April 12, 2019

Through the White Wood Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Through the White Wood
Author: Jessica Leake
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Release Date: April 9, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover & ebook, 416 Pages


The Bear and the Nightingale meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy from the author of Beyond a Darkened Shore.

When Katya loses control of her power to freeze, her villagers banish her to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

Expecting punishment, she is surprised to find instead that Sasha is just like her—with the ability to summon fire. Sasha offers Katya friendship and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.

But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies are organizing an army of people bent on taking over the entire world.

Together, Katya’s and Sasha’s powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will Katya and Sasha lose everything they hold dear?

Inspired by Russian mythology, this lushly romantic, intensely imaginative, and fiercely dramatic story is about learning to fight for yourself, even when the world is falling down around you.

Other Books in the Series:

Beyond a Darkened Shore
Author: Jessica Leake
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Hardcover & ebook, 384 Pages

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

Praise for the Book:

"Beyond a Darkened Shore is thrilling and romantic. This is a must-read for lovers of fantasy, mythology, and folklore." - Kody KeplingerNew York Times bestselling author of The DUFF and Run

“With undead armies, flesh-eating spirit horses, and a powerful heroine, fantasy, romance, and historical-fiction readers will have a great time.” - Booklist

“While Morrigan and Odin are terrifying, raven-haired Ciara is the star. Beautiful, strong, and independent, she is the perfect warrior princess. Epic historical fantasy filled with deadly creatures, simmering romance, and nonstop action.” - Kirkus Reviews

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Through the White Wood is a thrilling young adult historical fantasy that will have readers begging for more. Although it's technically the second in the series, you can read this without reading the first book without any problems or confusion. I wasn't really sure what to expect going in, but at the end it exceeded anything I could've hoped for.

I loved Katya as the main character. She's very realistic and easy to connect with right from the beginning of the novel. She's brave, fierce, determined, loving and devoted - but she's also human and has flaws, like guilt, regret, anger, fear and other emotions every reader can identify with. The author wrote the story from the first person point of view, from Katya's perspective. This is by far my favorite writing style because it allows the reader to get a deeper connection with the narrator. This book was no different and I love that the author chose to let us connect with Katya so much. There's tons of action throughout the book, which makes it have a pretty quick pace. There's also the romantic aspect, which I normally don't really care for because it tends to overshadow the true plot of the book. However, I think the author did a great job mixing the romance between Sasha and Katya with what the story was actually about. The romance didn't distract from the main story line for me - it actually enhanced it. I loved the setting and the inclusion of the various mythologies, legends, and creatures that are well known in that part of the world. It felt as if I was right beside Katya in this old time winterland seeking out mythical creatures and battling evil princes. I definitely recommend this book to fans of any genre - there's a bit of something for everyone here. Pick this one up now - you won't regret it.
Jessica Leake is the author of Beyond a Darkened Shore as well as the adult novels Arcana and The Order of the Eternal Sun. She lives in South Carolina with her husband, four young children, lots of chickens, and two dogs who keep everyone in line. Visit her at www.jessicaleake.com.

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