Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Blog Tour: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

I received a copy of All That Glows in exchange for my review.

Emrys is the Fae protector of Prince Richard, the heir to the throne and a bit of a wild card. Having left behind the open spaces of her home in the Highlands, Emrys feels sick due to the technology around her. But even that doesn't explain why her veiling spell keeps failing around Richard, and she has to explain the truth to him, revealing a secret kept for centuries. Slowly she ends up being more and more visible to the mortals around her due to her growing feelings for Richard. But his life, and his line, is being threatened by an Old One, a Fae who wants the world to return to how it was, and Emrys must decide how best to protect him.

There was a bit of action and magic in this book, but for me the majority of the story seemed to be the love story between Richard and Emrys. There's an instant connection between them when they first 'meet' (in inverted commas as technically Emrys was there when he was born, so she's seen him before), and though Emrys tries to avoid it, she can't.

I liked the way that the love between the immortal and mortal actually had consequences.  As in most of the time, there's just a little danger and the idea that one will watch the other die. But in All That Glows it is impossible for them to share even a passionate kiss without injury. I think that that made the choice that Emrys had to make much more poignant.

The whole book actually had a pretty small number of characters, which allowed it to focus on the two main character developments, Emrys making her choice between magic and love, and Richard growing into a King. The pair of them developed believably and together.

This was actually quite a heart warming story, I'd definitely recommend it!

Question of the day: If you could change people's perceptions so that they couldn't see you, what would you do?

All That Glows
by Ryan Graudin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 11th 2014
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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.

My name is Ryan and I've been writing ever since I grabbed one of my dad's old tax ledgers and created this masterpiece: see image.

My writing has since improved, though my obsession with wolves has remained relatively the same (I even own a wolf-hybrid pup.) My childhood was a happy, sunny thing. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would re-enact Redwall battles with me in the back yard. I went to an artsy sort of high-school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.

I'm officially a grownup now (I suppose one must admit that once they turn 26). My diet still includes fairytales, salt-marshes and art, but there are a few new loves thrown in. A big one is travel. Pieces of my heart are scattered like breadcrumbs all over the globe--I've bartered them off for writing inspiration, so I suppose it's a fair trade.

When I'm not cramming my earthly belongings into a backpack and waiting in airport security lines, I'm doing one of the following: Writing YA novels, Photographing weddings with my husband, Making our little white cottage more homey, Playing with my wolf pup, Trying out Korean récipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.

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