Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Review @Natalie_Crown & Giveaway @candacemom2two - The Lion's Pride by Natalie Crown (Semei #2)

Welcome to my tour stop for The Lion's Pride by Natalie Crown!  The tour runs August 3 - 14 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts.  This is a YA Fantasy/Alternate World book that released on August 2nd. This is the second book in the The Semei Trilogy. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
 About the Book:
'She is the reason your friends are dead. She should pay the price for that betrayal.'
Not long ago Kammy had led a simple existence, stuck on an island, with only her Gran and Jamie to care about. Now she knows she is half Semei and of royal blood, in possession of an item that could bring about a war that would destroy the world, and so the worlds within it. She cannot go back and, despite everything, she does not want to.But she is haunted by the man - the king - that shadows her.Bagor and his army wait. In three days he will march into Emire and he will take everything.Kammy and her friends have one hope. They must find Danorrah; a cursed city, lost to the memory of all. Bagor will hunt them, every step of the way, determined to claim the Key and to claim her. It is all well and good that Kammy does not want to go back to her old life, but she will need the blessing of the Mother if she is to elude Bagor and hang on to her new one.

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!
***Received the ebook for an honest review

The cover is beautiful, but I tend to be drawn in by animals :)

This is the second book in the series.  This is a YA series.  I definitely recommend reading the series in order, so you have the background on the characters and what is going on.

When I started reading, I will admit I was lost.  I’m not sure if you are supposed to feel the chaos that is happening or if I should have refreshed my memory where book one left off.  It definitely did not last long though.  Of course the characters from book one are part of this book.  Sometimes they were making smart decisions, and sometimes I wanted to slap them.

This is not a happy everything will turn out perfectly kind of world.  I’m not sure how I should word this so I do not ruin the adventure for the rest of you.  Things will not go the way you want, and you will be screaming no because something or several somethings happened that you didn’t want to.  Awesome story, but it ripped me in two at times especially where it ends.  This book is like perfect torture.  And I can’t wait to do it again because there is no way I can’t read book 3 now because I have to see what happens.

I recommend this series to readers who want a complex shifter world that is not a happily ever after where you will yell at the book either internally or verbally aloud as you read!!!

Be sure to check out The Wolf's Cry
Book One of The Semei Trilogy


See my review of The Wolf's Cry!!!

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About the Author:
I grew up in a village called Swilland, in the countryside of Suffolk, England. There wasn’t much around, other than farms and fields, but for the most part I loved it, and I still do. I’m a passionate person by nature. I don’t just LIKE things, I LOVE things. Whether it’s a book, a film, or a sports team. Once I decide to enjoy something, I enjoy it to the MAX.

I’m a terrible cook. I prioritise essential social media work over keeping my flat tidy, because I know best.

Onto my love of reading and, consequently, writing – it was my dad that played a big role in encouraging me to read. He didn’t push me towards books necessarily; he simply read a lot himself. Then I would pick up his books and read them after him. I was reading high and epic fantasy from a very young age. I guess that might explain why I have always loved adventure stories with magic and intrigue and princes and princesses in.

I was aware that I wanted to ‘be a writer’ from a very young age. I was convinced I would be the first best seller that hadn’t reached double figures in age yet! I wrote about the Danshees, furry creatures that lived through a mirror. I wrote about a Sand Bottle that transported a boy into a world of magic. I wrote about a sick girl finding a music boy that healed her, but transported her back in time. (Wow, I always have loved alternate universes…)

When I was eight I wrote my first novel called The Land of No Return. Despite the title, I am determined to return to it one day. I feel like I owe it to my past self. So, as you can see, I have always been writing. There have been times when I have gone weeks without scratching down a word. Then there are days where I churn out multiple chapters and only my body’s silly desire for sleep and/or food can stop me.

I write because I enjoy it. I write fantasy because I enjoy it. I try my hardest to put something of myself into my writing. I like to think my characters have depth, I like to think that my fantasy worlds reflect upon the real world in some way. You guys will be the judge of that but even if you don’t agree I know that I at least try and I can do no more than that.

These days I live in North London and I love it. I work full time and London is a hectic city. Juggling work, writing and a social life is tough but nobody is forcing me to do it so I can’t complain. The dream is that writing will be my career one day but it doesn’t matter if I never quite make it. I love writing too much to ever pack it in.

I am desperate to get a dog. My mum suspects I miss my cats at home more than I miss her. I am a devout Arsenal/Ferrari/Rafael Nadal fan. I get all mad when confronted with a case of social injustice and then I get all mad when people take the fight for social justice too far. I mostly keep those thoughts to myself and simmer with rage. I watch good TV and bad TV, because I can. What I can’t do is enjoy bad books (subjective opinion of course). I just can’t.

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$25 Amazon gift card & copy of The Wolf's Cry or The Lion's Pride in paperback (INT), two (2) additional winners will receive a copy of The Wolf's Cry or The Lion's Pride in paperback (INT)
Ends Aug. 18th
Prizing provided by the author, hosts are in no way responsible.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


  1. Thanks for sharing and introducing me to an author :)

  2. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    These books sound great! I really like YA shifter books but I haven't read a whole lot of them yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. No there are definitely not many YA shifter books. Here is another one that I loved if you want to check it out :)

      Let me know if you find any too!!!

  3. Hi Cassandra. This is very late (I've been on holiday) but I just wanted to thank you again for taking part in the book tour! I really appreciate it!

    1. Totally my pleasure :) I hope you had a wonderful time on holiday :)