BIRTH by Donna Russo Morin |e-ARC Review |Xpresso Book Tours Blogtour

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope you’re good.

Today is my stop in the BIRTH Blog tour and I have a review for you guys.

Here is the schedule of the tour and as usual please don’t forget to check out the posts of the other bloggers.

Goodreads Synopsis:

New worlds don’t appear. They are born from the labor of those who envision them.
Count Witon has grown weary of the constant war between the races. Together with his wife Belamay, and Persky – first of a rare Human / Elf breed – Witon plans to create a new society: a utopia for anyone who longs for peaceful coexistence.
They recruit pilgrims from every city and species; most to success, some to failure. Together, they set off to a small, yet promising island, found by chance in the middle of the churning ocean.
But the journey there is fraught with challenges, and none of them is as dire as the one they face once they reach their destination. Will they have the strength and determination to give Birth to this New Time?
Once, Upon A New Time is a medieval fantasy with a double-edged sword: one of blood, the other of lust.

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Title – BIRTH
Author – Donna Russo Morin
Series – Once, Upon a New Time #1
Release date – February 15th, 2019
Genre – Adult/Fantasy

Trigger Warning – abduction, war
Language – English
Pages – 359
Format – ebook*


What I liked

I really liked the writing style of the author. After the first sentence, I already knew that I would like this book. The reader is immediately thrust into the story because our main character Witon was in the middle of a war. Which was a great introduction to the story. Usually, books start slow but here we were immediately in the presence of an action scene. I think that this was a good choice to start with such a scene at the beginning of the book. It made the reader more inclined to want to know the end.
The worldbuilding was also pretty great. There were a lot of species, like elves, dwarfs & humans. And I found it pretty interesting to see how the author described the different species and also how she introduced them to the reader. All the characters were unique and everyone had a trait they excelled at but that was all. They still had their flaws even if they’re elves and we all expect elves to be perfect and everything but hey we humans aren’t perfect either so why should a different species be able to do everything without mistakes? I really appreciated this from Morin.
I would also say that BIRTH is the perfect introduction of a new series. So go and read this book!

What I didn’t like

I found the book great. I really did! There was however a minor thing. (minor because it really isn’t something big and some of you won’t have the same problem as I did) I couldn’t do with the romance scenes. They annoyed me so much that I even had to skip some of the parts. I found the scenes to be too much. Why do they always have to have sex? At some parts I was like: You serious? Now? There are more important things going on right in front of you! But yeah that is just me being annoyed by too many romantic scenes. Some might think that it’s exaggerated to give it a 3-star rating just because I didn’t like these parts but for me, it was really annoying and so yeah. But again, this is just my personal opinion about it!

Favourite character

None. I didn’t feel any connection towards one of the characters.


Overall, I liked BIRTH but I have to say that not everything was to my liking. It was an interesting introduction to a new series and I’d recommend this to the more medieval fantasy lovers amongst you. However, I would advise a public under 16 years old to not read the book as there are some mature scenes in there.

Donna Russo Morin is an award-winning historical fiction author. Donna has dabbled as a model and actor, working on Showtime’s Brotherhood and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Branching out with her storytelling skills, Donna is now a screenwriter. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Donna lives on the south shore of Rhode Island close to the ocean she loves so very much. She is the proud mother of two sons, Devon and Dylan, her greatest works in progress.

Author links:
https://donnarussomorin.com/
https://twitter.com/DonnaRussoMorin
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaRussoMorin/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2729597.Donna_Russo_Morin

And this was everything for this review. Do you plan on reading Birth? Please let me know in the comments below!


*A review copy of this book was sent to me by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

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