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    Blog Tour Review: WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU by Ariel Kaplan

    I am thrilled to be a part of the WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU Blog Tour and to share my thoughts about this seriously fantastic sophomore novel by Ariel Kaplan.

    I was drawn in by the title and subtitle. And ever since I read the description I just knew it was going to be one of those books I’d devour in a single sitting.

    If you haven’t yet grabbed your copy, the book’s description and places to find it online are below. And if you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down further for my review.


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    Title: WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU
    Author: Ariel Kaplan
    Release date: August 21, 2018
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she’s rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly résumé-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving) … all that for nothing.

    As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as “The Ophelia Syndicate,” Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.

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    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

    WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU is the whole package. It has drama, and humor, and romance. It is thought provoking. It offers a mystery to be solved. It has likable and interesting characters. It is instantly engaging and stays that way until the very end.

    Mischa Abramavicius thought she had the college application process all figured out. She had the grades – straight A’s… well, except for that one A-. She had the extracurriculars. Her SATs were competitive. Her essay was well-written. And the schools she applied to were varied enough that she was guaranteed to get accepted to at least one, other than her safety school, even if the competition was especially fierce. Right?

    But when even they decided she wasn’t worthy of admittance, she knew there had to be some kind of mistake. And, once she recovered from the shock, she was going to find out just what happened. Because she didn’t work so hard for so long and her mother didn’t scrimp and save and sacrifice, just to give up without a fight. Even if she wasn’t entirely sure what she was fighting for was what she still wanted.

    Author Ariel Kaplan penned a novel that is clever and funny and thrilling and nail-biting. She created a character in Mischa who is very relatable and, if not always lovable, is likable and compelling. Her mystery provides a number of theories and motives and suspects to choose from. And she asks some important questions about life and choices and self.

    From fierce rivalry, to family pressure and expectations, to economic hardships and unfair disadvantages, the author gave her overachieving character a lot to deal with. Add in an enemy who has every reason to want Mischa to fail, a mother she does not want to disappoint, a group of friends willing to risk their futures for her, a secret whose knowledge could be the cause of her predicament, and a system that makes it almost impossible to uncover the truth of what happened, and Mischa’s plight promises to be riveting.

    And with a quick pace, a few surprise twists, some daring feats, a number of difficult choices, and an unexpected outcome, WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU is a must.

    The Rating


    About Ariel Kaplan

    A. E. Kaplan was born in California and moved to Virginia at the age of seven, where she spent her childhood playing in the woods and reading all the folklore she could get her hands on. She has a BA in history and religious studies from the College of William and Mary and an MLS from Florida State University.

    Now a writer, she lives in Virginia with her family. Her first book, Grendel’s Guide to Love and War, received three starred reviews and was selected as an Indies Introduce book, among other honors. We Regret to Inform You is her second novel.

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    LOST CROW CONSPIRACY Blog Tour: Interview with Rosalyn Eves

    I am such a huge fan of Author Rosalyn Eves and her Blood Rose Rebellion series and am thrilled to be a part of the LOST CROW CONSPIRACY Blog Tour hosted by the publisher.

    I may have already participated in an earlier tour and shared my thoughts about this incredibly awesome sequel, but I was a part of this one first and was totally stoked to be able to ask the author 10 questions about her book, her series, her characters.

    If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing series that is rich with history, filled with magic, brimming with action, and completely and totally captivating, be sure to check out the books’ descriptions below – though to avoid any spoilers maybe just read the one for BLOOD ROSE REBELLION. And if you haven’t yet “met” the author, Rosalyn Eves, her bio and places to find her online are also below.

    But if you’d like to know her thoughts about this second book in the series, about which scene was a favorite, which one was a challenge, what advice she’d give to her character, what she might have done differently if she were in her character’s shoes, and more, scroll down for the interview.


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    Title & Series: LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion #2)
    Author: Rosalyn Eves
    Release date: March 27, 2018
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBooks

    Description…

    Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding–and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

    Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas’s blood sacrifice would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

    But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

    As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can’t solve everything on her own. Now there’s only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she’d never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.

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    The Interview

    Q. If you had to describe LOST CROW CONSPIRACY in 15 words or less, how would you describe it?

    Anna fights with Viennese court politics and wrestles with what it means to be monstrous.

