Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chapter Exclusive: Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

I fell head over heels in love with a new series this weekend - the Malediction Trilogy. I'd been meaning to read Stolen Songbird for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to it. I'm totally kicking myself in the butt for waiting so long! I flew through the pages of both books, and I'm simply dying to find out what happens next. (Warrior Witch, why are you so far away?)

Stolen Songbird is about a girl named Cécile, who is kidnapped by trolls and taken under the mountain to where they are forced to reside. While she initially wants to escape, she soon learns that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this place she's in. Hidden Huntress continues her story, as Cécile struggles to find a way to help the trolls - even if it involves hunting a very powerful witch. I was really impressed by how Jensen told Cecile's story, and I kind of, sort of really have a bit of a crush (read: a huge crush) on Tristan.

Thankfully, we're getting a little something to tide us over. I'm so excited to be sharing an exclusive sneak peek at the first two chapters in Warrior Witch, the final novel in the Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen. Don't worry - it's not too long before Warrior Witch is out in the world (May 3 for US/Can; May 5 for UK/rest of the world)! Here's a quick summary of what we can expect in this series finale:

Warrior Witch book cover
cover artwork: Steven Stone
Sometimes, one must become the unimaginable…

Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil that they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything… and everyone. But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.

Everything is at stake, in the heart-stopping conclusion to the acclaimed Malediction Trilogy.

Doesn't it just sound like an epic series ender? I just need to know that everyone (*coughs* Cécile and Tristan *coughs*) is going to be all right, and that there's a happy ending in store. Can you promise that, Danielle? Can you? Ahem. Anyway, without further ado, here are the first two chapters of Warrior Witch, as promised!


My voice, the one thing about me that had always been valued, suddenly seemed inconsequential in the cacophony of voices filling the courtyard. Questions and demands fought with the cries of those whose nerves had collapsed in the face of this unknown adversary, their collective onslaught driving me back step by step until I stood apart in the snow.

Tristan raised one hand, silencing the din. “Your questions will be answered, but not here and not now.” To the grim-faced Regent, he added, “Assemble your counsel. We’ve plans to make and time is short.”

“You presume to give orders to me, boy?” the Regent replied, his tone as chilly as the air. He alone seemed calm, and I almost admired him for it, given that he must have known what, if not who, Tristan was. Almost, because I knew his scorn was directed at the one boy capable of saving us all.

Tristan’s flash of frustration made my teeth clench, and a prickle of unease burned between my shoulders, causing me to glance in the direction of Trollus. How soon would they come? And what would they do when they arrived? They were questions that likely sat heavily in Tristan’s mind, and both of us knew we didn’t have time to stand in a courtyard arguing.

“Presume?” There was almost no inflection in Tristan’s voice, but tension sang through the crowd. “Have you forgotten why you, and all those before you, have styled yourselves as regents? Or perhaps you’re unaware of what the title means?”

“I’ve forgotten nothing,” the Regent snapped. “I know our history.”

“Then you know it is no presumption,” Tristan said. “You owe your allegiance to my family and our crown; and if you do not offer it freely, it is within my right, and certainly within my power, to take it by force.”

He was silent for a moment, and I held my breath, uncertain of what he’d say next or why he believed that threatening this man was the right path to take. We needed him on our side.

“But instead I offer you a choice,” Tristan continued. “Side with me and fight for the freedom of your race.”

“Or?” The Regent wasn’t a weak man – was as born and bred to politics as Tristan. But I did not miss the unsteadiness in his voice.

“Or don’t. And I will walk away and leave you to fight this war on your own with no doubt in my mind that it will be over by morning. And all that your people will have lost – lives and loved ones and liberty – will be on your hands. That is, if my father allows you to live long enough for you to see the outcome of your choice.”

All the world’s blood will be on your hands… My mother’s, no, Anushka’s words, echoed through my thoughts, and I bit my lip.

The Regent’s eyes tracked to my brother, who remained disguised as Lord Aiden. “You knew this was coming, and yet said nothing?”

Wise enough to know the man would recognize that Fred’s voice was not his son’s, my brother only nodded and hung his head.

The horns of Trollus ceased their call, yet in their absence somehow seemed more present. More ominous.

“Choose,” Tristan said, and only our bond gave away his apprehension.  

The Regent let out a ragged breath and inclined his head, the cords in his neck standing out as though his body itself fought the gesture of subservience. “Very well.” He turned his head to a man standing to his left. “Assemble the council.”

The crowd parted to make a path to the entrance of the castle, but the Regent stepped to one side. “After you, Your Highness.”

