All the Wind in the World Review & Giveaway

If you’re looking for a mysterious YA novel set in the Wild Wild West than this is the read for you. The writing is beautiful, the desert setting is unique, and the plot is thrilling. All the Wind in the World is definitely unlike anything you’ve read before.

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the All the Wind in the World Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!


About All the Wind in the World

b2e2d791-af7b-415e-8eca-96fcc4b7d347-2996-00000324271383d3Title: All the Wind in the World

Author: Samantha Mabry

Pub. Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher:  Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 288

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

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Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.


Review

3 Stars

I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I found the desert landscapes of New Mexico and Texas refreshing for a YA Contemporary. Mabry did a wonderful job of putting her life experience of living in Texas into the writing of this books scenery and its changes. There were parts that almost seemed more dystopian in nature than contemporary but I didn’t mind that. I found the concept very interesting as well with the mystery around everything. I think the setting and certain aspects of the plot are what carried me through this book.

Sarah Jac is not the most likable character and I did struggle with that throughout the book. At times her selfishness causes great distress for those around her and I don’t feel like much of that was resolved in the end. I think it is good to have unlikable MC’s once in a while but I think Sarah Jac was just a bit too much for me. I think I would’ve enjoyed her character more if there were multiple POV’s to break up the negativity that seems to surround her.

I really enjoyed James’s character. I felt like he was the most genuine of the two and he really carried the story. You can really feel the strain on him in having to constantly monitor Sarah Jac to make sure she’s not causing trouble, and I think he’s getting tired of running. There is a moment in the story that kind of turned me off of liking  him for reasons I feel were unnecessary to the plot and I was a bit disappointed by that.

The relationship between Sarah Jac and James was really confusing to me. I think I would’ve enjoyed the story more if they were not meant to be lovers in any capacity, or if they weren’t cousin’s and their relationship was more open and defined. It isn’t really clear on why they can’t be open about their relationship when it seems to be a non-issue for other characters.

I enjoyed the side characters more than the MC’s in this story because they were all unique in their own ways. They each brought something to the story that really helped contribute to the setting and the plot. My favorite moments were when they were sitting around the campfire talking with each other after a long days work out in the fields. In those moments I could really get lost in the story. Each character also brought with them a bit of mystery and I do like the tales they told about the ranch owner’s and the strange things that seem to happen when something goes wrong.


About the Author

Author

samantha was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

in college at southern methodist university, she majored in english literature, minored in spanish, and studied latin and classics. after that, she went on to receive a master’s degree in english from boston college.

these days, she teaches at a community college and spends as much time as possible in the west texas desert.

​Find Samantha Online:

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September Wrap-UP

Wow! September was a crazy month for me! I finished my second class of the term, read/listened to 9 books, participated in three blog tours, hit my Goodreads goal for the year, turned 30, and had family in town for two weeks of it! Can I just tell you I could use a full day of sleeping at this point and can’t believe I’m still coherent and functioning (well, mostly).


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Review: The Fire Queen

Talk about upping the game! In the second installment of The Hundredth Queen, The Fire Queen, takes the tournament to the next level. The Fire Queen takes us to new territory where we get to meet new people and really get the feel for how each of the Bhuta’s powers work. Emily R. King knows how to host a tournament in this dangerous game.


About The Fire Queen

the fire queen.jpgIn the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?


My Review

5 Stars

This book tests Kalinda’s abilities as a Burner while taking her through the hardest tests she’s been in yet. Emily builds a tournament reminiscent of The Hunger Games where each obstacle gets more dangerous, and tests the limits of all competitors by introducing motivators you don’t see coming.

Kalinda’s in new territory and unsure of who to trust and the only person she trusts, Deven, is imprisoned in a refugee camp unable to help her. Although her Rajah is gone Kalinda is still plagued by the nightmares of what she left behind in Vanhi. Emily did a wonderful job of showing just how vulnerable Kalinda is in this new territory and the internal struggle she has in learning how to trust again after what she went through in Vanhi. Kalinda is put through some of the most difficult tests with the odds stacked against her but it only makes her stronger. Kalinda is one of my favorite female MC’s in the YA world because she doesn’t waiver from her beliefs and truly wants the best for her people, even if it means making alliances with the those she’d never expected.

