Blog Tour- The Beauty of Darkness Sampler Review + Giveaway

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I am honored to be part of The Beauty of Darkness Blog Tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the first few chapters- because like you- I’ve not read the entire book. The first in the series, The Kiss of Deception blew me away. I was so surprised by the twists and so swept away with the characters I knew I’d be addicted to this series. The sequel, The Heart of Betrayal, was somehow capable of building on the first book and being even better. How often is a sequel even better than the first book? Not often. I can’t wait to read the entirety of The Beauty of Darkness and see how Pearson ends this story line and where she leaves her characters.

About the Book

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By: Mary Pearson
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Summary:
Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

Thoughts on Sampler

Oh my goodness! That was my first thought. These first pages (first five chapters to be exact) were so ‘edge of your seat’ for me. I was immediately pulled back into the story and was frantically flipping through the pages.

Lia has been hurt and is in and out of it. I love that Pearson writes this series in first person because I felt like I was Lia. I could nearly feel her confusion, pain and sadness. Many times when a character is shot with an arror or sliced by a sword it doesn’t seem to really hurt them all that badly. Not so in this book. Lia is in drastic pain and it comes across the pages. It feels realistic. This pain stands to only make her a stronger person and set her more directly on the path laid before her.

There was a bit from Rafe’s point of view and it helped to build up the location and scenery of where they are hiding out. The immense need to help Lia to heal but also get as far from their enemies adds tension to the pages.

The Komizar’s fate is questioned- is he dead? Surely so. He was stabbed with a poison blade. Rafe saw him and he appeared life-less. But, what if he somehow survived? And what of Kaden? What motives drove his actions?

ALL THESE QUESTIONS. But! The wait is over! The Beauty of Darkness is available TODAY. So, run out and buy your copy or take your chances to win one below.

Giveaway

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I’ve got one (1) hardcover copy of The Beauty of Darkness to give away. This giveaway is hosted by the generous folks at Macmillan so it’ll be US/Canada only and provided by them.
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Extras

Interview with Mary Pearson Author of The Remnant Chronicles + Giveaway

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I’m so excited to be hosting The Remnant Chronicles Read Along with these amazing bloggers- Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales, Christina from The Book Hook Up, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, and Jamie from Two Chicks on Books.

Interview

The Kiss of Deception stands out from your other books since it is set in a different world than our own. Can you describe some of the difficulties or advantages writing outside of our reality?
This is a tricky question to answer, because even though the Remnant world doesn’t look like our world, it is based very much on our world, really, in the same way so much of fantasy is. Often fantasy worlds are metaphors for our own, and let us see our reality in a new light.

In Remnant’s case, it was like our world in a very real sense too, because it grew out of the ashes of our present one, along with whatever snips of memory and tradition the few survivors of the “Devastation” had to pass on, and with the scrabbling to survive for generations, much was lost—except story. But in the Remnant world, as in our own, the story changed as it was passed along, or sometimes it was purposely twisted to serve another purpose, and what started as a hazy memory told in story, became the history and belief system of many nations.

As with our own histories, trying to parse out the truth thousands of years later can be an impossible task. Until we can master the trick of time travel, some truths are lost forever. (Ah, time travel! Maybe that will be the next story . . .)

So yes, the Remnant world looked and operated differently in so many ways and writing that part was a fun challenge, but in so many other ways—especially in the ways in which we love and hate each other—it was still very much the same. Some things are timeless.

This August the last of The Remnant Chronicles, The Beauty of Darkness, releases. How does it feel to be saying goodbye to this series (*sniff*)?
It is hard to say goodbye.  I’m still not sure I have.  A few characters keep whirling in my head, voices, snips of dialogue, story beginnings.  Just because you write “the end” it doesn’t mean that a world vanishes overnight or the gears in your brain stop turning.

On the other hand, it is enormously satisfying to see the stories come to completion, the full arc realized. Even when you think you know how a story will end, you are never entirely certain it is all going to come together how you hoped, not so much from a plot standpoint but from an emotional point of view. And of course I was juggling three main characters arcs—not just one. It was a challenge but I was happy with the outcome for each of the characters. It felt true and complete, and typing “The End” was satisfying, even if it was bittersweet to say goodbye.

Did the story and characters go as you had planned or did they surprise you as you wrote?
Oh, there were always surprises. Secondary characters came on the scene who threw me curve balls. In the last book, both the Komizar and Aster grew into much more full-bodied characters than I expected. Aster hadn’t even been planned. She first appeared in my head when she dropped boots off at Lia’s doorstep. I had no idea she would steal my heart. That is what I love about writing. If I had every detail planned it would feel robotic. The world and the characters have to inject their own life into the story, and I follow their leads.