Tristan started forward, Fred and the Regent falling in behind him, and none of them looked back. I raised a foot to follow, then lowered it back into the puddle that the magic coating my skin had melted into the snow. I was not needed in this, nor, I thought, glancing down at my tattered and bloodstained costume, welcome.

The crowd of nobles dispersed, some calling desperately for their carriages so they might escape to the dubious safety of their homes, while others went to peer through the lowered portcullis, the wind having eroded away the dragon’s shape, leaving behind only a mound of snow. Many of them cast suspicious glances my way, understanding that I was somehow involved, but none of them guessing in what capacity. That I was responsible. That in the space of a few heartbeats, I had determined the fate of us all.

Almost from the moment I’d known the trolls existed, my purpose had been set. My goal known. Kill the witch. End the curse. Rescue Tristan. Free my friends. All of which I had accomplished.

And now?

I’d unleashed the trolls and worse upon the world with a vague certainty that it could be made to work, that we would triumph and peace would be had; but not once had I considered what role I would play. What part Tristan would play, yes. In the innate decency of most of the trolls, yes. In the ability of my friends to overthrow the wicked, yes. But of myself…

I swallowed hard, panic creeping in around the edges of my thoughts. Tristan had walked away without acknowledging who I was or what I’d done. Without so much as a backward glance. Logically, I knew that he would not have done so without reason. Good reason. But the dreadful grasping claws of doubt whispered something else.

The gazes of those left outside no longer seemed suspicious, they seemed full of accusation and blame. The urge to run filled me, but to where? The home of the woman I’d murdered? The hotel room filled with memories? There was nowhere and no one in Trianon that I could turn to for guidance. Except…

My feet moved, and I flew up the steps into the castle. Faster and faster I ran, through the dim corridors until I found the door I was looking for. Flinging it open, I stumbled inside. “Sabine?”

And slid to a stop. Julian knelt on the floor, his face streaked with tears and my mother’s corpse in his arms. His eyes blazed with anger, and with one hand, he fumbled for the pistol at his waist and pointed it at my chest. “Murderer,” he hissed.

He was not wrong.


Do not look at her! I screamed the order at myself, but keeping my back turned and taking those first few steps seemed almost impossible.

But so very necessary.

They could not learn that it was Cécile who’d killed Anushka. Bad enough that she was clearly complicit, but if the humans learned she’d wielded the knife, they’d blame her for what was to come. And already her death was sought by too many. Better that they believed it was me and have all the violence and vitriol cast at my feet.

Yet knowing it was the right choice did little to ease the sting of leaving her standing alone in the snow, hands stained with blood. It was Anushka’s blood, not her mother’s – for Genevieve had been dead many long years – but I doubted very much that she was yet capable of disassociating the two.

Unbidden, the memory of her lashing out with the knife crossed my vision, the blow shallow and clumsy, and yet filled with uncharacteristic violence. The second strike: more certain and deep enough to kill. And the reasons she’d given me for doing it… They’d been good and just – motivations I’d expect, knowing her as I did. Yet I couldn’t help but question what had really driven her hand. She’d been under compulsion, and now, having delivered on her promise, was no longer. Did she regret what she had done?

Did I?

I shoved the thoughts from my mind. What was done was done, and my focus needed to be on formulating a plan to prevent my people – and the fey – from wrecking havoc on the Isle. And on the world. Wresting control from my father. Putting an end to Angoulême, and… managing Roland.

I resisted the urge to glance at Fred; that bit of deception was bound to bite me on the ass sooner rather than later, because Aiden had freed himself while I was cut off from my power. It was my fault for not tying off the magic binding him. That he hadn’t shown up yet made me very uneasy. He was under my father’s compulsion, but how that would manifest was yet unknown. There were too many players, too many moving parts, and I didn’t feel well enough informed to make a move one way or another.

But doing nothing would only ensure our defeat. Our enemies were almost certainly on the move – schemes months, if not years, in the making were unfolding as I scrambled to catch up.

Ahead, the doors to a chamber opened, the guards standing at either side eyeing me nervously as I passed. Ignoring the massive table surrounded by chairs, I went to the stone staircase on the far side of the room. “This leads to the tower?” I asked no one in particular.

“Yes,” Fred replied, and I didn’t miss the sharp glance the Regent shot his direction, silently willing Fred to keep his mouth shut until I could manage his revealing appropriately.

