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    THE WISH GRANTER Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


    Welcome to today’s stop on THE WISH GRANTER Blog Tour. As a huge fan of the author and her Ravenspire series, I am thrilled to be able to share my thoughts on this second book in the series.

    For those who haven’t read the first book in this series, THE SHADOW QUEEN, not to worry, as THE WISH GRANTER introduces a new world and characters to fall in love with… or detest if it’s Alistair Teague we’re talking about. And while you may know who he is from that other fairytale, you will definitely want to see just how C.J. Redwine imagined him.

    THE WISH GRANTER releases in just one week, so the wait is almost over! And let me tell you, it is sooooo worth the wait!

    In the meantime, be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews and a few guest posts. And if you’d like the chance to win signed copies of both books in the series, be sure to check out the tour-wide giveaway.


    About THE WISH GRANTER

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    Title & Series: THE WISH GRANTER (Ravenspire #2)
    Author: C.J. Redwine
    Release date: February 14, 2017
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

    The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

    Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

    So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

    But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy has been pre-ordered.


    The Review

    Once again C.J. Redwine has taken a well-known fairytale and turned it into an amazing adventure and an unforgettable and magical read. THE WISH GRANTER has all the elements of a classic fairytale – royalty, wickedness, greed, foolish choices, heroism, innocence, justice, and the hope for a happily ever after. But it offers so much more – action, suspense, a smart, strong, and immensely likable heroine, heartbreak, romance, faerie lore, depth of plot and characters, an expansive and interesting world, and a darkly appealing tone that sets the mood for this positively gripping and absolutely wonderful tale.

    With the queen seeking to eliminate any possible threats to her son’s future rule, Thad had no idea how he could save himself, let alone protect his sister. So when he was given the chance to save her, he took it. Even if it meant sacrificing himself to do so.

    But when Ari discovered the price he agreed to pay and the other costs he hadn’t been aware of, she was determined to find a way to release him from the contract. Though it wouldn’t be easy. Not when the Wish Granter had the only copy of the agreement. Not when Thad was taking dangerous risks to try and get out of the contract on his own. Not when she had nothing to bargain with. And not when she knew next to nothing about faeries and how they might be defeated.

    A kingdom in turmoil, a prince at risk of losing his soul, a wily princess who refuses to conform to expectations, a weapons master who is reluctantly falling in love, and a very dangerous, greedy, and power hungry faerie looking to have it all, make for an epic, enthralling, imaginative, and exciting read.

    C.J. Redwine infused her fairytale with more darkness, more tragedy, a more vile and wicked villain, a slew of despicable foes, and a more challenging puzzle to solve. But THE WISH GRANTER also promises more bravery, heart, ingenuity, hope, and love.

    While based on the story of a not-so-beloved character, this second book in the Ravenspire series is an original with a heroine who is sure to be beloved. And it is a story that can be read and thoroughly enjoyed whether or not the first in the series has been read.

    The Rating

    About C.J. Redwine

    C.J. Redwine is the New York Times bestselling author of YA fantasy novels, including The Shadow Queen, The Wish Granter, and the Defiance trilogy. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com 

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE SHADOW QUEEN (Ravenspire #1)
    Author: C.J. Redwine
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White, from C. J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cinder.

    Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

    In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

    But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED paperback copy of THE SHADOW QUEEN + a SIGNED hardback copy of THE WISH GRANTER – US only

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Feb. 6 | Zach’s YA Reviews – Guest Post
    Feb. 7 | Fiktshun – Review
    Feb. 8 | Novel Novice – Guest Post
    Feb. 9 | BookCrushin – Review
    Feb. 10 | YA and Wine – Excerpt

    Week Two

    Feb. 13 | A Backwards Story – Review
    Feb. 14 | YA Books Central – Guest Post
    Feb. 15 | Mundie Moms – Review
    Feb. 16 | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
    Feb. 17 | The Best Books Ever – Spotlight

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    Quickie Signed ARC Giveaway: FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch

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    I have a Signed ARC of FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch for giveaway. It’s the third book in the Snow Like Ashes series and it is fan-freaking-tastic!

    Giveaway is open to those with a U.S. mailing address that are 13 or older. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter. There are no requirements to like or follow the blog but there are extra entry opportunities if you follow the author and publisher, share the giveaway news, leave a comment, and/or add the book on Goodreads.

    In haven’t heard about this third book in the series, details about the book are below.

