Good morning, readers Today I’m participating in the blog tour of ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin. Enjoy (my review is below & there’s a giveaway)! Also, isn’t the cover gorgeous!!
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub. Date: February 11, 2014
Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.
When I started reading this book, I was immediately drawn in by the author’s rich writing. Graudin is masterful at weaving setting and with a book set in London, mastering the setting is key. Not to mention, it’s a book about faerys and I LOVE faerys. I love the twist Graudin brings to the table. A faery godmother who, while being very old, doesn’t walk around with a magic wand, etc…but is a guardian and looks like a teenager. The worldbuilding is well drawn out, especially when it came to faery lore or instances like spellcasting, I felt like I was in the book wit goosebumps appearing on my arms.
The contrast between Richard and Emrys is hilarious. From the very beginning she’s unhappy about guarding this party animal of a prince (I would be too) then she starts to like him and that’s when things really get interesting. Not to mention Richard surprised me. I thought he would be this pompous A-hole but he’s sweet and caring and smart, even if he does like to party and drink a little much he wins you over from the beginning.
I was surprised I liked this book as much as I did. I’m not a huge romance person however I think it was because from the beginning, I knew the romance would play a large part. My only thing is I found Emrys’s characterization at times to be a bit irrational, maybe? Because for a thousand year old Faery she sure was overly careless at the beginning nor does she act as mature as I would expect one of her age to however I think that’s mostly because as a reader, you have to remember that while she’s old in human years, she’s a teenager in faery years.
All in all, I’d recommend this to anyone whose a fan of popular fairy tale books like Holly Black’s Tithe but wants something with a bit more romance and a little less dark (writing wise both are amazing).
Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at http://www.ryangraudin.com.
Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
2 signed copies OF ALL THAT GLOWS and two tins of tea! US/Canada only.
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