Taking the steps three at a time, I shoved open the iron-bound oak door at the top and stepped out into the bitter cold of winter. From this height, all of Trianon was spread out before me, the walls marked in intervals with burning torches and the better parts of the city glowing faintly from the gaslights lining the streets. It was eerily quiet, but the tension seeping out from every household was palpable, even from my lofty perch. The humans were afraid, and as much as I hated to admit it, the Winter Queen had done me a favor in that. Fear could be a unifying force, and if I could harness it, so much the better.Shifting my gaze in the direction of Trollus, I leaned my elbows against the stone parapet, only vaguely aware of those who’d followed. My father had told Cécile of his intention to take the Isle peaceably, and to a certain extent, I believed him. To that end, I knew his target would be Trianon, because whoever held the capital and its leaders controlled the Isle. Right now, I held the city, and it needed to stay that way.

A vision of what I needed formed in my mind, and I let magic drift out and away, shaping it with willpower and practice. The walls surrounding Trianon began to glow with silver light until they appeared more magic than stone. And then I made them higher. Up and up the wall of light climbed, curving inward until the city was encased in a massive dome of magic.

“Is that to keep your kind out or us in?”

I turned. Fred, the Regent, and one other man whom I presumed was his advisor stood with their faces turned to the sky. Lady Marie shivered beside them, lips drawn into a thin line as she waited for an answer to her question.

“Both,” I said, neglecting to add that my father and a handful of others had enough power to break through, should they feel inclined. The purpose was not to stop a frontal attack, but to keep anyone from sneaking up on me unawares. My father didn’t want a war – he wanted to pull strings until everything fell into place. But that didn’t mean he wouldn’t resort to force if necessary. “It will buy us time to plan.”

“Us?” she snarled. “If your interests were so aligned with ours, why didn’t you let Anushka be? If she was still alive, none of this would be happening.”

And Cécile would be dead, with me along with her. And my people would remain at the mercy of my enemies. “The costs were too high.” I hesitated. “I’ve come to believe there’s a better way.”

“Is that what you told Cécile to convince her to help you kill her mother?”

It had been very much the other way around, but I was content to let her believe I was the instigator.  The Regent was staring at his wife as though she were a stranger, confirming he’d had no idea that Marie was harboring the witch he’d been hunting on our behalf.

“Genevieve de Troyes was one of the many aliases Anushka used over the years,” I said.

“And you knew?” the Regent demanded of his wife. “You harbored her? Do you have any idea what they would have done to us if they’d discovered your betrayal?” It dawned on him then that one of them stood less than two paces away. “I didn’t know.”

“Clearly,” I said, wondering how well he was going to take the revelation of his son’s betrayal. “But no longer relevant. What matters now is the defense of Trianon.”

They stepped aside for me as I made my way back to the heavy door. Cécile was moving through the castle, her distress biting at my concentration. I wanted to talk to her, to find out what was going on in her head, but what I needed was to focus on discovering the plans of both my father and Angoulême. And Winter.  

“What about those flying creatures? Will your dome keep them out?” Marie demanded, following me down the stairs.

Considering the fey could tear a path between worlds anywhere they chose, I highly doubted it, but the question was good. She alone seemed to understand the urgency of the situation. “Only iron–” I broke off when a slice of fear lanced through me. Cécile.

“Iron?” she asked. “What of it?”

Where was she? Had my father’s minions reached us before I’d cut them off. Or Angoulême’s?

“Marie, be silent,” the Regent hissed. “He isn’t interested in listening to the questions of a woman.”


I bolted down the last few stairs and across the room, passing Aiden-Fred as I ran. Only as my hands slammed against the door did it occur to me that his presence didn’t make sense. Fred had been up in the tower with us. Had been silently shadowing the Regent on the stairs. Which meant the man who’d just passed me wasn’t Cécile’s brother.

Marie screamed, and I turned around in time to see Aiden du Chastelier plunge the point of a sword through his father’s heart.

* Excerpt is taken from an uncorrected proof, and is subject to change

I'll be damned if that doesn't make me want this novel even more than I already do. Warrior Witch is going to be excellent, and I just need that satisfying ending in hand! Hope you enjoyed seeing that little excerpt, and will join me in waiting for the final part of this trilogy. A big thank you to Angry Robot Books & Danielle for sharing these chapters with me, so that I in turn can share them with YOU!

Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

Have you read the Malediction Trilogy? Do you want to? What did you think of the excerpt?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

There Is No Try

It certainly never occurred to me to give any of the novels that are a part of the Star Wars extended universe (now called the "legends" universe, I believe) a shot. I was always intimidated by the idea of reading pure science fiction, worried that I'd be lost when it came to the terms and names and setting. But because my husband loves a lot of these novels and because my love for Star Wars really grew deeper last year, I decided to give this particular series a shot. And, to my surprise, I enjoyed it!

