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

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The Tour Schedule

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NOW I RISE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the NOW I RISE Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am super excited to be a part of the tour and to share my thoughts about this second book in Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga.

I love, love, loved the first book in the series, and NOW I RISE has been one of my most anticipated reads of the year. And let me tell you it is even more awesome than I ever could have hoped it would be.

If you’d like to know what I thought, my unspoiler-y as possible review is below. If you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule follows at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this incredibly epic sequel, enter in the Rafflecopter.


About NOW I RISE

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Title & Series: NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Release date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 480
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description…

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

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


The Review

NOW I RISE is the epic and gripping and action-packed sequel in this already amazing series that reimagines the history of Vlad the Impaler in a most original way. Filled to the brim with bloody battles, political maneuvering, difficult choices, devastating losses, and crushing betrayal, it is an enthralling and intense and unputdownable read.

It is not a story for the faint of heart. It blurs the lines between good and evil, right and wrong, heroes and villains. It confronts head-on a number of tough subjects – religion, equality, sexual orientation, assault. It shows that sometimes the only way to a better future is through violence, manipulation, sacrifice. But it also shows what choosing this path costs.

Lada did not regret her choice to leave Mehmed in order to attempt to take back her Wallachia. Being a part of the sultan’s harem was not an option. Constantinople was not her dream. She had to pursue her own goals, even if it meant doing so without him by her side and without her brother Radu, whose skills would have been an asset in her quest to become prince.

However much she missed them both, she would not be distracted from what she desired most. And even without Radu’s gift for diplomacy, she was determined to reclaim her land, by whatever violent means necessary.

With Lada out of the way, Radu hoped that Mehmed would finally see how he felt and would return his affections. But his use as a spy meant first distancing himself from his sultan and then leaving for Constantinople.

The danger would be great, but his loyalty to and love for Mehmed made it worth the risk. Though with every day that passed, he was less certain of the righteousness, effectiveness, and goodness of his own actions. He was less clear about his relationship with Mehmed. He was less confident about who his enemies really were.

Kiersten White did a masterful job with this second book in the series. It does not suffer from middle book syndrome in the least. It is even more riveting than its predecessor, even more thought-provoking, even more exciting.

Alternating between Lada and Radu’s points of view allows for even more action, suspense, tension. It emphasizes the differences between Lada’s ruthless and almost remorseless approach to achieving her objectives and Radu’s more balanced but conflicted approach toward reaching his.

There is no shortage of bloodshed, pride, or greed. There is no room for weakness. There are no simple solutions. There is heartbreak, defeat, devotion, faith, and undying love. All of which make NOW I RISE a significant and extraordinary and incredibly memorable must-read.

The Rating

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


About Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of And I Darken, the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of FateThe Chaos of Stars, and In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.

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Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: AND I DARKEN (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Release date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • Three (3) winners will receive a finished copy of NOW I RISE – US Only

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

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DARK BREAKS THE DAWN Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to today’s stop on the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN blog tour. If you haven’t yet heard of this awesome new series by Sara B. Larson, you should definitely check out the all the stops on the tour to learn more.

For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this amazing first book in the duology. Though I am keeping my lips sealed about its similarities to Swan Lake. And even though I would love to talk about just what happened. Especially right there at the end.

Whether you are a fan of Swan Lake or are unfamiliar with it, DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is a story that promises to captivate and will leave you desperate for the next installment.

So if you’re in the U.S. and would like the chance to win a copy, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter below. And if you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review.


About DARK BREAKS THE DAWN

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Title: DARK BREAKS THE DAWN
Author: Sara B. Larson
Release date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake — a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

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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 was purchased for my collection.


The Review

DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is an enchanting and magical and riveting tale that introduces a princess who is just about to come into her abilities, a people who are divided by their powers of darkness and light, and two warring kingdoms kept embroiled in battle by a ruthless king who wants to rule them both. It is an exciting and suspenseful story that will keep readers guessing and will leave them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Evelayn spent years training in anticipation of the day she would finally have access to her full powers. But nothing could have prepared her for what it would feel like to have them. And she never would have expected to have to master them as quickly as she needed to.

