Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great day so far and have been reading. Today I will be hosting a stop on the “Arms of the Oceans” blog tour! This is my second blog tour through Xpresso Book Tours and my third blog tour overall. I love supporting new and seasoned authors and blog tours are a great way to promote a book.
Arms of the Ocean
by Jamie Webster & M. Dalto
Published by: Parliament House
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult
Nineteen-year-old Tristaine lived a life of bitterness. When her mother abandoned her family, and her father began drinking, Tris discovered the only thing that truly brought her happiness: the sea.
It called to her like a lover and flowed through her like a life force. When her only peace is threatened to be taken away, Tris realizes there is nothing she wouldn’t do to remain with the ocean.
Even if it means taking her own life to do so.
But the sea isn’t done with her -not yet- and Tris soon finds herself submerged in a world where love, betrayal, and honor stand stronger than any other force of nature.Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51142348-arms-of-the-ocean
Purchase:Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ND7PepB&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arms-of-the-ocean-jamie-webster/1136723212?ean=2940163785100iBooks: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/arms-of-the-ocean/id1504257424?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=o8zYDwAAQBAJKobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/arms-of-the-ocean
About the Authors:
Jamie Webster is an Adult Fantasy writer who recalls writing stories as early as ten. She first began writing fanfiction, though she typically created an original character to follow. In high school, she began to create her own fantasy worlds and roleplayed on Yahoo Groups and AIM. In her adult years, she has completed four books as well as written for several publications including a blog, Trials and Tribulations, for her local newspaper as well as articles on writing and book reviews for Fantasy-Faction.
Jamie received her B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from UMaine and an MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. She does most of her drafting during NaNoWriMo and fancies herself as the hybrid plantser. Her passion is reading, writing, crocheting and playing video games. She currently lives in Maine with her three children, Corgi, Mini Aussie, and a plethora of other animals that she’d rather not admit to.
M. Dalto is a bestselling New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories, having won a Watty award for excellence in digital storytelling for her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, in 2016. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
I love stories that are fantastical yet mysterious, and that is definitely a description that fits “Arms of the Ocean” well. I’m not even sure I would call this novel a fantasy as much as I would fantastical horror mystery.
What I really loved about this New Adult novel is that it starts out tragic. Tris is left to take care of her alcoholic father after the abandonment of her mother shakes up her family. Typically in the novels I’ve read, it’s the father that leaves the family, and so I liked that it was the mother for once, (even though it is definitely not a good thing). Almost out of nowhere the book picks up and the reader is left in a whirlwind of mystery and deception.
The main issue I had with “Arms of the Ocean” was the world. I wanted more of it! I wanted to explore the world of Inara in full and not just briefly. Also, I wish I had known about the trigger warnings ahead of time. This was a mature book for mature readers, and while I am a mature reader, I wasn’t a fan of some of the content.
Overall, a very intriguing book that pulls the reader in and leaves them wanting more.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
TW: Suicide, abuse, (mental and physical), drinking to extent, etc.