Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour: Spin the Dawn, written by Elizabeth Lim

Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour: Spin the Dawn, written by Elizabeth Lim

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the bookstagram & creative blog tour for SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim hosted by MTMC Tours & PRH International!

Project Runway meets Mulan, this Silk Road-inspired fantasy is about a tailor who must sew 3 dresses of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars to save her kingdom! This is the first installment in The Blood of Stars duology released on July 9th, 2019 from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Check below my tour stop and make sure to visit all the bookstagram & creative stops for a chance to win an international edition of this book + swag!

About the book:

  • Title: Spin the Dawn
  • Series: The Blood of Stars #1
  • Author: Elizabeth Lim
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing Date: July 9th, 2019
  • ISBN: 9780593118443
  • Genres: YA Fantasy

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Synopsis:

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

Should You read Spin the Dawn?

Spin the Dawn is about a girl Maia who dreams of becoming an Imperial tailor but cannot because of her gender. Eventually, she has no choice but to take her father’s place when a royal messenger summons her father for the position of the imperial tailor. Maia hatches a plan to go in the disguise of her brother. Reaching the palace, Maia finds out that she wasn’t told the entire story, that she had to complete with other tailors for the coveted position and that the emperor’s bride-to-be will choose the winner. Day after day, Maia has to maintain her disguise; evade backstabbing tailors, dangerous court games and the attention of the Lord Enchanter Edan.

As the competition reaches its end, Maia wins but it comes at too much of a high price. As the Imperial Tailor, Maia’s first task is to make three gowns for emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be and they must be made from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. Will Maia succeed in this impossible task or will she die like all others before her?

This was really a mashup of Project Runway and Mulan; well, if Project Runway included contestants physically harming each other and Mulan was a tailor and…nope, not saying anything else. A very familiar fantasy trope was at play in this book : If you’re female, you’re doomed and you’ve got to “prove” yourself. Maia grew up with a thread in one hand and a needle in other; it would be sacrilege if she couldn’t become a master tailor. However, circumstances were pointing towards Maia to either marry or spend her life alone. The rules in A’landi are particularly harsh if someone finds out a woman is masquerading as a man.

“My whole life, I’d been told what I couldn’t do because I was a girl. Well, this was my chance to find out. The only thing I could do was take it.”

There is also a mention of a war at the beginning between the Emperor of A’landi and his Shansen(warlord) but not much is clear as to why it happened but magic was involved, that much is clear. Magic plays an important role throughout the story and although I can’t tell you why but it is pretty cool. The world-building is beautiful but not complete( I guess it’s because this is book one) and the journey to gather the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon and the blood of the stars was the most enjoyable portion of the story for me!

I also want to talk about Edan who I immediately likened with the Darkling in the beginning but he was anything but. Edan or the Lord Enchanter(as everyone calls him) was the living-breathing example of everything Maia shouldn’t trust but boy, she was so wrong. Edan is smart, funny and loyal. He doesn’t everything in his power to help Maia even though it comes at a price.

Overall, I recommend it to you if you love fantasy, retellings with a twist, adventure, a fierce and loyal heroine who’d do anything to protect her loved ones, unlikely romance, and magic.

Thanks to the MTMC Tours and PRH for including me on the blog tour!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.

Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since.

Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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International Tour-wide Giveaway:



Head over to my Instagram account for a chance to win an international edition of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim + swag! And don’t forget to check all the accounts/blogs participating for extra entries!!!

Tour Schedule:

July 15
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July 16
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July 17
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July 18
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July 19
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July 20
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July 21
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July 22
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July 23
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July 24
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July 25
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Not all crows are bad, just read Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow | Book Review

Not all crows are bad, just read Margaret Owen's The Merciful Crow

Not all crows are bad, just read Margaret Owen's The Merciful Crow | Book Review

The Merciful Crow(The Merciful Crow #1)by Margaret Owen

Publication date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 
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Synopsis:

A future chieftain  Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own? 

Trigger Warnings Self-harm and graphic descriptions of inflicting injury on others

Should You read The Merciful Crow?

“Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats.”

There may be spoilers ahead, so continue at your own risk..

I was clearly craving more “crow” books as I couldn’t wait to start The Merciful Crow immediately after reading The Storm Crow. The Merciful Crow is a very appropriate name because it’s mainly about the Crows, who are at the bottom rung of a Caste System, who deliver “mercy kills” to the upper castes who are not immune to the plague disease.

The Caste System consists of three castes: Splendid, Hunting and the Common Castes with the Phoenix(The Royals) on the topmost rung of the ladder and the Crows on the lowest. The Splendid, Hunting and the Common castes are further divided into groups such as Peacock, Swan, Dove; Hawk, Crane, Owl, Vulture; Gull, Pigeon, and Sparrow respectively. Every Caste and their groups have different birthrights except the Crows who have none.