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    Title & Series: FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: September 20, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

    Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

    Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

    Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

    As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

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    The Giveaway

    An ARC (shown above) of FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch to ONE winner – US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Giveaway ends on 12/14 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • ARC will be sent by US mail, media mail with tracking
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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    FROST LIKE NIGHT Blog Tour: Guest Post by Sara Raasch + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the FROST LIKE NIGHT Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series and I can hardly wait for next Tuesday to roll around so that everyone will get the chance to find out what’s next…

    …and discover the incredibleamazingawesomemustreadohemgee scene that Author Sara Raasch talks about in her guest post.

    Though I hope everyone will read it as they come to it versus skipping ahead – oh the temptation! – as it is a *few* chapters in.

    Anyway…

    If you haven’t yet discovered this series, information on each of the books is below. If you are as excited for FROST LIKE NIGHT’s release next week be sure to check out the guest post.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of FROST LIKE NIGHT scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.

    The tour continues through next week, so if you’d like to peek at a few reviews, interviews and guest posts click the links in the schedule at the end of this post, which will be updated throughout the tour.

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    THE SHADOW QUEEN Blog Tour: ‘Five Fast Facts’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop – the final stop – on THE SHADOW QUEEN Blog Tour. I have an amazing post by Author C.J. Redwine in which she shares Five Fast Facts about Lorelai, Kol, and Queen Irina.

    If you haven’t yet met these characters you should definitely check out the post below. And even if you have, aren’t you just a little bit curious as to what the author decided to share about her characters?

    Anyway… THE SHADOW QUEEN is an awesome book. And as it released this week there is absolutely no reason not to grab a copy. Though if you’d like the chance to win a signed copy, scroll down to the Rafflecopter.

    But first, here’s some information about THE SHADOW QUEEN.


    About THE SHADOW QUEEN

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    Title & Series: THE SHADOW QUEEN (Ravenspire #1)
    Author: C.J. Redwine
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    A dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White, from C. J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cinder.

    Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

    In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic of his own—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman—and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

    But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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    The Guest Post

    ‘Five Fast Facts’ by C.J. Redwine

    Lorelai

    1. She has mad parkour skills and is an accomplished thief. Need someone to pick a lock, steal something from the queen’s garrison, and then escape the guards by literally running up and over a wall? She’s your girl.
    2. She has a gyrfalcon whom she can communicate with telepathically. Sometimes this results in an attacker running for his life. Sometimes this results in mice guts being dropped on her brother’s head from on high.
    3. Her name means alluring enchantress. She wouldn’t think twice about whether or not she’s alluring, but she has serious magical power, and she’s going to use it to bring down the most powerful sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
    4. She is unfailingly practical, much to the despair of her brother (whose spirit animal is whichever animal can do jazz hands).
    5. It takes her a long time to lose her temper, but once she does, lookout world, you’re about to burn.

    Kol

    1. It’s not like he’s kissed every girl at school. Just most of them. For science.
    2. He’s been expelled from Eiler’s Military Academy three times for (seriously legendary) pranks. He kind of regrets getting expelled, but he doesn’t regret the pranks.
    3. He’s spent his life in the shadow of his oh-so-perfect older brother—the only one who seems able to meet their father’s expectations. Kol doesn’t want his brother’s position as heir to the throne, but he sometimes admits to wanting his father’s approval.
    4. He’s incredibly loyal, and he has a large group of close friends who’d do anything for him.
    5. When you strip away the playboy and the pranks, you find a prince who will sacrifice himself to save his people.

    Queen Irina

    1. She grew up hearing her father constantly compare her to her younger sister. Irina always fell short.
    2. She spent years training with a secret group of mardushkas (sorceresses), learning how to use her power in ways that were strictly forbidden by the king.
    3. Following the rules left her with a broken heart and shattered dreams. Now, she makes the rules. And anyone who crosses her (or who has something she needs) pays a terrible price.
    4. She loved Lorelai at first.
    5. There is nothing she wouldn’t do, no life she wouldn’t take, to secure her throne and vanquish any threat to her power.

    About C.J. Redwine

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    C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED finished copy of THE SHADOW QUEEN + swag – US only

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

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    SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a part of the SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN Blog Tour and to help spread the word about Jeff Garvin’s amazing book. For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about the book and I’m also offering up a copy for giveaway.

    So if you’d like to know what I thought about meeting and getting to know Riley or you’d like the chance to win a copy of SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, scroll down for the review and Rafflecopter.

    And if you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful and important book, check out the description below.


    About SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN

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    Title: SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN
    Author: Jeff Garvin
    Release date: February 2, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in über-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s life.

