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The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl from Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig

“…whenever you try to change something, you sacrifice something else.”

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.

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Personal Thoughts:

Heidi Heilig sailed once again in this sequel of her time travel series, The Girl from Everywhere. Amira/Nix and her crew are back in The Ship Beyond Time for more journey, searching for the biggest question of time travel about changing history and fate – Do we decide our own fate or is it simply a predetermined path?

Can Amira change her destiny to save someone she love?

I come aboard reading this sequel with less expectations especially with all the issues I have from the first book. If not for Kashmir and the hope to get answers or explanations to at least few of my questions from the The Girl from Everywhere I’m not sure I’ll be coming back for more. But my curiosity win as usual.

The best part of this book (aside from Kashmir and his point of view) is how all the events are interconnected. Sometimes I view those events as circle or loop which are all linked to each other in some way. And analyzing them just form lots of questions (more on that later) than answers. The events are all interconnected, every decisions counts, and they are all part of a grander plot. Which makes me appreciate the intricacy of all these connections. Heidi Heilig must have done lots of research and outlining, not only weaving the imaginary world to the real ones but also interlacing each events.

Remember the main conflict from the first book? About the possibility or erasing Amira’s very own existence if his dad tried and save her mom. Well, that conflict doesn’t really work for me because of Kashmir – an imaginary character from mythical land who exist as real and living boy in the story. (Check my explanations from my review of the first book here for more details.) I did wait for some explanations for that in this second installment, and Kash actually have some thoughts about it but there was never a clear answer. Just one of the many unanswered questions I have from this series.

“If you can create a myth, why not a man? Am I merely a figment of some cartographer’s imagination? Or did you make me up when you arrived?”

Then there’s also the time traveling part. I won’t go into details about the rules of time traveling. I cover more than enough of those from my review of the first book, The Girl from Everywhere. Instead, let’s discuss the classic question I mentioned above, about fate and destiny. Are we the masters of our own fate? Amira travel the length of mythical land looking for answers about changing her destiny with the belief of saving Kashmir. She cannot accept a future where she will lose Kash, to the point of losing the time she was supposed to enjoy with him.

“That’s why you want to know you can change things before you commit.”
“You watched your father chase your mother for years, and you wished he didn’t love her. What will you do to my memory when I’m gone? Will you chase it like a dragon? Or will you banish it like smoke?”

Amira dreaded the future that she forgot to enjoy the present. Unlike Kash who even doubting his very own existence manage to appreciate what he has.

“I won’t let fear of tomorrow steal joy form today.”

Heidi Heilig challenged her characters about the cause and effect of our choices, the ramification of our actions, and how destiny play a huge role in all of these. Amira went to this mythical utopia to find answers in saving Kash, but in doing so she actually triggered the events that led to her loss. Which is just one part of the connections I mentioned above. If only I can enumerate all them here without spoiling. But trust me, those parts are the best, especially in the end where everything is laid out.

“Every choice has a cost, Miss Song. The real question is whether or not one is willing to pay it.”
“No, Blake. The real question is whether it’s worth the price.”

So, Amira doesn’t actually changed her destiny. In the end she still lose someone she love. Which means destiny cannot be altered. If that’s the case, then it brings conflict to Kashmir and Blake’s dream. During their stay in the mythical utopia, there are events that explain Kashmir and Blake’s dream which are actually altered reality – something that happened but was altered somehow. And only navigators remembers what really happened in those events. Those parts are contradicting. They bring more conflicts than answers. Which means we are back to square one. Is fate can really be altered or are we just treading the same line where our destiny ends? Unfortunately, The Ship Beyond Time cannot answer that question. I guess, it’s really up to the  readers what they want to believe.

