The Bitter Kingdom Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


I am super excited to be a part of the tour for THE BITTER KINGDOM, the final book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy, which released this week. I absolutely love this series and I’m heartbroken it ended so soon.

Though, technically, for me it hasn’t quite ended as I’m slowly reading – savoring, if you will – this final book in the series and plan on spacing out my reads of the novellas. Because I don’t want this series to end. I am not at all ready to say goodbye to the characters. And I’m not willing to leave this amazing, if incredibly dangerous and absolutely heartbreaking, world the author created.

This trilogy is epic fantasy at its best. It takes you on an adventure. It transports you to another time and place. And it keeps you riveted every step of the way.

I knew I’d love this series from the moment I first heard about it, and it did not disappoint. Not even close.  And it’s definitely one of those series with an adventure I plan to embark upon again.

But first I have to face this series’ inevitable end. Much like this book’s tour, which concludes with my stop today.

And that stop is an awesome guest post by the very amazingly talented author Rae Carson in which she answers the question, “Why Do I Write YA?” Which, by the way, is a total coincidence, unless of course the author read my mind about just how much I wanted this particular question answered by an author who writes YA…. That is entirely possible.

And oh my gosh I absolutely love her answer to that question. And I love, love, love her parting words, which is exactly how I choose to read.

But I will say no more about the post, as it’s just a little further down, right after the details about THE BITTER KINGDOM, so be sure to check it out. As I said just a few paragraphs ago, it’s awesome.

I’ve also included a few details about author Rae Carson and places to find her online, and a few links to all the books in this series in case you wanted to add them to your Goodreads piles or your collections.

This tour also includes a giveaway (US only) for a signed set of the entire trilogy. It ends tomorrow so if you haven’t entered yet, now’s the time.

And now, without any further ado, I will turn my blog over to the author… well… right after the bookish details for THE BITTER KINGDOM that is….



The Bitter Kingdom


Pub. Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 453
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Formats: Hardcover, Audio, eBook

The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion – a champion to those who have hated her most.




Why Do I Write YA?

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “Why do you write books for teens?” This is often followed by, “Don’t you want to write for adults someday?” As if teen books are the bastard stepchildren of their superior adult counterpoints. As if I could someday graduate from high school and start writing Real Books. *eyeroll*

So, once and for all, here are some reasons I choose to write YA:

1)      Readers of teen lit are brave. They’ll take anything I can dish out, which allows me to take risks. I can mix genres (Fantasy AND dystopian? No problem.) I can put a romance in my books without labeling it “romance.” I can kill off major characters. I can write about an overweight princess with a low self-esteem.  There is tremendous creative freedom in writing YA.

2)      I like teenagers. They’re passionate and intense, and so much smarter and more capable than adults give them credit for. It gives me joy to write for this amazing group of people.

3)      The coming-of-age experience is the most valid, most universal experience in the world. It deserves to be represented in literature—over and over again, in all its incredible diversity.

4)      I’m still coming of age. I’ll probably come of age for the rest of my life. I constantly grow and change, and I hope to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. So I write coming-of-age books to explore my own identity and experience.

5)      I’ve saved this one for last because it’s the most important. I WRITE YA BECAUSE I WANT TO. There are lots of reasons for this—the fast pacing, the intense emotion, and the beautiful prose often found in YA, to name just a few—but all those things boil down to the simple fact that I love it. And I refuse to be ashamed of or discouraged from something so important to me.

Something I said a while back has made its way around the internet a bit, and I’ll repeat it here: I don’t care if it’s Twilight or Fifty Shades or War and Peace; never let someone make you ashamed of what you love to read.

Read passionately. Read unapologetically. I promise to write the same way.




About Rae Carson

Rae Carson is the award-winning author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for Fall 2011 and was a finalist for the Morris, Cybils, and Andre Norton Awards. Her first novel was named to ALA’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Rae lives in Ohio with her husband, novelist C.C. Finlay, two stepsons, and two very naughty kitties. She is hard at work on her next trilogy.


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The Novels

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Fire and Thorns #1) – Released September 20, 2011 – AMAZON | B&N

THE CROWN OF EMBERS (Fire and Thorns #2) – Released September 18, 2012 – AMAZON | B&N

The Novellas

THE SHADOW CATS (Fire and Thorns #0.5) – Released July 17, 2012 – AMAZON | B&N

THE SHATTERED MOUNTAIN (Fire and Thorns #0.6) – Released March 26, 2013 – AMAZON | B&N

THE KING’S GUARD (Fire and Thorns #0.7) – Released July 30, 2013 – AMAZON | B&N



There is an awesome tour-wide giveaway for a SIGNED set of the Fire and Thorns Trilogy to ONE WINNER. (US only).

Details are in the Rafflecopter.

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