*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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Title: Crown of Coral and Pearl

Author: Mara Rutherford

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release Date: August 27th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

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Author Information

Mara

Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. Her debut YA fantasy, CORAL AND PEARL, will release from Harlequin Teen in Fall 2019.

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My Review

“I had sacrificed all of that to come here, and I would be damned if it had all been for nothing.”

Crown of Coral and Pearl is a beautiful and captivating story of sisterly love and what a sister will do to protect the people she loves. The world building is enthralling and unique, a truly well-developed fantasy world with many fantastical elements.

Over everything, what really grabbed my attention with this story were the characters. All the characters are uniquely their own and felt so real. The characters were the main reason I loved this story. Nor and her journey is what made this story possible and wholly original.

“You have the power to do anything and everything you dream of, more than any person I’ve ever known.”

The plot build up is perfect and each chapter provides just enough to keep your attention. Hints and secrets are dropped continuously throughout the book until you flip to the last page and read the last line, and until you start to piece everything together. Mara Rutherford did an excellent job orchestrating the plot and making sure too much detail was not released at one time.

“Your mother taught you to believe your scar made you ugly, but it has made your brave.”

Nor is brave and unconditionally human, which is what makes her character so believable. Her love for her sister and her capacity to sacrifice her life and dreams to protect her sister and village is remarkable and, in my opinion, is what made this story what it is. Even though more than half of the story is spent away from her sister, Nor never forgets what she is fighting for. She’s selfless and when she finally wants something, she still puts her sister and her village first. Throughout Crown of Coral and Pearl, Nor learns what it’s like to finally live and be her true self, and that growth is one of the reasons that made her character so unique.

Not only is the relationship between Nor and Zadie wonderful to read, but so is Nor’s blooming relationship with Talin. Nor’s engaged to Talin’s brother, Prince Ceren, who is cruel and cold and everything Talin is not. The chemistry between Nor and Prince Talin is undeniable and leaps off the page. The chapters where both characters interacted were some of my favorite – I love romance in fantasy books, especially the type of romance that feels alive and is genuinely realistic.

Actually, if I’m being honest, all of the people that interacted with Nor were believable and flowed well with the story. She’s unsure of what moving to Ilara will be like, so she spends most of her time navigating her surroundings and trying to figure out the secrets that people are hiding behind lies.

“You’re not afraid of anything, Nor. You never have been.”

Overall, Crown of Coral and Pearl is a story built on heart and sisterly love and one that is easily a favorite of mine for 2019. I was left in anticipation for the sequel, and I cannot wait to read the continuation of Nor’s story next year.

Tour Schedule

Check out all the amazing bloggers on the Crown of Coral and Pearl tour!

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Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (15) copies of Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford (US ONLY)

Starts: 19th August 2019

Ends: 2nd September 2019

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Thank you, Fantastic Flying Book Club, for having us on this wonderful blog tour!

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*Saturday Spotlight* Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Page Count: 528 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

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Preorder Giveaway

Kat has an amazing preorder giveaway going on, so check it out here!

Everyone who preorders Wicked Fox will receive 3 beautiful character cards in the mail from Kat. The artwork is gorgeous! This preorder giveaway is open until August 27, 2019. There will be one grand prize winner, who will win everything pictured below.

Does this preorder giveaway accept library requests? Yes! 

Is this preorder international: Yes!

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 About the Author

Shelby

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat.

Shelby’s favorite books include A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and, of course, Harry Potter.

Her debut novel, SERPENT & DOVE, will release from Harper Teen in Fall 2019, with a sequel to come the following year. She is represented by Sarah Landis of Sterling Lord Literistic. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Blog Tour + Playlist + Giveaway* Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell

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Title: Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga #1)

Author: Jill Criswell

Publisher: Blackstone

Release Date: August 6th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.

As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.

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Author Information

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Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).

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Official Playlist for BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN

For explanations of which songs go with which scenes in the book, please visit the “Extras” tab on my website, https://jillcriswell.com

Here’s a link to the playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2UPIDnqGOmKJ6eCz9LgMtU?si=e-SB000hTcCaLqyT9AvDDA

  1. Zola Jesus – “Vessel”
  2. Smashing Pumpkins – “Eye”
  3. A Perfect Circle – “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”
  4. Delirium (featuring Sarah McLachlan) – “Silence”
  5. Agnes Obel – “Familiar”
  6. Fever Ray – “If I had a Heart”
  7. Eivør – “Surrender”
  8. Faun – “Lupercalia”
  9. Flogging Molly – “Devil’s Dance Floor”
  10. Godsmack – “Voodoo”
  11. Loreena McKennitt – “The Mystic’s Dream”
  12. Susanne Sundfør – “O Master”
  13. Puscifer – “Man Overboard”
  14. Wardruna – “Solringen”
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Tour Schedule

Check out the other amazing bloggers on Beasts of the Frozen Sun tour!

