Blog Tour- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Guest Post + Giveaway

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It’s no secret that I adore Kendare and her books. There’s not a single thing she’s written that I’ve not loved. I do think that Three Dark Crowns is my favorite book of hers yet. This was so morbidly wonderful, surprising and overall wonderful. I’m excited to have Kendare here on the blog talking about one of my favorite scenes in the book- The Gave Noir.

ABOUT THREE DARK CROWNS:

3dccoverEvery generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N

Guest Post

One of the most striking scenes of TDC was The Gave Noir- a feast where the queen poisoner is expected to feast on poisoned and tainted foods and live through it. This scene was so vivid and wonderfully disturbing. Where did this idea come from??

Developing the culture of the poisoners as a whole was so fun and several things about them fascinate me: how they take such pride in the strength of their gift. How much they relish it. If you think about it, of all the gifts on the island, the poisoner gift would be the least useful to the island’s livelihood, yet having been in power for so long, the poisoners view themselves as absolutely vital. So it made sense to me that their celebrations would revolve around a show of that strength, and so they have the black glut, the Gave Noir.

To a poisoner, eating poison is a near religious experience. They turn their noses up at regular food, but their appetites for tainted food are huge! Poisoners are known for their appetites actually; they are the real culinary experts of the island. The Gave Noir was a great way to feature that, and to feature lots of fun poisons in deliciously deadly preparations.

I’m a big fan of the TV show HANNIBAL, if you didn’t know, and a big part of that show was the lovingly precise way that Dr. Lecter would…well…cook people up. It always made me SO HUNGRY, not for people of course, but what the hell, sure, for people, so I hope that some similar devious deliciousness is conveyed through the ritual poisoners’ feast.

ABOUT KENDARE BLAKE:

kendare-blakeKendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their two cat sons (Tybalt and Tyrion Cattister) and their red Doberman dog son, Obi Dog Kenobi.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Tour Schedule:

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Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of THREE DARK CROWNS (US Only)

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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

This is for about two week’s worth of books. I went to Becky Wallace’s The Skylighter event at Barnes and Noble and it was a lot of fun. I was thrilled to get my arc signed and add a signed hardcover to my collection. I already read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and loved it! I highly recommend it.

The Books

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I was shocked to get The Raven King. I totally didn’t expect Scholastic to send it early- I’ve not read Blue Lily Lily Blue yet so I immediately started it so I can dive into the final book of the series.

This coming week I’ll be attending my first ever conference! The Texas Library Association conference. I’m so excited (and nervous) since I don’t really know what to expect. I do know I’ll have a wonderful time.

What did you get last week?

Review of Ungodly by Kendare Blake

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By: Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Gift from author

My Rating:
star

Summary:
As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the final Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood

For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. That’s what Ares said.

So she was wrong about some things. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved.

But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.

And Cassandra is up there somewhere too. On a quest for death. With the god of death.

Just because things haven’t gone exactly according to plan, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost. They’ve only mostly lost. And there’s a big difference.

My Thoughts:
I am so in love with Blake’s writing and her ability to write gruesome things and yet make them seem beautiful. This series has been wonderfully executed and this last book might just be my favorite of the three.

The story picks up where the others left off and Athena, Cassandra and crew are still searching for answers and trying to pick up the pieces after the battle on Olympus. Once again the writing was strong and the pacing fast. The action scenes were amazingly detailed and we get to venture into the character’s emotions.

Ungodly really ventured into Cassandra’s story and how everything that has happened changed who she is and what she wants. I’ve always felt a tad detached from Cassandra but in this story that changed. A new character was introduced, Thanatos, that I absolutely fell in love with. The interactions and chemistry between these two was one of my favorite aspects of the story. I only wish they had had more page time together. Somehow reading about Cassandra’s interactions with Thanatos gave me an emotional connection I’d not had previously. Honestly, their chapters were some of my favorites.

Athena was still a badass though she struggled with guilt for the haphazard battle on Olympus. Maybe for the first time in her existence she really struggled with knowing her place and role. I have really enjoyed watching Athena delve into her emotions and begin to accept her feeling towards other characters. I loved her character arc across all three books. Really, all the characters are incredible and I love them all. I was even able to find some love for Ares and his hell hounds.

I’d say that the pacing was about the same as with the prior books and really this conclusion was what I wanted it to be. Some things are left unanswered 100% but enough is alluded to that you can easily guess at some of the outcomes. I do think I’ll be wondering what happens to each characters years from the final showdown.

Final Thoughts:
As always I adored Blake’s writing and characters. The mythology thrown into a modern setting was done amazingly well even inspiring me to do some Google searches on some lesser known gods. I think it’s obvious that Kendare Blake is a favorite of mine and an auto-buy author. Do look for her next book, Three Dark Crowns, coming from Harper in 2016.

Extras

Review of Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

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By: Kendare Blake
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Author

There will be spoilers from book one, Antigoddess.

Full disclosure- I absolutely adore Kendare’s work. She was so nice as to send me this book but that doesn’t alter my rating or review of this novel. If I’d have hated it I would have cried from disappointment but would be honest and rated accordingly.

My Rating:
star

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Cover Reveal- Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake+Giveaway (INT)

Kendare Blake’s books are some of my favorites, her Anna series was gruesome, horrific yet heartfelt. The first of her newest series, Antigoddess continued with Kendare’s beautiful descriptions and incredible story telling. I am beyond thrilled for the next book, Mortal Gods. The cover is a departure from the first book’s cover. I really loved the cover of Antigoddess but I do like this one since it has a person in it…Lego Cover Art possibilities. What do you think?

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What better way to introduce a new cover than to hear from the author herself. Here’s Kendare with some of her thoughts about the Mortal Gods cover as well as an exclusive on the title of book 3:

So, as some may already know, MORTAL GODS was originally titled ARISTEIA. An aristeia is a moment in epic poetry where the hero is untouchable. Where they kill more than ever before, and with more flair and brutality. Where they are almost a god. The aristeia of the title would have referred to Cassandra, who is going through many ch-ch-changes as she attempts to recover from her loss at the end of Antigoddess and come to terms with being a weapon. The god killer. So it’s fitting that Cassandra is featured on the cover of Mortal Gods. Sure, she’s not blond, but the blond sure does look great with those golds and browns, so I’m not complaining!

Athena on the first cover and Cassandra on the second. But who does that leave for the third? Which, sneak preview here, My Friends are Fiction readers, may be titled UNGODLY.

Extras:
Interview with Kendare Blake
Review of Anna Dressed in Blood
Review of Antigoddess
Lego Cover Art of Girl of Nightmares

Because I want you all to read Antigoddess I’m going to give away a copy.
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