Saturday, September 28, 2019

Blog Tour: "Crier's War" by Nina Varela

Hey all! Today I'm excited to share with you my blog post for the Crier's War blog tour! This is one of my most anticipated releases and I was so fortunate to not only receive an advance review copy but to also participate in the blog tour for this amazing book! I'm not going to talk too much in this section just because there's a whole post exploring this awesome book, but if you are interested in this one it comes out on October 1st! 


From debut author Nina Varela comes the first book in an Own Voices, richly imagined epic fantasy about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.

Perfect for fans of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse as well as Game of Thrones and Westworld.
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will. Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.


Ok so the moment I heard about this book I knew that I absolutely needed it. Everything about it seemed amazing to me: fantasy, sapphic romance, hate-to-love romance, slow-burn, political upheaval...I was so excited. I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.

So in this book we follow two characters with alternating POVs: Ayla and Crier. Crier is an Automae, a member of the leading race, while Ayla is a human--a servant to the Automae. The two get thrown together in a twist of fate and it's beautiful. The slow-burn enemies-to-lovers was done so perfectly and I absolutely loved it. It was also super gay which I am dying over.

The world itself was so interesting and unique to me. It was easy to imagine it and the setting but I never felt like I was overloaded with information. If anything, it just sparked my curiosity and interest. I want to know everything about this world, about the histories, about how everything works together. I just want more!

Yet even with the romance and the interesting world, you're not distracted from the tension and plot. Things in this world haven't been the best in past years and the tensions just keep rising. The stakes keep getting higher and it was so addicting.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for it to be out so that more people can read it! 


This was really fun to make. I think what made this one a bit different from book playlists that I've done before is that in the past I've focused on songs that fit certain events in a book but when I was curating this playlist, I found myself just gravitating towards songs that I thought embodied the characters. Either way, I hope you enjoy! I've included links and a list of the songs so hopefully nobody has too much trouble listening in! 

I Hate Everything About You -- Three Days Grace

Castle -- Halsey

Alive -- Sia

Finding You -- Kesha

The Night We Met -- Lord Huron

All That -- ZAYN

Praying -- Kesha

Bed Roses -- Bon Jovi 


Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays and short fiction. She was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood playing in the Eno River, building faerie houses from moss and bark, and running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her writing partner and their tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about hard-won love and young people toppling the monarchy/patriarchy/whatever-archy. On a related note, she’s queer. On a less related note, she has strong feelings about hushpuppies and loves a good jambalaya. CRIER’S WAR is her first novel.
You can find Nina at any given coffee shop in the greater Los Angeles area, or at


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Click on the link to enter to win a free copy of Crier's War


Sept. 23 – Afire Pages | 21 Questions with Nina Varela
Sept. 24 – The Sparrow’s Perch | Fan Art
              F A N N A | Reasons for Game of Thrones and Westworld Fans to Read Crier’s War
Sept. 25 – Forever and Everly
              Your Tita Kate | Bookstagram Photos
              Pages Left Unread | Characters Aesthetics
Sept. 27 – Caitlin Althea 
              Pages Below the Vaulted Sky | Fan Art
              Reads Rainbow | Playlist

Sept. 30 – Boricua Reads | Sapphic Rebellious Women in YA
              Read With Ngoc 
              Read at Night | Favorite Quotes
Oct. 2 – Mel to the Any
              A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea
Oct. 3 – Novel Nerd Faction | Playlist
             Shut Up, Shealea
Oct. 4 – Sage Shelves | F/F Fantasy Recommendation
              The Book Bratz

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