Back to Amira and Kash. These two went through a lot. Their internal struggles, relationship issues, and overall character development is really the heart of The Ship Beyond Time. Though I missed the other characters who all take a few steps backward in this last adventure, I still enjoyed Kash and Amira’s story. Surprisingly, there’s no love-triangle involved. Blake is not much of a competition as I expected him to be, especially with how the first book ended. So we only have Amira and Kash trying to navigate their own sea of issues both as a couple and individual. Kashmir is questioning his own purpose and existence. While Amira is struggling not only with her destiny of losing someone she love, but also becoming like her father. She is afraid of losing control, of giving in to love and end up like her father – whom we see from the first book as someone obsess in getting her wife back.

Overall, The Ship Beyond Time is imaginative, exciting and entertaining read. Not everything is explained, but that matters very little especially when you are lost enjoying sailing with characters like Amira and her diverse crew aboard the time-traveling ship, Temptation.

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Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson

“Sometimes we need more than magic words to make a situation better. Many times we carry our own magic within us, an inner magic that takes many forms, such as love, friendship, courage and tolerance.”

When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons — good and bad — and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie — for that is what she prefers to be called — finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius. 

Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog — stones of enormous power — and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.

Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.

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Personal Thoughts:

Jorie and the Magic Stones is a delightful and entertaining read that offers wonderful messages for middle grade readers.

Marjorie Beatrice Weaver who prefer to be called Jorie is an orphan who just moved in with her Aunt. While there she found an old and mysterious book under the bed. Being the ever curious and adventurous that she is, Jorie explore all the possibilities suggested on the pages of the book. With her new friend Rufus, Jorie discover new world and experience an adventure she never thought possible.

Jorie as the main character is so much fun to follow. She is a witty, curious, smart and imaginative kid who can easily charm her way. Her adventure to the land of Cabrynthius will not only entertain readers but also leave some important messages to ponder and carry even after the last page is closed.

Richardson easily weaved an imaginative world in this new fantasy adventure tale. With simple and straightforward narrative, middle-grade readers will surely find Jorie and the Magic Stones a quick and fast-paced read.

I’m not sure yet if the book is a part of a series but the ending promise a wonderful follow up and exciting adventure for the characters. I think Richardson can expand Jorie’s adventure and the magical land of Cabrynthius.

Overall, Jorie and the Magic Stones is quick and fun read. It is a tale of adventure, courage, and friendship that young readers will surely enjoy.

* This review is based on an a copy I received courtesy of Book Publicty Services.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A. H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.

She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.

She is also the author of Murder in Little Shendon, a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick,  Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. She has more ‘who-dun-its’ planned for this clever and interesting duo… watch for them!

A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.

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Blog Tour: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (Author Interview)

I am super excited to be part of A Crown of Wishes Blog Tour. This is the second book of The Star-Touched Queen series which is like a companion novel to the first book, The Star-Touched Queen. Both books can be read as stand-alone, so no worries if you haven’t read the first one yet before reading A Crown of Wishes. Though I suggest pick up both, and experience Roshani Chokshi luscious writing and intricate world building.

Following the interview are some information about the author, Roshani Chokshi along with places where to find her online, A Crown of Wishes description, where to get copies of the book, and a short audio clip of an excerpt of A Crown of Wishes. So don’t forget to pre-order your copies now before the book hit shelves in few days.

Have fun reading the interview.

Interview with Roshani Choksi

1. I’m fascinated with the deep and dynamic fantasy settings of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. What were some of the difficulties did you encounter in building such a complex world?

As with any worldbuilding, there’s always the danger of getting caught up in the mechanics and losing sight of the story. I think some of the best worldbuilding feels seamless because there’s so much heavylifting done in the sentence-level details. It also helps leave the world open for more nuances later. I think if I over-explained the TSTQ universe, Gauri’s story would’ve been a lot more difficult.

2. The witty banters between Vikram and Gauri is just adorable. Did you put a lot of thoughts into how to show their intensity, or did this unusual pair just pop straight from your head and flow along with the story?

They were intense right off the bat. In fact, it was hard to get them to stop fighting so we could actually get to the story…but I loved every second I got to spend with them.