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Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (3) BEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN bundles: a signed copy of the book and some author swag (a bookmark, pendant, and magnet) [INT]

Start Date: August 14th, 2019

End Date: August 28th, 2019

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Thank you, Fantastic Flying Book Club, for having us on this wonderful blog tour!

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*Saturday Spotlight* Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

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Title: Kingdom of Souls

Author: Rena Barron

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Page Count: 432 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.

Explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend, where one girl must sacrifice her life, year by year, to gain the power necessary to fight the mother she has never been good enough for.

Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas, Tomi Adeyemi and Black Panther

THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.

Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.

Shame and disappointment dog her.

When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.

An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.

Content Warning: The story includes blood magic, an intentional infliction of self-injury in a ritual, challenging familial relationships, death of a child, death in battle scenes, mention of animal sacrifice (not on page), animal possession, and mind manipulation.

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 About the Author

Rena

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes. She’s a self-proclaimed space nerd. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French. Follow her at @renathedreamer and renabarron.com.

Rena prefers not to be tagged in reviews to save her sanity.

She is represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*ARC Review + Happy Book Birthday* Containment by Caryn Lix

42201355Title: Containment (Sanctuary #2)

Author: Caryn Lix

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Page Count: 496 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Summary:

They may have escaped Sanctuary, but Kenzie and her friends are far from safe.

Ex-Omnistellar prison guard Kenzie and her superpowered friends barely made it off Sanctuary alive. Now they’re stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go and no one to help them. Kenzie is desperate for a plan, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Everyone has their own dark secrets: Omnistellar, her parents, even Cage. Worse still, she’s haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly tore her to shreds—and forced her to accidentally kill one of the Sanctuary prisoners, Matt.

When Kenzie intercepts a radio communication suggesting that more aliens are on their way, she knows there’s only one choice: They must turn themselves in to Omnistellar and destroy the ship before the aliens follow the signal straight to them. Because if the monstrous creatures who attacked Sanctuary reach Earth, then it’s game over for humanity.

What Kenzie doesn’t know is that the aliens aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Omnistellar has put a bounty on Kenzie’s head—and the question is whether the aliens or Omnistellar get to her first.

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Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

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*Whoa there, watch out! Danger is afoot if you haven’t read the first book, Sanctuary, yet. You can check out my review of Sanctuary but be alert, aliens and secrets are bound to come out!*

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Potential trigger warnings: Drug use and death.

There’s been many books I’ve read where the sequel just isn’t as good as the first book. Containment is not one of those books. This sequel lives up to its predecessor and I actually think it’s even better. There’s so much character development and nonstop action that I was hooked from page one and I could not put this book down.

The story starts off with Kenzie and her friends (the prisoners from Sanctuary) stranded on an alien ship. But soon enough, Kenzie and Rune realize the ship isn’t as safe as they were hoping: it’s broadcasting to another potential alien ship. This leaves Kenzie with no choice: to destroy the ship they’re on, she makes a call to Omnistellar. But, as usual, not everything goes as planned and Kenzie and some of her friends are back on the run, on a foreign planet with the help of someone Kenzie isn’t ready to trust. And soon enough, it’s not just Omnistellar Kenzie is running from.

Kenzie continues to be a strong and relatable protagonist. The guilt she has from her mistake in the first book is powerful and there were times where I felt her guilt, her sorrows and anger for what happened. The reader watches her struggle with PTSD throughout the book, and I liked how real her feelings felt. She continually struggles to get a grip on her guilt and understand her feelings, but she soon realizes that not everything is as simple as she would like it to be, especially when she needs to focus on keeping her friends safe. And especially when all of their powers start to develop into something more.

What I also really enjoyed was how much more the reader learns about Kenzie’s friends, mainly Mia, Alexei, and Cage. All three have a dark and dangerous past and as the reader, I saw how each of their pasts shaped them to be the person they are in this book. It was nice to see Kenzie’s relationships with them continue to grow and become more trusting. They all rely on one another and work as a team and I thought that was a great addition to see.

On a side note, though, there’s not much alien action in this book; there’s still a good amount, but Containment has more of a focus on what’s happened after Sanctuary and how the crew can outrun Omnistellar and Legion bounty hunters. We do learn a bit more about the aliens, which is always cool to read about. But I liked how Containment focused more on the development of each character rather than their battle with the aliens. Granted, there was character development in Sanctuary, but the development in Containment is outstanding and just what was needed to make the sequel a huge hit in my mind.

