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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to another feature of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Today I’m featuring new author Tricia Levenseller’s and her debut fantasy novel, Daughter of the Pirate King. I had so much fun reading this one. It’s fast paced, action packed and riveting. And if you’d like to know what else I thought, scroll down below for my review.

Then check also Tricia Levenseller’s author bio along with places where to find her online, and the book description and where to buy copies of Daughter of the Pirate King. And if you would like the chance to win a copy of the book, enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway.

Review for Daughter of the Pirate King

Personal Thoughts:

Daughter of the Pirate King is an impressive debut from new author Tricia Levenseller.

Alosa is the daughter of infamous Pirate King, Kalligan, who rules over the seas. Her father sent her on a mission to retrieve a part of a map that will lead to a secret Isle and treasures. To do this, Alosa needs to infiltrate the Night Farer, a ship ruled by Captain Draxen and his first mate, Riden. She was captured by Draxen’s crew, making her hostage in exchange for ransom from the Pirate King. But what they didn’t know is Alosa is a willing prisoner. Being capture is part of her plan to find the legendary map that the Pirate King wants. But finding the part of the map is not as easy as Alosa anticipate, and it doesn’t help that Riden is very suspicious of her. She needs to unwit him and the others before the Pirate King decide to join her on his mission.

“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”

Alosa is feisty, smart, resourceful, driven and cunning. Even she is locked inside the brig, she finds way to lets herself out at night to search the ship for the map. She maybe caught up several times by Riden, but she clearly finds her way to continue her mission. She is strong not because of her magical abilities but because she is trained, skilled and clever. Being raised by the Pirate King himself, Alosa is dangerous but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a heart. She is a pirate and also a young girl who just want to please her father. And she is willing to kill if that what it takes to accomplished her task.

As for Riden, he is wicked but merciful especially if compared to his brother, Draxen. Riden is also perceptive, smart, and kind which basically compose of his overall charm. Like Alosa, he is clever making the duel of wits between them much fun to read.

The relentless banter between Alosa and Riden is not only enjoyable but also full of tensions. Reading those parts where they try to unwitt each other pull out some grins from my face and even a few laughters. This book is unmistakably a fun read.

Aside from the witty dialogues, Tricia Levenseller also throw a bunch of adventures, and magic or fantasy which basically makes Daughter of the Pirate King thrilling and riveting.

On the whole, Daughter of the Pirate King is relentlessly fun, action-packed, fast paced and thrilling read. Author Tricia Levenseller successfully combine adventure, danger, romance and magic in this first installment of ya nautical fantasy series. Looking forward reading Alosa’s next adventure, with the hope to see more about Pirate’s politics and this new fantasy world of Pirates.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell (Character Interview and Giveaway)

Today I am absolutely thrilled to share to all of you my interview with the main character of Amber Mitchell’s young adult fantasy novel, Garden of Thorns. If you haven’t read the book yet today is your chance to meet the main character, Rose through a short interview. What alike about Rose is in-spite being captive under the gardener, she is still fierce and never loses hope.

Following the character interview is Amber Mitchell’s author bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of Garden of Thorns. And if you are in the US and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Amber is giving away a signed copy below. Just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway.

Character Interview with Rose of Garden of Thorns

Hi Rose. Can you please introduce yourself so everyone will know more about you?

If you’re from Delmar, you’ve probably heard of me. I’m the star of a dance troupe known as the Garden, where I’m forced to put my skills as an aerial dancer to use every night in order survive. But I’m ready to break out, to fight back and for revenge against those who oppress us.

What is the most cunning thing you’ve done? Why did you do it?

Though I hate dancing in the Garden, it has allowed me to hone my acrobatic skills and now I’m pretty limber. I’ve been able to use that to my advantage quite often. One time, I needed to figure out what was going on in a town but it was too dangerous to go on foot. Because of my comfort with heights and ability to think fast on my feet, I was able to use the rooftops in order to see what was going on.

If you need to change your values and your personality to survive, would you do it or not? Why?