Who wants another love interest? Ashwin, the new Rajah, resembles his father Tarek but does he carry the same cold callous intentions that his father, the Tyrant, did? Or, does he have more genuine intentions for ruling his empire? Kalinda is forced to face her fears whenever she looks at Ashwin but knows that she must overcome them in order to save her people.

We are introduced to new characters in this second installment and it only adds to the amazing group of people Emily has brought into our lives through her books. Each character is so dynamic and brings something different to the table. They all strive for a better world, where Bhuta’s aren’t persecuted for who they are. I think Emily did a fantastic job of showing the individuality of each character and how they contribute to Kalinda’s goal of making the world a more accepting and better place for everyone.


Have you read The Hundredth Queen yet? If so, what did you think? Have you read The Fire Queen?

Review: Warcross

Warcross is the first book I’ve read from the infamous Marie Lu. I don’t know why it took me so long to read one of her books but I can tell you now that I plan to change that! The fast paced gaming world of Warcross  did not disappoint. If you’re a gamer and want to know what it’d be like to actually live the game, then this is the book for you!


About Warcross

Warcross.jpgFor the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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My Review

5 Stars

I had so much fun reading this book. Marie Lu does a fabulous job of putting you in the game! She really showed you what it would be like to live in a world where gaming literally is life. She created a world built from technology and made it so realistic. I felt like I was walking around seeing all the credentials and levels of those around me. It was a lot of fun.

Emika was such a great character. She’s independent, intelligent, and not afraid to take the risks necessary to survive. She’s offered a job she can’t pass up and in turn realizes that things aren’t quite like they seem. She’s forced to make decisions that test her beliefs and cause her to question the reality of what’s taken place in the “game” she’s been paid to play.

Hideo is super mysterious. You aren’t really sure what his motives are which makes him a very dynamic character. His genius level intelligence helped him to create the game of a lifetime but secrets from his past make you question what his true intentions for hiring Emika are.

Marie Lu is brilliant in the world building of the championship itself. You really feel like you are playing the virtual game and that really took this book to another level for me. You’ll definitely be in for a wild ride where you don’t know who to trust and what’s going to happen next! Are you ready to play the game of Warcross?

 


What other games about virtual reality or gaming have you read about? Have you read any of Marie Lu’s other books? Which ones were your favorite?

Hunting Prince Dracula Review & Giveway

Reading this book and writing this review is the best birthday present a girl could have! I was already excited to be part of this Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful crew over at Fantastic Flying Book Club , but to get to post my review on my birthday was like icing on the cake!

I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and knew that I would love Hunting Prince Dracula just as much and I wasn’t wrong! I love Kerri’s take on some of the worlds most infamous villains like Jack the Ripper and Vlad Dracul.


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Title: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Pub. Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher:  Little, Brown, & Co.

Pages: 448

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.


HPD Review

5 Stars

First off, I love the events in history that Kerri’s chosen to write her books around. I loved the setting of Hunting Prince Dracula and how it is a historical take on Vlad the Impaler. I recently read Now I Rise by the wonderful Kiersten White so this book was even more fun to read for me since all of that was so fresh!

Kerri did a wonderful job of building the academy of Forensics within the walls of Bran Castle in Romania. I enjoyed her use of folklore and superstitions throughout the book because it really amplified the mystery.

I love Audrey Rose. I love how independent, intelligent, and no nonsense she is. She doesn’t let anyone push her around and is not afraid to tell you off if  need be. I think that is the best part of her personality in the time in which these books take place. She doesn’t let societal expectations define who she is and I think that is important in YA novels. Young readers need to know that they can have their own minds and can be successful at anything they put their minds to.