    On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. And Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

    From debut author Jeff Garvin comes a powerful and uplifting portrait of a modern teen struggling with high school, relationships, and what it means to be a person.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN is an immensely entertaining, important, informational and educational read. It introduces a character who is likable and funny and brave and not-so-brave, who makes mistakes, who pushes themselves, who learns and grows and becomes someone who is comfortable with who they are.

    Riley is gender fluid, not identifying with just one gender. Riley doesn’t want to stand out. Riley doesn’t want to make waves, especially with a parent who is running for re-election. Riley doesn’t want to be labeled and yet finds themselves trying to attach a label to the people they meet.

    Riley just wants to find a way to navigate through school and life that doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable in their own skin, that doesn’t make them feel like they’re living a lie, that doesn’t make them feel stressed or anxious or panicked. Switching schools was not the solution Riley hoped it would be. But starting a blog, sharing their thoughts, offering advice, connecting with their followers, might prove to be the catalyst for change that Riley needs.

    Jeff Garvin did a phenomenal job of connecting readers with his character Riley, helping them understand, empathize, relate to what Riley is going through, educating and informing them about the different types of gender identities there are and what some of the challenges these individuals face are.

    The author created a story that is as engaging as it is informative. It has a wonderful flow that isn’t interrupted by the education of the reader. The situations and experiences presented feel true to life for Riley. Riley isn’t cast in the role of victim, but rather is put in a position to take control of their life, to be honest about who they are, to find support amongst friends and family, and to be empowered by their experiences rather than defeated by them.

    By not revealing Riley’s birth-assigned gender readers will be able to get to know Riley without a label. And by seeing the world through Riley’s eyes they’ll realize that Riley is not so different from everyone their age who is hoping for acceptance, to fit in, to be loved.

    SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN is the perfect read for those looking to learn more about gender dysphoria and seeking to gain a better understanding of the challenges and issues that teens with non-traditional gender identities typically deal with. It is extremely well-researched, exceptionally well-written, incredibly enlightening, and utterly compelling. And a definite must for those just looking for a really great read.

    The Rating

    06

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    About Jeff Garvin

    Jeff Garvin

    Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

    While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

    His debut novel, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity. Available now from Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins.

    Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.

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    The Giveaway

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    I’m offering up for giveaway…

    A hardcover copy of SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN to ONE winner

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends on February 10th at 11:59 PM Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    2.1.16 | YA Interrobang – Interview

    2.2.16 | Fiction Fare – Review

    2.3.16 | Read Write Love – Interview + Mini Review

    2.4.16 | Fiktshun – Review

    2.5.16 | A Dream Within A Dream – Review

    2.8.16 | Pop Goes the Reader – Excerpt

    2.9.16 | Writing from the Tub – Interview

    2.10.16 | Bookiemoji – Guest Post

    For more details on the tour, CLICK HERE.

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    The Tsar’s Guard Parade: Five Reasons Why THE CROWN’S GAME is a Must Read + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be a stop on The Tsar’s Guard Parade. From the very first moment I heard about THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye I just knew it was going to be a must read for me.

    For my stop today I’m sharing five of the many reasons why it is a definitely-absolutely must read book. And I’m also sharing the tour-wide giveaway for an autographed ARC.

    So if you’d like to know just why it’s a book that went immediately to the top of my TBR, check out the book’s description below and my post which follows. And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of this awesome book, enter in the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

    Also…

    To visit all the other stops on The Tsar’s Guard Parade, check out the schedule on Evelyn Skye’s website – HERE.

    And if you’d like to join The Tsar’s Guard, you can sign up HERE.


    About THE CROWN’S GAME

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    Title & Series: THE CROWN’S GAME (The Crown’s Game #1)
    Author: Evelyn Skye
    Release date: May 17, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know.  The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

    As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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    5 Reasons Why THE CROWN’S GAME is a Must

    There are plenty of reasons why THE CROWN’S GAME is a book that should exist at the top of every TBR pile. But I’m choosing to list only five of those reasons so that a) this post doesn’t go on endlessly, and b) I don’t accidentally spoil anything since I’m well into reading this lovely book and it would be way too easy to reveal just what’s happened so far.

    The Five Reasons

    #5…The Setting

    The story takes place in the past. In Russia. 1825 to be more specific. Which was a tumultuous time in Russia. And it made me just so desperately curious to visit the author’s Russia during this time period. But for those who might not have quite the fascination with history – or Russia’s history – as I do, think exotic and dangerous country, sexy accents, sexier names, a stunning palace.

