Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blog Tour ~ All That Glows by Ryan Graudin ~ Review & Giveaway!

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All That Glows
All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 480
Genre: YA Fairies
Source: Edelweiss
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Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test. When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

Emrys has been assigned to guard Prince Richard. The city makes her sick but the younger Fae can handle it over the older ones. Richard likes to go out to bars and clubs where soul feeders hunt. A treaty was made a long time ago where the Fae agreed to protect the royal blood which still has magic. An old one is after the royals. Someone wants to kill the line and get rid of mortals and technology. Emrys must protect Richard and his family and figure out who is after them.

When Emrys begins guarding Richard she notices a connection between them. She has a difficult time keeping her invisibility veil up around him so she decides to take a chance and let him see her. Richard accepts the Fae world pretty well and is happy to see he has such a gorgeous faery godmother looking out for him. As they spend more time together Emrys realizes she cares for him but she can't be with him. To be with a mortal means she would have to give up her magic and immortality to become a mortal herself. That is a huge sacrifice.

Richard was a bit of a party boy but matures a lot throughout the story and really starts to accept responsibility. I just love a prince. :-D The story does get really romance heavy but that was fine with me because I love a good romance. Richard and Emrys together had me swooning. There is still a lot of action and the ending totally surprised me! I kept wondering who was after Richard and I admit I was no where near close to guessing. It was a fun story that kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed it.

"You'd be dashing no matter what you wore."
"You think so?"
"Stop fishing for compliments. You know you're sickeningly handsome." I mean for these words to be teasing, but they betray me. Come out earnest.
"So you're saying I make you sick?"

"You've got to stop looking at me," I hiss as Richard's uncle, the prince regent, walks away. "People are starting to notice."
"Well, it's a bit hard when you're right here and looking so blooming perfect," he mumbles between clenched teeth.

"I love Richard even more than I fear death. More than I fear losing my magic, my self. Because my magic isn't my self anymore."

Rating: 4/5

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 récipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.

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  1. I passed on this because I am not a big fan of Fae books, but now that it's almost out I'm kind of regretting that -- it sounds pretty good!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. I actually really enjoyed this one too! I got it as an ARC and I just love all the swoon! :-) Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I'm always so hesitant when it comes to Fae. I don't know why! his sounds pretty good, though.


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