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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

June 16th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 6 Comments »

I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Once and For All by Sarah Dessen today. This is an adorable YA contemporary that features a girl whose mother is a wedding planner! Today for my post I have decided it would be really fun to feature some of the things you need when it comes to planning a wedding. I, of course, have included some fun photos so make sure to check out my post below.  This novel was released on June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin Teen.

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (ARV: $19.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 29, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 26, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Sarah:

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association.  Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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There is so much that goes into planning a wedding and I thought it would be fun to make a small list and take a photo shoot of some things you will need for a wedding.

First you have to find the right person you want to spend the rest of your life with!

Next you have to pick out what colors you plan to use for your wedding.

Next its times to pick where you plan to get married!

Next you must find the perfect wedding dress!

You must find the perfect invitations, the perfect ring, and the perfect refreshments to serve at the reception!!!

I know this isn’t everything you would need for a wedding but at least it would be a good start!!! What is your favorite things about a wedding????



Week One:

May 29 – Lost in Lit – Bookish Wedding Ideas

May 30 – The Young Folks – Top 10 Reasons to Read OAFA

May 31 – Icey Books – OAFA Spotlight

June 1 – Andi’s ABCs – OAFA Inspired Wedding Invites

June 2 – The YA Book Traveler – Bookish Wedding DIY


Week Two:

June 5 – Alexa Loves Books – OAFA Playlist

June 6 – The Perpetual Page-Turner – Author Q&A

June 7 – Ex Libris – Review

June 8 – Pop! Goes the Reader – OAFA Inspired Wallpaper

June 9 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – On Planning an Intimate (Fun!) Wedding


Week Three:

June 12 – The Fandom

June 13 – Booksthetics

June 14 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review

June 15 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review

June 16 – Dark Faerie Tales – OAFA Inspired Photoshoot


Week Four:

June 19 – A Page With A View – Quiz: Which Dessen Character Are You?

June 20 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review & Photograph

June 21 – Fiction Fare – Favorite Quotes from OAFA

June 22 – ButterMyBooks – Review

June 23 – YA Bibliophile – Character Easter Eggs in OAFA



This contest is provided by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Five lucky reader’s will win a copy of Once and For All!

Available June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

June 2nd, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 5 Comments »

Renée AhdiehDark Faerie Tales is honored to be the next stop in the blog tour for Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. This is a young adult fantasy novel that we are really excited about! Samurai, bandits, ninja? Beautiful cover? I know I can’t wait until I get my hands on a copy. Bridget recently interviewed Renée so please check out the interview below and then don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Flame in the Mist! This novel was released on May 16, 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (ARV: $17.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 8, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 10, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Renée:

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

You can visit Renée around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

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Dark Faerie Tales: First up, can you tell us a little bit about Flame in the Mist and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Renée: Absolutely! FLAME IN THE MIST is the story of Mariko, a girl who barely escapes an assassination attempt, then decides to disguise herself as a boy to infiltrate the notorious band of ninja that tried to kill her and learn why they would do it. My inspiration was largely gender-bending stories I loved as a child: Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and—of course—Mulan.

DFT: Mariko is a kick butt heroine (which is my favorite kind) and I love that she takes her destiny into her own hands!!! Out of all of her amazing qualities, which one do you think is her most valuable asset?

Renée: Thank you so much! I would definitely say her intellect is her most valuable asset.

DFT: Flame in the Mist is set in feudal Japan and I think that is just fascinating! What made you decide to set your book during that time and did you have to do much research?

Renée: I love feudal Japan, too! I decided to set my book during that time period because I knew I wanted to bring an East Asian world to life. As a child of mixed race, I didn’t see myself much in books, so it was important to bring different cultures into play in my writing. I absolutely did lots of research—especially when it came to the food!

DFT: If you can without spoiling anything, will you share your favorite line/passage that you wrote in the book?

Renée: “To me, you are magic.”

DFT: This is your second series and I’m curious to know if you enjoyed writing one series more than the other?

Renée: I love them both, for different reasons. Both heroines are strong in multifaceted ways, and these are exactly the types of protagonists I love most. I believe strength of the heart and strength of the mind are just as important as knowing how to wield a sword!

DFT: Luckily this is just the first book in the series, so we will be getting more from this wonderful world! Can you give us any hints as to what will happen in the next book? Any themes you can share?

Renée: I would definitely say the idea of duality is even further explored in the sequel. Also I’m excited to write even more fight scenes and have Mariko invent even more impressive weapons!