3. And If Vikram and Gauri could both ask you one question each about why you wrote their story the way you did, what do you think would they most want to know?

a. I think Gauri would want to know why I put her through the wringer and whether or not I have a death wish.

b. I think Vikram would say “Fox prince? You couldn’t give me a cooler animal? Rude.”

4. If you will be part of the Tournament of Wishes and you can choose your partner either real or fictional character, who will you pick to join you in Alaka? And what will you wish if ever you win the game?

I would wish for no need of wishes, with the condition that I’m not killed or incapacitated. And as for partner, I would choose Agnieska from UPROOTED because she’s powerful, hilarious and would probably not mind taking frequent snack breaks…

5. You clearly do a great deal of research in order to write this Indian-inflected fantasy world of Star-Touched Queen series. I adored every detail of myth and magics with your lush and intricate world building. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve typed into search engine while you’re doing your research? Or share any memorable or interesting thing you’ve discover while writing your books.

Well…The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes have a lot of flesh-eating beings. And so at one point I had to imagine a conversation between a man-eating raksha and Gauri, and so I ended up researching what, exactly, would be considered the most edible and yummy part of a human. (spoiler: parts around the spine)

Thanks so much Roshani for answering all my questions above and for creating the Star-Touched world. I’m looking forward for more books from you in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, paperback, Ebook, Audio

Roshani Chokshi proved herself an author to watch with her young adult fantasy debut last spring, The Star-Touched Queen. Debuting at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, the novel received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and appeared on the most buzzed about lists of 2016. Chokshi once again writes a beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and magic set in the Star-Touched world with her sophomore novel A CROWN OF WISHES (St. Martin’s Griffin; 3/28/17). Building on her intricate setting based on ancient India and Greek mythology, her follow-up is a novel spun from enchantment with a strong female heroine and a swoony worthy prince who team up to win back the thrones of their kingdoms.

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of aneighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their witand strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Early reviews have all agreed that Chokshi has improved on her exquisite writing and lush narrative in her sophomore novel. With an ending that will make even the most cynical New Yorker heart believe in true love, A CROWN OF WISHES takes Chokshi’s talent to all new heights.

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The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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“Because they don’t know us, and we don’t know them… It’s easy to hate what you don’t understand.”

When a plague isn’t all that kills…

As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge—and quarantine colony—for the ill. The Scourge’s victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there.

However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil survive the Scourge—and the gorvernor’s wardens—long enough to make their escape and expose the cruel plan?

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Personal Thoughts:

Jennifer Nielsen’s The Ascendance Trilogy is a favorite middle grade series novel of mine. So every book written by her is a must read for me, with the hope to meet another character to admire and adore like Sage.

In this book, Jennifer Nielsen introduce readers to a female protagonist, Ani Mells. Ani is one of the River People who live far away from Keldan. She is strong-willed and stubborn which often gets her in trouble. When two of the Governor’s warden arrest her to undergo the scourge test, Ani end up positive. Soon after she was sent to an island as prisoner together with other scourge victim.

“They knew the world that came out of books, but we knew the world that went into them.”

Ani Mells as the main character is fun to follow. She is strong-willed, defiant and snarky. Her mischievous personality makes The Scourge so much fun to read. Add the company of her loyal friend, Weevil, these two just don’t know when to stop their misadventures. Even at times when Weevil is actually trying to help Ani, they still end up in more troubles. It’s like Ani is made for disaster, and no one can help it, not even Weevil who only wants what’s best for his best friend.

The only mild complaint with this book is the simplicity/predictability of the plot. Having read Jennifer Nielsen’s other book, especially the The Ascendance Trilogy wherein plot twist and turns are spot on I didn’t expect this new novel to be easily predictable. But considering that the target audience of this book are younger readers, I guess the simplicity of the story won’t be an issue. The story is still entertaining nonetheless.

Overall, Jennifer A Nielsen’s latest novel, The Scourge is an entertaining and quick read. If you like adventure or misadventure, snarky characters or just looking for a short fun read then this one is for you.