The Caste hierarchy may sound confusing and overwhelming at first, but I promise you that it isn’t. Now that I have explained a bit of this book’s world to you, let me tell you exactly what is the story and what did I think of it.

The story starts with Fie who’s the daughter of the chief of a band of Merciful Crows. Her band of Merciful Crows is at the Royal Palace where her father is delivering mercy kills to two royal boys. Crows are the only caste to remain immune to the plague that’s wreaking havoc across the kingdom( I don’t remember the name of the place so i’m gonna just keep using kingdom *sorry*) and that’s why they are called everywhere there is a person or family afflicted and when the chief kills, a reward is given to the crows in exchange.

So, what happens next is that Fie and the rest of her Crows take the royal boys to burn them and lo and behold, they’re not dead after all. It turns out that the royal bodies are none other than Prince Jasimir and his royal bodyguard Tavin(who occasionally acts as the prince’s double). The situation gets even crazier when Jasimir and Tavin ask the Crows’ help to deliver them to a safe place because all these years the Queen or Jasimir’s stepmother was trying to kill him. Fie and the Crows agree only after a sacred oath is made: Swear that there would be no more merciless killing of the Crows’; that when Jasimir becomes King, he will provide armed protection to the Crows. After taking this sacred oath, Fie and her band of Crows along with the prince and his bodyguard start on a journey to fulfill their promise but treachery lies ahead and somewhere along the road, Fie will have to decide between her family and two strangers who could care less about the Crows.

It's time for MY thoughts 

To my utter surprise, I loved everything about the book. At first, I stumbled on the language used- which was part Scottish, I think- and the caste system. Each caste groups have witches among them too and the term “witches” is used to describe both males and females. There was a lot of mentions of teeth and their uses which kinda grossed me out. HOWEVER, everything was okay in my world as I became used to everything and truly enjoyed the story which set at the perfect pace for me. There were loads of twists and turns throughout and I loved the build of anticipation till the very end. There were lots of clever uses of wordplay.. a cat named Barf and a chief named Bastard. And a bastard who’s a Hawk. And a Prince who’s supposed to be dead..

I loved the world-building; the caste system and their division into various groups, each having different birthrights..except the Crows. BUT…the Crows have this unique ability -which I’m not going to spoil- that I thought was so clever.

“They’ll come up with a fancy name for you… Tell stories for centuries. Fie Oath-cutter. Fie the Cunning. Fie, the Crow Who Feared No Crown.”

I loved Fie’s character: she’s relatable, fierce, loyal..and one of the most well-developed characters I’ve read in fantasy recently. Her anger, arrogance, sorrow is all justified when you read what her family and the rest of the Crows have been through. Tavin is an interesting character as I had started to think of him as a side character but oh boy, does he have many layers to peel off. I hated Jasimir because he -rightly so- was acting like a pompous ass and jealous prince for most of the book. However, all these characters were so well-developed that in the end, you’ll end up loving them and wanting more of them.

There is a slow-burn romance but it doesn’t take center stage. It was well developed, felt natural and both of the characters showed respect towards each other in spite of the social system at play.

I need more of Fie, more of Tavin and Jasimir, and where their paths will lead them to. I won’t say it ended on a cliffhanger and you can even read it as a standalone if you want, but I know that The Merciful Crow is planned to be a duology. To say that “I’m excited” would be an understatement.

Overall, I highly recommend this fantasy to you if you love fast-paced, immersive stories with a slow-burn romance that will keep you second-guessing the outcome till the very end. There are unique uses of magic at play, a gay prince, bisexual bodyguard, badass females with cats and lots more in this fantastic book by Margaret Owen.

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 

About the Author:

Margaret Owen

You can connect with author Margaret Owen through her website or Goodreads

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Is the Merciful Crow on your TBR? Have you already read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Blog Tour: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson | Review & INT Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson | Review & INT Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson | Review & INT Giveaway

The Storm Crow(The ​Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson

Publication date: July 9, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis:

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

Trigger Warnings Depression, on page violence,self-harm

Should You read The Storm Crow?

“A storm. A tempest of lightning and thunder with the kind of heart found only in legends. A heart full of kindness and courage and strength.”

The Storm Crow was a love at first sight. The moment I laid my eyes on the dark gorgouesness of a cover, I was smitten and it didn’t matter that one of the crow’s beady eyes was staring at me from the said cover. *Enough said* Did the inside of the book captivate me as much as it’s outside did? Let’s find out..

The story starts with a beautiful scene where Princess Anthia or Thia is riding on top of a crow. Anthia is the princess of the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire where elemental crows are the most important, albeit sacred, things since forever. A future without the crows is unthinkable, but that is what will happen next.

