OBSIDIAN AND STARS Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!

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I am so excited to participate in the blog tour today for Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh! I enjoyed Ivory and Bone so much and was thrilled to get to read an early copy of this book. Obsidian and Stars will officially be out in the world on Tuesday! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! Check out my review below!


About the Book

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Obsidian and Stars

(Ivory and Bone #2)

Julie Eshbaugh

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


Wine Pairing

I recommend pairing Obsidian and Stars with this lovely Gemtree Obsidian Shiraz. This wine is boasted as containing a diverse spectrum of flavors, which very much reminds me of Julie’s writing style in this series. The approach to the storytelling in each of the two books is so different, yet both are equally beautiful and captivating.

*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


My Review

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I am completely captivated by the setting of these books. It is so original. I’ve never read, or even heard of, another book set during this time period, and I am so impressed by the level of creativity that Julie displays not only in the premise of the story, but in the execution of it as well.

When I first reviewed Ivory and Bone, the first book in the series, I gave it a four-star rating. After finishing Obsidian and Stars though, I went back and bumped it up to a five-star, because in reading this book, I feel like I was better able to grasp the real brilliance of the first book as well.

Julie has such different approaches to the telling of each story. In Ivory and Bone, Kol narrates the story using second-person pronouns. This isn’t something you see done often in literature, and it is something that has to be done with such skill in order to pull readers in, but in that book it truly feels like Kol is telling us a story, bringing it to life and making readers feel as if they are Mya. It’s absolutely beautiful and so impressive.

In Obsidian and Stars, the POV switches, and we get to see this story from Mya’s point of view. I very much enjoyed reading from her perspective. Mya is so intelligent, and she exhibits such strength of body, mind, and soul throughout the story. She is just a phenomenal female lead. And while Julie did not use the second-person pronouns in Obsidian and Stars that I so enjoyed in Ivory and Bone, she has taken a more plot-driven approach to this novel that I enjoyed just as much. This book is action-packed. There is blood, and tragedy, and romance, and it moves at a much faster pace than the first book did. I truly love them both for different reasons.

One of the really neat things about these books is that they’re set in a prehistoric time period, and there are so many elements that do feel so true to the era. But at the same time, there is this overarching tone to them that very much reads like a Regency romance and is just so much fun.

Julie exhibits such skill in these books. I love to see the different writing techniques she employs to craft these stories, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in the future!


Pinterest Mood Board

If you saw any of my Tweets while I was reading Obsidian and Stars, then I apologize for the repetition, but here are some of my favorite images I pinned while reading this book!

 

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About the Author

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Julie Eshbaugh is the author of Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Enter the Giveaway!

  • 1 finished copy of OBSIDIAN AND STARS by Julie Eshbaugh
  • U.S. Only
  • Giveaway Runs Through 6/17

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Follow the Blog Tour

Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour and for allowing me to participate with you! Be sure to check them out here!

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My Thoughts Literally!– Guest Post
Daydreaming Books– Review
KissinBlueKaren– Review & Favorite Quotes

June 9

Book Crushin– Review & Favorite Quotes
Literary Meanderings– Q&A

June 10

Soph Reads Books– Review
A Dream Within a Dream– Guest Post
Never Too Many To Read– Review & Favorite Quotes

June 11

YA and Wine– Review
When Curiosity Killed the Cat– Review

Fishing for Books– Review

June 12

June 13

Little Library Muse– Review
Wishful Endings– Q&A


Have you read Ivory and Bone? Will you be reading Obsidian and Stars when it comes out on Tuesday? Do you love this series as much as I do?

20 thoughts on “OBSIDIAN AND STARS Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It is hard to find a story that is such a truly original concept. I agree with that. I think you can put a unique spin on just about anything, but these books are definitely something special. 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks so much! I’m playing around with a lot of different things right now. 🙂 I’m hoping to do a full redesign this week actually, but we’ll see how that goes! 🙂 You should DEFINITELY check these ones out. They are oh-so swoony, Mandy! <3<3<3

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Totally understand, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you actually like the setting when you read it. 🙂

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