Friday, November 18, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Book info:
TitleOf Fire and Stars
Author:  Audrey Coulthurst
Genre:  YA fantasy LGBTQ
Published:  November 22nd, 2016
Source:  E-galley from Edelweiss and Irish Banana Tours

Synopsis:
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other

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My Review:
I haven't quite finished the book, but I can say that I am really enjoying it!  I like the characters a lot. And the plot is really detailed and keeps me wondering where the story will go next.  I like how the characters find out that they may be interested in each other, even though Denna is actually betrothed to the prince, Mare's sister.  The book is told in alternating chapters between Denna and Mare.  And while you can get the difference and know exactly who each chapter is told by, you can also see all the differences in them, and how they deal with the feelings they come to discover about each other.  I am really looking forward as I mentioned above, to see where their relationship will go, as well as how it will affect the marriage and alliance between the two kingdoms.  I hope to find out that the magic will become accepted, and the people will find who is causing all the violence. There is a woman who is causing issues with the kingdom, and I am interested to see if she is really behind it all, especially since she is really hard to like so far.  I like the LGBTQ aspect, and how it seems so seamlessly to fit in.  It's not just out there, to be in your face, like some books do.  It seems just like normal life should be between people and a romance.  

This is a book I will definitely recommend, and also purchase for the school library where I work.  I hope to read more books like this in the future, as well as more from this author.

About Author:  
Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. Her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, will be published on November 22, 2016 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Giveaway:
  • 3 Finished Copies of OF FIRE AND STARS (US Only) 
 
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
11/14: What Sarah Read - Review
11/15: A Backwards Story - Mood Board
11/16: Addicted 2 Novels - Review
11/17: Caught Read Handed - Guest Post
11/18: Lisa Loves Literature - Review  YOU ARE HERE!!!

Week 2:
11/21: The Irish Banana Review - Fast 5
11/22: IN WONDERLAND - Review
11/23: No BS Book Reviews - Q&A
11/24: Don't Fold the Page - Review
11/25: Arctic Books - Top 5 

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comments. I cannot wait to read this book.

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  2. Shoot, Lisa, I hope you finish the book soon! What if the ending is terrible and you end up hating it? I'm always fearful of doing blog tour reviews for this reason. But hopefully you finish it and like it.

    Great post, Lisa!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I rarely have that happen. I might have issues with the end, but I don't usually hate it. If I'm this far and still enjoying it, it usually ends up that way.

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  3. Thanks for posting, even though you haven't finished it yet. I like that you'd want to purcahse this for your school library. I can't wait to find out if the ending was really good!

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    1. Yeah, I think my students will enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I have this one from BEA, so I'm really glad to hear that it worked so well for you! I'm excited to read it!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it soon! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I'm glad you are enjoying this one! I really need to read it ASAP. :)

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. I think it will be a perfect fit for your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This book looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It is good so far! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I've seen this book make the rounds. :) Some good and some not, but I'm interested in reading it.

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    1. I haven't seen any bad reviews yet, but I could see maybe some people might not like it. It just depends on your reading tastes. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm really looking forward to the day I can get my hands on this book.

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    1. I hope you get a hold of it soon! Thanks for visiting!

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