Thomas Creswell. Oh Thomas. He is so adorable. I love how loyal he is to Audrey Rose and isn’t afraid to admit that he is wrong. He apologizes for the times he has offended Audrey Rose and only wants what is best for her. He is mischievous and I find that made for a great balance to the seriousness of some parts of this book. He really will go to the depths of Hades with Audrey Rose.

Kerri also did a fabulous job with the other characters in this book. She also isn’t afraid to depict all the gory details of what goes on in a setting filled with forensics, dead bodies, and mysterious goings on. Some people may struggle with how descriptive she is in some of the details but I think it makes the story really come to life. It is a realistic depiction of what it is like in the scenarios throughout the book. I think that is the top reason why I love these books so much! I’m a sucker for all the gory details!

I can’t wait to see where Audrey Rose and Thomas’s journey takes them next…although I have an idea of what case they may be chasing next! Do you?


HPD Author

Kerri

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Favorite non-writing things:

I believe curry, avocados, vinyl records, handwritten letters, and my 1950s Smith-Corona typewriter are the best things on the planet. EVER. (Aside from my food blog, www.sndwchsetc.com, that is.) 😀 My favorite quote of all time is: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” by Jack London. kerrimaniscalco.com

 

Find Kerri Online:

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YA and Wine – Review
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That Artsy Reader Girl – Favorite Quotes

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Speak Easy, Speak Love Creative Post & Giveaway

Happy Book Birthday!! This book is so much fun! The banter, the setting, the characters, everything! If you don’t enjoy this retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing than you’re totally missing out! Speak Easy, Speak Love by the lovely McKelle George is such an adventure from start to finish. I was given the opportunity to do a creative post for this blog tour and when talking about my options with my close friend Maddie, she knew I’d have to cast this play! It was perfect. So without further ado…


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Speak Easy, Speak Love

Author: McKelle George

Pub. Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher:  Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Pages: 368

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Amazon, IndieGoodreads

 

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.


My Casting Choices

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Lily James             …      Beatrice

 

 

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Ansel Egort                     …      Benedick

 

 

Zoey

 

Zoey Deutch                  …      Hero

 

 

Miles

 

Miles Teller                 …      Prince

 

 

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Amandla Stenberg        …   Maggie

 

 

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Steven R. McQueen       …   John

 

 


ABOUT MCKELLE GEORGE

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McKelle George is a reader, editor, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wild Beauty

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore sounds so intriguing, and that cover!! Stunning!! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book and cannot wait to read it when it comes out in a few weeks! YA Fantasy is my favorite genre to read so I know this one is going to be the read for me! Only three weeks now!!

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Wild Beauty By Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty.jpgLove grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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The Details

Title: Wild Beauty

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Publication: Feiwel & Friends


About Anna-Marie McLemore

From her  website

McLemore¡Bienvenidos! I’m Anna-Marie. I’m a Mexican-American author represented by the fabulous Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary. My debut novel, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, and my latest, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book and longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, are out now from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. My third novel, WILD BEAUTY, a fairy tale of queer Latina girls and enchanted, murderous gardens, will be released on October 3, 2017 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan.BLANCA & ROJA, a magical realism reimagining of Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, is forthcoming in 2018.


My historical short stories are forthcoming in the anthologiesALL OUT (Harlequin Teen, 2018), THE RADICAL ELEMENT: TWELVE STORIES OF DAREDEVILS, DEBUTANTES, & OTHER DAUNTLESS GIRLS(Candlewick Press, Spring 2018), and TOIL & TROUBLE(Harlequin Teen, Fall 2018). My shorter work has previously been featured in The Portland Review, CRATE Literary Magazine’s “cratelit,” Camera Obscura’s Bridge the Gap Gallery, and by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. I was a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction (you can find my reading here). I live in Northern California with a boy from the other side of the Rockies.


