Blog Tour Stop: The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson - Giveaway - Review

The Ashes and the Sparks
Mary Victoria Johnson
Genre: YA Alt-History Fantasy
Release date: October 18th 2016
Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
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Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to the age of airships. It is a world powered by steam and innovation, ruled by an elusive empress at its heart.

Seventeen year-old Jorun is not part of this world. Hers is one of hidden tunnel networks and lights that dance across night skies, on that has remained separate from the rest of society for over a thousand years. This all changes when a boy appears from nowhere, raving about invaders from a faraway land. Purely by chance, Jorun soon finds herself in the middle of a struggle unlike anything she could have ever dreamed of, and must come to the realization that only she can stop an impending war.

(I received this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review)

My Rating: 

This was a rich book full of magic, wonder and luscious detail that had me captivated from the first chapter until the last. 

The opening had me, when that little girl looked under her bed and scream, I actually jumped. Weird, but amazing. I've never had a jump scare while reading, that and, I'm still creeped out that there might be something under my bed. 

The complexity of this story was truly something else. It has a bit of everything, I even like the villain.  I know I shouldn't, but this chick has a anit-hero-ish sort of thing going on, and in truth I like her as a person. We could be friends... 

I love the witty interaction between the characters, the steampunk elements; but most of all I loved how unpredictable and original the plot was. It was a fresh take on old tropes that made me fall more and more in love with this marvelous story. 

I highly recommend this book, it's a perfect piece to steampunk fandom, as well a perfect intro for those that what to get into then genre. 

I hope to see more of this world and characters. 

Happy Reading. 

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Hi! I'm Mary Victoria Johnson, author of fantastical Young Adult fiction. I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen, and I haven't stopped since! 

Now eighteen, my bibliography includes BOUNDARY, the first part of the Other Horizons Trilogy (Lodestone Books, 2015) and THE ASHES AND THE SPARKS (Fire and Ice YA, 2016). 

I was born in Cambridgeshire in the UK, and I now live on Vancouver Island where I study Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. 

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