But when, after ten years of fighting valiantly against King Bain’s onslaughts, the Light Kingdom of Éadrolan’s defenses are breached, Evelayn will have to become the queen that her people need her to be and find a way to defeat the Dark Kingdom. Even if it means taking risks her mother never did. Because with no experience and no time to hone her skills, there are no safer options that could lead to victory.

Sara B. Larson penned a captivating and imaginative story that goes well beyond the confines of Swan Lake. She delivers the beauty, romance, magic, tragedy and betrayal that readers will expect, but adds adventure and mystery, creates tension, offers a number of characters to adore and despise, and teases secrets that will be revealed in the next installment.

DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is a mix of fairytale and fantasy. It is fascinating. It is thrilling. It is heartbreaking. It is bewitching. And with a beautiful princess, a handsome lord, two gorgeous but deadly princes, an evil king, a wicked queen, a dangerous quest, amazing abilities, and a killer cliffhanger ending, it promises to be a wonderfully gripping read.

The Rating


About Sara B. Larson

SARA B. LARSON is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the loss of nap time) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • Three (3) winners will receive a finished copy of DARK BREAKS THE DAWN – US only

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The Tour Schedule

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THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt: Character Profile + #Giveaway

Welcome to Week Two of THE LAST MAGICIAN Scavenger Hunt Tour.

For this second week of the hunt I have a Character Profile of Jianyu Lee to share. And while I haven’t “met” him yet, after reading his profile he’s definitely someone I can’t wait to get to know in the book.

Be sure to note the NUMBER for the Scavenger Hunt.

And be sure to stop by next Monday for an excerpt and another Scavenger Hunt clue.

If you missed last week’s post with other details, you can find it HERE.

And if you’ve entered the giveaway, don’t forget to visit the other stops and collect the hunt clues for additional chances to win.

Lisa Maxwell’s THE LAST MAGICIAN releases this July. It sounds amazing. So if you’re like me and can’t wait for its release, be sure to follow along to learn more about the book and its characters.


About THE LAST MAGICIAN

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Title: THE LAST MAGICIAN
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 512
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

From Unhooked author Lisa Maxwell comes a captivating new world filled with magic and deception, about a girl who must travel back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future.

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Character Profile: Jianyu Lee

Name:

Jianyu Lee

Background:

I have not been in this country for very long, but it did not take more than a few months to realize that I never should never have come to this city. I was smuggled through Canada on a journey paid for by Tom Lee, the mayor of Chinatown. But no one warned me about the Brink. No one warned me that Tom Lee’s organization, the On Leong Tong, was more than a benevolent society. But I had no interest in being his weapon against those who could not defend themselves. This city is not kind to outsiders, but Dolph Saunders offered me a place with his crew. I am not sure that I can trust him. I am not sure I can trust anyone, but what are my choices? I might have become one of The Devil’s Own, but I remain watchful and wear a face the world does not question as I wait and hope for something more.

Likes:

The heat of well-peppered dishes. The sunlight at daybreak. The sense of invincibility I have when I pull light around myself and walk like a ghost, unseen, in the city streets.

Dislikes:

Living under a name that is not my own.

Role/Talent:

My affinity is for light, and my magic calls to that which illuminates this world. I can bend the light around myself and disappear.

Motto:

Patience. The right opportunity will present itself.

Scavenger hunt number:

18


About Lisa Maxwell

Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked. Next up is THE LAST MAGICIAN (July 2017). When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

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The Giveaway

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  • Two (2) winners will receive a signed/personalized ARC of THE LAST MAGICIAN – US only

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The Hunt Bloggers

BLACKSOULS Blog Tour: Guest Posts by Nicole Castroman + Giveaway

I am so unbelievably excited to be kicking off the blog tour for BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman. It has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2017 – and it was even better than I could have hoped for. And, no, it’s not because I am a sailor and love any and all stories involving sailing ships. Or because I have always loved stories about pirates. Or because this cover is so awesome.

It’s because the book is more than amazing. And if you’d like to know why, stop back tomorrow for my off-the-menu 6-star review.

But for my stop on the tour I have five mini guest posts to share about this incredible sequel, its characters, and its fabulous author.

There is also a tour-wide giveaway for a signed copy of BLACKSOULS. So if you’re in the US and you’d like the chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter.

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