Welcome to today’s stop on the BLOOD ROSE REBELLION Blog Tour where I share my thoughts about this amazing book and a giveaway.
If you’re looking for a story that is epic, that blends fantasy with history, and that immerses you into the world so completely you’ll forget where and when you are, you will not want to miss this book and series. And if you’d like to know what else I thought, scroll down for my review.
To read an excerpt from BLOOD ROSE REBELLION be sure to check out the bookish details below which includes a link out to a peek as well as places where you can find it online.
And if you’d like to visit the other stops on the tour to read a few interviews, reviews, and a guest post, scroll down to the tour schedule at the bottom of the post.
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Title & Series: BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the tour hosts via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.
BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is gorgeously written, imaginative, and rich with detail. It acquaints readers with a part of history and a people not often written about in young adult literature. It seamlessly weaves in a powerful and influential magical society. And it introduces characters who are interesting and different and brave and likable and those who are vile, underhanded, dangerous, and untrustworthy. It is an absorbing and fascinating and positively exhilarating read and the start to a series that looks to be amazing.
Anna Arden didn’t mean to be such a destructive influence or such a disappointment to her family. She wanted to be good, to fit into Luminate society, to cast spells and wield magic, to debut, to have a future. But she didn’t have the ability to control magic and she just couldn’t seem to follow the rules, do as she was told, accept her fate.
Not staying under the radar cost her everything – the man she thought she loved, a place in England with her family, and any hope of marrying into Luminate society. Attracting the attention of the elite Circle wouldn’t have been a bad thing had she had magical abilities. But her negative effect on magic drew their suspicion.
Forced to escape with her grandmother to Hungary, a place she was unfamiliar with, to live with relatives she didn’t know and who spoke a language she couldn’t understand, seemed like the end of the world. But a Romani secret, a handsome boy named Gábor, a growing resistance to the status quo, and the potential to make a difference, gave Anna hope that maybe this wasn’t the end, but rather a beginning.
Rosalyn Eves did a masterful job of fitting her story, her characters, her society into a real-world historical setting. She captured the revolutionary spirit of the time in Hungary and the discontent with the ruling Hapsburgs and used both to help ignite her rebellion, give purpose to her characters, and to make her story that much more intriguing.
The author gave Anna a unique ability, kept it a secret from both her characters and her readers, and teased its possibilities until nearer the story’s end, ensuring a captivating read. She laid the foundation for a sequel with even more dangers, even more unrest, even more battles, and the potential for more romance. And she gave readers an epilogue that is certain to pique their curiosity.
BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is an extraordinary and spellbinding read. If you’re looking for a story that is epic, that blends fantasy with history, and that immerses you into the world Rosalyn Eves imagined so completely you’ll forget where and when you are, you will not want to miss this book and series.
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.
Her first novel, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, debuts Spring 2017 from Knopf/Random House.
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I am super thrilled to be a stop on the NEMESIS Blog Tour. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Plus, it’s the first book in a series – which means there is even more exciting stuff to come.
This book is full of surprises, so writing a spoiler-free review was insanely difficult. But if you’d like to know my somewhat cryptic thoughts, they are a bit further down in the post.
If you haven’t heard about NEMESIS or about Author Brendan Reichs, some information about both – and where to find them online – is also below.
Penguin Random House has also included a giveaway with this tour. So if you’d like the chance to win one of five copies of the book, enter in the Raffleopter.
And if you’d like to hear what other bloggers are saying about NEMESIS, or read a few guest posts, an excerpt and an interview, visit the other stops on the tour by clicking the links in the schedule below – which will be updated each day with direct links to the stops.
NEMESIS was released on March 21st so if just can’t wait to read it be sure to head to your favorite online or brick and mortar store to pick up a copy.
Title & Series: NEMESIS (Project Nemesis #1)
Author: Brendan Reichs
Release date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.
NEMESIS is a stunning, action- and suspense-filled mind-bender of a read. With a mystery that will keep you guessing, twists that you won’t see coming, secrets, lies, deception, and betrayal, this addictive, heart-stopping, and unpredictable thriller is not to be missed.
An asteroid on a potential collision course with the earth may have rendered Min’s problem obsolete. But getting murdered every other year on her birthday is not something she can shake off so easily. Even if the end is nigh.
And she wants answers. Answers as to who the man in the black suit is, why he wants her dead, why he only comes for her on her even birthdays, and how she can wake up the next morning with absolutely no trace of the crime perpetrated against her evident.