This should be time of merriment as a festival is going on to celebrate the sacred (crow)egg hatching ceremony. However, sounds of laughter are soon replaced with horrified screams when fire breaks out in the Royal rookery(where the eggs are kept). Thia escapes the fire with the help of her warrior friend Kiva, but her mother and godmother does not.

Months after the fire, Thia is left with painful memories and burn scars, all because of a handful of Rhodairen nobels who betrayed their country to their enemy kingdom Illucia. Thia’s problems, however, is only just beginning as she learns that she has to marry the prince of Illucia, Ericen. Thia is helpless, as her sister (who’s the Queen now) explains that Illucia has the power to destroy what’s left of Rhodaire and without a single crow, they would be helpless in a fight against Illucia. Thia has no choice but to meet with the ‘cruel’ Illucian prince and go with him to Illucia. However, it seems that not all hope is lost for Thia when she finds a lone crow egg in the destroyed rookery. Thia must carry the egg to Illucia as a royal has to present during the hatching. Will Thia be able to survive Illucia, the Illucian Queen and do all of this while trying to get the egg to hatch?

Okay. It's time to dissect even further

I loved the writing. It wasn’t flowery or magical but I wasn’t left wanting for it. The story kept me engaged and sometimes on edge with the anticipation of what’s to come. With that said, The Storm Crow is the first book in a duology so there wasn’t much of a worldbuilding or action. This was a purely character-driven story where we accompany Thia on her journey from her home to uncharted enemy territory; all the while trying to cope with depression, mental and physical torture, basically escaping death and protecting the allegedly last crow egg. I loved watching Thia and sister communicate(even if it wasn’t for long) and I also loved Thia and Kiva’s relationship, Thia and Ericen’s banter so very much.

Click to view spoilers Ericen, as it turns out, was not entirely a bad guy. I mean, he was tortured(implied) by his mother and technically, he had no hand in the slaughter of the crows and people. All of Thia and Ericen’s conversations were giving me hope of a marriage of convenience OTP; however, it was not meant to be 😦

“He was everywhere; I couldn’t escape him. Surely, it would only be worse in Illucia. He was in my head, in my thoughts and my emotions. He’d burrowed underneath my skin with his vicious smiles and barbed, caustic words, and everywhere I went, there he was.”

Also, I loved that a fantasy protagonist mentioned that she’s depressed out loud and there’s also a scene where Kiva is seen describing PTSD, and Kive is also gay and Ericen is bisexual am just assuming..

“It isn’t self-pity!” I screamed. “I’m depressed!”

There was a slight hint of a love triangle in the end but I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that in the sequel because this woman is NOT a fan of them.

Overall, I highly recommend this epic fantasy to you if you would love reading about magical crows, feuding kingdoms, bloodthirsty queens, lovable sister and friend relationships, broody and mysterious princes, an herione “who is slowly growing to a badass” you can relate to, an underground rebellion and so many other things!

Thanks to Midas PR for including me on the blog tour and for gifting me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 

About the Author:

Kalyn Josephson

You can connect with author Kalyn Josephson through her website or Goodreads

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A book about books and sword-wielding librarians | Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

A book about books and sword-weilding librarians | Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns

  • Publication Date: 4th June, 2019
  • Hardcover: 456 pages    
  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Buy: Book Depository | Wordery

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Should You read Sorcery of Thorns?

“Night fell as death rode into the Great Library of Summershall.”

Both of Margaret Rogerson’s books have been blessed by the cover gods. If you haven’t seen the cover of Enchantment of Ravens or heard about it, you can click on this link. I also loved the synopsis which promised me a book for bibliophiles/book dragons and there’salong with sorcery, demonic servants, a conspiracy. I had to read this, obviously. So, did Sorcery of Thorns deliver on its promise? Let’s find out..

The book starts with the introduction of the protagonist Elisabeth, who’s an apprentice at The Great Library of Summerhall but dreams of being a warden. She and the Director of The Great Library are seen transporting a highly dangerous grimoire(book of magic spells) into a vault. If the grimoire is not safely sealed, it could transform into a Malefict(a demon).

Elisabeth, unlike all other apprentices, grew up in the library. Books were quite literally, her friends as these books can talk, express joy and anger, cause mischief and destruction.

One night, Elisabeth wakes up only to find the library doors wide open and her beloved Director lying dead with her sword lying by her side. Looking further ahead of her, Elisabeth watched as a grimoire- now turned Malefict- walked towards the village of Summerhall. Sword in hand, Elisabeth rushed towards the path the Malefict/grimoire had taken and managed to slay the demon, thus saving hundreds of lives. However, she wasn’t hailed as a heroine by everyone as the next day, Elisabeth was accused of the following crimes:

  • murdering the Director
  • letting a highly dangerous grimoire escape
  • Destroying the grimoire when it turned into a malefict.

“All Sorcerers are evil.”