Week One:

May 8 – Two Chicks on Books – Author Q&A

May 9 – The Eater of Books! – Mood Board

May 10 – Book Hounds YA – Guest Post

May 11 – YA Book Central – Excerpt

May 12 – A Page With A View – Review + Photos

Week Two:

May 15 – The Young Folks – Guest Post

May 16 – Once Upon a Twilight – Author Q&A

May 17 – The Fandom – Guest Post

May 18 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File

May 19 – Fiction Fare – Review

Week Three:

May 22 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Review

May 23 – ButterMyBooks – Review + Photos

May 24 – Mundie Moms – Author Q&A

May 25 – A Perfection Called Books – Review

May 26 – Novel Novice – Flame Pinsperation

Week Four:

May 29 – Twirling Pages – Review + Photos

May 30 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

May 31 – Oh the Book Feels – Review

June 1 – Dark Faerie Tales – Author Q&A

June 2 – The Book’s Buzz – Japanese Lesson



This contest is provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Five lucky reader’s will win a copy of Flame in the Mist!

Flame in the Mist

Available May 16, 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

April 14th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 6 Comments »

2115231_mcginnis_mindyPlease welcome Mindy McGinnis to the blog today! She is here to talk about her new novel Given to the Sea! It is the first novel in the Given Duet series! This young adult fantasy novel was released on April 11, 2017 from Putnam’s Childrens/Penguin. We were so excited to talk to Mindy about her new novel! Please check out our review below and then don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (ARV: $17.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 3, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 24, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 26, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Mindy:

Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.

You can visit Mindy around the web here: Website | Pinterest | Twitter

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DFT: Can you start off by telling us a little bit about GIVEN TO THE SEA?

Mindy: GIVEN TO THE SEA is set on an island country that is believed to be the only land that exists. It’s discovered that the seas are rising and aren’t going to stop. Panic ensues.

DFT: Khosa has an interesting destiny and I imagine she was a fun character to write! What do you think is her best attribute? 

Mindy: Her brains! She’s going to save herself (and everyone else) by doing what she does best – figuring something out!

DFT: I always love a hot prince and I think Vincent fits that role rather well! What is one of your favorite things about him? 

Mindy: Honestly? Vincent is totally not my type. But, I can say that I admire his honesty – with himself, and others.

DFT: Dara and Donil are twins and the last of their kind! What is best about them individually and what is best about them as a pair?

Mindy: Great question! Individually, Dara is emotion, raw and seething. Donil is more compassionate. Together, they round each other out and present a better whole.

DFT: Witt is determined to save the people he loves no matter what the consequences are. What do you think is his most endearing quality?  

Mindy: Poor, poor, Witt. (He’s the one I would take, personally). I think the most endearing thing about him is how much suffering he’s willing to take onto his own shoulders for the sake of his people.

DFT: If you can without spoiling anything, will you tell us your favorite scene to write?

Mindy: Anything with Dara. She spins insults faster than I can type them.

DFT: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe GIVEN TO THE SEA is a standalone. Can you give us any hints as to what you are working on next?

Mindy: Oh, definitely let me correct you :D GIVEN TO THE EARTH will be coming in the Spring of 2018!



Week One:

April 3 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Author Guest Post

April 4 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Reasons to Read Mindy’s Books

April 5 – Mundie Moms – Review & Favorite Quotes

April 6 – SuperSpaceChick – 5 Reasons to Read Given to the Sea

April 7 – Fiction Fare – Author Q&A

Week Two:

April 10 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File

April 11 – Good Choice Reading – Author Q&A

April 12 – Oh the Book Feels – Given to the Sea Pinterst Board

April 13 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review

April 14 – Dark Faerie Tales – Author Q&A

Week Three:

April 17 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A

April 18 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review

April 19 – The Hardcover Lover – Given to the Sea Mood Board

April 20 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review

April 21 – YA Wednesdays – Author Guest Post



This contest is provided by Putnam’s Childrens/Penguin!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis!


Available April 11, 2017 from Putnam’s Childrens/Penguin

About this Book:

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

April 7th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 21 Comments »

Claudia GrayEver wanted to go to space? We have the first novel in an exciting new space adventure by Claudia Gray on the blog today! Go on an interstellar journey in Defy the Stars where the author explores what it means to be human. We have a lot of exciting stuff on the blog today to celebrate! Be sure to check out the some pretty cell phone backgrounds below! Also, don’t forget to check out Bridget’s review here.

Take an Intersteller Adventure by entering for your chance to win a copy of Defy the Stars, Nebula ear studs and Constellation ear cuffs! This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. A huge thank you to Little, Brown & Co. for this giveaway!

About Claudia:

Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

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This contest is provided by Little, Brown & Co.

One lucky reader will win a “Take an Intersteller Adventure” Prize Pack featuring a copy of Defy the Stars, Nebula ear studs and Constellation ear cuffs!


Available April 4, 2017 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

Our worlds belong to us.

She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything–including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.