* This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press Philippines in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (Author Interview + Playlist + Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second WaveHappy Friday Everyone!

I’m absurdly excited today for the last stop of Celebrating Debutantes 2016 because I have a wonderful author and debut novel to feature.

Erin Summerill’s EVER THE HUNTED is one of my most anticipated debut novel this year, and I can’t wait to dive in. I knew I needed this book in my hands the minute I learned of its existence. So when Erin agreed to join our blog event I can’t help but get excited. Not only she was so nice to answer a few questions for me about her writing, and Ever The Hunted but she also put together set of songs as the novel’s playlist. The songs are perfect to get readers into the right mood for Ever The Hunted‘s tale of magic, quest, hunting and more.

Following the interview and playlist are some information about the author, Erin Summerill along with places where to find her online, as well as the Ever The Hunted‘s description and where to get copies of the book. So don’t forget to pre-order your copies before the book hit shelves this December 2016.

Also, there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post for a chance to win an advance copy of Ever The Hunted and bookmark.

Have fun reading the interview and listening to the playlist.

Interview with Erin Summerill

I love reading fantasy. It’s an exciting genre without so much limitations. As an author, what drew you to write fantasy story? How did the inspiration for Ever the Hunted come to you?

When I was a full-time wedding photographer, I traveled extensively. I loved touring places like New Zealand and the Oregon Coast. I fell in love with the California Redwoods and the natural beauty of the surrounding land. My love of exploration led me to write a more fantastical novel. Fantasy opens the doors of imagination. I wanted to set a character in forests like the redwoods and Oregon’s spruce woods.

Inspiration came while I was in New Zealand for a wedding. I was speaking with my assistant photographer, and she mentioned that if we had extra time in New Zealand, she would love to set up a deer hunt. Apparently there are completely different deer in NZ than in Utah. I thought she was crazy. Hunting? On a vacation? Never ever have I said, hey, I’d like to go hunt something. That conversation turned into a dozen conversations about hunting and wilderness survival. And eventually gave me inspiration to write a girl who can hunt, track, and survive in the woods.

In writing Ever the Hunted, do you have a set of rules for the world and magic? Are there any process you go through that helps define those rules?

Yes, there are rules for the magic system in Ever The Hunted. It can be roughly summed up by imagining every living creature has a quantifiable amount of energy. When that energy is drained, death occurs. A Channeler (women with the ability to influence certain elements) can influence an element by pushing some of their energy into the element. But the cost is the energy used is then depleted from the Channeler. It can be restored through rest and food, and a few other magical ways that are found out in the book.

My process to figure out rules of magic involves long talks with my writing partners on the phone in which I share an idea, and they shoot me down, or explain all the ways it’s not probable. And so on until I want to bang my head against my computer screen.

How do you create your characters in Ever the Hunted? Dis you build the plot around them, or them around the plot?

Britta’s character was roughly based on someone I met once. I’ll keep this part vague so I no one can point fingers. But I once knew a person that was utterly lonely and not very well liked in their community. It made my heart ache for them. We all need friends. I cannot imagine a life without my closest supports. Bits and pieces of the rest of the characters were inspired by people I’ve met throughout my life. They’re sort of a giant puzzle of people that have interested and inspired me.

The characters definitely came first and then the plot.

What is the first book you read that made you think, “I have to write something like this someday”.

Oh!!! Hard question. I love books so much. I’m an avid reader. I love anything by Sarah Maas. I cried and died and laughed the day I found out she read my book and wrote the loveliest blurb for it.

I loved Defiance by CJ Redwine. It involves a strong heroine on a quest as well. Again, I lost my mind for a bit of time when I found out that CJ also blurbed my book.

Robin McKinley and Megan Whalen Turner are two authors that I cannot get enough from in the historical fantasy genre.