    Q. Aside from Anna, who is (or was) your favorite character to write about – and why? Who is (or was) your most challenging character – and why?

    Mátyás is always a fun character to write—his outlook on the world amuses me and he gets to say things Anna wouldn’t let herself think. Because he is Romani, Gábor is my most challenging character to write, as it requires a lot of research and care to present his perspective accurately and respectfully. I’ve had a Romani reader and experts in Romani culture help me, but I’m still not certain I get everything right.

    Q. What was your favorite part about writing this sequel? And did you find it more or less challenging to write than BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, the first book in the series – and why?

    I loved coming back to a world I already knew (and bringing a beloved character back to life 😉). I didn’t have to rewrite this book quite as many times as BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, but it felt like it took longer to catch the overall vision and heart of the book. I wrote nearly 70k and then had to start over because the story wasn’t working right. I finally had an epiphany about second books in a trilogy (that is, the middle leading up to the dark night of the soul is essentially a tragedy) that helped me figure out how to resolve the story. The biggest challenge was finding a way to wrap up the story in a way that felt satisfying while still leaving enough open for book 3 to resolve.

    Q. How did you decide how much history versus fantasy to include in your series? And what were the challenges of including as much as you did?

    I love historical fantasy—there’s something about the combination of real historical detail and magic that never gets old to me. That said, I’m not always good at deciding the balance of historical detail—this is why  I have an editor and readers, who say, “you know, we don’t really need quite this much detail.”

    Q. If you could change the fate of one character in your series, who would it be? And if it’s not too spoiler-y, why would you change their fate?

    There’s a secondary character in LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (I won’t name them, as that would be a spoiler) who dies during a fight scene. I was sorry to kill them, but I needed someone to die to show the stakes of the situation, and it needed to be someone that mattered (at least a little) to readers.

    Q. If you were in Anna’s shoes, would you have broken the Binding spell, even with the chaos that resulted?

    I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to do that! Anna is far braver than I am, particularly in situations where physical courage is required. Also, I think because I’m older than Anna and have a better perspective on how far reaching her decision would be, I think I would have hesitated for those reasons too. But then the story would have been much less interesting.

    Q. If you could give Anna a piece of advice or words of warning, what would you tell her?

    In several of the books I signed for BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, I wrote, “you are enough.” Anna struggles, much as I did as a teen, to believe that she has value independent of what she can contribute to society, and in LOST CROW CONSPIRACY this struggle becomes acute, as everything she thinks she achieved in book 1 gets taken from her. If I could tell her one thing, I would tell her that she’s enough, just as she is. (But this is something she has to learn).

    Q. What was your favorite scene to write about in LOST CROW CONSPIRACY? And why was it a favorite?

    I’m going to cheat and pick two, one for each POV. I enjoyed writing the ballroom scene at Schönbrunn, just before the climax, because I got to indulge in some vivid descriptions and banter. (You can read an excerpt at Owl Always Be Reading.) And Mátyás has a run-in with highwaymen that was also a lot of fun to write, mostly because Mátyás says what he thinks without much care for the consequences. (You can read an excerpt of this at A Dream Within A Dream.)

    Q. If you could visit any point in time in history and any place in history, would you have visited Anna’s Hungary or would you have gone somewhere and/or sometime else – and why?

    Much as I love Hungary and the 19th century, I’m not sure I would have wanted to visit anywhere in Europe then. Even though technology was improving, a lot of private life was still fairly primitive by today’s standards and in 1848 they were just starting to understand you could prevent the spread of disease in hospitals and clinics by washing your hands. (In fact, it was a Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis, who discovered this in Vienna in 1847). If I could do a very brief visit, I’d love to have seen some of the balls in Buda Castle and in Vienna. I’d also love to have seen Istanbul at its height in the late 18th, early 19th century—it was much more cosmopolitan than many other European cities.

    Q. In what ways is Anna your “ideal” heroine? In what ways would you like to see her improve?

    I think a heroine has to be brave, which Anna usually is. But she also tends to act without thinking through the consequences, and sometimes that ends badly for her.


    About Rosalyn Eves

    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, is out now from Knopf/Random House. Her second, LOST CROW CONSPIRACY, comes out March 27, 2018.

