Genre: Historical

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Posted February 24, 2019 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha LevensellerWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 26, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Interview

I read an article all about your love of Pirates and the journey that you went on to get Daughter of the Pirate King published. Was the publication journey of Warrior of the Wild similar or different than your last duology?

It was very different! Since I was already an established author, I didn’t have to write the whole book before attempting to sell it. I only had to write the first three chapters and a complete synopsis. The idea went to the same publisher that did Pirate King. By this point, I have a strong relationship with my editor and we get to work together on concept ideas and whatnot. I love that the process is more collaborative now and I have an advocate already in my publishing house!
I love YA but I also am a huge horror fan and I’ve read everything by Stephen King. What’s a genre or a type of book that we might be surprised that you love?

I love adult historical romance and a good adult paranormal romance. I actually have an idea for an adult paranormal romance that I might like to write someday! We’ll see…

Warrior of the Wild has 3 main characters. Rasmira, Iric and Soren. I felt closest to Iric because I can be a little bit of a stick in the mud and a worrywart. Who did you identify with the most and why?

Haha. Iric is my favorite. He was definitely the most fun to write! I definitely identify the most with Rasmira. There were so many times when I felt like I had to prove myself, times when I lacked the confidence to do things I knew I was good at, and times when I felt I had to have the acceptance of those around me in order to feel good about myself. Rasmira’s journey is loosely based on my own in high school/college. 

Did you have a playlist on when you were writing Warrior of the Wild? What song was at the top of the list?

I actually don’t listen to music when I write! It distracts me.

Is there a scene or a quote from Warrior of the Wild that is your favorite? Please share it!

“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all. You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.” —Soren

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About the Author

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology and forthcoming standalone, Warrior of the Wild. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

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, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

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SST Guest Post: C.V.Wyk’s Book Recommendations 

Posted January 28, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

SST Guest Post: C.V.Wyk's Book Recommendations 

I’m so glad that I can host C.V. Wyk’s book recommendations. There’s no greater compliment than when someone comes back and says that they loved the book I recommended! I love a lot of these, some I haven’t read and a few, well, we will have to agree to disagree. What do you think about C.V Wyk’s favorite books?
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With most things, I think variety is the key when it comes to reading. Everyone has a favorite genre, but reading outside of your comfort zone or preferences is always a good idea, too. Books are the cheapest form of travel, so why not go somewhere you’ve never been? To that end, I’ve broken down my list of books that I think everyone should read by category and genre.

 Fantasy:

This is my personal favorite, so I thought I’d start here. If you prefer the fantasy side of things, I think the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier offer rare female-centric narratives as well as magic and folklore. Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is the adventure story you need after finishing The Hobbit, and it’s one of those rare series that crosses sci-fi, fantasy, and MG fiction. More recent favorites of mine are V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

Sci-fi:

One incredible element of great sci-fi is allegory. Even stories that are set 10,000 years into the future can be relevant and accessible. A caveat here is that some books can be socially or ethically problematic, especially as they age, but they can still be worth reading. One of my favorite science fiction series is Dune by Frank Herbert (that world-building, I mean, wow). John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is an incredible book that tackles colonization, militarization, and identity with a clever twist and lots of humor. Others are classics for a reason: Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick), I Am Legend (Richard Matheson). These stories aren’t perfect, and some may even challenge or offend you. But I think they’re worth reading if only to learn more about yourself and how you view the world.

 Historical fiction:

Hands down, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which I’ve been raving about ever since I read it last year. Such an incredible book about one of the oldest historical stories we know. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is one of those books that you’ll put down and just think about for days and days afterward. Equally important and representational books include Beloved by Toni Morrison, Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende, and Night by Elie Wiesel. One of the most interesting historical fictions is Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, a massive, genre-mixing tome that is only somewhat about the infamous Count Dracula.

MG & YA:

The usual suspects are here—the Harry Potter series (I read the first book when I was exactly 11 years old), the Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver (Lois Lowry), and The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton). Additionally, Matilda by Roald Dahl became my hero, Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson) was one of the first books I read that spoke about sexual assault amongst teens, and Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson) is a heartbreaking and uplifting coming-of- age story about two sisters.

 Fiction:

These are books that I’ve loved and hated, that have made me cry and laugh, and that I’ve always remembered even after reading hundreds more. They are all different (the “fiction” genre is a wide one), but I think they all evoke something in the reader, and for that alone, I think they’re worth reading—One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess), and Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk).
I’m sure there are so many more that I’ve left off, but these books are a start. Some of them will probably make you uncomfortable or even angry (they did for me), but I don’t think that’s so bad. The best books are the ones that not only entertain you but also force you to think and feel, and I think these accomplish that.

About the Author

C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen January 16, 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

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Tour Schedule

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Review – Dani Reviews Things
Review  – Flyleaf Chronicles
Interview – Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

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Interview –Library Of A Book Witch
Review – Novel Cravings
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Review – Boundless Bookaholic
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Review – One Way Or Another
Excerpt- Literary Legionnaire
Review  – A Gingerly Review
Guest Post – Emily Reads Everything

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Giveaway

1 Hardback of Blood and Sand by C.V.Wyk (US & Canada) and Swag (1 Themed Candle, 1 Handmade Bookmark, 1 Window Cling & Stickers!)