    Setting alone makes this book a must.

    #4…The Royals

    Who doesn’t love a story about royalty? Especially one that promises romance, deadly battles, secrets and threats. The tsars and tsarinas of Russia have always had interesting and fascinating stories. And from the book’s description, I knew that the tsesarevich’s story would be equally as exciting, if not more so.

    #3…The Love Triangle

    While not everyone loves a love triangle as much as I do, a well-done love triangle that has some potentially deadly consequences should be more than enough to pique one’s curiosity. A girl with some seriously kick-a** powers, a future ruler who will lose something even if he wins, and a boy whose love could cost him his life has the makings of one seriously ahhh-mazing love triangle.

    #2…The Magic

    I am wildly intrigued by magic and magical abilities. I always gravitate toward stories where the characters have some kind of ability to wield magic. Vika and Nikolai’s powers sound so awesome , and maybe just a little bit deadly. So of course I want to discover to what extent their abilities go, learn how powerful they are, and see them in action. Don’t you want to?

    #1…The Game

    So intrigued by the Crown’s Game – it’s the book’s title after all. Curious to see what the dual between the two enchanters entails. Desperate to learn the outcome of their battle or find out if they were able to avoid battling to the death. The game itself sounds like the very best part of this first book in the series. This competition between the two enchanters is bound to have complications and is sure to cause heartbreak and loss. How exciting is all that?!?

    Anyway…

    If you love faraway fictionalized historical settings, all the drama that attaches itself to royalty, complicated romances, crazy, kick-a** powers, and a forum for everything to play itself out – and how could you not love it all – then THE CROWN’S GAME is as much a must read for you as it is for me.

    And with just under four months until its release, the wait won’t be too long.


    About Evelyn Skye

    Evelyn Skye

    Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel.

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    Cover Reveal: BLOOD PASSAGE + Excerpt & Goodreads Giveaway

    cover-revealPURP_darkenessI have been anxiously awaiting the release of BLOOD PASSAGE, the second book in Heather Demetrios’ Dark Caravan Cycle. And while it’s still a few months away, I’m totally stoked that it has a shiny new cover and that I get to share it here on the blog today.

    The paperback cover for EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, which is releasing in February, will match this new design with its vibrant color, its sheen, gorgeous fonts and sleek modern feel.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this awesome series, information on both books is below. There is also an excerpt of the first chapter of BLOOD PASSAGE, so if you’ve already read book one you’ll definitely want to check it out.

    And, for those of you in the U.S., HarperTeen is hosting a giveaway on Goodreads for FIVE (5) copies of BLOOD PASSAGE! The details and a link to the giveaway are a bit further down in this post.

    Anyway…I’ve rambled long enough. Just scroll down to see this lovely cover revealed. And leave a comment to let me know what you think about the redesign!


    The Cover Revealed

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    Title & Series: BLOOD PASSAGE (Dark Caravan Cycle #2)
    Author: Heather Demetrios
    Release date: March 1, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 512
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    A jinni who’s lost everything.

    A master with nothing to lose.

    A revolutionary with everything to gain.

    When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfill Malek’s third and final wish she’s not expecting it to be easy. Especially because Malek isn’t the only one after Solomon’s sigil, an ancient magical ring that gives its wearer the power to control the entire jinn race. Nalia has also promised to take Raif, leader of the jinn revolution, to its remote location. Though Nalia is free of the bottle and shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she’s in more danger than ever before and no closer to rescuing her imprisoned brother.

    Meanwhile, Malek’s past returns with a vengeance and his well-manicured faade crumbles as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what’s more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

    Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this harrowing second installment of the Dark Caravan Cycle.

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    About Heather Demetrios

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    When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, I’ll Meet You There and the multiplatform serial novel, The Lexie Project. She is the founder of Live Your What, a project dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

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    The Excerpt

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    The Goodreads Giveaway

    HarperTeen is hosting a giveaway for a copy of BLOOD PASSAGE on Goodreads. Click the image below to be taken the page to enter.

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    • 5 Copies available
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • Open until February 1, 2016

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: EXQUISITE CAPTIVE (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
    Author: Heather Demetrios
    Release date: October 7, 2014 (paperback releases Feb. 1, 2015)
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Forced to obey her master.
    Compelled to help her enemy.
    Determined to free herself.

    Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

    Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

    Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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    FREEDOM’S SLAVE (Dark Caravan Cycle #3) – Coming in 2017

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