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    About BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

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    Title & Series: BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Blood Rose Rebellion #)
    Author: Rosalyn Eves
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    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.

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    LOST CROW CONSPIRACY BLOG TOUR: Review + Giveaway

    Welcome to the final day of the LOST CROW CONSPIRACY Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

    I am so excited to be a part of the tour and to share my thoughts about this second book in Author Rosalyn Eves’ Blood Rose Rebellion series. While I absolutely loved the first book in this series, I love, love, love LOST CROW CONSPIRACY.

    And while I don’t share all the reasons why in my review – because that would be way too spoiler-y – I do list a few. So if you’d like to know what I thought, my review follows a bit further below.

    If you’d like to know more about the author and each of the books in series, their information is also below – though you should definitely not read the description for LOST CROW CONSPIRACY if you haven’t yet read BLOOD ROSE REBELLION.

    This tour includes a tour-wide giveaway for those with U.S. addresses. So if you want a chance to win an awesome prize, head down to the Rafflecopter for more details.

    And if you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule follows at the end of the post with direct links to all the stops.


    About LOST CROW CONSPIRACY

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    Title & Series: LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion #2)
    Author: Rosalyn Eves
    Release date: March 27, 2018
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 464
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBooks

    Description…

    Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding–and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

    Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas’s blood sacrifice would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

    But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

    As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can’t solve everything on her own. Now there’s only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she’d never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.

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    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

    LOST CROW CONSPIRACY is everything you could want in a sequel and so much more. It is action-packed, edge-of-your-seat exciting, suspense-filled, and full of surprises. Magical beings, spell-casting and spell-breaking, hidden agendas, manipulation, betrayal, injustice, fierce battles, and a touch of romance make this installment riveting.

    The story picks up shortly after the events in the first book in the series. And while things may seem to have settled down following the rebellion, the reality is quite different. The shift in magic has left many uneasy or angry. The fear of the unknown and of the praetheria has the decision-makers on edge. The now-free Hungary has caused power struggles among the countries looking to expand their empires and has presented opportunities for those looking to lead. And a new, even deadlier threat is on the horizon.

    Anna thought she made the right decision when she chose to break the Binding, releasing the magic and freeing the praetheria. Even with what it cost her and with the secrets she had to keep. But her Hungary wasn’t as free as she thought it was. The beings she unleashed on the world might not be as benevolent. The Congress wasn’t as open-minded as she would have hoped. And she may have put herself in a position where she’d have to choose duty, responsibility, country over love.

    Author Rosalyn Eves did not let up on the intensity in this second book in her series. She added more battles, more chases and escapes, more fascinating beings, more magical abilities, and many more threats and dangers. She continued to make a connection to the events, people, and climate of the time. She touched on issues of women’s rights and equality. She developed Anna into even more of a strong female lead.

    LOST CROW CONSPIRACY is the perfect follow-up to BLOOD ROSE REBELLION. It has a faster pace. It has a whole host of new and interesting issues and characters. It advances the storyline in different and unexpected ways. It offers dual points-of-view that give a peek at very separate and distinct parts of the world. And it sets things up and teases things to come in the third installment in the series.

    Thrilling, nail-biting, at times inciting, and completely all-consuming, LOST CROW CONSPIRACY is an absolute must.

    The Rating

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


    About Rosalyn Eves

    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, is out now from Knopf/Random House. Her second, LOST CROW CONSPIRACY, comes out March 27, 2018.

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    About BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

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    Title & Series: BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Blood Rose Rebellion #)
    Author: Rosalyn Eves
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    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.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • THREE (3) winners will receive a SIGNED finished copy of LOST CROW CONSPIRACY + a magnet – US ONLY

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

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    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Pre-Pub Blog Tour Review

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    Title: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
    Author: Jared Reck
    Release date: September 26, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

    If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

    But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

    After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

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    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

    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is an unassuming title for a story that packs such a very large punch. It is sweet and funny and moving and heartbreaking. It introduces an authentic and relatable character with a wildly entertaining inner monologue. It is an intensely emotional, gut-wrenching read that will not be so easy to recover from.

    Matt Wainwright knows exactly when he fell in love with his lifelong best friend and neighbor, Tabby. If he were someone else, he probably would have told her how he felt. But he wasn’t confident enough or starry-eyed enough to think that things would work out like they did in the movies. And he didn’t want to risk losing his friend.

