Thursday, 29 January 2015

Tour: All That Burns by Ryan Graudin

I received a copy of All That Burns, book 2 of All That Glows, in exchange for my review.

Having given up her magic for the love of her King, Emrys is acting as liason between the Fae court and the human one. Though Richard is pushing through integration laws, acceptance of the Fae isn't as smooth as it could be. When Queen Tatiana calls Emrys away and reveals that a prisoner has escaped from the Fae prison, a series of events is caused that almost leads to the downfall of everything that Richard and Emrys love and want to build.

I was excited to read All That Burns having really enjoyed the previous book, All That Glows last year. And I have to say it took me by surprise several times and had me staring at my phone going 'what?!?!?!'...definitely in a good way though! 

I liked how Emrys and Richard's relationship wasn't quite the happily ever after that was expected at the end of the previous book, something that was helped along by Guinevere and her interference,  and that ultimately their feelings were tested. 

At one point another character, Kieren, was introduced and he really confused me. Part of me was loving the budding intimacy between him and Anabelle, but the other part was confused about what was going on between him and Emrys. Emrys was feeling some sort of connection towards him and part of me thought 'oh no not a love triangle' only to be surprised (and kind of happy) with the outcome (kind of happy because for some of the characters it wasn't the best ending! )

I loved the way that different folk lore was included in the story. It was each individual story weaving together that made it magical, and that included the legends and folklore surrounding Camelot. Actually I really liked the suggestion of what actually happened between Arthur,  Guinevere and Lancelot, it answered a few questions I've always really felt about why a happy Queen to a celebrated King ran off with his knight.

The other main plot point surrounded human acceptance of the Fae and other magical creatures. Basically there was descent about whether it should be done or not and this resulted in a political movement.  The magic and the politics did weave together eventually,  well they were from the beginning but it was revealed later on, making it a complex web of intricacies. It did make the conclusion of the book feel like it had been well reached and that the  characters really worked for it.

The characters themselves were mostly introduced in the previous book, though there were some new ones. What I liked about them was that no matter who each character w as, Fae/mortal, male/female, royalty/'common', they all had strengths, and they were all different. Meaning that when they worked as a team, they worked well. It meant that each character was strong in their own right but needed others to make them better. I liked the dynamic.
I really enjoyed All That Burns, it was a story that just seemed to fly by!

All That Burns counts towards Winter COYER and 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge.

All That Burns (All That Glows #2)
by Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 10th 2015


In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

by Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin is doing a preorder special through her local indie Blue Bicycle Books. You can pre-order a signed copy of All That Burns and get a free ALL THAT BURNS tea (a ginger plum flavored black tea). Don’t miss this special offer! Click here to pre-order a signed copy of All That Burns.

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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 r├ęcipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.