 

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Favorite Bookclub Reads

We celebrated the one year anniversary of our Bookclub back in May and it was so much fun! Krysti and I have brought together an amazing group of book lovers like ourselves and I couldn’t be happier! So this week I wanted to pick my top ten favorites from when YA and Wine started, and share them with you all!


 Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

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Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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What are some of your top favorite reads? Are you in a Bookclub, if so what books have been some of your favorites?

Even the Darkest Stars Review & Giveaway

If you’re looking for an epic journey across vast lands with a dynamic group of people than Even the Darkest Stars is the read for you! This YA Fantasy takes you on an epic quest across lands filled with ice and snow. Heather Fawcett does an amazing job of creating a world where you can feel the bite of the breeze and see your breath in the cold air.


ABOUT THE BOOK

CoverTitle: Even the Darkest Stars

Author: Heather Fawcett

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher:  HarperCollins

Pages: 368

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.


Review

4 Stars

Heather Fawcett did a beautiful job building the world found in Even the Darkest Stars. You are transported through the Winding Pass to the base of the Mountain Rashka. The writing is so well done that you feel as if you are standing at the base of the monstrous winter mountains and can feel the cold in your bones.

Kamzin is brave, intelligent, and striving to show her father, and the rest of her village, that she is capable of becoming the explorer she has always wanted to be. I liked her character a lot because she is so witty and doesn’t let anyone push her around. She is in constant competition with her older sister Lusha and so when the Emperor’s royal explorer asks her to take him up the Mountain Rashka to recover a rare talisman, she jumps at the chance. She pushed on through any obstacle they faced along their journey without complaint. I enjoyed the way Fawcett showed you that even with her tough exterior Kamzin struggles internally with proving herself among her comrades.

Kamzin’s best friend Tem could not allow Kamzin to trek up the Mountain Rashka without him there to protect and support her. Kamzin’s lack of magic may not affect her ability to map out their journey but Tem wants to make sure she has someone along the way with the magical abilities the expedition may require. Tem and Kamzin have had history but you can definitely feel the platonic love they have for each other in the present time. I liked that his character kind of helped to ground Kamzin, and helped her in staying rational throughout their travels.

River was probably the most interesting character in this book. You aren’t quite sure if you can trust him or not. It seems like no one else does but Kamzin finds she’s may be falling for the royal explorer beyond what she’d have expected. He’s so mysterious that you’re not quite sure of his true intentions and motives. He is such a dynamic character and I can’t wait to see what Fawcett does with his character in the rest of the series.

Awe! The familiars in this book are so much fun. You have one that is a loyal companion for life, cute and cuddly, and always there. The other on the other hand is fierce, mystical, and a bit on the creepy side.

By the end of the book you’re not sure what or who to believe, and have more questions than you’d think possible. I’ll definitely check out the next installment to see where Kamzin’s journey leads her!


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ABOUT HEATHER FAWCETT

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I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where I enjoy wandering around in the wilderness and only occasionally getting lost. I’ve also spent extended periods of time in Italy, where I learned very little Italian but ate quite a lot of pizza, and Ireland, where I searched half-successfully for puffins and selkies.

Before becoming a writer I worked, among other things, as an archaeologist, a technical writer, and a backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theatre company (which I could write several novels about). I have a Master’s degree in English Literature and briefly considered becoming a professor, before I realized it involved more than reading books, drinking excessive amounts of tea, and wearing colourful elbow patches.

I’m represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson at Writers House. EVEN THE DARKEST STARS, my first novel, was purchased by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray at auction in a six-figure, two-book deal. www.heatherfawcettbooks.com

 

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Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other Fantastic posts on this tour!

September 5th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

September 6th

September 7th

September 8th

Hardcover Haven– Review
Book Munchies– Review & Favorite Quotes

September 9th

The Clever Reader– Review & Favorite Quotes

September 10th

Queen of Books– Review

September 11th

Maddie. TV– Review

Did you enter the giveaway to win a copy of Even the Darkest Stars? What are some other books about epic journeys have you read?

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