Already an outsider in her small hometown of Fire Lake, she’s not sure who she can turn to for help. Her mom didn’t believe her when it first happened when she was young. She doesn’t want to risk alienating her only friend Tack by telling him the truth. And there’s something about her therapist, Dr. Lowell, that she just doesn’t trust.
But when her investigation leads to information that’s too big for her to handle on her own, she’ll have to put her trust in someone. Especially if her suspicions are correct and things go so far beyond herself and the man who kills her.
Brendan Reichs delivers a complex and intriguing story, told in five parts in first-person alternating points of view, that is chock full of surprises. He gives readers a puzzle to solve, introduces the possibility of a cataclysmic event, hints at potential connections and elaborate conspiracies, and then threatens to blow their minds with a shocking turn of events.
The author lets Min tell the first part of his story, who is strong, independent, clever and determined. He passes the baton to Noah, a quiet, indecisive, weak-willed follower, to tell the next part. And for the remainder, he lets them take turns uncovering the truth about what’s been happening, leading up to the jaw-dropping, cliffhanger ending.
An exhilarating, spine-tingling, all-consuming read, NEMESIS is the brilliant start to an absolutely must, must, must read series.
Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice, and son, Henry. He plans to keep writing novels until they drag him from his desk.
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I am super excited to be a part of the tour for Carrie Mac’s 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE. When I first learned about this book I knew I would have to read it – and not just because of its gorgeous cover.
As someone who worries a bit more than I should about things I had a feeling Maeve would be a relatable character. And she was. I found myself Googling the stats that were cycling through her head – though I wish I hadn’t looked up the Greyhound Bus story…yikes! I also found myself getting very anxious along with Maeve so I had to take a couple of panic breaks during the read. I’m just so thankful Ms. Mac added in humor to ease some of the tension.
If you’d like to know why I loved 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE – feel free to check out my review.
And if you’d like to know which scene was Carrie Mac’s most challenging scene to write, scroll down for her guest post. It is a bit spoiler-y so if you haven’t yet read 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE and you don’t like any plot points revealed, you might want to come back after you’ve read it.
But let me just say it was one of my favorite – if most heartbreaking – scenes in the book. It might have been a challenging scene for the author to write but the end result was amazing, devastating, and very real.
So if you just can’t wait to see what that scene was – and get a teeny glimpse/teaser of another important moment in Maeve’s life – scroll down past the bookish details to find out.
Title: 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE
Author: Carrie Mac
Release date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey and Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.
Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. When Maeve is sent to Vancouver to live with her dad, her very pregnant stepmom, and her twin six-year-old half brothers, she struggles to rise to the challenge.
Vancouver brings a wide array of new worries, but Maeve finds brief respites—as well as even more worries—in Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Though the summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could ever have foreseen, she is able to reach inside herself to find the courage to be there for the ones she loves.
With an exciting love story, and a raw, emotional core, 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE is a poingant and uplifting novel perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Sophie Kinsella.
“With Maeve, Mac delivers a character who’s heartwarmingly real and sympathetic, and her story provides a much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere.”—Kirkus, Starred review
“This is a good companion book for other anxiety-riddled stories, such as The Shattering by Karen Healey, and Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.”—Booklist
“Mac is good at showing how a dread-filled mind works… [An] affecting story.”—Publishers Weekly
Of course, spoiler alert. If you go ahead and read about my most challenging scene to write, you are going to get insider info about the story that you might not want to know. So, now that you’ve been warned, let’s chat.
I glanced at this question and figured I’d come back to it because it would be easy to answer when I had a few spare moments. But then I came back to it, and I realize that it’s not easy to answer. It’s a really good question, and it’s a tricky answer.
Most challenging scene? Of the whole book?
It took me a while, but I did come to a decision.
The most challenging scene to write is when Maeve finds her neighbor – and friend – dead next door.
Not many people have come across a body of a person who died suddenly. I have. Dozens of times when I was a paramedic. I got called to that very scene in its unfictionalized state. So, as much as I love Maeve and wanted to stay with her during this upsetting scene, I jumped in with my old paramedic uniform on and went at it from the EMT angle.
That was the first draft.
I wrote myself out of the scene very quickly, by the second draft, if not sooner.
But a lot of the paramedic – and medical – stuff remained, so I had to write that out too. Then I took Maeve’s hand and properly wrote her in. But I had to be mindful of her sensitive nature, and let her feel all the fear and shock and panic, but let her find enough strength within to keep the story going, even when she comes to the realization that she actually killed Mrs. Patel (read the novel to find out if that’s true or not).
