A Torch Against the Night Excerpts and Giveaway


Last year I was swept away by An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I found it to be such a strong, vivid and often disturbing fantasy tale that was dark yet had that glimmer of hope that kept me reading. I can’t wait to dive into the follow-up A Torch Against the Night. I do think I’ll do a bit of a reread of the first book since there was so many details and I don’t’ want to miss anything in this sequel.

If you’re a fan like me then I have a treat for you- two excerpts from A Torch Against the Night and a giveaway hosted by the lovely people at Penguin.

Have you read An Ember in the Ashes? If so I want you to leave me your review link or let me know what you thought in the comments. If not, I highly recommend it! You can check out my review here and look for me to give you my updated thoughts after I do a reread.

About A Torch Against the Night


A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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This is an US only giveaway of 10 ARCs of A Torch Against the Night

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Highlighting Passenger-Alexandra Bracken’s Upcoming Time Travel Novel + Giveaway

Today I’m so excited to give one of my readers a chance to win the upcoming novel by Alexandra Bracken, Passenger. I’m reading it now and I’m really liking how she’s handled the details of time travel.

About the Book

PassengercoverIn one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods–a powerful family in the Colonies–and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them–whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
In stores January 5

About the Author

AlexBrackenAlexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestsellingauthor of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William&Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.


One (1) winner receives: a copy of PASSENGER
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.
Please note prizing will ship early January following release of the book.
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More About the Book and Pre-Order Info

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Another ARC Giveaway

I wanted to give some of my readers the chance to win a couple of ARCs. The winner will choose two books from the below picture. US only and I’ll be checking for cheating on entries so play nice.


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Curious about some of these titles? I’ve reviewed some of them…

ARC Giveaway-The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I was lucky to win a copy of The Wrath & the Dawn very early and fell immediately in love with Renee’s writing. This is a must read and I’m THRILLED to be able to offer a reader an ARC of their very own. Thank you so much to Barbara, Renee’s agent extraordinaire.  I also have a pre-order giveaway going on twitter so be sure to enter-especially my international readers. Since I’m so desperately in love with this book and author I have some other plans in the works- an interview and Lego cover so be sure to keep your eyes open for both.

About the book


A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

If that summary doesn’t do look at this advance praise:


So there’s that beautiful cover, a summary to die for and advance praise from Carrie Ryan and Marie Lu. Do you need anymore convincing? I thought not.


This is a US only giveaway–international friends enter the pre-order giveaway.

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And while you’re at it….


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Giveaway- The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

TheStartofMeandYouToday I’m giving one of you the chance to win an ARC of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. This book isn’t my typical genre but I’ve heard so many amazing things about Emery Lord I wanted to give it a go and expand my horizons.

Well, I started it yesterday and there’s a sideline to the story that really hit home for me. I’ve dealt with some loss in my life recently and the book was bringing up some of this grief for me. I’m not ready to go there yet so I’ve put this one aside for now. I figured I’d try again later on but instead of hoarding the ARC I would give someone else a chance to read it (and hopefully love it).

I want to thank Bloomsbury for sending me this ARC and also for their understanding on why I can’t review this one right now. I hope that whoever wins this loves it, talks about it and possibly reviews it.

About the book:

The Start of Me and You
By: Emery Lord
Release Date: March 31st 2015


This is a US only giveaway due to shipping costs-I’m so sorry my INT friends you can enter this for a pre-order and if you win I’ll let you choose this book as well. No cheating! I’ll be checking entries and discount anyone that seems iffy. The winner will have 48hrs to respond to my email with their address.

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