In The Beauty of Darkness there were some surprises too—a character who appeared in the first book, Natiya, returned, and I saw a young Lia in the making. It was interesting for me to see Natiya’s transformation. Her experiences had made her stubborn and fierce which we got a glimpse of in the first book. It exasperated Lia to deal with someone so much like herself.

Also, the demise of a certain character, and the way this character died had not been planned, but it almost fell into my lap as the most perfect way for this person to die. (Yes, I revel in certain deaths. Scary, huh?)

And finally, in The Heart of Betrayal, Aster stole a book from the piles in the caverns. In The Beauty of Darkness, I had to find a “description” for this book and I brainstormed tons of them with both my editor and agent and it seemed nothing was quite right and finally one came to mind that was not only perfect for the story, but perfect for Aster too.

So some surprises are always part of the writing process, even when you think you know the direction you are going and how everything will play out.

What do you have coming next?
Ideas are simmering. A few have taken hold. I’m waiting to see which one rises to the top and wins my undying attention.

Are you as excited as I am about The Beauty of Darkness? It releases NEXT MONTH. I can’t wait.

Check out these other posts I’ve done about this series

Giveaway

To enter to win these two prizes you just need to join the read along and fill out the rafflecopter from below! (FYI, these won’t be the only prizes we’ll be giving away. There will be great prizes up for grabs during the twitter chats and for the Instagram challenges, so make sure to participate in those to get a chance to win some other goodies!)

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The Remnant Chronicles Readalong+ Giveaway

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This is my very first read along I’ve participated in and hosted! I’m honored to be hosting with some amazing bloggers: Bridget from Dark Faerie Tales, Christina from The Book Hook Up, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, and Jamie from Two Chicks on Books. I had to join in because I’m in love with The Remnant Chronicles by Mary Pearson. This series is sooo good and I can’t wait to help spread the love.

Have you read these yet? If so, you should reread with us and if not you must give these a go! They are so well written and I love all the characters.

We’ll be reading The Kiss of Deception this month, The Heart of Betrayal in July and The Beauty of Darkness in August. Want to join in? Use the hashtag #TRCReadAlong and sign up here.

Schedule

The Kiss of Deception

June 1st: Start The Kiss of Deception
June 5th-11th: KOD Instagram Challenge/Giveaway
June 20th-24th: Special Blog Posts
June 29th: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss The Kiss of Deception and have a fun trivia game with prizes

The Heart of Betrayal

July 1st: Start The Heart of Betrayal
July 3rd-9th: HOB Instagram Challenge/Giveaway
July 18th-22nd: Special Blog Posts
July 27th: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss the Heart of Betrayal and have a fun trivia game with prizes

The Beauty of Darkness

August 2nd: Start The Beauty of Darkness
August 11th: Special Facebook Chat with Mary E. Pearson (More details to come)
August 7th-13th: BOD Instagram Challenge/Giveaway
August 22nd-26th: Special Blog Posts
August 31st: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss the Beauty of Darkness and have a fun trivia game with prizes

Giveaway

There will be two grand prizes up for grabs!

The first prize is a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Book Depository Gift Card!
This is international as long as you can accept an e-gift card from one of these vendors!

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The second prize is an amazing Remnant Chronicles Prize pack (US ONLY) that will include:

  • Signed hardcover copies of all 3 books in the Remnant Chronicle Series
  • One item up to $20 from Bookish Beauty’s Society 6 or Redbubble shop (the beautiful Some Stories pillow is from this shop!)
  • Two gorgeous Deception Candles from Novelly Yours (These were made special for this read along and you guys them smell amazing! Because they turned out so awesome the lovely Brittany now has them for sale in her shop!)
  • (not pictured) A special bracelet featuring beautiful charms made by Celeste Pewter (Check out her awesome etsy shop here!)
  • A hand lettered journal made by Bridget with one of her favorite quotes from the series.
  • Tons of great Remnant Chronicles swag
  • Possibly a few surprises as well!

A huge thank you to Macmillan/Mary for providing the signed hardcover copies! Thank you to everyone involved in putting these prizes together!

To enter to win these two prizes you just need to join the read along and fill out the rafflecopter from below! (FYI, these won’t be the only prizes we’ll be giving away. There will be great prizes up for grabs during the twitter chats and for the Instagram challenges, so make sure to participate in those to get a chance to win some other goodies!)

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