It took a little while for me to get a handle on the abrupt switches between character POVs. And it took even longer to really settle into the gigantic Star Wars universe with all the races and places and cultures that it encompasses, especially since the three novels in this series include so many. But there came a point where things finally clicked into place, and it was thrilling. I was happy to be reunited with my favorite characters from the films, particularly Han Solo and Leia Organa. It was really cool to get a chance to see what happened to everyone after Episode VI, to see how they're still the same in some ways and different in others. I personally feel like Anderson managed to keep the characters consistent with how they appear in the films, and that's definitely a good thing.

As for the story, the individual arcs - following Han, Leia, Luke and the Empire mostly - are all very different from one another, and set in various locales. While I was mostly invested in Han's chapters (shenanigans with the scoundrel, as always), I like how Anderson managed to weave everything all together into one big story with many different parts. It's no easy feat to put something so complex together, and to keep it detailed, but Anderson somehow manages to make it work. The first novel is primarily a set-up for what comes next; it was really the second and third novel where things got really compelling (and the third is my favorite). The blend of action, romance and humor was definitely something that worked for me, and I also got emotional. (I mean it! I actually cried while I read the third.)

I wouldn't necessarily give these novels a general recommendation, as I'm certain not everyone will enjoy them the way I did. But if you're curious about this alternate Star Wars universe (it's actually a completely different series of events from what we see in The Force Awakens) or if you want to spend more time with some beloved characters, then you certainly could give these stories a shot. I, personally, am glad I did! My impression of Star Wars novels has been transformed, and I look forward to reading more of them (especially the ones vetted by my husband).

Jedi Search / Dark Apprentice / Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson
Series: The Jedi Academy Trilogy #1-3
Publisher: Spectra | Publication Dates: January 1, 1994 / June 1, 1994 / September 1, 1994
Source: E-books borrowed from the library

Monday, February 8, 2016

FOF Book Club: Damar Series

The first month of our Flights of Fantasy Book Club is officially over! In January, we invited you to read The Hero and the Crown & The Blue Sword along with us. Today, both Rachel of Hello Chelly and I will be sharing our thoughts on each book, as well as answering three questions - and we're asking those who read the books to share their own answers, whether in the comments or in a post of their own. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on these two Robin McKinley novels! (P.S. You can still sign up for Flights of Fantasy!)

The Hero and the Crown book cover
The Hero and the Crown is the first McKinley novel I’ve ever read – and it certainly won’t be the last. This book tells the tale of a girl named Aerin, born of a king and his second wife (who many say was a witch who ensnared the king through enchanted means). Aerin’s identity has been defined by what others think of her mother, and she finds herself at home in the shadows where she can remain unnoticed. But destiny has different plans, and soon, Aerin discovers that she is stronger and more capable than she could ever have believed possible. While I won’t go into further detail about the plot, trust me when I tell you that this story is epic. There are fierce battles and intriguing magic, fearsome dragons and complex relationships. It’s a richly detailed, vibrantly narrated tale, and I was invested from start to finish. It helps, of course, that Aerin is the kind of gal I love reading about – compassionate and kind, smart and determined, occasionally impulsive and undeniably stubborn. Everything that happened to her, whether good or bad, was of interest to me, and it was a true joy to witness her character growth. For, at its core, that is what The Hero and The Crown is: the story of Aerin’s personal transformation. It’s definitely a story that’s well worth the read!

The Blue Sword book cover
While I can say with confidence that I prefer the first novel, The Blue Sword was a pretty damn good read too. This story takes place years after Aerin's time, and focuses on the journey of a girl named Harry Crewe. Forced to leave her Homeland after the death of her father, she finds herself living in the last eastern outpost of the Homelander empire - which just so happens to have been a part of Damar years ago. Like Aerin, Harry longs for something she cannot name and discovers that she is capable and strong and meant to wield the blue sword Gonturan. What I love most is how the writing style remains so consistent. Everything is still laid out clearly, if a little bluntly, and we're given fluidly written descriptions. The characters are such interesting individuals, particularly Harry. She was a lot like Aerin - smart, strong, stubborn, and so, of course, I was absolutely drawn to her as well. And in terms of plot, it's quite similar to its predecessor. Harry is forced to go on a journey that challenges, educates and strengthens her, and I was quite invested in discovering what would happen in the end. The Blue Sword is a fascinating companion sequel, and it definitely makes me feel like I'll enjoy reading more of McKinley's work in the future.

