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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Shadow Bright and Burning Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Brittany: Hey guys! Today, Jessica Cluess is on the blog for the A Shadow Bright and Burning Blog Tour! I hope you guys enjoy this post, be sure to add this book to your TBR and check out the giveaway at the bottom ^_^ Also, check out my review!

Author: Jessica Cluess
Pub. Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks GR
I am Henrietta Howel. 

The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.

The prophesied one.

Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.
Connect with Jessica: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr

I woke to sunlight streaming through the window. Rubbing my eyes, I sat up and froze when I heard tapping.

“Hello?” I called, but no one answered. It sounded like something hitting my bedpost. Turning my head, I found a stick of polished wood lying on the pillow next to me, utterly still. I pulled the blankets to my chin. “Hello?” I said again, like a fool. But what else does one say to a mysterious object?

The stave was perhaps two feet long…a stave…

“Are you mine?” I whispered, taking it in hand. I swore I felt the briefest flicker of a pulse, as if it were some living creature. At my touch, the wood stretched and squeezed, like taking a damp cloth by both ends and wringing it. When the wood relaxed, it no longer appeared smooth and polished. An unseen hand had etched the sorcerer sigils for fire, water, earth, and air into the wood. A five-pointed star appeared at the handle. A tendril of carved ivy leaves wound along the stave’s length.

My hands trembled as I traced the images. It was mine. God, it was mine.

I threw the blankets back and leaped to the floor, twirling the stave around and around in my hands.

Lilly entered with a tea tray and gasped.

I bowed it toward her, and a gust of wind erupted through the room, blowing her skirts above her knees. She jumped and a cup fell off the tray and smashed to pieces.

“I’m so sorry!” I threw the stave onto the bed and went to help her.

“Quite all right, miss.” She bent to pick up the pieces, joining me crouched on the floor. When our eyes met, we burst out laughing. I had a magic stave. What was a broken cup compared to that?

Brittany: Thank you so much, Jessica, for being on my blog today!

Guys, make sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule and giveaway below ^_^

Week One:

9/12/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview
9/13/2016- Emily Reads Everything- Review
9/14/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
9/15/2016- Ohana Reads- Review
9/16/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview

Week Two:

9/19/2016- Princessica of Books- Review
9/20/2016- Brittany's Book Rambles- Guest Post
9/21/2016- All Things Urban Fantasy- Review
9/22/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt
9/23/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

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  1. I finally finished my ARC of this last week and it was so good! It was so inventive and I'm really excited for its release, I'd love to own the finished product. :)

    1. I love A Shadow Bright and Burning! I can't wait to see what Jessica has next for us in the series ^_^

  2. I finished the ARC a few days ago and was so sad when I got to the end because I loved the world it's set in and the characters are so lovable! I need the next book now! I planned to pick up a finished copy to support the author and because I love it so much! I haven't been this excited for a series in some time! I need more Henrietta, Magnus, Rook, Blackwood, and another character I won't mention by name because I don't want to spoil anything! Thanks for the great post and the giveaway!

    1. I'm so glad that you love A Shadow Bright and Burning, I'm definitely buying the finished copy!! I haven't fully forgiven Magnus yet but I definitely want more Henrietta, Rook, and Blackwood! I'm so jealous about this mysterious character! Hopefully, I'll find out soon.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. It sounds like a good one. The cover is great, and that little excerpt definitely catches my interest! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. It is a good one! Definitely check it out. The cover is gorgeous and what's inside is even better.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I want to read this one!!! It sounds amazing and I've read so many positive reviews for it.

  5. I'm getting this one in the mail!! I'm so excited to get it and read it. I seriously loooove this cover so much!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  6. I'm excited to read this one! The cover is amazing and it sounds super interesting :)
    ... and the guest post was great ahaha.
    Lovely post, Brittany <3

  7. I'm starting to get more and more curious about this one. Hmph :D Lovely blog tour post sweetie. <3 Thank you for sharing :)