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Blog Tour & Excerpt: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

March 29th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Excerpt: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi CREDIT Aman SharmaWelcome to the blog tour for Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes! Today we have an excerpt from this wonderful book! A Crown of Wishes is the second book in The Star-Touched Queen series. We loved the first book here at Dark Faerie Tales and we can’t wait to read this one too! Read the review here. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, you should! The first two books are available now. A Crown of Wishes was released yesterday from St. Martin’s Griffin! Her sophomore novel includes an intricate setting based on ancient India and Greek mythology.

About Roshani:

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

You can visit Roshani around the web here: Website | Twitter

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Burning Roses


The guards unbound my wrists and shoved me into a red room. I waited for them to go before pulling out a small silk bag of pearl dust I had swiped from the cosmetics table. I repeated the flimsy plan in my head: Throw the dust in his eyes, gag him, steal his weapons. If the Prince made a sound, I’d hold the dagger to his throat and hold him ransom. If he didn’t make a sound, I’d make him free me  for his own life. I knew I couldn’t get far on my own, but most people  could be bribed, and if bribery didn’t work, threats always did.

I was glad they hadn’t taken me to a throne room. The last time I was in a throne room, Skanda had ripped away my hopes for the kingdom and destroyed my  future.

Arjun did not meet my eyes. And he refused to look up when his new bride and my best friend was hauled into the room. Nalini sank to her knees. Her gaze was frantic: leaping back and forth from me to Arjun and the dead on the ground.

Skanda’s knife was pressed to her throat, sharp and close enough that beads of blood welled onto her skin.

“I know what you want,” said Skanda.

I closed my eyes, shuttering the memory. I looked around the room, wondering which corner was the best position for attacking. At one end, a trellis of roses covered the wall. My chest tightened. I used to grow roses. One trellis for  every victory. I had loved watching the blood red petals unfurl around thorns. Looking at them reminded me of my  people’s love: red as life. A month before Skanda had me thrown over the Ujijain border, he had set them on fire in a drunken stupor. By the time I got  there, it was too late.  Every petal had curled and blackened.

“You think  these flowers are tokens of Bharata’s love for you,” he had slurred. “I want you to see, little sister. I want you to see just how easy it is for every thing  you plan and love and tend to go up in flames.”

I’ll never forget what burning roses look like. All  those scarlet petals turning incandescent and furious. Like the last flare of the sun before an eclipse swallows it from the sky.

“You think they love you now, but it doesn’t last. You’re the rose. Not them.  They are the flames. And you’ll never see how quickly you’ll catch fire until you’re  engulfed. One step out of the line I draw, and they will set you on fire.” I turned my back on the roses.

I chose a corner of the room, and then sank my teeth into the insides of my cheek. It was a habit I’d picked up on the eve of my first  battle. Nerves had set my teeth chattering, so I brought out a mirror and glowered at myself. The glowering didn’t help, but I liked the way my face looked. The small movements made my cheekbones look as sharp as scimitars. And when I tightened my lips, I felt dangerous, as if I were hiding knives behind my teeth. Biting my cheeks became a battle tradition.  Today I went into battle.

A door in the distance creaked. I ran through what I knew about the Prince of Ujijain. They called him the Fox Prince. And given the way some of the soldiers had jealously said his name, it didn’t seem like a name given because his face had animal features. He spent part of  every year at an ashram where all the nobility sent their sons. Reputedly brilliant. Not good. Weak with weapons. Excellent. The guards were fond of retelling the story of his trial with the council. Prince Vikram had to submit to three tasks in order to be named heir of Ujijain— give the dead new life, hold a flame that never burns, and deliver the strongest weapon in the world. For the first task, he whittled a piece of bark into a knife, proving that even discarded  things could be given new life in purpose. For the second task, he released a thousand jars of fireflies and held the small insects in his hand, proving that he could hold a flame that never burned. And for the last task, he said that he had poisoned the council. Desperate for the antidote, the council named him heir. The Fox Prince then revealed that he had lied and proved how belief itself was the strongest weapon in the world.

I rolled my eyes  every time I heard the tale. It sounded like something that villa gers with a restless imagination would spin beside a fire. I’d heard another rumor about him. Something about his parentage. That he was an orphan who’d moved the Emperor to pity. But I doubted the vicious Emperor would be moved in such a way. The guards told me that the Emperor kept  great beasts at his side that could tear the throat out of anyone who dared to cross him.

Footsteps shuffled down the hall. I clutched the silk bag of pearl dust. The Prince might be clever and eloquent, but you c an’t talk your way out of death and I w asn’t  going to give him a chance to speak. All my intelligence told me that he was no match for me. I’d have him on his knees and begging for his life in a matter of moments.

A final door opened.

The Fox Prince was here.


A Crown of Wishes

Available March 28, 2017 from St. Martin’s Griffin

About this Book:

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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