Every time we share about our book club reads, we'll be answering these three questions below! We'd love for you to join us and share your answers in the comments or in your own post. Don't forget to leave a link in the comments or in the monthly link-ups.

1. Who is your favorite character? I'm hard-pressed to choose a favorite, as I loved both Aerin and Harry dearly. But in the end, I'd have to go with Aerin. She's capable of acting like royalty, a true princess of her line; but she's also got a warrior's spirit and strength, and is willing to do her own dirty work without hesitation. I also really liked seeing her inner strength surface, especially when she was faced with unfair prejudice and judgmental people.

2. Which is your favorite book? Oh, it's definitely The Hero and the Crown! I was completely swept up into the epic circumstances of Aerin's life, particularly when she decides to take matters into her own hands and do things that felt right to her. Plus, it was my first McKinley, and you know they often say that you'll never forget your first!

3. Would you read more books by this author? Absolutely! In fact, I'm already eyeing Sunshine (recommended by Kristin!) and Beauty, both of which happen to be Beauty & the Beast-inspired stories. I do love that fairy tale, so I'm curious to see McKinley's take on it.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Sunday Mix (24)

Welcome back to The Sunday Mix! It makes my heart happy whenever I'm able to share the amazing posts I'm able to read in the two weeks that happen between each post, and I've been loving the responses from all of you lovely people who read it. So, I just wanted to say one massive THANK YOU for reading these posts every other Sunday. That having been said, let's move on to the awesome content I encountered on the internet recently!

  • Josephine talks about reading off the radar. While it's definitely hard not to be part of the constant conversation about books (especially as a blogger and book enthusiast), I definitely share her sentiments about wanting to discover titles for myself at times. It's always a cool experience to go into a book knowing little to nothing about it (and that's whether or not you end up loving it). How do you feel about reading under the radar titles?
  • Cait reveals some of the lies we bookworms tell ourselves. And to be honest, I'm guilty of quite a few! I'm particularly guilty of second and third. Which lies have YOU told yourself? Are there any you can think of that aren't in this post?
  • Stacey Lee & Stephanie Garber shared their thoughts on moving beyond rejection, from the perspective of authors. It's one of the most encouraging posts I could have read as an aspiring author, and that's why I wanted to share it here! I hope it encourages those of you who are struggling to finish that story or even keep motivated when it comes to your writing.
  • Interested in making your book reviews a little more critical? Tara offers some advice that focuses on six basic book elements. I personally tend to focus on plot, character and settings when I talk about the books I read, and occasionally throw in theme too. 
  • Marissa Meyer is writing a two part graphic novel series called Wire & Nerves, a spin-off about Iko and, ahem, a certain Lunar guard (!!!). Honestly, I just love this world and these characters so much, and I definitely, definitely, definitely cannot wait for these to come out.
  • Jamie asks how readers decide whether or not to continue with a series. I'm usually open to giving a second book in a series a shot if I gave the first book at least 3 stars. If it's anything lower than that, I most likely will not continue the series - unless one of my trusted book recommenders insists I should. 
  • Rebecca talks about cleaning off your bookshelves (and there's a handy dandy infographic). I'm a big fan of curating and culling my shelves, and do it seasonally. While I would love to have a library with all of the books in it (a la Beauty and the Beast), it's far more important to me to keep books that I've loved and want to share with my future family and my friends.
  • Erin Bowman's companion novel to Vengeance Road is going to be published! Retribution Rails sounds amazing, and you guys should add it to your TBRs. I really loved Vengeance Road, a fascinating YA Western about a girl out for revenge.
  • Brittany talks truth: saying no is hard to do. When it comes to book blogging in particular, it is sometimes really hard to turn down opportunities (ARCs, blog tours, blog events) because you fear missing out or you fear that it will make you look unreliable or bad. However, it's GOOD to say no once in a while. And it definitely means life is a little less stressful!
  • You all already know how much love I have for Susan Dennard & Alex Bracken! Check out their travel diary for the #PassTruthTour (which is adorable!), and make note of their tips for being on the road. They're helpful whether you're an author or just a regular ol' traveler.

Have you read any interesting posts this week?