Now I know why I am excited to read your book, Ever The Hunted. Not only it sounds so wonderful but also we basically adore the same authors. Sarah J Maas  is the goddess writer that I worship. I died from excitement when I met her few months ago. I love The Queen Thief series of Megan Whalen Turner. I am still waiting for the fifth book to be published. I own different versions and format of this series. While Robin McKinley books are on my auto-buy and read list. Anyway, I need to stop rambling now. Back to the interview.

If one of your characters could turn the tables on you and write a story based on your life, what would the title of that book be and what would be the first line?

Title: She Who Never Sleeps

First Line: “Put that damn book down.” Mom slammed open my bedroom door at 4am.

I am eagerly waiting for the release of Ever the Hunted. It’s one of my must read fantasy of 2016. Can you tease us with what to expect from the book?

Can I hug you right now for saying that? I’m so grateful for anyone who is willing to read my book.

In the sequel minor characters in the first book will take center stage. One heart will be broken, two hearts will find their match and someone we love (or possibly hate) will die.

And a kingdom will collapse.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Having a book published is a dream come true. But it can also be a nightmare. It’s difficult to have something you’ve worked on for a long time be openly scrutinized. Being a book-ivore myself, I understand that not every book is for you. So even if my book isn’t your thing, I’m still very grateful that you’ve picked it up and read it.

Ever the Hunted Playlist

Erin played violin for 12 years, so she love classical and tend to write with equal parts classical and equal parts pop music on my list. The last part of the playlist are some of her favorite classical-type pieces. Enjoy listening.

Thank you so much Erin for taking time to answer all my questions and for creating the Ever the Hunted playlist for us to listen to. I am really looking forward for the release of EVER THE HUNTED. If only December can some sooner.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

erin-summerillErin Summerill was born in England. She is part Hawaiian and part German. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah. With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill had aspirations to write the next great American novel. But writing proved tougher than she first thought, so she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, or shooting a stunning wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot Tamales. Erin and her family live in Utah.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

ever-the-huntedBook Details:

Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover, Ebook, Audio

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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Giveaway:

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  • ARC of Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill + bookmark

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (Playlist and Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave

Happy Tuesday!

Today we are featuring a new set of Playlist for Celebrating Debutantes 2016.

Debut author Destiny Soria put together a set of songs for her upcoming debut novel Iron Cast. The playlist offers various types of songs and artist. Most of them are new discovery for me and I’m actually surprise to enjoy every songs. The combinations of songs feels like a movie soundtrack which I guess what a novel playlist is – a soundrack for a story that the book wants to tell. Just by listening to the songs I already have an idea what to expect to the Iron Cast novel. The playlist basically put me in the mood, and makes me more excited to read the book when it comes out it three weeks. I hope the same thing goes with all of you.

Next to the playlist are more details about Iron Cast and the author, Destiny Soria. Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Enjoy listening.

Iron Cast Playlist

Here’s a confession: I am that person who finds a handful of songs she likes and listens to them on repeat for months. I depend on my more musically refined friends to recommend new artists to me, and without them, I would honestly probably still be listening exclusively to the gelled-hair, crop top-wearing bands of my youth.

So with that being said, I’m sure you’re super excited to take a peek at my Iron Cast playlist. It’s a fairly eclectic mix, featuring everything from Jazz Age favorites to the ever-excellent T-Swift to the wonderful weirdness of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Every song reminds me of a character or aspect of the book, even though some connections are harder to decipher than others. I like to think this is a good playlist for when you’re getting ready for a night at an illegal speakeasy or gearing up to dismantle a shady government agency. You know, typical Friday night stuff. Enjoy!

Thank you so much Destiny for creating the playlist of Iron Cast for us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-destiny-soria Destiny Soria grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where she spent her summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland Fairy Princess. After college, she ran away to New Zealand for seven months and only pretended to be a character from Lord of the Rings on special occasions. The rest of the time she backpacked across the wilderlands, petted fluffy sheep, and gave tours of a haunted prison. Nowadays she lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan in Birmingham, AL.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

iron-castBook Details:

Title: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Abrams / Amulet Books
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

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