Now We Rise Blog Tour: The Pros and Cons of Being a Burner

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Now We Rise Blog Tour for CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. It is such an amazing book and the start to a series I cannot wait to continue reading. At well over 500 pages, the story goes so fast you’ll wish there were many, many more pages so it doesn’t have to end… or that the wait for the next installment won’t feel so long.

For my stop today I am writing about the pros and cons to being a Burner.

I discovered my magic (per the graphic below) and as part of the Iná clan, I am a Maji of Fire – a Burner – so I thought I would write about some of the pros and cons to being a diviner and having this particular ability.

If you want to discover your magic and share your results on social media be sure to tag #NowWeRise and #ChildrenOfBloodAndBone to be a part of the conversation.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Burner

While I’m sure there are many, many more positives and negatives to the ones I list below, here are just a few of the ones that stand out to me as being the most amazing and the most detrimental.

Pro: Awesome white hair. As a Burner (or any Diviner) you get this very identifiable, but seriously awesome white hair.

Con: Very identifiable awesome white hair. While the hair itself is awesome, it also serves to identify you as a Diviner. There’s no way to easily hide what you are with this very identifiable hair color. (This is a bad thing for many reasons – but for purposes of not being spoiler-y I will not say why.)

Pro: Bada** ability. Who doesn’t love those heroes and villains that can make and/or control fire? It’s wicked cool. You’re playing with fire. Literally.

Con: Bada** but temperamental ability. Things can go majorly wrong, very quickly when playing with fire. You can have the best of intentions when you start up that burn, but once things ignite, without the ability to douse the flames, things can get out of control fast.

Pro: It makes you a warrior. Having the ability to torch things makes you a warrior. It puts you in the fight. It means that you are integral to the battle. You can fight for your people. You can save lives.

Con: It makes you a warrior…even if you don’t want to be one. With this ability there is no sitting on the sidelines. You’re not a part of the second string when it comes to battle. With the ability to incinerate, you will always be in the thick of things.

Pro: You can melt stuff, cook stuff, keep warm. Forget about having to find two sticks to rub together to keep warm. You can just set your hands ablaze and there will be heat. No canned beans or cold food, you can always have a hot meal. And the ability to melt things? No padlock can keep you out anymore.

Con: An accidental melting, cooking, burning. How bummed would you be if you accidentally melted your favorite piece of jewelry? Or burned a favorite outfit, sofa, rug? A cold beverage isn’t quite the same if the ice is all melted. Unless you have absolute control over the magic, there is always the possibility of igniting, melting, or cooking something you didn’t mean to.

Pro: You are a destroyer. It is a powerful ability. Fire destroys, and with the magic of fire at your disposal you are a destroyer. Pretty. Freaking. Awesome.

Con: You are a destroyer. You’re not a healer. You can’t bring back someone from the dead. But you can destroy them and many others and with this ability you might just be asked to.

So, it seems most of the pros are also cons, at least to me. But it’s still an awesome ability – and one that won’t make you go a little nuts like being a Connector (wouldn’t want to hear all those voices in my head), being a Healer (wouldn’t want a passive ability and miss out on being a part of the fight), or being a Reaper (while awesome, I would not want to mess around with the spirits of the dead).


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Title & Series: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Legacy of Orisha #1)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Release date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages: 544
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


About Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 4,500 subscribers at Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.


Choose A Side: RENEGADES Blog Tour Review

Welcome to my stop on Marissa Meyers’ RENEGADES “Choose A Side” Blog Tour!

While I was asked to choose a side before I read this very awesome book, I am thrilled to say that I chose right – Anarchist.

Both the Renegades and Anarchists made mistakes, didn’t always make the best choices, had their pros and cons, and had their fair share of good guys and bad guys. But from what has been revealed so far in the series, the scales seem to be tipped in favor of the Anarchists – they’re the ones that are fighting for something better instead of getting complacent, getting caught up in the minutiae, forgetting what’s important.

And they have Nova on their side.

If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing new book, releasing next week, by Marissa Meyer, scroll down for more info. If you’d like to know what I thought, my review follows the bookish details. And if you want to check out a few of the other stops on the tour, links to several of the stops so far are at the bottom of the post.


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Title and series: RENEGADES (Renegades #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


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.