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FFBC: BlackSouls

FFBC: BlackSouls

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book since the second I read BlackHearts ending. It’s ending was so heart wrenching that I was torn when I started BlackSouls. One one hand, I was really excited. I NEEDED to know what happened to Teach and Anne. Blackhearts ended with them in such a precarious position. Still, on the other hand, I was almost hesitant to pick it up. I was scared to know what was going to happen to Anne and Teach in this book. Would their love survive??? When I first started BlackHearts, Nicole actually messaged me on twitter to tell me that it wasn’t so much about pirates. I was perfectly OK with that, BlackHearts didn’t need pirates. It wasn’t a pirate book. If that disappointed you though, you will love BlackSouls. It has all the piratical accouterments that you want and that you might have found lacking in the first book, PLUS romance. How can you go wrong? You can’t. Read this book. For me though, the best part of BlackSouls was the new ensemble cast. There are a bunch of new characters to meet and fall in love with (and you will). I loved the quiet charm of the first book but I also love all the ships and battles and action of the second. I don’t know what the next one will hold, […]

Posted April 26, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Special Feature / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: Dreamland Burning

ARC Review: Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning is beautifully written with a contrast between present day and 1921 and the racial issues that plague the United States. It’s not always a “pleasant” read, but it the impact was enormous. As a white person, it’s painful to read how African Americans were treated in the not-so-long-ago past. To be black and to read this must be an entirely different level of anger and disgust. I liked the characters and how they were from all walks of life, past and present. I think those were really intelligent choices made by the author. For example, the present day teenage main character, Rowan, was a biracial girl living a considerably privileged life. Her family was wealthy, her father was white and from a powerful family, and she went to a private school with mostly white students who she fit in with well because of her finances. This made her somewhat out of touch when it came to situations that afflicted other black Americans who didn’t have the same lifestyle. To balance her out, she had an asexual black best friend who sometimes put her in her place, so to speak. Her job in a clinic was also eye opening for her. On the other hand, the teenage boy from 1921, Will Tillman, presented an entirely different perspective. His journey was obviously the more horrendous because it depicts the […]

Posted February 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Guest Post by Cheryl Carpinello

Awesome Indies: Guest Post by Cheryl Carpinello

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page 5 Facts About Ancient Egypt You May Not Know by Cheryl Carpinello Since our visit to Egypt in 2008, I’d been researching and planning what eventually became my Tween/YA novel Sons of the Sphinx and also part of the companion historical short Tutankhamen Speaks. Here are just five of the many amazing facts I learned about Ancient Egypt. The Rosetta Stone The Rosetta Stone was discovered by Napoleon’s savants during the 1798-1801 campaign in Egypt. This stone, with the same message written three times in Greek, Demotic, and Hieroglyphs was instrumental in relearning how to pronounce the hieroglyphic symbols from Ancient Egypt. It was later captured by the British and now resides in the British Museum. I took this picture during our visit in September 2014. On the top of the stone are the hieroglyphs, in the middle the demotic script, and on the bottom the Greek. The Egyptian Museum Located in Cairo, Egypt, this museum houses the most amazing collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world. The entire outside of the building is pink! I was unable to take my own picture of the museum because we were advised not to take cameras as the Tourist Police would seize them at the entrance. Some people did have their cameras taken and then had to pay to get them back!  […]

Posted November 25, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Ghost Maven by Tony Lee Moral

Awesome Indies: Ghost Maven by Tony Lee Moral

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about your book. 16 year old Alice Parker has just moved to Pacific Grove, California with her father and little sister, Sophie, after her mother’s passing. Deathly afraid of the water, Alice is determined to conquer her fear by getting involved with her high school Kayaking team. During one particular outing, a strange fog rolls in and Alice becomes disoriented and eventually thrown from her Kayak. Struggling to reach the surface, Alice begins to drown when a mysterious stranger rescues her. Against all rules, they begin to see each other. Thus begins an incredible journey and romance that transcends the boundaries of the fourth plane. If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? Ghost Maven is the first book in a series featuring Alice and her ability to communicate with the after life and slay ghosts. In the next book, Alice begins to fully realize her powers and it will be a very exciting time for her, as her enemies in the first chapter seek vengeance. She will also continue her relationship with Henry and discover new and exciting things about him and what it means to be a ghost and to be human. How do you develop your plots and characters? I write a detailed synopsis of the book, breaking down […]

Posted October 28, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

FFBC Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick Published by Roaring Brook Press on October 25th 2016 Genres: Historical, Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out – the Russian Revolution has just begun… Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales. Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was definitely expecting some sort of fairy tale retelling when I picked this one up. Right on the back, is […]

Posted October 20, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 4 Comments
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FFBC Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

FFBC Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria Published by Amulet Books on October 11th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, paranormal, Historical Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Iron Cast by @TheDestinySoria is the book about friendship and magic and mind control that I didn't know I was desperate for. — Emily (@Emren) October 8, 2016 This tweet pretty much sums up my feelings about Iron Cast. The friendship between Corinne and Ada was really touching. I loved that there was no competition or pettiness. They understood […]

Posted October 9, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
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FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

FFBC ARC Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1 Published by Jimmy Patterson on Sept 20, 2016 Genres: Historical, Thriller, Young Adult, suspense Pages: 336 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion… Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget. This is a picture of me while reading Stalking Jack the Ripper. OK, maybe not really. However I think it accurately represents my excitement while reading it. I loved the story. Audrey Rose is my new hero. She defies her father, society and her culture to follow her dreams. She dissects […]

Posted September 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 1 Comment
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Rockstar ARC Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Rockstar ARC Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess Series: Kingdom on Fire #1 Published by Random House BFYR on September 20th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult, horror Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon Goodreads I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I? Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves? “Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean.”—Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen “Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world’s best hope!” —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author “The magic! The intrigue! The guys! We were sucked into this monster-ridden, alternative England from page one. Henrietta is literally a ‘girl on fire’ and this team of sorcerers training for battle had a pinch of Potter blended with a […]

Posted September 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
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