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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine / Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway


Hello and welcome to the next stop in THE WISH GRANTER blog tour, hosted by Rock Star blog tours. Today's stop features my review, and a giveaway! 

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: C.J. Readwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Released on: February 14, 2017
Series: Ravenspire #2
Purchase it from: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksAudible
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Source: e-arc from publisher / purchased book

An epic fantasy inspired by the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence that he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother...and her soul. 
An epic fantasy, set in the same world as it's predecessor, THE SHADOW QUEEN, and given a fantastic, fairytale retelling twist. This is not the story of Rumpelstiltskin you've been told. C.J. Redwine proves once again that she is the queen of fairytale retellings.

I've never been a huge fan of Rumplestiltskin, but I'm a fan of this story. I loved The Shadow Queen. Like that book, this book did not disappoint. Redwine has done such a wonderful job of taking beloved fairytales, and making them her own. Her retellings are so well written. From her characters to the world building, the magic, romance, and so much more. I really think she's found her niche with writing. I want more!

I loved the depth of her characters in this book. I felt like I understood them, their choices, and the decisions they made. I rooted for them from the get go. I love that this story's underdogs are Ari and her brother Thad, who's now the new King. It was the perfect set up for Thad to prey on. This story's villain is so well written. Driven by greed and revenge, and governed by an ancient law, this villain is one you want to see get outsmarted. 

I really enjoyed the brother/sister relationship between Thad, and Ari. My favorite was definitely Ari. She proves she's more than fit to rule a kingdom, even if she doesn't want anything to do with it. Sure her brother is king, but she also has a role to play, even if she doesn't want to. She's kind, thinks for herself, doesn't back down from fear, does things her way, and is the kind of girl I just love. Plus this girl loves food, and I seriously admired that fact she doesn't shy away from that in this book. Ari is also the kind of heroine who you root for from the beginning, and cheer for the entire time. 

When it comes to romance, Redwine is queen of the slow burn. She carefully crafts it so that it naturally builds, and turns into something that ignites the pages. I loved Sebastian and Ari. I loved watching their relationship grow. I loved how they learned to trust each other, and confide in one another. I loved how they just got each other. They saw each other for who they both were. 

I have completely fallen in love with the world of Ravenspire. I love that this book, while it's own story, features my favorite characters from The Shadow Queen, and also takes place in the same world, though in different kingdoms. I love the world building, the characters, and all that happens in this series. I am looking forward to reading more books from this series. 

ABOUT THE SHADOW QUEEN

By: C.J. Redwine
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Released on: February 16, 2016
Series: Ravenspire #1
Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks 
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Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


C.J. Redwine loves fairy tales, Harry Potter, and Sherlock. She is the author of the Defiance trilogy, a post-apocalyptic fantasy from Balzer + Bray. C.J. lives in Nashville with her husband and children. If the novel writing gig ever falls through, she’ll join the Avengers and wear a cape to work every day. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at www.cjredwine.com Where you can find C.J.:


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