The Review

Marissa Meyers’ RENEGADES is action-packed, thrilling, elaborate, exciting, and absolutely riveting. The world-building is incredible. The characters are interesting, so well-developed, have fascinating abilities, and are adorable, likable, lovable, detestable, despicable, or just plain creepy. The story offers much to think about. And deciding on who are the heroes and who are the villains isn’t always so easy.

Nova had one goal in life and that was to end the Renegades. With their parades, their trials, and their bureaucracy, she couldn’t stand to see them in power. Their promises were lies. Their sense of justice was skewed. And she would do whatever it took to ensure their destruction.

Adrian was tired of helping out the Renegades from behind the scenes. He wasn’t just a Renegade by virtue of his birth or because of his family. With his ability he could do so much to help take down the Anarchists. He just needed to prove himself by uncovering the real identity of the villain called Nightmare.

The Renegades appeared to have the advantage with their superior numbers, their seemingly endless resources, the support of the people. But their overconfidence, smugness, and self-righteousness, all but guaranteed that their enemies would work that much harder and be more clever, ruthless, and relentless.

Author Marissa Meyer took her superheroes and villains story beyond that next level. She didn’t skimp on detail. Her characters had pasts as well as presents. She challenged definitions of good and evil. She teased secrets. Her battles were complex and explosive and electrifying. Her society was extensive and captivating. She delivered twists and turns and surprises. And she made what some might consider a lengthy novel a lightning-fast read.

The story transitions smoothly between Nova’s and Adrian’s point of view. It allows readers to get to know both of these unique characters very well and to see the good and the bad within both the Renegades and the Anarchists. And it expands the world.

RENEGADES is not your ordinary superhero versus villains tale – things are not so cut and dry. The stereotypes do not align with expectations. It is as thought-provoking as it is enthralling. It has weight to it but does not feel heavy. And with so many secrets to keep readers intrigued, it promises to be unputdownable.

The Rating

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About Marissa Meyer

MARISSA MEYER is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, as well as the graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.


A Few Other Tour Stops

The “Choose A Side” Blog Tour runs from October 23rd through November 6th. Below are just a few of the stops on the tour…

PERFECT Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

It’s release day for PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern, the second book in the author’s Flawed series, and I am stoked to be able to help spread the word about its release. It is an awesome follow-up and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read it!

I have been a long time fan of the author, have read all her books, and I absolutely love this series. But if you haven’t yet discovered it, there are all sorts of details about both books in the series below, along with links to excerpts on the publisher’s website. There’s also a peek at Chapter 8 from PERFECT if you just can’t wait.

And if you aren’t familiar with the author, there’s a long bio below and links where you can find her online.

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#HeartlessCountdown Review: HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer


HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer releases in JUST 17 DAYS. The wait is almost over!!!!! And let me just tell you it is so totally worth the wait. This book is soooooooooo amazing.

I mean, I had hoped it would be amazing. I thought it would be amazing. I figured it had to be amazing – it’s written by Marissa Meyer after all. But until I actually got the chance to read it I couldn’t say with complete certainty that it was amazing. Well now I can say that it was 100% amazing. And epic. And heartbreaking. And gorgeous. And imaginative. And wonderful. And so much more….

So if you’d like to know a bit more about what else I thought, my review is below.

And if you’d like to participate in the Countdown to HEARTLESS daily challenges visit the Fierce Reads tumblr for details by clicking the image above. And to follow or join the conversation on social media use #HeartlessCountdown.



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Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


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

The Review

Wow, what a gorgeous and heartbreaking and epic adventure this has been. And such a wonderful and wild ride. HEARTLESS is one of those stories that will be remembered and loved long after the final page has been turned. It is delightful and magical and fun and sweet and silly. And it is oh so very clever. And captivating. And devastating. And surprising.

One would not expect the Queen of Hearts to be a sympathetic character, let alone a likable one. Yet Marissa Meyer made her into someone very likable. She gave her character hopes and dreams, even if they might have been unrealistic. She put her character into challenging and often no-win situations, forced her to make difficult decisions, and limited her possibilities. And she made her character’s transformation from who she was to who she became very believable.