I would like to believe I would. The most important thing to me is rescuing my fellow dancers from the Garden, and there is almost nothing I wouldn’t trade to succeed in my goal. However, when it comes down to it, there are things I hold too dear to be able to bargain away my values… like loyalty.

What is loyalty for you?

Loyalty is everything. In the Garden, the only way we are able to survive is by relying on our fellow sisters in captivity. Ours is a bond of blood, not so easily broken.

What is the most enlightening thing about being a slave?

The way that people can just ignore it. Most people know the horrific conditions of the Garden…that the owner selects us in pairs, a Flower and a Wilted, and the Flower gets to dance while the Wilted takes our punishments, but they look the other way.

What do you miss the most about being free?

The desert sun on my face in the early morning. There were a lot of other big things at first, but the longer I was trapped, the more those little details left me and the bigger concepts like being in charge of myself began to fade away. Right now, I just long for sunlight.

If you could be someone in any given time and place, who would you be, when and where would you be?

I would be the girl I was before being trapped into the Garden, but hopefully I’d be able to retain the lesson that took me the longest to learn…never trust someone with a smiling face and their hands behind their back. Usually they are trying to hide a dagger.

What are you thinking of right now?

Revenge. I’m always thinking about revenge. My captors can’t see it, they think they’ve beaten that particular thought out of my head, but they’re wrong. It simmers just underneath every movement I make, always screaming in the back of my mind. One day, I will be free and when that days comes, my revenge will be sweet.

Thanks so much Rose for answering all my questions above. And thank you also to Amber for allowing Rose to do this interview.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.
When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.
Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.

 

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Book Details:

Title: Garden of Thorns
Author: Amber Mitchell
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 6, 2017
Pages: 370
Format: Paperback, eBook

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Castaways by Jessika Fleck (Playlist + Giveaway)

Today I’m thrilled to welcome new author Jessika Fleck to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Jessika will be sharing a playlist that she made for her debut fantasy novel The Castaways.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Jessika Fleck along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of The Castaways. And if you are in the US and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Jessika is giving away a signed copy of The Castaways and swags. Just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway. But before that here’s The Castaways playlist from Jessika.

Happy listening!

The Castaways Playlist

For The Castaways I focused on a mix of music that reminded me of the beach and a sort of surfer vibe with Family of the Year, Jack Johnson, and Vance Joy, along with a folksy feel for Olive’s Texas side from artists like Noah Gundersen and Mumford and Sons, and then to more youthful sounds from Alessia Cara to Ed Sheeran to Birdy. All in all, this playlist pairs with the story beautifully.

In an earlier version of The Castaways, I broke the story into acts inspired by the lyrics of It’s Only Life by The Shins. This song very quickly became the story’s battle cry during the drafting stage. It’s haunting and beautiful and so raw and even mentions a lion: It’s Only Life by The Shins.

At one point, my critique partner emailed me the link to the video for Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The subject line read something like “OMG! This IS your book!!!” And, per usual, she was right on. It’s almost creepy (in all the right ways) how close this music video and song portrays my story–a few of my characters even make ‘appearances’! Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Leading up to release day, I did a blog series called Countdown to THE CASTAWAYS. Each post listed, among others details, that particular character’s song–so fun to find the perfect music and lyrics to fit their individual personalities and backstories: Countdown to THE CASTAWAYS

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She’s never been known to pass up a good cup of coffee or a great pair of boots. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, The Kidliterati. Her YA fantasy, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled Teen) debuts April 3, 2017. THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases in the fall of 2018. Jessika is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: The Castaways
Author: Jessika Fleck
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: April 03, 2017
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback, eBook

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

 

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Giveaway:

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  • Signed copy of THE CASTAWAYS by Jessika Fleck
  • Book Swag

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  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 3rd, 2017
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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Playlist + Giveaway)

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Rosalyn Eves to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Rosalyn will be sharing a playlist that she made for her debut fantasy novel Blood Rose Rebellion. This first installment to a new fantasy series is rich in history and magic that will transport readers to 19th century Hungary. With political intrigue, rebellion, magic and romance, fantasy readers will surely enjoy Blood Rose Rebellion.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Rosalyn Eves along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of Blood Rose Rebellion. So don’t forget to order a copy of the book. Or you may also take a chance on the giveaway below. Rosalyn is giving away one copy of Blood Rose Rebellion, bookmark and signed bookplate. Open to everyone as long as book depository ships to your location. Just enter the rafflecopter form for a chance to win.

