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

The Wrath & The Dawn is a riveting tale, ​but not without flaws

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Synopsis: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor deserves the mantle of most hyped books of 2017.

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Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

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