    But when Tabby starts dating Liam, he can feel her slipping away from him anyway. And instead of doing everything in his power to keep their friendship intact, he lets his insecurity, his jealousy, and his anger drive her away.

    To get Tabby back in his life he’d had to get over himself, bury his feelings, and just be a friend – things he should have done in the first place. Maybe if he had, he wouldn’t have lost all that time they could have spent together. A regret that didn’t seem so deep when he thought they had a lifetime of memories ahead of them, but felt bottomless when he learned there wouldn’t be any.

    Jared Reck’s debut is nothing short of brilliant. It is the perfect mix of light and weighty, heartwarming and devastating. The wry humor will make you laugh. The raw pain will destroy you. His character, Matt, will make you cringe at some of his bad decisions, chuckle at some of his poetic masterpieces, smile at just what he’s willing to do for his family, sigh when he gets in a mood and lets the expletives fly, ache for his loss, and sympathize with his plight.

    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is a tragic, unrequited love story that promises to be a tearjerker. But it’s not all darkness and despair. Its amusing chapter titles, its likable main character, and its positively adorable moments throughout, infuse happiness and levity into this exceptionally well-written tragedy.

    It is clever, it is captivating, it is absolutely outstanding. And with much to think about and a few life lessons to learn from, it proves itself a meaningful story that is not to be forgotten.

    The Rating

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


    About Jared Reck

    Jared Reck is a debut author. He received a BA in English from Clemson University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and recently completed graduate coursework in McDaniel College’s Writing for Children & Young Adults program. He lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he’s an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher. Learn more about Jared on Twitter at @ReckJ.

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    BLOOD ROSE REBELLION Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

    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.

    And…

    If you’re in the U.S. and you would like the chance to win a signed copy of the book, enter in the Rafflecopter.


    About BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

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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
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    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.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS

    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.


    The Review

    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.

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    About Rosalyn Eves

    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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    10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE Blog Tour: ‘Most Challenging Scene’ Guest Post by Carrie Mac

    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.


    About 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE

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    Title: 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE
    Author: Carrie Mac
    Release date: February 28, 2017
    Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    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.
     
    Think positive.
    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.

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    Praise

    “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


    The Guest Post

    Most Challenging Scene to Write

    by Carrie Mac

    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.

    Uh, no.

    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.


    About Carrie Mac

    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.

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    Review: 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE

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    Title: 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE
    Author: Carrie Mac
    Release date: February 28, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 322
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    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.
     
    Think positive.
    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. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

    Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE is a moving, sweet, heartwarming, funny and somewhat anxious-making read. It introduces a girl whose anxiety disorder has majorly impacted her life, who is trying to cope with some pretty serious stuff, and puts her in a sink or swim situation. It allows readers to experience her apprehension, her tension, her fear. And asks them to sympathize with her even when it’s not so easy to do so.

    Maeve can’t stop worrying about every little thing. When she gets anxious – which is practically all the time – she can’t stop her brain from going to dark places, from reciting depressing statistics, from imagining the worst possible outcomes.

    At home, with her mother, she’s been trying to gain some control over her disorder. But with her mom leaving for Haiti she’s forced to make some big, unsettling changes – say goodbye to Port Townsend, move in with her less than reliable dad, start a new school, make new friends. All these things are hard enough for anyone to deal with, but for someone whose fears dominate their thoughts, it’s almost impossible.

    Add in a tragedy, a huge disappointment, a new romance, and an early arrival, and you have the all the ingredients for an epic disaster.

    Author Carrie Mac didn’t take the easy road when creating her character. She gave readers someone very real, who is not always particularly likable. And while Maeve may be relatable to some, her disorder could make it difficult for others to understand and connect with her.

    The author also didn’t let her character take the easy road. Maeve has all kinds of challenges thrown at her – ones that should give her some hope if she can manage to face and overcome them.

    But it’s not all doom and gloom, as Maeve might want you to believe. 10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE offers up a lovely romance, two charming siblings, a few interesting neighbors, a kingdom of warring gnomes, and possibly more than you’d ever want to know about home births and parents’ significant others. It is an engaging and insightful, at times maddening, at times hilariously cringe-worthy read.

    The Rating


    About Carrie Mac

    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.

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