure because, we need that right now, don’t we? And YA I went backlist (read this year). Just because. Le sigh. Adult releases 6/23.

Here it is:

Young Adult:

Girls With Sharps Sticks/Razor Hearts

Girls With Razor Hearts Review


The Swap by Robyn Harding Releases 6/23

Book Review The Swap by Robyn Harding


                                                                                                                                        Graphic from Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads

Well. Being as I’m watching Civil War, anyway. Go ahead. Give it to me. There is no other character I can put here. BUT HE’S NOT A SADIST.

Stark Eye Roll

Kaz Brekker- Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom By Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker

                                                                                                                                                                Image by Merwild


Graphic from Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads

Wait. These exist? I don’t read these kind of books. Unless you like, fool me into it, somehow. I suppose. I try not to though, really.

Actually. Just my luck. I recently read just this kind of book. Got fooled like that- but it is very rare….

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell Review


Graphic from Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads

A lovely choice to be had… The Sea... OK. That isn’t a “creature,” but since when do I play by the rules. Never. And we are getting to the airport in Civil War…

The Mermaid, The Witch And The Sea By Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Mermaid Witch and The Sea

Graphic from Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads

This question is so beyond unfair. But if you put a gun to my head? There is only one answer. The link… is to my review of the first book in the series, There Will Come A Darkness.

As the Shadow Rises (There Will Come A Darkness #2) by Katy Rose Pool

As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness, #2)


Tagged Blogs:

Becky @CrooksBooks

  • Forest of Souls is our next buddy read and she’s so excited (for the book- surely not about us continuing this little run of buddy reads lol) that she can’t contain herself!

Lili @LilisBlissfulPages

Madeline @MadsBooks

And of course… YOU… 

Stay tuned for my buddy read review for Forest of Souls and pre-order, Forest of Souls for next Tuesday’s release!

*And for anyone keeping score, Bucky and Cap are on their way to find the big bad in Sokovia… I DID IT… with about 45 minutes to spare… WOO HOO!


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