Blog Tour + Review: Blackbird in the Reeds by Sam Burns (w/ giveaway)

My lovely reader, I hope you have a great time.  I am thrilled to present you my review of  Blackbird in the Reeds by Sam Burns. You’re curious what’s the book about? Well, scroll down & read the blurb and of course don’t miss my review. :3

My release blitz post can be find here.
Check also this post out for a giveaway. 🙂
Happy reading. 🙂


Blackbird in the Reeds (The Rowan Harbor Cycle, #1)Blackbird in the Reeds by Sam Burns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

Blackbird in the Reeds is my first book by the author but not her debut work. When I read the blurb I was intrigued by the slighly paranormal, magical description and the fantasy touch. Not being a high fantasy story but I would say an urban fantasy one, the book had a great flow in words and pace, it mesmerizes you, captures you but let you still be in the present but the lines are blurring and you start to think – along with Devon – why the town people in Rowan Harbor are acting in some parts weirdly.

The mystic, paranormal touch is becoming more intense when there are creatures like wolves and Devon has a hard time to believe this suprising appearance and why the wolf isn’t behaving like the other.

The towns people appear at the beginning a bit quirky, they are a unit, rarely let something in from the outside which doesn’t make only Devon curious and within the book, more and more secrets are revealed.

It’s actually a bit hard to talk about the book without revealing too much, and because of the knit tight events, the scenes and the way the words are creating different layers in the story, adding sometimes more revealing, sometimes more confusing details, make the book pretty complex. Although it isn’t that long it is full of events, and it’s clear that’s just the beginning of a greater series.

I liked how the author was able to have a balance between the secretive events, the “mysterious” ones with the funny, heart warming scenes, like those with Devon’s grandmother and her caring for her grandson or the hot scenes between Devon and Wade.

The book was captivating and had a story I was really into, the main character from who’s POV we got the information (but in third person) is the start of a larger series which is promising in holding more secrets and hopefully we get answers in the following books. 🙂
A solid read I really enjoyed, it tickled my mystery-paranormal loving side dearly. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Title: Blackbird in the Reeds
Series: The Rowan Harbor Cycle # 1
Author: Sam Burns
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: January 4, 2018
Publisher:  self published
Length: 50.000 words
Cover artist: Madeline Farlow @ Clause & Effect

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Devon Murphy has never believed that there were fairies at the bottom of the garden, but when he’s in an accident on his way to his grandmother’s house and comes face to face with the biggest, baddest wolf he’s ever seen, he’s forced to reconsider.

When his grandmother asks him to look into a string of suspicious accidents, he finds a much bigger mystery to unravel. From his childhood best friend to the too-attractive Deputy Wade Hunter, everyone in Rowan Harbor seems to have something to hide. Devon has to get to the bottom of it all before the accidents turn deadly.


See the other blog tour participants


January 4 – Gay Media Reviews, Book Review By Virginia Lee
January 6 – Cupcakes & Bookshelves
January 8 – Mikku-chan
January 10 – Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings, Book Lovers 4Ever, MM Good Book Reviews
January 12 – Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Valerie Ullmer, Bonkers About Books, Diverse Reader, Bayou Book Junkie, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews

Author bio  – Sam Burns

Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

Author links / get in contact


There is a giveaway to win an ebook of Straight From The Heart (Wilde Love #1)

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Please note: the giveaway is not sponsored, administered or endorsed by Mikku-chan / A World full of Words.

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