Then I had to bring back the paramedics and the police and make sure they didn’t take over the scene (as EMTs and cops tend to do), and then I had to return Maeve to her family and have her day continue, as crippled as she was.
That scene got the most rewrites of all, I think. Followed shortly by the birth-in-the-parking-lot scene, which I had to rewrite several times for exactly the same reasons, except that is a joyful scene. Because Mrs. Patel’s death is tragic, the atmosphere was dark, and harder to portray without dragging the story down too much, and so that’s why it was the most challenging scene to write.
All told, I did a mighty fine job, thank you very much. And by all told I mean, about ten rewrites, at least.
Award-winning author Carrie Mac is well-known for her adeptness at captivating young adult audiences; she has written ten books for young adults, and won the 2010 Sheila A. Egoff Book Prize for her previous work, The Gryphon Project. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.
I am super excited to be a part of the HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour. This is the first book by Kerrelyn Sparks that I have read, and I’m thrilled to say it won’t be my last.
I absolutely loved the start to this new series by the author, loved being introduced to the world of the Embraced, and loved getting to meet Ana and Leo. And I can’t wait to see what happens next in Aerthlan, find out what new secrets are revealed, what new dangers and threats are looming, and what has Luciana so worried.
Anyway… for my stop today I’m sharing a review as well as an excerpt from Chapter Four. So if you’d like to know just what I thought, or you want to take a peek inside this new series, scroll down.
And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the wait won’t be long, as it releases next week on March 7th!
Title & Series: HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Release date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook
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Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?
“As Sparks starts a delightful new paranormal-romance series…Luciana and Leo’s erotic tension ratchets up. Readers will relish Spark’s lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look forward to the next.” —Booklist
“An entertaining first entry for Sparks’ new series.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sparks…creates an intricate, layered world that’s easy to fall into without tons of backstory needed. Luciana’s gifts were unique and made for a fun read with situations that led to all kinds of trouble, making this story a joy to read. The Beast, Lord Leo, is everything you’d want, without being so dark he irks you. Readers will be fully invested in this Embraced series!” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!
NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eBook copy was purchased for my collection.
Kerrelyn Sparks introduces an exciting new world and characters in HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the first book in her Embraced series. She begins to paint a picture of a world in conflict, where not only are the kingdoms at war, but differing belief systems have caused their citizens to live in fear. She imbues several of her characters with an interesting array of abilities that she only touches on in this book, but hints at the possibility of exploring more in future books.
She brings together two characters who appear to be complete opposites – one innocent, one deadly – who are forced to keep secrets, and who have seemingly impossible odds of having a happily ever after. And she sets up a situation that is fraught with danger, that is filled with risk, and that demands trust, love, and bravery for any hope of success.
HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of Leo – the Beast of Benwick – and Luciana – the daughter of a Duke. The secrets she must keep could get her and her father killed if discovered. His very existence puts him in danger.
Forced to wed to keep the king’s murderous impulses at bay means a perilous and torturous life for them both. Luciana will have to live a lie every day of her life. Leo will have to be forever alert to keep her safe. Both will have to deny their attraction to avoid any possibility of harm from his lethal touch.
Spies, assassins, a greedy, power-hungry and paranoid king, and deadly threats from neighboring kingdoms are just some of what awaits Leo and Luciana in this thrilling and incredibly appealing read. Instant attraction, lust, longing, and the inability to have a physical connection serve to torment both characters and readers alike.
The romance has a tantalizingly slow build throughout the read that culminates in scenes that sizzle. The mystery surrounding their unknown enemies and whether certain secrets will come to light keeps the story suspense-filled. The hope for a happy ending will keep readers captivated. And the promise of new kingdoms to explore, new abilities to discover, new characters to meet, new romances to fall in love with, makes HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS an absolutely delectable, must devour first book in this new series.
Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.
Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.
Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.
Welcome to one of today’s two stops on the BLACK DAWN Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. If you haven’t yet heard of BLACK DAWN by Mallory McCartney, details about this first book in the author’s new series follow below.
The story offers multiple character POVs, a fast pace, action, a world in turmoil, abilities that range from shape-shifting to siphoning, and more.
For a chance to win a signed finished copy and some swag be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter. And to check out the other stops on this tour scroll down to the schedule at the bottom of this post.
Title: BLACK DAWN
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better left in the shadows.
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.
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