Here’s Rosalyn with Blood Rose Rebellion Playlist. Happy listening!

Blood Rose Rebellion Playlist

The playlist is a little eclectic, but I was looking for songs that captured the kind of haunting tone I was aiming for in much of the book. I think of “I of the Monster” as a kind of theme song for Anna. Other songs, like Koncz Zsuzsa’s “Ha én rósza volnék” represent more classical Hungarian folktunes, like the ones Anna would have encountered in Hungary for the first time. Others, like “Brave” and “Uprising” are simply good fight songs. 🙂

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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. BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is her first novel.

Wendy lives in ​West Dundee, the best neighborhood in America (as crowned by Good Morning America in 2010) with her husband​, two kids, and ​a couple of guinea pigs​.
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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio

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 Romanies, 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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  • Copy of Blood Rose Rebellion
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  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
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Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White

“Sometimes the only way forward is to destroy everything that came before.”

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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Personal Thoughts:

Now I Rise is a dark, rich, action-packed and trilling sequel to this historical fantasy series that re-imagines the life of Vlad the Impaler on the shoes of a young vicious girl, Lada Dracul.

Alternating between Lada and her brother Radu’s point of view, the story continues where Lada journey back to Wallachia in an attempt to reclaim her throne. While Radu stays with Mehmed trying to help the Ottoman Empire win a battle against the Byzantine Empire to retake Constantinople. Lada needs Radu’s assistance and interpersonal skills, but Radu is busy helping Mehmed with the hope that Mehmed finally see him the way he want to be seen. Unfortunately for Radu, Mehmed has his eyes on one thing only, and that is Constantinople. Mehmed will do anything to get his dream city, even if it means sacrificing those close to him.

Kiersten White manage to breathes life into this particular period of history by creating a believable characters and realistic atmosphere for them to dance around. Not only she gives readers a general outline of the political affairs at the time, but also the unsaid thoughts and issues of leaders at that time. Even if those are not the real deal, they still carry weight and feel like real. Kiersten White successfully blends her characters’ story line to the real history where they are based from.

To those who are not familiar with the Fall of Constantinople or about Vlad the Impaler and other rulers at his time, this book is an educational treat while also entertaining and thought provoking. Even if it is technically fiction, the story still follows events of actual history. Kiersten White clearly did her research well.

The topics of equality, faith and religions, politics and war are just few of the things that makes this series a must read. Through her characters, Kiersten White easily scatters great points, ideas and truths that will surely make readers think and question things and even themselves.

Radu’s point of view alone will give readers the chance to see the different sides of war. His internal struggles about alliances, equality, sacrifices, faith and religions, winning and losing will surely leave readers thoughts to ponder and questions to rise. There are intricacies in his thoughts and depth in his opinions that is not only for fiction but also applicable to real life. Clearly, Radu is one complex character.

“He would die on the wall tonight, between his brothers and his enemies, because he could no longer distinguish between the two. They had finally come to the end. Whichever side won, neither would triumph.”

As for Lada, she took a back seat in this installment compare to Radu. Though she still strong and fearsome, her character arc basically stay the same. Lada like Mehmed is a power-driven person. She and Mehmed will do anything and sacrifice everything or even anyone to get what they want. They are dangerous, vicious and even selfish. They both live for their dreams and ambitions. One is Constantinople, the other one is Wallachia. As leaders they can be great but they can also easily bring destructions.

“They love themselves and their ambition above all else. They love what feeds their ambition, and when it stops feeding that, the love will turn to hate with more passion than either could ever love with.”