Since Elisabeth destroyed a grimoire, she would be tried at the Magisterium, where the Chancellor(of Sorcerors) would decide her fate. It is none other than Nathaniel Thorn, who has come to escort her to the Magisterium. Nathaniel, to Elisabeth, is unlike sorcerers she’s read about and still, she’s not relieved because she doubts that she’ll see the Great Library or her friends ever again. Elisabeth’s doubts now intensify as she uncovers a far greater conspiracy that could well be the end of minkind. Will she be able to find the real killer of the Director? Will Elisabeth succeed in stopping what’s to come?

I liked Sorcery of Thorns far better than Enchantment of Ravens but it has it’s problems. I didn’t have any problems with the pace or the plot of the book; however, this book had the same flowery descriptions that annoyed me and benefitted the story to no end. I liked Elisabeth until she can’t help but repeat how handsome both Nathaniel and his demon butler(/slave) Silas are. She can’t help but repeat her descriptions of their “prettiness” even when they’re/ she’s in danger. I mean, why….It’s SO not necessary. When I was able to get past all of these, I became invested in the story and particularly Nathaniel’s backstory. He’s funny, tries to help Elisabeth and also battles his past demons. For the curious ones, Nathaniel describes himself as bisexual in one instance only.

“I haven’t sacrificed virgins for my perfect cheekbones, if that’s what you mean.”

The story takes place in the past and in a fictional place that reminded me of England. I loved the classification of the grimoires and the way they’re descibed as humans. The story revolves around books as I said before.when’s there’s someone like Elisabeth who loves books, there are others who want to either misuse books or use books to their advantage. If you can look past all the unnecessay dialogues, some action scenes, you’ll love Sorcery of Thorns as well as I did.

Overall, I recommend this book to you if you love books about books, great libraries, sword-wielding librarians, handsome but not evil sorcerers and a “good” demon butler.

Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 

About the Author:

A book about books and sword-weilding librarians | Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Margaret writes fantasy for young adult readers. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and when she’s not reading or writing she enjoys drawing, watching documentaries, making pudding, gaming, and exploring the outdoors in search of toads and mushrooms. Website 

A book about books and sword-weilding librarians | Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

What do you think? Have you read Sorcery of Thorns? If not, do you want to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Blog Tour: Shadow & Flame(Rime Chronicles #2) by Mindee Arnett | Review + INTL Giveaway

Blog Tour | Shadow & Flame(Rime Chronicles #2) by Mindee Arnett

Blog Tour | Shadow & Flame(Rime Chronicles #2) by Mindee Arnett

About the Book:

Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: 4th June, 2019   Paperback: 457 Pages   Genre: YA fantasy
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SYNOPSIS

From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.

Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.

Should You read Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett?

“He was no different from any other man. He bled and wept and suffered and loved.”

Disclaimer: You should obviously not read Shadow & Flame if you haven't read Onyx and Ivory, the first book in the duology. This review may contain spoilers.

Shadow & Flame follows Kate Brighton and gang six months after the conclusion of Onyx and Ivory. We get to read dual povs of Kate and prince Corwin as we did in the previous book. I liked Shadow & Flame more than its predecessor because of its pace, action sequences, twists and turns.

The story starts with a rescue operation where Kate ultimately loses her half brother along with other wilders. The rescue operation is not a total failure as she also rescues some wilders. Then we fast forward a year, where we see that a war was fought and the wilders managed to gain a stronghold in an area of Rime. Kate is now called Wilder Queen, along with other monikers. We also see Kate battle hardened and quick to make decisions which ultimately leads her and her friends into great trouble.

“Signe did not cry. Not for anything. But now, she let out a deep, tremulous sob against Dal’s chest.”

Prince Corwin- lest I forget- also went through many upheavals and his character arc has developed throughout the book. I didn’t like him at all in Onyx & Ivory but he seems more relatable now except in some places.

We didn’t get to read more of Dal’s- Corwin’s best friend- dialogues and that was one of the few things I hated.

Overall, I highly recommend this duology because of it’s interesting characters, action filled plot. The romance isn’t central to the story but it’s there. There’s also horses, magic, tragedy and hope.

Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT:  


About the Author:

Shadow & Flame(Rime Chronicles #2) by Mindee Arnett

YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) and AVALON, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.

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Tour Schedule:

June 4th

 

June 5th

Ve_xo – Review
Spinatale Reviews – Review
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
B For Bookslut – Review
 

June 6th

Bibliobibuli YA – Guest Post
Blunt Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
Milky Way of Books – Review
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
 

June 7th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
a_feast_of_pages – Review
Ruby’s Books – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Kirsty Reads – Review
 

June 8th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Slaying – Review
 

June 9th

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
Sophie Reads YA – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
 

June 10th

The Reading Faery – Interview
Novel Nerd Faction – Review + Playlist
Book Rambler – Review
Flyleaf Chronicles – Review