Catherine was hopeful and foolish and emotional and passionate about the things she loved. She wasn’t particularly strong or defiant or independent. And she definitely wasn’t the hot-tempered and blood-thirsty Queen she would become. She wanted the impossible – a simple life, love, happiness. But her title, her family’s expectations and the interest of the King all but ensured a very different future for her than the one she imagined.

But when she meets the literal man of her dreams, she’ll finally have decide whether to risk everything and go after a life she wants or accept the one she’s expected to live.

Choice and destiny play a big role in HEARTLESS. As do actions and consequences, strength and determination, bravery and heroism. Add in fantastical, whimsical, odd and quirky and adorable creatures and beings, an enchanting setting, and an ending that you know from the outset will shatter your heart and you have a story that merits a re-read or two or three.

Marissa Meyer has written a “before story” that fits so well into Lewis Carroll’s world. She added a dash of Poe, a touch of Greek mythology, a few creations all her very own and created something marvelous and imaginative that readers are sure to fall madly in love with and that will make them want to pick up Carroll’s Alice books to continue on with the tale.

The Rating


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

About Marissa Meyer


Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER “This Is Who I Am Now” Time Capsule Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to celebrate the release day for THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by participating in this super fun one day only blog tour. The book is gorgeous and heartbreaking and amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.

To celebrate THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, participating blogs were asked to share an object they’d want to include in a time capsule (and why). If you’d like to see what a few of the U.S. bloggers included, check out the Fierce Reads blog post. And if you’d like to see what the bloggers in the UK included, visit My Kinda Book throughout this month.

Additionally, we were asked to share answers to six “This Is Who I Am Now” questions back in February/March and then revisit them this month. If you’d like to know who I was then and who I am now, scroll down to my post.

If you’d like to know more about THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER and its author, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, information about both book and author follow immediately below.

And, if you want to see what the other tour participants had to say, links to the blogs are at the bottom of the post.



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Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Release date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.


About Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance fashion journalist and author of THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (coming May 2016). Her first-ever professional writing credit was for Just Seventeen magazine, and she’s been YA obsessed ever since. She likes burritos, cats, Gwyneth Paltrow and young adult fiction, which she plans to write more of, though she’s also considering a PhD in Dawson’s Creek. Follow her on Twitter: @hapgoodness and on Instagram: @hapgo0dness if you like pictures of cats


The Post

This Is Who I Am Now

Q. What Brings You The Most Joy In Life?

Feb/March 2016:

Spending time with The Dude and my little cat Daisy, reading, blogging, sailing.

May 2016:

Hanging out with The Dude and Daisy. Sailing. Quiet moments. Reading.

Q. What Are You Reading?

Feb/March 2016:

Nothing at the moment. I’m in the midst of moving and I have lost all ability to focus, read, function.

May 2016:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (finally).

Q. What Is Something  You’re Really Looking Forward To?

Feb/March 2016:

Being done with moving. OMG it is so stressful.

May 2016:

Summer. It promises longer days, longer (and warmer) sails.

Q. What Is One Thing That’s Worrying You?

Feb/March 2016:

Daisy’s health. She got really sick recently and I don’t want her to relapse.

May 2016:

My job. I’ve got so much work to do, I can barely breathe. I’ve had super long days (and nights) this past week and I’m totally freaking out.

Q. What Is Something That You Always Have With You?

Feb/March 2016:

My sailing log. You never know when you’re going to be invited to crew, or the mood strikes and you head out solo. Gotta have your log to document it all, so I keep it with me always.

May 2016:

Okay my answer in February was totally dumb. I don’t always have my logbook with me. I mean I almost always have it with me but not always. It wouldn’t survive a shower. I don’t take it with me when grabbing a Starbucks.

But what I do always have with me are my memories. And, thankfully, most of those I love having.

Q. What Is Something That You Wish You Could Change?

Feb/March 2016:

Tough question. About myself? Too many things. About the world? Too many things. But if I had to pick just one…

About me, I’d change my brain. It makes me stress over the small stuff. The big stuff. All the stuff. About the world, I’d change people’s tolerance.

May 2016:

Grr, still a tough Q. As far as I go, I wish I could change the past. I have few regrets in life. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. But there are three things that happened in the past that I desperately wish I could change. As for the world, I wish I could make everyone kinder. Kinder toward each other, kinder to themselves, kinder to the creatures we share this planet with, kinder to the earth itself.

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