With violence, murder, betrayal, and heartbreak Now I Rise is sharp-edged, intense, thought provoking, and deliciously vicious sequel to And I Darken. I am really excited to find out how Kiersten will end this series in the next and final installment.

* This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Delacorte Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Poison Kiss by Breeana Shields (Author Interview and Giveaway)

Welcome to another feature for Celebrating Debutantes 2017. Today I am interviewing author Breeana Shields about her debut novel, Poison Kiss. This YA fantasy made it to the top of my TBR pile the moment I read the blurb – about a girl assassin who kill by kissing her targets.

Following the interview with Breeana is her bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of Poison Kiss. And for a chance to own one, check the bottom of the post for the special giveaway. Breeana is giving away a signed hardcover copy and it is open to all. How cool is that? But before that, here’s my interview with Breeana. Enjoy reading!

Interview with Breeana Shields

Congratulations on Poison Kiss, which has been out for a few months. What has been the most surreal thing about seeing Poison Kiss as published story? What’s the best part and the oddest?

Thank you! After several months, it’s still surreal to see a photo of a stranger reading Poison’s Kiss. The best part is receiving emails from readers letting me know they loved the book—it’s so wonderful to connect through stories. The oddest part is feeling like the book doesn’t really belong to me anymore. It’s out there living its own life and doing its own thing.

What was the inspiration for Posion Kiss? What drew you Indian mythology such as Visha Kanya?

A few years ago, I was listening to a lecture series on espionage and covert operations when the instructor mentioned a legendary figure in Indian folklore—the poison damsel, a woman fed poisons from childhood so that she gradually becomes immune but is toxic to any man she lures as her lover.

It was just one sentence in an eighteen-hour course, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What a terrible choice to make for a child—sentencing her to a life that she’s powerless to leave and isolating her forever from true human connection. I wondered what would happen to a girl who was turned into an assassin, but wasn’t cut out to be a killer. How would that life affect her? How would it break her?

When I was still thinking about it several months later, I knew I had to write the story.

When you started writing Poison Kiss, what was important for you in creating the story and the main character? Did any of them change from your initial inception to the final story that ended to the publication?

Marinda was always the most important part of the story for me. I wanted to write about a girl who had been turned into a deadly weapon, but didn’t have the temperament to be a killer. That was a far more compelling story idea for me than an a hard-as-nails, kick butt heroine that we usually think of when we hear “assassin”.

It was a really tricky balance, though, because it’s hard to write a character that has lived a life under the thumb of people who are controlling her entire world view and insulating her from any kind of knowledge that might make her rebel, without having that character come off as naïve. Marinda is really smart, but she only knows what she’s been told and she’s always been punished for asking questions. With another personality type—one like Iyla’s for example—that life might make the character rather merciless and tough. But Marinda temperament and her relationship with Mani make her react differently. Trying to strike that balance—lack-of-knowledge vs. naivety—is something I worked on a lot.

Do you have a favourite scene to write in Poison Kiss? What scene are you most proud of, and why?

I love every scene that features Kadru. She was so much fun to write and the scenes with her were effortless.

If we could snoop in your room, what books would we find on your bedside?

The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale, which is an old favorite that I’m re-reading, and a stack of Advance Reader Copies of soon-to-be-released books from colleagues.

Without giving anything away, what can you tell us about the sequel for Poison Kiss?

Yes! It’s called Poison’s Cage and is told from duel perspectives—both Marinda and Iyla get a POV in this book. I hope readers will enjoy it!

A huge thank you to Breena for taking the time to answer my questions.  I’m looking forward to the continuation of Marinda’s story in Poison’s Cage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Breeana Shields is the author of the recently released young adult fantasy, Poison’s Kiss (Random House, BFYR) and its forthcoming sequel, Poison’s Cage (Random House BFYR, Spring 2018). She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves traveling, eating good food–especially if it’s pasta or chocolate–and spending time with her husband, her three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: Poison’s Kiss
Author: Breena Shields
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover, Paperback

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she’s really working for. And thread, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

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