It's also brand new book haul time! I'm sharing all the new goodies I picked up over the course of the last month in my latest BookTube video. (If you wanted to subscribe to my channel, I'd be so happy!) I'm sharing all the details for the books below:

The Beautiful & The Cursed (Page Morgan) / Rebel of the Sands (Alwyn Hamilton) / Wink Poppy Midnight (April Genevieve Tucholke) / The Dark Days Club (Alison Goodman) / The Uninvited (Cat Winters) / Once was a Time (Leila Sales) / I Was Here (Gayle Forman) / Traitor Angels (Anne Blankman) / Ivory and Bone (Julie Eshbaugh) / City of Bones (Cassandra Clare) / City of Ashes (Cassandra Clare) / City of Glass (Cassandra Clare) / A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) / Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K. Rowling) / The Distance from A to Z (Natalie Blitt) / The Circle (Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg) / Thorn Jack (Katherine Harbour) / Passenger (Alexandra Bracken) / Truthwitch (Susan Dennard) / Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone (J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale) / The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) / The Mirror King (Jodi Meadows) / The Gilded Cage (Lucinda Gray) / The Square Root of Summer (Harriet Reuter Hapgood)

Thanks Jaime, Lili, Leila, Chronicle Books, Penguin Teen, Harper Teen, Julie, Rachel, Jodi!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

14 Days of Fictional Swoon: Detailing a Date (+ Giveaway)

I'm so thrilled to be participating in 14 Days of Fictional Swoon this year! This is an blog hop event co-hosted by the ladies of Fiction Fare + Swoony Boys Podcast, which features fun posts from bloggers + authors, a scavenger hunt and a bunch of giveaways. From February 1-14, visit all the blogs on the tour to see all the fun posts everyone has come up with! For more details, please check out the introduction post.

One of my favorite things about reading, watching, and writing romances is planning dates for the couple in question. Whether it's an all out celebration for a special occasion, or something simple to show you care, I've always thought it interesting to explore the variety of activities and locales where people can go out on a date. I thought it'd be fun to plan some dates for three of my favorite fictional couples, so check out what I came up with!
Honestly, these two are one of my favorite fictional couples! I'm a little obsessed with how much they grow to care for one another, and how they're so respectful of each other's lives and choices, and how their souls are a perfect match. It doesn't hurt that they share a passion for music! If I were going to send these two on a date, it'd be to an orchestra performance. They'd both tremendously enjoy seeing some of the most talented musicians perform amazing musical pieces. They'd probably have coffee (or tea) afterwards, with some cake, in order to discuss what fun they had, and how inspired they feel!

"elfinlake21" by Lisa is licensed under C.C. BY-NC 2.0
These two are also quite adorable! I loved witnessing their relationship go from French class partners to friends to something more, even with all the misunderstandings they had to go through. It feels, to me, like they'd both enjoy a date out in nature, so I'd send them on a trek to a place with a mountain and a lake. They could hike a little bit, taking one of the easiest trails, just so they can see some incredible views. When they were tuckered out from hiking, they could have a picnic by the lakeside, and stay until the sun sets and the stars come out. 

"Kern County Fair 071" by R. Bejil is licensed under C.C. BY 2.0

Cress & Thorne / Cress by Marissa Meyer
I just find these two to be such an adorable couple! While it looked like the regard was one-sided on Cress' part initially, it was charming to see these two go from strangers to friends to something more. I wanted to put these two in a more traditional date situation, which is how I came up with the idea of having them attend a carnival together! I feel like Cress would be thrilled to experience something she's only ever read about or seen on her screens, and she'd like the variety of activities (and food). Thorne would delight in showing off and winning things at the booths for Cress!

Which of these dates is your favorite? Which book couple would you send on a date?
What kind of date would you plan for them?

I'm so thrilled to be able to host a giveaway! Three winners are going to win a Kindle copy of The Distance from A to Z. All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY (as long as you have a Kindle) until 2/13!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
You also have the opportunity to enter to win a Kindle Fire, thanks to our lovely tour hosts! All you need to do to enter is to fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Don't forget to visit all of the other awesome posts by the other bloggers participating in the event!

February 1st- Fiction Fare
February 1st- Swoony Boys Podcast
February 2nd- WhoRU blog
February 3rd- Brighton Walsh
February 4th-  Lost in Literature
February 5th- Gone with the Words
February 6th- Alexa Loves Books
February 7th- Andi's ABCs
February 8th- Huntley Fitzpatrick (hosted on Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast)
February 9th- No BS Book Reviews
February 10th- Ashley Herring Blake
February 11th- We So Nerdy
February 12th- Roshani Chokshi
February 13th- The Irish Banana Review
February 14th- Kristen Simmons


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