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Friday, July 16, 2021

Rockstar Book Tours presents... COLD HEARTED by Serena Valentino - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

 HI guys!

Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the COLD HEARTED by Serena Valentino Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I've always wanted to check out this ever growing series, so I snagged my chance to get behind (or perhaps, inside?) of the classic story we all know and love...or so we thought.  Check out my review, the rest of the tour, and be sure to enter the giveaway before you go!

 


Title: COLD HEARTED (Villains #8)

Author: Serena Valentino

Pub. Date: July 6, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

This was supposed to be her happily ever after...

It’s a familiar tale: A kind and beautiful young girl, reeling from loss. A doting father, frantic to bring a mother’s love back into his daughter’s life. And the selfish, cruel woman who insinuates herself into that family―a woman so unfeeling, so cold hearted, that when her new husband dies, she makes the girl a servant in her own home.

But who is that evil stepmother, that icy lady of the house? How did she become so closed off that, in the face of a child’s grief, she thought only to seek wealth and power for herself and her abhorrent daughters? Before that fateful ball, before the glass slipper and the prince, there was another story―a story of love and grief, of hope and of dreams dashed. It is the story of Lady Tremaine.

Even the coldest of villains are sometimes wives and mothers, women who loved and lost and hoped for something grander for their lives . . . once upon a dream.

The latest novel in Serena Valentino’s deliciously devious Villains series introduces the most famed and hated wicked stepmother of them all―but turns everything you know about her on its head.

 

GRAB ALL THE VILLAINS BOOKS NOW!


Don’t miss Serena’s live stream on July 6th on Creepy Kingdom’s YouTube Channel!


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Once upon a dream...

...a lovely place to be...

...depending upon what side of it you're on.


As I said, I've been wanting to check out this series, so when I saw this tour come around and the villain it centered on, I couldn't resist!  I mean, who doesn't love to loathe Lady Tremaine of Cinderella's story fame?  The thing is...the story sheds a light on her time before becoming a stepmother, let a one an evil one with cruel intentions and self serving ways.  For you see, once upon a TIME, she was a Londoner widow reeling from the loss of the love of her life, realizing the two daughters she adored were fairly spoiled brats, and tryin to see her way through to another day.  Doesn't sound so evil, right?  Ah, and you're assetment would be spot on...at least until the magic of the Many Lands works its way into her character, both heart and soul, turning what appears to be a chance at an ending much more pleasant than her current state of affairs into a nightmare from which she can't escape.

Oh, my friends, you are certainly in for a treat with this one.  Meddling witches, fairies strung too tight, forgiving stepdaughter Queen's, and former households turned haunts for more than bad memories...all these things and more await you as you dive between the pages.  I can't say it was what I expected, and yet I wasn't disappointed in the least.  The different viewpoint given to a story that we've known our whole lives certainly makes you stop and think...but that forgiveness that Cinderella so easily offers is much harder to come by.  Step into a fairytale that holds echoes of the things we held certain, while smashing to bits assumptions made with truths hard to swallow, but nevertheless revealing.



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About the author...

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best, Odd Sisters, Evil Thing, and Cold Hearted.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of COLD HEARTED, US Only.







Special thanks to the Rockstar Book Tours team and Disney Hyperion for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2021

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

7/2/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

7/3/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

Week Two:

7/4/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

7/5/2021

She Just Loves Books

Review

7/6/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review

7/7/2021

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

7/8/2021

@autumn.booked

Review

7/9/2021

@kristens.reading.nook

Review

7/10/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

Week Three:

7/11/2021

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

7/12/2021

Lilly's Book World

Review

7/13/2021

BRITTREADSALATTEBOOKS

Review

7/14/2021

Phannie the ginger bookworm

Review

7/15/2021

@pagesofyellow

Review

7/16/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

7/17/2021

Don't Judge, Read

Review

Week Four:

7/18/2021

@under_the_aurora.borealis

Review

7/19/2021

A Fictional Bookworm

Review

7/20/2021

@minnesota_mailer

Review

7/21/2021

Books Are Magic Too

Review

7/22/2021

@lostinbookverse

Review

7/23/2021

hauntedbybooks

Review

7/24/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

Week Five:

7/25/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

7/26/2021

Bookish Rantings

Review

7/27/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

7/28/2021

Popthebutterfly

Review

7/29/2021

Momfluenster

Review

7/30/2021

@fictitious.fox

Review

7/31/2021

two points of interest

Review



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


1 comment:

Don't Judge, Read said...

Looks Amazing, I love fairy tale retellings!

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