Containment is an action-packed and thrilling ride. Every chapter consisted of this group of kids on the run from not just the aliens, but also Onmistellar. There was never a dull chapter, never a dull scene that wasn’t filled with character development, relationships, and/or action. Caryn Lix’s writing is stunning and captivating; she knows how to bring a story to life and how to keep the readers hooked. The characters she weaves and describes are beautiful and full of flaws, which helps make them feel human and not a weapon. I can see how much heart Lix put in this story and the characters and to me, that’s one of the qualities that makes a great book.

Containment blends science fiction with action and horror that truly leaps off the page and makes the reader feel as if they are there with Kenzie and the group; I felt like I was on the run with them and facing these nearly impossible obstacles. I absolutely cannot wait to read Salvation, the third and final book in Kenzie’s story. But in the meantime, if you haven’t picked up Sanctuary and are looking for a great science-fiction story, then I recommend checking out this series!

Containment by Caryn Lix is available today, so get your copy now!

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway*: Announcing Trouble by Amy Fellner Dominy

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Title: Announcing Trouble

Author: Amy Fellner Dominy

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush)

Release Date: August 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis:

I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.

When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.

But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has tons of hilarious banter, lots of sexual tension, and a hero who will throw a wild pitch right at your heart.

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Author Information

AUTHOR

Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy’s novels include The Fall of Grace; Die for You; A Matter of Heart; Audition & Subtraction; OyMG and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them. To learn more, visit http://www.amydominy.com or find her on Facebook at amyfellnerdominyauthor and Instagram at @amydominy.

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Q&A with Amy Fellner Dominy

Thank you so much for joining us, Amy! It was a pleasure interviewing you!

  1. Announcing Trouble is your latest book, which I cannot wait to read! What was your inspiration behind Announcing Trouble?
    It was summer and in my house that means baseball was on the TV. My husband is a huge fan and my son played baseball through college so I’ve been to a ton of games. I liked the idea of writing about a ballplayer, but I wanted to do something different than other books I’d read. That’s when I got the idea about sports broadcasting. Josie and Mai appeared in my writer brain—I have no idea where they came from—and I think Garrett was living somewhere in my heart just waiting for a chance to be my book boyfriend.
  2. Announcing Trouble appears to be a more light-hearted contemporary compared to your previous YA books. Was the writing process any different for this book?
    It’s definitely more light-hearted and that’s for a reason. When I started this book, I was in a blue mood and I wanted to cheer myself up. I just felt in my heart that it was time to write something full of fun and romance and happily-ever-afters. Writing a book that was everything I love to read made the process a lot of fun. It definitely helped get me back to a happier place.
  3. What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
    There are a few things that spring to mind.
    The first hint of an idea. The characters peeking out to say hello. The lure of a shiny new thing and the possibility of what might unfold. I love when I’m struggling over a scene and suddenly the solution hits me. I love when I get to that point in a novel and I know I’m going to reach “THE END.” (Not every novel that I start is one that I finish.) And I love when the book finally comes out and even though I shouldn’t, I read reviews and it’s an amazing feeling when someone you’ve never met tells you they love your characters as much as you do.
  4. If you could have your book made into anything (Broadway musical, TV show, movie, ballet dance, soap opera, etc.), which would you choose and why?
    TV show would be awesome. Because then the story could continue and grow. I’d love to see what happens with my characters down the road!
  5. What is a quirky or unique habit you have?
    I talk out loud when I write. I think because the story plays like a movie in my head and I’m almost dictating the soundtrack to my fingers—if that doesn’t sound too weird. I know I should work from home, but I still go to coffee shops a lot. I figure I’m no louder than two people having a conversation at another table, right? And so far, no one has questioned what I’m doing.
  6. There’s a ton of aspiring authors out there. What advice would you give them?
    Stick to the three Ps: Perspiration. Persistence. Patience. There are no short cuts. You have to do the work, you have to stick with it, and you have to give yourself time to learn the craft. But if you do, the publishing world is a big one and there is room for you!

Thanks so much for hosting me here! If readers want more updates along with excerpts and giveaways, I’ve just launched a monthly newsletter. Sign up for it HERE.

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GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win an ebook of ANNOUNCING TROUBLE by Amy Fellner Dominy (INT)

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Thank you, Fantastic Flying Book Club, for having us on this wonderful blog tour!

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*Saturday Spotlight* Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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Title: Crown of Coral and Pearl

Author: Mara Rutherford

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release Date: August 27, 2019

Page Count: 432 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

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Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

INDIE BOUND

Please note: A Court of Coffee and Books receives a small commission for any purchases made through the links above. All commission earned goes toward supporting and maintaining this blog.

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 About the Author

Mara

Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru, along with her Marine-turned-diplomat husband and two sons. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of London and would rather study the folklore of her next post than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. Her debut YA fantasy, CORAL AND PEARL, will release from Harlequin Teen in Fall 2019. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)